Excerpt from National Association of Railway Commissioners: Proceedings of the Fourteenth Annual Convention, Held at Charleston, S. C., February 11 and 12, 1902
The chairman. Mr. Wilborn will now welcome you on behalf of the State, He needs no introduction to this convention. [applause] Mr. Wilborn, of South Carolina. I need not say to you that we are glad that you are with us. You know that in the years that we have associated together we have invited you to Charleston and have urged upon you the acceptance ofour invitation, and since you have hon ored us by your presence on this occasion, it shall be our duty - a most pleasant one, I assure you - to Spare no pains to make your visit both pleasant and profitable. On behalf of the State of South Caro lina, and of every citizen in it, I extend to you the warmest welcome. [applause] On the ﬂoor of this convention we have told you about South Carolina and her good people, and if you think we have boasted somewhat of our State and people, we are glad to have you here to meet them and be greeted by them and to judge of them for your selves. There is not a citizen of the State who is not glad that the railroad commissioners of the United States in convention assem bled are among us. We are only sorry you can not stay longer. [applause] We regret that the weather is such that you will be inclined to think that we have not sunshine all the time. Indeed, it can not be claimed that such is the fact, but I do say that we always have sunshine in our hearts for our good friends, among whom we are delighted to number the members of this convention. I can not explain the unusually cold weather we now have, except to say that perhaps it has been brought along as a sample by some of our broth ers from the breezy west or the frozen north. [laughter.] We are truly glad that you are here, because we of the railroad commission of South Carolina feel that all the great problems that involve the welfare of our Commonwealth have not yet been solved. We feel that many of the great problems involved in the broad ques tions of interstate and intrastate commerce are yet to be worked out. Our association, however, with the gentlemen of this convention, gentlemen of the widest experience and ability, has inspired us with confidence in approaching these questions, and with a belief that they will be successfully and wisely dealt with. I know of no questions affecting the perpetuity of this Government which seem to me of more importance than those committed to our care. They are intricate and delicate; they permeate every business and every interest and affect every section and citizen in our land.
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