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SOCIALISTIC IBKAli, The aim of the present writer is to endeavour to chain some of the fleeting thoughts which come and go, and which when thought of as having visited us, and the cold reception S0, often given to them, we long to be the reel- pienta of a return visit, to which we feel we would pay the homage due to these illustrious visitors. We' are willing to subordinate our- selves to many powers, but when we are visited by the greatest power known, that power in- carnated in the form of .deas, we scarcely give it a passing thought; and yet- this power has been the means of the uplift of humanity, There is no progress apart from ideas. This power has lifted the man of the senses, and cf the sensual into the man of the intellect, aJd of the spirit. Emerson has said: Hitch your waggon to a star, Ideas .say, Come up a little higher." Their language is only under- stood by those who fain would rise. Their greeting is felicitous to the man who is bent on rising, and though he falls m his attempt to do so, they are ever ready to inspire with new hope and courage to try axiin. These little messengers are ever faithful to their message. No matter what is our social status, our education, our wealth, we are all in need of progress. Fur often we think of the poor, a.; if they alone were in need of progress, but on close examination, this is all delusion; all have been weighed and found wanting. The aim then of the present writer is to hand on to the young people of our country a few ideas, which it is hoped will help to create a larger vista of the possibilities of human life. No seriously minded young person, who but must feel that there is something wrong some- where, and that something urgently needs being done. Vie must see that there is too j muen discord, too much suffering, too much struggling for the bare means of subsistence, and too much of intolerable living when there should be fellowship and love..We must all have felt at some time or other that we are not where we might be. These little visitants come to us very much like the comets when they appear m oar solar system; they come into our mental system and spend a little time there, and then they are off again. Sometimes they throw light over the w..ole range of human activity; at other times it is only when the m'nd is fully awake to their presence is re- cognised, for they are visitants of a far off world. Young men, hitch your lives to these little visitants of the new order, for they speak the language of progress and goodwill. They are the advance sentinels of the new age, and although they come to us from the wide universe, yet their language is the same. To them there is no respect of persons. To Tories and Liberals, Churchmen and Nonconformists, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, their cry is the same. Come up a little higher. To the Tories they speak of progress and reform, of human advancement and social brother- hood. Pull down your false ideas of national r grandeur, your temples of war, and your palaces of privilege. Your worship oi society and your loathing of the strata of labour. And to the Liberals they speak as plainly. Come cut of your half-way houses of com- promise, and half builded castles. Destroy your plasters and palliatives, for the sore is open, and must be dealt with by the drastic hand Away with your stupefying ether, which clouds, the eye and dulls the brain of the son of labour, disabling him from seeing the true remedy of reform. Don't think that you arc easing the kicks of the landlord by polishing his boots. To the Churchmen and Nonconfor- mists they speak of greater latitude and free- dom; of mutual co-operation and the burying of externals in the effort to establish princi- ples. To the rich they speak with emphasis. Come down from your little pedestals of rank and station. Your world is aitogether too limited and selfish. Your outlook is not wide enough, and your point of vantage is too low. Come down from your assumed platform oi superiority and learn of us, and we will teach you a better way, a way of life, of fulness of life. You have now reached the height of your ambition, and yet you are only just off the ground. The pedestals on which you stand are situate in caves, and the heaven which you see is only the roofs of the dingy caverns. You feast lavishly, and live idly. Your lives are a sham, and too often like whitod sepul- chres. You are wearing out an existence when you ought to be living. Your thoughts are cramped upon class, and blue blood, when it ought to be on humanity. Your highest re- creation is that of torture and brutality. You are satisfying your savage instincts upon the sufferings of the brute creation, wlici) you ought to be annihilating the ape and tiger in your natufe. Your tables are full of viands, and your cellars of wine, and you have not lifted your finger to make them so. But new these little visitants come to you and they tell you that you are only co-equal with God's other creatures, and your co-citizens have merits equal to yours, and instead of acknow- ledging this voluntarily you will be forced to do so. The day of the uplift of humanity has dawned, and you will be shamed out of your apathy and selfishness. But what have these little messengers to say to the poor. To those who are down under the burden of adverse circumstances, and who have never felt the thrill of a harvest of material blessings. For they sojourn in a pit where there is no sun- shine, save a gleam which will break through (no matter what obstacles are in the way) wherever man 1'5 found. Men are there of for- lorn hopes, of crushed and blighted ambitions; the children and the young people arc there who are so promising until the dark, drab, and prosiac and enervating environments of absolute want and privation overcome them, young men and maidens are there with the sires who have formed the life blood of our nation. Yea, our fathers are in bond- age. and our young men are growing up to be bond slaves. To these the little messengers speak with pity and with inspiration. It may be that they speak to these people through a reformer who has been inspired with their message, and he comes tand tells them of a life towards which they might strive, which will blossom forth on every side with all the charms which they will feel to be life-giving. He may inspire them to arise out of their sordid views, and enable them to realise in mind the possi- bility of reachng the land of freedom and pro- mise, and when he thinks that he is about to see his ideal realised, to* his sorrow lie finas that at least, lie has only aroused a nation of slaves, who at the first trial call for the flesh pots of Egypt. They know nothing of freedom, of independence, cf striving after striving, and battling with the foes which oppose progress. At the first sight of trouble they lose heart and the would-be reformer has to lead them back into the desert of discipline. This has been the history of the past, but it should not always be so. The people as a people can never go back to the former bondage, once they have been inspired by freedom. The wilderness is not an end, and it is only the means which will bring about a glorious fruition. The people must die as slaves, but the children shall live* as freeborn sons of the wilderness. The desert shall see the rebirth of a new nation, and the independence cf tne desert air shall nerve the desert child to victory. The coarse casket of Egypt shall break in the desert, but ths jewel shall shine in the land of freedom. The reformer will also die, but the ideas shah have found another medium. The dreamer shail gi ,-0 way to the man of action, and w ITave them speaking again, and \v;- he„r oi hie and happiness of homes, homis wherein men may dwell and live. They are apepaling to the young men to-day, and 127 are telling them to lift .up their ideals for the- end of things is not reached yet. Huraar.itv has no finality. Come up from the viiaerness ci discipline and trial, for there a. threat things in sto.e for you yet. i or bear your demoralising pandering 'to the possessors c: wealth, and rcccgnise the wealth of life in your brother. Come up and recognise taat trie highest end of man is not to labour. Labour is only a means, fulness of life is the goal, Li.f .s valuable not for what it owns, but it is,-and the satisfac- our wa-,its could easily be supplied if it were not for the exploitation of that whicu is produced by labour. Aye, and if it- was not fcr tne exploitation of human life itself. Lastly, our Ihtie visitors comc to us cad they tell us that we are created to live to brouse upon the wealth of the world which nature lavishes upon it. We hear men speak of this wilderness world, when everything in nature points to the untruthfulness of the statement. It is only a wilderness in the realm of human life, where greed and competition have taken the place of leva and co-operation, and it is only so long as the young men and women of our nation wills it, will it be so. Nature itself is calling us upward. Come up young men from under the lash of the taskmaster and the sweatee R3 up, and the world will re- sound with the songs ef your freedom.- The armies of the past, prophets, poets, and re- formers will sing hosannas, for have they not heralded the day of your coming. The voices of the caves of the dungeons of the wilderness call us to be true, for they have been m.ade sacred by human suffering.

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