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MICHIGAN, MY MICHIGAN

MAJ. W. C. RANSOM, 1871

covers all that is mortal of a dear one departed. And thus, memory, busy with years that are gone, shall take us back through the paths we have trod, leading us once more by the edge of those clear flowing waters, on whose silver-like surface the lightsomeness of youth mirrored a thousand fanciful forms of love and beauty, for the years to come. These and other pictures touched in mellow tints by fancy's magic hand, though they shall come and go, in the midst of life's practical realities, like a dissolving view, yet shall they never fail to awaken, as of yore, the pride and devotion we were wont to feel for our old peninsular home. And, inspired by sentiments such as these, how earnestly we shall enter upon the glorious purpose of bringing to this noble young commonwealth, in her onward career, the same devoted spirit and energy of will that we gave to Michigan, in other years. Here is an empire to be settled up, and made to occupy a foremost position in the sisterhood of States. Here, in these enterprising young cities and on these beautiful prairies, we are to build up new homes, around which shall cluster new ambitions and new attachments. Here our children will pass from youthful to maturer years, and learn to cherish the same warm affection for these Kansas scenes that we felt for those we have left behind us. And when, in the distant future, they, in turn, shall have become pioneers to some new region in the ever receding west, there, in imitation of the example set by us this evening, they will, with each returning year, gather around the festive board in honor of their early home, and in the goodly cheer, recite fond reminiscences of the fatherland.

MY MICHIGAN


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