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Edward William Bok (1863–1930). The Americanization of Edward Bok. 1921.


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After fifteen minutes or so the President came up to where the boy was waiting, and said abruptly:

“Tell me, my boy, why did you have the wine-glasses removed from your place?”

Edward was completely taken aback at the question, but he explained his resolution as well as he could.

“Did you make that decision this evening?” the President asked.

He had.

“What is your name?” the President next inquired.

He was told.

“And you live, where?”

Edward told him.

“Suppose you write your name and address on this card for me,” said the President, reaching for one of the place-cards on the table.

The boy did so.

“Now, I am stopping with Mr. A. A. Low, on Columbia Heights. Is that in the direction of your home?”

It was.

“Suppose you go with me, then, in my carriage,” said the President, “and I will give you my speech.”

Edward was not quite sure now whether he was on his head or his feet.

As he drove along with the President and his host, the President asked the boy about himself, what he was doing, etc. On arriving at Mr. Low’s house, the President went up-stairs, and in a few moments came down with his speech in full, written in his own hand. Edward assured him he would copy it, and return the manuscript in the morning.

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