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are the men who are entitled to much more credit than you generals. But I don't want to make a speech; I will simply say this: We will all expect to leave here in love with the Lady of the Lake. We think she has done her duty nobly, and we feel grateful.
Our friend, GENERAL VANDERVEER, when he is talking to the Society of the Army of the Cumberland, is talking to a great many men who carried muskets, because we are proud of the fact that in our Society every honorably discharged soldier of the Army of the Cumberland is entitled to become a member.
Now there is one other item. The other day a few of us were over in Boston. At that grand army gathering we went to a meeting in one of the club rooms, and I heard a voice that I recognized instantly. It was GENERAL ROPER, and he was running all Boston at that time. He can tell a good story and sing a magnificent song. I want you to insist that GENERAL ROPER shall sing you the song of “Illinois."
One object in my coming forward will be to show the chairman that I am not a general--the only one not a general in hearing. There was an old soldier, a typical tramp, who lives out in my country, in a little town in Illinois, who was traveling in hard favor in the latter part of the war, and who wrote a song which I will try to sing, not because it fits in here particularly—it is hardly an army song; but it is a kind of a promise to those of us who are “roughing it” that we may strike better quarters.
COLONEL Roper here sang “ The Golden Bells," and, on being loudly applauded, sang “ The State of Illinois.”
The meeting then adjourned.
Thursday Morning, September 18, 1890.
Comrades, the first thing that comes before the Society this morning is the report of the Committee on Orator, GENERAL T. J. WOOD, Chairman.
GENERAL Woon will be in in a few minutes and report.
THE PRESIDENT :
We will proceed then to the next report, and call that afterward. The next report is that on the Time and Place of the next meeting.
Mr. President-Your Committee beg to report that they have considered several places. It was their opinion that the meeting of the Society should be held at some place that would be centrally located, for the convenience, as far as possible, of the larger number of the members of the Army of the Cumberland, and Indianapolis was named, and received the unanimous vote of the Committee at the meeting yesterday.
Since that time we have had an invitation extended to the Society by members who are residents of Columbus, inviting the Society to meet at Columbus.
The Committee, therefore, respectfully name as the two places to be acted upon by the Society-Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Indiana-and the time to be as heretofore, Wednesday and Thursday of Chickamauga week.
THE PRESIDENT :
What disposition will you make of the report?
I move that Columbus be the place selected.
I move that a vote be taken by ballot by the Secretary of the Association.
The motion was carried.
GENERAL PARKHURST :
I now move, in order to get it before the Association, that the Secretary be authorized to cast the vote of the Society for Columbus as the place for our next meeting.
I second that motion, and in doing so I respond with pleasure to a request made by our fellow member, Major GOODSPEED, who comes to represent them at Columbus, urging cordially that the Society adopt that for its next place of meeting. I understand that there is no formal invitation from Indianapolis, and that there is one from
Columbus. Two years ago one of the greatest soldier meetings that was ever held in this country, and probably ever will be again, was held in that city, and they entertained them magnificently there. I have no doubt that that city and her people will give the Society of the Army of the Cumberland a most cordial welcome ; and it is as nearly central as any other point-equally so with Indianapolis. On behalf of Columbus and those representing her, we earnestly urge that the Society adopt the motion made by GENERAL PARKHURST.
If it be in order, I am a member of that Committee, and when we met yesterday there was no invitation extended to meet at any particular place. We waited a reasonable length of time, and received no invitation, and Indianapolis was suggested, and it was unanimously adopted by the Committee that this Society meet next year at Indianapolis. The strongest reason urged there for it, and none was urged against it, was that two years ago, I think, the Society met in Chicago, Illinois. To-day we are in Toledo, Ohio, and it must be remembered that while the State of Ohio furnished the largest number of organizations, I believe, of any State in the Union to make up the Army of the Cumberland, Illinois was second and Indiana third. I believe that is the record, as shown.
Indianapolis is certainly the most central point that we could select, and I believe that it is but just to the State of Indiana that this Society hold its next annual meeting at the city of Indianapolis, and I therefore move, as a substitute to the motion of GENERAL PARKHURST, that the next meeting of the Society be held at Indianapolis, Chickamauga week of next year.
GENERAL PARKHURST : ,
I hope the amendment or substitute will not be carried. This Society is very well known in the State of Indiana, and there are a great many members of the Society who reside in Indiana, and many
of them in Indianapolis. If they were desirous of entertaining this Society, it seems to me that they would show that desire, and extend to us the courtesy of an invitation.
I don't want to press my presence upon any individual, and as a Society I would not like to press our presence upon that city. If they had extended an invitation, I would have agreed with the Comrade in the proposition to have our next meeting in the State of Indiana, but they not having extended an invitation, and we having received an invitation from Columbus, I think we ought to go there.
I would like to offer an amendment to the report of the Committee as to Chickamauga week. That is indefinite in this essential particular, that the 19th and 20th of September, which are known in the Society as Chickamauga days, come on Saturday and Sunday. It is much more convenient to a number of our members who are required to perform certain duties under the laws of the State of Ohio with reference to making up pay-rolls, and the payment of employes, to meet in the week following or the week preceding. It is about an even thing whether it is one week or the other, just so it is understood. So I move that the time be fixed as the Wednesday and Thursday after the 20th of September of next year, so as to accommodate the greater number of our members.
The amendment was agreed to.
THE PRESIDENT :
Now comes the motion by GENERAL PARKHURST. If you are ready for the question, we will vote by ballot, and I will appoint COLONEL Fox for one canvasser and CAPTAIN CLEM for the other.
('OLONEL STONE :
While this vote is being collected, may I call the attention of the President of the Society to Article 6 of the By-laws: