Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, March 01, 1877, Page 68, Image 8

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goes on thoy nro onlv becoming worse.
When will it cease? Whuto will it end?
The quest ion is now being agitated all
over our country wbat can be done
restore pence, or how can the two rn
ces be made to live together in nny de
gree of harmony ? Vnrious methods have
been tried, and as ninny more suggested,
but none have produced good results.
'flint the wisest policy has not been pur
sued is ov'dent, we think to the mnjority.
lint to complain of what has been done
and to suggest now whnl might bnvc been
done, (as some are continually doing,)
would be extremely foolish. We do not
believe that the reconciliation of the two
races is possible by nny ingenuity or log
islntion of man. It might have been ac
complished by some diilcrcut course in
times past, but, as matters now nro, it is
perfectly impossible. Absolute rcperntion
is, we believe, not, only the best but also
the only course to pursue. As most of
the blneks nrc willing nnd even dcsiie Unt
some nrmngment be made for establishing
them in their fatherland, where they can
carry on their own allnirs, it seems to us
that it is the duty of our government to
take such steps as will most quickly nnd
in the beat manner relieve this down
trodden people. P. 0. A.
OBSERVATION.
The art, for it truly is nil nrt, when
properly prncticed, of observing what we
sec or hear in such ;i manner as to leave
n clear nnd definable iden in our minds of
whnt is seen or heard, is by no means n
mean acquisition. For of what use
would it be to us to have nil the phenom
ena of Science pnssed before our goze,
or all the wisdom of ages poured into our
ears, if we retnin no definite knowledge of
whnt had merely attracted our attention
but like the moving panorama pleases,
while it passes and when gone leaves no
trace that it ever had been. To observe is
to learu, although to see or to hear may
not always be, therefore if we wish to ac
cumulate knowledge wo must bo obsor
vant. To thoughtful observation wo owe
much of the civilization of the present
da and much of the knowledge of natu
ral science of which we are so proud.
Hnd it not been for Newton's thoughtful
observation of the falling apple, followed
by his untiring efforts in investigating
the causes which made It fall towards the
earth instead of nwny from it, we might
yet have been ignorant of the laws of grav
itation. Little, indeed, might yet have been
known of mnny wonders nnd beauties of
God's creations, had White, Ag.is.siz and
numerous other naturalists looked upon
animal nnd vegetable life in the world
around them with the snme careless eye
as thousands of others, who noticed God's
creations only as thoy were pleased or
profited by them. Although it might be
said that there would, probably, have been
no " Evolution " theory, had Darwin's ob
scrvntiou of the the relation of the di Her
ein species of the animal kingdom been
less close nnd accurate. Still we think
that even this has resulted in more good .
than evil as it lias brought to light many
valuable facts and by no means placed sci
enccin opposition to religion by disprov
ing the existence of n Crentor, It is said
of White that "Evcrc change of weather,
every circumstance in the habits of birds,
beasts nnd insects, were noted by him
with an interest and euthusnsm Hint cap
tivates the dullest render; nnd his Natural
History of Selboune has made at least as
many naturalists as ltobinson Crusoe has
made sailors." Thus it might be shown
that intent observation has been the
mentis of the development of ncariy all the
important facts of science. Nor is it re
stricted to science. This was undoubtedly
the principal secret of Shakespcar's sue
cess in the Dranin. Could he so vividly
have portrayed, through the numerous
characters he wrought into his plays, the
thoughts, feelings and actions of men un
der different conditions, hnd he not close
ly observed nnd studied human nature in