MEN OF MARK.
ing secretary of the Consolidated American Baptist Mis¬
sionary convention, and is at present Corresponding Secre¬
tary of the American Educational Association, and of the
American Baptist Free Mission Society. He has given
much attention to the study of ethnology and the classics.
He has recently written a work entitled ' The Cushite, or
the Children of Ham as seen by the Ancient Historians and
Poets.' In it he has exhibited wonderful research, and a
more than ordinary grasp of the subject under considera¬
tion. After quoting very largely from many historians,
From these come three great and distinctly marked streams of people,
reaching to this time through a period of four thousand two hundred
and thirty-four years; and presenting us, from the earliest ages of writ¬
ten history, a white Europe, a black Africa and a yellow Asia. In the
race of life, the Cushite led the van for nearly fifteen centuries; and the
Greek theatres in which he played the best, the regions of his noblest
deeds and grandeur, were Egypt and Ethiopia.
But the enemies of the Negro maintain that the distinguished Ethio¬
pians and the Egyptians of such frequent and favorable mention, in both
sacred and profane history, were not black men. They ingeniously ex¬
plained the black men away and cunningly substituted some other race.
They seemingly forget that the ancient language is a constructive tale¬
bearer ; that its roots are etymological indices, twinkling like the fixed
stars to light up the pathway of the scholar engaged in historic research.
One very eloquent passage shows the truth of our asser¬
tion that he is very learned and that his knowledge of
history is not superficial, but extensive, deep and varied.
Speaking of the Hamites, he says :
He has had a checkered life it is true, but so have the Shemitic and the
Japhetic families. He has been master and he has been slave; but this is
no less true of Ham than of Japhet. In the world's history of the rise