“On to Freedom”

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(Written for The Tribune.)

The birthday of George Washington
We celebrate today;
The man who led to victory
Our troops in brave array.

You all have heard the story
Of the axe and cherry tree;
How he spoke up to his father
That the chopper bold was he.

He grew from youth to manhood,
And was noble, good and true;
His firm, unflinching bravery
Made the British feel quite blue.

For the leader and his army
Were patriots, young and old;
“On to freedom” was their motto,
And “liberty” their goal.

He cheered them through starvation,
His endurance gave them strength,
With faith in God they struggled on
To victory at length.

Hurrah for good George Washington,
The father of our land,
And loudly may his praises ring
While earth and time shall stand.

— Minneapolis Tribune.

The Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) Feb 22, 1899

From the New York Evening Post, Oct. 20.


The corner stone of the Washington Monument was laid yesterday. The day was uncommonly fine — soft, sunny October weather. The procession was magnificent, and long to weariness. It left the Park about eleven o’clock, in the order prescribed in the programme published by us yesterday. A great number of carriages were in the procession, and the throng with which the streets where it passed was lined, was prodigious. There were a hundred companies of firemen occupying the rear of the procession.

The place chose for the erection of the monument is the summit of a hill in Hamilton Square. On arriving at the spot the procession halted, and the Rev. Dr. Vermilye offered an impressive prayer. The corner stone was then laid by Governor Young, assisted by Governor Harris, of Rhode Island. On its top was placed a marble slab, with this


This corner stone of a Monument to the memory of WASHINGTON was laid with appropriate ceremonies on the 19th day of October, 1847; the anniversary of the surrender of Lord Cornwallis to General Washington, at Yorktown, A.D. 1781, under the auspices and direction of the Washington Monument Association of the City of New York.

The following ode, by Gen. G.P. Morris, was then sung; the whole assembly joining:

A Monument to Washington?
A tablet graven with his name?
Green be the mound it stands upon,
And everlasting as his fame.

His glory fills the land — the plain,
The moor, the mountain and the mart,,
More firm than column, urn, or fame,
His Monument — the human heart.

The Christian — patriot — hero — sage!
The chief that Heaven in mercy sent
His deeds are written on the age —
His country is his Monument.

“The sword of Gideon and the Lord,”
Was mighty in his mighty hand —
The God who guided, he adored,
And with His blessing, freed the land.

The first in war — the first in peace —
The first in the hearts that freemen own!
Unparalleled — till time shall cease —
He lives — immortal and alone!

Yet let the rock-hewn tower arise,
High to the pathway of the sun,
And speak in the approving skies,
Our gratitude to Washington.

Chief Justice Samuel Jones then made an address. A quartette composed for the occasion was sung by the Apollo Brothers, and after addresses had been made by G.W.P. Curtis and J.C. Hart, the proceedings closed.

The crowd in Hamilton Square, besides those who came in the procession, was prodigiously large. In the procession alone it is estimated that from ten to fifteen thousand persons were included.

The baggage wagon taken by the Americans from Cornwallis, was on the ground, as well as two pieces of canon taken from the British in the revolutionary war, one at Princeton, and one at Saratoga. The old flag, somewhat the worse for time, which was first hoisted in New York, on the 25th of November, 1783, by General Washington, was waving over the platform in the square. The day chosen, October 19th, is the anniversary of the surrender of Cornwallis.

Rock River Pilot (Watertown, Wisconsin) Nov 10, 1847


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