Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 270 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
revenue she then sent away for these articles
she now keeps at home. What surpassing
glory and prosperity may not be justified
from this formula? The incoming tide has
just begun to rise.
Every train brings manufacturers from
East and West seeking to establish themselves
or their sons near the raw material and in
this growing market. Let the fullness of
this tide roll in. We shall not exhaust our
materials nor shall we glut our markets.
When the growing demand of our Southern
market, feeding on its own growth, is met
we shall find new markets for the South.
Under our new conditions many indirect ways
of commerce shall be straightened. We buy
from Brazil $50,000,000 worth of products,
and sell her $8,000,000. England buys only
$29,000,000 and sells her $35,000,000. Of
$65,000,000 in cotton goods bought by Central
and South America over $50,000,000
went to England. Of $331,000,000 sent
abroad by the southern half of our hemisphere
England secured over half, although
we buy from that section nearly twice as
much as England buys. Our neighbors to
the south need nearly every article we make.
We need nearly everything they produce.
Less than 2,500 miles of road must be built
to bind by rail the two American continents.
When this is done, and even before, we shall
find exhaustless markets to the south. Texas,
shall command. as she stands in the van of
this new movement, its richest rewards.
(Applause.) The South, under the rapid
diversification of crops and diversification of
industries, is thrilling with new life. As
this new prosperity comes to us it brings no
sweeter thought to me and to you, my countrymen,
I am sure, than that it adds not only to
the comfort and happiness of our neighbors,
but that it makes broader the glory, and
deeper the majesty, and more enduring the
strength of the Union which reigns supreme
in our hearts. In this Republic of ours is
lodged the hope of free government on earth.
Here God has rested the ark of his covenant
with the sons of men. Let us-once estranged
and thereby closer bound-let us soar above
all provincial pride and find our deeper inspiration
in gathering the fullest sheaves into
the harvest and standing stanchest and most
devoted of its sons as it lights the path and
makes clear the way through which all the
people of this earth shall come in God's appointed
I have a few words for the young men of
Texas. lam glad that I can speak to them.
All men, and especially young men, look
back for their inspiration to what is best in
their traditions. Thermopyle cast Spartan
sentiment in heroic mould and sustained
Spartan arms for more than a century.
Thermopylae had survivors to tell the story
of its defeat. The Alamo had none. Though
voiceless, it shall speak. , From its dumb
walls Liberty cried out to Texas, as God
called from the cloud unto Moses. Bowie
and Fannin, though dead, -still live! Their
voices rang abave the din of Goliad and the
glory of San Jacinto, and they marched with
the Texas veterans who rejoiced at the birth
of Texas independence. It is the spirit of
the Alamo that moved above the Texas soldiers
as they charged like demigods through
a thousand battlefields; and it is the spirit of
the Alamo that whispers from their graves,
held in every State of the Union, ennobling
with their dust the soil that was crimsoned
with their blood. In the spirit of this inspiration,
and in the thrill of the amazing growth
that surrounds you, my young friends, it will
be strange if the young men of Texas do
not carry the Lone Star into the heart of the
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/270/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.