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Lesson of Japan
			
148                     THE REVIEW





                             
                             V
               THE LESSON OF JAPAN.


   [The following illuminating paper is substantially as given by Dr.
Talcott Williams, literary editor of the Philadelphia Press, before the
Cheyney Summer School.  Mr. Williams is also a trustee of the Anna
T. Jeanes Fund and has long been one of the Negro's most earnest and
optimistic friends.--Editor.]
     Within the last three years by a sudden, unexpected turn,
there has been an amazing change in the hope and condition
of the world.  A single one of the earth's disadvantaged races
has suddenly become one of the earth's greatest powers. This
cannot be understood unless you look back and realize the
change that has taken place since the war between Japan and
Russia. I ask you for a moment to consider that for four
hundred years there was no pitched battle in which the whites
were not victorious. When the Japanese forces conquered the
whites, for the first time it became clear that the knowledge,
the acquirements, the discipline, and all that goes to make up
the civilization of the world, was not the heritage of one race,
but of humanity; that there opened for the Japanese the same
promise and opportunity which existed for any other. I ask
you as you pass away from this historical fact to benefit by
the example of Japan, the steps by which a nation developed
itself and prepared itself for the great task by which it has won
sucess and  triumphed  in victory.  Japan has won a great




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 24, Num. 2

Lesson of Japan

Volume:  24
Issue Number:  02
Page Number:  148
Date:  10/1907


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