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It is a matter of wonder that American poets so seldom see fit to choose subjects for their work taken from the legends and history of the better specimens of the Indian tribes of this country. Longfellow's "Hiawatha" is almost the only work of any note of this sort; and the popular success of that work has been by no means inconsiderable. A carefully finished and musical poem, "The League of the Iroquois," has recently appeared from the pen of a Western poet, Benj. Hathaway; it is well spoken of by the critics, and it certainly exhibits the richness of the field it takes for poets to work in.

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