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256 Hand in Hand, the Bells Stroll Beinn Bhreagh future wars." World War I, he said, had demonstrated that inescapable fact. "Applying this lesson to America," he added, "we may conclude that neither our Army nor our Navy can defend the United States from attack through the air: This re quires the addition of a third arm to our sys tem of military defense, a National Air Force, quite distinct from the Army and the Navy, capable of cooperating with both and also capable of acting independently of either. Suggests a West Point of the Air "This might well be made a distinct depart ment of the Government, on the model of the Army and Navy Departments, and should be provided with a special college upon the model of those at West Point and Annapolis..." I am sure the forward looking nature of this ad vice is strikingly apparent to any citizen of the United States, where a separate Air Force and Academy finally were real ized after World War II. Beinn Bhreagh's work routine in the spring of 1922 seemed, at first, much the same as in pre vious years. Dr. Bell re turned from Washington and made his usual care ful examination of each sheep in his prized flock. He wrote page after page of notes on the condition of the ewes and entered all of the newborn lambs in his ledgers. But, as Mrs. Bell said later, "The languor of ill ness was already on him." He was 75, yet he made little concession to either his years or his health as long as there was work to be done. Now, in midsummer, he fought a growing weak ness, and only his indom itable will sustained him. Specialists were sum moned from Washington, ,,>er.t .. rosvenor but they arrived too late. i's Garden Walk Dr. Bell had died on the night of August 2. He was buried at Beinn Bhreagh in a very simple but moving ceremony. For one minute during the service every telephone in America remained silent. Mrs. Bell survived him by only five months, and today they both lie on the summit of their Beautiful Mountain. At his express wish, Dr. Bell's tombstone bears the words, "Died a Citizen of the U.S.A." He was extremely proud of his two adopted countries, and his resting place in Canada's "New Scotland" marks a link between his birthplace and the United States. But everyone surely will understand if I say that, in a larger sense, this Universal Man died a citizen of the world, for his genius enriched the lives of all peoples in all lands.