I take it for granted that the young men and women
who close their pupilage here to-day are thinking not
only of their own personal life desires, but, also, of the
destinies of the people with whom they are connected.
In such a place as this, full of the most thrilling memo¬
ries in the history of our race, it seems impossible that
any of you could possibly pass over such thoughts.
The very hills here seem brezzy with the memories and
the purposes of old John Brown. And so tragic and so
august are those memories and purposes, so vivid, too,
is the imagination of man, that there is danger not
only that the youthful, but even the elder, mind should
be carried back with constant and absorbing interest,
especially in those memories and purposes.
But let me remind you here that, while indeed we do
live in two worlds, the world of the past and the world
of the future, DUTY lies in the future. It is in life as it
is on the street: the sentinel DUTY, like the policeman,
is ever bidding man " Pass on ! " We can, indeed, get
inspiration and instruction in the yesterdays of existence,
but we cannot healthily live in them. We can send