in the valuable reminiscences of his student life in Germany
, which are published in the Magnolia,
speaks with fervor of the many noble home qualities of the Gorman people.
No. 20 of the publication contains a graphic account of a Christmas day in Berlin
Old England itself does not celebrate Christmas
with such enthusiasm. "I have often thought," says he, " that we do not cultivate enough in America
the Christmas spirit; that we do not set value enough upon these inner household joys, these festive reunions, which once a year, at least, should break down all barriers, open all hearts, and strengthen all bonds of affection.
But the Germans understand this, and prize and cherish these things, as, indeed, they prize and cherish, beyond, all other people, whatever has come down from old tradition, whatever belongs to fireside pleasures, whatever brings joy, and union, and sweet, memories into the family circle, and they are not afraid or ashamed of being too demonstrative in showing it."
Such contributions as three of Prof. Joynes
must tend to disabuse of many prejudices those who judge a great people by their adventurers and outcasts, or, worse still, who confound them with the Low Dutch
in the Yankee
armies, and even they are no fair, representatives of their own country.
There is no nation, not excepting our own, which would be willing to be judged by the dregs of its society, or even by the conduct, in troublous times, of many who hold respectable social positions.
Would the South
consent that its extortioners and speculators should be regarded by mankind as fair samples of Southern character?
are among the most warm hearted, social, and heroic of civilized nations.
In learning, in arts, and arms, they are among the fore most races of the world.
Whatever sphere of human industry, they fill it well; whatever they do, they do intelligently, faithfully, and thoroughly.
Nothing remains for them to complete their glory but to brush away the false philosophy which has crept into their schoolings, the madness which comes of too much learning, and there will be little left in German greatness which will not challenge the admiration of the world.