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VINDICATION OF SELF-GOVERNMENT

The People: Their rule in a representative Republic is, with all its faults, far better than autocracy, with all its virtues.

Compare the men whom the people of the United States have chosen as Presidents, with an equal number of hereditary monarchs of any other nation, and self-government in comparison finds its incarnate vindication.

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A SHIRK'S TOAST

Madame, a toast you ask? I feel like quoting

"sir, The Toast Re 'dear Woman,'"

for verily I can not do it.

You know what the Shirk said to the Laggard, "Do not thou entreat me, seeing that the thing you ask is both difficult and impossible.

"find Some Other Victim."

Believe me full of grief because of an empty head.

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OUR COUNTRY'S FUTURE

When our territory shall all be improved,

Our desert-places made to blossom as the rose,
Our mineral wealth developed,

And all our power utilized, may our eighty millions of people, then multiplied many times, bear witness anew to the great truth that

"righteousness Exalteth A Nation."

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THE SHIP OF STATE

"sail on, sail on, O Ship of State!
Sail on, O Union, strong and great!
Humanity with all its fears,
With all the hopes of future years,
Is hanging breathless on thy fate!
Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee,
Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,
Our faith triumphant o'er our fears
Are all with thee,—

"are All With: Thee!"

Longfellow.

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