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Proceedings of the Fourth Congress at Atlanta, GA., April 28 to May 1, 1892
Third Session of the Congress


The Congress was called to order by President Bonner at 8 o'clock.

Rev. Dr. Jones, of Atlanta, led in prayer as follows:

We would recognize thee, O God, in all we do and in all we say, and we would humbly invoke thy presence and thy blessing as we gather in this meeting this evening. We thank thee, O God, for the brave men and fair women, for the true men and pure women with whom thou hast blessed the world, and we thank thee for the many of the sturdy race here represented, and for all that they have done in the cause of justice and right and progress and civilization in the world; and we pray that the representatives to-day may be worthy of their fathers who have gone before, and may these gatherings be blessed of the Lord, in cementing ties that shall bind together every section of our common country, burying the bitter memories of the stormy past, and bringing men together for the great interests of our country and of humanity. God bless our land with fruitful seasons and plenteous harvests and business prosperity, but above all make us in reality as well as in name that people whose God is Jehovah; and now, Lord, meet with us this evening, be with those who shall speak, and with those who shall hear, and bless the coming of these representative men to our city, and grant that they may leave behind hallowed influences, and may carry with them recollections that shall bless the world. Hear us and answer us, sanctify and save us, we beg for Christ, our Redeemer's sake. Amen.

President Bonner:

Ladies and gentlemen: Over fifty years ago, when I was a boy in a printing office in Hartford, Conn., the three great men of this country were Clay, Webster, and Calhoun. It gives me not merely great but I should say extraordinary pleasure to have the privilege of introducing to you the Hon. Patrick Calhoun, a grandson of the great statesman, John C. Calhoun, who is known to possess the great oratorical powers that have characterized his distinguished family.

(For Mr. Calhoun's address, see Part II., page 136.)

President Bonner:

Maj. Charles W. Hubner, the well-known journalist of Atlanta, has written a poem especially for this occasion, and will now read it to us. [Applause.]

(For Maj. Hubner's poem, see page 248.)

President Bonner:

We will now have the pleasure of listening for a few minutes to an address by Mr. Helm Bruce, of Louisville, the accomplished Secretary of the Scotch-Irish Society of Kentucky. [Applause.]

(For Mr. Bruce's address, see Part II., page 240.)

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