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5 > Image 5 of The State College cadet, vol. 6, no. 8, April 1896

Part of The State College cadet

I Qi'; s . (tbz Etatc Qlollege Gaect. VoL. G. LEXINGTON, KY., APRIL, 1896. .No. 8. . EVOLUTION OETHE REPUBLIC. J. T. GEARY. Our republic is the 1esult of a long process of evolution. Step I by step, this slow unfolding process has continued through all the I fl ages, each revolving century drawing nearer the perfect plan. The it biologist places before us the t1ee of life,`tracing thereon the succes- I sive stages of its progress, from the simple unit cell, until man up stands revealed, crowning the summit of the structure. The high- l est types of life are preserved by the rejection of the less developed I L ones. In like nianner the sociologist, in reviewing the growth and decay of societies, sees that the fall of one institution but makes way for other associations of men of greater social efliciency. The death of one institution records the birth of conditions favorable for the further development of the new. Our civilization is then the result ofthe ceaseless changes of the centuries, of the countless nations that have perished in the struggle for existence. Is it not then interesting and instructive to gaze back through the mists of antiquity, and behold man as he starts on his long and pain- _ ful journey of progress`? But little better than the brutes, he wan- ders over the earth in vast hordes. Thousands of years pass over . him, years of ignorance, degradation, and illusion, that have never been recorded in the annals of human history. A great change I has taken place. llis social capacities have been developed. He forms clans, tribesand at length great civilizations spring up, ._... LE