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Is the Tbird Annual Convention of
tbe Ohio Valley
Although the Attendance Is Unexpectedly
Small the
THE third annual convention of
the Ohio VaJley Improvement
Association began yesterday In
this city, and although the
number of delegates Is unexpectedly
small,Hhe enthusiasm of those who are
here makes up for their limited number.
During the addresses of Governor Atkinson
and President Vance at the open- (
Ing business session of the gathering,
held In the Carroll Club auditorium,
sentiments expressed by the speakers In ;
favor of the extensive improvement of !
the river by locks and dams, were frequently
applauded and showed the
spirit of the gathering clearly and unmistakably.
In the course of his annual
report. President Vance paid a deserved
tribute to Congressman Dovener,
of this district, who has been untiring
in the work for river Improvement in
Congress; that the tribute is one of entire
sincerity can be judged when it is
known that Colonel Vance is not only
a Democrat but also edits a Democratic
newspaper, the Bulletin, of Galllpolis.
Only one business session was held,
and It was called to order at noon. The
disappointing feature of the session was
the surprisingly poor showing made by
t>in.t<i?i>k ?? <hlt />nnv<inHnn Snmo
thirty delegates had been named by the
coal exchange and chamber of commerce.
and of these only four or five
hod put In an appearancc, Captain
John F. Dravo, the father of the free
navigation idea on the Monongahela,
and a man who never mlsse6 an opportunity
to put in a good hard lick for
river improvement spoke strongly in
denunciation of the lack of Interest that
seems to have been shown by moat of
the delegates named to represent Pittsburgh.
The feature of the afternoon was the
trolley ride, the delegates being the
guests of Mr. B. W. Peterson, vice president
of the Wheeling Hallway Com- .
pany. The visitors had a comprehensive
insight into the Industrial Impart
ance of the Greater Wheeling after their
trip had concluded. ,
In the evening, the reception to the
visitors, at Wheeling Park, was the attraction
on the programme, and It was
a magnificent success. Some six hundred
persons attended this handsome
function prepared for the entertainment
of the visitors, and on all sides wero
heard expressions of admiration and
appreciation of the kind of hospitality
which Wheeling Invariably extends to
visitors within her gates.
To-day the convention closes, the first
session being called for 9:30 o'clock this
morning, in the Carroll Club auditorium.
Yesterday there was a general
impression that the sessions of the convention
are not open to the public, and
for this reason the attendance of townspeople
was very small. People who are
Interested in the Improvement of the
great Ohio river are cordially invited to
attend the sessions of the convention
this morning and afternoon. At the
afternoon session ofllcers are to be
The Convention Regan at noon?Ad.
drauea and Report* Sladr.
The first business session of the convention
was not called to order until
noon, in the Carroll Club auditorium.
The delegates gathered at 10:30,the hour
announced, but the opening was delayed
in order to await the arrival of the
Pittsburgh delegation. The hall was
handsomely decorated for the occasion;
on the stage were palms in profusion,
also bunting and flags. The gallery and
other parts of the auditorium were also
decorated neatly. Before the convention
got down to work, the credentials
committee reported that only members
of the association would have the
privilege of the floor; or members of
bodies holding memberships.
The following visitors registered before
the session was on:
Cincinnati?J. P. Ellison, sunerlntendent
of the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati
packet line; M. T. Hlssen, R. W. Wise,
H. Klgdon, F. A. Lnldley.
Newport?Dan Lace*'. Paris C.
Covington?R. R. Agnew.
Louisville?I. fl. Relbold, Charles J.
O'Conner, E. OJallettl. L P. Rammer#.
Wheeling?Hon. B. B. Dovener, William
M. List. Hulllhen Quarrler, Joseph
Speidei, B. W. Peterson, O. W. Atkin- ;
son, C. J. Rawllngs, W. P. Hubbard.
Catlettsburg?J. M. Klrker, W, A. I
Evansvllle?Frank Tardy, C. J. Murphy.
Detnrt Fall*?William L. Anderron.
Pittsburgh-Captain James A. Henderson.
president Pittsburgh and Cincinnati
packet line; ?eor?j? II. Anderson.
Captain John H. Dravo.
Marietta?T. D. Dale, A D. Folllct,
Charles Richardson, Oscar II. Lambert.
D. B. Torpy.
Mar tin's Ferry?W, II. Smith, J. ?J.
Cochran. \
Hannibal?Captain Charles Muhleman.
Morgantown?Prof. I. C. Whl*e.
Oalllpolls? President Jonn h. Vance,
Thomas I* Bell.
Bellslre?J. K. Blackburn,
At noon, Capt. Dovener addressed the
meeting. He desired to say that thrsessions
of the convention tip* ojK-n to
thA public. He hoped thlH would be
generally circulated through the rlty.
Proceeding. Captain Dovener g?v? it
short ncoount of the career of th<? association.
telling of the Initial meeting
at Cincinnati in the fall of*K, at which
" ''
were present representatives of mil the
river cltics and tcr.n? In 1W* and 1897
conventions were held In Pittsburgh
and Kvansvllle, respectively. /.Now we
*re In Wheeling, and we hope to ha\f. a
grand convention. Before tne Fiftyfourth
Congress appeared representatlves
of the aaaociation and aa a result
appropriations were made for six dams
on the Monongahela river, brlnolng
slack water navigation to Fairmont.
Six dotna are to be constructed on the
Ohio below Pittsburgh. In addition a
survey of the river below these dams
has been made, and the engineers' report
will lie made In the Fifty-sixth
Congress. To-day a glad welcome will
be extended by the people of Wheeling
iu inc nanociBUon. nie vafiaiii imiu h
Blowing: tribute lo the officers of the association,
Mesjru. Vance and Wilson.
Concluding, tlie speaker presented Governor
Atklnton. who -would formally
welcome the visitor* to the city.
Said Governor Atkinson:
"Mr. President and Fellow CtyEens:?
I feel very much like the late General
N. P. Banks, of Massachusetts, at that
time a member of the Fifty-first Congress,
when a consideration of the
financial affairs of the country was before
a caucus of the political party to
which he belonged. Said he, "Mr.
Chairman, I don't know anything about
the money problem, and I therefore feel
It to be my duty to make a speech upon
the subject." I know very little about
the great undertaking of locking and
damming the Ohio river, and yet I, like
General Ranks, feel like saying a few
words upon the subject
"It has been assigned to me, ray
friends, by the chamber of commerce of
this city, to welcome the members of
this association and' their friends to the
city of Wheeling and the state of West
Virginia. We are rejoiced to have you
anions us. Wheeling is well known all
over this country, and the world, for
that matter, and for a generation or
more she has-been known, not only as a
manufacturing city, but also as a city
nf ontornrlao nttfl tvpnlth. J tint how
name of Wheeling originated none of us
can tell; but oil of u* who reside here
know that she nbver falls to wheel Into
line on every movement which tends to
advance the Interests of all classes and
develop the Intelligence and tHe resources
of our great country. The only
reason, my friends, why we have not
grown into a great city, is because we
had not enough level ground upon
which to build it. For a half century
we have kept In the swim of progress,
and we arc now, only in the dawn of
what we are yet to be.
"Again I say, Mr. President, on behalf
of all our people, I welcome the Ohio
River Improvement Association as distinguished
guests', and I -assure you,
gentlemen, that everything will be done
on the part of our people, to make your
stay pleasant, and, I trust, profitable, as
"Mr. President, we have within West
Virginia five hundred miles or navigable
rivers, nearly two thousand miles
of railroads, and no one can estimate
the extent of our coal and coke and ol!
and gas and timber. It Is the purpose
of your organisation to make the Ohio
river, which washes the border of our
state for three hundred miles, more
navigable and more useful. It is your
aim. as nn organization, by a system
of locks and dams, to make this great
natural artery of commerce a never
failing public highway for heavy
freights. The rivers of the continent
are the natural aiterles through which
the trade of the country is intended to
pass; and It Is therefore the duty of the
people to improve these public highways
lo every way possible, because all
classes of citizens will thereby be benefitted.
I am glad that this association
of enterprising men was formed for the
purpose of interesting the government
of the United States in the Improvement
of this great water-way.
"It is believed.by many, and I am one
of them, that the Ohio valley. In advantages
and possibilities Is the richest
valley on earth. In climate. In location.
In sol). In Iron, in salt, in oil, in gas. in
timber In water-power, in stone, and in
enterprise, education and intelligence, it
cannot ensily be surpassed. To slack the
water of this great river would very
sdftn cause it to be almost a continuous
city of manufactures from Pittsburgh
to Cincinnati; and I hazard nothing
when I sny this will be done before another
exoneration shall 'come and go.
"I find. Mr. President, ^hat the United
States government has appropriated up
to this time, 12.330.000 for the locking
and damming: of the Ohio river. Lock
No. 1. known as "Davis* Island Dam," a
few miles below Pittsburgh, was completed
in 1SS5. Since that time (1.330.00C
has been appropriated by the general
government for the construction o(
locks 2. 3. 4. 5 and 6; which, when completed,
*111 slack the water, from forty
to fifty miles below Pittsburgh. Nc
work has been done upon any of these
locks, except to secure the titles to the
land, except upon lock No. 6. If when
No. 6 Is completed. It would seem to mf
not to be a mistake, but the course ol
wisdom, to locate a dam in the vicinity
of this city, and thus afford a pool foi
the benefit of the manufacturing Interests
of Wheeling and neighboring
towns; and, as a matter of course, work
could be carried along upon the dam*
farther up the river, while the Improvement
Is going on here. Locks 2. 3. 4 and
5 were skipped, and 6 was taken up,
Vrhleh affords a precedent, and It seem?
to me a sensible one. to next begin work
upon a lock at Wheeling. and at th*
same time go on with the lorks laid
out above us. Now that the government
haa token hold of the work of Improving
<hls river In earnest, it should be
pushed along with all possible apeed.
'The tonnage on the Ohio, even In Its
present condition, ia very great. The
lock-tender at the Davla Island dam reported
for 1896. the passage up etream
of 7.886 steamers -and crafts, and down
stream of 12,185, with a total tonnage
of 3.811;759 tons of heavy freights. The
"entire tonnage upon the Ohio river, oxelusive
of rafts and loose freights, foe
th<? fear 1896, amounted to 9.914,425 actual
tons, whilo the passengers carried
by steamboats on the rivor for that
year numbered 1,223.296. The construction
of one dam haa added greatly tc
tho traffic of the river. With twenty or
thirty more of these locks and dama,
the freightage ivould almost double every
year. It Is great now, but-It Is only
In the dawn of what It will be, undei
this a?*atem of Improvementa, in the
yearn that are to be.
"The Or^at Kanawha river, next tr
the Tennessee, th<? largest of the Ohio's
' ? n .. .1 ,t?m.
mouianr*. w.-i? ,vv"ru "? "
mod for one hundred miles. Before
slack water was Introduced down there,
the commerce df that Rfeat valley, or
th" river. was comparatively Innlfrnlflrant.
Now it ho* reached nearly ont
and a half million tons per year on the
river alone. and I* steadily on the Increase.
The tonnage upon the two railroad*
In that valley In about double the
frelahtajre upon the rlver;but the chear
rates upon the river, keep the t.irlfl
down upon the railroad* to the *malle?i
possible rate* for all westward commerce.
There are ten lock* and darw
upon that riven?all completed but one
and it I* practically finished?which cosl
th" government, in found number* ft.000,000,
and all hu*lne*? people will admit
fhat thin va*t outlay of money wai
WelllMnt. vn*T?*unHKM m?ri> n?vr wnr
expanded, mi'l ?r?- now being expended
hy Uncle Knm in nil portion* of our n?tlonal
domain upon our river*, with th?
.,??jwt of aldfnjr In the development and
Improvement of the aeetlona of country
which they droln; nnd yet theae Rroai
national Improvement* arc atlll In their
"The locking and damming of th?
Kanawha wa* begun In 1873, and will b<
' 1 .
entirely completed the present fall. The
permanent improvement of the Ohio
was begun In the early Ws. and let u*
hope that It will be completely finished
within the next score, or twenty-live
years at the farthest.
"The first movable dams in America,
in connection with slack water Improvement,
were bulk on the Great Kanawha
river in this slate. The usefulness
and adaptability of moveable damn
have been thortughly established.
Moveable dams are kept up during low
stages and down during high water.
Their advantages over the ordinary fixed
dams for a commerce and river like
the Ohio are very decided, as they furnish
the bencnts of the usual slack water
without its most serious Inconveniences
and drawbacks. With fixed
dams everything must pass through the
lock*. With them navigation is entirely
suspended when the river. Is near to or
above the lock walla The'difference between
the fixed and moveable dams in
the scour and wash of the banks about
the works, Is also greatly In favor of the
modern type.
"With moveable dams the locks ore
' used only when the water In the river is
so low as to make them necessary. At
all other times the dams are Kept lowered,
practically on the river bottom
and out of the way. affording unobstructed,
open navigation.* This Is a
great advantage to all classes of commerce
and especially for coal, which is
always shipped in fleets. More barges
can be transported by a tow boat and
much better time made In an open river
than when It Is made necessary to use
the locks.
'The gauge record of the Great Kanawha
river for the last twenty years,
hows an average of 196 days in the
year When there Is five feet of water for
open navigation, and 142 days when the
average is six feet or more. From this
it appears that coal can be shipped by
open river about six months in the
year, during which tlmo the moveable
dams will be down and unusued. The
remainder of the year, or when the river
falls below a coal boat ^tage, the
dams are kept up, which affords an average
available slack water depth of six
| feet all the year.
"It Is well understood, Mr. President,
Qftt slack water transportation affords
the cheapest possible freight rates, especially
when the haul Is of great
length. The freight on coal from Pittsburgh
to New Orleans will not average
over one-fifteenth of one cent, per ton
per mile. The coal barges, considering
their cost and length of life are cheap
carriers. They cost from one to two
thousand dollars each and last about
ten years. One of these barges carry
anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 bushels.or
from 400 to 700 tons of coal, which would
be equal to & train of twenty to thirty
cars of twenty tons.each. In open navigation
on the Big Kanawha, a tow boat
handles from four to fourteen loaded
barges, depending, of course, on the
stage of the river and the size of the
tow boat. In the Ohio river from the
mouth of the Kanawha doWn. the tow
boats take from fourteen to thirty-four
barges each. A lleet of thirty barRes
about 400,000 bushels, or about 16,000
tons, which if loaded Into twenty ton
cars, would make thirty trains of twenty-six
cars each, or a continuous line of
cars nearly six miles long. I mention
these facts simply to emphasize the Importance
of Improving the navigation of
the Ohio river in order to afford cheap
freight rates, which will be an advantage
to the consumer as well as to the
producer, and will redound to the benefit
of all the people.
"The Ohio, my friends, Is a national
water way. As It sweeps past our homes
In Its meandering way to the sea. It
J- * ??1t Dnnnii.lt.onlo nr flhln
or We?1 Virginia, or Kentuckj*, or Indiana,
or Illinois. While, In a sen*e, it
may sing: a song of these great states,
but above and beyond them all. It tells
the story of a nation united, of a country
that nil of us love, a country with
one constitution and one flag, a country
of peace and at peace with all the
world, a country wlth.one aim and destiny,
a country united and under God,
one and Indivisible now and forever.
And nee the rivers how they run.
Through woods and meadows, in shades
and sun.
Sometimes swift, sometimes slowWave
succeeding wave, they ko
A various Journey to thi< deep.
Like human life to endless sleep.
"Again I welcome you to Wheeling,
; and bid you God speed In your work."
Governor Atkinson was frequently
applauded, and at the close was given
the generous applause of the audience.
Colonel Jtihn L. Vance, president ot
' the association, responded in an elo;
quent speech, in which he said:
, In his response to Governor Atkin>
son's speech welcoming the association,
1 President Vance first spoke of his ear1
Host acquaintance with Wheeling; this
irn* in the civil war when he came here
In command of a Went Virginia regiment
of Union volunteers. The warmth
of Wheeling's welcome nt that time
' made him feel proud to serve In a roRl
ment accredited to the new Mountain
: state. On another occasion he had tast1
ed of Wheeling's hospitality; on the occasion
of the visit of the rivers and hnr1
bors committee of Congress in the
' spring of 1896. The commit too nnd riv1
ermen had been met at Fairmont by en:
thusiastlc delegations of Pennsylvania's
nnd West Virginians: nnd on
; down the Monongahela to Pittsburgh,
; In Pittsburgh, and down the Ohio to
Wheeling, there had been one round of
! enthusiasm by the people of the various
communities, a showing of popular sentiment
that without doubt Influenced
, the large appropriation that followed In
Speaking of West Virginia. Colonel
Vance said that Pennsylvania must
i look out or the Mountain state will
, wrest from her great neighbor the tlt!<of
lender among the states In production
! of coal, iron and oil.
. West Virginia has been fortunate In
her governors, continued the speaker.
I Ex-Governor Fleming, of Fairmont, Is
an honored member of our association,
" and assisted nt Its organisation In Cln|
clnnntl. The same applies to ex-Governor
MacCorkle, who delivered a mag
nlflcent address at the Cincinnati meet;
Ing In 1895. And Mr. Atkinson upholds
the record of his predecessors, and goes
even farther In wishing us God speed.
'I In conclusion, the speaker referred to
the line reception given the delegates
1 by Wheeling. Such reception* ore an
1 Incentive to further good work by the
association. They give us courage to go
' ahead and do all in our power to do. We
are made up of six great states of the
1 Union, Pennsylvania, West Virginia,
Ohio. Indiana. Illinois and Kentucky.
' which latter, by the way. said the
' speaker, Governor Atkinson forgot to
' mention In his eloquent speech.
"And Kentucky, you know, governor.
you really cannot forget." sold Colonel
J Vance, turning toward Mr. Atkinson.
wild n un ri'n i :'? ilinn "n ??,?. muhv.
1 These hix states, continued Colonel
Vance, have 11,000,000 p?>?>ple, fully one1
seventh of the population of our coun
try, and nil of them directly Interested
In our ivork. Mr. Atkinson was rlnht;
In twenty or twenty-flvc years thin
Kreat Ohio river will he navigable the
1 year around from Pittsburgh to Cairo.
1 (App!auf??.)
The convention waa then called to orI
der. Tho convention committees were
then Announced by President Vance, u*
1 follows;
Nomination of officers?Paris C
( Brown, Cincinnati; Hulllhen Qunrrler,
; Wheeling; Charles Rlchardjon, Muriel
ta; Charles Muhleman, Hannibal; L
P. Rammers. Louisville; Thomas L
Ball, GaliipalK; 7. C. White. Morion
Resolutions?Hon. B. B. Dovener
Wheeling; Hon. A. D. Follett, Marietta;
W. A. Patton. Catlettsburg; J. F
Ellison, Cincinnati; G. H. Anderson
Pittsburgh; W. P. Hubbard. Wheeling
C. J. 0*Conner. Louisville.
Credentials?W. M. List, Wheeling;
F. A. Laidley, Cincinnati; D. B. Tor
pey. Marietta; C. J. Murphjf, Evans
ville; John F. Seibold, Louisville;James
M. Klrker, Catlettsborgh; James A
Henderson. 9'
Mr. Hubbard, of Wheeling, introduced
the following resolution:
Resolved. That all resolutions offered
for consideration by -the conventlor
Khali be in writlnn, signed by the gentleman
offering them. They-shall bi
handed to the secretary and \retcrrt(
without debate to the eommltttaon resolutions#
- \ \
The resolution was seconded by Capt
Henderson and passed.
Tho renort of the' committee on ere
dentials was made. The entire membership
of the association was reported
in good standing. New members wen
enrolled by the secretary, and $200 It
dues paid.
On motion, Major Blxby and Captalr
William Martin were made honorary
members of the association.. Majof BIxby
ia the acmy engineer In charge of th<
Ohio river, and Captain Martin Is It
charge at Davis Island dam.
President Vance next made his annual
report He said:
To the Members of the Ohio Vallej
Improvement Association:?The pasi
year has not been marked by any Btartling
events in the history of your asso
elation. x
"The failure of Congress, at the lasi
session, to pass what is known as c
"River and Harbor bill," was caused bf
the approach of war with Spain, anc
not through q desire on the part of th<
law-making power to retard work or
the water-ways that the people of al
sections recognize as necessary to th<
advancement of the country. The committee
on rivers and harbors of the
housey where all such bjlls originate,was
a unit in the belief that the war demands
would be such that it was nol
wise to present a bill appropriating
funds for new work on rivers, ant
harbors, and this opinion was shared
by those of your association whose dutj
It la in tvatnh nvor !?>c!qlAtInn and !r
other ways promote and advance th<
purposes of the association.
"When It was known that such a bll
would not be framed /md presented, th<
wisdom of the Fifty-fourth Congress, Ir
providing for the continuous contracl
system, was demonstrated. The greal
work of improving the Ohio and Iti
tributaries has not been Idle, althougl
failure was made in passing a river ant
harbor bill, but has continued and wll
continue, until the gross amount provided
by the act of June 3, 1S96, ha.1
been exhausted. And the statement
here made applies to all appropriation!
In that act which come under the heac
of the continuous contract system.
"At the convention of this associatlor
held last year at Evansvllle, the resolutions
adopted "cordially endorse th<
method" adopted by Congress of placin?
important works under whgt is com
monly known as the continuous con
tract system, and recommended its "extension
to all the works of Improvemeni
that may be hereafter underaken."
'The growing sentiment in favor o:
Improved water-ways, on plans thai
will render such improvement permanent.
warrants the belief that hereaftei
all appropriations for such purpose)
will be upon the system recommendet
in the resolutions to which referenc<
has been made.
"It Is a pleasure to be able to sat
(and In saying it the work of this asso
nation m iu oe tniuiiKiy uunuucuucu
that during the past few years a red
ical change has come over the peopU
of all sections in regard to the Improve
ment of our water-ways by the genera
government Within a period of tei
years this change has been wrought,ant
within the past three years it has beei
prodigious In extent and radical ii
character. In but recent year?, yean
\vithln the memory of every man o
thirty, it was fashionable for politics
parties to meet and resolve solemnly
against public Improvements at publli
expense, and the party that got in It!
work first was considered fortunate.
"But we see now that education upoi
the subject of our water-ways, thi
knowledge of their inestimable value
has caused a revolution in public sentl
ment; und political parties, In conven
Hon assembled, resolve In favor of pub
lie improvements; yes. demand such im
provements at the hands of the Con
rrrnga nf thp COIintrV.
"It la fortunate for us. who have th?
Improvement of the Ohio and its tribu
taries ai heart, that a change has ta
ken place In public sentiment. It mean:
that success will crown our efforts
Public sentiment Is a powerful factor
It generally control*?is all-powerful
, For many year? public sentiment op|>os
ed tho building of the Manchester ca
nal from Liverpool. A change came
and the canal was built at a cost o
$75,000,000. and It Is a blessing the In
dustrlal interests of that section nm
the? country at large, would not foregi
for ten-fold the money.. In fact, n
amount of money Invented In any othe
I way, could so well accommodate thi
great traffic that Is handled by the ca
' nril.
"The action of the national board o
trade?an organization essentially na
tional in character and of boundless In
flucnce? In passing a series of resolu
tions commendatory ?>f the' permanon
Improvement of Internal water-ways
and endorsing the purposes of this ns
soclatlon, has done much to strengthei
our cause. This distinguished body
after full deliberation and by unnnl
mous vote, demanded the thorough am
permanent Improvement of the Interna
water-ways nH n work of national im
poriance ouu iiimrni, iihi-ckih..^ u*.manded
both by our general domestli
i and foreign commercial relations: rec
ognlzcd with approbation the broad nm
comprehensive patriotism manifested b]
the last Congress In Its provision for th?
Improvement of rational water-ways
asked the present Congress to accor<
support to, and carry forward, the wlai
methods Inaugurated by the last Con
Kress, and that future Congresses to
respectfully petitioned to continue thi
same patriotic course until the Improv
ed water-ways of America be made t<
yield to Its citizenship the lncalculabl>
profits In form of economic service
which have been already realized b;
the older countries of Europe from th?
adoption of similar policies. Anothe
resolution most heartily commended thi
action of Congress In freeing commere
from tolls on the Monongahela, and thi
prosecution of work on the locks an?
dams on the upper Ohio, likewise re
questing Congress to provide, "at It:
present session." for the completion o
the survey of the Ohio river to It
inmiin ni wiiui wiui ? ?ir?* ?? iuc ton
structlon of locks nnd dams ho far a
may bo necessary to secure unlnterrupt
ed navigation. The last resolutloi
adopted, reads as follows:
"fflcMlvcd, That the national boari
of trade desires In the most emphatl
manner, to commend nnd endorse th?
action of the last Congress In Itmugurn
tliiK tho continuous contract system,am
urgently recommends Its application t.
the Improvement of all navlgnhle flv
"It gives me pleasure to thus cal
your attention to the proceedings of Mil.
Important body of representative mei
from all sections of the country, repre
sentlrg the great Industrial nnd com
mcrcial Interests, and I am oonvincei
that such active work will go tkr toi
v*nce the interest* of the Ohio rli
and its tributaries.
"At the Eyanavllle convention, a r<
olutlon was adopted requesting Cc
gross to appropriate a sufficient amoi
"immediately available," authorial
and ordering the completion of 1
survey of the Ohio river with a view
the construction of locks and dams
far as may be necessary to secure i
? Interrupted navigation to Its mouth
* Cairo. In furtherance of this reaol
Hon, and after consultation with
?. number of Representatives In Congre
and particularly with Hon. B. B. Dpi
i ner, a member of the committee on r
? era and harbors. It was deemed a<Jv
* able to present the resolutions adopt
? at Evansville, to said committee, a
1 present as strongly as possible the i
cesslty for a survey as called for in*
resolution. Through the efforts of Ca
tain Dovener, an appointment
made. Nearly all the members of I
- committee attended the meeting a
- gave close attention to the argumi
I presented by the president of your j
- soclatlon. There is no doubt the appi
? priatlon^for the survey would ha
been made, had not the war Intervene
) and-assurances have been given me tt
r the subject will receive favorable cc
- pideratlon at the next session of Cc
5 gress. No argument Is needed to del
> onstrate the absolute necessity of
survey. With such survey perfect
work may be prosecuted at varjc
. points with the certainty that it f
harmonize with the completed whole.
"The resolutions, as a whole, adopt
r at Evansville, have been commended
I all friends of river Improvement T
Inauguration of a movement to rell?
the steamboat Interests from excess!
-- ? - -? Una ?*l?l
wnanage cnurgcs mi ??nvu. w...
towns and villages, was most flttti
Such 9. movement demands earnest su
"In January last, by invitation, a
at the request of the Cincinnati chai
ber of commerce, I attended a meetl
In Washington of & large commit!
from New Orleans and committees tn
other cities of the Mississippi and OJ
valleys. The purpose of the meetl
was to urge Congress to make Iroqr
dlate and sufficient appropriation 1
the protection. Improvement, etc.,for t
lengthening and deepening of the pn
ent (Ends) Jetty pass at the mouth
the Mississippi river, and the restorl
of the southwest pass to navlgatlc
By request, I appeared with others, t
fore the commerce committee of t
> >. npsimrt* nrflnn
Bcnaic \u ?njucoi ^iuiH??
avert impending danger to navigatii
1 The Pittsburgh delegation was head
' by the veteran prince of Improvemen
1 Captain Dravo?and his speech prove
t ed a profound Impression. The peoj
* of the Ohio* valley are largely Interest
1 in the^ree and unrestricted navlgatl
[ of tha?pasaes to the gulf, and It is grj
lfying to report that Congress took 1
1 necessary steps to strengthen, enlari
and protect them.
, "When this association was organbr
I at Cincinnati, In October, 1895, the fi
was expressed that the object sough
1 the permanent Improvement of 1
I Ohio river and its tributaries?would
; antagonized by the railroad Interests.
' ivas thought these great interests wot
[ fear Injury at the hands of a free a
" deep river, navigable at all seasons, a
[ use their influence to thwart or reta
tha legislation it was necessary to f
, cure. I confess that this fear affeel
[ me to some extent. It is gratifying
know that such fears have prov
* groundless, so far as developments ha
been made.
. "During the past year I have h
I many letters rewarding the dangers
' steamers and their tows from bridges
constructed, and I beg to suggest tl
this Subject receive the attention it <
r serves at the hands of the proper co
. mlttee. to the end that the governmei
. al authorities may be thoroughly c
' vised, and means taken to prevent ft
ther obstruction to commerce.
? "Complaints have been made of t
croachments upon the river, tending
narrow the channel and obstruct na
' " 'Vint noH/in 0
paii??n. it ?o i i
be taken by this convention to prev<
J further Inroad# upon the river and :
move the obstructions already cc
structed and in process of construct
1 "While the work done during the y<
9 that has elapsed since our last meetli
' did not produce a bill with additioi
1 appropriations providing for need
' work, yet it has advanced and strengl
? ened our association by building up
5 the halls of Congress and throughc
th*> country a feeling of confidence
1 the Justice of our cause, disarming <
J position, and causing all the people
all sections nnd of all parties to rally
" the standard bearing the honored
* scrlptlon: The permanent improvenn
" of the water-ways of our country v
" hrkiff the neonle closer tonether and
more than nil else to advance dom
tic ond foreign commerce.
"I cannot close without expressing i
s lydebtedness to Hon. B. B. Doven
I* member of Congress from the district
which the association meets to-day,o
- an honored resident of Wheeling,
- the inestimable service he has rendei
the association since Its organlxatlon,
f which he was present and took an t
- tlve part. He has demonstrated gc
1 Judgment and marked ability In
> movements for the Improvement of I
s great water-way In which we are int
f ested, and as a member of the comm
i? tee on rivers and harbors he has ni
- lected no opportunity to carefully gut
the Interests of his constituents and
f the whole Ohio valley. At all tlm
- and they have been many), when It I
- been necessary to call upon him
- counsel nnd aid. his services hnve b<
t at my command; no duty has been 1
. unperformed; no labor too arduous. I
- on all occasions he has been faithful
i the rcrto'mnn00 of duty, and steadfi
. In devotion to the cause advocated
- this association.
1 "In connection with this subjcct.wl!
I hearty support was accorded the obje
- of the association, by members of Cc
- gress generally, ond particularly th<
r from the Ohio volley, I desire to mi
tion as worthy of warm eommendatli
1 Messrs. Dalxell. Stone and Atcheson,
i Pennsylvania; Brnwmell. Burton, Dr
e ford and Grosvenor, of Ohio; Berry,
: Kentucky; Hemingway, of Indiana.
1 is not possible here to name all w
j? ftorn??Hr aided us.
"I would not bo faithful to my di
? ahd to Justice should mention be ?m
B t?'<1 of ColOnel E. P. Wllion. secretn
- of the association. Hla services beg
a before the organization; he was one
a those who set on foot -theproject to fo
. an organization to Improve the Ohio a
r Us tributaries, the organization to e
0 brace the six staUs bordering on 1
r Ohio; after its organisation he accept
e tho position of secretary, and has 111
e It since with distinguished success. I
i> office at Cincinnati has been the hei
J quarters of the association?placed
- our disposal, together with his peraoi
s services, without expense. To th<
f who know him?and all who do. rec<
? nlxe his ability and marked execut
- capacity. I need not speak of tho va
a of his services to this association. 1
labors have been bestowed In Its beh
1 with a, cheerful disregard of self, a
the suggestion has been made fr
1 many quarters, that steps be taken
c recognlxo what he has done and tl
r which remains to be done by him.
"In conclusion, gentlemen of the as
1 elation, permit me to say that you i
[> not building alone for the present g?
- eratlon, but for those who come at
we are gone. It Is our good fortune
I have homes In this beautiful vail
n dear to many of us ns our blrth-pli
ii and to nil of us by fond memories s
- cherished associations. We are here
- a noble purpose; to benefit our hom
3 to make more prosperous our count
S l$zoo
'? | i Fine Soft H;
jf i. Thin
8tyl? 8
Mi Made.
si! McFADDEN'S,s""
je- : i :
he ?
in- '
m- of solid oak, cane seat
? Mil thirst
he "
ive '*>.
e.e Built good and strong, with
braced back aad well finlP"
ished. for
S Only...... 75C "~Each
" We only Have 20 dozen and they
fjjj will not last long, so get your or!<
ders in early. Mail and telephone ,
?g orders ghrea prompt attention. ,^jj
5 Fornitqre and 'ByJ
j? Carpet Store, ||
,ed 1205 Ma in Street.
^ Telephone 229. /J
be =
Jj to so Jabor as to leave to our children n 1
' d heritage rich in commerce,teeming'with <
d intelligence, and populous with content.
ed men and women?with more schools,
more churches, more of all that makes 1
,eI life desirable and that adds to the sum t
^ of human happiness. This canont be 1
. done without good work In the cause B
J that brings us together. When we t
leave this convention, the work must t
j not be forgotten. I remember the *
, words of the late Captain Batchelor, at t
the Cincinnati convention: t
tat "hope our r,ver men wl11 not th,nk v
e_ when they* get home that they have left ^
" the convention behind them. In former
t" years we have had meetings and passed I
resolutions, then gone home and acted t
' as If everybody else was to do the work. 1
We have gone further, and organized *
an association. We have obligated our- j
i" selves to carry out <he work. Now let us J
vl- d0 ll/
"These words were true when they .
' t were uttered. They are true to-day. We
' need an active membership?a larger .
" membership. To achieve perfect success j
~ we must have the cordial support of all
^' the people of the valley. In my judg- *
ment, we shall have It" [
The report of Secretary-Treasurer E.
ja P. Wilson was then read. It Included <
)ut an account of the convention at Evans- I J
In ville last year. The secretary's report : j
was as follows: J 1
to The second annual meeting of the ?1
In- Ohio Valley Improvement Association {
Jnt was held at Evansvllle, Indiana, on Oc- 1 .t
do *ol)er 12, at tJ,e attendance j J
eg_ was very full and satisfactory. Then j J
followed a detailed account of the pro- : i
ceedlngs of the meeting. The member- | <
mv ship list embraces the rouowmg: 1
Ohio?Galllpolls, 28: Cincinnati. 27:
er* Eureka. Portsmouth, Hannibal. Ironton
in and Marietta, one #ach; total, 60.
,nd Kentucky?Louisville, 23; also the
(0r Louisville Coal Exchange.
. Pennsylvania?Pittsburgh, llrBrowns**
vllle, 2: <otal. 13.
Indiana?Evansville, 24; Tell City, 12;
Aurora, 1; total, 37.
UJJ West Virginia?Fairmont. 7; Parkersburg.
1; Morgantown. 1; Wheeling. 2.
(not including the chamber of commerce
membership of 20); Raymond City, 1;
total. 82.
iri those who subscribed last year to
lVl the support of the association and did
?r not renew durlnp the past year, the fol*
lowing are recorded:
V*? Indlann?New Albany, 1.
? Ohio?Cincinnati, 4.
Kentucky?Louisville. 3; Maysville, 4;
total. 7.
Pennsylvania?Pittsburgh, 12; Roch1
ester. 1; Allegheny. 1; total, 14.
* ; West Virginia?Fairmont, 5; Parkers*
burg, 1; Point Pleasant, 1; Raymond
... City. 1: total, 8.
'\B President Vnnce announced the recep"
tlon to be given at Wheeling Park in
the evening. He also announced that
" Vice President Peterson, of the Wheellng
Railway Company, had invited the
visitors to a droller ride over the eltv on
the linen of the Wheeling and over-theinI
river electric linen. Mr. Peterson sugtreated
(hat the delegates assemble at
" the nudltorlum at 2:30 p. m. The convenno
tlon adopted the suggestion.
A recess was taken to 9:30 a. m., on
Y, Thursday.
1 . The report of Treasurer J. D. Parker, *
'rJ of Cincinnati, wan an follows:
Of DR-m
Collection*, for membership
fern I7K5 00
nd Loulftvlilo & Evanwvllle
m- Mall Co 23 00
the Capt. W. W. Illto a 00
[Pd Louisville Coal Exchange.. 100 00
lltd Wheeling Chamber of Comj,.
meree 100 00
iJ" Cincinnati Chamber of
id- Commerce 300 00-11,335 00
?t CR.
no' Expenses of secretary. 3279 80
National Board of Trade
ig- (membership) 20 00
|ve Expense* of president W>m
|Ufl Treasurer, cash advanced.. 11 OS?1,2*0 so
Balance .1 74 12
Caph advanerd by Pres. Vance $1,539 25
om Printlns. etc 8 65
ml Total Indohtednew 11,547 90
arc ??
Wm on* of tii* Plnwt NotUI Fnnctlout
jor Brer Olrrn In \Vh??i|ln|.
to Wheeling Pnrk. its beautiful foliage,
?K. itit brilliant Illuminations and Us mag,(\J
nitlcent Casino?all then? were a rcvefj,r
latlon to the river Improvement coned;
ventlon visitor* who almost to a;man
ry; attended th* reception given In their
[ FAODBN-a^ ~ I
its for $1.50. M
'fVy pretty and becoming F4U : \
oft Hat. extra'fine Quality, with i :
Ilk bund an4*binding, colors Black, j
or Pearl, and every Jiat Union ' \ '
egular price 12.00, our special price :
$1.50. );;!
1320 and 1342 Market St ijj
lonor last night by the chamber of
The 7 andi-7:30 motors on the Wheelng
& Elm Grove road carried the vigors
and the home guests of the cham>er
of commerce, to the number of
Lbout GCO, 16 the park. At the park
here was a remarkable absence of anyhing
approaching a hitch or crush. The
leveral committees were stationed at
he gates and in the casino, and the
ickcts wewdistrfbuted in a systematic
lay that prevented any confusion there
vasn't a guest who was not well served.
U-pon arrival at the park, the guests
jroceeoea 10 me casino, wnere me eaertalnment
committee had sprung a
)leasar>t wurprise in the shape of a line
nuBlcaJ programme that was rendered
rom the stage. The hit of the eyea? '
ng was made by Master AJIen Goodvin,
a Bridgeport hid of eight year*,
.vho has a remarkable voice which U
>elng trained by Mrs. Williams at the
nstance of some of the music-lovtai
people of Bridgeport and this city. He
sang "Myr Qld Kentucky Home" mo?t
tffectlveiy and was repeatedly recalled.
Mrs. WHMams, Mr. Baum and Mr. Wilton-,
the latter of Pittsburgh, sang foi<n
o the accompaniment of Mr. Schockey
it the piano.
The reception lasted from 8 to 9:30
>'clock, after which the Casino floor
ivas cleared and danclr.g was the at- .
traction to .the music of the Open. '
House orchestra. The merry-maken
leld possession of the floor until after n
r.ldnlght. , ,
The collation provided for the enteralnment
committee by Caterer Carney
vas sei red in t'he handsomely decorated
Casino dining hall, where ISO perwo
.vere seated at once. The visitors wer*
irst cared'fur In the dining haii. after
vnich the home guests were served. An
?xtra large force of attendunrs had beet
secured by the committee, and the remit
was that the luncheon was served
iuite satisfactorily and quickly. At
midnight all of the guests had been
During .the evening the Meifter
iand was stationed in the casino enclosure
and- rendered a fine concert pro;ramme.
.. The grounds were brilliant*
illuminated for the occasion and the
visitors were pardoned In that they
?ould express nothing but surprise that
iVheellng could present such ar. attractive
resort. The decorations In the Casino
were very attractive. On the
stage the arrangement of palm? ?n(1
Jther plants was particularly effective
ind was relieved by the brightness or
>unting in which the national colon
A partlail lint or those present jou??
c. R Oiw?, O. A. ljipr.
F. F. Furls, O. K. CjAI f?.
F. C. Hoffman, 11. W. Kw??.
Chaa. Aul. J. I* J>,n
A. J. WVntworth, J. 1*.
D. J. McKpf, H. O. SIMM.
lj. O. Morris. O. P. McN".
H. rs. Tinker. W m. (.raham,
B. J. McDonald, K- C. Ewtas,
II. J. Arhotix, A. O. Moy11''
C. B. Keed. . T. A. J.IItlr.
W. W. Arnctt. T. H. 8?wnry.
J H. Well*. F. F. 11 ^:" *
F. B. Lrhow. 11. 8. *
A. W. K'.bctta, Jos.
K. II. Carney. 1. V
J. II. MA>. J- P.
R 11. Archer, r
John Arhenz. ?*.. 211m
\V. U Williams, J- B ,
R B. Naylor. s Air""!"'
J. M. Ryah. M. A- Cht?.
J. M. D?uor, H. Tracy.
F. H. Theirs. J; \\ ' 't'.
11. F. 8t.Ahlm.in. 11; <?
Thos: O'Brien, Jr.. " n?,f
W. H. Pfarr. Auitutl
o. n. Maxwell. ?
I-afc Starks, ? " V- r^!
Will Schnh, Er",nk/.
R H Morehead, & ? ?"?;
J. 11. Wilson. K; OlUrt".
K M. Holllilay. }>. "J1",'.,
I-.II Helnor. ,
W. J. Kelly. Brook Ailai"?.
Chaa. Wolff. A 5' nrr
Dr. J. U Dlrkcy. M S ?? ,
J. T Rankin. I?. 1 h,,?,
W. 8. M^ara. J,l*W,..i!55r
C. H. Tracy. J 5 1 v , ,c
Harry Uvt. < 1
H. A. Bhbert. M. J'"'";
W. H. Manning, J?? <"?*.
A. B. Tlr.tlor. K. J
K. K. Chaliman. C. Schnei ' wr
K. P. Wll.on, H 1, *' ' n
C. N. Hancher. f- JnK.
A. R. Campbell.
W. J. t.uta. < h?r flSJatt
P. 11. Htlhbart, J. T.
A. C. l)avl?. J- T. 1K?JV
.1. O. 1 ukena. A. M '1,,.nlla.
J. K. araham, A. T. M?"
A. J. Bouter.
J. II Kllovra, Pan {?*&
A. 11. Wenler. Jr.
W. C. McGregor. Er"'^_,r
0 r. tl|?l.sralt, Y. CogSJiaer.
Morgnn lloreor. B. I'. r??lim.<,a.
PeoMe? Tntum. < ? f'*?
J. M. Jeffi nmn. U ' I
1 Hitrktiflmcr, K 'v.'n
W. H, lllcclni, u,w
II. K?r?|l?on. J)
J. <5. lloffmiin, I \ "jn?n.
!''i,nv,IV. li.VPk
a. O. Murdock. C. R. w*?*
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