but came to the South years ago.
He says he had a tendency to
consumption and thought that a
warmer climate might help him.
Also he had yearnings towards
art � painting. He considers
that he ought to have followed this
for a vocation, but there was no en-
couragement for native talent in
those days; an American would apolo-
gize for the possession of an Ameri-
can picture. If Thorpe�s art
proclivities had no greater foundation
of merit that his pretensions to liter-
ary ability, I cannot think that
the world has lost much by his not
sticking to them. For he writes the
awkwardest, stupidest, most wry-neck-
ed of editorials and the like, � their
perusal has as an agreable effect
on you as the grinding of an old
hurdy-gurdy, horribly out of tune.
An old office-seeker and wire-puller