These, too, are requirements which must be met by reason of our vast powers and the place we hold in the world. But there is nothing in the condition of our country or of our people to suggest that anything presently necessary to the public prosperity, security, or honor should be unduly postponed. Assuring myself that under every vicissitude the determined spirit and united councils of the nation will be safeguards to its honor and its essential interests, I repair to the post assigned me with no other discouragement than what springs from my own inadequacy to its high duties. " "What then became of it?" "Goodness knows! Master Miles--" "Do you mean HE took it?" I gasped.