H.L. Mencken (18801956). The American Language. 1921.
Proper Names in America
On October 20, 1919, Mr. Mondell, of Wyoming, the majority leader, arose in the House of Representatives and called the attention of the House to the presence in the gallery of a detachment of 27 soldiers, popularly known by the appropriate title and designation of Americans all. A few moments later Mr. Wilson, of Connecticut, had the names of these soldiers spread upon the record for the day. Here they are:
This was no unusual group of Americans, though it was deliberately assembled to convince Congress of the existence of a melting pot that really melts. I turn to the list of promotions in the army sent in to the Senate on the first day of the Harding administration, and find Lanza, Huguet, Shaffer, Brambila, Straat, Knabenshue, De Armond, Meyer, Wiezorek and Stahl among the new colonels and lieutenant-colonels,