This is an age of progress, in which the genius and untiring labor of the philosopher, the scientific thinker and the patient investigator have laid broad and deep the foundations for a higher and happier civilization than the world has hitherto known. There has been an intellectual advancement, a moral uplifting, an ethical awakening, and a quickening of perception, which have led to the proper recognition of the duties and responsibilities of an enlightened citizenship. A broader and truer imperialism has been inaugurated; intellectual expansion has become a fixed policy of the entire profession, and the dream of happiness, through fraternity, freedom, justice and humanity seems to be realized.
There never was a time in the history of the world when knowledge was so easily accessible, and so eagerly sought after by the entire profession. The plodding country practitioner, located at the cross-roads, is as near the "springs of Helicon,"
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