Speeches and Addresses on the Threshold of Eighty

Speeches and Addresses on the Threshold of Eighty

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Speeches and Addresses on the Threshold of Eighty

Speeches and Addresses on the Threshold of Eighty

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Speech at the Twentieth Annual Dinner given by the Montauk Club of Brooklyn in Celebration of Mr. Depew's Seventy-Seventh Birthday, April 29, 1911.

(Mr. Depew's birthday is April 23, but club conditions have made change of dates necessary.)

Mr. President and Gentlemen:

It is very interesting that the twentieth successive dinner which you have given me on my birthday should coincide with this club coming of age. Twenty-one years of club life to those who have been members from the beginning is always full of charm. The club is the nearest association to the family possible without domestic ties. A man who has a sympathetic disposition and loves to mingle with his fellowmen upon a basis more intimate than is afforded in business will have among the living, and, in memory, those who have passed away, an invaluable asset of choicest friendships. In no place as in the club does human nature reveal itself at its best and at its worst. Members become natural with each other and their selfishness or their good fellowship increases with the years.

I recall those who were present at that first birthday celebration, and each one of them since has had distinctive features. It has differed from all other affairs of the kind because of its publicity and its freedom of discussion. The influence of words uttered here or revelations made here have at times reached far beyond the limits of this city. But these celebrations have also had every char-

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