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The present eventful time is restoring their significance to some words and usages. The celebration of this day has been an empty pageant, and Fourth of July oratory but another name for political gasconade. But when this year it seemed likely that there would be no public celebration on account of the obvious propriety of avoiding the customary expense, every one of us felt a hungering of the heart for some patriotic observance of the day.
Samuel Harris, July 4th, 1861
Wheeler & Lynde, Printers
Norumbega Hall, Bangor Maine, July 4th celebration, July Fourth, Independence Day
Harris, Samuel, "Our Country's Claim: Oration at the Citizens' Celebration of the Eighty-fifth Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States Delivered in Norombega Hall, Bangor, July 4th, 1861" (1861). Books and Publications. 160.