Ohio History Journal

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The MacGahan Monument

The MacGahan Monument.              235


Ladies and gentlemen of New Lexington- you who are the

neighbors and the kin of MacGahan-you do well to dedicate

on this, the natal day of your country's freedom, a monument

to your great apostle of freedom. You do well to set up a re-

minder to the coming generations of the glory and the human

kindliness of the liberator of a people. But yours is not the

power nor the privilege of building the most enduring monument

to MacGahan. That monument is to be seen on every map of

Europe. That monument rears its head upon every peak and

summit of Bulgaria's mountains. The sweet and gentle thren-

ody of his life is murmured by every torrent as it rushes sing-

ing to the sea. The most enduring monument to MacGahan is

builded of indestructible materials in the heart and soul of every

Bulgarian, for all time. That monument is Bulgaria itself--

free, with its face toward the light,

marching steadily to the fulfillment

of its destiny; a destiny made pos-

sible by the labor of love which Jan-

uarius Aloysius MacGahan wrought

with his life!




Those in charge of these cere-

monies are to be highly commended

for conceiving the idea of having this

Perry county homecoming on the

Fourth of July. Their action leads

us to a contemplation of the two loft-

iest and noblest sentiments known to

men -love of country and love of home.

The birth of this republic and its subsequent growth in

power and influence, have not only been beacon-lights of

hope to all people, and leavens which have lifted all the nations

of earth to higher and better things, but have brought with

them a series of unique and distinctively American festivals

or holidays. Before the "Spirit of Seventy-Six" was material-

ized at Yorktown, the people of the world had been accustomed