The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition

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Chapter XVII
DOUGLAS YOUNG:
A FREE-MINDED SCOT

Douglas Young was a tall man, six feet six inches; with his
beard he looked like a Calvinist Jehovah. At St. Andrews,
he acquired the nickname "God." A group was discussing the
violent situation in the Balkans and was stumped over the
identity of a political leader in the region. (Even in the 1930s,
the Balkans were full of angry ethnic factions fighting and killing
one another.) "God alone knows his name," one of them
muttered. "Well, I know his name," said Douglas, "and I shall tell it to you." For a game of charades at Oxford, he was carried
in upside down as a clue for the word "dog." (The editors of his
memorial volume, A Clear Voice, call this a legend, but Nigel Nicolson in My Oxford, My Cambridge says he helped carry
Douglas in.)

Douglas' father, an officer in the Bengal Artillery, was a Tory and an Imperialist, but, apart from politics, a loyal Scot.

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