18800309-WV Governor Matthews

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18800309-WV Governor Matthews - dam-aces regular-ingthe to t-present eon-tract....
dam-aces regular-ingthe to t-present eon-tract. era-nloyes payment- of pre-nented pri-vil a of y AddreM Before the Chamber of Commerce by (iovernor Matthews. The quarterly meeting of the Chamber of Commerce, for the annual election of officers was held yesterday afternoon. There was an unusually large attendance, owing to the fact that Governor Matthews of West Virginia, and other persons of distinction, were announced to speak. Ail the old officers were re-elected. President Moorhead announced that hereafter the rule would be enforced that a director who fails four consecutive times to attend the meetings shall forfeit his position. Messrs. Reuben Miller, George 11. Anderson and Edward Gregg, were appointed a committee to wait upon Governor Matthews at the Monongahela House. A dispatch wa3 read from Mr. .Ted ffotehkiss, editor am! proprietor of the Firiw in, a paper devoted to the mining interests of West Va., announcing that owing to missing connection on the trains he could not pet here until to-day. Prof. Kt-rr of North Carolina and Major Cattell, of Stanton, are with Mr. Hotch-kis. It was decided that an adjourned meeting would he held this afternoou in the rfMjms of the Iron Association, on Fourth avenue, to hear the gentlemen named. In the meantime Governor Matthews appeared, and President Morhead in introducing him referred to the vast mineral deposits of West Virginia, and the importance of their development to Pittsburgh. Go verm v Matthews then spoke, au alv-stract of his remarks beinc as follows: "The route of the Pittsburgh Southern railroad I understand to be from Pittsburgh to Morgantown, thence through Monongalia and Marion counties to G raf-ton in Taylor county, thence tin Ty part's Valley river through Barborand Randolph counties to Valley Mountain, thence down to Greenbrier river through Pocahontas, Greenbrier and Monroe counties to New river, thence along the New river to some point near the lead mines in Wythecounty, Virginia. No better route than this could, I think, be selected, both on account of the small cost of the construction and because of the valuable minerals and other resources which would he reached and made available to your city." The Governor then went on ' to give a first. rbiss boom for the Pittsburgh Southern railroad, aud recited in detail the many a! vantages which would accrue to Pittsburgh in suoporting and aiding to build thft'road. It is not necessary to give any further particulars of his speech iu this column. Captain John F. Dravo was then called upon for a speech, and healways has something to say that is of interest. He remarked that it Pittsburgh proposes to re-tiin her proud title of the Rirmingham of America, and her manufacturing supremacy, she must make n-e of the ore fields which lie at her door. Time h:i-s shown thnt natural routes are inadequate, and artificial routes such as is the Pittsburgh Southern Railroad must-he taken advantage of. The inexhaustible orethhisof West Virginia mu"t be made tributary to the prosperity of Pitt-sburgh. Mr. Heuben Miller also made a speech, in which he referred to the folly of bringing iron ore from Spain when West Virginia affords quite as good ore without the necessity of an ocean voyage to bring it here. Mr. W. W. Martin, Receiver of the Pittsburgh & Catrle Shannon Railroad, made a few remarks of the same tenor as those of the previous shakers. Postmaster Anderson theu offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Rrtolr'd. Bv the PitUhunrh t'hainber of O-tn-merte that the thank; ol Uu body be extended to Gurerwr H. M. Matthew ui West Virginia, lor the iMenwtiiig a-idres de.iver:J by htm on the "Kexmree ol Vrft Virginia ami their reia-tiwni to the business ot Una city," and tb:t in our judicuuKDt the material intere.sta ut both tioii will be enhanced by the belter uaaert-tand-in ol our people, secured by iu-h statuienn ui we have h-:mt (mm the dtjtuiguishel gentleman ol Wet Virginia to day. The resolution was amended so as topnt-viile that Governor Matthews speech should be printed in pamphlet form, aud as amended was adopted. The meeting then adjourned to meet in the Iron Association rooms this afternoon. ?-rvant:

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  1. Pittsburgh Daily Post,
  2. 09 Mar 1880, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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