CL. E. B Rj ColMIA,,. ZONE, PANIM /A
THE ITHMIRN C/IN/RL COMMIMJlON
NOV. /6 /906
There is notmuch to ay because all/that would ay /s
howheartl/y I appreciate on beklfofthe country ,he work that
you are do/n9. Yesterday and today aj I have been 9oing alon9
the cona i anwd seeing the work I have felt more andmore a
fe h/nq toward you 9e/ft/emen and toward all contneed e with
the Canal who are now qo'n9 a/o/n and odo/n9 ot/ir duty, that
they are earning a rihtr to the roafi'ude of the country 'ucA as
can normally be earned only by soldiers who have served in
the few great war of history.
I have just the feeinq a:outyou men down her thatl
have in meet'nq the men who have done wellin a eiq war
necessary for the honor and interest of the country that
has been carried to a successfuu/ conclusion.
Next to man &home life the thing best worth doan,!g is
omethinq that counts not only for himself but for Ihe country
at /arq e and that is 1he kobd0of th'n you are doin q and I hope
that the piritealready here will gro" even greater wsuch as
will make each man identify himself with this work and do
itin such shape that in the future it wil only be necessary
to so'yofany man H-/e woe'connected with the digging of
the Panama Canal" /o confer the patent of nobility upon /haman.
In other words dust as we think of those who foughtva/irntly
in the Civil War we feel that he isaman w, o does not have
To explain his par/in the work of c/vi/i'ations anit' is ia
qreat work andl feel that this is what you gave earned.
What he has done erp/a'n/s itself. Wow that is exactly what
we w,/ 41 ve the ri'ht to say. That man didhi s fu// duty',
because he wo-s coonnecte'dhonorably nde in good fa/'/7
with the greatest feat of /e kind ever per formed in 4qmeric'
the qre'afes feat ever performed byan Vnaho'tn i the histo dof the world .
ANow goodbye and qood luc'r. 'You eem a ytria4htk-ut
5et of /fnericans and lam mighty proud of you.
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