|An Event at which Ossian Dodge sang|
Ossian Euclid Dodge was a descendant in the Tristram Dodge family.|
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This ceremony was about the unveiling of a statue of General Perry who fought in the famous battle at Niagara Falls in the war of 1812.
Isaac Brock was the British commander who died defending Canada from American Invasion.
Actually the American soldiers all refused to obey orders to invade but Brock did not know they would do that.
Read more about the war of 1812
PERRY'S STATUE -
The ceremonies before the statue were opened by prayer from the lips of the Reverend Dr. Perry, of Natchez, Mississippi. Then Mr. Walcutt, the sculptor, unveiled the statue. There it stood, upon a green mound, surrounded by an iron railing, imposing, beautiful, and remarkable because of its extreme whiteness.
Tens of thousands of voices sent up loud cheers as that chaste work of art was clearly revealed, for, just as the covering was removed, rays of sunlight, that had struggled through the clouds, fell full upon it. Mr. Walcutt made a brief address, which was responded to by Mayor Senter. Then followed Mr. Bancroft's oration, and an historical discourse by Dr. Parsons.
Oliver Hazard Perry, the only surviving son of the commodore, addressed the people briefly, when the masonic ceremonies of dedication were performed. The proceedings closed with a song, written by E. G. Knowlton, of Cleveland, and sung by Ossian E. Dodge. At the close of the public proceedings the members of the Masonic Order who were present dined together at the Weddell House, H. L. Hosmer, Deputy Grand Master of Ohio, presided. The banqueters were enlivened by toasts and speeches, and the festivities closed with a song written for the occasion by William Ross Wallace, and sung by Ossian E. Dodge, a song of three stanzas, of which the following stirring one is the conclusion:
"Roll, roll, ye waves! eternal roll!