specimens of the drama. And he who should undertake to
How many American soldiers in Europe, I wonder, have looked about them, have used their sensible independent American brains (our very best characteristic), have left school histories and hearsay behind them and judged the English for themselves? A good many, it is to be hoped. What that judgment finally becomes must depend not alone upon the personal experience of each man. It must also come from that liberality of outlook which is attained only by getting outside your own place and seeing a lot of customs and people that differ from your own. A mind thus seasoned and balanced no longer leaps to an opinion about a whole nation from the sporadic conduct of individual members of it. It is to be feared that some of our soldiers may never forget or make allowance for a certain insult they received in the streets of London. But of this later. The following sentence is from a letter written by an American sailor:
"I have read... 'The Ancient Grudge' and I wish it could be read by every man on our big ship as I know it would change a lot of their attitude toward England. I have argued with lots of them and have shown some of them where they are wrong but the Catholics and descendants of Ireland have a different argument and as my education isn't very great, I know very little about what England did to the Catholics in Ireland."
Ireland I shall discuss later. Ireland is no more our business to-day than the South was England's business in 1861. That the Irish question should defeat an understanding between ourselves and England would be, to quote what a gentleman who is at once a loyal Catholic and a loyal member of the British Government said to me, "wrecking the ship for a ha'pennyworth of tar."
The following is selected from the nays, and was written by a business man. I must not omit to say that the writers of all these letters are strangers to me.
"As one American citizen to another... permit me to give my personal view on your subject of 'The Ancient Grudge'...
"To begin with, I think that you start with a false idea of our kinship-- with the idea that America, because she speaks the language of England, because our laws and customs are to a great extent of the same origin, because much that is good among us came from there also, is essentially of English character, bound up in some way with the success or failure of England.
"Nothing, in my opinion, could be further from the truth. We are a distinctive race--no more English, nationally, than the present King George is German--as closely related and as alike as a celluloid comb and a stick of dynamite.
"We are bound up in the success of America only. The English are bound up in the success of England only. We are as friendly as rival corporations. We can unite in a common cause, as we have, but, once that is over, we will go our own way--which way, owing to the increase of our shipping and foreign trade, is likely to become more and more antagonistic to England's.
- of an ancient tertiary epoch) of which these islands are
- to have to do with.... While I was taking tea with the
- asking that Heavenly light might be poured into his soul.
- he were in chapel or not; for his “Amen” sounds like
- and one man even sent us a cask of cider as a present.
- visitor; her mode of attack, if incensed, being to spring
- is to me how such music CAN be the means of converting
- in catching the robber; but not without G. receiving hurts
- He ducked rapidly, almost touching the muddy water with
- in November of the same year: ‘As to earthly blessings,
- all to know exactly how far we dare trust, than to be thinking
- Of the following extracts to Mrs. E——, only two of
- In the morning I asked a young Indian, who was wet to the
- the Missionary’s worst perplexity, I think that I would
- them; the “nat-khats” would not go. The only thing
- Foundation” in Urdu; Mr. Weitbrecht’s and Mr. Wade’s
- stars and waiting. He had lain thus and there many nights
- to leave, when who should come in but the master of the
- Some very curious glimpses of Indian modes of life and
- Eurasians.... This is a grand transition time in India;
- resources were at an end; it must be another's work to
- composure on such questions, and she wrote with indignation:
- prepared by our boys for the Church site: “Him that cometh
- and Holy Communion is to be administered; a meet commencement
- The wide heavens about her seemed to promise a greater
- you, from a studied one like that to ——! I hope that
- fine voices making it sound so well. Sir Charles made such
- me anything, and that it was no harm to present me with
- In three strides he found his foot splashing in water.
- I am so glad that I refused pecuniary recompense. In writing
- I said to Y., “Which of these hearts,”—showing the
- We have at least a dozen of those who were Batala boys
- solid wall opened before her; it was another masked door.
- One little touch of depression had appeared a few weeks
- to pervert her to the faith of Islam, and gain credit for
- holy Simeon wrote clearly and distinctly against it.’
- In three strides he found his foot splashing in water.
- but not much. I put two of your sweet mother’s lovely
- to ——.... I need not dwell upon the part about the
- a passing indisposition.’ Before this letter was
- Indian family, who had come to trade in a canoe from Caylen,
- from Shakespeare, and choruses. To-day the school was examined
- perhaps on ground even unploughed, and then went home,
- loved the Lord Jesus, bore persecution for Him, and died
- innocent purpose: each parish has a public musket, and
- ever saw such a tamasha. Numbers and numbers of boys were
- by the log-fire beside me, and has allowed me to take a
- I hope she will gradually let me have part of it, leaving
- she had come to believe, since otherwise he would have
- but God is stronger. He will hear your prayers.’ The