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The Alumni Address

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The Alumni address in University Hall on Wednesday afternoon was well receivod by tlie goodly audience thut wan present. Tho delivery aud posturen of Col. Elliott were very easy and hi oration vcry olo(luciit. Owíiik to lack of apace we are uiiablo to produce tho oration in full. The following, howcvor, were hi closing remarks : And now, ladios and gentlemou, who aro cliildnn of this uuivernily, I would regard my tank as uulinished did I not extend to Ïou ome wordn ot'greeting and na!utation. oonratiilate you th;tt. you are cliildrcn of tliis univorsity. It U a parontagi! of' wliicli yiiu niay well le proud. Among the many institutioiiH of IcarniuK in tlii.s land of colUcs, L think I oan gafoly say that thoro is not one that is held in higlior ostoem by the people of Uiíh oountry than our own Alma Mater. Many outnuuiber hor in ycars, but none uzoefliur in vmineiioo of inflmtneo and power. And nono u(ual her in i' bvnefioent dyantageH slie lioldn out with open generous hands to the hum - blost neekor after And oertainly, nono have a firuier graspon the lovo and aduiiration of her oft'spriug. To her Ih.iik' ni iliÍMl'iiutifult!Íty, in this heautilul stale, wo yrar by year maku loving pilgriuiaii ¦, to worship t the shriue of her temple. And tliose of us who retura tier many year?, have something of the focling of Ulyss'es returning ftrom hislong wandei-ins to nis beloved lthaca, and finds new suitor.s wooing the fair Pcnelopc, fearing that the youngOHt children are nearest the mothor's heart. We como ycar by year to look in eaeh others faces, ooupt each othere momy, wrinkles and gray hairs. And 1 aai glad to obsorvo that with most of you, the ehildrtm outnuuiber tho wrinkles plus the gray hairs. Au lor uiyself L have to report Kwost dollars, leas ruir, and more ehildron tluui miy other man of my clans. But whatever feoling we may have au to our owd gr.iy hairs, aud bare heuda grandly rising abovo tho "timber line," wc rejoiot tha the years have not givon oue ailver thread to tbo glorious orown of our graud Alma Mater. These halls, these grounds, bring to us uiemorioM that are the troshent and dearest of our liven : niemorie.s of aspiration tliat, alas ! have uever kuowu fruitioo ; of days ihat never woro cloud or shadow ; of loves and fricndshipH that linger with uk like benodietions ; memories of him who once was tbe (ruide and cuunseller of our beloved mother, and who was at onco our inspiration and perfect cxanile; that grand and manly man who now live beyond tho soa. Looking back through the struggle of yeurs, to the days spent in the shadow of these walla, and we know them to have been our halcyon days, tho very June days of our Uves. I know that I have reveled in thowe days, even at the foot of uiy olass, and I can believe that tbe boys at the other end lived in the very lüllnesf of joy. But above all the memorie that como crowding through the gathernd years, tbore riso to nie the faces of thotie young héroes, who at tbe bugle blaat of war, raabad trom these doors and gave their lives in glorious soldiershiji for freodom. Y o heroic, dcad ! Vould that my voice could pieroe the clear upper air, where soar your iuimortal spirits, or penétrate the mould tbat covors your brave hearts, that you might kuow that you are ruuiembered lu-rc tliis day. For tbeoi Alma Mater wceps, and bcr grief will never kuow abatiug. I have that faith in the munifioence of the people of this grand commonwoalth, that leads me to the belief that ere long there will be crected on these grounds a stately column of granito and marble, or somc momorial that will fittingly eommoiuorate their heroio valor. What can I say for you, particularly for you, the fouter childreu of this university who oonie froui other states, in praise of the men who foundcd this institution, of the men who have cared for it, and who have pushcd it on to the proud eminence it now occujiies. I will aay for you, magniöcent Miohigan, not only by your uuiverbity, but by your school systom, you have worthily achieved the high honor freely accorded you of standing first auong all the commonwcalths in the diffusion of' knowledge on the largcst and most liberal scale. The lofty dome of your univorsity eau be seen ovor tho tops of your forests by the boys who plough the fields of Illinois, and by the girls who look through the kitchen Windows. It isan iu spiration not only to your own children, but to the youth of the whole land. You have the heartfelt gratitude of a host of young men, who have come up from far off fields and workshops and partaken of your royal bouoty. And tbey, in poor return, will adojit the "tuebor" of your escutchoon, and ever dcfend the fair fume of Michigan. Long and many be tl i y years Alma Mater ; and may thy hour of departure never como. Knthroned in the affeotion of your state, and cherished by the love of your children, may you live forever.


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