MR T. BRACKEN.
. M r T< Coull write 3to M a 8 follows; "Most of the people of Dunedin have some kind of remembrance of Mr Thomas Bracken nnr Isew Zealand poet and late M.H.R. for D inedm. Few have not read some of hia poems. If I am right the children of our publio schools have often sung what has almost hecome a National Anthem, 'God defend .New Zealand.-* But comparatively few a-e aware that Mr Bracken has been 'lying upon a sick bed for many months past in a L* . cotfca g e at the back of the tramshed Mornington, and is now in very poor circumstances, so that I fear he does not get the comforts he requires. It is pleasant, however, to state that several of our prominent Dunedin doctors are waiting upon him free of charge and doing their best to alleviate his sufferings. I have visited him several times, and it is the opinion of those who ought to know he is not long for this world. He tells me he is not afraid to die, but is concerned ab«ut the future of his only son, a lad about ten or twelve. Mv object in writing to the Press is to" make his case known, .and perhaps some sympathisers, who; are able may help to soften his last days. It will be a reproach to our City, which he has loved so well, not to express our sympathy, and I feel concerned lest he should experience the fate of too many a poet—neglected while living, mourned when dead. There can be no doubt many of Mr Bracken's poems will be remembered in New Zealand literature long after the present generation are dead and gone. Mr Bracken has his failings and weaknesses, as Burns had, but men gifted with the poetic sentiment are not possessed of the sordid spirit of the world in moneymaking, or in making provision for the contmgencies of life. They seem too childlike la their nature. Mr Bracken has not possessed that power, and so he is now stranded in a little furnished room, not his own, on one of the heights of the town. A short time ago Mr Reid (late of Mills, Dick, and Co.) raised a few pounds among the citizens on his behalf, but that is now run out I should like the public to know that while lying upon his sick bed and turning over what he must do he contemplates, by the help of his wife, in bringing out a-'New 1 ear a Annual, containing short papers and poems of his own and others. The Rev Dr Waddell, Mr A. Bathgate, Mr Umbers,'and others are contributing papers. It is to be brought out in an elegant form, and, it is hoped, will meet with a large sale. It is to be published, I understand, at a verv low price—a shilling or half a crown. Any intending subscriber, or any willing to help in any way, can send, their names and help to Mrs Bracken, Mornington (near tramshed),
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MR T. BRACKEN., Evening Star, Issue 10450, 21 October 1897
MR T. BRACKEN. Evening Star, Issue 10450, 21 October 1897
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