The Edward T. LeBlanc Memorial Dime Novel Bibliography

Item - America's Funeral Hymn for Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, the Great Railroad King

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Online Full Text: Northern Illinois University
Series: New York Weekly v. 32 no. 14 — page 8
Subjects / Tags: Poem
Part of: New York Weekly, v. XXXII, no. 14, February 19, 1877 (Issue)
Author: Wallace, William Ross, 1819-1881
Date: February 19, 1877
Edition Description:

When Commodore Vanderbilt's steamship Vanderbilt some years ago beat the steam power of Europe, Mr. Wallace celebrated the grand and first New World steam triumph in a stirring lyric. When the Vanderbilt Bronze was unvailed, he followed Mayor Hall's splendid oration by a glowing ode; and lately had published an American steamship and railroad edition, dedicated to Commodore Vanderbilt, of his great design of his Washington Monument, which eminent critics have called "The most glorious monumental design in the world. Expressed in marble it would be the chief ornament of any city." And now, as a fitting culmination in honor of the mighty American worker, the poet contributes to his memory a powerful and exhaustive national lyric, worthy of the author of "The Sword of Bunker Hill," and one placed by Poe and other leading critics, "in the front rank of modern poets." - Ed

1. The Vanderbilt University, that cost $1,000,000

2. William H. Vanderbilt, long vice=president, under his father as president, of the N. Y. Central and Hudson River Railroad.

3. The Commodore gave his great steamship, Vanderbilt, worth $1,000,000, to the American nation, when fighting to preserve the Union.

4. "Never did he in one single instance—never did he for one single instant, doubt that this, (the Bible) was the Word of God, and the rule of faith and practice"—Rev. Dr. Deems, in his remarks at the obsequies in the Church of the Strangers, presented to the Doctor some time ago by the Commodore.

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