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[551] at Washington, the great world center of Hydrographical Science. There he issued his Wind and Current Charts and published his Physical Geography of the Sea. In the words of Humboldt, ‘he created a new science.’

There he marked out the tracks of speed and safety for mariners of every clime over the ocean's bosom, and showed the beds on the bottoms of the seas where the telegraph now safely lies. And at his call all the maratime nations sent their officers to learn of him in the great Conference at Brussels. Honors now were richly poured upon him. Every Emperor, King and Potentate of Europe sent him orders, medals and jeweled decorations. And Humboldt sent him his great Cosmos medal. Of a truth he had been ‘diligent in his business,’ and was declared ‘worthy to stand before Kings.’

The war between the States now approached and filled him with apprehension. It broke forth while he was in the very climax of his fame. No man then living held so proud a place. But on Virginia's call he gave it freely up and devoted himself thenceforth to the service of his people. No act of self-abnegation was ever more marked than this. The Emperor of Russia, and a few days later the Emperor of France, invited him in generous and eloquent terms to make his home with them, and away from the turmoil of civil war pursue those great works which were the property of the whole human race. In grateful words he declined these tempting honors because he could not abandon his own people in the day of their calamity. When the war closed a price had been set upon his head, and he was a homeless exile. Again Russia and France invited him, and the new born Mexican Empire won him to her service for a time. He was in England when Maximilian fell, and remained there to complete the School Geographies now so widely used. Then once again Napoleon sought him, offering the highest scientific office of France, which he declined, because his own people needed him. And in their service he calmly closed his great career. His last words were, ‘It is well,’ and well it is with him, indeed. In all his writings, all his works, he had illustrated the Christian's life and confirmed the Christian's faith. In these days of flippant infidelity, when would-be wise men question the revelations of the Scriptures through their developments of modern science, they are rebuked by this great master of Nature's laws, who ever held them to be the laws of God, and that the Bible is their great expounder.

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