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The Shot Heard Round The World
On April 19, 1775, was fired "the shot heard round the worl...

Verdun
She is a wall of brass; You shall not pass! You sh...

The Beast In Man
A German leader once said, "The oldest right in the world i...

Bacilli And Bullets
Sir William Osler, one of the greatest medical men in the w...

Can War Ever Be Right?
After England had entered the war against the Central Power...

Nations And The Moral Law
I believe there is no permanent greatness to a nation excep...

Daring The Undarable
We are thirty in the hands of Fate And thirty-one wi...

What One American Did
If a person had been standing one night beside the railroad...

The Russian Revolution
The controller, as he is called on the Siberian railroad, w...

Alan Seeger
As England and the world lost Rupert Brooke, so America and...

The Hun Target The Red Cross
All the civilized nations of the world have agreed to respe...

When Germany Lost The War
No man knows exactly when and where the three and twenty al...

A Ballad Of French Rivers
Of streams that men take honor in The Frenchman ...

Son
He hurried away, young heart of joy, under our Devon sk...

The Mexican Plot
It is true that Germany does not know the meaning of honest...

Marshal Foch
A Great German philosopher said many years ago that history...

Rupert Brooke
Among the losses that the World War has caused--many of the...

Raemaekers
There are many ways of fighting, and the Germans, in their ...

Marshal Joffre
The greatest leaders in history are often men who for the l...

The Melting Pot
America has been called the "crucible" or the "melting pot"...



Nations And The Moral Law






I believe there is no permanent greatness to a nation except it be
based upon morality. I do not care for military greatness or military
renown. I care for the condition of the people among whom I live.
Crowns, coronets, mitres, military display, the pomp of war, wide
colonies, and a huge empire are in my view all trifles, light as air
and not worth considering, unless with them you can have a fair share
of comfort, contentment, and happiness among the great body of the
people. Palaces, baronial castles, great halls, stately mansions, do
not make a nation. The nation in every country dwells in the cottage.

I ask you then to believe, as I do most devoutly believe, that the
moral law was not written for men alone in their individual character,
but that it was written as well for nations.

If nations reject and deride that moral law, there is a penalty which
will inevitably follow. It may not come at once, it may not come in our
life-time; but rely upon it, the great Italian is not a poet only, but
a prophet, when he says:

The sword of heaven is not in haste to smite,
Nor yet doth linger.

JOHN BRIGHT.






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