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Image 9 of The State College cadet, vol. 6, no. 8, April 1896

Part of The State College cadet

y ` \ . ` THE CADETF I 59 Fg form it. It left man with object lessons for his future guidance. Its lm fall marks a transition period in l1uma11 progress. From it we desce11d into the great plain of the middle ages, the wl seed time of the modern world. Still there is no cess ation ofprogress. m' .1*; The forces of evolution are performing their ceaseless work. Man FG'. competes with l1is fellow man, nation competes with nation,but under led ` i different conditions, from all previous time. No longer does ONG _ ` F nd mighty empire dominate tl1e civilized world. Humanity is dreaming Ch Q ~ of equality, and tl1e experience of all former time had proven that it as was not to be found in a government ofthe sword. The ten toiling cen- gm turies of the middle ages was a period of rapid changes. Changes he, . that were preparations for the grand plan, which had been plotted in it . the council halls of Eternity. _ The Saxon Heptarchy was formed in nd England. Limited monarchies were created on the continent. The im if Empire of Charlemange arose and disappeared before the advancing BSE F strides. of Feudalism. nd But the pulse of libe1ty, throbbing in the heart of humanity, Of _ achieved its crowning triumph in the destruction of that oppressive 'ub F system. Norman Hilltl. E11glisl1 nobles, hitherto irreconcilable enemies, UG 1 united in a common cause, and forced from the tyrant, John, the ug " Magna Charta of English liberty. But the climax had not yet come. _ Humanity was singing tl1e pzeans of freedom. lt was the love of ed . liberty that alienated a loyal gentry from tl1e house of Stuart, that `he burned in the hearts of Pym and Hampden as they stood out against rb- V the unlawful exactions of a tyrant king that caused the death of in Charles the First, and the banishment of his son. "l`was the love of i fl liberty that sustained the grand old Pilgrim character who, guided by an tl1e shadows thrown from the fires of European persecution, directed lY his frail bark towards the setting sun, and founded the American ith refuge of civil and religious liberty. Twas thus a continent was aw dedicated to Freedom. Thus tl1e curtain rose on the iinal act in tl1e * V drama of tl1e ages. till' _ Since first tl1e pilgrim fathers touched New Englands shore, until . th . the bright dawn of yesterday, the republic has passed through periods nd V, of storm and trial, but she has survived them all, and her progress has irs . _ Tl11ClGCl been "one constant expanding miracle." Cradled in a cruel ns war, she emerges victorious and establishes a republic, tl1e antipital