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The weatber bureau had made a rather don...

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Parent Issue
Day
7
Month
July
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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The weatber bureau had made a rather donbofnl promise for the Fonrth, but the weather clerk relented and fnrnished splendid weather. Kereiü Ann Arbor the day was as usnal intfOdtlced by many blasts oí canoon and anvlls, giant crackers&nd anything that woald inake uoise. For years tfre Germán Americans of our city have celebrated the day. While others have done this individually tney have done it. collectively. Tnesday was no exception, and they had a fine time. They are always thoronghly patriotic, as has been shcwn in every war, by the nuinbers of their yonng men, who have risked their lives for their adopted fatherland. Tuesday the Ann Arbor Arbeiter Unterstnetznngs Verein took the initiative. The arrangements were well made and carried out as planned. The various societies met at their halls at 9 :30 a. ra. At 10 o'clook nnder the direction of Titus F. Hutzel, marshal of the day, the procession was formed. It started at the corner of Main and Liberty, marched north on Main to Hnron, east on Huron to Fourth ave., north on Fonrth ave. to Ann, west on Aun to Main, south on Main to Liberty, west on Liberty to Fourth, south on Fonrtn to Jefferson, west on Jefferson to Fiftb, then to Relief Park. The procession was headed by the Washtenaw Times Band. Then followed carriages, one contaiuing President George F. Lutz, Jr., Williaiu Reichmann, of Grand Rapids, speaker of the day, Bmanuel Spring and John George Lutz, then another containiug George Visel, Henry Faber, Gustave Ziudler and Cari Bauer, of Detroit, then a bus with members of the Turuer Vereiu, a brake with mernbers of the Harugari Gesang Verein. The Schwaebischen Unterstuetzungs Verein, Lanclwehr Verein, A. O. U. W., Phoenix Gesang Verein and the Arbeiter Verein marched in a body. There was enough breeze to float the flags of the various societies. The whole made a very pretty picture typical of the true inward feelings of the people, ready to stand up for the country both in joy and sorrow. When the procession reached the park they assenibled about the grand stand. Here George F. Lutz, Jr., welcomed every one with fitting words. He said when reading the bilis postedup hesaw he was expected to make a speech. If he had prepared a speech he had forgotten it. He told two appropriate stories and said in the name of the society he b'd thern a hearty welcoine. At 3 o'clock in the afternoon, William Beichman, of Grand Rapids, a representativo of tne Germauia, the well known Germán paper, the orator of the day. was introduced by President Lutz. Mr. Reiohman is not un known to the citizens of Ann Arbor, naving spoken in the city ou former occasious. He had not only a pleasant delivery but showed by what he said that be is a careful tbinker. He said those who had been bom in the old fatherland. Germany, shonld not consider wnat they rnay have lost, thuy should only think of what they had gaiued in coming to this country of freedoin. They had become American citizens. They sbould become as thoroughly good American citizens as those of Irish, English or other extraction, although not forgetting their Germán parentage. They rnnst recollect that no people can be trnly happy nnless they ba virtuons. Proud of his Germán forefather, if he maintains his high character he wilJ be respected by his American fellow citizens. The speaker recornmended strongly thac every Germán shonld becoine a thoroagh ruaster of the English language He shonld do this while not depriving his children of the glonous heritage of the language of their forefathers. Make them masters of both. Plant in the hearts of their children Germán virtnes of honesty and character. It was not mure chance tbat they were led to this country, but by a power that was above all. They had a duty to perform to the country of their adoption. There were duties for each individual, which went to make up the happiness of the whole country. The state as a whole had the dnty of looking after each individual. They should live uprightly among their fellow men. The speaker paid a jusc tribute to the patriotism of the Germán American citizens, who in all wars, even that of the independence, the declaration of which they celebrated today, had always been ready to offer up their blood for their adopted country. The Germán American was no longer a stranger in this country, he was an integral part. The Germán inother in tbis country had preserved her bousewifely virtues, which she and ner dangbters wonld never forget. In conclusión Mr. Reiobmann spoke of What the'Germans had accomplisbed in Michigan by standing together. The Allgemeiner Arbeiter Bnnd was a sbining example. In 32 years' time they had paid out over 700,000 to Widows and orphans in sums of 500. Tbis had been done during the last 11 years at an average cost not exceeding $6 a year per member, and they now numbered 9,000. Mr. Reichmann received the liberal applause which he deservea. He may álways count on a warm welcome when he comes to Ann Arbor. The balanje of the day was spent by the visitors to the park in social conversation and games. In the evening beautifnl fireworks were set off. Tbe young'people danced in tthe pavilion. The day as a whole was one of those pleasant ones not soon to be forgotten.