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The Call to Arms

Hark! I hear the tramp of thousands,

And of armed men the hum;
Lo! a nation's hosts have gathered
Round the quick-alarming drum-

Saying, “Come,

Freemen, come! Ere your heritage be wasted,” said the quick-alarming

drum.

Let me of my heart take counsel:

War is not of Life the sum;
Who shall stay and reap the harvest
When the autumn days shall come?"

But the drum

Echoed, “Come! Death shall reap the braver harvest,” said the solemn

sounding drum.

“But when won the coming battle,

What of profit springs therefrom?
What if conquest, subjugation,
Even greater ills become?”

But the drum

Answered, “Come! You must do the sum to prove it,” said the Yankee answer

ing drum.

BRET HARTE.

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Theodore Roosevelt in the Uniform of the Rough Riders

From a photograph by Rockwood
Copyright, 1898, by G. G. Rockwood, N. Y.

THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

ASUR, LENOS AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

R

The Call to Arms

The Man Who Fails to Support

a War

(T may be the highest duty to oppose a

war before it is brought on, but once the country is at war, the man who fails to support it with all possible heartiness comes perilously near being a traitor and his conduct can only be justified on grounds that in times of peace would justify a revolution.

Life of Oliver Cromwell.

No fight was ever yet won by parrying Parry but

Hit also alone; hard hitting is the best parry; the offensive is the only sure defensive.

Ibid.

NonCombat

ants hurtful

A class of professional non-combatants is as hurtful to the real, healthy growth of a nation as is a class of fire-eaters; for a weakness or folly is nationally as bad as a vice, or worse; and, in the long run, a Quaker may be quite as undesirable a citizen as is a duelist.—Life of Joel Benton.

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