whose minds were stored rith the thoughts of the great spirits of the past
-men who wrote their o,va language with purity, force, and elegance, did
harm-what may we not expect from a Society composed of men like
the author of this pamphlet, who have hardly the merest smattering of
literature, and who write their own tongue with the grammatical elegance
of a scullion?
How is the Society of which Mr. Bourinot is Secretary, to promote
the interests of literature ? Will they give prizes ? Who ever heard of
a prize poem worth anything ? Will they hold out to aspiring genius,
the prospect of being stied with Mr. Bourinot and such as he ?
And what about political influence ? The Society will by and by
want a grant. Under the sacred name of literature, is a Society to be
fdrmed which will infallibly become a donkey-engine of party ?
We have seen that this Society can do no good to literature. I
hope no grant will be given to it. If it is endowed, the money will be
worse than lost, and the Canadian taxpayer will have the pleasure of
knowing he has contributed to an institution where literary quacks may
puff themselves, and betitle themselves, and belittle others, and dance
to their hearts' content while the public pays the piper.
I cannot conclude without congratulating the Government on hav-
ing passed a Civil Service Reform Bill, which requires some test to be
applied to those seeking admission to the Service. Never again, I hope
will a man so illiterate as Mr. Bourinot, a man who could not at this.
moment pass an examination for a third class clerkship, climb or crawl
to the position of " t/le Clerk of the Canadian House of Commons." It
is not creditable to Canada. It is not creditable to the House of Com-
mons. It is not creditable to the Civil Service. The position is not a
very high one. But it is one too high for a literary charlatan.