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Boston February 26 The recent renewal of the un
ShakespeareABacon controversy has again brought
ilder discussion the original documentary evidence which
side or the other
ssjijght affect any of the arguments on one
ijld the fact that this evidence is but scanty and fragmen
try at the best gives each individual scrap the greater
iSlue Accordingly the fact not generally known that one
the most Important bits of what is taken for Shake
ares handwriting is owned in America comes to have
ticular Interest just now for all who are interested in
akespearcs life and work
f0j The precious scrawl for it is little more than that to
E romantic It was
modern eye was of almost discovery
one of the short strips of parchment and paper which
J re part of the hinge of the binding of a copy of Sir
gliomas Norths translation of Plutarchs Lives printed in
trfoj and was identified when the original binding of the
Yotume was strengthened 277 years after it came from the
pi ss That the poets signature and the single line of script
iietow it together making the longest specimen of writing
fnScxistence which is called Shakespeares with any appear
ance of credibility should thus be a part of the book from
which he drew the plot and many of the very phrases of at
least three of bis most famous plays is set down as merely a
coincidence but it is certainly a very striking one
Books were bound in the seventeenth century differently
from the modern way What are called the lining leaves
Jwhich are nowadays pasted to the inside of the boards that
faifm the cover were then left loose apparently like fi >
leaf Certainly if they ever adhered to the boards they m
tiwe became detached from them for as they are found to
dfcy they are free Under them is usually exposed a fold of
parchment about two inches wide running the whole length
ofjfthe hinge and two or more leaves of paper of about the
game sire all of them a part of the binding These little
folds or strips of paper are frequently leaves from some
older book or discarded sheets from office In Shake
Wares time the general character of the latter often md
cates that they came to the binder as refuse from the ofhee
ofithe London scriveners
it was on such a strip of paper as this in the binding
Sjhas been said of a copy of North a Plutarch that thr
American signature of Shakespeare was found The book
yap one of two which a Mr Samuel Gasking an English
nan from London sold to the Boston public library in the
fill of 1880 The other volume was a first folio of Ben
JoSson and Mr Gasking who said he was a proofreader
lojiking for employment told the library that he had picked up
both in a London second hand bookshop He was willing
totpart with them for a reasonable sum and as the library
happened to have neither they were bought at something lets
than the usual price for such books and added to the col
lection of Elizabethan literature especially early edtions of
Shakespeare and books illustrating Shakespeare which then
asnow ranked as by the far the finest in the United States
Incidentally Mr Gasking called the librarians attention to
Uje signature and other writing inthe Plutarch which were
even then exposed opposite the quaint oldfashioned title
page and said that he thought they might be Shakespeares
ku apparently he set no higher value on the book on that
Recount
pBThe late Judge Mellcn Chamberlain was then at the head
Jsfjthe Boston public library and after Mr Gasking had
fgone he examined the Plutarch and the Shakespeare writing
carefully He was himself a collector of autographs and had
ni experts knowledge of them Indeed the collection of
autographs and manuscripts which he afterward presepted to
thS library and a part of which including a complete set
fofjthe autographs of the signeri of the Declaration of Inde
fjpendence now hangs on the walls of one of the reading
rooms is one of the most remarkable and valuable in this
country His conclusions about the Shakespearean treasure
trove therefore have the authority of an expert behind
than and they are strongly to the effect that both the name
sand the curious line below it were made by tbc pen of the
Jjtfeat poet and playwright
Wllm Shakspeare
hundred and twenty poundes
JsTjvhat i G faint cramped Elizabethan characters spell
TjTht browni W colored ink is still bright and clear for the
light which fades so many old manuscripts has of course
never had a chance to a fleet it As an expert Judge Cham
ifcerlain examined ink and paper and scrutinized every letter
IfKseemed undoubted that the piece of paper on which
Shakespeare s name appears was organically a part of the
> poU as originally put on the market but the question of
Twhen the writing was put upon it was open to discussion
Another similar strip of paper in the back of the volume
eteldiscovered was also inscribed the words coming so near
tofthe hinge of the cover which they faced that it was
hardly possble that they should have been written after the
book was bound beside which it did seem likely that tbpy
Wuld have been hidden in such an outoftheway place if
jtljcy had been They and the name of Wllm Shakespeare
jhundred and twenty poundes though not in the same ink
areJboth Judge Chamberlain stated undoubtedly in the ink
Jiud handwriting of the Seventeenth century and had proba
bly been concealed until the lining sheet of the cover became
cdetached certainly were if the lining was ever pasted down
jjSolthat it was probable that at a time when there was no
inducement to forge them they had been written where they
iiWere found
gJBJA curious piece of evidence moreover was furnished by
jworm hole which shows in the parchment strip and in the
title page as well as in the pajier bearing Shakespeares
iHname which it pierces just before the word and in hun
vfered and twenty poundes Beyond that It penetrates jio
gPages of the text Judge Chamberlain remarked tbat this
circumstance established nothing unless it could be ifiscov
tSS Vhen the worm worked but it is clear that the writing
pgoj done before that time otherwise the pen would have
js wtfcht on the edges of the hole and made an irregular line
J = jiKlich it plainly did not do Other experts whom Judge
tCJwiraberlain consulted quite agreed with him as to the weight
Jtof videncc declaring their belief that the s knature was
jjtthe autograph of some one who called himself William
ojShakspeare that is to say that it was a mans name writ
> ji3 by himself and not an imitation written by another man
jand saying that it bofe strong resemblance to the known
genuine signatures of the poet Shakespeare the differences
abeing accounted for jferhans b th < timr wV i H t
jljave written it if he did write it for he could not have been
j iuch older than 40 and might lme been much younger
cj fThe other writing referred to as being on the papers con
at Incd in the binding was a bit of Latin verse Judge Chara
j berlain did not pretend to explain the source u tiinsr
pHow such papers he said partly legal and partly literary
eajSe together is unknown If as has been suggested they
jwerc from some scriveners office why should Shakespeares
name be found among them It Would hardly dd to say that
Jjlfs because as has been conjectured from his familiarity
jSjvjtb technical law terms and phrases he was at one time a
Ss 5crs cek or d ° es hc fr which the entry ap
JWJ that of underwriting on a policy of insurance war
tyrant the conclusion that the paper is part of such an in
j ttjijtmciit signed by Shakespeare which found it way to a
jiWwyer s office It is not known tbat he used any of his
fr > jtal in that way though such a conjecture receives color
a J gn the familiarity with ships and sea terms which his
gikitmas show But these papers are together and apparently
1i ve been for nearly three centuries nor is it more strange
W one of them should be in the hand of any of his name
Smue wor < s hundred and twenty poundes
jHThe only generally accepted specimens of Shakespeares
feWMdwriting known to be in existence were written between
Hwb and 1616 when he was 50 and over and after disease
fdisuse of the pen had apparently robbed him of the
Jlity which so prolific an author nust once have had
rre o them are on as many pages of his will executed
before his death and were all written in the same day
other two were done less thati three years before and
J each of the five shows decided differences from the
frs It was a tme when signatures were of less consc
ice as marks of identification than they are now and
did not take the trouble even to spell their names ai
rs in the aame way to say nothing of always forming the
ers after the same fashion So the expert finds many
culties in the way of a positive opinion But if the
srys writing was really penned by Shakespeare the poet
dramatist it is not only the most valuable bit of manu
pt from the collectors point of view in this country but
the finest autograph of Shakespeare in the world since
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HOUSTON DAILY POST SUNDAY MOKNINq MARCIJ 21902
What May Be the Most Interesting Book iw thu Womjj
Title page of Norths Plutarch in the Boston Library from which Shakespeare drew hi Roman plays with the poets
I supposed autograph almost pierced by a wormhole at the left
it includes not only his name but the additional words below
Apart from this strangely found signature the book In
which it was discovered has special interest As has already
been mentioned it was from Korths Plutarch that Shake
speare took three of his dramas the socalled Roman plays
Coriolanus Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra
It is not suggested for a moment that the playwright used
or owned the copy of the translation which is now among
the Boston public librarys treasures but it is known that he
drew upon the same edition of the book It is a large
volume twelve and seveneighths inches long eight and
threeeighths inches wide and two and onehalf inches thick
bound in dark skin which the centuries have dried and
cracked and stained When it came to the library the stitch
ing had givn way the fly leaves were gone and the text was
brdly rumpled and in need of freshening So it was sent to
the bindery for necessary repairs but today it is in preciselj
the same condition in which it left the booksellers bands
not quite 300 years ago except for times decolorations
The quaint old lettering is as distinct to read as it ever was
and the paper soft to the touch and mellowed to the eye
is tough still
There is out other very interesting thing about this par
ticular copy of the book which has no reference to Shake
pecre It is the name of a former owner Richard Haw
kins written upon the title page in old handwriting The
letters it has been suggested may very well have been
traced by the renowned Sir Richard Hawkins Sir Richard
was a famous mariner in his time and commanded one of
the vessels of the fleet Which repelled Spains Invincible
Armada when his father Admiral Sir John Hawkins was
commander in chief of the English ships In 1593 Sir Rich
ard was captured by Spaniards while on a prowling expe
dition along their coasts To Hawkins as a man of action
and a figure in Stirring English history Plutarch might well
have made a very special appeal
The Boston public library expresses no opinion regarding
the Writing in this interesting old book its function being
only to keep its volumes where they may be of most servico
to the student and the scholar and not to comment upon their
contents It may be permitted howeer to the lover of
books to review in bis imagination all of the romantic possit
biliues which are bound into the copy of Norths Plutarch
which the library guards so carefully There is fascination
in believing that the poets name and the line which follows
it were executed by his own hand painfully perhaps for the
writing looks labored yet rirmly for it is so distinct that it
seems as if the ink had scarcely dried The scrap of paper on
which it was written seems as has been said to have been
the waste from some scrivener s office and might once have
passed under the eye of John Miltons father who was a
London scrivener during a large part of Shakespeares most
active life Again it is not impossible that the dramatist
may have read this very Plutarch for the inspiration for his
Roman plays and it may have been from his own hands
that it passed into the possession of Sir Richard Hawkins
i for the book should once have been Sir Richards to make
the most of the speculative opportunities bf its title page If
these things could be proved one would have the most valua
ble printed book in any library in the world The trouble
i that they can t be
Magazine Notes
The bright cover of the March number of Pearsons Maga
sine suggests a festive occasion of some sort and the words
printed under the illustration Third Anniversary give a
clew to its nature while the words over the title The New
Elixir of Lifc seem symbolic rather of the continuance of
the fresh and virile character of this vigorous young strip
ling of the monthlies Three years old it is and this nura
bci begins the fourth year with rich promise
Among the most intimate of the poet Tennysons Ameri
can friends ws Captain W Gordon McCabe Of Virginia
who visited him both at Farringford and Aid worth at
various times from 1884 to 189a Captain McCabe with the
consent of the present Lord Tennyson has contributed to the
Century an article of personal recollections of the laureate
Which sets forth in a variety of aspects bis intellectual and
domestic life Some interesting autographs accompany the
article and a portrait from a photograph by Barraud Among
the topics treated of are Tennyson as a host as a reader of
his own poems and as a smoker his table talk about Thack
eray and Shakespeare his methods of work etc and there
his fathers
is a very curious story concerning escape from
an embarrassing and dangerous position at the Russian court
In Harpers Magazine for March there are four more of
E A Abbeys beautiful pictures illustrating The Deserted
Village The number is especially rich in short stories
which ar contributed by Mark Twain William Dean How
ells Richard Lc GaUiuuis Maris Via Vorst Roy Rotfe OU
acwl jWy Kii f lf Hi > ffr ir
sou Grace Denio Litchfield Mary Applewhite Bacon Arthur
Cotton Eleanor Hoyt and James Brunch Cabell
Colliers Weekly celebrates Washington s Birthday by
printing elaborate pictures of tbc new building it is occupy
ing The tremendous strides made by this publication and
this publishing house In the Jst few years only shows what
energy and intelligence will accomplish in this country
The Century for March contains two features in the field
of popular science either one of which would give distinct
tion to a number of the magiuioe nn authoritative record of
Marconis recent work by P TrlicGrwth with a prefatory
note by Mr Marconi authenticating the pap and a popular
article by Dr Albert P Mathews entitled 1 he Sature of the
Xerve Impulse setting forth the details of the writers in
vestigations the recent announcement of which has stimu
lated public interest and cunotity
The March number of the short story magazine 10 Story
Book is out The stories in this issue are largely aiong the
lines of psychic phenomena to which so much tht t Is
being given at the present time Elisabeth Phfp i ram
has the leading story entitled Tell Junior
>
The March issue of Frank Leslies Popular Monthly ap
pears as the Charleston Exposition number and ncides
some thirty pages of admirable photographs of the great
fair together with an intelligent running commentary by
Cuyler Smith
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The magazine called Universal Brotherhood Path is pub
lished at Point Lorn a in California and is designed to spread
the knowledge M the theosophists faith and practices The
February number contains many good things the most nota
ble being Goethes Faust A Study of the Higher Law
and Richard Wagner as a Seer Both these articles show
deep and well digested thought and suggeu some high ideals
Naturally only such views of the subjects are shown and
emphasized as will point the moral of the peculiar creed of
that mystic and beautiful religion they call theosophy
Spr
mng
Rouse my ladl the sun is shining
On your curtained window there
Rouse my lad no more lie pining
For a fickle maiden fair
See 1 how Love has decked in beauty
Nature sweeter than a bride
Shun your dreams and haste to duty
Happy even tbat you tried
Smile my girl your tears are falling
Where bright dewy bl Of seals spring
Smile my girl I the birds are calling
Heart notes tender Listen I Sing I
Though one mans false troth was plighted
Honest loving still has birth
Wrongs to Trust and Truth are righted
Falsehoods perish from the earth
Joy my friend 1 cast off your sadness
Rest your weary mourning eyes
Joy my friend for Springs pure gladnats
For Gods blissful ernal skies
Whi the grave must hide your treasire
Freshest tendrils wreathe the ground
Buds of Hope will swell till Pleasure
Sacred holy screens the mound
J S Henoeesoj in Corpus Christi Cro y
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Are We Corrupting the English
Why do the English literary periodicals continually in
dulge in adverse comment on American advertising methods
Their own publishers are beginning to follow the same
fashion and a recent Englishmans advertisement begin
j in immense black type as follows Now or Navea Youa
Labi Chance or Garuxo Koua Povmds Worth or Vvlu
awe Books roa One Guinea Thif QStr null b withdraw
on the 3Ut day of this month Is it possible tb t the
American influence is slowly but surely corrupting the Eng
lish method of advertising that paraphrasing the poet s
allusion to vice our advertising js a monster of such
hideous mien that to be hated needs but to be seen but
seen too oft familiar with its face the English first endure
then pity trjen embrace Of course advertising cant
make a book it didnt make The Bight of Way or Cardi
gan or David Harum but it goes a long way toward
selling a book which possesses tbat hiysterious unknown
quality of popularity so impoitiblr positively to locate and
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Critical Views of <
< Some New Books
TUB JEW AS A PATRIOT
The Jew as a Patriot by Madison C Peters author of
Justice to the Jew a well known Baptist clergyman is In
the nature of a reply to Mark Twains article in Harpers
Macasine Where he accused the Jew with a patriotic disin
clination to stand by the flag as a soldier
Dr Peters first points out tbat Jews furnished the money
necessary for Columbus expedition and that the wonderfully
well planned expedition of Columbus was due to the scien
tific achievements of Spanish and Portuguese Jews
He takes up the part which the Jews played in the
Colonial cause how freely they gave their lives for in
dependence and sided with their money to equip and main
tain the armies of the Revolution
Next the author speaks of the Jew who distinguished
themselves in the Mexican war while in an Interesting chap
ter he portrays the conspicuous place of the Jew in bur
regutar army and navy showing that in every branch of the
service he has made an honorable record Although there
were only i0000 Jews in the United States t the time of
the civil war nearly 8000 Jewish soldiers served in the Union
and Confederate armies
The fim official call to organize the abolition movement
in i8sj was signed by five Germans of Chicago four of them
JewsOver
Over 4000 Jewish soldiers served in the American armies
during the war with Spain
Irl the armies of Europe the Jew has likewise been con
sjgeisoui Some of Napoleons greatest marshals were Jews
So of the greatest oldlers of Germany and Austria were
Jews by birth and inherited genius The Jewish population
of Europe is about 8oonooo They contribute js ° ooo men
of the war strength of European armies The proportion of
Jews among the soldiers of Europe is greater than that of
any other race Kearlv 1000 Jews have served England in
her war with the Roers Aft over the empire Jews arose
one in heart and interest with the Imperial people
The author might have found other valuable material for
his book if he had consulted the historical records of Texas
Rabbi Henry Cohen of Galveston a fewyears ago published
a booklet on the Jew in early Texas times whieh was full
of stirring heroism performed by Jewish patriots It may be
added also that Dr Cohens review has the quality of fine
literary style
DELSARTE EXPRESSION
Genevieve Stebbins book The Delsarte System of Ex
pression is an able exposition of the proper esthetic prin
ciples Of movement and tone production The author sets
forth clearly and concisely the scientific fundamentals under
lying her art of esthetics applied to oratory and acting Her
writing it rich with the grace and glow of the eloquence of
earnestness lor attention and mental concentration on
the part of the reader are essential if he would get the good
of Mrs Stebbins directions But one must always work for
anything that is wnrth having Mrs Stebbins is said to
be Steele Mackaye s greatest pupil while Mackaye himself
was Deisartes greate t Neither of these masters left any
written record of their work so their earnest disciple tries
by this book to repair their omission
NAKED TRUTHS AND VEILED ALLUSIONS
This little hook of epigrams and aphorisms by Minnie
Thomas Antrim Titisn is one of many similar books
which numerous authors have written and got printed iii
recent years It is neither better ntr worse than the general
run of them Some of the epigrams and aphorisms arc
bright some are not a good many are trite
Of the epigrams and aphorisms that are not good one is
tempted to say that the naked truths Tould be better veiled
and the veiled allusions undraped
If you can not be clever be careful is not altogether
bad although perhaps somewhat flippant
The Bible not only teaches but conclusively proves that
Revolution follows Acts Experience coincides is better
Many a pointed thing has been written with a blunt
pen is fair
Courtesy is to man all that daintiness is to woman is
good
A homely fae and no figure have aided many women
heavenward is cynical but witty
These are some of the best Thsre are many others not
SO flP < L
HOW TO PROLONG LIFE
S Marcus Rothschild Lt 0 II D of Chicago Is the
author of tbis book which Is merely a set of more or less
valuable hygienic rules most of which are found In most
books on hygiene
Mr Rothschild gives some good and some bad advice as
to sleeping eating drinking bathing and cxrrcisaig Vegr
tarianisffl and teetotatism which he recommends are by no
means recommended by the majority of the faculty of
physicians
Mr Rothschild can dot go very far in matters relating to
hygiene without getting beyond his depth when his subject
requires medical knowledge he flounders at the very first
step He is a great believer in the Kneipp cure The book con
tains a portrait of the lit Rev Mgr Seb Kneipp besides a
portrait of the author The title page contains the statement
tliat thousands of physicians have given up patients whose
valuable and precious lives were saved with our mode of
healing a statement which thf physicians would be very
likely to vigorously dispute
The book is of little value and can not be recommended to
any one
AN ACADEMIC EDUCATION
Mr R t Cvmc of Chicago has put forth a little booklet
embodying the result of an investigation he has made of this
subject The full title he adopts whieh explains the exast
nature of bis investigation is The Utility of an Academic
Education for Young Men Who Have to Earn Their Own
Iiviig and Who Expect to Pursue Commercial Life
After stating his case Mr Craae proceeds to propound
his query to College presidents Replies are published from
Piof Charles W Eliot president of Harvard university
from Prof Arthur T Hadley president of Yale university
from Prof Francis L Patton of Princeton university from
Prof Nicholas Murry Butler acting president of Columbia
university from President Hall of Clark university Presi
dent Angell of the University of Michigan President Dra
per of the University of Illinois President Harper of the
University of Chisago from President Wheeler of the
University Of California from President MacLean of the
University oflow Dean Griffin pf Johns Hopkins Chan
cellor Andrews of the University of Michigan President
Jordan of the Leland Stanford Jr university a cloud of
witnesses
All except two President Wheeler of the University of
Chicago and President Hall of Clark university seem to
think that a college education is of benefit to business men
Next the investigator propounds his query to college
graduates from many universities and to one hundred
business men with varying replies
The author comes Ut the conclusion that this investiga
tion proves that a college education is of but little prac
tical advantage in busttjess an opinion which a great many
men share and whieh a treat many men dispute
A Spider s Wooing
Scarcely however had Araneiua retumed to continue
her frast upon thu fly than still another summons came
over the telegraph system from the outer edge of the web
a signal different from any of the previous ones seemingly
cf a timorous nature Araneina knew at once that it was
from a gentleman spider come acourting who did not dare
to venture too close until he was sure of the mood his lady
love was in
lt very oten happens that ait ak spider who is precipi
tate in thrusting his attentions upon one of the other sex
heb just long enough to rtgret it for should tbc lady
chance to be hungry she would not scruple to make her
next meal upon an adventurous wooer Araneinas courtier
evidently did notconsider the occasion propitious for love
making for when at his third or fourth diffident signal
she angrily darted toward him fie dropped to the ground and
disappeared
Aiatwirta now ate the remainder of the contents of the
fly Then further trussjng up the beetle in her larder for
the ntxt days breakfast she retired into the cleft of the
limb above her vycb for tbo night Ptrio t Umuim for
March
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Stephen Phillips
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Ulysses
The prologue on Olympus shews Athene pleading with
Zeus for the release of Ulysses from the wiles
of Calypso
The angry objections raised by Poseidon god of the sea
bodes further trouble
for the hero The first act snows
the wanton and drunken orgies of the suitors for
PeneJopeV
hand who are strutting and roystering about Ulysses palace u
all
contemptuous of the feeble protests of the son Tele
machus These scenes are depicted with
passion and daring
but the true touch of the master hand is apparent only when
the sweet and faithful Penelope appears on the riotous
scene This dainty and lilting lyric sung by a minstrel In
troduces the change of theme
O set the sails for Tre for Troy has fallen
And Helen comcth home
O set the sails and all the Phrygian wlndj
Breathe us across the foam I
O set the sails unto the golden West I
It Is oer the bitter strife
At last the father comcth to the son
And the husband to the wife
And she falls upon his heart
With never a spoken word
Here Penelope appears and addresses the minstrel in these
exquisite lines dewy with the unshed tears of hope deferred
Cease minstrel cease and sing some other song
The music floated tip Into my room
And the sweet words of it have hurt my heart
Others teturn the otherhusbands but
Never for me that sail on the sea line
Never a sound of oars beneath the moon
Nor sudden step beside me at midnight
Never Ulysses Either he is drowned
Or his bones lie on the mainland in the rain
For a time the clamorous and fawning suitors intervene
creating new cause of pity for the steadfast wife but the
scene closes with Peneolpe standing alone in the twilight
and stretching out her arms for on who never comes
Where art thou husband Dost thou lie even now <
Helpless with coral and swaying as the sea sways
Or dost thou live and art with magic held
By some strange woman 011 a lone sea isle
Yet w e are bound more close than by a charm
By fireside plans and counsel in the dawn
Like gardeners have we watched a growing child
Thy sou is tall thou wilt be proud of him
All is in order by the fire thy chair
Tby bed is smoothed but now these hands have left it
Thou knowest the long years I have not quailed
True to a vision steadfast to a dream
Inriissolubly married to remembrance
But now I am so driven 1 faint at last
Why roust my beauty madden all these wolves
Why have the gods thus guarded my first bloom 1
hy am I fresh why young if not for thee
Come come Ulysses Burn back through the world
Come take the broad seas at one mighty leap
And rush upon this bosom with a cry
Ere tis too late at laM last instant come
After thi strain of exalted devotion it is rather difficulty
to get up any enthusiasm for Ulysses whenhe t shown rcv
cciving the caresses of Calypso and making no effort to jj
cape from the island until the gods intervene Yet when
the spell is removed he begins to loin for home and for
the earthly voice that bresks at earthly ills and his reply to
Calypsos offer of delicious immortality is nobly con
ceived
I would not takt life but on terms of death
That sting in the wine of being salt of its feast
To the suggestion of perils besetting the homeward way
Ulysses replies Id go down into hell if hell led home
The line like many other in the play is meant to have a
prophetic force The whole of the wcond act is devoted to
Ulysses journey through Had It 11 the least effective
part of the play I believe Mr Phillips would have attained
better results here if he had chosen some other incident of
Ulysses tribulations But even this act is humanized in
large degree by the hero s nmnuble longing to clasp his
wife in fiM arms and to see Ithaca again
Ah God that I might see
Gaunt Ithaca stands up out of the surge
You lashed and streaming rocks and sobbing crags
Tho screaming gull aid the wildflying eoiid
To see far off the smoke of my own herth
To smell far out the glebe of my own farms
To spring alive upon r precipices
And hurl the singing pcar into the air
With superb power the same nostalgic note dominates the
third act when Ulysses shipwrecked finds himself ori hp
home shore and at the bidding of Athene looks once more
upon the old familiar scene °
Yon holy winding path where last I kissed
Penelope who toward me swayed and spoke not
I came there down the slope most lingeringly
And turned by the myrtle tree and turned and turned
Goddess I can not see for the great tears
There there the very peak to which she climbed
Waving a sea farewell with helpless hand I
O verdure to the seaman that s come home I
O light upon the land where I was bornl
Again the deep human touch is felt in the scene where
Ulysses mcrts his son and a faithful servitor His entrance
into his home in the guise of a ragged beggar the way he is
flouted by the upstart suitors and bis final confounding of
the perfumed rabble are dramatic but not quite so heroic
as one could wish Here especially one could wish to see
less of the gods and more of Penelope But of the dramatic
unity and poetic exaltation of the production there can be no
question its simplicity of language is one secret of its
power Repeatedly the lines reach Tennysonian heights and
depths of meaning and of music Edwin L Shuuak in the
CVitcflco RecordHerald
Tennyson Reading His Great Ode
The first time I ever went to Farringford when we hd
gone up into his den in the top of the house late at night
for a smoke he said genially us I curled myself up con
tentedly in one of the deep luxurious chairs Well have
you everything you want now
No I replied I want to hear you read some of your
poems Mrs Browning says that poets are ever ill at read
ing their own verses and I want to see if tis so
What shall I read td you he asked
The Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington
He read it and read it superbly
It is a picture 1 can never forget the softened gloom of
the room the walls of which were lined with books the tall
wax candles on the reading table the old poet holding the
book close very close to his face the light making a sort of
gloriole above the massive vatic brows of his finely molded
head his deep voice rolling out the sonorous music tiks
some mighty organ and then when ha came to tht linCJ
For this is Englands greatest son
He that galnd a hundred fights
Nor ever lost an English gun
his grand old face shone out slmost transfigured by his
English pride in Englands glory his voice vibrant with the
passion of his noble threnody while in the pauses one tihi l
bear as fit accompaniment the long Atlantic surges breaking
in solemn thunder on the beetling crags hard by his island
home W Gosdom McCabss Recollections of the Laureate
in the March Century
TheLast American
John A Mitchell whose Amos Judd proved such a suc
cess in Its new holiday dress at Christmas time Is the editor
of Life and an artist of marked ability
He has found time in spite of his editorial week to wnte
a half dozen books one of nUlch fcesldes Assos Judd
The Last Amertcar has attained s great s ccess ft has
been on the market nearly twelve years aad still has a
steady sale >
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