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[170] to them. If not, he is dropped very rapidly. We have to deal with a world where certain men are born with a certain gift. It is, of course, nobler where a man consecrates that gift to the service of man or the glory of God; where he prefers to live concealed and do his work. Such men are around us all the time, but from the very nature of the case we do not hear much about them. Prominent usefulness soon attracts the reporters and the begging letters. On the other hand, a man may be grandly useful and yet have a petty desire to advertise himself, as it appears from the newly published memoirs of Louis Agassiz that George Peabody once offered to endow a great museum munificently if his own name could be attached to it, and withheld the gift when that proposal was declined.

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