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HESE essays have been given

as addresses before many Western audiences. None that the voice of the speaker

is stilled, their appearance in printed form should continue their helpfulness. In the field of literature and of art one can do little for others but show the pathway of his banderings, pointing out the beauties that have been revealed to him, expressing, so far as his limitations allom, the effect upon himself of his discoveries. Such is the theme and purpose of this book.

.. ر. ممد زرا ہے

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INTRODUCTION.

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ARELY in a community where material R things overshadow the intellectual and the

æsthetic does a man have the love of Art for its own sake so firmly established in his nature as to make him its open and

ardent supporter. This part Thomas Emmet Dewey essayed. Born in Victor, New York, in 1859, he entered the turbulent transition days of Kansas at the age of twenty, imbued with eagerness to become a factor in the upbuilding of the State. His profession, the law, confined neither his energies nor his ambitions, and he pursued the study of literature, and of the proper expression of the best ideals of man's soul, into wider fields.

As years passed, he grew in mental stature. He felt the impulse of the advocate, the inspiration of the enthusiast. He gathered under his home roof those whose friendship he cherished, and there unfolded newly-acquired joys of discovery. Abilene, his home town for two decades, soon learned to respect and trust his literary taste; the stamp of his approval went far in the estimation placed on any work of literature or of art. So definite and well-founded were his ideals, that he was deferred to by his townsmen, and later by the best thinkers of Kansas. He became recognized as an authority on the things that it pleased him most to judge, and in a sense this was a realization of his dearest dreams. His power as an uplifting factor in many lives came from his strict adherence to the world's established ethical and aesthetic canons.

Essentially he was a critic. He analyzed, he saw through

POETRY IN SONG.

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