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Address of Grover Cleveland and Booker T. Washington
in a new settlement is never without its vicious and criminal ele-
ment.  Gambling houses and dram-shops are frequently among
the first establishments in a new community.  It must also be
confessed that removal from homes and associations to a new and
more primative home, has a tendency among honest and respect-
able settlers to smother scruples and to breed toleration of evil
and indifference to Christianizing and elevating agencies.  These
conditions, if unchecked and uncorrected, fix upon the new com-
munity by their growth and expansion a character and disposi-
tion which, while dangerous to peace and order in the early stages
of settlement, develop into badly regulated municipalities, cor-
rupt and unsafe territories, and undesirable States.  These are
serious considerations in a country where the people, good or
bad, are its rulers, because the conditions to which I have referred
would certainly menace, within a circle constantly enlarging, the
safety and welfare of the entire body politic, if we could not hope
that Churches and religious teaching would from the first be on
the ground to oppose the evil influences that are apt to pervade
the beginning of organized communities.
    These churches and this religious teaching were never more
needed than now on our distant frontiers, where the process of
forming new States is going on so rapidly, and where newcomers,
who are to be the citizens of new States are so rapidly gathering
    For these instrumentalities at the outposts of our population,
so vitally important in the view of Christian men, as well as
patriotic citizens, we must depend to a great extent upon home
missionary exertion. How can we excuse ourselves if we permit
this exertion to languish for the lack of proper support?
    If we turn from the object of home missionary labor to the situa-
tion of those actually toiling in distant fields, for God and humani-
ty and a purer, better citizenship, our sympathy with their work
must be further quickened and our sense of duty to them and their
cause actively stimulated. These are the men and women who
have left home and the association of friends, under the di-
rection of organized Mission Boards to teach Christianity in
sparsely settled sections, and to organize churches where none


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