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(1) Norval's Point, near Colesberg.
(2) Frere Bridge, at Aliwal North. (3) Near Bethule. (4) Fourteen Streams, Vaal River, between Vryberg and Kimberly. (5) Wagon Bridge over the Tagula, near Colenso.
BRIDGES OF SOUTH AFRICA.
One hundred years ago favors, in which he warned his counA Patriot's Padvices (December 14, 1799) OC- trymen against the dangers he then
curred the death of a man foresaw. long respected by Americans as the He was loath to accept the credit for greatest of Americans — a man who many things the people would gladly was reckoned a model citizen, a great have bestowed upon him. He said : statesman, and, in fact, the "father of
If benefits have resulted to our country his country." It is needless to say from these services, let it always be rememthat it is George Washington of whom bered to your praise. and as an instructive these words are written.
example in our annals, that, under circum
stances in which the passions, agitated in Until within recent years American
every direction, were liable to mislead, children were taught in text books to amidst appearances sometimes dubious, venerate his words and his mem- vicissitudes of fortune often discouraging, in ory. It is only since we have been situations in which not unfrequently want of seized with longings for greatness,
success has countenanced the spirit of critwith desires to progress beyond the the essential prop of the efforts, and a guar
icism, the constancy of your support was ideals of our forefathers, that the pre- antee of the plans by which they were efcepts of Washington have fallen into fected. ill-favor, that stories of his childhood
In giving the advice he believed eshave been excluded from school books. sential to his country's welfare, he was
Perhaps nothing could be published reluctant to force his opinions on here, at this time, in commemoration others, but he knew the need of words of the one-hundredth anniversary of the of warning, and so spoke them. death of this great man, more fitting
“Here, perhaps, 1 ought to stop. But a to the occasion than a few quotations solicitude for your welfare. which cannot from his farewell address - an address end but with my life, and the apprehension he sent forth to the American people of danger, natural to that solicitude, urge in which he expressed his gratitude to me, on an occasion like the present, to offer them for the honors they had extended recommend to your frequent review, some
to your solemn contemplation, and to him, in which he declined additional sentiments, which are the result of much re