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Excerpt from The South African War: Is England's Position Justifiable and Should She Succeed?

Having read the various articles bearing upon the question, to inform myself as far as possible of the characteristics of the Boers, and having re ected upon the character of the English people, I am led to adopt as the text of my remarks this evening an observation made by Emerson after his first interview with Carlyle. He said of Carlyle: He was honest and true and cog nizant of the subtle links that bind ages together, and saw howevery event affects all the future. That came from a sturdy Englishman; aye, some may correct me and say a sturdy Scotch man; but are not the Highlanders also defending the honor and glory of England in South Africa today? We are apt to judge of this as an isolated question. We view it from a standpoint too close to the great historical events which may possibly change the whole trend of civilization. A great deal depends in consid ering questions of this character, upon the point of view. We need the proper perspective. Unfortunately for us, unfortunately for those who participate in the great events of the world, that perspective is only obtained by lapse of time. Locality does not furnish it. Distance does not aid it. With the passage of time and upon a consideration of the causes that led _to the event, and above and beyond all things upon the results which follow, de pends a proper judgment of the event as one to be commended or condemned. We in this country, and we of the Candlelight Club in particular, need to re ect upon the fact that the great events which have engaged the attention of mankind are simply land marks in the evolution of the human race. There is scarcely a movement tending eventually to the general good that is not associated with so much of evil that for the time being, at least, men may contend the one way or the other as to where the right or the wrong may be. But history solves the controversy. History produces the proper perspectives and gives the proper judgment. That which at one moment is condemned, at another moment is approved. Of this I am reminded by a remark just made that the last governor of this state upon the Philippine ques tion has changed his mind at least twice, and we do not know but. That before the next meeting of the Candlelight Club to which he is invited he will have changed his mind again. (laughter) That is no re ection. It is an evidence that his mind is at work. It is an evidence that he is studying the question in the light of constantly occurring events. And it is in view of this men tal condition of being open to conviction that I ask you to give thorough consideration to the matters now presented. So that you may fairly determine whether, in the language of the subject as stated on the card, England's pos1tion is justifiable and whether she should succeed.

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Titel: The South African War
Untertitel: Is England's Position Justifiable and Should She Succeed? (Classic Reprint)
EAN: 9780483004146
ISBN: 0483004146
Format: Fester Einband
Genre: Politikwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 46
Gewicht: 223g
Größe: H229mm x B152mm x T7mm
Jahr: 2018



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