Furthermore there is justification in a "return" if we havelost anything on the way. If you lose, no matter what, preciousstones or priceless spectacles, the only way to find them is to goback to the place where they were lost.ow the world has lost something. Emerson somewheresings,"One accent of the Holy GhostThe heedless world has never lost. "but it is a shallow song. For the world has been ever losingthings. It has lost "arts." Read the fascinating lecture of GEORGE HAMILTO COMBS 155Wendell Phillips on the "Lost Arts" to discover the lengthsof the misfortune. It has lost "chords." It has lost truths.It has lost life. Let it go back then and find what it has lost.And so it will return in search of purity. The man has losthis whiteness of soul. He has gained many things, manyprizes — wealth, place, splendid accomplishments — but he haslost the clearness of his baby eyes."Backward, roll backward, O Time in your flight,Make me a child again, just for tonight ! ' 'Why? Chiefly, I think, because of the recognition that alongwith our many gains there is that tragical loss of the onceunbrushed bloom of the soul and we want it back.As with the individual so with institutions, purity is in thegreat beginnings. We glory in our democracy and we do wellto glory in it, but democracy is as the great Mississippi, broad,wide-sweeping as it nears the gulf, but following with thestains of its many wandering miles and pure only when it is-sues as crystal stream from the cleft mountain side.