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Thomas Nelson Page
THOMAS NELSON PAGE first came into national prominence seventeen years ago through the publication by The Century Magazine of the short story called Marse Chan. He received eighty dollars for the story. A few years ago, in conversation with Mr. Frank G. Carpenter, the author related the incidents which led to the writing of Marse Chan.
Richard Harding Davis
A GREAT many persons, indeed, a great many critics, have called Richard Harding Davis superficial. They obviously had one thing in mind and said another. Perhaps they may have meant to say that sometimes Mr. Davis dealt in superficialities. We lean toward Professor Harry Thurston Peck's opinion.
John Kendrick Bangs
A DOZEN years or so ago, when Mr. Bangs faced at home an audience, which had gathered to hear his address on The Evolution of the Humorist, he said : I was born in and have resided in Yonkers for a number of years ; I have braved the perils of life in this community, and have endured, without a murmur, the privations common to all of us.
Hamlin Garland
HAMLIN GARLAND is Western in every sense of that broad term. To him the West has been birthplace, playground, battlefield. Not only as a writer but also as a man he takes that far-seeing, keen, sincere, unconventional view of things in general that distinguishes the thoroughbred Westerner. Like Jim Matteson, the hero of his latest novel, he sympathizes with the elements.
Paul Leicester Ford
IN 1876, when Paul Leicester Ford was eleven years old, he published The Webster Genealogy, a genealogy of Noah Webster, with notes and corrections of his own. When he was seventeen he published Websteriana, a catalogue of books by Noah Webster, collated from the library of Gordon L. Ford.
Robert Neilson Stephens
AS we write this sketch, we have in mind the familiar picture of Robert Louis Stevenson, stretched out on a couch in his Samoan home, ailing, working. There is a sad sweetness in the sharpened face, and in the eyes is a gleam of bravery or determination.
Charles G.D. Roberts
PROFESSOR Roberts he is still called by his old friends in New Brunswick, and, so far as we know, Old Man he is still called by his literary companions. The Old Man, said Richard Hovey a few years ago, he is fondly called by the poets who are his companions.
Winston Churchill
LATE in the year 1900 it suddenly became plain to some of the mystified inhabitants of the literary world that there were two Winston Churchills. It is indeed remarkable how long the error lived which confounded Winston L. S. Churchill, war correspondent and politician, and eldest son of Lord Randolph Churchill, with plain Winston Churchill, the author of Richard Carvel.
The Banks Of The River
Now I further saw that betwixt the pilgrims and the gate of the city was a river ; but there was no bridge to go over, and the river was very deep. At the sight of this river the pilgrims were much stunned ; but the men that went with them said, You must go through, or you cannot come at the gate.
The Aged Believer's Truimph
It is appointed unto men once to die. The time is fixed by an immutable decree. The days of our years are threescore years and ten, and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow : for it is soon cut off, and we flee away.
The Heavenly Rest
How welcome to the aged Christian is the thought of heaven ! As the toil-worn labourer hails with gladness the hour of rest; as the wave-tossed mariner discerns with thankfulness the haven of safety ; as the weary exile approaches with feelings of rapture his native country; so does the believer rejoice in the immediate prospect of eternal gory.
Prayer For One Nearing Another World
O MOST merciful God! I rejoice that thou dost reign over the universe with a sovereign sway, so that thou dost according to thy will in the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth.
God Of My Youth
GOD of my childhood and my youth, The guide of all my days, I have declared thy heavenly truth, And told thy wondrous ways.
Here And There
HERE, 'mid death and danger, mournfully we stay, Everything around us yielding to decay ; But in the better country, sin's dark triumph o'er, All things are enduring - life for evermore.
Books And Bookmen
THEY cannot be separated any more than sheep and a shepherd, but I am minded to speak of the bookman rather than of his books, and so it will be best at the outset to define the tribe.It does not follow that one is a bookman because he has many books, for he may be a book huckster or his books may be those without which a gentleman's library is not complete.
Humour And Analysis
AS a writer on any subject is apt to have a partial mind, I desire to clear myself at once from all prejudice by offering to my judicial readers the assurance of my profound conviction that a sense of humour is a hindrance to practical success in life, but of course they will notice the qualified form of my statement.
Robert Burns: The Voice Of The Scots People
WHEN one writes on Robert Burns with the hope of interesting Scots people, one is embarrassed by this double difficulty that the subject of this article presents so many different points of interest, and the audience to whom it is addressed is essentially though justly critical.
Waverley Novels
ENGLISH literature, with all its wealth of genius, does not afford another body of fiction so wide in its historical range, so varied in its types of character, so genial in its humanity as the series of romances which will be known while our speech lasts by the felicitous title of the Waverley Novels.
The Hand Clasp Of Neighbors
Anciently, one of the world's most magnificent races. Today, a race of timid, cringing, downtrodden serfs. That in brief is the history of the Incas of Peru and Bolivia. The greatness of their ancestors is now only a tradition. More vivid to them are the tales of punishments meted out to leaders of the early uprisings tongues cut out, bodies torn limb from limb sights seen by grandfathers now living.
Land Of Cherry Blossoms And Smoke Stacks
We have been accustomed to think of Japan as a land of cherry blossoms; wistaria, Fujiyama, and the quaint kimono; but it is becoming increasingly necessary to think of Japan as a land of smoke stacks.Thirty-four years ago there were about one hundred and twenty-five modern factories in Japan. At the present time there are at least twenty thousand.
Trees And Men
Trees ! Trees and prosperity. Lack of trees and poverty. Trees and uprightness. Lack of trees and crime. Trees and the poetry of ideals. Lack of trees and a barren soul. In China has been remarkably demonstrated the unique relation between human well-being and trees. China is a land of desperate toil.
Regenerating A Race With Tools And Bibles
Any Filipino who can scribble dog verse is a songster, a new Shelley, a budding Omar Khayyam. The population of the Philippines is ninety-nine per cent poets and one per cent. farmers. - So wrote a critic of the Filipinos. He would not be correct in making such comment today.
Preachers Of The Plow
Up farmers, and away to India ! If you have any scientific knowledge of agriculture, you are needed there. If you wish to do genuine Christian missionary work, this is your opportunity. For the truth is that the progress of Christianity in India will depend to a very large extent in the future upon the progress of agriculture.
The Golden Whirlpool
There is a whirlpool in Africa which swallows twenty thousand men every year. Its name is Johannesburg. Some people call it The Golden City, because it is the center of the gold mining industry. Others call it The University of Crime, because of the debauching influence it exerts upon the life of half a continent.
Putting The World To Work
Missionaries are such impracticable people. What the heathen need is something more than psalm-singing and theology. Sprinkling water on their heads and giving them a Scripture name has little value. They should be taught to use their hands to saw wood, in modern parlance.
Moses Hayyim Luzzatto
In its precise sense, the term renaissance cannot be applied to the movement that asserted itself in Hebrew literature at the end of the fifteenth century, as little as the term Decadence can be applied to the epoch preceding it.
Germany - The Meassefim
The intellectual emancipation of the Jews in Germany anticipated their political and social emancipation. That is a truth generally acknowledged. Long secluded from all foreign ideas, confined within religious and dogmatic bounds, German Judaism was a sharer in the physical and social misery of the Judaism of Slavic countries.
The Galician School - Poland And Austria
The Polish scholars domiciled in Germany entered, as we have seen, into the work of the Meassefim. Presently it will appear that the movement itself was transferred to Poland, where it produced a much more lasting effect than elsewhere. In the West of Europe Hebrew was destined to vanish little by little, and make room for the languages of the various countries.
In Lithuania - Humanism In Russia
We are in the Jewish country, perhaps the only Jewish country in the world. The last to participate in the intellectual move-ment of European Judaism, the Lithuanian Jews start into view, in the second half of the seventeenth century, as a peculiar social organism, clearly marked as such from its first appearance.
Abraham Mapu - The Romatic Movement
The political reaction following upon the Polish revolution of 1831 made itself felt in Lithuania particularly. The hand of the government weighed heavy upon the people of this province. The University of Wilna was closed, and all traces of civilization were effaced.
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