Brothers: For such I must call you after fifteen years' constant association with the majority of you, living as we were in one home, the various quarters of the Department--permit me to say that words cannot express my appreciation of the kindly feelings displayed.
The beautiful testimonial and living cup will always be cherished and prized as a material symbol of your friendship but the thoughts and intentions conveyed by such a presentation are more greatly prized.
Should it ever be my good fortune to again become connected with the Department as a member or official, I will bear in mind the charity and brotherly love which actuated this action on your part.
Wishing for you all prosperity, happiness and peace as well as safety in the dangerous pursuit in which you are engaged, is my sincere wish.
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