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of the long corridor leading to the theatre.
The guests assembled in their special apartments on the fourth and fifth floors. There they enjoyed a short social and rest before the hour for the luncheon arrived. At the proper time the guests marched by twos to the banquet room. When they stepped into the gilded hall a brilliant spectacle flashed upon them.
A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE.
The atmosphere was redolent with fragrance distilled by the beds of flowers that adorned the table. The board was in the shape of a “T." At each end of he cross was placed a basket of Pents fours, wreathed in smilax. Between these baskets was bank of flowers, four by two feet, decorated with lilacs, "la France," and "Pearl des Jardins " roses. The ground work was of ferns, above which for four inches was a mass of white pinks, in which were placed forty-two stars, representing the States. This emblem was directly in front of where the President was to sit and was the most elaborate design on the table. A beautiful piece of fruit upon a Sevres stand; another embankment of flowers; a Piece Monte de Nougat; and a basket of Petits fours were also among the floral designs.
All the designs were joined by a double rope of smilax, recrossing with geraniums, roses and lilies intertwined.
A very conspicious decoration was a large crayon portrait of President Har
rison on an easel. The frame was gilded and draped with flags and bunting. Over each corner swung a wreath of flowers. The picture is to be sent to President Harrison after he returns to Washington.
THE SEATING ARRANGEMENTS.
The head of the table was placed at the cross section. Senator Teller presided. On his right sat President Harrison, at his left Governor Routt. Mayor Rogers sat next to the governor and Senator Wolcott next to the President. Opposite each other, at the ends of the cross piece, sat Chief Justice Helm on the left and Judge Hallett on the right. There were thirty-eight covers in all, and the others who sat down to luncheon were:
Ex-Governor Evans, Russell B. Harsison, W. H. Griffith, Mr. Clark, Congressman Townsend Judge Richmond, Mr. Tibbotts, E. R. Collins, General Boyd, Mr. De Long, C. B. Kountze, Major Sanger, C. S. Thomas, Mr. Harrison, ex-Senator Hill, W. H. Bush, General Wanamaker, Governor Grant, Mr. Thatcher, Mr. Oulahan, Mr. Montgomery, Mr. Burr, Fred Meredith, Mr. Austin, Mr. Saunders, ex-Senator Tabor Marshall Ransdell, Judge Symes, Secretary Rusk, General Hamill, Judge Decker.
Responding to the usual toast offered by Colonel Bush, the President said:
Gentlemen, I cannot fail to respond to the compliment of this toast, and while you will not expect a speech at any length, I should be unkind to you
and more unkind to myself if I did not make some acknowledgment for the very pleasant and gracious hospitality which Denver has extended to Our party to-day. This visit has equalled anything we have had for pleasantness, for perfection of arrangements, for cordiality, and for all that makes a visit like ours pleasant. Denver has given us the climax of our enjoyment. [Applause.] It has been a source of great instruction and knowledge to us as we have ridden about your streets to-day to take note of those things that enter into the making of this one of the most beautiful, as it is one of the most recent and marvelous development of our American civilization. [Applause.] I am very apt to judge a city by its homes; not so much its great business structures, or the buildings devoted to manufacture, or its being a smoky centre, as the homes in which the people live It influences me here to say that in my travels, which have been very extended, embracing all the States of this Union except two, I have never seen in a city of the population of Denver so many attractive, pleasant and elegant homes as I have seen
here. [Applause.] I am sure that when you will have worked out those silver mines and the commoner things of life, the sandstones, the granites and the iron mountains have been brought into use, you have that which will last you for an indefinite time and add to the prosperity and beauty of your city and an attractiveness which will even exceed the beauty of the mountain tops and the salubrity of your atmosphere. I have great pleasure in testifying to the satisfaction which we have all had in spending these few days in this Centennial State. As I shall hope at some future time to come again and under circumstances which will enable me to become better acquainted with many of you, and become more acquainted with your city, I can only now bid you good-bye and thank you for your hospitality. [Applause.]
The citizens of Denver and of the State at large, have reason for taking pride in the remark made by one of the party, growing out of the President's compliments, "That Denver is the Washington City of the west." HENRY DUDLEY Teetor.
THE BENCH AND BAR OF CHICAGO.
GEORGE W. KRETZINGER.
GEORGE W. KRETZINGER belongs to the younger class of lawyers who have achieved distinction since the war, and who are now approaching the meridian of their intellectual vigor and professional activity. Like many others of this class, he has been the architect of his own fortune, and his success in life is due to his own earnest and well directed efforts.
Mr. Kretzinger's ancestors came from Germany, where his grandfather was born, grew to manhood, and whence, early in the present century, he removed to Virginia. Isaac Kretzinger, the father of George, was reared in Virginia, where, after obtaining a limited education, he became a tanner's apprentice. While so engaged he was ordered by his employer to flog a slave who had been guilty of some trivial offense. This the young apprentice indignantly refused to do, and an altercation ensued, and in selfdefense he was compelled to administer severe punishment to the slaveholder. This practical manifestation of hostility to human slavery made it necessary for him to emigrate without
unnecessary delay, and thus he became a citizen of Ohio. A man of strong religious convictions, he soon joined the United Brethren, and became a minister of that church. The Rev. Isaac Kretzinger was a man of great mental power, a natural logician, and a strong antagonist in debate. He was one of the first clergymen in the state of Ohio who openly advocated the abolition of slavery. Being a natural orator, and controlling his audience with almost magnetic force, he soon became prominent among the ministers of his denomination. Shortly after entering the ministry he married Eliza Oglesby. She was a woman of rare and rich qualities of mind and heart. While she contributed much to the success of her husband in his chosen vocation, she contributed more to the mental powers and moral training of her children.
George W. Kretzinger was born near Portsmouth, Ohio, August 11th, 1846. When he was eight years of age his father removed to Illinois and purchased a farm in Hancock County near Carthage. It was then his in
task of exterminating the lawless and murderous guerillas which infested that state. While at Independence, Mr. Kretzinger was captured by the Confederates, but soon after was paroled and exchanged and transferred to an infantry regiment in the army of the Potomac. After serving more than three years he was mustered out in the fall of 1864. During his army life he was distinguished for deeds of daring and bravery. Impulsive and full of enthusiasm he was a stranger to fear, and in the line of a soldier's duty courted rather than shunned danger. Often acting as a scout under perilous circumstances he became distinguished for coolness, bravery and bravery and fertility of resources. While engaged in foraging, in which he was an expert, he confiscated not only food and supplies for the army, but such books as fell in his way, and with these he satisfied his craving for knowledge. Immediately after his discharge from the military service he entered upon his collegiate course. His extraordinary capacity for hard work and the close application in the acquisition of accurate knowledge enabled him to pass the requisite examination and complete the college course in much less than the time usually required.
Upon leaving college in 1867, he went to Keokuk, Iowa, and for two years taught a classical school, and at the same time read law with the Hon. George W. McCrary, afterwards member of Congress, Secretary of War
tention to retire from the ministry, but at the annual conference of his church he was honored with an appointment as Presiding Elder to what was known as the Astoria District, and did not feel at liberty to decline the position. His duties as Presiding Elder kept him away from home much of the time, and the management of the Jarm fell upon his sons. At a very early age George engaged actively in labor upon the farm, and the chief responsibility thereof soon rested upon him. Little opportunity, therefore, was afforded for attending school in his early boyhood, but he was fond of books and study, and employed all his leisure in self-education. In this he was greatly assisted by country school teachers, who found in his father's house a cordial welcome and an excellent home. Fortunately, one of the teachers was a student in college, and thus George was able to commence the study of Greek and Latin. His industry and thirst for knowledge were so great, that in spite of all the disadvantages under which he labored, he was nearly prepared to enter college at the breaking out of the war. His patriotic ardor was stronger than his desire for learning or his ambition to excel in intellectual pursuits, and on the 22nd day of June, 1861, while less than fifteen years of age, he enlisted in the famous Black Hawk Cavalry. The regiment shortly went into service at Macon City, Missouri, and was for a considerable time engaged in the perilous
under President Hayes, and Judge of Iowa Railway Company, and the
Chicago, Pekin & Southwestern Railroad Company. These roads soon afterwards became involved in serious litigation, and Mr. Kretzinger found himself pitted against the ablest and most experienced corporation lawyers at the Chicago bar, and the remarkable ability he displayed won for him their admiration and respect. For the last fifteen years he has been connected with much of the important corporate litigation in Chicago, and has also conducted many important mining, insurance and other corporation cases in Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Nebraska and Arkansas. He is now associated in business with a younger brother, J. T. Kretzinger, a lawyer of excellent standing and ability. To his other duties have been recently added the important responsibility of General Counsel of the Chicago, Louisville & New Albany Railway Company. Mr. Kretzinger is one of the busiest, most active and most eminent members of the Western bar. He has carried with him into his professional career all the industry, perseverance, pluck and energy which characterized him in his early boyhood, and all the enthusiasm and daring which characterized him as a soldier. He possesses a capacity for prolonged mental and physicial activ ity rarely equalled among professional men. He has acquired a thorough knowledge of the great underlying principles of the law, comprehends almost intuitively the facts of a complicated case, and analyzes legal
the United States Circuit Court. He completed his law studies in the office of Hon. Henry Strong of Keokuk, one of the leading corporation lawyers of the West, and was admitted to the bar 1869. So marked was his ability that Mr. Strong immediately offered him at position in his office, which he accepted. Finding, however, that his duties there were limited to the preparation of briefs and cases, and afforded no opportunity to engage in the active trial of causes in court, he soon withdrew from this employment. His ambition was to become a successful trial lawyer and not a mere adjutant of more experienced practitioners. He therefore decided to remove to Knoxville, Illinois, and form a partnership with Judge R. L. Hannaman, a man of eminence and large experience at the bar. For five years he there pursued the practice of the law with all the zeal, energy and enthusiasm of his nature. During the recesses of court he pursued his studies with assiduity, and thoroughly mastered the principles of the law and familiarized himself with the decisions of the courts. Thus equipped for his life's work he removed to Chicago, where a broader field and more flattering inducements are offered to men of experience and ability. Here he entered upon the general practice of the law, but directed his attention more especially to the law of corporations, in which he was thoroughly versed. He soon became the general solicitor of the Chicago &