On September 10, a beautiful flag (the gift of the school children) was to be raised to its staff on top of our Court House, the highest point in the city. Its upward flight was to be accompanied by the ringing of bells, the booming of cannon, and the singing by the school children of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Never before was I so impressed with our nation's symbol of freedom. As it neared the top, it spread its folds out gracefully over the waiting mass of expectant faces below, and as it waved exultantly, it spoke to me as never before of man's love for his brother man, for in the love of a great cause, man forgets himself, and sacrifices all for his brother. And I thought, happy the day when from every turret and tower, in every land and clime, its folds shall wave, and so clasp all nations in a close embrace.

When I came in I found the first copy of the Weekly awaiting me. Then I knew why I had felt so thankful. In a silence far more impressive than the shout of many voices, another banner was unfurling its folds to a waiting world, and all over the land, a great symphony of gladness was going up from every Christian Scientist as this banner of Truth brought its tidings of a larger Freedom, "the liberty of the sons of God." Hail, gentle banner of peace and of progress! May your folds float out on the breeze from east to west, across the sea in sunny climes, until the globe is encircled by the Truth you bear, and all humanity through their devotion to the greatest of all Causes (Christian Science) are moved by one mighty thought, and that thought—Love.

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November 3, 1898

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