Excerpt from The Southern Temper
Here the night streets of Lafcadio Hearn in anguish. Hearn writing of the Creole, the black turning to brown and turning to golden, and thinking of a golden race in the Orient. Hearn dreaming in America of Japan and China. Saying in every line he ever wrote, Time is a concept dreamed up by a mad fool who never knew what life was. Race is a creed for fools. Hearn dream ing of Japan and China, dreaming of a golden race to come.
Or there are the busy day streets, cluttered with traf fic and trade, and a young man walking up and down, rhapsodizing to himself on the sins of the city, the 81118 of modern times, the mistake of the freedom of the Negroes with their primitive rape-fiend minds. What of the age of consent, free silver, the women's fashions, and the Bible belt's hell-for-leather persecution of the church of Rome?
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