An Oration Delivered on the Evening of the Third of July, 1891, at Cold Spring, Putnam Co., N.Y.

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Samuel J. Brown, printer and binder, 1891 - Fourth of July celebrations - 15 pages
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Page 4 - There is no denying that the government of cities is the one conspicuous failure of the United States.
Page 11 - Syria, if haply thou hast heard tell of it, over above Ortygia, and there are the turningplaces of the sun. It is not very great in compass, though a goodly isle, rich in herds, rich in flocks, with plenty of corn and wine. Dearth never enters the land, and no hateful sickness falls on wretched mortals. But when the tribes of men grow old in that city, then comes Apollo of the silver bow, with Artemis, and slays them with the visitation of his gentle shafts.
Page 13 - No criticism of Mr. Lincoln can be in any sense adequate which does not deal with his astonishing power over words. It is not too much to say of him that he is among the greatest masters of prose ever produced by the English race.
Page 13 - It is one of the greatest of Lincoln's claims to admiration, that though he sympathized with the fervor and enthusiasm of his countrymen, he was not carried away by it. He was one of those rare men who can at once be zealous and moderate, who are kindled by great ideas, and who yet retain complete control of the critical faculty. And more than this, Lincoln was a man who could be reserved without the chill of reserve. Again, he could make allowance for demerits in a principle or a human instrument,...
Page 12 - Carlyle, crying out through hundreds of pages and myriads of words for the " silent man," passed by with a sneer the most absolutely silent great man that history can show.
Page 13 - A writer of less power would have been overwhelmed. Lincoln remained master of the emotional and intellectual situation. In three or four hundred words that burn with the heat of their compression, he tells the history of the war and reads its lesson. No nobler thoughts were ever conceived. No man ever found words more adequate to his desire.
Page 12 - ... point when he was so minded, but he never used them needlessly or to hide his meaning, and he never talked about himself. Hence the inestimable difficulty of knowing him. A brief sentence here and there, a rare gleam of light across the page of a letter, is all that we can find. The rest is silence. He did as great work as has fallen to the lot of man, he wrote volumes of correspondence, he talked with innumerable men and women, and of himself he said nothing.
Page 10 - the poor are growing poorer, and the rich are growing richer.

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