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Michigan

BRANCH COUNTY

But we can't plan much for days here below, Very soon, God's summons must come, But I know we shall hear in its coming, The welcome plaudit "Well done. "
SEMI-CENTENNIAL ADDRESS BY HON. CHARLES RYND
Mr. Rynd spoke briefly, because of the lengthy program which preceded his remarks. He said that for men who were native to the soil, and who were thinking of their early days "in this country, it seemed remarkable to him that they should call on a French gentleman who was born in Ireland to address them at this time. He spoke of the progress of our country, especially of Michigan, and eloquently referred to the ancestors of the people who had their origin in the eastern States; of the developments of the past fifty years; the sacrifices made in producing the grand present; and of the children of to-day as compared with those of fifty years ago, in educational facilities. Referring to his manuscript he said: And now, friends, as I notice in this assembly to-day the faces of some of the men and women of fifty years ago; whose faces are withered, whose hair has been frosted by many winters, who are preparing for the grave, who look forward to a grand reunion on the other side, I cannot help thinking how-beautiful is old age. Beautiful as the slow drooping, mellow auburn of a rich, glorious summer. In the aged, nature has fulfilled her work; she loads them with the delicious fruits of a well-spent life, and surrounded by their children they pass away softly to the grave, followed by blessings. There is another life—hard, rough, and thorny, trodden with bleeding feet and aching brow, a battle which the grave gapes to finish before the victory is won—this is the highest life of man.

BRANCH COUNTY MICHIGAN


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