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BENJAMIN HARRISON
American 23rd president of U.S.
(1833 - 1901)

Columbus stood in his age as the pioneer of progress and achievement. The system of universal education is in our age the most prominent and salutary feature of the spirit of enlightenment, and it is peculiarly appropriate that the schools be made by the people the center of the day's demonstration. Let the national flag float over every school-house in the country, and the exercises be such as shall impress upon our youth the patriotic duties of American citizenship.
      - [Discovery Day]

When the Golden Rule becomes the law of human life all this will be changed. The employer will ask how much he can pay the worker, not how little. The workman will ask how much he can do; not how, little. We may not be able to reach this condition, but the war can be restricted and its evils ameliorated. Our people are at heart of a most friendly disposition toward workingmen and women. We have our Gradgrinds, snobs, and purse-proud sons of artisan fathers, our dudes and butterflies, but the mass of the rich, as well as those of only moderate means, have a genuine hearty sympathy and fellowship with the honest sons of toil. The chief trouble is not want of heart, but to hold busy men long enough to hear the tale of wrong, and to discriminate it from false appeals for aid. On the other hand, American workmen are, as a body, intelligent, spirited, and patriotic. They will not bear patronizing, but they are hungry for fraternity. The lodges and chapters, greatly outnumbering the churches, express this longing. The working people, if we give the term its proper scope, are the civil bulk of the nation. Everything--government, social order, production, commerce--is borne up and along by them. They formed the great bulk of the Union army. Why cannot they be called comrades now, as during the war? Why cannot the touch of elbows and the cadenced step be had in civil life with all who love our free civil institutions? They are needed. They give strength and security as well as fellowship.
      - [Labor Day]


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