that our race should have the keen edge of money-loving.
We were to conquer the continent.
God set us to subdue the wilderness.
We were to dot America with cities and States; we were to marry the oceans with roads.
Two generations have almost done.
it. That function could be discharged only under the keen stimulus of a love of pecuniary and material gain.
God gave it to us for that purpose.
I never blushed for the Yankee
's love for the “Almighty dollar;” it was no fault in the age of it. But now, we may say, we have built our London
and our Paris
, we have finished our Rome
and our Vienna
, and the time has come to crowd them with art, to flush them with the hues of painting, and fill them with museums of science, and all to create and feed a keen appetite for intellectual culture and progress among the people.
In this very city, in one ward, in one of the months of the past year , six hundred families were relieved by public aid, and mostly because their heads were intemperate,--nigh twenty-five hundred persons out of a population of fourteen thousand.
I verily believe that if those six hundred heads of families, in their hours of leisure, in their moments not necessary for toil, could have been lured, as the Italian
is, into gardens, could have had thrown open to them, as the Frenchman has, museums, teaching him history at a glance, as in the galleries of the Louvre, their families would not have been left to the hand of public charity.
The citizen of Paris
, without a sou, after laboring at fifty cents a day the week through, may have, on Saturday or Sunday, his nature elevated, the needed stimulus supplied without liquor, by entering a museum in which, if he has the taste, he shall see every form of ship ever built, from the first frail canoe that ever floated, to the last steamer that defied the elements; every species of arms, from