The Foes of Our Own Household

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THE FOES OF OUR OWN HOUSEHOLD

CHAPTER I
THE INSTANT NEED; AND THE ULTIMATE NEED

THE world is at this moment passing through one of those terrible periods of convulsion when the souls of men and of nations are tried as by fire. Woe to the man or to the nation that at such a time stands as once Laodicea stood; as the people of ancient Meroz stood, when they dared not come to the help of the Lord against the mighty! In such a crisis the moral weakling is the enemy of the right; and the pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrong-doer.

At the outbreak of the war our people were stunned, blinded, terrified by the extent of the world disaster. Those among our leaders who were greedy, those who were selfish and easeloving, those who were timid, and those who were merely short-sighted, all joined to blindfold the eyes and dull the conscience of the people

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