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...38, 101 | Letters to a Protestant Friend, Giving a Brief
367 History of Protestantism and Church of
252 Marrying an Heiress......
Catholics and the Centennial. The Grand Off with the Old Love..........
Our Fast Age, A Study in American Char-
Pilgrimage so the Sainte Baume, A. ........
Summer Musings in the Garden...
The Theory of All-sufficiency of the Bible is
Discredited and Condemned by Pro-
Vatican Basilica, The.....
Waiting for something to Turn Up............ 123
138 What I Saw from My Window-A Sketch... 178
Legend of the Singing Leper.................... 205 What are the Wild Waves Saying?.............. 193
Charteris, a Romance.............
Pride of Lexington, The. A Tale of the
the Irish Brigade;
AMERICA's poet laureate, “sing. phrases of phrenology, as “push,” ing at will beneath his Cambridge and he will soon find himself one elms,” never more truly touched of those democratic princes of the the sympathetic pulse of popular people, who are crowned not with favor than when he told us, in his ihe jewelled coronets of an heredinow world-quoted Psalm of Life, tary royalty, but with the glory
and power and wealth, which a
sweeter than even Mr. Longfellow Footprints on the sands of time.
once promised, as the reward of a Footprints that perhaps another, Sailing o'er life's watery main,
man who feared God and kept his Some forlorn and shipwrecked brother, commandments. Seeing may take heart again.
The trouble nowadays is, howEspecially is this true of a land ever, to discover who are our great like ours, under whose social and men, a difliculty mainly arising political system every man has a from the fact that we overdo ourfree start, and a fair field, in the selves in this matter of getting chance of a life successful in every along in the world ; our “vaulting aspect. Let him be blessed with ambition has o'erleapt itself.” We only the most ordinary gifts of have prostituted a naturally noble heaven, and not wanting energy, impulse to the base and degenerate he cannot fail to do well, but if he spirit of the times. Formerly, men possesses any advantages which not only cared for getting along," may elevate him above the common but they also kept a jealous eye level of humanity, he has only to upon their own self-respect, and develop that bump which is pecu- were very cautious as to how they liar to the American cranium, and got along; our modern commuwhich is known in a common par- nistic spirit, like the excited individlance, which ignores the technical ual, when he heard a stump-speaker
ask if one man wasn't as good as light of their examples; and, what another, cries out, vociferously, is worse, even our Catholic men, “Yes, and a good deal better.” young and old, seeing the prosperity This is the principle upon which of these sinners, have, like the royal men, who do not fear God and keep prophet, wellnigh, if not quite, the commandments; men whose stumbled from the path of uprightname is legion, and who, gorged ness. But let us not be deceived with false ideas of progress, liberal- by treacherous examples of false ism, and money-making, take as heroism. Honesty, truth, and purity the keynote of their worldly career. bave not quite deserted the earth, Policy is the best honesty with wicked as it may be. Nor do they them; the way of the command- cease to command the respect even ments of truth, honor, and virtue of those who, pretending to ignore is too narrow and tedious. Our them, worship in their stead their public school system, with its mod- graven and senseless images. The ern American geographies, bas de- mass of social, moral, and political veloped a broader and shorter and corruption, engendered by the votasmoother way to earthly renown ries of these false gods, cannot bury and temporal wealth; a way that beneath its reeking pile the fearmakes as great a divergence as pos- less and self-reliant sons of virtue. sible from the old royal road our Truly, great men still live, and we fathers trod, and which, after round- need not step into a first-class oping the hill of questionable fame, tician's shop and purchase a pair finds its terminus to be the an- of double convex spectacles to astipodes of the kingdom of God, sist our eyes, bleared by the clouds and his justice.
of modern iniquity, in finding them. The histories and biographies too, The light of their own lustrous which are most in favor with those virtue will pierce, of its own force, pot-house Solomons, the public- the surrounding darkness, and unschool directors, largely sustain the failing and unerringly rivet our above-quoted geographies. Their attention, admiration, and successwriters, with a boundless Christian ful imitation. charity, fairly revel in the fulllment Such a man was he, whose life we of the popular philanthropic maxim, have chosen as a theme, most suit6. De mortuis wil nisi bonum," able and most worthy of our conhence, every departed worthy is sideration, the late Hon. THOMAS held up as a paragon of perfection Ewing, of Ohio; one of nature's to the rising generation, providing noblemen; one of America's truly he have been a successful man, great statesmen; one whom all the ergo, a presumably great one. Yet people of America can esteem as all prominence is by no means great- one of her purest public men; one ness, and a writer in a late number whom we Catholics of America can of a secular magazine, referring to honor and emulate as a man; who the lack of truly great statesman- living not merely by the trite dicship at the present day, boldly de- tates of a commonplace morality, clares that it is owing less to a but who, worshipping God in the diminution of brains than to the ab- sincerity of a truth - loving and sence of an honest heart in our pub- truth-seeking heart, lic men. Yet, the world professes
"Touched God's right hand in the darkness," an indiscriminating admiration for men of this class, because it knows and was guided, like the Israelites them to be among its most obsequi- of old, by Faith's pillar of fire, by ous followers, and all the ambitious night, unto the brightness of reve6 Young Americas” shine in the lation's perfect day.