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Charles Congdon, Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributing to the New York Tribune from 1857 to 1863. (ed. Horace Greeley), Alexander the Bouncer. (search)
Alexander the Bouncer. all great men have their weak side. Alexander of Macedon was given to grog. Alexander, of Georgia, V. P. C. S., is given to gammon. His weakness is to say the thing that is not --this being the periphrastical way in which Dean Swift's fastidious Houyhnhnms always spoke of falsehood and of falsifiers. The Hon. Y. P. Alex. Ham. Stephens upon arriving at Atlanta, Ga., was received by a large crowd; and in return he ungratefully made a speech calculated largely to delude the large crowd, and considerably to lower himself in the estimation of old-fashioned folk with a prejudice in favor of the truth. From a great variety of mendacities, we select, the following as being, to use the words of Goldsmith, the damnable bounce of the occasion. A threatening war is upon us, made by those who have no regard for right. We fight for our homes! They for money. The hirelings and mercenaries of the North are all hand and hand against you. Now, Stephens, what di
Charles Congdon, Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributing to the New York Tribune from 1857 to 1863. (ed. Horace Greeley), Jefferson the gentleman. (search)
n't let him go loose during the sojourn of these great English visitors. Well, we don't envy the elegance of our Southern friends; we rather admire it. It comes of having such a perfect model of propriety at the helm of their affairs as Jefferson Davis is. It is not customary, we believe, for the head of one belligerent power to call the presiding genius of another belligerent power a baboon, as this Davis called Mr. Lincoln in a speech at Mobile. The kings of England have thought terrible things of the kings of France, but they have never styled them monkeys, nor made allusion to wooden shoes and frog soup in their speeches to Parliament. It was Swift, and not the Prime Minister, who had so much to say of Louis Baboon. But the President of the Confederacy forestalls the penny-a-liners, and cheats the pamphleteers out of their perquisites; which proves that, if not a gentleman, he is that mysterious next-thing-to-it, sometimes denominated quite A gentleman. January 16, 1863.
Southern brethren! Oh! eloquent parasol-stem! potent preacher! graphic painter and historian! your lesson is ever present with me, whenever, as a citizen, I am called on to act in public affairs; and long will be remembered after the faintest shadow of the eloquent orations of the Commercial Convention are utterly obliterated from my recollection. Faint, indeed, are my present recollections. I remember only endless resolutions denouncing the North, and creating a new South; and a discourse by a Rev. Mr. Marshall, of Kentucky or Mississippi, I think, on the Importance of Planting Potatoes for Posterity; which, in a defence of men of insight and foresight, he declared to be the mission of the visionary as contrasted with the lower and grosser work of the practical intellect — that only hoes its row for the present generation. It was very funny — for the preacher was in earnest. Dean Swift, in jest, could not have composed a keener satire on the Southern Commercial Conventio
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hopkins, Stephen 1707-1785 (search)
his people, adding that the richest and surest treasure of the prince was the love of his subjects. The deputies were no sooner gone than the generous prince sent for those who had assisted him in his exigency, commended their zeal and returned to every one what they had so readily brought into his treasury. We are not insensible that when liberty is in danger the liberty of complaining is dangerous; yet a man on a wreck was never denied the liberty of roaring as loud as he could, says Dean Swift. And we believe no good reason can be given why the colonies should not modestly and soberly inquire what right the Parliament of Great Britain have to tax them. We know that such inquiries have by one letter-writer been branded with the little epithet of mushroom policy, and he intimates that if the colonies pretend to claim any privileges they will draw down the resentment of the Parliament on them. Is, then, the defence of liberty so contemptible, and pleading for just rights so dang
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), McKinley, William 1843- (search)
highest and best interests of humanity. The wisdom and energy of all the nations are none too great for the world's work. The success of art, science, industry, and invention is an international asset and a common glory. After all, how near one to the other is every part of the world! Modern inventors have brought into close relation widely separated peoples and made them better acquainted. Geographic and political divisions will continue to exist, but distances have been effaced. Swift ships and fast trains are becoming cosmopolitan. They invade fields which a few years ago were impenetrable. The world's products are exchanged as never before, and with increasing transportation facilities come increasing knowledge and larger trade. Prices are fixed with mathematical precision by supply and demand. The world's selling prices are regulated by market and crop reports. We travel greater distances in a shorter space of time and with more ease than was ever dreamed of by th
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), St. Eustatius, capture of (search)
St. Eustatius, capture of While negotiations between the Dutch and English were going on at The Hague, British cruisers pounced upon Dutch merchantmen, capturing 200 ships of the republic of Holland, worth, with their cargoes, 15,000,000 guilders. Swift cutters were sent to Admiral Rodney at Barbadoes to seize the Dutch island of St. Eustatius, in the West Indies. Suddenly, on Feb. 3, 1781, the British West India fleet and army, after making a feint on the coast of Martinique, appeared off the doomed island and demanded of Governor De Grant its surrender within an hour. The surprised and astonished inhabitants, unable to offer any resistance, and ignorant of war between their home government and Great Britain, surrendered the post and its dependencies, at the same time invoking clemency for the town. The island was a rich prize, for it was a free port for all nations and was one continued store of French, Dutch, American, and English property. All the magazines and storehou
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 3: Holmes (search)
. Dr. Cheever says of him that he was too sympathetic to practise medicine, and when he thought it necessary to use a freshly killed rabbit for demonstration he always left his assistant to chloroform it and besought him not to let it squeak. He believed in the elevating influence of the medical profession, and said that Goldsmith and even Smollett, both having studied and practised medicine, could not, by any possibility, have outraged all the natural feelings in delicacy and decency, as Swift and Zola have outraged them. Yet Holmes gave away his medical books in middle life to the Boston Medical Library; and after this he prized science as the poet loves it for the images and analogies it affords, even as Coleridge went to Sir Humphry Davy's lectures in order to acquire a stock of new metaphors. In speaking of Holmes's relation to the reforms going on about him, it is pleasant to recall an occasion where both his generosity and his wit were called into play, when there was so
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 5: Lowell (search)
ls are ringing nine o'clock, the idea of a poem strikes me. Go to work on that at once. Finish it next morning all but the few last stanzas. In the afternoon (Friday) go to C--[Cambridge, i.e. the village] to get one thing and another for our whist club, which meets with me to-night. Play whist till 12. J. H. [John Holmes] (who is lame) spends the night with me. Next day finish and copy my verses. Got all done just in time to prevent the mail. After dinner drove J. home. Evening, read Swift, that hog of letters, who had wit enough to know the worth of pearls, though fonder of garbage and of rooting among ordure. [We soon come to the creation of the Town and Country Club.] Now it is Sunday morning and here I am with you. Since I wrote to you, the Town and country Club has been got up. Our first regular meeting is next Wednesday, (2d May,) when E. [Emerson] is to read an address. The Club is a singular agglomeration. All persons whom other folks think crazy, and who r
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Index (search)
er, H. E., 69, 70. Sewall, Samuel, 12. Sewell, Jonathan, 12. Seward, W. H., 178. Shaler, Prof. N. S., 70. Shepard, Rev., Thomas, 3, 5, 7. Sidney, Sir, Philip, 159. Smalley, G. A., 192. Smith, Sydney, 105. Smollett, Tobias, 95. Sparks, Pres., Jared, 14, 44, 128. Spenser, Edmund, 47, 154. Storer, Dr. D. H., 113. Story, Judge, Joseph, 16, 44. Story, W. W., 16, 26, 70, 154, 155. Stowe, Rev. C. E., 90, 113. Stowe, Mrs. H. B., 65, 66, go. Sumner, Charles, 104, 123, 132, 191. Swift, Dean, 95, 166. Swinburne, A. C., 132. Tennyson, Lord, 132, 195. Thaxter, Celia, 179. Thaxter, L. L., 174. Thayer, Nathaniel, 106. Thoreau, H. D., 34, 58, 67, 191. Ticknor, Prof., George, 14, 27, 117, 121, 122, 191. Tracy, John, 78. Trowbridge, J. T., 65. Tuckerman, H. T., 172. Tudor, William, 44. Tufts, Henry, 30. Underwood, F. H., 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 87. Vane, Harry, 19. Vassall family, 22, 79, 148. Vassall, Mrs., John, 151. Vassall, Col., Henry, 150. Vassall, Col., John,
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 9 (search)
d all the safeguards and checks of a judicial examination. The hapless victim, too ignorant at the best to know his own rights or how to defend them, was then stunned by the overwhelming blow,--by the arrest, and the sight of the horrible pit into which he was to be plunged. Over his prostrate body this Massachusetts judge of the fatherless and widow opens his court, and begins to hold the mockery of a trial! If you continue him in office, you should appoint some one,--some flapper, as Dean Swift says,--some humane man, to wait upon his court, and for the honor of the State remind him when it will be but decent to remember justice and mercy, for he is not fit to go alone. Do you ask us what course Mr. Loring should have adopted? We answer, the same course that any merely decent judge would adopt in such a case. Here was a man arrested some twelve hours before on a false pretence, and kept shut up from all his friends. All this Mr. Loring knew, or was bound to know, since such
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