The Spirit of Lafayette

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Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 13,766 / 47 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.3
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 302
Added to site: 2008.02.03
mnybks.net#: 19936
Genres: History, War, Essays
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bade him mount the steps first, that his sufferings might not be prolonged. As she took her place, her eyes fell on a colossal statue of Liberty, recently erected near by. "O Liberty," she cried, "what crimes are committed in thy name!"

"There is no God." Thus in 1793, by solemn enactment of the Terrorists, was the Deity legislated out of existence. There is no God! What sayest thou now, Robespierre? Dost thou say so, now? How likedst thou thy brief space of usurpation? A few brief months of power--night and day with loaded pistols at thy side--no food till some one else had tasted from thy dish, lest it be poisoned. And then another scene in that same legislative hall, the hall of thy own great terrifying power. A vote ordering thy arrest! Vain are thy shrieks--a detachment of thy own soldiers forces its way into the room--a pistol shot rings out, and thou with shattered jaw, a ghastly spectacle, facest thy end. Thou fallest, and some spit upon thy prostrate form, others stab thee with their

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