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An Address Delivered In Easley Acad
emy en the Evening of 26th April, 1
by Prof. C. W. Noore, 4
The third and strong pillar in
the temple of science is Mathemat
ice-higher mathematics, The
laws of the science are as eternal,
univerbal and unchangeable as
the Deity himself; they were em
ployed by Creative Intelligence i
when the material world was made;
the laws therelves were never
created. The rind of man is so
constituted that whatever is eter
nal, it acknowledges as such:
hence metaphysician have divided 1
truths into two classes, incidental 1
and essential. Incidental truths
exist for a time, but may not ex
ist always. The statement that
Easley is a town, is an incidental
truth; it was not so a hundred
years ago; it may not be so a hun- 1
dred years hence; but the simple i
statement that twice two make I
four, is a mathematical fact and
an esselitial truth; for you cannot1
conceive a time when twice two
did not or will not make four. So 1
all the laws of mathematics are
just as essential and unchangeable
as this simple statement, though
it may be more difficult to trace
the ratiocination and reach the
conclusion of the more intricate
laws. The 43rd problem of Eu
clid-'The square on the hypothe
nense of a right-angled tri-angle
is equal to the sum of the squares
of the other two sides,' was just as
true from all eternity as it was af
ter being demonstrated by the
great Geometrician. We speak of
men who publish works on this
science, as if they made rules and
laws; but the laws are not made,
they are only discovered, for they
have alwayb existed. You cannot
find a time when mathematical
laws did exist any more than you
can find a time when the great
first cause did not exist; the one
is co-eternal with the other. The
rules of this science are the laws 1
employed by the Creator when <
he made the material world. Ev- I
erything tangible, from the smal
lest atom that floats in the air, to 1
the most stupendous world that a
wheels its flight around its allot- t
ted centre has geometrical dimen- I,
sion, such as length, breadtl) and t
thickness. The minutest grain ofa
earth that you tread beneath your i
foot is a geometrical body -, place e
it beneath the microscope and you 1
will find it coraposed of granules <
which are cubes. pentahedrous do- <
dlecahedrous, icosihedrous, or some I
such figures. Plants p~ut forth
their leaves in an order forming a <
mathematical series, and are thus <
classified and( distinguished by i
h)otanists. Trees rise up on cylin- ~i
dirical stems, bearing fruits, a'ngu- a
lar, comical, or spheIrical, and thei
leaves -which form their f'oliage t
have their contours cut in geomet- )
rical lirres and enrves.
The litple peb)1e that y'ou toss 3
from your harid falls to the earth <
thbrough a geometrical curve called r
the parabola; the missile hrled -,
rom some mighty engine of war
goes .crashing on its deadly mis
nion until it reaches its destina
;ion through the same kind of
nirve; anid the geyser that'spouts
ts columns of smoking water up
wrvds towards the sky, sendi
town its spray in obedience to the
same universal law of falling bod
es. The earth on which we live,
ike the other planets, is a spheri
3al body, moving in an elliptical
)rbit, with its radius nector sweep
ng over equal areas in equal
spaces of tinme. The comets that
rrom regions unknown, pay their
lying visits to our little system of
worlds, describe elongated ellipses,
'eturning at stated periods; or as
0hey approach the sun iW rapid
light, impelled by forces unknoWn
;o us, describe parabolos or hyper
)olas and shoot back into the bo
som of space to return no more for
,ver. On creations now, when the
great Eternal proclaimed his first
lecree, "Let there be light," the
Irst ray of light that shot athwart
;he gloom of the mighty void on
ts mission of love and joy werit
'orth in obedience to a fixed law,
rarying in intensity inversely as
;he square of its distance. All
iature, animate and inanimate,
?roclaim the mathematical precis
on with which the Great Builder
sonstructed the universe. . Teach
rour child the'laws of this science,
tnd you teach him to look out up
)n the face of nature and behold
)n all things visible the finger
prints of the Great Architect of
Eleaven and earth.
About these pillars, other sci
mce may cluster, imparting to
hem grace and beauty, but they
-an never fill their places. Be not
')amboozled by the cry of practical
)ducation, but maintain in your
5chool a high standard of learning.
Encourage it. in the selection of
recomplished scholars or teachers,
rnd in the education of your sons
rnd daughters. If possible give
;hem a knowledge of some or all
)f these sciences; if you are not
tble to educate them as you would,
mncourage them in seeking a high
grade, and they may obtain it for
hemelves. There may not be
mne-tenth part of what your child
earn at school directly practical,
et it is all indirectly practical.
f you were to deny your child its
ports and pleasures. so esseritial
o the development of mind and
nuscle, ,because it is not going
o practice them in after life, you
vould dwarf its body and enfeeble
Vs Intellect--so he that would turn
11l the currents of education Into
lhe channel of the useful, instead
~f expanding and1 elevating, would
~ontract and degrade the power of
he mind,
Lastly, a reason that we should
neourage a high standard of edu
~ation, is that what you bestow
ipon your child in this direction
s a gift not only for time, but al
o0 for eternity. Whatever acquis
tions the mind attains in this life
Lre carried with It into the un
mnown beyond. What we learn
re treasure up in memory, and if
ou can obliterate the mnemrory, you
an annihilate the soul. If I re
nembher nothing of this existence
t matters not whether I be ren...
rected or somebodyOlse. If you ac
knowledge the. divinity of the bi
ble, you must believe' that the
mind ina the future state will be
cognizant of its acts in this.life,
and consequently , will retain its
knowledge. No one knows the des
tiny of the disembodied mind, but
so far as- revealed, the tendency,
unless thwarted by sinister caus
es is upward towards a higher de
gree of perfection. Reasoning
from the analogy of nature we find
the progress of the mind to be ev
er onward towards higher powers
of perception and grander results
in its achievements. Who would
believe that from an object so triv
ial as an egg, there could ever be
developed the beauty of the bird
of-paradise, the fleet wing of the
swallow, or the heaven-bound
flight of the eagle? If from causes
so insignificant there are such de
velopments of beauty fleetness and
power, who can divine the ultima
tum of the human soul that has
already made such achievements
in this world, when it quits the
tenement of clay that holds it
bound to earth and wings its way
to worlds unknown?
The child unborn is a sentient
being, but its eye has never yet
opened upon the splendors of light
to behold the beauties of form and
colors, its ear has never heard the
sweet harmony of sound, nor its
palate enjoyed the pleasures of
taste; but the death of that fotal
existence is birth into this life
where all the perceptions of the
fine senses may be enjoyed to
greater or less perfection. The
declaration of the great teacher
"thou shalt be born again," is no
unmeaning sentence, for the death
of this existence is a birth into a
still higher state of being. What
these may be the powers, the per
ceptions the acquisitions of the
mind, we know not, but we do
know that the attainments of this
life exert an influence in shapirg
its destination for eternity. What
ever refines and elevates man pre
pares him to enter the next life on
a higher plain of existence. In
educating the youth you are build
ing both for time and eternity.
Though the things of time and
sense are not without their charm,
who would not make a reasonable
sacrifice of his means for whatev
er tends to mental elevation, since
the largest enjoyment of this
worlds' goods compared with the
endless cycles of eternity is but
the flight of an arrow, the falling
of a star, the twinkling of an eye.
In building up your institution,
thus providing for the intellectual
wants of your community, you
may show as much patriotism as
you would by spilling your blood
onyour country's battle-fields. At
a day not far distant your school
may raise that distressing cry so
common in the land, "money, mon
ey, money," and when it does, show
your patriotism by responding lib
erally to that call. If you love your
selves, your children and your
neighbor' s children, your coun itry
men, come forward then and ex
press that love in dollars and
cents.. Do not have a begging
school in your midst, if you do it
will become an eye-sore to the neo
ple. It matters not whether it be
political, educational, or religious,
an institution that is always beg
ging, will become, if not a public
nuisance, at least a private terror.
Then when these calls do come, as
they must occasionally, at once
rally around your school and place
it on a standing basis.
You, ladies, have alroady done
much, yet you are capable of do
ing still more. H1ere-you may erect
for yourselves and for your coun
try a monument whose base rests
upon the earth but whose summit
will tower to heaven. Your ener
gies are too useful, your influence
too noble to he spent in erecting
monuments over dead men and
lost causes. If the dead are not
worthy to live in history without
stones erected by more worthy
hands, let them sink into the ob
livion they deserve. Give'if you
can, but a crumb, to the living.
God will provide for the dead.
Here you can build for a people
and for a living cause. Lay deep
and strong your foundation, build
high thereon; it will be to you a
monumentum vere perennios.
Your children and children's chil
dren will be benefitted by your lib
erality; a prosperous and happy
community will bless you for your
work when you are dead and bu
ii Ad in the earth.
Citizens of Easley, S. C.
of that Cheap
Dry Goods House
. OF.
tadlear & Barr,
tice is to let you know
where you can save money.
Believe one word of the re
port, but give them a call
and see for yourselves.
20 yds. best Shirting for $1
20 yds. good Lawn for $tL.
16 yds. Dress Goods for $1.
All other Goods as Cheap
in proportion.
Stradley & Barr.
May 23-6m
66a week at homne. $6.00 out
fit free.Pay absolutely snre
rk.Capital not required. Reader,
If you wantbunesawhhpros
of either sex, young or old, can make
great pay all the time they work, with
atbsoluite certainty, write for particulars
to it. HIALArr a Co., Portlated, Me.
may 23 1y

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