Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 227 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DAL.LAS COUNTY.
only blossoms to blossolns, laurels to the laureled.
After war, peace; after carnage, flower,;
sfter detil, thle new life of the soul.
",TTe great volunteer army of the nation
hi, long since disbanded. Its tents are
itrzck, its camp fires put out, its muster rolls
lid a way. 1But there is another army that no
preiidential proclamation can disband andl no
general oricrs rcach. In every cemetery we
*tAnd amidst its camJping grounds; those
hitfe tonJes are its tents, its muster rolls are
in otr memories, its camp fires burn in our
When the great soldier of Napoleon, La
Tour d'A uvergpnc-surnnmed 'the First Grelsdir
of France"-fell in battle the Emperor
orervl that liis heart should be embalmed
altd crrihl always att tlhe lead of his regimeart,
titt li nnlme should be called at every
r1l c4al and thatt somJe comrade s61ould an.ocr
for him, 4 Dead upon tho field of honor.'
*, s avie we eW b tlaltnled tle hearts of our
lhre, esin our i l iperishable affections; we
c.rr' t~hmI to th11 front, and when we licar
t-l tihir lengthened luster rolls our love
anstwer for each, ' Dead upon the field
f4 I;ont r.'
'Ou YFae 'st eorItal camilin[g ground
Trh5?r illuont ltotn r.e vprend,
Aid Glory guards, wit h olelumn round,
Ti*a btloufc. of tle, de, l.'
"'iq)y l:a4d ltVarnel tthe great lesson that
i't on the ta t io's vtm i.
t;h fittesli acO ftor nn to dhi
1* WbIr 4i ditr' fOr mtlan*U
' We read in tlhe old Roman story that one
day in the center of the imperial city, and
right through its forum, the earth suddenly
opened and a vast chasm yawned to the bottomless
deep. Every hour it crumbled and
widened until it threatened to engulf the
proud temples and palaces of Rome. Vain
was every effort to stay the growing horror.
The whole population labored in vain to fill
it; all that they cast in disappeared. The
tired swarms of laborers returned at inorning
from their brief slumbers to find their toil of
yesterday wasted and the gulf still wider and
deeper than before. Despairing and dreading
the vengeance of the offended deities, of
whose wratl they saw in this the visitation,
the senators of the trembling city consulted
the soothsayers and the seers. The answer
was given tlat the chasm would never be
filled and its growth never stayed until tlhe
thing tllat Rome held to be her highest
wealth, value and preciousness, should be cast
into the dreadful pit. There was much debate
as to what tle most precious thing might
be, and on the morrow tle multitude gathered
around tlhe quaking edge of tlhe gulf,
bearing in their arms gold and jewels, gems
and pearls, aInd their choicest wealth. Suddenly
among them appears a young soldier
nounted and armCe( as for battle.
' These lifeless things that you bear in
your arns, 0, Romans,' lie cries, 'are not
your best gifts. Your strengtlh, your hope,
your most lpriceless wealth are youth and
valor, sand life freely given for tlhe redemption
of one's countryy' Ile plunges into the abyss.
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/227/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.