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has enabled the engineer to perform the daring and re¬ markable engineering feats wlflch he has accompUshed during the last half of the century; without it they would have been practically impossible. It is the material used in the construction of the monster floating palaces that cross the vast ocean with the regularity of a railroad train.
Fifty years ago steel was a luxury to the engineer. Modern practice of steel making in the hands of the me¬ chanical engineer, the metallurgist, and the chemist has wrought wonders in producing a material which is used aUke in the manufacture of articles of the most weighty, the rudest, and cheapest grades, and in the construction of the most intricate, the finest and most deUcate implements and machinery. And it is boldly asserting its value and importance everywhere.
It is to the invention, introduction, and perfection of the modern system of steel making in this country that we are indebted for the education of our people in the scientific, mechanical, and metallurgical arts, which has enabled us to build a navy respected by the nations of the world.
We find steel asserting its value through every walk of life and extending through every cUme, Unking hands in bonds which grow broader and stronger with the years, till even now we can see dimly on the horizon the promise of the universal brotherhood of man, the longed-for era of Eternal Peace,