Such tradition is no motionless statue, but is alive, and swells like a mighty river, which increases in size the further it advances from its source.
Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurret—Drive Nature out with a pitchfork, she will every time come rushing back. And yet the weakness of our condition often pushes us upon the necessity of making use of ill means to a good end. My visitor, a good citizen and a patriotic American, was stung to the quick at the thought of such an incident occurring in his family, and he explained to me that it must not occur, that there must not be the disgrace to the family, although he would be delighted to have the offender “handled rough” to teach him a needed lesson; he added that he wished I would take him and handle him myself, for he knew that I would see that he “got all that was coming to him.” Then a look of pathos came into his eyes, and he explained: “That boy I just cannot understand. They were the spirits of the ancestors of each family, who exercised after death a protecting power over the well-being and prosperity of the family to which they had in life belonged. By the study of their biographies, we receive each man as a guest into our minds, and we seem to understand their character as the result of a personal acquaintance, because we have obtained from their acts the best and most important means of forming an opinion about them.
“Very sad, sire,” replied Michaud, lowering his eyes with a sigh. Miss Macmanus had said something of the black silks of Antwerp, when Miss Grogram replied that she had just returned from that city and had there enjoyed a great success. Turn him to any cause of policy, / The Gordian knot of it he will unloose, / Familiar as his garter. Henry V., i. 130 The quartos give Lepher, which is unintelligible. A dangerous illness came upon me.
Careful drill was enforced, and picket and outpost duty systematically taught. If one general who would have taken the responsibility had been in command of all the troops west of the Alleghanies, he could have marched to Chattanooga, Corinth, Memphis and Vicksburg with the troops we then had, and as volunteering was going on rapidly over the North there would soon have been force enough at all these centres to operate offensively against any body of the enemy that might be found near them. It was not always easy to keep the just middle, especially when it happened that on one side there were corrupt and unscrupulous demagogues, and on the other side corrupt and unscrupulous reactionaries. Italy was protected by the arms of its conqueror; and its frontiers were respected by the Barbarians of Gaul and Germany, who had so long insulted the feeble race of Theodosius.