Outside perspective on Harrisburg improvement

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Outside perspective on Harrisburg improvement - MR. SNODGRASS ON GREATER HARRISBURG. There were...
MR. SNODGRASS ON GREATER HARRISBURG. There were two notable speeches at the meeting - of ' the Board of Trade this week. Mr. B. M. Xead spoke of the past and Mr. Robert Snodgiass of the future Jlarrisburg and both gentlemen were particu larly happy in their remarks. Following1 the excellent historical address of Mr. Xead, said: which was listened to "Mr. President, I am sure we have al! listened with pleasure to the very interest ing address with which Mr. Xead has fav ored us. It Is well under all conditions, mat we suouiu not iorget me past, tnat we should know something of our ancient his lory, so to sp - . - aK, and whilst we are inter ested In that, and always will be interested iu that, it setiiis to me that now is a time when we may link ourselves to the past and be interested more particularly in the present present Harrisburg. Going tver the history of the development of it, as Mr. Xead has presented presented it to us, we can contrast our pres - eut condition with that which existed when John Harris planted his hut in the lower part of the city. "Here we are to - day a city of over 50,000 people, a city with a location which is not surpassed anywhere in all this part of the world, and we are just now in touch with a condition which it seems to me ought to be appreciated by every member of the Board of Trade s well as by every citizen of Harrisburg, male and female, and every one of us should put our hands to the plow and see that the Harrisburg of to - day and of the future is worthy of the efforts of John Harris of the past. Xow yon - all know I did not intend to make a speech, but I am interested in the matter you all know that during the past summer a body of public public public - spirited citizens, out of funds contributed contributed by themselves voluntarily, and I may say with pleasure, have been engaged in investigating investigating subjects that relate to the Improvement Improvement of this city, to make her what, she ought to be and what 1 have every reason reason to believe, if the times are an indication indication of what is to come, what she will be, if it is properly presnted to the citizens of this town and for one, 1 present it now, before the Hoard of Trade, more particularly. particularly. We have the report of the work done by competent engineers showing just what we need to make us the city pre ought to be and I want to call the attention of every member of the Board of Trade to the work which those men have done, a work no mat close attention, Mr. Snodgrass ter what may come out of It. which win be absolutely invaluable to the citizens of Harrisburg in the future. "The Board of Trustees, at the request of tnese gentlemen named as contributors. have appointed three of its members to take charge of one of the most important campaigns that has ever been waged in the city ot ttarrisDurg or ever will he. we are rij;ht in this crisi Iu the city, right in tin condition when we must go forward and make our city what 3he ought to be, or we must go back, and the time has come when every citizen of this town must put his shoulder to the wheel. The work that is to be done is the work of every man and member of this Board of Trade and every citizen of Harrisburg who has the interest of the; city at heart, and 1 want to say here, just because I have been somewhat iu touch with that matter, it is not a monu ment in the interest of anybody, any one man, or any set of men, but in the interest of the whole body of citizens, men, women and children, and if anybody will take the trouble to look at what has been presented to you m the report to yhlch I have referred, referred, he will see that we are confronted by one of the most dangerous conditions in the history of the city. Hence I say we are in the midst of a crisis, and the time' has come when we must put our shoulders to the wheel and see that what ought to be done Is done; that the ordinance' now before Councils is passed; that the appropriations intended to be covered by that ordinance are made, after the citizens of Harrisburg have been instructed so that they know what they need, and what is meant by this movement. "I need not say more, and I did not expect expect to sav as much as I have', but I simply want to take the opportunity to present these thoughts now. and to raise my feeble voice in favor of what is being done now to make Harrisburg what she ought to be, and what she will be if the' citizens, and particularly particularly the members of this Board of Trade, 'do what they should do to advance her Inteersts. (Great applause.) with

Clipped from Harrisburg Telegraph12 Dec 1901, ThuPage 4

Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)12 Dec 1901, ThuPage 4
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