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PUBLIC PAPERS

OF

CHARLES E. HUGHES

GOVERNOR

1909

ALBANY

J. B. LYON COMPANY, PRINTERS

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INAUGURATION

Governor Charles E. Hughes was re-elected in November, 1908, and on January 1, 1909, ceremonies were held in the Assembly Chamber of the State Capitol in Albany, inducting him into office. The proceedings began with prayer, after which Mr. Hughes took the oath of office. He then delivered his inaugural address. He said:

FELLOW CITIZENS —The State of New York with its composite population and its varied interests presents difficult governmental problems, and yet by virtue of the acumen and public spirit of its citizens it should stand as an exemplar of just and efficient adıninistration. ·

Here should be found the most approved methods of State government within its proper sphere. Our forests should be preserved and nurtured with scientific care. Our water powers should be developed for the suitable expansion of industry. Improved artificial waterways, supplementing our steel roads, should link our important ports and interior markets; and a network of highways, well-planned, well-constructed and properly maintained, should unite our cities and villages throughout the State and facilitate the carriage of our farm products. Agriculture should be encouraged by apt provision for diffusing the teachings of experience. Our streams should be free from pollution and the public health safeguarded by all practicable precautions. Public education should take due account

. of necessary preparation for useful living. Labor should be employed under fair conditions assuring due regard for health and safety. Our charities, our hospitals, our prisons should reflect the counsels of wise philanthropy and exhibit the most intelligent efforts for custodial care, cure, and reformation. Our processes for the settlement of disputes and the punishment of crime should display the least possible delays and the fewest technical obstructions consistent with opportunity for

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