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leries in the world, flooding the earth with destruction,
and not able to legislate against the evil, it looks like
so many men damming up a great river many miles
below its source, while ten thousand springs are pouring
their waters into it. Is it possible that they could stop
the mighty waters? No, must be the answer. Well,
what must be done ? Train up the legislators who will
stop the springs. When this is accomplished the land
will not be flooded. The lack of moderation is the true
cause of evil.
REV. JOHN W. NORRIS.
LITERATURE A PILLAR OF STRENGTH.
EVERY nation of recognized merit and ability, chron-
icled in the world's history, has been proud to revert to
some special feature of its life and point out some one
thing that has given character to its institutions and
added to its natural glory. Yea, as far back as history
runs we find nations, classes and races pointing out
different things as the strongholds, the groundwork,
the pillars on which their honor stood. With some it
has been nothing more than the physical advantages
with which nature endowed them. Some boast of their
efficient navy, some of the strength of the army, some
of the spirit of commerce, some of their manufacturing
enterprises, some of the freedom of the people, and
some of the degree of their learning and the part they
have played in giving to the world its present system
of learning. Of all the trophies won, of all the honors
shared, none have been so lasting, so permanent and so
real as those won in the field of literature; and if there