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Excerpt from In Lincoln's Home Town: How the Springfield Survey Went About Getting Results On the other hand, many such beliefs have been justified by study of the facts, and others have been found to contain half truths, such as the notion that malaria is due to swamps and stagnant water. It was 'j. A. Froude who once said: Depend upon it, in all long-established practices or spiritual formulas 'there has been some living truth. But even these beliefs and half truths, although they at times have served good purposes, really support our point, since they leap into great practical usefulness upon being proved. At best, untested belief, a priori theory, or conjecture are uncertain foundations upon which to build, whether in social work, industry, commerce or government. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.