General Harrison's Tenderness Of Heart
( Originally Published Early 1900's )
WHEN General Harrison died there was a meeting of the Indiana State and Indianapolis Bar Associations in the Senate Chamber at the State House, to pass resolutions and express becoming sentiments. There were present both of Indiana's United States Senators, judges of the United States Circuit Court, the entire membership of the State's Supreme and Appellate Courts and prominent lawyers from all parts of the State. All of the addresses made were singularly able and appropriate. Hon. A. L. Mason, of Indianapolis, a close friend of General Harrison, among other things said : " Notwithstanding his great natural endowment of intellectuality ; notwithstanding the fact that his reason always maintained with him a clear ascendancy, he was still a man of intense feeling, and he recognized with unerring perception the part which feeling plays in the affairs of man. On the occasion when Mr. Gladstone wrote his remarkable letter, after the Armenian massacre, in which he denounced the Sultan as that wicked old man,' and declared it to be the duty of England to protect the Armenian Christians from massacre, I spoke of Mr. Gladstone's letter to Mr. Harrison, and asked him if he did not think the letter was unimportant, because it was all mere sentiment. ` Yes,' said he, ` it is mere sentiment ; but sentiment rules man-kind.' He had, indeed, profound sympathy for the weak and oppressed. On the evening of March 6, immediately preceding the fatal illness with which he was seized on the following morning, I rallied him about his recent article on the Boer war, saying that when he next went to England he would not be a welcome guest at the Court. ` Well,' said he, with a quick flash of the eye, ` I can go to see Kruger.' He loved little children. Every spring he spent many hours at the summer mission for sick children. He looked after the arrangements for cooking and baths. He gave attention to the size and comfort of the cribs and savings for these children of the poor. He was a devout man, a believer in God and in righteousness. A few weeks before his death we were talking of the utterances of a certain public man. General Harrison said: ` The trouble is, that he leaves God out of the twentieth century. Whoever leaves God out of his calculation cannot rightly judge of the future.' "
General Harrison was right. Sentiment does rule this world. " Out of the heart are the issues of life." Love is the strongest force in the universe. God is love.