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orror  gripped  the  peaceful  village  of  plainly  seen  in  the  clear  dawn,      weakness.  Let  us
                 Feldkirch, Austria, early on Easter morning      were those of Napoleon's French      ring  the  bells  and
          Hin 1799, when high above the valley in which           forces.  With  the  weapons  of  have  services  as
          the  town  nestled,  they  spied  the  tents  and  the   enemy  soldiers  glittering  above   usual.  We  will  leave
          gleaming armour of a foreign army. The uniforms,        them,  and  their  own  Austrian     our  troubles  in  the
                                                                  army  far  away  across  the  hands  of  a  Higher
                                                                  mountains,  the  villagers  had  Power."
                                                                  reason for desperation. Hurriedly,   His  courage  was
                                                                  the  town  council  assembled.  contagious,  and  the
                                                                  Hopelessness  pervaded  the  council  agreed  with
                                                                  council  chamber.  Someone  him. Soon the village
                                                                  proposed that they send a peace      church bells rang out
                                                                  offering  up  the  steep  cliff,  j o y o u s l y.   G a i l y
                                                                  handing the keys of the city to the   dressed villagers, on
                                                                  enemy commander and petition-        their way to worship,
                                                                  ing him for mercy. But up rose the                    Continued on p. 12
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                                                                  old dean of the church, serene as
                                                                  the sunrise, stout-hearted as the
                                                                  ancient trees upon the hill.
                                                                  "This  is  Easter  morning,"  he
                                                                  declared,  his  voice  echoing  the
                                                                  peace of the first resurrection day.
                                                                  Confusion  instantly  subsided
                                                                  among the council members who
                                                                  were  calmed  by  the  tone  of  his
                                                                  "We have been reckoning on our
                                                                  own  strength;  and  it  is  but
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