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Contents

Pages 1 to 4
Rediscovery of Hubbard's Rock

Pages 5 to 12
Picture Galley (place cursor on pictures to read captions)

Pages 13 to 18
Comments by Rudy Mauro on NL Studies papers, The Naming Compulsion and The Language of Faith and American Exceptionalism

Reflections on the Newfoundland and Labrador Studies Paper, "The Language of Faith and American Exceptionalism in The Lure of the Labrador Wild, by Tiffany Johnstone:
 
The 10,000-word essay, The Language of Faith and American Exceptionalism in The Lure of the Labrador Wild", first published in 2006 in the NFL Studies journal, could be interpreted by the untutored as anti-Wallace, anti-masculine, anti-religious, and anti-American rhetoric masquerading as objective intellectual discourse. The author, Tiffany Johnstone, like her colleague, Jonathan Parsons, is (or was) a PhD student and freelance contract instructor in the English department of Memorial University of Newfoundland. A self-described feminist, she specializes in women's and gender studies.

One wonders whether there was a collaboration here between Parsons and Johnstone. As suggested in Mauro's comments on the Parsons essay, Parsons may have been partly, if not wholly, driven by a need to soothe the discomfort of the Mina Hubbard coterie when they learned that Mina's name for Dillon Wallace's Kipling Mountains,  "Lion Heart Mountains", had been diminished by the official attaching of the name, "Mount Kipling" to a promontory of the Labrador range now known as the Red Wine Mountains.

Mauro has a basic understanding of transcendental thinking, having been a follower of Thoreau, Emerson and other American philosophers in his youth. But he obviously is not qualified to attempt even a partial dissection of the language used in the Johnstone paper. Suffice it to say that it is sad to see a feminist misreading of the male exploratory urge, and to witness such unfeeling disparagement of the idealistic, spiritual motivation of American explorers who contributed much to the opening of the Labrador wilds.
 
In conclusion, Mauro would be remiss in not telling viewers about a recent Internet occurrence that points to another, more subtle, try by pro-Mina Hubbard elements to manage the Wallace image. During a recent inspection of the Wikipedia entry on Wallace, Mauro inadvertently discovered that someone who could only be a professional archivist or editor has mounted a 24-hour watch on the site. The motive, apparently, is to quickly censor anything about Wallace the authors of the Wikipedia biography feel is not compatible with their image of him and his work. Two attempts by Mauro, in the middle of the night, on the weekend, to make a minor correction about Wallace's 1913 expedition, were intercepted within minutes, and accepted only after some reworking by the unknown censor.

The Wikipedia write-up presents a sparse profile of Wallace and his work. The introductory passage refers to him as outdoorsman instead of the true explorer he was. No mention of such milestones as his friendship with Grenfell, or the esteem with which he was held by the Explorers Club of New York when it selected him to lead an Arctic expedition (later called off) to search for Dr. Frederick Cook. 

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