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Emilius Oviatt Randall

Emilius Oviatt Randall.            117


tion from his voice--he needed no pen--the subject-matter

being wide and comprehensive. He gave us the benefit of his

thought and wit upon such topics as "The Boston Tea Party,"

"Washington in the West," "Our First Inhabitants," "The

Original Ohio Land Company," etc., etc., but the crowning favor

was bestowed just one year ago, on Washington's birthday, when

his subject was "Americanization at Home and Abroad." We

marveled as we sat enthralled by his eloquence how he could so

logically travel back from Mt. Sinai and the Mosaic law and

in perfect sequence, profound thought and delicious humor

come on down through the ages to the present day and condi-

tions and sum it all up in "Americanization at Home and

Abroad." It was too profound to retain unassisted. Looking

back to that address, I appreciate Mr. Ryan's statement at the

memorial that "in his reading he ran the gamut of human

learning." The chapter hoped, expected, to be able to read at

leisure his remarkable address and great was its surprise and

disappointment to find that not one word had been written, not

a note made; it had simply flowed forth at command - his mind

an inexhaustible reservoir from which he could have drawn


Just one year ago!-but


"Can that man be dead

Whose spiritual influence is upon his kind?

He lives in glory; and his speaking dust

Has more of life than half its breathing moulds."




A Biographical Sketch.


Emilius Oviatt Randall, son of David Austin and Harriet

Eunice (Oviatt) Randall, was born in Richfield, Summit County,

Ohio, October 28, 1850.

The Randall family, from which the subject of this sketch

descended, is recorded in the Domesday Book, prepared by com-

mand of William the Conqueror and containing a list of English