The French Club and the Choral Club sang the Mareseillaise as President Taylor escorted the French Ambassador, M. Jules Cambon, to the platform as the club's inaugural speaker. After remarks by the President and—in French—Gertrude Candler '00, M. Cambon, said the Vassar Miscellany, "spoke upon women in France, heroic in history and distinguished in literature, the arts and industries."

M. Cambon played a key role in the negotiations that ended the Spanish American War.