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“ The largest soul of all the British land—a hard handed Scottish peasant." “ The most gifted British soul we had in all that century of his.” “ A fellow of infinite frolic, laughter, sense and heart.” “ A Giant original man.”
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Robert Burns's Centenary.........
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Rev. Burton W. Lockart on Burns...........
Portrait of Robert Burns .......
ALL ABOUT BURNS.
A STUDY OF THE POET'S LIFE FROM A LIT
BY PETER ROSS, Author of “The Literature of the Scottish Reformation," “ The Scot in America," “ Scotland and the Scots," " A Life of Saint Andrew;" Editor of “ The Songs of Scotland, Chronologically Arranged," “ Life and Works of Sir William Alexander, Earl of Stir
ling,” etc., etc.
THE MAN AND THE POET.
One of the few living descendants of Scotia's immortal bard has recently uttered a protest against the merciless and continual exposure, often untruthful, of his weaknesses and sins. The protester—Mrs. S. Burns Hutchinson of Cheltenham, a granddaughter of the bard-thinks that the admirers of Robert Burns might be better employed in studying his writings than his shortcomings, and, in a gentle way, upbraids editors of the poet's works and students of his life story for gloating over his frailties and neglecting his many virtues. She quotes the late Lord Young as having, many years ago, asked the guests at a Burns dinner if it were not time to let Burns's private life alone and speak of him only as one of Scotland's greatest men-her greatest poet and song writer.
In all this there is a great deal of truth, a great deal of com..