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an ample selection from the shorter poems of he adopts a far more interesting and popular Wordsworth, and has an introduction of consid- method : he selects representative men from erable length, which deals with Wordsworth's the fifteenth century to the present as subjects biɔgraphy, the influences which were brought for his admirable appreciations; for instance, to bear upon him, his theory of poetry, his such educationists as Erasmus, who died in philosophy of life, and the quality and art of 1536; Montaigne, who died in 1592; Bacon the shorter poems. The volume is supplied (1626), Milton (1674), Locke (1704), and Herwith notes.
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30 ) pages.
A Letter from Senator Hoar
contain two Justices of the Supreme Court To the Editors of The Outlook :
of the United States. It also provided I have seen in one of the papers that that other nations should be invited to The Outlook has stated lately that I accede to that treaty. We have only had reproved or rebuked the President nine Judges of the Supreme Court of the of the United States for interfering with United States. It takes five for a quorum. legislation, and, in commenting on that, So if that treaty had become law, and we added that I formerly made a public com- had had a question with Great Britain plaint of persons who ventured to exercise grave enough to be referred to that tributheir constitutional right of petitioning nal, we must have withdrawn two of our Congress or the Senate.
Judges; and if two of the others--all of I have done neither the one nor the them being men of an advanced age-had other, and the statement of The Outlook happened to be at that time ill, we should rests on a total misunderstanding of what have had a bare quorum to settle the I said.
greatest constitutional questions which A Senator stated on the floor that a might affect the fate of the Republic. bill which he desired to have taken up Further than this. The treaty proand passed was approved by the Presi- vided that any other countries that saw dent and one of the Heads of the Depart- fit might become parties to it. So we ments, and that the President, although might have made treaty oblgations which he had shortly before vetoed a similar would require the taking from their duties bill, was now satisfied that the bill ought for a long period of time the whole of the to pass. Of that statement I complained, Supreme Court of the United States, or a calling attention to the fact that such majority of it. The investigations which statements as to the opinion of the Crown might come up might take, as the Canada are always held a breach of privilege in dispute has taken already, a good many the British Parliament, and I urged that months. We might have boundary quesnobody had the right to undertake to influ- tions, like the Venezuela case, or questions ence legislation by statements of the opin- of commercial or maritime rights, like the ion of the President; to which I added Canada fisheries case, or like the Behring that “the time for the President to make Sea sealing question. In other words, up his mind about legislation is after we the Hay-Pauncefote treaty, as it stood, have passed it and not before, unless he was utterly preposterous. avail himself of his constitutional right to Now, before the treaty had been make recommendations in his messages, printed, and before the papers accomwhich is the proper way.”
panying the treaty had been sent to the I did not in the least reprove President Senate and laid on the table, the press, Roosevelt, and did not complain that he and especially the religious press, was had in any respect departed from pro. clamoring that we should adopt the treaty priety. All that I complained of was the without delay and without amendments. habit that has grown up among some of One well-known paper, published in my the Senators of claiming to be special own city, said: “Let the Senators stop depositaries of the President's wishes. talking about it and vote and go home."
Second. I never complained of the A very worthy orthodox minister in Wor. right of petition, or uttered a word or bad cester preached a foolish sermon from a thought inconsistent with it. Some years his pulpit denouncing the Senate for ago there was a proposed treaty agreed thinking that such a humane measure in upon between our State Department and the interests of peace needed any discusthe British Minister which provided, sion. Then the petitions began to come among other things, that when any ques- in-petitions signed in utter ignorance of tion came up between the two countries, what the petitioners were talking about. it should be left to a tribunal which should Now this was not simply harmless folly.
I was very eager at that time to get this other hand, while it is quite legitimate treaty ratified with proper amendments. for the press and the public to discuss I got the pledges of many Senators, who the general principles involved in a treaty, would otherwise have voted against it, as the principle of reciprocity involved in that if I would get certain amendments, the Cuban treaty, and of an interoceanic among others one modifying this provis. canal involved in the Colombian treaty, ion in regard to the Judges of the Supreme the details should always be left to be Court, they would vote for it. I got the settled by the authorities in Washington, votes of eleven Senators, nearly enough and, in our judgment, those details should to secure its passage by the necessary be discussed privately in executive sestwo-thirds vote, by that amendment. But sion, and for the reasons which Senator this public clamor which came from the Hoar has
Hoar has so admirably stated.—THE press and the pulpit made it much harder EDITORS.) for us to get Great Britain to amend it. The trouble with this angry talk about
Lend-a-Hand Book Mission diplomatic matters is that the other side To the Editors of The Outlook : to the bargain, when we try to get them I am constantly asked for information to come to our terms, says to our diplo- in regard to the Lend-a-Hand Book Mismatic agents, “Why, your own people are sion. This was its origin. In 1892 a for this thing as it is. Your newspapers Southern minister and a teacher applied are writing articles for it. Your clergy- to me for the gift of second-hand publimen are preaching for it, and your citizens cations to give to people in the rural disare petitioning for it.” It is not a good 'tricts who had no money to pay for them. Yankee method of making a bargain to Generous donations were sent, which were have an agent in the midst of his trade followed by touching expressions of gratireviled by his principal and employer tude. because he does not come at once to the
Other calls received a liberal response. other side, unless the other side is to be From this humble beginning has arisen expected to dictate the terms.
a wide educational movement under the What I have said in this letter is in name of the Lend-a-Hand Book Mission. substance what I said in the Senate.
Its object is to collect books and periI am, with high regard, faithfully yours, odicals which the owners have read and
GEORGE F. HOAR. laid aside, and place them in communities Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, where the people are scantily supplied. Washington, D. C.
We are now confronted with new and [In this letter Senator Hoar states two important opportunities and responsibiliprinciples: from the first we dissent; ties. In going from city to town and with the second we agree. In our judg- village the past winter, we everywhere ment, the President occupies a position found leading men and women of the much more nearly akin to that of the South fully comprehending the ignorance Prime Minister than to that of the King and destitution of dwellers in remote in England. The King has no politics places, and they are making energetic and belongs to no party. The President, efforts to place higher mental advantages like the Prime Minister, is the official within the reach of the masses. leader of the party which has elected him I have attended meetings of the to office. There is very good reason, Woman's Clubs in several States, and am therefore, why he should inform Congress greatly interested in the very successful of the views which he entertains as the philanthropic work they have entered leader of his party, and this has often upon. They are sending traveling librabeen done by Presidents in other ways ries into the rural districts. Each library than through formal messages.
consists of from fifty to one hundred useinclined to think that it would be well if ful and entertaining books; one-third are the members of his Cabinet had seats in for adults and the renainder are for chilthe House of Representatives and could dren. A library remains in a town from be questioned on the floor of the House, two to six months, and then is transported as the members of the Government can to another equally needy community. be in the House of Commons. On the The country people who read these
books are kind, warm-hearted, and honest, is my post-office address only, and it is with good capabilities, but lack develop not a depot for reading supplies. ment.
Please send me a list of what has been Some of the Woman's Clubs have so collected, and I will reply, giving informamany applications on file that it is impos- tion to whom and to what place in the sible to supply the demands, and people South your reading material can be forare obliged to wait for weeks before their warded. The freight must be prepaid turn comes to receive a library.
by the donors. The value of providing useful literature This useful work of making thousands cannot be overestimated. I have talked of restricted lives richer and happier has with this class of Southern people, and no boundary line, and its influence cannot understand their aspirations and necessi- be measured. ties. They have enlisted my sympathy
Sarah P. BRIGHAM. and interest, and I wish to make a strong
Lend-a-Hand Office, 1 Beacon Street,
Boston, Mass. plea in their behalf. Thirty traveling libraries through the
The Mormon Attitude Lend-a-Hand Book Mission have been To the Editors of The Outlook : presented to some of the Woman's Clubs. In your issue of February 14 yo They ask and need our continued help. state that “testimony . . . was to the So many requests are coming to this effect that no Mormon would run for Mission that at least one hundred and political office without the consent of the fifty traveling libraries are needed to · First Presidency' of the Church.'» carry forward this part of our work. This statement will not be borne out by The books most called for are “Black the facts, which are well understood in Beauty," " Ben-Hur," the Henty books, this section, and should have been known “ Little Men,” “Little Women,” “Chatter- by the Senators from Utah, Idaho, and box," “ Pilgrim's Progress," " Beautiful Colorado. The organization of the “ Mor
“ Joe,” “In His Steps,' “ Adam Bede,” mon Church " is most thorough and effiDickens's “Child's History of England,” cient, and it is true that no church officer “Five Little Peppers,” Phillips Brooks's would leave his church work for a politiSermons, “ Alice in Wonderland,” etc. cal position which would take him away These and other books of a similar char- from his church duties, without resigning acter are carrying brightness and knowl- or securing leave of absence from his edge into thousands of obscure homes. immediate superiors (not necessarily from
Sunday-schools are constantly replen- the "First Presidency"). Would this ishing their libraries. What becomes of not be true of any church organization? the old books? They would furnish excel- Any Mormon who is not an officer of the lent food for hungry minds. Town and Church would not have to secure permiscity libraries sometimes have duplicate sion from any one. copies of volumes, which, after their early With the practical abandonment of popularity has passed, would be a great polygamy and admission of Utah as a boon to less fortunate libraries.
a breaking up of the old I have visited some of the State prisons. division into Mormon and anti-Mormon Convicts are especially glad to receive parties and a readjustment along National the “Youth's Companion” and the “Chris- party lines. It is claimed by the “Mortian Herald.” The wardens are uniformly mons," and believed by the unprejudiced polite, and consider it a privilege to give “Gentiles” who are in a position to helpful publications to ihe unfortunate judge, that for the past fifteen years the prisoners under their charge. Magazines, “ Mormon Church" has not in the slightjuvenile Sunday papers, Bibles, Scripture est particular interfered with the political and picture cards can be used to great beliefs of the members of that body advantage.
The writer of this letter is not a memAll offers of reading should be made ber of the “Mormon Church,” but rather to me. Please do not send packages to entirely opposed to their peculiar beliefs. the Lend-a-Hand Office, Boston, as this Boise, Idaho.
J. R. F.