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[265] 1867 he was the orator of the occasion. It was a memorable event, being the first time that General Lee had presided. With matchless grace and dignity he introduced the speaker. A vast audience of representative people from all parts of the country was present. Dr. Hoge was in splendid mental trim, and for more than an hour he held the great assembly spellbound with the witchery of his resistless power. One who was reporting that speech for a Richmond paper says of it: ‘I followed the speaker for awhile with my notes, but gave up the undertaking. I looked around, the other reporters had dropped their pencils. I said to one of them: “Why don't you report the speech?” He replied: “ I can't report the surging of a mountain torrent.” ’

One of the most attractive efforts of Dr. Hoge was in 1876, at the centennial celebration of Hampden-Sidney College. He was on his old tramping-ground, amid the friends of his boyhood. He gave the reminiscences of the old college. The address was intensely interesting, sparkling, glowing, and facetious. He related a great many amusing things. In speaking of the changes he told how old Mr. Ritchie, of the Enquirer, had announced in his paper as a startling piece of news that a steamboat was approaching Richmond at a wonderful rate of speed—seven miles an hour, up stream. He said in old times, when the General Assembly of the Church met in Philadelphia, Dr. Alexander was always sent as a delegate from his presbytery, because he was the only member of that body who knew the way.

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