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26 Ohio Arch

26        Ohio Arch. and Hist. Society Publications.


three hundred thousand soldiers in the great Civil War that was

to cement and weld into one indissoluble federation the nation the

forefathers made independent.  With filial reverence we erect

monuments of marble and tablets of brass upon the sites most

memorable in the storm and stress of the early pioneer days. But

greater than all the memorials of art to noble founders are the

products of industry, progress, prosperity and humanity, which

their sons have reared upon the firm foundation laid by their an-

cestors. Beneath the floor in the crypt of St. Paul's. London, lie

the remains of Sir Christopher Wren, the great genius who

built that temple, a spacious altar scarcely second to any reared

to a Christian faith. On the little bronze plate that so modestly

marks the last resting place of the great architect, are these

words; Si monumentum requiris, circumspice." (If you seek

his monument, look about you.)  And so we say to-day, if you

seek for the monument of the patriotic pioneers, look about you

and behold our grand and stately commonwealth, with its crowded

cities, its teeming villages, its freight-laden thoroughfares, its

marvelous, unrivalled and world-inspiring civilization.



As President of the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Soci-

ety it is not incumibent upon me to make

an extended address but simply to accept

the obligation imposed upon us by the state

to properly care for, in the future, the

monument, which we are here to-day to


We are here also to remember and com-

memorate the event which this monument


We are here also to remember gratefully

the many other sacrifices made by the early

settlers of Ohio in building up the civiliza-

tion we now enjoy.

At this place where we are now gathered, in the late autumn

of the year 1790, one hundred and fifteen years ago, twelve set-

tlers were slaughtered by the Indians.