Point No. 5. — "Will the persecution of the Jews ever come to an end?" On the score of religion, I think it has already come to an end. On the score of race prejudice and trade, I have the idea that it will continue. That is. here and there in spots about the world, where a barbarous ignorance and a sort of mere animal civilization prevail; but I do not think that elsewhere the Jew need now stand in any fear of being robbed and raided. Among the high civilizations he seems to be very comfortably situated in deed, and to have more than his proportionate share of tlie prosperities going. It has that look in Vienna. I suppose the race prejudice cannot be removed; but he can stand that; it is no particular matter. By his make and ways he is substantially a foreigner wherever he may be, and even the angels dislike a foreigner. I am using this word foreigner in the German sense —stranger. Nearly all of us have an antipathy to a stranger, even of our own nationality. We pile gripsacks in a vacant seat to keep him from getting it; and a dog goes further, and does as a savage would —challenges him on the spot. The German dictionary seems to make no distinction between a stranger and a foreigner; in its view a stranger is a foreign er—a sound position, I think. You will always be by ways and habits and predilections substantially strangers— foreigners— wherever you are, and that will prob ably keep the race prejudice against you alive. But you were the favorites of Heaven originally, and your manifold and un fair prosperities convince me that you have crowded back into that snug place again. Here is au incident that is significant. Last week in Vienna a hail storm struck the prodigious Central Cemetery and made wasteful destruction there. In the Christian part of it, accord ing to the official figures, 621 windowpanes were broken; more than 900 sing ing-birds were killed; five great trees and many small ones were torn to shreds and the shreds scattered far and wide by the wind; the ornamental plants and other decorations of the graves were ruined, and more than a hundred tomb lanterns shattered : and it took the cemetery's whole force of 300 laborers more than three days to clear away the storm's wreckage. In Vol. XCIX— No. 592.-64 the report occurs this remark—and in its italics you can hear it grit its Christian teeth: " . . . . lediglich die israelitische Abtheilung des Friedhofes vom Hagelwetter ganzlich verschont worden war." Not a hailstone hit the Jewish reservation ! Such nepotism makes me tired.
Point No. 6.— "What has become of the golden rule?" It exists, it continues to sparkle, and is well taken care of. It is Exhibit A in the Church's assets, and we pull it out every Sunday and give it an airing. But you are not permitted to try to smuggle it into this discussion, where it is irrelevant and would not feel at home. It is strictly religious furniture, like an acolyte, or a contribution-plate, or any of those things. It has never been intruded into business; and Jewish persecution is not a religious passion, it is a business passion. To conclude. — If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one per cent, of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world's list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvellous fight in this world, in all the ages; and has done itwith his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it. The Egyp tian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splen dor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman follow ed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all. and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dull ing of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?