Once each year we come together to renew our strength in unison, like Antaeus, by touching the earth.

I am conscious of taking some degree of liberty in departing from the usual form of this established function—the annual address. It would gratify me and might in some measure have diverted or persuaded you, if this occasion were given to the illumination of some specific technical theme. But the spirit of the hour seems to impel me rather to read from my experience and observation, or at least to portray as I see it, some part of the obligation of the State to our science and the responsibility of this science to the State.

The occasion is perhaps opportune, not so much in this place of meeting which happens to be the seat of government of but one of the many States here represented, and in the presence of members . . .

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