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Page 18 text:
219 sr. JOHN'S COLLEGIAN., '
paties are enlisted in behalf of the
downtroddeu, and bv the side of the
horny-handed toiler of the soil he
proposes to take his stand and do
battle for equal rights' for all. It is
guaranteed 'byhis constitution and
proposes seeing that guarantee main-
tained and enforced. " ' -
'His numbers are increasing--may
they continue to increase. The
slogan is sounding -through-out the'
nation and 'the sons of toil are every-I
where rali yi ng around the standards
of their chieftains. The hour is
propitious and all are determined
to .press forward undaunted to vic-
tory.. God speed the day when riieirr
wrongs shall be righted, and the
bcnison of peace, happiness and
equality shall rest over the nation..
' . , X. Y. Z.
' srnivsun IN PUBLIC.
Spenser ii rsti appears in .politicsas
secretary to Lord Grey in Ireland.
He had received his niaster's degree
at Cambridge only a short time prel
vious to -accepting this position.
While here he learned great deal
about the Irish which he afterwards
embodied in a work. Lord Grey was
recalled in 15821 and Spenser re-
turned to England with liirn. , Here
he remained three years. L n
Spencer was full of the chivalry
'of that gallant age and lost no opporf
tnnity of flattering the queen. He
obtained her favor and was granted
a large estate in the county Cork.
By the terms ofthe gra.nt he was
compelled to live there, and he start-
ed at once to take possession.. i
Spenser spent a few years of
His life here must have been lo
bu t, the opportunity being ilp1'esented,.Q.pi.
he went to work and prodncetd.th1'eeQQ
A books of the Faery Queene. it
.H V During the troublous times of the
Irish rebellion Spenser- published,-all
work entitled, "View of itheState of
Ireland," which has madelhimi 'thee
object of no small amount. of criti
cism. He recominended his govern-
ment to pursue the most stringent
poihcv and if the Irish- could not bel
made obedient subjects to exterminate
them. . The paper contains some
merit as a political production, .but
would never reveal a poet, containing
no- more than would be expected of
an ordinary ofiicer. The View I he
'takes of the then existing. state of
affairs, and the measures he- 'advises
niightseeni to' us at iirst not worthy
of Spenser, and entirely out of keep-
ing, withithe enlightened Views he
holds concerning persecution in the
Faery Queene. The Irish were a
very repulsive people at that time
lieing little more than savages. This
added to a difference of religion, a.
.feeling of superiority of the oppres-
sors over their victims, who were
continually rising at inopportune
times, thus fastening their yokes
more secure, will perhaps cause us to
judge Spenser less harshly,
It seems- unjust that the author of
the Faery Queene should spend' his
best days in such loneliness in- Ire-Q
land, and have his life worn out be-
fore he could complete his greatest
work. It is almost a' parallel to
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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
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critical, these apostles Of llI?Lm111OJl tl1at fornierly debarred l1in1fro111 par-
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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
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-
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TH E PHI LOKALIAN SOCIETY
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