The Suburban Volume 5

The Suburban Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...of God; no thought of earthly fame or recognition had he--he knew that he was called a fanatic, that he was laughed at and his work criticised with scorn, but none of these things moved him. This man lived in an ideal world of his own; God was his nearest, dearest and most intimate friend; to Him he confided all his cares--doubts he never had. Life stretched before him as a straight, well defined thoroughfare with no cross paths to tempt him to wandering. His wonderful mental abilities were a joy to him, not a source of pride. So he labored on; his only recreation a change from one study to another. In these moments of recreation he wrote his "Legends of the Micmacs." This work is one of rare worth; rescuing from oblivion the rich material of a whole language and literature. Of his method in collecting these legends, Dr. Rand says: "The greater portion of these legendary remains were written out at first, not in Indian, but in English. I never found an Indian, either man or woman, who would undertake to tell one of these stories in English. I heard them related, in all cases, in Micmac. I usually had pen, ink and paper at hand; if I came to a word I did not understand, I would stop the speaker, jot down the word with its meaning, make a few other brief notes, and then write out the story in English from memory, aided by the brief notes I had made." These legends were not published until after the death of Dr. Rand. Soon after that the legends, together with other valuable Micmac and Maliseet manuscripts, were purchased by Professor E. N. Horsford for the library of American Linguists, Wellesley College. Dr. Rand has been called the Elihu Burritt of Canada and he well deserves the name. He was a man of remarkable energy and...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236551907
  • 9781236551900