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Minneapolis to the IStli Annual Encampment.
And Thronged with Veterans
and Citizens.
The Drummer Boy of Mission
R5dge the Hew Commander-in-Chief.
Eleetad President of the Wo
man's Relief Corps.
a. bigst jsze&jokzasfib and gratxft
iesg sessiok of tiee katioxal
Preparations for ilie Animal Encampment
A Fair City in Holiday Attire TYomlcrful
Growth of SlintieapolLs Her Present Posi
tion as ?Ialropolis of tlie Nortliwest Epit
omized History of tho G. A. Ii. Enthusi
asm Ovor SiKirman and Logan.
Minneapelts gave a glorious welcome to the
Veterans of the Grand Army of tho Republic,
assembled in 13th annual Encampment in
beautiful Minnesota. The iair city was cob
webbed with
of evergraeits and Sags and intersected with
imposing archways, crowned wfck portraits of
battle heroes and emblazoned with the names
of immortal fields of battle. The Department
of Minnesota, untlor tbe coramaudersbip of
Col. E. C. Babb, and supported by tbe Posts of
tbe fair Metropolis of tbe Xorlhwest, bad done
Bystematic and ellicient preliminary work, sup
ported by tho patriotic citizens en maste, who
gave largely of their time and moans to do tbe
veterans honor and reflect credit upon tLeir
noble State.
The -week was glorious, and upon tbe early
Monday morning trains the delegations began
pouring in, tbe nnmbcr increasing with every
train, day and night, until on Tuesday the
great Trass wcreT7oU in line. Besides the
veterans were many visitors, attracted thitimr
by the great event, or coming from the Bast
snd South to Lake Colwell, Lakeliinnctonka,
or some other of the numerous picturesque
resorts that attract the Summer tourists in
eearch of health and pleasure. And, besides,
there wore the delegates of the Woman's Relief
Corps, comiug from all parts of the Union in
respectable numbers to their first annual con
vention. The hotels and boarding houses in
the city wore soon full and running over, and
the overflow found it both desirable and con
venient to seek entertainment at the suburlan
hotels along the lakes, which are both inviting
in their exterior and filled with every luxury
and comfort.
The West House was but partially completed
in time for the Encampment, which was a grave
disappointment to the aeabled thousands,
particularly as at this hoi! tho Headquarters
of the Katioual Departments, G. A. R., and
Woniau'ii Belief Corps had beoa. established, to
gether with those of a majority of the States. On
Monday morning when The Tribune party
arrived all was ohaos cad coafosion, but few
carpets laid, scarcely a bed up, aad Ihs halls
and corridors filled with debris and workmen's
implements. But there was a strong force at
work, and by the afternoon the hotel was
opened for guests, with a dinner of superior
excellence served in the sumptuous dining
The "West House is a mammoth pile of red
brick, brown-stone trimmings, having a mighty
arched entrance, with Tennessee marble pillars,
and the inside finished with carved lnabo&tuy
and paucls of marble and malachite. There is
a grand square court, surrouuded with a glass
faced gallery, forming the hall6 of the parlor
floor, from which guests above 3ooked down
upon a brilliant scene below. The veterans
nearly all appeared in nniform, and, with
bright and glittering badges, presented a scene
in marked contrast from the usual somber pict
ures that are eeen in a hotel lobby. Bands of
music entering nightly, 'Slaking the circuit of
hotels and discoursing patriotic airs; comrades
arriving by delegations, singiug
sometimes when the night waeitalf spent, kept
it lively wherever the boys were assembled.
And thcrowcre cordial greetings and warm
welcomes, and not infrequently a round of
hearty cheers as some favorite comrade or dele
gation appeared npon the scene.
The hotels were all profusely decorated, as
were the places of business and many private
nouses, but nowiicre were the decorations more
elaborate than at the West House. AH around
the corridors canvas had been stretched, upon
which appeared the Grand Army badge on
every panel, aud below each of these, forming
a charmed circle, the five-pointed star of the
Grand Army, the center of which was one of
the numerous corps badges of the Union army
in the field. In the stately dining-room, with
as superb finishings of carved mahogany as
were ever seen, the menu cards bore a picture
of a soldier on guard. Everything was patri
otic in design, even to the wax wldier who
stood guard beside a teat facing the guests
upon entering the court from the lofty carved
Ktructure built around and above tho vaults at
the rear of the clerk's desk, farthest from the
tn trance
Almost facing the West House was a grace
ful archway, bearing tho inscription, "Wel
come to our Veterans," and resplendent with
decorations and interesting through its life
size portraits of gallant commanders. The im
mense double archway, spanning the crossing
near me -.mcoicw jiocsc, was surmounted oy a
crown covered with bunting aad bore the por
traits of Logan, Sheridan, Sherman, Farragut,
Grant, Thomas, Meade, and McPherson, with
the names of Stone River, Winchester, Wilder
ness, Gettysburg, Malvern Hill, Shiloh, Vicks
barg, Donelson, Potcisburg, Chickamauga, and
tho tents of which wero pitched at tho finr
grounds, tho grand stand and the pavilion
wero profusely decorated with the national col
ors. Headquarters, Department of Minnesota,
and of the Posts of the city Washburnc, Mor
gan, and Plummer; the newspaper offices of
tkc city; the grand Colosseum where tho Grand
Army held its sessions; the halls where the Be
lief Corps and Sons of Veterans assembled; the
pablic buildings, schools, Opera House, and so
a were all in appropriate trim, after a vast
ftet of labor, employing over 2,000 men
Jfer WYeral days.
licauliral IlinnrnpoHs.
Minneapolis is ono of the marvels of Ameri
can progress. Twenty years ago the now beau
tiful city was a brush-wood thicket; now it
has the substantial prosperity of a city that
has a half century of solid development. Ele
gant public buildings, towering np five and six
and seven stories; large and brilliantly lighted
store-rooms; mammoth manufactories and ma
chine shops; mills, of which the Pillsbury alone
will in a single day grind out flour enough to
feed 30,000 people for five days, allowing to
each person provided for a barrel of Hour apiece.
Minneapolis to-day is the greatest flour milling
city in the world. Upon this sure and unfail
ing supply of tlje cireulatory forces that give
life and strengti, muscle and brain and fiber
to a nation is the growth of Minneapolis based.
One need but enter ono of these mills to find
the question vanish at once aud forever, " What
causes this strange spectacle of industry and
wealth, and how is it possible for a nretiopolis
to spring up, as it were, in a day, from a wild
wilderness of the West ? " The beautiful pict
uro that Longfellow draws of Mondamin, tho
Com Spirit, becomes a strong and powerful
reality. In such magic wiso has Minneapolis
omorced in all her beneficence and splendor
from the heart of the yielding and loamy soil.
When tho Northern racilic Ifailroad was
opened in September, 1B53, the assembled
guests were shown an industrial parade such as
has nevar been equaled in America. There was
a continuous procession 20 miles in length, it
requiring seven hours to pass at a given point.
The most significant exhibit was naturally that
of farm machinery necessary to sow and gar
ner, to receive in its crude state and to return
in bread for the millions the varied products
of the farm.
is a mighty industry; woolen goods are pro
duced in superior quality; tho manufacture of
sash, doors and blmds to build these magic
homes of tho Noithwest; and as the American
march of conquest means books, newspapers.
intelligence, culture, intellectual progress, three
paper mills turn out their supplies from day
to day. A summary of tho manufacturing
business of Minneapolis for 16S3, exclusive of
flour and lumber, shows the value of manu
factured products to have been $21,000,000,
giving employment to over 10,000 men. In
cluding flour and lumber, the total of the city's
manufactories for the year was nearly $50,000,
000, giving employment to 15,000 men. Here
is a glimpse of the glorious heritage for which
oar veteraus fought, and in whoso unfolding
powers they have so direct a part.
Minneapolis holds an undisputed claim as the
of the Korth west. Twenty years ago tho ring
ing of an engine hell or tho thundering of the
railway train had not been heard. Now 23
distinct lines of railroads center here, 115 pas
senger trains arrive at and depart from the
depots, while it requires GOO freight cars every
24 hours to carry away the products of the
cily. The single stage line, sufficient for the
transportation of tranic and travel when our
boys were at the front in 1&G2. has given place
to splendid railroads jHsnctrating thousands of
miles to the North aud West, and with a gol
den spike has riveted the V3st possibilities of
the Pacific Slope to the unfolding vastness of
the prolific Northwest.
The completion of the Northern Pacific from
Portland, Ore., to Minneapolis, the eastern
terminus, and the bailding of the Minnesota
Sault Ste. Marie & Atlantic from this city east
ward tbe work on which is being actively
poshed will tnako MiimwMHmtwil -
on "Uic Shortest rail -highway fr6m the Atlantic
to the Pacific and open up to her the directest
po:Sible communication with the great markets
of the worid. In this connection the prophecy
of William H. Seward, Lincoln's Secretary of
State, has been often quoted, when, in a speech
at Minneapolis, with only the signs of promise
in vww, he said ; ' Within 10 miles of where I
now stand will be the seat of empire."
What the railroads are doing for 3Iinneapo
lis is shown at the Chicago, Milwaukee & St.
Paul machine shops, located there and employ
ing a force of 1,500 men, and the machine shops
of the Minneapolis & St. Louis (Albert Lea
route), located at Cedar Lake. In substantial
improvements are the stone-arch bridge, built
at a cost of 700,000 by the Minneapolis Union,
which is erecting a magnificent union depot
in Bridge Square, in which the passenger trains
of all the roads aviII this Fall center. The
Northern Pacific lias purchased over $400,000
worth of ivsal estate, to be covered with vast
shop;, froight hou-ses, and other necessary build
ings for the handling of its Eastern traffic with
the sew Minneapolis, Sault Ste. Marie & Atlan
tic, which road is to evpend half a million at
this point in the erection of permanent build
ings. The viaduct of the stone-arch bridge,
upon, which a multitude of men arc at work,
is of rolid granite, and ouc of tho
One thousand men were employed in its con
Etructiou, battling with the swift current that
threatened to sweep everything away.
In keeping with the importance of Minne
apolis as a grain center, it is a matter of course
tliat among ue t.ie public euiiiccs tuat distin
guish and adorn toe c:y, should be tho build
ing ereeted by the Cbamheof Commerce. It
is a fine specimen of modern architecture, five
stories aud a mansard roof, surmounted by a
tower, and cost the city $175,000. This elegant
new structure was dedicated in June with im
posing ceremonies, in the Exchange room, pro
nounced the highest and finest of any in the
United States, Chicago Board of Trade build
ing alone excepted.
The school buildingaof the city are elegant
and substantial, and at Minneapolis are located
the University of Minnesota and the College
of Agriculture, with numerous private and sec
tarian schools and one of the most imposing
High-School buildingsiu any city in the Union.
reach their climax in the palatial residence of
Gou. Washburne, the milling king, whose beau
tifully adorned grounds have been the sole care
of a professional landscape gardener for tho year
that is past. The West House, as noted else
where, is an architectural triumph and when
completed will be one of the finest in America.
Minneapolis has numerous parks, located
throughout the city, and has devised a magnifi
cent system of lake and river boulevards, con
sisting of fine drives along the Mississippi and
around the thorn's of Calhoun, Harriet, and
other lakes, an experienced landscape gardener
having been iecured to superintend tho work.
Minneapolis has the Holly system of water
works, and the w&ter that supplies the mains
is brought clear and pure from a crib in the
Mississippi. Musical and scientific associa
tious, a fioumhing Press Cluh, the nucleus of
a fine circulating library, are among the inter
nal signs of intellectual progress.
A recapitulation of the record for 1683, from
an oflicial guide famished tho Grand Army by
a committee of comrades, consisting of C. A.
Minocks, R. R. Henderson, and E. A. Stevens,
tells, in no uncertain figures, tho
of the industries and improvements of Minne
apolis. In 1623 were laid one and three-fifths
miles of pavements, aud 195 miles of streets;
built six miles of sewers; laid seven miles of
water mains, 292 miles of sidewalks, 10 miles
of gas mains, and 12 miles of street-car tracks ;
erected 2,800 houses, 590 stores, and 91 public
and miscellaneous buildings a total of over
3,500 structures of all kinds; manufactured
over 4,000,000 barrels of flour and nearly 300,
000,000 feet of lumber; expended by tho city
in improvements, $S59,G58; by the railroads,
$l,2fa8,500; by private corporations, $-114,000;
by individuals, $9,390,450. The expenditure
for buildings commenced during the year, was
$12,377,450, and for improvements, $11,952,008.
Tho flour mills turned out over $17,000,000
worth of products, and tho lumber mills nearly
$5,000,000. Miscellaneous manufactures brought
in $21,822,802: tho jobbing trade footed up
J $38,041,000; tho grain trcdo, $37,415,000, and
the retail trade, 510,000,000. Tbe real-cstato
transactions of tho year aggregated $23,303,000,
and the aggregate volumo of trade of all kinds
exceeded $200,000,000.
to BuaniATiizE :
Minneapolis has a population of 115,000 .in
her 20 years of history as a city ; has doubled
her population in tho 1 ast three years ; has ad
vanced her jobbing interests in 10 years from
$750,000 to $100,000,090, increasing it $ 10,000,000
in 1653 alone ; has an aggregate of manufactur
ing interests reaching$48,000,000 ; built in 1S83
over 3,500 houses and'spent $12,000,000 in doing
it; has real estate operations for the year that
will reach $30,000,000; has built the handsom
est hotel in tho West, costing $1,500,000 ; has
10 lumber mills, cutting 300,000,000 feet of
lumber annually; tho largest flouring mills in
the world, with a capacity of 29,000 barrels
daily, and an export trade of 1,7U0,0UU barrels
per annum; has tho tallest electric mast in the
world, lighting tho city at a bight of 267
feet, carrying eight lights of 4,000 candle
power each; has expended in 1883 over $150,
000 in church improvements arid over $200,
000 in carrying on bcr schools; hasll grain ele
vators and no distilleries ; employs over 2,000
men in her railroad shops and pays tho best
wages; has $7,000,000 invested in banking
capital, and last, butnot least, has threeilourish
ing Graud Army Posts, with the Department of
Minnesota located there, under tho Commauu
ership of Col. E. C. Baub, a sterling representa
tive of the soldier element ot the lortnwest.
Tho O. A. It.
The first Post of the Grand Army of the Re
public, an Order which has attained a member
ship of over 300,000, dates back to Decatur, 111.,
and the Spring of 1SG6. Soon after, a second
Post was formed at Springfield, and Juno 1st
and 2d of that year tho first annual Encamp
ment was held at the same place. Tho organ
izer and first Provisional President was Dr. B.
F. Stephenson, of Springfield, who served until
Nov. 20, lgG6, when Gen. S. A. Hurlhut, of Ill
inois, was made the first Commander-in-Chief,
being re-elected for a second terra. Gen. Hurl
but died some years since, whilo serving as
United States Minister to one of the South
American countries.
The next Commander was John A. Logan,
who also served two terms, aud who, in 18G8,
was tho first to direct a geueral observance of
Decoration or Memorial Day, whose customs
are now so universal in their touching signifi
cance. In ld71 Geii. Ambrose E. Bnrnside, af
terwards in the United States Senate and
now deceased, was elected and served two
terms. Then, in succession, caino Gen. Chas.
Devens, jr., Gov. J. F. Hartranft (Pa.), Gen.
John C. Eobiuson, Chap. William Earnshaw,
Soldiers' and Sailors' Homo, Dayton, O.; Lewis
Wagner (Pa.), George S. Merrill (Mass.), Paul
Van Dervoort (Neb.), and Robert B. Bcath.
Since linrnsido no one has been elected to fill
a second term.
There aro now Departments of the Grand
Army in 20 States, formed as follows, besides
tho Provisional Departments, organized last
year, of Florida, the Gulf, Utah, Washington
Territory, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia and
New Mexico. Col. Fitzgerald, one of the great
Southwestern cattle kings, has built up tho
Order in New 3Iexico, and was among the
lively "boys1' at the Encampment, with en
larged ideas of the importance of Western an
tiquities from his study of the Aztec ruins,
rising in solitary grandour on the pre-historic
plains of Mexico.
California, oranized Peb. 20, 1S63 Past Com
manders: Jaa. Coey, W.N.Aiken, S. P. Ford, AV.
A. Robinson, 32. Carlson, and S. W. Backus, San
Frantisco; C. Mason Kiiiiie.OAkl.inr!. .T.W. Stm1.
Jjar--.ri. -,-, .--.
mnntlerar J. W; Donncllan, Laramie City; E. K.
fetimson, JJenvcr.
ComvcUdt, orsranized April TO. 1SC7 Past Coni-
nutndcra : 32dv'd Harland, Norwich ; O. J. Buck
bee, Kew ILivcn; G. S. Smith, Norwich; Ira U.
Hicks. JJew Britain; L. A Dickinson, Hartford';
Win. E. PJsbrcw and A B. Beers, Bridgeport; I.
B. Hyatt, Meridcn.
BakoU. organized Feb. 27, 18S3 Post Com
mander, Thos. S. Free, Siour Falld.
Delaware, organized Jan. 11, 1SS1 Past Com
manders: W. t?. McNair, Jno. Wainwright and
Daniel Boss, Wilmington.
Bilnoid, organized July 12, 1SGG Past Command
ers: Gny T. Gould, Chicago; T. B. Coulter, Girty,
Pa.; E. D. Swain, Chicago; T. G. Lawler, Bock
ford; H. HilHard and J. S. Reynolds, Chicago; J.
W. Burst, Sycamore; S. A. Harper, Ellctiwood.
Indiana, organized Aug. 11. 1879 Past Com
mandcrs: J. B. Hagcr, Terrc Haute; W. W.Dud
ley. Washington ; S. 15. Arm$trong, Tcrrellaule;
J. ii. Carnalian, Indianapolis.
Iowa, organized S'ept. 0, 1SGG Past Command
ers: A. A. Perkins, Burlington; W. F. Conrad and
P. V, Carey, Des Jfoines; K. E. Griswold, Atlantic;
J. C. Parrott, JCeokuk; G. B. Hogin, Kewlon ; J.
B. Cook, Carroll.
Kansas, orjsinszed March 1C, 1&S0 rPast Com
manders: J. C. Walkinslmw, Leavenworth; T.J.
Anderson, Topeka. "
Kentucky, organized Jan. 17, 1883 Post Com
mander, J. C. iiichie, Covington.
Maine, organized Jan. 10, 1SG3 Past Command
ers: G. I. Beale, Portland ; Daniel White, Bangor;
Nelson Howard, Lcwiston; W. B. Smith, Port
land; A. B. Farnham, Bangor; O. P. Mattoc:ks,
Portland; Selden Connor, Augusta; A. O. Hamlin,
Bangor; I. S. Bangi, Watcrville; E. M. Shaw,
Massachusetts, organized May 7, 1SC7 Past Com
manders: Austin S. Uushman, New York; Francis
A. Oeborn, Boston; A. B. "Underwood, Boston;
Geo. S. Merrill, Lawrence; John G. B. Adams,
Lynn; A. B. K. Spragtie, Worcester; Wm. Cogs
well, fcaiera; Jno. w. jviinnau, ritciiuurg; Horace
Kinney Sargent, Salem; Ged.W. Creasy, New bury
poit; Geo. JI. Patch, South Fraininghain ; Geo. S.
Evans, Cambridge.
Maryland, organized Jan. 8, 18G8 Past Command
ers: Edwin T. Daneker, Baltimore; W.E. GrilHth,
Cumberland; Graham Dukebart, Baltimore; E.V.
Tyler, Baltimore; Wm. E. W. Boos, Baltimore;
John H. Suter, Baltimore.
JiIichiKan, reorganizedMay,lC8 Past Command
ers: C.V.B.Pond,Quincy; Byion S.Pierce, Grand
Bnpida; A. T. McReynolds, Grand Rapids; ObCar
A. Janes, Hillsdale.
Minnesota, organized May 18, 18S0 Past Com
manders: Adam Marty, Stillwater; J. P. Kea,
Missouri, organized May 7, 1875 Past Com
mander: W. W. Warner, Kansas City.
Nebraska, organized Jan. 25, 1877 Past Com
manders : Paul Van Dervoort, Omaha; B. II. Wil
ber, Omaha; Jos. W. Savage, Omaha; S.J. Alex
ander, Lincoln; John C. Bomiell, Lincoln.
New Hampshire, organized May, J863 Past
Commanders: Wm. It. Patton, Manchester; Jai. E.
Larkin, Concord; Wm. A. Tricksy, Dover: lvin
S. Eaton, Nashua; Geo. Bowers, Nf.shua; il
J. Morgan, Portsmouth; A. H. Biby, iw.i .cu-,-town;
T.W. Chaliis, Manchester; C. J. Uiuhaidtt,
Suncook; Martin A. Haynes, Lake Village; John
C. Sinchau, Fiaherville.
New Jersey, organized January, 18C3 Past Com
manders: Wm. Ward, Newark; Chas. Burrows,
Buthcrford; John Mueller, Newark; GeO.W. Gile,
Bordentown; E.L. Campbell, Trenton; Kichard II.
Lee, Camden; E. W. Davis, Newark; Samuel
nufly, Camden; Chas. Houghton, Geo. B. Fielder,
Jersey City.
New York, organized April 3, 1SC7 Past Com
manders: Daniel E. Sickles, New York; Henry A.
Barn ii in, New York; John Palmer, Albany; win,
F. Rogers, Buffalo; L. Coe Young, Binglmniton ;
Jas. S. Frascr, New York: John C. Robinson,
Binghamton; Stephen P. Corliss, Albany; Jag.
Tanner, Biooklyn; Jas. McCluade, New York;
Abrain Merritt, Nyaek; Jno. A. Reynolds, Roches
ter. Ohio, organized Jan. 30, 1SC7 Past Commanders :
Thomas S. Youngs Cincinnati; A. C. Voris, Akron;
James H. Seymour, Hudson; D. W. Thomas,
Akron; J. Warren Keifer, Springfield; "William
Earnshaw, Dayton; James B. Steedman, Toledo ;
John S.Kountz, Toledo; Charles T. Clark, Colum
bus. Oregon, organized Sept. 23, 18S2 Past Com
mander: G. E. Ciukin. Portland.
Pennsylvania, organized Jan. 16, 1867 Past Com
manders: Louii Wagner, O. C. BosbyshcH, S.I.
Givin, Chill W. Hazzard. E. S. Osborne, R. B.
Bcath, A. Wilon Norris, George L. Brown, John
Taylor, W, W. Tyson, James W. Latta, Charles T.
Hull, J. M. Vanderslicc.
Potomac, organized Feb. 11. 1869 Past Com
manders: Frank II. Sprague, Benjamin F. Hawks,
George E. Cor.-on, Charles C. Roycc, Samuel S.
Burdett, James S. Smith, A. G. H. Richardson,
Harrison Dingman, William Gibson.
Rhode Tsland, organized March 24, 1863 Past
Commanders: Horatio Rogers, Edwin Metcwlf,
Charles IL Williams, Fred A. Arnold, Charles O.
Gray, Philip S. Chose, Charles 11. Bray toil, Edwin
C, 1'omcroy, Henry J. Spooner. Henry R. Barker,
Providence; Henry F. Jcuks, Pawtucket.
Vnrmcinf,. 'nrmuuMil Of-t. 0?. 1KGS Piusl P-rttri.
manders: W. W. Henry, Burlington; J. li. Gold
ing.East Dorset j T. S. Peck, Burlington; A. B.
Valentine, Bennington; Stephen Thomas, "West,
Fairlcc; W. G. Vcasey, Rullund; George W.
Hooker, Washington, D. O.
Virginia, organized Feb. 12, 1868 Past Com
manders : S. B. Kenney, W. IL Apjcnzeller, Rich
ard Bond, A. B. Hurlburt, W. N. Eaton, William
Ryder, Norfolk ; It. G. Staples, W. Henry King,
Portsmouth; P. T. Woodfln. Soldiers' Home.
West Virginia, organized Feb. 20, 1883 Part
Coiwii&adei ; Wi H, H, Flick, Martinsburg,
Wisconsin, organized Scpt.,1866 Past Command
ers: Thomas S. Allen, OsUkosh ; Grifi" J. Thomas,
Berlin; John Hancock, "Waukesha; Herbert M.
Enos, Edward Ferguson, Henry G. Rogers, George
A. Hannaford, Milwaukee ; Phil Cheek, jr., Bam
boo. Sherman and Logan.
Logan and Sherman arrived on tho ground
simultaneously Tuesday morning. Gen. Sher
man came up from Like Minnetonka and re
paired quietly to Missouri headquarters, the
West House. But his presenco in tho hotel was
soon learned, and comrades and guests wero
seen pouring in to pay their respects. A local
reporter was introduced as "a newspaper
fiend," when the General said, "Tell him I'm
at Lako Minetonka." Just then Capt. Geo.
E. Lemon, of Washington, D. C, was pre
sented. " Oh, you're the man that wrote me a
letter asking mo to write up my recollections
for The National Teibune. and I couldn't
read the name." And so the gray old veteran
kept up a shower of repartee, while ho stood
before a little square center-table, until grow
ing weary ho dropped into an easy chair and
played' the autocrat for tho balance of tho
Among those who called to pay their Tespects
were the officers of the National Relief Corps
m a body, who were cordially Tcceiveu and
pleasantly entertained with references to Gen.
Sherman's experiences tin the Regular service,
prior to the war of the rebellion. Tho General
says his memory is much more clear upon those
earlier incidents than of those of later date.
"Rut, then, there was so much of the latter,
which accounts for tho mixing up of affairs,"
he said. Gen. Sherman was congratulated upon
his fiue address on tho gallant Gen. Ransom,
published in The National Teieune, aud
expressed himself as greatly gratified that he
had contributed something of permanent his
toric interest to tho personal history of tho
war. Gen. Sherman is apparently in robust
health, has gained in flesh, but is not so light
upon his feet as iu a former day, and has a
tendency to rest more. A lady was introduced,
who was reported to have said, in pleasant
word aside, that she thought she could risk an
introduction, as she was probably "a little old
to be kissed." "Tell her I have given that
over to my boy," he said.
The enthusiasm for' Gen. Sherman, when
appearing among the boys on the streets or in
the camp, and the determination to possess his
attention in response, was irresistible. Tues
day afternoon, before tho Geueral had appeared
much outside of his room, his carriage drove
down Hennepin avenue .toward the corner of
Washington, where a great crowd of the boys
was gathered, which, ob-serving him approach
ing, instantly struck up "Marching Through
Georgia," as the best expression toward " Old
Tc cump." At the first strain of the much
used "March," the old veteran stopped his car
riage short. "Rring him forward," wa3 the
instant shout, and a squad of comrades made a
break for the carriage, and two Minnesota boys
lifted the General bodily out of the carriage,
and made him walk forward to the crowd,
which cheered wildly. Tho General took the
capture good naturedly, for him, but he said
he would not have hesitated if it had been any
other song.
Gen. Logan was escorted to the residence of
Gov. Washhurne, to the music of the band, by
the comrades of Minneapolis Posts and the Illi
nois delegation, with.bann'ers proudly waving,
Cheers after clieers -crceted his nrrir.il afc tha
n w-iAxyircc, rnictw-ciTzmnots BcicgoirTij
assigned, and after- v.' few minutes' stop tne
carnage with the General's special escort pro
ceeded on its way. Gen. Logan rode with head
uncovered, aud returned the salutations of
comrades thronging to the sidewalks and form
ing a solid line along tho entire West House
front. The General never looked better, and
the smile of pleasure and fraternal greeting
was by no means unbecoming to his sometimes
Eombor face. He was handsomely entertained
by ex-Gov. Washhurne at his elegant residence,
where a steady stream of visitors called to pay
their respects. Some of the General's friends,
more zealous than wise, wanted to swing out a
Logan banner at tho Washhurne residence, bnt
out of deference to the General's wish that pol
itics should be kept out of the Grand Army
this was not done.
The lYoIcome to 3Iiunesota and Minneapolis Re
sponses by the Commander-in-Chief aud Others.
Camp-fire in the Evening.
Tuesday morning was somewhat clondy and
cool, but all the better for the opening of Camp
Beath, since no rain fell and the sun withheld
its fiercest Midsummer rays. The program
was carried out to the letter, beginning Avith
the reveille and roll-call at 6 o'clock a. m.; the
national salute at the hay-market at 8 o'clock;
guard mount at 9 o'clock, and the public recep
tion fixed for 10 o'clock, when Gov. Hubbard
delivered the welcoming address on behalf of
Minnesota, saying:
gov. huedaed's addeess.
FErxow-soi.3ir.ns axd com hades of ran Gkaxd
Army ok the Repoulic: The demonstration you
witness here to-day, and the greetings you have
met on every hand, is evidence more convincing
tlian any assurance that language can give of the
earnest, hearty and enthusiastic welcome with
which Minnesota, and especially Minneapolis, re
ceives you on this occasion. It is my proud privi
lege to extend to you the hospitality of our State.
The hearty cordiality of this: city is so manifest that
each one of you must be personally conscious of it,
and I can therefoie emphasize the welcome Minne
sota extends to you in no stronger form than to say
bur entire people feel Avhat Minneapolis expresses
in that belialf. Applause. When the war of the
rebellion avos inaugurated, Minnesota was one of
the youngest States of the Union. She claims the
proud distinction of having ofTered the first volun
teers accepted by the Government for its defense.
The 1st Minn.,Avhose eumAing fragment consti
tutes a portion of the assemblage here to-day, was
the first regiment tendered to President Lincoln to
aid in upholding the authority of the Government.
Minnesota's response yas always prompt to every
call upon her patriotism, and her fUota of men was
always in the field and at. tho front. On CA'ery nota
ble and decisive battlefield of Jhe war she had a
representative in one orgnore of her A-eleran regi
ments, She shared in the glory wonnipon historic
fields of the rebellion, and the names of her sons
constitute a part of their mournful record. Min
nesota feels that it is appropriate to lefer to her
relation to that great era of our history on the occa
sion of this notable gathering of the A'cteran sol
diers of this country. Though her population avos
sparse and in material resources she could compare
Avith but few of her sister Slates, yet in practical
demonstration f her patriotism and loyalty she avos
fully abreast Avith the foremost of them all. She,
therefore, keenly appreciates this opportunity to
Avelcoiue this grand assemblage of old soldiers.
Applause. She is proud to greet the Grand Army
of the Republic, and she thanks you for the honor
you do her in your presence here to-day. You aro
Avelcome to all she has. You are Avelcomc to eA-ery
home and fireside Avithin her borders. You are
the honored guests of every citizen of the Common
Avealth, aud you are earnestly requested to make
yourselves at home. Applause. The annual
gatherings of theGrand Army, and especially the
interest and the enthusiasm their presence inspires
AvhereA'cr held, has great significance to ercry sur
viving soldier of the Aar. It is an assurance to
them that those great evcnls.that have given gran
deur to the history of our country arc not to be
come dimmed in memory; but, rather, as time
progresses, they aro to illumine the records of those
who participated in them. In thisassurnnce-CA'ery
soldier finds his ample recompense for the sacri
fices and for his patriotic devotion to tho cause of
his country. Comrades of tho Grand Army, I de
sire to repent tho welcome I have already spoken.
Minnesota not only recognizes her obligations, but
she appreciates her oppoitunities on this occasion,
and she bids me extend a thousand welcomes to
each and every one of ypu. Great applause and
three cheers,
Gen. Bcath, Comrnander-in-Chief of the
Grand Army, amid great applause, was then
introduced, and said:
Mn. ClUlEMAK AKd CosrrtADES : If I were to rack
my brain for Avords to express Ihe thoughts of tho
old soldiers and sailors who are gathered here to
day, I could say no more than this, that comes from
the deptlis of every heart of tho men who Avore the
Union blue from 1801 to 1W5, to the Governor of
this great State of Minnesota, the soldiers Avho arc
here gathered to-day, from their hearts, say:
"Thank you," to your words of Avelcome. Ap
plause. I knoAV thatyQu.'my comrades, came, as
I did, Avitu my comrades worn all oi too eastern
States, to accept these hospitalities, We expected
nothing else from tho great-hearted city of Minne
opolis. I expected nothinjc else from this great
Suite than that they should receive us with open
hands, open arms, and open hearts', and wo are
here as their guests to show them that the
boys who fought in 3S6t, who wero making
tracks for AVashington 21 years ago to-day from
Bull Jtnn, arc still alivo Applause and laughter
niuLable to show, some of them at least, that they
can do some runiwng from one house to another,
and some of thc:n will do it from one beer saloon
to another Laughter!. But we, who are members
of this Grand Annyof theRcpublic, are glad to-day,
18 years after the organization of our Grand Army
of the Republic, that we can say to the people of
the world, Wo have met with iucresMed ranks,
and wc now represent on the roll- of tha Grand
Army of tho Republic an arnjy of251,0'j0 men Ap
plause. And wc can say to these, our friends, who
welcome us. that while wc arc proud of the great
Generals who honor us with their names and with
their presence, we do not want the people to forget
that these arc tho men who made the fame and the
name of these great Generals possible Cheers and
continued applause; that they are the men who
followed the flag from the first Bull Run until it
Stood in glory on the field of Appomattox under U.
S. Grant. Applause. I am glad to see right in
front of me the soldiers of Minnesota, and I remem
ber that 21 years ago, on one of the first battlefields
of tho Avar, I saw the first mounted man upon
whom my eyes had ever been laid, and he wore
the uniform of the IstMinn. Applause. I am glad
to meet some "of those men to-day, and! wish I had
voice enough (and we have comrades here who
have the voice to speak to you), but I wish I Juid
voice enough to express to all of yon what I feel
to-day in thus being presented aa the Commander-in-Chief
of this Grand Army of the Republic Ap
plause, and to ask you to. remember that I, whom
you have chosen by your votes to command this
Grand Army; fhatj who am to bo the executive
head for a few hours longer of this Grand Army of
a quarter of a million of men, carried a knapsack
and shouldered a musket in the Army of the Poto
mac. Great applause with cheers. And so, J say,
Ave honor the men Avho wore the shoulder straps,
yet we "boys" who followed tlicm are doing the
Avork of the Grand Army of the Republic to-day,
and Ave are doing our Avhole duty as citizeus'of a
Nation that we helped to sa-e. Applause.
made a bright little speech of welcome to the
city of Minneapolis, in the course of which he
said :
Minneapolis never had a prouder day than this.
And no more gratifying duty ever fell to my lot
than to welcome to our city the preservers of our
Nation. You have come from the remotest part of
the land to greet again one another as friends and
aa companions in arm; and as the years advance
the relationship becomes more sacred.
Words cannot express the pleasure of our citi
zens in greeting you at this time. Our people have
looked forward to this occasion with enthusiasm
and delight. By your presence Ave are honored.
Your stay lieremaiks themyst important gather
ing that could anywhere assemble m any country,
in any clime. You are the heroes of the greateat
coutdt thatAvas ever fought. You are the repre
sentatives of an army that consisted of nearly
3,000,000xf men. You fought for freedom and the
progress of mankind. Each ycarthat passes pre
sents in bolder relief before the world the result of
your bravery and de-otion. As the decades pas3
and the e-ents of the day are forgotten, and the
memorable struggle that begun with the fall of
Fort Sumter Avill grow in the hearts of freemen
everywhere. As I gaze over this concourseof men
who wore the blue in this great struggle, and see
those who sacrificed home, friends, loved ones, am
bition, everything; men who did not count their
lives dear to themselves provided they might be
able to establish a great principle and preserve our
country's life, I can but thank God from the full
ness of my heart. Veterans, you ore welcome to
our city. Soldiers who have borne the long
marches, avIio have stood in terrible battle amid
the dead and dying, avJio in prisons and hospitals
haA-e proved your devotion, Ave thrice welcome
you. In memory Ave go back a score of years and
sec you in tbo freshness and prime of life hasten
ing from tho office, the shop, and the farm, pic
tures of a noble manhood, hurrying to join the
grandest army that ever marched to the sound of
life and drum. That grand army gathered from
all part3of the country was strong and robust,
more than all, it Avas loyal to our country. The
world had never beheld so loyal, true, and brave
You Aventto battle, butmany did not return. Your
ranks wero more than decimated. Many of your
comrades who inarched Avilh you shoulder to
shoulder to the battle were left on the field, some f
Avi Hi theirfaccs turned upward. Some Avere borne
away, bleeding, by kind bands. Some bore the
indescribable horrors of the Southern prisons and
others were the A-ictims of slow disease. Their
memories you Avill ever cherish. You were A'icto
rions. You picked up the llag that fell at Sumter,
and have made it the emblem of freedom theworld
over. To you, the survivors, we return our heart
felt gratitude.
GEN. W3f.
of Missouri, and Senior Yico Commander of the
Grand Army, responded very happily, saying,
among other things :
Mrt.MATon axd riiow-crnzExs of mis eeatt
tifui. city of MiJi-NEAFOLis: I wish, at the outset,
not to sail under false colors. I do not wish to be ar
rested Avhilc in your midst for obtaining anything
under false pretenses; and AAdien tho Chairman of
this A'ast assemblage introduced me as Gen. Warner
I never felt epiito so big in my life Laughter, but
when I thought of what I had been I dwarfed into
utter insignificance. I neer Avas a General ; never
belonged even to that large class of Generals in the
army that belonged to the corps of General Disa
bility. Laughter and cries of "good service."
Rut on behalf of you, comrades, assembled, as it
has been stated by the Commander-in-Chief, from
the States nestling on the Atlantic on the East, and
from the States washed by the Pacific on the "West,
Ave eome here to-day, also from another part of this
country. Wc come to-day from the line south of
Mason and Dixon's line; Ave come here from the
South ns members of the Grand Army of the Repub
lic. Great applause. I say to you, sir, and the other
citizens of this glorious city, that we are proud to
bo with you. and, if I eA-er quoted Scripture. I
1 Avould say that we feel a good deal like the Queen
of blieba. I belie-e that was her name Laughter ;
that avc had heard a great deal of your hospitality,
but when wc arrived in your city on yesterday and
to-day; when we saw the decorations upon every
house ; not only upon tbe palatial residence ; not
only upon the houses of the rich, but when Ave
found eA'ery house of the Avorkingmcn of this city
bristling with decorations, avc knew full well, sir,
that avc are among our friends, and that we had a
hearty welcome. And, sir. avc are glad to be here.
I might say this : that Ave always liked during the
Avar not only to Avhip a fellow, but to surprise him
a little just before Ave whipped him Laughter ;
and so the good fcitizens of Minneapolis have got
ten me upon the stand this morning, and a minute
ago said I Avas to respond to this Avelcome greeting
from tho Mayor. I said to the Department Com
mander of Minnesota: "Isn't this rather short
notice?" "Yes," says he, "it is rather short
notice, but any fool can respond to that address."
Laughter. I agreed AAith him then that the selec
tion avos a wise one.
It is impossible to make any report do jnstice
to Comrade Warner's address, it was so full of
fun and gay spirits, which infected the audi
ence, and roused it to continuous peals of
luughter and applause.
of tho Department of Minnesota, was -introduced
and received with applause. Ho said:
Mr. Chaiiiiiak and Cojiuades of the Grand
Aujiy: The duty devolved upon mo of addressing
you in n Avelcoming epeeeh would have been a
great pleasure had I been able to make one, but
will introduce in my place Comrade Hicks, tho
oldest Post Commander in Minnesota.
Col. Hicks said :
Comrades from nn hundred battlefields, the
welcome of a million Minncsotians, voiced by their
Chief Executive, I know has been truthfully and
right royally A'oiced to you to-day. The Mayor of
our municipality has truthfully extended to you
tho welcome from a hundred thousand citizens of
Minneapolis, and I, in behalf of 6,000 A'eterans Avho
wear the badge of our Order on their breasts, wel
come you, as the representatives of 25,000 A'eterans
and Grand Army men, to our city and our Depart
ment. Applause. If every ono of the hundred
thousand ensigns which bid you Avelcome to our
city had each a thousand tongues, tho Grand
Army of Minnesota Avould bid each tongue to give
to you a thousand welcomes. Applause. I re
member Avell when it was the pleasure of Colorado
to welcome to her borders the Graud Army of tho
Republic. I remember, too.Avhcn Ave were up on the
bights of tho Rocky Mountains, more than two
miles above the level of the sea up there Avhere
the daisies peep out from beneath the snow that
tho miners Avith theirAvives and daughters came
aboard tho train with their specimens from the
bowels of the mountains, and Avith flowers that
decked their sides, and, Avilh both of those, said
" Wecome" to the Grand Avmy of the Republic
Applause. If any Avelcome could be heartier than
Avords, this act of theirs avos that Avelcome. With
the same heartiness, comrades of the Grand Army,
and Avithout detaining you farther, 6,000 veterans
of tho Minnesota Department of the Grand Army
of the Jtepublic bid you thrice Avelcome to our De
partment. Applause
of Ohio, was introduced, and mado a stirring
speech, prefacing it by saying that he would be
very brief, that his audience might have more
timo to listen to Ohio's silver-tongued orator
Gen. W. H. Gibson. The following is his allu
sion to the Grand Army:
The Grand Army of the Republic isgettingpome
what old, as you havo discovered. It is about a
quarter of a century since the Avar began, and 25
I years hi thia country, as tht American peoplw liye.
is al most the lifetttno of a goncration, and you know
it is customnry4or the old people to gu and visit
the young peopfc "beore they die, and the Grand
Army of the Republic of the t nitcil States has been
for fleA'eral yrcrsjon n sort of uii-tsion visiting her
children. Lsist yc'nr wc Avent out and A-isifed Colo
rado, and a ratluTf healthy sort of a child of the
GratiilAruiy of tliSRepubhewe found her. Laugh
ter. Wc trave!e3;about a thousand m:l:3 overthc
top of her mountains. They took us np on the
pinnacles of the mi.itami, where I imagineitwas
that Satan once undertook to seduce the nllf glance
oi the Almijhtyti5on. and I tell you they didn't
haA-c to promi!;s"5u3. anything, the very sight of it
out there almost hWrnctcd our allegiance from the
States in wlncn wssBvcd. Laughter, j And now
avc have come out4$oiv'isit another daughter of the
Great Army of tu&cpublic. I read in the papers
this morning thathp caty of Minneapolis, includ
ing the territory mpg npon the other side of the
river then called, l4jthcve, "St. Anthony's Falls."
had a population of 5ut 6,000 when the war began.
This morning I saidiiometbmgastothe marvelous
nessof the fact thduils was already a city of 100,000,
and somebody w hojbad not been living here more
than a year, land "sit 'Ohio man at that,! am sorry
to say), turned urnwl and said to me. "1CO.C0O?
Why," he says, - Minneapolis has 150.CC0 now."
Laughter Keepralr up the early teachings of the
boy, you see. Laughter. Minneapolis is a child
of the Grand Arnvttof tho Republic. It was the
"Union that avo3 pr4si'rved, the Constitution that
was made pcrpef uafe paramount in this country,
the flag that AA-oa bjrcSapht bark not the flag of a
dismembered Unioiut the flag of a Union, that
made Minneapolis Mujd Minnesota and Wisconsin,
and the wonderful Northwest that to-day is stretch
ing its mighty achievements away out to the Pacific
shore, a possibility fi this country; so that the
Grand "Army of the iTJjjublic,. that saved tho Union,
may well visit thescjtatcs and these cities and
Avitness the nmgnifivlnS growth, and properly
speak of it as the grqjh of their children and the
outgrovrth of their patriotism and devotion to tho
country. Now, fclioweitizcn3, that is all I desire
to -Ay. I came forwacitiinore to recognize the com
pliment than anything else. I hope, to-night pos
sibly, to say something.further in thi-s direction. I
always feel happy in frowd of Grand Army men.
Therein no congregation of men on earth'thafc I
would rather belong )p than be a member of the
Grand Army of the Republics Applause. 1 thought
n year ago I had seen Cfie largest collection of them
that I should ever scagain until I saw thorn in
the greater and better Republic on the other aide
of the unknoAvn waters of the dead; bnt they are
here in greater numbers now, and to-morrow we
sliall see the grandt procession of the Grand
Army that you or I will ever again witness. I pre
sume, while A-elIvo.-Let us make themot of It;
let us enjoy ourselves here, seeing to it that no
stigma shall rest uc5Ji the fame of the Grand Army
of the Republic Realise of anything that we
shall do.
of Ohio, wa3 then Introduced, and said:
apolis: I am glad 'to be here. I :im glad that I
was in the war of -Jiie rebellion, and I am thrice
happy to-think I lived through it. Laughter I
discovered, before I had been in that little fracas
Laughter five days that I didn't want to di in it.
Laughter and crieof ' Bully for you." I am glad
to have lived through it. and I am thrics happy for
the privilege ofstandm,? here to-day upon the "west
bank of the Mississippi River to receive the hospi
talities of this young gnt State and this magnifi
cent commercial emporium that now gems and
jeAvels the Falls of fee Anthony. We come up
herO more than citizen-vildiers In war that received
the baptism of blood uprn 600 fields; avo come here
more than heroes that 2d years ago to-day beheld
the Hag of our country n-.it only trailed in the dust,
but Avih 14 stars wrenched from the Federal con
stellation by the strong am of treason. You and I
went out, and, Avith our strong right arms, bored
our bosom to the battle's storm; 400,000 of our com
rades Avent down in death, but you and I kept
marching on until we captured every stolen star
and carried it back with shoutings and joy to ita
place in the Federal constellation, and there they
shine to-day. Great applause And there they
shall shine, every star bright and every stripe un
sullied, until universal humanity, animated by our
example, shall come to this great source of political
liberty and drink of the waters of liberty without
money and without price. You andl on these fields
demonstrated that tbe strongest govemmentupon
the earth was a government " by the people, of the
people, and for the neonle rAnnlanse.? We
Tdlefgnrf erf.TO a:chroayr-trrgefr?gsciyi5ol5 aad"
m the Christian homes of an intelligent pcopte.
We ImA'C a West Point at every cross-roads scnool-
houso. Applause and laughter. And, thank God,
to-day you might blownp West Point Laughter, J
and if the world in arms was to come against us
Ave have five millions of men from our schcr.l-
houses that we can show against the world at arms.
fAppIau3e.l But. boys, we arc here to have-a
a good !
time. Laughter. The Governor and Mayor liave
not gone quite forcnougn. X just want to auu, oy
Avay of emphasis. "Go in and have a. good time,"
Laughter, and if there is any civil officer or police
officer within the sound of my voice, I beg him to
be quiet for three days. Laughter. I didn't come
up here to get into the calaboose. Laughter. I
didn't come up here to get into the guard-house
Laughter; and there Avill be no danger of it, pro
Aided, always, we can get something to eat without
foraging. Laughter. But if wc should be driven
to the necessity of foraging. Avoe betide the feath
ered tribes of Minnesota. Laughter. There is a
Sopular delusion abroad in the world thatnono
ut Methodist preachers love yellow-legged
chickens. Laughter. As a mere note of warning
lAvant to say now, and in this presence, that is a
mistake. Laughter. There isn't a boy that car
ried a knapsack that cannot capture, pick, and
cook a chicken quicker than any Methodist
preacher that ever 1 ived. Laughter. Well , no w, J
soldiers ofthe Grand Army of the Republic, we aro
here, and we are going to stay until we fight it out
on this line. Laughter. I don't know how you
feel, but I feel hungry, and now that these words
may not be merely Sounding brass and tinkling
cymbals," I propose to go to the kitchen and help
myself.' Laughter and applause.
Past Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army,
was next introduced and received with load
cheers. He said :
I shall not detain you long. I know you are
anxious to participate In the hospitalities of this
camp. If there is any thing an old soldier likes better
than a foraging expedition, it is the quiet luxuri
ousness of a well-regulated camp. I was very glad
to hear they had a Surgeon in camp, but I appre
hend there will not be that promiscuous onslnught
on the quinine that thero used to bo in the olden
dflvs I understand that the Surgeon of this camp.
who i3 a member of the Grand Army, prescribes
nothing in the world except lager beer. Laughter.
Any of you Avho feel a lightness about you should
at once report to the Surgeon of the camp. Thero
is one word iAvant to say about this camp. At the
Denver camp, that was situated on a beautiful plain
in sight of the mountains, there was a universal
expression that they didn't have a good time. This
person and that was blamed, chiefly myself. I wont
to say to you that the enjoyment of the camp de
pends upon yourselves altogether. An old soldier
who has not a good time will be largely to blame
for it himself. You have a camp here that I3
splendidly prepared foryourcccommodation. You
have good quarters. You have abundant commis
sary privileges. You have a great abundance of
the most magnificent water in the country: if you
want more water apply for it. Laughter. You are
very near the borders of a State Avhere there is
nothing but water. Laughter. You have hero
your happiest privileges. You cannot lounge
around the camp-fire and prepare the sow bosom
and the toothsome hard-tack Laughter as in the
olden days, but you can live on the luxuries pro
vided by this great agricultural State. Comrades,
the Encampment will be in session for some time,
a d a large part of the pleasures of the Grand
Army of the Republic Reunion Avill be the social
features of the Encampment. I never knew a
member of the Grand Army tliat couldn't make a
speech not one. You can commence these Camp
fires now and run them until the last soldier de
parts from this camp. You arc not dependent on
public speakers or upon any program. The best
Camp-fire is the one that comes burning from the
soldier's heart. You can tell incidents of the war,
sing the song3 of the Avar, and go to the solitude of
your tent or some other secluded spot around this
camp and tell the stories you used to tell in tho
war. Your enjoyment depends on you largely.
This great city has prepared for us an entertain
ment tliat has never been surpassed in the history
of the Grand Army of the Republic. Its Avelcome
comes from all. Tho little children who liave
grown up on the shores of the Mississippi, even in
the past riA-c years, join their musical voices in glad
acclaim, Avelcoming the heroes of tho war. There
is not a man, AA'oman, or child in the State of Min
nesota that does not lo-e the soldier and the cause
for which the soldiers fought. het me recall the
memories of the war, the stories of tho post, the
skirmish line, the hospital, the prison-pen, the
deeds of daring; speak reverently ofthe comrades
who fought and fell, and clasp the hands ofthe old
soldiers who disappeared in the shock of battle
and meet 113 again on the shores of this mighty
river. Let us all join in unison and in strength in
this organization that Avears thebadsje of no party,
that Aveora the badge of no clique, but are joined
together in Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty to see
that tho old soldier, his Avidow and orphans do not
want, and that loyalty shall not die. Great ap
Thousands of poopla assembled at Camp
Beath, attracted thither by tho annouueemeir
that Gen. Logan would address tho veterans
on the grand stand from the pavilion opposite.
The camp, undor the electric light, presented
an animated scone ; the bands discoursed patri
otic music and tho favorite army songs wero
sung, " JbhaUrown" rolling oatTolaminously
and proving a favorite CoL. Eabb presided,
and introduced tho speakers of tho evoning,
tho program opening with speeches by E. C.
Burdett, of Washington, and ex-Gov. Rush, of
Wisconsin. Gen. Logan being somewhat late
iu arriving npon the grounds, Gen. Gibson, of
Ohio, Avas called out, and amnsed and enter
tained tho audience untilr amidst enthusiastic:
cheering, he announced that "Old Black Jack"
had arrived and gave place to him, but not un
til ho had called for three ringing chcora for
tho trno representative of the volunteer sol
dier, Gen. John A. Logan, of Illinois, Senior
Past Commander-in-Chief of tha Grand Arnnr
rof tha Republic.
Gen. Logan, npon being introduced, address
ed tho assembled thousands, and was suc
ceeded by ex-Gov. Lucius Faircbild, of Wis
consin; Gen. Grosvenor, of Ohio, and Ccnv
Warner, of Missouri. A rainfall, lasting some
time, marred somewhat tho evening, but had a
dcltehtfully cooling effect npon the hot aad
seething camp. Gsn. Logan said r
Feixoav-comrades: I did not come hero to
nijtht for the purpose of making a speech, bu4
merely to be with my comrades. If there is any
thing that is pleasant to me it is the houra that I
have passed in interenanging thoughte with thoso
known as comrades, those that stood by the coun
try Avhen the country needed their services. A
voice: "That Is good grammar." Applause ami
laughter, m which Gen. Logan joined. It w asked
sometimes why is it that the Union "ouhers of this
land meet together as they do annually. Thero
are many reason for thf-. First, there ia a bond
existimf between soldier that it seems to me can
not exist between any other class of our people.
Those men who stood together in the hour of trial;
those men who touched elbow to elbow and suffer
ed alike in the great trials through which the arm
ies of this country pfl.sed. have more to causo
them to eome together than any otherof the citi
zens of this land; There are other reasons for thisi
They have a-socinted themselves together as a
band of brothers for charitable and proper pur
poses, for purposes ttat are beneficial to them
selves, beneficial to tlieir families, bent" ftciul to tha
Avklows ot the deceased soldiers and their reprc- v
sentatives, for the purpose of doing good to others
as well as themx-lve. and while tii-c associations
are for that purpoa anil none other, there Is no
reason why any person should complain mat they
meet together in organized bodies, ia societies
formed for the purposes that have been n.ontlonetl
Applause, and I wouki ask this question If tho
soldiers tliat saved tht country have not a right to
meet together in a peaceful way for proper pur
poses, what citizen of this land have that right?
Appfcuwe. Yhhtiit HI feelings to any one, with
out accusations of an improper character against
any cue, I will say tins, that you men. soldiers,
with your brother soldiers in herefrom ail parts of
thfe country, organized into an army for the preser
vation of one of the greateat republics that ever ex
isted for the benefit of mankind, have dcsie mora
for mankind than any other organization that ever
existed since man has been known and history has
been written. Applause. When a great Govern
ment like this, formed for the purpose of peace,,
and prosperity, and happiness- to man, was about
to be wrecked, and you were called npon tcv save
it, you stretehed out y.tjr strong arm and steadied
the reeking pillars of State beneath tfcw mighty
temple of liberty and saved it "from becoming-a
wreck. You saved this land from treason; yoa
saved it from harm, you plucked hberty and free
dom into existence where it had not extted before,
and yon unfurled the siarry banner, th" emblem of
our unity and glory from the lakes of the North to
the sandy plains of the South. Iti unfurled, to
day, from the mountains in the East to the golden,
sands of California, and every man throughout this
land can say : "I am. proud that I am art Americaa
with one Constitution, with, ono harmonious peo
ple going on 3 tides of prosperity for the purposg or
making, finally, thia the grandest empire that Gad
ever gave toman; whcrcmancauhavemore.peaos,
more security, more prosperity to give and dealit
more gently to suffering; humanity than anyplac
beneath, the shining snn. Applause. Oh, xaT
countrymen, this country was worth, saving, no
only for itself, but for von and for vonrchiTdrM
that are to coracafter youand takeyourprosperity
that they might prosper as yoa are prospering now r
tPBUhnnan&te; grandneag and greatnesa
T5y yoar- nanus .from aa UesptflihT aa&q; w.3e5X aa-
ruoy iu x-e.v-iiiraue3, i. no.ve costs tc- ais
beautiful city, and it beautiful, and to this beau
tiful state, for tee purpose 01 meeting you. as com.-
rades. I know your mission, and as comrades I
greetyou. I hope yon may have a pleasant time
hTe. and when, you have that yoamnydeprt with.
the kindest recotleet.ou3 of the people tlu.; yoa havo
met with here, for, they Save certainly thrawn their
hearts open to yoa in generosity and kindness rAo-
planso, and I hope that when we return home we
may, as Isaid.retura homewiththekinticstfecilnga
for this beautiful city and the surrounding country,
that have received you Avith open armaand bid you
a grand welcome to the lakes of this sfsaat State,
one whieh is growing in population faster t&m any
portion of our eountry. Comrades, fttuuak yoa for
this kindly greetings I hope to meat you to-morrow
and the next day, while you are hers, ia your
exerciser, and hope to have as good a- time with.
yoa as any of you aboil have with one another. I
thank you kindly. Great applause.
The Grand Parade Nearly 20,800 "ur hi Line T&a
Features of the Procession List of th Posts
Present Tattered Banners Business 3Ieer"H
at the CoIo3eaai Canxp-Bre hi the Eveainirat
Catap Leath.
" The veterans are coming " was the raDying:
signal for tho thousands who thronged tha
thorofares of Minneapolis Wednesday morning.
And rally they did, to the doors and the win
dows, the piazzas and the trees, the streets and
the improvised platforms, nntil it seemed thai
the whole ofthe mighty Xorthwesfe bad turned
out to do them honor. Such a spontaneous
demonstration of extravagant joy and enthu
siasm has never been seen on the American,
Continent. More imposing- processions, of
splendidly drilled and uniformed civilian socie
ties in line, led by crack bands and commanded
by grand moguls on prancing steeds invested
with glittering trappings, are.nofc hard to dis
cover. They may be found everywhere in. our
great cities where their conclaves and eou&cila
are held. And the crowds assesabte to eheer
and applaud the royal display and theaprlngiBg
martial step.
But in patriotic Minneapolis, where
and loyalty and love for the Nation's defenders
with the milk they draw from tha breests of
their mothers, there was a more glorious spec
tacle in the bowed ranks, marching with eyes
front and plodding tread, "as if they Avere go
ing for something," with their tattered battle
flags at the head of the long column and tha
thin battalions marked by banners and guid
ons that stir up the richest memories of days
gone by. And what a sight for tha teas o
thousands of boys and girls, thronging around
their mothers to ask eagerly Avhat it ail meant
" Wero these ail soldiers, mamma.? Did they
all die for the flag ? " was the ar fleas question of
a little lad of four, the grandson of a gallant
soldier of Wisconsin.
"Oh, no, dear, these veterans didn't die.
They only tried to die, by going right up to tho
guns where they wero firing straight into their
faces," was the simple and telling: reply.
"I'm glad, mamma, grandpa didn z oiq, even,
if he tried to. mamma," was the next remark;
of the little fellow, with a sorry face and tears
in his bright black eyes.
" Yes, dear we are all so glad. But remem
ber, little darling, that there-are so many boys
and girls to-day who havo no grandpas, because
they died for their country so far, far away."
It was very touching and very heantiful, this
object lesson of the soldier's daughter, who
could first remember the war, to her only littla
son, and one that ha will remember whilo
memory lasts. And so all along the line wero
the hearts of the men and the women baptized
auew to patriotism, while for the first time tha
spirit of fire came down to possess tho expect
ant youth, so that they shall speak with now
tongues and prophesy glad things to ths gcnar
ations that are to he.
The line of march was formed as near M
could ho to the printed program, with soma
attractive features introduced, some to excite si
laugh, bat more often to bring the tears unhid
den to tho eyes and a great choking sob to tha
heart Someof the States marched with Depart,
ment officers afctho head, Missouri, newly fired
with patriotic zealr making an enthnsiasti
demonstration. Tho Cameron (Missouri) boys
had the old hero of "Marching Through Geor
gia" in escort, headed by the Cameron Cornet
Band and veterans of McPherson Post, march
ing ia tho form of tho- cross at tho head, and
Joe Hooker Post, with its brilliant Zoaav
band following, heading; Custer Post of Sit
Joseph. Tho Zouaves wera xtr.vagaatly
cheered, and their evolutions wera grea,
and light. They divided &aacx! witk $,
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