[I]f a high school course has not taught us to place a higher than commercial estimate upon the works of nature, the vital quality of our education is wanting. [I]t is for us to rescue nature’s endowment from the hand of the despoiler and deliver her beauty from the blight of avarice. …To us in this garden spot of new America is given a little city, also built upon hills and set gem-like within the seven encircling ends of a silver stream. Let it be one of the responsible and abiding tasks of our lives to make this loved home of our youth year by year more worthy of the setting which has been so cunningly fashioned by Nature’s matchless handicraft.
Jackson was selected to provide the oration of the day at Jamestown High School’s annual Class Day, as a graduate of its class of 1910.
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