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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 385 pages of information about The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol. 1, January 9, 1915.
a large and significant part, for you belong to the class of men who are expected to have strong and decided opinions in the face of a great world crisis, and are capable of leading others toward the goal of a regenerated humanity.  To know the right and to maintain it, to fight against the wrong, to impart courage to the timid, strength to the weak, and hope to the faint-hearted; to forget self in the service of others and extend a human sympathy to the ends of the earth, this is your vocation.  It is the call of the world, it is the voice of one calling to you out of a distant past across the nineteen Christian centuries; it is the “spirit of the years to come,” summoning you to establish the Kingdom of God upon earth.

JEANNE D’ARC—­1914.

By ALMA DURANT NICOLSON.

    Rise from the buried ages, O thou Maid,
    Rise from thy glorious ashes, unafraid,
    And wheresoe’er thy Brothers need thee most,
    Arise again, to lead thy tireless host. 
    France calls thee as she called in days gone by! 
    She calls thy spirit where her soldiers die;
    She knows thy courage and thy sacrifice,
    And wills today to pay the selfsame price,
    All-confident that when the work is done,
    She shall behold her Honor saved and Victory won.

    God calls thee, Maid, from out the Past—­
    The Past of France where thy strange lot was cast—­
    And bid’st thee fling about this fearful hour
    Thy dauntless Faith, that was thy magic Power. 
    And Freedom calls, with all-impelling voice,
    She calls the Sons of France, and leaves no choice,
    No waver and no alternating will;
    Where Freedom calls, all other calls are still,
    All-confident that when her work is done
    Ye shall behold your Country saved and Victory won.

The Kaiser and Belgium

By John W. Burgess.

Dean of the Faculties of Political Science, Philosophy, Pure Science, and the fine Arts at Columbia University; Roosevelt Professor of American History and Institutions at Friedrich Wilhelms University, Berlin, 1906-7; Visiting American Professor to Austrian Universities, 1914-15; Decorated, Order of Prussian Crown by the German Emperor and Order of the Albrechts by the King of Saxony.

FIRST ARTICLE.

It is often said by historians that no truly great man is every really understood by the generation, and in the age, for which he labors.  Many instances of the truth of this statement can be easily cited.  Two of the most flagrant have come within the range of my own personal experience.  The first was the character of Abraham Lincoln as depicted by the British press of 1860-64 and as conceived by the British public opinion of that era.  Mr. Henry Adams, son and private secretary of Mr. Charles Francis Adams, our Minister Plenipotentiary to Great Britain during that critical era in our history, writes, in that fascinating book of his entitled “The Education of Henry Adams,”

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