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L       on to the accomplishment of our great and noble mission.  
y       Even the poor Indian, with his untutored mind, was  
        not without his goal. l  
g     He believed that beyond the most distant mountain  
E     there was a wide river; beyond that river a great coun-  
E {    try; beyond that country a world of water diversified  
~       with islands, streams and trees, where the deer grazed on  
A   p     the mountain side, or ruminated the low, receding val·  
-       leys, and that the "Great Spirit" would conduct him to  
p g     H that happy hunting ground.  
AQ   A     We who a1·e about to quit these walks to continue the  
.     great task which here has but begun, do DOD BHUGY l3l1B  
AA     contest as pioneers, and our forthcoming years are to be-  
‘       more fruitful than our past, which is but our inheritance.  
i       Could we but look back upon the plains of the de-  
4      parted, then would we appreciate the grandeur of our  
; Ei S own age.  
,     f Primitive man had but few incentives to lead him gy.
    t from out the darkness of his surroundings to that emi—  
_ Q   , nence where he could transcend the dim horizon of  
. K Q j primeval times and gaze upon that fair land of science,  
» Q   r literature and art.  
E $$3 For generations, mountains, streams and seas were  
2   2 fortresses behind which the savage and the civilized en-  
, _. Q2- trenched themselves against their foe. But man has  
— = _ j tunneled the mountains, bridged the streams and tamed  
; the seas. The lightning that once played listlessly in  
cl the skies has been captured and adapted to the use of if
A   Man has converted the darkness of night into the  
, ;§j brilliancy of day.  
A   Man has opened to our view the regions of limitless  
    . space and revealed that which the imagination of inspired  
1   poets couldznot attain.; Man has lived to see his fellow- .