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January 19, 1893 - Image 1

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Rev. Lyman Abbott Defines the
True End of Education to be
Character Building.
The usual large audience greeted
Rev. Lyman Abbott, the distin-
guished preacher of Plymouth
church, last evening, in University
hall. Mr. Abbott is not of preposes-
sing appearance on the platform,
but his audience soon loses sight of
the speaker's personal appearance,
in the deepness of his thought, his
attractive style and eloquent utter-
ance. The lecturer said:
Living in a world outside of
academic walls, I may without
egotism, accept the invitation to
talk to fellow-students, respecting
the real meaning of education; the
interpretation oflife itself,as seen in
a large and comprehensive view, not
academical discoveries respecting
learning, but learning and life
The constant tendency of man is
to idolatry. It is not the pagan
alone who puts the image in place
of a god. The tendency of mathe-
matics is to put a chalk mark on the
board and call it a line. It is my
purpose to show God more than an
image; that life is more than what
we call learning; art more than
fiction, and music something beside
an instrument.
What is education? Is it to grind
out Greek and Latin? Or is there
some goal to be reached, some end
in view? The young man goes from
his college education to that of
business-the practical learning. An
aching tooth will teach patience bet-
ter than a preacher. This is the
benefit of democracy, that men can
be taught better by blunders than
by superiors. The foreigner lands
in America and in four or five years
we give him the ballot. It is be-
cause the United States is the best
school ever organized on the globe.
Education is for character, it is
man-building, and life carries it on.
We are not born to be made lawyers,
doctors, or teachers, but to be made
men, to prepare for life. All edu-
cation is worked by its power to
mold true character, the only thing
in the world to live for. What we
suffer is a small matter, what we are
is the transcendent question.
Mathematics is not to make book-

keepers. It has a deeper signifi-
ficance. We learn in it accuracy,
that two and two do not sometimes
make four, but always. We learn
that we are in an exact universe.
God's laws are not like Greek rules,
in which the exceptions outnumber
the illustrations. Human freewill
itself is subject to law that guides it.
We study Latin as a means to an
end. Literature is a gate behind
which is human experience. The
true study of books is to get know-
ledge of our brother-man. 'The
poet sees what other men fail to see
and puts the spark of humanity into
his vision.
Why is history to be studied? Not
to learn something and recite them.
It is to trace the progress of man-
kind from the cradle to maturity.
We are just beginning to know
that we are singing creatures.
There is no art so pure as music. It
comes straight from heaven. Noth-
ing disturbs it. If clouds hide it, it
turns them to golden glory.
Science tells how to make
machinery minister to our life.
Machinery is the world's brother.
Nature is a book in which there are
great truths, and science is inter-
preting the truth. It tells what the
hieroglypics mean. Science has
taught us the unity of the universe.
Philosophy is not to know the
opinion of men on absolute ques-
tions, not to get acquainted with
scholasticism, but to learn what are
the laws that bind us together in
fellowship. 'o teach happiness is
to teach selfishness; but to teach
virtue is to instruct in manliness and
The end of all study is to live a
nobler life, to have more love, to be
nearer to a loving God. Ideals are
realities. Education is to get at
truth. Creeds are good for nothing
if they do not help us to think.
Democracy of learning is for men of
every race and clime, and even for
women. Education is life, love,
and God.
The Jeffersonian Society will ren-
der the following program tonight:
Vocal solo, Mrs. Knight; declan-
ation, A. H. Upton; essay, E. J.
Bean; oration, E. L. Johnson; biog-
raphy, "Gen. Ben. F. Butler,' W.
T. Webb; vocal solo, Mrs. Knight.
Impromptu discussion: affirmative,
A. D. Rose; negative, W. T. Aggeler.
Debate: Resolved, That no limited
divorces should be granted. Affirm-
ative, D. Lockton and C. B. Blakey;
negative, S. J. Hall and M. R. Todd.

She Defeated Yale Last Night at
Boston by 83 Points.
BosToN, Jan. TS.-Harvard de-
feated Yale tonight iii the annual
debate. The question was "Re-
solved, That the power of railroad
corporations in the United States
sqould be restricted by national
legislation.'' Harvard had the
negative and won, the points stand-
ing, Harvard, 1,485; Yale, 1,403.
The speakers and their order were
as follows: Lawson, Yale; Vroo-
mran, Harvard; Donnelly, Yale;
Stone, Harvard; Cummings, Yale;
Warren, Harvard.
A Marvellous Voice.
The Boston Courier of Nov. 13,
1892, has the following words of
praise for Miss Marguerite Hall,who
sings in the Choral Union course
Saturday evening. She seems to
have made an unusually favorable
impression in her native city:
"The friends of Miss Marguerite
Hall, who expected great things
from this young lady on her return
to this city after several years of
study [abroad, have certainly had
their expectations thoroughly real-
ized. The two recitals which she
has recently given at Chickering
Hall, have been a delight to all
lovers of music, and have given her
an unquestioned place among the
foremost singers of the city. Her
program on Wednesday evening
last contained fewer popular num-
bers than the preceding Friday; but
it was all the more enjoyed on that
account by the select audience
gathered. It was distinctly classi-
cal in its character; and it indeed
contained some new numbers of un-
usual beauty. Miss Hall's work
showed more emotion and express-
ion than in her first recital, while
her singing was marked by the same
richness and volume of tone and
beauty of technique. It is marvel-
lous that she should be able to give,
as she did on Wednesday evening,
fifteen different numbers in succes-
sion, occupying something over an
hour, without any signs of weari-
The P. G. laws have had no lec-
tures this week.

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