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packed at the same time, more than 4,000,000. Add to this the manufactures of the four chief cities of the valley, St Louis, Cincinnati, Chicago and Louisville, $450,000,000; add to this the amount of coal, iron, lead, copper, salt, lumber, cotton and tobacco; this, the product of an empire little longer under man's culture than half a century, is but the earnest of the great bulk of values soon to come with the rapidly increasing population and the wonderfully multiplying and improving appliances that the genius of man is originating for the creation of wealth.
In handling and distributing values, such as sugar, cotton, rice and tobacco, the levee question, especially to Louisiana, and largely to Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and portions of Missouri, is a question of vital importance. The great Father of Waters, that has borne upon his bosom the fertilizing elements that in the course of time have been deposited and made the alluvium that constitutes our most fruitful heritage, sometimes wastes as lavishly as he bestows. The floods sweep away the fruits of the husbandman's labor. Men will not plant where they can not gather, nor sow where they can not reap; security to the products of their labor must be afforded to stimulate the laborer to work. How ill you protect these fertile lands from overflow.
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