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40 > Page 40 of Addresses delivered at the Grand annual communication of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky : held at the Masonic Temple in the city of Louisville, October 18th, A.D. 1869, A.L. 5869 / Elisha S. Fitch.

ADDRESS OF PAST GRAND MASTER whom all created intelligences, from the lowest even unto the highest,-should reverently bow and in humility adore. It was the remark of one of our own distinguished statesmen that offices of high public trust ivere like the tops or the pyramids, which might be reached by the serpent as well as by the eagle; but it occurs to Die that without either the soaring nature of the eagle or the crawling aptitude of the serpent, the most insignificant gossamer may be wafted by a propitious gale to the very apex of Cheops. So the humblest man, although destitute- of the inspiration of genius or the arts of subtlety, may be sometimes ele- vated by the force of extraneous influences to the highest official station; and thus, brethren. have I attained an eminence, otherwise inaccessible, by means only of the strong scaffolding provided for me by the generous hands of the Masonic Craft in Kentucky. In retiring from this exalted station I shall carry with me an affectionater remembrance of this devoted friend,3hip which will thrill my heart with purest transports of joy until its throbbings are lorever checked and chilled by the icy hand of death. MY Masonic career seems to have been but one continuous-series bf Ma- sonic honors at the handis of the devoted Brotherhool or Kentucky; and, although repeatedly honored by your confidence and trust, permit mie to say that I still treasure, as the rich legacy of the loved one gone, the kind words of cheer which first saluted my ears from the lips of an old officer of this Grand Lodge. And although many years have since intervened, and those lips have long been mute in death, I still remember well the musical-and encouraging tone in which those words of cheer were then pronounced. They were the utterances of him whom all d'd reverence and love, while in our midst, with an ardor well-nigh bordering on idolatry, and whose mem- ory still towers up with moral grandeur in the ranks of our Past Grand Masters, not only as the model Mason, but also as the model man-the em- bodiment of a'l the graces and amenitieswhich adorn our humanity-a column of wisdom, strength atd beauty in our Mystic Temple ! I need na say that I allude to the venerable, the virtuous, the gentle and the benig- Dant, the gifted and the good, the heavenly minded and pure-bearted Wina gate I These words of sympathy and encouragement were spoken on the eve ot my departure from the first Communication of this Grand Body I ever at. tended. Forcibly impressed, as were all the younger representatives, with the bland dignity and unaffected simplicity of his character, I approached to take leave of himn as a child would of his father (and who that ever sat with him in this Grand Body did not wish to bid him "good-by" when they left) and, grasping my hand with much cordiality, "My son," said lie, "I hope you will return again; this Grand Lodge may some day have use for you." These words sank deep into n.y soul as the kind utterances of a great 40