Excerpt from The Saranac Exiles: A Winter's Tale of the Adirondacks
That fair and fancy-free maiden of journalism, significantly styling itself Atlantic-a Menstrua, had been trying with all its feminine might and main to verify the Adirondacks from the horsey encomiums of ex-... parson Murray. Month after month did this ocean maid pour forth her humorous effusions in vindication of the Adirondacks and in smiling de rision of the bombastic and incredulous account given of them by this poor, bankrupt, clerical horse jockey. To be sure, the Wit was not very sparkling or pungent, and the humor was the gentlest and thinnest compound possible. But the author had gained an entrance into the charmed circle of the immortal Cabiri of Boston, and that was all-suf ficient. Rings rule in church and state, why not in the realms of literature and science Kings are out of date; and republics are again coming into fashion to be ruled and ruined by partisan oligarchs as of old. The republic of letters is scarcely an ex ception to the rule. The great literary gods nod their august heads on the heights of Charlestown and Bunker Hill, and lo! Publishers and people gather round in eager expectancy; one for the large profits of trade, the other for momentary gratification. The foremost scholar of the time in the literature of Dante and his age gains no favor here, because he happens to be a modest and unknown denizen of the Quaker City on the Delaware. Homer is not half so witty as Holmes, and Plato's philosophy is.
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