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of things or didn't have the energy to do a lot of things.


You speak of going south in the winter. Did you go to the same place every year?


No. We went to Mobile, Alabama once, and some place in Georgia another time. My mother, grandfather and I would go, and after my sister came we didn't go away in the winter at all. But I recall being ill. I remember when I was very little I woke up from having had a fever and my mother was sitting next to my bed with a friend and the friend was looking at me and saying to my mother, “Sara, I don't think you'll ever raise her.” And I thought, “Now, that woman is wrong.” I felt quite well; I had somehow or other thrown off what it was and I felt quite all right. But I remember feeling that this woman had made a mistake in her judgment of me.

Well, after I got out of Milwaukee D Seminary, I made a speech at the graduation about the League of Nations, and I must say that I was so naive as to think that the League of Nations had real power and that there would be probably no more wars. A terrible mistake of judgment.


Did you do a lot of research, as you recall, for this speech?


Well, I thought there'd be no more war after the First World War. I thought after that the League of Nations was going to

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