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Now let us notice the manner in which a State
is benefitted by educating her citizens.
In the first place, an educated `man, because of
his general knowledge and the training which he
has undergone, is more suited to superintend or
to govern others. He is, in consequence, more
fitted for obeying, for only those who can govern
know how to obey. We thus see that he makes
the most valuable and obedient citizen when in
authority or when submitting to authority.
Then again the knowledge which a man has ac
quired in the process of becoming educated, will,
in the hope of pecuniary reward or of honorable
renown, be directed in such channels that man
kind, and his state in consequence, cannot fail to
receive substantial benefit therefrom. Owing to
his technical knowledge, he knows how to make
an intelligent use of the gifts of nature, He
knows the scientific principles which underlie the
various changes and phenomena which are con
stantly occurring in nature, and thus, is able to
turn many things to hig advantage which the un
educated man would pass by with a casual glance
of idle curiosity.
And right here does the broadest power of high
er education manifest itself. When it enables
men to wrest from Nature—that mysterious incom
prehensible something which no man can define
and which is but the outward manifestation of an
omnipresent Creator—those secrets which have
remained hidden for'ages, and apply them for the
benefit of mankind, it proves itself to be the
mightiest power which was ever controlled by the
hand of man.
We see by these facts that higher education
improves the condition of the state by giving to it
a body of men who are capable of administering
justice impartially, and of running the machinery
of state government with the least possible amount
of friction. At the same time the state is furnished
with a corps of men, who so thoroughly under
stand their respective vocations, that the com
monwealth is permanently enriched by their pro
THE FREE LANCE.
Now considering the effect of higher education
on any one state, and considering each state as a
unit, and the Union one grand magnitude com
posed of these units held together by their affinity
for each other, who shall dare to measure or cal
culate this combined effect in enriching the nation
and in strengthening the power and permanence
of the government ?
When we reflect on this infinite and everlast
ing benefit accruing to the government of the
United States through the higher education of
her citizens, we can truthfully assert that the mon
ey which has been expended by the general gov
ernment and by the several state governments for
this purpose, was "bread cast upon the waters
which is returned a hundred fold."
This then is the effect of higher education upon
the people taken collectively as a nation. Noth
ing deteriorating, pernicious or injurious, but
everything beneficial, advantageous and profita
In view of these facts may we not say that, that
person—be he lawmaker or constituent—who wil
fully opposes the judicious expenditure of public
moneys for the purpose of higher education, is ma
liciously striking at the great tap root through
which this Flower of Republics draws its most vi.
GOT! HOARD AS A STORY TELLER.
Of course all who attended the lecture, recently
delivered in the chapel of the College by Ex• Gov.
Hoard, of Wisconsin, on the subject of "Tempera
ment in Farm Animals," must have been enter
tained by the dry humor which spiced his remarks.
The fact is that the Governor has a national repu
tation for his sense of humor as well as for his
horse and cow sense.
A year or so ago one of his best yarns made
the rounds of the newspapers. It appeared first
in the Chicago Tribune and afterwards found its
way into the Youth's companion. It runs as fol