Ohio History Journal

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Ohio Valley Hist

Ohio Valley Hist. Ass'n, Fifth Annual Meeting.          37


Steel Queen, Lee H. Brooks, Slackwater, Frank Tyler, Margaret,

Return, Frank Fowler, Troubador, Sunshine and Emily Jung.

The fleet was in command of Capt. James A. Henderson.

The New Orleans was in command of Melville O. Irwin, mate;

Thomas Walker, engineer, and T. Orville Noel, steward.


Fortunately for those in attendance at the Fifth Annual

Meeting, the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce took the oppor-

tunity of President Taft's presence to hold Tuesday evening its

annual banquet. The Historical Society of Western Pennsyl-

vania generously provided tickets to all members of the Ohio

Valley Association present in the city. The banquet was held

in the Memorial Hall and the banquet room presented a scene

of unusual beauty. The event of the evening was the long-to-be-

remembered reply of President Taft to the address of Congress-

man Littleton who advocated the repeal of the Sherman Anti-

Trust law. These addresses have become historic, but as they

are foreign to the subject of Western history and the occasion

of the "New Orleans" centennial, they are omitted from this


Hon. Job E. Hedges followed President Taft; speaking on

"The Third Party to the Contract" as follows:

Much of the present day discussion is wide from the mark, so

far as helping the solution of problems is concerned, and especially so

if the endeavor is made to square it with governmental tradition. I

do not believe that the foundation stones of the Republic are crumbling.

I do not believe that the life of this great Nation hangs in the balance.

I do not believe that vice has a strangle hold on virtue, and that there

are only one or two men who can pull vice off. When the adviser

on political and social problems becomes so didactic that he is mentally

lonely, his diagnosis may be logical and learned, but is useless in ad-

ministering his own remedy. The impediment, if any, the danger, if

any there be, to a republican form of government is its size and the

fact that by virtue of its very numbers fewer people have the oppor-

tunity to make themselves felt by virtue of the fact that they are limited

in their opportunities for discussing the same topic at the same time

with others of the same belief, or those whose belief they propose to


So great has governmental influence become, so far-reaching, that

the law may be either a scourge or a remedy. It seems to have escaped