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flnndal Meeting and Baoqli?! of th? Scranfon Board of Trad?
a 4 Governor Willam A. Stone and Many Other Notables of the Great Keystone State Assist in Commemorating the ' 4
ea er fl0fln'ff Anniversary and in Celebrating Scranton's Transition from the Third to the Second Class of Cities. & . & i &
CItANTON'S premier civic body,
SI the board of trade, last night
had the biggest celebration In
Its history. The occasion, pri
marily, was the twenty-ninth
anniversary of the board's organ
ization, but what made It cspeclully
momentous was that It took on In no
small decree the nature of a commem
oration of the city's new achievement,
the attaining of a growth which took
It out of the companionship of Corry,
Lancaster, Plttston, Hazleton, Wllkes
Barre and other villages masquerading
as cities and put It In a class with the
great and thriving industrial Pittsburg-Allegheny.
To help celebrate the ausplcloua oc
casion the board Invited the attend
ance of a number of the most distin
guished men of the commonwealth,
and the responses contained a gratify
ing majority of acceptance. Governor
William A. Stone, the Judges of the
Superior court, the local Judiciary, At
torney General Henry W. Palmer, of
Wllkes-Barre, and Mayor James Molr
were among those who accepted and
were present. Senator Holes Penrose,
who also had accepted, telegraphed
yesterday morning that, owing to the
debate on ship subsidy bill he could
not get away from Washington. The
board was much disappointed not to
have him with them. Judge George B.
Orlady, of the Superior court, was sub
stituted for Senator Penrose to re
spond to the toast "The Nation."
The celebration was held In the
board's beautiful assembly room on
the eighth floor of the board of trade
building. Dinner was enjoyed at 7.30
o'clock. At Its conclusion, a brief busi
ness meeting was held and this being
over the speechmaklng was proceeded
An Informal reception In honor of
Governor Stone and the other distin
guished! guests was held In the secre
tary's office Just prior to the dinner.
At the close of this function the guests
and members, led by President Lans
ing and Secretary Atherton, proceeded
to the assembly room to the strains of
a patriotic march by Bauer's orchestra.
The tables were arranged In four
rows, the one for the odlcers nnd
guests at the far end of the room and
three longer ones extending at right
angles to It. President Lansing sat at
tho center of the head tabic. On his
right was Governor Stone and to the
left sat James II, Torrey, the toast
master. The others at the head table wore
President Judge C. K. Rice, Judge
George B. Orlady and Judge W. D.
Porter, of the Superior court; Presi
dent Judge R. W. Archbald, of the
Lackawanna courts; Congressman
elect Henry W. Palmer, of Wilkes
Barre; Mayor James Molr, Major Ev
erett Warren, and K. A. Gerwlg. of
Harrisburg, private secretary to Gov
Tho members and their friends sit
ting at the other tables were:
Gueiti-A. !'. Law, W. A. Amy, C. 1). Sun.
derson, Assistant Postmaster I). W. Powell,
Chariot J. Long, ltev. V. it. Datiman, ex-Mayor
Wr-.L. Cumuli, II, C. Arbutlinot, ot London,
.mf. Nelson Gillespie, Thomas Palmer, Milton
V Lowry, J. D. Williams. Joseph Keller, I.
F. Megtrgel, C. A. O. Stark. Dr. II. 11. War.
J. P. Connor, C. S. Woodruff, Internal Iteunuc
Collector T. V, Pcnnnn, Willis Keinmorer, W,
K. BIttenbender, K. M. Stack, Dr. A. J Connell,
Livy S. Richard, George S. Sturges, Represen
tatives Edward James, jr., and T. J, Ilcjiiolds,
MemberaJ. W. Howarth, ltalpli W. Weeks,
11 1: f us J. Foster, Postmarter K. II. Hippie, .lohn
A. Powell, Colonel 1. L. Hitchcock, Solc-t
Councilman K. L. Mcrriman, ham Painter, John
A. Fritr, J. O. MoftJlt, W. I.. Ilenwood, Hon.
V. V. Watson, A. X. Kramer. C. K. W'httte
more, llator .1. W, Oakford. J. G, HulnaKlr,
W. II. Peck, V. .1. Mullln, Franklin llcnshavv,
Joseph Levy, Colonel Arthur Lonir,. Morris Cold
Mnlth, Thomas Sprague, F. S. Baiker, M. II.
Holgate, Henry Delln, jr.. A. C. FulUi, M. M.
ltuddy, Grant Pelton, II. G. Yost, A. W Dick
noil, Conrad Schroeder, W. II, Taylor, B, Moses,
.'A. D. Warman, ex-.liutlce Alfred Hind, J. II.
' I'arrish, II. U. Miater, Isadore Krotosky, K. S.
reck, D. M. Bclley, 0. II. IIuss, Q. A. Fuller,
A .11. Christy, A. II. Dunning, Sol. fioldsmlth,
C. 8. WooUorth, David Spruki, Valentine Bliss,
B. A. lllll, Victor Koch, J. S. Luce, Colonel
L. A. Watres, J, N. Htucot, T. 0. Von Store h,
J. B. Toore, Charles B. Scott, ,1, B. WooLey,
A. C. Nettleton, C. V. Ten llroeek, Luther Kel.
ler. N. B. Levy, Kbcr.czcr Williams, W,
Van Dyke, C. 1). Jones M. P. Judge, Colonel
George Sanderson, It. (.'. Wills, John Reynolds,
Peter Stlpp, J. F, Gueinwy, C. V, Fulttn,
W. J. I)als, diaries Ilenwood, L. .1. William,
8. E. Wayland, George It. Watson, K. H. Wil
liams, Charles R. Connell, W. II. Pierre, It.
K. Prendergatt, 11. G. Ilrouks, J, M. Kemmerer,
Colonel George M. Ilallstead, Colonel II, M.
Boles, John T. Porter, K. II. hturgei, II. C.
Wallace, William II. Richmond, ex-Judge W.
II, Jessup, lames L. Connell, B, II. Davis, C.
G. Boland, City Treusurcr K. J, Itobliuun,
George I. Brown, C. W, Schsnk, William Chap,
pell, C. R. Kinsley, t S, Bennett.
Banks of palms and other tropical
plants filled tho four corners of the
room and extending between these
was a succession of other Ereenlnirs.
which made a frame of foliage for the
pretty plcturo formed by the elabor
ately decorated tables. Just behind
the governor's chair, festooned grace
fully against the wall, was a largo
American flag with the arms of Penn
sylvania In the center, Tho dinner
was served by O'Neill and was a
sumptuous affair. The menu follows:
Gteen Turtle Clear,
Radishes. Olive. Celery.
Sweetbreads with Chicken Crouuettes.
Tenderloin of Beel Larded with Mushrooms.
Bermuda Potato Nature. French String Beans.
Kngllih Plover Broiled on Toast.
oquefort. Camembert. Philadelphia Cream.
Neapolitan Ic Cream. Fancy Cake.
Clfan. Cafe Nolr. Cigarettes.
,-i'ne oMter t?qyr. ?r themeu card
MM "MtTT ell'MlCr, MKMHlaV
the geographical center of a tenltory
having as Its boundary stations New
York, Boston, Rochester, Buffalo,
Pittsburg, Baltimore nnd Washing
ton, which territory Is the richest In
Opposite the menu was printed the
order of business for tho meeting and
the programme of tho banquet, and
on the rear cover was the list of of
ficers, as follows: President, J. A.
Lnnslng; vice president, A. W. Dick
son treasurer, Joseph Levy; secre
tary, P. B. Atherton; trustees. Hon.
William Connell; Captain W. A. May,
O. A. Fuller; banquet committee, T.
C.Von Storch, Charles Schlager, D.
T. Yost, W. D. Boyer, P. J. Casey.
The dining being concluded the busi
ness meeting was opened by President
Lansing. The application of Dr. J. C.
Bateson, J. Benj. Dlmmlck and S. K.
Wayland were received and filed and
then waH held the elelon of ofllcers,
at which all of last year's officers were
again chosen unanimously.
The report of Secretary D. B. Ather
ton for the year 1900 was then read.
Its reading was frequently Interrupted
with applause. The report Is given
here In full.
T tho Officer-!! and Members of the fcy-ranton
Board of Trade.
Gentlemen: On an occasion of this kind, it
reqliirra considerable self-possession and egotism
to attempt to Intuit upon so mam of 0'ir
prominent citizens and distinguished visitors
a discourse that in tin- very nature of It cannot
help but be dry and uninteresting. But as it is
ancient custom for the secretary to present his
yeurly report at the annual meeting of the board
In January, I am necessarily compelled to aslc
jour indulgence while I tell you. In as brief a
manner as possible, n lot of things you alrcadv
ki o, but which mar hare some value as a
matter of reconl to be referred to in the days
In some respects, the year just closed has been
a memorable one in our hlstorr. The 1100
census has, placed Scranlon in company with
Pittsburg and Allegheny, and we naturally feel
a little "fctuck up" that we are privileged to
associate with such Important neighbors. Uille
we were in the company of the third class cities,
we felt like an over-grown school boy in the
primary das', now- as a aecond class city t
feel like a kindergarten student in the high
achnol; but no hae capabilities sufficient to
ennble us to keep up with the procession, and
if I mUtfke not, eventually make ourselves
worthy of the honorable portion we now hold.
According to WOO census, the population of
Seianton Is 102,020, represented by wards as
First ward T.f.lO
Second ward H.1M
Third ward v 3,02.1
Fourth ward 7,300
Fifth ward 7.UVI
Mth ward 4,140
Seventh ward V.r-I
Eighth ward 2,6-V)
Ninth ward 4,021
Tentlr vv-anl .1,301
Klcvcnth ward 5,120
Twelfth ward 2.MVS
Thirteenth ward 6,52(1
Fourteenth ward 3,751
Fifteenth ward 4,070
Sixteenth ward 3,017
Seventeenth ward 4,92
Jllghtecnth ward 2.071
Nineteenth ward 8,23.!
Twentieth ward 6,720
Twenty-flint ward 2,730
The cities of FjII River. Mas., Los Angeles,
California and Memphis, Tenn., passed us in
population. bennton pavsed Albany, N. Y
Richmond, Va., Lo'vcll, Mass., and Nashville,
Lackawanna county lias a population of 193,191
and, therefore, has passed from a salary system
to a fee sjsteni, which is another step upward,
and one that will, no doubt, prove economical
und of great benetlt to the tax payer. Here
after a $2,000 man will not be drawing a $10,000
salary, or lcj verta, but each county officer
will be on a more equitable basin as compared
with services rendered. It wilt be seme time
bfeore the new machinery will run smoothly,
and many changes will bo necessary.
New legislation must be enacted before the
gaiment that (Its Pittshuig and Allegheny will
come anywhere near fltttrg Scranton; but wo
believe tho wisdom of our representatives nt
Ilarritburg will so shape matters that eventually
a law governing cltlc of a second class will be
eaictcd that will give each city a satisfactory
form of government.
Owing to matters over which we had no con
trol, Mie industrial growth of Scranton did not
come up to its usual proportions during the
year that haa closed. No doubt, the greatest
disappointment to thoic who had worked m In
cessantly to promote It was the loss of the tin
plate factory. Six yeara ago the location ol a
tin plate factory waa before the board, and
our capitalists were asked to subscribe to the
stock of suih an enterprise they failed to re
spond. Within two jeais from that time, had
Scranton taken the Industry Its stockholders J
would have trebled their money, and Scranton
would, no doubt, had by this time one of the
largest tin plate mills now controlled by the
American Tin Plate company.
During the past year the matter was again
taken up, and teveii months consumed in an ee
deaver to place the stock among the investors
of this city, but for some reason, unknown to
the writer, it was impossible to carry out the
project, and again the city of Scranton Is the
loi.fr. We hear of Independent tin plate mills
going up all over the country, in places not aa
well adapted to its manufacture as Scranton.
We know that large dividends are being realized,
and the day will surely come when our capital
Ists will regret, aa they did In 1804, not having
taken advantage ot this opportunity.
During the year we added two new industries;
the Scranton Cut Glass factory, on Washington
avenue, employing fifty men, and the Timincs
& Ilerht rolling mill, spike factory and galvanis
ing plant, on the, West Side, that will when in
operation, employ at least 100 men. These
came to Scranton directly through the efforts
of this organization, and without the financial
aid of the cltltcna of Scranton, beyond paying
freight on the glass plant in the amount of
During the year the KloU Silk Mill rompany
doubled the site of Its mill! aa did alio
Messrs, Rellllng, David and Schoen, who operatv
the Tenth ward silk mill. In both of these
case large additions were built, which in
creased tho capacity, and tho hands employed,
100 per cent. The Scranton Bolt and Nut com.
pany were also obllgsd to enlarge their plant,
and are now employing over 850 men, an ln
crease ol 150 men over that emplojed last jear.
The erection ot a large prlntng house, referred
to in my last report, which was to be built by
the Colliery Engineer company, will, I am In.
formed, begin early In the spring, The opening
of Wjomlng avenue, which caused the delay In
the carrying out of this project. Is well under
way, and In Itself will be a great advantage to
the section ot the city through which this ave
nue runs. The erection of the new Young Men's
Christian Auoclation building and the Thir
teenth regiment armory Is progressing. The
latter will be ready for occupancy by April 1st,
and will be one of the finest and largest armories
In the state ol Pennsi lvanla, and the former will
be completed about the close ol 1001, and will
be the largest and moat commodious building
of Its kind in the country, which reflect great
credit upon the cltliens c the city ol Scranton,
who bar br. their libaaBsBontrlbutlou cauud
to !aVtsM mmBb baaU a laek.
THE SCRANTON TRIBUNE-TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 1901'.
tlon that Is doing so much for the salvation
of nur young men.
Your aecretary la continually in receipt of ap
plications from manufactures In all parts of the
country, who express a desire to locate In this
city. In nearly every case, however, they nsk
flnsneiat aid in the way of cash bonus or stock
The writer believes that the time Is come
when such applications should not be encour
aged. For yesrs psst we have continually ap
pealed to our Investors, until It has become al
most Impossible to Interest them to an extent
sufficient to carry through such projects. I be
lieve we should exert our energies In securing
such enterprises and Industries as are fully csp
Itaiired, and are onlv seeking locations where
natural advantages are sufficient in warrant
The successful operations of our present In
dustries Is a sufficient guarantee of our unex
celled advantages, and tends to draw fivorable
attention to manufacturers in other localities,
who are seeking new locations for their plant;
and by an intelligent effort In setting forth the
many natural advantages offered by Scrantor,
new Industries can be contlnuallj secured, who
not not ask or require local assistance.
During the jcar 1W0 the board took tip many
matters of rational Importance as well .is of
local intersts. In 1S03 this boird of trade rec
ommended to the national board a consideration
of the following resolution, to wit,: with a
view ot securing such a distribution ut the loan
able capital of tho country, as will tend to equal
ize the rates of Interest in all parts Hum of,
and that such a aystem may furnish banking
facilities to every part of the country. We
recommended that such hinks with a capital
of 125,000 or more, may bo establUhed in towns
and villages of les than 3,000 population This
resolution was suggested bv our worthy presi
dent, Mr. Lansing, and unanimously adopted by
the National Board of Trade. The bill au
thorizing the cstablshment ot such banks was
passed at the ftrtt session n' the Flttv-sUth
congress, and Is now- a law.
At our March meeting Mr. William Griffiths,
mining expert and civil engineer, lead a very
interesting papor on "Flushing culm into the
Mines," his lecture being Illustrated by stcreop.
tlcan views. It might be Interesting to note
that the plan of flushing culm into the mines
is being extensively used by the coal operators
throughout the valley, and eventually the un.
sightly culm clumps that now adorn the valley
will have been robbed of their value through
the agency of the washcry, and the refuse ear.
rled back into the mines, acting as a support
to the surface.
After repeated effort upon the put of the le""
idents of the West Side to have erected over
the tracks of tho Delaware, I.irkawanna and
Western Railroad company a viaduct, and after
the matter had been twice voted upon, and de
feated by the suffrages of the people of this city,
the matter was finally taken up by this organlza
tlon and referred to Its committee on streets and
hlghwavs. It is gratifying to report thut
through the efforts of the committee the erec
tion of the viaduct has been provided for, and
the ordinance authorizing its construction pissed
by both branches ot the councils, and is attached
thereto the signature ot his honor, the mayor.
The cost of tho viaduct will be borne entirely
by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Rail
road company and the Scranton Traction coin
pany. Damages to property abutting on Laik
awanna avenue, between f-eventh and Ninth
streets will be borne by the city. There is
opposition to this plan, but it is to be hoped
that the matter can be amicably adjusted, and
the construction of the viaduct hurt led forward
without further delay.
Through tho efforts of this board and the
valuable assistance of Hon. William Council, the
agricultural department at Washington in May
last took favorable action upon making Scranton
a weather station. In Julv this station was
installed on the Connell building, and Is under
the supervision of Mr. Donaldson, of the United
States Weather Bureau. This gives Scranton
considerable distinction, and HdvertUea it large
ly throughout the United states.
On Sept. 17 the United Mine Woikem of the
Anthracite Regions went on strike, which caused
the entire suspension of the anthracite coal In
dustry, with the exception of a few small col
lieries in the Schuylkill elitrict. One hundred
and forty thousand men and hois were involved
In this struggle, which, in many resprcts wis
the moat memorable controversy of Its kind
ever witnessed in this country, The stilke con
tinucel for thirty nine dajs, and was officially
declared off on Thursday, Oct. 25.
On Sunday, Dec. 23, the conductois and motor
men employed by the Scranton Railway company
ctruek for an advance in waged, and icgulution
of the hours of service. As a result of this
strike, the operation ot the street cai system
was entiiely suspended for nine days, when the
difficulty wis amlcally adjusted and operations
It is to he sincerely hoped that tho re-occur-rencc
of such struggles, ns these between ljbor
and capital will be rare, as they tend to work
great Injury in the industiial and rommeiclal
grovtli ot our city.
During the year an effort was made to in
ciease the membership to ut least 300, ami re
duce annual dues to iH. So far this effort has
not met with success. In December jour kcc
relary, acting upon Instructions fioni the board,
mailed to business and professional men of the
city, 400 circular letters, setting forth the ad.
antagea of an active and enterprl.ing bouid of
trane, anu asking them to enroll their names
among Its membership. To tills appeal eigh
teen rcsiwnses were received. An effort was
also made to have the West Side- board of
tiade Join the central board. To that end jour
secretary visited tho West Side board ot their
tegular meeting in December and extended tt,
them an urgent invitation to join with us, und
either drop their local organization, or change
Its name to a more appropriate title. It was
the unanimous feeling among the membeis pres
ent that they could better promote the luteiesta
of tho Went Side by affiliating with the central
boaid. The matter, however, was referred to
a peclal committee to report at a subsequent
meeting, and up to the present time no definite
liifonnatlon has been received, us to what dls.
position was made of the mitter.
The membership of the board is as follows:
No, of members as per last ieport....l81
Elected during the year n
Resigned during the year X
Died ;... o
Dropped for non-payment of dues., ll
I'ifsent membeishlp J72
Tho receipts and expendltuies for the tHcal
year, ending tonight, are aa follows:
Balance on hand as per last report iJl.OJS Ot
Salaries 2,100 00
It. G, Dunn & Co. ,..,,, 210 CA
Rent 421 OS
Postage 71 t-fl
Printing 11X) :,
Light 40 7.1
Telephone 72 31
P.xpense to Washington 133 00
Telegrams 2 78
Stationery 2 00
Flowers 1 M
Cleaning carpets n 72
Lunches ,, 2.1 to
National board of trade dues,, .10 00
Cigars 12 73
Decorating offices Li) (Hi
Stereoptlcon views , 3 0)
Revenue stamps , 7
Small table ,, 2 25
Insurance 10 00
Kxperte to New York 15 00
Express 75 ,
Special street cara 12 00
Entertaining out of town guesta 13 23
County directory ,, 1 00
Call bell ,,., 1 70
Typewriter and cabinet 120 00
Cab hire 7 00
Delegate to Milwaukee ,,. M 50
Nam pistes, ex-presldcnts ,,,, 0 60
Press clippings ,,,,,, 4.00
Kipertw to Pittsburg ,,,. 60 00
1 8,7 M
Received fiuni members $.1,830 00
Ccniinisslcns and other receipts fit 23
Lei-s dlvbiirsrinents 3,732 8J
Balance $1,237 00
Capital stock $1,40,1X1
Surplus 2,33 i,M
Unclivlde prcfits -...- 01-VH
Gain In surplus 2.;0,tl
Gain In undivided profits VM
Gain in deposits 1,179.407
AN'IIIIMCITK COAL PRODUCtlON, l.K.
July 3,5ii'),7ir 14
September 2,')72,U4 (XI
December 3,075.18') 07
Total production t",107,lS3.0l
Of the above 21,810,780 04 tons were produced
ill the Wyoming district.
I have been as brief as possible in this, my
seventli annual icport, realizing that on an occa
sion of thin kind jou dn not care to be Inflicted
to any extent with figures and statistics. I will,
therefore, give way to others who .lie far more
capable than I to It.terest jou.
Before closing, however, allow mo to agnln
express in) sincere gratitude to the offfeers and
menders of the board for thi mativ oourtcjles
extended to me during th vcar Just closed.
That my future administration of the office may
warrant a continuance ot thee pleasant relations,
is my supreme deslr.-.
D. II. Atherton, Secretary
Theannualaddress of President Lans
ing was next presented. It proved to
he nn extremely Interesting discourse.
President Lansing said:
Gentlemen 'if the Seianton Board of Tiade aiiJ
We celebrate toda,- the thirty-fourth anniver
sary of the organization of ti.ls boatd. And It
ic'nn fitting it this time tu tefer briellv to
the let old of the put, S" far as the rofer to
the lust half century, which covers the entire
period of our city's history. The federal census
ot 150 doe not mention uny postolhce or
town by the name of Sorautun. During the
early fortiea a lew courageous and aggrcseivo
nun had foiced their wny over the corderoy
nnd mountain roadi of the Poeono, and estab
lished a furnare and uw mill, aiound which
had sprung up a small settlement, not yet lin
poitant enough to enjoy the convenience of a
postofflce, or place the town on the imp.
Old residents, tome of whom are now living,
tell us that the wolves wandeied by night oier
the territory covered by our city: whilo bears
cat the cranberries Hut giew In the swamp
where now stands the building we now occupy,
and our county and city buildings. So late as
twenty year ago the trogs kept up their dm
all summer on the very ground upon which the
board of trade building now- stands, By the cen
sus of 1SC0 a straggling mining village, called
Scranton, was mentioned with a population ot
some 0,000 icople.
In tho ycir 1800 the city of SeratiUn was In
pouted. Thcie is no official data giving the
population at that lime; but from the best
information and opinions 1 have been able to
obtain, would place the opul.ition at about
22,IK), or somewhere between 20,000 and 2.',O00.
So In the thirty-three eurs of our city's mu
nicipal history our population Ins inci cased
since- tho federal census of l'o, which was the
first census following the creation of I.uk.m.imn
county, from 80,000 to l')3,000 people, and near
ly 400,000 people living within twenty miles
can easily reach our city by trolley car In an
In the car the ,-lty of Scranton was chartered,
1807, the Scranton boatd ot trade wus organized;
iranv of tie earlier tiles and records however
are lot or have been doatrcyed. An executive
evmncil was organized, with tho following gen
tlemen pie'kcnt: Mc'sri. Lewis Puglie, George
Fisher, T. F Hunt, C. II. Pond, F. L. Hitch,
cock, A. O. Clliuore, G. A. Fuller, C. W. Kirk.
Patrick, J. W, Carney
The last live n lined ore still living line.
Mes-iB. Hitchcock, Garney and Fuller continuing
to be active member of the boird. A charter
wis obtained in 1871. The tecords name tue
following who have held the olllcial positions of
president, i-eeretaiy and treasurer:
Presidents Lewis Pughe, Oeoige I'Mier, (I, A.
Fuller, W. T. Smith, Thos. II. Dale, J. A. Price,
II. M. Holes, Willi un Connell, J. M. Kemmerer,
W. A. May, Luther Keller, J. A. Lansing.
Secretaries Mcssi. U A. Fuller, Joseph I.ng
Hull, i:, ('. Fullei, . M. Decker. II. W. Luce,
J. II. Fisher, II. - KliiS'Uury, I). 11 Atherton
Tieasurer Messrs. A. W. Dickson, .lames W.
Oakforcl, Joseph Lev. Mr. .Dickson holding tlie
eifllco of tieasurer for twentj-one years.
'I lie Scranton board of tiade has been an
active and aggressive organization fiom its birth,
its solo object being to promote the rommetc ,al,
flranclal and Industrial interests of this city an I
section of the state. While never mlng Its in
fluence to advance llic- Inteiots of any section,
sect or political organization. It has stood fm
clean government, well paved and lighted stieou
and cvervihing that would tend to muke emi
city aggressive commercial!, and delightful ,u.
pleasant to live In.
It Ls not my purpose to say more about th'
various dc lulls which aie of Interest to the in u
beis of this board and citizens of our il'i
These have had their pioper place in the- lepmt
ol your sccrctar. There ore a few things
which I will icfcr to of interest to us all, as
bearing upon our future piospcrltj. The quo
tlon that Is being usked by everv wise und
thoughtful citizen, a we look buck on our half
century of life, What of the future! The changes
of the last two jeara, the passing of our great
iron works, the absorption of the coal mines,
formerly owned by the Individual operator, by
the great carrying companies,' the amalgamv
tlon of carrying roids by larger competing com
panics all indicate u commercial change, to
which, if wa hold our marvelous growth, we
must adapt ourselves. That vvei will do to, I
have not the- sllghtcM doubt. A e it v that hi
gmwn threefold ehiilug the last thirty years,
that is ready to take every responsibility, the
llrtt in tho land to proceed to dean house when
municipal rascality and corruption stalk lam
pant, will not be slow to see tho sign of tho
time and meet the problems that face ui,
Ona thing I feel I must emphasize, which
has been so strongly urged by my predecessors
J. In office, Mcfers May and Keller, and that Is
the Importance of ImcMing jour money in local
manufacturing and Industrial enterprise, which
Is th' I asta upon which our future success and
prosperity tests. We have unsurpassed railroad
faulitle, more abundant water supply, the
Irlghtest and clearest sunlight, the best school
houses, the smallest debt, the lowest tax rate,
on oetuil valuation, nnd everything that goes to
nuke up a delightful town to live In of any city
of 100,000 Inhabitants in this land, and tho men
of this generation will be equal to any task and
responsibility that they may be called upon to
Heranton vvu born a colonial colony. The tint
eltlers of northeatern Pennsylvania came otn
from Connecticut and founded the county ol
Westmoreland, and the leglilature of Connecticut
promptly cut the knot ol colonial relations by
passing a bill derlaring that the county ol
Westmoreland vva entitled to equal representa
tion In the legislature ol Connecticut. We claim
to bo ezpambuUts os expansionists we were
born as expansionist we,' live and wo expect
to die expansionist,
During th put year this board hi lost by
death two of Its oldest and most prominent
members, Mr. J. II. Steel and Mr. (I. W. Fritz.
Record! nnd resolutions retelling to our loi
have been spread upon our minutes.
In closing, I wish tu refer to the thorough,
enthusiastic and cheery work of our secretary,
ami to thank every member of the board for
the help, kindness and coutlesy shown your pre
siding officer, and In again conferring the high
honor In re-electing mo ns jour president.
Mr. Lansing wns warmly applauded
and when he concluded It wns unani
mously directed that his report and
the report of tho secretary ho printed
The Flow of Soul.
At this Juncture the direction of af
fairs was turned over to Toastmastor
Jamei II. Torrey nnd for two hours
the diners wero treated to a flow ot
wit unci wisdom, that has, possibly,
never ucen excelled at a previous din
ner of its kind given In Scranton.
In assuming the position of toast
mnstcr Mr. Torrey said that It was
hardly conceivable that upon this night
a gathering of Kngllsh-speaklng men
could be held without the thought of
the assemblage centering on the gra
cious womnn lying at the point of
death nt Osborne House and he pro
posed a silent toast to her health. If
nllve; to her eternal happiness, If dead.
The toast was drank rising.
He then read regrets from Judge II.
M. Hdwards, who ls 111 with the grip,
nnd Senator Holes Penrose, who was,
ns stated above, unexpectedly detained
That tho banquet committee was
wise In Its choice of a toastmaster for
such u momentous occasion will be
readily attested by those who enjoyed
Mr. Torrey's ready wit nnd bright hu
mor. Ills Introduction of the snenkers
and the fund of fitting stotles with
which lie embellished the short
speeches, with which ho Interlarded
the response's were provocative of the
heartiest bursts of applause nnd laugh
ter. One story he told to Illustrate a
certain recent speakeasy ense will un
doubtedly be repeated very generally
today. It was the hit of the evening.
First Toast, "Our City."
The first toast was "Our Cltv," to
which Mayor Molr made the response.
He said In substance:
Your seiritniy, in his nnnuil icpoit, made
roine allusion to a difficult! confronting Set-litem
in the way ut being talh-d upon to vest it
self in clothing wlili.li ilotb not fit. Let us not
worry about tho fit, I know something about
the clothing bu-lness, and I am confldi nt that
wo can altir the clothes if tho goods arc good.
With the help of Ills Excellency here wo tan
transform the (.croud class, city suit until it
does fit. Pittsburg and Allcghenv, I think are
the ones to worry about squeezing Into the
second c lave ulothes.
Municipal gov en mem is now claiming the
attention of tho brightest mind of our eountiy
It is light that this should be. Our municipal
government affects us a dozen time where tht
of the state or nation cloei once-. Some of the
most difficult problems to be solved arc found
In municipal government.
Municipal home rule is the best form of
municipal government. We should have self
government freedom to act for our city, inde
pendent of the slate or nitlon, Yvhv should
the state Impose it judgment on a clt)' form
of government nny mote than a nation, should
the nation impose its Judgment on the affair
ot a state
The interests ot a till are best understood
by its citizeni ard they ale best able to tak-t
care of those interests. Why should rural legis
lators from Potter county be permitted to pass
upon matter pert lining to the- government of
the city of Scranton! It is ridiculous; thev
can't dn it lutelllgtutlt, and they should not
be asked to do it,
There- ouiiht to be n limited sphere at least
In which a city would be free to act for itself
In the matter of government The only limita
tion that should bo put upon It is that com
prised In the basic principles of the liw of
the state and nation,
Scranton gave an example recently of Its
sincerity in the belief in self government. Some
big cities when they feel that their officials have
forgotten good maxim of government, go to the?
legislature and ask suili priest as Dve Maitln
to have u rummlttte iippuinteil to Lexnw them.
We didn't do that. We believe In the people
purifying their own government, just as much rs
we elci that they should regulate the govern
ment. Tho mayor closed with a glowing eu
logy of tho board of tiade nnd wished
it all success, saying that the ftituro
success of the boatd means the futura
pinspority of Scranton.
Judge Orlady's espouse to the toast,
"Our Nation," while Impromptu, was
i very ent,ertnlnlng efrort. Judge Or
udy is an orator In every sense of
he woul; he has a remarkable com
mind of elegant language: hi Idem
'airly crowd upon one nnother nnd hl3
wit Is of tho dlgnlllod and scholarly
kind thnt makes nn Impression which
ls deep and lasting.
"Pulling tall feutheis out of Scran
ton's pride," to use one of his own
exptesslons, best characterizes the
theme of his discourse. Ills only
reference to the toast, "Our Nation,"
waH a pus-sing one, Introduced In a
stoty he told to "excuse Ills presump
tion" in attempting to substitute for
so great a man nH Senator Penroxe.
Sarcasm of a rich variety shredded the
whole woof of tho judge's talk.
"I do not bellevo there Is unotlnv
community In the world where men of
so many minds, of such divers tnstcs,
of fucIi vurled antecedents, nggregata
to make a community prclltnble," he
said. "It has not all been unselfish,
this work you hnvo performed for your
cities advancement. I dnro sny. It was
not nil poetic sentiment. I venture to
say there was possibly nome fcelflsh-
noss behind It. While you made pro
gress for Scranton, you wero nssured
you wero making millions for your
self. "You hold some great Ideas concern,
lng Scranton. I would say, In upcak
ins for tho outlying districts of tha
city, by which I menu all lying be.
yond the boundaries of Lackawanna.
nnd Luzerne counties, that we bellavei
In your claims. We nre fearful oveiy
day that you will keep on growing and
reaching out until wo nre all absorbed
by the state of Scranton, I would
speak more of Scranton In an eulogis
tic way, but tho allotted years of a
man's life are not numerous enough to
permit of properly palming the pic
ture one must needs paint to do full
Juttlce to the subject.
"W4 nr as proud of you ns you him
of yourselves. Keep on crowing. Tho
more you giow, the more taxes you f
win pay. Oo on and multiply rest
asstirod you will not escape us.
"The great regret Is that Pennsyl
vania Is so Immense ami diversified
that her people are not acquainted with
each other. Interests here are not
known of eloow,here. Interests else
where are unknown to you. Pittsburg
ls the wonder city of the world. In the
territory which It covers Is embraced
more Invested capital, more tonnage
of product sent out, more business
activity than In any like area In the
world. This Is not meant as nn In
vidious distinction. Far from one. I
only want to pull a few tall feathers
out of Scranton's pride. You are not
the whole It. There are others.
"Remember we are all Pennsylva
nlans, nnd that we should be proud of
our state. No like acreage on the face
of the earth can come within long dis
tance telephone rea-ch of uev. In the
future let us feel that whether we are
first, second or third-class cities, we
nre Pennsylvanlans and not represen
tatives of any particular locality."
The Sister Cities.
As will be believed 'by those -who en
Joy the pleasure of his acquaintance,
there was but short Interruptions to
tho run of laughter that accompanied
the response made by General Palmer
to the toast "The Sister Cities." It ls
given below In full:
Proctor Knott made himself famous by one
speech on "Duluth, the Zenith City of the tin
salted Seas." Had he selected Scranton for a
text he would have been twice famous.
It Is but yesterday since Scranton was Slocum
Hollow, with one store, a tavern, a blacksmith
shop and a chzen houses. I say yesterday be
cause 1 remember It well and I am only a boy.
Today, barring Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburg, it is
the most thriving and prospermia Inland city in
What makes a tit gieatf Is it population!
The census gives you 1)0,000 and you elalm JS0,
000. Is It wealth! The mighty buildings that
shade your streets, the sumptuous homes that
tiown the hillside testify that some people have
had capital, and that they now have experience,
and Scranton lias the capital. Is It enterprise?:
The very atmosphere throb with it. When I
come to Scranton an J listen to the tale of tor-
tune made it seems to me that every Scranton
man has a toin.li of Midas everything he bandies
turns tu gold. Lawyers, great expounders of
the laiv, made fortunes mining coal, Watres,
a propriatelj' named, promotes water companies
until he seems to have a ctneli on all the creeks
f i om Lake Lrie to the Delaware, and Is nearly
rich enough, not quite, to go Into politics and
run for I'nlted States senator, Sturges builds
railroads and tuts coupons for pleasure and Jugs
councllmeii for a business. Watkins does J. Pier
pent Morgan In a coal mine deal, and Simpson
seems to own the Waldorf-Astoria. I am sure
that enterprise Is a dnig In Seranton markets.
A great town I
Of course, Scranlon Is a great town. Great in
t tie- pluck that ha nude these barren hill side
blossom like a rose. Great in the energy that
has developed nnd built up this wonderful city
In a night. Great in the business ability that
makes It a manufacturing center for varied In
du'trles and a wholesome mart for Northeastern
Pennsylvania and a part of York state. Great
in the loyalty of her citizens to tlielr city and
each other. Gieat in tho unlimited and illimit
able cheek with which they always Insist that
there is but one city on earth, and that Is
Scranton. Believe a Seranton man when he talk
about Scranton. I guess not.
Said an Irishman to his friend whom ho met
on tho street: "Why, Pat, I heard jou was
dead!" "Faith, I say I am not," sajs Pat.
Sure I would rather believe the man what tald
me," ta.vs the friend." You think that Is an
Irish bull. It I not. II was borrowed from the
Greek and was old when Home was built.
But the most Indispensible element ot a great
city is men. Not mere bipeds wearing clothes,
but real men with brains and brawn, with char
acter and courage, fearing nothing but God and
dishonor. Of such Seranton has not been lack
lng. If she had she would still be Slocum Hollow-.
I cannot go over the list, it is ton long,
and some of the builders of heranton are still
living and giving dally evidence that they are
alive. Of some of the dead 1 may speak, and
particularly of George W. Seianton, whose lion
oiable name your city beai. To him and others
ot his kin jou owe honor and remembrance-. Ills
wise foresight laid the foundations, broad and
deep of jour prosperity. He filled to a letter
my estimate of a man. He had brawn and brain,
and character and courage. He feared God and
loved the truth, "and his woiks do follow him."
Juines Aielibald, Dickson, Albright, Mattes,
Jfanness, and scores of others, were the captains
of industry who "bullded better than they knew,"
'I he buideii laid upon this generation many of
them bearing these honored names I to perpet
uate) what they originated. With wider oppor
tunity, with greater mean, with added experi
ence, the 1 1- is no teason why the men of Scranton
should not carry on this great woik ol building
a elty to It legltlnnte conclusion, and 1 am
not In doubt as to tlielr capacity or intention
in that behalf. But, as the jears roll by, and
wealth accumulates, see to it that the standard
of manhood set by th" brave, true men who were
jour pioneers is not lowered or debased,
111 fare the land, to hastening Ills a prej-,
Wheie wealth accumulate ami men decay.
If this life has no higher motive than to build
pahces. and pile up gold it is not worth living,
In this century we may reasonably expert a new
adjustment of conditions between the laboring
poor and their employ tt. T teconclle labor
and capital so that one shall not with unceasing
fury destroy, or the other with unhallowed greed
opr'ess, I task worthy of the most enlightened
and Christian statesmanship of this or any other
land. The unrequited toil ot the bondman is
no moie, but every drop of blood drawn by tho
lash was repaid bj torrent drawn by the sword.
If voti would escape In the twentieth century
destruction worse than that visited sm Borne by
the Goths and valid lis In the sixth, you must
meet the leasonable demands of those whose lot
It I to toil for bread, and fairly share with them
the proceed of Industrie In which capital can
do without labor un better than labor can do
My toast is "Tho Sl.tei Cities," Now, jou
expect tne to tall; about Wllkes-llaire, Well, I
shall not. I hive a dependent family, and 1 wish
to hold down a seat In congress a few months.
I take no chances. I am like the man who re
ceived a despatch saving! "Your mother-in-law
Is dead. Shall we bury, embalm or (reunite."
The reply was brief, but emphatic: "Knibalin,
cremate and bury. Take no chance,"
But, In order to keep solid with my constitu
ents, I will venture to say this much, When
Mocauley's New Zealander sits on the ruins of
London budge meditating, upon the greatness ot
tlm city tint has been but is not; when the owls
are roosting and the bats arc boarding In the top
stories of your tall buildings, when an aborigine
from the Sand Cut, digging around the hole
where the court house stood, shall uncover tho
coiner stone, and, opening it, take out the lie
publican, nnd Tribune, and Truth, and Times,
nnd read of the mighty people who once Inhabit
ed till villcyi when jour statesmen ate all
dead; jour city council all honest; your last hod
of coal dug and burned, Wllkes-llairo will sit
in the midst ot a bundled thousand acre of vlr
gin coal with ninety feet to the acre, as rninpla
cently, at self-contained, at proud and at pros
perous at the tt todaj-, rejoicing In the fact that
the supreme court ha solemnly declared, in a
Judgment from which there it mi appal, that the
is the most picturesquely beautiful city In the
Governor Stone's Talk.
Hearty and enthusiastic' Indeed wai
tho greeting accorded Governor Stone
when ho nroso to Mr. Torrey's neut In
troduction, to respond to the toast
"Our Commonwealth." The applause,
which continued for some moments,
was renewed with frequency during
his excellency' masterly talk, nnd es
pecially vociferous was It when he de
clared for re-apportionment, the elec
tion of United States senators by the
people, and In an extremely guarded
way said he was ready to help Scran
ton revise tho existing second-clas.
city lawn. When the governor sat
down tho whole assemblage followed
the example of Colonel Holes In Jump
ing to its feet and giving rousing
cheers for tho governor, to the accom
paniment of waving nnpklns.
The governor prefaced his renmtks
with home happy hits at the expense
of General Palmer nnd Wllkes-Barrc
that the banqueters hugely enjoyed.
"If It ls true that aggressive men
make a city great and that this rule
applied to all cities, what a great city
Wllkes-Barre would be," said the gov
ernor, casting a glance over at General
Palmer. "The whole state couldn't
hold It." Later on In speaking of "carpet-baggers,"
ho said: "All that
Wllkes-Barre lacks ls some 'carpet
baggers.' " Launching forth on his
toast, tho governor said:
"Pennsylvania is the greatest state
In the Union. New York has all Its
wealth on the surface. Pennsylvania
hns It on the surface and underneath
the surface. No one has ever been
able to estimate the wealth of Penn
sylvania. A new gas well, oil well or
coal bed would upset all calculations.
It now has nearly 7,000,000 of people.
In nnother census It will overtake and
surpass'New York In this respect and
stand as tho greatest state In tho"Unlon
In nil respects. God never made a
state he expected so much from ns
"Pennsylvania is as clean today In
social life, In citizenship and In politics
as any other state In tho Union, no
matter what any newspaper may say
to the contrary. If there Is any de
generacy in this age It Is In these self
same newspapers. They are not the
mighty engines of Intellect they one
were. They are operated nowadays by
a board o'f directors who are commer
cial men. I lost the support of two of
them by the majority of one vote.
They print what they think will pay
best. They have no guiding genius or
tlie stripe of a Greeley, a Dana, or a
McClure. They are directed now by
the effervesence of capital. Pennsyl
vania Is as honest and clean In purpose
and Intention as any state In the I'nl
"You are a great city, and your des
tiny Is to become a greater city. I am
glad you aro In the second class, for
irow we have un agitation In the ranks
of the second-class cities. I love an
ngttntor. I am fond of political scraps.
I like trouble. I gain fleih In every
political campaign I actively partici
"If vleglslatlon for second-class cltlert
Is not right, you will agitate and you
will make It right. I wish there wero
a dozen becond-class cities. I wish
there were a dozen first-class cities.
"I am not here to criticize the laws
of any class of cities. It Is not mj
province to make laws or to find fault
with existing laws, I "would say,
though, that tho only true government
of a municipality Is that In which the
people rule. There la no other way to
approach this great pioblem. The offi
cials should bo elected by the peopla
and be answerable to the people.
"I would change a great manythlng-i
If I could. Senators should bo elected
by tho people. There should be no
reason vvhy a poor man should not bo
a candidate for tho United States sen
ate. Now there Is every reason. .Leg
islators have been elected throughout
all tho states solely because of belnir
favorable or opposed to a candidate!
feu- senator. See Clark, of Montana.
He- tomes to the senate with no rec
ommendation other than that his
tiunkH are lilted with money. I do not
know, I repeat I do riot know of a
single dollar having been extended In
Pennsylvania, to elect a senator, but I
do know that this election entailed the
expenditure of the physical and ner
vous strength of the state for two
years or upwards. It ought not to be.
Men should be elected for their fltnessi
for tho office and not becuuse they
favor A., H. or f for this or that
"Nobody can look Into the futuie and
tell -with certainty what is going to
happen, but one thing I know ought to
happen Is that thin legislature should
re-npportlon this state in congres
sional, Judicial, senatorial and legisla
tive districts, and that If there ls any
thing wrong In first, second or third
class city legislation It ought to icc
tlfj It and do so promptly.
"Pennsylvania, the Koystono state,
will continue to be the keystone In
fnct as well as In name. We have our
Internal troubles, but we can be proud
that there ls n growing tendencj- to
nrbltrnte our disputes. You can no
longer tell a laboring man that you
cannot afford to pay him $1.50 a day,
when your company Is paying sixteen
per cent, dividends. There is too
much Intelligence In tho laboring man
now for that. We must figure out
some way In which the only dispute
now not adjudicated by a duly consti
tuted tribunal shall be adjudicated by
such a trlbunnl. If the constitution
Is not big enough to pormlt ot It well,
the constitution mny be stretched a
little. The preservation of peaco and
of the lights of property and tho pur
suit of happiness (lemtinds It. C'or
pornuons must make concessions.
Labor organizations must make con-.
cesdrons. The peace must be con
seived.'htt "matter whose toes aro trod
"T assute you that I .am glad you
havo entered the second class of titles
I have lived In a spennd class city for
ten years. It Is not my place to Hay
anything concerning' that city, shut I
will nny thnt" If any of you can dis
cover a now thought, ldi;a an amend
ment tlm I will put (he governriien
mnro In the hands of the people nnd
futthT uway from those who would
uin'the clvll government for their own
lOoiitliiued on I'axe 8.)