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We see them marching through the murky night,
We hear the clashing of the fearful strife,
And thousands mangled and bereft of life.
How dream-like now such memories o'er us creep,
How sadly sweet this dreaming seems to me—
To wake no more—no more to dream—to be.
The shadow forms that lead the way before,
Whose loyal hearts ne'er knew a craven fear,
Are absent not, we feel tneir presence here.
Their names are written, and our heart's the scroll—
Our own, our loved, our patriotic comrades true,
That tells of thousands dead who wore the blue.
Perhaps to-day, where missing comrades sleep
Beneath the sunny skies of southern lands,
A nd tiowers are strewn by tender, loving hands.
So we may plant a lily fair and white
Upon the grave of him who wore the gray.
Hate enters not the mounds of clay.
Comrades, you have seen the terrors of the fray,
And heard the shriek and dying prayer to God—
Their hearts-blood mingling on the trampled sod.
O, may cemented friendship, from that tide
Of crimson life, make discords cease-
Hands clasped in love and everlasting peace.
The recitation, "The Drummer Boy of Mission Ridge," by Miss Belle Castleman, snowed careful preparation and culture of voice. The meeting was closed as the ritual provides, viz.:
Commander Seaks—Senior Vice Commander, how should all men live?
/i Com. — Junior Vice Commander, how should comrades of the Grand
* Com.—The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
Commander—May the Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, keep us by
At a subsequent meeting of the Decoration Day Joint Committee, held at Comrade Caukin's office, on Stark street, Wednesday evening, June 7th, the following resolution was unanimously adopted:
Resolved, That the thanks of the committee are hereby gratefully tendered to the following persons:
To Rev. T. L. Eliot, for his eloquent sermon on Memorial Sunday.
To Hon. H. Y. Thompson, for his patriotic oration.
To Misses Belle Catleman, Katie Pierce, Laura Watkins, Josie Buchanan. Cora Braden, Mary Morse and Lavina Jones, for recitations on evening of Decoration Day, which added much to the attractiveness of the occasion.
To Comrade K. C. White, for composition and rendition of his original poem, "In Memoriam."
To Messrs Harris & Salmon, for free and abundant supply of ice.
To Geo. W. Whiting, for sprinkling the streets on the line of march, free of charge.
To Knott Brothers, for free ferriage to the procession on the route to and from the cemetery.
To the following named for bountiful supply of flowers, wreathes, bouquets, etc.
Prof. R. K. Warren and pupils of the high school, Prof. I. W. Pratt and pupils of the Harrison street school, Miss E. C. Sabin and pupils of North school, Mrs. J. C. Olds, Mrs. 0. Summers, Mrs. A. C. Gibbs, Mrs. A. E. Borthwick, Mrs. John R. Foster, Mrs. P. J. Mann, Mrs. Fleischner, Mrs. Ben Haines, Mrs. Albert Allen, Miss Hattie Phillips, Master James Phillips, Mrs. Theo. Barker, Mrs. Rathburn, Mrs. E. C. Smith, Mrs. Geo. Sharp, Mrs. Wm. Murray; also, to Thos. A. Linn and Edward Smith, for assistance m decorating at theater; and last but not least, to a generous public who so generally contributed their money and presence in furtherance of the ceremonies of the day.