ADDRESS OF DR. TURNER.
My friends, we meet to-day to commemorate and mourn
the loss of one of the greatest Americans ever born and nur¬
tured upon our world-famed soil, our grief at the loss of Hon.
Charles Sumner finds no expression in words, no relief in tears,
and no comfort in the sighs of millions.
A statesman who stood head andshoulders above any of his
day and generation. A scholar who had no superior in legal lore
or moral ethics. A philanthropist whose capacious affections and
great heart encircled the children of every race, clime, and na¬
tionality. A citizen whose character was untarnished, a reform¬
er who stood as a watch tower in the van-guard of a revolution¬
ary host. A gentleman whose culture, refinement and urbanity
blended with an aristocratic demeanor, singularly constituting
him a model among equals. An orator whose chaste diction and
flowery eloquence will be the emmulation of coming generations.
A hero whose war weapons were bloodless missiles, but ter¬
ribly invincible, and fearfully destructive on the field of com¬
A philosopher whose analytical acumen comprehended eve¬
ry phase of human character, and sifted the deeds of kingdoms.
A beacon whose flambeau lit up the path of progress and civ¬
A cosmopolitan who had no bounds to his generosity, and
would have rather been the benefactor of a hottentot than the
companion of a prince—but tobe short, one of the noblest speci¬
mens of humanity of any age, in the history of the world, fell in
death from the apex of glory when all that was mortal of Chas.
About twenty-three years ago, a tall, spare looking man
crown. (1 with a majestic brow, and presenting the aspects of
great natural ability and the highest acquirable attainments,
walked into the senate of the United States, possibly to the con¬
sternation of many, and after taking the oath of office, sat down
in the midst of those he was destined to eclipse both in glory
and renown in a few years. In close proximity sat Samuel P,
Chase and John P Hale. This trio then constituted the only free