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Among the ancients, a trophy con- sisted of a pile of arms taken from a vanquished enemy, raised by the conqueror in the most conspicuous part of the field of battle, and usually dedicated to some one of their gods. KEPORT RESPECTING NATIONAL TROPHIES.^ Victories, in all ages of the world, have been commemorated by the exhibition of trophies. pears, through Texas, into Mexico and Central and South America. But, if Texas remain in her present position, this could not take place ; for they could not enter her territory, and, of course, could not pass through it to the free nations south of that country. Tucker's calculations have demontsrated that, " in about eighty years, all pecuniary motive for the continuance of slavery in the United States will have ceased." Where must the millions of tins valueless black population find a resting-place and a home? But, if Texas speedily becomes part of the Union, then the diffusion of this black population will be slowly and gradually made from the north to the south, until it disap- 432 IMPORTANCE OF STATISTICS. 431 and all the hopes and comforts of life, thej can occupy, amonc» equals, a position thej can never attain in any part of this Union." These long extracts have been introduced here, because the opinions expressed are in most complete corroboration of the calcu- lations and the deductions alread^^ expressed in this report. There, also, as slaves, in the lapse of time, from the density of population and other causes, are emancipated, they will disappear, from time to time, west of the Del Norte ; and, beyond the limits of the Union, among a race of their own color, will be dif- fused throughout this vast region, where they will not be a degrad- ed caste, and where, as to climate, and social and moral condition, I IMPORTANCE OF STATISTICS.
It is a favorite maxim of his that the business of life is to be useful, — and it may be truly affirmed that few men ever succeeded more fully in illustrating this noble sentiment. Part Second embraces his Addresses and Letters, on a variety of topics, and some of his Congressional Reports and Speeches. These flags should be placed so as to be seen by every citizen who may wish to observe them.
He was the builder of his own model, as well as the maker of his own fortune. In the opinion, then, of your committee, the public exhibition of NATIONAL TROPHIES.
His examples of success, of private virtue, public spirit, cheerful temper, and philanthropic zeal, are fraught with too many important considerations to be either neglected or concealed. They constitute a rich legacy for the rising gen- erations of our country, and his name will long be asso- VI PREFACE. 435 trophies of war must, in time of peace, have a tendency to develop national feeling ; and in war excite a spirit of emulation in heroic achievements, which will add other trophies to those which it should now be our pride to display.
55, making a disposition of foreign flags which have been taken in battle, and of such flags of the United States as have been used in memorable battles. sentatives had tliis subject under consideration, they were informed by the then Secretary of War : " Of the standards and colors taken by the army of the United States, during the war of the Revolution, six remain in this office ; others, it is understood, were deposited in Philadelphia while Con- gress sat in that city.
In our own country, as early as the 23d of June, 1778, it was ''Resolved, That the board of war be directed to collect the standards and colors taken by the army of the United States since the commencement of the [Revolutionary] war." This resolution of Congress was, however, lamentably neglected; for in January, 1814, when a committee of the House of Repre- *28/^ Congress, second session, House of Representatives, JVb. January 28, 1845 —Report of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds, to whom was referred joint resolution No.