LIFE AND LETTERS OF JOSEPH HARDY NEESIMA
IN QUEST OF TRUTH. 47 the earnestness and persistence with which this young mind pursues its quest of truth and knowledge in spite of ridicule, blows, and bodily infirmity. Here, too, is the record of the struggle with parental obedience, of the fears of failure and disgrace. From every easy avenue open to ambition and advancement he turned aside. From the strong influences of the religious and social systems in which he had been reared he broke away, because they failed to satisfy him. His eJe was fixed upon no narrow horizon of personal ad vantage. With a far-sightedness which is marvelous in one so young and inexperienced, he discerned dimly the true source of future good for his native land, and following steadfastly the light of that conviction went steadily on his own way, the true patriot, braving the death which would have been the only welcome home in the event of failure.