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By R,-v. Go. F. IPntin-, D. D.
Sum:.-! : "I'm-le S mi's preferred
creditors and tin' rest of us."
CoMK VIH.s ol Gl.Wi C'ol N TV:
L Mill:- am 4 J i; n 1 1 i:mi.: -
It is ;i common custom among
men, in the event of lm-iiu-s fail
ures, t, classify those to whom they
are indebted, and anions the classes
i one known as j,nfrrf creditois.
These are paid or in full, by
reason of some relationship or s) ee
ial claim, while others, whose de
nial). U an- perhaps equally just, hut
of a dilTerent character, are left un
paid, or paid only in part.
It has occurred to nie, and in some
cases with emphasis, that in the ar
rangement for the payment of our
national debt, we have followed this
business custom, to the neglect of
some claims which ought to have had
Don't lie frightened at those words,
National Debt, nor fancy that I am
about to bore v ou w ith an array of
figures and statistics, for 1 assuie
you 1 have no idea of doing so. In
the first place I never had any taste
for arithmetic myself, and I have
learned by observation that other
people are as little entertained as I
am with columns of figures, ex
eept, indeed, they represent dollars,
and are on the credit side of their
own ledger.
Put there is another, beside the
financial side of the national debt,
and I want to call your attention to
that other side, a little while, and to
what I conceive to be an injiMice t
certain classes, to w hom wc, a- a na
tion arc greatly indebted, in connec
tion with the war of W to t'..j. 1 re
fer to the matter of personal etVort
and sacrifice for our country which
has never been recognized, and can
not be, as it deserves, for there is a
kind of service which dollars do not
pay for, and for which an occasional
newspaper notice, i a very meagre
return. In the payment of that na
tional debt which gold and green
backs can reach, we have done
grandly, and have, in the main, I sup
p se, done cipial justice to all to
whom we were indebted, but in this
other branch of obligation, which I
have said, dollars cannot pay, we
have, perhaps unconsciously, done
only partial justice.
We have, without wrong intention
I suspect, selected a few )n firrt'l
creditors, and lavished upon them
our wort Is of praise, and our political
b n social honors, to the utter hc-
' gleet of whole legions of equally di
serv ing men, who according to their
ability, and in their sphere, helped to
win :he tight for freedom. 1 havt
no dispos'n ion to pluck one leaf from
the laurels of those whom we circ
honored, not one, they deserve them
all, but while these jrj'trral citdit
ors have shared in the rich assets of
our hearty thanks, and the materia
tokens of our regard, and I sav amen
to it all, I w ant to speak for a little
to-day, as the attorney of that great
body of creditors, w hose names am
claims have largely been forgotten
That 1 may, at the outset, disabuse
vour minds ofanv thought that I am
an interested party in this cac, let
me say, just hi re, I held, during tlu
war, tiie position of a lieutenant o
artilerv, and so am not counted at
all among those to whom I refer.
liCt ine hlsi speak ol inose who
did dutv in the ranks and before the
mast, in that four year's fight. Tlu
men who wore the shoulder straps
and those who walked the quarte
deck, were, in the main, a noble :
sei oi men as ever oniceivii an arinv
or a navv. We m7st gladlv, am
most heartilv doff our hats to Grant
and Farragut, Sherman and Porter,
Sheridan and Footc, and to all their
subordinates who did their duty like
nun, and we grudge them nothing
which they have received at tlu
hands ol our people, but we onlv
ask, that while they are picferrct
creditors, in the distribution of tlu
honors and the gratitude, there In.
also, a jut remembrance of the rank
and file, through whose pluck am
blood and muscle, these leaders b
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laiiw aii'i sea. wen- iuic: into im-ir
prominence and supported then
1 .. 1 . r . i i
ror Mini oi uies,. m;ie men as
have been properly pensioned, and
provided for, by government, of
course their friend can a. k nothing
more of pecuniary sort, but let me
suggest that there is due to these
who suffered for us, if they conduct
themselves like men, a respect which
ii" loyal citizen cm, or will ignore.
Our children are looking on, and
they are learning from our treat men
of these veteran, what estimate their
fathers place upon that service by
which our country was preserved. If
we would have a true patriotism take
root and grow in the hearts of our
young nun, let them see that we
onor thoe, who bore for us, and for
them the perils of the tight, the long
xposure to the death bearing atmos
phere of Southern swamps, the hor-
ors of the prison pen, and who are
till bearing wounds, diseases and
ains untold, consequent upon the
nirdships of those four years.
When we who are gray-haired were
toys, we were taught to respect the
ged and tho infirm, and to lend a
lclping hand to the feble and sick
and destitute, but I am afraid the
ids of our time have, not been very
arefully instructed in this direction,
it least the rudeness and impudence
oo often seen among them, do not
indicate very faithful home training.
n this matter, we fathers and moth
rs are blame-worthy, and if we do
not suffer for our folly, it will be
cry strange. When our boys are
lisrespectful to us, let us remember,
we are reaping just what we have
own, and I do plead with you
oungcr men, whose children are yet
within your control, let your manage
ment of your households be better
than ours has been. Teach vour ehil-
1 rt'ii to respect those who are older,
md wiser, and especially do I urge
upon you, teach your enmiren u
jonor the gray-haired, broken old
men who once mei ior inein, aim
while they enjoy the fruits of that
ong struggle, teach them gratitude
to those by whose labor and Moo. I
m l treasure wee purchased, the good
things they enjoy.
liovs! Don't ignore, imr despise
the old soldier. To be sure, he can
ake care of himself now, but in a
little time he will be dependent. Be
atient with his garrulous old age,
et him tell his stories over, and
when he "shoulders his crutch and
shows how fields were won" don't
augh at him, but recall the fact, he
eft that leg at Gettysburg!!, that
inn was shot awav at Corinth, and
ic was maimed and crippled for you,
that you, boys, might enjoy the liber-
tics of this fair land. Will some of
vou sav: The old soldiers don't ask
nor need any such plea as this, for
they are yet vigorous and abundantly
able to keep up w ith the column of
lift-. True, and I am glad so many
of them are hale and heartv, but our
young folks are being educated, and
I would have them begin in season,
to honor those to whom honor is due.
Don't get the idea, young folks, that
the men who wore the shoulder
straps did all the lighting, nor that
all the heroes were commissioned.
There is an unwritten hhdorv of that
four years' war, which, could it be
written, would bring to the front
manv a name which never found its
way into the newspapers, and was
never mentioned in orders among
those who were distinguished for
gallantry. The best and bravest w ere
not always brevetted, and if the true
story of that long agony vonJd be
told, "many" that arc now "first
would be last and the last first."
Let me read just here from a slip
cut from an old newspaper. It is
only a straw, but it shows just a lit
tle, which way the wind blows.
At the last meeting of the post the
following resolutions, which arc self ex
planatory, were adopted:
Wukkkas. More than -0 years have
elapsed since the war of the rebellion,
Wiikkkas, TIih suffering and deeds of
the soldiers of the bnion seem to be
rapidly failing from the memory of tlu
people of this nation.
!fiolinl. That we express our pro
found respect and gratitude to the ladies
of the . C. T. I'., who voluntarily
visited our post fin Memorial day and so
kindly expressed their love and sym
pathy. for the cause in which we Mutter
ed, and sacrificed so much.
.V.io(Vm7, That the beautiful flowers
they so generously donated to strew
upon the graves of our departed com
rades, we accept as an emblem of the
givers patriotism and. further, that w
all sav "(iod bless the ladies."
i'.voio. That a copy of the foregoing
lie piesented to the YV. 1 . U.
Now my fellow citizens, then
ought never to exist a state of feeling
in any community of the United
States which could at all justify the
second paragraph of that preamble.
Just think of it!
Wl WV IT..'. 1.1 1
it in n'.i', i ue mi u ei i iiu ;iuu occicv
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of the soi, hers ot tlic l-nion seem tf
be rapidly fading from the memory
of the people of this nation." Is it
possible that there is truth in this?
Is 20 years the limit of America's
, . . ... . !
remembrance ot the heroes who i.mi j
and died in her defense? I cannot, j
nay I w ill not believe it. Our peo
ple are so busy in commercial affairs,
so busy in pushing the railroad, the
telegraph and the telephone, so busy
in trying to calm the troubled sea
where the opposing currents of capi
tal and labor meet, that they have
for a little forgotten their duty, and
their privilege, and they only need a
bit of a reminder, and we shall see
them doing again as they have done,
and responding (Mice more to what I
am sure is the prompting of the
American heart.
In the meantime I too, thank the
W. C. T. U. that they remembered
our 'soldier dead at least one year.
I nl let me turn to another fact
which w e all too often forget. Among
those who are especially deserving of
recognition for honorable service
during our last, war, are a great mul
titude w ho were noncombatauts. In
the old days when King David is
sued his army regulations, this was
one of the articles. In ease of a vic
tory, the political doctrine of our
time seems to have obtained. "To
the victors belong the spoils," but
with the farther provision that all
should share alike, whether they were
in front or rear, in action or in re
serve. This is the way it reads:
"As his part is that goeth dow n to
the battle, so shall his part be that
tarrieth by the stuff; they shall part
No preferred creditors under that
regulation. The guard of the bag
gage train, vmi see, was deemed
equally worthy of honor, with those
who fought at the front.
And this is just what I am plead
ing for. Give every man his due.
Vou know, and I know, that the chief
quarter-master of such a body of nu n
as the army of the Potomac had no
sinecure, if help in his duty, and so
of the chief comniissarv and their
respective departments, and their sub
ordinate officers in each.
No other set of men in the whole
army were harder worked than these
men, and yet who ever heard of a
quartermaster or a commissary
being pushed to the front in any place
where men do honor to the old sol
diers? Hurry up the clothing and
the hardtack, the tents and the haver
racks, the beans and the bacon, and
then curse him if he didn't get
there, that was the sort of honor and
thanks the poor fellows received.
You fellows who marched through
Yirginia mud, think you had a tough
time of it. but what
about tlu
bovs who had to git your rations
and your forage to you, wherever
you were, through that same mud?
To be sure they had teams, yes
and I do just here and now put in a
special claim for the efficient mem
mcrs of that corps who bore the eu
phoninos M. D. which translated into
tin. vj't-tcieiilnr ine.int mule driver.
. ... . .
lor it ever a poor ienow on cann ue-
served a pension of the first cla, it
was the chap who pushed a six mule
team through the mud of the Chicka
hominy. Some of the grainiest successes of
the war, came about through the
agency of those teamsters. Tired
out and disheartened, the boys lay
down at night on their arms, too
thoroughly used up, even to get out
their blankets and dog tents, if they
had any, and yet itwas of great im
portance that they be forty miles far
ther on, at daybreak Put the boys
were hungry and no rations at hand.
Put hark! Just as they began to
grumble, the familiar lie-haw ! of a
distant mule breaks on the ear, and
the dinner bell at Delmonico's was
never one-half so welcome, as it in
vited men to turtle soup and cham
pagne, as was that lie-haw! which
told of coffee and hardtack.
Old Sancho Panza cried out "God
bless the man who first invented
sleep," ami while the old soldiers
would all heartily second that, I sus
pect they would be ready to add with
emphasis, God bless the man who
first invented coffee. It is, I believe,
above all others, ti' drink for an
Let us put the two together, as
they are coupled in our affections.
"Tired nature's utrrtt restorer,
balmy sleep," and "tired nature's
chirf restorer, fragrant coffee."
And here they come tumbling into
park vvith a thousand more discord
ant lie-haws, and a thousand more
discordant yelb, with words a deal
more forcible than elegant, and out
come the camp-kettles, and tin cups,
I ,UI"
and dow n they sit by the hast ily
i n i . i
kindled camp-fires, and
UnjT piping hot, they drank
'their pint, with Mich a relidi as Jupi -
tcr never dreamed of, when he and
I uno took nectar and ambrosia at
the handsof I lebe, or ( ionvmede in
the back parlors of Klvsiuiu.
ir, , ( t,s JM.vi.r
aMVthing st rongcr. There are
no headaches, nor dreams of monk
cys and snakes, in a tin cup full of
coffee, but there's lots of "git and
pluck," and so w hen the bugler blew
"fall in," the rested army sprangto its
feet and by a forced march of forty
miles, met the enemy at daybreak,
and won a light, which helped to
break the shackles off four million
slav es ami make our land "tlu? land
of the free," and all this because
those mule drivers "got there" with
the coffee.
Oh yes, when I get into congress
vou may bet I'll vote to pension the
mule drivers.
And just here, while we are talk
ing about quarter-masters, did you
ever know old "Pucker" chief quarter-master
of the army of the Poto
mac, the roughest old chap in Ameri
ca, but a better quarter-master never
issued a canteen. Well the Depart
ment sent into his otlice a little state
ment of differences one day, to the
effect, that his accounts showed a
trifling shortage of a million and a
hall or such a matter. The old man
looked at the sum total a half a min
ute, and then with an explosive ex
pletive, dashed off an indorsement
across the paper:
"Please stop it against my pay.
Yours ie., Hi ( ki:i:."
And now, I fancy I hear the sj,-k-call,
and that suggests tw o or three
classes more, who art- deserving of
honarahlc mention.
There were cowards and shirks
among the soldiers, and here and
there an officer who showed the
white feather, or who was a petty
tyrant with his men, ami a poltroon
before the enemy. None of them
were without fault, and so I suppose
tlu- doctors were not all just what
they should have been. Some who
dealt out quinine down there, ought
to have been hoeing corn, and here
and there a chap was cutting off legs
and arms, with the title of Surgeon,
who oughi to have been shaking a
bucksaw. Put on the whole our
me. in-ai corps was an eiucieni one,
and to most of us our memories of
the Doctor are grateful memories,
lie helped some of Us through more
than one tight place, and not a few
of the boys are on earth to-day,
through the will and kindness of
some faithful surgeon. They had to
cut and slash sometimes without
mueh time to consider whether they
couldn't save a leg or an arm, for so
many poor fellows lay bleeding ami
moaning, waiting for their turn, that
there wasn't tinu- for deliberate con
sultation. Hurry was the order of
the day, whether on the field or in
the hospital. Put even so, with all
the inconveniences and discomforts
and amid all the rush, many a vete
ran has occasion to thank some kind
old surgeon that he is spared to his
family instead of lying in a nameless
grave down yonder. Yes, I fancy
t tin thufiio of a wooden le" m:iv of-
u., V(.n. oft,,n ti. translated into a
thanks, thanks, thanks, and the grati
tude belongs to the doctor.
And then the nurses, fn,m the
sweet-faced Sister of Charity to the
benevolent old maid from Yanki e -
dom, from the trained and skilled
graduate of some eastern hosptial to
the kind hearted old gent whom na -
ture had taught just how to lift a
fellow, or help him to turn over,
M itln.nl liiirlinif linn (.ml lil..
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'itheinone ami an. 1 hey, each Ue -
- M.m. a tiU)i (lf pralM. a sw-et as
this from our loved Longfellow:
"When'eer a noble died is wrought
When'eer is spoken a noble thought
Our hearts in glad surprise,
1 o higher levels rise.
The tidal wave of deeper sou's
Into our inmost being rolls,
And lifts us unawares
( hit of all meaner cares.
Honor to those whose words or deeds
1 mis neip us ui our uawy neeus.
And by their overflow
Pise us from w hat is low.
Thus thought I. as by night I read
( )f the great army of the dead,
The trendies cold and damp.
The starved and frozen camp.
The wounded from the battle plain.
In dieary hospitals of pain,
The cheerless condors.
The cold ami stony floors.
Lo! in that home of misery
A lady with a lamp I ses
Passthroughthe glimmering gloom.
And flit from room to room. ;
And slow-as in a dream of bliss, j
The speechless sufferer turns, to kiss
Per shadow, as it falls
fpoii the darkening walls.
As if a door in Heaven, shoul lie j
Opened and then closed suddenly, :
Theyismn caineand went. I
J he light shone and was spent. !
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On I'nuland'sannalsdhniugl.thelong:
Hereafter of her speech and song. 1
That light its rays shall last ,
From portals of the past. ;
A lady with a lamp shall stand
In thegieat history of the land.
A lioble type of good
Heroic womanhood.
Nor even shall be wauling here
The palm, the lil and the spear,
The sv tnbols that of Voir
Saint 1'i'oiiuna boie."
Yes, bicthn n, I know we are ready
to re-ei ho the prayer, (iod bless the
j irnn , ami the men as well, the
doctors and the nurses who came to
the front in the tight w ill. death, and
1 helped so many of us back from the
brink of the grave, and gave us to
our friends again.
And some of us are better men to
day, because of those weeks or months
in the hospital. That L'cntle hand
which fell like a benediction upon
the aching brow, proved to us, the
hand of an angel, and we are not so
far away from (iod and Heaven to
day, as we used to be, and all through
the the thrilling touch, and soft
spoken words of one, who though
then and now, a stranger to us, some
how got down under a fellow's jack
et, and made him ashamed of his
rough ways, and so we are better
men, cleaner nu n, to-dav, because
that pure white soul touched us, and
virtue passed out from her life into
ours, and again we say, (Iod bless
her. And again I see a wagon train,
yes, there are two, and they are
marked in words the boys learned to
recognize with a shout of welcome.
"Sanitary Commissioner and Chris
tian Commissioner," twin sisters, or
brothers as you will, of the (Jood Sa
matrian family, and they always
managed to get along down on the
.lerieo Poad about the time when the
boys needed them most. Soups and
jellies, soft-tack and tea, just like
your mother made in Michigan, and
a real feather pillow, twice as soft as
a knapsack, and a bed-quilt with the
names of half the girls m some west
ern town written on the blocks of
patchwork, and the soups and jellies
and the soft-tack and tea disappeared,
and the sick lads began to mend, see!
out under the trees they lie, their
heads cushioned on the soft pillows,
their couch draped with the light
patchwork, and they, the boys, dream
ing of the girls whose names were
written there, and wondering if that
Mary in Ithaca, or that Nellie in St.
Louis would go back on a fellow, be
cause lie hao hut one arm now, to
hug her with. No! No! We didn't
believe it then, and we don't believe
it now. Th" girls always stood by
us, and their arms and their hearts
were open for us, "When Johnny
came marching home." And so we
say again, with our hearts full, God
bless the Sanitary and the Christian
Commissioners. May the noble men
who managed and sustained them
have a tirst-clas seat rcservel m
Heaven. And God bless the girls
who made the patch-work. They art
old girls now, I suspect, but then w
are old hoys too, and that makes it
even, and here we are together to
dav, and little Nellies and Johnnies
and Marys will ask questions to-night
when we get home, and we'll tell
them again the storv of -' years ago.
And now boys, once more. There
are frauds and humbugs and hypo
crites everywhere, but I suspect, on
the w hole, you and I never met a no
bier, kinder set of nun, than our
chaplains, and some of them couh
ride in a c harge r.nd handle a six
shooter with the best of you. That
Smith S: Weston didn't lose anything
by being carried in the same pocket
with a Pible, and there were gooi
right hands among those chaplain-
which could bring a rebel's bodv
dow n at twenty paces, and then point
his s,,ul to Heaven, so faithfully that
the lad in gray, blessed in his heart,
the ankee preacher, who count sing
with erptal w ill, who couh
! hrh his country's foe out of thi
: world with a bullet, and into the
1 '"-xt w ith a prayer, vvith equal fervor
land hearty good will.
j I recall old Chaplain Woodw ard
, an old man when I was a bov, am
1 living yet, God bless him, among tlu
irronn liillv of oniuint
, q'),,. utX ,,f the iri Vermont
' Cavalry tell of their first experience
, under tire. I hey were crossing C hain
.bridge m Washington, ami their
colonel somehow didn't seem anxiou
; to i,.a,l the regiment. It was a criti-
cal moment, but see! just at the pinch
old Parson Woodward spurred his
big black to the front, and half way
across the bridge before the boys
could gather themselves, hear him.
', "( oine on, bovs, and thev came on,
I and the robs had an errand farther
jdown towaid Pichmond. I can fan
j ey the rebels talking over the skir
i mish that n'udit. and asking one an
other, "I say, Jim did you see that
old chaplain on the big black horse''
I stayed there 'till I saw the tire in
his eye and then I made up my mind
that inv mother wanted me, and I lit
j out, right smart, for home." And
j then the good old man, when the
fight he had helped to will, was over.
! vvouiu iiearoinui ainongtiie. woiimiei.
before the stretchers got there, and
with a cheering word and a drink
from his canteen, he fixed the boy
up, and got them off to the rear, and
tim. u tended them as though they
were his own children. Pody and
poiil, every man in the regiment w as
j t f j (1 om, ,jav the oM
. , , ,
man grew more tender and braver
l,an 1vt,r iH.folv an,i lv,,ort a'u ,,
- i . i i . .1 c i i i :
w, was h"1 V" Uhl'
"ly I remember John W oo.I-
wanl w ell, a schoolmate oi nunc, aim
for pluck and gallantry, a chip off
the old block. The old chaplain's
f yes were dim for a little, and his
voice a trifle husky, but he didn't
resign, nor leave his post, and when
I tell you, the boys hived old Chap
lain YVoodward, as they loved their
j mothers, you won't doubt my word,
' nor their manliness. A few years
igo I preached for the old man, and
thinking he might have some choice
as to the theme I should present to
i his people, I said to him Sunday
morning, w hat shall I preach to your
eoide, l ather w oodward "1 reach
the Gospel" replied the old veteran,
and I shan't forget that lesson while
live. And now I reckon, comrades,
all things considered, you'll Kay with
me, (tod bh$ the ctU(illl.
And just here, somehow, my mind
ind my heart recall a few of tho
forerunners, the John the Baptists of
our war, and I must just mention b
tew ol them, for I am persuaded
they an not all among Undo Sam's
referred creditors. Tho people of
these states, and especially our col
ored people will not altogether for
get Wm. Lloyd Garrison and Gerritt
Smith and John Prown, and yet I
am sadly confident that they are not
remembered as they ought to be.
The prosperity ol our country, and
especially of the South, is what it IS
to-day, very largely because of tho
iitohtion movement, inaugurated by
Garrison, and by that intrepid leader
nit upon the path to success. His
radical measures startled the world,
and men hated him for his fanati
cism, but the years have ripened our
thought, and our calm retrospect
whispers sottly, the grand old man
was right after all
Of his co-worker and helper, Gcr
ritt Smith, let me read you what I
wrote when the old man died in 1874.
The man w ho dared to do the right,
The man who dared be true;
AVho led the van in freedon'B fight,
When freedom's friends were lew.
The man who dared be friend the slave,
At his own proper cost;
And grew more confident and brave,
When others whispered "lost."
The man who never yielded ground
To any vaunting foe,
And who. to save another's wound,
Himself received the blow.
The man who lent a list'ning tar
To every human moan;
He held the stricken doubly dear,
And made their cause his own.
This is the man who died to-day,
Ami died, a crovrn to win ;
Wide open swung the gates of Zey,
To let the hero in.
"Put he had faults," go, cynic, go
To Him w ho can atone:
And who is sinless here below,
lie first to cast a stone.
Upward, along the shining street
To where the angels wait,
His noble spirit hied to greet
Saint Peter, at the gate.
Put scarce delaying there his way,
Ke'h to receive ;i Cl ow n;
The old man whispers, "tell me, pray,
Where I may find John Prown."
And this canies us back to Har
per's Ferry and 1S.V., to find another
who was not a preferred creditor.
Do you remember how our hearts
burned within us in those years?
and how, under the liery eloquence
of Wendell Phillips and Charles
Sumner and Joshua Giddings and a
score of others among the Poanerges
of that time, our blood leaped through
our veins. The mad excitement of
the time must find vent in the sacri
fice of some victim, and" John Prown
came to the front. He said of him
self, "I am worth more to hang than
anything else," and they hung him
on that gnd of December, lol, and
from that day slavery was doomed.
John Prown was not without faults
but he will ever be counted among
the stars of first magnitude, in the
constellation of American heroes. I
can say no more of him just now but
some day, perhaps in the near future,
I shall be glad to say of John Prown,
in ir presence, what I think and
feel. You may not agree with me.
You may call him by some other
name than hero, but we won't quar
rel about that to-day.
And now, comrades, I suppose you
have some nj'trr(l creditors in
Gratiot county, and perhaps a few,
who are inn among that favored
class. If there be any among you
here to-day who have shared largely
in the favors dispensed by our gov
ernment, let me say, no one re
joices more in your good fortune
than your fellow citizens who hare
not been so fortunate.
We old soldiers are ow, and if one
among us be honored we are all
sharers in that honor, and on the oth
er hand, if one be neglected, we all
share in the regret and disappoint
ment. We must stand by each other,
not with the mistaken zeal of those
who led by unwise counsels, are
blocking the wheels of business, and
bringing linhappiness and want to
their ow n bonus and the homes of
others, not as a political organization,
for such an organization could only
defeat its own wishes and hopes, but
we can and nntut stand together, as a
loyal band of brothers, whose first
care is for our common country, and
second to this is our care one for an
other. We believe our government in
tends to do for her old soldiers, all
that is right and just. We love our
country, and down deep in our hearts
w e feel, that in the end upon the an
nals of fame, jutice will be done to
all classes, who, ought for the com
mon good of our common country,
In the final adjustments of history ,wc
shall stand alike approved by man,
and we trust approved also of God.
Yes, we believe the time is coming
when among all who served our
country in whatever capacity, there
will be no favoritism, except that to
which all will gladly yield assent,
and that touching the indebtedness
of our people, to tnose w ho fought for
them by land, or sea, there will be
nothing offensive, in the suggestion
of rijirrnl cmliturs.

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