Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, December 01, 1876, Page 9, Image 9
Improvement. I) I 'if IK' w 4 . '.-- R. H "that nt upon her sovon hills" was to t'tulc, unci the pride of Eastern magnifl oeneo mul giTiitnos3 was to ho humbled. The period of which we spunk dates back to the fall of the Western Ro man Empire, which occurred in 470, A. D. At this time we find the city of Romulus in the hands of the northern barbarians. The barbarian conquest which at this time terrilled all Europe, carrrled away in its wake early civilization, and as the wave of destruction rolled across the continent, much that had heen accomplished for the good of humanity was buried in oblivion, only to be exhumed after long years of toil and resenreh. What wonder then that the Eastern World was, for si thousand years, groveling in darkness and bar barism. Many clouds of darkness have brooded over the world since history be gan, but this seems to he the one which envelops till others, and. folding them be neath her uncouth wings, Hunts on, leaving the world almost in u state of helpless ness. Such then was the beginning of the " Dark Ages," n period of about a thou Mind years, that carries us up to the time of the discovery of our own continent. About the beginning of the tenth century, however, we see things wearing a dUVercnt aspect; they bear n maiked change. For, at that time the crusades were undertaken to regain the Holy Land, the patrimony of tin,' Saviour, from the hands of the infi del Turks. Thenceforward, wc sue the spark, ignited by Peter the Hermit, grow ing into an unoxtiuguishablo Hame, which causes nil Europe to emerge from that leth argic state into which she had fallen. Yes, this obscure person commenced a work which engaged the ablest minds of the Eastern world; and to-day his name adorns the page of history as a benefactor of mankind. Wo might say that the ago of improve ment dates wick to the tenth century, from which time the world has been advancing in the arts and sciences, and in civili.a. tion. But let us now recross the 'ocean and speak of that which concerns us more directly. Columbus encountered many diflloultios, and trusted himself upon the bosom of the pathless ocean in order that ho might 'accomplish that which he thought to he his mission; and who is able to calculate tho result? Little does the individual know, and less does ho re ali.e how much good can be accom plished through his instrumentality. Tho discoverer of the Western world never knew the real granduer of his discovery, yet the blessings upon muukind cannot be estimated. In 14i)2 our continent was discov eied, but it was nearly three centuries before any permanent settlement was made. Soon, however, the tide of em igration began to increase. The Alio ghany Mountains wore crossed, and tho wave rolled westward until 1848, when gold was discovered in California. As soon as this beoan.s known, men were aroused in all quarters, swarming to the land of gold with the eagerness of n Cy rus, mid the rapidity of an Alexander, hoping there to find the idol of their allec lions. From that time until now our popula- tion has increased rapidly. To-day we are the happy owners of n broad and beautiful country, containing over forty millions of souls. Oomo, welciimu MioiihiuhIh, to our nlioru, You loiig-upnrcuFcil In dietnnt IuiiiIh; Our portala opu that you no mom May leul tin) weight ol lion lunula. Were I to recount the numerous inven tions of the last four centuries, I fear that I should grow tiresome. Permit mo to say, however, that our doors are open to foreigners. The institution of slavery, with all its blighting influences, has been abolished, and we are a free people, hold ing, as it were, the chief place in the cat alogue of nations. But the work is not nil done yet We, as individuals, having the welfare of the country ut heart, mid having a voice in the government of that country, should work carefully according to the dictates of our belter judgment.