gives way before the temptation of a great agony.
General Johnston, for himself, however, seems early to have adopted the theory that, while we are irresistibly swayed by an overruling destiny, yet it is the duty of a man manfully to oppose to adverse circumstances or fate all the resources he can command — a somewhat Promethean philosophy, but not unfruitful of mental steadfastness and, sometimes, of large results.
He quoted, with approbation, the argument against suicide, attributed to Napoleon, that suicide is never justifiable while hope remains; but that, while there is life, there is always hope.
His beliefs ripened in after-years into a profound faith in the Supreme God, his providence and his mercy.
Jefferson Barracks was near enough to St. Louis to allow the young officers to mingle freely in its gay and hospitable society, in which the influence of the old French element was still predominant.
The descendants of the first settlers had preserved in their colonial isol