Banquet to the Hon. Whitelaw Reid, Minister of the United States to France: Delmonico's, Saturday, April 16th, 1892

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Press of the Chamber of Commerce, 1892 - Diplomats - 56 pages
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Page 33 - ... [Laughter.] I have noticed that Americans have a desire to go to Europe, and I have observed, especially, that those who have certain ambitions with regard to public life think that they ought to cross the ocean; that crossing the water will add to their public reputations, particularly when they think how it added to the reputation of George Washington even crossing the Delaware River. [Laughter and applause.] The process is very simple. You get aboard a steamer, and when you get out of sight...
Page 11 - ... with such courtesy as to command the respect and retain the friendship of all good men, and of all parties. [Applause.] Now, gentlemen, please fill your glasses and drink to the first regular toast: "THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES." [The entire assemblage arose and remained standing, while the orchestra played "The Star Spangled Banner."] The President then announced the next regular toast : "THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF FRANCE.
Page 9 - Whereas the traitorous assassination of the President of the United States, and of the Secretary of State, has overwhelmed the nation with consternation, and...
Page 8 - Zone shall give written notice to the members of the joint commission nominated by the President of the United States and the President of the Republic of Panama...
Page 31 - ... to our distinguished fellow-citizen, Mr. REID, this evening, are not only well deserved, but, as has been remarked, they are paid in substance by all parties in this country. [Applause.] When you can get not merely a Republican like my friend, Mr. SMITH, and a celebrated Mugwump, like my friend, Mr.
Page 17 - ... of a wholly different scheme. The habits of a nation may not be shaken off in a day. Nor, on the other hand, must we forget that democracy and republicanism are not convertible terms. France has been for a century the most democratic of nations. As one of our own great leaders of thought once said : True democracy does not consist in saying, I am as good as yon, but rather in saying, you are as good as I.
Page 18 - ... a subject ; that to serve one's country is better than to serve a king. We of America may be pardoned if we rejoice in that belief and exult in our possession. May we not hope that the old nation, who was our friend when we sorely needed friends, may join hands with us, not for selfish purposes and selfish aggrandizement, but for the benefit of the human race?
Page 28 - It is eminently fitting and proper that this powerful exponent of public opinion should be represented upon this occasion by the learned and eloquent Nestor of New- York Journalism.
Page 26 - ... world, whatever they cost, and it is France that makes them. Who supposes that you could stop American women from buying French gowns, fine silks, ribbons and articles de Paris; or American men from buying French pictures and bronzes and tapestries, Bordeaux and champagnes, ģeven if a dozen McKinleys stood in the way ? We'll grumble about the price, of course; why shouldn't we ; but we'll buy all the same.
Page 28 - Our hearts will go out to her, I am sure, as to none else. We hold in high honor that upright and most successful statesman and that model citizen, the President of the Republic, M. CARNOT. We know how faithfully and how ably the country is served under him by...

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