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44 '- ,;rHE INDIAN ADVOCATE
doms of his writings, illustrated by the freedom of his
The writings of Voltaire influenced the minds of his
country-men to such an extent that for upwards of twenty
years France was plunged into that tragical and appalinj
period: - "The Reign of Terror," which has even to this
day left its ineffaceable foot prints on the once hallowed'
soil of the Eldest Daughter of the'Church.
George Washington was not a man of genius or of the
best intellectual culture; but lie had a great character.
If we compare him with Julius 'Ceasar he is altogether in
ferior in intellectual grasp and power but wholly superior
The one overthrew a Republic to build an Empire which
became the shame and ruin of the world; the other foun
ded a Republic which has been a refuge and blessing for
all the victims of tyranny in the world. Men of learning
therefore understanding and accepting' the principles of
government established as trii'e by the sages of all time;
begin manhood with an ex'qetfiiial advantage over other
men. In the year 1793 while" storming little Gibraltar,
Napoleon seeing the inefficiency of the English Comman
der made the following remark; "All these men have
been needlessly' sacrificed. Had intellegence commanded
here none of these men would Have been lost. Learn
from .this how indispensable it is that those who aspire to
assume command over others should possess knowledge."
The right reason of the trained mind applied to the ex
perience of the race through all recorded time, evolves
certain principles which declare that to be good which is
truly beneficial to all men, and that to be evil which "is
truly detrimental to them. The scholar who is heir to the
wisdom of ages, can o himself deduce such principles, all
others if they accept t'h'em must do so on authority.
After religion there is no comfort in life when the links
of friendship began To break than a love for literature.
The text-book of literature has been an enemy to edu
cation because it has been compiled by persons who were