Addresses, Essays, Lectures I
ADDRESS BY REV. WILBERT L. ANDERSON, AMHERST, MASS.
UNITED CHAPEL, OCTOBER 23 'O8.
I have greatly enjoyed the days that I have spent with you
here in Berea,and when I go away I shall carry the most delightful
memories of you horo, and I shall also have great hope of what [this body of] the
students of this College are going to do to make one great district of
our country better.
I told you,when I was speaking to you the other day,that the
country is already a good place to live in, [and] a good place in which
to make a living, and a good place in which to be happy, and a good place
in which to use your education,and a good place in which to establish a
home. And I told you that a great many influences, and a great many
organizations,and a great many devoted and consecrated men are working
together to try to sake the country everywhere better than it is.
Now when we talk about making this mountain country better,do not suppose
for a moment that this mountain [country] region is distinguished from all other
parts of our country in needing to be made better. There is a problem
in New England, there is a problem in the Prairie ^ States, there is a problem in the
far west,there is a problem here, and it happens that your homes have been
here. The work of many of you will be here, and so you have your place in
the solution of these great national problems.
Now there is one word which I would like to have, you remember.
It came to tie from the [President,] man who is at ^ the head of this National
Commission which has been appointed by President Roosevelt,consisting of five
Ten who are to study the rural problem everywhere so that they may make
recommendations to Congress. Now it looks, does it not, as if the President,