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About Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 1, 1879)
LANOUAOK ITS 01UOIN.
For I mis rntlior full nml linil no business thoro
Whcro tho lives or the minor wcro plncod In my
Well, they got lit tho cage an' I started om down
A holdln' tho lirnko while tlio ropo wn unwound:
Hut tho stuff In my stomach lmd worked on my
I reoled toward tho pil, nml rccovorln' again,
I lot tho brake hIIji; wluvtn turrlblo sound
Ah tho windlass llko llftlitnliiK wont spinning
In nn Inutmit my agony brought to my brow,
Tho cold bonds of sweat and no longer now
Was my brnln In a mist; with tho strength of dis-
1 clutchuil at tho ropo while tho timbers up thoro
Whoro tho pulley was hung llko tho envoys of fate
To seal my sad doom woro lying In wait.
My (5od how tho thoughts sped through my wild
My wife and my child, would I parish In vain ?
Would I murder thorn both and bo soul to the bar
Of my righteous Creator to answer therefor?
Tho thoughts that I had, 'twould take hours to tell
Hut I parsed In a second, a cycle of hell ;
My right hand grasped the rope as upward I sped
Till tho pulley was scarcely u foot from my head;
Thou my loll struck a beam, with a desperate grip
I hold till it seemed that my Joints would clip
From their sockets: nml out of my nostrils the
Gushed forth. Tho cage stopped, and I dropped
with a thud.
I revived boforo long; and my opened oyos foil
On my wife and my child, they woro both tare and
When I got the cage stopped boforo I lot go,
They woro scarcely a yard from tho bottom and so
When I let the ropo loose they didn't drop far
And all that they suffered wasjust a slight Jar.
That's why I don't drink; lis reason enough;
I'm not a fanatic; but don't wantnostuiV
Thnt makes mo endanger my family's lives
And keeps mo still pcor while my next neighbor
Well, here wo are. We've been riding slow,
It wont hurt 'em to drink. Now behave yourself!
Thnt cowshed down thoro Is tho '.ouso that I had
llefore I sworo oil". It was pretty bad:
Not much like the now one? No 'taint quite so
I'm halfowncr now at tho Tlgor gold mine.
LANGUAGE ITS OMQIN.
LTIIOUGII some object to nny the
orizing on this brunch of modern
thought, assuming and only assuming
Unit Speech is of divine origin, already
built up into sentences, divided and sub
divided into tho various parts of speech,
we will try the venture.
These objectors claim that God la the
framer of human speech. In this, they
appear more orthodox than the Bible
even. For turning to Gen. 2: 20, we read,
"And out of the ground God formed evcrv
beast of tho Held and every fowl of the
air, and brought them unto Adam to sec
what he would call them, and whatever
ho would call any living creature that was
the name thereof." The foundation upon
which the assumption is based, is that
God could crcato lat?guagc as well as any
thing else by a strcch of his power.
True there is nothing impossible to Him,
liypothetically; but it becomes us to in
vestigate and not lazily to ascribe to di.
vino interference, what is in reality a prod,
net of the human mind.
Do you doubt this? Is this view athc
istic? Is thoro anything unworthy of the
Creator to endow men with intellect, with
vocal organs, easily adjusted, finely
carved out is thoro a defect in his crca
lion in leaving us to develop our powers
of speech V And should wo suppose Him
to have put in our mouths such words as
"aUUborunlivhoscophornio&t" We answer
Ho thai holds that in tho garden of
Eden, God spoke Latin, the Devil French,
and Eve Italian, and asks mo then to dis
prove tho proposition, is not to bo rea
soned with; he finds no dilllculiy in be
lieving that rocks are created, aqueous,
metamorphic or igneous, now in 1879, juat
the same as in the mesozoic or azoic
ages, having mastodon's teeth even imbed
ded in them. To him the characters of
Nature's books are nothing; shells and
fossil imprints of leaves, organic remains
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