The creation of the modern cemetery and the renovation and reorganization of ancient cemeteries, accompanied as they have been by a decided increase in the cost of burial lots and services connected therewith, have given rise to the question: Do we receive value for the money paid, or do the cemetery authorities, taking advantage of the circumstances, tax us unduly in order to provide the necessary means for the furtherance of their pet schemes?
It always makes a pleasant introduction to see so many visitors and friends having an opportunity to enjoy what Kansas City is decidedly proud of a chance to get out in the woods while still in the city, a chance to get out and see the really great work that Kansas City has authorized.
The chief object in writing this paper is to show as near as possible the true value and character of this association, to the new members and the young men.
I think they should know something of what the old members have gone through with, in order to accomplish our present high standard of proficiency.
Satan is our strongest adversary in every walk of life and the cemetery is no exception to the rule.
I wish to review for a moment a bit of the history of this great institution called a cemetery. Cemeteries are old. The beginning of civilization saw cemeteries. We see individuals and we wonder what is behind them. We wonder what may be their background. We see institutions and we also wonder what is behind them. We wonder what may be their background. As Bryan once said, he was interested to know the background of the human race, but he was more interested in knowing what might be its future.
Not wishing to disappoint the program committee, I will, therefore, submit my thoughts to you in the form of a paper to be read by one who I am sure can visualize the picture I wish to portray, I confess the subject is rather unique. It differs from the subject matter submitted in papers written to enlighten us on the problems that come to all of us in our daily routine of every day life, no matter what our environments may be.