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‘ [348] stabbed the South to the quick, and during all the years of reconstruction turned the dagger found in the festering wound.’

“By their fruits ye shall know them.” Where are the higher moral aims to which a crusade of ‘moral ideas’ and ‘higher law’ should summon? Territorial magnitude has supplanted compact as basis of union. The prevailing passion is that the committee on insurance of the American Bar Association has called ‘the riotous desire of bigness.’ A gigantic egotism; a supreme power cemented by bribes to the phalanx on which that power depends; a Federal force which was ordained for the protection of the citizen from power; perverted to one which exists for the plunder of the citizen by power; all the unclean progeny brought to the birth by the malign mother of predatory trusts; a civil liberty which is the crowned courtesan of all the appetites—are our present help in time of trouble.

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