Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, November 01, 1879, Image 1

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Vol. VIII.
No. ft.
He fondly lifts his violin
And bends his eacr facoubovo:
ile tries the string with pride and lovo
Hut nil discordant they begin.
They utter sharp rebellious cries.
Hut give him neither pain nor doubt;
He charms their petty pactions out.
Ah oft again bin bow ho tries.
Now sweet and clear their music rings;
He times the tune with Toot and head,
And light and true bis bow is spud
In airy dances o'er the utrings.
jlIE successful politician is not nl-
JC wuyB lie who lias secured the highest
positions, but lie who 1ms been the most
instrumental in shaping the character of
Iiis government.
Lincoln, it is true, issued the emancipa
tion proclamation ; Grant, in leading the
army on to success, secured the highest
honor in the gift of his c uintry. Had the
emancipation been attempted ton years
bl)re, it would have failed, because the
public sentiment would not have sus.
turned it; throughout the country was n
class of men, who believed that the "in.
famous '.ralllc" was a libel upon our nation
al character, and an outrage upon com.
mon humanity. These men labored earn
estly to educate the people to realize the
enormity of the crime; arousing strong
opposition in every quarter; pleading
their cause in the name of justice and
right; sustaining their positions against
the invective of the press or the violence
of the mob. Foremost among these, and
their acknowledged leader, was Garrison.
'To whom," says Wendell Phillips, "more
than to any other man, do we owe the
emancipation of the slaves," Yet Garri
son never received from the hands of the
people any position of trust or honor
which shows their appreciation of the
servico he rendered his country.
Those who have climbed to the highest
pinnacle ot honor iiudglory, are not all hon
orable men. The pages of history are full
of the deeds and exploits of ambitious, ty
ranical, despotic rulers; intriguing for
personal glory; trampling upon the sa
cred rights of liberty, crushing out man
hood itself, with the tyranical heel of
In the great struggle of human progress
it is tho sicudy march of knowledge and
justice that has won the victories, rather
than the brilliant dashes of princely power.