Judge M.C. Brown in a felicitous introduction presented Mrs. I.S. Bartlett, the poet of the day, to the audience.
The True Republic
Mrs. I. S. Bartlett
The first republic of the world
Now greets the day, its flag unfurled
To the pure mountain air;
On plains, in canon, shop and mine,
The star of equal rights shall shine.
From its blue folds, with light divine-
A symbol bright and fair.
The flashing presence of to-day
Startles our ancient dreams away.
Wrapped in her shadows dim
Old memory flees, with vivid glance
To-day uplift her shining lance,
Her arm is might, her brow is light,
Her voice a thrilling hymn.
Shine on, oh star! No flag of old,
No standard raised by warrior bold
In all the days of yore,
For chivalrie or knightly claim
For honor bright or woman's name
Has ever shone with brighter flame,
Than peerless forty-four.
Fair state of honor, freedom's pride,