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Harlan, whose portrait is herewith presented to labors, so invigorating to the physical constituour readers. The elevated place he has been tion. The advantages offered by a country como called at a comparatively-early age to occupy, mon school comprised his early educational rehas been fairly and honorably won.
He is an
But as soon as he had attained his illustration of what American youth may achieve majority he entered the preparatory school of by noble purpose, steadiness of aim, and ardor the Indiana Asbury University, then under the of continued effort, even without the adventitious Presidency of Rev. M. Simpson. Though refavors of fortune or patronage.
peatedly obliged to suspend his studies and resort The author of "Self-Help” says of the biog- to manual labor or school-teaching to replenish raphies of great and good men, that they are his purse, his ardor suffered no abatement, and useful as helps, guides, and incentives to others. in 1845 he graduated to the first college degree. Some of the best are almost equivalent to Gos- His Alma Mater bas since conferred upon him pels-teaching high living, high thinking, and the degrees first of A. M., and then of LL. D. energetic action for their own and the world's
The religious element of his character and its good. British biography, says he, is studded over connection with his early purposes and aims, as as "with patens of bright gold," with illustrious well as its influence upon his whole life, are examples of the power of self-help, of patient worthy of notice. In a letter to a friend, and purpose, resolute working, and steadfast integ- from which we are permitted to copy, he says: rity, issuing in the formation of truly-noble and manly character; exhibiting, in language not to
“In my eighteenth year I joined the Methodist be misunderstood, what it is in the power of each Episoopal Church as a seekor of religion. Throo to accomplish for himself, and illustrating the by father Havens, in Greencastle, Indiana, on the
years afterward, while listening to a sermon delivered efficacy of self-respect and self-reliance in en
fullness of the ransom offered for sinners in the perabling men of even the humblest rank to work
son of Jesus of Nazareth, I found the pearl of out for themselves an honorable competency and great price,' not to be compared with earthly jewels; a solid reputation.
since which I have been striving, from day to day, What is here said of British biography is true
to be a consistent, though humble follower of the in even a higher sense of American. Nor are
Nabarene." we compelled to seek for them in the dead past What a lesson this to the young man just alone. They are round about us a living preg- entering upon life! What a citadel of defense; ence, mighty in their influence to do us good. what an incentive to noble enterprise; and what It is for this reason that we have selected a few
a divine inspiration may he find in the faith of representative men from the different depart- Christ! ! ments of mercantile and professional life as af In the autumn of 1845 Mr. Harlan was elected
fording at once a lesson and an incentive to the Professor of Languages in “Iowa City College,” young who read our pages.
and removed to that place. Here he taught
about a year, during which time he was licensed United States senate has stood firmer, or borne as a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal himself more nobly. Church. In these relations he won for himself A little episode occurred in the legislative so yood a reputation for integrity and ability, career of Mr. Harlan on which we will not speak, that in the spring of 1847 he was elected by the as the verdict of all right-minded men in the people of the new state Superintendent of Public republic has already been made upon it. By a Instruction. In the spring of 1848 he was again party vote, his election was declared illegal and a candidate for the same office, but his competi- his seat in the United States senate made ra. tor, Hon. Thomas H. Benton, jr., was elected by This was on the 12th of January, 1857, a majority of seventeen votes over him. In the after he had been not only regularly admitted to mean time, having completed his preparatory his seat, but had actually occupied it over two studies, he was admitted to the bar and com
years. He had hardly time to reach home when menced the practice of law in Iowa City. the state Legislature righted the wrong by bis re
During the summer of 1849 Mr. Harlan re- ēlection, and on the 29th of the same month he ceived another gratifying evidence of the esteem resumed the seat from which party violence had and confidence of the public. He was nomina- ejected him. ted by the Whig State Convention as a candidate At the last session of the Iowa Legislature Mr. for Governor. But as he had not attained the Harlan was elected to a second senatorial term, age reqnired by the state Constitution he declined
which expires March 4, 1867. So thoroughly the nomination. As the first common school
were his claims to this honor recognized, that be Saperintendent, he had acquired a very general was elected without opposition from any one of acquaintance in the state, and continued to prac- his political friends. tice law under very auspicious circumstances till Our space will not allow us to extend this arthe fall of 1853.
ticle. We think we do not mistake in the judg. At this time the Methodist Church in the state, ment that there is a future of honor and useful. looking for the development and enlargement of ness to the subject of this sketch. We hold him her educational plans, fixed her eye upon him as up, with a high degree of confidence, before the the man, by experience, ability, and reputation, young men of the Church and of the republic as to lead in the enterprise. He was then elected a man whose history they may study, and whose President of the “Mount Pleasant Collegiate character and example they may imitate with Institate," which, during the following winter, profit was reorganized under an amended charter, We close by saying that we have not essayed granted by the Legislatnre for that purpose, as to be the eulogist; we have not attempted a pen" the "Iowa Wesleyan University." In connection portrait When living men are the subjects we with other duties he had continued to use his leave such efforts to others. But an unvarnished ! license as a local preacher, and he was now ad- life-history has in elements of most instructive mitted into the Iowa annual conference and ap- and encouraging philosophy. Goethe said of pointed President of the University. Here a the English, “There is no halfness about them. I career of wide usefulness was opening before They are complete men.” My young friends, let him; and it is but just to say that he entered there be no halfness about you. Be complete. upon it with an energy and success that fully met the expectations of the public. But his way now opened in another direction.
GOD'S FAVOR. He had become generally known in the state, How anxious are we to stand well with our and the commonwealth demanded his services. fellow-men, and secure their favor! are we equalIn the winter of 1854–5 he was elected, by the ly so to stand well with God? The favor of man Legislature of Iowa, to the office of United States what is it? A passing breath, which a moment ; senator for the term of six years, to terminate may alienate, a look forfeit, and which, at best, on the 4th of March, 1861. Upon this election a few brief years will forever terminate. But Mr. Harlan resigned the Presidency of the Uni- the favor of God-how ennobling, constant, and versity, and was elected to the Professorship of enduring! In possession of that favor, we are Political Economy and International Law, which independent alike of what the world gives and relation he still holds. He also resumed his re- withholds. With it we are rich, whatever else lation as a local preacher.
we want. Without it we are poor, though we In the senate of the United States Mr. Harlan have the wealth of worlds besides. Bereft of him is known, not as a mere politician, but as a high- we can truly say with Jacob, "I am bereaved." minded and honorable statesman. As an un- Nothing can compensate for his loss, but he can swerving champion for freedom, no man in the compensate for the loss of every thing!
BY VIRGINIA F. TOWNSEND.
ALL WE'VE GOT.
the roof of the one great homestead in the king-
Farmer Peat moved uneasily, for that name
“Wall, I can't see as that 's any special heart, and the vision of his little girl came up reason why we should spile him, Hannah,” said before him, with her sweet face and her flutterfarmer Peat as he sat down an exhausted glass ing hands, and he seemed to hear the sınall of “spring beer" and cut out a generous slice of feet pattering along the floor, and the outleap of gingerbread from the card his wife had just a laugh that was like the gurgle of a mountain placed before him.
torrent, and the stout will softened under that “No, I did n't mean that,” persisted the soft-vision, as no arguments could have softened it; spoken, hard-working little woman; “but as we
and yet he was half ashamed of the tenderness · bave n't any others to look out for, and as we're that bad mastered him, and his compliance was tolerably forehanded in the world, it might seem
a most ungracious, “Wall, wife, wall!” as though we could do a little better by Harry, But Mrs. Peat understood her husband and and his mind's so bent on study."
knew that her point would be gained now; so Farmer Peat sat down by the kitchen table she continued. and broke the large, golden slice of cake with a
“The academy opens week after next, and Harthoughtful expression on his hard, weather-beaten ry's set his whole heart on goin'. He's got face.
through with every thing they can teach him at "It 'll be money thrown away, Hannah, that the district school, and if you stopped there I I've toiled early and late for,” he said. “My do n't s'pose it 'll be any thing perticerler agin father thought a district school education was
us to say our boy knew a little more than his good enough for me, and I've managed to get father or grandfather." through the world on 't safe enough so far, and I Farmer Peat hem med twice. This was an arreckon my son is n't better than his father, and gument of which he could offer no refutation, his grandfather before him, that he can't spile though he cast about for it in his mind; and at his hands with hard work. I'd rather see him a
last he rose up, concluding with, “Wall, it won't well-to-do, honest farmer, than a lazy, good-for- do for me to be wastin' time here and all that nothin', dressed-up gentleman."
hay to get in afore night. If Harry's sot so on "But all gentlemen are not good for nothin'," goin' to the academy, I s'pose I'll have to get pleaded the broader-minded, because deeper- another hand to help me sow wheat and plant hearted wife; and she drew a basket of string. turnips this fall; but it's a great shame to throw beans toward her and commenced breaking the away time and money after this fashion." pods rapidly, more out of a habit of never being Half an hour later, while Mrs. Peat still sat idle than from any actual consciousness of what intent over her beans, her son entered the kitchen. she was doing. "The world needs scholars as He was a bright, open-faced, sun-browned boy of well as farmers, and the teacher says Harry's fourteen, and his deep-blue eyes were full of ingot somethin' in him common boys has n't.” telligence and eagerness.
There came a quick flash of fatherly pride far He came at once toward the gingerbread, as a away from under the gray, shaggy eyebrows. healthy, hearty boy of fourteen would be most Mrs. Peat noticed it, and kept on, "I reckon likely to do. there's a good deal o' truth in it, for you know Mrs. Peat watched her boy with the motherwhat a likely, forrard child he allers was, and look in her eyes, as he devonred the cake with took to his book as a duck does to swimmin'. evident relish, and at last she spoke. And then we sha' n't feel doin' a little extry for “I've got some good news for you, Harry.” him, as little Mary's gone and do n't want it." “O! what is it?" swallowing the last mouthful
Poor Mrs. Peat! her voice shook along the of gingerbread. name as many a mother's has before her-as "Well, your father's given his consent that many a mother's will again; for O! how many you shall go to the academy." homes there are whose "little Mary” is covered Harry Peat threw up his cap with a shout of up under the grass; how many mothers say over delight. the sweet name with faltering lips and aching “O, mother, how did he come to say
that?' hearts—remembering the golden, glancing head, "Well, I had a talk with him.” the bright eyes, the laughing lips-how many The boy came and laid his head in his moth"little Marys" under the grass did I say? O, er's lap, and there were glad tears in his blue broken-hearted mothers, be comforted! how many eyes. “I know it was all of your doing, mother," "little Marys,” blessed be God, gathered under he said, “or father never would have consented