Ohio History Journal

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560 Ohio Arch

560         Ohio Arch. and Hist. Society Publications.


mysterious Mound Builder was at all events a good liver. The weather

proved delightful, and the State officials, as well as trustees, pronounced

themselves as highly pleased first with the fact that the State had secured

the property, and second that it was being so admirably protected under

the custodianship of the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society.






On Tuesday, June 28, 1904, at Columbus, Ohio, a most delightful and

appropriate program of ceremonies was carried out by the Columbus

Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution commemorative

of the peace conference between President Harrison and the famous

Wyandot Indian chief, Tarhe, at Franklinton, on the west side of the

Scioto, opposite Columbus. This peace conference was held June 21,

1813. The exercises of the celebration were held in the open air near the

historic spot where the conference took place. Temporary seats were

provided for the auditors in the little park which ornaments that part of

the city, the speakers occupying an elevated platform over which was

spread a canopy. The audience, it goes without saying, was a sym-

pathetic one, being composed mainly of the Daughters of the American

Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, and members of the Ohio

State Archaeological and Historical Society, to whom the committee in

charge had courteously extended invitations. The Columbus Rifles Band

furnished fitting music. Invocation was pronounced by the Reverend

Washington Gladden. An immense granite boulder made an imposing

monument, upon which was attached a beautiful bronze tablet stating the

event which it commemorated. A most admirable and appropriate ad-

dress presenting the peace memorial to the City was made by Mrs. Edward

Orton, Jr., Regent of the Columbus Chapter, Daughters of the American

Revolution, and to whose energetic and persistent efforts was mainly due

the idea and its fulfillment of the erection of this tablet. The act of unveil-

ing was most unique and interesting, as the immense stars and stripes

which served as the veil were drawn aside by Masters Milton Wilcox and

Allen G. Thurman. The address of acceptance on behalf of the City

was made by Hon. Robert H. Jeffrey, Mayor of Columbus, who spoke

briefly but eloquently of the inspiration of honored ancestry. The chief

address of the occasion was made by General Benjamin R. Cowen, life

member of the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, who spoke

at some length, in his usually graceful and scholarly manner, dwelling

upon the historic conflict between the white and red races for supremacy,

the past achievements, present conditions and future prospects of the

white race. It was an occasion much enjoyed by those who were so fortu-

nate as to be prsent, and greatly to the credit of the Daughters of the

Revolution, who find in such occasions fitting opportunity to express