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[64] braves; then for years it was the custom to deride his Indians as utterly fictitious creations. Now comes Alice Fletcher, and by the arduous process of living among the Indians, studying their rites, and learning their traditions, shows them to have been, in the original and unspoiled condition, more imaginative, more picturesque, more worthy of study, than any Indians of whom Cooper dreamed. The labors of many authors, in all parts of our vast country, are gradually putting on record a wide range of local types. As a rule, however, it is the less educated classes which are more easily drawn, though not necessarily or always the most worth drawing. Hence we are acquiring a gallery of rustic groups spread over the continent, while the traditions of polish and refinement are ignored either for want of personal experience or of skill. Unluckily, the writer who has succeeded with village life always wishes to deal with more artificial society. It is as inevitable as the yearning of every good amateur comedian to act Shakespeare. Bret Harte and his successor, Hamlin Garland, handle admirably the types they knew in early life, but the moment they attempt to delineate a highly bred woman the curtain rises on a creaking doll in

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