to consider the relative standing of American and English authors under this severe and inexorable test.
The entries or items appearing in the interleaved catalogue under the name of Tennyson
, for instance, up to September, 1901, were 487; under Longfellow
, 357; then follow, among English-writing poets, Browning
(64). The nearest approach to a similar test of appreciation in the poet's own country is to be found in the balloting for the new Hall
of Fame, established by an unknown donor on the grounds of the New York University with the avowed object of creating an American Westminster Abbey.
The names of those who were to appear in it were selected by a board of one hundred judges carefully chosen from men of all occupations and distributed over every State in the Union
; and these balloted for the first hundred occupants of the Hall
Only thirty-nine names obtained a majority of votes, these being taken, of course, from men of all pursuits; and among these Longfellow
ranked tenth, having eighty-five votes, and being preceded only by Washington
, and Fulton
, only two literary