Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, December 01, 1876, Page 5, Image 5

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    Jieserce Potrcr.
which to draw in ca?o of an umorguncy?
Or tlo we, as a nation, hastily gather a
Tew Tacts, and, with them as a fighting
squall, rush hurriedly into our profession,
wliatever it may he ? Such is really the
case.
And this is one reason, not, of course,
the only one, hut quite u formidable rea.
son, lor so many failures. This is one
reason why so 111:1113' 3'oung men choose
the profession of the law and after a short
trial conclude that they arc too honest to
ho lawyers. "Why so 111:1113' nuthors, so
111:1113' P"cts, so 111:1113' teachers, ministers,
so 111:1113- nwn 'in ovcrj' profession utter'
fail. Again, reserve power gives greater
force and effect to power in action. No
effect, however great, ever makes a grand
impression upon us, unless we can feel
that behind the power shown therein is a
still grciter force capable of producing
nobler results. No one can look with ad
miration on a race horse that shows by
his panting that his powers have been ex
erted to the utmost, nor can we reverence
the locomotive that, seemingly, writhes
and groans beneath ilstnml. However
great any accomplishment may be, we can
not regard its author with profound re
spect, but rather with a feeling mingled
with pi 13 unless we can feel that he is
capable of greater tilings, that his powers
have not been exerted to the utino.it, but
tuat he has still a reserve power waiting
in readiness for 11113' emergency. 1 might
illustrate this by the public speaker. You
can not reverence his production, howev
er able it may be, unless behind it you sec
in your mind a mini capable of producing
better. You cannot love a picture that in
dicates to 3011 that all the fountains of the
artist's power are exhausted therein. The
beauty of 11 piece of architecture, however
grand it may be, is marred, unless you
can conceive its author us a being cupnble
of better things.
In the late Prussian war it was not the
Prussian needle gun, destructive as it is
that achieved such brilliant victories, but
the well disciplined Prussian soldier,
the man behind the gun. And gazing
upon its terrible effects and seeing also
the man capable of making them more
terrible, when the necessities of the case
demanded, we pronounced the gun itself
wonderful. And so I might go on and
give scores of examples but space forbids.
Reserve power, again, even when it can.
not prevent defeat, will save rout and de
spair. "When a military man throws all
his force into the fight he has no resource
in case he is beaten. But the man with a
well arranged reserve force, will light
more and more valiently after cacli over
throw, and though, like Washington, he
111:13 lose more battles than he wins, will
organize- victory in defeat and will tri
umph in the end.
So a man possessed of a broad reservoir
of reserve knowledge 111:13- fail in an at
tempt time and again, lie 111113' ue defeat
ed in his etiorts, but the consciousness
that frcs.li energies are still at his com
mand will permit him to retire graceful'
from the field of action and will, more
over, cause him to renew his dibits, time
after time, till thc3 are crowned with sue
cess. As an example of this I would cite
3ou to the Rev. Itob't Hall, one of the
inobt celebrated niiiiiMlers of England.
His first and secon'l attempts in the pul
pit were ignominious failures. Hut, ,
knowing that he had reserve power, had
knowledge not 3'et called into PI113", he
tried the third time, and from that mo
ment took his high sfind both in the Eng
lish pulpit aud in the renown of the
world.
A memorable illustration of the value
of reserve power was given id the U. S.
Senate in 1830, in a debate concerning the
sale of public lands. The man who illus
sratcd this was Daniel Webster. He had
made a few remarks upon the subject, to
which Mr. Hayno replied in quite a bril
limit speech. In fact, he attacked Mr.
Webster and his arguments even to bitter
ness. But Webster, conscious of his pow
er, sat calmly by, and, as the eyes of
his anxious friends were cast upon him