William A. Ketcham
j THE .OLD SOLDIERS. 'ttif National Enciuapment of IB* 1J. A; It Formally Oprord »t IndUn»pnll< - Ez- Frmldcnt HarrUon'i Artdr*»- ' ISDiAXAroLis, Ind., «ept 5.—Thanks to the weather and the successful carrying carrying out of the admirable arrangements arrangements perfected by the local commit tees, the twentyrMventh national encampment encampment of the G. A. It. opened most auspiciously. So far as the number of visitors from outside points is concerned, concerned, the success "of the encampment is already assured. All day long fhe railroads poured a stream of people into the Hoosler capital, and some- where in the neighborhood of fiO.OOO people must have been turned loose into the streets of Indianapolis. Almost on tho very spot in Military park where, thirty-one years ago, the citizens presented to CoL Harrison and his newly organized Seventieth reyiment of volunteers the standards of Indiana and the United States to carry before them to tho war, tho ex-president ex-president yesterday afternoon dedicated Camp Wirfler, the name bestowed upon some ,"00 tents in which reunions of regiments and old soldiers' societies will bo% full blast for the remainder of the week. About 3,000 people participated participated iu the exercises, which included included addresses by W. A. Ketcham, fieti. li. T. Wilder, for whom the camp is named, nnd (!en. Harrison; patriotic' music by the band and the raising of the sturH and stripes to tho top of a towering pole. \Vhert the ex-president was introduced introduced ho was greeted with & volley of cheers Unit was thrice repeated. He apologized to his fellow-citizens for having remained so long nt the seashore, seashore, while they were working hard for the success of the encampment; admitted admitted that ho felt in some degree "a shirk;" indulged in some interesting reminiscences regarding tho'park and surrounding neighborhood in the days of the war, utid eulogized the bravery und devotion to country of the Indiana troops.