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[114] he creates in his book, to foment misunderstandings and distrust, or to infuse the spirit of Christ into the problem? It is surely discouraging to find the Episcopal bishop of Arkansas, an Ohioan, publicly defending the practice of lynching. We all admit now that the policy of “reconstruction” was a sad mistake and that Northern interference can do little, but it is still possible to begin a new work of reconstruction based upon human sympathy. If the South will undertake this task, it will escape the battle of the “beasts” which is otherwise inevitable. Swedenborg somewhere says that the African race is to be the race of love — the race of the future. Let it try to live up to this prophecy, and set a good example to the whites. The Rev. Henry Richards, for many years a missionary on the Congo, writes: “I believe the Anglo-Saxon to be naturally far more cruel and brutal than the African.” There should be hope then for the latter race.

It is to be hoped that there is some truth in the theory of reincarnation, for it affords such grand opportunities for poetic justice. If there is anything in it, the author of “The Negro a beast” should make his next appearance as a full-blooded Congo black; the author of “Leopard's Spots” would figure among the mulattos from whom he wishes to save us; and the author of “Up from slavery” --well — if

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