Between the Old World and the New: A Moral and Philosophical Contrast

Between the Old World and the New: A Moral and Philosophical Contrast

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Between the Old World and the New: A Moral and Philosophical Contrast

Between the Old World and the New: A Moral and Philosophical Contrast

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Emilio Mitre, Baron di Rio Branco, Theodore Roosevelt,--these three names I must inscribe on the first page of this volume. On three fond memories my thoughts dwell with a tenderness not unmixed with melancholy, as I send this book forth to its fate. The first, Paris and the eve of the day fixed for the conclusion of my course on the Michonnis Foundation at the Collège de France--the evening of November 29, 1906, when Emilio Mitre unexpectedly came to see me, and asked me to undertake the long voyage to Argentina in his name and in that of the Nation, the great Buenos Aires newspaper. Next, the evening of June 24, 1907, when a deputation representing the Brazilian Academy, sent by Baron di Rio Branco, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Brazil, and headed by Giuseppe Graça Aranha, met the Cordova in the wonderful bay of Rio de Janeiro, to do my wife and myself the honours of the city, and to invite us to visit Brazil on our way back. Lastly, the day in February, 1908, on which the New World offered me a third surprise no less welcome than the other two, in the shape of an invitation from Theodore Roosevelt, communicated to me in flattering words by Baron Mayor des Planches.

I should feel much indebted to these three persons-- especially to Emilio Mitre, because he was the first-- even if they had only made two long voyages easy for . . .

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