Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, October 01, 1877, Page 190, Image 10

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over some one lying upon tin1 ground,
while :it the same time he was hallooing
for he.lp.
iMiss Raymond wont lo the head of the
stairs ami called to her lather, and then
aroused the servants, after which she put
h shawl over her own head, and, being
not at all backward or timid when she
felt that she could be of any service her
self, ran down the gravel walk into the
street.
Hut there is some subsidiary matter
with which our readers should be made
acquainted before we give farther particu.
lars concerning this catastrophe. This,
willi the account of the accident, and
some farther matter of inteiesl, we will
reserve lor another chapter.
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(to Ito continued.)
SI LKXT OHATOHS.
The ancients 'villi their beautiful ideas
of the appropriate, represented the goddess
of eloquence with her linger on her lips;
thus to typify that silence is the highest
type of oratory. We of to-day appreciate
more fully than they, that as true as it is
grand is the saying " Speech is silver and
Silence golden; "Speech is human, Sil
ence is divine."
The orator stands before us a magician
In his piescncc we are powerless. The
giandure of his thoughts, the music of his
voice enchant us, his burning words of el.
oqucuce paralyze us, his magnetism sub.
dues us.
lie waves his magic wand, we laugh,
we weep, we applaud, we stand aghast.
Under his condemnation how we quail.
At his command how dormant duty
springs into action. What grand under
takings, what riles of religion, what acts
of saerillce, what deeds of valor we deter,
mine to pel form.
But ho stops. The spell is broken.
We tmr bis willing slaves. Hut a sense of
relief con.es over us, we draw a long
In uath, look into eaeli others eyes and
say " it was good" mid though good has
been done for no grand, Hue sentiment
can be uttered but that the world h i ichor
for it yet we soon sink back into tin old
life of inactivity and neglect.
Not so the workings of those men
whose lives and characters have spoken
lo the world; what they have said can
jimrdic; for good or ill they are instinct
with perpetual life. The choids which
they have struck will vibrate thiough ctci
nity. Silently surely have they moulded
from the clay of human remembrance en
during statues of their lives; which
through all time will give u.s instruction
and enthusiasm, or warningand reproach,
as we shape our lives to belli Cod's image.
The perpetual psalm of life is not thai
irords, but
" Urvn of uu'itt niun nil ri'iiilml lie,
Wo am) limkt our 1I('i Mibllini!."
In Ibis utilitarian age the universal
pioverb is "Actions speak louder than
words."
Webster, Clay and Calhoun had won
deiful eloquence. Burke Erskinc ami
blieiitlan stood at the head ol British oia
tory y more men have been inlluenced to
good and led to the paths of righteous
ness by the knowledge! that thej haw
been traversed by one noble man like
Buiiyan than by the combined eloquence
of them all.
Webster spoke glowing words for Lib.
city but the glorious spectacle of Lincoln
shattering half a million fellers e.xoilcs a
bundled fold greater admiration for (lie
spirit of universal emancipation.
Zuleucus the hoeriau chieftun falling
upon his own sword lo vindicate by hi.s
dealli the law he had in time of great
public danger unintentionally broken, or
Brutus laying aside parental all'ection and
in the character of a magistiale con
demning his .sons lo death, spunks as
powerfully for the supiemacy of the Law
as did ever ChanccllorKcnt.
.lohn Howard's actions which spake
for the sulloiing prisoners in Bedford jail
pleads as eloquently for oppressed hu
manity as does Burke's great speech for
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