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6 > Image 6 of The State College cadet, vol. 8 no. 4, January 1898

Part of The State College cadet

sz THE CADET. . ` ~WEl.CDME ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT PATTERSON. i ._ (Delivered at the dedication ofthe New Natural Science Building.) Under existing conditions you will expect but little from me on this occasion. I congratulate you upon the circumstances.which have brought you hither. The im- i portance of epoch-making events is seldom apprehended i in their fullness until longafter the proximate causes which . brought, them into being have become historic. = \Vhen the Barons extorted Magiia Charta from King , john upon the field of Runnyrnede, who could have im- ' y agined that within the seals and emblazoned devices which encircled the scroll on which their asserted franchises were inscribed lay, in embryo, the undeveloped liberties of the English-speaking race throughout the world? Vi/'hen New- { ton took note of the commonplace incident which had oc- curred unheeded to thousands before, who could have pre- ` ~ dicted that from this tritling event should be deduced the . most profound and far-reaching of all physical laws, the law that brings all the phenomena of the material universe into an indivisible unity, "That very law which moulds a tear ` And bids it trickle from its source; That law preserves the earth a sphere, And guides the planets in their course." \Vhen Franklin caught in his kite the lightning from the clouds, who then could have seen in his simple expe- ment the beginning of the mighty power which bids fair to revolutionize the industries and the commerce of the world. E _ NEW ERA oPEN1NG. So, we today, proliting by the experience of the past, may readily conceive that we stand upon the threshhold y of a` new era of scientific development and progress in I 4 in Kentucky. Her earlier colleges and universities took l little note of scientific investigation. The humanities and