Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, April 01, 1877, Page 104, Image 14

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Nkcessity op Dkyei.owif.kt.
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"Warn I so tnll lo ranch the nolo.
And rone 1 1 tlir ocean in my span. '
V. I must be nioflsiired by my pout,
For 'tis thu mliiil that miikuB the man."
It gives us pleasure to note with what
rapidity wo have developed. Hut a few
centuries ago, ami not a white man trod
the feitila soil or breathed the genial at
mosphcro of North Ameriea. Only a
lew short years have rolled away since
this, our own beloved country, was tin
known to the civilized world. Yet from
the germ planted in what was then the
unknown parts of the earth, we have
grown to our present stature, and stand
to-day among the foremost nations of the
earth. And to what shall we attribute
this wonderful and uuparalellcd growth
but to the intelligence of the people. We
claim therefore that the intelligence of a
ration is the May of that nation. As the
intellect is the nucleus from which c.uan
ntes the iutlucnce of man, so we claim
that the intelligence of. the nation is its
nucleus from which emanate all those
characteristics which give to it its rank in
the catalogue of nations. Our country
to-day is blessed with free speech, free
press and free institutions. Our country
stands to-day as a sort of monument be
fore the world. It is there for inspection,
and upon this monument is written intel
ligence, industry and economy.
AVe have passed through many struggles,
learned many lessons from the past, and
look forwatd with hopes for the future.
Dark clouds have hovered o'er our path
way. We have been beset with foes from
without and from within. "When the yoke
of Great Britain was pressing hard upon
us, and the clouds of darkness and de
spair were hovering near, and dimming our
mortal vision; when the rude hand of the
Mother Country was about to exterminate
the products of its own planting, then
the American eagle soared aloft and as
sorted Iiis rights. The clear sunlight of
morning shone in upor the scene, the en
veloping cloud was dispersed, and the
storm passed by. Such, indeed, was the
case, and with what admiration do w
point to the record of those men wh
brought us through this struggle I W
point to them as men of intelligence, in
tegrity and inlluence. Their record proves
conclusively that intelligence is necessa
ry lo the success and happiness of a fal
len race. The intelligence of the colo
nies, then, we claim, drove back the lirst
enemy that sought to invade their territo
ry and struck terror into the rest.
Coming down through the annals of
American history, in 1801 wo arc con
fronted by one of the most appalling
scenes of modern times, the civil war.
One of its alleged causes was the lack o '
ennununication between the North and
theSouth. And how natural was this. All
the great thoroughfares ran east and west,
giving little means of exchange of thought
hetwien the North and South, conse
quently there was a feeling of distrust be
tweentho people of one section and those
of .the oilier. Then if a lack of convey
ing intelligence had any tiling to do with
the hastening or augmenting of the civil
war, shall it hot stand as a lesson not to
lie forgotten, and as a warning to future
generations ? Hut the civil war has passed
slavery has been abolished, and wo are
free. Truly this can bejsaid to be "The
1'indofthofree and thehomcof the brave."
Our Teuilory to-day i untiauimeled by
any foreign enemy. AVc are bound and
riveted together by the intelligence otgthe
people. W'a rejoice to know that our
country has done, and is doing so much
for the elevation of mankind. "While
there are many things in our midst which
we cannot countenance, yet for the educa.
tional enterprise we cm only utter words
of praise and commcndalion. And we
predict, that with a continuance of these
efforts upon the part of our countrymen,
the future will dawn bright and clear up
on the American people. Ah yes! Me
thinks I see the dark curtain of futurity
withdraw ila dismal folds, and a light of
uncommon brilliancy breaks in upon my
vision. Heboid I sec a country where
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