~' Go( our Si;re,%,z." On the speakers' desk lay a rotugh looking grooved stone-the first mill-stone used for grinding in this part of the country.Trhe tent was soon filled to its utmtost capacity, whlilst outside in every available place for seeing or hearing were grou Lped those who could not be seated inside.If there be any one thing whlichl characterizes the American people more than another, it is an intense and absorbing interest in the present. Here, under the pious guidance of Christian Mothers, our infant minds received their first impressions of "the beautiful and the good." Here we were first instructed in the laws of the two tables-laws which lie at the foundation of religious civilization and high culturee-and here too, is the sacred spot, " Where my eyes first opened to the sweet and pleasant light, WVhere I learned the poems (f the morning and the night, Where baptismal watersbn my infant forehead fell, And where I heard the holy precepts I remember now so well." With most of us it is the final resting place of our beloved dead, 18 A HUNDRED YEARS AGO.Engaged in their merclhandise, their farming, their mechanical pursuits, their strife after wealth, they find little time for reminiscences and small space for tiougthts of tlle past. -with whl m are associated precious, sacred and endearing memories.what wouldl seenm to be an unwarrantab)le (ielay ii its l)tulbliceatioll.
This mteeting was held in the lecture room of the Congregational church, and was well attended by those who had a direct and personal interest in the early settlement of the place. Large accommodationlls were necessary, to l)rovide for our expected guests, and in a sm? To those ladies wlhose duties were so burtlhensomhe, and who d(lid so cheerfully and well the task imposed upon tlhem, we can only say, that our gusts gave to them the palm, of p)roviding more and better fate than many larger places would have d(eemed possible.In no instance was the matter treated lighflltly; but all seemed desirous to be nutmbered among tlhose, who were disposed to lhon-or the memory of our fathlers'lhe inames of only a few of these can now be recalled, whose interest from the outset was strong, and whose ap I)eals to us at home were potent in urging on all needful preparation. An interesting featre of this gathering was the great number of aged people,of these were indeed venerable, on account of their advanced age.Among those, I cannot forbear to mention s(uch names as Hfenry \W. One in his hundredth year, and several past ninety.Sherman, and the restult of this correspondence was to be reporte(l to an adjourned meeting. Tlihe Susquehanna Agricultural Society" a(nd the " Delaware Agriculttral Society," very generously tendered to thle committee the use of their tents; and tlhese, being large an(d commodious, made it possible to provide for the speaking and the dinner on a scale lairge eunoughl to wvarrant reasonable success. Earl) in the dclay the people l)egan to gather, a few throiugh idle curiosity, but ver largely thlrot,ugh real interest in the proceedings about to take place; and as the different trains on the New N York alnd Oswego Midland and Albany and Susquehanna Railroads, in(cluding extratrains that those Roads had generously provided for the special accommodation of those who could not reach Si(idney in time on the regular trains, began to arrive, those who had before doubted the success of the celebration, were convinced that this was indeed to be the greatest gathering that had ever been seen in this p)art of the valle.At an adjourned meeting held some little time after, the correspo(ndence that had been elicited, was submitted; and it is to be reg,retted that this correspondence, inll part at least, cannot be liveni, as evidlencing the feeling, and anxiety even, with whichl those *who were addclressed exp)ressed themselves in rega-(rd to a Centennial Celebration. Tlhe care of the tents, their erection, seating and airranging, was entrusted to Messrs. The extra train from Walton on the " Midland" was literally loaded down; even the tops of the cars were covered by those, who were anxious to be present at this, the first centennial celebration in the upper valley of the Susquehanna.