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Upon the withdrawal of these Forces and my return to the United States, I am forwarding to you, under separate cover, my file of publications of the Third Army and the American Forces in Germany, as I believe you may be able to obtain some valuable information from the same in compiling your history for the period covered by these orders.

These documents give in detail the history of this branch of the army service. They constitute the fundamental material from which must be written the record of service of the Third Army and the American Army of Occupation in Germany. The thanks of the Society are due to Sergeant Reese, whose home address is Seville, Ohio.


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Since the founding of our government six Presidents of the United States have died in office. Three of these were native sons of Ohio, and one, William Henry Harrison, when elected to that high office was and for twenty-six years had been a citizen of this state.

Three of the six fell at the hands of assassins, and two of these, Garfield and McKinley, were Ohioans. The passing of all these was attended with widespread and sincere expressions of sorrow, mingled in the case of Lincoln and Garfield and McKinley, with horror at the awful deed that thrust these tried and cherished leaders of the Republic “from the full tide of this world's interest, from its hopes, its aspirations and victories,” into eternity.

And in simple truth it may be said that on no previous similar occasion were the hearts of the Nation more generally touched than at the announcement of the death of President Warren G. Harding.

His was a kindly nature with sympathies that reached to all classes and conditions of men. With his genial personality he united unwavering devotion to principle, tireless patience, constancy of purpose and executive ability that peculiarly fitted him for the high office to which he was called by an overwhelming majority of his countrymen. One editor pays tribute to his "iron hand that wore ever a velvet glove." Behind

the smile that was native to his face could be seen the intimation of a will which, when the rare occasion required, was as unyielding as adamant.

Most of the Presidents of the United States began life with humble surroundings. The eloquent Garfield in his tribute to Abraham Lincoln one year after the death of the great Emancipator quoted from Tennyson the lines that were in time to apply peculiarly to himself - lines which trace the upward steps of

Some divinely gifted man,

Whose life in low estate began
And on a simple village green;

Who breaks his birth's invidious bar,

And grasps the skirts of happy chance,

And breasts the blows of circumstance,
And grapples with his evil star;

Who makes by force his merit known

And lives to clutch the golden keys,

To mould a mighty State's decrees,
And shape the whisper of the throne;

And, moving up from high to higher,

Becomes on Fortune's crowning slope

The pillar of a people's hope,
The centre of a world's desire.

Some of our Presidents began life on "a simple village green" and a number of them on the quiet farm,

Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife.

From the establishment of our government under the constitution, from Washington to McKinley, not one of them was born in the city. Assuredly America has been another word for opportunity. “The heights by great

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