SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, January 3, 1889, page 4
Contributed by Harold Way
The meeting held at Aberdeen to organize a company to9 connect the waters of the Missouri and the Jame rivers. If such a movement is really practicable it means more, and its effects will extend farther than its most ardent supporters anticipate. Before such a movement can command the capital necessary to assure its success, it must be shown that an unlimited supply of water can be taken from the Missouri river at a heighth above the waters of the James that will fully meet the necessary waste, and increase the volume of James river so that with or without locks or dams it will be a never failing waterway to the point where it empties into the Missouri below Yankton. Admitting that all this can be done, there is not the least obstacle in tapping the canal east of the range of hills along the west line of Faulk county, and connecting with some of the ravines running into the valley of the Nixon and through that channel enter the James river a few miles below the regular canal. Or if the object is only to make a waterway of the James river could not a much shorter, more practicable, and by many thousands of dollars cheaper way be secured by turning the waters of the Missouri into the head of the Nixon, only some thirty miles distant from that river and then follow a natural canal from there to the James river.
This plan would be preferable to an artesian well, which most certainly must be resorted to if the canal is not constructed. The Nixon can and at any cost must be made a running stream all the year round.
C. H. Ellis
from: Speeches and Addresses of William McKinley: From March 1, 1897 to May 30, 1900
By William McKinley
Speech at Huron, South Dakota on October 14, 1899
I bring my heartfelt salutation to this one of the younger sisters of our Federal Union. I may be pardoned if I express more than a common interest in your welfare and advancement. It was my good fortune to be a member of the national House of Representatives during all the years you were struggling for admission as a state; and it was my very great privilege in 1889 to give my vote to help make you one of the stars in our national constellation. (Great applause.) I can testify to the perseverance of this people to get into the Union. I not only bring salutations, but congratulations.
You have made wonderful progress. You have been enjoying in the last twenty-four months an unexampled prosperity. Good crops and fair prices have lifted the mortgage and lowered the interest; and while the interest has been lowered to the borrower, the standard of the money loaned has not been lowered. [Great applause.] You not only have rich material resources, but you have what every American pioneer population has - school houses and churches. They go with the pioneer wherever he goes, and the pioneer, made of the very best possible fiber, always takes the flag with him. [Great applause. A voice, "Keep the old flag where it is!"]
My fellow-citizens, I came here to make acknowledgment to the people of this State for their patriotism. When you were a Territory you furnished battalions of gallant soldiers to fight in the great war for the preservation of the Union [applause], and my comrades of the Grand Army of the Republic are all about me here to-day. [Shout of "And we will stand by you!'] And when the Spanish War came, the sons of these veterans and the sons of these settlers sprang to arms at once upon the call of country, and one regiment of your troops served most gallantly and uncomplainingly in the island of Luzon. [Great applause.] I had the extreme pleasure of joining in South Dakota's welcome to these brave men at Aberdeen this morning, and I want to tell you that they look like athletes [a voice, "We sent them out as such!"] , and they came back as such, showing the generous care of the government of the United States. [Great applause.] It is given to the strong to bear the burdens of the weak; and our prayer should be, not that the burdens should be rolled away, but that God should give us strength to bear them. [Applause.] And the burdens which this war placed upon the American people unsought and unexpected - for nobody in the United States dreamed eighteen months ago that the Philippine archipelago would become territory of the United States - came not to us of our seeking, but as one of the inevitable and inescapable results of that war. When Dewey went into Manila Bay under orders and destroyed the Spanish fleet, from that hour we were responsible for the peace of the Philippine Islands [enthusiastic and long-continued applause], and from that hour we could not escape with honor to ourselves, nor could we escape from our obligations to the nations of the world. [Applause.] And your boys stayed [applause], although there were some people who wanted them to come home. [Laughter and applause.] I am proud of them, and so are you. [General cry of "We are!] There is not a man, woman, or child in this glorious new State, there is not a family in your commonwealth, who is not delighted that the soldiers of the First South Dakota refused to accept the advice of the unpatriotic and stayed and upheld the flag. [Great applause.] They did not come home until they had placed that flag stainless and spotless in the hands of the new army we sent; and we will send enough of them to carry that flag to ultimate victory. [Great and long-continued applause.]
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