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Excerpt from Adoniram Judson Gordon: A Biography With Letters and Illustrative Extracts Drawn From Unpublished or Uncollected Sermons and Addresses
The thoughtful American cannot but question whether, in the new homes of Kansas and Dakota, where the black loam of river-bottoms furnishes an easy livelihood, but where there can be two elements only, sky and prairie, in the background of his mental pictures, the transplanted New Englander will not lose something of the idealism and poetic sensitiveness which have been so finely blended with the more masterful elements of his Character. Still greater will be his misgivings as to the future of this people in the luxurious homes which they have made for themselves in every American City. Plain living was the necessary condition of existence on these rocky hillsides. High thinking was an almost equally necessary con sequence Of life in such lovely natural surroundings. Can the stock retain its noble Characteristics under the new conditions?
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