MEN OF MARK.
than theory She had her Sesostris, her Memnon, her Shishak, her Ze-
rah, her Nitocris, her Queen of Sheba, her Candace and her long line of
great Pharaohs mentioned in Sacred Scripture. She had her Hannibal
and her Terrence, the one distinguished for being the greatest general of
whom the Romans ever measured swords, and the other for giving polish
to the Roman tongue and for giving expression to a philanthropic senti¬
ment for which even the Christian age produces nothing grander.
On the question which is so much agitated this day
whether the Negro will be absorbed by the white people,
whether he will be annihilated or entirely disappear in
any form from our country, he says :
Though undoubtedly more susceptible to amalgamation with the
families of Shem and Japhet with whom he has more or less mingled for
three thousand years, the Cushite still preserves his identit3-. He has
neither been absorbed by social coition nor destroyed b3T nefarious color-
phobia. He is here to sta3-, for God has so willed it, and so fixed it, by
endowing him with a superior and indestructible fecundit3T.
These specimens are sufficient to show the opinions ot
the Rev Mr. Perry upon the Negro question in several
phases. Sketches of his life may be found in the 'Baptist
Encyclopedia,' by Cathcart, and in the 'Rising Sun,' by
William Wells Brown.
Rev. Rufus L. Perry has long been recognized for his
many valuable attainments in letters and deep philosophi¬
cal research. At the commencement of the State Univer¬
sity, Louisville, Kentucky, May 16, 1887, he delivered a
learned scientific lecture on the subject "Light." On the
following night the authorities, through the president of
the university, conferred on him the title of Doctor of
Philosophy—a title he well deserves.
Without doubt, Rufus L. Perry is one of the ablest men