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struction of the city of Chicago, and to you the official
Representative of public education of Cook count)-, which is so
fortunate as to include in its fold this great city of the
Northwest, I would tender in the name and on behalf of the National
Educational Association our sincere and grateful acknowledgements
for your eloquent words of greeting and welcome, and through you as
their honored representatives, to the citizens of the State,
county, and city in which we are gathered. We appreciate heartily
the spirit of the generous and liberal hospitality that prompted
you to invite the Association to gather here the present year. Some
of us, older members of the Association, have pleasant memories of
the welcome extended to this body twenty-four years ago, in August
of 18G3, at a time when the nation was in the midst of a gigantic
struggle for its perpetuity. The sessions were held in Bryan Hall,
and we remember the glowing words of welcome that fell from the
lips of the late William H. Wells, then superintendent of the
public schools of Chicago, and the fitting response of the lamented
John D. Philbrick, the president of the Association for that year.
He then spoke of this city as "the miracle of this continent;" and
its phenomenally rapid growth, matchless enterprise, and marvellous
development of material and intellectual activities since that
date, excelling even ancient Carthage in its palmiest days,
justifies us in pronouncing it the '' miracles of miracles " of
this century. There came from the East alone over six hundred
persons to attend that meeting, the largest the Association had
ever held until it came, in 1884, to Madison, Wis., under the
presidency of another gallant leader from the old Bay State, where
the attendance was much larger than in Chicago, in 18o. We are...
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