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Colonel Wilcox:- There is a principle involved in the motion made by General Force, which I recognize. The other proposition which is made simply increases it twenty dollars, I am wil. ling to withdraw my motion to adopt the original resolution and accept the proposition based upon the principle of spending the income alone this year.
The President:-General Force's amendment is still before the body to decide, members objecting to its withdrawal.
Captain Andreas:–How will we know just exactly what the income will be? How will the local committec know? When this five thousand dollars of Colonel Dayton is added to the fund that will bear interest, and the whole thing will amount to about seventeen thousand dollars, and four per cent on that will be six hundred and eighty dollars. It is only that that fund has not yet been reached. General Force says it will be reached this and that will bring an income. The local committee should know what they can calculate upon.
According to the rules of the Society this must go over until next
year unless it can be passed by a two-thirds vote here. Colonel Dawes:– I request Captain Andreas to amend his motion in this way, that the treasurer be instructed to pay from the income arising from the permanent investment, an amount not to exceed five hundred dollars.
General Hickenlooper:-Let us thoroughly understand this business before voting upon it. You then have appropriated substantially, we will assume, the income, for the purpose of paying that amount over to the local committee. Now from what fund will you take your running expenses, amounting certainly to the same amount.
A Member:-From the dues.
General Hickenlooper:-A large part of the members have ceased to pay dues because of their life membership, and the others are but one dollar a year, which would not exceed probably four hundred dollars.
Colonel Dawes:–The resolution, I understand, says that the Treasurer may do it, not that he must. If he has no funds in his hands he won't pay them.
General Hickenlooper:— The Recording Secretary informs me that in three years we will all be life members, and there will be no dues. Captain Andreas suggests another item, and that is the local committee ought to know, in advance, what they can depend upon from this Society, in the way of contributions towards defraying these annual expenses. Of course there is another solution of the problem, and that is that you cease to have your reunions as elaborate as they are, and make them less expensive.
The President:- The question is on the amendment of General Force, that the income of our invested fund be appropriated to the local committee.
General Hickenlooper:-So under that resolution the running expenses of the Society are not provided for?
The President:- They are not figured in at all. They will be taken care of as heretofore.
The amendment was lost.
The President:-Now the question is on an appropriation of not to exceed five hundred dollars annually to the local committee.
The motion prevailed by a two-thirds vote.
Resolved, that the oration of General Gresham at the unveiling of the Grant monument be printed as part of the proceedings of this reunion.
My idea has been that all the proceedings out there were a part of an arrangement by the city of Chicago and the Park Commissioners and that they are not properly a part of the proceedings of our Society. I therefore offer this resolution.
General Pearson: I move to amend by including all the speeches at the monument.
Major Sherman:-I accept the amendment.
Resolved, That a vote of the heartfelt and sincere thanks of this Society be given to our comrade, General Hickenlooper, the ora tor of the occasion, for his splendid oration at this our regular meeting
The motion prevailed by a rising vote.
Captain Tuthill:--We have a very pleasant and enjoyable reunion, but there are two members who have almost always been
with us who are not here. They are lying upon their last beds of illness, probably, and very low. Probably neither of them will survive very long. Both of them have made it a rule to be present at these meetings. I am sure some word of sympathy from this meeting conveyed to those brothers would be very gratefully accepted. I, therefore, move you that a resolution of sympathy to Captain George W. Colby, lying on his bed at Englewood, and Major O. C. Towne, be adopted and sent them.
General Leggett:-I ask Captain Tuthill to include General R. P. Buckland.
Captain Tuthill:- I also include General Buckland.
General Hickenlooper:- I would suggest that the Secretaries be instructed to telegraph, in order that it may be at once communicated, before the adjournment of the Society.
Captain Tuthill:-I accept that.
Colonel Jacobson:-Mr. President, there has been a tear in the eye of every member of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee as we have thought of our old friend and comrade, Colonel L. M. Dayton. I want to offer the following resolution:
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed by the Chair to furnish a suitable memorial of the life and services of Colonel L. M. Dayton, to be printed as a part of the proceedings of the re. union.
The motion prevailed, and the President appointed Colonel Jaeobson, Colonel Dawes, and Colonel Cadle as the committee.
Colonel How offered the following:
Resolved, That the members of this Society extend their most sincere thanks to the comrades of this city and the members of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the state of Illinois and the citizens of Chicago for the glorious reception extended to them, so characteristic of this great city.
The President:-I would suggest that we occupy these rooms by the courtesy of Post No. 5, which furnished the flowers, and I suggest that they be especially mentioned, also Company C of the 1st Regiment.
Colonel How:-Also George H. Thomas Post.
The Acting Recording Secretary:- I have received applications for membership under the third amendment to our constitution, from sons and widows of deceased members. These applications have, in accordance with our rules, been approved by the President, and now are ready for the action of the Society. They are as follows: BELKNAP, HUGH R.,
Son of General W. W. Belknap. CONNELL, W. M.,
Son of Colonel John Connell. Fitch, Mrs. MARY J.,
Widow of Major 7. A. Fitch. FORT, ROBERT,
Son of Colonel Greenbury L. Fort. NOBLE, Mrs. MARY A.,
Widow of Colonel Henry T. Noble. SCRIBNER, MRS. MARY,
Widow of Lieutenant Wiley S. Scribner. SHERMAN, P. TECUMSEH,
Son of General W. T. Sherman. SLACK, JAMES R.,
Son of General 7. R. Slack.
Son of General Hugo Wangelin.
General Bane:– Mr. President, “When asked what state he hails from, our sole reply shall be, he hails from Appomattox and its famous apple tree.”
Resolved, That it is the sense of this Society, that the next Congress
be requested to provide means to remove the remains of General U. S. Grant to Arlington Heights at Washington.
General Chellain:-That question has been before the country a long time, and I for one think that our Society had better keep out of it.
General Leggett:—The remark that I was going to make, has been substantially made by General Chetlain. I think if the resolution should pass there should be added to it, with the consent of the family.
General Bane: I accept that and intended to include it.
The President:-You make that as a part of your original motion.
General Bane:– Yes sir.
General Leggett:—I hope that it will not be understood that I am in favor of the motion even with that. I think we had better let it alone.
Captain McAuley:- I think it is time that this Society should express its feelings in this matter. It is simply to record the sentiment of the Society, and I believe it is due to our old great leader to take some action here. It is only a suggestion to Congress.
General Chetlain:-As much as we regret the burial of General Grant on the Hudson, it was done at the request of the family. The city of New York is now moving in the matter of erecting a monument. They are slow about it. There is a good deal of feeling about the matter in the country, and we had better keep out
Colonel McCrory.-Mr. President, I do not live in Chicago, hence my modesty will not be taken into consideration at all. I live in the great northwest. I will acknowledge that the gentleman from Chicago said what is right in one respect. New York is slow. Chicago is not, and neither is it the further you go west. If you move the remains to Minneapolis we will put up a monument in two years.
It is time that New York should recognize that General Grant is dead. It is further time that they should recognize the fact that they are calling themselves the money center of the United States; that they have there money enough, surplus enough, for other occasions, but the great General of the war cannot be considered for one moment. I do not know whether they have got a humdred thousand dollars there yet or not.
A Member:-About a hundred thousand.
Colonel McCrory:-We will raise that in ten days in Minneapolis, and they will raise it in Chicago in one day. I am in favor of this resolution and am in favor of putting on record what has been said, that we are surprised at the actions of these slow going gentlemen down there, and if there is not something done, the feeling will be such before the Army of the Tennessee passes out of existence, and I hope it will live forever, that the remains will be removed from where they are now and put at some place where the Grand Army of the United States will have a chance