Ladies and Gentlemen: You have responded so generally to the call for this meeting, that I am encouraged to hope its object is popularly appreciated and will be generously sustained by your influence and money.

The circumstances which led to this movement in favor of establishing a village park, in the enjoyment of which all may participate, are these. The village, now five years old, was laid out with an eye only to the conveniences of daily life, having facilities for such domestic business in groceries, stores and shops of various kinds, as the present wants of the citizens demanded. At that time no thought of future improvement was practically cherished, and as a consequence the omission of a park from the village plat was not especially considered important. Now, however, we begin to feel the necessity of having a place suitable for village gatherings, holiday celebrations and general enjoyment, under the blue skies and in the open air, apart from the business centre of the village. At an opportune moment Mr. Blank offers to sell us fifteen acres of excellent land on the borders of the village, convenient of access, and every way suitable for the purposes of a park. His price is forty dollars an acre, or $600 for the lot, with its beautiful shade-trees and a living spring of water. To improve this park, and make it an agreeable resort for young and old, will require $1,000. As the years go by, more and better improvements will be needed, but for the present this sum will be sufficient to put it in excellent order, clearing up the underbrush, destroying unsightly weeds and stumps, plowing, grass-seeding and flower-planting. For myself, I would recommend that it never be fenced; but others will say, how shall we keep the cattle out of it? Gentlemen, common law does not require a man to fence his land to keep off intruders; it simply makes the intruder responsible for all damages done to property on another's land. If any one has a cow, or a horse, or sheep, he must provide proper pasture for his animal within an inclosure, or be held responsible for the ravages it commits. It is cheaper to hire cows pastured than to suffer them to run at large, if bills of damages are taken into the account. Let the village authorities regulate this matter, promptly and stringently, and every man of the village may remove his front and his line fences, and feel perfectly safe from the incursions of intruding bovines.