THE GROWTH AND FUTURE OF THE NATION.- We talk of New England as the hive of manufactures.
I put this prediction on record, and I won't wait ten years to see it fulfilled,
that California and Oregon are going to almost rival New England in manufactures.
I believe it. With all the hundreds of millions in the land fronting the Pacific
sea, stretching out their hands, as they will, towards this country for those
articles that can be manufactured here, you will see the infant manufactures of
the Pacific states leaping forward with the gigantic stride with which our country
has illustrated its entire history in the annals of the world. Have you thought
how we are swelling in population? Going, as I did two or three weeks ago, and
looking back on ancient and modern history, I found no parallel to it. The advance
of this country, not alone in its wealth, which has more than doubled every ten
years, but in the increase of its population, which is even more valuable than
gold and silver, has been six times more than Great Britain, nine times more than
Austria, ten times more than France, and is destined to give us a hundred millions
at the end of the century; and beyond it our nation is to be, in its power, in
its grandeur, in its territorial area, in its resources, in its capabilities,
and in its opportunities, what I dare not attempt to predict to you. It is to
come, if we are faithful; it is to come, if we are just; it is to come, if we
are true to ourselves; from Orient to Occident, from mountain to mountain, from
Atlantic to Pacific, from hundred-harbored Maine to the Golden Gate, the future
of this great country, if only prudence, wisdom, justice, and right and peace,
shall guide it, shall be beyond the portrayal of language, beyond any words that
my heart could devise, or that my tongue can express to you upon this joyful night,
the opening of the new history of the American Republic.- Schuyler Colfax.