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Reports of Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Session

Excerpt from Reports of Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Session: The American Mining Congress Half a million South Dakotans would greet you and welcome you and will follow your deliberations with great interest and enthusiasm. The problems which you will consider are problems of tremendous importance to this young state. While South Dakota is best known as one of the great agricultural states, our vast mineral resources challenge our most careful consideration. We have within our state not only the largest gold mine in the world, but what is believed to be the richest one hundred square miles upon the globe, our mining experts will tell you we have mountains of precious metals; our regents of education will say to you we have the best School of Mines evolving the best methods for securing these metals; and I know we have men with the best mind and muscle to do the work. Since the 26th day of July 1874, when H. N. Rose washed the first gold from French Creek, about one hundred and twenty-five million dollars of gold have been taken from South Dakota mines. While we are contributing our full share towards the world's supply of the precious metals our immense mining enterprises are in their infancy, with hundreds of mines awaiting development. The industry which you represent is most intimately connected with the business life of the country. The output of the mines supplies the vital spark - the energy of commerce. Close every mine and you would shake to its foundations every industry in the country. We all rejoice over the prevailing universal prosperity. I am proud of the fact that I can welcome you to a people who are superlatively prosperous, contented and happy; where the spirit of success dominates the commercial and industrial atmosphere; where everybody has surrendered to the magnificent energy which is building a new and splendid empire. I welcome you to a people who for six years have produced more wealth per capita than any other state in the Union; to a state famous for the large number according to population, of newspapers, churches, colleges and school houses; to a state absolutely free from conflict between labor and capital; to a state settled largely by the children of the pioneers who were the empire builders of the Great West - children who from infancy were taught the lessons of vigorous manhood; a people who adopted as their state motto: "Under God the People Rule," and who, as, individuals and communities, with reverence for all law, human and divine, are living up to their high standards of right. I have no apologies to make for this young commonwealth. A few years ago, in the midst of universal distress, when financial ruin was prancing up and down Wall Street, when civilization seemed to have entered upon an epoch of unrest, our people were fearlessly facing serious problems and thinking and struggling - perhaps not always wisely but always with the conviction of honest, men. Triumphantly the people shook off the burden of despair. Ten years ago the real value of all property within the state was less than one hundred million dollars; today it is one thousand million! Today every South Dakotan is proud of his state and with joy and devotion ready to join the grand chorus of thanksgiving and praise: "I love ev'ry inch of her prairie land, Every stone on her mountain side, I love every drop of her water clearThat flows in her rivers wide.I love ev'ry tree, ev'ry blade of grassWithin Columbia's gates.The queen of the earth is the land of my birth, My own United States." Members of the American Mining Congress! I welcome you to a state that feels honored by your presence. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com
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