almost, for the king to read on the other side of the ocean.
then meant liberty.
Come down to four or five years ago. What did Boston
mean when the South
went mad, and got up a new flag, and said they would put it in Boston
on Faneuil Hall?
It was Boston
that meant liberty, as Boston
had meant independence.
And when our troops went out in the last war, what was it that gave them their superiority?
It was the brains they carried from these schools.
When General Butler
was stopped near the Relay House
with a broken locomotive, he turned to the Eighth regiment, and asked if any one of them could mend it. A private walked out of the ranks, and patted it on the back and said, “I ought to know it; I made it.”
When we went down to Charleston
, and were kept seven miles off from the city, the Yankees
sent down a New Hampshire Parrott
that would send a two-hundred-pound shot into their midst.
The great ability of New England
has been proved
. Now, boys, the glory of a father is his children.
That father has done his work well who has left a child better than himself.
The German prayer is, “Lord
, grant I may be as well off to-morrow as yesterday!”
No Yankee ever uttered that prayer.
He always means that his son shall have a better :starting-point in life than himself.
The glory of a father is his children.
Our fathers made themselves independent seventy or eighty years ago. It remains for us to devote ourselves to liberty and the welfare of others, with the generous willingness to do toward others as we would have others do to us.
Now, boys, this is my lesson to you to-day.
You cannot be as good as your fathers, unless you are better.
You have your fathers' example,--the opportunities and ;advantages they have accumulated,--and to be only as .good is not enough.
You must be better.