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September 8, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(10):842. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590370078035

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To the Editor:  —Once more, please, something in answer to "Patriotism Rampant." Should we discard the German language we would have to dismiss about half of the English as well. Have we ever stopped to think how much alike these two languages are? There are many like words in the two languages modified only in form; their common origin can be recognized readily. This goes to show that we are of common stock belonging to the Low German race, from which came the Angles and Saxons. "Some historians, as Prof. Henry Morley, regard the distinction between Saxon and Angle as a mere accidental difference of name; the people themselves employing the name of Angles, while Saxon was a foreign designation by the Romans and Celts." The authority Bede says that the Angles were one of three tribes that passed over from the continent in the fifth and sixth centuries into

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