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as our honored friend. May his latter days be like those of Moses, " his eye not dim, or his natural force abated."
E. E. Olcott, (Pres. Am. Inst. Mining Engrs.)
Mr. Ambrose Swasey also cabled his congratulations from Japan, where he was traveling.
The Toastmaster: — Ever since men quit fighting with clubs, iron has been the great war material, and it is still the real precious metal, because the man who has iron can get coal, and yet the consumption of iron as a material of war is very insignificant as compared with its consumption in the arts of peace. CiviUzation is well measured by the consumption of iron, and in our own country we consume more per capita than any other nation. You may draw your own inference as to our standing in civilization. Of all the iron and steel that we produce now, it is probable that not more than one-half of one per cent goes into ships of war, gims, sheU, and other miUtary material. Practically, aU of it is consumed in the tools of peace. The gentleman who wfll speak for the American Society of Civil Engineers, of which he is an honored past president, has himself, I suppose, consumed about one hundred thousand tons of iron and steel in the bridges which he has buflt. I have the honor to introduce Mr. George S. Morison. (Applause.)
SPEECH OF MR. GEORGE S. MORISON.
Mr. Morison: —Mr. President, Gentlemen, Ladies: The amount of iron and steel wlflch I have myself consumed is so insigiflficant in comparison with what is used every day now, that I feel as if your introduction was a puff which I did not deserve. But we are here with especial respect to a great ironmaster, and the ironmaster has done more than anybody else to raise the profession of the civil en-