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in different guises throughout the length and breadth of the land, as it fattens our herds and lubricates the wheels of com
Day by day the different sections of the country are becoming more dependent upon each other. United by mutual and growing interests, the tie that binds them is gaining rapidly increasing strength, more lasting than those iron bands which, with each year's cycle, are changing and simplifying the channel of traffic, and bringing North, South, East and West into nearer commune.
And the old-time “Southern gentleman,” product of the curse of slavery, which dwarfed the sterling capacity of the master in the idleness which it imposed on him, has disappeared before the true Southern gentleman of a more advanced era, dependent upon his own
resources and demonstrating in his every act that no boundary lines restrain the men upon whose energies, ability and worth the country is dependent for its prosperity and the Gov. ernment for its maintenance.
Appomattox was the beginning of a new era. The Republic had passed its crucial test. Purified by the blood shed for its maintenance, strengthened by the dangers, hardships and suffering undergone in its defense, the United States of America is no longer an experiment, but a model-a model for all that is guaranteed by our form of government; free speech, a free press, freedom of thought, and action, free men a government of the people, by the people and for the people."
For all this each one of you is entitled to your meed of praise, to the satisfaction felt in knowing that you have contributed as far as was in your power to the result attained. To each of you still remains the task of doing all that in your power lies to secure the protection and perpetuation of the Government which you helped to save.
General Sherman:-We have now reached the stage of our proceedings when any gentleman may be called upon for a short speech.
Calls for “Howard."
MR. PRESIDENT AND COMRADES:
I have already made one speech to-day at the Chamber of
I thank you
Commerce, and I think to night you have had a splendid enter tainment from the beginning to the end, and m heart has said " Amen!" And so I will bıd you "good-night.”
General Dodge was called upon, who said:
The Chairman has often called upon you and me and every one else. It is so late to.night that we ought, I think, to call upon him for the last exercise upon
the programme. for your good-will.
General Alger, being called upon, said: MR. PRESIDENT:
In company with your Chief Engineer, General Poe, we have to-day returned from a trip down through the country where you marched from Chattanooga to Atlanta. We thought, before we came here, we would go and see whether we approved of what you did or not. We are here to report that what you did was caught from the inspiration of the Commander himself, who, when he has anything to do or say, he does it or says it right straight from the heart. We simply come here to endorse what you did, and are glad, those of us who were not there, that we were not. (Laughter.]
General Belknap, being called upon, said:
I only rise for a moment, comrades, in response to your call, to say to you that I have lately heard that
fame is world-wide, which will be very gratifying to you, I have no doubt. (Laughter.] I have a little daughter about fifteen years old, who has just returned from Europe; and when she was eleven years old she was being examined in Paris, and asked questions, such as “ What are the three highest mountains in the world, and the three greatest rivers, and the three greatest generals?” In answer to the last question, she said the three greatest Generals she knew anything about were Belknap, Grant and Napoleon. [Laughter.] I give you that important information, and bid you good-night.
General Force was called upon, who excused himself.
The choir than sang "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," accompanied by the organ, the bands and the audience, and the meeting was adjourned.
CINCINNATI, September 26, 1889. The Society assembled, having marched from the Burnet House, at 10:45, and was called to order by the President. He asked the Secretary to read the proceedings of the meeting of yesterday, whereupon, hy motion of General Fisk, the reading was dispensed with.
The President:-There is one committee to report, the committee on nomination of officers for the next year, of which General Dodge is chairman. General, are you ready to report?
General Dodge:- I will tender it to the Secretary, Colonel Dayton, to read.
Colonel Dayton read the report as follows:
CINCINNATI, September 26, 1889. MR. PRESIDENT AND COMRADES OF THE SOCIETY OF THE ARMY OF THE
TEXNESSEE: Your committee on nominations of officers beg leave to report the following names as officers of the Society for the ensuing year:
General Wm. T. Sherman.
Captain James A. Sexton,
Colonel L. M. Dayton.
Brigadier-General A. Ilickenlooper.
Major-General M. F. Force.
G. M. DODGE,
The President:-Gentlemen, you have heard the report of
your committee on nomination of officers.
acceptance of the report will be equivalent to the election of the officers. Are
you prepared for that vote?
On motion of General Walcutt, the report was adopted.
The President:— The next business in order will be the paper prepared, at my invitation, in pursuance of the rule of our Society. Colonel Jacobson will read the paper.
General Raum:-Before proceeding to that, I would beg leave to state that, in consequence of a late train, I was unable to present the report of the Logan statue.
The President:--That is in order, then; this was passed over for you yesterday. Will you read your report?
The report was read by Colonel Dayton.
CINCINNATI, O., September 25, 1889. To the Society of the Army of the Tennessee:
COMRADES:-Your committee, appointed at your meeting two years ago, for the erection of a statue, at the National Capital, in honor of the late Major-General John A. Logan, beg leave to report that, at the last session of Congress, the sum of forty thousand dollars was appropriated for the erection of the pedestal for a monument to General Logan, the selection of the site and the erection of the pedestal to be under the supervision of the Secretary of War, the Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library, and the Chairman of the Logan Statue Committee of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee.
Under the authority of this act of Congress, a meeting was held in the month of June, in the office of the Secretary of War. Present: The Hon. Secretary of War, Mr. Proctor; Senator Hoar, Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library, and Green B. Raum, Chairman of your Committee.
The Secretary of War was called to the chair, and, upon motion of General Raum, Iowa Circle, in the City of Washington, at the cross of P street and Rhode Island and Vermont avenues, was selected as the site for the erection of a statue to General Logan.
In this connection, it seems proper for your committee to state the se!-(
tion of this spot for the erection of this statue meets with the hearty approval of Mrs. Logan.
Your committee invite your attention to the fact that the language of the act of Congress limits the use of this forty thousand dollars to the erection of the pedestal alone. We, however, have every confidence to believe that the next session of Congress will amend this law so that whatever sum is unexpended of this appropriation, in the erection of the pedestal, shall be used in defraying the cost of the statue. An effort will be made for such an amend ment upon the assembly of the Fifty-first Congress.
Your committee further reports that they have obtained information in regard to the cost of some of the other statues erected in the City of Washington. We now have before us a communication from Hon. A.C. Mathews, First Comptroller, giving information as to the cost of the statue erected to General Thomas, the statue erected to President Garfield, and partial figures as to the cost of the statue erected to General McPherson. The cost of the statue erected to General Thomas was as follows:
Appropriated by Congress for the erection of the pedestal, $25,000 00
$60,000 00 The cost of the statue erected to President Garfield was as follows: Amount appropriated for pedestal.
$30,000 00 Amount received from subscriptions
. $85,000 00 Total cost of statue.
. $90,000 00 To be provided for.
$ 5,000 00 The statue to General McPherson:
Congress appropriated the sum of $25,000 for the erection of the pedestal to the statue to General McPherson, and the entire fund expended in the procurement and erection of the tue was contributed by the soldiers of General McPherson's command through the Society of the Army of the Tennessee — about $25,000.
Your committee takes pleasure of again making record of the fact that the committee appointed by the Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, of which General R. A. Alger is chairman, as heartily co-operative in the work of raising funds for this statue, and has, I am informed, received about the sum of $2,200.
Your committee also wish to make record of the fact that Major George E, Lemon undertook the raising of funds to aid in the erection of this statue as soon as the project was set on foot, and through his valuable newspaper, and by other means, secured subscriptions about to the amount of $9,300.
There has been raised through General Hickenlooper's committee the sum of $509, and your committee has taken subscriptions to the amount of $1,100. These amounts aggregate the sum of $13,109.
Yur committee is of the opinion that these subscriptions should be increased to at least the sum of $20,000, and we have every reason to