The mayor rose and in a most dignified way read a finished speech to General Grant, who stood as usual very awkwardly; and the mayor cllosed his speech by handing him the resolutions of the city council, engrossed on parchment, with a broad ribbon adn large seal attached. After the mayor had fulfilled his office so well, General Grant said, “Mr. Mayor, as I knew that this ceremony was to occcur, and as I am not used to speaking, I have written something in reply.” He then began to fumble in his pockets, first his breast-coast pocket, then his pants, vest, etc.,
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