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salvation of the lowest and worst classes of human beings seem possible, ay, hopeful, than all which philanthropists had ever before done? God speed the New Idea. Already it has moved England and Scotland, found its way into France and our own land. There are now. probably, in these countries more than three hundred Protestant Bible-women from the uneducated classes, superintended by an equal number of educated and gifted ladies, working together in sympathy, in hope and love to elevate the condition of the lowest and poorest, through and by the Bible. This is the divino kaven which a woman hid in three mtcutures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
SOME OF THE MISTAKES OF EDUCATED MEN.
In 1861 an Address was delivered before the Phrenakesmian Society of Pennsylvania College, at Gettysburg, Pa., by John S. Hart, LL. D. This Address has lately been printed in elegant form, and, as wo consider every precept in this remarkable work worth its weight in gold, we have obtained permission of its distinguished anthor to disp'.ay some of its rich wisdom to our friends. The excellent advice given will apply to educated women as well as to men, becanse wo consider tho mother should inform herself of everything that can aid her son in tho battle of life, as it is by her influence, her directions, her exertions, that, in a great measure, his life is determined. The first Napoleon said that "the future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother." A sensible and conscientious mother will form her son to become an "educated man," as far as his ability and position in the world will admit; and she is usually tho only human being who can avert fatal mistakes in the economy of life, because she begins at the beginning, and thus settles his habits, and lays the foundation of his principles.
One of tho first suggestions of Professor Hart to the young collegians Is M that you take care of your bodily health." He says :—
"How continually do we see professional men obliged to stop short in the full career of success, simply because their bodily powers give wny. They cannot carry out the conceptions of their minds, because their bodies are unequal to the task of carrying them through the necessary toll. With sound, sturdy, bodily health, you not enly can labor mentally moro hours in the twenty-four, but you can, while working, throw into your task a greater amount of intellectual force.
"Verily there is some grievous mistake among us in this matter. Whether it he our climate, or our habits of stndent life, or our social and domestic habits, I am not prepared to say. But of the fact I make no doubt. Our educated men do not achieve half that they might achieve, for the want of the necessary physical vigor. It is painful to see the dyspeptic, sore-throated, attenuated, cadaverous specimens of humanity that stndentlife so often produces among ns—men afraid of a puff of air, afraid of the heat, afraid of the cold, afraid to cat a piece of pie or good roast beef; men obliged to live on stale bread and molasses, who take cold if they get wet, who must make a reconnoi^sance of a room to see that they can secure a place out of a draft before they dare to take a seat; men who, by dint of coaxing, and nursing, and pampering, drag out a feeble existence for a few short years, and then drop into a premature grave, martyrs to intellectual exertion!"
Tho Professor goes on to state some of the ways and
means by which health may be maintained or renovate, and says; "We must live more in tbe open air than it do. We must warm our blood less by closed doors isi air-tigbt stoves, and more by oxygen breathed upon Ike beautiful hill-sides. We must spend more time in Inntcent outdoor amusements. We must cease to coos; gunning, and boating, and bowling, among the sera deadly sins. When a professional man is exhausted lr Intellectual labor, it is not in a dismal, solitary walk to recuperate him. Belter let him pull off bis coat and join the young folks on the green in sumo kind of hones: game. Let him take a real hearty romp with the children. Let him have a little thoughtless fun. It will do him infinitely more good than lonely walks or swinging at dumb-bells. Yet, I dare say, if the lawy*r of the village, the editor, the politician, the judge, the physician, the professor, and the minister, were to go out into the fields and engage in a game of ball, it wouU be thought highly undignified! Do our judgments on these subjects need no revision? Are we sure that ws are quite right in the cold shoulder that we give to athletic sports and games '1
"Do not misunderstand me, young gentlemen. I an not for turning life into a holiday. My views of life are serious, almost severe. But, for tho stern realities uf duty, we all need, and none more than those who do brainwork, need the recuperation which comes from active bodily amusement In the free, open air. Thr English and the Geimans understand this matter better than we do. Wo crlticiso the Englishman's fox-chasing and grouse-hunting, and Intense love of field sports, M being frivolous, as betokening an inferior style of civilization. But does our plan turn out statesmen such Palmebstos, who, already long past his threescore ai.d ten, still handles tho helm of empire with the fre*b grasp and the vigorous step of youth?"
We have given thus, at length, the remarks on th« ill-health of "educated men," as we fear this Is often tho result of mistaken modes of training children in our country. We American mothers bring our little cbildn I to the table to share in the rich, heavy, high-seasoned food of their parents and guests. This is not practised by any other people in the same indulgent manner.
In England the children are brought up on a simple diet—even the highest rank. Bread and milk, and oatmeal porridge, were considered suitable food for the littloouesin Queen Victoria's nursery. A simple dinner, at one o'clock, is the rule for the children of the nobility and gentry; none of these, till their education is finished or far advanced, come to the sumptuous dinners of their luxurious homes. Plain food, with pleasant exercises and plenty of fresh air in childhood, lays a good foundation of health for "educated men," and this must be the mother's work.
Another important suggestion of Professor Hart is that of "cultivating the art of conversation." He says:—
"To be able to converso well is quite as valuable a gift as that of popular eloquence. You may think fchfe an exaggeration. Popular eloquence is so very showy a gift that its importance is not likely to be undervalued. But so far as I have been able to observe, the actual resolves of men are mostly brought about, not by ihii distant play of artillery, but by the close, hand-to-hand encounter of private conversation. There It is that th« death-grapple takes place, the home-thrnst is given. The ablest administrators of affairs have been celebrated for their skill in this line.
"But apart from these great occasions of diplomacy, a
talent for conversation has an extraordinary value for the common, everyday uses of life. Let one who haa thU gift enter into a social circle anywhere. How every one's face brightens at his entrance. How boon he sets all the little wheels in motion, encouraging the timid, culling out unostentatiously the resource* of the reserved and shy, subsidizing the facile, and making everybody glad and happy.
"Educated men, beyond all others, should settle it as a clear duty to learn how to talk well in company. Conversation is an art. But it is an art which can be acquired, and depend upon it, no acquisition gives a surer or more ample return for the amount of effort needed.''
This art of conversation is even more necessary for educated women, because it is their province to teach it in Its best style, and make it the vehicle of home happiness, as well as of social enjoyment.
Another requirement of "educated men" is the duly of cultivating good manners, a section that should bo carefully studied by the young of both sexes. Of this winning accomplishment the author truly says: "Men and women, in extreme old age, have been known to possess a sweet, attractive grace, an actual fascination, which the young could by no means equal."
Ah an Illustration of the perfect " Charm of Manners," which gives beauty to the plainest face, and teaches word* and ways of pleasing to the most ignorant, the tfioquout writer introduces this touching episode:—
PICTURE OF AW INVALID.
"There lives at this moment, in the town of New Hartford. Connecticut, in a small, unpainted house by ihe roadside, some two miles from the village, a poor woman, by tho name of Chlok Lankton, bedridden with an incarable disease. For twenty-seven years she has lain in that humble apartment, unable to rise or to he removed, the subject of continual bodily pain, and, At times, of such excruciating pain as to mako her continued life almost a continued miracle. Her father, her mother, her four sisters, have successively died beforo hot eyes and been carried out to their long home. She has been for many years left alone in the world, with no means of support but that which occasional and unsolicited charity has sent her, and with no stated companionship but that of a common, hired domestic. Yet the grace of God has so wrought in the heart of that Tone woman, that her very face is said to beam with angelic sweetness, and all who go to see her come away charmed, as if they had been to visit the abode of a princess. Young people for miles around visit her, not in the spirit of compassion, but for the pleasure they find in her companionship. Tho very children troop to her abode to show her all their latost treasures, and no new dress, or doll, or knife, or kite, is thought quito complete, till it has had the approval of their dearest confidant and friend. What has given this lone invalid such power to captivate and charm both old and young? Nothing but the Spirit of tho liviug God, working in her a heavenly sweetness of character, that flu da a natural •sicpresaion in all lovely and beautiful ways."
NOW AND THEN.
We have just received from a dear friend, Mrs. Juliet TT l>. Campbell, a copy of hor beautiful poem, Legend of fie Infancy of Our Saviour: A Christmas Carol.
ThU charming production places the name of Mrs.
Campbell among the best of our American poetesses. The thoughts and the language are truly poetical, and ihe melodious flow of tho rhythm is quite remarkable. The work is dedicated to a child, but our readers must not be misled by the unassuming way in which it is issued into the world, that it is childlike reading. It will no donht be enjoyed by children for the tender and touching story it recounts; but a mature mind is requisite to estimate Its merits and appreciate its exquisite beauties. Ws give one stanza:—
"Thus passed they to the pleasant land ;■
Around their pathway shone
While all the night was strown
To light the wanderers on."
Such is the native poetry our children may read now, written by one of tho gifted and graceful mothers of our land; and issued from the press of Philadelphia* in a style of beauty and perfectneas equal to the best London fashion. This is Now.
Let us turn back two hundred and thirty years, and look at a picture of Then.
The Pirst Pobtrt Written In America.—The following facts were taken from the archives of the Historical Society, Boston:—
Soon after our forefathers landed at Plymouth some of the people went out into a field where Indian women were picking strawberries, and observed several cradles hung upon the boughs of trees, with the infants fastened upon them, a novel and curious sight to any European. A gentle breeze sprang up, and waved the cradles to a rid fro. A young man, one of the party, peeled off a piece of hark, and wrote the following, which has been repented thousands of times by thousands of American matrons, very few of whom ever knew or cared for it* origin—
"Lul-a-by baby upon the tree top;
Family Reading And Children's Libkakhs.—In our January number we named "Agnes and tho Little Key," said to be written by Rev. Dr. Adams, of Boston. We have been requested to give some notice of the work, which we shall do next month. In the mean time we commend the other booka by the same author, "Bertha and her Baptism," and "Catherine." The publishers, J. E. Tilton & Co., Boston, have all the works of this popular clergyman on their " Trade List." The best way of selecting booka for home libraries is this—write t* booksellers for circulars, and you will find that the titles of the books and names of tho authors will give you a general idea of the character of the work ; and the price is marked. Wo give this explanation as a reply to many letters from our readers, asking such information.
Jahks Munroe & Co., Boston, publish many valuable works. "Hudson's Edition of Shakapoare" is one of these—11 vols., $1 per volnme—which wo noticed a* they appeared. It is a very excellent edition, as our
friend, Mrs. M , will find. Those publishers issue all
the works of Miss Planehe, which are delightful reading for children; also many of Mary Howitt'a books.
* J. B. Lippincott & Co., publishers.
Mibb 8. J. Hale's Boarding Akd Bat School Toi Touno Ladies, 1826 RittenhouBe Square, Philadelphia.
This school is designed to give a thorough and liberal English education, to furnish the best facilities for acquiring the French language, and the best instruction in music and the other accomplishments. The mora! training and the health and physical development of the scholars are carefully attended to.
References: Mrs. Emma Willard, Troy, N. T.; Henry Vethake, LL.D., Wm. B. Stevens, D. D., Wm. H. Ashhurst, Esq., Louis A. Godey, Esq., Philadelphia; Charlss Hodge, D. D., Princeton, N. J.; and others.
To Ofje Correspondents.—The following articles ars accepted: "The Autumn Winds"—"Our Babe"—"TJlolume" — "Dirge of the Beautiful" — "The Voices"— "Nellie"—"The Young Lady's Ideal"—"The Poet's Dream" — "One only Daughter" — and "Across th« Hills."
We have a long list of pieces that we mnst decline; some of these are worth publishing; but our drawer* are full of MSS. We really cannot accept poetry unless of the highest merit; our young friends must send their effusions to the newspapers, and spare ns tbe regret of refusal. We have no room for the following: "Tbs roses are blooming"—"Under the Maple" (shows real genius)—"Song"—"The Fray"—"Letter to the Editor" —"Sonnet"—"They tell me that I shall forget"—"Our Child"—"Lenlele"—"Falsehood"—"The two Lovers" —"The Tribute" etc.—"Have Faith"—"Frlendship""Voices" and the other poem—*' Wo would not meet"— "Our Patriot Heroes slain"—" Sighs"—" Annie Clyde" —"Shooting the Girl I love"—"The Adopted Son"— "My little Brother"—"Elegies"—" Mutm"—"Treason" —"Mount Vernon"—" First Lovo"—" My Idol"—"Impromptu"—" Hope"—"The World deceives us"—"Mj Soldier" — "Adieu, gentle friend" — "Words withoat meaning"—and "The Wanderer."
We have many MSS. still on hand for examination.
The author of "Weary" and "Quiet Changes" will oblige us by writing and giving her address In falltown, county, and State.
C. L. E.—Charade received. Should like to be favor**" with another. How are we to address the Book?
A NEW WAT OF CONTRIBUTING TO WOMAN'S
Wk have, daring the past year, received many letters from ladles residing in different sections of onr vide land, expressing deep sympathy with this Christian effort, and regretting that they had not money to give. To these frieuds, and to all yonng ladies in particular, we say, if yon have no money, give the work of yonr hands; English ladies do this. The women of Great Britain have had a society similar to onrs in successful operation for twenty-seven years. The managers are among the noble and intelligent ladies of England. Their Report for 1S60 gives two hundred and twelve scliools for girls and little childron in Heathendom, now supported by that Christian Women's Union. The amount paid last year to sustain these schools was over $25,000, of which sum upwards of $17,000, or more than two-thirds of the whole, was obtained from the sale of needle-work and fancy articles, sent as contributions by those who could not so well give money.
Tmb is our new way of contributions. Ladles who desire to aid ns can do so effectually by sending any of the articles enumerated below. Any lady who wants information may in her letter inclose a stamp (three cents), and she shall have the Reports.
The following is a list of useful articles best adapted ftw sale abroad to aid Woman's Mission in Heathen Lands:—
Infants' long frocks, open behind.
Children's caps, cockades, gloves, and socks.
Bags embroidered in silk or beads.
Lambs'-wool shawls, knitted or netted.
Baby blankets, knit or crochet.
Boys' frocks or coats of Jean or good print.
Boys' collars; dolls, prettily but not fancifully dressed.
Gentlemen's shirt fronts, slippers, and socks.
Simple morning caps, trimmed with ribbon.
Good pen-knives, pen-wipers, table-mats.
White mousseline do lalne and French merino frocks for children.
Also pieces of de laine, chintz, etc.; enough to make sn infant's dress.
Berlin wool and canvas.
Pens, pencils, copy-books, needles, and cotton.
Rug-needles and netting-needles.
Ladies' collars; shirt-collars for gentlemen.
Remnants of chintz or silk, for bags.
Remnants of mull or Jaconet, for girls' spencers.
Colored pocket-handkerchiefs and gauze or muslin searfs.
Pieces of gauze or satin ribbon, especially white satin, for cap strings.
Knit hoods for children, brown holland pinafores, and black silk aprons.
SubscriptiOpts.— We have had only a few names to record for 1862; still, we have promises of more, and wait in hope. For this month we haveMiss E. Augusta Higgins, Somerville, Mass., $1. Mrs. Laura Lizzie Woodbury, Natick, Mass., $1. (The last name should have appeared in November, but was accidentally omitted.)
* The union of Ladies of all evangelical denominations in America to send sitigle women as missionaries to heathen women. Wo also employ native Biblo-women, when such are found competent. Our Philadelphia Society h:i« already provided fnnds for four of these tfachors to the heathen women. See January numbor of the Lady's Book, page 03.
IT JKO. 6TAINBACK WILSON, M.D
rMFOKTAKT BCOOESTIOKB ABOtTT CHILMtKS.
The Repose of Children should not be interruptedThe natural instincts and dispositions of babyhood a* too little regarded by many mothers. There is no kit" of regularity as to hours of reposo, feeding or nursiisj. or anything else. The little sleeper is aroused froa his slumbers, because, forsooth, the mother lmaglttf* that it Is hungry and must have nourish m^nt: as If* child would sleep soundly when Buffering for the wast of food. Or, perchance, it is convenient for the moths to nurse her child Just now; and therefore she rntilessly disturbs its repose, sacrifices its comfort, and res ders it peevish and fretful for the remainder of the day, and all that she may gratify some little whim, m*k* some useless fashionable call, or visit some place d amusement. Again, a visitor comes in, and of conrss she must look at "the little thing's" eyes or sea it emit*: and forthwith It is dragged from the cradle, and iu
sweet slumbers broken. Bat what a sad disappointment generally. Nature rebels at such uureasonable treatment ; and the "little thing," instead of softly cooing like a dove, yells like a young catamount; and Instead of the smiling nice, and gently beaming eyes, the fond mother is horrified by features distorted with pain, and anger.
Mothers who thus manege are equally uureasonable as to the time of getting an infant to sleep. Whenever It suits their convenience for the little one to sleep, sleep it must, whether it wants to do so or not. Nature, regular habits, the foture welfare of the child, and the happiness of the mother, must all yield to present convenience, and sleep Is induced by rocking or drugging; In any way, by fair means or by foul.
Children raised after this fluhion, will Inevitably become soured in their dispositions; their crying and fretfulness will bea source of constantannoyanco; and, in all probability, their physical health will become seriously Impaired from the unnatural interruptions of the regular and harmonious operations of the system, and from the perturbation caused by the frequent excitement of the moral feelings. We are creatures of habit. All the vital processes are carried on by rule, and with clockwork regularity. It follows, then, that regular habits are the best safeguards of health, and conversely—that a disregard of the regular workings of the animal economy must result in derangement of the whole machinery. Children, therefore, should be early trained to regular habits; to regularity not only in hours of sleeping, but in eating, and everything else that can be made to conform to rule. It is much easier to train children thus than many imagine; because regularity is natural— is the law; while want of regularity is at war with nature—Is, In short, au uphill business which must be carried through with great tribulation. And yet most people seem to think children have no regular habits, neither can have any. The notions of these people may be illustrated by the example of a certain Georgia swain who made a declaration of love to a young lady, rather precipitately, and without sufficient acquaintance. When called upon to deiine his position in society, and his circumstances, he said that his position could be satisfactorily established, but as to his circumstances, he "did not have any." This Is the category In which most persons place children—they havo no habits; and the majority of those who manage them seem to think that It is impossible to train a child to any kind of regularity In early life. If not in early life, when? Is It easier to bend an oak than a reed?
Earache from disordered stomach and bowels should be treated by proper diet, the warm bath, and the other remedies already prescribed in such cases.
Simple nenralgia of the ear, or common earache, can almost always be relieved thus: Take fifteen or twenty drops of sweet oil; warm It over a candle; then add fire drops of landanum; pour the mixture Into the ear, and close the opening with a piece of wool. Steaming the ear over a hot brick will also often give relief; and the hot foot-bath will prove a valuable auxiliary to any other remedies that may be used. We have seen It stated somewhere that a few drops of sulphuric ether in the ear, or the vapor of ether blown Into it, will give almost Instant relief. The remedy is safe, and may be tried.
Earache from Inflammation will manifest Itself by redness of the affected part, and pain on pressure. This form should bo treated by purges of Epsom salts, VOl. LXiv. —34
low diet, the hot foot-bath, and cloths wet in warm or cold water to the ear; using them warm or cold according to the degree of relief. The ear should be gently and frequently syringed out with warm water. The landanum, etc. prescribed above, may also bo used to allay the pain. These remedies tailing, a small blister behind the ear will generally have a happy effect. But if prompt relief Is not obtained, the services of a physician should be procured, as the inflammation is sometimes deep-seated, and Is not unattended with dangor.
Books Et Mail.—Now that the postage on printed matter is Bo low, we offer our services to procure for our subscribers or others any of the books that we notice. Information touching books will be cheerfully given by inclosing a stamp to pay return postage.
When ordering a book, please mention the name of the publisher.
From T. B. Petexboit k Brothers, Philadelphia:—
CHARLES O'MALLEY: the Irish Dragoon. ByCharles Lever. This Is the first of a series of Lever's Military Novels about being issued by the Messrs. Peterson. Thcover, in bluo, red, and gold, displays a fine original design. "Charles CVMalley" is a work too well known, to need comment of any sort. Price 50 cents.
THE BROKEN ENGAGEMENT: or, Shaking the Truth for a Day. By Mrs. Emma D. E. N. South worth. Thia novelette Is an amusing story with a profitable moral. The hero, Joseph Morriss, is challenged by his friend, Harry Blewitt, to speak nothing but the truth for a single week, warning him if he accepts the challenge, thai before the end of the week he will lose his employment, be discarded by his sweetheart, disinherited by his uncle, and put in a lunatic asylum as a madman. Morriss, incredulous as to the result of simple truth, undertakes to deal In that article alone for the prescribed time; ami it happens that all his friend predicted takes place befor* the close of the first day. However, it does not turn out so badly for the trnthteller after all. But what tha sequel Is, wo leavo our friends to learn for themselves; as we do not like to spoil a story by revealing the end of it. Price 25 cents.
THE FLOWER OF THE PRAIRIE. By GustaveAlmard, author of " The Indian Scout," "The Trapper** Daughter," "Gold Finders," etc. A story of life in th« West, descriptive of adventures among, and warfare with, the Indiana. The hero, a Count, falls in love with a young Indian girl named Pralrlo Flower, and after serious strife with hostile relations and jealous lover", succeeds In winning her affection and marrying her. Price 50 cents.
From J. B. Lippincott k Co., Philadelphia:— LEGEND OF THE INFANCY OF OCR SAVrOFR. A Christmas Carol. By Mrs. Juliet H. L. Campbell This charming poem must win tho love of all who read It . See notice in Editors' Table, page 403. This little book is a great work of woman's genins in union with her piety.
From J. C. Carrioles, Philadelphia:— MISTAKES OF EDUCATED MEN. By John B. Hart, LL. D.*, Editor of the Sunday School THmes, and lat* Principal of the Philadelphia High School. 12mo:, muslin, gilt, price S0 cents; paper covers, £5 cents. Wo have noticed thIs book in tho Editors' Table, page 402. It deserves & double notice.
From Harper & Brothers, New York, through PsteeSon & Brothers, Philadelphia:—
PILGRIMS OF FASHION. A M By Klnahan Cornwallis. What tho title of this book has to do with the story wo have not been able to discover. The book itself is a wishy-washy affair, which might not uureasonably be taken as a volume of genealogy, as it opens with an extended account of tho father, followed by ono of the daughter, then tho grandson, and so on, until before tbe close of the book is reached, tho representative of tho sixth generation is introdnced. For more than half the volume the reader is left in blissful ignorance of what it Is all about; when it is finally discovered to be a romantic history of the Yelverton marriage case; the heroine of tho former dying, according to the legitimate manner of heroines in poetry and romance, Instead of remaining on this mundane sphere to go through the matter of fact performance of bringing her wrongs before a court of justlco to be righted. Price •1 00.
PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY. A Treatise specially DesBned for Toung Men. By John S. C. Abbott, author of "The Mother at Home," "Life of Napoleon," "History of the French Revolution," etc. This book is divided Into a number of chapters treating of various religious subjects, among them "The Resurrection," "The Evidences of Christianity," "Tho Reasonableness of Christianity," and others of equal interest and import. It is a volume that will attract the attention of the seriously disposed, and will unquestionably be tho means of much good. Price 75 cents.
From Rodd St Carlton, New York, through T. B. Petbrson St Brothers, Philadelphia:—
FORT LAFAYETTE: or, Love and Secession. A Novel. By Benjamin Wood. This book, from the pen of the lato editor of the New York Daily Newt, will doubtless be the object of some curiosity in the literary world. Its title sufficiently explains its subject. As a controversial work it exhibits tho peculiar political opinions of the author with a certain ability; as a novel it Is drj. Price fl 00.
THE NATIONAL SCHOOL FOR THE SOLDIER. An Elementary Work on Military Tactics^ in Question and Answer. By Capt. W. W. Van Ness. This is tho first of a series, explaining in a clear and comprehensive manner every principle, movement, and evolution made in military tactics. The work is made to conform to the present army regulations, and is arranged expressly for use in schools and military institutions. A most valuable companion for the soldier. Price 50 cents.
From A. J. Davis Jr. Co., New York, through PeterSon & Brothers, Philadelphia:—
THE HARBINGER OF HEALTH ; containing Medical Prescriptions for the Human Body and Mind. By Andrew Jackson Davis. This book contains some valuablo Information, and a great deal of sensible advice. Its prescriptions for disease ignore drugs, and consist principally of directions concerning diet, exercise, habits, etc. The author Is also a warm advocate of magnetism, and indulges at some length in a disquisition upon Its philosophy. The book Is somewhat tinctured with the peculiar ideas of which he is the well-known promulgator, but throwing this aside, Its matter Is plain,' practical, and full of common sense. Price $1 00.
From Charles Scriirneb, New York, through J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia:—
DINAH. A romauco, published anonymously, tbe author of which we hardly think the public will take the trouble to inquire about. It sparkles with originality and humor, but the effect of the whole is spoiled by a certain affected smartness in style, which degenerates into flippancy, accompanied by a want of perspicuity. Some passages and descriptions are very fine. The heroine, Dinah or Diana is well and delicately drawn, but the other characters are either too shadowy or distorted to stand in harmonious relation with her. Price $1 25.
THE UPRISING OF A GREAT PEOPLE. The United States in 1861. From the French of Count Aglnor de Casparin. By Mary L. Booth. This is a new odition of the work by the same title, published at the commencement of our political difficulties. This edition has beea revised and corrected by its author, and contains an addition to tho original work, under the title of " A Word of Peace," treating on the differences between England and the United Slates. Price 75 cents.
From Tickkor & Fields, Boston, throngb W. P. HaZard, Philadelphia:—
JOnN BRENT. By Theodore Wlnthrop, author of "Cecil Dreemo." This is the second volume, published posthumously, by the late Major Wlnthrop, which confirms what the public discovered upon the production of bis previous work, that the literature of our country sustained an Irreparable loss in the death of this talented young man. Tho style Is fine, without being finical, some of the descriptions are surpassingly excellent, and tho characters tolerably well drawn. The chief Incidents are made to occur on the overland route bet wer California and the Eastern States, and one of the mala characters, if not the hero Is—a horse, ono of the noblest specimens of his kind, seemingly almost possessed of human attributes. Price $1 00.
Godet For April.—" Ask for it, Nanny," Is one of onr very pretty series of plates. Wo have a goodly store of flrrt-cluss engravings on hand, which our subscribers will recelvo as tho months roll on.
To our Fashion-plate In this number weask particular attentlon—we moan our colored one; for, lu real beauty and variety, even we have never equalled it. It contain * seven figures. We havo also another extension Fashlouplate, containing five additional spring fashions; in fact, this number abounds in articles for spring.
Brodio, of New York, favors us with two engraving• this month—front and back view of "The Valencian.'* Spring costumes for children are also given. Portrait and costume of the Prince Royal of France, we also give, that our subscribers may see how the visage and dress of the heir of France looks.
There will be found in this number nineteen full-length fashions for spring ; this, with twenty-ono given In the first spring month, March, makes forty In all. Certainly four times as many given by any other magazine, and a great variety, from which our subscribers may certainly be able to choose something that will suit them.
"An April Shower" Is certainly an appropriate engraving for this month.