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Saint Patrick's Day

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Day
23
Month
March
Year
1888
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Public Domain
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The banquet in honor of St. Patrick's day given at Hangsterfer's-hall, last Fnday evening, by the Irish National League was a most decided succeas and a brilliant affair. Over a hundred persons attended and tbe rooms were filled with pleasant people, all bent on making thé occasion as pleasant socially as it could be done. The early part of the evening was devoted to card playïng and projaenading. Every room was filled with tables, while the halls were given up to some of the younger couples, who preferred to promenade. There were a goodly number of pretty girls present, but of course, the young men were just as numerous. Among those f rom abroad who attended was Editor Husrhes of the Michiaau lic. After the various games of eards had been ünished or had progiessed for some time, the anuouncement that there would be niusic in the parlor, brought every body near the piano, where Mrs. Segar, who has a very clear sweet voice, delightfully rendered two songs, Kathleen Mavourneen and Kalfe's beautiful Killarney. This was followed bv a duet, "Barcarole" sang by Miss ïheresa J3renuan and I'. A. Ilayden James E. Harkins sang 'The letter that never came" and, in response to the encoré wuich always follows his songs, he sang his well known Germán lullaby in an inimitable manner greatly to the amusement and delight of his listeners. The hour of twelve was approachins when tlieguests feil in line and proeeeded to the banquet hall above where plates had been set for over a hundred. The tables, which were anauged in th form of a cross were found laden wit every thing to tempt the appetite anc presented a brilliant effect, under th green festoons. A portrait of Glad stone was festooned with green and o eituer side was draped the America flag. For it was a patriotic occassio and every speaker of the evening liad f good word to sav for America, the lan of the free and of that freedom fo which Ireland has so long contended. Rey. Fr. Fierle invoked the Uivin blessing and the menu was disposed o by the guests, every one of whom seemed to be in happy humor. The the toastmaster, l'ostmaster Duff called the assemblage to order, iu th follovving well chosen words: Ladies and Gentlemen: Anotheryea has rolled around and with it has com this weieome festival; a festival tha; dates back almost to the later Roma empire. W herever the English lang uage is spoken or an Irish heart throb over this broad and free land, from th Atlantic ocean to the Pacih'c slopes, o from over the great chain of lakestoth gulf, there are gathenngs this evenin of the staunch sons and fair daughteis f the Emerald Isle. who will meet t celébrate this festal occasion. The will meet, as we meet, to express kim ly greetings and to pledge anew, as w do hei e this evening, their fldelity t Ireland and her cause. I am sure tha I voice the sentiment of you all, whe I sav that we welcome the song, musi and speeches that this festival bring us; song, music and speeches, which many of us have heard again and again rehearsed until they have become, as it were, anclent history. Yet to us they never appear old. The sflvery Irish tongue present them to us, as it were, anew on these occasions, decked in the most magnetic and brilliant attire, looking as bright and glittering as gold from the crucible, to be preserved and treasured by us as memenioes of the past. It is such festivals as this that have aroused and preserved that love of country, for which the Irish race are so especially noted, and which has kindled in the hearts of our people. a nre tnat neitner penal coaes er prisons have been able to extinguish or eradicate. And while we love the land of our birth with an ardent love, we love still more the lanci of our adoption. It is our own proud privilege this evening to boast that we are American citizens, that we live under and enjoy the protection of the best form of government that God has ever perrnitted to exist, a government that has furnished a home and an asylum to the wearv wanderer from every land, a governmént that assures us,one and all, good citizens, ampie protection under lts lavv, in the possession of life, liberty and property; protection under that star spangled banner, which we all so love and reverence. That embleni of liberty wtnch extends its peaceful folds to the oppiessed of every clime. Long may that atarry banner wave! JLoug m;iy this grand form of government exist and flonrish! Mr. George M. Greening, of Lyndon, now in the law department, after tlie music which followed Mr. Duffy's remarks had ceased, eloquently responded to the toast of "The üay we Celébrate' "Kound thy patli white lllics twine 'J'ruf cmblums of that soul of thlne. Vearuing to grow e'cr more divine." This was no more bt. Pat nek 's day, he said, than Ireland's day. The love of St.i'atrick and bis religión was one of the strongestexisting. Irelmd points to hirn as the father of herhistory. lier history was shrouded in darkness and uncertainty untilSt Patnck's voice was heard. Fifty yeurs afterward, the whole rorld united in pronouncing the green western isle, the home of saints. ireland is perhaps the only nation which entirely owes its conversión to the work of one man. She is the only nation who never caused her apostle an hour of sorrow. Three hundred years of peace followed St L'atrick's day and the whole island was covered with monasteries. For a thousand years, her history has been one of trials. For 3Ü0 years the sword was not slieathed. The magie of St. Patrick's name united them and enabled them to sweep the Danes into the sea. Scarcely had the Danes passed away when the second period of her miseries began. Sad was the day when Ireland fought no longer as one man. Sad the day when on one üeld lay many Normans and Saxons slain and on a neighboring one the t'olloweis of petty Irish chiefs at war witli eacti other. i or 400 years the battie waged, uutil tlie title of Lord of Iieland was jjiven ta Heury VIII. Suddenly Lngland changed her faith and Ireland took back tlie surrendered sword. In glowing words, the recent history of Ireland was touched upon, and the tact that each recurrí ng festival of St. Patrick's day grew more dear to the Irisb lieart. Miss Rose Seerey in a svveet voice Rang "The Harp that once Thro' Tara's Hall" and was warmly applauded. C. V. O'Connor, of Sioux City, Iowa, also a law student, spoke to the toas!: "The President of the United States, the most honored and exalted xecutive on earth." Mr. O'Connor said: We gather 'round the festive board to-night. as is the ancient custom in honor of St. Patrick, "for a feast of reason and a flow of soul". To-night more than ever we love to dweil upon the the deeds of the glorious sons of Erin; to glow with new hope for her children alive and pray for the souls of her dead; to sing the praises of her martyred héroes whose yery spirits live and breathe to-day, aiding humanitT's cauie inBrittishparliamentand in their honor we place upon our breasts. "The triple leaf Of bond aud ohief, Oíd Ireland's nativo shamrock." Butto us, who love above all else that's earttily the only land of trne liberty, there is a sweeter thou'ght. And it falls on me,unworthy,to toast to the noblest Roman of them all, the President of the United StaUs. There could be nothiue: more fitting on an occasion like this than to drink the health of the helmsman of our ship of state. Por in him we recognize the representa ti ve of that nation of all nations where an Irishman is alwavs , weicome. a or the preservation of tuat , nation's precious life and liberty, ' thousands and thousands of Irishmen. two decades past, were proud to let the red blood ílow. For that nation and her chiet to-night, eery Irishman in ; the world sends up the glad Te Deum. As we sit in peace under the folds of 1 the stars and stripes, we all hail to the chief. As we drink the cup of pleasure under the olive and the white winged dove, we place him flrst in the stars of fortune. As we rest seouie in the very shadow of the sombre goddess whose forehead, radiant witk the light of justice, 8trikes,back the sheeny spiender of the morn on a nation of free men, we say to her champion, our president, "Thou art Freedom 8 now and Fame 9 One of the few immortal ñames, That were not born to die-" N. P. Whelan, of Utica, 2ïew York spoke of the "Trials of Ireland-sorrow remembered, sweeten present jovs," o her gallant sous slaughtered in defens of herlife. The speaker had a gooc presenee and made a most excellen impression. T. D. Kearney, Esq., of this city spoke of "Gladstone, his life was len for noble deeds." He spoke in big terms of the illustrious leader of th liberal party in England, who was un questionably the greatest leader in th world of politics and whom the Iris people hold in their hearts. He gav a brief sketch of Gladstones life anc spoke of lus marvellous versatility He is constantly writing articles o every conceivable subject. He bega a parliamentary career of unequallec brilliancy in 1832. He inaugurate and carried to success many reforma In 1841 he advocated the removal of th disabilities of the Jews. While holdin the office of Chancellor of the Excheq uer,in 1853, he introduced the budgeti a remarkable series of addresses pro nounced bv Lord John Russell, amon the ablest financial speeches eve made. If it had not been for him, i is not improbable that even now Catho lic Ireland would have been forced b; taxation to supporc protestant churches One act of his above all others will go down to the ages as the crowning act o a successful lite. In 1886 he introducec his bill for the future government o Ireland recognizing a principie so wel established in our own goveinment Mr. Gladstone had not always recogniz ed the justness of the Irish cause. He brought in the coerción bill of 1882, bu he told parliament that the Irish people had made known their wants. Bu even his wonderful eloquence could no save his latest bill. The grand ok man is now seventy-nine years old ant still hale and hearty. After the applause, which followec Mr. Kearney's remarks had died away the orchestra plaved another patriotic Irish air and J. V. O'Hara, of Iiidiana, spoke of "the Irish race in America". True to the land of their birth, Thrice true tothe land of their adoption. He traced the influence of Irishmen on American history f rom Patríck Henry, the General whó struck the first blow of the American revolution, the thirteen Irishmen who signed the declaration of iudependence, among whom was John Hancock, who first aflixed his signatura, naming many revolutionary generáis of Irish blood. Men of Irish blood had filled the offices of president, vice-president and had represented the nation in courts abroad and be it said to the honor of the Irish race in America never had the foul blots of mormonism aDd slavery found adherents in the merry sons and daughters of Ireland. Toastmaster Duffy annouiiced that he had a treat in reserve and invited all to adjourn to the parlors and listen to several songs by J. E. Harkins. "Why Paddy is always pooi" was the first selection and it was followed by the one concerning the girl, whose mother kept a candy store. A pleasing little banjo duet by Miss. and Mr. Duffy concluded the festivities of the evening or more properly of the morning.

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