The Press: To Fortify the Mind

One of Britain's inner defenses against Hitlerism, something the Führer himself would never have understood, was a modest little feature tucked in the back columns of the London Times. It was neither more nor less than a daily quotation, usually, but not always, from the oak-timbered British past, "a passage old and true [to] keep high the heart and fortify the mind." Samples:

¶ After the North Africa landings: "No cause they espouse can fail; no cause they oppose can triumph. The future is in large part theirs. . . ."—Lord Russell of Killowen.

¶ After Mussolini and his mistress were killed: "Hand...