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“Non essent igitur hæc omnia in terris mala, si ab universis fierent, quæ unus noster populus operatur. Quam beatus esset quamque aureus humanarum rerum status, si per totum orbem mansuetudo et pietas et pax et innocentia et æquitas et temperantia et fides moraretur! Denique ad regendos homines non opus esset tam multis et tam variis legibus, cum ad perfectam innocentiam Dei lex una sufficeret; neque carceribus, neque gladiis præsidum, neque terrore pænarum, cum præceptorum cælestium salubritas humanis pectoribus infusa ultro ad justitiæ opera homines erudiret.”—Lactantius De Justitia.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF RAGGED
T is but a short time since we were all star
tled by the news that almost every throne in Christendom had been shaken or overturned by popular insurrection; nor were these insurrections, as on former occasions, headed by persons influential in the State, whom the people followed as their leaders—they were not merely for the subversion of an unpopular party, or the removal of an oppressive law—they aimed at the re-construction of the whole system of society; but where successful, theories so wild were propounded and acted on, that it was at once perceivable that a class of persons very little aware of the duties or the difficulties of government, had for the time taken the management of affairs,