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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The close of the War (search)
s graceful and charming, but sometimes also with a humorous smile playing upon his face. There were some very good dancers among the ladies who skimmed the floor almost like swallows; but the finest waltzer in Cambridge or Boston was Theodore Colburn, who had graduated ten years previously, and with the advantage of a youthful figure, had kept up the pastime ever since. The present writer has never seen anywhere another man who could waltz with such consummate ease and unconscious grace. Lowell's eyes followed him continually; but it is also said that Colburn would willingly dispense with the talent for better success in his profession. Next to him comes the tall ball-player, already referred to, and it is delightful to see the skill with which he adapts his unusual height to the most petite damsel on the floor. Here the Spree is omnipotent, but it does not like Class Day, for then Boston and its suburbs pour forth their torrent of beauty and fashion, and Cambridge for the time b
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Francis J. Child (search)
ndergraduates always took the southern side. The son of an abolitionist who wished to go through Harvard in those days found it a penitential pilgrimage. He was certain to suffer an extra amount of hazing, and to endure a kind of social ostracism throughout the course. For many years before the election of Lincoln, Professors Child, Lowell, and Jennison were the only pronounced anti-slavery members of the faculty; and this left Francis J. Child to bear the brunt of it almost alone, for Lowell's connection with the university was semi-detached, and although he was always prepared to face the enemy in an honest argument, he was not often on the ground to do so. Now that the most potent cause of political agitation resides in the far-off problem of the Philippine Islands it is difficult to realize the popular excitement of those times, when both parties believed that the very existence of the nation depended on the result of the elections. Professor Child was not the least of an
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Longfellow (search)
Italy, and Germany, and then returned to Portland, the same true American as when he left there, without foreign ways or modes of thinking, and with no more than the slight aroma of a foreign air upon him. Longfellow and his whole family were natural cosmopolitans. There was nothing of the proverbial Yankee in their composition. Whittier was a Quaker by creed, but he was also much of a Yankee in style and manner. Emerson looked like a Yankee, and possessed the cool Yankee shrewdness. Lowell's Biglow Papers testified to the fundamental Yankee; but the Longfellows were endowed with a peculiar refinement and purity which seemed to distinguish them as much in Cambridge or London as it did in Portland, where there has always been a rather superior sort of society. It was like French refinement without being Gallic. No wonder that a famous poet should emanate from such a family. What we notice especially in the Longfellow Letters during this European sojourn is the admonition of
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Lowell (search)
trolling parties of youths and maidens. The Lowell residence was well into the country at that tieen was remarkable for its perfection of form, Lowell's suffered chiefly from a lack of this. He haluded to return home. The next ten years of Lowell's life might be called the making of the man. ld become extinct, as now seems very probable, Lowell's masterly portrait of him will remain, and fual spoken of more frequently than any other of Lowell's poems. Some of the descriptive passages in low threw the whole weight of his influence in Lowell's favor, and this would seem to have decided ipublished the original copy in his May day. Lowell's editorship of the North American Review, whit fare just as badly in America. Readers of Lowell's Fireside travels will have noticed that thef Edward Everett in the Boston public garden. Lowell's biographer, however, does not appear to have endure them as best he could. The story of Lowell's visions rests on a single authority, and if [12 more...]
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Doctor Holmes. (search)
himself is mysteriously silent concerning his college course, and so are his biographers; but we may surmise that it was not very different in general tenor from Lowell's; although his Yankee shrewdness would seem to have preserved him from serious catastrophes. In the Autocrat of the breakfast table Doctor Holmes mentions an When Phillips & Sampson consulted Lowell in regard to the editorship of the Atlantic, he said at once: We must get something from Oliver Wendell Holmes. He was Lowell's great discovery and proved to be his best card,--a clear, shining light, and not an ignis fatuus. When the Autocrat of the breakfast table first appeared fee ten feet in length which strikes without warning and straight as a fencer's thrust. But Elsie Venner and Holmes's second novel, The Guardian Angel, are, to use Lowell's expression on a different subject: As full of wit, gumption and good Yankee sense, As there are mosses on an old stone fence. In the autumn of 1865 some