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September 17, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(12):656-658. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450120030002m

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War, pestilence, famine, floods and other great national calamities, are the most reliable tests to bring out the true philanthropic spirit of individuals as well as of nations. The good Samaritan is to be seen everywhere under ordinary conditions on his errands of mercy, following the footsteps of his Master in bringing comfort to the poor, the sick, the maimed and the oppressed, but his energies are taxed to the utmost, and his work is appreciated most keenly, when the masses are in distress. The American people are noted for their charitable disposition, and have gained a well-deserved reputation for humanitarian work. Our numerous ideal charitable institutions speak for themselves. Many national catastrophes have demonstrated the liberality and good-will of our people. The War of the Rebellion furnished an interesting object lesson to the outside world of the way in which patriotism is estimated here. During the war just ended

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