Article Title

Sumner's Plagiarism.

Authors

Newspaper Title

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Publication Date

6-17-1856

Publication Place

Cleveland,Ohio

Event Topic

Sumner Caning

Political Party

Democratic

Region

free state

Quote

We are unprepared to say that a man should be cudgeled over the head for the gross crime of plagiarism, but we believe it is a pretty good rule in the old-fashioned schools to give a youth a good licking for that offence.

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Article (Journal or Newsletter)

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We are unprepared to say that a man should be cudgeled over the head for the gross crime of plagiarism, but we believe it is a pretty good rule in the old-fashioned schools to give a youth a good licking for that offence. Under this rule Sumner would certainly have to hold out his hand.

The Republican journals have been quite lavish in their praise of Senator Sumner's speech. They have pronounced it Demosthenic, &c., and the Buffalo Republic takes occasion to show that in this respect they are not far out of the way. It quotes from Demosthenes's great oration on the crown:

It cannot be that you have acted wrong in encountering danger bravely for the liberty and safety of all Greece. No! By the generous souls who were exposed at Marathon! By those who stood arrayed at Platea! By those who encountered the Persian fleet at Salamis, who fought at Artemisium! By all those illustrious sons of Athens whose remains lie deposited in the public monuments! What belongs to gallant men they all performed; their success was such as Providence dispenses to each.

The following is from Senator Sumner's speech:

But it cannot be that she acts wrong for herself and children, when in this cause she thus encounters reproach. No! By all the souls who were exposed at Lexington -- by those who stood arrayed at Bunker Hill -- by the many from her bosom who, on all the fields of the first great struggle, lend their vigorous arms to the great cause of all -- by the children she has borne, whose names alone are national trophies, is Massachusetts now vowed irrevocable to this work. What belongs to the faithful servant she will do in all things, and Providence shall determine the result.

Sumner has also the Demosthenic courage.-- It is related of that weak-kneed Greecian, that when escaping from some sanguinary foe he was arrested by a bush, he fell upon his knees and begged for his life most piteously.

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Sumner's Plagiarism.

We are unprepared to say that a man should be cudgeled over the head for the gross crime of plagiarism, but we believe it is a pretty good rule in the old-fashioned schools to give a youth a good licking for that offence.