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DOUGLAS JERROLD'S WIT: Together with Selections | chiefly from his Contributions to Journals, intended to illustrate his Opinions. Arranged by his Son, BLANCHARD JERROLD. Boston: Ticknor & Fields. 1858. Pp. 243.
DOUGLAS JERROLD has a world-wide reputation among reading people for his witty sayings, "brilliant repartees," the sparks of wisdom which scintillated," the flashes of burning fire which fell from the eloquent tongue that is now mute forever." He abounded in these literary coruscations, for even in the volume before us only a small part of the thousands of brilliant things which he uttered are gathered. We intend to give some goodly specimens from this book as soon as room will permit. The publishers of this volume announce in press a forthcoming life of this renowned man, which the reading public will welcome.
ing her hand; I left the apartment by another door, and found myself on a back staircase, down which I descended without any one taking any notice of me until, as I was looking for my carriage at the outer door, a lackey bustled up, and with a patroniz
ing air, said: 'Lord Lyndhurst, can I do any thing for you?'"
LIVES OF THE REGICIDES.-The mania for writing the "lives" of a certain class of persons widely differing from each other in character, but suscepti ble of being grouped under one category, has been some time prevalent in England, and to it we owe, after Johnson's "Lives of the Poets," (most of whom were not poets at all,) "Lives of the Lord Chancellors," of "The Speakers," etc., etc. "Lives of the Regicides" is now announced by an over-zealous Frenchman, M. de Bussy, and if all cases of political assassination are to figure in his book, he will be simply compiling a martyrology for the disciples of
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HUGH MILLER. BY THOMAS Mazzini. The ancestor of Empress Eugènie, KirkBROWN.
"A star hath left the kindling sky,
Many a planet is on high,
But that hath left the night." New-York. Rudd & Carleton, 310 Broadway. 1858. Pp. 346.
A LIFE of this remarkable man whose history, fame, writings, and untimely exit from the brilliant orbit in which he moved, have excited so wide an interest over two continents, that the announcement of this book of personal history can hardly fail to receive a cordial welcome, and the volume itself a wide circulation.
DEATH OF A FRENCH CELEBRITY.-An illustrious name is now extinct; this week died in retirement, of old age, at Autueil, the last of the Boufflers, nephew of Chevalier de Boufflers, so well known as a bel esprit and poet, once Governor of Senegal, French Academician, and member of the States-General in 1786. The deceased was great-grandson of Marechal Duc de Boufflers, who defended Lille against Prince Eugene and Marlborough. There are so very few genuine representatives of the old noble stock of gentlemen in France, that the few authentic bearers of historic names can be badly spared. We have still Rochefoucaulds, Noailles, and a few remnants of fossil gentility in the Faubourg over the way, and in the wilds of Brittanny; but if the law against usurped titles is really enforced, Paris will awake some fine morning without a Marquis or Viscount to signify.
GOING OUT OF OFFICE.-Lord Lyndhurst tells a good story apropos of his surrender of the great seal in 1846. "When I went to the Palace," says his lordship, "I alighted at the grand staircase; I was received by the sticks gold and silver, and other officers of the household, who called in sonorous tones from landing to landing, and apartment to apartment: Room for the Lord High Chancellor of England.' I entered the presence-chamber; I gave the seals to her Majesty; I had the honor of kiss
patrick, slew Comyn on behalf of Bruce, and made the murder of a rival to the throne " more sikkur” with his dirk. Sisera sleeping had a nail driven into his skull, and in the very chapter preceding that record, Eglon, "King of Moab," was summarily of Holofernes, whose slayer, Judith, lives in the disposed of by a regicide dagger; without mention songs of Israel, the Charlotte Corday of her country. It is a dangerous topic in every sense.-Paris Letter.
NO SUNDAY PRIVILEGES FOR SHAREHOLDERS.The scheme of the Crystal Palace Company for giving an increased value to their shares by the admission of the holders to the Palace on Sunday has been stopped by Vice-Chancellor Page Wood. Mr. Rendall, a shareholder, sought an injunction to prevent the carrying out of the plan, on the ground that Sunday opening is contrary to the Company's charter. The Vice-Chancellor decided that such opening would be a direct violation of the charter; and he granted an injunction.
FAR-FETCHED PROOF OF THE ANTIQUITY OF THE HUMAN RACE-In a paper read before the Royal Society, on 11th February, Mr. Horner, giving an account of researches undertaken near Cairo, with the view of throwing light upon the geological history of the alluvial land of Egypt, stated that a fragment of pottery, now in his possession, an inch square and a quarter of an inch in thickness, the two surfaces being of a brick red color, had been obtained from the lowest part of a boring, thirtynine feet from the surface of the ground. The entire soil pierced consisted of true Nile sediment; and allowing the estimated rate of increase of deposited sediment of three and half inches in a century to be correct, this fragment having been found at a depth of thirty-six feet, is a record of the existence of man 13,375 years before A.D. 1858-11,517 years before the Christian era-and 7625 years from the beginning assigned by Lepsius to the reign of Menes, the founder of Memphis-of man, moreover, in a state of civilization, so far at least as to be able to fashion clay into vessels, and to know how to harden it by the action of strong heat.--Athenæum.
THE CROWN OF QUEEN VICTORIA.-As it may be interesting to our readers, who have heard so much lately about fetes, ceremonies, and the magnificence of upholstery, to know the value of some of the articles used on the occasion, we subjoin the estimated price of the jewels of the crown of state which the Queen wore in St. James's Chapel: The great ruby,
THE FUTURE OF THE MUTINY.-Speculation is rife | butterflies, or flowers or fruit. In later years, the as to the future policy of the rebels. They are some-indulgence of using the colors should only be granted what premature, as it is not absolutely impossible as a reward, after it has shown care and progress in that Sir Colin Campbell may be shut up as Sir Henry its drawings with pencil. Ruskin's Elements of Havelock was, but the two plans attributed to them Drawing. deserve a notice. According to one opinion they will, on the fall of Lucknow, disperse, seck shelter in the 400 forts with which Oude is studded, and there maintain a desultory war. According to another, they will disperse, outmarch us as they have always done, and penetrate by detachments into Central India. In that pestilence nest of rajahlings, newabs, chiefs, independent zemindars, and titled vagabonds of every kind, the materials of insurrection are ready to their hands. They will be able, too, to raise the Bombay army should it be at heart disloyal, and in the very heart of the continent, protected by thousands of square miles of jungle, by the absence of roads, and by their distance from our true basethe sea-they may maintain themselves for months.
It is, of course, impossible to predict what an Asiatic will do, his usual line being to adopt the course most opposed to his obvious interest. For myself, however, I believe the second opinion the more probable. One thing is certain; the majority of the Sepoys disbelieve the fall of Delhi. The Kotah regiments mutinied in consequence of that belief. The 32d Native Infantry considered the storm an invention. The Sepoys at Lahore laugh at the assertions of Government. Even the men at Barrackpore doubt and ask travelers. The unfortunate mistake made with respect to the King, deepens the prevalent impression. Calcutta Letter, Nov. 23.
BYRON'S FIRST LOVE.-In alluding to the death at Brighton, on the 6th ult., of Mrs. Mary Duff, widow of Mr. Robert Cockburn, the Glasgow Herald says: We believe this lady, whose husband was a brother of the late Lord Cockburn, was Lord Byron's first love. The noble poet mentions, in one of his letters, that when a little boy, residing with his mother in Aberdeen, he and Mary Duff' used to walk together under the charge of their female attendants, and that the feeling he then cherished towards her was the first dawn of that passion which, in more mature years, glowed with sufficient intensity. His famous 'Mary,' Miss Chaworth, to whom he addresses that impassioned poem, the 'Dream,' died more than twenty years since. No wonder Byron, in another poem, writes: 'I have a passion for the name of Mary.'
How To FOSTER A TALENT FOR DRAWING-If a child has talent for drawing, it will be continually scrawling on what paper it can get; and should be allowed to scrawl at its own free will, due praise being given for every appearance of care or truth in its efforts. It should be allowed to amuse itself with cheap colors almost as soon as it has sense enough to wish for them. If it merely daubs the paper with shapeless stains, the color-box may be taken away till it knows better; but, as soon as it begins painting red coats on soldiers, striped flags to ships, etc, it should have colors at command; and, without restraining its choice of subject in that imaginative and historical art, of a military tendency, which children delight in, (generally quite as valuable, by the way, as any historical art delighted in by their elders,) it should be gently led by the parents to try to draw, in such childish fashion as Bay be, the things it can see and likes-birds or
The aqua marina,...
Notwithstanding the enormous mass of jewelry, the crown weighs only nineteen ounces ten pennyweights. It measures seven inches in height from the gold circle to the upper cross, and its diameter at the rim is five inches.
A MOHAMMEDAN OPINION OF OUR NATIONAL
CHARACTER.—I may now sum up the character of the English by saying they are entirely submissive to the law and obedient to the commands of their superiors. Their sense of patriotism is greater than that of any nation in the world. Their obedience, trust, and submission to the female sex are far be yond the limit of moderation. In fact, the freedom granted to womankind in this country is great, and the mischief arising from this unreasonable toleration is most deplorable.—Autobiography of Lutfullah.
A TELEGRAPHIC LINE is to be commenced forthwith between Marseilles and Constantinople. The wires will pass by the Hyères Islands to Corsica. and so on from island to island till they reach Constantinople.
A FEW days ago, at Havre, a boa constrictor. received from Brazil, laid an egg, and almost immediately a serpent about one and a half feet long issued from it. No preparations having been made to receive the young boa, it died soon after of cold.
M. BOISSONADE, the distinguished Hellenist, has just died in Paris, at the age of eighty-three. He was professor of Greek literature at the Faculty of Letters, and was the oldest member of the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres.
DR. LIVINGSTONE'S VOYAGE. Sir Roderick Murchison has received letters from Dr. Livingstone. the latest date being Sierra Leone, March 30. The party were to sail that day for the Cape. The voyage of the Pearl had been a very favorable one; and of his companions the Doctor says: "I am very thankful to have such a lot. There seems to be none of the cantankerous persuasion among them. Long may they continue so! Every thing has been propitious hitherto, and I trust we shall have the Divine blessing on our labors." Sierra Leone, Dr. Livingstone was informed, has been much healthier during the last ten years than previously, owing, he thinks, to the drainage of Kroo Town, accomplished by the present Govenor, Colonel Hill.
THE publication of the elegant and compendious French memoir of Dr. Channing, which we have placed at the head of this article, is scarcely likely, we think, to answer satisfactorily what is obviously and pointedly the authoress's immediate purpose. The French people are now permanently living-at least as regards their social and political life-under what, according to Paley's definition, may be termed a high sense of "obligation;" in other words, they are 66 urged by a violent motive resulting from the command of another." But to the student and disciple of Dr. Channing "obligation" of this kind appears to be rather a condition
*Channing, sa Vie et ses Euvres; avec une Préface par M. Charles de Rémusat. 1857.
Paley's Natural Theology. Edited by Lord Brough
am and Sir C. Bell. 3 vols. 1855.
Paley's Moral and Political Philosophy, book ii. chap. ii.
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of disease than an element of happiness; and mourning over the choked-up springs of spiritual liberty in France, our authoress obviously desires to bring a profound moral and religious influence to dispel what she no doubt truly regards as a profound moral and religious insensibility. But we greatly doubt whether-notwithstanding the vivid and constant interest in the destinies of France which Dr. Channing's life and writings display-his be the kind of faith and teaching to take a powerful hold even of the most cultivated portion of the French people. There can be no doubt that that clear simplicity of mind and intellect, which seems to some extent an American, and certainly a New-England characteristic, might give him great advantages with a French audience; and there can be no doubt at all that the one central enthusiasm of his life is likely to appeal powerfully at the pre