Thanksgiving day in Berlin.
--The 29th of November was celebrated by the Americans
, by a dinner at the residence of Minister Wright
Our present troubles were the subject of a patriotic speech by the Minister
After the maintenance of the Union
had been advocated by several other gentlemen with much native enthusiasm, Baron von Holzendorf
rose to thank the American Minister
for the kindly feelings expressed in behalf of the royal family and the growing unity of Father land.
The eloquent speaker, who had a thorough command of the English
language, then glanced at the general "Bowie
knife" and "Lynch
law" ideas attaching to America
in many parts of the Old World.
But was it not better to have to suffer from the occasional ebullitions of individual energy than from the lasting pressure and perpetual interference of a police system.
(Here the Germans present, mindful of the revelations of the last few days led the storm of applause, in which the Yankees
heartily joined.) The Baron
then thanked the Americans
for having admitted a great number of German emigrants to the full enjoyment of political liberty — a boon which his countrymen had not been able to secure in South America
, and especially Brazil
He hoped that Germany
would soon be formed into a union of States, upon the transatlantic pattern, and concluded by proposing "The health of the American Minister
, the private secretary
of Mr. Wright
, offered a toast to the Union
as based upon the Constitution
The maintenance of that Constitution, he said, was guaranteed by the devotion and patriotism of good men; but, should they fail in the attainment of their end through the ordinary and legitimate means, they would be entitled to appeal to the last resource of citizenship, which was the first inalienable prerogative of all Americans
, namely — the right of revolution.
Dr. Von Tellkampf
, a member of the Prussian House of Lords, repeated the thanks of Herr Von Holzendorf
for the wishes of his transatlantic friends in behalf of the unity of Germany
had given the first practical proof of the possibility of joining into one common body States varying in size and Constitution.
A similar union must be realized in Germany
, and that in spite of the dislike evinced against the plan by all the petty princes of the land.
At the conclusion of the dinner a large collection was made in behalf of the poor of this city.
Towards the close of the evening the company promenaded round the hall to the inspiriting strains of "Yankee Doodle