Cambridge, January 2, 1902.
My dear Sister Fiske:
I am sending you a clipping. Thought it might have escaped you.
"The roll of the year's deaths, 1901, contains more than the usual number of illustrious names. Most conspicuous of them all are President William McKinley, Ex-President Benjamin Harrison, Queen Victoria, Li Hung Chang, Giuseppe Verdi and John Fiske."
Very sincerely yours,
July 12, 1940.
In these days of the Titanic struggle which is rocking the whole world, I think so often of Papa's article which appeared in the Boston press in the late nineties (The Transcript, I think), which with the many intervening years has been, I fear, hopelessly mislaid. It impressed itself so upon me at the time of the first World War that I pretty much committed it to memory. Now, its significance and Clairvoyance, based upon his very wide grasp of all recorded history but serves again to emphasize his clarity of thought and really profound wisdom.
The following embodies the thought if not the exact phraseology: "With the rise of Militant Germany, it can only be a matter of a very short time before the balance of power, as between Germany and England, must come into conflict. In such a struggle all the nations of the world will be involved, and it is unthinkable that the United States should remain aloof." Of course we did not in the first World War, and it remains to be seen whether we will in the present conflict. But the accuracy of that foresightedness was then, and is now being completely borne out.