Press enter after choosing selection

President Angell At The Ban

President Angell At The Ban image
Parent Issue
Public Domain
OCR Text

President Angelí is always a gracitiil speaker, and can turn a perlod as prettily as any man in Michigan. Every rel'erence to the loyalty due from the people to the ('hief Alagistrate was clothed in beautiful languageand warnily welcomod, and when he turned to Abraham Lincoln there was great applause. He said : Mr. President, I.iulies and (entlemen : My sixieoli will liavo bnt one merit of which I ain snre, and tliat is, tliat of the twenty minutes assigned to me ty your gencrous cliairniau. I propose to give ten of tliem to the ladies, provided they will allow me to come down there and talk with tliem. ( Laughter. ] I desire to express my tlianks tn thu committee for the high honor Uicy lmve done me in asigning tin; pleasnnt duty of responding to this sentiment. I am uure you all profoundly regret, and I am sure tliat no one so profoundly regrets as I tliat our wortliy Chief toagistrate himself Is not preient here to-nlght to respond to this sentiment in bis felicitous nianner. It Beenis to me tliat itwould have been more appropriate if some one connected with luía by official relations had been chosen to represent him to-niglit; my leiimed friend for iustauce, thu distinguished Judge of this district, or my eloquent yuung friend, the District Attorney. In truth, I have been somewhat puzzled to know why the committee sliould have pitcbed upon me for this duty. I have been able to thinkof butoneexnlanation, and tliat is tliat they had heard of my eurly and brilliaut military record. [ Lnughter] For the benetit of tfrangeri wlio come trom abroad it inay be neeeisary for me to teil it myself. I was a lueuiber of a battery of artillery in my earty year, and drilled for some weeks every night. Thu olücers of tliat battery rere men quick to discern military genius; and therefore at the end of tWo weeks tliey promoted me to the office of timitli corporal. They did not see, however, that modety waa tometlmes combined with great military talent. I was set to retlecting upon the fact tliat at thi rapid rate of promotion I inight before long be callea to the high responsibility uf comnianding the armies of the Uniteil States, [laughter] and in shear diffldenee 1 resigned my positiou. Hut I did not escape all connecliou. with military itïairs in that way. It eo happened that I was IX tliat time editing the chief daily journal in Rhode Islund, and it was my duty, uf course, to endeavor to record tiie deern of you gallant soldiers at the front. And I speedily found that this required more actrvity than it did to keep up with my gun when slie was on the doublé quick; for you soldiers of the Ariny of the Ten nessee had that way of winning victories fuster thau we could record tlii'in [iipplause], and in that way I bccamc very familiar with the names of m:my of tlie gentlemen whom I have never seen tuitil to-nlght; but luto wliosc faces I am glad to look. Had I the files of that old paier here to-night I may say with all modesty that I could read eulogistic words concerning you from my pen, wliich I (bar that even your modesty would hardly allow me to read. l Applause.] I believe that every loyal Englishman regards it as his lirst duty at every banqiiet to re nieinber the (neen, whether he approves or disapproves the opinión nf the Üahinet that gOVe.rnj her aetion. He regards helas the represontatlve and In some sense the inipeisoiialion of the sovereignty of the natlon. So we citizens, so you, citien soldiers, may, I Concelve, with equal pro priety, remenil)er, a you do, at these military festivities the President of the United States, t he Commaiider-ln-Chieí of the army and the nuvy. We leave our polilcal prediloctions at the doorj of the ban(iieting hall ; and dillering a9 we do in poütical opinión I do not doubt that every man here is ready to declare himself thoroughly devoted to the support of the Ghlef Maglstrate of the United States at all times [applausej and to :tid him in the executlon of the laws which tend to promote the prosperity or muintain the honor of this nation. [Applause.] More than that, if the daysof peril come again every man is as ready now as he was twentyfix years ago to bare hls breast to the toe to put down opposition to the laws and the natiou. lApplauxe.J Surely the recolle%tion is vivid in the memory of every one here of the ilays when the relations of one President, the grent war President, to the armies of the United States was very close and intímate. íar out upou the front, face to face with the foe, you did not forget the paternal affection of Fatlier Abraham dr you all. [Oreat applause and ehcers.J You knew that in no exigeney would supplies or needed reinforceinents be lacking, if it was in li is power to secure tliem. Diseoutented M you soinetinn'M wen', and nol without reason ] feiir, with what yuur orator yosterday ratUor happily called the in-door enerils at WÍwtfngton, and the Secretarie of War at times, yet I vcitnre to say that no one of you, even in the solitude and peril of the picUet service, in the lonely watches ol the night, fail to remember - and the recollection clieer your hearts - that there was one great, tender, loving heart, the heiirtof thatanxlous tn'in at the White House, wliicli was bleeding with concern for you. t'P" plause.] The affection of Abraham Liincoln for the men at the front, which was as tender as that of a motlier for her child, was feit throughout all our vast armies as at once a solace and an inspiration. And as we look back to those days through our tears, to the sad scènes of those terrible days, year by yoar I believe we all have an increasing sense of what a mighty force in bringing that war to a 8uccessful issue, was the character, the great, manly, lovahle character of Abraham Lincoln. K-roU applause.] We are giving one of the most valuable leesons in our brief hlstory, not only to the monarchies of the Old World, but to the somewhat turbulent ltepublics of Central and Soutu America, and of Kurope itiell, by showiug that the President of tlie United States, even though llke Mr. Lincoln, he lias mlllioiis of uien under bil control, or even like Grant, has led those anules to splendid victories [great applaust-j that our President never menaces for a moment the cherished libertles and rlghts of this nation. [Applauss.] For the armies are made up of the citizens of the Union. They make the Presidente. They limit their power by constitutional legislation. No one of the four generáis wiiom we have elected to the Presidency have so much ab thought for an instant of periling the framework of our Constitutlon. [Applause.l It was Qeorge Washington who led the armies through the revolutlon, that Consolidated the fratnework of that Constitution. It was the hero of New Orleans who vowed by the eternal that It should not be shattered [Applnusc], and droye tlie secesslonists into silence mul obllvion. It was Grant who, with you and such as you, saved tliis nnt ion 1 rom yct greatcr perils tlum those of the dayts of Jackson and Washington ; who yet discuared thft duties of lus great civlc trust witli pucIi lidelity and such modesty tliat the tuint babbie of Cmutan was al ouce puerile and ridiculous. No, thank God, the Executive of tbia nation, f rom Goorde Washington to Grover Cleveland, without an exoeption [applause] has shown tbat his Himple duty is to exeeute the laws wbich the citizens make. [A.ppUut&] He is to be the impersonatiou and the embodiincntand representative of the sovereinty of the nation, even In its hours of direst peril ; and you, citizens, become soldiers, are the riffbt arm of his power, tiie only source of his power, who stuud ready at all times to deal fatal blows to all ollenders. I'rom Nashville to the sea, f rom Vicksbnrg to the Appomattox, fiom the center to the clreuinferi'ucu of the land, thrnugh tlie crowded stro(;ts of our ({reut citics, where desperate lawlewpew al times reara ts awful front, you sweep on a mijfhty plialanx, griading to powJer beueath yonr heavy tread all enemies of the niition. whether they be secessioniwt, rebels or red-handed Anarchistsor forein foes. [Prolongeú applause and cheers] Uy your loyalty, by your bravery, by your respect for law, by your patrioticdevotion to tlie country, our Chief Magistrate is, and, (oil hclpiiljf us, ever will be, surrouuded by a detense and defended by a power Bticli as the divinity that doth bedge a king does not afi'ord. [Proloued appuuMe.]


Ann Arbor Courier
Old News