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 bear eloquent witness to the fact that Dr. Hoge belonged to the entire community. The members of his own congregation and choir, the veterans of the Soldiers' Home, Confederate societies, the congregation of Beth Ahaba, the Church of the Covenant and the Old-Market Church presented to Dr. Hoge substantial tokens of their love and admiration, and gifts from private sources, telegrams and letters of congratulation poured in upon him from persons of every shade of religious conviction and every class. The formal celebration of the semi-centennial anniversary closed on the night of February 27th in a manner that was a fitting finality of the two days jubilee, and the demonstration passed into the history of Richmond as constituting a tribute to a citizen seldom, if ever, equalled in the experience of a community. The programme, which was carried out at the Second Presbyterian Church consisted of elaborate music, devotional exercises and a reminiscent discourse by Dr. Hoge. There was another vast outpouring of the people, but hardly a tithe of those who surged to the church succeeded in gaining admittance.
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