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The Duel Between France and Germany

by Charles Sumner

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Mr. President, - I am to speak of the Duel between France and Germany, with its Lesson to Civilization. In calling the terrible war now waging a Duel, I might content myself with classical authority, Duellum being a well-known Latin word for War. The historian Livy makes a Roman declare that affairs are to be settled by a pure and pious duel; [Footnote: Puro pioqne duello. - Historie, Lib. I. cap.



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