Address by His Excellency the President of Panama, DR. RICARDO J. ALFARO
It is with a feeling of genuine satisfaction that I have attended this celebration in honor of the great hero whose memory is revered not only by the people of the United States but by the lovers of democracy all over the world.
In the two hundred years which have elapsed since the birth of George Washington the world has witnessed a great many transformations. When Washington was born on the shores of the Potomac there was little difference between the simple, patriarchal, homogeneous life then known to humanity and the life through which it had gone for centuries and centuries. There was no steam, no electricity, no machinery, no great industries and a very limited commerce, restricted on one hand by national monopolies and on the other hand by the ravages of piracy and privateering. Transportation was only that which could be afforded by beasts of burden on land, by the winds on the sea. Communication between man and man, between people and people, necessarily had to be as difficult and slow as transportation.