Mr. President and Gentlemen of the War College:
The twelvemonth just past has proved a busy year in national affairs. For the first time since the formation of the Government has it fallen to the President to send from our shores to an island of the sea a civil governor, who should in his person represent the dignity and power of the United States. Fortunately for us, and fortunately for Porto Rico, the Chief Executive was at no loss whither to turn.
A judgment so sound, and an address so pleasing, had characterized the administration of Assistant Secretary Allen that the President bade him lay aside his work for the Navy, and hasten to San Juan with a message of good will.