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Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1903, by RUFUS BLANCHARD, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C.
PRESS OF STROMBERG, ALLEN & CO.
Emile Loubet, President of France:
It seems appropriate that at the Centennial Celebration at St. Louis of the French cession of Louisiana to the United States our national reminiscences of such pleasant memory should not be lost sight of.
Ever since the treaty of alliance between France and the United States in 1778 there has been an uninterrupted friendship between the Government and the people of both countries, respectively, and to you, the Representative of the French people, I dedicate this work, with a confidence that by so doing I represent the sentiment of the American people, which is, universally, friendly to France. I sign myself, WITH GREAT
YOURS FRATERNALLY in behalf of the American people,