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16   IN THE ACADIAN LAND.

 

handle to a stone to form a club, inaugurated without ceremonies, the opening of the epoch, wherein mind was to measure itself with muscles and claws and win the dominion of the world, and analyze the light of sun and stars. The first men were forest dwellers ; their homes were amid tropical trees, where their ancestors had dwelt for unknown ages. The Bible has it, that Adam was placed in a lovely spot, where the Lord God had made to grow every tree that is " pleasant to the sight and good for food." The sight was to be gratified as well as the appetite. The love of beauty was considered before the demand for food. Trees pleasant to the sight " shows that the Creator expected a responsive admiration on the part of man. Ile was not to exclaim first of all, what delicious-looking berries! but,what beautiful trees! — sentiment first and stomach afterwards. If it be contended that we cannot live on sentimental considerations, I reply that neither can we live on " bread alone." Eating and drinking are mere coal-heaving operations, to enable us to make a voyage of life wherein the highest qualities may come to growth. If that be not the truth, then far better would it have been, that man never advanced beyond the stage where the satisfaction of life was in the gratification of appetite. The


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