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The Trial of Judas
Clarence E. Macartney
On the battlefield of Saratoga there stands a towering
obelisk, commemorative of that decisive struggle of
the Revolution. About its base are four deep niches,
and in these are bronze figures of the generals who
commanded there. In the first stands Horatio Gates, in
the second, Schuyler, and in the third, Morgan. But
the fourth, alas, stands empty. The soldier who won
that niche of fame by his courage and valor in that
battle, and in other battles of the Revolution,
forfeited his right to be remembered. But below this
empty niche, cut in the stone, you can read the name,
Benedict Arnold. Benedict Arnold fell from the fairest
heights of glory-Quebec and Saratoga-to the deepest
gulfs of infamy and shame, and the empty niche in that
monument shall ever stand for fallen manhood, for
power prostituted, for genius soiled, for
faithlessness to a sacred trust.
In heaven there is a great monument. It is a monument
to the twelve apostles of the Lamb, to those who
founded on earth the church of the living God. That
monument is the wall of "the holy city, new
Jerusalem," with its "twelve foundations." In the
foundation stones are the names of the twelve apostles
of the Lamb. There we shall read them: Peter, Andrew,
James, John, Matthew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew,
James the son of Alpheus, Thaddeus, and Simon the
Canaanite. But there is one name missing, and that is
the name of Judas Iscariot who betrayed Him.
In Charles Kingsley's Hypatia, Philammon went to the
witch Miriam to get a charm with which he could bring
Hypatia to do his will. The witch drew from her bosom
a broken talisman, and as she gazed upon it "her grim,
withered features grew softer, purer, grander; and
rose ennobled, for a moment, to their long-lost might-
have-been, to that personal ideal which every soul
brings with it into the wo ...
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