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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
June 24
M. Carnot’s Death
By John Hall Ingham (1860–1931)
          M. Sadi Carnot, the fourth President of the French Republic, was assassinated at Marseilles on June 24, 1894.

NOT on some despot drunk with slaughtering
For whose delight the millions toil and sweat,
Nor on some foolish fop o’ the coronet
Whose toys and tinsel rouse the underling
To murderous envy,—not on such as these        5
The blow hath this time fallen, but on one
Noble and true and stainless as the sun,
Who stood for Labor and the Love that frees.
Nations, avenge this death! Hound into shame
This horde of hellish creatures and their creeds        10
Hateful to God and hideous to Man!
—Or in the direst day since Time began
Honor will be the ghost of dead men’s deeds
And Liberty the shadow of a name.

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