St Johns College - Yearbook (Annapolis, MD)

 - Class of 1895

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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. . 2-.iln-..,. 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 4. 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 7 9 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 . 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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