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For Mrs. B. B. Munford, From James P. Nelson THE RAILROAD BUILDER. (Spoken at Kentucky State University, May 30, 1916.) This day is replete with memories that bless and burn. Twenty-five years ago I touched hands with Paul Anderson in the Engineering work of this School. I am proud that the touch is unbroken, he here training the sons and daughters of Kentucky, and of the Nation, for the fight; I out on the "Firing Line." Of my own six years here, there is little to be said, little worth recording. I was rather the student than the teacher, and my memory is of much needed lessons learnt, and of dear friendships formed that have brought sweetness to my soul. But this great School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering remains, and will remain, as the monument to the fine genius of Paul Anderson. I am here under orders. My friend and superior officer bad me come with him to speak in his name. His modesty, ever a sign of greatness, puts me here. My theme is "The Railroad Builder." Therefor, it is meet that I speak of him, one of our great Builders of Railroads. Over a quarter of a century ago he came to the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway as one of its Chief Executives. He came to a single-track railway. Today, under his wise building, this Railway has come to be one of the great double-track Systems of our Country, splendidly serving our Country from the Atlantic to the Lakes, and he is its President. I name to you George Walter Stevens. You the students here learn, I know, the fundamental lesson of obedience. Only that one is fit to command, who has learnt to obey. On our System we have one unwritten, unbroken law. It makes for the success of our work. When our President bids us jump into the River, we leap, even though it be into the River of doubt. To you who are about to go forth into the Battle of Life, I commend that Law, and obedience thereto. Thus you see that I must walk delicately here today.