The Test

Loyalty is "the heart of all the virtues, the central duty amongst all duties." So wrote a great American teacher little more than a decade ago. The challenge of this definition was prophetic. The world has since been bathed in blood in exemplification of its truth. The measure of a man's loyalty has been accepted the world over as the measure of his liberty; and has become at times the test of his very right to live. Of disloyalty the world have nothing. None denied this fact, few escaped its mandate. "Choose you this day whom ye will serve," has been blazoned on the threshold of every nation, and has sifted the personnel of every common effort.

This great vision of a loyal humanity united in the service of a great idea did not vanish with the fires of war; nor has its hope been consummated in the days of peace. The field of conflict has been shifted and may again shift. The war of evil against good yet rages, and will rage even to the very doro of the sanctuary of a unified humanity, until mankind shall finally learn in deep humility the vital meaning of spiritualy loyalty, and who it is that rightly demands our compliance therewith.

April 22, 1922

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