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There is a fine old saying, that you cannot tell by a single wave the tide is ebbing or flowing; but if you look steadily at the land you will soon determine whether it is being submerged or is enlarging its area. So that we may judge of the consequence and the promise of the Pine Tree State tonight I am to ask you to look over its domain, larger than all the rest of New England, its twenty millions of acres, and its three hundred miles of seacoast, comprising beach, marsh, and headland, storm-beaten or "kissed by the sunshine of the mist."
Dresser, McLellan & Co
Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 1876
Knight, Enoch, "The new story of the state of Maine : with an appendix" (1876). Books and Publications. 61.