Biography of James G. Blaine

Biography of James G. Blaine

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Biography of James G. Blaine

Biography of James G. Blaine

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Through the mists of that yesterday which we call antiquity loom up the stalwart forms of the Galbraiths moving resolutely, if to us vaguely, around the foot of Ben Lomond and along the shores of the storied lake. A fragment of Gaelic verse epitomizes their honorable history:

"Galbraiths from the Red Tower,
Noblest of Scotch surnames."

Loyally adhering to Lord James Stuart, they had brought their noble surname to Baldernoch -- whence it was but a step to the Clyde -- whence their continued share in the world's movement took them to the Isle of Gigha. Here they held with the later McNeills an otherwise undivided sway till the nearness of Ireland tempted them over the easy stretch of blue water to become the Galbraiths of Donegal.

The world movement in which they were involved was a wider one than the Galbraiths knew. So long ago as Julius Cæsar was winning fame in Great Britain, the Scotch, under the name of Picts, and the Irish, Scots, were surging back and forth into each others' lands till on the crest of the human wave Ireland rode triumphant as Scotia Major, and Scotland followed meekly content to be Scotia Minor.

By intellectual prowess Ireland justified her right to the lordly name. Converted to Christianity by St. Patrick and St. Columba, she battled for religion as warmly as she had battled for booty in her good old pirate-pagan days, and won. Religion brought in schools, learning, literature, and sent out missionaries to all the world -- the world of England, France . . .

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