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INDIAN WS ARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
city, in all her borders, sits to-day under the shadow
of a common grief. The aged and the young, the
little children of our homes, whose friend he wasare
gathered, not only under an impulse of sympathy
with those who have been so sorely bereaved, but
under a sense of personal sorrow and loss. And
now, while our hearts are touched and attentive,
may I not, as God's servant, entreat you to lay to
heart this admonition ' in the midst of life we are
in death' and ask you to receive God's tender overtures
of grace and salvation, so that when your
summons comes to go it may find you in perfect
charity with man, at peace with God, in the enjoyment
of 'a reasonable religious and holy hope ' the
result of a life spent with the constant intention to
follow the course mapped out by the divine Savior
of the world. And let us bear upon the arm of our
powerful sympathy those whose grief and sorrow
are to-day so great, endeavoring to draw from that
great well of comfort to the bereaved, those consolations
which a merciful God gives to the broken
"Mr. Scott then read sundry appropriate and consolatory
scriptures, quoting in conclusion Elliott's
beautiful lines: My
God and Father while I stray
Far from my home in life's rough way,
O, help me from my heart to say:
Thy will be done.
"Let but my fainting heart be blest
With Thy sweet spirit for its guest;
My God, to Thee I leave the rest;
Thy will be done.
"Renew my will from day to day,
Blend it with Thine, and take away
All that makes it hard to say
Thy will be done.
Then when on earth I breathe no more,
That prayer, oft mixed with tears before,
I'll sing upon a happy shore,
Thy Will be done.
"The casket was, upon the conclusion of the
services at the residence, taken in charge by the
Mr. Rosenberg, Judge Ballinger, Mr.
John Sealy, Mr.George Sealy, Mr. J. H. Hutchings,
Mr. Waters S. Davis, Mr. A. J. Walker, Capt. A. N.
Sawyer, Mr. James Sorley, Capt. Chas. Fowler, Capt.
Bolger and Capt. Lufkin-and conveyed to the
hearse. The procession formed with the following
societies in the lead in the order named and represented
by the numbers stated:"Screwmen's
Benevolent Association, 195 men;
Longshoremen's Association, 65; Longshoremen's
Benevolent Union, 40; Fire Department, 70; Galveston
Typographical Union, 60; Employees of the
Mallory Steamship Company, 60; Bricklayers Association,
40; G. C. P. E. B. and P. Association,
60; Franklin Assembly, K. of L., 25; Pioneer
Assembly, K. of L., 35; Trades' Assembly, 32;
Pressmen's Union, 10;
" Next came the employees of the bank, on foot;
then the pall-bearers in carriages. The hearse
followed, and after it the family and friends.
There were eighty-three carriages in the procession,
which extended over a mile and a quarter on Broadway.
"The procession on its way to the cemetery
passed the Ball School building, which was draped
in mourning. While the funeral cortege was passing
through the streets the bells of St. Mary's
Cathedral, Trinity Church and St. John's church
were tolled. The streets were lined with people
along the whole route and at the cemetery the
street was crowded with old and young. The
flags of the societies, all draped in mourning, were
stationed in a square around the grave. The casket
was lowered into its final resting-place, a feeling
praver was offered by Rev. Mr. Scott, and the floral
offerings were deposited in the grave, and the
tributes were ended.
"While most of the children of the Grammar
school were busily engaged in making the floral
tributes placed by them on the casket, several of
them passed resolutions of respect to the memory of
Mr. Ball. After the committee had finished their
work they collected all the pupils in one room, read
the resolutions to them and they were unanimously
adopted. They are as follows:
"' WHEREAS, God having taken from us our friend
and benefactor, Mr. George Ball, we the children
of the Grammar scliool, as the immediate recipients
of hIis kindness, offer the following resolutions:"'
1. We heartily sympathize with the family in the
act of Providence, which has deprived them of a
kind husband and father and us of a true friend.
"' 2. We, the clhildren to whom he has endeared
himself by this, the crowning work of his life, can
only regret that it was not the will of God that he
should live to see its completion, and our daily
efforts to show our appreciation of the benefits he
has placed within our reach.
"'3. That his name shall be forever cherished
among us as that of one to whom it will be said:
'Well done thou good and faithful servant.'
"' 4. That a copy of these resolutions be presented
to the bereaved family, and published in the
"' LEWIS SORLET.
"' (Ninth Grade) Grammar.'
"'Fannie A. Stephenson, Maud F. Royston,
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