him every step till he gets him on the stage. He appears to let another find his way up, and then he just picks him up from among others and makes his use of him. One man comes upon the stage of action and appears to create himself the circumstances by which he is to be made prominent. Another comes forward and finds all of his materials at hand waiting for him. One man dawns into life, and his course seems to lay by the nearest cut through the world. His work is soon done and he is gone. If he brings a blessing to his species it is short and sweet. If he brings a curse, it is short and severe. Another man's course seems to stretch from the eastern to the western horizon. If this man brings a curse it is the curse of ages; if he brings a blessing, he is a welcome visiter to generations.
It is even so with nations. One nation is a curse or a blessing to all others. Look at the Babylonians, the Medes, Persians, Macedonians, Egyptians, and the Romans.