"...Sir, you may destroy this little [midwest city]; it is weak; it is in your
hands! I know it is one of the lesser lights in the [entrepreneurial] horizon of
our country. You may put it out. But if you do so you must carry through
your work! You must extinguish, one after another, all those greater
lights of [science and technology and art] which for more than a century have thrown their [companies] over our land. It is, sir, as I have said, a small [group of passionate alumni].
And yet there are those who love it!"
-Daniel Webster, reinterpreted
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