Ohio History Journal

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172 Ohio Arch

172       Ohio Arch. and His. Society Publications.  [VoL. 3




Your presiding officer has called on me, owing to some de-

lay in the arrival of trains, which has delayed the forming and

moving of the procession, to address you for a few minutes, and

has charged me with being a speaker of some note, and as he

has placed me on trial before you on that charge, I feel pretty

certain that when you have heard me, you will promptly acquit

me of the charge, as it was not my expectation to address the

people here, for I came to see and hear, and not to talk.

This is my first visit to your city, and those of you who

know the place so well, with its beautiful surroundings, no

doubt think that my traveling in this respect has been sadly


One hundred years ago! What a change! When the 600

pioneers, or thereabouts, landed here one hundred years ago, if

this city as it is now could have then met their gaze as they

floated down the Ohio river, how different would have been their

feelings from what they were under the circumstamces at that

time? In place of the log cabins, uninhabited, that then met

their gaze on their first visit to this place, I, on my first visit,

look upon a beautiful city of more than 12,000 inhabitants.

We are now, I am told, holding this meeting on the grounds

where stood the log cabins that met the gaze of your ancestors

when they arrived here, but instead of log cabins, you now have

this beautiful park; the Ohio river sweeps on the south side

of it just as it did one hundred years ago, but, on the bosom of

that river now float the magnificent steamers that we see at your

wharfs, instead of an occasional flat-boat; and in place of the

thick forest that then covered these grounds, you now have this

fine park, your level streets, miles in length, built up on either

side with fine business blocks, or beautiful residences. What a

change! But all this had a beginning, and that beginning was

one hundred years ago to-day, and under circumstances that

would have appalled a less heroic people.

Among the pioneers that landed here, most, if not all of

them, knew but little about such hardships, as were to stare