am a hero worshiper; an insatiable devourer of biographies; and I say
that no man in all the splendid list ever equaled Edmund Stonewall. You
smile because you have never heard his name, for, until now, his biography
has not been written. And this is not truly a biography; it is only
the story of the crowning event in Stonewall's career.
Really it humbles one's pride of race to see how ignorant the world is
of its true heroes.
I can lay no claim to having discovered an America, but I do claim to have discovered a Columbus. His name
is Benedetto Croce, and he dwells on the shores of the Mediterranean, at Naples, city of the antique
Croce's America cannot be expressed in geographical terms. It is more important than any space of mountain
and river, of forest and dale. It belongs to the kingdom of the spirit, and has many provinces.