September 25, 1879

Neosho Falls, KS


My first duty is to make my sincere acknowledgements to the President and managers of this fair, and to the Governor and State officers of Kansas, for their kindness, enabling me to be present with you to-day and enjoy with you to-day and enjoy with you this extraordinary spectacle. I thank them as individuals, for what they have done in this reception and welcome, and I thank the people of Kansas who they represent, for the welcome they have extended us from the moment we entered their borders until this moment. The President of the fair interested us. I am very much interested with an account of its origin and what it represented, and of its present condition.


I have always understood that when large stories are in order, and to be told, that the gentleman who tells the last story has greatly the advantage. This occasion is no exception, for I found that the Governor, when he came to speak of Kansas went far beyond the President of the Association. I was a little puzzled at one of the earliest sentences of the President, who, looking along here as if he was joking at something rather indistinct, when he told us that this fair, too, was in its infancy, it occurred to me, as I looked along this crowd, that if this was an infant association what it would be in after years when it should grow into the bone and muscle of manhood.