Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 266 of 1,110
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
fiber has increased its product nearly threefold,
while it has seen the product of its
rival decrease one-third. It has enlarged its
dominion in the old centers of population,
supplanting flax and wool, and it peeps from
the satchel of every business and religious
evangelist that trots the globe. In three
years the American crop has increased 1,400000
bales, and yet there is less cotton in the
world to-day than at any time for twenty
years. (Loud applause.)
The dominion of our king is established.
This princely revenue is assured. not for a
year, but for all the time. It is the heritage
that God gave us when he arched our skies,
established our mountains, girt us about with
the ocean, tempered the sunshine and measured
the rain,-ours, and our children's forever.
Not alone in cotton, but also in iron does the
South excel. The HIon. ex-Judge Norton, who
honors this platform with his presence, once
said to me: "A An Englishman of the highest
character predicted that the Atlantic will be
whitened within our lives with sails carrying
American iron and coal to England." When
he made that prediction the English miners
were exhausting the coal in long
tunnels, above which the ocean thundered.
Having ores and coal stored in exhaustless
quantity, in such richness and adjustment
that iron can be made, and manufacturing
done, cheaper than elsewhere on this continent,
is to now command and at last control
the world's market for iron. The South now
sells iron through Pittsburg in New York.
She has driven Scotch iron first from the interior
and finally from American ports.
Within our lives she will cross the Atlantic
and fulfill the Englishman's prophecy. In
1880 the South made 212,000 tons of iron;
in 1887, 845,000 tons. She is now actually
building, or has finished this year, furnaces
that will produce more than her entire product
last year. Birmingham alone will produce
more iron in 1889than the entire South
produced in 1887. Our coal supply is exhaustless,
Texas alone having 6,000 square
miles. In marble and granite we have no
rivals as to quantity or quality. In lumber
our riches are even vaster. More than 50
per cent. of our entire area is in forests, making
the South the best timbered region of the
world. We have enough merchantable yellow
pine to bring in money $2,500,000,000, a
sum the vastness of which can only be understood
when I say it nearly equals the assessed
value of the entire South, including cities,
forests, farms, mines and personal property of
every description whatsoever. Back of this
our forests of hard woods and measureless
swamps of cypress gum. Think of it. In
cotton a monopoly. In iron and coal establishing
swift mastery. In granite and
marble developing equal advantage and resources.
In yellow pine and hard woods the
world's treasury. Surely the basis of the
South's wealth and power is laid by the hand
of the Almiglty God, and its prosperity has
been established by divine law, which works
in eternal justice, and not through human
statutes which levies taxes from its neighbors
for its own protection. Paying tribute for
fifty years that under artificial conditions
other sections might reach a prosperity, impossible
under natural laws, it has grown
apace. Its growth shall endure, if its people
are ruled by two maxims that reach (leeper
than legislative enactment, and the operation
of which cannot be limited by artificial restraint,
and but little hastened by artificial
First, no one crop will make a people prosperous.
If cotton held its monopoly under
Here’s what’s next.
This book can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Book.
Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/266/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.