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UNVEILING THE SOLDIERS' MONUMENT.
THE CEREMONY of unveiling the Michigan Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument transpired on April 9th, in the city of Detroit, and was very largely attended. It was estimated by those who ought to know, that there were more people in Detroit to witness these ceremonies, than had ever before been assembled in that city. The hotels were filled on Monday, so that many had to go to villages contiguous to Detroit to find accommodations. The early part of Tuesday was very pleasant, and the extra trains were loaded beyond precedent. The city was decorated in the most liberal manner, especially Woodard and Jefferson avenues. A bountiful dinner was. provided for the gallant Soldiers and Sailors, at the Baptist church, and every thing was done to meet the wants of visitors, and make their stay in the city comfortable.
Among the noted Generals present we noted Ambrose E. Burnside, Phil. Sheridan and Custer. The military display was splendid, and the display of the old battle flags “tattered and torn” in the severe contests of war, called forth the most vociferous cheers. They also caused many a tear to bedew thoughtful countenances, as they passed along, and memory went back to the loved and lost.
The procession was very long and commanding. Our space will admit only of giving the
Gen. Mark Flemming, Marshal. Aids-Oliver Bourke,, D. P. Smiley, Wm. Phelps, Wm. H. Burk, and A. H. West. Marshals of Lodge3-James McKay, A. W. Phillips, H. Schubert, J. H. Humphreys, Ford Hinchman.
Pontiac Knight Templar Band,
Henry M. Look, Eminent Commander,
Hillsdale City Band,
John W. Finch, Eminent Commander,
W. L. Mills, Gen., Fred, Hart, C. G.
Adrian Commandery No. 4. 50 swords,
Valley City Band,
C. S. Allen, Gen., H. N. Moore, C. G.
Kalamazoo Silver Cornet Band,
Chas. C. Reed, Gen., Chas. H. Brown, C. G.
David Bovee, Eminent Commander,
Fenton Knights Templar Band,
Flint Cornet Band,
Hugh McCurdy, Eminent Commander,
Irving M. Smith Eminent Commander,
D. Bush, Gen., M. Carland, C. G.,
0. L. Spauiding, Eminent Commander,
Albert Bixby, Eminent Commander.
R. J. Carney. Eminent Commander.
Detroit Opera House Band.
Toledo Union Silver Band.
Toledo Commandery, No. 7, 60 swords,
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge.
Master Masons in the following order:
Zion Lodge No. 1, John Patton, Marshal.
Detroit Lodge No. 2, William Phelps, Marshal.
Ashler Lodge, No. 91, 0. W. Phillips, Marshal.
Schiller Lodge, No. 263, H. Schubert, Marshal.
Orient Lodge, No. 240, F. C. D. Hinchman, Marshal. The Knights Templars, in their full regalia, made a splendid appearance.
We give the following Masonic ceremonies which we extract from the Detroit Post.
THE MASONIC CEREMONIES.
The President then introduced Henry Camberlain, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, F. A. & A. M. of the State of Michigan, who proceeded to receive the finished structure in accordance with the rites of the order. The Grand Lodge was represented on the occasion by the following gentlemen :
M. W.-Henry Chamberlain, Grand Master.
ADDRESS OF THE GRAND MASTER.
LADIES, GENTLEMEN, Sır KNIGHTS AND BRETHREN.-In all ages of the world monuments have been erected to the memory of the great, the powerful and the good, enl in honor of great events.
In primative times theo monuments were often rough stones rudely piled togither, or perhaps a single stono erected and consecrated, an instance of which is the single stone set up by Jacob.
As men alvanced in knowledge and cultivation these memorial structures berare more elaborate, and were constructed of the finest marble, richly and curiously wrought by the hands of curious workmen, or cast in metal and enriched by beautiful devices. Thus, in the character of the monuments erected to perpetuate the memory of great events in the lives of men or of nations we may read the progress of men in the acts, in the objects and purposes of these structures. We may also read the history of human rights, and see the steps by which men hare raised themselves from serfs to lords, from subjects to soverigns.
Most of the monuments erected in the past of which mention is made in history, or which still exist, were erected to gratify the pride of individuals who had won renown as men of power, and whoso ambition was to subject men and nations to their will and make use of them to their own aggrandizement, rather than for the benefit of the race. Few, or none of them, were erected by the free contributions of the people or the age as their testimonials to the greatness, goodness or patriotism of the persons whose memory they were intended to perpetuate; but were paid for by money, or erected by labor extorted by terrible cruelties from unwilling hands.
The rights of man have not always, if ever, been respected in proportion to the avancement of nations in the arts of civilization; neither do we learn from history or experience that morality or religion has gone hand in hand with civilization or science.
The inhabitant of the rude hut, though less polished, may and does often hare a higher regard for the rights of others, a moro perfect realization of the duties he owes to God, his neighbor and himself, than he who lives amid luxuries.
We do not in painting, sculpture, or architecture equal the older nations of the earth. Wo do not claim that we do. But it is our glory that, while no nation of the earth has made such advances as has our own in the arts and sciences, our recognition of the rights of all men has kept evenstep with our progress in culture and civilization.
The ancient and honorable society of Free and Accepted Masons, who are to assist in the ceremonies of this occasion, was originally a society of operative masons or builders.
History and our unwritten traditions warrant me in saying that many of the past beautiful temples, churches and monuments of antiquity were designed and erectel hy our ancient brethren.
At this time we have ceased to be operative masons or builders, retaining only that part of our ancient institution which binds us together as brethren, and teaches es friendship, morality and brotherly love; when called upon we lay the corner stones of public buildings erected for municipal, charitable or religious purposes, and publie monuments. It has not for many years been our custom to accept or dedicate publie buildings or monuments; but, feeling that this was no ordinary occasion, we are here to-day as a fraternity to take part in the exercises. We do this the inore realily as our Grand Lodge have recognized it by laying the corner stoue, and contributing from our funds to aid in its construction.
This monument, about to be unveiled and dedicated, has been erected by the iræ offering of a patriotic people. Unlike some monuments of former times, this is one of many erected in our country to commemorate the virtues and patriotism of the brave men, from all ranks and stations in life, a willing sacrifice for their country.
We, as a fraternity, feel proul of the fact that great numbers of our brethren went forth with their fellow citizens under the fag of our country to defend and preverre our Government. They recognized their duty as citizens to the government noder which they lived, and of which they were a part, as well as their obligations as Vasons. Every Lodge in this grand jurisdiction remembers and regrets some of its members left dead and dying on the field or battle. Of this number was the then lato Grand Master of Masons, Col. Horace S. Roberts.
From time immemorial it has been the custom ainong Masons, at the request of a brother, to accompany his remains to the place of interment, and then with other ceremonies, to drop the evergreen in his grave, as an emblem of our faith in the immortality of the soul. But, aias ! my brethren, how often during the war was the privilege denied us of caring for those of our fraternity to whose memory in part this monument has been erected. In many cases they were buried amid the strife of hattle, without form or ceremony, or their remains were suffered to lie unburied ou the bosom of mother earth. We have not, we cannot drop the evergreen for them. Theu, my brethren, on this occasion, let us give their memories the iuneral honors we pay our deal.
Here the Grani Loige gave the public gruni honors, inmediately after which the Grand Chaplain mue the following Prayer:
Great Architect of the universo; Holy and eternal God, the higli and mighty Ruler of the armies of heaven, who dost behold all the dwellers upon earth; thou art our Creator, our Preserver, and the Author of all our blessings, material, social and spiritual. Thou art our Nation's God who didst guide our fathers to this goodly land, as thou didst guide the children of Israel to Canaan, for the well being of the race and thy glory. We thank thee that thou didst found this free republic, and hast brought it thus far through all its trials. And we most reartily implore for it thy constant protection that all its civil and religious blessings may be secured to us and continued to our latest posterity. May thine eyes be continually upon this Nation, and wilt thou impart to it health, wealth, happiness and prosperity. Grant it wisdom to plan, strength to execute, and the beauty of holiness in all its doinge. Bless tho Chief Magistrate and all the other inagistrates and their courselors, that they may execute justice and maintain truth without fear or favor, and be examples to the people “with clean thoughts and pure hearts, with bodies undefiled, and minds sanctified.” Bless Congress and all our State Legislatures, that all things may be settled on sare foundations for the welfare of thy people and the establishment of our civil and religious institutions to the end of time.
Remember us in all times of our tribulation, and keep us from despair; in all times of our prosperity hold us back by thy mercy from the dangers of presumption. Keep las from “sedition, privy conspiracy, and rebellion."
Bless all who have contributed to this monument as a sacred memorial to those who fell in the bloody strife and those who snrvive the same; and may it stand to remind all who pass by, of this goodly Commonwealthi's appreciation of the loyalty of our brave sons to the Constitution and the Union. Bless each maimed and disabled veteran, whether officer or private; and may we recognize them as freemen, noblemen, the preservert of our dearost rights and blessings, who deserve our benediction und gratitude.