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thorny crown of martyrs are washed and swept by the same ceaseless tides.
The miracle of birth and the mystery of death remain the unsolved problems of all time. The shepherd who 3,000 years ago upon the plains of Syria observed the procession of the planets and contemplated the decrees of fate was as wise perhaps as is the wisest of today. He only knew that, standing here upon the bank of time, his straining eyes could not glimpse even the shadowy outline of a farther shore. He only could behold the white sails of receding fleets ships that sail out but never come again. He only knew that at the grave's dread mouth all men must cast aside alike the burden of their honors and their griefs; that man takes with him only that which he has freely given away, that even death may not despoil him of the riches of service and self-sacrifice.
Some listening to my voice heard these words delivered. Some of those whose memories we honor today were our colleagues then. In the course of inevitable changes I am repeating them today as applicable to our departed brethren of the year as they were to the former Speaker of this House in whose memory they were first uttered.
The years are forming and disappearing; they are woven and unraveled; time is speeding on. Let the chaff and the evil part of this life pass with them; let us expel from our lives all sordid aims and purposes; bring them together with all jealousies and passions and drop them into the gulf of oblivion and turn glad feet unto the way that leads unto permanent happiness and virtue.
Beyond the flood of the years lies the immortal shore. Some hour the mists will lift for us, the clouds will roll away, and the clear summits of the far-off land shall stand clothed with God's own benediction.
Blessed is be whom Thou hast chosen and taken unto Thee, for he shall dwell in Thy courts.
Arthur S. Witcomb, of the United States Marine Rand, rendered as a cornet solo “Lead, Kindly Light."
The Chaplain, Rev. James Shera Montgomery, D.D., pronounced the benediction:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost be with us all evermore. Amen.
Address by Representative Fernandez
Mr. FERNANDEZ. Mr. Speaker and gentlemen of the House, what greater tribute can we pay to our beloved dead than to impose upon our time and to devote these few moments in deep reverence, respect, and memory of our endeared colleagues, and to hope and pray for the repose of their souls, in the name of God?
My association with Hon. BOLIVAR EDWARDS KEMP was not in the least remote. The occasion of our first meeting was, indeed, one that I have always cherished—it was when I was elected to the Constitutional Convention of the State of Louisiana in 1921. Mr. KEMP was at that time a member of the board of supervisors of the Louisiana State University. It was his fine work in connection with educational matters that attracted my attention. We became close and stanch friends, and no occasion had intervened to mar our friendship; therefore our close alliance enduring until his death.
Mr. KEMP rendered a great public service. He was very active in promoting and developing agriculture and truck farming in Louisiana, and, indeed, was devoted ardently to that work and vital matters pertaining to his own congressional district.
Through his service on the board of the Louisiana State University, under Governor Hall in 1910, and through consecutive reappointments under succeeding Governors Pleasant, Parker, and Simpson, he fostered a love among his people that left in his wake a feeling of deep gratitude for the meritorious services he rendered.
Mr. KEMP's first political office was his nomination for Congress to represent the Sixth Louisiana District; and as a