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Israel Washburn Inaugural Transcript

“While our view is cheered by so many badges of prosperity and signs of hope, a cloud, gathered in the southern sky, is casting its portentous shadow over the land, occasioning uneasiness in the public mind, disturbing the industrial relations and financial operations of the country, and menacing the general welfare.  That it will be dispelled, having cleared the atmosphere, and removed many causes of disease in the body politic thereby promoting life and health, should not be doubted by those who will investigate its origin and trace its progress from the earliest beginnings to its present culmination.”