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On the rocky coast of Maine one night last week a group of fishermen gathered to watch a lighthouse keeper pull a switch. When he did, famed Portland Head Light, which the war had darkened for the first time since George Washington's day, once again threw its guiding light some 30 miles out over the sea. The fishermen noted it with appreciative nods; in Portland Harbor the whistles blew a hoarse chorus of applause.

Portland Head's sweeping beam signalized the state of the nation. In the East, in the full blaze of publicity, returning servicemen from Europe streamed in...

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