Excerpt from Annual Dinner on the Birthday of Grover Cleveland: March Eighteen, Nineteen Hundred and Ten, at the Club House
Judge Foster: Members of the Democratic Club, Gentlemen, and Guests: The absence of our beloved President, Senator Fox, makes it my very pleasant duty to call you to order and to introduce to you as Toastmaster and Chairman our Brother, the Hon. William E. Curtis. (Applause.)
Address of Hon. William E. Curtis, Toastmaster:
On this, the seventy-third anniversary of the birth of Grover Cleveland, I wish that you would all rise and in silence drink a toast to his memory. (Assemblage rises and drinks the proposed toast.)
I wish to express to the members of the Club my appreciation of the honor conferred upon me by asking me to be Toastmaster upon this occasion.
I am sure that I voice the feelings of all the gentlemen present when I express our regret at the absence of Senator Fox, who for so many years has faithfully performed the duties of President of the Club. (Applause.)
I wish to welcome our distinguished guests, some of whom have made a long journey to be present upon this occasion, and to welcome you all to the halls of the National Democratic Club for a celebration which is so dear to our hearts.
It is peculiarly appropriate that the Democratic Club should celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Grover Cleveland. (Applause.) In the year 1889, on the 18th of March, his fifty-second birthday, he became an Honorary Member of this Club, and continued as such until his death. (Applause.)
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