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Judge Edward O. Brown o! Chicago
I Speaks at Rotk Island Club;
DELIVERS ELOQUENT ADDRESS
Pictures Martyr as a True Democrat
JE. Northup and Judge M. J.
V Wade Also Speak.
The seventh annual banquet, of the
Rock; Island Club last evening took
the form of a celebration of the cen
tenniat anniversary of the" birth .-of
a, and proved to foe j
feature of the day in 1
the1 most notable
Rock Island. At 7:30 the members of
the flub seated themselves at Jour,
large tables in the banquet room of
the; club house, extending from tho
speakers' table placed at the east enJ
of the ropnv. At the table of honor
were President Rosenfield of the club
Judge E. C. Brown, Assistant State's
Attorney J. E. Northup of Cook coun
ty. Judge M. J. Wade, Colonel F. K
Hobbs of Rock Island arsenal. Robert
Rexdalo, Dr. G. L. Kyster, and Phil
Mitchell. The banquet hall had been
tastefully decorated for the occasion
silk ', flags being placed in profusion
about the hall, while at the cast end
overlooking the speakers' table, was a
large bust of Abraham Lincoln, drap
ed with' three flags, and illuminated by
three electric light bulbs, in the na
tional colors. At each -place at the
table were handsome souvenirs in the
form of elaborate menu cards, and lit
tle bas-relief medals, on one side of
which is a bust of Lincoln, while on
the reverse is a scroll illuminated with
a' picture' of 'a log, cabin on, one side
and the dome of the capitol at Wash
ington oh the other. The scroll has
the inscription: "Centennial Celebra
tion Emancipator of a Race Savior
of the Nation."'. . . '
At the conclusion of. the excellent
menu, President Walter A. Rosenfield
assumed the duties of toastmaster, and
opened the after-dinner program by
announcing that "before the next an
nual banquet the Rock Island Club will
have a better club house and a better,
place .for . the , holding of the , celebra
tion.'! :r. ?,;'- -x "''; i- 'l .-
- JimIk Brown Heard..
President Rosenfield introduced as
the first sneaker Judge Edward O.
Brown, of the? second district -appellate
court of Chicago. Judge Brown's sub
ject ' was "A Plain Man of the Plain
reople:" He:spoke as follows: ' .f' '::
"Forty-eight' ' years'1 a'gd last" nig'trf
Abraham Lincoln, a plain man of the
plain people, bade good-bye to liis
friends and neighbors in! our sister
city of Springfield, telling them tliat
to them he owed everything, and that
h left them to take up a great task
with a sadness unappreciable to ODe
not, in, his situation ..To his partner
he said that the old sign ought not to
be disturbed, as after his term as pres
ident of the United States he should
return to. practice again in the same
old way. . ,
"Thus modestly and quietly, this
plain country lawyer left his home on
the prairies of Illinois to confront at
Washington a situation than which.
considering tho man and his equip
ment as, it was then supposed to be
nothing more appalling and disheart
ening could be imagined.. To all -who
had not an inspired faith in the final
triumph of. democracy, and the rule of
the people, it seemed a desperate one.
"Said Charles : Francis Adams .the
on of, one and the - grandson of an
other president of the United States,
HON. MARTIN J. WADE
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LIANT IOWAN; WHO-DELIVERETi C6NCLTJDING ADDRESS AT
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and himself a foremost figure" in our
political life, I must then affirm wltS
out hesitation that in the history ro'.'
our government down to this hour,-"ui'
expeiiment so rash has ever beer:
made as that of elevating to the head
of affairs a man with so little prev
ions preparation for his task as Mr.
' "Wendell Phillips, the petted moutl
piece of the literary Brahmins of New
England, cried out: 'Who is this huck
slerin politics? Who Is this- country
court advocate?' ,
"Who indeed was he? In Illinois h
was- known as a- lawyer and advocau
of ability and tact, and a man shrewd
on-jand forceful, as well as honest ia poll
jtical affairs and management.' In Hue
country at large he had a reputatior
for ability v
cry moderate in kind and
based ' on his ; local ' proml
nonce and on his having met on equa?
terms, in what he .made almost r.
drawn battle, the political idol "of a
million of his' countrymen, the grea!
senator from Illinois, Judge Dongles. .
Wmu Out of FudiIn.
"But he had never held an execu
tive ofiice; his experience as a legisla
tor even' was very limited. He wa
poor in pocket," obliged to borro.v
money to feed his family in Washing
ton until his salary should be payable.
He was ungainly and almost shamb
ling in appearance; sometimes melan
choly and moody in disposition; car."
less in dress; -simple and unconven
tional, almost rustic in his habits; ab
solutely without the capacity of posing
either physically or intellectually, as
a great man. There were no stained
glass attitudes at his disposal or .in
his thoughts. A simply-acting, simplv
speaking man, without pretense or
pretension; neither imposing himself
on others as great nor Intiihidateu by
the arrogance of others who might so
consider themselves, he moved anion?;
ordinary men ana those who believed
themselves extrordinary, with the
same unaffected and unassuming mien.
"What was it he took that journey
48 years ago to confront?
"lie had, nearly a year before, to
the bitterest disappointment of many
of its leaders and despite his inexper
ience, been made the nominee' of a
new and powerful but sectional party
for the presidency. After a contestol
great bitterness that party had won
the fight, but its victory, which owed
all its significance .to its position . ok
determined hostility: tothe. extensioj
of slavery to the territories, seemed. t,u
have turned into demoralization and
disaster after the election. The.-Jarger
partjof the south, was in open tebei
lion,, the rest preparing to follow; half
of, (he country all .ablaze with the en
thusiasm: of newborn, .hopeful revolu
tion;, the federal Government-in doubt
and irresolution, with many of its prin
cipal officers in open sympathy with
the insurgents; . the 'army, 'navy - and
treasury depleted." ' "
-."The 'fruits of the great victory of
liberty-lovers hi the. election of an
anti-slavery - president would- have
c,,f,u l " cl 1
u me soiun aione mat inns in uenani 1
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uiuis siuuu reauj iu resist; out at me
north also tho situation was depress
ing. The joy of the fight over some
thing like dismay and remorse seized
the very men who had won it. A sud
den fear changed their cry from that
of opposition to the spread of slavery
at any price, to that of peace and union
at any price. Concession and com
promise on the vital, niatters'on which
the political contest had been waged
were demanded on every side. ;
"The new president was criticised
and distrusted by men who had (voted
for him and apparently be'ieved in
him up to the time 'that their faith
should have cen proved by their
works, while the opposition, compris-
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CLUB BANQUET. ' , ; -
JOHN E. NORTIIUP:
ASSISTANT STATE'S ATTORNEY
OF COOK COUNTY, WHO SPOKE
ON "LINCOLN. - THE
ng half the people, were natdrally
.ehement in denunciation Ind direful
prophecy. He was to assume the rein.3
ii government with a cabinet, made
ip largely of disappointed rivals, who
'elt themselves his superiors, and its
chief, the secretary of state, must lake
jp our foreign relations with the
inow ledge that the great powers of
Europe were looking with-Ill-concealed
joy, and still more illy concealed cer
tainty of expectation for the disrup
tion of the. republic. ,
"These were,' the conditions under
which. Lincoln, entered the White
house in lSCl. ; : . . t j
In Four ,Venr.
"A little more than four years later
:he return to Springfield came. . It was
not, however, to take up again his res
idence and work among the friends
of his youth, that Lincoln came back.
Borne by weeping mourners, his body
was brought back to rest " on the
prairies he loved so well. In the very
moment of supreme victory, he had
been stricken down by the hand of an
assassin. . ..'. , ,. .;
"But consider what this plain man
bf the plain people had 'achieved in
the fotir years that jhad "intervened
between that departure and that re
turn! Mighty armies had sprung' into
being at his biddinglike magic, great
nayies;had risen ;from the-sea t. Bat
tics that in their fierceness and per
sistencjr staggered , the 5 military, stu
dents, of the., world,., had v been fought
and wpn undex the leaders selected, by
his supreme rommand, fought and won
ofttimes uncVer, his specific, advice and
instructions. The union had. been pre-
served: our count ft', . saved, .was
iriumphant over internal discord and
foreim iealouslv: the stars and strines
honored and . respected abroad as
ntlvo hofr.ro h.n.i nmn-thpir rirht
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to float among the proudest standards
of the world; and, greatest of all the
achievements of that wonderful four
vears. the United States of America
had had a new birth of freedom; the
foul stain of slavery . had been re
moved from it, and with that removal
the knell of chattel bondage In all the
civilized woild w had sounded. The
plain man of the plain people had
become the emancipator of a race!
"This work had been done, this re
sponsibility borne, these ends attained
by "him. in the face of almost incrcd
ible. difficulties and amid multiplied
discouragements, carping criticisms,
open and concealed, nostuuies. rival
ries and jealousies!
"But with the bullet of the assassin
camo a change 1 criticism ceasea,
Hostility died. Jealousy, hid itself
away. : On the glad sounds of victory
in tho land there came first a -hush and
then succeeded a wail, of grief. All
civilized mankind seemed stricken
with the same sorrow and every tongue
joined in eulogy of the great dead
. "An English illustrated paper, which
had for years held up his features and
his Bpeech to ridicule, portrayed him
at last with friendly hand,, apostroph
fzing Itself in language of genuine and
generous emotion .
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You lay a wreath on murdered Lin
' coin's bier! . ..'-'.
ion, who with mocking pencil wete
. wont 'to trace, , ;
Broad for the self-complacent sneer,
His length of shambling limb, his
furrowed face, "
His gaunt, gnarled hands, hia unkempt
Hi3 garb uncouth, his bearing ill at
. - ease, ' '.:. . . . -' ,-.
His lack of all we prize as debonair,
Of power or will to shine, of art to
Yon, whose smart pen backed up the
Judging each step, as though the
way were plain; -. ,r.
Keckless, so It could point its para-
: graph, ' . .' - '
; Of .chiefs berplexity, or : people
pain. ', ,'i .': - - -v. ..".';
Beside this: corpse, that bears for
.! ; w inding sheet
i The stars and stripes he lived to
rearhnew,- . . . -.';;;,.;
i.Between the inourpers at his head
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MONOREDBY G. A. fS.
ohh Bufbfd Post fias Lincoln Pro
gram at Court House Which
is Well Attended.
FEELING ADDRESSES GIVEN
D. (Connelly Reads Gettysburg Ad
dress and C. J. Searle and E. H.
Stafford Speak. '
Nowhere ' m Rock . Island was Lin
soln's centennial anniversary observed
with a deeper Reeling of reverence than 1
at the circuit court room last evening,
when a program was carried out under
the. auspices of John Buford post, G."
A. R. Commander J. W. Crandall of
the post presided. An opening prayer
was offered by Post .Chaplain H. C.
Firsthand then "America" was suns,
by . the aidleuce. - , .:
B. D. Connelly was the first speaker-,,
reading Lincoln's Gettysburg address
and preceding' it with a short sketch
of the circumstances under which that
epic of American oratory was written
and delivered.- Lincoln had made no.
especial preparation when at the dedl-j
cation of the national cemetery at Get-1
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ijrsuuij, ue aivao iu cn.un, iuuuh lug ;
Sdward Everett, an accomplished ora
tor, who had held the attention of the
audience for two hours. The president
was on his feet but a few minutes, but
so eloquently, concisely and so feeling
ly did he speak that the multitude who
heard htm was awed into silence when
he had concluded, and because of the
lack of applause he supposed that his
effort had been a failure. , '
.t Searle Add Tribute.
After the Lincoln quartet had sung
"The Boys of th Old Brigade," C. J.
Searle added his; tribute to the great
manclpator. Hero at the present day
with 80,000,00,0 people , doing homage
to Lincoln, said the speaker, it seems
inconceivable that he did not always
hold the affections of the nation, nev
ertheless he was far from being a pop
ular idol during his time of greatest
service to his country. In fact, he
as abused as no other president of
the United States ever was. especially
by tlie leaders of the time. But a short
time before his assassination bitter
resolutions condemning: his socalled
usurpation of power: were passed by
congress in which body he had , few
loiiowers. w,. . . ,
After" his death the change began,
and more antj more as time passes; Is
the true .worth of Lincoln appreciated,
till today there is none who- denies-his
greatness and fhelnesiniable'S'alue of
Mr. Searle traced The' 'growth of slajir
pry and of the movement to , put .it
down .and ., .elaborated, ,upoa the . part
that. ; Lincoln I. played,' in J inpjulding
sentiment.'aridln the , .great fini .strug-
B. II. StnlTurd I.imt Speaker.
Next the quartet' sang "My Country
Tis of . Thee,", with , cornet accompani
tneuU . Elmore H. Stafford, the .princi
pal speaker of the evening, was then
presented. Words fall us in express
ing our appreciation of the civil war
president, said Mr. Stafford. Through-1
Lincoln was on every lip. It was
proper that this should be done, and
yet, as the subject of homage himself
WHEN THE MISSISSIP WAS THE
GREAT HIGHWAY ; ; ,
(Dedicated to th6 Memory of Captain Pavld Tipto..anI Head at- the JJn-'
. a' . . ,- ,-, coin .Day .. Bamjuet tf th Ilock J.sliuui, Club.) s.i -:
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I'm a gnest on shore with -you gents tonight , ; . J. ... . .
.' Where the smoke is thick and tho wine is. bright, .' ' , . ... J,
" But my thoughts go back to the long ago, ; M
.' And the river that sings to the sea' below!
Oh, I'll tell the tory as best I can; . . - '-. i -For
I'm only a weather-worn river maru :
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But the world is sweet and its joys are real,. '.
To the nien who stand at the steering wheel;
And I've not forgot how it used to be,. .
In the good old days that are gone for me.
For the pulse beat fast and the heart was gay
. When the Mississip was the great highway!" '
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If I sigh sometimes for the vanished years, .
' v And my eyes grow dim with the mist of tears,
- It's hot because of the changing ways,
And it's not regret for the river days: "
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But I miss the friends who have gone to sleep, .
Where the hill dips down to the waters .deep ; -
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.. . Ahd I jnourh for one who in. life was rare, . ' ',
'. For old Davy; Tipp who Is anchored there! : -;
He was true to'tae as the stars are true,. : "
' ' And liis smilo like sunshine sifted through,' '
To brighten , the gloom of a stormy day ,
When the, Mississip was the great highway! .
, So, I dream tonight o'er my pipe and glass,
1 , - A dream of the boats as they used to pass: (
, x The song of the river's in everything, , ';
As the whistle blows for the bridge to swing,
' And I see the lights as we're,drifting down, ;
The lights of home In Rock Island town!
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Ob, I miss the crews that will sail no more,
And I miss the. laugh of a lass on shore; j V !'
-; ' But I pledge them all in the sparkling wine,.
; As memory singeth of auld Iang syne, V. :
V', ' And I drink to years ere the head was gray '
. v When the Mississip was the great highway t ' ' ;
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ROCK ISLAND BARD, WHO READ
ORIGINAL POEM, "WHEN THE
- ' MISSISSIP WAS THE GREAT
had said, on' . similar occasion, no ap
preciative effort could increase the ae-1
tual value of the work that had .been j
done." It was rather for the. people In I
the contemplation of Lincoln , as an 1
ideal to endeavor themselves to risel
to his standard, to" dedicate themselves
to greater things. ,., r I
No man ever accomplished more forllscences Major C. W. Hawes.
a people than, Lincoln did, and no man
of a comparatively recent age has been
the subject of such careful study, and
research as Lincoln has been. Of the
works extant bearing upon his ! life
there are nearly a thousand. , In these
there are many discrepancies and
contradictions, even in the matter, of
ancestry. . This is not so much to be
wondered at. when . it is known that
Lincoln himself did not know much of
his forefathers. Only recently, after
careful and long coniinued search, has
)ils lineage been ,-traced back beyond
the' seas: " Now; however'it' is known
mat ne descended fron). the country s I ternoon. y.ho Iaughters. of the Amcrl
pioneers; the Lincoln family, in partic-lean Revolution celebrated the occasion
ular.. having always been, foundh the
frontier. : -' ' ' " " f ,( ;
, The future president grew tq man-
hood" withA strong body in"'which..he
devcToped 'a st'rong mind, .and, thss.
wlfh' determination and "foresight,
helped him to. Climb to enduring name,
The speaker triced ibe; early life of
Mifwiu. mpiv iue uuio no.eniereq pou-
ics.!and followed his 'failures and sue-
cesses through the period pf years pre-
ceaing nis election to the presidency;
told of the. rnanner jn., which he, tried
to avoid the' conflict with' the, south;
and of the firmness with 'which head-
hered to his Work Of saving the union,
even at fearful cost, once the war was
begun. But now the conflict has been
j ended for many years, the country ;1s
reunited as firmly as ever in its his -
out the land factories had stopped, of -
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fices closed, the lium"bf industry had
ceased for "the day and the name of
tory,! and all praise for this consumma
tion is due to the name of lncoln.' ;
Wlti TeH of Vome' Vrk, -
i The program closed with recitations
by Mrs. V. A. Lovctt and Mrs. Fanny
Stoltenberg, and the song "Good night"
by the quartet. . ; . -'-, ." "
' At the conclusion Commander Cran
dall announced that two wrecks from
tonight the post win hold an open
meeting at which the work of the wo
men in the war of the- rebellion will
be taken up. -.V-.
PRETTY SETTING FOR
' LINCOLN PROGRAM
Young People's Society of Broadway
Church Gives a Unique Cel
' ' - v ebration. '
' .The Young People's society of the
Broadway, Presbyterian church cele
brated Lincoln day with a unique 'en
tertainment at the church last evening
A tent pitched beside a blazing camp-
fire was the setting for a number of
stories which were told while all other
light : except that from the campfire
was extinguished. Refreshments con
sistmg of coffee and hardtack were
served. The program for the evea
ing was as follows:
Piano Solo -Walter Taylor.
Piano Solo Miss Gertrude Schmidt
Urief Sketch' of .Lincoln Junius
Vocal Solo Mrs. Harriet Cropper
Johnston. ' ' ' '
Gettysburg Address Bessie Reiss
Reading. "Oh, Why Should the Spiri
of Mort al "Be Proud ?" Miss Rosabel
-Life of Lincoln
ley. ' .
-Wyman J. Beards
Reading, "A Perfect Tribute" Miss
Bessie Montgomery. "
Violin Solo Miss Ruth Johnston
Campfire Stories, led by war remin
-Mrs. Harriet Cropper
Johnston.. . , - - "
Poem Dr. W. S. Marquis, D.
BUST OF LINCOLN IS
GIVEN HIGH SCHOOL
Mrs. A. H. McCandless Makes Presen
: tation Address C. J. Searle De
The Lincoln centenary program at
the high school was-held yesterday af-
with, the high school,; and the asstjm:
bly; hall. was crowded, to its, capacity by
the students members of the.LX; A.' R.
and parents of.the-pup.Us.,.ThcJpr'inci-
paliaddress of .the. afternoon ' was, .de,
Hvered byiC: Searle. -Mr. Searle
snnke of the t?reat nrenaratlnna madf
throughout, the.' United .States., by -the
aristocrats and the poor, regardless 'of
nationality or. color, to honor the birth
of a man born in a lowly Jog cabin.
Lincoln, a human ibeing, was: being
done homage by an entire nation, a na-
tion composed of approximately eighty
millions of people, the people of the
creafpst nation on Hie face nf the
Mr' Soorio e.wo f tw rn-ti. f
slavery, of the need there was of some
Lne tn take the holm and truido th,
Uhip of state through the " dangerous
passage which' it was .approaching.
safely back to union and peace once
more. There was but one man to do
it in the whole nation, and that was
Lincoln. The speaker told of the life
of Lincoln, how his life was prepared
W. A. ROSENFIELD
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PRESIDENT OF THE ROCK- ISLAND CLUB ' AND TOASTMASTER AT -
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Over 400 Gather at
Hall and Honor Memory or
' Abraham Lincoln. .
GOOD PROGRAM IS GIVEN
A. Olivey, Charles W. Fry and S. B,
Richardson Speak F. W. Herges '
. Is Toastmaster.
Over 400 o the union men of the"
three cities gathered at the Industrial
hall last evening to do honor to Abra
ham Lincoln. The hall was crowded
with .prominent union men from , the
trinities, and many ont-of town men
also. A number who were here from
Chicago expressed themselves as satis-
Bed that the affair was one of the most
successful ever held. The hall was
decorated for the occasion with labor
banners, and a picture of Lincoln drap
ed with flags.
Chh'HKO Man SprakN.
J. B. Connors, the international pres
ident of the switchmen's union, who
was to be the main speaker of the ev
ening was' unable to oe present, ana
bin place was taken by W. A. Olivey
of Chicago, general organizer of the '
United Garment Workers union of the
state. He took as his topic the les
sons and inspirations that labor can
draw from the teachings of Lincoln,',
and his speech was very interesting.
He was followed by Charles W. Fry,
business agent of the machinists' union '
in district No. S, and by S. B. Richard- .
son, international president of the Car r
Workers of America both of whom
discussed- the benefits of organized '
labor. J. B. Lennon, treasurer of the
American Federation' of Labor, was
expected to be present, but he found it
impossible to come. The program in--'
eluded music by an orchestra and by
the Arsenal quartet.
Served n Tmtnmntler.
F. W. Herges was the master of cer
emonies during the evening." The com- ,
mil tee which was In charge of the ban
quet was as follows: F. W. Herges,.
C. C. Wilson, R' W. Ke'.ley, P. J. Carl
son, is. 1;. Kindred, William MieJKe, J.
Wright and P. Williams. .
JUDGE OLMSTED -IS SPEAKER
Delivers Address on Lincoln at Qhris-
, tian Science Services. t 7
: Judge R..Y- Olmsted delivered a lco-.f
ture on Lincoln at the special sen-ices,;
at. the First Church of Christ ScieuW
ists, last evening. The program.. con-1
Sisted of mnslc ty Mfss"Esther Plumb,
who played a number -of patriotic .'se
lections.' There was a good ' attend-7
ance - -- -' ; -' -.: :
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for the great responsibility which i was
to rest on bin shoulders, .how ho.uid..
fd the nation through the great con-.
flict, and how, when his great work .
had hardly been finished, he met death.
at the hands of an assassin. . . t .
There were several Other numbers
on the program, as follows:
Music High school quartet.
Gettysburg Address Swift Rlche.
Oration on 'Lincoln Ellwood Fry.
Music High 'school orchestra. - - ;
Presentation bf Gift to School Mrs.
A. H. McCandless.
Address C. J. Searle. . -. .rj.
. Song School. . -
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