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FORD C. OTTMAN
Author of "The Unfolding of the Ages,"
Watchman, what of the night?
The morning cometh, and also the night.
Serum tamen tacitis Judicium venit pedibus
CHARLES C. COOK
TO NEW YORK
ASTOR, LENOX AND
BY CHARLES C. COOK
THE MEMORY OF
CHARLES FREDERICK WATERMAN
THIS BOOK IS AFFECTIONATELY
My friend, Professor John Robertson, formerly minister of the City Temple of Glasgow, now prelector at the University of Minnesota, has insisted upon my writing something in the way of a preface to this book. His kindly criticism has detected and removed so many blemishes from the proof pages that I do not feel justified in disregarding this urgent and last suggestion.
The book that is thrown thoughtlessly into the lap of the traveler on the railway train is apt to be a book that bears on its pages the marks of a like carelessness in matter and manner; but such an intrusive and unsought thrust upon the thoughtful reader is inexcusable in a work that has ventured to touch upon the most momentous theme that could claim the attention of the human mind.
When John, the apocalyptic Seer, writes the sentence, "I am the Alpha and the O," not once, but thrice, and even four times—if we include Rev. 1:11, which is omitted in the last edition of Westcott and Hort-we find it difficult to believe that John, so studiously exact as was he elsewhere and everywhere else, is careless here; and we are forced also to the conviction that the spelling out of the Alpha, in contrast with the apocope, the giving only the initial letter of the Omega, is