Elbert Hubbard II
Elizabeth B. Browning
Madame De Stael
Mary W. Shelley
ine that he won for himself the title of "The Feeder of Lions." Now, John Kenyon--rich, idle, bookish and generous--saw in the magazines certain fine little poems by one Elizabeth Barrett. He also ascertained that she had published several books. Mr. Kenyon bought one of these volumes and sent it by a messenger with a little note to Miss Barrett telling how much he had enjoyed it, and craved that she would inscribe her name and his on the fly-leaf and return by bearer. Of course she complied with such a modest request so gracefully expressed; these things are balm to poets' souls. Next, Mr. Kenyon called to thank Miss Barrett for the autograph. Soon after, he wrote to inform her of a startling fact that he had just discovered: they were kinsmen, cousins or something--a little removed, but cousins still. In a few weeks they wrote letters back and forth beginning thus: Dear Cousin.
And I am glad of this cousinly arrangement between lonely young people. They grasp at it; and it gives an excuse for a bit o