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umes to eleven hundred thousand; those in It is rumored that Jefferson Davis intends í almost impossible, except to the most skill. the Public Library of Cambridge from one to write a “ History of the Civil War.” ful and dexterous painter, who knows how to hundred and sixty-six thousand seven hun- Charles Reade, in his last letter on copyright, employ all the resources of his art and introdred to two hundred and fifts thousand; and speaks of Macaulay as
duces accessories, such as vessels, castles, those in the Bodleian from two hundred and The Sultan of Zanzibar had a Bible pretwenty thousand to three hundred and ten sented to him during his stay in London, and
towers, villages, groups of people, and atthousand. During the same period the Bib- we fear behaved more courteously about it mospheric effects, by the combination of liothèque Nationale, at Paris, has increased than any of the “most Christian princes "
which any landscape can be made attractive. from eight hundred and twenty-four thousand would have done if, on a visit to Zanzibar, he
So also the view of Mont Blanc from Chato two inillions; while those of Munich, Ber- had been presented with a copy of the Koran. mouni, which so excited the enthusiasm of lin, and Vienna, have increased at the rate of In response to the presentation speech, the Coleridge, is one very difficult to render in fifty per cent. ... The complete set of the sultan said that he knew perfectly well what an harmonious picture. If the artist climbs Journal des Debats sold in M. Guizot's collection the Scriptures were, and that he recognized high enough upon the hills to escape useless was purchased for our Library of Congress. the book the moment he opened it, having projections of mountain-danks reaching into ... In the opening of his speech at a recent had one previously, in Zanzibar. He added : meeting in London, held for the purpose of The words of Jesus--upon whom be peace
the valley, his horizon is so elevated that he deciding on a Byron memorial, Mr. Disraeli -are always acceptable to us. The Koran
gets little more than a bird's-eye view of the said: “In the twelfth year of this century a mentions the Bible and the New Testament, foreground, and a sort of panorama of the poem was published by a young man which and we only wish that all people would walk
mountain-range, neither of them well adapted instantly commanded the sympathies of the according thereto." . .. Senator Schurz is for a satisfactory picture. In the valley itnation. There is no instance in literary rec- studying the correspondence, in the Berlin self, on a level with the Arveyron, he finds ords of a success so sudden and so lasting. Foreign Office, between the governments of only flat, monotonous fields of level green, To use his own words, be · woke one morning Prussia and our own country during the Revo
small symmetrical trees of very little charand found himself famous.' From that time lution; he is in search of materials for the
acter, and, in short, scarcely any thing that for twelve years he poured out a series of com- political history of the United States which he
can be effectively used in the composition plete inventions which are not equaled for designs writing. their number and their consistency of pur
of a landscape. At Lucerne, which occupose in the literature of any country, ancient
pies an admirable site on one of the lovelior modern. Admirable for many qualities, for
est and most varied of the Swiss lakes, surtheir picturesqueness, their wit, their passion,
rounded by some of the finest of the Swiss they are most distinguished by their power of
mountains, an excellent English artist, who expression and by the sublime energy of their ART-FEATURES OF NATURAL SCENERY.
had been sketching there for several weeks, imagination. And then, after twelve years, he
told us that while he could find plenty of died; he died in the fullness of his fame, hav- that the scenery which pleases the eye choice “ bits” of old and picturesque building enjoyed in his lifetime a degree of celebrity
of the literary man, and excites in him emo. ings, he could find only one view which was which has never fallen to the lot of any oth
tions of beauty or sublimity, must necessa- really dignified and striking. er literary man—not only admired in his own
rily be available for the purposes of the ar- What is true of Switzerland in this recountry, but reverenced and adored in Europe." ... The Saturday Reriew thinks that
tist. The fact is, however, that many of the spect is equally true of our own country. Swinburne's prose" Essays and Studies” con- finest landscapes described by authors, and Our newspapers are filled every summer with tain some of the very best of recent literary which excite the strongest emotions of pleas- / glowing descriptions, by wandering correcriticism: “For mere verbal and minate criti- ure in the uninstructed beholder, are fre- spondents, of the natural charms of innumereism," it says, “ Mr. Swinburne has no love
quently almost destitute of the qualities able places of resort - at the sea-side or and little respect. He looks on it, as every
which the painter considers picturesque. For among the mountains, lakes, and rivers—the one must who has any share of true literary insight, as an instrument serviceable in hands
this reason many regions and places which varied charms of which are depicted by skill. that know how to guide it by a genuine right
authors describe in glowing terms, and to ful pens, until the perplexed artist hardly feeling and understanding of the author, but
which artists, attracted by these descriptions, knows which way to turn, whether to the in the hands of iguorance or dullness worse
sometimes resort, are found to be totally un- White Mountains, the Adirondacks, the Catthan useless. n one conjectural emendation suitable for delineation by the pencil. A high skills, or to the countless lakes and sea-shore of Shelley's text admitted by Mr. W. M. Ros- range of mountains, for example, may gratify resorts which invite him to try their yet unsetti-being a mere impudent interpolation to the ordinary eye exceedingly by its sublimity, ravished charms. He makes his selection fill up a line purposely left unequal—he de- and yet afford scarcely any materials for a pict- sometimes on the mere strength of a news. livers himself in no measured terms.
ure, because what the artist wants is not height paper letter, and wastes bis whole summer in deaf and desperate criminal who committed
merely, but certain combinations of lines vain endeavors to make pictures of what has this particular defacement is involved in a
which he may find in low hills, and which yet really no picturesque elements. The place common execration with the whole tribe of earless and soulless commentators, strong
may be altogether wanting in mountains of probably is attractive enough, perhaps exonly in finger-counting and figure-casting.'
the first magnitude. The same thing is true ceedingly charming to the mere lover of landSince the appearance of this book, Mr. Swin- with regard to our American forests, which, scape, but yet lacks all the essential eleburne bas spoken some words of warning, not
while often effective by their vast extent, may ments which constitute the picturesque to out of season, though perhaps something over- yet present no points which the painter can the eye of the artist, who soon finds out that pitched, on the last new proposals for apply- | make available. Half a dozen old trees with broad sheets of water, and hills however ing the finger-counting and figure-casting' scarred and moss - grown trunks, twisted lofty, are not alone sufficient to make a pleasmethod to measure the development of Shake
branches, and dead tops, may have twenty ing and harmonious landscape when represpeare." .. George Eliot, so it is rumored times as much charm for the artist as the sented on canvas.
The truth is, that none in London literary circles, has nearly finished
most thriving grove of maples or spruces, but an artist can give reliable advice to ara new novel, in character and scope somewhat resembling “ Middlemarcb.” It will be pub
the inexpressive pointed or rounded forms tists as to the really picturesque capabilities lished in the same way as the latter work
of which fill the mind of the painter with of a place. He only can judge of such capathat is, in monthly parts. ... The Emperor despair.
bilities who possesses a practical acquaint. William has granted an annual pension of fif- Some of the most famous landscapes in ance with the possibilities and requirements teen hundred dollars to Dr. Nachtigal, the fa- the world-as, for instance, those of Switzer- of art, and understands its limitations as well
as its powers.
things better in" Germany. ... The unpub- practical value to the artist. The view of There are many landscapes exceedingly
lished writings of Father Prout are being collected and will be published shortly. Among them are several manuscript poems, which will form the chief item in the forthcoming volume. . . . The report that Gustave Doré has been engaged to illustrate Shakespeare for. Cassell, Petter & Galpin is contradicted.
Lake Leman, which Byron celebrates in such pleasing to the eye of the general beholder, sounding verse, and which is undoubtedly a and possessing many charming and interest. favorite scene with multitudes of tourists, ing features, which yet the trained eye of the presents to the artist little more than monot- artist sees at a glance that it would be imposonous lines of hills, and an excessively broad sible effectively to represent in a satisfactory water horizon, to make a picture of which is manner on canvas. Bayard Taylor is one of
the few writers of travels who knows how to and variegated light and shade, rocks strewed traversed by rushing brooks, with foredescribe a landscape with a just and accurate in wild profusion, vegetation of great variety, grounds of mossy rocks scattered in effective comprehension of its value to an artist, and picturesquely-winding roads, twisted pines or masses beyond the power of man to essenthis because he is an artist himself, and con- birches, yellow sheafs of corn-in short, all tially mar. Beyond these gorges soar blue sequently gets accurate impressions of what the elements of a picture ready made to their peaks looming above rocky chasms, and be sees with a reference to artistic purposes.
hands. The artist here finds that the moun- from many a mountain-side Gifford has por. The favorite resorts for landscape-paint- tains are indeed lovely, and at the right dis. | trayed the autumn baze and color which each ers in this part of the country bave been tances for his purposes; that great mossy season rest upon these hills, while some of Mount Desert, in Maine; the White Moun. rocks, glowing with every tint of his palette, Durand's best paintings represent the still tains, in New Hampshire; the Adirondacks, lie beside still pools of amber brightness, in depths of Lake George with the purple shadof Northern New York; the Catskills; and wbich white summer clouds mirror them. ows of a storm or the light of evening giving Lake George. At Mount Desert the great at- selves. Everywhere he finds, without toil or beauty or solemnity to the region around it. tractions for summer-sketching are its cool trouble, without long tramps over dusty roads, Tbese natural features of beauty are permaclimate, and its singular combination—no- accessible points, revealing a distant peak, a nent and beyond the power of man to mar or where else to be found on our Atlantic coast bit of gleaming river, or a soft stretch of destroy, and render both Lake George and -of losty hills in close proximity to the sea. bright meadow, smooth as a lawn, and ele- the Catskills an enduring field for the artist. It presents at first glance to the unprofes- gant as a park. It makes no difference in sional beholder an apparent epitome of all this enchanting spot whether the day be fine, ALTHOUGH we are in the middle of the that is picturesque. It has a rugged coast, and purple and gold lights and shadows play summer, a season usually devoted by the arForn by the storms of countless centuries, over the varied landscape; whether October tists to out-door study, there are yet a numhigh, rocky islands, steep cliffs and hills that mists hide the mountain-tops, and winds tear ber of leading men at work in their studios. aspire to the dignity of mountains. Yet, the lingering remnants of the yellow hair” One of these industrious painters is Mr. though some of our best artists have made it from trees stripped thin of their leaves. The Lemuel E. Wilmarth, of the Tenth - Street their resort for years, experience bas shown brooks may rush white and foaming, or may Building. As will be remembered, Mr. Wil. that in reality it affords a very limited field sleep above white pebbles—it makes little marth was the author of the clever little for art, and of late years the painters have difference to the artist. Always and every painting “Ingratitude," which was in the late almost abandoned it to the fashionable tour- where North Conway is in a picture-dress. Academy exhibition. He is now engaged upists, and have sought the materials for their Probably no spot in America has been so on (and the work is well advanced toward landscapes in much less pretentious places. often and so persistently painted, and there completion) a larger and more important canVery few are painting there this summer, and are but few American artists of any note who vas, the subject of which is entitled “The these are mostly young men at work on their have not at some time made a careful copy Target Excursion." The subject portrays first pictures. These shun Bar Harbor and of its features without attempting to vary a the interior of the boiler-room of one of our the large hotels, and live near Otter Cliffs or line of it.
great manufacturing establishments, with the Great Head, within easy walking distance of The advantages offered by the Adiron. men, who have been excused from work, gath. the places where the finest rock-formations dacks to landscape-painters may be summed ering and merry-making previous to their deon the island are to be found.
up briefly in the statement that it is a great parture for the march. The chief interest in Materials such as artists require are act- region almost in a state of Nature, though the scene centres in the action of the pioneer tally to be found much more profusely than forming a part of the most populous State -the biggest man in the shop, who is always at Mount Desert in the vicinity of some of of the Union, and that it comprises a great selected to lead the van, and is supposed to our great cities, as along the Schuylkill and number of mountains and mountain-lakes, be the “bravest of the brave." This great Wissahiccon, near Philadelphia ; at Staten with two or three rivers, the whole region fellow stands in the centre of the room, with Island, the Neversink Hills, and other envi- being covered by a dense forest, much of his head thrown back in affriglit, and his bearrons of New York; or among the beautiful which is of primeval growth. The lakes and skin hat and battle-axe fallen upon the floor bills a few miles south of Boston, where fine rivers are, almost without exception, of sin. at his feet. A beer-glass, filled with lager, trees and sloping meadows combine with the gular purity of water, and are nearly unde- has also fallen from his hands, and its frag. bine sea and a rocky coast to form the loveliest faced by the homely structures that ordinari. ments are scattered over the brick pavement. pictures that the painter could wish to see. ly mar the face of Nature in the beginning All of this fright of the gallant leader has We know of nothing more charming for the of American settlements. The region is so been caused by a huge “straddle-bug,” such artist than some of these situations near immense in its extent, and so varied in its as the boys sell in the streets to amuse chil. Boston, when the low light of the western natural features, that it undoubtedly offers dren, which one of the fun-loving, stay-atsun draws into lengthened shadows the culti- an almost inexhaustible field for the artist home fellows has attached to a pole, and from rated landscape, combining in one harmoni. who is content to paint the wilderness. But a hiding-place behind the furnace is dancing is whole the oldest trees, the greenest there is a total absence of the softer beau- it over his head. On the right there is a grass, softly-rounded lawns, and graceful vil. ties that spring from cultivation, although in group of men arrayed in red shirts, cross. lages, bounded by a singularly - variegated the meadows along the Racket there are belts, and other accoutrements, getting ready line of sea, dotted with islands and sparkling many fine bits of natural, park-like scenery. for the march, and, in anticipation of it, they sith sails, the whole presenting such a ten- A hundred years hence, perhaps, when the are partaking of refreshments, wbich the derness of light and form as Claude Lorraine forests have been somewhat cleared away, negro target-bearer has provided for them in delighted to portray.
and the banks of the lakes and rivers con. a pail at his feet. The members of this group The White Mountains undoubtedly afford verted into lawns and meadows, and dotted appear astonished at the discomfiture of their a great abundance of materials for artists, with focks and herds, the Adirondacks will leader ; but there is fun in their faces, and particularly at North Conway, the eminent afford almost inexhaustible resources for the they, no doubt, enjoy the little comedy as beauties of which have been amply celebrated painter. There will always remain enough much as the fellows who have instigated it. by the literary class, and are ye: perhaps of the region in a wild state to satisfy those The subject is composed with great spirit, more satisfactory to the artists than those of who wish to paint mountains, cataracts, and as an illustration of a phase of city-life any other of our popular resorts. They find brooks, and ponds, in their natural condition, we have rarely seen its equal upon canvas. te richest of materials for the pencil in her unmodified by the hand of man.
The figures are well grouped, each man of the bae hills, her mountains white with snow or Lake George and the Catskills have many main body is in his right place, and all are fushed with the hues of sunset, her rippling of the characteristic features of the Adiron- busy, except the leader, with the preparabrooks and sunny meadows dotted with way. dacks, and their availability for the artists is tions. The bright coloring of the uniforming elms. They find here what is not found proved by the constancy with which many of shirts is in striking contrast to the stained at Mount Desert, a distance of fine curves, a our best painters, as Kensett, Durand, Whit- walls of the furnace-room, but under the in. middle-ground of meadow and river of soft tredge, and Sanford Gifford, have year after fluence of the strong morning sunlight which. beauty, and a foreground broken into crisp | year reproduced the forms of gloomy ravines illuminates the farthermost recesses of the
place their gaudy tones are subdued, and those to render those sites which command the at- ing to this unusual state of the weather, the more sombre brought up in unison with them. tention and admiration of the tourist. Preci-cafés chantants, the Besselièvre concerts, and the The drawing is excellent, and a clever bit of
pices and mountain-scenes are no longer in open-air balls of the Champs-Elysées, usualperspective looking through the old shop over
favor. I think the artists and the public right ly the most popular and patronized of all Pathe heads of the main group gives additional
in preferring what tranquilizes and seduces to risian entertainments in summer, are having
what violently excites the imagination. How- but a hard time of it. Per contra, the theatres, interest to the scene.
ever imposing the sites presented by Alpine that is to say, the few that remain open, are
districts, they do not present to the painter the prospering finely. People who had departed The comment is frequently made that
advantage the univitiated may fancy over low- for summer quarters by the sea-shore or among statues to everybody but to men of New York lands with extended horizons. The play of the mountains, are returning to the city, literreputation go up in the Central Park. There light and the effects of atmospheric perspec- ally chilled and drenched out of their rustic are now erected within those grounds busts tive are of greater value in the plains, which retreats. The Parisians are very savage at the to Schiller and Humboldt, two Germans ;
also, taking more easily the fleeting impress of rains: it spoils all their pleasant out-door life, statues to Walter Scott, a Scotsman, to
the cloud's gentle sinuosities, lead quietly from puts a stop to all fétes and festivities, turns
pleasure to pleasure, like a gracious woman Shakespeare, an Englishman; and, shortly,
their pretty suburban pleasure - grounds into indifferent to admiration but solicitous of se- wastes of mud, and ruins their enjoyment genthere is to be erected a statue each to Lafa.
curing lasting friends. The artist wbo charms erally. However, the forty days of rain that yette, Burns, and Tom Moore, while the Span.
is superior to him who ambitiously aims at we are supposed to go througb if it rains on iards in New York are talking about a statue
heaping Pelion upon Ossa, and succeeds in St. - Médard's day (the French substitute for to Cervantes. There is one frightful caricature accomplishing this prodigy. It is curious to the Irish Sheela) are wellpigh over, so we to Morse, who is of Massachusetts birth; and note how few great landscape-painters have may reasonably expect a cossation of these next year Webster and Fitz-Greene Halleck come from the Scotch or Welsh mountains, the continual showers. are to be commemorated by effigies in bronze. Alps or Pyrenees, or the sublimely savage After all the blowing of trumpets in which But, so far, not one New-Yorker. It is scarce.
coast of Norway. The dells and denes of Glady Brothers, the publishers, indulged rely worth while to consider the exact birth
Kent and Surrey and the river-banks round specting the preface to the “ Imitation of
London and Paris have, on the contrary, been Christ,” which Alexandre Dumas was to write, place of a man whose statue is to be placed a rich source of inspiration."
it turns out that the great dramatist is not goin the park, but we ought to honor our na
ing to write it after all. He yields the task to tional worthies if not our local ones. It is The Academy series of notices of the exhi
M. Louis Veuillot, of the Univers, the welltrue that the statues to foreigners have been
bition of the Royal Academy, written by W. known Ultramontane writer, who, probably, presented to the park by interested persons, M. Rossetti, ends by asserting that “the gen
will treat the subject as well as, if not better the busts of Schiller and Humboldt by aderal calibre of the pictures is decidedly me
than, his more brilliant but profane confrera diocre, with low aims and superficial work-miring Germans resident here; the statues
would have done. Michel Lévy Brothers ansuperficial, though frequently very clever." of Scott and Burns by Scotchmen. Fortu
nounce, amid their forthcoming publications,
“In one of the plays of the Jacobean nately, we are to have in another year a statue
two new novels by George Sand, entitled redramatist George Chapman, " The Revenge of to Daniel Webster, and one to Fitz-Greene Bussy d'Ambois,' we find a few lines which
spectively “ Fiamarande ” and “ Les Deux
Frères ;” a novel by Edouard Cadol, called Halleck; there is an organization forming members, associates, and exhibitors of the
“La Bête Noire ;” and one by Arsène llousamong ladies to raise the money for a statue Royal Academy would do well to lay to heart,
saye, which bears the striking name of “ Dito Washington Irving; and a colossal bust representing as they do only too faithfully the
anas and Venuses.” If only the romances of of Bryant has been cast, designed for this ideal, aims, and methods, of many of our ar
this showy, shallow, immoral writer were as great pleasure-ground. So it looks as if the tistic practitioners :
clever as their titles, they would be very pleasreproach of our neglect of our own great "Since good arts fail, crafts and deceits are used. ant reading. Unfortunately, they are only people would not long remain good. But
Men ignorant are idle: idle men
very flippant, very tiimsy, and very indecent.
Most practise what they most may do with easesteps should be taken for statues to Feni
A translation of Mr. Grenville Murray's charm
Fashion and favor ; all their studies aiming more Cooper, De Witt Clinton, and some of At getting money.'
ing and sparkling novel, “The Member for
Paris," has just been issued by Ghio. For our old Dutch celebrities. Chapman's speaker adds :
three years past, authorization to publish this A COMPETITION took place recently among
• Which no wise man ever
translation has been sought for from the pow. Fed his desires with.'
ers that be, and has only just been granted. German artists for the painting of the curtain of the Dresden Theatre, Ferdinand Keller, of We will not say that the artists of the present
The version, which is extremely well done, Carlsruhe, receiving the award. Here, now, day may not allowably be 'wise in their gen
is by the Chevalier Boutillier. As the book
abounds in sketches of the Parisian notabilities is a hint for some of our enterprising mana
eration,' and make money. Let them sell their
of the last days of the Empire, and is, moregers. Let one of them, by way of experi- only let them determine that those works shall
over, a very interesting story, I should not ment, invite our painters to compete for the first of all be good, and done for the sake of
be surprised if its Parisian success were to painting of a new curtain for his theatre—or, being good rather than for that of their money
equal its English one. let us say, rather for the furnishing of a de equivalent."
There is an interesting sketch of the elder sign or study for a new curtain, to be exe
Dumas, as manager and dramatist, in the last cuted either by himself or by trained scene
installment of the amusing memoirs of Lafer
rière. He gives an account of the rehearsals painters under his direction. The substitu
of the “Chevalier de Maison Rouge" -- & tion of a genuine piece of art-work for the
drama adapted by Dumas from his own novel strange monstrosities that commonly, in the
of the same name, When the piece was first
OUR PARIS LETTER. way of stage-curtain, amaze and amuse the
read at the theatre it produced but little eftheatre-goer, would be a great gain to the
July 20, 1875. fect. “Dumas," says Laferrière, “was one æsthetic pleasure of the cultivated spectator,
IIE weather continues to be the leading of the most deplorable readers in the world, would do sometbing toward promoting right
topic in all social circles at present, for, his voice had false intonations, and his delir. art-ideas among the general public, would be
in the language of the poet, “the rain it rain- ery a false empbasis. That man, whose pen rendering a rightful homage to art, and would
eth every day.” Literally and truly is this so, was so alert and sparkling, did not know how
for not a single day has elapsed for six weeks to utter a phrase, and in his mouth comedy prove to be a first-rate card for the manager
past without a shower or a succession oť show- | itself became lugubrious. Some friends were setting the example.
According to the calendar this is the speaking before him one day of Schiller, and,
month of July, but by the barometer and ther- very naturally, they declared that in all reA Writer in the Gentleman's Magazine ut- mometer one would swear it was April. Think spects he was far superior to the author of ters the following sound comments on the of midsummer weather, where the thermome- Wallenstein.' Dumas did not appear thorcharms of comparative kinds of landscape- ter ranges between 60° and 70° in the middle oughly convinced, and, turning to Madamo painting : “The French have eschewed the of the day, where people sleep under blankets Dorval, who had listened to the discussion conventional and sensational style of land- at night, wear cashmere dresses and flannel without uttering a word, he said : scape. Novel and startling effects are not in underwear, and dare not stir out without um- "Well, Marie, what do you think of these favor in the ateliers. Before railways they fol- brellas! Think of that, 0 ye swelterers un- absurdities? lowed Salvator Rosa and Poussin, and sought | der an American summer sun at home! Ow- "My dear Dumas, I rather agree with
them-you far surpass Schiller in one respect.' minutes amused the by-standers excessively. Salvini is positively coming to Paris next *** What is that?'
Finally, no longer able to contain himself, he autumn. He is expected here this week to ***You read far worse than he did.'
quitted his box, rushed upon the stage, and settle the preliminary arrangements and to en* Dumas burst out laughing. Ho remem- tried to mount that unlucky window himself.
gage a theatre.
He will probably take the bered how the unhappy German dramatist, Notwithstanding his long arms, his long legs, Salle Ventadour, which combines the advanhaving read his · Don Carlos' before the read- and his gigantic height, he could not succeed. tages of being fashionable, well situated, and ing-committee at the Dresden Theatre, had At length, on making one last violent effort, the not too large. As it is probable that Strakosch bis work instantly and unanimously refused. supports of the scene gave way, and window, will relinquish all his plans for giving Italian
* Thus we all found the Chevalier de Mai- balcony, and Dumas, all came tumbling down opera here next winter, it is fortunate that this son Rouge' detestable, and predicted its total together! That was the first great sensation classic hall should be so worthily occupied. I failure. But we took care to keep this un- of the evening. But he picked himself up am very curious to see how he will be received pleasant impression to ourselves.
with the greatest composure, and said, as here. Will the critics pronounce him an un* The rehearsals were commenced at once. calmly as though nothing had happened: cultured barbarian, or will they recognize in The preparatory ones, those destined to make
him the greatest actor of the age, which he certain the memory only, took place in the ab- “We did go on; but Dumas, provoked really is ? It is impossible to decide. A nation sence of the author. But, as soon as the parts and wearied, returned to his box, determined that calls Shakespeare barbarous has every Tere known and the actors could repeat them to take his revenge at the first opportunity. chance of seeing nothing in Salvini's acting from memory, Dumas appeared among us like “ A few moments later, thanks to chance, but violent contortions and untutored effects. Jupiter Tonans emerging from the clouds. or rather to my lucky star, I discovered one That rare marvel of the Parisian stage, a Notwithstanding some little weaknesses, of the most striking effects of my rôle.
translation of an English play, has just been Damas was a great master of stage effect. " In the sixth tableau there occurred a produced at the Gymnase. The piece in quesTrder his influence, the dullest dialogue, the scene when the heroine, Geneviève, comes to tion is the well-known drama of “Hunted Dost unimportant situation, took an unforeseen Maurice to seek for shelter. At that point I Down; or, the Two Lives of Mary Leigh," by pysiognomy. It was necessary to be well saw Atala Beauchêne (the actress who played Dion Boucicault, translated and arranged by Biquainted with him in order to know to what Geneviève) enter wrapped up in the black cloak M. de Nnjac. It has not proved very success3 point he could, when he pleased, become which she was accustomed to put on when she ful, the strong effects which are popular on ympathetic and entraînant. At rehearsals and left the theatre.
the American and English boards being conwhen he was 'i' th' vein,' he could in a mo- "What!' I cried, ' are you going to play sidered inartistic by the Parisian critics. It Dent become a man of the people, speaking a love-scene bundled up that way? You must was wonderfully well acted throughout, Achard the language of the faubourgs; and every thing be mad!'
being particularly successful in the role of the about him, accent, words, and movements, be- "Well,' answered Atala, with that viper- villain Rawdon. But the great star of the cast: cane transformed. Then did his voice become ous coldness that formed the foundation of her was undoubtedly Mademoiselle Tallandiera, in true, bis intonations simple and natural. He character, 'I do not want to catch cold, and, the character of Lea, the Italian model whose knew how to be for two hours the most amaz- besides, every thing is going so badly this name forms the title of the French version of jag or dramatic teachers, and such was the evening that I do not feel in the mood for re- the piece. Her fiery and impassioned acting, sympathetic clearness of his explanations that hearsing.'
the strange lightnings of her wonderful dark he could make a hundred actors out of a hun- “I was so exasperated by this reply that, eyes, the play of her somewhat heavy but exdred supernumeraries.
when I came to the moment when Maurice pressive features, combined to make up a * But there was a reverse to this medal. kneels before Geneviève, instead of untying i striking and thrilling dramatic picture. She These were the days when, instead of coming the ribbons of that wretched cloak, I tore it is a great actress, is this strange, wild creature, ne to the rehearsal to make, as he used to violently from off her. My gesture, the sur- who is said by blood to be half Arab. The say to us, "a nice little cookery by ourselves,' prised attitude of Atala, the garment slipping Gymnase has also produced a charming little be would arrive escorted by his courtiers, from her shoulder, and my cry of' How beau- one-act piece, by the lamented Amédée Achard, uke Louis XIV. Then he was no longer the tiful you are !' made up a scene that was mar- called “Le Sanglier des Ardennes." Le Sanssme man. Preoccupied by the effect which velously successful and entraînant. The effect glier is a wealthy, cross old fellow, who has be wished to produce upon these chance hear- was electric-audience, actors, supernumera- gained that sobriquet from his relatives by his ers, he struck attitudes for the gallery, he be- ries, all applauded vehemently, while Dumas ill - nature and contradictoriness. He has a tame disagreeable, unjust, captious, disdain- cried out:
young niece whom he scolds, whom he idolful, discouraging, taking each of us for the 66. Did I not tell you that every thing was izes, and whom he has adopted as a daughter. iurget of his sarcasm, and remaining no longer upside down this evening? There is Laferri- Of course this prospective heiress has inany for us our great instructor and master of scenic ère who is actually making believe to be a suitors, but they all take flight from before efect. genius!'
the diabolical humor of Le Sanglier, except one * At the last dress-rehearsal of the • Che- “We all laughed, and he was satisfied. soft, pertinacious fool who is resolved to win the Taller de Maison Rouge,' he came, unfortunately He had had that time a share in the success. young lady's dowry at all hazards, and who for us, surrounded by some four hundred of "All these little accidents and vexations agrees with the terrible uncle on all points, his flatterers, in the midst of whom he sat did not hinder us from going gayly to take even going so far as to acquiesce in his deceathroned in a front box, from which he gov- supper, at three o'clock in the morning, at the laration that the moon is square in the dayered the affairs on the stage with his power- café of the theatre. While drinking our cham- time and round at night, and that one egg is a ful voice, like a ship-captain commanding his pagne to the healths of our director and of the sufficient breakfast for a man.
authors of Maison Rouge,' I wagered that lady secretly loves her cousin, who is an inde“On this particular evening he was pecul- the piece would draw for one hundred nights, pendent, outspoken young fellow, and who iarly insupportable. The piece no longer ap- a dazzling number at that epoch.
finally gets into a violent quarrel with his peared to him as a well-defined and brilliant bió l'll take your wager for twenty,' said a uncle after contradicting him on all points. abole, it seemed to him to be dull, cold, and voice that seemed to proceed from the ill- “Come to my arms!” cries Le Sanglier, to the immoderately long. Being very impression- lighted depths of the room. We all turned amazement of his young adversary. “I have able and, consequently, easily discouraged, he round; it was Dumas, who was nursiog his been seeking everywhere for a man with a will thought that he discerned a certain embarrass- gloom in company with a bone of cold mut- of his own, and you shall be the husband of beat among the little audience, and natural- ton.
my niece!” This pretty trifle was admirably lyse threw all the blame of this unpleasant “ Melingue and I went to him, and offered played by Landrol Achard and bewitching litimpression upon us. I appeared to him par- him a glass of champagne.
tle Marie Legault.
LUCY H. HOOPER. tcalarly detestable, and he selected me as the "Twenty representations only !' cried Meobject of his carping and his epigrams.
lingue— do you mean it?' At last we came to the scene when Mau- 666 The piece will draw for twenty nights,' ria Linday (myself) leaps through the win
OUR LONDON LETTER. repeated Dumas, looking round; "and then any of the pavilion to arrest Maison Rouge. you, my children, will draw for eighty more!' You may like to know who wrote the long When I attempted to scale the window I found “We hastened, then, to gather around review in the Athenæum of the "Memoirs of that the sill was placed too high, and I stopped him, happy to find him alone and without his General William T. Sherman." It was my short. Dumas called to me:
court—that is to say, to find our own, our real friend Major Kinollys, the brother of the Prince 4. Well, well! go on-jump in!' Dumas again.
of Wales's private secretary-a gallant gentle"I indicated from afar the obstacle to him, "We were all wrong: the 'Chevalier de man, who has seen much service in India, and bat, as I was certain to be wrong in his eyes, Maison Rouge' had over two hundred consec- who is our Inspector-General of Ordnance, a dialogue ensued between us which for five utive representations.”
By-the-way, I ought to mention that the major
But the young
highly lauds, as a whole, both the book and among us. It will, doubtless, become popular “Society”—he was always called Tom by his its author, as these final paragraphs will show: gradually, as Mr. Tennyson thinks his “Queen intimates-ever wrote. A very affecting epis* That General Sherman is a bold, able Mary” will.
tle it is. It is written in pencil, and is adleader, a skillful strategist and tactician, as One of the most pleasant entertainments dressed to a friend of mine whose wife had well as an admirable organizer and adminis- in London just now is that which is given just died. “I feel, dear boy, it will not be trator, these volumes show. We are, however, nightly at the Egyptian Hall by Miss Emily long ere I follow your beloved wife myself," bound to bear in mind that he invariably had Faithfull and Miss Ella Dietz, a young coun- wrote Robertson. “But cheer up, old felthe big battalions on his side, and that so vast trywoman of yours. Miss Faithfull gives | low; there's something better, I hope, in store were the resources of the North that he could readings from the works of your native bards for all of us." A few hours afterward he was always afford to lose two to one without his Bryant, Whitman, Longfellow, Will Carleton, dead! Robertson's character, by-the-way, was numerical superiority being much affected. etc.; while Miss Dietz plays very charmingly a strangely contradictory one. At one time he Still, he deserves credit for his successes, and in a little comedietta she has adapted from the was gentle as a child; at another full of blashis reflections on the military lessons of the French, and called “ Lessons in Harmony." | phemy! war are worthy of attentive consideration. You have, I know, bad an opportunity of hear- Mr. William Gilbert, the author of that
“ The literary merits of the book before us ing Miss Faithfull read, therefore I need not powerful novel, “ Shirley Hall Asylum," is are considerable. The narrative is clear and dwell on her elocutionary powers. These are about to make a sojourn in Egypt, with the concise, and four years of military operations as great as ever; indeed, I think that, if any object of collecting (and publishing) the early on a gigantic scale are described in fewer thing, her voice is more mellow and flexible Christian legends which there abound. Tho words than are required by some authors in than it was when she visited your shores. Mr. Gilbert I refer to, let your readers note, is writing the history of a couple of battles. The How pathetically she reads Walt Whitman's not the famous dramatist and author of " The style is, however,” adds Major Knollys, who lines on the death of Abraham Lincoln-one Bab Ballads," but his able père. In this case I know has a strong objection to some of your of the most beautiful lyrics extant, in your the son's celebrity has quite overshadowed the colloquial phrases, “full of slang and vulgar- humble servant's opinion. Yet, there are father's. A proof in point: the son's biograisms." .” “We expected something better from some who say that the “ divine afflatus" is
phy appears in “Men of the Time," while the one who has received the excellent education not Walt's at all !
father's does not. I had occasion to write to of West Point," concludes he.
Major Wellington de Boots—I mean Mr. J. Mr. Gilbert, Sr., the other day, regarding some Signor Salvini is doubtless well pleased S. Clarke-will begin an engagement at the magazine - work. “Ob," said he, jocularly, with his visit to our shores. All along he bas Haymarket on the 21st of August, which re- the moment he saw me, “I suppose you've been triumphant. If his Hamlet was not con- minds me that a far abler comedian, a far more made a mistake, and wanted to see my son!" sidered by us so good as his Othello, still the conscientious one, at any rate (let me put it But I had not. personation was widely praised. Indeed, the that way), than Mr. Clarke, is, as I dare say Mr. Hepworth Dixon has changed his pubsignor has been puffed and lauded, banqueted you have heard, about to cross over to you- lishers. His forthcoming work on your counand dinnered to repletion. Why, even Macready Mr. George Honey, at present playing Graves try-it will dwell on the war of races, and be or the elder Kean never had such glowing criti- in “6 Money" at the Prince of Wales's. Mr. entitled “ White Conquest: America in 1875" cisms written on them. Enthusiastic to the George Belmore, too, who, as Newman Noggs - will be issued, not by Messrs. Hurst & last degree was the tremendous audience on in “ Nicholas Nickleby," is one of the great Blackett, but by Messrs. Chatto & Windus, the occasion of the famous tragedian's farewell attractions at the Adelphi just now, is also on Mr. Hotten's successors. Much new matter benefit at the "Lane" the other day. He the point of visiting you—that is, if Mr. Chat- will appear in it, Mr. Dixon's letters to the Britplayed Othello, and, in the course of the even- terton will only let him. That gentleman has ish press while he was last among you forming, was almost smothered with bouquets. Af- applied for an injunction to restrain him from ing, as it were, only the corner-stone. ter the performance, too, he was presented going, on the ground that he (Mr. Belmore) is
WILL WILLIAMS. with a handsome silver snuff-box, that had breaking an agreement. The case is pending; been subscribed for by the members of the but I hope for your and my readers' sakes that orchestra. Better than all, he has “netted”- Mr. Belmore will gain the day, for I am sure I believe “petted” is the proper word-some he would delight you and them “muchly," to thousands of pounds by his short engagement use the great Artemus's phrase. here. The general opinion is that Mr. George
GRADUATED ATMOSPHERES. A great many new books are in the press Rignold's acting has been improved by his or on the “stocks." For instance, “ George American visit; I know you'll like to hear
THE mean distance of the planet Mercury Eliot”-tbat is, Mrs. George Henry Lewes- that. At present he is playing Lord Clancarty
from the sun is about 37,000,000 miles, is about to give us another novel of English at the Queen's. On the opening night of this, and that of the planet Neptune about 2,850. midland life; Mr. George Augustus Sala, the his first engagement since his return, he was 000,000 miles. If, then, the sun is simply a famous “special” and leader - writer of the received with hurrahs, cheers, and waving of vast, incandescent body, diffusing light and Daily Telegraph-he boasts that he has written handkerchiefs. Yes, it was an enthusiastic
heat like an ordinary fire, it is obvious that, ever so many thousands of leaders for that scene : wherefore the young actor made a lit
unless there are some modifying circum. journal-a volume on “ Cookery in its His- tle speech, in which he referred with obvious
stances, the degree of light and heat to which torical Aspects;” Mr. Smiles, “ Lives of the pride to his transatlantic tour. Altogether, Engineers," a companion to “ Self-Help,” to however, his remarks were by no means judi- Mercury is subjected is immeasurably more be entitled “Thrift;" Mr. John Forster, Dick- cious: they smacked of over-confidence and
intense than that experienced by Neptune, ens's biographer, a “Life of Swift"-a "life" egoism. But there-one can't wonder at that! and that the animal and vegetable life of the which will contain no end of hitherto unpub- After the fuss you made over him, the only one planet is utterly impossible to the other. lished matter in the sbape of letters, etc.; marvel is that he doesn't look down on Irving | Presuming both planets to be inhabited, this Dr. Doran, the editor of Notes and Queries, and Salvini.
would seem to involve a special creation for a volume of Sir Horace Mann's correspondence Signor Arditi will conduct the Promenade
each. But here we are embarrassed by the (Sir Horace was our embassador at Florence Concerts—they begin on the 7th of August, consideration that all the members of our in Horace Walpole's day); the young Earl of at Covent Garden this year. We are prom
syetem obey what appear to be universal Mayo, son of the late Viceroy of India, “Sport ised great things. Last year they were con
laws; and that, with but one exception, they in Abyssinia;" Lady Hobart, the life and ducted by Hervé, of Chilperic” renown, writings of her late husband, the erst Governor who wielded the bâton in a depressingly spir
are similarly shaped; while the revelations of Madras ; Mr. J. Eglington Bailey, the ser- itless and unenergetic way. Talking of Covent
of the spectroscope seem to invite the conmons of that worthy old divine, Thomas Ful- Garden reminds me that the great feature of
clusion that their constituents are identical ler; and Mr. R. G. Haliburton, some essays the just-closed opera-season there has certainly in the main. Assuming these three precise on colouial subjects.
been the “first performance on any stage" of facts as a basis of induction, we ought reaThe opera-season is drawing to a close. Mademoiselle Thalberg. That young lady has sonably to verge toward the conviction that Covent Garden was shut up a few days ago, already become a big favorite with us. She
throughout the whole of our system there is and “ Old Drury's" doors will soon be bolted has entranced us with her singing, and charmed
a corresponding homogeneity in animal and also. At it, we have just had “Lohengrin” us with her looks. The last time I was at the again, with Madame Christine Nilsson as Elsa "Garden”-mademoiselle sustained Zerlina
vegetable life, and something like an equable di Brabante ; Titiens as Ortrudo ; Signor Ga- in "Don Giovanui” on the occasion-quite
distribution of light and heat. At this point, lassi in Frederico di Tebramondo; and Signor twenty bouquets were thrown to her.
however, in steps the commonly - received Campanini in the title rôle. The “music of the Just now I was shown the last letter that theory of the great central fire of the sunfuture" is certainly making its influence felt Tom Robertson, the author of "Caste” and a theory that seems to interfere with the
Science, Invention, Viscovery.