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ing on human effort, would, by the his verse than they were of his prose. world's charity, be let out on contract. In 1859 Mrs. Melville wrote to her So much by bid for converting India, so mother, 'Herman has taken to writing much for Borneo, so much for Africa. poetry. You need not tell any one, for You see this doing good in the world by you know how such things get around.' driblets is just nothing. I am for doing Mrs. Melville was too optimistic: her good in the world with a will. Do but husband's indiscreet practice is still think of the eddies and maelstroms of pretty much a secret to the world at pagans in China. People here have no large." Most of these poems, and they conception of it. Of a frosty morning in are sufficiently quoted by Mr. Weaver, Hongkong, pauper pagans are found deal with the speculative divagations dead in the streets like so many nipped which preoccupied Melville's long period peas in a bin of peas. To be an immor- of silence. Mr. Weaver quotes Melville's tal being in China is no more distinc- verdict on “Clarel,” the longest and most tion than to be a snowflake in a snow revealing of his poems: “A metrical squall. What are a score or two of mis- affair, a pilgrimage or what not, of sevsionaries to such a people? I am for eral thousand lines, eminently adapted sending ten thousand missionaries and for unpopularity.” “Though this is comconverting the Chinese en masse within pletely true," says Mr. Weaver, “Melville six months of the debarkation. The used in 'Clareľ more irony, vividness, thing is then done, and turn to some and intellect than the whole congregathing else.'” Such was the ironic tem- tion of practicing poets of the present per of Melville's mood in 1857.
day (a few notable names excepted) Of the four books which he published could muster in aggregate. Yet with all after that date two were privately this wealth of the stuff of poetry, the printed in limited editions and three poem never quite fulfills itself.” And, contained exclusively verse. As Mr. with the exception of "Moby Dick," the Weaver observes, “Melville's family statement seems equally well to apply to seem all to have been more skeptical of the bulk of Melville's writing.
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CCORDING to statistics printed by "Dun's Review” there were 19,652 failures in the United States in the year 1921.
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