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eted his most masterly efforts, while his opponent was cheered at every point, and in the final vote the unlucky orator was sure to be in a lean and helpless minority. Well do I remember when it was made my duty to defend the negative in the question, Is love a safe guide in the formation of matrimonial alliances? I traversed, as far as I could in unaided memory, all history and literature to establish the proverbial blindness of love — then entered the domain of poetry and art, painting Cupid the blind boy, as Aurora with her rosy fingers drew aside the curtains of the dawn, and Apollo, god of day, drove his fiery steeds up along the eastern sky, whilst the poor boy groped in his blindness and shot his arrows at random through the air. Then I entered the domain of Metaphysics, and with Kaut's marvellous trichotomy as my guide, showed how in that three-fold adjustment of man's nature god-like reason was designed to sit upon the throne, love with all other passions to be in subject