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Niagara Free

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Day
24
Month
July
Year
1885
Copyright
Public Domain
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Niágara Falls and park are at last secured to the public, acd tbehaekmen, guides andothers oftbeirilk who have a 1 these yeará been ! ing money out of unsuspectiug, wrjant, and helpless humanity, can now retire u]xn uhat they have made. " Th:; exereises attending the tranifer were held at Niágara, an.! were '. nessed by about 50.0J0 people. The exercises of the day were begun with the Uring of,a hundrei guns ut punrlse. All the business houses of the city were gaiiy decorated and the streits presenteda govgous spe tacle. At an informal meeting of the'commlssloara'S held at the Cataract house the following dispatch was received: Losdox. En?.. July 14. 1835. To the Representiitt.es of "the State of New York at Miagara Falls. The eommissioners' reservat'oa society ' gratúlate the state of New York on securing j Niágara Falls to the public. Ex-Gov. Tilden sent a telegram to the eommlttee expressinj his reinet at i.ot being able to attend. Notwithst.inding the rain of the morninsj the committee of arrangements cided that the ceremonies shoúld not be postponed, and accortliugls the speakers and as many as possible of the i Ultors assembled under the pavlllon and at the appointed time i Bishop Coxe comme uced the proeeedings with prayer. Letters wei1.1 read f rom the , general of Canada aafl President Cleveland, ] express:ng their regret at thelr inability to j tend the ceremonies. Ex-Lleut, Gnv. Dorsheimer, president of the commlssion, then made the piesentation i dresses, alter which Gov. Ilill accepted the : ervatlon on bthilf of the people of the State ' of New York. There were about 25,000 people In the park in which the pavilion had been erected. Addresses were made by Erastus Brooks, ! James C. Carter, orator of the day, Lieut.-Gov. Robinson of Canada, and Attorney-General Mowat Mr. J. C. Carter begau his ad Iress with an allusiou to the diseovery of the falls by La Salie and his associates about 200 years ago. He revk-wed the cause which nduced the eonvertlns of the falH into a stat' reaervaticn, and reciti-d the progie s if the I(gi4ation that llnally tecured the prooerty from the hands of private partles. Concluding he said : Our work to-day is to restore a ueglected oiaole- to manifest our sense of the pre eminent importance of thls mirarle of nature as a teacher - a source of evevy softening and vating iniluence- to leave lts owu creative powers to reproduce ts original majesty and to throw wide open its beaut'f 1 gates that all, of whatever race or elime, mav enter. But thuugh the task of tíew York is accomplished, the whole work is not vet linished. The great and friendly nation which occupies the opposite bank holds in her hands a matchless part of the glories of Miagara. We have no doubt thnt she is fullv sensible of the duty which her dominion imposes, nor that that duty will be fully disch.irjed. Our own ( ndea'vor had its oflirin in part in a suggestiou proceeding from her chief ma Istrate. üur example cannot but stimu'ate her to dejisive action. And what better pledge of everlasfng amity coulii be elvn than a mutual and peaceful guardianship over these beautilul banks? The tumult of contesting armies engaged in fraternal strife was once arowned by the thunder of the cataract Does it not forever say 'Teace; be stilü" to the passions by which such strife is engenderedi "Oh! may the ivaves which madden in tuy I deep. There spend thelr rage, nor climb the encircling steep, And till the conflict of thv surges cease The nat 019 on thy banks repose in peaee." Aft r the siugiug of the hymu "America" and the dox jloay, the exerclsci were closed viih the henedictlou by Bisliop Coxe. i In the afternoon there was a parade and review of troops and in the evenlng a grand displav of lire works, witu saed by an immense giitliering of p 'ople. It is est:in;itL-d that 50,OcO visitora wituesscd the ceremonies. msi

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