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? EDITION. ? PART FIRST. ILLUSTRATED. CuttltoburgSK telegram. Deooted to praatioal Information, gome ftevee, Pure politios, and tbe Qecelopment of VQest Virginia's Resources VOL.SXXXII.~NO. 16. CLARKSBURG, W. YA., MARCH 3, 1893. WHOLE NO. 1570 elapsed since Christopher Columbus,standing upon the fore-castle of his little > hip, the Santa Maria, so " rising from the billows of "old ocean" the majestic shore of the New World. Four hundred years is but a span in history; yet four hu?dred years from the time of her discovery, America invites the nations of the earth to come and witness upon her own soil the greatest expo sition of recorded time. The honor of delivering opening oration at the dedi cation was bestowed upon IIekky Wattkrsqn the emin ent journalist and lecturer of Louisville. The speech will be accorded a place among the master-pieces of Ameri can oratoryand was in part as follows: "We are met this day to honor the memory of Chris topher Columbus, to cele brate the 400th annual re turn of the year of his trail homogeneous and truly American. The young manhood of H coun try may take thin lesson from those of us who lived through times that did, indeed, try men's souls? when, pressed down from day to day by awful responsibilities ami suspense, each night brought a terror with every thought of the morrow, aiul when, look where we would, there were light and hope nowhere?that God reigns and wills, and this fair land is, and has always been, in his own keeping. The curse of slavery is gone. It was a joint heritage of woe, to be wiped out and expiated in blood and flame. The mirage of the Confed eracy has vanished/ It was essen tlgfield or the frontier Puritan and Cavalier wore not convertible terms, having in the beginning a common origin, and so diffused ami diluted on American soil as no longer to possess a local habitation, or a na tivity, except in the national unit. The men who planted the signals of American civilization upon that sacreil rock by Plymouth Bay were Englishmen, and so wero the men who struck the coast, a little lower down, calling their haven of rest aftcrthe great republican commoner ami-founding by Hampton Roads a race of heroes and statesmen the mention of whose names bring a thrill to every heart The South claims Lincoln, the immortal for its meniun. Christian ami .low?the American, loving no country except his own, but loving all mnukiiul as his brother, bids you enter aiul fear not; bids you partake with us of these fruits of 400 years of Ameri can civilization and developement, and behold these trophies of 100 years of American independence and freedom. At this moment in every part of the American Union the children are taking up the wondrous tale of the discovery, and from Boston to Galveston, from the little log school house in the wilderness to the tower ing academy in the city and the town, may he witnessed the uapre cedented spectacle of a powerful WWW 'IENCK, imluR trial develop. Epcnt mid tlir advanc ement of thohiinuin raeo have since the earliest ageH de peudcd in 11 ,? h upon physical i'ii n<1 i t ions. Whore nature solved thi> prob lem of e x i n t ? once must satis factory jmj bo accorue<1 tho place where, if not. the cradle of the human race, at leant tho ?radle nf civilization was tirst ?oeked. "So when the ciirtaiu roes lip on aiiUipi'ty.?say in In- 'J:'.rd >Tuliiry I!. (? we !w?vo disclosed lo view the .cnerableligures of two civil) '.ations: that in the Nile Val ley and that in Olmldica." As it was in the antique MP sii it is to-day, and Clarksburg, a city renting upon it soil holding in it* embrace Hie richest gifts of nature, sur rounded by those picturesque hills whose fertile soil pro duces abundant crops and whose carbon foundations will solve the problem of fuel for ages, otlers unparalleled in ducements to persons desiring to locate manufactories. We desire to repeat, with emphasis, what we said in a former number of the Tki.k uram. Clarksburg's claims are not extravagant not merely imaginative. They urc based upon incontrovertible facts. The prosperity of her people, her rich coal lieds and her 1 fanning areaF exist an living twenty centuries can l>e compared with tnose four centurieB, either in importance or in interest, as no pre vious ceremonial can be compared with this in its wide significance and reach; because, since the advent of the Son of God, no event has had so great an influence upon- hu man aifairs as the discovery o f the Weste'nHemisphere. Each of the centuries that have interven ed marks many revo lutions. The merest catalogue would crowd n thousand pages. The story of the least of the na tions would fill a vol ume. In what I have to say upon this occasion, therefore, I shall con fine myself to our own. We are a race of inventors and workers, not of poets and artists. We have led the world's movement, not its thought. Our deeds are to be found not upon freBCoed walls, or m ample libraries, but in the machine shops, where the Bpindles sing and the looms tlwnder; on the open plain where the steam plow, the reap er and the mower con tend with one another in friendly war against obduracies of nature ; in the magic of electricity as it penetrates the dark est cavern with its irre sistible power and light Let us consider ourselves and our conditions, as far as we are able, with a candor untinged by cynicism, and a confi dence having no air of assurance. We have in our own time seen the republic survive an irrepressible conflict, sown in the blood and marrow of the social order. We have seen the Federal Union, not too strongly put to gether in the first place, come out of a great war of sections stroncer than when it went into it, its faith renew ed, its credit rehabilitated and its flag saluted with love and homage by 60,000, 000 of God - fearing men and women, thoroughly reconciled, letter and the spirit of the sublime declaration. The fetters that bound her to the earth are burst asunder. The rags that degraded her beauty are cant aside. Like the enchanted princess in the legend, clad in spot less raiment, and wearing a crown of living light, she steps in the per fection of her maturity upon the scene of this, the latest and proudest of her victories, to bid a welcome to fVtHJMItf "S the world! There is no geography in Ameri can manhood. There are no sections to American fraternity. It needs but six weeks to change a Vermon ter into a Texan, and there never has been a timu when upon the bat one typ ,wnr. for _ ..or will it! The time is comitygp in almost here, when banging above many a mantle-hoard in fair New England?glorifying tnuny a cottage in the Sunny South ?shall be seen bound together, in everlasting love and honor, two cross-swords earried to battle re spectively by the grandfather who wore the blue and the grandfather who wore the pray. All nations and all creeds be wel come here; from the Bosporus and the Black Sea, The Viennese woods and tlio Dunubian plainn ;from Hol land dike to Alpine craig; from Belpraile and Calcutta, and round to China seas and the butty niartH of Japan, the itiles of tho Pacific and the far-away capes of Africa?Ar nation captured l>y an army 01 imii putians, of embryo men and women, of topling boys and girls, and tiny elves scarce bin enough to lisp the numbers of the national anthem, scarce strong enough to lift the min iature flags that make of arid street and autumn wood an emblematic garden, to gladen, the sight and to glorify the red, white and blue. See Oar yoniig barbarians all at play, for better than these we have noth ing to exhibit. They, indeed, are our crown jowels; the truest, though the inevitable, offsprings of our civilization and developement; the representatives of n manhood vital ized and invigorated by toil and care of a womanhood elevated and inspired by liberty and education. God bless the children and their mothers! God bless our country's "flag!" witnesses In point of population, wealth, location, public building*, beautiful private residences, natural and supplied conveniences u n d picturesque surroundings, where is there an interior town that, can stand beside Clarksburg as a respeetablo rival? Her fires are fed from the ?trongeHt gatt well in t h t> world; her . strectH and homt'H are lighted l>y artificial go* and electricity ; the me chanical arrangement* ' of her nyhtem of water water work# could not l>e well improved upon. In that, onward inarch of induHtrial develop ment that Iuih come to this fortunate MM-tiou of the State, ('larks! urg haH always <iccu])ied a forward position. Kail road? enter Olorkubnrg from four direction*, west from Cin cinnati, east from Washington and north from Pittsburg, while the "W. Va. & P. K. K. is rapidly pushing its lineB soutli to connect with the great 0. & O. trunk lines. West Virginia lias often been called Tub 8 w i t z i: r - i.an'I) of America, ami Tub Little Mountain State, on account of her picturesque mountain*, beautiful liilln, dashing rivers and pure sweet air.?Kitty'* Jland Hook oj the U. S. V The Clarksburg Tki.koram is keeping its subscribers in anxjous suspense a waiting the appearance of its World's Kair edition. The Tei.eoram is a very pretty paper in its every day clothes, and w? don't wonder at its readers longing to see it in its beauti ful Columbian attire.?Wes ton Demacrat. V The climate of West Vir ginia is the most equable of all the States in the nation, there being no prolonged seasons of extremes of heat or cold, but a happv medium. V Cheap lands, cheap homes and cheap living are the at tractions for locating inWest Virginia. You will make a mistake in seeking further for the means of existence and shelter. V Wohk has been re^nmed on the site for the new, Clarksburg union depot.