" I had a scruple, but I overcame it. Today marks the beginning not only of a new administration, but of a period that will be eventful, perhaps decisive, for us and for the world. It's THERE-- the coward horror, there for the last time!" At this, after a second in which his head made the movement of a baffled dog's on a scent and then gave a frantic little shake for air and light, he was at me in a white rage, bewildered, glaring vainly over the place and missing wholly, though it now, to my sense, filled the room like the taste of poison, the wide, overwhelming presence. I have lately returned from a journey among our sister Republics of the Western Hemisphere.