“That is the real issue,” he had declared in closing the debates with Douglas
; “that is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas
and myself shall be silent.
It is the eternal struggle between these two principles-right and wrong-throughout the world.
They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle.
The one is the common right of humanity, and the other the divine right of kings.”
For this representative Anglo-Saxon
man, developed under purely American conditions, maturing slowly, keeping close to facts, dying, like the old English saint, while he was “still learning,” had none of the typical hardness and selfishness of the Anglo-Saxon
A brooder and idealist, he was one of those “prophetic souls of the wide world dreaming on things to come,” with sympathies and imagination that reached out beyond the immediate urgencies of his race and nation to comprehend the universal task and discipline of the sons of men. In true fraternity and democracy this Westerner was not only far in advance of his own day, but he is also far in advance of ours which raises statues to his memory.
Yet he was used