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and the visitors were shown over the entire
The' accommodating Oak Cliff railway
management placed an extra train at the disposal
of the visitors without cost.
ADDRESS OF MAYOR F. N. OLIVER.
Friends of Dallas and OQak CliUf:
It affords me boundless pleasure to see and
meet so many of you on this auspicious occasion.
It confirms the long cherished hope
that there is a feeling here that the time has
come when we should educate our daughters
at home; that by founding first-class institutions
of learning it will enable a great
many of our citizens of Texas to educate
their daughters who could not send them to
distant colleges. There is no reason why we
should not have better colleges in Texas than
in Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, or any
other State. Virginia stands in American
history as the model of intellectual prowess
and civil government. What did it? Echo
rolls back the answer: Her colleges, her uni-.
verities! What gives'Virginia the golden
title of " the mother of statesmen," of great
and scholarly women? Echo rolls down the
pages of history both in peace and .war, the
answer: The charitable and grand character of
her people in founding and maintaining her
own institutions of learning.
Proper education of woman is the safeguard
of nations, and the guiding star of our
best civilization. We possess nothing of
virtue that does not owe its character to
woman. To her education is what the sun
is to nature-life, development, the communication
of knowledge, the discipline of
the intellect, the establishment of principle,
the enthronement of character, and the regulation
of the heart. Upon her development
of mind and heart, the wisdom and charity
of mankind should forever dwell.
Dallas, the metropolis of Texas and the
Southwest, has given her attention in the past
chiefly to business, and I feel duty bound to
say that we can increase her great business
and financial importance by making her the
seat of learning of Texas and the Southwest.
Boston is recognized as one of the largest
financial, commercial and manufacturing
cities of the world, and at the same time it
is admitted to be the seat of learning and
culture of the United States. In this respect
she gets her reputation from her neighboring
residence city of colleges, Cambridge-the
home of the immortal Longfellow, Holmes,
and others sacred in history and song.
The good people of our little city, Oak
Cliff, desire to join hands with its great commercial
neighbor in the building of institutions
of learning in our midst. One great
college should do well at Oak Cliff; yes, five
well appointed colleges should do well, and
there is no reason why we should not have
them. They are the power and ballast of all
that are good.
Texas is estimated to have about 100,000
girls between the ages of fourteen and twenty
years. One thousand of these girls should
be educated here, each year, at five colleges,
with 200 in each college. We hope to open
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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/m1/331/: accessed March 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.