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Laying Corner Stone of the Society's Building

Laying Corner Stone of the Society's Building.  427


that shall be carried on in this building and outside of the build-

ding and that it will, in the years to come, add very greatly to the

distinction of our commonwealth.

I congratulate the people, of Ohio, I congratulate the Uni-

versity, I congratulate the State upon this happy hour and the

prospect of this building.

MR. RANDALL: Prof. B. F. Prince of Wittenberg Uni-

versity, Springfield, Ohio, and one of our most loyal trustees will

now speak.


Mr. President: At many of the meetings held in this City

we discussed the question of a location, a place, in which to put

our collection. We thought for a long time it ought to be down

in the City, but that seemed impossible. Next there was offered

to us ground here upon the State University Campus, and we

are pleased to know now that we accepted that proposition, and

that we are here located so favorably on this ground.

I am sure that every member of the Directorship of this

Association feels grateful to the State of Ohio and to the Ohio

State University for this privilege of locating at this point. I am

sure that as time passes there will be greater pleasure come to

the trustees as they see what opportunities and privileges have

been accorded to this Society. There are a great many things

that helped to contribute to the growth and prosperity of this

Society. Peoples of long ages past have laid up relics for us.

They have scattered them all over the State of Ohio; put them in

mounds where they are being found from time to time and are

being transported to this place for the inspection of the people of

today, and in the days to come. The State of Ohio, or what is

now Ohio, has long been to my mind a battle field-a battle

ground-a pleasant place, too, in which to live. People in her

historic times have left their monuments. After them  came

the Indians into this Country. No matter what their origin they

were here, and they have come down to us-their memory-in

historic times. They struggled for this country. We read in

history that the Algonquins and the Iroquois fought for this

land until they made it a desert; for almost a hundred years no