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[p. 19] Those were the days of comrade's cheer,
Of friendship's loyal, helpful aid;
Tonight, all are not gathered here,
We mourn the breaks the years have made,
We span the time with kindly thought,
While memories bright their radiance cast,
And clearly from those distant days,
Shine records of the past.

But since those days what have we gained?
What civic lessons have we learned?
Increased in numbers, and in wealth,
Have we “C rewards of merit” earned?
Huge piles of brick and stone we've reared,
Streets, boulevards and parks laid out;
But in the rush of rapid growth,
Have ideals met their rout?

In earlier days good — will prevailed,
Forbearance toward each other;
Perchance we sometimes disagreed,
We hailed each still as brother.
We had no Aldermanic scraps,
Nor mob-like Council Meetings,
When angry members yelled and fumed,
We believed in courteous greetings.

But in these later restless days
A change we note has come about,
Some legislators seem to think
To be impressive they must shout;
And if a man should choose to vote
Upon the side which they oppose,
Make him a target for abuse,
No decency he knows.

In earlier days we had our fights,
To win we did our very best.
Whichever side the victor proved,
With wishes good was promptly blessed.
The winners reaped their earned rewards,
The losers, glum, of course, might feel,
But victors did not loudly boast,
And losers did not “squeal.”

No public servant can succeed,
If fiercely fought at every step.
Success, cooperation needs,
With mutual work., and lots of “pep.”


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