In the stillness of the night a few smouldering embers lie red against the black of night. A faint smell of smoke drifts by on the summer wind. A little dog sniffs about in the ashes to salvage a hastily remembered bone and walls out as his nose strikes live coals. On the other side of the lake hidden in the timber there is a fire stabbing the sky. Before it sit a few solemn figures nodding gently to themselves thinking or casually dozing in the heat. Around them a ring of naked, glistening figures are cast against the sky in studied crouches. The American Indian has raised the old Hob again.
For this romantic picture of the North American savage we have to thank a boy who entered Yale at the age of fourteen in the year 1803. James Fennimore Cooper is particularly remembered as the man who conceived "Leatherstocking Tales". Little boys run wildly whooping about the backyard waving wooden tomahawks and loudly protesting to an imperious voice from the kitchen window, "But mama, we're only burning him at the stake like Indians," because of Mr. Cooper. He did much else besides; wrote several excellent sea stories, a naval history of the United States, and the "Wept of Wish ten Wish" which appears to be a bit whimsy. He was the first great American story teller who set the stage, most regrettably, for a series of other yarn spinners, whose only qualifications were that they had carefully read Cooper. Professor Matthiessen will enlarge upon all this today in Harvard 6 at 10 o'clock.
"Cooper's Novels", Assistant Professor Matthiessen, Harvard 6.
"Manuscripts in the Renaissance", Professor Rand, Emerson 211.
"Composition of the Drama", Mr. Hersay, Sever 11.
"Cicero the Crator", Professor Rand, Sever 13.