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VHU. INDIAN ADVOCATE. 245
incapable of fair judgement. However there exists no
connecting link between good books and undesirable liter
ature. The love for the beautiful leads to heights sublime. Rus
&in fights against it, Longfellow yields to it and even
Whittier is drawn to the beauty of the saints.
No casual reader of Evangeline can mistake the cause
of the primitive virtue of the Arcadians.
Longfellow was too great a poet to try and lop of such
Catholic traditions as might displease his readers.
In this he was greater than Sir Walter "Scott and a hun
dred times greater than Spenser.
Scott's mind bent as a healthy tree bends to the light
streched towards the old church.
She fascinated his imagination, she drew his thoughts
and her beauty won his heart; but he was afraid of the
And yet as subservient as Scott was, Cardinal Newman
avows that Scott's novels drew him to the Church.
1 The writings of Fr. Ryan the poet priest of the South
cannot be passed over lightly, or dealt with sparingly, for
they have passed into historj to emblazon its pages and
enrich its literature not only for the present but for suc
ceeding ages. Katie Burnett.
Konawa's Last Sigh.
My comrades have with fleeting footsteps fled
In silence towards the setting ev'ning sun;
They've hastened ever onward one by one,
And save the scattered graves of nameless dead
No vestige shows where Redmen once did tread.
Of mighty chiefs and gallant braves ah I none
Remjiin; alone and old, my course nigh run
I view the grave with little fear or dread.