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The Celebration

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Parent Issue
Day
7
Month
July
Year
1865
Copyright
Public Domain
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The celebration of the 4th in our City was a decided success, and everything was carried ou' as laid down in the bilis, except the firc of which note is made in our local column, The day was pleasant, though a shower in the forenoon somewhat lessoned the crowd, but as a recompense laid the dust for the day. The proecssion was not very large, but j the fire companies, with their engines and hose carts boautifully trimmed, made a fine appearance, as also did the huudred or more of the little missesfroin the public schools, who constituted the choir of Prof. PoitTKii, and whose singing of patriotio and appropriate piccea was praised by all who board it. The speaking in the square was attentively listeued to by a large auditory, aud we havo hcard the brief orations of Messrs. Feloii, Haven, Lawkence and Cooley, spoken of in high terms. We were uuable to bc present, - in fact, unable to particípate in any of the festivitics of the day, - and, thercfore, fian not give a synopsis of the romarks. Preceuiïig üic orutions, the Dcclaration was well read by G bo. W. Ambkosr, Esq., and the fullowing resolutions, prepared for tho occasion, by E L. Maynard, Esq., which were rcecived with deeïded manifestations of applause : Wliereas, the terrible rebelliou that has for four j'ears spread desolation, dismay, and death through our land, hae at last been crushed by the might of the people, and the power of the goverument is again restored throughout all our our borders : And we deern it meet on this the first anuiversary of our nation's birthday since peace has been restored, to proclaim anew our faith in the principies of our fathers, and our devotion to the government whieh they originated ; Therefore Resolved, That we believe that the goverumeut under which we live, basod as it' is upon the will of the people, with all its officers dircctly or iudirectly chosen by the people, and responsible to them for their oflicial conduct, is the best government upon the face of the earth ; impo,sing less restraiut upon its citizons, and i securing to them the largest liberty whieh espcrience bas shown compatible with organized society : that it was i founded to secure domostic tranquility, i and to perpetúate the blessings of liberty, j aud while until the late rebellion it securcd to us these benehts in larger ure than has fallen to the lot of any othcr wo haii the suocess wo have achicved as likoly to ensure a period of unintcruptcd pcace and prosperity, siiioe it ha3 demoustratcd tho power of the nation to piotoct itself as well against despots abroad as ambitious aud desperate characters at home, IliMoked, That it has now beea shown that the constitution of our fathers is adüuate for any and all emergencias : that while wu'feel the government it creates but lightly iu time of peace, it is now proved that iu time of war it has within itself more power of self-protection than any other govornment: and appealing as it must do to the people thcmselves to rally to its aid in times of trial and difïieulty, it reccives from them a support more readv, more earnest, and more self-sacrificing than will be rendered to any government not equally popular and liberal. We, therefore, desire to see it perpetuatcd in its presont form, with the name relativo división of national and State riglrts, obligations, duties and powers, and with sueh modifications only as may be brouglit about in the manner the consiituticn itself has presoribed, and as may be adopfeed with a view to the greator extensión and more complete protection of individual liberty. Resolved, That the war against the late rebellion was a war against the absurd dogma that auy State niay at its will seeede from and destroy the Union ;. and in putting down that rebellion we have settled forever the principie, that while citizens owe allegiance to the States, they also owe allegiance to the Union, and that this Union was foundcd for all time is onc and indivisible. Resolved, Tliat great as are tho burdens which the late war bas imposed upon us, we assume them cheeri'ully as far lightcr than the evils of anarchy or the vod of' despotism : that as we have maintained the honor of our country through the late terrible ordeal, so will we ma.inta.in it in tho future ia struggling undcr the weight of national debt : Aud wc pledgc curselves to the government to stand by it in all future emcrgenoies with the eanicstncs.s dcvotion which have charaetcrizcd' the toils, the suffering, mi& the. de otimiH o-f the last four years. Resolved, Tliat iu our iumost hcarts, wilh Wasliiiigton and the licroes of the Reo!ution, wc eherieh tlie iriemory of the martjrs of libcrty who have fallen in tlie late war. Nobly the_y met tho s-tern duticsof the hour, aud tlie history rif the world exhibas 110 otlier instauce of sucli -:is1 iiuiiibei-s ru.-ïhiiig volunlarily to the post of. daiigcr at tho cali of their ooun try, and braving all tho dangere aud puf ferings of the teut, tho hospital, .and Uut ! battlo-ticld, thatr theï ïuight i ol-j: 1 1,; ; , - '■ A i ipir fl w 1 1 i , fhi ■ í.l! lióij ruared : Dear tu ua ahvays shall bo their glorioua deeds, and hallowed forever their memories, Jtesolwd, Thut wo rejoice that gomany oí our bravo soldiere are spured to share witb us again tbo blessiugs of peace and liberty Loup niay they livo to enjoy the fruits of tiicir toils and exposures, and to hail with tbc sound of camión aud ! with bonlires and rejoieings the advent of tliis glorious day, that wituesscd the birth of tliis great and frec nation; and on each return of the sacred uuniversary, nay they be awarded tho placo of honoras preservers of the country, and worthy successors of the dopartcd patriots of the revolution, who iirst laid broad and deep, and cemented with their Wood its foundation walls. At the close of the exereises in the square, the dinner to the returned Soldiers was tservcd. By the liberality of E. M. Grkooky, Esq , the tables were spread in the to-be diniug room of the ncw hotel, and they were sumptuously spread. The ludios and their aids had ornamentcd the room in a beautiful nianner. At tho entrañes door wero the niottoes " Welcomo Home," and " Honor to the Brave," whilo numberless mottoes were hung upon tho walls recitiug the deods of Washtenaw's brave boys, and enuuierating the battle-fields which teil of their famo. Sevoral hundred returned soldiers partook of tbc entertainment, and feasted. on tho turkoys, cliickons, Lam, tongue, beef, hot cofi'ee, lenionade, ico cream, &c, &e. It was a maguificent bill' of fare, mucli aliead of Libby, Andersonville, or even camp rations or sutler's "goodies." The ladies were attentive, aud all were abuudantly supplied, and then the V i remen and a host of otliers partook, and still tho provisions held out. The Dinucr Committee, the Ladies, and the contributors in and out of our city, are all entitled to praise, as aro also the general Committeo of Arrangcmcnts, and the Fiuauce Comïnittec. The day closed with a fine display of Fire works in the evening, witnessed by an immense crowd. This exhibition was added to by Dr. Douolass, who furnished and operated a brilliant electric light. No aceidents occurred to mar tho feativities of the day.

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