Greater France in Africa

Greater France in Africa

Greater France in Africa

Greater France in Africa

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In the following pages the author has attempted a double task: to furnish a brief summary of his visit to Morocco and Algeria, as a member of the group invited by the Committee France-America to make a tour of those parts of Greater France; and also to furnish a certain background for the better comprehension of what was seen and heard. The members of the "American Commission," as it was styled in France and in Africa, were George W. Wickersham, of New York; Samuel H. Church, of Pittsburgh; Edgar A. Bancroft, of Chicago; and the author. The ladies of the party were their respective wives and Miss Church. As an "elder statesman," Mr. Wickersham was the dean and spokesman of the company. It was he who through the columns of a New York newspaper outlined our journey and summarized from his carefully kept journal the observations he had made. These letters have been amplified and published in an admirable volume entitled "Spring in Morocco and Algeria," to which the author hereby acknowledges a debt he could not repay. Compliment and chivalry aside, the remarks of the ladies were invaluable, and the return duties of hospitality could not have been performed without their untiring energy.

To M. Gabriel Louis Jaray, Councillor of State, our personal conductor, the Commission was indebted for . . .

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