In his baccalaureate sermon to the Class of 1900, President Taylor spoke of political matters and the decline of empires as a result of unchecked ambition.  “Probably there has been no war,” he told the class, “which could not have been avoided had justice been permitted to temper lust; had charity and forbearance been permitted to subdue greed.  Is there no lesson in the disasters of history for those who are reveling in this new outburst of war and who are making this an age of blood and iron?”     The New York Times