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 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 - ... right, and in disaster stands erect, is the only victor. Nothing is more despicable than to reach fame by crawling, — position by cringing. When real history shall be written by the truthful and the wise...
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 48 - To him there were but two paths — the right and wrong. He was maligned, misrepresented and misunderstood — but he would not answer. He knew that character speaks louder far than any words. He was as silent then as he is now — and his silence, better than any form of speech, refuted every charge. He was an American — proud of his country, that was and ever will be proud of him. He did not find perfection only in other lands. He did not grow small and shrunken, withered and apologetic, in the...
Page 50 - 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. Unshrinkingly he passed beyond our horizon, beyond the twilight's purple hills, beyond the utmost reach of human harm or help — to that vast realm of silence or of joy where the innumerable dwell, and he has left with us his wealth of thought and deed — the memory of a brave, imperious, honest...
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 30 - When real history shall be written by the truthful and the wise, these men, these kneelers at the shrines of chance and fraud, these brazen idols worshiped 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. Roscoe Conkling was a man of superb courage. He not only acted without fear, but he had that fortitude of...
Page 50 - I 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, as scholarly as Gladstone, the orator of the evening, in surpassing others, has eclipsed himself.
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....

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