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Adelaide Southern Cross (Newspaper) - December 7, 1928, Adelaide, South Australia
National Library of Australia t a weekly commentary on things literary special to the Southern Crow by Matthew Paris a Casserie. Instead of writing an article More or less Long this week i have de. Med to make my contribution Here More of a Casserie or chit Chat Thani Ual Lydo. The late sir Edmund � Wei whose death removed from the ranks of English Litte raters and 4ftosf considerable figure " a audhia inimitable articles which allusive entertaining and desultory were always. Compact of Wise saws if Nany instances that / were modern or Abr. In the sense that Ais beloved r1 a eighteenth Century. Was. Modern course at is in the exact 1 a Nease called them kit cat t papiers without Hie. Go Sean to web Fet Shah be a lit cat paper speaking i of the gathered essay the Eoj position in which Are drawn to Gether stray threads from a Hundred spools which make variegated at May be but in some sort a connected pattern reminds me of a very Brilliant present Day american writer who has taken to himself the responsibility he Wear it lightly As that old Rascal Sancho did his wallets of acting As critic in general to his Fel Low americano is. As Walt Whitman another unabashed critic called them. I refer to one Henry m. Mencken the extremely Clever and irreverent editor of the american Mercury and several corrosive books of witty powerful if overdrawn attacks upon his countrymen their institutions and conventions. This Mino fledgling from the nest of Swift is a Hearty fellow who treads quite Wel come Fields Pardon the mixture of figures when he Aims his slings and arrows of cynical wit at such monstrosities As prohibition bigotry racial hatreds cant and that All present sentimentality which despite the pretence made of Yankee hard Heade Nesb and materialism tinges almost every act of the common american citizen. But he is on less worthy ground when he launches offensive offensives at religion marriage and the decency is. Chester Tofu who too attacks stupid things 4tt the opposite of Mencken ,. To Sec a in a certain very penetrating tip hey of ridicule Onee wrote of him Ife hese terms or. Mencken is a lever and hit to jew Mencken is not a jew in whom very real love of letters is everlastingly exasperated by the american love of cheap a thesal platitude. There is a great Deal to be said for him and it is All quite negative. His own. Philosophy the sort of nihilistic Pride which belongs to a Man with a. Sensitive Trace and a dead religion. He has nothing to defend and he defends it splendidly. To be just to him we must remember the vast Prairies of hat an d vulgar sentiment with which he % surrounded. It is Only just to Mencken to remember that he has to put up with America and Only just to America to remember that it has to put up with Mencken.". You can draw from that miniature a Likely full length of the. American editor of in his very waspish and we written Magazine prints month by a. Number of quotations front a Erica papers and. Magazines in /3hr the heading americana these notations Are invariably fatuous. A . Bathe tical or Patitu Dingus and the Yare culled with the greatest. if i had space i could quote a -few-1 Here but what i purpose do la is to Dieh up a ragout of. One. Or two Supi Mely ridiculous statements made by some of our Public men and prints. Here 4� he from that eminent sir Henry bar & v3hs uttered la week in abandon in hich storied City bit is an agent general Given by or. Howar to Boson founder of the British a Aca Demy to celebrate its acquisition of the new Burlington galleries. Sir Henry the cablegram says declared that what made for Art Unity made for Empire i do not know what Art Unity is but i do know that Art knows no nation or Congeris of nations it is truly International. As for Art making for the Unity of the Empire a was there Ever so preposterous a claim advanced before ? Here is another phrase which seems to. Me for All ids american suggestiveness silly. It is from an editorial in last saturday s. Age Mel. Bourne there Are Many people. Who never arrive Reamy As sir to vie Rophe might and probably. Did say to Bave Neyer met Themi we will Lipold out the hand to labor for labor too plays a useful part. In the it was thus a successful nationalist candidate at the last elections expressed himself at the declaration of the poll. Now who would have discovered that astonishing Verity fancy labor or labor playing an important part in the Community. I was always sufficiently unsophisticated to believe that for All practical intents labor yes and labor was the Community. Arid a fourth and concluding Gem of aus this was uttered during the week by a notably prominent non Catholic prelate human nature is infallible in its urges. I do not know what that Means what it dictates we should follow. God meant us to use to the full All the faculties and forces which he gave to us the Good with the do you think that needs comment there is another american writer who his own friends would allow is As notable As or. Mencken. His name is Longfellow and he is to Day when the Mencken and the Nathans and the Strachey and the Quedellas Are enjoying their term in the Sun in the Shade obscured by the trivial if assertive smartness of this Day of Little men. It is the fashion at the moment to regard Longfellow a3 of Little Worth yet the author of my lost youth is among the poets. He May be forgot ten for a fleeting while. He will never be forgotten utterly. For my part my preferences in poetry Are not quite those that May be Signi fied by the application of the term Longfellow esque but i am As sure that Longfellow will again have a Vogue As Belloc is that Byron will again become the do you remember Longfellow s lines on the City of his youth As recalled by him in the autumn years of his life j can see the shadowy lines of its Trees and catch in sudden gleam the. Sheen of the far surrounding seas arid islands that were the Hesper ides. Of ail my Boyish dreams. Longfellow died nearly fifty years. Ago and Only Days before his death. Wrote in what was his last poem the Bells of san Bias these lines full of Hope and Comfort out of the Shadow of night the world moves into Light. It is Daybreak everywhere i had a word or two to. Say Here some weeks ago about the detraction of Charles Dickens. Perhaps the personal Dickens did not deserve such championing As he widely received. But As i implied there were two Dickens s. There was the vain irritable suspicious and bigoted Dickens he and Dickens the Genius. Let us hold to Dickens the Genius. I read somewhere the other Day that har Riet Martineau recorded that on two occasions at least stories written by her were refused publication because in them she spoke of the Virtues of catholics. Charles Dickens she declared. Once avowed to her his in Tention never to allow anything however True that could Benefit or Call attention to the greatness of the Catholic Church to appear in any Jurnal which he conducted or might conducted. Yet Dickens s daughter became a Catholic. She was Wiser than her father. If you Are looking Tor a Good no Vel to put into your suitcase before you take your Christmas Jaunt to the Hills or the Seaside get hold of Willa Cather s death comes for the it is not a new novel. For it appeared a couple of years ago and has run into several editions. J3ut it is one of the sort of books that never grow old. Writ ten around the heroic missionary work of the Early franciscans1-in the land of the. Spanish padres in America it has for a Central character an old " French Bishop of saute be. The no Vel is More a Tonte than a connected Story. It is actually a gallery of impressive and. Beautiful pen pictures j loosely put together1 by j Ary efforts of Jeah Marie Latour vicar apostolic of new Mexico but 1 get the Book it is not preachy in any Way. It is a splendid novel and is easily the most perfectly accomplished Story Willa Carter has writ � ten. Another writer whose works Are al ways Worth Reading is or. Maurice Walsh. His while Rivers run which the Cornstalk publishing co. Published some months ago is a beautifully written splendidly conceived and wholly wholesome Story. The name Walsh recalls that or. J. M. Walsh is to have several of his works translated into languages other than English. Hamiltons the London firm which publishes Jim a works have notified him that three More of his novels the images of Han the White mask and the purple stain have been sold to the firm of editions Legrady for publication in Hungary. The French translation rights of the purple stain and the crimes of Cleo Patra s Needle have been bought by the firm of Louis Postif. The Reader who wishes to have shown to him another facet of or. Sam Johnson should read or. Chris Gopher Hollis s new life of the Lov Able irascible lexicographical old elephant of that name who always reminds me of one of the moving eminences in lord Dunsany s the gods of the or. Horig who is a Catholic was president of the Oxford in nigh. He visited Australia three or four years ago As a member of an oxonian debating band. Or. Woodruffe. The Leader of the team was a Catholic also. Or. Ramsay. Macdonald s son was another. Wood Ruffe writes leaders for the London times these Days. It is thus Low that this one of the mighty has fallen i Wilkinson Sherren convert and writer. Or. Wilkinson Sherren who con tributes an article on the knights of St. Columba great Britain to our " Christmas number is a collateral descendant of blessed Ralph Sherwin one of the English martyrs but comes of nonconformist Stock which did a Good Day s work for John Wesley. A convert or. Sherren entered Jour nabs a at an Early age and has been associated with important papers and periodicals in the provinces and in London. Editor of Columba. " or. Sherren is also literary correspondent of the Irish Rosary and " a contributor to the Catholic press in general. 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