288 THE COMING OF THE EUROPEANS.
THE UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD OF MAN.
These views, which it would seem impossible to
gainsay, do not at all conflict with the sublime
doctrine which the Christian religion teaches us,
of the universal brotherhood. of man, and the obli-
gation which rests upon us all to regard every
human being with sentiments of cordial and honest
good will. They do not in the least excuse the
acts of injustice and cruelty which have been per-
petrated so extensively upon the Indian tribes dur-
ing the last two hundred years, in consequence of
which the gradual displacement of the old race by
the new, which might have proceeded quietly, -
peacefully, and without individual suffering, has
been hurried onward with so much violence and
wrong. Let us hope, however, that the period of
this injustice is now over, and that the ancient
race, though its days are numbered and are fast
passing away, may be cheered in its decline by the
kind and friendly regards of those that are to suc-
ceed to its heritage, and thus be permitted to spend
the remainder of its old age in happiness and peace.