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Vol. VL—No. 26.
RALEIGH, N. C, JULY 4, 1912
One Dollar a Year.
The Growth of Democracy
Dr, Newell Dwight Hillis in Good Housekeeping.
ONE forever the time when Europe said the republic
was an experiment. But yesterday Lord Macaulay
was giving us forty years, asking: “After America’s
Niagara, what?’’ Yet, during the month when our
people celebrate the Americanism of Washington,
there was this year a victory for democracy that startled the
world. Think of it! At noon of the birthday of Abraham
Lincoln one-quarter of the human race formally proclaimed their
government to be a republic and ended centuries of autocracy.
The leaders of that great movement in China are almost without
exception young men who have studied in American universities.
Here they had witnessed the victories of democracy. Our politi
cal democracy had diffused liberty; educational democracy had dif
fused knowledge; industrial democracy had diffused property;
ecclesiastical democracy had diffused morals. On yesterday’s
yesterday France became a republic, and Switzerland soon fol
lowed. But yesterday Portugal became a republic.
This year, 1912, has brought to the United States an educa
tional commission from England. Think of it I The country of
John Milton going to school to the republic! This year has
brought commissions from Italy, Germany, Russia, Japan, and
China. Our people should celebrate this Independence Day with
peculiar ardor and enthusiasm, for the time has come when Amer
ica is the educator of all the world in liberty and free institutions.