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Official Report Of The Proceedings Of The Mississippi River Improvement Convention Held In Saint Louis, Missouri, On October 26th, 27th And 28th, 1881, ... Throughout The Country, And Press Comments.
by Various
Binding: Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Ghose Press
Weight: 0.7 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.5 x W: 0.48 inches
ISBN 10: 1408610388
ISBN 13: 9781408610381
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OFFICIAL REPORT OF TEE PROCEEDINGS OF THE Ilississip y i Rirr r Improrrmon t Conrcntio HELD IN SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI, ON OCTOBER 26, 2 7 AND ZTH, 1881 PREFACE. There is presented in this little book a record of the most important River Convention ever held in the Missis sippi Valley a Convention composed of delegates from nearly every section of the Union, who represented every variety of industrial interests, and fairly reflected the ma tured opinions of the people upon the important question of river improvement as the chief adjunct to cheap trans portation. The Convention met to carry out a well defined purpose, as set forth in the Official Call, and the una nimity of its action, as expressed i11 the resolutions unani mously adopted, after a full and free discussion, was a marked feature of its deliberations. Representatives of twenty States and three Territories declared, as with one voice, that the imperative duty of our National Legislature was to bestow such aid for the improvement of the Mississippi, and its navigable tributaries, as the de mands of an ever increasing commerce required, according to the judgment and plans of the River Commission, and United States Engineers, in charge of the works. The attempt has been made to record accurately what was said and done at the meetings. In a few instances, the names of delegates addressing the Chairman have necessarily been omitted. The recluest was distinctly mrde, that persons on rising silould first give their names but, in some clses, this request was not heeded, and in lluce of the name, the colpiler has been forccd to use the word delegate. The speeches have lxen cirefully revised, in order to give the exact vorcls of tllose clclressing the Convention and it is hoped ind believed that the compilation will be ndopterl as, in the main, full xurl ccurnte in detail. REPORT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE Miflsissippi River Improvement Gonvention, SECTION l FIRST DAY. ST. LOUIS, October.26, 1881. The Convention was called to order by Mr. Michael 31cEnnis, President of the Merchants Exchange, who said GENTLEMEN With your permission, I will ask Mr. George L. Wright to read the official call under which we have met here to day. Mr. George L. Wright then read the official call, as fol lows 4 The Merchants Exchange of St. Louis, through the undersigned, its Executive Committee, duly appointed, hereby issues a call to the people of the Mississippi Valley for the selection of delegates to a Convention to be held in their city on the 26th day of October, 1881, to deliberate on the ques tion of improving the great BIississippi river and its navigable tributaries. The call is made in pursuance of a general desire, communicated through the press, emanating from various commercial bodies recognizing the importance of united and intelligent action on a subject of the most vital importance, and fixing upon St. Louis, the central city of the Valley, as the proper place for holding the Convention. The rapid gron th and settlement of the llississippi Val ley, and with it the development and enlargement of the export trade, trade nude up in largely controllillg proportions of its products, has forced upon the thought of the country the question of cheap transportation. All the later conmercial and trade experiences have demonstrated that only by the cheap water route can this questioil be so placed, as i11 its resultant influences to represent and embrace fair profit to the farmer, the manufacturer and merchant, the classes through which all others become participants in the profits of industry...

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