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Mr. Mayor, if I may say it, that I have not come here to create a friendship, but to carry on the old friendship, which has existed between our two nations [applause], and which I hope may remain the same in the future. [Great applause.]
“I wish to thank you once more and conclude with my heartfelt thanks for the kindness and for your offering me the freedom of the City of New York. I wish to add that I wish for the City of New York everything which is good for the future-every possible good wish for your city.”
At the dinner given at the Waldorf Hotel, to the Prince and the Press, by the Staats Zeitung, the guest of honor said:
“Mr. Toastmaster and Gentlemen: I am fully aware of the fact that I am the guest and in the presence of the representatives of the Press of the United States, and in particular the guest of the 'New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung,' both of which I wish to thank for the kind invitation and reception I have met with to-night.
“Before entering into details, I should like all of you to understand that I consider this meeting, though it may be looked upon as official, as a private one, and that it is my wish that none of you will take advantage of what is said or spoken after leaving this table.
"Undoubtedly the Press of our day is a factor, if not a power, which may not be neglected, and which I should like to compare with ever so many submarine mines, which blow up in many cases in the most unexpected manner; but your own naval history teaches us not to mind mines, should they ever be in our way. The language used on this memorable occasion was stronger than ever I would venture to reproduce here to-night. I need only mention the name of Farragut. Another comparison might be more to your taste, gentlemen, and is, in fact, more complimentary; it is one which His Majesty the Emperor used before I left. He said: 'You will meet many members of the Press, and I wish you, therefore, to keep in mind that the Press men in the United States rank almost with my generals in command.'
“It will interest you, I know, to learn something about the nature of my mission to this country. The facts are as follows: His Majesty the Emperor has minutely studied the recent and rapid development of the United States, and His Majesty is well aware of the fact that yours is a fast moving nation. His sending me to this country may therefore be looked upon as an act of friendship and courtesy, with the one desire of promoting friendlier relations between Germany and the United States. Should you be willing to grasp a proffered hand, you will find such a one on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean."
It was noticed that this speech was in part read by the Prince, and it bears in several passages the imprint of the German Emperor, who has had much to say of the pleasure the reception of the Prince has given him. This is made the more important and emphatic, because it has been directly explained that the Prince is receiving honors for the Emperor. Officially, the German Emperor has called on us.
There was a certain curvature in the phrase of the Prince in which he referred to submarine mines, and compared them to the Press, and quoted Farragut, who used language too strong to be ventured. Unquestionably, the Emperor knew the character of the Staats-Zeitung Press dinner to the Prince. Acceptance of the invitation was cabled from Berlin, when the Emperor gave the final orders. The compliment and the criticism go together, distinctly imperial. The Emperor not only desired, but commanded, that his brother should speak for him in this country, and gave the utmost publicity to the fact, and the message to the country. He authorized the extension of the hand of the Emperor. It is a strong hand. It has been grasped by another strong hand.
The first President to go to the White House with a young family is Theodore Roosevelt, and his eldest daughter had just reached the age, as Congress assembled, when, according to usage, she should be introduced to society. The debut of Miss Roosevelt was one of studied simplicity; such a domestic incident as touches the hearts of parents with tenderness, and gives sanctity to families, as the young feet are beautiful with the grace of glad tidings, on the paths where the early dawn of young womanhood shines, and the sweetest chapter of life is the pathos of destiny. The question whether the President would decline to allow his daughter to go to the coronation of King Edward VII., has been raised and discussed. The vote of many fathers and mothers would be in favor of the daughter receiving permission to go, for she would be no less an American woman for witnessing the pageants of royalty, but the objection that could not be overcome was the difficulty of escaping the presumption of rank, and avoiding ceremonies and attentions implying too much formal recognition. If the President's daughter attended the coronation of Edward VII., the embarrassment of invitations to go further and receive royal and imperial hospitality, was foreseen, and the decision seems to have been that the one way to avoid formal complication was that the young lady could not go freely as any other young American lady might.
The most notable of the Imperial rulers of the world is the German Emperor. He has overcome the youthfulness that offended, and his maturity is one of splendid forcefulness. The only harm of it seems to be that he takes himself and his mission as an Emperor seriously. Once the current complaint was that he believed in his office and made too many speeches, but for some years the speaking has been of a memorable character. His mastery of the literature and history of his country, and felicitous use of his knowledge, have CHRISTENING OF THE GERMAN EMPEROR'S YACHT AT SHOOTER'S ISLAND, N.Y. HARBOR, FEB. 25, 1902
aroused the pride of Germans in the Emperor, and he has kindled German sentiment and the traditions of fatherland glory. He loved his grandmother, Queen Victoria, but he is in no way subordinated to the imperialism of England. He is a lover of yachts, and as we win all of the yacht races from the English, he had a yacht built in this country, and asked whether the President's daughter might not christen his new boat “Meteor.” The President said yes, and it would have been churlish to say no. The Emperor paid our country the greatest compliment in his power, and has followed it up. Our people have responded to it. They found the Prince an individual of pleasing personal qualities. He is a inan whose hands have been taught labor, and is expert in his profession. The Princes of Germany have to learn trades as a part of education. The President's toast to the Prince as a heart-winner was true, and the favor with which it was received, the unusual energy with which the sentiment was cheered, told the story of a better understanding between two great Nations. Both are influences for the general good. The manliness of the prince, the kindliness, the self-respect and the personal good will of mankind, the sincerity of manner, the good sense, his good humor in responding to greetings, the hardihood of the Prussian Prince, in going through with a severe task have made a happy impression on the American people. He will be long remembered with respect and quoted with approval.
The German Emperor indicates his sagacity and statesmanship, in the last words of the Prince at the Press banquet, which was far more important than any other of the banquets. The words of the Prince were “Should you be willing to grasp a proferred hand, you will find such a one on the other side of the Atlantic.” This was not given expression until the greeting of the Prince by 'Americans had manifested that public opinion was in full force behind the splendid courtesies.
The politics of Europe give to the journey of the Prince of Prussia the force of an imperial diplomatic function. The Triple Alliance is not of moment now, for Germany's position in Central Europe is secure, and she is searching other continents and islands, to increase trade and expand colonization. It is within one decade that the magnitude of Germany in the world has been realized; and in the same years our country has established the fact that she possesses the greater and better part of the continent with surpassing resources, and secured the primacy among the living and growing Nations, in the greater ocean of the globe, where there is no occasion for contention among the World Powers.
Prince Henry saw our climate at its worst. There were weeks of hard winter, intermingled with tempests of rain, snow, sleet and violent gales. There were vast accumulations of ice, floods in enormous rivers, blizzards on the plains, cloud bursts in the mountains; and our railway system, far exceeding