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“Notes” on the New Testament, and on the books of From GOULD & LINCOLN, Boston, through W. B. ZIEDER, Isaiah, Job, and Daniel, which were commenced by the Ş Philadelphia learned and laborious commentator more than twenty CHAMBERS'S POCKET MISCELLANY. Vol. 1. Each years ago. It will be found highly useful to theological volume complete in itself. This is an unbound volume of students, and to readers of the sacred Scriptures generally. one hundred and eighty pages, and is the first of a series

ROMANISM AT HOME. Letters to the Hon. Roger B. } recently commenced by the Messrs. Chambers, of EdinTaney, Chief Justice of the United States. By Kirwan. The burgh, with whom the American publishers have made author of this book is the Rev. Dr. Murray, a native of Ire arrangements for early reprints in this country. The land. In these letters, addressed to the Chief Justice of the work, as we are told, will consist of amusing articles from United States, a native Roman Catholic, Dr. Murray, in his “ Chambers's Journal," supposed to be out of print, and is own peculiar style, describes what he saw in his own coun intended, in these days of cheap and rapid travelling, cheaptry and in Rome, of the effects, as he thinks, of that reli ly and rapidly to help the traveller along by affording him gion as well upon the State as upon the people.

light and entertaining reading. Price 20 cents.

From A. HART (late Carey & Hart), corner of Fourth and Chestnut Street, Philadelphia :

THE YEAR-BOOK OF FACTS IN SCIENCE AND ART: exhibiting the most important Discoveries and Improvements of the Year, in Mechanics and the Useful Arts ; Natural Philosophy; Electricity ; Chemistry; Zoology and Botany; Geology and Geography; Meteorology and Astronomy. By John Timbs, Editor of the “Arcana of Science and Art.” The title of this book, with the great respectability of the London and Philadelphia publishers, will be a sufficient guarantee to the reader for the useful character of its contents.

From CHARLES SCRIDNER, New York, through A. HART, Philadelphia :

HUNGARY IN 1851, WITH AN EXPERIENCE OF THE AUSTRIAN POLICE. By Charles Loring Brace. The facts embraced in this interesting volume were collected by the author during a journey through Hungary, pursuing which he had unusual advantages for observing thoroughly the conditions and feelings of the masses of the Hungarian people.

THE HOUSEHOLD OF SIR THOMAS MORE. There is a great deal in this little volume to attract the attention of Christian fathers, and to suggest noble sentiments to judges, statesmen, and to all in authority.

From JOHN B. TAYLOR, New York, through A. HART (late Carey & Hart), Philadelphia

FANCIES OF A WHIMSICAL MAN. By the author of “Musings of an Invalid.” This is another sparkling volume from the pen of a keen observer of human nature in all its phases. It abounds in terse and rapidly-flowing sentences, embracing a greater amount of wisdom and sound morality, and evincing a deeper philosophical inquiry into the habits and follies of the creature man, tban is generally attained by those who set themselves up for re- } formers and authors in these modern times, when all things are brought to early maturity through the wonderful agenry of steam and gas-light.

From DERBY & MILLER, Auburn, New York :

MEMOIR OF ADONIRAM JUDSON: being a Sketch of his Life and Missionary Labors. By J. Clement, author of “Noble Deeds of American Women." This work bas been before the public for some time, but still retains its great interest, which must continue and increase, with the friends of foreign missions.

THE LIVES OF MRS. ANNE H. JUDSON AND MRS. SARAH B. JUDSON, with a Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Emily C. Judson, Missionaries to Burmah. In three volumes. By Arabella W. Stewart. This is a most valuable companion for the volume to which we have just referred, affording evidences of Christian zeal on the part of three devoted women, which may, indeed, challenge comparison in modern times.

SUMMERFIELD; OR, LIFE ON A FARM. By Day Kellogg Lea. A most excellent book, in which fiction is made to subserve the interests of morality and religion. Indeed, we have not seen a book for a long time, in which the quiet and social virtues have been more impressively illustrated than they have been by the author of "Life on a Farm." We know enough of farm life ourselves to induce us to believe that it is not always free from those cares, and from that solicitude engendered by ambition, wbich are the great annoyances in other states of life. To correct and to regulate these has been the principal object of the author, and we think his success will be complete with all rational and considerate readers.

GOLDEN STEPS TO RESPECTABILITY, USEFULNESS. AND HAPPINESS. Being a Series of Lectures to Youth of both Sexes, on Character, Principles, Associates, Amusements, Religion, and Marriage. By John Mather Austin, author of “ Voice of Youth," “ Voice to Married," etc. Ten thousand copies of this valuable book have had a ready sale.

THE YOUNG LADY'S BOOK; or, Principles of Female Education. This is a very good book, calculated to establish in the mind of the inexperienced a sound and womanly discretion. It is very much to be regretted that the appearance of works of this description is so few and far between. At the same time, it must be confessed that authors are as much to blame, if not more than the public, with respect to the due encouragement of such practical works as the one before us. Public taste and public morals would, in our opinion, finally prove obedient to the careful moulding of such authors, were more of them to enter the field with the same amount of courage and good-will.

WHAT I SAW IN LONDON; or, Men and Things in the Great Metropolis. By D. W. Bartlett. This appears to be an unprejudiced review of men and incidents as they were presented to the author's judgment during two years' residence, at different periods, in the city of London. Without doing injustice or giving offence to any one, the author appears to have manfully sustained the character of his country.

THE LIFE OF THE EMPRESS JOSEPHINE, FIRST

From J. S. REDFIELD, Clinton Hall, New York, through W. B. ZIEBER, Philadelphia

LEGENDS OF LOVE AND CHIVALRY. The Cavaliers of England; or, the Times of the Revolutions of 1664 and 1688. By Henry William Herbert, author of “The Roman Traitor,” “Marmaduke Wyvil,” “ Cromwell,” etc. This volume, besides much that is new, embraces several tales of peculiar interest, selected from the early productions of the autbor. The latter, however, have been carefully revised and retouched ; and, having been thus subjected to a judgment now matured, and to a pen guided by experience, will doubtless be received by the public, and by the author's numerous admirers, as most acceptable memorials of his genius, and of the purity of his style.

VOL. XLV.-4

WIFE OF NAPOLEON. By P. C. Headley, author of “Wa p resent aspects of society, the work is yet more valuable men of the Bible," etc. This work has passed through a for its suggestions which reach the future conditions or number of editions.

humanity. The style is pure as the thoughts it serves to MEMOIRS OF THE MOTHER AND WIFE OF WASH make more beautiful; and, altogether, these “CompaINGTON. By Margaret C. Conkling, author of Harper's nions” will cheer the solitary, or add zest to the social translation of “Florian's History of the Moors of Spain." meetings of " friends in council.” The author has that This popular work has also run through several editions. earnest purpose of doing good which never fails of its mark; It should be read by every wife and mother in America and the publishers deserve the thanks of the community who can appreciate female virtue and patriotism.

for bringing out, in their liberal style, these attractive and

valuable books. From JAMES MUNROE & Co., Boston and Cambridge :

THE WORKS OF SHAKSPEARE: the text carefully restored according to the first editions, with Introductions,

NOVELS, SERIALS, PAMPILETS, &c. Notes, original and selected, and a Life of the Poet. By Rev.

From T. B. Peterson, Philadelphia: "Arrah Neil." A H. N. Hudson, A. M. In eleven volumes. We have now Novel. By G. P. R. James, author of “Richelieu," ete. before us volumes three and four of this series, comprising Three volumes complete in one. Price 25 cents.--" Talk: eight plays, viz., “ The Merchant of Venice," "As You Like land.” A Novel. By Sir E. L. Bulwer, author of "LucreIt,” “ All's Well that Ends Well," “ Taming of the Shrew," } tia," etc. Only cheap edition ever printed. Price 25 cents.“A Winter's Tale," “ Comedy of Errors," "Macbeth,” and “ The Mob Cap, and other Talos." By Mrs. Caroline Lee “King John.” The merits of Shakspeare need no eulogy; Hentz. This large volume contains nine of the most poputwo hundred years of glory are sufficient to stamp the value lar tales of the authoress, Mrs. Hentz, whose numerous of his writings. But the manner in which this edition is { works of fiction, blended as they have been with practical prepared by the editor, and got up by the publishers, is and useful lessons in manners and morals, have placed her deserving of great commendation. As a work for schools

name among the first female writers of our country. Price and families, this edition will be found better adapted than

50 cents. any other we have examined. The volumes are convenient From Stacy & Richardson, Boston: “Crayon Sketches in size, and the printing clear.

and Off-Hand Takings of Distinguished American StatesTHE GREEK GIRL: a Tale in Two Cantos. By James

men, Orators, Divines, Essayists, Editors, Poets, and PhiWright Simmons. The story is well described in the pro

lanthropists." By George W. Bungay. face: “A Greek maiden, of gentle birth, but parentless,

From Harper & Brothers, New York, through Lindsay & whom the casualties of Eastern warfare had reduced to the

Blukiston, Philadelphia : “Pictorial Field Book of the Revocondition of a Mohammedan slave, and who, by a similar

lution.” This ably conducted work has reached its twentycasualty, is restored to her original and far more appro

second number.-"London Labor and London Poor." By priate character, that of a heroine,” is the centre and

Henry Mayhew. Part 18. Price 12cents.-" The Dalattraction of this poem. There is no lack of stirring inci

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of “ Maurice Finney,” etc. This is a work of more then ful. Some errors in sentiment might be pointed out; but

{ ordinary interest, though we may not be prepared to enter then we have no room for extracts to show the many beau

into all the author's views. ties. Ours is only & notice; the work deserves a review,

From Lippincott, Grambo & Co., Philadelphia: “The For sale by A. Hart, Philadelphia.

} Milliner and the Millionaire." By Mrs. Dr. Hicks, of FRESH FLOWERS FOR CHILDREN. By a Mother.

Ş Virginia, authoress of the “ Lady-Killer,” etc. With engravings. A very nice little book, which the young

} From Bunie & Brother, New York, through T. B. Peterwill love to read, and profit by the reading.

son: “Remorse, and other Tales." By G. P. R. James, THE MEMORY OF WASHINGTON; with Biographical

Esq. Sketches of his Mother and Wife. Relations of Lafayette to

From A. Hart (late Carey & Hart): “Woodrere Manor; Washington ; with Incidents and Anecdotes in the Lives of

Lives of or, Six Months in Town." A Tale to suit the merits and the two Patriots. The world will never tire of Washington, } the follies of the times. By Anna Hanson Dorsey, author and if that were possible with the old, this charming vol

of the “Student of Blenheim Forest," &c. Price 50 cents. une will endear his memory more deeply in the hearts of

This is a tale of more than usual interest to the American the young. It is a book replete with interest, every page

reader.-"Clifton; or, Modern Fashion,” etc. A Novel. By having its separate charm. It should be in every school

Arthur Townley. Love, law, and politics are here thrown library, and on the centre-table of every family-room in the

together, and mingled with the usual incidents connected land.

with those interesting matters, and in the free and easy THE HOUSE ON THE ROCK. By the author of “A

style which always finds admirers. Trap to Catch a Sunbeam," "Old Joliffe," etc. etc. The

“The Lantern.” Publication Office 149 Fulton Street, reries of little books to which this belongs have had a wide

New York. This is a very amusing publication; witty and” popularity in England as well as in our Republic. The

sarcastic, Wat retaining a position above vulgarity, and first published, “A Trap to Catch a Sunbeam,” was a

marked by no evidences of malice or scurrility. Its woodcharming story. This last book has the like aim of doing

cuts have been justly compared to those of the London good and teaching how to be happy, that stamps all the

Punch. writings of the author. It will be popular.

From Long & Brothers, New York: “Wan-Nan-Gee; or, COMPANIONS OF MY SOLITUDE. By the author of

the Massacre of Chicago." Those who are fond of investi« EssayWritten in the Intervals of Business," “ Friends

gating the characters of the aboriginal inhabitants of this in Council,” etc. The foregoing productions of this writer

continent will find in the volume here presented an have been so excellent, that we took up this volume ex

amount of information in respect to the peculiarities of pecting to be pleased ; and it has equalled-indeed, exceed

that race which will greatly interest them. ed our hope. Full of deep and probing reflections on the {

Godey's Strmi - Chair.

READER! you may not be aware of the fact, but this first No. II. of " Everyday Actualities,” by Hinckley, appeary day of July is, indeed, the birthday of “Godey's Lady's in this number. We are pleased to find that tbis departBook !" Twenty-two years ago this day, we commenced ment gives such general satisfaction. There is no end to the publication of a magazine which had but few friends or the store of them we have on hand. admirers when first ushered into life, but which has lived and prospered, while many others, apparently of a more We have recently published the following articles, which sturdy stock, have breathed awhile in sorrow, then early may be considered among the useful and instructive: sickened, and finally died in utter neglect. We mention } Upon Needles; Gloves; Honiton Lace-Making; Watches ; this fact, not because it ministers to our vanity, but be Steam; Fans; Bleaching Cotton; The Stars; Wild Flowers; cause it inspires us with the most lively sentiments of The Conservatory; article upon School Teaching; on Letgratitude.

ter Writing; History of Boots and Shoes; Calesthenics for To be able to say that, for twenty-two years, we have Ladies; The Phantascope, &c. been the publisher of a literary magazine, dependent entirely upon the public taste and judgment for its exist MR. BAILEY, the editor of the “ Lancasterville, S. C., ence from month to month, has not often fallen to the lot Ledger,” who is a gentleman of talent and a most able of any one man in this or in any other country.

editor, publishes the following, touching that most excelIt was said of Apollo, that they always made him with a lent family paper, “ Arthur's Home Gazette:"young face, never growing older. We hope not to be ao “A friend has kindly sent us the numbers of “Arthur's cused of flattering the “ Lady's Book” when we say that, Gazette,' containing the conclusion of Mr. Haven't-time,' although it has reached a respectable age as a magazine, it and 'Mr. Don't-be-in-a-hurry,' which will enable us to finish has fallen behind none of its youthful rivals, but that it is the story next week. The subjoined letter was not sent as fair, sprightly, and as clear of wrinkles as any of them. for publication; but, to show in what estimation Arthur's And as for progress, the best evidence our readers can re Gazette' is held by our friend, and, at the same time, for quire that we have never been behind the progress of the the purpose of doing Mr. Arthur what service we can, we times in which we have lived, either in literature, in the give it a place in our paper :arts, or in the fashions, will be found by examining our

" "CAMDEN, S.C., April 9, 1852. volumes, as they have accumulated from one to forty-four!

««R. S. BAILEY, ESQ.-DEAR SIR: In your last paper, I see But enough of this, dear reader, lest we should be ac you want some numbers of “ Arthur's Home Gazette." I cused of excessive self-complaisance, when we only desire take pleasure in supplying you with those you wish, and to remind you of the past years of our existence, and to

} the two numbers received since. In this package you will assure you that whatever of the future may be left us, will { receive numbers 28, 29, 30, and 31. be devoted with equal zeal, industry, and gratitude, to your “*I am glad you like that paper so much; it is, in my amusement and edification.

estimation, one of the very best family newspapers in the

United States : 80 valuable do I consider it, that I take two We have attempted, besides our usual plates, to give a copies, one to file, and one to give any friend who may novelty in this number--printing in colors on a power desire it, or to whom I may recommend it, and wish to preng. It shows the capabilities of our office, and the in furnish them with a specimen. If my influence could have genuity of our workmen. The subjects are also part of our that effect, every housekeeper in America, who is able to great design in publishing this work-to give articles of pay for it, and can read it or have it read, would be a sub utility and beauty. It will be seen that the subjects are scriber. Mr. Arthur's teachings have such a tendency to such as can be made by any carpenter, and from the woods smooth down, soften, and purify the roughness and unof almost any person possessing a small country estate. evenness of our natures, that, if any honest man will tell

me, after reading it carefully one year, that he is not wiser, SOME OF OUR Various DUTIES.-We have lately had the better, and more virtuous, I will agree to refund the subfollowing orders from our friends of the press: To get a } scription money, and in sorrow set him down in my mind eituation for a young lady as forewoman in a millinery as a case most hopeless of improvement. establishment; to get all the information necessary to put «'I have taken the paper from its commencement, and up a line of telegraph; to show how to cultivate sweet have the file complete, which I prize higbly. Ita circulapotatoes, and where to get seed; to hunt up a young man tion now is over eighteen thousand copies. who had left his native village, without the consent of his **Hoping that your “Ledger” may prove a benefit to parents, to see the sights in Philadelphia; to obtain a set the people of my native district, of surgical instruments; to put in suit several bills against

“I remain, yours respectfully, J. R.'” one of the advertising agencies; to buy a lot of type, nearly four hundred dollars worth; to get a first-rate Adams's We copy the following from an exchange. If we knew press; to have a calculation made what it will cost to print the author, we certainly should give bim credit for it:a law-book; do. a periodical; to ascertain about the late "A SOLEMN WARNING.--I once called upon a sick person invention of fastening on horse-shoes without the use of whom the doctor had given up as a gone case. I asked nails. We bave had no request to find a wife for any him if he had made his peace with everybody. He said he young gent, because a good wife can as soon, perhaps & thought he had squared up. I asked him if he bad forlittle sooner, be found in the country than in the city. given all his enemies. He replied yes. I then asked him However, if any one wishes us to try, we will do so.

if he had made his peace with his printer. He hesitated a

moment, and then said he owed him something like about s countermarch to the door, and thence to their homes. But two dollars and fifty cents, which he desired to have paid Mr. Smith, a venerable gentleman, and a veteran in Christ before he bid adieu to the world. His desires were imme ianity, had a way of his own in conquering all such appadiately gratified; and from that moment he became con- rent difficulties. Walking up the isle of his church, in his valescent. He is now living in the enjoyment of health usually solemn and quiet manner, one Sabbath morning, and prosperity, at peace with his conscience and the whole when a brilliant discourse was expected from an eloquent world. Let him be an example for you, my friends."

preacher, on arriving at his pew-door, he found it so nearly The only alteration requisite in the above to suit this filled by a party of strangers, that the person who had meridian is the amount.

taken command of the door deemed it advisable to refuse

him admittance. Without giving the least intimation of RAPID PROMOTION.- For the first time in our life, we have his authority, the courteous and good-natured Mr. Smith been honored with a military title. Colonel Godey! Mus- { simply motioned to the door-keeper and his inside compakets and bomb-shells! Isn't it terrible! But our dear nions to close up, and thus make room for the unknown friend, the editor of the “Oquawka Spectator," must ex applicant for admission. But this truly modest request cuse us. His line of promotion has been too rapid; having was resisted by looks and shrugs, which plainly said to Mr. first commissioned us as a major, and very soon after raised Smith, "No room for outsiders here;" and, had he enterus to the rank of colonel, has quite overcome our sensibili tained the least doubts as to their determination to keep ties. But why or wherefore these military honors have him out, they were at once removed when he attempted to been thus suddenly and unexpectedly showered on an open the pew-door, by the gentleman telling him, “Sir, individual so unmilitary in his profession and his habits as there is no room, and you cannot come in here.” “Ah," we are, we are greatly at a loss to conjecture. Were we a said Mr. Smith, in a gentle whisper, " that is very strange, political leader, or an aspirant for office, or a regular fight considering that I pay seventy-five dollars a year for this ing man in the editorial corps, we would probably know pew; and myself and family, numbering in all one more how to appreciate the value of such titles, whether deserved than are now seated, occupied it last Sabbath in great or not, in all sham-battles and bloodless combats for place, fort." "Ah," in turn, exclaimed the gentleman within, power, or fame. But, as we

and was about making his exit in great confusion; but this

the good old Christian prevented, by quietly insisting on “Never forsook our peaceful dwelling,

his remaining in the pew, and judging for himself of its Or went about a colonelling,"

capacity to accommodate all within, and the supposed we really feel abashed at this coupling of our modest name

stranger who had been ordered to remain without. We with such dignified, gunpowder, and broadsword appella think, if we have told this anecdote intelligibly, that it tives as major and colonel. Spare us your military com

will be found to convey two lessons in Christian churchmissions, dear sir, and we shall at all times be prepared to going morality. But we leave that to the moral discernfulfil any commission you may confer upon us in relation ment of the reader. to the "Lady's Book," or in the accomplishment of any other peaceful matter of business you may desire us to }

“A PROPER HINT.”—The "Le Roy Gazette,” N. Y., apattend to in this city of brotherly love. Meantime, we tender proves the hint we gave some time since to our exchanges, to you our thanks for your kind notices of our " Book." Your place the State, as well as the name of the town in which business reference that “Godey always keeps his promises,” they are published, at the heads of their papers. We are was more valuable and consoling to us than would have glad to receive the assistance of the “Gazette" in this matbeen the military title of field-marshal, or that of comman ter of reform, because, if it is ever accomplished, it will der-in-chief of all the forces !

give great relief to a venerable personage who sits near us,

and whose special duty it is to examine our exchanges. DRESSES OF THE QUEEN AND MRS. ABBOTT LAWRENCE AT THE The old gentleman's temperament is not so irritable now LATE DRAWING-ROOM.—The queen wore a train of white as it was formerly, or we fear we should be obliged to listen poplin, embroidered with small wreaths of the rose, thistle, to some heavy imprecations against such of our editorial and shamrock in colors; the petticoat was of white satin. friends as imagine everybody to be acquainted with their The head-dress was composed of feathers and a wreath of location, merely on account of the fact being familiar to red roses. Mrs. Lawrence wore a train of green velvet, themselves. It often happens that our assistant is grierlined with pink glace, and trimmed with point de Venise; } ously perplexed, and has to examine through all the adIress of pink chiné moire antique. The heail-dress was com vertisements, and even then does not always succeed, but joged of feathers, point de Venise lappets, and the orna has to guess at the name of the State. When our friends Inents were a profusion of diamonds and emeralds.

shall take the trouble to examine the list of post-towns in

the United States, and assure themselves of the vast numWOMAN IN HER VARIOUS RELATIONS. BY MRS. L. G. ABELL, ber of towns in every State which bear the same name as author of "Gems by the Wayside," etc. We have before does that in which they reside, they will see the necessity noticed this delightful work; but we refer to it again, as of making the required designation. We beg them to do it there were several errors in our former notice. It is pub for our old friend's sake. lished by Wm. Holdridge, 140 Fulton Street, New York.

"A WORD IN PRIVATE."-Our friend of the “Sandy Hill MR. SMITH AND HIS PEW-HOLDERS.—The rightful and legal } Horald,” after a very kind notice of the “Lady's Book" for owners of pews in our popular churches, especially on May, puts this question to us very seriously, but " in pripopular occasions, such as when a popular preacher is vate,” “Did you tell the truth when you said you were advertised to occupy the pulpit, are frequently perplexed happier now than when a boy ?" We certainly did tell the and annoyed at finding themselves excluded from their truth, as we always do, and, as our friend knows, or ought keats by those who have had the good fortune to arrive a to know, we always have done, when conversing or making little in advance. In all such cases, either their piety must promises to our readers. The fact is, Mr. Herald, we have triumph over their politeness, their curiosity prove stronger some very disagreeable reminiscences of our school-bor than their courtesy, or they must stand up in the isle, or } days, and such do not leave the impression on our mind

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that the old school system was much to be preferred to the new. Under the old system, they whipped the boys out of all regard for their books, and out of all veneration for their teachers. That was the oppression of the past. The oppression practised at this time is in forcing the mind, at a too early age, to effect the comprehension of things above its capacity. This is attempted by exciting the emulation, or the ambition of the pupil, until it excites a degree of feverish anxiety that proves injurious to his bodily frame and destructive to the mental faculties. But, as we have touched on this subject in another article, we have only to assure our doubting inquirer that the present period of our life is much happier than any which we can remember to have passed in our boyhood or school days.

Though tending, like all created things, to the sear and yellow leaf, we have a cheerful, a grateful, and, of course, a happy heart. We have, indeed, our troubles of business, our little disappointments and vexations, like the rest of the business world; but we have, too, our quiet home, with none to disturb the equanimity of our temper, or to make us afraid, and where we enjoy all the endearments of childhood, and all that affectionate consideration which our Fears and our family position entitle us to-blessings which we hope our doubting and inquiring friend may enjoy now and hereafter, in at least as large a proportion as has fallen to our share!

HIGH DUTCI vs. LATIN.-Our good friend of the “Mountain Banner,” Rutherford, N. C., lately gave us some trouble in translating one or two lines from Virgil, which he had quoted in a delicate compliment he was so kind as to pay to the “Lady's Book." In return, we conveyed to him an equally delicate compliment in original High Dutch. But, unfortunately, before our lipes reached him, he had taken his departure from home, leaving his amiable " better half” to take charge of the columns of his papercharge which, we are happy to bear witness, has been fulfilled with great dignity and unquestionable talent. The lady editor, however, assures us that, if we were “not a little startled” at the Latin quotation, the absent editor will be worse than "startled” when he beholds our eight lines of High Dutch. To our great discomfort, we are also told that she is “confident the editor's brain will be haunted by day and by night with

"Heil dir! höflichen Schüler,' etc., until he is relieved by the author.”

We therefore hasten, with all the alacrity and anxiety of friendship, to rescue the editor from his perilous state of doubt and suspicion, and from all suffering on our account; and, to effect this, present him with a poetical translation of the High Dutch, which we hope will make our compliment better understood, if not more acceptable, then it was in its original form:

"All hail, 0 courtly scholar!

Hail thou of bards the friend!
Thy toils for wreaths of honor

May all success attend!
Thy name live on forever,

From every tarnish free;
And, as to-day 'tis honored,

IIereafter may it be!" By the way, we perceive our friend absented himself for the patriotic purpose of attending a political convention, from the duties of which he expected to return home invigorated for the struggle before him. We hope that he has not only returned bome invigorated, but with a nomination in his pocket for governor, or, at the least, for a seat in Congress!

“PREMATURE CRAMING."-Punch, not long since, had a very good article in rebuke of the present method adopted for the education of young children, and of forcing on their minds the investigation of subjects belonging to the highest branches. He begins by saying that somebody has started what may be called, with reference to the alphabet, & capital idea, by proposing to teach children their letters through the medium of lozenges. Instead of appealing to the eye, the inventor appeals to the mouth, and thus the sweets of education are made, not simply a name, but a luscious reality. In these days, when premature cramming is so common, it is something to invent a plan for causing instruction to go down agreeably. A thirst for knowledge is an excellent thing; but the Alphabet Lozenges will encourage not only an absolute hunger, but a right-down greediness for learning. Some may doubt the propriety of blending instruction with the lollipop, and allowing the influence of the cane to be superseded by that of the sugarstick. We think that a wholesome effect might be produced by conveying information in a medical form, and we throw out the hint for combining salubrity with science, by the invention of the multiplication pill, a geographical black dose, and an ointment to be rubbed in for the purpose of rubbing up a knowledge of history.

We have copied this sarcasm of Punch, because we think it quite as applicable to the "cramming" system of education enforced in this country as to that pursued in England. When we meet, as we often do, in our public squares, on a fine, fresh morning, a number of pale-faced, emaciated boys,

with packs of books strung to their necks, heavy enough } for a robust colporteur, or a vender of periodical literature,

we involuntarily sigh over the memory of the past, and, at the same time, deeply commiserate the sufferings of those children who are following after us under the heavy amiotions of what Punch calls a premature cramming. The poor, woe-begone little fellows pass through those walks, where all is sunshine, greenswurd, and noble trees, in the branches of which the birds are warbling their sweetest notes, intent only upon lessons which, perbaps, are far beyond their capacities, with no thought, and apparently no care for the cheerfulness and the beauties of nature which surround them. They remind us more of the past race of anxious patriots and perplexed statesmen who resorted to the shades of the “ State House yard” to consult and to meditate on the destinies of their country, and the fearful question of independence, than of the human buds and

blossoms, and tender plants, which still require the cheer}

ful voice and the careful hand of affection to sustain and conduct them to that state of life which it is necessary for them to reach before being oppressed with the weightier branches of education. But few of those children who are early pressed down under the trammels of the schools— who, for a time, are an admired and astonishing race of infant philosophers, linguists, and logicians—but few of them, we fear, ever arrive at a sound and vigorous maturity, either of mind or body.

CHEAP OCEAN POSTAGE.-We are indebted to the Hon. Mr. Sumner, of the Senate of the United States, for a copy of his resolution directing the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads to inquire into the expediency of reducing the postage on foreign correspondence. The remarks of Mr. Sumner were brief and cogent, and the probability is that "the great boon of cheap ocean postage” will not be long deferred. Meantime, however, we should like to know what has become of the proposition to reduce the postage on American periodicals, reviews, magazines, newspapers, etc. etc. As the matter stands at present, there is a great deal of correspondence carried on between Europe and this

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