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The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 01, 1893, Image 11

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THE BATTALION. il gardens thrive and flourish udder the IMoense of our national laws. Whisky ^shops and gambling dens And protection beneath the stars and stripes of the American Union. The fate of stranded nations darkens these dangers and ap peals to us that only true education and proper development of intellectual pow ers will destroy social vices. Cultured intellect marks the standard of man’s existence and proud aspirations elevate his moral character. ^ We find in the Tiiins of Rome, Carthage and Greece that ignorance was the despot upon the throne, wrar a proud resort for pleasure, and crime the blazing^sword of nobility. As the bar barities sank to the earth the nations crumbled into oblivion and the Divine arm created mightier powers. The sun shine of prosperity has dawned upon This fair land and the gentle breeze o intelligence has fanned every hill and valley. We have scaled the lofty peaks of knowledge and reached the highest pinnacle of glory. We gaze with delight through the Gallilian telescope, upon the beauties of the celestial world. We solve God’s hidden problems and calculate the magnitude of a vast eternity. Science and art are mastered by the mind of man and he searches for more difficult prob lems to satisfy his superior capabilities. 'The very dome of intellectual attainments is our footstool and while we may boast •of our knowledge, worth and splendor we may question the security of our foundation. Our pride may blight our ^expectations and our magnificence may vanish as the vapor. While our nation al prosperity is guarded by superior intellects our existence is corrupted by political demagogues. While peace and liberty wave their banncis from the At- llanticto the Pacific, dangers pollute the atmosphere of a mighty nation. Money ia the strong arm of political power and corruption funds elect governors and presidents. Legislation suppresses the wage worker to favor tne,-foreign capit alist, and each year makes the poor poorer and the rich richer. In union there is strength and in di vision destruction, and the fragments of two grand political parties are hurled in every direction. Democracy teaches her new born babe to triumph by conquest and combat; republicanism warns her posterity that opponents are dreaded foes, and ere these tender youths reach their maturity their conflicts will shake the pillars of the mightiest nation on the globe. More than twenty-five years have elapsed since the roll of drum or the roar of cannon was heard in America, but scarcely three years have passed since our clear sky of peace was clouded by a cloud that rose from i Italy’s western shore, darkened in Chili’s warm atmos phere and sank on the borders of Mex ico’s plains. These troubles perhaps will not be resurrected by coming years, yet they prove to us that enmity lives in this enlightened age. Extravagance is fast undermining our finances, and bur political current is drifting toward a destiny that will startle the American citizen. A. M. TO fLEULilB. W RITTEN AT MIDNIG HT. Oh ! fair thy name and rare thou art, To me who loveth thee so dear, The sweetest name on earth to hear Is that dear name of thine, sweetheart. But oh! how' soon that we must part, Alas! alas! too soon I fear. For you, my love, to ever hear The sad outpouring of my heart. For all my love, is thine, dear oBe, And all my heart to you I give,, Will you, sweetheart, accept iny love? Only grant to me this boon, - For you I never more rnay;see Until we- meet in Heav'n above. , —Nsmo.