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AUGUSTA, GA, MARCH 10 1866.
RADICALISM
" The word ralical is generally under
stood and wvsed as a term of reproacn.
It is not such in its true etymological
sense, It comes from the Latin radix, a
root; and means that which rcgards the
root, origin, what has to do with first
principles. It does not therefors mean—
though this is the sense in which it is
generally used, —-a restless agitator, a
reckless innovator, a disturber of the
peace and barmony of society, one whe
introduces cha.nge, or who tries to do so,
for the sake of making himself conspicuous,
or famous, or for some other unworthy
and sinister end, or, who indiscrimonately
condemns whatever time has sauvctioned
and a wise conservatism cherishes and
upholds, and no other apparent reason for
than that that it has been long e:tablish~
ed, and vught, therefore, to be overturn
ed. 1t can be only by an ohvius perver
sion that the term is restricted to such
sn use as this. It is almost like utter
ing a truism, to sly that all true reform,
all genuvine gooduness is radical, and must
be 80, in order to accomplish any thing
truly valuable, For, as in tree-culture,
the condition of the roots is a matter of
primary importauce, as he would vainty
Uy tv eveura @ Luautiful aud luxurisne
growth who should confine all his atten—
tion to the branches and leaves, or who
should eoncern himself only in pruning a
too redundant deyelopment, or in keep
ing the bark pure and smooth, while the
all-important roots were overlooked, no
pains taken to see that room was given to
their fibres to spread, or that they were
imbedded in the right kird of soil, and
fied with due supplies of moisture fed in*
asmuch as it is through the roots that‘
stock, and branch, and leaf, and bud, and
fruit are norished,—and, if there be fail.
ure here, all is gone—so are principles
the life of character, so is the source of
all that is true and good in the outward
conduet, in the life lived -among men, to
be found in the hidden motives whence
actions spring. 8o also, and by conse
quence, must all the methods which look
to the improvement of character, to the
removal of what hinders, or to the efiec'-i
tive influence of what helps its develop-:
ment, be directed to these, as to the sup~
porting and nourishing roots in the spiri~
tual calture.
It has been owing to the oversight of
this obvious truth, that schemes for pro~
moting human improvement, plans of
reformers and philanthropists bave 8o
often failed. It is because they have
. directed their efforts to superficial effects,
instcad of seeking to remove radical
causes; working outside the soul, in at
tempts to repress the manifestation of
evil, rather than in the endeavor to effect
a radical cure of the inward disorder
whence it springs, and of the existence
of which it is one of the signs; or striv
ing to produce the poor imitation of
gooduess by some form or rule, instead of
making it the outgrowth and brth of an
joward, life-giving priociple. So they
have failed of any deep and permanent
result, any deeided amelioratisn.
All true reform—we reiterate the state
ment—is radical; all true goodness 1s
radical,—it grows from the root. The
same is true of the wices; they, foo,
spring from roots, whieh shoot down into
the soil; and the eultivator had as well
try to eradicate the weeds, which mar
the beauty of his garden, 2s much as they
interfere with the growth of its produets,
by cutting them off above the ground—
in which case they would only spring up
again, and with a ranker luxuriavce than
before=as be, who would work for the
substantial improvement of his fellow
men, might seek to*accomplish bhis end,
by striving only to change their babits,
without reforming their principles,
Therefore it is that we hear the Teach
er so constaotly insisting on the motives
and ‘prineiples which sway the econduct,
and saying so little, comparatively, in
favor of what was merely formal and ex
térnal; in fact; so often condemning mere
forms and observances, as belping to keep
out of sight the necessity for this interior
righteousness, For this reason he seemed
to the formalists of his day,—as he was,
in effect called—a radical. We could
ot point to a more striking illustration
ot the true character of the teaching to
which the designation belongs than his;
fitly characterized as laying ‘the axe at
the root of the trees’® Not only his
stern denunciations of the pretentious
piety and formalism of the Scribes and
Pharisees illustrate this, it was the bur
den of bis teaching, the subject of dis~
tivet and reiterated statement. ‘Out of
the heart,’ said he, ‘proceed evil thoughts,
murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts,
false witness, blasphemies, and these are
the thiugs which defile a 2 man.’
And so, we are instructed as to the
essential priuciple which underlies all im
provemeut aud reformation,— our own,
or that of the world; that it consists in
no mere change of the outward hfe; in
no were Jaying down of one set of hubits,
and adoption of another, that it is not
the mere relinquishment of any overt act
of wrong‘ doing, but the rectification of
the motives, a fuudamental change in
the prineiplesof action, a general right~
mindedness, the substitution of an higher,
for an inferior law, or, for no law at all,
better than that of inciination.
We are remionded, too, that as this is
the method of individual regeneration, so
is it also of social; thasiudeed, Individu
al and social are here the same ‘As, in
appeasing the physical craving of hunger
in a multitade, there is no short-hand
method, no way but to give food to each
and every person in the erowd, so, also,
in order to its spiritual nourishment and
strength, must each aud every soul be
fed with the living bread; have in itself,
—to change the figure—the living cerm
of a pure purpose, the consciousness of a
high responsibleness, the living conviction
that it has God to serve and obey rather
than itself to please; or, mure truly, that ;
it has itself to please in plcasing him;
thus, by a voluntary surrender to the
highest duty, laying the axe at the root,
nor only of the unlawful act, but of the
unlawful desire; so makinz the outward
life only the visible exponcnt of the in
ward reconciliation, order and harmony.
How often is this, the God —appointed
arrangement reversed. How often is the
fatile attempt made, by outward appli
ances of laws, and systems, and iostitu~
tions, by resort to cauningly devised res
ligious or political machinery, to cure the
|evils which burden svciety; to bring the
individuals which compose it up to a
‘higher point, by improved social arrauge
ments ; #thus inverting the natural crder,
which would improve society by cleva
ting the individual; and would elevate
him by the force of a divine power work- .
ing from within.
Not that outward restraints and en
couragements are unnecessary; they cans
not be dispensed with Only let it be
understoud what they can, and what they
can not do, They canuot act through
’the higher nature . they canuot enlighten ?
reason, stimulate conscience, rouse and
inspii-e the affections. In a word they ‘
cannot elevate man though the sentiments
peculiar to him as map. Their influence,
at best, is a negative one. They repress
or prevent hindranees, rather than afford
belps. They check es il, rather than
create positive good. They remove temp
tations, rather than supply motives and
incentives.
It is not'by mechanism that evil is to
be cast out, and good put in, but by the
living, active ene:gy of the individual
soul, aidedwand impelled not by any
machinery of human motives, but by a
spiritual power, a moral greatness cognate
to that which it is secking te attaiu
Such was the power which went forth
from Christ bimself, and it was ‘mighty
to the pulling down of strong holds.’
Such bas been the power which they bave
used who have wrought to the same end;
who have most effectually wielded the
axe, by him laid at the root of the trees,
to the overthrow of the evil in the in
dividual beart, and in the world.
| Communifated. ‘
: WHO WA§ HIT?
The ‘Transcript’ o the sth, inst, in
speakipg of the school exercises at Spring
field Church on Friday last, says ‘the
performance c¢nded with the singing of
the ¢ Battle Song of Freedom,’ the effect
of which upon the witds of the dusky
pupils will be to excite their hatred
against the white people among whom
their lives must be spent. The spirit of
the song may be judged by the refrain
which was sang with fierce gesticulations
and a waving ot flags all over the Church.
It was: .
“Down with the Traitor’s!
And up with the Stars P
Among the many songs that celebrate
the Flag, we think a wise and kindly
teacher could have selected something less
likely to give offence and produce mis
chief Weare in favor of the education
i of the freedmen in all those depar;ments
- of elementary knowledge which wiil pres
pare them cfiiciently to discharge their
part in life. And we were glad to learn
that a cousiderable amount of Seriptural
iustruction is imparted to the colored
pupils. [But we feel econstrained to say
that, if they are taught to cherish feel
iugs of auimosity against the white peo
. ple of the South, their education will
only serve to invelve them in a straggle
in which they never can succeed; it will
prove to bave been a more than proble~
matical blessing.”
To wbom, Mr. Transeript, is that song
—that wnoble soulstirring anthem of
Freedom —'likely to give offence? Do
‘not. you, and all the good people in this
city,—aye, in this State—claim to be
| loyal l==claim that you shouln excrcise
the full prerogatives of bona fide citizeus
of the United “tates, and be fully repre
sented in the National Legislature ? Cer«
tainly youdo. Who are they, then, that
are likely to be offended when loyal
voices sing, '
‘Down with the tfitor and up with the
Stars ?* Certainly none but travtors ; and
you say there are none in Georgia. There
are none, therefore, to whom t' e ‘Battle
cry of Freedom’ is ‘likely to give cffeucy;
and, conseduently, the singing of it can
not produce ‘mi:chief.’ "
Listen O ye mighty spirits of the past!
Ye who bled and died in Freedom's
cause !—to men claiming that patriotic
songs sung among a loyal people are |
‘likely ‘o give offence and produce n:is-l
chief!” We do, indeed, live in strange
times; and men make strange-declara
tions.
For the information of all concerncd, |
and the ‘Zramscript’ in particular, we
will say that the pupils of the Freedmen’s
Schools in this city are not ‘taught to
cherish feelings of animosity agaiost the
people of the South;’ or any other peo-~
ple. They arve, hawever, taught to dis
prse Treason, and to love their country.
| Any education which omits that, must be
decmed radically defective by all loyal |
mer —by all who are willing to stand by |
the Constitution of the United States.
These pupils are not tzught to despise
wndwiduals; but, if the people of this
city will visit their schoo's they will hear
them recite such passages as these
‘Whatever you would that men should
do to you, do ye even &5 to them.’
‘Blessed are the meek; for tbey'shall
inherit the eavth.’
‘Blessed are the merciful ; for they
sball obtain mercy.’ .
Blessed are the peace makers; for
i they shall be called the children of God.’
~ ‘Dles:ed are yo when men shall revile:
you, and persecute you, and shali say all
marner of evil against you falsely, for
my sake.’
‘lf thine enemy hunger, feed him.’
Bless them that curse you—pray for
them that despitefully use you.’
Are such teachings as these calculated
to ‘excite hatred azainst the white peo.
ple? or to involve the freed people ‘in a
struggle in wh ch they never can succeed?’
Verily not; aud if the *Zvanscript’ edi
tor, aud others who are dispo. ~d to find
fault with the kind of instruction which
they say is imparted to the colored peo
ple by teachers from the North, would
vis't the schools, where they weould be
gladly welcomed, that they might see for
themselves, aud thus prove by their ac
tions, that they ar- really “in favor of
the education of the freedman in all those
departments of elewentary\ ku wledge
which will prepare them efficiently to dis
charge their part in life,’ their declara
tions in favor of education would have
some weight ; and taeir fault-finding might |
be turned to praise. They would, ag|
best, be*able to speak from personal ob
servation,—on matters of fact—instead
of spcaking from mere inferenve, or the
impulse of prejudice.
May we uot hope that white clergy,
and all other eitizens *in favor of tie
education of the freedmen,”—if only in
elementary knowledge,—will visit these
schools; and call the attention of the
teachers to any defee’'s they may find in
their course of iustruction--to anything
in it which seems at all calculated to efiect
injuriously, the interests of the freedmen,
We have authority to say that all such
visitors will be received iu a most cordial
‘and Christian spirit; and all suggestions
and instructions, which promise to pro~
mote the best interests of the frecdm:n,
and throngh them, the general good of
society, will be carefully considered and
cheerfully carried out.
Communieated.
FREEDMEN’'S SCHOOLS.
On Friday the 2d inst,, an exhibition
of the Colored Schools of this eity, under
the charge of the Amerizan Missionary
Association, was held; which will be
" long remembercd, by all who had the
i pleasure of witnessing the exercises; und
' and the good impressions which it appear
; ed to make on all present will not soon
lose their benign influences. '
. The exercises consisted of declama
tions, dialogues, singing and reecitations
of Scripture. The Beatitudes, and the
| Ist, 23d and 24th Psalms were repegted
entire, by all the schools. '
+ln all these exercises, great proficien
: ¢y was exhibited; and their eharacter re
| flects the highest eredit upon the teach
ers—showing that the course of instrue~
tion includes every thing *hat is calculated,
or necessary, to fully -develope both the
moral and rental qualities of the pupils |
—to fit them for a psoper discharge of |
all their duties as men, and above all as
Christisos.
The valedictory, delivered by a little
girl scarcely above ten years of age, a
pupil of Miss Hoswer’s school, is worthy
of epecial mention. The calm self-pos~
session of the child, her perfect dietion,
and the case and grace with which she
acquitted herself, all combined to cluim |
for her a meed of honor, which wany of
riper years and far superior advantages ‘
wight well be proud of. l
The remarks of Rev. Mr. Martindale |
were very apt ; and calcu'ated to create i
in the minds of the pupils only those |
feelings and sentiments which lead to |
_virtue and happiness, f
~ They were all travelling, he said, on a |
great road which leads from carth to the l
Eternal €ity. On one side was all man. |
ner of vice; and on tlie other, all those }
thiogs which are essential to our safety l
here, and whieh are necessary to carry
and guide us, at last, to eternal bhiss.
They must carefully avoid the former;
and praverfully seek for the latter.
~ Mr. Eberhart, State Superintendent of
Freedmeu’s Schools, made 2 few remarks
in which he etated that the exhibition
had been held for the purpose of allowing
the parents of the pupils, and all their
friends, to see what kind of instructicn ‘
is given them, What you have seen
bere to day, said he, ean be seen i all
the larger cities of Georgia.
These sehools are all tanght by per- i
sons who have eflgflng in the work not
merely because the freed people are ne- l
groes, but simply because they are a part |
of the human family and need our ‘
aid. ¢
The Argerican Missionary Association,
which sent these teachers to instruct your
children,-send no one uuless they be a
memwber of some evangelical church ; and
they come to you in the discharge of what !
they deem to be a Christian duty.
No matter what prejudice Or passion
may say of them, they teel in their hearts
that they are right—that God called
them to the fic\d—and that time will
vindivate their cause.
Iu laboring for your elevation, we are
laboring for the good of onr entire
country—not for your good only.
The prosperity of our country depends
upon the iutelligenee and virtue of our
people. It is ignorance and vice on one
band; and education and religion on the |
other. We labor to wipe out the fcrmer
——to encourage and prowote the latter.
You, my friends, are entitled to great
praise for what' you are doing for the
education of your own people. The in
terest you manifest in the cause of edu- |
cation, and the amount of money you
have contributed in support of your
schools, has been far beyond the expecta
tions or your most hopeful friends =
The exercises closed by 21l the schools
(Ibout 700 pupils) singing “ The Battle
Cry of Freecom:” which was ‘accom~
panied by a waving of flags, and an en
thustasm which gave evidence that pat
riotism, as well as other virtues, is taught
in our schools. "
Be PUNC'ZUAL,:A want 9“\3
ity in meeting engngements ',,;’?zst
ling obligations lamam With. s i
groat many are afflioted, and if 'l
that thefollowing is true of they,. Loy
arc uniformly the subjects of g;,. The
ment, and get along badly in gb?pm""
The grocer is afruid to trgst q,.;"”d.
the capitalist to employ then, Th o
generally set down as « unreliah) e
go around in society and busimz. wq
like a note on a doubtful hapk N&?fis
vill say it is utterly worthjesg but 4
body is afraid to takeit, - ' o
The spirit of go-aheadativepes; is
- . .’
prevalent and strong in this country, ,
the man who is not punctyy] i consig
ed a nuisance. If a want of punctaal'm:
be not tolerated by men of busines "
by iustructors of y.uth, why shOuld\‘itg:
tolerated in our religious worship 4,4
church business? It certainly does e;
istamong us. As a general thipg 'houg;
cburch service may commence at haif,
past ten o'clock, searcely one foyy, of
the eongregntion will be there at thy,
hour,and the remainder will be droppin.
in by twos, threes, ete., untj] nearlg
twelve o'clock. - “Equeech ™ o u..f
door, round go the people’s Leads, gpg
the embarrassed and Interrupteq Preach.
er goes on, alteroating with she late o,
ers, in the enjoyment of the attentjoy o
his hearers. : ‘
We preached, not lopg since, in 1 yen
finpe church. The service was announey
to commence at 3p. m. Exaetly at
time we were in the pulpit. The past
whispered in our ear “Don't commeyy
yet, the leader of the choir ain't her'
We waited for the leader fally a quar
of an hour, and the leader came, |\
thought he was a great distaunce behind i
be a leader. We had supposed leade
went before. Having found the hym
we were about to rise to give it out, wl,
the pastor pulled our eoat tail, sayin
“ Wait one minute more, and I gue
the young iady who plays the melod
wiil be here,” Well, in five minutcs .
cawe, and thus twenty mivutes aftcr ¢
proper time, we got under way.
Now, the paster had a collection
take up. We had a prepared sermg,
from which we did not waut, to owit aly
thing, but we had to do so, The Jeg.
of the choir and organiet had ropbed uy
and each one of the congregin of
twe.ty' micutes, making a geod duwl o
time in the aggregate. They had pr
duced a feeling of uncasiness m the o
gregation, and- excited the nervous e
tem of the speaker of the occasion, u
also made a very unfavorable impresiu
on the miuds of those present, who wer
stranger-, ’
Official Board and Quarterly Coufer.
ence meetings appointed to meet at Lali
past seven or cight, frequently do
have a (quoruth until nine, avd even to
o'clock. It is true, ‘that this want d
punctuality can be accounted for, in sou
mstances, by circumstanees over whid
dividualy have no control, but in nind
cascs out of ten it could be prevented by
a little cffort. To get iuto the babit o
being belind time, is to part with a gres
secret of strength.—Christian Recorder
NOTICQGE
Be e sL]
fit of the Loyal Georgian, a few weeks since, ha :i
forwed themselves into an association called i
SUMNER
CONVIVIAL
ASSOCIATION,
and will again give t:bleaux.
The fotlowing names are the Company:
G B Snowden, President
Mrs L N Kent, Vice President
T R Harper, Secretary
Miss S Gibbs, I'reasurer -
Jas Butts, Clerk of Order :
Lewis Campbel
LD Gotvor " § Stage Managers
Miss Ellen Snowden
Miss Emely Bicaise
Miss Eliza Biecaise
Miss Clara Pool
Miss E Masiah
Miss Anna Butts
Miss S J Butts
Miss Louisa Johnson \
Miss Willieann Johaoson
Mrs J A Henson
Mr L. Henson
Mr E Bignon : ‘
Mr A E Stephen
Mr A- George ;
Mr A fl.nsbn
Mr C ton
Mr R Wilburn : ;
We hope all will ‘attend to see
tableaux rhen given 'r'}““lb be for
beaefit of this asseeiating, :
. l(!‘], B Snowden, Presidst
T R Harper, Seeretary.
25
T HE regular monthly meeting ofl;h Pions
Mutual Loan Association wi | be beld &
office of the Loyal Georgian, on Wednesdss
ning next,.l4th inst, at sevea o’clock.
member is requested to be present.
" Thos P BEARD, s¢f
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