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eagerly sought from the fact that he drew Job saw it; Squeers saw it; Garibaldi saw | followed the patient Job-trying to enjoy the largely from precedents in his own experi- it; and after six weeks of sight believed scenery and the Contemporary Review in turns,
He was called the Fireman because more thoroughly than ever that, as a rule, but everlastingly dosed with the peculiar he wore a red shirt, but he belped, also, to human nature lives pretty well up to the doc- phraseology of Dirty Mart. quench love-flames. trine of total depravity.
Nimrod, ever on the alert for deer, ducks. The fourteenth and last of the party was It was up Saranac Lake that our fleet of and feathered fowl of every descriptionthe one great enthusiast for hunting and fish
ats ploughed their way to Corry's, rowed by John Grover-a man who took de ing, whom our expedition was always proud where we halted for the night. Enis, our light in telling of past successes, and in to renuember. His name was Nimrod, the Indian guide, went first with Bildad and Zo- prophesying, Cassandra-like, a dismal and usmighty hunter. He was always bright and phar, two friends of patient Dr. Job. We propitious future. Last of all came Sammy hopeful about the weather. Every new day's | might add " So-phar, so good ”—but we are Dunning, bringing with bim the camp equi. rain was a clearing-up shower. Every new opposed to the habit of punning, and do not page and provisions. lake was "the great place for fish.” Every intend to spoil the otherwise classical char- Sammy was a very reminiscent character, new camping-ground was the promised land acter of this article with poor jokes. We full of stories, which he shot off one by one of venison.
doubt very much, however, if the untutored in a general blaze of brilliant description, “ Thorough bush,
mind of this Indian was burdened with the with a Roman-candle-like effect, a stream of Thorough brier,
sight of God in the clouds, or the hearing of colored stories always issuing forth whenever Over lake,
him in the wind according to Alexander he was started.
Pope's description of the genus Indian. At He was very severe on Bostonians :
least we would not have thought of this with- thought the modern Athens was a one-borse
out the poet's assistance. It was never a place, and was merry over bis account of a Nimrod always dreaded the Sundays, while
basilar trait of this guide to call our atten- party he bad recently from that place, who the guides rejoiced in them, but not for devo- tion to clouds or wind as in any way a sym- would go out night-hunting, and shot wat tional reasons. At ten o'clock every Sunday ! bol of the unknowable. Then came Oliver they thought was a large deer, but were wait. all hands would march into the large tent, Twist and the Fireman, in a boat rowed by a ed upon in the morning by a farmer with a where a full cathedral service, according to the youth who rejoiced in the prophetical name bill for a fine cow they bad shot in the dark Episcopal Church, would be held—every one of Elias. This young man ended and began In this order we moved up Saranac Lake sitting down, however, as there was not room
all important remarks with an appeal to some and over to Round Lake to "Corry's," where for us to stand up. One Sunday, during the
unknown hero or divinity named Goll ! we pitched our tents for the night. As we reading of the sermon, Nimrod fell sound
Close upon this party followed the Divin- landed, we were met by Job and his three asleep, and snored a basso snore, with a full,
ity. Student and the Merchant-Man; they | friends, who informed us, not being as yet deep, rhythmical cadence. We smiled all
were both good-looking young fellows, but, as familiar with the camp lingo, tbat the guides around, preacher and congregation alike, but, I have said before, were both sadly in love were burning a large midge to keep the as he had been out night-hunting all the pre- with the same young lady, and no doubt tried smudges away. Corry's was the scene of Ote vious night, and late into the sacred hours
not to appear jealous of each other as they of Job's friend's sickness (it was Eliphaz tbt of the Sabbath morning, we wisely and char- sat at opposite ends of the boat, and wrote | Temanite, if we remember rightly). itably allowed him to slumber serenely on. letters to her of the beautiful scenery as it He had cholera-morbus, and, though he Suddenly a rifle-shot, from some ungodly appeared to the one of them from the bow
was suffering horribly, still, like Mrs. Vicar. Sabbath - breaking party, was beard, ap- of the boat, and to the other of them from ber, who would never desert her husband, parently very near us, whereupon Nimrod
the stern. Occasionally they would stop the these gentlemen would not desert tbeir bo started up from his slumbers, shouting out, Fireman's boat, nominally to get water or a meopathic principles. There slept the bid“Who fired ?" but, finding himself in the
light for their cigars, but in reality to get a fashioned Medicine Man, rith good točiš environment of Christian worship, at once
quotation right, or to take an ad captandum and cordials wrapped up in his blue military assumed the attitude of the attentive listener hint. They had a bright little French boy cloak; but these gentlemen thoughit if hswith a sanctimonious suddenness which defies
for their guide, whose name was Oliver. A meopathy was good enough to live by it was description. But Nimrod could quote Script. remarkable feature of this guide was his good enough to die by. So, after a council is ure very deftly whenever he wanted to swing
willingness to pick raspberries for his two the dark, they gave their patient two pel'ex the clergy around to his opinions. One very
men whenever there was nothing else to be of aconite in a pail of cold water, which doze rainy day, when the reverend clergy did not
done. After these gentlemen came George was to be repeated every two hours; so E want to go out deer-hunting in the wet, and and Squeers, with a nasal-speaking guide phaz rubbed and rolled all night, and felt la yet loathed the pork and hard-tack in the
named Dave. Garibaldi came next, in a the morning that the aconite had done bis way that the stiff-necked Israelites abhorred
boat rowed by one“ Hanc," a contraction for great good and was just the thing. (Harpa their surplusage of quails, Nimrod remarked,
Henry or Henricus (heuce the final letter c). thought! Good subject for an essay, “ Effect “We cannot expect the Lord to send us a
Hanc did more rowing than any of the other of Imagination and Superstition on the Es deer unless we give ourselves up cheerfully
guides, and was generally worked up about man System.") to the work, for St. Paul tells us that 'the
it, because Garibaldi was so absorbed in the Lord loveth a cheerful giver.'”
preface to “The History of the Inductive Six weeks' camping out, and then hope Sciences” (he never got much beyond the again - this is the rest of our story. T;
preface), that he usually left his bag or shawl Saranac River and Long Lake, over Raquette Book number two in Iomer's “Iliad,"
bundle at the last stopping place and then River to Blue Mountain Lake, loveliest es you will remember, contains an enumeration sent Hanc back for them. So Hanc would go lakes, and back again, shooting and fishing of the forces comprised in that expedition. back, muttering fearful things over the quiet and having hosts of adventures, compris Chapter number two in this Adirondack ad.
surface of the lake, his vigorous rowing the bulk of our doings. Who can forget the venture, by a strange coincidence, contains plainly indicating his disturbed state of night-fires and the roaring, burning pie ditto
mind, while Garibaldi would gather hemlock- trees; the lake ripples by the tents on the “ Arma virumque cano," likewise the ten branches for his tent and exclaim, “Isn't shore, the moonlight views, and the glad su guides who represented many different pbases this delightful ?--such pure air, you know!” prises of success ? who can rightly estirse of uncultured character. They were
Following this party came the Ancient the effect of such an out-door life as this is ple children of Nature," unspoiled by the in- Mariner with Douglas, his guide, generally its recuperating, invigorating infuence ure jurious effects of too much civilization. Ex
known as Dug; then came the Medicine-Nan the tired-out human frame ? actly so! O ye social scientists and politic with the reticent Bill, who chewed tobacco Dr. Weir Mitchell, of Philadelphia, in eis cal economists of the optimist order, as the twenty out of the twenty-four hours in the little tract called “Wear and Tear," skots poet Thomson says
day, and consequently was denied by this us very clearly how the worn-out America, “See here thy pictured life!"
babit the faculty of much talking. Next | by climate and habit of life, paralyzes big
native strength, and must needs seek fresh | goods, and feed him with a spoon, while he building-up power by the rugged life of the opened and shut his mouth like a young EDITOR'S TABLE. heathen or the animal.
robin or a toy nut-cracker. Oliver said he The Lake Superior country is a great field would never go night-hunting again if he
OME one having deplored the lack of a for wasted energies. And six weeks in the lived to be as old as Methuselah. Adriondacks does the work well.
Then one of the party went out on a deerdoubt this, ask any of our party, from Oliver hunt one day, and came home quickly in his
day resort, the Evening Post responded by Twist and Squeers to the Ancient Mariner and boat, having shot bimself in the leg. He saying that we would have places of the kind Nimrod, and they will say with Tom Moore, thought he was going at once, and we were whenever we wanted them badly enough to “Oh, if there's an elysium on earth, all frightened. But—who would believe it?
support them. “ The fact,” it goes on to say, It is this-it is this !" —there was the burnt hole in his pantaloons
“that we have nothing of the sort, while in Talking of poetry, we too bad poetry. where the shot had gone in, and there was
European cities such establishments are altoNimrod shot at a loon all one Saturday to no
the mark on the leg; but, instead of fainting purpose, and the Medicine-Man drew a pict- or carrying on, be quietly waited a while, and
gether a matter of course, suggests a peculiure of the scene and wrote as follows: then went home—like Mark Tapley, keeping arity of American character and babit which " This is the loon so laughing and shy, jolly under the circumstances.
is a very great credit to us as a people. Which Nimrod's dread rifle did often defy ;
As for our adventures, there were hosts When freed from the cares of business, we Whenever he fired she dove so far under, of them. Nimrod never came near a wild
are so well content to remain at home in the To guess where she'd gone to was ever the won- animal of any kind that there wasn't some
enjoyment of domestic pleasures, that not the wonderful story, like that of the beautiful At another time Nimrod fired at a large buck who whistled, no doubt because he was
most enterprising of managers is willing to heron. so happy.
risk bis money in an attempt to win us away “I saw the feathers fly,” said his guide, It was impossible to put such a company from our own firesides by the attractions of John Grover.
together without every day bringing forth its any sort of public establishment whatever. “I told you so," replied Nimrod. own peculiar adventures.
We are a domestic, home-loving people, with “Yes," answered the imperturbable John, But, by-and-by the last day of the vaca. " but they all flew together!”
resources enough within ourselves to make tion came, and, like Hiawatha, saying fareWhereupon the Medicine-Man made a
well to the people, and the forests, and the holidays pleasant without the necessity of picture of the scene, and wrote: heron and Shu-shu-gah, in their haunts among
resorting to public haunts for the purpose “ This is the heron all long-necked and ready, the fen-lands, we
of killing time; and it is a liopeful fact in Which Nimrod bad shot if she'd only held steady,
"parted in the glory,
our national character that we are so." But Nimrod was sure there was no need of tether,
In the purple mists of evening."
We think it indisputable that the AmeriFor the feathers did fly, though they all flew together."
cans are a domestic, bome-loving people, and
HEMLOCKS. Oliver Twist and the Fireman, on their way
that places of public resort are not so freup Saranac Lake to the camping-ground,
quented here as abroad is largely due to that stopped their boat and fired each with a rifle
fact. It is often said that the club cannot at a duck and a mudhen for the greater part I ENEW whosreste era acups and steps to: flourish in American cities as it does in Engan . birds
land, and while many reasons for this bave appeared to mind it at all or to be moved
When leisure met my life as dew meets dust! from the immediate duty of the hour. At last
been given, we are inclined to think that Oliver thought it was only a log, and poked Proud spacious chestnuts verged each wind
our domestic proclivities indicate the princiat it with his oar, whereupon it flew away.
pal cause. Still there are some points to be
And hickories in whose dry boughs winds Tae next day pictures of the above scenes were shrill,
made on the other side. It is scarcely right appeared, with the following lines :
And tremulous white - boled birches. Here, for the Post to assume that our public would
one day, * Behold here the wee little duck
not gather in picture - galleries and Crystal Which the Fireman blazed at in luck ; Strolling beside the scarce-held steed of will,
Palaces on holidays, when we
see them When he said, 'Are you shot?' She replied, 'I am not
Of old primeval hemlocks, living still ! thronging in great numbers to the theatres I'm not such a fool of u duck.'"
on those occasions. There are those who do "Here is the curious old mad-hen
Round it the forest rustled, flashed and throve, Which Oliver Twist thought was wooden,
But here were only silence and much gloom, not go to the theatre, those who dislike the
As though some sorcerer in dead days had For he fired away,
great crowd that gathers in them on holi
wove, But there she did stay,
days, and these would be gratified if there And nothing could move this old mud-hen."
With solemn charms and muttered words of
were some reputable place like the Crystal But where are the adventures ?
A cogent spell that said to time “ Depart!” Palace or the National Gallery of London, Well, one of them was on a Sunday at And locked it in the oblivion of a tomb! Gangeville, when these fourteen unsbaven
where they might spend at least a portion of heroes, in their camping-out costumes, went
Thick was its floor, where scant ferns dared to a holiday. Moreover, the domestic gather
start, to church, and never heird or saw the like.
With tawny needles, and an old spring lay,
ings of Thanksgiving and Christmas do not Another adventure was when Nimrod chased Limpid as crystal in its dusky heart!
usually occur until in the afternoon, and there “beautiful buck ” all night, and heard him
are many persons who, while contemplating whistle as he got away. There
Vaguely enough can language ever say
What sombre and fantastic dreams, for me, with agreeable anticipation the hour of the upon the Merchant-Man and Twist imitated
Held shadowy revel in my thought that day !
social meeting, would be very glad for some Vim, and came home, leaving their Jack-o'lantern behind them, having been frightened
How stern similitudes would dimly be reputable lounging-place where the interven
Of painted braves that grouped about their ing time might be pleasantly passed. On by a bear. The next day, Sunday, Oliver fell
king; in the lake, being frightened as he thought Or how in crimson firelight I would see holidays the theatres are overcrowded, the of the past night. As we had no clothes to
galleries of the picture-dealers are closed, the put him in, we wrapped him up in a big Some ghostly war - dance, whose weak cries
parks are excessively thronged, or else the shawl, and carried him to the tent where the
Weirdly away beyond the grove's dark service was beld. As he couldn't get his
weather is inclement, and bence on these arms out, he looked like an Egyptian mum
Or how I seemed to watch, by that old spring, occasions there are thousands who long for my, or the conventional cherub—all head.
The timid phantom deer steal up to drink!
some agreeable, reputable place where a few We would set him up like a bale of cotton
EDGAR FAWCETT. hours may be profitably passed.
While still believing all that the Post erally very just and accurate, the tenor of its thought of his author, and hence there says about our national foudness for domes. argument being that people are not taught could be no better method than oral reading tic pleasures, we may yet ask how it is that to read in such a way as to fully grasp the of the right kind for teaching pupils to go with foreigners so distinctly a reverse idea meaning of the matter written; but, in as- to the idea, and not to gallop idly and uninteof us is entertained ? English people who suming that elocution or oral reading is ligently over the sentences they are perusite. come to this country repeatedly assert that nothing more than the power of vocal ex. It is true that in some instances elocution is we live in hotels and boarding-liouses, and pression, the writer seems to us wrong. We very little more than sound and expression. that our women disport themselves continu- quote from the article as foliows:
A pupil who is studying to read orally Poe's ally in public. We have no domestic life,
“ Pupils are drilled almost daily in read
“Bells" is concerned principally with its they say. That this assertion is preposter-ing, from the time they are six until they are
ventriloqual effects; but one who attempted ously untrue, that in fact we are peculiarly sixteen, and yet they cannot read. They pass to read aloud Hamlet's soliloquy, “ To be, or i domestic people, we all know to be the over that which to them is intelligible and
not to be," would make havoc with it is be that which is not intelligible alike, without case; but how is it that this wrong judgment discrimination. Words, words merely, are
did not seize its meaning, and express the esshould get abroad? We have already point- their only currency. Professors of elocution, act thought. Mr. Vaile says that “tone, etc.cd out the fact that the reason why club. and teachers of reading, do not impart the
phasis, and inflection, should be only testlife is a feeble exotic with us is because our
power we need. They teach us an accom-
marks to indicate whether the thought is men are too domestic in their tastes for it.
make oral reading a high and important end, fairly lodged in the mind." This is quite And Mr. Nadal, in his charming sketches of while it is simply a means, and should so be true, and in order that tone, emphasis, etc., London social life, makes one statement that used. Our children are taught as though a
may indicate rightly, it is necessary for the indicates why clubs are so flourishing in the
large portion of their existence were to be
reader to discover and comprehend the English metropolis. Few houses, he tells not one-fiftieth of all the reading done by thought which he must express. Mr. Vaile us, are open to visitors, except on set occa. people in ordinary cireumstances is of that
also says that “the great question with our sions The freedom of the social evening call kind. For most of us, it is our intellectual
readers is not, Do we understand others! business in life to understand, to receive, to is not understood there as it is here—and it unload, as it were, that which others have put
but, How to make others understand us." is less enjoyed in New York than in other aboard. At least ability in this line is what Is it not certain that we cannot make otbers American cities. In America, informal visit. we need infinitely more than the mere art of
understand us unless we first understand conveying thought. The number is comparaing makes every house a sort of small club. tively small of those who are called upon to
that which we attempt to espress? The right No young man need resort to a public place create, to body forth the soul either as ora- sort of oral reading is based on right under for entertainment; he is sure of finding many tors or writers. The truth is, within the
standing. It enforces clearness of compreparlors open, the piano uncovered, and the
proper and legitimate sphere of school-read-
hension, promotes accuracy of analysis, comladies in charming toilets prepared to re- should be strictly subordinate to the great end pels the reader to think, and tends to cure ceive all who present themselves. These of acquiring and retaining thoughts. ... to the slovenly habit called short-hand reading facts are proof of our domestic inclinations
acquire the power of obtaining from the print- | --merely glancing over sentences—to which
ed page, and by means of the eye only, ideas —and hence we must ask again, Why in face clearly and quickly. This should be the fore
many readers are prone. of all the evidence are we charged with liv. most thing with every teacher. Tone, eming almost wholly in public ?
phasis, inflection, and general expression, are, Ir not seldom happens that we see with We have asked this question frankly beor should be, only the test-marks to indicate
indifference things said in the papers of a to the teacher whether or not the thought as cause we bave no answer to give. We know
presented by the printed words is fairly public man while he is yet living, wbicb, said there is a large public with us living in ho- lodged in the mind of the learner. This per- on the morrow of his death, would seem to tels and boarding houses, and it is asserted fectly subsidiary character of oral reading and
everybody a sort of sacrilege. The epithets, the actual comprehension of the thought are that this class coming soonest to the notice
for instance, which might have been culled almost entirely lost sight of. The subject is of a stranger he naturally forms the conclu. taught as a fine art, an art of expression only, about the late Vice-President, within a fortsion that our whole people are a boarding the same as music, instead of the art of soul- night of his decease, would have produced a house set. If this is the sole reason for the perceptions, the art of seeing and feeling
general shock, if uttered while bis remains ideas aud sentiinents." English opinion of us in this particular, then
were being borne to his native earth.
Bewe can only say that English travelers are These remarks are justified, perhaps, by fore, there were unjust rancor and partisan simply blind and stubborn fools. All around the sort of elocution that is frequently taunts; after, extravagant panegyric. them are innumerable facts to establish the taught in our schools, but legitimate elocu- one reads the glowing tributes of praise lar. domestic tendency of the great majority of our tion is the very thing to secure the end de- ished over the grave of an eminent man people. At best, hotels and boarding houses sired by Mr. Vaile. Tone and expression are gone, the forgetfulness of antagonisms, the are excessive in a few cities only-where the necessary but not primary things in good impulsive testimony of rivals and opponents occupants are as often foreigners as natives— elocution, the first object being always to to his worth, one cannot but regret that he while commonly it is the pride and delight of discover and express by emphasis and inflec- could not have enjoyed these sweets of an American to own his own roof-tree; and tion the exact meaning of the author under praise while living. Death throws a retrothis, to quote the language of the Post, " is a study.
spective halo over his career; how often most hopeful fact in our national character." It is the special function of elocution does it occur to us that he was just as good
to shape and body forth the meaning of a when we thought ill of him, or failed to apIt is a very general notion that elocution sentence, and this is accomplished first by an preciate him, as he seems to us now that we is simply an art of using the voice, of ex- accurate placing of emphasis, secondly by in. glance back at him across the mysterious pressing feeling by tones, and hence that it flections which shall indicate the shades of chasm! Yet, as we listen to the funeral orais rather an aesthetic than an intellectual ac- thought, and thirdly by tunes which shall ex- tor or the lamenting poet, we have in most complishment. An article in the last Sci. press the feeling or sentiment. Every com- cases an uneasy feeling that the indiscrimi. ENCE MONTHLY, entitled “Reading as an In- petent elocutionist trains himself to look nating panegyric sounds somewbat hollow, tellectual Process," by Mr. E. O. Vaile, is gen- I closely and scrutinizingly for the exact constrained, and insincere. We cannot
wholly believe, as they would have us, that statement by saying: “Oh, yes.
too visionary, but there is no better way to the dead were better than are the living; member well in Paris seeing some prepos. bring the generous purpose of the distinthat the only nearly perfect men were they terous collars, and asking the civil shop-guished Frenchmen engaged in the enterwho have died. Seldom is it, indeed, that woman if they were for fancy dresses. She prise to naught than by laughing at it. We we can enjoy to the full the sad luxury of said no; they were for the New York mar- are bound in courtesy to entertain the spirit unqualified eulogy — when our hearts may ket."
of the proposal in a generous and cordial freely thrill at the glowing words of praise, The charge here made is so often repeat- manner, even if it should so happen that, and echo, "All this is true, at least, of this ed, that we suppose it must be true, but it is like many other great projects, it should man." So it has come to pass that eulogy somewhat singular that in some other things prove to be impracticable. Instead of sneer. has become cheap and formal, and thereby a distinctly reverse action is at work, foreign ing at the proposition, it would be better for loses its chief value as spurring to emula- articles needing modification and simplyfy- us to take bold of it and help it along. tion and teaching by example.
ing for the American market. We learn that Great achievements come only of great deThe sadly-ludicrous contrast between what wall-paper manufactured in this country from signs. It may be thought, perbaps, that if is said of a man the day before, and what | French designs has to be modified and toned such a statue is to be erected at all, the task the day after his death, is double lesson. We down to suit the American taste. French should be undertaken by ourselves—and cer. are too much in the habit of depreciating furniture, with its excess of gilding, has only tainly it would be preferable for some reathe characters, impugning the motives, ex- recently come into use in this country, and sons that a grand monument of the kind aggerating the weaknesses of our opponents. so far it remains an exotic, seen in a few should be a product of our own love of liberThe hostile politician is too prone to charge pretentious parlors only. Confronting it, and ty and zeal in art—but as this cannot be the dishonest ambition; the hostile critic to im- spreading much more rapidly, is the taste for case, let us accept with good grace the noble pute plagiarism and to magnify slips of the what is called Eastlake furniture, the severe testimonial of our Gallic friends. The read. pen; the rival artist to suggest charlatanry. and substantial features of which are much er who may care to learn further particulars Is it not a sort of remorse which impels us, more consonant to our national likings. In of this project will find a few details of it as soon as a man dies, to rush to the other fact, it is only those of our people who have in the department of “Arts." estreme, and burden his memory with “every lived abroad, or those wbo are here directly virtue under heaven ?" Yet, for the dead under the influence of European example, We have the following from a correthemselves, the reparation comes just too that really appreciate the wonderful bro- spondent at Washington. It may not be late. They cannot enjoy the sweetness of cades, the lowered silks, the gay hangings, known that the Union Club of New York praises from an enemy.
It does them no the satin and gilded sofas, the innumerable transferred its kitchen several months ago good-does it the world ? Might not the articles of household display that come from from the basement to the attic. dead be really more appreciated, and their abroad. The native American taste is too
WASHINGTON, memory held more dear, if it were gently and cold rather than too fond of color. It may
November 29, 1875. tenderly binted that they were mortal, that not be generally known that the white table.
Me. EDITOR : In view of the fact that your
very sensible “ odorless-elevated-culinary-detheir virtues outshone faults ? Meanwhile, ware so commonly used here is manufactured
partment pro ion seems to provoke might we not, with justice and right feeling, abroad expressly for our use, taste there smiles from certain of your readers, it may be carry somewhat of our praise and kind ex- having no liking for chilling table-service. of some satisfaction to you to learn that the pression to the balance kept this side of the Books in France are usually published in pa.
plan is actually being carried out in what is to
be the finest restaurant in this city. The margrave ? There is no nobler emotion than per covers, and hence we cannot make a com
ble building, familiarly known as the “Marble that which prompts a man to utter honest parison between French and American bind. Saloon," opposite Ford's Opera-House, will praises of an antagonist; and there are few, ing; but English book-binding, in those vol.
shortly open as a restaurant, with its kitchen
in the attic-story. Now for the gardens on we hope, who do not read with pleasure, in umes which admit of decorative designs, is
the Opera-House ! a party paper or a sectarian review, a gener- much more showy than ours. Even in library
SUBSCRIBER. ous tribute to one with whose opinions or books the English have no liking—and no aspirations they are at war. Lord Brough. wonder—for the cold, severe sheepskin cov
Literary. am's feigning of death, that he might enjoy i ering which is so much in use here for the the eulogies of his contemporaries, was really more solid kinds of book. It is so commonly
HOLIDAY BOOKS. a sharp satire alike on the excess of abuse assumed by certain critics that American heaped upon the famous living, and the in.
NCE a year, at least, literary criticism
becomes literally “the gay science," discriminating flattery lavished upon the fa- show and
and the critic's surroundings bloom out into mous dead. note these facts on the other side. There are
unwonted splendor. In lieu of the piles of no doubt many other things in which our sober-colored, close-cut, and repellant-looking IN the article in this week's JOURNAL, bome fashions contradict the current theory. volumes which usually confront him, he finds discoursing upon new bonnets and fine
his table spread with books, each of which dresses, occurs the repetition of an assertion It is not altogether unnatural that the
demands a place by itself, wbile sundry spe. very generally current. “ French dresses,"
cially choice volumes, too dainty even for this proposition of Edouard Laboulaye and other
much of exposure, find their way into drawers says the censorious Orestes, who is one of Frenchmen of note, to erect in New York
and other receptacles which are common. the talkers in an animated conversation, Harbor a colossal statue of Liberty, should / ly protected from such intrusion. When “make women simply walking fashion-plates, be received with perplexity and surprise. he comes to explore the interiors of these exaggerations always of the real French But assuredly there is no reason why this
volumes he finds himself involuntarily ex. dresses, which are modest, simple, unpre- daring and unique project should encounter
amining his fingers for lurking possibilities
of ink-stains; the margins are kept sacred tending. Hare you not, in a French shop, derision from our people. It may be true
from pencil-marks; and even the liberal fly. been taken round to a distant counter to that the idea and plan of this colossal statue, leaves fail to betray him into making use of see the fashions 'pour les Américaines ? !! which is to be of bronze a hundred feet high, them.
them. All these phenomenal experiences Whereupon the other speaker confirms this placed on a pedestal of similar height, are convince him that Christmas is approaching;
taste is barbarous and delights in excessive On
noiss contrasts, that it is well to 104
and, yielding to the genial influences of the and were not always piling up monstrous wbich was so popular last season, and, we season and the season's offerings, he smooths structures in honor of their gods." The think, improves upon the model. For ope his scowling brow, corks up his vitriol-bottle, pictures of ceremonials, processions, nautch- thing, the poem is more picturesque, and conand feels almost reconciled in his heart to dances, hunts, and the like, are scarcely less sequently, though the same artists were e. the authors and book-makers who constitute striking; and even the portraits reveal M. gaged in both instances, there is greater va. his usual prey.
Rousselet's keen sense of the picturesque. riety in the illustrations. Miss Hallock, who Comparing the present season with the The letter-press corresponds with the illus. furnishes all the figure-pieces, bas improved last, the publishers seem to have had less trations. Politics and similar topics are not in technique, and has better material to Word faith in the resources or liberality of buyers, touched upon at all; but the author describes upon. “Mabel Martin " unquestionably cor. and the new books are both fewer in number ruins, architecture, natural scenery, court tains the best work she has yet done, and and less costly. Nevertheless, there is a fair ceremonials, royal sports and amusements, work of real excellence in a difficult field variety both in styles and prices, and the in- and the manners and customs of the people, Her drawing is so seldom at fault that tbede. tending book-giver will be hard to please who with a vividness only surpassed by the performity of Esek Harden's figure in the pict cannot find something in our list to meet his formances of his pencil. There is no lack ure on page fifty is surprising; the left leg requirements.
of adventure and excitement, and, altogeth- i looks as if it were stricken with elephantia By far the most sumptuous novelty of the er, the book is scarcely less fascinating to sis. Mr. Moran's landscape-pieces preses season is an imported book, “ India and its read than agreeable to look at.
the well-known qualities of that artist's work, Princes," translated from the French of M.
and many of them are exquisite. The lenti.
ANOTHER translation from the French is Rousselet. M. Rousselet spent nearly six
ment of Nature could hardly be better conyears in India, traveling from point to point, Institutions, Custoins, and Costumes ” (New M. Paul Lacroix's “Eighteenth Century: its
veyed than by the two companion-pictura and staying most of the time at the native York: D. Appleton & Co.). This superb
(“Winter-Days" and "Indian Summer") ok courts, where he was an honored guest. Prob. ably no other European has ever had better work does for the France of the eighteenth pages forty and forty-one, and, merely as
pictures, they are delightful. Hardly leai century what M. Rousselet does for the pa. opportunities of observation, and he has used
charming are Mr. A. R. Waud's titles and tive India of to-day, and on a scarcely less them, as an artist would, to bring before us all
vignettes. As to the engraving, it is enough that is most striking, or picturesque, or beau- splendid scale. It contains twenty-one chro
to say that it was done by Mr. A. F. S ÅR molithographs and three hundred and fifty tiful, or characteristic of life in palaces and
thony, under whose supervision the book wa woodcuts, many of them full-page, after ori. cities as yet untouched by English influence.
prepared. The illustrations of the volume are so numer
ginal works of the most famous artists of
. ous and so fine that they naturally attract
Boucher, Vernet, Chardin, Bouchardon, Mo. ume which, while it is beautiful enough to be the attention first. Many of those repre. sentative of native architecture have prob
reau, Cochin, Debucourt, and Saint-Aubin. classed among “holiday books," has terit
The engraving and printing are in the best of a more solid and permanent character ably never been surpassed in artistic ex
style of the art, and the entire ensemble of “Famous Painters and Paintings," by Mrs cellence. Speaking of these, the London Spectator observes that they will come upon
the book is in the highest degree tasteful and Julia A. Shedd, contains brief biographical
artistic. The “ Eighteenth Century” is one sketches of the great masters of paintiez. the majority of readers like a revelation,
of a series of works in which M. Lacroix aims " " Are these the people, they will say, as
pointing out the distinguishing characterie to present a complete picture of French so- tics of each as an artist, and giving an si: they gaze at the sketches of domed mausoleums, stately palaces, delicious retreats, vast
ciety from its origin, and that of the mon- count of his principal works. The sketches loggias-loftier, airier, and with deeper shad
archy, down to the date of 1789, which are chronologically arranged, and embrace ows than those of Italy--at gardens studded
ushered in a new order of things. “Omit. the leading names from the twelfth to the
ting the general facts of history, properly so with graceful monuments, at lakes whose wa
nineteenth century, so that the book is a}.
most entitled to be called a dictionary of ariters are heavy with the shadows of fairy pal called, and the numerous incidents of war aces, 'whom we have' aocounted barbarians,
and politics, which would have required a biography. In fact, it is more than this: le whom we will not trust with engineers' com
larger scope, the author has confined his la- appended to the sketches is a catalogue
bors to the consideration of manners, cusmissions, who can never rise to the control
comprising a very large number of the priptoms, public and private, costume, arts, sciof any public work? Why, they had archi.
cipal works of the painters mentioned, 18 ences, and literature; and this picturesque the places where those works are not to be tects who were poets, who could build like
and descriptive kind of history seems of a na. Italians of the Renaissance or Egyptians un.
found. Mrs. Shedd has followed good guides der the Pharaohs.' . .. Artists have a trick
ture to satisfy that justifiable curiosity which in her compilation, and her critical comment
characterizes the present epoch, bringing beof drawing Indian buildings as if they had
are temperate and judicious. There is ne fore us as it does a past, the study of which, no human idea in them, or as if they stood
philosophizing and no fine writing; the book in all its varied phases, will help us to form in some atmosphere different from the atmos
sprung from a need experienced by tbe sipliere of this world. M. Rousselet draws
a judgment of the present." Though belong- thor berself, and is designed to afford praca them as if ther were in Italy, until you catcb, plete in itself, and affords a vivid delineation
ing to a series, however, the work is com- cal help at once to the student of art and a as in the sketch of the great hall of Aidin at
the general public. The volume is illustrated of the most brilliant period in the history of Ajmere (p. 210), the idea of the native archi.
with heliotypes of engravings after works by one of the greatest pations of modern times. tect, the wonderful depth of the stone glades
Raphael, Titian, Leonardo da Vinci, Correg he was endeavoring to create; or, as in the Among the books of exclusively American
gio, Albert Dürer, Guido, Rembrandt, VarikDewani Khas of Amber, the coolness, impreg- production, “Mabel Martin ” (Boston: J. R.
lo, and others. There are eighteen of these sion of space, and grandeur, he was deter- Osgood & Co.) is entitled to the first place.
heliotypes, and they give one a new idea di mined to produce; or, as in that of the De- The poem is a new and somewhat expanded
the possibilities of the beliotype process. wani Khas at Digh, his luxurious enjoyment version of Whittier's “The Witch's Daugh. BESIDES new editions of Hamerton's ilof fantastic, superornate, and yet lightsometer,” which was published some years ago in trated books and sundry new jureniks arches. That must be one of the most mar- "The Home Ballads." Doubtless, in its Messrs. Roberts Brothers (Boston) contribut velous halls in the world, and M. Rousselet original form, it is already familiar to many a dainty volume, "The Shepherd Lads," shows us that it is marvelous for beauty, and readers ; in the new version the story remains which Jean Ingelow furnishes the poetry not merely for grotesqueness. He creates substantially the same, while the picturesque while Arthur Hughes, Miss Hallock, Sal E; the impression, which is quite true, that the features bave been developed and the narra- tinge, F. 0. C. Darley, W. L. Sheppard, G. Indian architects were architects who built tive rendered more effective. The literary Perkins, and J. A. Mitchell, furnish tbe ilde to fulfill a purpose, and were not mere dream element is entirely subordinate, bowever, be- trations. The poems are sixteen in nueber ers, sick with a bad mythology, but men who ing introduced simply as a vehicle for the and
are not included in any collection o could make a king's house palatial, and a re- pictures. The entire volume is evidently Miss Ingelow's poetry." They are mostly ception-room imposing, and a fortress awful, modeled on “The Hanging of the Crane," brief, and we cannot say that,
as a whole