as we are likely to obtain to a National gallery of eminent persons.
It is easily to be seen that no similar gallery of living persons would have much value.
It is not, ordinarily, until after a man's death that serious criticism or biography begins.
Comparing a few living names, we find that there are already, in the Cleveland catalogue, subsidiary references to certain living persons, as follows:—
Blaine, Howells, James2
These figures, so far as they go, exhibit the same combination of public and literary service with those previously given.
Like those, they effectually dispose of the foolish tradition that republican government tends to a dull mediocrity.
Here we see a people honoring by silent suffrages their National leaders, and recording the votes in the catalogue of every town library.
There is no narrow rivalry between literature and statesmanship, or between either of