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instigated by dire revenge, went groping about his apartment in search of one musquito, which had been singing in his half-dreaming ear, and occasionally giving him a nip, for many weary hours in succession. At length he discovered his victim reposing indolently on the wall, by the side of the looking-glass, his body distended with his sanguinary spoils. He murdered the predatory rascal on the spot! - and never after did he forget the exultant savage expression which his face presented, as he caught its reflection in the mirror. Concentrated liate, glutted revenge, glared from his eye and purpled his compressed lips. He had done the deed! Here is a 'song' put into the mouth (or bill) of a musquito by some western wag, which has tickled our fancy even as the singer has often tickled our ears : • In a summer's night I take my flight
• But at eve I sally forth again
To tickle the sleepless ear;
In the season of the year.
•The warm red blood that tints their cheeks
To me is precious dear,
In the season of the year.
On the chamber wall about I crawl,
Till the landlord goes to bed;
To light upon his head.
•When I get my fill, I wipe my bill,
0 I love to see the fellow slap, And sound my tiny horn;
And I laugh to hear him sneer;
For 'tis my delight to buzz and bite,
In the season of the year.' The clever sketch of • The Religious Horse-Jockey,' (which is a little too 'free-andeasy' in its style to warrant its insertion in this Magazine,) reminds us of Mr. IRVING'S character of · Aunt Barbara,' in his capital story of • Ralph Ringwood.' If any thing went wrong, the old woman would take it to heart, and sit in her room and cry; until a few chapters in the Bible would quiet her spirits, and make all calm again. The Bible in fact was her constant resort whenever she was vexed. She opened it indiscriminately; and whether she chanced among the lamentations of JEREMIAH, the canticles of SoloMON, or the rough enumeration of the tribes in Deuteronomy, a chapter was a chapter, and operated like balm to her soul. How many “good people' read the Holy Book in a similar manner!... Our contemporary, the · Broadway Journal,' speaking of ' Eothen,' and there about especially' of its authenticity, which it appears has been doubted by persons who knew nothing of the matter, says: “It has been attributed to a barrister named TREVILIAN, and we have no doubt that it is a perfectly true book.' The - Journal is mistaken in its impression as to the true paternity of the work. Our correspondent at Constantinople, in a recent letter to us, observes : ‘Allow me to recommend to you a book lately published, written by a Mr. White. It describes Constantinople better than any work I have ever seen.' The work alluded to is . Eothen.' . Soap, it is most likely, would be regarded by the million as inferior to the stars or the elements, as a theme for poetry. Let all such however perpend the following, which is only a fair specimen of the advertising rhymes that one encounters now-a-days in the public journals : "She wore a face of pimples
*And once again I met her -
No pimples now were there ;
But her face was clear and beautiful,
And her neck was white and fair ;
And standing by her side was one
She sought, and not in vain,
To use a cake of Jones's Soap
And euse her mind from pain!' What lady can hereafter sing. She wore a Wreath of Roses,' without thinking of JONES, and eke of soap?' . : . The paper upon the Received Laws of Planetary Motion' may possibly startle some of our scientific readers; but they will find, we think, that our correspondent propounds certain queries which it will require some little reflection, and a new argument or two, satisfactorily to answer. If the objections advanced to the received theory of planetary motion can be sustained by sound or even plausible arguments, it is incumbent upon the advocates of that theory to explain certain ascertained and universally
admitted facts that seem to conflict directly with its trutlı ; such for instance as the uni. form and rapid rotary motion of the sun, and of all the planets and their satellites belonging to the system. Astronomers, how eminent soever they may be, are liable to mistakes. Lord Rosse's new telescope has already exposed two or three long-received errors in relation to the nebulæ of the far-heavens, which are now distinctly resolved into stars of various magnitudes and distances. Remarkable discoveries have been made in the moon by the vast instrument to which we have alluded. An eminent astronomer gives it as his opinion, that under favorable circumstances of atmosphere, etc., an edifice no larger than a common dwelling-house may be easily seen in that orb! We shall hear more of these wonderful developments hereafter, : . . THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF DESIGN will receive some attention at our hands in our next number. When all our contemporaries are pouncing upon the exhibition, to say their say'at the earliest moment, it may not he amiss for one periodical to wait for an opportunity to say a few words touching the pictures, when there is nobody else talking about them, and when a long 'silence' may seem to 'give consent.' . . . 'A Frenchman Learning English' involves several very ancient jokes, and is moreover unjust in its implication of Gallic awkwardness.' Gallic awkwardness! We should like an Englishman or an American to compose any thing in the French language, after a limited residence in Paris, to compare with the sonorous English written by Professor GOURaud, in his late work on Phreno-Mnemotechny. Let our correspondent read pages 448, 452, and 468, and he will obtain an inkling of 'Gallic awkwardness' in conquering the English vernacular. By the by, we are not surprised to learn that the first large edition of Professor GOURAUD's valnable work is nearly exhausted, and that a second is in progress of preparation for the press. We told you so.',· · · The · Editor hereof is preparing a volume for the press, which in its externals will be all that could be desired, to be entitled 'Old Knick.'s Table-Book, or the Omissions and Commissions, Fore-thoughts and After-thoughts of the last Fifteen Years.' Friends! there will be cherished fancies which to us have been pleasant; many matters which have made us smile, and some that have made us weep; memories of the past, and hopes of the future ; in the compass of that little volume. 'An' you love us,' signify to your nearest book-seller, and all your acquaintances, that our little book may be ordered of Messrs. BURGESS, STRINGER AND Company by and by. Will our brother -editors of the public press oblige us by announcing. Old Knick.'s Own ?'. We have bestowed, as directed, the paper entitled . Na Admirari Critics.' In one instance, at least, we recognize a passage of faintly-disguised personality, which would at once be detected and applied. If there be such persons in reality as our correspondent depicts, they are their own sufficient punishment. They who can please nobody are less to be pitied than those whom nobody can please. · MESSRS. Burgess, SPRINGER AND COMPANY, have published the first volume of a ' Library of Select Literature,' under the supervision of the Editor of this Magazine, entitled, “The Knickerbocker Sketch-Book.' The volume here referred to contains two hundred and and fifty pages; is printed upon fine, thick paper, and with large, clear, open types; and bound in neat and tasteful covers. It is retailed at fifty cents a copy. The following are the contents : “The First Locomotive;' The First Locomotive at the Rocky Mountains, by WASHINGTON IRVING; The Blank-Book of a Country School-Master, by HENRY W. LONGFELLOW; The Early Experiences of Ralph Ringwood, by WASHINGTON JRVING ; Story of the Skeleton in Armor, by Longfellow; Peter Cram, or the Row at Tinnecum; a Sketch of Long-Island ; Guests from Gibbet-Island, a Legend of Communipaw, by WASHINGTON IRVING; Childhood, (a noble essay;) The Iron Foot-Siep, by John WATERS; Mountjoy, or Some Passages out of the Life of a Castle-Builder, by GEOFFREY CRAYON; and The Married Man's Eye. Reader, you will like this volume. There are several reasons why you will like it why it cannot but be to you a pleasant companion. In the first place, it has abundant variety; and in the next place, the matters that form that variety are the very best of their kind, and from several of the most popular writers known in the United States. Try 'fifty-cents' worth’ of our first venture' on the great ocean of lite
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