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168 Ohio Arch

168       Ohio Arch. and His. Society Publications.  [VOL. 3





I appreciate the high honor done me by your Chairman in

the invitation which he has extended me to speak for a few

moments. I must tell you in advance that I am not on the pro-

gram for the day; that I have no speech prepared for your lis-

tening ears. I am here as a member of the Ohio Historical

Society, whose members are the guests of your committee. I

am here for the first time in your beautiful little city to rejoice

with you in the good fortune which has come to it, and to you,

in being able this day to celebrate its one hundreth anniversary.

Such occasions are fraught with interest and profit to us all. In

the olden time the Jews were annually required to go to Jerusa-

lem, the capital city, to keep the feast of the passover. As the

children of the household saw the preparation made for this re-

markable feast they would naturally inquire what it all meant.

The sacred historian instructed the master of the household how

to answer:  "When thy son asketh thee in time to come saying

what mean the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments

which the Lord, our God, hath commanded you, then shalt thou

say unto thy son, we were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt; and

the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand; and the

Lord showed signs and wonders great and sore upon Egypt,

upon Pharaoh and upon all his house before our eyes; and he

brought us from thence that he might bring us in to give us the

land which he swear unto our fathers; and the Lord commanded

us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord, our God, for our

good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is this day.

And it shall be righteousness unto us if we observe to do all

this commandment before the Lord, our God, as he hath com-

manded us."-Deut. VI., 20.

So as your children sit with you to-day on these seats, lis-

tening to the addresses made and witnessing the parades and

displays, they shall want to know what it all means; and then

you can interest them in the history of the nation as they have

never been interested before. It will be your work to recount