Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 229 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
IaIad these, our brothers, not set their
breasts a living barricade against the iron
hail of war, where would this nation be today?
Tlhe index of civilization would have
tien turn( back on the dial of the world.
The republic broken in twain, 'dismembered
exhaustedl by a fierce civil war, demoralized
by the loss of its unity andt name, would have
tlorno in the eye; of the European world
like Mexico or Clile.
(\ What foreign power cares for a nest of
little jealous States like South America? But
thol.e whoe are careless of a hundred sparrows
leotrn to respect tle mighty eagle. Our fallen
brothers won for themselves a grave, for us
a cotiuntry. They fell in the field, died in tlle
hofpfital, wasted in tile prison, that American
union and American freedom might not peri.Ih
from tllho earth. They crystallized tile
D)lctrltiton of Itudependence into organic law
andl fact. Througll tile glittering stars on
ottr tkiiild1 we read tile grand result-tiot a
State lost, not a slave breathing on our soil,
tts prve, free,, t'teducttiI universal, tllo sclioolhoutli
and the church si(de by side everywhere
zall the children of one nation.
" \We ar to-.(ly not only) united but welded;
Iound togetllr from ocean to ocean by
likon of iron and fastened to tile central
htglht. wiltl a Ailver tie and a spike of gold.
Tbhltn.r.i^tns t!: t roll from the north spi 11 and
Wlt, grtindt our corn anld hammer our iron
in tleir wiftl p-osage to thle sea: the field atnd
pIt.atirtiots inow grow wliiter tlian before
with a richtss that i intelligent labor inspires,
while thle worker iingleti with tihe sound of
wel rjlnuitad til tile sweeter.
" The past is settled, and so settled that
never again on our soil shall hostile graves be
closely dug for miles and filled with American
dead. The citizens soldiers died not
only for the blood-bouglht land, but for the
world. The might of our victorious example
pishles England forward toward an enlarged
franchise, free schools, a free church and
justice to the sister nation of Ireland a half
century earlier than otherwise she would.
Prussia, Protestant Prussia, her bayonets
pointed with thought, has smitten down despotic
Austria and torn the diadem from
France. Resurrected Italy gathers round a
new and better Rome. Imperial Russia liberates
hei serfs. China and Japan, tlie oldest
of the dynasties of time, reverse the order
of the sun's rising and take from us, thle
youngest of tlhe nations, their first lessons in
tlhe civilization of the time. Yet what has
been achieved is as tleo green and tender blade
of wheat which waves in tlle field to-day compared
with tle heavy-healded grain which will
bend in golden ripeness in thle coming harvest
time. O Liberty! Liberty! All tle comning
ages are thine own, and the blood of our
brothers lias not been sled in vain.
t Yet a daIy and aI great nation bows in
reverence at the tomb of its patriotic dead. A
mighty people mingle garlands with the ashes
of its buried defenders, in token tliat their
memory sweetly blossoms from tlhe dust. The
sun will look down over a tentlh of the wide
world, upon tlhe sacred communion of the
republic witl the spirits of its preservers.
From shore to sore of thle two great oceans
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/229/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.