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492 Ohio Arch

492         Ohio Arch. and Hist. Society Publications.



[The following article is the expression of respect to the memory of

Z. T. Smith by J. L. Lewis and published in an Upper Sandusky news-

paper. Mr. Smith was for many years a life member of the Ohio State

Archaeological and Historical Society and was potently interested in

securing the proper legislation for the appropriation for the erection of a

building for the Society's Museum and Library.]

It has oft been said that, "'Tis not all of life to live; nor all of

death to die." And while many of us think little of this statement, yet

in fact, it is the real measure of our earthly existence. To live either

in the higher or lower type of animal life, is to eat and breathe and sleep;

to give to the organs of the body nourishment and strength and rest;

and so long as this can be done, we live. And in thus living only, we

do no more than the lower animals.

But we learn from that oldest of books, that in the later days of

creation, after all else was finished, God made man in his own image,

breathed into him the breath of life and gave him a duty to perform.

Hence 'tis not all of life to live. And we as human beings should not

take from the world its food and air, our sustenance, and give nothing

in return.

We owe to our Creator, our fellowman, to ourselves and to our

surroundings, more than to simply exist. All nature says to us, "Come

into my store-house and solve my mysteries." The soil says, "Study

my ingredients and there shall be a seed-time and a harvest;" the moun-

tains say, "In our depths are the products of ages, knock and it shall

be opened unto you;" the mighty ocean says, "On my bosom     I will

carry the commerce of the world, bring it unto me;" the rushing torrent

says, "I will not always destroy, but if guided aright, I will turn the

wheels of industry;" the babbling brook says, "I will water the hill-

side and the valley and the sunshine shall bring forth fruit and flowers

that will surround and beautify the home of man and the fragrance

thereof shall be his." So man, who may be the crowning glory of

creation, will be its greatest failure, unless he responds to the invitation

that on every side bids him to put forth effort and "ask, that he may


The good of the world today is measured by the efforts of men-

not every one, perhaps-but those who have striven to perform the duties

assigned by him in whose image we are created.

All can not do the same. It was not so intended; but each, in his

way, can, if he will, do some part. And of those who have lived in this

community, we find in the life of Z. T. Smith of Pitt Township, Wyandot

County, Ohio, a most representative example of willingness and work and

a life that is well worthy of imitation.

Born and reared upon a farm, in his boyhood days, he did not have