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On Saturday, tor third time in the his'.ory of the d ly, pleasani weatheeted the people ol thla city. rhere was ,i süünt sprinkle In the mornlng but it dld nol amouni to anything, and the commlttee deputed to decórate the graves of the departed soldlers with ïlowers dld not have to put cm thelr waterproofs and then get wet to the hlde as has been usual on these daj s In tlie past. Early in the mornlng flowers comaenced coming in to the rooms in the basement of the court house, and by tii" time the decoratlng squad were ready to start out tliere was ai abundance for thelr use. Tlie first graves decorated were those in St. Thomas' cemetery, afterwnrds thosc in the City emetery in the Fifth ward, and then the ones in the Forest Hill cemetery; in the two laf. er Ben ices in accordancs with the ritual were observed. At 1 o'clock p. m. members of the Tost assembled at thelr rooms and aceompanied by a fife and drum corps from the Sons of Veterans, marched to Dniversity hall where the exerclses ol i !■■ day were held. Music was furnished by a choir of elght young gentlemen, whlch opened services. Thla was folio-wed by the reading oí a passage of scripture by Rev. A. S. Carman, after which prayer was offered in a very impresBive marnier by Rev. J. W. Bradflhaw. ■■America" was then given by the clioir. The introduetory remarks by Major Harrison Soule, post commander, who also acted as chalrman of the meeting, were "brief, but of a very feelIng nature as lic rèferred to the constantly diminishins ranka that :neet year after year to honor the momories of those who have answerod to the loner roll cali. Comrade W. K. Childs spoke of "Memorial Day Memories," and lus worde were very impressive. "There is no day," said the speaker, "in all the 3r days ol the y car that meana so much to so many people as 'loes thla Memorial Of tlie old soldlers living it may in truth be said they live in tlie past, whlch viss before tliem like a vivid dream. They hear agaln the sound of preparatlon, the roll of the drum and the stirlll notes of the bugle. They hear the appeal "to arms" oí orators, sec the.flushed of the men and the pale cheeks of the women, and the faces of the dead, whose graves have been to-day covered with ilowers come before their visión as in Ufe'. These flowers will Fade, lint the memory of the heroic deeds oí those whose dustt they cover will neithef fade nor ïi'inv dim in the minds of loyal American citizens. The speaker then d-ew a picture of the eai-ly days ol the nar, the forming of regimenté and the marchlng to the front, the gOOd hyes to parents. to wives, to sweethenrts, the sad. sad partings, many of them belng forever; then the scène changes and the field of battle is spread out in all its 1loodi:iik1 horror, men are piereed with halls and torn with shells. wounded and dying; wild with thirst and crazed with the agony of pain: charglng down the wild ravines. running with blood contendtng host meets contendIng host, and hundreds are left there their life's blood slowly ebbing away, Btainlng wlth crlmson the withered leaves. Then they are seen in the hospitals, In the long linea ol eots; then again apon the deadly plcket line, and in the awful prison pens. Human speech can never teil all they suffered and all fchey endured. Lile to those wIki never carne back was as dear and as iull ol hope as it is to any of us. To-day is remembered the home when word came that a loved one had rallen; wesee the malden in the ahadow ol herflrst sorrow; the sllvered heads of (athers and mothers bowed low in grief; the angulsb of broken-heartod wlves, a terrible picture of tliose terrible daye. And now when we look along the ranks ol those who returned wlth us we find them thinned out by disease and death; lew retnaln, and In the features ol thoae who do is sren the marks of pain and Buflerlng, telling us that they too must goon pasa a way. Among the young people ol to-day the question often arlses, "Wliy was all this bloodshed and Bullering?" Agaln tho past arlBes and there is Been in thlS, OUT beloved country, 4,000,000 of human In Inge in bondage, bouiïht and BOld like ca tile: lialics torn ftoni the breaste of mothers, husbands and wlves Beperated, families placed upon the auction block, and the relatiojn of Wlfe, mother. father and cliild trampled li the heel ol brutal oppresslon. And while the ecene is before us the fierce conflict over the rlghi cu' slavery rages, the earth rocks n tho roar of battle, the horoos tall nul die.bui t h" ici i era break, tho sla es vo tree, the dark staln upon treedo and is blotted out, irat it is wlth a leluge of Phe besi blood tlmt was ever ghed in freedom's cause. To-day our '.zc ïiiccts treemen Instead ol slaves; n place of tho elave pen, the whipping iost and the auction blocka, is to be -mm tomes and happy flresides, schoollouses .-iiid advancement. Dissensiong ind turmoila are al an end, and the luestions of slavery and of secessloii lave been forever Bettled, making thla hc strongesi and grandesi nation on he face of the whole earth. It is no small thlng for a man to gtve i] hls home, his loved onos, and all hat !s dear. and go forth to liattle, yet 2,000,000 men responded to that cali n the lato war. Keferring to the priso:i pens In tho south, the speaker said that of 180,000 ünlon soldiere who woro prisonéra of war, oven when starvatlon and deatb woro staring them in the face, not one in :i lmndrod even, took advantaga of gaining tlieiv lihorty although the gatos of their living heil stood wide open to anyone who would ronounce the ünion canse and desert tho old Dag; whlch is to their everlaatng glory, for no greater measnre of atrlotism was reached by any band of héroes. "To-day the past lies burled with our eomrades, the héroes dead; they lied for llberty; they dled lor us; their odies are at rost, their spirits are ii peace; they sleep In a land their ilood made freo; under a fias they nade stainless. They nloop beneath the arching Union sky, careless alike of snnshino or of storm, at peaeo. swi (t peace; and while they sleep this slorious truth remains to bleas their momory forever more: "One country and ono fias." This wasfollowed by a reeitntion by Miss Charlotte Bullis entitled "My Own Kontucky Polio," whlch was ronlered in a pleasing manner. Robert Campbell read a very iatorosting paper upon "Those Tentmates." telling tho fato of several, nearly all of whom wero killed in battle. The recitations of Prof. T. C. Trueblood were appropriate and excellent. Ono ■select i ui 't old about a brave little drummer boy whom (U-n. Sherman commended, the other about an old vetoran who fought at Lundy's "Lane and who wantod to fight agaln when the war broko out. Mr. Pistorious deprecated the waning Interest ol people in Memorial Day, and scored those who broko in upon lts snnctity with othor entertainmcni s. Mr. Sessions recited the cansos of tho war in words that woro woll chosen, and that were woll rocoivod by tho audience. Messrs. W. J. Herdman and R. Ij. Warren woro unable to be present. Alter the regular program Mayor Doty. who was present upon the stage, made a few most excellent remarks, approving the day and its services. Alter lienodiction by Rev. Mr. Carman the closed.


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