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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

any other that exists, was put to the proof and found secure. Such a journey as the Prince made here in three weeks would have carried him through Western Europe and included Moscow and Constantinople. It was plain the Prince would be a mark for the anarchists, and the evidence was given that we can keep order and protect public men from assassins, unless in careless confidence we forget.

When the German Emperor knew his brother was on the sea homeward bound, he telegraphed the President renewed assurances of his distinguished consideration, reiterating his high estimate of the success of the American mission; and the President responded with appropriate congratulation and excellent understanding, with taste and tact manfully and heartily with personal pleasure and official dignity.

The first impressions of our German citizens were not altogether favorable to the call of the Prince of Prussia. There is a good deal of Germany that is not Prussia, but the German Emperor has won his way with the Germans. Prince Henry, as the President said, won the hearts of the people. Those of German blood were gratified that the man was the representative, not only of the Empire but of the race. The German Emperor's proffered hand was with good will taken on both sides of the ocean.

The interest taken in the Prince of Prussia by the American people, has been without the appearance of a line of distinction between those of German and other races in Americanism. Our immense indebtedness to Germans in the formation of the character of the people at large, is indisputable. It has made way for liberty. The last meeting of the President with the Prince in Washington, was in front of the German Embassy, after a horseback ride of an hour and a half in the rain. When the Prince dismounted, the President saluted, saying, “Good-bye, my friend," and spurring his horse, warm with hard work, galloped away. The last words by both men were "my friend." They are good words, and will be made good. The civility of the President has influenced the international affairs of the Nations of the earth, for it has signalized and established the friendship for us of two Nations—the one with the greatest Army and the other with the greatest Navy the world ever saw. This comes to us because we are ourselves a World Power.



They Bind Us No More-We Gather the Islands of the Seas -Our Flag Flies from Zone

to Zone-Raised in Honor, It Will Stay Where It Shines ; Never Descend to Dishonor-Is the President a Candidate for a Full Term ?


HE strength of the position of the United States rests largely in the

knowledge of the great powers throughout the world that there will

be no backward step taken by Theodore Roosevelt in the progressive Duty of Destiny policy. This President McKinley immensely broadened and advanced. He could not have been persuaded or coerced by any forces, within or without our country into a war that he did not believe to be a war of honor and humanity. He was beset first by those who wanted a war for the conquest of Cuba from the Spaniards; and he was belabored because he did not accept the Key West Bureau output of dispatches of fiction as history. He knew we were fearfully and wonderfully unprepared for war when the Maine was blown up, and temporized that we might get ready our ships of war, and his common sense supported him through storms of malicious invective. He bore the burdens of a giant, and did it heroically, closing the war in victory, before the military experts thought the campaign could be opened.

Because we did not surrender to treason, fraud and murderous barbarism, in the Philippines, he was charged with all that was shameless and scandalous in unholy crusades, undertaken absolutely for imperial ambition. The cry of the weaklings and belittlers in our midst, the cranks who have assailed American growth from the beginning, that we were warring against liberty and trampling upon the Declaration of Independence, was incessant, and in some parts of the country acutely maniacal. It was, however, plain to all enlightened people, that this country was accepting Destiny as a Duty, and that we must be gainers by the victories that gave influence as one of the Great Nations. The fact that this was coming had for a generation been in the air, and that it had come was demonstrated at Manila, and Santiago, as clearly as the glory Nelson won for England on the coast of Egypt and Spain, gave to her armaments the power commanding the seas.

The message to Congress by Theodore Roosevelt was a proclamation to the people and Nations of the earth, that the Great North American Republic T. R.-25


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