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MEMOIR

EARLY YEARS

By MARY A. WARD

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EARLY YEARS.

(By MARY A. WARD.) WILLIAM THOMAS ARNOLD, the author of the historical fragments published in this volume, lived, on the whole, one of the "hidden lives” of England. He was a journalist, and, in the words of his intimate friend and colleague, he “took anonymity seriously.” He never regretted this “self-obliteration,” for he believed, as Mr. Montague says, that it served the true end of his work, and that “for a man who wanted to get things done, there was no work like journalism.” But it is well that when the work is over, those for whom a man of this type has spent ungrudgingly the best years of his life, and the maturity of great powers, should know something about it. England is daily served, through her Press, by a wonderful wealth of conscience, ability, and public spirit. Arnold delighted to believe this; and whenever it was a question, during his lifetime, of doing honour to the qualities and services of the higher journalism, in the case of other men, no one was keener than he. The inference that such honour carried

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to his personal case, would never have occurred to him. But those who watched him work, and those to whom the high level of English professional character is dear, will pardon it, I think, if we, his sister and his friend, endeavour, now that he is gone, to tell shortly the story

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