Ohio History Journal

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I HAVE an ambition to speak on this occasion. I wish to

make a statement in the line of what has been said to-day,

which it may be bold for me to make, and yet there is a

fire in my bones that will not let me rest unless I make it.

I have looked to-day on the cemeteries here; the burial

places of the Indians-nothing left of these but the mon-

uments of their day; the cemetery where sleep the dead,

the soldier heroes of four wars; and somehow, filled as I

have been with reverence for those tombs of the ancient

dead, and especially for those of the glorious fathers of the

Northwest, it has come to me as a sort of inspiration.

There is a reverence for the tombs of the prophets, there

is a reverence for our fathers' tombs. In Egypt tombs

were temples that carried the thoughts upward. In Hin-

dostan were tombs and temples that carried the thoughts

upward. In North America were tombs and remains of

temples, a nation that built tombs; but the story of the

race is past, and if you remember and commemorate and

glorify only a dead race then your glory is departed.

I noticed a sign here to-day, "The well." I don't suppose

the well is here to-day; but it is the place where the well of

the old Block-house was. I think there is one thing that

lasts as long as tombs. That was put in existence by the

well-digging race-a race that brought or left a blessing for

the children that came afterwards.

It is said of one of the ancient Romans that he rendered

such favors to Rome that they built a monument and directed

that for five feet around his children should have perpetual

inheritance, so that no matter how hard-pressed they should

be, they should have some place to stand close to their


Now, I take it, the men who formed the Northwest Ter-

ritory should have something for a representation, a per-

petual reminder, and that their children under a monu-