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VOL. II.. NO.
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A IK. 14, 1899.
In the Music Room at Holly
Inn on Tuesday Evening.
Edwin D. Mead Takes for His Subject
"Abraham 'Lincoln and the Poets."
Mrs. Lucia Ames Mead Speaks on "The
Settlement of International Differences."
for Dr. Hale Educational Fund.
Last Tuesday evening large audience
assembled in tin music room at Holly Inn
to greet Mr. Edwin I. Mead and his
estimable wife, who had Kindly consented
t;i speak on subjects of interest for
tli benefit of the Dr. Edward Everett
Male Kilueational Fund which is used to
help educate worthy children in this
vicinity. Mr. Mead is the editor of the
Xi ir Kmjhnnl Moifti.ziiic iu is well known
throughout the North asanable lecturer,
and his wife is also a popular speaker
nlio is very much interested in the great
problems for relieving the sufferings of hu
manity. Our people were very fortunate
to have this opportunity of hearing them,
and that it was appreciated was evidenced
by the large number who attended.
Mrs. Lucia Ames Mead spoke on "The
Settlement of International Diflicullies"
in continuation of the discusion began by
lr. Hale last week. She quoted from
M. Kliokh's recent work which is pub
lihed in six voluins and an appendix
and i the most exhaustive hook on war
ever written. It was this book that
chieily influenced the Tsar to carry out
his lather's injunction to promote the
peace of Europe by calling the conference
which will meet at the Hague on May
lsth. The Frenchman who next year
"'ay light the (Jerman will use a rifle and
fart ridges which w ill make him 50 times
as destructive as was his father in the
France-Prussian w ar. The artillery man
will use a gun 2.12 times as destructive as
be one used in 1870. The possibilities of
a general European war with modern
weapons are so terrible that the time has
"'iily arrived when the civilied world
U'D no longer tolerate it. Hut great
landing armies, the supposed remedy fol
iar, are becoming as terrible as war it-S(1'-
The preventive is as dangerous as
the disease. Europe has doubled its ex
penditure for war in the last thirty years.
,l i spending annually in time of peace
(," thousand millions of dollars to be
:i 1,1,1 to ay at the end of the year, "We
have simply held our own; we have
filled absolutely nothing." This sum is
enormous for any human mind to
''""Sine. It equals a pile of dollar bills,
"('1 smoothly like leaves in a book, over
lifty-two miles high. To this awful and
inconceivable sum must be added an
equal amount which represents the an
nual outgo for interest on the war debt,
pensions, soldiers, hospitals and the ex
penses incident to past wars. If the
average European earned one dollar a
day, (and he earns much less) it is evi
dent that two thousand millions days'
labor are spent every year in preserving
peace. To this must be added the loss
in product ion from I he en forced idleness of
millions of ablebodied young men. The
war debt of Europe if divided per capita
would give each man a debt greater than
his income. Famine and repudiation
stare the nations in the lace even if war
(ireat standing armies must give way
to courts of reason. Our Supreme Court
which settles dilliculties between fortv-
and helping to organize mass meetings in
his own community. Send to the Peace
Crusade, I Beacon street. Boston, for
leaflets and papers. N'o oiif who knows
the plain facts can sneer or be indillerent
or incredulous about the movement.
The rational settlement of international
dilliculties, the reduction of armies in
civilized countries to a police force, the
almost abolition of poverty which would
ensue, are not these things as well worth
consideration by sane persons, as any
subjects that the century has presented?
At the close of Mrs. Mead's remarks
Mr. Mead gave his lecture on "Abraham
Lincoln and the Poets," of which we
print the following summary:
More of us get our English history
from Shakespeare tlmi from Hume; and
from Shakespeare too most of us get our
notions of Julius Ca'sar and Brutus and
'4glU 'v -
K1WAU. EVKKKTT HALK AT HOLM' INN, IMXKIIl'KST.
five states is the prototype of the inter
national tribunal that must settle inter
national dilliculties. Within a century
KM) international arbitrations have taku.
,Ia,e. In every instance the nations
concerned have abided by the decisions
of the court.
V series of Peace meetings have been
Weeklv in Tremont Temple, Bos
ton, to arouse public sentiment rega uL
r the Tsar's manifesto. At the la. t
which was conducted by wom
en u attended by 2,500 persons,
llutts were passed which are b,ng
wt to 000 organizations o wo . u
America urging them to beg.. . c
!g abroad the literature ol the sub,
Cabins and .Mark Antony and Corio-
hnus The actual amount, in
speare's work devoted to English history
. ' ..f ,.nvmio- the long period
from 'the twilight time of Lear down to
x iii .mil Wolsev, almost to the
poetsown time. Fortunate it is. Hie
poets are not caret ui aooui i..
1 .w hut tbev seize the central
Ol peu,y i"-m .
lrulll, the real el,ooh 01 l
character, with lata, pnx.
. ooets have devoted
Our American pocrs n
, .vi-.ihn-to America n history.
t hcmsenes - uiii.,-.i.
IIalf that Longfellow wrote-' H ai
1 . ..n.lisb." "Evangeline,
!'The New England Tragedies," and so
. , 8.i to do with ourlns-
UUU,n ..ilse are we brought
tnrv : ami n''"" x . ,
.lev to ll.o spirit of our history.. In
i o history ol the AnWta-ery
S it is as important to attend to
!l"W , u-hitiier a.al Lowell as
the Lincoln and Douglass debate.
How fort mute ;ire we that, we can
ook upon all phases of the yrreat Puritan
movement through the eyes of Milton.
lie knew men. lie knew Cromwell ; ami
with bis noMe sonnet to Cromwell once
lived in the books, and with Marvell's
odes to Cromwell fixed there, slanderers
may denounce Cromwell as they please
and blow all the dust they will, Crom
well s tame is secure.
It is fortunate and it is noteworthy
that the life of Abraham Lincoln, "the
first, American." was coincident with the
golden age of our poetry. Emerson,
Longfellow, Lowell, VUntticr, vtnuman,
Holmes and IJryant, all were his con-
lemooraries. He lived in the eye of all
these men of vision, our truest seers and
readers of character. All thought about
him and all wrote about him ; all paid
him tributes, as Milton paid his tribute
to Cromw ell. All saw him alike and saw
him as he was, saw the real spirit and true
nature of the man, knew what it was ne
was liviim-for in the world; and witli
their lofty words fixed in our literature,
the fame of Lincoln is lorever secure.
Mr. Mead spoke first of the remarkable
personal relations of Lincoln and IJryant,
from the time when they first met in the
tavern of the Illinois village when Lin
coln was captain in the Black Hawk war.
Thirty years afterward IJryant presmeu
at the great Cooperllnion meeting where
Lincoln so deetdv impressed the peop.t
of the East. Bryant saw that Lincoln
and not Seward was the true republican
,.....,ii.l!itfi: and his strong editorials nau
their n.arlud influence upon the Chicago
convention. He was Lincoln's trusted
friend and adviser in the lorn.at.on or in
cabinet and .luring the war; and his ode
to Lined., upon his death was one oiine.
noblest utterances of tl.at so.e.mi ..,.
u-i.SMin,. was one of the presidental
electors in 1804, taking ollicial part in
Ij!m,,l' re-election, as IJryant k .k i
m Pis nomination. Whitmans My
Captain" was spoken of; and Holmes
tribute to the Oettysburg address, and
Uneolns love for Holmes "lhe Last
Tus Emerson and Lowell, however,
wh0 have spoken the enduring ami ht-tlllo-words
of tribute to Iancoln. Emei
so.fs meeting with Lincoln in 18 ,2 was
spoken of, and his beautiful tnbme , h
(f0Ilt,ml after Lincoln's death. En eiv
leadin- thought which we find in Lou
ell's famous tribute in the Comme.nora
ti0 Ode is in Emerson's address Low
ers love and keen understanding of
rincoln, as shown in many words of In,,
dwelt upon; and the great canto m
he Commemoration Ode recognized
poetic tributes to "the fust A.nencan.
The poets recognized Lincoln's great
,. . i,u true Aineni'itn
sincerity, his charltj , hi, t ut .
bin. his I"" !. "w '" "'" the
.ntionof the love of freedom ami the
edofeve, vfor,n,f tyranny and on
,n. Tl, test of the repuM.e ,.s