the myths, than a perhaps. If " fooled they must
be, though Avisest of the Avise," let us help to
make them the fools of A'irtue. You may
haA'e learned that the pole star is twelve de¬
grees from the pole and forbear to direct your
course by it—preferring your needle taken
from earth and fashioned by man's device.
The slave brother, hoAvever, from the land of
oppression once saw the celestial beacon and
dreamed not that it ever deviated from due
North. He believed that somewhere under its
beckoning light, lay a far away country where
a man's a man. He sets out with his heavenly
guide before his face—would you tell him he
is pursuing a wandering light ? Is he the
poorer for his ignorant hope ? Are you the
richer for your enlightened suspicion ?
Yes, I believe there is existence beyond our
present experience; that that existence is
conscious and culturable; and that there is a
noble work here and now in helping men to
live into it.
" Not in Utopia,—subterraneous fields,—
Or some secreted island, Heaven knows where !
But in this very world, which is the world
Of all of us—the place where in the end
We find our happiness, or not at all! "
There are nations still in darkness to AAThom