Putnam's Magazine, in 1853, I remember that one of the most enlightened New York journalists predicted to me the absolute failure of the whole enterprise.
Either an American magazine will command no respect, he said, or it must be better than Blackwood or Fraser, which is an absurd supposition.
But either of our great illustrated magazines has now more readers in England than Fraser or Blackwood had then in America; and to this extent Willis's prediction is unfulfilled, and the shadow of EurBlackwood had then in America; and to this extent Willis's prediction is unfulfilled, and the shadow of Europe is lifted, not deepened, over our literature.
But in many ways the glamour of foreign superiority still holds; and we still see much of the old deferential attitude prevailing.
Prince Albert said of Germany, in 1859, that its rock ahead was self-sufficiency.
In our own country, as to literature and science, to say nothing of art, our rock ahead is not selfsuffi-ciency, but self-depreciation.
Men still smile at the Congressman who said, What have we to do with Europe?but I sometimes wish