Excerpt from German American Annals, 1904, Vol. 6: Continuation of the Quarterly Americana Germanica; A Monthly Devoted to the Comparative Study of the Historical, Literary, Linguistic, Educational and Commercial Relations of Germany and America
President Eliot and Members of the Faculty, Ladies and Gentlemen -the absence of my chief, the German Ambassa dor, which you all will certainly regret as much as I do, has con ferred upon me the great honor to stand here before you to-day and address you as the representative of His Majesty the German Emperor, and as a conveyor of a message from Germany to the United States of America.
It is certainly not an accident that this great country and my fatherland are standing side by side in the front rank in all the important questions of modern civilization and progress; that both are displaying vitality, and the great bulk of the American people are closely linked together by ties of common origin, as the great majority of the inhabitants of this country have Ger manic and a very large part even German blood in their veins. This accounts for the well-known fact that Germans coming to the United States at once feel themselves quite at home, and find it so easy to join the ranks of American citizenship, where they form, I am very proud to say, one of the best elements.
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