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THESUNDAY HERALD, SUNDAY, JUNE 1. 1S90.
GERMANS IN AMERICA.
A NOTARLE DECOKATION DAY AD
DRESS I1Y A OEKJIAK EDITOR.
Delivered Over tho Graves ofTwoGorinnns
"Who Foil In Defending "Washington A
Protest Agalbst Unwlso T.iiws Restrict
Although year after year cultured minds have
brought to the theme new brilliancy and bright
ness of thought, It is worthy of notice thnt the
patriotic endeavor to pay homage to the nation's
dead heroes called forth, on Memorial Day,
many foiensic efforts deserving more than tho
passing notico which they receive on such an
occasion. Right here, at tho National Capital,
a local incident of the late war served to brine
about an address which has at least the merit of
novelty, and which may bo considered "interest
ing reading" by Tnrj Sunday IIkuaid's
readers, although It can he placed before
them in translation only, the address
Itself having been delivered In Germau by tho
editor of our German contemporary, the Jour'
nal, Mr. D. Skutsch. Tho incident referred to
is the death, at tho beginning of tho war, of
two of the Germau volunteers composing tho
Eighth Battalion of the District of Columbia
Volunteers, called into service on April 11,
1SG1. These men, whoso names were Ricks
and Old, arc buried at Prospect Ilill Cemetery,
about a mile and a half north of the Capitol
Building, where many other Uuion
soldiers of the German nationality
bavo sinco been interred. Kicks and
Obi fell In some outpost skirmishes near tho
Little Kails of the Potomac, and their comrades
of the Eighth Battalion, under whose auspices
tho memorial exercises at Prospect Hill and St.
Mary's cemeteries took place, held special ser
vices over their graves, when Mr. Skutsch deliv
ered the following address, which may bo prop
erly characterized as a plea for German unity
on this side of the Atlantic, but for patriotic
Kow that all nature is again in verdure clad;
that fields and forests, gardens and groves, ap
pear again rejuvenated in the garb of lovely
spring; now that new life has sprung forth where
the icy breath of winter had held all animation
suspended, we find ourselves, in the midst of all
these evidences of life and health, here, at tho
home of peace, of seclusion, and of eternal rest,
to look back upon the dead past.
AVe are assembled to-day to pay our tribute
of love and devotion to those who are past all
earthly sorrow and trouble, who have returned
to that bourne whence, as tho poet says, "no
traveler ever returned."
This our tribute, this homage is paid to those
who, In patriotic devotion to tho country of their
choice, the country which most closely ap
proached their ideal of a land of liberty, took up
their arms for its maintenance as such, who
helped to fight its battles and to win its glorious
victories, until they themselves have passed over
to that great army beyond, whose silent, endless
lcffions our minds cannot conceive.
'War's noisy activity has long since ceased:
those who were once arrayed in sauguine war
fare against each other have long since returned
to the calm occupations of peace; over the graves
of dear friends the hands of the men of the
Noith and tho South have long since grasped
each other in fraternal spirit, and in common
they are now striving to contribute to a common
country's sreatuess and prosperity. It is not In
a spirit oiThatred, therefore, that wo are here
united to-day we would but recall anew lov
ingly to our memories thoughts of the dear de
parted and of the duties which they, as our ex
amples, have left us as a heritage.
Of these duties we adopted citizens are re
minded by every last resting place upon this
liallowed spot a silent admonition of the dead
to the living, that we should be true to them
and to ourselves.
Not upon the field of honor alone are there
duties to perform for the patriotic citizen, there
aie also duties which claim our obedience
in the calm pursuit of peaceful development.
Not only should our own welfare claim our ex
eitiouand attention, but there are common in
terests which must be preserved.
If the German element of this country does
not wish to expose itself to tho wcll-grouiided
charge that it places material success above all
other aims and objects of human existence, then
it will bavo to devote itself to those duties in
the future in a greater degree than it has done
heri'tofore. But it will then also find that it is
much easier to prevent unjust and oppressive
legislation by attacking the evil at its roots
than to avoid the consequences of 6uch legisla
tion when it has once assumed legal force.
In nine creat States of this Union no Gov
ernor, no Legislature, could be elected If thoy
should be unfriendly disposed toward the just
claims of the Germau element, if it would but
assert its inherent power and political strength.
No man could be elevated to the office of Presi
dent of the United States by one or the other
of the two great parties ot our laud who should
bear upon his brow the Cain's mark of know
nothingism. The principle of political equality, upon
which our entire system of government rests,
places into tho hands of every ono by far the
most powerful weapon of self-defeuse man's in
genuity ever created the elective franchise.
lias the German element properly appreci
ated this weapon, has It done justice to its re
sponsibility as an important, iutegral part of
this f ice nation ? A glance at the political sit
uation of to-day will show it. Let us look be
yond the narrow confines of tho place where
we, aii Insignificantly small portion of that ele
ment, comprising millions of tho inhabitants of
this Union, are assembled to do honor to our
dead, the heroes of the Union.
Let our eyes wander to yonder stately dome
under whoso massive colonnades are enthroned
not only the legislative power of this country,
but also tho highest judicial tribunal which
passes in judgment upon the decrees of those
legislative bodies. We find that this German
element, one-seventh of tho entire population
of tho Union, is neither represented upon that
judicial tribunal nor in tho Senate of the United
States by but a single voice. Wo find that
among tho liundieds of Representatives from
all parts of this great land in tho National
llouso of Representatives hardly a fiftieth part
speak6 as tho mother tongue those souuds so
welcome to our ears and our hearts. Can there
be valid reasons, In a system of government
based upon the broadest foundations of univer
sal equality, for such disproportionate represen
tation of popular elements claiming common
.rights? Such a supposition would bo hardly
justifiable. There is not a city of any extent
in this country where men of German origin do
not hold places of houor among tho foremost
members of the legal fraternity. There aro not
many portions of this great land In which men
of German descent have not made their way to
the front ranks of citizenship by their great
personal qualifications, by their brilliant suc
cesses upon tho fields of Industry, commerce,
tho arts and sciences, or by their success in car
ing for public interests or by their phllunthropy.
Can it be, nevertheless, u lack of interest In tho
common welfare, or ill-becoming modesty
which relegates tho best representatives of tho
German element to the darlu.css of tho politi
cal background ? Why this seclusion from tho
.public and political life of this nation on tho
rpart of tho Germau element, this almost Imper
ceptible representation in those fields in which
its own Interests should be preserved and pro
Surely, It is an evidence that tho German has
completely disappeared in the citizenship of his
new fatherland, notwithstanding all his German
songs, all his German customs and habits, all
his peculiarities, and his language. It is an
evidence that the German element, while rap
idly acquiring political majority, has neverthe
less learned to subordinate itself to political
divisions, to pass out of sight within these po
litical divisions, obedient to tho advice of tho
German prince of poets, Schiller:
" Canst thou not bo complete within thyself
Serve as a link to thnt which is completer'
Truly, it were better for the Gciman element,
as well ns for tho fortunes of this nation, would
it but show less paity fealty and more Inde
pendence in thought in tho political life sur
rounding it ! It would not then bo placed, In
ono part of tho country, before the alternatlvo
of having its youth compelled to employ, oven
in acquiring a rudimentary education, tho Eng
lish language in preference or to the exclusion
of tho language of their homes. It would not
be asked, in another part, to accept and respect
laws which originated in the narrow minds of
fanatics laws, which, at best, are but ephemeral
and problematical. It would not be asked to
give its approval to narrow restrictions of the
frco human right of migration by erecting bar
riers against any nationality by means of unjust
immigration laws fathered by unworthy class
spirit and nourished upon the breast of anti
Every nation upon the earth at all worthy of
a place in the world's history has produced men
worthy of tho admiration of their time and of
posterity, men worthy to servo as shining exam
ples for all time to come. The language they
employed In their intercourse with others of
their peonies served but as a tool to these great
minds. It can furnish no ground for unjust bar
riers Lofty principles mid ideas, such as thoso
laid down in the American Declaration of Inde
pendence, lose nothing of their beautv when re
produced in another language. In the endless
realm of thought and mind there arc no national
barriers, and woo unto tho people who would
subordinate to material considerations their
highest, their spiritual interest I
But we are assembled to-day only to show our
lasting respect and devotion for thoso citizens
of German origin who, In tho nation's hour of
need, offered their lives to save that of the
Union. More than they did no patriot of any
country could ever uudertako to do. The sacri
fice of one's whole exlstenco for the welfare of
others, or for the common welfare, is pictured to
us in poetry and history, in fairytale and in his
torical tradition, as tho incarnate realization of
ideal unselfishness and mental greatness. Pop
ular life among all nations upholds such Ideals
in Its heroes, and the popular voice soon weaves
around their impersonations a halo of supernat
ural and mysterious qualities.
Tho history of our own war is still too recent
to admit of such a glorification of Its heroes and
soldiers. But, when in future times popular
tradition shall sing a thousand songs in telling
of the deeds of our brave, then will not be for
gotten those two simple sous of the German soil
who Ho buried beneath these mounds. They
fell not in those great fights, those battles, of
which the history of this laud will tell coming
generations in tho far distant future. The
thunder of a thousand death-dealing cannons
did not lull them into that sleep from which
there is no awakening. Only the gently mur
muring falls of the quiet Potomac were wit
nesses of their devotion, their lldelitv to dutv.
But softly murmuring waves carried the news
along upon their journey to the sea; they told
their story to the mighty waves of the restless,
endless ocean, and upon the crests of, its wild
waves the tale was carried further and further
uutil it reached the sandy shore of the German
Fatherland, and told there of its faithful sons,
who, far, far away, had died for their new
country and for the starry flag which they had
sworn to protect.
Whether it was accident or destiny that tho
first home defenders of the seat of Government,
who should fall almost within its sight, should
have been Germans, should have been adopted
sons of the land will their noble example not
ever be an admonition for the American people
that their liberty is destined to be tho heritage
of tho oppressed of all nations ?
The courageous gladiators of ancient Rome,
when entering the arena, were wont to exclaim
before their ruler: "We, who aro about to die,
we greet thee, Imperator !" But we, as we part
from this last resting place of thoso who have
victoriously euded their earthly battle, wo part
from them saying: "Wo who return anew to
the battles and duties of life, wo greet you, sons
of liberty Best in Peace !"
And may all, as they leave this consecrated
spot, this temple of peace and of eternal rest,
return to their homes solaced, refreshed in mind
and spirit !
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