December 3, 1890

Toledo, Ohio


Ladies and Gentlemen:


During the first half of the present century the undiscovered county of the globe was in Africa. The increasing numbers, business and want of the human race, and the interests of society and civilization imperatively demanded that this unknown land should be discovered, explored, and opened to commerce, to education, and to religion.


Whenever a man is required to do some great work for the welfare of the world it may be safely predicted that America can furnish the man.


We welcome tonight the discoverer of Africa, our American fellow citizen, Mr. Henry M. Stanley, whom I now have the honor to present to the audience.