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For two years now, the weather lias been pleasant for Memorial Day. A fact worth chronicling. An act on the part of the weather worth repeatiug, also. There was an abundance of flowers brought to the court house in the morning, and many busy hands fashioned them into boquets for the squad tbat was detailed to decórate the graves of the soldiers in the various cemeteries of the city. Every soldier's grave recei ved one or more of them. AT KOREST HILL CEMETKRY. At 11 o'clock, a. m., there was a gathering of the members of the Post and others at Forest Hill Cemetery, and in addition to the regular services of the Post and the fïring of a salute, the children sang an appropriate song under the leadership of Mrs. Stark. As they sang they niarched around and covered the mound at Col. "Welch's grave with fiowers. Miss Ken)ron also recited a poem written by Isaac Stark, a brother of the ate Lieut. J. H. Stark, which is asfolows : Silently, teuderly, strew the bright flowers, )ver ttíe graves of the héroes of ours ; Ever remembering the deeds they have done, Oa the red battle field the victories won. Remembering each year increases these mounds, Where sleep our dead comrades in these hallowed grounds. Sooa will the Reaper have taken them all, Soon the last comrade have answered the cal] ; Sileutly, tearfully we our dutv perform, As with slow measured step this Memorial mom, Peacefully, prayerfully lay on each grave, Of the héroes who fonght this fair land to save, Our choicest of offerings, Earth's fair, fragrant flowers. In loviug remembrance of these brothers of ours. Yes,bring the bright flowers in their sweetest bloom. And lovingly, tenderly strew eaeh comrade's tomb; We whostill linger will soon pass away, To the land of sweet peace, and bright endless day, Then let these sons and daughter of ours O'er the graves of their fathers strew the fuirest of flowers. AT UNIVERS1TY HALL. At 2 o'clock, p. m., Welch Post, G. A. R., the Sons of Veterans, the Woman's Relief Corps and citizens generally agsembled to listen to the literary exercises of the day. Commander Milton Perkins of Welch Post called the assembly to order, an 1 in a few well chosen words, welcomed the people to the meeting. This was followed with America, rendered by aquartette choir, in which the audience joined. Then Rev. J. T. Sunderland read a portion of scripture and offered prayer, the choir sang " Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!" and Miss Clara Kenyon gave a fine recitation, entitled "The Frontier Veteran to his Grandson," followed by piece of music entitled " Rest, Comrade, Rest." Capt. E. P. Allen, the orator of the day, was then introduce!, and gave an excellent address. The synopsis that we give, it must be remembered, is in our own language. This statement is made because some speakers object to the ungrammatical senteuces that newspapers sometimes wring in on them, and the Captain is one who is seusitive on that point. He commenced by speaking of the sacrednees of human life, which in all ages, from the beginning, had been the cliief care of its maker, and had been guarded by laws as strong as could be made. It is the very highest creation of God this side of the angels. The people through their law-makers and courts, have insisted upon the sanctity of human life, and have meted out the most severe puuishments upon those who have destroyed it. Then he referred to the War of the Rebellion and how human life was sacrificed. That war oost more than one million lives. A number so great that the mind fails to comprehend it. The man lias not yet been boni who can fully comprehend the cost of that war in treasure and lives, and those least able to comprehend it are those of this generation who liave been boru since the war closed. AVhat was the cause of all this sacrifice? There must have been some just cause, or else the war was a blunder and the men who lost their lives therein were murdered. After reciting several of the factors, the speaker said the cause was that of human liberty. From the beginning of history there had been two opposing factions. The one believing in their own divine right to rule and reign over the balance of the people, and that slaves were created by a divine providence. On the otlier sitie were those who believed that the spirit of God was within every human breast, and that man wae created free and should govern himself. It lias costsome of the best blood the world ever knew to maintain tliis position. Men have suffered everything, hut would not give up or yield a partiële of the faith within them. From the days of Hannibal and Caresar to the revolutionary war, it has been one constant struggle between those who believed they were bom to rule, against those who believed that men were capable of ruling themselves. Had the nations of Europe dreamed of the result of the revolutionary war, the colonies would have been crushed out of existence. Every canon and arm on that continent would have been turned against Washington. But God in his mercy blinded their eyes. France saw nothing but the orushing out of Engand's power. The war of the Rebellion, from Bulls Run to Appomattox, was fought for the }urpose of forever establlshing the doctrine of the brotherhood of man, and lis right to govern himself. The speaker then went on to show how the 'orefathers of the revolution failed to establish perfect freedorn. How Puritans and slave-holders compromised with eacli other to vanquish the common enemy, and left unsettled that great question that made the rebellion necessary. For had there been no slavery, there would have been no war. But the forefathers made a fatal mistake, and it had to be rectified, at a cost of nearly two billions of dollars and one million lives, sunk like aplummet in the ocean. This is a wonderful government. One year of living now is worth five years of ife before the war. It is marvelous ! How long will it continue so? That is a question which those coming on to the stage of action must face and settle. It is probable that it can be settled without the sword, but it must be settled right; and every man, white or black, must be made free in fact as well as in name. The way to remedy the great wrong is for every one of us to do exactly right. Is it not a sharne that a portion of our people find it necessary to set apart a day of fasting and prayer to Almighty God to protect them ? There is no danger to this country if its zens do right. But if we do not there is a struggle coming, not far distant, for it will soon become necessary for us to show to the world a clean bill of political health. Then the speaker turned to the old soldiers and said a few words to them that ought to have been heard by a class of people who were not there. He referred to the great cost the old soldiers were to the governrnent, in the eyes of some people. These people, however, were not those who went to the war or upheld it, but those who remained at home and sold their wheat at $2.50 or 3.00 per bushei, and others who clipped the coupons off their bonds (bonds, by the way, only made valuable by the j blood and suffbring and sacrifice of the soldiere who went to the war), and by those who have been born since the war and realize nothing of its cost either in life or treasure. As their numbers grow less these grninblers will gruuible louder. After delivering a beautiful peroration on death and its nearness to all the old soldiers, he closed by abjuring them to never do anything to dim the lustre that surrounds the name of the volunteer soldier. The address was pronounced on all sides the best of its kind ever delivered in Ann Arbor. After singing the doxology, Rev. Mr. Sunderland prouounced the benediction and the meeting came to an end.


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