St Johns College - Yearbook (Annapolis, MD)

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217 sr. JOHN'S GOLLEGLAN. tivity of mind? This question is- soon answered. The mere considera-. . U POLITIQS' j tion of ,such a question is sufficient to make him revolt at the idea. The times are too advanced, inature too precious, to be lost on an untutored intellect, and immediately throwing aside those feelings which can have bitter fruit, he .preceives that there is indeed yet a goal to be reached worthy of his care and diligence. v The most 'prominent figure of speech in '4Locksley Halli' is the metaphor which is especially expressive in the lines, j "Foret'ook up the glass of Time, and turned it in his glowing hands, h Every moment, lightly shaken, ran itself in golden sands. We also see word-painting in the word "glowing,i' which, strained' from its ordinary rise, expresses the radiant bliss of true love. 1 Again, we notice how impressive the unfaithful-. ness of his betrothed is made byifirst telling of the happy season of court- ship, and then, in an exclamatory sentence, abruptly announcing her infidelity and his shattered hopes. Q Taking the poem as a whole, we may see points of similarity between it and "ln hl6l'l101'l5Ll'1l.,, Both eX- press change of thought or purpose by means of question and answer, both begin sorrowfully, and little by little light seems to dawn upon " the afliieted oneg and in both itis clearly indicated that sorrow should not be permitted to gain mastery over our better feelings, but that "Men should rise on stepping stones Of their dead selves, to higher things. C. T. F., '97, THE connnes MAN IN? CFrom a Socialistic Standpoinhj f I-We publish this solely for its merit.-7ED'.j 'The charge has frequently been made that the course of instruction in Economics and Social Science 'pur-' sued in our institutions of learning, has 'been ,mainly instrumental' in making the college bred man acreaf turejof monoply and blinding himpto the :deal welfare of his country 'and the toiling masses of his countrymen.. This charge is based upon valid rea- sons. If we carefully examine the views of men graduated for. years past at our colleges we will almost in- variably iind that they are firm ad- 'herents to the pernicious system of legislation which has been so' fruitful of millionaires and mortgages, and ground the struggling workingman to poverty and despair. J T . lt -would be impossible to form an adequate conception of the injury that has been worked by the dissemg ,ination of the doctrines originally taught in the class room. Many a -young man has had his natural no- tions of right and justice sadly dwarfed, his judgment stultiiied, by the 'vague and fallacious theories ad- vanced by that wildest of all theor- ists, the -professor of Economic Science. They have taken their places 'inthe world of affairs imbued with these 'flearnedv notions concerning finance and taxationg they have enter- ed the national halls of legislation and enacted laws in conformity with

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' ST. JOHN'S GOLLEGIAN. 216 possible ideals, but Heine's claims to immortality rest on the fact that he completely reflected the spiritual age in which he lived and had his being, and of which he was the legitimate offspring. S. M. WOLFINGER. LOGKSLY HALL. In the course oflife our minds are oftentimes carried back to some period of our existence which seems to have for so a peculiar si gnilicance, whether it be on account of some marked success or failure, or on account of some deep affliction or sorrow. The event, whatever it may be, leaves a deep impression on our minds, and often the most trivial occurence is sufficient to cause a rush of thoughts and feelings over the occurrences of that particular time and occasion. "Locksley Hall" is the product of such a recollection of long past scenes and experiences, and as our first im- pressions generally count a great deal our attention is at once attracted and our sympathy enlisted by the manner in which the poem com- mences. We are so impressed with the solem nity of the occasion of the visit by Tennyson to the home of his earlier years, we feel this desire to be alone on that occasion so natural, and the influence of memories, tender or sorrowful an agency, in the overflow of feelings in words, that at once we feel that there is strong reason for inspiration' in the poem. We can easily put ourselves in the poets place, and in the dim light of early morning see in the distance Locksley Hall, gloomy and fraught with recollection overlooking the ocean where once the lovers were want to stroll, and amid the awe and stillness of that quiet hour, moved to silent meditations by the gentle rustle of leaves of overhead, there comes to us "A feeling of sadness and longing That is not akin to pain, And resembles so rrow only As the mist resembles the rain." The sentiment of the poem is this, Tennyson had fallen in love with his cousin, and was betrothed to her when an unworthy suitor wins her affection, and marries her. The poets disappointment and vexation breaks- forth in scathing rebuke at the fickle- ness of heart, and in protest against social inducements to dissipation and immorality., He reviews the hopes and aspirations of his youth at the time when he was filled with ambi- tion to search deep into the mysteries of nations, forseeing wars and deso- lation, yet feeling that these would finally be ended by an united brother- hood, 'fthe Federation of the world." He yearns to drawn his emotions by a return to these reflections, yet even here there is a strain of despair for the world of knoledwge is so exten- sive that the individual is overawed with the contemplation thereof, and the little of wisdom which he has gained by experience is fraught with sadness. But, thinks he, is it not better to secure oblivion of past sor- row bv deserting civilization, and in the wilds of nature crush out all ac-



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ST JOHNS GOLLECIAN these eiioneous ideas, and tl1e iesult has been pe11od1c a11d widespiead de piession 111 business, f2tCtOll9S SllQI1l3, a11d fa1n1 plOdUCtS llllS2Ll31blG vxhile eacl1 1ecu11111g fan1111e leaving tl1e fai mei s a11d labo1e1 s co11d1t1o11 111o1e hold up the11 hands a11d 11111oce11tly exclaim Alas, tl1e ove1 p1oduct1o11 of ou1 fai n1e1s Etllfl n1ecl1a111cs What nonsensel And yet who has not heaid this senseless attempt at eipla11at1on, wl11cl1 insults tl1e intel to tl1ose ll l1o l1 we it hefnt tl1e Xl el faie of tl1e 111151013 Tl1e 111ode111 student llltlllll tl1G colleoe walls l1as at last hefnd tl1e mutteiinff of tl1e sto1111 that lb bl6Y11l10 111 tl1e busy world about 111111 The old custom 'tlClPctJClll0 lll tl1e CllSCLlSSlOll of ques tions of tl1e day lS now l1 ippily be come obsolete and l1e feels that he, as an lllflllltllllil lllGll1lJGl of tl1e body politic has a vital inteiest theiein He lS of an lllCllllllll0 Hlllltl and open . 7 T . 218 1 1 . . V - 1 I '1 y 2 3 C' l 7 ' - I L 'Q n Q 0 j - -I A I V 1 Z' s . ' , - J 1 I V V v V N Ib. ' 1 " T . i 1 - 1 1 ' x. 1 1 1 In V I ' 1 A .1 ' Y 5 A ,Y 5 , 5, 1 1, ' . 1 E ., , ' L' C' . , ' 1 critical, these apostles Of llI?Lm111OJl tl1at fornierly debarred l1in1fro111 par- . 1 . l t O. I rw ii . . ' . cc .- . . . . ' ' T 5- , 1 1 . , I I . ' o u Tn X 2 1 I I I ' Lv I ' c I ' I U K vl lr I ' iq' . - I ' A ' 1 5 4 K A ligence of ieasonable men 'P If they are ho11est, experience has taught them lf'l19 real causes of these comn1er- cial a11di11dustrial crises. They k11ow than an lI1SLlfHClGl1tVOlLl1116 of money in tl1e control of a class able to co11- tract or inflate it for their ow11 pur- poses, that legislatio11i11 tlieinterests of trusts and monopolies a11d pur- posely regardless of the people's inter- est, that an unequal a11d unjust dis- tribution of taxes are the chief causes of these crying evils. But instead of throwing off their hypocritical masks and coming to tl1e rescue of their un- fortunate bretl1re11, these l1un1an ut- terances continue to prey o11 their kind and increase the burdens of taxation. Smile 011, worthy success- ors to Shylock and revel in yo11r ill- gotte11 gains, but beware the venge- ance of tl1e multitude awakening to a sense of the injustice and realizing their rights and privileges. Hitherto, such has been tl1e career of the college 111an in tl1e affairs of government. But be it said to his everlasting honor, a new order of things has a1'isen tl1at promises well ff to conviction. He l1as considered tl1e people's side of the qLlQSlJlOl1, and l1as 11ot ridiculed tl1e opinions of those pioneers championing the cause of the people as tl1e ravings of HC1'ZLIlliS.v Colossal fortunes a11d princely splen- dor by the side of tl1e mortgaged homestead, poverty, ELllClW2L11t, have to hi111bee11 eloquent wi th the wrongs of his brethren. He has shrewdl y guessed that tl1e sneers of a subsidized press are but attempts to decry a11d culumniate honest and si11cere men. Withal he is more of a patriot than his elder brother, and l1e laments t.l1e fate tl1at awaits his native l21.11d,l11 defense of whose liberty his- ances- tors bled and died, if a speedy change be 11ot effected. He 11ow dares take issue with tl1e autocrat, the minion of monopoly and rank, wl1o occu- pies tl1e professional chair. He no longer accepts in blind obedience tl1e maxims of economists a11d theo- retical writers of Hnance. He 110 longer prostitutes his ener- gy and intelligence to the shameful oppression of the weak. His syn1- 1 N L I N 'N' J

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