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e organizations who the officer was, from colonel or captain to the last corporal, On A wooden horse. to hear was to obey, and under such discipline the men became the merest puppets. In theory, such a regiment was the perfect military machine, where every man was in complete subordination to one master mind. But the value of such a machine, after all, depended largely upon the kind of a man the ruling spirit was, and whether he associated his inflexibility of steel with the justice of Aristides. If he did that, then was it indeed a model organization; but such bodies were rare, for the conditions were wanting to make them abundant. The master mind was too often tyrannical and abusive, either by nature, or from having been suddenly clothed with a little brief authority over men. And often when nature, if left to herself, would have made him a good commander, an excessive use of commissary interfered to prevent, and the subordinates of such a leader, many of them appointed by his
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), entry 1598 (search)
we know. We have to accept rumors concerning them, we have to know them through the variously colored accounts of others; we can seldom test our impressions of their sincerity by standing with them face to face. Here certainly the ancient pocket republics had much the advantage of us: in them citizens and leaders were always neighbors; they stood constantly in each other's presence. Every Athenian knew Themistocles's manner, and gait, and address, and felt directly the just influence of Aristides. No Athenian of a later period needed to be told of the vanities and fopperies of Alcibiades, any more than the elder generation needed to have described to them the personality of Pericles. Our separation from our leaders is the greater peril, because democratic government more than any other needs organization in order to escape disintegration; and it can have organization only by full knowledge of its leaders and full confidence in them. Just because it is a vast body to be persua
ry or so afterward paper was introduced into Europe by the Saracens; first as a curiosity, known as Charta Damascena, afterward manufactured in Spain and in Constantinople. See paper. The list of devices by which characters were legibly portrayed by a scratching implement may be thus recapitulated: — The tabula or wooden board smeared with wax, upon which a letter was written by a stylus. The Athenian scratched his vote upon a shell, as did the lout when he voted to ostracize Aristides. The records of Nineveh were inscribed upon tablets of clay, which were then baked. The laws of Rome were engraved on brass and laid up in the Capitol. The decalogue was graven upon the tables of stone. The Egyptians used papyrus and granite. The Burmese, tablets of ivory and leaves. Pliny mentions sheets of lead, books of linen, and waxed tablets of wood. The Hebrews used linen and skins. The Persians, Mexicans, and North American Indians used skins. The Greeks,
Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 1, Chapter 3: Apprenticeship.—1818-1825. (search)
Pickering's Review of John Adams's Letters to William Cunningham, to send two long communications to the Salem Gazette, under the June II and 29. signature of Aristides. These were highly eulogistic of Mr. Pickering, whose pamphlet in defence of himself against the attacks of Mr. Adams had caused a wide sensation and led to an ction, in which John Quincy Adams was a candidate, and the Pickering party aimed their darts at the son, therefore, quite as much as at the father. The youthful Aristides, who, four years later, ardently advocated his reelection, now joined in decrying him. His conception of the character of General Andrew Jackson was much more clly in the minority, was emphasized, and their support of William H. Crawford for the Presidency in opposition to John Quincy Adams was strongly urged; yet while Aristides had much to say in depreciation of the latter, he evidently knew very little of the former, and simply supported him because he was the candidate of the Pickerin
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Atlantic Essays, Sappho. (search)
draw their splendor when, in her fulness, she most illumines earth. Of herself Sappho speaks but little in the fragments left to us. In one place she asserts that she is not of malignant nature, but has a placid mind, and again that her desire is for a mode of life that shall be elegant and at the same time honest, the first wish doing credit to her taste, and the other to her conscience. In several places she confesses to a love of luxury, yet she is described by a later Greek author, Aristides, as having rebuked certain vain and showy women for their ostentation, while pointing out that the pursuits of intellect afford a surer joy. It is hardly needful to add that not a line remains of her writings which can be charged with indecency; and had any such existed, they would hardly have passed unnoticed or been forgotten. It is odd that the most direct report left to us of Sappho's familiar conversation should have enrolled her among those enemies of the human race who give out
11, 1798 The Codfish over the Speaker's desk put up, Jan. 11, 1798 West end addition completed, Sep. 8, 1853 Remodeled and repaired, Dec., 1867 Liquor Agent causes a sensation at State House, Nov., 1859 Prison. See Prisons. Stages from Boston to Portsmouth once a week, 1763 From Boston to New York once in three days, 1814 Traveling, the practice of the day, 1830 Surperseded by railroads, 1840 Statuary Adams, Samuel, placed in Dock square, July 4, 1880 Aristides, placed in Louisburg square, Dec. 1, 1849 Columbus, placed in Louisburg square, Aug. 1, 1851 Emancipation, placed in Park square, Dec. 6, 1879 Ether, placed in the Public Garden, Jan. 27, 1869 Everett, Edward, placed in Public Garden, Nov. 18, 1867 Franklin, placed front City Hall, School street, Sep. 17, 1856 Removed to west side of yard, Sep., 1862 Statuary Hamilton, placed on Commonwealth avenue, Aug. 24, 1865 Mann, Horace, placed in front State House, July
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 13. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Republic of Republics. (search)
g grasp of a puny neighbor. Nor would the North and the East have been persuaded to forbear, by consideration of good faith or of fraternal obligation, when they were once shown that the abolition of negro slavery, and a political revolution favorable to their sectional power and to the increase of their share of Federal wealth, in its distribution amongst the people, were at last within their grasp. The Athenian people are said once to have rejected a proposition of Themistocles because Aristides, to whom it was submitted, said of it, that it was most advantageous, but most unjust. Is it recorded of any other people that they have rejected such a suggestion, for such a reason, unaided by considerations of policy? If there be a parallel case in history we cannot just now recall it. And yet, if this book had been written at the time of which we speak, it must have changed to some extent the course of events. Daniel Webster himself had some veneration for the truth of history and
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 30. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.39 (search)
or thorns from fig-trees. And you are handing down to future generations, in the most vivid and appealing form, the incitement to revere and to emulate the heroic virtues and the strong, pure lives, which speak from the grave with testimony strong as the tongues of angels. Thus shall your reward be two-fold; not alone in vindication of our past, but in perpetuation to our children's children of a legacy of magnificent example. A statue of the ancient days bore this inscription: Not to Aristides but to the Aristides, the Just. So we make idols, not of our leaders but of their genius, and without such idols a people is also without ideals. Without ideals no people can survive above the level of the beasts that perish. A race, a nation, a civilization, may be fairly judged, and its destiny fairly predicted, by the moral dimensions of its ideals and the veneration it accords them. Look there, and there, and there. My countrymen! And how shall we despair in the time that is, o
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 10., Some letters of Miss Lucy Osgood. (search)
d. Mr. Newhall eulogized with all the warmth of affection his various knowledge, discrimination, sagacity, playful wit, ready sympathy, expansive generosity, universal kindliness, large conceptions and entire disinterestedness; and in addressing his successor, he warned him by the example of the past to be moderate in his expectations of reaping the reward of his virtuous exertions, as we had recently witnessed the same malevolence which led the Athenians of old to become weary of hearing Aristides called the Just, and to denounce Socrates as the perverter of youth. These allusions were received with a thunder of applause, and we fancied that some of the corporation looked a little green and yellow. The inaugural address itself was very grave, dignified and sensible; full of discriminating observations upon the spirit of the age, earnestly inculcating right notions of education as consisting not in external means, places, teachers, books, sciences, but in the grand inward mental an
tting on a bench, on which he had laid his untasted meal — and no wonder. Eat, sir! He was past the howling stage; the skin of his cheek was tight and stiff; you could read, in the anguish of his eyes, the red-hot throbs which stabbed his jaw; he had tied it up, and was nursing it withal, dolefully in his hand. The picture was truly catholic. Yes, at all ages, to all men, there has been at one time or another of their lives, strong common sympathy — Sardanapalus might feel for a lazar, Aristides the Just for Sir John Dean Paul--when he had a toothache. Is not the progress of the teeth a sign? Whether they be coming or going, whether at the first or last end of life, in the day or the night nursery — do they not supply the liveliest illustrations of our changing moods? Does not impatience bite her lips? Does not rage make men grind their teeth, and desperation set, and condemnation gash them? Does not the dog shew his before he bites? Does not cold make them chatter in me<
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