CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION.



development, in lines peculiar to itself. This race seems to
have instinctively the quality to found empires, form organ-
ized societies, construct States. Social order, governmental
forms, administrative justice according to orderly methods,
accompany all emigrants of this race, all adventurers of
this blood. Wherever there be a camp, where the sun is
greeted in this tongue, there is order, and the capacity of
immediate self-government, and the prompt administration
of justice according to some fair and impartial procedure.
But this peculiarity had been of slow growth through the
long centuries, and it struggled upward to strength and
domination amid much darkness. Blood and pain and
broken hearts had been the price paid for the exercise of
the power in free and untrammeled will.
  Along the Atlantic the colonists found homes, and under
,charters from kings began the development of a new power
in this virgin continent.
  Not like Aphrodite did this glorious mistress rise from
the wave into the full radiance of unearthly beauty; not like
Minerva did she spring into being, the perfect form of
adorned and ravishing wisdom. Through many years of
colonial labor, by the power of many diverse, and, on the
surface, conflicting agencies, grew into some tangible shape
this idol of the West.
  There is an exquisite figure in the Apostolic epistle of
the Temple of God, the stones of which. builded and com-
pacted together, are the blood bought souls for whom
Christ died.
  It is not irreverent to adopt and apply the allegory. The
stones for our temple, like those of Solomon, were being
hewn out of the quarry, being also "lively stones." In this
new world, guarded as it had been by the fogs of the sentry
oceans and the denser fogs of human ignorance, the slow
and bitter fight against the forests of nature, the Indian,
the traditions of tyranny and the legal claims of English
domination, had reached that critical moment when all the



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