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Of fair Columbia's Southland shore Forgetting not our Bunker Hill,

Brings moan of anguish and dnpair, Or glories of famed Lexington,

With thunder of the cannon roar. Old Massachusetts* sons lead still;

Shall patriots* children, heeding not, And foremost in the worthy ranks

Their sacred birthright thus disown? Of heroes in her lustrous scroll

Shall blood-bought Freedom voicdess be, Sund patriots of the ** Ancient Corps,"

And hear, unmoved, Oppression's groan? An honor to tradition's roll.

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Id days of our triumphant joy Oh ! white'wing'd Peacei thy pinioas spread,

For^i^t we not the Nation's Guide; And hover o'er this fairest land,

Not in her war-flung banners trust. And gathef in thy blest enfold

Not in her might of manhood's pride, The western sea and island strand.

Nor missiles be her vaunted guard, — Oh 1 haste the day, the joyous day,

The Lord of Hosts our strength shall be ; When morning stars t<%ether sing.

Then tfaroogh this crucial hour shall come When *' peace on earth, good will to men,*'

This Nation's grandest victory. Shall in the glorious tidings ring.


(The Congregation will rise and sing.)

My country, 't is of thee. Let muMc swell the breexe,

Sweet land of liberty. And ring from aU the trees

Of thee I sing; Sweet Freedom's song;

Land where ray fathers died, Let mortal tongues awake,

Land of the Pilgrims' pnde. Let all that breathe partake,

From ev'ry mountain side Let rocks their silence break.

Let freedom ring. The sound prolong.

My native country, thee— Our Fathers' God, to Thee,

Land of the noble free— Author of liberty,

Thy name I love; To Thee we ung;

I love thy rocks and rills, Long may our land be bright

Thy woods and templed hills, With freedom's holy light,

My heart with rapture thrills Protect us by Thy might,

Like that above. Great God, our King !


Rev. S. H. RoBLiN, D. D,
And now may the God of nations and of righteousness and of victory give us
His blessing, and the inspiration of our Lord Jesus Christ quicken us to
embrace every opportunity, and to meet every responsibility, and the consoling
blessing of the Comforter brood over the earth at length, the spirit of ever-
lasting amity and peri>etual peace, Amen.

grand march.
Salem Cadet Band.

At the close of the service, at noon, the Company reformed on Boyls-
tOQ Street and marched through Boylston, Washington, Summer, High,
Congress, and State streets to Merchants Row, and thence into its
armory. As on the former march it was greeted by crowded sidewalks.
At Shuman Comer, the windows were occupied by pretty girls who
waved silk flags, illumining the front of the building with the national
colors. Gov. Wolcott was forced *by press of official duties, largely
resultmg from the war, to return to the State House from the church by
carriage, but before leaving he assured Col. Bradley that he would
commission the officers on the Common in the afternoon, although he
could not attend the earlier exercises.

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Dinner was served in Faneuil Hall, and the Ancients were ready for it
when they had reached there and had laid aside their arms and acco1ltr^
ments. The morning march had sharpened their appetites, as the
founders of the Company probably intended in prescribing it Com-
mander Bradley presided. Flanking him, as among the chief guests of
the day, were Hon. George H. Lyman, Collector of the Port of Boston;
Hon. John L. Bates, Speaker of the House of Representatives; Sur-
geon-Gen. Robert A. Blood ; Commissary-Gen. Francis H. Appletoo,
of Governor Wolcott's Staff ; Mayor Quincy ; Hon. George S. Boutwcll,
who was Governor of Massachusetts in the early fifties and later Secre-
tary of the Treasury under President Grant ; Col. Willikm M. Olin,
Secretary of the Commonwealth; Rev. Robert R. Meredith, D. D., of
Brooklyn, the Chaplain of the Company; Capt. William Quinton, U.S. A.,
then on recruiting service in Boston ; Rear Admiral George E. Belknap,
U. S. N., retired, Chairman of the Nautical Training School Commis-
sion, and Lieut.-Col. J. Frank Supplee of the Fourth Maryland Regiment,
Commander Bradley's Chief of Staff. Other invited guests, seated at
near-by tables, included : —

Col. Fred W. Wellington, Col. Edward B. Robins, Col. William C.
Capelle, Col. Harry E. Converse, Col. John D. Billings, and Col. Frank B.
Stevens, of Governor Wolcott's SUfF; Hon. William H. Brigham (chair-
man) and Rep. William H. Marden, of the Legeslative Committee on Mil-
itary Affairs ; Capt. J. G. B. Adams, Sergeant- at- Arms ; W. H. Bartlett,
Department Commander G. A. R. ; Hon. J. Q. A. Brackett, Ex-Gover
nor of Massachusetts; Capt. E. P. Brown, U. S. A., Fort Warren;
Surgeon H. L. Law, U. S. N. ; Capt. Jos. W. Paine, Hon. Wro. B.
Plunkett, Governor's Council; Rev. W. H. Rider, Rev. Oliver A.
Roberts, Historian of A. & H. A. Co. ; Benj. W. Wells, Newton Talbot,
Capt. Chas. P. Ware, Capt. Lotus Niles, U. S. A., Long Island Head;
Lieut. Fred Nostrom, ist Mass. Heavy Artillery, Fort Warren; Licnt
Frank K. Ncal, National Lancers; Sergt. Alfred Mudge, ist Battalion
Cavalry, M. V. M.; Col. William A. Gile, Worcester Continentals;
Capt. Edward M. Clark, Governor's Foot Guard, New Haven, Conn.;
Major Henry C. Stevens, Jr., and Adjt. A. J. Deblois, Newport (R. I)
Artillery ; Col. J. Mason Gross, ist Light Infantry Veteran Associatk>n,
Providence, R. I.; Col. E. E. Staccy, Richmond, Va.; Col. Harry
Huguley, Capt J. P. Reynolds, Lieut. George Proctor, Col. Henry A.
Thomas, Postmaster of Boston; Daniel F. Buckley, Surveyor of Cus-
toms; Charles C. Rivers, Deputy Surveyor of Customs; Mr. James M.
Perkins, Private Secretary to Governor Wolcott; Aldermen Berwin,
Charles, Codman, Colby, Conry, Dixon, Lott, Norton, and Presho; Mr.
John F. Dever, Clerk of Committees ; Mr. Benjamin A. Plumley, Mr. B. F.
Southwick, Secretary, Boston Fruit and Produce Exchange; Mr. Michael

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T. Callahan, Charitable Irish Society; Mr. Ira B. Goodrich, N. Y., N. H. &
H. R. R. ; Mr. Otis H. Luke, Mr. Charies H. Frye, Mr. W. Wallace
Waugh, Boston Home Journal; Dr. W. E. Cramm, Dr. Thomas Water-
man, Mr. W. T. W. Ball. Mr. Francis W. Bird, Mr. Frank J. Bradley, of
Haverhill, Mr. George B. Bradley, of Methuen, Mr. James Cassell, Mr-
Perry Dow, Mr. F. F. Hassam, Mr. Robert Kent James, Mr. W. L.
Tyler, Hon. W. T. Willey, Mr. Joseph W. Work, Lieut. John C. Dalton,
Mr. A. K. Loring.

Mingled with these guests were the members of the Company,
arrayed in all the colors of the rainbow. The tables glistened with
silver, glass, and flowers. From platform to ceiling the severe outlines
of the old hall were hidden beneath tri-colored bunting, British and
American flags, and shields bearing the arms of the Nation, the Com-
monwealth, and the Company, while from the mass of color peered the
pictured faces of the men who, as Commanders, saw *' the organization
grow from its infancy to round maturity and whose names have con-
tributed to the nation*8 fame and the Ancients* honor." From the ceil-
ing at the centre, where the streamers of bunting radiated to the
balconies, '^ hung two large British flags of the merchant marine and the
imperial navy, while at right angles hung the stars and strips, and these
emblems, the only insignia of any nation displayed, gave added emphasis
of the international brotherhood which received such inspiration from
the Ancients* English visit." Altogether the decorations were unusually

Commander Bradley rapped for order and asked the company to stand
at Parade Rest while the Chaplain invoked the Divine blessing. Dr.
Meredith said : —

Our Heavenly Father, Thou art the giver of every good and perfect gift, and
we rejoice to acknowledge Thee in all our duties and in all our pleasures. We
invoke Thy blessing to be upon us now just as Thou seest us assembled before
Thee. Accept our thanks for all Thy mercies and forgive us all our sins, through
Christ, Amen.

The command " Be seated " followed, and the Ancients began to
attack the dainties which the caterer had provided and which his men
were waiting to serve. As the dining proceeded, there was now and
then a burst of cheering as a belated comrade entered the hall or as the
band played some especially appropriate selection. When '^ Maryland,
My Maryland *' struck the ear the Commander called for cheers for
'^ Maryland and Massachusetts, united for ever and ever,*' and the
Ancients cheered again and again. Every seat at the tables on the main
floor was occupied, and about fifty of the diners had to be served in
the gallery. The menu follows : —

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Dressed Salmon, Greeo Peas.
Slictd T0mai0€S, Drttud Cucumhtrt, Rddiskn.

Roast Chicken. Roast Spring Lamb. Roast Sirloia of Bed.

MMhtd P9tat0€S, Strim£ Bmms. As/ara^m. Smmmtr Sftuuk.

Lobster Salad and Dressed Lettuce.

Strawberries and Cream. Frosen Pudding. Harlequin.

Sultana Roll, Claret Sauce. Bisque Glac^.

Fruit and Flower Ices.


Almond. Citron. Frosted. Cocoanut. Maorooes.

Lady Fingers. Charioite Russe.

Bananas. Pineapples. Oranges. Gnp«»>

Nuts and Raisins.

Crackers. Cheese. Coffee.

With coffee and cigars came the speech making. This was begun bj
the Commander at 2.58 p. m. He said : —


GeniUmen of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts^ —
To-day we have assembled in this historic hall to celebrate oar Two HoDdred and
Sixtieth Anniversary. To you, who represent his Excellency the Commiander-in-
Chief, to the civic, military, and naval representatives of the nation, to your Honor
the Mayor, to our guests one and all, and to you, my comrades, I extend a soldier's
greeting. [^Appla me. ]

In sunshine and in storm, in prosperity and adversity, in war and in peace, thb
ancient corps has, for two hundred and sixty years of honored life, stood for that
which was best in the citizen and noblest in the soldier. \^Applause.']

To-day we meet under peculiar circumstances. For the first time in the lives of
most of us present, our country is engaged in a foreign war. We lament the
cause, and from our very hearts before Almighty God* regret the necessity that has
compelled the nation at last to draw the sword and strike a blow for down-trodden
humanity and outraged justice. \^Applause.'] Already the order has gone foitfa
from the President of the United States, and from one end of the nation to the
other the response all along the line has been such as only a free people can give.

Surely out of all the evil that even a just war may bring upon our country, there
should and must come some good.

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Hardly had the echoes of the guns from Dewey's brave fleet at Manila Igreat
applause] reached onr ears, before our eyes beheld the Sixth Massachusetts, U. S. V.
[applause]^ marching through the streets of Baltimore, pelted by flowers instead
of bullets. [Applause,"] And in that historic regiment, a company of men whose
£sces are of the same dark hue as those who fell in windrows around the gallant
Shaw at Fort Wagner, thirty odd years ago. \_Applause,]

Yes, comrades, our first compensation has already come in a reunited country,
and we feel at last that the war for the Union was not fought in vain. If you ask
for further proof, look to the Southland and see with your own eyes the gallant
Fitzhugh Lee, of Virginia [applause], leading under the stars and stripes the
Seventh Corps of the United States Army in the battle for the right. And when
at last victory shall have been achieved, for come it must, then let us ever have in
mind the thought as expressed in the poem of this morning : —

*' In days of our tritunphant joy

Forget we not our Nation's Guide ;
Not in her war>flung bannett trust,

Not in her niight of manhood's pride,
Nor mitnles be her vaunted guard, —

The Lord of Hosts our strength shall be ;
Then through this crucial hour shall come

This Nation's grandest victory." [A//lattu.]

In this outburst of patriotic action and feeling, we rejoice to know that the
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts has borne its part, as
in the glorious past when the Nation's life was assailed. The first three years'
regiment of volunteers to leave our State, the First Massachusetts Inftintry, was
commanded by Col. Robert Cowdin, a member of the Ancient and Honorable
Artillery Company. [Applause.] And now we see history repeating itself in that
the first regiment to leave the State in the war with Spain (the Second Massachu-
setts, U. S. V.) is commanded by Col. Clark, a member of our ancient corps.

During the War of the Rebellion, one hundred and forty-seven members of the
Company served in the Union Army and Navy, holding every position from
private up through every grade to that of Major General, and to-day our Company
contains more veterans, who saw actual service in the war for the Union, than any
other military company in the United States. [Applause.] With a history like
this behind us it is not at all strange that when the present call to arms came it
was found that among the very first to enter the active service of the United States
Volunteers, were members of our honored corps, and at the first regular meeting
following the declaration of war, the Company, by unanimous vote, offered its
services to his Excellency, the Governor and Commander-in-Chief, for such duties
within the Commonwealth as he might direct. [Applause.]

Daring the year the discipline of the Company has been most excellent and its
Fall Field Day at Buffalo, N. Y., will long be remembered both as a military and
a social success by all those who participated in it.

Oar smoke talks during the winter have been largely attended and in social
good fellowship we have not forgotten the practical words of wisdom that have
been spoken to us by our numerous friends.

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For many years the preservation of Faneuil Hall, which is dear to the heart of
every true American, has had our serious thought, and this year a campai^ has
been inaugurated by your Committee in behalf of all our citizens to bring aboot
this much desired object There has been some delay, but as every true patriot
desires the preservation of this historic building we cannot see how it b possible
for the work to be much longer retarded. [Applause."]

Thanks to the officers and committees with which you have surrounded your
Commander during his term of office, our past year has been one of reasonable
success. Some of the seed planted we hope may come to full fruition not many
years hence. And now the time draws near when a new Commander is to lead
this Company, we hope, into larger fields of military usefulness. [^Applatae,] I
desire to thank you, one and all, for the promptness with which you have responded
to every order and for that gentlemanly conduct which is so typical of the good
soldier, but, above all, for that kindness of heart, as expressed in your interconcse
with your Commander, that has placed him under obligations which can never be

The future is before us. Let us enter into it with strong hearts and a firm
resolve that all the ends we aim at shall be our country*s, our God% and tnith^s.
[ Great applause, JoUmved by three cheers for the Commander.']

The Commander. Gentlemen of the Ancients, as good attention as
you have given me, I thank you for it, too, I know you will continue to
give X6 the speakers.

No Commander of a military organization can work without that good
right hand which is always so essential to a commanding officer, an
efficient Adjutant, and it gives me great pleasure, gentlemen, to intro-
duce to you one whom you may think you have known. I thought so
myself, but in a yearns intercourse with him, as Commander of this Com-
pany, I have found him not only a gentleman, which you all know him lo
be, but a good soldier. Adjutant Trifet of the Ancient and Honorable
Artillery Company, Toastmaster of the day. [Great applause,]


Mr, Commander, Invited Guests, and Comrades, — I thank you all for this
expression of your good will, and yon, Mr. Commander, in particalar, for the ?ery
kind words with which you have introduced me.

When I accepted the position of Adjutant of this Company, I did so with fall
knowledge of the many and 'various duties belonging to the office and with a
determination that I would perform each and all of them to the best of my

How I have succeeded in doing this it is not for me to say, but, Mr. Com-
mander, if I have been of assistance to you in the various duties that I have had
to perform this year and if what I have done meets with the approbation of the
Company, I am more than amply repaid for my labors.

I wish also to express to every member of this Company my gratification at
having had each and every order that I have had to transmit or give obeyed on
the spot, without any argument, any delay, or any question. This is one more

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proof that the *' Ancients " are not only gentlemen and *' good fellows *' but also
good soldiers.

Gentlemen, again I thank you, and will now call your attention to the first
regular toast : —

First regular toast : —

The President of the United States. [TAe Companyy risings cheered
long and vigorottsly. The band played the *^ President's March.**}

The Commander. — Gentlemen, I have to ask you to be quiet and not
to call upon any speaker to speak louder. Keep quiet yourselves ; there
is plenty of noise out of doors. \_Appiause.] Gentlemen, it is unneces-
sary for me to say that we have not the President of the United States
with us to-day, no matter how much we might have longed for his
presence, but we have always been favored by having a representative
of the President who is always able to respond to the toast that has
just been given, and to-day we find we have made no exception to the
rule when we have invited here, to represent our honored President and
comrade, William McKinley \_great applause and cheers\ the Hon.
George H. Lyman, Collector of the Port. [Great applause.}


Afr. Commander and Gentlemen^ Members and Guests 0/ the Ancient and Hon-
orable Artillery Company^ — I desire first to thank you for your kind invitation
to this banquet and also to express appreciation for the courtesy of the welcome
yon have given to the office which I have the honor to represent.

It is always a pleasant duty, as well as a great pleasure, to be called upon to
answer to the toast of the President of the United States, but I conceive it to be
so most especially when asked to respond to that toast before a body such as this,
perhaps the most ancient and the most honorable institution in this country [cries
of** Good** and applause}, and still further in times like these, when the history
of this country in its struggles through the past shows that a perfect trust and
confidence in the leadership of the President, who is the commander-in-chief of
all our forces, is an essential prerequisite to success. [Applause.} I will endeavor
to illustrate this very briefly.

As time is counted in this world's history, it was but a short period since, that,
cm a btautiful April moiniog, a mere handful of peasants from our County of
Middlesex, fresh from the ploughshare, armed only with a few farm tools and
dilapidated flint-lock muskets, had the unparalleltd audacity to step out boldly
upon their village green, in the town of Lexington, and offer battle to the regu-
lars of England. A little later in the day, some of their neighbors, half a dozen
miles away, at Concord Bridge, equipped in a similar manner, also met the foe,
and the latter were ignominiously routed. There was but little bloodshed.
Indeed, both affrays together could hardly be dignified by the term of battle. To
bltmt British minds it was but the outpcuring of an intemperate mob. But there
broke that day upon the horizon of history, not only for the people of this coun-
try, but for all the world and for centuries to come, the dawn of a new standard

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of civilization lappiaMg"]^ the cry of man for the right to be his own master, the
outward expression of the innate Ionising of humanity for the tight to govern
itself, the voice of the soul for freedom of thought, unfettered, subject to no
will but that of iU Creator.

The first gun fired by the American patriots on that village green sent its echoes
across the seas, from land to land, vibrating through all the dynasties of Europe,
a thunderbolt proclaiming that man was born free, was free, and that God made
him to govern himself. [Applause,] And this cry for liberty, once raiied, ran
apace, and the handful of peasants swelled to a mighty host. They strack for
liberty, but it was a liberty founded on the principles of humanity and of i^ood
government ; and they chose a leader, and from the horrors at Valley Forge,
with all its sickness and starvation and death, down to the surrender of the foe at
Yorktown, they trusted and followed to victory the father of his country, the
knightly Washington. \_Applause.']

Nearly a century later, another generation, their lineal descendants, straggled
in a fratricidal war. It was on another beautiful April morning that the sons of
Massachusetts were the first to shed their blood for the integrity of this Union, and
upon the streets of Baltimore. And again their battle-cry was " Freedom ! Free-
dom for black and white !*' but ever "Freedom, " and they chose a leader, and
from the first gun at Sumter down to the surrender at Appomattox, they trusted
and followed to victory the noble, patient Lincoln. [App/ause.']

Once more the dawn of spring is troubled with the breath of war, and again
we strike, but strike a foreign foe, and again we struggle for liberty, humanity,
and civilization, against oppression and tyranny and barbarism. Is not the
spirit of the men of '98 the same as that which animated the heroes of '61 and
the Minute-men of '76 ? Can such a war for such a cause be aught but just, and
can we doubt its outcome?

•* Can we not wield

Our father** shield ?
The same war hatchet handle?

Do the blades want length

Or the reapers strength
For the harvest of that vandal? "

Gentlemen, hearken to the thunder of the cannon as it echoes from the
southern seas. Generations to come men will listen to the tale, how, on a glorious
day in May, a hero, Yankee born and Yankee bred, sailed upon the southern sea
[app/ause'] ; naught cared he for Castilian fleet, opposing fort, or sunken mine.
Five times that gallant squadron swept along, heedless of ball or shell, and
every shot they fired cried out for freedom, demanding at the cannon's mouth a
truce to inhumanity, for the stars and stripes were there. \^Applause and ckttr5.\

And when the smoke had lifted, no emblem of Spanish honor floated with the
breeze, but a flag of law and mercy, on whose azure field glistened the bright
stars of a perfect union, bleached of all gray and blue. And praise and wonder-
ment filled all Ctiristendom, leavened with a secret dread as of some mighty
riddle which a future time must solve, and the busy whisptr circled through every
court of Europe as they questioned: "What does this all mean? Is this re-
venge? Is this for indemnity ? Or does it mean empire?" while the pulses of
our nation thrilled with a fierce delight, and a gratitude unsp»kable that the

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youngest of the navies in their first baptismal fire had carved upon the scrolls of
time the monument of a mighty victory and added to the roll of heroes from
New England's hills the immortal fame of Dewey.

And if more were needed to forget that direful past, when brothers fought with
brothers in the time of Grant and Lee, it was all forgotten by that sacrificial act
when, off the coast of Cuba, at the Port of Santiago, we sunk that hulk, the
" Merrimac" [^reat applause and cheers'^, and the son of that once slaveholding
State of Alabama, Richmond Hobson {renewed applause"], led the van. And
the dead and living heroes of a great rebellion, long since past, triumphed at last

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