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THE BRUNSWICK TIMES-CALL
VOLUME XL. NUMBER 127. GREAT ENTHUSIASM AND FINE ORATORY HARKED THE OPENING OF THE CONVENTION BIRMINGHAM DELEGATES SUBMIT EXCELLENT PROPOSITIONS Tell of the Advantages of Their Respec tive Localities EITDJSI4STIC GATHEBINC OF REPBESENTATITE NEB * - Yesterday’s Session "Was One Long To Be Remem bered. The Driving of the First Spike. Visitors Royally Entertained. Tne B. & P. K. R. Convention is on —on in full blast. Oa every train yesterday morning came delegations frc m ail iloog tbe proptsed route, and when ifce meet ns Wfcs called to order nearly every ocuuty from this great Soutn Atlantic t’e a p water terminus to tbe iron and coal fields of Birmingham was represented by able and enthusiastic delegates, eaob and every one of them eager to get this great new eaten rise tbriugb their respective cities and countiee. Tbe convention, as bad been an niunced, met in tbe Grand Opera bouse at 9:30 yesterday morning, and was called tr order by President Frank D. Aiktn. The first business of the convention was tbe e action of a perm anent Cbairmar, Secretary and Assn tant Secretary, arid resulted as follows: Chairman—F. D. A k-n. Secretary—C. D Otg. Assistant Secretary— O. W, Denting. Tbe t timers at onoa took their res pective plaoes, and tbe routine busi ness started off at if tbe aonveotiou bad been in session for several days. After tbe election of officers, Hon. J X. dußignon, acting Mayo-, in behalf of tl e City of Brunswick, in a few slnqeat words, welcoMfd the gees •te our oity. He vas f * lswei by B n£ M. Mason, who, in b'< uiua) grac ful mas Dir, weioomed tse dele gates on behalf of tbe Brunswick Beaid of Trade. These two addresses of welcone ware responded to by all of ibe visit ing Majors, and some gems of oratory har\ N xt came that disring <i<tn and g**D> le jnan of tbe enterpriemg o>ty of Ame loue-Judge Allen Fori who address ATTENTION, DELEGATES! All delegates to tlie Bnitiswiek <fe Biriringliam Con vention are earnestly rt quested to assemble at the opera house i romptly at 9:30 o’clock this morning. Kepoits ot delegates will be concluded this morniug, aud permanent organization effected. The business of the session will be important, Frank D. Aiken. Chairman. ed the convention for a half bou r , bis subject being, “The 15‘uuBwiok & Birmingham Rsil osi 4 ; Its Certain'y and Importance.” Judge Fort’s ad dress was a treat to the convention, aud was well puoc'uated by applause. He showed to his hearers what the construction of this new road meant, not only to tbe points wbiob it will touch, but to t he Statr s of Georgia ane Alabama —and, in f<c‘, tba entire South. He said that it was bis honest opinion that Ibis road was no fake, no bluff, but certainty—bated on steel rails and croast.ie*, Af ertha addrers of Judge Fort, there appeared upon the stage that po’erprising, enthusiastic, hurtling man of the hour —Co 1 . E C. Machen. He s ood feeing uis audiei os for sev en 1 minutes before he was able to ut ter a word that could ba heard, for the thunderous appl&ust ; but wbeD he did start, he told them all aboutit, and tbe Thibs-Call feels safe In saying (bat when be finished, there was not a uer on in tbe opera bouse who en er tainrd tbe least doubt as to tbe success of tbe Brunswick & Birmii gbsm Busy Bee Line. N*xt, by rrquest, Co'. W, A. Hemp hill, of tbe Atlanta Conetitnion, ad dressed tbe convention for a few min utes, saying that, although the new road would hardly pass through bit oity, be, like many other Atlantaiana, was much interested in tbs new line, inasmuch as it would open up an ex cellent territory, and every city in this State would derive bem fits from it. Col. Hemphill said wt ea be and a fen other A laot.ai&ns stepped from tbt dep t yesterday morning, s; me one near by said: BRUNSWICK, OA. FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 25 1901. ‘•There are some Atlantaiar.s. 1 win der if t hey Lre going to try f.nd get the new r-r and to ruu tl r,<ugh the capital cit ; ?” ‘•Now,’ 1 said tha Colonel, “1 would just like to esy that some of those At lanta newspaper artists can dtaw direct line from Brunswick to Bir mingham, and it will pays tbri ugh tbe ceoter of Atlanta.” The little juke was well received, as was his entire address. THE FIBS T SPIKE . A few short talks were then made by diff-rent members of the conven tion, af er which ail delegnos and hundreds of citizen*, lusded ly the Marine Band, left fur ihe Union depot, where a special train was in waiting to carry them ta Ihe fair grounds, at that point, there were many more ei izens gathertd around the smarting of tbe railroad, where the first spike was to be driven, aid while tbe big cannon boomed, end tbe masses y ailed, Col. Maohsu, very gracefully, drove tbe Drat spiks—a solid silver one. Aoting Mayor deßigoou drove tbe second and a delegate from Birmingham the third, then everybody, citizens, dtlegates, ladies and children began te drive, and bad it net rained just at that time, we cer tainly thick that tbe rails would hare been laid and plkd to the fear alia •rotl'kf, This was aa inoident that will long be remembered by every one present, and w prediet that witbm a year tbe wbistiei of the B. & B. engines with oar afier car of Alabama coal and iron will coma over that sums tract laid by these people, and tbat will be a happy day for Brunswick and every point between bare and Birmingham, and for Birmingham as well. NOW THEY EAT. Immediately after tbe epike-diivin. ceremonies, all the delega’es were in vited into tbe main budding at tbe fair grourds, where s first class lunch and other refreshments were served, whTe the Murine band disotursed sweet music. Coctiiiued on eighth page. I 'i ' I EDWARD VII, TCPrn nr VWRLA'TT) and ET'T eror of itoia. COLONEL MACHEN TO THE CONVENTION Following i* tbs speech deliveri and by Col. E. C. Maobeo to tbe Brunswick and Birmingham railroad convention yesterday: Tou will understand that I am here in a repressn'ativs capacity. Even tbougb my associates in thlesn'orpriss re not bare in person, each one of them will be here in spirit, for their • very feeling ie enlisted in the bul'di- g of the road we are here to inaugrts . At tbe threshold, I bi-g to tbsnk you in their easae, as well as in my own, fer your preeeaoe hire, which is ac cepted as tribute to honest eudeaver to add to the prosperity that is tioat ing ell over the cou-.try. Your pres enc 9 ind.ottes that you will bs in beany sympathy with tbs enterprise when put in sufficient fso’s to justify the oo elusion tbat it will pro,reia upon honeet lines. There is no o her purpose than to build this road aa its name indicate". As to what ex-ot locution will b- giverf fr, will be de’ermiued by the develop ments either made during this conven tion, or what will grow out, of it. This convention was instigated amt gotten up by the people of Brunsw.ok to test he sense of the communities b, tween I here and Birmingham, in ord-r that they might answer the question at to whs'ber this road was desired, and if to, to get a practical dernoi stratum of the fact. The enterprising people of Bruoawiclt—which seems to include avsry ma, woman and child In it— da armined that they would suppls aaant nature in putting Bruoswiok in that position before the world where aha justly bi longa. They ware told that it would be impoaaibla logivea d.Unite or intelligent tuiwar to inqui riai for the location of the line until a'ter the sentiment ef the interior counties was known. Our people are taking the risk of there being a need for it. You are tiere to answer whether or oot jcu want It. My friends were good enough to p’aoe a large amount of m„ney to credit io trust, to be used in the pro motion of the enterprise. Their in* I struotioua to me were to do nothing except for cash —to create no indebted ness of any character; ard that after they bad been assured of the friendly cooperation of the people along the line, they would supplement the trust Imposed in me by furnishing addition al money EUllioient to meet my needs, j PRICE FIVE CENTS So I said to the psople of Bruoswiok, ‘When you have gotten responses from tha people of the up-oountry, I will be able to report to my associates, and I am sore that yon will not expect me to answer before that tims.” It seems that the people of Bruns wick have devised the qulckra', surest and most manly way possible to get at such praotlnal conclusions as will jus tify the early location asd the pushing of the linu iato the back oountry. Tm-y believe and with good reason ihat this must become a great meeting p lint between land and tea for a large share of the commerce of the world. It was but r aural that they should take tbs initiative in it. They did so by doiating from their luxuriout abundance a magnificent water front, including access to it, and a superb body of laud of ample proportions in the heart of their city, t 0 be employed for depots, terminal', repair shop? or anything else that would hast serve railroad purposes, and, let me say to you, gentlemen, they ti-d no strings o it and attaohnl no oondit ons xeept ihatfhe road be built. Intbatrerp c”, Continued on eigb’h page.