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goes a great deal deeper and further than that. It inspires the hearts of his young countrymen to imitate the heroic deeds of their ancestors whom he so fondly loved to describe. Wherever the Scottish soldier goes, wherever you find him in the hour of trial, in the trenches, in the hospital, or in the camp, you find in many a knapsack stray copies of Marmion, Rob Roy, or other of his charming works, for the solace and entertainment and inspiration of the soldier who has gone forth to battle. If you hear, as you will hear, of young soldiers of Scotland doing great deeds and dying heroes' deaths, I am sure you will give some of the credit to this great wizard of the North, who has inspired them with his own patriotic fervor.

Scott stands midway between Burns and Carlyle in your literature. How fortunate the country, the little country, that has produced, in a single century, three such wonders as these. Where will you find the like? Search through history, ancient and modern - where will you find three such wonderful boasts of literature as Burns, Scott and Carlyle? The emerald, the ruby and the diamond, the three great jewels in Scotland's crown. And in their name I give you the toast of Literature, and I am proud and happy to couple with it the name of one who has done, I think, as much as any other living man to keep the well of English pure and undefiled. I give you the toast of Literature and Mr. Andrew Lang.



Address at the Centenary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, London, May, 1904.


My Lord Northampton, Ladies and Gentle

men: - I consider it a very great honor to be privileged to appear before this great audience assembled from all the Christian nations to-night, to represent first, my country, and secondly, the American Bible Society, as one of its delegates.

I shall take as my text for the brief discourse that I am privileged to address to you, a direct message which I have received by cable from the President of the United States.

The President, no matter what heavy responsibility, no matter what serious labors may rest upon him, is always ready with a good work and a helping hand for every great and worthy cause. The President cables: " Convey to the British and Foreign Bible Society my hearty congratulations on their Centenary and my earnest wish for the continued success of their good work. Theodore Roosevelt."

My Lord Northampton, for the American Bible Society and in its name, I have the honor, in common with my fellow-delegate, the Reverend Dr. Ingersoll, to submit this address to the President, Vice-Presidents and officers of your Society:

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"Gentlemen and Brethren, we, the President, Vice-Presidents, Officers and Managers of the American Bible Society, in accepting the honor of an invitation to the celebration of the One Hundredth Anniversary of your Society, and in joining the great number of those who congratulate you on the honorable and auspicious accomplishment of your first centenary, do hereby pay our hearty tribute of gratitude, admiration and reverence to our elder sister.

"The organizers of our Society acknowledge, with deep gratitude, the generous gift of money and of sympathy with which the British and Foreign Bible Society brightened our first years. In all our career, we have been stimulated by your faithful example.

"In recognition of the wonderful achievements made possible by your steady fortitude and noble devotion in all lands, it has pleased us to designate as our official representatives to your celebration the Reverend Edward Payson Ingersoll, D. D., Corresponding Secretary, and the Honorable Joseph H. Choate, the Ambassador at the Court of St. James to bear personal testimony at your Centenary of our fraternal regard and steadfast confidence. We who send these greetings and salutations, recognizing your high aims and noble endeavors in every domain of your activity, commend you to Him whose we are and whom we serve, praying that He may continue to be your light and guide until the Word shall be fulfilled. They shall teach no more every man his neigh

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