They did not have sense enough to see that the children are not the property of their parents at all, but the property of the community.
The triumph of the back-door influences was again complete and the blow was a very nasty one to the mining industry. Small wonder that at about this time the Uitlander community stopped all agitation, and that a mood of sullen opposition and discontent took its place. Hope was absolutely dead as abuse after abuse and scandal after scandal were showered upon them during the Session of 1895.
The entire Community will, he says, rejoice; and he himself will be ever at hand to make sure that all is right for thee." "These plans are well and carefully laid, Hugh." "They who love thee have seen to that, Mora." "Who will ride with me from here to Worcester?" "Martin Goodfellow, and a little band of thine own people. A swifter messenger will go before to warn the Bishop of thy coming."
Local self-government more readily permits of experiments on mooted questions, which are the outcome of the needs and convictions of the community. The smaller the area over which legislation extends, the more pliable are the laws.
He gave the handle of the machine a gentle half-turn and stopped, peeping through a crevice in the wall to observe the effect. "Ha! ha! ho! ho! hi! huk!" laughed Oolichuk, as a tickling sensation thrilled through all his nervous system. The laugh was irresistibly echoed by the assembled community. Benjy waited a few seconds, and then gave the handle another and slightly stronger turn.
In a community where so much importance was attached to speeches and documents, and where the burgess, at an age which is still according to modern ideas regarded as boyhood, was already entrusted with the uncontrolled management of his property and might perhaps find it necessary to make formal speeches to the assembled community, not only was great value set all along on the fluent and polished use of the mother-tongue, but efforts were early made to acquire a command of it in the years of boyhood.
It was a kindly and indulgent community, and that it was a slave-holding society never forced itself on the attention. The lazy social virtues had, no doubt, their lazy vices, but we never saw them on the surface. The negro quarters were as merry as the day was long, and the negro was a more important and better appreciated element of social life than in the North.
Among the Greeks and Romans the canton was very early superseded by the ring-wall as the basis of political unity; where two cantons found themselves together within the same walls, they amalgamated into one commonwealth; where a body of burgesses assigned to a portion of their fellow- burgesses a new ring-wall, there regularly arose in this way a new state connected with the mother community only by ties of piety and, at most, of clientship.
And suppose you accept his word and this story what do you say? You say that in this community call it the community of Lincoln or of the devil, there are people so low, so murderous in their hearts, that they will allow a fellow being to be prosecuted and never come forward to tell what they know, which if they told it, would clear Temple Scott before this jury on the spot.
Animals that live in communities, such as bees and beavers, coöperate with each other without language, because they form a sort of organic unity, and what one feels all the others feel. One spirit, one purpose, fills the community.