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FOREWORD

More than half a century ago the feet of this nation had slipped to the very brink of the pit and were scorched with fire. Then came the Man. Still his words ring down the years a message to us who are today giving of our best for the freedom of the world:


"This conflict will settle the question, at least for centuries to come, whether man is capable of governing himself, and consequently is of greater importance to the free than to the slaves."

"We shall nobly save or meanly lose the last, best hope of earth."

"Government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth."{{c7