Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, April 01, 1877, Page 97, Image 7

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National CiiAnACTi:n.
in tin: United Slates Senate. What would
t lie American Hopli say if such a das
tardly and villainous attack was made on
a senator in li is scut to-day? Theintiro
people, irrespective of parly, would send
uch a er of disapprobation to our na.
tionul oapitol that the most fanatical of
our representatives would hasten to clour
his skirts of any ullllintion with such
n wruloh. lut when Mr. Sumner was at
tacked, there was nol a man in the I"). mo.
eratie ar:y, in ihe House then domi
nant, who had manhood enough in his
contracted .soul to introduce even u reso
lution of censure, and such an advanced
and enlightened man as Stephen A. Doug
las said, in giving his testimony before u
committee of investigation that had been
appointed at the instigation of the Hcpdb
Menu members, that ho "heard the row
but thought Sumner was receiving noth
ing more llinn ho deserved, and did not
wish to identify himself with u lot ol
brawlers;" but even that was an advance
on the policy of a few decades before.
And so we may go back indefinitely, and
we will find a gradual improvement, but
not equal to our own tunc.
Civilizilion and advancement are like
the avalanche thai stalls on Ihe top of the
mountain, first as a little snowball, gain
ing strength and velocity each moment as
it descends.
"Whatever is desirable, and nol pos
sessed, becomes an object of search; or,
when possessed, and its future absence re
garded as possible, an object of retention.
Wo enjoy a great many things ami are
not able to appreciate them, from the fact
that we know little or nothing of the in
convenience of being without them. The
great national blessing wo enjoy in our
national chaructor may proporly conic
under this list.
Ever since we assumed u station among
the powers of the earth, we have held a
respectable rank; therefore wo cannot
know but by looking broad that the loss
of u firm national character, or ihe degic
dalion of a nation's honor is the inev
itablo prelude to her destruction, lb.it at
this time many cxcilb-nt persons, if we
may judge from their repeated declara
tions, have' come to entertain very do.
spunding vitws respiting the condition
and prospects of the American people.
Hut why the need of these fears? Is
our character degenerating? Whoever is
familiar with the proceedings of Con
gross in curly limec, and with the angry
collisions in Ihe army of the devolution,
and recalls the menaces and violent Ian
guagc uttered during the presidency of
Washington and his immediate succcsors,
will agree with us in the opinion, that, as
domestic quarrels do not always result in
tins dissolution of family ties, so also, Hip.
pan! paragraphs, resolves of associations,
and oratorical flourishcsdonotnlways por
tend the separation of slates and the divis
ion of a nation.
Those who insist that wo arc Iho dogoner
utcd sons of worthy sires, do but echo the
predictions that the loyalist, utlcicd one
hundred years ago.
Possibly, no one cause has so much
contributed to the belief in the degenera
cy of our people as the increased facilities
of communication. Iy these increased
facilities the acts of each day are heralded
all over the country. What transpires
to-day, loim rrow i3 known all over the
land: hence, there is a .s'hadow, (but only
n shadow,) of a reason Cor the belief in
the terrible inoroiife of crime. It is the
misfortune of sumo to be able to see but
one side of the picture, and that the dark
side. They fall to observe that through
the sime medium all parts of the country
are brought into closer relationship; peo.
plo of all parts of the country come to
know each other better, and. as they be
come better acquainted u better and more
friendly feeling springs up between them.
In order that friendship may bpring up
between persons, or countries, or different
parts of the same country, there must be