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The McGuffey Society at the Logan Elm 357

The McGuffey Society at the Logan Elm      357


3. "Speech of Logan," reading by John R. Horst, of the

McGuffey Society, from McGuffey's Fourth Reader, Edition

of 1853.

4. Singing of Songs from the McGuffey Readers by mem-

bers of the Society.

5. Short talks by residents of vicinity.

6. Picnic dinner, followed by toasts and responses from

the McGuffey readers.

Mr. John F. Carlisle, the president of the McGuffey

Society, in an appropriate address explained the pur-

pose of the organization, and the object of the day's

celebration, after which he introduced Judge E. E.

Corn of Ironton, a member of the Society, to preside

over the program   as given.   The exercises were com-

menced with an historical address by Hon. Daniel J.

Ryan of Columbus, on



"Mr. Chairman, Members of the McGuffey Society, Ladies and


"I want to congratulate the McGuffey Society on its pur-

pose today, and to express my admiration of its vision in pre-

serving for this and coming generations the memory of the

labors and influence of the most eminent of Ohio's educators-

William H. McGuffey. If I were an orderly and obedient orator

I should here proceed to commence my address on 'The Scioto

Valley,' but I am loath to leave the subject of McGuffey and

his work. Do you know why? The men and women here of

the older generation know why; it is because the very name

recalls the tenderest and most charming recollections of our

lives. To us who are living in the afternoon, and who see the

lengthening shadows of the departing day, how full of meaning

are the words 'McGuffey's Readers!' They first came into my

life over fifty years ago, and the impression they made lasts to

this day. You know they were first published in 1836, and for

seventy-five years were in general use in the schools of the

West and South. They were more than a mere part of the

school curriculum. They were an American institution. Their

contents were not simply reading exercises, but they were a

potential incentive to love of country, integrity, industry, tem-