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development of the different races is, that each in
some way fostered its own literature. They have some-
thing as coming from their own brains and appeal-
ing to their own pride and love.
'Tis not enough that we form a part of the schools
and universities as students and teachers--declaiming,
lecturing and explaining the productions of other ages
and other men. The system of teaching is not as it
once was. The modern student is left to investigate,
to study, to read, to examine for himself. He is in-
fluenced by the things he reads, he is persuaded by the
matter before him, he learns to love those characters,
those personages appealing to him from the silent but
burning pages. If we wish to exert an influence in
this era on the minds of this age, we must put some-
thing attractive before them, something beautiful on
their table, and something rich and scholarly in their
libraries. If we wish to lay hold of our youth, and
lift them up and into an element of moral purity, of
cultured, refined learning, we must lay down upon the
altar of truth and knowledge our consecrated sheaves,
our richest thoughts, our highest aims.
The richest legacy, the most lasting monument, the
strongest pillar on which we can build, next to that
groundwork of all, Faith in God, will be a "chosen
possession" of our best literature. A literature " drawn
from the heart and quarried from the mind--"
A literature "giving birth to thoughts which never can expire,
Till the Archangel's trump shall sound o'er earth's funeral pyre."
JOHN R. HAWKINS,
Principal of K N. and I. Institute, Kittrell, N. C.