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every day. They hear from us. There are advantages in our better acquaintance. We do not fear any monarch or personage of whatever pomp or power. We have no apprehension of our perversion because monarchs are friendly, and make advances of friendship.
There has been a protracted discussion by the Emperors of the greater armed Nations, in which France has been little involved because her policy of expansion is not supported by surplus population, as to the part taken in the movement to form a coalition to prevent the United States from interfering with the Spanish colonial system of government, especially on the greater American island, Cuba. The war of our country with Spain was a revelation of resources, and gave us position as one of the World Powers. There has long been prevalent a consciousness in America that we had the high regard of Russia. She sold to us her American possessions for love rather than money. England was plainly our friend in the Spanish War. Germany was believed to have an ambition to participate in the possible division of the thousand islands of the Philippine Archipelago. If we are in any sense too far off and feeble to care for them, we had better turn them over to England and Germany.
The diplomatic discussion abroad as to the stronger of our friends, is exceedingly interesting and important, for it proves the power of the world position we have obtained. Our belittlers at home seem very insignificant abroad.
President Roosevelt's message to Congress was high-toned throughout, and his treatment of foreign affairs most becoming in temper and dignified in expression of policy. It confirmed friendships the world around. The approaching coronation of the King of England has been respectfully regarded by him. A delegation of distinction to attend the ceremony was among the first appointed. This was not adulation of royalty, but called for in the polite intercourse of nations. The sincere esteem entertained for the Queen of England in this country was amply tested at her death. When President McKinley was murdered, the tributes to his memory were nowhere over our boundaries more earnest and appreciative than in England; and McKinley was mourned wherever there was civilization. The kindred blood of the Nations of English speaking people especially responded to the sentiments of the mourning countries.
It was at the New Year's reception of the Emperor William that he requested Ambassador White to ask the President to permit Miss Roosevelt to christen his yacht, then approaching completion near New York. The Emperor that day talked to eight Ambassadors, using the language of the country of each, and did not include in the count the Turk, to whom also he uttered "happy phrases." He was much pleased by the prompt and cordial
consent of the President that his daughter should christen the imperial yacht, and sent his brother to be his representative, and himself interpreted the act as the extension of a friendly hand.
The first opportunity Prince Henry had to return American hospitality, was on board the Hohenzollern after the christening of the Meteor. He had Mrs. Roosevelt on his right, and Miss Roosevelt on his left. Opposite the Prince sat the President, with the German Ambassador on his right and Admiral on his left. Here the Prince presented Miss Roosevelt with the portrait of the German Emperor, surrounded by diamonds on a bracelet of gold.
The Prince called on the Mayor of New York, and met Carl Schurz and General Sickles. He bowed to Schurz with a smile and shook Sickles' hand. Asked by one of the builders of the yacht whether he could send the Emperor a cable about the launch, the Prince said, "Send it, by all means. It will please him greatly.” After the launch and glass of wine, the Prince called for "three hearty cheers for the President of the United States, Mr. Roosevelt, hip, hip, hurrah!"
The President's return was: “I ask three cheers for the guest who has already won our hearts, Henry of Prussia. Now, a good one!" The applause was too quick for the President: “Hip, hip, hurrah!” Then there were three cheers for Miss Roosevelt. The Prince was startled by the American climax in cheering of “tiger.”
The Mayor of New York opened the felicitous reception of the Prince with a proclamation announcing his arrival, saying: “In view of these interesting events, I call upon the citizens to treat the day as a gala day, by displaying the national flag from houses and stores.”
Miss Roosevelt sent “His Majesty, the Emperor, Berlin, Germany,” this dispatch: “The Meteor has been successfully launched. I congratulate you and I thank you for your courtesy to me and send you my best wishes. "(Signed)
ALICE LEE ROOSEVELT.”
Miss Roosevelt acted her part in christening the Meteor with the charming earnestness of both child and woman. Her words were, “In the name of the Emperor of Germany, I christen thee Meteor.” She was at once handed by the Prince an enormous bouquet of American beauty roses, and "beamed her thanks.”
At the splendid banquet given by the “Captains of Industry," the Prince pledged them, and called them "captains.” The Prince is said to have particularly pumped questions as fast as they could be answered, to the Rockefellers, Schwab, Griscom and Morgan. He was so interested in the talk of the Great Captains, that as there was an hour and a half for sight seeing, he said: “If it will not interfere with anybody's arrangements but mine, let us stay here."
Whenever there was an opportunity to be cordial to men he met, the Prince improved it. He insisted that the old skipper, Richter, should go with him to the christening; and when the skipper shook his head, the Prince said: “Come on, I insist, you must come," and had his way. After the boat was afloat, the Prince reached his hand to the German Ambassador with the words: “Kommen Sie here, Ich muss ein Schreibepult haben," being: “Come, I must have a writing table.”
The Prince caught up a pencil and a bit of paper. Playfully swinging the grave Ambassador around, he slapped the paper against his broad back and wrote this dispatch to his Imperial brother:
“Yacht launched by Miss Roosevelt's hand. Beautiful boat, great crowd and congratulations from every one.
I HEINRICH." An inspired statement has been published by the German press. This statement says:
“The highest political circles are immensely pleased at the excellent course up to the present time of Prince Henry's visit. The conviction is entertained that these festive days will substantially contribute toward rendering the relations of the two countries permanently friendly, and especial delight is expressed at the cordiality of the personal intercourse between President Roosevelt and Prince Henry.”
The Prince repeatedly displayed talent in saying pleasing things. His good fellowship was continually manifest. When received in the Alderman's chamber, the Prince made his first speech, saying:
"Mr. Mayor: I am so grateful for the kind reception I find here in the House, as well as for the very kind words you express on this occasion. I am fully aware of the fact that it is an exception that a member, certainly of my family, should have been offered the freedom of the city New York. I may add that I am proud of it.
"It is the first city which so many of the old world, going over to the new world, meet and see. It is a city which has been an asylum for many of my countrymen. It is, I am aware of the fact, the centre and a centre of commerce. I was deeply touched by the reception which I found on the day of my arrival, as well as to-day when I drove up to the City Hall.
“All of you know perfectly well that I am not here on my own behalf, but that I am here on behalf of His Majesty, the German Emperor, my beloved brother and sovereign. [Great applause.]
“I am sorry I cannot repay you for all the kindness I have found here, but I think I am quite safe in saying that I may offer you the friendship of His Majesty, the German Emperor, [more applause), and I agree with you,