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THE HAWAIIAN STAR
DAILY AND SEMI-WEEKLY. Published every afternoon (except Sunday) by The Hawaiian Star Newspaper Association, Ltd. FRANK L. 1IOOGS Manager SUBSCRIPTION RATES: "Per Yenr (In udvance) $ S.00 Three Months (In advance) 2.00 I'er Month (In advance) "C Foreign (per year, In advance).... 12.00 SEMI-WEEKLY SUBSCRIPTION. T.ocnl Subscribers, per annum.. ..$2.00 Foreign Subscribers, per annum.. 3.00 (Strictly in Advance.) TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1901. MARK TWAIN. "Mark Twain since his return to the United States has been received with open arms by his countrymen, and has "been praised and feted by all. But the shower ot praise, says the Literary Digest, has aroused the Ire of Harry Thurston Peck, who gives vent to his feelings In the Bookman. Mr. Peck considers that Mark Twain has "gone off." The attack Is on Murk Twain In lart, and also upon contemporary criticism. That Mr. Peck Is an able writer many readers know. But he may be as wrong In one direction, as the critics he criticizes are wrong In another. But It may be ns well to .quote the criticism, Mr. Peck says: "Putting aside all prejudice and look ing at his work in a purely achromatic way, a critical and truthful Judgment Upon Mark Twain can be summed up In a very exiguous space. Mark Twain Is 'first and last and all the time, so iar as he Is anything, a humorist and nothing more. He wrote 'The Jumping Frog' and 'Innocents Abroad' and ".Roughing it,' and these are all the real books that he ever wrote. He set iorth the typical American characters of Colonel Sellers and Tom Sawyer and IIuckleberry Finn, and these are all the real characters that he ever drew. His later publications that are humor ous in intention contain many gleams of the old Mark Twain; but, taken as entitles, you can not read them from beginning to end. Some unduly opti mistic persons who are fond of literary cults grown under glass have tried very hard to make the world believe dhat Mr. Clemens has great gifts as a serious novelist and romancer. By dint of Iteration the world, perhaps, has temporarily come to think that this is true; but, all the same, it will not read Iheee novels and romances, and It thereby shows that common sense and real discrimination may exist In prac tice even whllo they hold no place In theory. A hundred years from now it ds very likely that 'The Jumping Frog alone will be remembered, just as out Of all that Robert Louis Stevenson com . posed, the world will ultimately keep In memory the single tale of 'Dr. Jekyll nnd Mr. Hyde.' "This spasmodic and ephemeral out burst of enthusiasm over Mr. Clemens tmphaslzes for the thousandth time a melancholy truth about contemporary criticism. When a writer is doing good and forceful work and winning readers and laying the foundation and erecting the superstructure of an enviable repu tation, our critics, even though they may admire him, have not the 'sand' to gay so. They are poor dumb sheep that never dare to take the lead in any thing; but they stand around with un intelligent and foolish bleatings until eome one whom they are not afraid to follow shall tell them what they ought , to say. When Kipling was doing his ilnest work, such as he has never equaled In these later years, the critics " 'did not dare to take him seriously. He was so unconventional and rough and strong that he frightened them; and so they slunk timidly behind their ink stands and said little feeble nothings and joked a little and called him a mere journalist, and then looked around to see if any one was going to hit them. After they had found out that his work was Instinct with true genius, and that Jie was In reality the one real literary phenomenon of the last quarter of o,ur century, they all rushed In at once and spattered him with praise and daubed him over with their Jlattery, and did their very best to make him .seem ab surd. By this time, as It happened, Kipling's best had all been done, nnd he was entering upon a period of a decline which may or may not turn out ,. to be temporary. But the critics were as blind to his decadence as they had been previously blind to his great pow er; and, therefore, all the things they should have said about his early work .they said about his later, so that he has been going on for the last two years .receiving praise and admiration that .are clearly a misfit. The same thing Is -iulte true concerning Mr. Clemens. In the speeches that he has lately made Tie has said some things that recalled his earlier humor; but In the majority of his utterances the humor has been forced and the laughter which it has evoked has been extremely hollow. Yet Just because it was Mark Twain, and because Mark Twain was once a true, spontaneous, and original humor ist, the poor creatures who now write about him believe that everything he Eays must be amusing and delightful. If they do not feel the fun of it them selves, they think they ought to, and they write about it Just as though they did." Such a criticism of a man like Mark Twain is simply brutal. Because a few weak minded writers have overpraised blm, there Is no need to make this fierce attack upon the man himself. Time and not Mr. Peck will judge as to which of Mark Twain's work will live. Mark Twain is a veteran In liter ature, he has given pleasure to hun dreds of thousands of readers through out the whole English speaking world. He has performed a task similar to what Sir Walter Scott undertook upon the failure of the Uallentynes. He was faced by a mountain of debt and through his own efforts he has paid It off. He has returned to his own coun try to rest after his labors, and he Is met by this snarling criticism. . But has Mark Twain deteriorated, does he show signs of decay. Last year he published "The man who cor rupted Hadleyburg." The fun of this shows no diminution of the bright Mark Twoln of the seventies. The conception of the Btoiy Is ex tremely good, the working of It out Is humorous In the extreme. The plan by which the wicked "man" attacked the people of the self rlghteousT little town was most ingenious, and the fact that they fell because they had so care fully kept themselves from temptation added a moral lesson to the humor nnd the Ingenuity. To unite these certainly chows no diminution of power. It rath er shows a refinement, a better literary balance. In fact an advance In literary finish upon the work of Mr. Clemen's youth. Age does not necessarily mean deteri oration. Wo can see this in many cases. The Intellect is freemqntly clear and bright when the body may even be feeble. The last lines that Tennyson wrote are as polished and as beautiful as any that were written In his prime. Age did not dim tho Intellect of Oliver Wendell Holmes, nor that of Longfellow, nor of Whit tier. Statesmen retain their grip upon affairs well into their last years. Lord Salisbury, Gladstone, Palmerston, Em peror William I, Kruger, are all cases in point. Lord Roberts has shown as good generalship at 70 as ever he did in middle age. You have only to look at the Senate of the United States to see how clear and bright Intellect can be at advanced ages. We naturally take a special Interest in Mark Twain here, because the turn ing point in his career occurred just after his visit to these Islands. In fact It was his correspondence from here, which started him out, as it were. That Mark Twain will not lack defen ders, and able ones on the Mainland, goes without saying. Mr. Peck has probably aroused a very hornet's nest. But It seems right that some word of protest should come from the Territory of Hawaii, which lie described when it was a kingdom,' the follies and absudl tlcs of, which he keenly saw, but the beauties of which touched the poetic part of his nature. COMING THEATRICALS. Honolulu is likely to have some thea trical amusement In the near future. Though the theater is deprecated by some, the bulk of people delight In and are elevated by high class theatrical performances. There are plays and plays, just as there are novels and novels, and poems and poems. Some novels are simply vile, but that does not mean that we should condemn all novels, because there is an immense mass of novels which arc in the highest degree amusing. Some poets have pro stituted their genius and have written the songs of the very sewer of life, but that doe not prevent the purest from studying Milton or Shakespeare, Browning or Tennyson. Because some plays have an Immoral or a prurient tendency, that Is no rea son why all plays should be condemn ed. There are hundreds upon hundreds of plays of a poetic, domestic, patriotic and elevating character, Hundreds of plays, which when people have seen and heard them, they fee'l better for. And on the stage there are cultivated men and women whose career through out has been as spotless as that of the high minded and virtuous in any walk In life. If there has been a change for the better anywhere, It has been on the stage during the last century. The drunken and dissipated actor of the early part of last century has bean re placed by the polished gentleman, fre quently a scholar, who can take his place in any society and has a high Ideal of his calling. The actress Is a worthy lady, domestic, well educated frequently a devoted mother. That there are those in tho profession who do not come up to this standard is true, but it Is also true that pastors have been proved Immoral, Sunday School, superintendents have been cm; bezzlers, and others who have occupied s-ueh positions have been found vicious. Honolulu will look forward with pleasure of Its coming theatrical sea son, and will turn out well In support. The storm still continues and is mak ing all sorts of dtlllculties for the lnter lsland trade. None of tho landings exposed to tho Kor.a storm are ap proachable, and the stenmers are hav ing a bad time of ltin the channels. Some years ago we had weather similar to this which lasted for weeks. Our prospects for a let up do not seem very good. It has always been a matter of sur prise that the heliograph was not more used. Tho survey department carried on conversations from Lanal to Maul, and possibly from Maul to Oahu. 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