Excerpt from Address of the Hon. Philip A. Roach, on the Three Hundred and Eighty-Fifth Anniversary of the Discovery of America by Columbus, October 12, 1492: Delivered at South San Francisco Park, October 14, 1877, by Invitation of the Italian Population of San Francisco
The concourse assembled here to day is actuated by a Spirit of gratitude towards the memory of one of Italy's noblest sons. Prolific as she has been in poets, heroes, philosophers and sages, no name in her annals, nor in those of other lands, has attained a higher place, as a benefactor of mankind, throughout the civilized world, than that of Christopher Columbus.
Every nation honors itself by commemorating the achievements of those who have rendered important services to their respective peoples. And various nations celebrate the anniversary of the birth-day of their great men, with a spirit of 'enthusiasm which finds a response in the most distant regions, where members of the nationality are scattered.
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