Patriotism is a virtue much seen and much heard of in these great days. Our President pleads; State Legislatures pass laws; and schools adopt courses in patriotism. Yet we should not think that the Nation has ever been anything but patriotic. The voluntary enlistment for this war of millions of men and women to serve as best each can has been so spontaneous that never again will any one question the loyalty of the American people. Love of country springs up in the hearts of men living under the sweet influence of justice and freedom as flowers bloom at the call of warm sunshine. It is the natural way of living. Unseen and unheard, subtle influences have shaped the thought and kindled the emotions of youth. As they have learned of the greatness of our country, its wonderful production, its unrivaled manufacture, its quick advance to a position of influence among the nations, an honest pride has made each stand taller. They have followed those little bands of pioneers, as they sifted through the A lleghanies, spread over the great central plain, climbed the Rockies to look down at last upon the great Pacific. They have heard great names Franklin, Washington, Lafayette, Lincoln, and Lee. And now in this Great War they are hearing of the heroes and songs of our A llies.
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