Fourth at Burgess Grove recap

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Thursday, July 14, 1864
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For the Mower County Register.

THE CELEBRATION OF THE FOURTH AT MR. BURGESS' GROVE, gives assurance, that the people of Lyle and surrounding towns have not forgotten our National birth-day, and the appropriate manner in which they celebrated it, evinces their loyalty, patriotism and devotion to our country in this hour of trial.

Although, the morning was threatening, heavy clouds lowered darkly alone the west, and the low muttering of the distant thunder, spoke of approaching showers, at length, the thick clouds disperse, cooling breezes spring up and alleviate from the increasing heat and crowed loads are seen approaching the grove in every direction from the surrounding country. Looking westward you see processions of teams, winding their way along over the prairie from Cedar City; turning your eyes northward, you see another, advancing from Austin and Windom; casting your eyes eastward, you view them pressing forward form Rose Creek and Nevada, and also, southward from Lyle and vicinity, all approaching the grove, like an investing army, a besieged city, and each bearing aloft that cherished emblem of Liberty, the star spangled banner; meeting with no opposition, but a hearty welcome from committee of arrangements, they easily gained possession of the place, where they found all things pleasantly arranged for their reception and entertainment. Thus they continued to come until the grove was all astir.

The hour having arrived for the commencement of the days' exercise, the assembly was conducted to the speaker's stand by the marshal, J. P. Jones, and called to order by the President, Rev. Alanson Beach, who announced the reading of the scriptures and prayer, and in accordance with which, the chaplain read from Lev. 26th, portions containing National promises, and favors to the obedient, threats and calamities to the disobedient, and followed with an appropriate prayer for the occasion.

The next in order was the Declaration of Independence, which duty, devolving upon Matthew St. John, was well performed and also accompanied with appropriate remarks.

Colonel Lewis not being present, as was expected, to deliver the oration, the Rev. T. J. Lake was called upon to act as the orator of the day, who notwithstanding the brevity of the notice, responded to the call in a stirring and patriotic speech showing the object and the progress of rebellion, that it has continually lost from the uprising of loyal millions of the north, until now more than one half of its territory and quite one half of its resources are gone.

The marshal then reformed the procession and conducted it to a well spread table of refreshments, and the manner in which all partook was a compliment to the ladies who prepared such a feast of good things.

After dinner, all repaired to the stand again, and were highly entertained with animating and appropriate speeches from W. T., Mandeville, Rev. A. Beach, Matthew St. John and Adam St. John. The various exercises of the day were interspersed which very appropriate pieces of music from the choir. Thus the day passed pleasantly away all observing the best of order.