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Readers of the Magazine will recall with in- est qualifié pour traiter d'un sujet aussi complexe. terest the remarkable pictures of Indians by Remontant aux sources mêmes de la nation Edward S. Curtis, and will welcome another américaine en Angleterre, en France et en Holgroup accompanying an article by him that will lande, il étudiera les influences qui ont aidé le appear in the February number. In writing of developpement du génie americain, il suivra la “The Indians of the Stone Houses,” he describes trace de ce génie dans la littérature en s'arrêtant the homes and the people of the great South- à loisir sur les grands écrivains du XIXe siècle, west; the tribes who for years beyond any positive en indiquant les tendances des écoles de ces record have dwelt in Ari
derniers temps. Sans trop zona and in New Mexico,
sortir de son cadre, le and that represent in the
conférencier étudiera le minds of many students the
mouvement d'éducation oldest civilization of our
sociale qui, selon lui, semcontinent. Away back in
ble placer le peuple amérithe sixteenth century the
cain en face des problèmes early Spanish explorers
particuliers qu'il a eus à marvelled at the civiliza
résoudre ou qu'il est appelé tion and the wonderful
à solutionner.” cliff-dwellings of these
Some of the topics which desert tribes. They have
Dr. van Dyke will take lived for centuries pre
up are: “The Soul of a serving their own customs,
People”; “Self-Reliance ceremonies and religious
and the Republic”; “Fair beliefs, and though to
Play and Democracy”; day most of them have
“Will Power, Work and embraced Christianity,
Wealth”; “Common Orthey still revere their old
der and Social Co-operagods, and paganism goes
tion”; “Personal Develhand in hand with the new
opment and Education." worship.
A cablegram from P. is to the New York Times
gave the following account Edward S. Curtis
of the impression created Ilenry van Dyke, who
by the first lecture: will contribute a poem on Milton to the Feb- “Dr. Henry van Dyke of Princeton Univerruary number, is now in Paris delivering the sity, who succeeded Prof. Baker of Harvard as Hyde Lectures before the Sorbonne, a course the Hyde lecturer at the Sorbonne, opened his founded some years ago for the purpose of series of lectures this evening before a brilliant establishing a better understanding between audience, which included, in addition to the the people of France and America. Previous student body, many of the most prominent American lecturers have been Professor Bar- Americans in Paris and distinguished French litrett Wendell, Professor George Santayana, Pro- erary men. fessor Archibald Carey Coolidge, and Professor “Dr. van Dyke outlined the scheme of his S. B. Baker. The general subject of Dr. van lectures, the general theme of which is ‘The Dyke's lectures is “The Spirit of America,” Spirit of America. His subject to-night was and the following announcement, taken from a “The Soul of a People.' little booklet in French sent out by the Sorbonne, “He said that, in order to understand the gives an interesting summary of their purpose: American people, it was necessary to study their
“Orateur, littérateur, poète, le conférencier origin and to ascertain from what blending of
English, Dutch, and French, Americans acquired their characteristics and ideals. He declared that the National traits of self-reliance, democracy, religious tolerance, and energy, which have dominated the development of America and which still control and impel American life, were bred before the Revolution.”
collection are a number of examples chosen from the Royal Museum at Berlin and lent by the special permission of His Majesty the Emperor.
A reading of the first chapters of Thomas Nelson Page's “ John Marvel, Assistant,” suggests possibilities for the development of a story of the widest interest. The narrator (the story is told in the first person), John Marvel, and Wolffert, the young Jew with his high ideals and intense consciousness of the prejudice against his race, are characters that arrest the attention and enlist the sympathies.
This is a story of no section; the background is national, and it will deal with the lives and thoughts of those who are representative of the whole country. The story has a note of seriousness, a sympathy and understanding of life with its increasing difficulties in these modern days of striking contrasts between wealth and poverty, and an irresistible charm of manner in the telling
The anonymous author of the articles on “England and the English from an American Point of View," whose First Impressions are given in this number, will answer in February the question, “Who Are the English?" He traces them back to beginnings, and dwells upon the qualities that have made them what they are, and upon the remarkable fact that the English to-day dominate more than one-fifth of the world's surface and twenty-two per cent. of its inhabitants.
His comments upon the origins of a number of the titles to nobility will be read with much interest. “The House of Lords,” he says, “is the most democratic institution in England.”
There is no lack of appreciation of the great qualities of the nation, and no one can overlook the writer's evident spirit of fairness and desire to find the truth in fact. Many of the statements he makes in the second paper will be quite as much of a surprise, no doubt, to a very large number of English readers as to the world at large.
It wasn't so many years ago that the young American art student who sought a European training went almost as a matter of course to Munich or Düsseldorf. The schools there have left their impress upon the work of some of the best-known American painters, and at the exhibitions you may hear the knowing ones pointing out the Munich or Düsseldorf peculiarities. German art has always been very individual and essentially a reflection of the nation's temperament and philosophy. Art and the theory of Art have developed side by side, and German literature is rich in books devoted to the elucidation of the philosophy of æsthetics in general. The World's Fair at Chicago helped to make modern German art better known, and the work of Menzel and Lenbach, to name no others, has had the widest influence and been recognized as belonging to really great art. In the February number Christian Brinton will write of “German Painting of To-day." The article will be especially interesting and timely in consideration of the forthcoming exhibition of German Art at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and in Chicago and Boston. This exhibition, in which will be included some one hundred and twentyfive paintings and about thirty sculptures, will be thoroughly representative. Included in the
Baudelaire, the French poet and critic and translator of Poe, was the occasion for as many stories and controversies over his life as the author of “The Raven” himself. He was, to say the least, unconventional, and it was only natural that there should have gathered about his fame a number of stories that are purely legendary. James Huneker writes of “The Baudelaire Legend” in the February number, and gives a most interesting impression of the real Baudelaire, and of his work. In many ways his life suggests a parallel to that of Poe.
“As long ago as 1869 and in our 'barbarous gas-lit country,' as Baudelaire named the 'and of Poe, an unsigned review appeared in which this poet was described as 'unique and as iteresting as Hamlet. He is that rare and unknown being, a genuine poet-a poet in the midsi of things that have disordered his spirit-a pak excessively developed in his taste for ari bo beauty . . . very responsive to the ideal, vops greedy of sensation.' A better descripti? Baudelaire does not exist. The Hamlet-motive, particularly, is one that sounded throughout the disordered symphony of the poet's life.”
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