In his journey about the nation President Taft last week visited Jackson, Miss., named for a president. Governor Noel, in his kindly, generous words of greeting, said: "Today for the first time in its history Mississippi rejoices in the delightful opportunity of welcoming at its state capital as its guest the man whom our country as a whole honored by choosing as the head of our Federal Government, the greatest honor within the gift of any free people. As to the great essentials of good government, good people nearly all agree in demanding of those who seek the highest stations, unblemished honesty, skilled intelligence, and proved patriotism. The questions of political disagreement are points of less vital importance. Those of us who were against you, Mr. President, in last year's political conflict, enjoy the satisfaction of knowing we were defeated by the best and greatest man that could be found in the ranks of our political opponents; and our failure and your success proves that you and your policies most clearly reflected prevailing public sentiment, and that you are clearly entitled to our loyal support in your discharge of the great powers with which you are invested; and we are entitled to and I am sure will receive all the benefits that flow from a just administration of the executive department of the Federal Government."

Dr. James D. Angell, president emeritus of the University of Michigan, has received the following letter from K. Matsui, charge d' affaires of the Japanese embassy at Washington: "I have the honor to inform you that his Majesty the Emperor of Japan has graciously been pleased to confer upon you the first class of the Imperial Order of the Sacred Treasure, in token of his high esteem for you as one of the foremost educators of the age and also his recognition of the distinguished services rendered by you during the period of no less than forty years as president of the University of Michigan, especially in the education of a number of our countrymen who have proved themselves extremely useful to Japan."

November 13, 1909

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