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toriously the most important business of one of the greatest nations of the earth, he remained a simple, modest, and unpretending man, nevertheless he will be all the dearer to the German heart for performing his duty without pomp or ceremony, and relying on that dignity of his inner self alone, which is far above rank, orders, and titles. I have drawn up an address expressive of these sentiments, which will be presented to Mr. Judd, the American Minister at this capital. As it might be contrary to rules to move for the House entering into communication with a foreign diplomatist, I invite such of you as are disposed to share in our condolences to send in your signatures privately, and pay your respect to the deceased, who was a faithful servant no less of his commonwealth than of civilization, of freedom and humanity."
At the close of the speech the House rose in token of respectful assent. The conservatives alone and a few ultramontanes kept their seats: but these, too, declared, through the mouths of some of their leaders, that they shared the horror and indignation of the other parties, and that they would have supported the preceding speaker in giving utterance to a feeling which was a common one all over the civilized world, had not his condolence been mixed up with politics.
The address to Mr. Judd, which was signed by a vast majority of members, runs to the following effect:
"SIR-We, the undersigned, members of the Prussian House of Deputies, pray your acceptance of our heartfelt condolence on the heavy loss the government and people of the United States have suffered by the death of the late President Lincoln. We turn in horror from the crime to which he has fallen a victim, and we are the more deeply moved by this public affliction, inasmuch as it has occurred at a moment when we were rejoicing at the triumph of the United States, and as it was accompanied by an attempt upon the life of Mr. Seward, the faithful associate of his labors, who, with so much wisdom and resolve, aided Mr. Lincoln in the fulfilment of his arduous task. By the simultaneous death of these great and good men, the people of the United States were to be deprived of the fruits of their protracted struggle and patriotic devotion at the very moment when the triumph of right and law promised to bring back the blessings of a long desired peace.
"Sir, you have been staying among us a living witness of the deep and earnest sympathy which the people of Germany, during a long and serious war, have entertained for the United States. You are aware that Germany has looked with feelings of pride
and joy at the thousands of her sons so resolutely aiding with law and right in this your war. You have seen our joy on receiving good tidings from the United States, and know the confidence with which we ever looked forward to the victory of your cause, and the reconstruction of the Union in all its ancient might and splendor. The grand work of reconstruction will, we trust, be not delayed by this terrible crime. The blood of the great and wise chieftain will only serve to cement the Union for which he died. To us this is guaranteed by the respect of the law and the love of liberty which the people of the United States evinced in the very midst of this tremendous contest.
"We request your good offices for giving expression to our condolences and our sympathies with the people and government of the United States, and communicating this address to the Cabinet you represent.
"THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF DEPUTIES. "BERLIN, April 28, 1865.” The address was immediately signed by deputies of the House.
A solemn service, in the German and English languages, was performed on May 2, in the Dorothea church, Berlin, in memory of President Lincoln. Numerous deputations were present. Herr Von Bismark attended, and the King was represented by his aides-de-camp. The church was crowded.
An event so sudden, so startling, so alien to American history as the assassination of PRESIDENT LINCOLN, and his mighty funeral, in which the ruler of millions was borne nearly two thousand miles, and then only through a portion of the country he so recently governed, called forth many poetic effusions. A few of these are scattered through the volume. To them, we add in this place, two of the most notable; one from the pen of an American poet, the other published in the columns of the well-known London Punch.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN-AN HORATIAN ODE.
BY RICHARD HENRY STODDARD.
Not as when some great Captain falls
To doom, by some stray ball struck dead:
Who must be victors then!
Nor as when sink the civic Great,
Whose calm, mature, wise words
With no such tears as e'er were shed
Do we to-day deplore
Our sorrow hath a wider scope,
Too strange for fear, too vast for hope,
A Wonder, blind and dumb,
That waits-what is to come!