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35. Thus spoke Hermocrates. Great was the contention which his words aroused among the Syracusan people, some asserting that1 the Athenians would never come, and that he was not speaking truth, others asking, 'And if they should come, what harm could they do to us nearly so great as we could do to them?' while others were quite contemptuous, and made a jest of the whole matter. A few only believed Hermocrates and realized the danger. [2] At last Athenagoras, the popular leader, who had at that time the greatest influence with the multitude, came forward and spoke as follows:—

1 People said, They What harm will they do? A few saw the danger.

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