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A British commission, headed by Foreign

Secretary Balfour, and a French commission, headed by ex-Premier Viviani

and the immortal General Joffre, speedily

visited the United States to arrange

plans of cooperation. They were received

with great popular enthusiasm. Memories

of the days when France had stretched

out a helping hand to the weak republic

across the sea arose in every mind, while

the nation rejoiced that the two great

branches of the Anglo-Saxon race, enemies

then, were now fighting shoulder to shoulder in a good cause against a common foe.

On the 30th of April, the commissions,

members of the President's Cabinet, and

other notables visited Mt. Vernon and

the tomb of Washington. It was a

memorable occasion. After the lapse of

almost a century and a half, representatives

of the three chief actors in the Revolution-Allies now-had assembled to do honor

to the memory of one of the supremely

great and good men of history. M.

Viviani pronounced a short and masterly

oration, in which he referred to the presence

as a member of the French commission

of M. Chambrun, a descendant of Lafayette. His best passage was a touching

tribute to the private soldier. It was as


"While paying this supreme tribute

to the memory of Washington I do not

diminish the effect of my words when I

turn my thoughts to the memory of so

many unnamed heroes. I ask you before

this tomb to bow in earnest meditation

and all the fervor of piety before all the

soldiers of the Allied nations who for

nearly three years have been fighting

under different flags for the same ideal.

I beg you to address the homage of your

hearts and souls to all the heroes, born

to live in happiness, in the tranquil pursuit

of their labors, in the enjoyment of all

human affections, who went into battle

with virile cheerfulness and gave themselves up, not to death alone, but to the