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THE "GLORIOUS FOURTH"
Rememrer that the Fourth of July gained its glory in America and in the world by reason of the enunciation on that date of an ideal, and not the realization of it.
That a bloody war required to gain a mere recognition of the principle of government by the people; that the application of the principle has been slow and incomplete; that difficulties greater than any in the past are to be overcome before that application can be made perfect.
That the ideal we identify with the Fourth is not as yet a consummation, but is still an aspiration: an aspiration which it will require centuries to turn into an abiding condition.
To cherish this ideal, this aspiration, to face these difficulties, to hasten this consummation—these ^u sosoimd an? to enlist the noblest efforts of the best of the human race.
I would suggest a toast to the young men of to-day: May their pride in the Fourth never be dimmed; may the spirit of liberty then called forth, in their hands be never repressed or obscured by the lust for wealth or for conquest; may it be cherished and defended at every hazard, that the glory of the Fourth may be made everlasting.
Wb may properly congratulate ourselves upon the marvelous record of the nation's progress. With resistless energy the vast domain between the oceans has been developed, and its remotest parte have been knit together by mutual needs and the multifarious activities of an ever-increasing commerce.
. . . An unparalleled prosperity has blessed our efforts. And never has the sun shone upon a more industrious and happy people, enjoying to a larger degree equal rights and equal opportunities, than those who gather to-day under the Stars and Stripes to commemorate the birth of American liberty.
We stand in the presence of those related by blood to the illustrious signers of the Declaration of Independence. They rejoice in their distinguished lineage. But we are all the spiritual sons of these fathers of our liberties. We have a priceless heritage. . . .
This great country, populated with an intelligent people, animated by the loftiest ideals, presents unexampled opportunity.
May we be worthy of our birthright, and so deal with the problems confronting this generation that we may transmit to our children a still larger boon, and that they, enjoying even to a greater degree equality of opportunity, may find still better secured the "inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
In Fourth-of-July address at the Jamestown Exposition.
Uncle Sam is tall and slim,
To Uncle Sam, so tall and slim,
To Uncle Sam, so long of limb,
His Dusky Babe beside the Bay
Seems only step or two away,—
And taught how Christian "Kids" behave
Now coos to him across the wave.
One hand on the cradle across the sea,
The other at the helm of the U. S. A.,
He guides the Ship of State
The easiest way.
Ah, yes, 'tis plain as brightest day
Why Uncle Sam was built this way.
Julia Wyatt Bullard.
THE AMERICA OF TODAY
In the three hundred years which have elapsed since the founding of Jamestown, we have made a national history, every page of which is illumined with courage, heroism, success and hope.
Freedom of action and opportunity have brought us a wonderful material wealth. Our wealth to-day is greater than that of any other nation. From an agricultural people we have become the greatest manufacturing people in the world, the products of our factories exceeding those of Britain and continental Europe combined. Our mines now furnish the world more than half its mineral wealth. Rich plains, over which herds of wild buffaloes wandered, are now the granaries of the world. Cotton has become king of plants, and the world's comfort and clothing are dependent upon the white fields of the South.
In mechanical appliances and inventions our people have achieved wonders more astonishing than any of which alchemists ever dreamed. We occupy the foremost place in the world's commerce, our exports now exceeding those of Britain. Recently we have become supreme in finance, our banking capital being the greatest of any nation. The world's financial heart now throbs in New York, and its pulsations affect the world. Instead of three small ships—Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery—which landed the colonists here, we now have a navy second only to Great Britain, and which we propose to increase until it shall equal that of any.
Nor has our phenomenal development been confined to material things. Education and Christianity have kept pace with our wonderful industrial progress. We have created a national literature, distinctive and creditable, and which in the same length of time has never been equaled. It is true, we have not yet reached the highest elevation, but with time and patience, we will climb the dizziest heights of learning and genius. Freedom of thought and opportunity will in time give us amazing intellectual wealth.
In Tercentenary Address, Jamestown Island, May 13. 1007.
TO OUR PRESIDENT
Who holds Conviction high above the earnings or plaudits of the multitude.
A Servant of the People—manly, fearless, resolute, disinterested.
A Pioneer of Reform, blazing a trail in the dread domains of corporate encroachment.
Soul of honor in every relation of life, public and private, and Winner of Fame in varied fields of endeavor.
An Idol of the People, regardless of section, regardless of party affiliation.
One of the most illustrious leaders of all time, and of all earth's rulers to-day—the strongest, the bravest, the most powerful and respected.
Here's To Theodore Roosevelt!
Julia Wyatt Bullard.