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THE HESPERIAN, STUDENT.
guagcs aro spoken by the cultured, and arc aubjoct lo
external changes. Dialects aro spoken by tho Ignorant
and doTolnp Inlcrnally. Hcnco tho prosenco of tho
Celtic iu tho dialects, provo that they aro spokon by
people of that origin.
Then, again tho rollglou and tho laws aro given as proof
that tho Colts wore not driven out. From the condition
of the Celts, under iho Saxons, it is difficult to discover,
where a pooplo so crushed aud enslaved, could effect tho
lawsfof their conqorors.
Then, it has boon Bald, that were tho Colts preserved,
tho intluonco of thoir Christianity on the pngan
Baxons would have beon evident. But it is
well to inquire if tho Celts woro christians.
Christianity had undoubtedly been introduced into
Britain, but .like all other results of Roman rule, was
superficial; and in the dangerous times following the
withdrawal of the) Roman legions Christianity was lost
That tho Celts remained in England is again proved
by tho atato of society under the Anglo-Saxon. In Ger
many, previous to the departure of tho Angles aud Sax
ons there was no caste; all men were equal, subjcctjto an
elective princo. It is impossible for a conquered people
to live on an equality with the conquerors. They aro
either exterminated or reduced to the condition of serfs.
Under tho Saxons there were two distinct cartes of so
ciety, tlio ruling and the laboring. It would have been
unnatural for such a atatc ot affairs to have, developed
among the free Saxons in such a short time; hence
from tho nature of the case, we may reasonably infer
that the lower class was made up of the conquered
Tho Anglo-Saxons were undoubtedly few in number.
This is evident from the fact that they were the largi at
land owners the world lias ever known. Each lord had
a few Saxon followers, the remainder of his relinuo con-,
sisted of Celtic serfs, and a host of serfs were required to
sustain his vast estate. Hence the Celtic or lower popu
lation far excelled the Suxon iu number, aud to keep
them in subjection it was necessary that they should be
entirely unarmi'd. But in the great danger of the Dan
ish invasion, many of the Celts were pressed into service.
Unaccustomed as they were to battle, thev of
necessity occupied inferior places, and tho Saxons, from
their more prominant positions became the targets of
their invaders. The majority ol the Anglo-Saxon lords
were thus cither killed or banished from England, and
the already scanty Saxon population was greatly re.
Under tho Danes the power was still held by the Teu
tons. But as I hey held the throne I'oi so short a period,
aud introduced so few colonists, lhj Teutonic popula
tion did not exceed the same under the Saxons. This
was the last addition to the Teutonic element in England
hence, what is Teutonic to-day is either Anglo-Saxon or
"Danish, mid since tho majority of the Anglo-Saxons were
exterminated, tho term Anglo-Saxon coiiuol apply even
to the Teutonic inhabitants, mid certainly not to the pres
ent English people.
Thus tne history, lauguage aud state of society, provo
that the Celts occupy an important position iu the found
ing of the modern Euglisli race.
Stubbs says that the Cells furnished the material alone,
while the Saxons furnished both material and form.
But if tlio Saxons, did furnish tho form, tho Colts have
dono much to sustain and develop it. Thoir inlluenco in
this direction is shown by comparing tho Teutonic coun
ties of tho smith castjwith tho Celtic of tho west. It la a
notorious'fact that tho purely Teutonic shiros, such as
Sussex and Norfork aro thosoj wliero thoro is tho loast
movement of tho indlglnous population, "Silly Suffolk"
I Is proverbial. Ono writers says: "While tho Touton of
of tho casternlcounties and southern coast stops at home
on whatever wages ho can earn, tlio active, enterprising
and intelligent Cell seeks in' a' uew quarter, bettor em
ployment, and higher pay than ho can obtain at home
among his own people." Tho Celts from tho westoru
and northorn borders aro rapidly making up tho indus
trial population'of the cities, tho mining and manufact
uring district. Ono authority states that thirty per cout
of the three million inhabitants of Loudon aro Celts.
Then again tlio inlluenco of tlio Celts is shown in the
Colonies. By far the majority of tho English colonists
i came from tho Celtic districts, and not the Teutonic.
Hence tho great Anglo-Saxon race whoso energy spreads
it over every part of the world, may bo regarded as ingen
It has been said tliat to the Celts is duo tho imagina
tive element in tho English people. While it is practi
cally impossible to say how much of the literature or
science of England belongs to tho Anglicized Celts, tho
birtli places and surnames of many prominant writers
prove that they aro Celts.
Thus gradually, through the industries, colonies and
literature, the Celts aro gradually overpowering their for
mer conquerors and instead of the Britons becoming
English, the English have become Britons.
This is n new department iu tho Student and i is
intended to contain that kind of iitcrary debris that its
name indicates. It will offer to its readers mattor not se
rious aud grave enough to be embodied in an editorial,
too much locil in its character to find a place tn the
miscellany, and not enough so to claim space among tho
localb proper, but still, it is hoped, readable enough to bo
worthy of a place in the college paper. So don't expect
o find any discussion ot tho p ilicy of the Rodents upon
this page, aud if you wish to read anything about Carlylo
.or the fearful condition of the chapel ceiling you had bet
ter not stop at this station or a bittor and OTerwhulming
disappointment will como to you.
That will do for tho time-honored editorial bow.
While wo wero writing the above a prominent, but wlid
eyed and greatly excited, student shot through tho office
door ami precipitated himself into the three-logged chair
which we keep to amuse bores, laundrymen and others
whoso room is always better than their company. He
picked himself up iu a moment and favored us with a
slightly incoherent yarn about some girls who knew to
much concerning his private affairs to bo agreeable. He
said that they knew everything about him before ho did
himself, and that it was very wearing. He thought that
he was in hourly daiger of au attack of bra.n-fover or
insanity and begged of us, in moving toues, to ad visa
these inquisitive ladies to give him u little lime in which
lie might recuperate enough to start for Patagonia.
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