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written ' tent to original grantee,' and
signed it ( Georgia Sllnmerlield, Conr.' "
The speech of the Commissioner re-
hounded lightly from the impregnable
IImnlin Qnd Avery. They inmiled, rose
gracefully, spoke of the baseball team,
and argued feelingly that quite a per-
ceptible brccze had arisen iroi the east.
They lit fresh fat brown cigars, and
drifted courteously away. But later they
made another tiger-spring for their quarry
in the courts. But the courts, according
to reports in the papers, " coolly roasted
them " (a remarkable performance, sug-
gestive of liquid-air didoes), and sustained
the CounLissioer's Rpuling.
And this Ruling itself grew to be a
Precedent, and the Actual Settler framed
it. and taught his children to spell from it,
and there was sound sleep o' nights from the
pines to the sage-brush, and from the chap-
arral to the great brown river of the north.
]]ut I think, and I am sure the Com-
missioner never thought otherwise, that
whether Kampfcr was a snuffy old instru-
ment of destiny, or whether the meanders
of the Chiquito accidentally platted them-
selves into that memorable sweet profile
or not, there was brought about " some-
thing good for a whole lot of children,"
and the result ought to be called " Geor-
A Hopeful View of Democracy
A S we face the growing complica-
tions of civilization, it is difficult
to resist a feeling of dismay at
tlhe new proilIcrs which press forward
for solution; the physical conditions of
Ameirican life are such that changes which
once took centuries run forward in a dec-
adi. Since I;15 there have been three
transformantions of the transportation of
the country: first, from roads to canals
and waterl\rays; then to the old-fashioned
railroad , and then to the solidly con-
structed trunk lines of the present day.
It tool half a century to introduce steam
as a motive-power into Great Britain; but
in live years the electric trolley went from
one end of the Union to the other. As a
part of this rapidity of life, questions are
coming upon legislatures, judges, end
patriotic men, which must be settled, and
yet which there is no tine thoroughly
to consider. Thus the telephone grew up,
extended, and became a necessity before
the American (Government realized that it
couldl e made a public service; and in-
dustrial org lanization constantly outruns
the legislation made to limit it.
So bewildering, so rapid, are the changes
in our social appliances that in a book
like \\lls's " The Slecper Awakened,"
with it., dream of a tremendous and self-
destructicive over-organization of society,
the reader sees figured before him appre-
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}'sicholo-ic l, Ic IuIII'nic, . Moral I foundations. By
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hensions which he has only vaguely en-
tertained. When it comes to political and
social changes, future generations will
look back upon the present half-century
as one of the most stirring moments in
the history of mankind; the maps of
Europe, Asia, and Africa have been re-
made; the great Nation of North Amer-
ica has been re-created; and among the
nations of tile earth the United States
surges forward to take its place as one of
the three or four aggregations of human
forces which are to determine the history
of the future.
A hopeful thing in the midst of these
turmoils is the clearness and speediness
with which thinking men realize, face,
and study the problems before them.
Our own Civil War involved questions of
principle upon which the best men of the
time had put all their might of niind, yet
we now see that the country drill ed into
civil war withoutt realizing the conditions
of the time, or the passions which were to
be awakened. Any one \who compares
the contemporary literature at that crisis
with the writings of to-day must be struck
with the influence which trained as well
as powerful minds are having upon the
destiny of manind. Professor (Giddings's
book is a welcome evidence that others
besides publicists, historians, and editorial
writers are contributing to that discussion,
so necessary for a new series of questions;
that there is arisin g a new school of writers
who treat the State, not as the physical
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