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The Boys In Blue

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U.i Muiidtt; afternoon ut 2 o'clock, the iiKi-i nu: of (li'lcL'ales lrom tlie yarious O. A 1 l'o.-ts of the coiiiity to orgniiie :i liati:tiliiii was cillfidto order. The organlzatlnn was effected by oboosliiK the fulluwlng ofücers: ('oionel - ilenry 9. Dean, Ann Arbor. l.t. ('oionel- J. C. Watrous Ann Arbor. Byron MoCauley, Dexter. George C. Hmlthe, Ypsllnn'l. Quaitermaaler- W. H. Kobiuson, Mllan. Il w.-s thcn agrccd tliat IlieG. A. H. posU t the county attend tlie nezt National E.icampmenï to be held at Detroit In Aujiu.-i, as a battullion, rendezvoug and marcli tojrether, wear uulforms, carry cnoea made of black chcrry. and inarcli 1 xi iibreast. Messrs. Dean of A mi Arbor and Hmilhe, of Ypsilanti were made a cominltteeon transportatlon. In the evening about l."0 veterans aud guestt assemblfld at the Hink and found theie ihree tables loaded wltli good iliings to devour, S'iviccs commenccd at eight o'eloek, prayer waa od'ered by Kev. J. ï. Bunderland a nieuiber of the post, and inusic wal fnniisbed by the ]usines3 Men's fiiaitet whieh added largely to tlie pleasores of the evening. Robert Campbell presidedas toast-mastcr. The first toast of the evcning was: "Tlie Keative Board. To the old soldier tbere is a great diflereuce in the sentimeDt of fonr days rationa in the bavetMCk anü oue Dlgbt'a rallón in the rlnk.'1 Tlila was responded to by V. J. Just In au excellent and luipressive marnier. "Tlie National Encampmcnt of the G. A. IÍ.- comrades in war, brolliers in peaee; even now alter a quarter of a century of peace and qulet, Miose war-scarred veterans would stand, like h wall ot adamant, before au invaillng foe." Comradc J. Q. A. Sessious responded, and was piad ihat Michigan bad been honored wlth a naüonal encanipment. Theie would bo 50,000 veterans marclihiL n the grand review, and it would be a sight that every man should see. There s no rank n the grand army - all are comrades, and the time is not distant w hen all will have answercd to the last roll cali. "Welcli Postanrl its Indian Commissioner, as he led W'elch I'ost forth to batlle and vlot.ory, so may he be empowered to recúlate the aborigines, and 11 need be snatch tlie tomahawk lrom the hand of tue wild Indian. grasp him by the top knot and Uemand au uuconditlonal surrender. " To this Mr. J. T. Jacobs responded In a plensant and happy vein, which iilaced the audiencc all in good humor. "The Array Surgeon; an essential auxillary in the Ktrife oí war; niany a valiaut soldier owes hls extended lease of Ufe to yoiir prompt aud ekillfnl management." Dr. W. F. Breakey told oí the work of the surgeons in the army and how they aecompllshed better resulta than were ever accompüshed in any other army. "Our Forelgn relations; raay the wisdom and sagacity of our stalesmen, In deallug wlth other nations be at all times manifest. And let no foreign potentate í hink that he can trample wlth imnunlty upon the rights aud privileges of Uncle Sam.' ' To this President Angelí gave some of his always pleasant and goid thouglits. He coinpliuientcd the army and uayy, and told how miicli easier it was for nations to succeed in dlplomacy if the strong arm of the military were only bandy to coinmand respect and enforce jnstice. "The Pllgrlra Fathers; for llberty of thought and worshlp they left their fatherland, crossed therough ocean, and one cold December day they landed upon Plymouth Rock. The flrst rock of the eradle of liberty." To which Jlev. J. T. Sunderland responded. "General Principies, not to be tled to quail ou toast, lint permitted to wanderad llbltum. l'rovided aiways, nevertbeles however, by these preseuts greetlng. He allowed a reasonable lengtli of time to do it in." Comrade Henry S. Dean tliouht tliat it was impossible tor a soldier to go as he pleased and it was a f.iiïure wlien tiied by any man. 'The Printing Press, gigantic lever, powerful iustrumentaüty for good or evil." Kx-Mayor S. W. Beakes responded in a very pleasant way, paying a high compliment to the power of the sword. "The Fallen. Our comrades who went forth to battle but never returaed. How often very often som of us oould say. slowly and sadly welaid liim down; by ytreatnlng tlde, by vale or mountain side." Comrmle W. K. Clillds inailc ouu uf tlie best responsesof the evening, full of thought and full of feeling for those who liad answered the last summons. "Tüe Sons of Veterans; helrs of the nations defendeiB. May they ever strlve to einulale the virtues and paliioti-m of thelr slres." To which E E. llillelt responded in a patrlotic and earnest m:inner. Comrade Harrison Soule then closed the speech making in his usual picasant style, and after a song by the quartet the enjoyable event eame to an end.


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