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1. "Air du Tambour Major” — 'from “Le Caid”

.Thomas Mr. WHITE 2. "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix”—from “Samson et Delilah” Saint-Saëns

Mme. SAPIN 3. "Ah! moon of my delight”—from “In a Persian Garden”...Lehmann

Mr. HACKETT 4. Polonaise, “Je suis Titania" — from “Mignon”

Thomas Mme. SCOTNEY 5. Quartettes - from "In a Persian Garden"

Lehmann a. “Alas! that Spring should vanish" b. "They say the Lion and the Lizard keep"

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Thursday, April 8

LIEUTENANT A. H. MILES, U. S. N.

“THE HISTORY, DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATION OF THE

SUBMARINE."

Illustrated with lantern slides

Mr. F. T. KURT will preside

A dinner will be tendered Lieutenant Miles at 6 o'clock. Members may secure tickets at the office of the Civic Secretary.

Tuesday, April 13

GEORGE MACAULAY TREVELYAN

OF LONDON, ENGLAND

Chairman of the Servian Relief Commission

will be the guest of the Club and will speak on the European War, with special reference to the situation in the Balkans.

Mr. Trevelyan is making his first visit to this country, of only ten days' duration, and this will be his only public address.

A dinner will be tendered Mr. Trevelyan at 6 o'clock. Members may secure tickets at the office of the Civic Secretary.

Thursday, April 22

T. PHILIP TERRY

" MEXICO AND THE MEXICANS”

Illustrated with lantern slides

MR. S. W. REYNOLDS will preside

A dinner will be tendered Mr. Terry at 6 o'clock. Members may secure tickets at the office of the Civic Secretary.

Thursday, April 29

To be announced later

REVIEW OF RECENT EVENTS Thursday Evening, February II

HONORABLE JOSEPH E. RANSDELL

United States Senator from Louisiana "Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen of the Boston City Club. This is not my first appearance before this Club. I had the honor of being with you just seven years ago when you were not the proud possessors of the finest club building in America, and that means in the world, although you are not in it yet.

“At that time you had 1,500 members. Now, I am told, you have 5,000 with 1,500 on the waiting list, as many on the waiting list as you then had in total membership. But I enjoyed that visit, and I have enjoyed every moment of my present stay in your city.

“It has been my pleasure to come to Boston several times during my sixteen years' services in Congress. This is my fifth official visit, and every time I have been so royally treated that I came to the conclusion that the old-style hospitality of the South, of which we have heard so much, has certainly found its way to Boston.

“I could not be with you to-night if it were not for the great kindness of your Junior Senator, Hon. John Weeks, because, as you know, we are having a little war down in the United States Senate over a question—the Ship Purchase Bill,—which I do not intend to discuss with you to-night. I might run up against a little warfare myself if I did. But, at any rate your distinguished Junior Senator is on one side of that question while I happened to be on the other, and he told me to come to Boston, saying he would pair me, would not transfer his vote, and would see that I was protected in every particular. So I owe to Senator Weeks the great pleasure of being with you this evening. It is needless for me to tell you that he is a fine fellow, and one of the strongest men in the United States Senate. I am proud to be one of his friends.

"My subject this evening is, 'Lincoln and Our Greater Union.' I do not know that I could add anything to the many tributes already paid to Abraham Lincoln and shall not attempt to do so. I merely wish to say before reaching the heart of my subject that my father was a slaveholder in Louisiana when the war broke out, hence on the opposite side of the conflict from Mr. Lincoln, and that two of my brothers were in the Confederate Army and fought as hard as they could for the South. But the great all-wise Being, who knows how to rule the affairs of men, so much better than they do, was not on the side of the South. He was on Mr. Lincoln's side, and I thank God that he was.

“I know now and all the people of the South realize that it would have been most unfortunate for mankind had the result of the struggle been different. Oh, friends, when we think of the awful war going on in Europe to-day, let us reflect and see what might be our condition had the South prevailed. Suppose there were two rival republics within the present territory of Continental United States. Suppose we had been at war with each other, as Europe now is, what an awful struggle we might be in to-day, dragging into that conflict with us, perhaps, Canada on the north and Mexico on the south.

“The Union was saved mainly by the efforts of Abraham Lincoln, and in preserving the Union then, he perpetuated peace at least to a great extent to-day, and in the future, in the Western Hemisphere. As Washington was the founder of this Republic, Lincoln was its preserver. In my earliest years I was taught by Southern parents to reverence and honor the name of Abraham Lincoln, and to believe that the greatest calamity that ever befell the South was his foul murder. When I came to think for myself I learned to place Lincoln, the Union's preserver, on a par with Washington, the Union's founder, and beyond question he is safe on that pedestal in the opinions of the majority of the people of the United States and of mankind.

"In spite of my venerable looks, gentlemen, I was not born when the presiding officer of this evening went to West Point.”

General Schaff. “You won't believe this, gentlemen.”

Senator Ransdell. "He entered West Point in the early fall of 1858, and I was born on the seventh day of October of that year. As he says, you will hardly believe it, because he looks younger than I. Having been born in 1858, you probably think it remarkable that I should remember and be able to relate to you some occurrences of the Civil War. But I do recall some of them rather vividly, and among other scenes, one in which a famous son of Massachusetts, General Nathaniel P. Banks, played a leading part. All of you are familiar with his famous campaign on the Red River in the spring of 1863. At that time I was about five and one-half years of age. My father's cotton plantation was on the line of march, and General Banks' Army passed through the place. I recall vividly seeing the long lines of blue. I recall also that the soldiers from both armies came to my father's barns, stables, chicken yards, hog pens, etc., and everything in the world we had was taken. I met a gentleman to-day, Mr. Hamlin, who I believe is Executive Clerk of your Massachusetts State House, and according to what he told me he must have been one of the soldiers I saw, because he says he was in Banks' army which went as far as Alexandria, and my home was ten miles below Alexandria, near the Red River.

"I shall never forget one occurrence. The Federal troops were located on the plantation of Thomas O. Moore, then the war Governor of Louisiana. My father's place was a long, narrow one lying to the south of it, and on the other side the Confederate troops were camping. One day early in the morning the Confederates sent word that there was going to be a battle and we had better get out quick. We only had one old mare left. All the mules, wagons, carriages, and every other conveyance had been taken away except that one mare. My mother's three youngest children, of which I was one, and two children of our negro cook, climbed up on that old mare and went across the field as fast as

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