Proceedings of the Senate and Assembly of the State of New York: In Relation to the Death of Ex-Senator Roscoe Conkling, Held at the Capitol, May 9, 1888

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Weed, Parsons, 1889 - 53 pages

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Page 28 - What custom wills, in all things should we do't The dust on antique time would lie unswept, And mountainous error be too highly heaped For truth to over-peer.— CorManus.
Page 11 - I should not fall," says she, " Like dropping flowers that no man noticeth, But like a great branch of some stately tree Rent in a tempest, and flung down to death, Thick with green leafage — so that piteously Each passer by that ruin shuddereth, And saith, The gap this branch hath left is wide; The loss thereof can never be supplied.
Page 30 - ... once as gods, will be the very food of scorn, while those who bore the burden of defeat, who earned and kept their self-respect, who would not bow to man or men for place or power, will wear upon their brows the laurel mingled with the oak.
Page 38 - social equality " coined and uttered by the cruel and the base, was to him the expression of a great and splendid truth. He knew that no man can be the equal of the one he robs — that the intelligent and unjust are not the superiors of the ignorant and honest — and he also felt, and proudly felt, that if he were not too great to reach the hand of help and recognition to the slave, no other Senator could rightfully refuse. We rise by raising others — and he who stoops above the fallen, stands...
Page 26 - ... who has stood proudly by the right in spite of jeer and taunt, neither stopped by foe nor swerved by friend — in honoring him, in speaking words of praise and love above his dust, we pay a tribute to ourselves. How poor this world would be without its graves, without the memories of its mighty dead. Only the voiceless speak forever.
Page 6 - Resolved (if the Senate concur), That a joint committee, consisting of five Senators and nine Members of Assembly, be hereby appointed to draft appropriate resolutions in commemoration of the noble life and eminent services of the deceased, and also to make suitable arrange' ments for attendance at his funeral.
Page 50 - Ingersoll, for the masterly oration to which we have listened, and, sir, in making this motion, 1 am confident that I express the unanimous sentiment of this body, when I say that in purity of style, in poetic expression, in cogency of statement and brilliancy of rhetoric it stands unrivaled among the eulogies of either ancient or modern days. As effective as Demosthenes, as polished as Cicero, as ornate as Burke, aa scholarly as Gladstone, the orator of the evening, in surpassing others, has eclipsed...
Page 49 - He believed in the royalty of man, in the sovereignty of the citizen, and in the matchless greatness of this Republic. He was of the classic mould — a figure from the antique world. He had the pose of the great statues— the pride and bearing of the intellectual Greek, of the conquering Roman, and he stood in the wide free air, as though within his veins there flowed the blood of a hundred kings. And as he lived he died. Proudly he entered the darkness — or the dawn--that we call death.
Page 27 - ... great pillars that support the State. Above all, the citizens of a free nation should honor the brave and independent man — the man of stainless integrity, of will and intellectual force. Such men are the Atlases on whose mighty shoulders rest the great fabric of the Republic. Flatterers, cringers, crawlers, time-servers are the dangerous citizens of a democracy. They who gain applause and power by pandering to the mistakes, the prejudices and passions of the multitude, are the enemies of liberty....
Page 10 - House, surrounded by flatterers and sycophants, who " crooked the pregnant hinges of the knee, that thrift might follow fawning.

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