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La Nación (Buenos Aires), in 18 columns from editorial
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La Nación, in 15 columns of news in same 5 issues..

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El Excelsior (Mexico City), in 40 columns from editorial
pages in 5 issues....

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El Excelsior, in 40 columns of news in same 5 issues.
El Mercurio (Chile), in 27 columns from editorial pages in
5 issues

El Mercurio, in 35 columns of news in same 5 issues..................-----
El Informador (Guadalajara), in 200 columns of 5 full issues
(6 pages each).

Hispano-América (San Francisco), in 80 columns of 5 full
issues (4 pages each).......

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El Mundo Cristiano (Mexico), in 232 columns of 5 full issues (16 pages each).

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Average for all 6, excluding editorials (570 columns)....322
Average for all 6, including all (655 columns).............. .374

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El Sol (Madrid), in 10 columns from 5 editorial pages..

El Sol, in 40 columns of news in same 5 issues..........
Average for the 50 columns of news and editorials in
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IMPORTANCE OF THE STUDY OF SPANISH

The cultural value of the Spanish language has long been recognized by competent scholars. The wonderful literature, art, and architecture of Spain have been described by many famous writers, and the productions of Spanish-American culture, while not yet as well known, are worthy of the most careful study. In the field of international law and arbitration, Spain and Spanish America have made notable contributions to world progress. The disciplinary value of the study of Spanish, too, has been amply demonstrated in recent years. For these reasons it should be given a place in the curriculum on a par with other modern languages.

Another aspect of the matter, however, deserves especial emphasis: the preponderant importance to Americans of Spanish as a medium of communication with eighteen other countries of this hemisphere, which not only are closely connected with the United States by reason of proximity, commercial intercourse, and common political and social ideals, but are destined to play a part of vast importance and power in world affairs. Spanish is the native tongue of these republics, with a population of over 57,000,000, and also the language of Porto Rico, whose population numbers nearly a million and a half. The importance of Spanish in the Foreign Service of the United States is shown by the fact that one-third of the diplomatic posts, and one-fourth of the consular, are in Spanish-speaking countries.

Pan-American friendship and co-operation in commercial, financial, humanitarian, and the intellectual interests, in the establishment of the principle of arbitration of disputes, and in the constant effort toward peace among nations is an example to all the world. Enormously greater progress in these directions will be made, however, when the American people as a whole understand and appreciate their Latin-American neighbors, and for this purpose a much more widespread knowledge of Spanish, as well as Portuguese, the language of the great Brazilian Republic, is indispensable. Although there has been a gratifying increase of recent years in the number of students in high schools and universities who are studying the Spanish language and the history and development of Latin America, these subjects need still greater emphasis in order that they may receive the attention they deserve.

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The great social, commercial, and political importance of Spanish for the United States has been repeatedly brought out by men whose opinions are worthy of respect, such as Elihu Root, Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and quite recently in the notable address delivered by Secretary Kellogg at the University of Pennsylvania.

L. S. ROWE

Director-General of the Pan-American Union

SONGS FOR SPANISH CLUBS

BUENAS NOCHES, DAMAS

1

Buenas noches, damas,

Buenas noches, damas,

Buenas noches, damas,
Las vamos a dejar.

Coro

Vámonos a navegar,

Navegar, navegar;
Vámonos a navegar
Por el ancho mar.

2

Adiós, damas,

Adiós, damas,

Adiós, damas,

Las vamos a dejar.

Coro

3

¡ Gratos sueños tengan!
¡Gratos sueños tengan!
¡Gratos sueños tengan!
Las vamos a dejar.

Coro

SERENATA

(Stars of the Summer Night)

1

Estrellas, guardadla

Con vuestra áurea luz

En el espacio azul;

Mi amor, mi amor duerme,

Duerme, duerme; mi amor duerme.

2

Luna serena, tú,

Desciende en claridad

Lejana en el azul;

Mi amor, mi amor duerme,

Duerme, duerme; mi amor duerme.

3

Que sueños de paz
Vengan a mi amor
A decirle de mí;

Mi amor, mi amor duerme,

Duerme, duerme; mi amor duerme.

KENTUCKY, MI VIEJO HOGAR

Hace calor, y en Kentucky brilla el sol
Sobre las espigas del maíz;

Florecen los prados y el algodón
Mientras trina el ave su canción;

Los niños juegan en la habitación,

Contentos y felices allí;

Pronto, pronto tendremos que partir,

¡Adiós diré a mi viejo hogar!

Coro

No llore más, mi ama;

Cese de llorar;

Cantaremos todos por la felicidad,

¡Por Kentucky, nuestro viejo hogar!

LLEVADME A MI VIEJA VIRGINIA

A mi vieja Virginia, llevadme,

Allá donde crecen el maíz y el algodón,
En la primavera los pájaros gorjean
Y allá quiere volver mi triste corazón;
Donde fuerte para mi amo trabajaba
Día tras día en los campos de maíz.
No hay otro sitio que ame más en la tierra
Que a Virginia, mi Edén donde nací.

Coro

A mi vieja Virginia, llevadme,

Allá donde crecen el maíz y el algodón,
En la primavera los pájaros gorjean
Y allá quiere volver mi triste corazón.

EL RÍO SWANEE

1

Por donde el río Swanee corre,

Muy lejos de aquí,

Deseo estar con mis amigos

Y con mi familia allí.

Por todas partes de la creación

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