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'-Notes" on the New Testament, and on the books of Isaiah, Joh, and Daniel, whieh were eommeneed by the learned and laborious eommentator more than twenty years ago. It will be found higbly useful to theologieal students, and to readers of the saered Seriptures generally.
ROMANISM AT HOME. Letters to the Hon. Roger B. Taneg, Chief Justiee of tite United States. By Kirwau. The autbor of this book is the Rev. Dr. Murray, a native of Ireland. In these letters, addressed to the Chief Justiee of the United States, a native Roman Catbolie, Dr. Murray, in his own peeuliar style, deseribes what he saw in his own eountry and in Home, of the effeets, as he thinks, of that religion as well upon the State as upon the people.
From A. Hast (late Carey & Hart), eorner of Fourth and Chestnut Street, Philadelphia:—
THE YEAR-BOOK OF FACTS IN SCIENCE AND ART: exhibiting the most Important Diseoveries ami Improvements of the Tear, in Meefianies and the Useful Arts; Natural Philosophg; Eleetrieitg; Chemistrg; Zoologg and Botang; Gcrtogy and Geographg; Meteorologg and Astronomg. By John Timbs, Editor of the "Areana of Seienee and Art." The title of this book, with the great respeetabllity of the London and Philadelphia publishers, will be a suffieient guarantee to the reader for the useful eharaeter of its eontents.
From Chaales Sesinnea, New York, through A. Haas, Phil adelphia:—
HUNGARY IN 1851,WITH AN EXPERIENCE OF THE AUSTRIAN POLICE. By Charles Loring Braee. The faets embraeed in this interesting volume were eolleeted by the autbor during a journey through Hungary, pursuing whieh he ha/1 unusual advantages for observing tborougbly the eonditions and feelings of the masses of the Hungarian people.
THE HOUSEHOLD OF SIR TXIOMAS MORE. There is a great deal in this little volume to attraet the attention of Christian fathers, and to suggest noble sentiments to judges, statesmen, and to all in autbority.
From Johx S. Tavloa, New York, through A. Hant (late Carey A Hart), Philadelphia:—
FANCIES OF A WHIMSICAL MAN. By the autbor 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 rap idly-flowing sentenees, embraeing a greater amount of wisdom and sound morality, and evineing a deeper philosophieal inquiry Into the hablts and follies of the ereature man, than is generally attained by tbose wbo set themselves up for reformers and authors in these modern times, when all things are brought to early maturity through the wonderful ageney of steam and gas-light.
From J. S. Rknkieln, Clinton nail, New York, through W. B. Zierea, Philadelphia:— ^
LEGENDS OF LOVE AND CHIVALRY. The Cavaliers uf England; or, the Times of Vie Reeolutions of 16M and 1688. By Heury William Herbert, autbor of " The Roman Traitor," "Marmaduke Wyvil," "Cromwell," ete. This velume, besides mueh that is new, embraees several tales of peeuliar interest, seleeted from the early produetions of the autbor. The latter, bowever, have been earefully revised and retouehed; and, having been thus subjeeted to a judgment now matured, and to a pen guided by experienee, will doubtless be reeeived by the publie, and by the autbor's numerous admirers, as most aeeeptable memorials of his genius, and of the purity of his style. Vol. XLv.—9
From Gouln k Limooln, Boston, through W. B. Zixrea, Philadelphia:—
CHAMBERS'S POCKET MISCELLANY. Vol. 1. Eaeh volume eomplete in itself. This is an unbound volume of one hundred and eighty pages, and is the first of a series reeently eommeneed by the Messrs. Chambers, of Winburgh, with wbom the Ameriean publishers have made arrangements for early reprints in this eountry. The work, as we are told, will eonsist of amusing artieles from u Chambers's Journal," supposed to be out of print, and is intended, in these days of eheap and rapid travelling, eheaply and rapidly to help the traveller along by affording him light aud entertaining reading. Priee 20 eents.
From Deket i Millea, Auburn, New York :—
MEMOIR OF ADONIRAM JUDSON: being a Sketeh of his Life and Missionarg Labors. By J. Clement, autbor of "Noble Deeds of Ameriean Women." This work has been before the publie for some time, but still retains its great interest, whieh must eontinue and inerease, with the friends of foreign missions.
THE LIVES OF MRS. ANNE H. JUDSON AND MRS. SARAH B. JUDSON, with a Biograpltieal Sketeh of Mrs. Emilg C. Judson, Missionaries to ISurmah. In three velumes. By Arabella W. Stewart. This is a most valuable eompanion for the volume to whieh we have just referred, affording evidenees of Christian zeal on the part of three devoted women, whieh may, Indeed, ehallenge eomparison in modern times.
SUMMERF1ELD; OR. LIFE ON A FARM. By Day Kellogg Lea. A most exeellent book, in whieh fietion is made to subserve the interests of morality and religion. Indeed, we have not seen a book for a long time, in whieh the quiet and soeial virtues have been more impressively illustrated than they have been by the autbor of " Life on a Farm." We know enough of farm life ourselves to induee us to believe that it is not always free from tbose eares, and from that solieitude engendered by ambltion, whieh are the great annoyanees in other states of life. To eorreet and to regulate these has been the prineipal objeet of the autbor, and we think his sueeess will be eomplete with all rational and eonsiderate readers.
GOLDEN STEPS TO RESPECTABILITY, USEFULNESS, AND HAPPINESS. Being o Series of Leetures to Youth of both Sexes, on Charaeter, Prineiples, Assoeiates, Amusements, Religion, and Marriage. By John Mather Austin, autbor of " Voiee of Youth," " Voiee to Married," ete. Ten theusand eopies of thls valuable book have had a ready sale.
THE YOUNG LADY'S BOOK; or, Prineiples of Female Edueation. This Is a very good book, ealeulated to establish in the mind of the inexperieneed a sound and womanly diseretion. It is very mueh to be regretted that the appearanee of works of this deseription is so few and far between. At the same time, it must bo eonfessed that autbors are as mueh to blame, if not more than the publie, with respeet to the due eneouragement of sueh praetieal works as tbo one before us. Publie taste and publie morals would, in our opinion, finally prove obedient to the eareful moulding of sueh autbors, were more of them to enter the field with the same amaunt of eourage 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 unprejudieed review of men and ineidents as they were presented to the autbor's judgment during two years' residenee, at different periods, in tbo eity of London. Without doing injustiee or giviug offenee to any one, the autbor appears to have manfully sustained tbo eharaeter of his eountry.
THE LIFE OF THE EMPRESS JOSEPHINE, FIRST WIFE OP NAPOLEON. By P. C. Headley, author of "Women of the Bible," ete . This work has pasned through a number of editions.
MEMOIRS OF THE MOTHER AND WIFE OF WASHINGTON. By Margaret C. Coukling, autbor of Harper's translation of "Florian s History of the Moors of Spain." This popular work has also run through several editions. It sbould be read by every wife and mother In Ameriea wbo ean appreeiate female virtue and patriotism.
From J .ores Mexeoe A Co., Boston and Cambridge :—
THE WORKS OF SHAKSPEARE: the text earefullg restored aeeording to Vie first editions, with Introduetions, Sates, original and seleeted, and a Life of the Pod. By Rev. H. N. Hudson, A. M. In eleven volumes. We have now before us volumes three and four of this series, eomprising eight plays, viz., "The Merehant of Veniee," "As You Like It," " All's Well that Ends Well," "Taming of the Shrew," "A Winter's Tale," "Comedy of Errors," "Maebeth," and *' King John." The merits of Shakspeare need no eulogy; two hundred years of glory are suffieient to stamp the value of his writings. But the manner in whieh this edition is prepared by the editor, and got up by the publishers, Is deserving of great eommendation. An a work for sebools and families, this edition will be found better adapted than any other we have examined. The vol umes are eonvenient in size, and the printing elear.
THE GREEK GIRL: a Tale in Tvx> Gmtos, By James Wright Simmons. The story is well deseribed in the prefaee: "A Greek maiden, of gentle hirth, but parentless, wbom the easualties of Eastern warfare had redueed to the eondition of a Mohammedan slave, and wbo, by a similar easualty, is restored to her original and far more appropriate eharaeter, that of a heroine," is the eentre and attraetion of this poem. There is no laek of stirring ineidents, and the deseriptions are striking, and often powerful. Some errors in sentiment might be pointed out; hut then we have no room for extraets to sbow the many beauties. Ours is only a notiee; the work deserves a review. For sale by A. Hart, Philadelphia.
FRESH FLOWERS FOR CHILDREN. By a Mother. With engravings. A very niee little book, whieh the young will Inve to read, and profit by the reading.
THE MEMORY OF WASHINGTON; with Biographieal W<etehee of his Mother and Wife. Relations of Lafagette to lVashington ; with Ineidents and Aneedotes in the. Lives of the two I\xtriots. The world will never tire of Washington, and if that were possible with the old, this eharming volume will endear his memory more deeply in the hearts of the young. It is a book replete with interest, every page having its separate eharm. It sbould be in every sebool library, and on the eentre-table of every family-room In the land.
THE HOUSE ON THE ROCK. By the autbor of "A Trap to Cateh a Sunbeam," "Old Joliffe," ete. ete. The Ffries of little books to whieh this belongs have had a wide popularity in England as well as in our Republie. The first published, "A Trap to Cateh a Sunbeam," was a eharming story. This last book has the like aim of doing good and teaehing bow to be happy, that stamps all the writings of the autbor. It will be popular.
COMPANIONS OF MY SOLITUDE. By the autbor of "Essays Written in the Intervals of Business," " Friends in Couneil," ete. The foregoing produetions of this writer have been so exeellent, that we took up thU volume expeeting to be pleased; and it has equalled—indeed, exeeeded our hepe. Full of deep and prohing refleetions on the
j present aspeets of soeiety, the work is yet more valuable i for its suggestions whieh reaeh the future eonditions of . humanity. The style is pure as the tboughts it serves to ; make more beautiful; and, altogether, these "Comptt< nlons" will eheer the solitary, or add zest to the eoriaU meetings of " friends in eouneil." The autbor has that earnest purpose of doing good whieh never tails of its mark . and the publishers deserve the thanks of the eommunity fbr bringing out, in their liberal style, these attraetive aud valuable books.
NOVELS, SERIALS, PAMPIILETS, 4e.
From T. B. Peterson, Philadelphia: "Arrah Neil." A Novel. By G. P. R. James, autbor of "Riehelieu," ete. Three volumes eomplete in one. Priee 25 eents.—* ' Falkland." A Novel. By Sir E. L. Bulwer, autbor of " Lueretla,'' ete. Only eheap edition ever printed. Priee '25 eents.— "The Mob Cap, and other Talos." By Mrs. Caroline Lee Hentz. This large volume eontains nine of the most popular tales of the autboress, Mrs. Hentz, wbose numerous works of fietion, blended as they have been with praetieal and useful lessons in manners and morals, have plaeed her name among the first female writers of our eountry. Priee 50 eents.
From Staey A Riehardson, Boston: "Crayon Sketehes and Off-Hand Takings of Distinguished Ameriean Statesmen, Orators, Divines, Essayists, Editors, Poets, and Philanthropists." By George W. Bungay.
From Harper A Brothers, New York, through Lindssy 4 Blakiston, Philadelphia: "Pietorial Field Book of the Revolution." This ably eondueted work has reaehed its twentyseeond number.—" London Labor and London Poor." By Heury Mayhew. Part 18. Priee 12% eents.—" The Paltons; or, Three Roads In Life." By Charles Lever, autbor of "Mauriee Finney," ete. This is a work of more than ordinary interest, theugh we may not be prepared to enter into all the autbor's views.
From Lippineott, Gram ho A Co., Philadelphia: "The Milliner and the Milhonaire." By Mrs. Dr. Hieks, of Virginia, autboress of the "Lady-Killerete.
From ltuuie A Brother. New York, through T. B. Petrrson: "Remorse, and other Tales." By G. P. B. James, j Esq.
\ From A. nsrt (late Carey 4 Hart): "Woodreve Manor; 5 or, Six Months In Town." A Tale to suit the merits and I the follies of the times. By Anna Hanson Dorsey, autbor J of the " Student of Blenheim Forest," Ae. Priee 50 eents, j This is a tale of more than usual interest to the Ameriean ! reader.—" Clifton; or, Modern Fashion." ete, A Novel. By 5 Arthur Townley. Love, law, and polities are here thrown j together, and mingled with the usual ineidents eonneeted : with tbose interesting matters, and in the free and easy
< style whieh always finds admirers.
j "The Lantern." Publieation Offiee 149 Fulton Street, I New York. This is a very amusing publieation; witty and 5 sareastie, Kit retaining a position above vulgarity, and j marked by no evidenees of maliee or seurrility. Its woed* euts have been justly eompared to tbose of the London \ Puneh.
! From Long A Brothers, New York: "Wau-Nan-Gee; or, j the Massaere of Chieago." Tbose wbo are fond of Inves*!\ gating the eharaeters of the aboriginal inhabltants of this j eontinent will find in the volume here presented an
< amount of information In respeet to the peeuliarities of \ that raee whieh will greatly interest them.
Rzaker! yon may not be aware of the faet, but this first day of July is, indeed, the hirthday of "Godey's Lady's Book!" Twenty-two years ago this day, we eommeneed the publieation of a magazine whieh had but fow friends or admirers when first ushered into life, but whieh has lived and prospered, while many others, apparently of a more sturdy stoek, hare breathed awhile in sorrow, then early siekened, and finally died in utter negleet. We mention this faet, not beeause it ministers to our vanity, but beeause it inspires us with the most lively sentiments of gratitude.
To be able to say that, for twenty-two years, we hare been the publisher of a literary magazine, dependent entirely upon the publie taste and judgment for its existenee from month to month, has not often fallen to the lot of any one man in this or in any other eountry.
It was said of Apollo, that they always made him with a young faee, never growing older. Wo hope not to be aeeused of flattering the "Lady's Book" when we say that, although it has reaehed a respeetable age as a magazine, it has fallen behind none of its youthful rivals, but that it is as fair, sprightly, and as elear of wrinkles as any of them. And as for progress, the best evidenee our readers ean require that we have never been behind the progress of the times in whieh we have lived, either in literature, in the arts, or in the fashions. >* ill be found by examining our volumes, as they have aeeumulated from one to forty-four!
But enough of this, dear reader, lest we should be aeeused of exeessive self-eomplaisanee, when we only desire to remind you of the past years of our existenee, and to assure you that whatever of the future may be left us, will be devoted with equal zeal, industry, and gratitude, to your amusement and edifieation.
Ws hare attempted, besides our usual plates, to give a novelty in this number—printing in eolors on a powerpress. It shows the eapabllities of our offiee, and the ingenuity of our workmen. The subjeets are also part of our great design in publishing this work—to give artieles of utility and beauty. It will be seen that the subjeets are sueh as ean bo made by any earpenter, and from the woods of almost any person possessing a small eountry estate.
Sosm Op Our Tarioes Duties.—We have lately had the following orders from our friends of the press: To get a situation for a young lady as forowoman in a millinery establishment; to get all the information neeessary to put up a line of telegraph; to show how to eultivate sweet potatoes, and where to get seed; to hunt up a young man who had left his native village, without the eonsent of his parents, to see the sights in Philadelphia; to obtain a set of surgieal instruments; to put in suit several hills against one of the advertising ageneies; to buy a lot of type, nearly four hundred dollars' worth; to get a first-rate Adams's press; to have a ealeulation made what It will eost to print a law-book; do. a periodieal; to aseertain about the late j invention of fastening on horse-shoes without the use of nails. We have had no request to find a wife for any young gent, beeause a good wife ean as soon, perhaps a J little sooner, be found in the eountry than in the eity, j However, if any oue wishes us to try, we will do so. S
i No. n. of " Everyday Aetualities," by Hinekley, appears
I in this number. We are pleased to find that this dupart
j ment gives sueh general satisfaetion. There is no end to
c the store of them we have on hand.
We have reeently published the following artieles, whieh may be eonsidered among the useful and instruetive: Upon Needles; Gloves; Honiton Laee-Making; Watehes; Steam; Fans; Bleaehing Cotton; The Stars; Wild Flowers; The Conservatory; artiele upon Sehool Teaehing; on Letter Writing; History of Boots and Shoes; CaleaUienies for Ladies; The Phantaseope, Ae.
Mr. Bailet, the editor of the "Laneasterville, S. C, Ledger," who is a gentleman of talent and a most able editor, publishes the following, touehing that most exeellent family paper, "Arthur's Home Gazette:"—
"A friend has kindly sent us the numbers of 'Arthur's Gazette,' eontaining the eonelusion of ' Mr. Haven* t-time,' and * Mr. Don't-be-in-a-hurry,' whieh will enable us to finish the story next week. The subjoined letter was not sent for publieation; but, to show in what estimation * Arthur's Gazette' is held by our friend, and, at the same time, for the purpose of doing Mr. Arthur what servloe we ean, we give it a plaee in our paper:—
"'cambrif, S. C, April 9, 1852.
*"R. S. Bailet,Esq.—Dsas Snt: In your last pnper,I see you want some numbers of "Arthur's Home Gazette." I take pleasure in supplying you with those you wish, and the two numbers reeeived sinee. In this paekage you will reeeive numbers 28, 20, 30, and 31.
** *I am glad you like that paper so mueh; it is, in my estimation, one of the very best family nowspapers in the United States: so valuable do I eonsider it, that I take two eopies, one to file, and one to givo any friend who may desire It, or to whom I may reeommend it, and wish to furnish them with a speeimen. If my influenee eould have that effeet, every housekeeper in Ameriea, who is able to pay for it, and can read it or havo ft read, would be a subseriber. Mr. Arthur'.- teaehings have sueh a tendeney to smooth down, soften, and purifv the roughness and unevenness of our natures, that, if any honest man will tell me, after reading it earefully one year, that he is not wiser, better, and more virtuous, I will agree to refund the subseription money, and in sorrow set him down in my mind as a ease most hopeless of improvement.
*"I have taken the paper from its eommeneement, and have the file eomplete, whieh I prize highly. Its dreulation now ts over eighteen thousand eopies.
"' Hoping that your "Ledger" may prove a benefit to the people of my native distriet,
"'1 remain, yours respeetfully, J. R.'"
Wr eopy tho following from an exehange. If we know the author, we eertainly should give him eredit for it:—
"A SoL&mf Warnih0.—I onee ealled upon a siek person whom the doetor had given up as a gone ease. I asked him if ho had made his peaee with everybody. He said he thought he had squared up. I asked him if ho had forgiven all his enemies. He replied yes. I then asked him if he had made his peaee with bis printer. Ho hesitated a moment, and then said he owed him something like about two dollars and fifty eents, whieh he desired to have paid before he hid adieu to the world. His desires were immediately gratified; and from that moment he beeame eonvaleseent. He is now living in the enjoyment of health and prosperity, at peaee with his eonseienee and the whole world. Let him bo an example for yon, my friends."
The only alteration requisite in the above to suit this meridian is the amount.
Rapin Promorion.—For the first time in our life, we have been honored with a military title. Colonel Godey! Muskets and bomb-shells I Isn't it terrible I But our dear friend, the editor of the "Oquawka Speetator," must exeuse us. His line of promotion has been too rapid; having first eommissioned us as a major, and very soon after raised us to the rank of eolonel, has quite overeome our sensibllities. But why or whereforo these military honors have been thus suddenly and unexpeetedly showered on an individual so unmilitary in his profession and his hablts as we are, we are greatly at a loss to eonjeeture. Were we a politieal leader, or an aspirant for offiee, or a regular fight*ing man in the editorial eorps, we would prohably know how to appreeiate the value of sueh titles, whether deserved or not, in all sham-hattles and bloodless eomhats for plaee, power, or fame. But, as we
"Never forsook our peaeeful dwelling
we really feel ahashed at this eoupling of our modest name with sueh dignified, gunpowder, and broadsword appellatives as major and eolonel. Spare us jour military eommis'dous, dear sir, and we shall at all times be prepared to fulfil any eommission you may eonfer upon us in relation to the "Lady's Book," or in the aeeomplishment of any other peaeeful matter of business you may desire us to attend to in this eity of brotherly love. Meantime, we tender you our thanks for your kind notiees of our " Book." Your business referenee that" Godey always keeps his promises," was more valuable and eonsoling to us than would have been the military title of field-marshal, or that of eommander-in-ehief of all the forees I
Dresses Op The Quxer Ann Mrs. Areott Lawrenee At Rhe Late Drawino-rook.-—The queen wore a train of white poplin, embroidered with small wreaths of the rose, thistle, and shamroek in eolors; the pettiooat was of white satin. The head-dress was eomposed of feathers and a wreath of red roses. Mrs. Lawrenee woro a train of green velvet, *ined with pink glaee, and trimmed with point de Yenlse; dress of pink ehitU moire antique. The head-drees was eomposed of feathers, point de Yenise lappets, and the ornaments were a profusion of diamonds and emeralds.
Woman Rs Her Various Relations. Bv Mrs. L.G. Arpxl, author of "Gems by the Wayside," ete. We have before notieed this delightful work; but wo refer to it again, as there were several errors in our former notiee. It is published by Wm. Holdridge, 140 Fulton Street, Now York.
Mr. Smith Ann His Pew-holners.—The rightful and legal owners of pows in our popular ehurehes, espeeially on popular oeeasions, sueh as when a popular preaeher is advertised to oeeupy the pulpit, are frequently perplexed and annoyed at finding themselves exeluded from their seats by those who have had the good fortune to arrive a little in advanee. In all sueh eases, either their piety must trinmph over their politeness, their euriosity provo stronger than their eourtesy, or they must staud up in the isle, or
( eountermareh to the door, and thenee to their homes. But
> Mr. Smith, a venerable gentleman, and a veteran in Christ* I ianity, had a way of his own in eonquering all sueh appaS rent diffieulties. Walking up the isle of his ehureh, in his ( usually solemn and quiet manner, one Sabhath morning,
> when a brilliant diseourse was expeeted from an eloquent
< preaeher, on arriving at his pow-door, he found it so nearly ? filled by a party of strangers, that the person who had
< taken eommand of the door deemed it advisable to refuse i him admittanee. Without giving the least intimation of \ his authority, the eourteous and good-natured Mr. Smith j simply motioned to the door-keeper and his inside eompa\ nions to elose up, and thus make room for the unknown l applieant for admission. But this truly modest request S was resisted by looks and shrugs, whieh plainly said to Mr. ) Smith, "No room for outsiders here;" and, had he enter1 tainod the least doubts as to their determination to keep
< him out, they were at onee removed when he attempted to j open the pow-door, by the gentleman telling him, "Sir, I there is no room, and you eannot eome in here," "Ah,'* i said Mr. Smith, in a gentle whisper, " that is very strange, ! eonsidering that I pay seventy-five dollars a year for this j pow; and myself and family, numbering in all one more i than are now seated, oeeupied it last Sabhath in great eomf fort." "Ah," in turn, exelaimed the gentleman within, \ and was about making his exit in great eonfusion; but this j the good old Christian prevented, by quietly insisting on S his remaining in the pow, and judging for himself of its j eapaeity to aeeommodate all within, and the supposed l stranger who had been ordered to remain without. We
think, if we have told this aneedote intelligibly, that it
! will 'be found to eonvey two lessons in Christian ehureh*
\ going morality. But we leave that to the moral diseern
J meat of the reader.
1 "A Proper Hint."—The "Le Roy Gasette," N. Y., ap
i proves the hint we gave some time sinee to our exehanges, to
\ plaee the State, as well as the name of the town in whieh
> they are published, at the heads of their papers. We are \ glad to reeeive the assistanee of the ••Gazette" in this mati ter of reform, beeause, if it is ever aeeomplished, it will \ give great relief to a venerablo personage who sits near us, ) and whose speeial duty it is to examine our exehanges, s The old gentleman's temperament is not so irritable now i as it was formerly, or we fear we should be obliged to listen \ to some heavy impreeations against sueh of our editorial
> friends as imagine everybody to be aequainted with their i loeation, merely on aeeount of the faet being familiar to t themselves. It often happens that our assistant is griev5 ously perplexed, and has to examine through all the adi vertisements, and even then does not always sueeeed, but \ has to guess at the name of the State. When our friends i shall take the trouble to examine the list of post-towns in
> the United States, and assure themselves of the vast num\ bor of towns in every State whieh War the same name as i does that in whieh they reside, they will see the neeessity j of making the required designation. We beg them to do it t for our old friend's sake.
i "A Worn Rs Private."—Our friend of the "Sandy Hill
j Herald," after a very kind notiee of the " Lady'' Book" for
t May. puts this question to us very seriously, but '* in pri
i Tate," "Did you tell the truth wheu you said you were
S happier now than when a boy?" We eertainly did toll the
S truth, as we always do. and, as our friend knows, or ought
j to know, we always have done, when eonversing or making
S promises to our readers. The faet is, Mr. Herald, we have
( some wry disagreeable reminiseenees of oar sehool-hoy
. days, and sueh do not leave the impres>lon on our mind 101
that the old sehool system was mueh to be preferred to the now. Under the old system, they whipped the boys out of all regard for their books, and out of all veneration for their teaeher*. That was thu oppression of the past . The oppression praetised at this time is in foreing: the mind, at a too early age, to effeet the eomprehension of things above iia eapaeity. This is attempted by exeiting the emulation, or the ambltion of the pupil, until it exeites a degree of feverish anxiety that proves injurious to his bodily frame and destruetive to the mental faeulties. But, as we have touehed on this subjeet in another artiele, we have only to sssure our doubting inquirer that the present period of our life is mueh happier than any whieh we ean remember to have passed in our boyhood or sehool days.
Though tending, like all ereated things, to the soar and yellow leaf, we have a eheerful, a grateful, and. of eourse, 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 ehildhood, and all that affeetionate eonsideration whieh our years and our family position entitle us to—blessings whieh 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 1
Hi0h Dureh Vs. Latrx.—Our good friend of the "Mountain Banner," Rutherford, X. C lately gave us some trouble in translating one or two lines from Virgil, whieh he had qnoted in a delioate eompliment he was so kind as to pay to the " Lady's Book." In return, we eonveyed to him an equally delieate eompliment in original High Duteh. But. unfortunately, before our lines reaehed him, he had taken his departure from home, leaving his amiable " better hair* to take eharge of the eolumns of his paper—a, eharge whieh, 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 Duteh. To our great diseomfort, we are also told that she is "eonfident the editor's brain will be haunted by day and by night with
* Hell dir! hiifllehen SehUler,' ete., until he is relieved by the author."
We therefore hasten, with all the alaerity and anxiety of friendship, to reseue the editor from his perilous state of doubt and suspieion, and from all suffering on our aeeount; and, to effeet this, present him with a poetieal translation of the High Duteh, whieh we hope will make our eompliment better understood, if not more aeeeptable, than it was in its original form:—
"All hail, O eourtly seholar!
Thy tolls for wreaths of honor
Thy name lire on forever,
And, as to-day 'tis honored, Hereafter may it be!" By the way, we pereeive our friend absented himself for the patriotie purpose of attending a politieal eonvention, from the duties of whieh ho expeeted to return home invigorated for the struggle before him. Wo hope that he has not only returned home invigorated, but with a nomination in his poeket for governor, or, at the least, for a seat in Congress I
i "Premature Crammin0."—Puneh, not long sinee, had a j very good artiele in rebuke of the present method adopted
< for the edueation of young ehildren, and of foreing on their j minds the investigation of subjeets belonging to the high\ est branehes. He begins by saying that somebody has j started what may be ealled, with referenee to the alphabet, \ a eapital idea, by proposing to teaeh ehildren their letters j through the medinm of lozenges. Instead of appealing to \ the eye, the inventor appeals to the mouth, and thus the
< sweets of edueation are made, not simply a name, but a > luseious reality. In those days, when premature eramming j is so eommon, it is something to invent a plan for eausing J instruetion to go down agreeably. A thirst for knowledge \ is an exeellent thing; but the Alphabet Lozenges will en
< eourage not only an absolute hunger, but a right-down f greediness for learning. Some may doubt the propriety of
< blending instruetion with the lollipop, and allowing the i influenee of the eane to be superseded by that of the sugar
< stiek. We think that a wholesome effeet might be proI dueed by eonveying information in a medieal form, and we j throw out the hint for eomblning salubrity with sefenee,
by the invention of the multiplieation pill, a geographieal blaek dose, and an ointment to be rubbed in for the purpose of rubblng up a knowledge of history.
We have eopied this sareasm of Puneh, beeause we think it quite as applieable to the "eramming" system of edueation enforeed in this eountry as to that pursued in England. When we meet, as we often do, in our publie squares, on a fine, fresh morning, a number of pale-faeed, emaeiated boys, with paeks of books strung to their neeks, heavy enough for a robust eolporteur, or a vender of periodieal literature, we involuntarily sigh over the memory of the past, and, at the same time, deeply eommiserate the sufferings of those ehildren who are following after us under the heavy afflietions of what Puneh ealls a premature eramming. Tim poor, woe-begone little fellows pass through those walks, where all is sunshine, greeuswurd, and noble trees, in the branehes of whieh the blrds are warbling their sweetest notes, intent only upon lessons whieh, perhaps, are far beyond their eapaeities, with no thought, and apparently no eare for the eheerfnlness and the beauties of nature whieh surround them. They remind us more of the past raee of anxious patriots and perplexed statesmen who resorted to the shades of the "State House yard" to eonsult and to meditate on the destinies of their eountry, and the fearful question of independenee, than of the human buds and blossoms, and tender plants, whieh still require the eheerful voiee and the eareful hand of affeetion to sustain and eonduet them to that state of life whieh it is neeessary for them to reaeh before being oppressed with the weightier branehes of edueation. But fow of those ehildren who are early pressed down under the trammels of the sehools— who, for a time, are an admired and astonishing raee of infant philosophers, linguists, and logieians—but few of them, we fear, evor arrive at a sound and vigorous maturity, either of mind or body.
Cheap Oeean Posta0e.—Wo are indebted to the Hon. Mr. Sumner, of the Senate of the United States, for a eopy of his resolution direeting the Committee on the Post-Offiee and Post-Roods to inquire into the expedieney of redueing the postage on foreign eorrespondenee. The remarks of Mr. Sumner were brief and eogent, and the prohabllity is that the great boon of eheap oeean postage" will not be long deferred. Meantime, however, wo should like to know what has beeome of the proposition to reduee the postage on Ameriean periodieals, reviows, magazines, nowspapers, ete. ete. As the matter stands at present, there is a great deal of eorrespondenee earried on between Europe and this