INTRODUCTION

By Rufus M. Jones

EVERY GENERATION has its list of heroes, the stuff out of which epics are made. Unfortunately Homers do not come very often to create the epic. This book will reveal to the reader that the heroes are very much in evidence, and though David Hinshaw had no thought of creating an epic, his plain, unadorned, straightforward story, of what he has seen with his eyes and heard with his ears and his hands have handled, gives his story, in spite of himself, an epic quality. He went out to see, with no thought of making a book, but the moving events, the thrilling experiences, the heroic work, which came before his eyes caused this book to walk right off his writing pad and confront the reader with its vivid objectivity and reality.

The Quakers who are behind this work of human relief are not in the proper sense of the word a "sect." They do not focus upon creeds or religious forms, and they have no order of priests. They constitute rather a spiritual movement, the members of which aim to have direct firsthand experience of God operating in and through

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