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If a person were tocóme toAnnArbor this week without previous warning he would conclude that the University city was celebrating the Fourth of July ahead of time. The store fronts on Main-st are almost entirely covered with bunting. On the court house flags and banners reach from rupola to cornice. The city building is equally well bedecked, and even private houses are decorated in a manner th;if shows the owners to be more than oidinarily patriotic. There is, however, no Fourth of July celebration. There is simply a meeting of delegates from the entire state, repiesenting a great benevolent society to whieh many of our Germán Americans belong, and to which they apply the name of "Arbeiter Bund." Twenty-three years ago a large number of local aid societies came together, united and held the first convention. Since that time the Bund has grown till it numbers at present nearly 7,000 members. Last year Ann Arbor delegatea placed the charms of this beautiful city so clearly before the eyes of their brother delegates that they decided to hold the convention of 1891 in this city. There was additionalappropriatenessin this selection, for the reason that the Ann Arbor Unterstuetzung Verein has just passed its twenty-fifth birthday. Early Tuesday morning delegates began to arrive and at two o'clock they assembied in the rink to hear the ADDRESSKS OF WELCOME. Shortly two o'clock Alderman Christian Martin, president of the Ann Arbor Unterstuetzung Verein, called the convention to order and in Germán welcomed the delegates. He spoke of the great importance of the meeting, which was of interest not only to members of Arbeiter Vereins but to all the Germans of the state as well. Mayor Doty extended a cordial welcome to the hearths and homes of Ann Arbor. The people had looked iörward to the event with great eagerness. He knew that the delegates had come for work and not alone for pleasure, but he hoped that they would not fail fully to test the hospitality of the city. He invited them to visit the factories, municipal offices, University and other points of interest. In conclusión, he paid a high tribute to the "Bund," whose principies he considered worthy of great respect. Prof. M. E. Cooley, president of the council, made a few felicitoua remarks. He gave the delegates to understand that although he looked young, he was, in a certain sense, father of the " city father8." If the mayor or any of the municipal officers did not do their duty by the delegates, he wanted them to report th offender to him and he would 8ee that the proper rebuke was administered. In conclusión, he extended a hearty welcome on behalf of the city. He also read a letter from President Angelí, in ïiting the delegates to visit the University. President Cari Kaufmann responded, thanking the previous speakers for the hearty welcome they extended. He said that although the Germán Americana retained their love for the old country, they love Btill better their adopted land. The business sessions of the Bund then commenced. The committee on ctedentials reported the names of 121 delegates, representing fifty-one associations in Allegan, Adrián, Alpena, Aun Arbor, Battle Creek, Bay City, Calumet, Chelsea, Coldwater, Detroit, East Sagi"aw, Grand Rapids, Hancock, Hastinge, lonia, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Leesville, Ludington, Manchester, Marine City, Marshall, Maybee, Monroe, Mt. Clements, Muskegon, Owosso, Port Huron, Reed City, Roseville, Saginaw, Saline, Salzburg, Sebewaing, Springwells, Sturgis, Three Oaks, Wyandotte, Ypsilanti, Petoskey and Frankenmuth. Cadillac, Grand Haven, Marquette, Niles, Sangatuck, New Buffalo and St. Joseph sent no delegates. Those from Ann Arbor were Christian Martin, George Visel and G. J. Lutz. The president's report was presented. lt Bhowed a total me'mbership of 6,945, distributed as follows: Adrián, 145; Alle8an, 16; Alpena, 128; Ann Arbor; 143: Sattle Creek, 51; Bay City, 177; Bay I c'ty No. 2, 26; Cadillac, 15; Calumet, 162; Chelsea, 79; Coldwater, GO; Detroit So. 1, 424; No. 2, 260; No. 3, 106; No. 4, 90; Ko-5,14; East Saginaw- No. 1, 514; No. I 93: Grand Haven, 78; Grand Rapids, I 5; Hancock, 50, Hastfngs, 7; Ionia, i5i Jackson, 171; Jackson No. 2, 64; KalI nazoo No. 1. 107j No. 2, 90; Lansing, I " Leesville, 54; Ludington, 87; ManI cie8ter, 140: Manistee, 228; Marine City, I jj4; Marquette, 56; Marshall, 111; MayI . 48; Monroe, 234; Mt. Clements, 86; uskegon, 150; New Buffalo, 46; Niles, I '2 Owosso, 60; Port Hurón, 126; No. 2, 80; Reed Cuy, 41; Roseville, 116; Saginaw City, 630; Saline, G2; Salzburg, 129! Saugatuck, 24; Sebewaing, 60; Springwells, 121; Sturgis, 38; St. Joseph, 22; Tbree Oaks, 44; Wyandotte, 114; Ypsilanti, 54. The total membership last year was 6,658. N. Schmid, oí Manchester, treasurer of the Bund, made his financial report. During the year ending June 6,845,047,90 was received. Of this $928.60 came froni Ann Arbor. The disbursements were $42,625,25. The sum of S500.00 each was paid to the families of the following members who died in Ann Arbor last year: Jacob Dengler, Michael Weinmann, Wm. Exinger, John Weitbrecht, August Mogk and August Kajtiska. The treasurer now has on hand $7,050.64. Other business, !ess important was transacted in the afternoon. THE CONCERT given at the opera house in the evening was even better than anticipated. A mixed orchestra, under tne direction of Prof. Otto, rendered_ several fine seleutions. The "Gesangverein Lyra," organized only a few weeks ago by Prof. R. H. Kempf, was a revelation. "Zigeuner Leben" and "MeinTurteltaeubcben" were both well appreciated. Another fine feature was the playing of the Ann Arbor Zither club, which is composed of Messrs. Martin Haller, Geo. Visel, Gottlob Starkand John Meyer, jr. They were enthusiastically encored' The Harugari Maennenchor, with sixteen voices, gave two patriotic selections. A duet by Mrs. R. H. Kempf and Walter Taylor, "Gern will ich schli essen das Aug;" an alto solo by Mis Annie Lutz, " Liebesbrief;" a duet by Miss E. Ilazzard aod Walter Taylor, "A ISTight in Venice," and a soprano solo bv MissHazzard, " O Schoene Zeit,' were all encored. A large audience listened to the program. THE PROCESSION started yesterday morning, shortly after eleven o'olock. The marshals were Frederick Schmid and Titus Hutzel. In advance was the fire department, followed by the Ann Arbor band. Then came the city and county officials and the members of the "Gesangveiein Lyra" in hacks. The Jackson band and verein followed. Farther back in the procession were the Belleville and Milan bands, both of which furnished exceptionally good music. The Ann Arbor Germán societies - the Harugari, Landwehr, United Workmen, Turnverein, Unterstuetzung Verein - appeared in the procession. The Jackson, Detroit, Saline, Lansing, Ionia, Ypsilanti Unterstuetzung vereins were all largely represented, as well as many from other cities. There were between four hundred and five hundred men in line all told. The line of march was as follows: From the nnk on Huron-st to División, to Ann, to Main, to Fourth, to Relief Park. The noon hour and early afternoon were spent in picnic fashion. P. G. SUEKKY'S SPEECH Shortly after two o'clock P.G. Suekey, editor of the Hausfreund, delivered a speech commemoratiug the twentyfifth anniversary of the Ann Arbor Unterstuetzung Verein. Referring to the history of Michigan, he said that Steuben was the first distinguished Germán to visit Michigan, he having been sent in 1783 by "Washington to take possession of the territory. The immigration of Germans during the days of the territory and early days of the state was small. Now thousands of industrious Germans are inhabitants of Michigan. Ann Arbor was from the first a favorite place of settlement. Mr. Suekey hoped the delegates would return home with the conviction that in the Huron valley are American citizens who are not ashamed of the race from which they sprang, and who still cherish the old customs and traditions. The speaker traced the history of the Ann Arbor verein. In 1866 Franz Nebel, John Eisele and August Widemann agitated the foundation of an aid society. They were süccessful and in October 143 men signed the constitution. At the first regular meeting August Widemann was elected president, Hermann Schlotterbeck vice-president, G. F. Lutz recording secretary, Adolph Kemper corresponding secretary, John Eisele treasurer. In 1875 the verein became part of the state Arbeiter Bund. Since 1876 340 persons have joined, 79 have died and 197 have been dismissed or discharged. The money paid relativesof each deceased member was at first $40; now it is $540. Since 1876 S9.500 has been expended in aid and $3,280 in life insurance. Since 1875 $8, 78.70 has been paid into the general state treasury, while $10,050 has been received from that source. Mr. Suekey showed how all this illustrated tbe truth of their motto, "In union there is strength," and with what wisdom the founders of the organization had selected the bee hive as their symbol. BUSINESS SES8IONS were held both morning and afternoon yesterday. The Bund decided not to raise the treasurer's salary, as proposed, from Í5 to $125. New members WÜ1 hereafter be required to deposit $10 with general treasurer. The proposition to pay an organizer $500 a year was voted down. Bay City was selected ss the place of next meeting. A resolution was passed stipulating that hereafter members of the Lutheran church might be admitted iftheir moral character was approved. This was asarca8tic hit at the Missouri synod, whlch recently decided that no churchman could belong to the Arbeiter Verein. TUE FINALE. Last evening a' bowery dance was given in Relief Park, which -was brilliantly lighted with electricity. Most of the visitors returned home on the late trains.' Today the business sessions are finished and the delégate will visit the University. The Arbeiter Bund will undoubtedly carry away with them pleasant memories of the Athens of the West.


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