TALKS FOR THE TIMES.
too large and magnanimous to retard the progress of
the republic and endanger the happiness of posterity
for the sake of nursing petty sectional spite. " We
are to do the work of to-day," he exclaimed in the
sermon, " looking forward and not backward. We
have no divine call to stand eternal guard by the grave
of dead issues."
Such, in brief, was the life and influence of this
good man upon his age. Born near the middle of the
nineteenth century, with its palpitating activities
and enterprise, he could not live in the past.
His spirit was the spirit of the age—vigorous, alert,
direct, upward, catholic. His writings and speeches
will now remain the best possible exponents of the
intensity of his feelings on all matters pertaining to
the improvement of his fellow-beings. In these
utterances of his one seems to feel the very swelling
and throbbing of a heart yearning for a betterment
of human'conditions. It was, therefore, with singu¬
lar appropriateness that he named one of his books
" Please for Progress."
In conclusion, are there not some profitable lessons
which we might learn from the life of this good man ?
What were some of the elements of success in him ?