Items of Interest

The feature of the Fourth of July observance at Paris was the banquet of the American Chamber of Commerce at the Hotel Quai d'Orsay, at which Ambassador McCormick discussed "Our National Housecleaning." At London three thousand persons, mostly Americans, attended the Fourth of July reception at the American Embassy, Dorchester House. At Pekin on the Fourth the American Consul, Thomas Sammons, gave a banquet to the Viceroy of Mukden, Count Matsura, the new Japanese Minister to China, M. Hayashi, and other prominent Japanese and Chinese officials. At Vienna for the first time in several years Independence Day was celebrated under the auspices of the American Embassy. The Viennese American Medical Association had arranged a baseball game, dinner, and dancing at a lovely spot near Vienna, where numerous other Americans, on invitation of the Embassy, gathered and spend the remainder of the day in enjoyment. At Copenhagen American tourists and the American colony celebrated the Fourth of July. The reception at the American legation was well attended. Several dinners were given by Danish Americans, at which King Frederick and President Roosevelt were toasted.

William J. Bryan was the guest of honor at the annual Independence Day dinner of the American Society at the Hotel Cecil, London, on the Fourth. Mr. Bryan, who read his speech, said in part:—

"To doubt the dynamic power of righteousness is infidelity to truth itself. That nation which is unwilling to trust its cause to the universal conscience, or which shrinks from the presentation of its claims before a tribunal where reason holds sway, betrays a lack of faith in the soundness of its position.

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An Interesting Letter
July 14, 1906

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