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A Story of To-day
WILLIAM MACLEOD RAINE
BRAND BLOTTERS," "A TEXAS RANGER,'
them. The message of our time is to raze these walls and so clear the ground for the better day. My admira
tion for your work in this line is my justification for
VALIANT SOLDIER OF THE COMMON GOOD
For putting your name
on this page without your knowledge I hope you will pardon me. Since you, too, like Jeff
, have enlisted as a lifelong soldier of the common good you will find in this story a picture-however faultily portrayed—of the movement toward a better
In men's minds the gospel of democracy is taking root. We shall never rest, content until it bears its fruit of social and economic justice, until the sense of Brotherhood permeates society with the conviction that the good of one is inextricably woven with the welfare of all. When that day comes Life will be a thing beautiful beyond our present hope, a brave adventure through which we shall go happily and helpfully.
The theories of Jeff and his friends are those to which earnest people are turning in the search for a way out. Let us grant that some of them are crude and ineffective. What of it? Youth struggles with a vision of half truths. So long as the vision leads toward the light we may hope
for the best.
As I grow older I incline to think that
wrong thinking is at the bottom of most of our troubles. Men mean to do right
, but their perception of the truth is obstructed by the walls which custom and prejudice have built around
W. M. R.