Liberia is one of the marvels of modern history ! Yea
but little short of a miracle !
Liberia is poor, weak and feeble. Her persistent life
is ever a perpetual, but, nevertheless, an effectual
Never in the history of man has a nation been set up
of such slender materials and of such poor resources;
and that amid wild barbarism!
Liberia may yet die! But, if she dies, the future
Historian, if he is just and honorable, will chronicle the
fact with the candid avowal:—" The wonderful thing
about Liberia is that it ever reached national life:—and
only next to this, is the fact, that that life was as long-
continued and as effective as it was" !
The paper—" COMMON SENSE IN COMMON SCHOOL¬
ING," caused, in several quarters, severe criticism. The
wide subsequent demand for industrial training, seems
to me to have justified its publication.
I submit this volume to the thought and judgment of
its readers, with the hope that it may prove an instru¬
ment for influence and progress among my people.
WASHINGTON, D. C, June, 1891.