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When accomplished, let us hope that the war drums will throb no longer, and the battle flags be furled

In the parliament of Man,
The federation of the world.

Standing upon the threshold of the twentieth century, let us trust that it will be welcomed, not in the spirit of Cromwell when he placed upon the muzzles of his cannon, ‘Open Thou our lips, O Lord, and our mouths shall show forth Thy praise;’ but as the angels welcomed the messenger of a Saviour, ‘Glory to God on high; and on earth, peace.’ Peace is the halcyon weather of the heart, where the noblest virtues brood. Perfect in patriotism as in piety, was the prayer of royal David for the people and country of his love, ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.’

In welcoming the twentieth century, let us hope that it will be crowned with the unspeakable glory of the rich pearl of peace, and a still higher civilization and a broader and more vigorous Christianity—which will evolve a strifeless progress, and consecrate the statesmanship of the world to the spirit of international arbitration. Then,

Theseus will roam the world no more,
And Janus rest with rusted door.

Mr. Chairman, I feel that the sentiments of our entire people are voiced when I return to Comrade Charles C. Hemming, the generous donor, their grateful acknowledgments for this noble gift. Its care is confidently entrusted to the patriotic citizens of Jacksonville.

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