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[349] now to be admitted. The States (if they are not already, are to be devoured by the Frankenstein of their own creation. Rulers who are isolated from the sympathies of the ruled, holding themselves splendidly aloof from the pain and problem of life, holding the breadth and depth of life around them as a foreign land, a land of aliens; they, the alien government, in common parlance irreverently entitled ‘government of the gang’ are not candidates for reverence. The riches of violated trust, how can any human being revere that? At the time of the disclosure under oath of the criminal use of the fund insured to ‘the fatherless and the widow;’ bought, as one might say with the heart's blood. Cardinal Gibbons (if correctly reported) was moved to lament what he termned ‘the putridity of private character.’ But this was illustration not exception.

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