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Mr. President and Gentlemen: In an epoch so filled with surprising inventions, improved methods of living, and important benefits to all classes of society, it is difficult to determine the specific name that should be given to this age. After some considerable deliberation I have decided in my own mind that this is, really and truly, the Iron Age - not the one of which we have read so much in the history of the past, when life was a burden and held under a tenure of doubtful stability - when men's hearts were wrung by cruelty and oppression - but an age into whose composition iron and steel have so largely entered that it has reformed society and business, and greatly changed all our commercial relations. Look at the perfect network of railroads now traversing this continent and that of Europe, and pushing through the deserts and cities of the great East. Look at the majestic iron steamers that plow all navigable seas and oceans'. Look at the immense forges, rolling-mills and factories that illumine the skies in all civilized countries with their lurid furnace-flames. Look at all these, and then ask, what power so potent as that of iron in this century? Without it all branches of industry would cease, and the clock of time would be set back five hundred years. No, gentlemen, in this era of progress, Iron is King! Accord whatever credit we may to science, art and literature, as motors in the great work of civilization, Iron holds its own in the scale, and is one of the world's greatest industrial agents in providing labor for workingmen. Indeed, the value of the iron-trade to all classes of society is incalculable, for it is universal - not for any one age or country, but for all time and in every land. Mr. President and Gentlemen, when I consider this subject and endeavor to estimate its true worth, I am bewildered at its greatness and the inadequateness of figures to represent it intelligibly. To-night I shall go no further with it, but leave it in its vastness for future political economists to investigate and assess. For one I am glad to be here to testify to it's gigantic powers and increasing influence upon the world at large. Gentlemen, I give you: "The Iron Trade and its Artisans."