Vulcan's Prophecy - "Just as my statue towers above the sons of Earth so shall the district, from whose breast the ore and coal were torn and fused to give me birth, exceed all others in 'times march.' For o'er and o'er, nature hath flung her treasures with a generous hand, and Birmingham sits throned. Both hemispheres can draw on her. The mineral wealth of every land is there allied to rule the world in future years." Words written over a century ago seem quaintly optimistic about nature's boundless resources.
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