Message of John F. Hartranft: To the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, January 3, 1877

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B.F. Meyers, State Printer, 1877 - Governors - 28 pages

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Page 23 - ... to be worthy of this national commemoration; and when so furnished the same shall be placed In the old hall of the House of Representatives, in the capitol of the United States, which is hereby set apart, or so much thereof as may be necessary, as a national statuary hall, for the purposes herein indicated.
Page 23 - Buildings"; and further, that "the president is hereby authorized to invite each and all the States to provide and furnish statues in marble or bronze, not exceeding two in number for each State, of deceased persons who have been ciitzens thereof, and illustrious for their historic renown, or from distinguished civic or military services, such as each State shall determine to be worthy of this national commemoration...
Page 11 - The suggestions of the Superintendent, that the field of public education be still further enlarged by the establishment of secondary schools of a higher grade and the system supplemented by industrial and technical schools, will scarcely need my endorsement to commend them to your attention. While we are extending and enlarging the system of public instruction, we must not allow the destitute and neglected children, whom it was intended to benefit, to drift beyond its bounds. It is safe to say that...
Page 6 - Assembly shall continue and maintain the sinking fund, sufficient to pay the accruing interest on such debt, and annually to reduce the principal thereof by a sum not less than two hundred and fifty thousand dollars...
Page 14 - History of Pennsylvania Volunteers (1861-1865), and the more recent publication of four volumes of a second series of Archives, contain a large body of valuable materials by that means placed beyond the possibility of destruction. The labors of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in this direction are worthy of especial notice.
Page 14 - ... notice. Some means ought to be devised to make available the rich collection of the Geological Survey. And you will no doubt seriously consider whether in the case of the Museum and Industrial School, the State ought not to extend a hand to place upon a firm foundation a work of so much public utility.
Page 26 - ... in our houses, and the news of the world of yesterday is laid on our breakfast tables in the morning. Thousands of schools and colleges are scattered over the State, and the post is burdened daily with millions of letters attesting the general diffusion of knowledge. The people are more intelligent, freer and happier; more cheerful, tolerant and liberal. The charges of modern degeneracy are refuted by the clear testimony of a hundred years.
Page 28 - Ou the whole, a candid review of the situation will justify our hopes and awaken our gratitude. No man can regard the satisfactory growth of his State without feelings of pride and thankfulness. No man, certainly, can undertake to legislate for so many millions and such vast interests without a sense of dependence and accountability to God, who has guided the Commonwealth to greatness and prosperity, through the vicissitudes of a hundred years. Invoking His blessing and guidance, let us then address...
Page 16 - which keeps the word of promise to the ear and breaks it to the hope.
Page 13 - Department, seconded by the efforts of educators and teachers throughout the State, for the creditable educational exhibit at the Centennial. In the short space of three months, the hall was erected and the immense mass of material suitably arranged. A work involving an amount of labor from the Superintendent and his assistants, which is well worthy of all praise. The exhibition awakened renewed interest in educational matters, and will undoubtedly be the means of invigorating and improving our schools....

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