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The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

The world renowned Egyp­tol­o­gist, Ori­en­tal­ist, cler­gy­man and writer, Sa­muel Al­fred Browne Mercer ( 1879-1969), was born in Bay Roberts East. How­ever, it is well known that, for rea­sons un­known, he de­nied his New­found­land roots.

This ar­ti­cle about Mercer, writ­ten by Fred­er­ick Grif­fin, was first pub­lished in the Star Weekly, Toronto. It is be­ing reprinted in The Com­pass in four parts. Ed­i­to­rial com­ments have been added in brack­ets.

Bud­ding the­olo­gians of Trin­ity Col­lege sit at the feet of Rev. Dr. Sa­muel A.B. Mercer and try to glean some­thing from the wealth of Semitic and Egyp­tian lore, which pours richly from his lips. For he is a very great mas­ter of knowl­edge, one of the world’s rank­ing schol­ars in his line and, in­deed, a most ex­tra­or­di­nary man of many lan­guages, liv­ing and dead.

He is prob­a­bly bet­ter known to Ger­man sa­vants and French aca­demi­cians than he is to the Cana­dian pub­lic who, broadly, have never heard of him. But a few weeks ago, the Paris edi­tion of the New York Her­ald an­nounced that Dr. Mercer had been awarded the “palmes academiques” by the French govern­ment for his work in Egyp­tol­ogy. [ The Or­dre des Academiques (Or­der of Aca­demic Palms) is an Or­der of Chivalry of France for those in the spheres of academia, cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tion.]

Thus a scholar may not be with­out hon­our in for­eign coun­tries and among for­eign sa­vants.

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