EX-GOVERNOR SEYMOUR TO THE EXEMPT FIREMEN.
Ex-Governor Horatio Seymour, of New York, attended a meeting of the Society of Firemen at Utica recently, and in the course of a short speech said:
“I never had a great opinion of speech-making Firemen. They are not as well fitted for words as they are for deeds and works. Some time ago I was able to send to your association my certificate as Fireman, that dates back a great many years—I don’t like to tell how many in the presence of the ladies. I was then asked to visit you here, and gladly accepted the invitation. At a very early day most of the city’s members were Firemen. Among them were some who have been prominent in the history of the State and country. I remember with pleasure that there is no more honorable service for old or young than in helping those in danger or suffering. I don’t know of any more important or honorable service. I am afraid if 1 keepon 1 shall fad into a speech. I 1 an only congratulate you on having had a pleasant day under God’s open sky. We are a great deal better in this rerespect than we used to be, and I believe in this method of enjoyment. It brings our young folks together under healthful and joyful influences. I congratulate you, Firemen, and more particularly those dangerous ladies who kindle fires with their bright eyes which nothing can put out.”