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LITERARY MISCELLANI E S.
DOUGLAS JERROLD'S WIT: Together with Selections / ing her hand; I left the apartment by another door,
chiefly from his Contributions to Journals, intended and found myself on a back staircase, down which to illustrate his Opinions. Arranged by his Son, I descended without any one taking any notice of BLANCHARD JERROLD. Boston: Ticknor & Fields. me until, as I was looking for my carriage at the 1858. Pp. 243.
outer door, a lackey bustled up, and with a patronize DOUGLAS JERROLD has a world-wide reputation ing air, said: 'Lord Lyndhurst, can I do any thing among reading people for his witty sayings,
for you?' » liant repartees," the sparks of wisdom which scin- LIVES OF THE REGICIDES.—The mania for writtillated, ** the flashes of burning fire which fell from ing the “ lives” of a certain class of persons widely the eloquent tongue that is now mute forever.” He differing from each other in character, but susceptiabounded in these literary coruscations, for even in ble of being grouped under one category, has been the volume before us only a small part of the thou- some time prevalent in England, and to it we owe, sands of brilliant things which he uttered are gath- after Johnson's “Lives of the Poets," (most of whom ered. We intend to give some goodly specimens were not poets at all,) " Lives of the Lord Chancelfrom this book as soon as room will permit. The lors," of "The Speakers,” etc., etc. “ Lives of the publishers of this volume announce in press a forth- Regicides" is now_announced by an over-zealous coming life of this renowned man, which the reading Frenchman, M. de Bussy, and if all cases of political public will welcome.
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.
patrick, slew Comyn on behalf of Bruce, and made " A star hath left the kindling sky,
the murder of a rival to the throne " more sikkur" A lovely northern light;
with his dirk. Sisera sleeping had a nail driven Many a planet is on high,
into his skull, and in the very chapter preceding that But that hath left the night."
record, Eglon, “King of Moab," was summarily New-York. Rudd & Carleton, 310 Broadway. of Holofernes, whose slayer, Judith, lives in the
disposed of by a regicide dagger; without mention 1858. Pp. 346.
songs of Israel, the Charlotte Corday of her country. A LIFE of this remarkable man whose history, fame, It is a dangerous topic in every sense.—Paris Letter. writings, and untimely exit from the brilliant orbit in which he moved, have excited so wide an interest
NO SUNDAY PRIVILEGES FOR SHAREHOLDERS. over two continents, that the announcement of this The scheme of the Crystal Palace Company for giv. book of personal history can hardly fail to receive a ing an increased value to their shares by the admis. cordial welcome, and the volume itself a wide circu- sion of the holders to the Palace on Sunday has been lation.
stopped by Vice-Chancellor Page Wood. Mr.
Rendall, a shareholder, sought an injunction to DEATH OF A FRENCH CELEBRITY.–An illustrious prevent the carrying out of the plan, on the ground name is now extinct; this week died in retirement, that Sunday opening is contrary to the Company's of old age, at Autueil
, the last of the Boufflers, charter. The Vice-Chancellor decided that such nephew of Chevalier de Boufflers, so well known opening would be a direct violation of the charter; as a bel esprit and poet, once Governor of Senegal, and he granted an injunction. French Academician, and member of the States-General in 1786. The deceased was great-grandson of
FAR-FETCHED PROOF OF THE ANTIQUITY OF THE Marechal Duc de Boufflers, who defended Lille HUMAN RACE.--In a paper read before the Royal against Prince Eugene and Marlborough. There Society, on 11th February, Mr. Horner, giving an are so very few genuine representatives of the old account of researches undertaken near Cairo, with noble stock of gentlemen in France, that the few the view of throwing light upon the geological hisauthentic bearers of historic names can be badly tory of the alluvial land of Egypt, stated that a spared. We have still Rochefoucaulds, Noailles, fragment of pottery, now in his possession, an inch and a few remnants of fossil gentility in the Fau- square and a quarter of an inch in thickness, the bourg over the way, and in the wilds of Brittanny; two surfaces being of a brick red color, bad been but if the law against usurped titles is really enforc- obtained from the lowest part of a boring, thirtyed, Paris will awake some fine morning without a nine foet from the surface of the ground. The entire Marquis or Viscount to signify.
soil pierced consisted of true Nile sediment; and
allowing the estimated rate of increase of deposited GOING OUT OF OFFICE.—Lord Lyndhurst tells a sediment of three and half inches in a century to be good story apropos of his surrender of the great seal correct, this fragment having been found at a depth in 1846. "When I went to the Palace," says his of thirty-six feet, is a record of the existence of man lordship, “ I alighted at the grand staircase; I was 13,375 years before A.D. 1858–11,517 years before received by the sticks gold and silver, and other the Christian era-and 7625 years from the beginofficers of the household, who called in sonorous ning assigned by Lepsius to the reign of Menes, the tones from landing to landing, and apartment to founder of Memphis-of man, moreover, in a state apartment: 'Room for the Lord High Chancellor of of civilization, so far at least as to be able to fashion England.' I entered the presence-chamber ; I gave clay into vessels, and to know how to harden it by the seals to her Majesty ; I had the honor of kiss- I the action of strong heat.--Athenæum.
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, seek shelter THE CROWN OF QUEEN VICTORIA.- As it may be in the 400 forts with which Oude is studded, and interesting to our readers, who have heard so much there maintain a desultory war. According to an- lately about fetes, ceremonies, and the magnificence other, they will disperse, outmarch us as they have of upholstery, to know the value of some of the always done, and penetrate by detachments into articles used on the occasion, we subjoin the estimat. Central India. In that pestilence nest of rajahlings, ed price of the jewels of the crown of state which newabs, chiefs, independent zemindars, and titled the Queen wore in St. James's Chapel: vagabonds of every kind, the materials of insurrection The great ruby,
.£10,000 are ready to their hands. They will be able, too, to
The uqua marina,..
Twenty diamonds round the circle, (£1500 each,) 30,000 raise the Bombay army should it be at heart disloyal, Two large center diamonds, (2000 each,)..
4,000 and in the very heart of the continent, protected by Four crosses, each composed of 25 diamonds, .... 12,000 thousands of square miles of jungle, by the absence
Four large diamonds on the top of the crosses,.. 40,000
Twenty-six diamonds contained in the fleur de lis, 12,000 of roads, and by their distance from our true base- Pearls and diamonds on the arches and crosses,. 14,000 the sea-they may maintain themselves for months. It is, of course, impossible to predict what an
£134,000 Asiatic will do, his usual line being to adopt the
Notwithstanding the enormous mass of jewelry, course most opposed to his obvious interest. For the crown weighs only nineteen ounces ten pennymyself, however
, I believe the second opinion the weights. It measures seven inches in height from more probable. One thing is certain ; the majority the gold circle to the upper cross, and its diameter of the Sepoys disbelieve the fall of Delhi. The at the rim is five inches. Kotah regiments mutinied in consequence of that
A MOHAMMEDAN OPINION OF OUR NATIONAL belief. The 32d Native Infantry considered the storm an invention. The Sepoys at Lahore laugh at CHARACTER. – I may now sum up the character of the assertions of Government. Even the men at the English by saying they are entirely submissive Barrackpore doubt and ask travelers. The unfor- to the law and obedient to the commands of their tunate mistake made with respect to the King, deep- superiors. Their sense of patriotism is greater than ens the prevalent impression. - Calcutta Letter,
that of any nation in the world. Their obedience, Nov. 23.
trust, and submission to the female sex are far be
yond the limit of moderation. In fact, the freedom Byron's First Love.—In alluding to the death granted to womankind in this country is great, and at Brighton, on the 6th ult., of Mrs. Mary Duff, the mischief arising from this unreasonable tolerawidow of Mr. Robert Cockburn, the Glasgow Herald tion is most deplorable.—Autobiography of Lutfullah. says: We believe this lady, whose husband was a brother of the late Lord Cockburn, was Lord
A TELEGRAPHIC LINE is to be commenced forthByron's first love. The noble poet mentions, in one with between Marseilles and Constantinople. The of his letters, that when a little boy, residing with wires will pass by the Hyères Islands to Corsica. his mother in Aberdeen, he and Mary Duff used and so on from island to island till they reach Conto walk together under the charge of their female stantinople. attendauts, and that the feeling he then cherished towards her was the first dawn of that passion
A FEW days ago, at Havre, a boa constrictor. which, in more mature years, glowed with sufficient received from Brazil, laid an egg, and almost immeintensity. His famous Mary,' Miss Chaworth, to diately a serpent about one and a half feet long whom he addresses that impassioned poem, the issued from it. No preparations having been made * Dream,' died more than twenty years since. No to receive the young boa, it died soon after of cold. wonder Byron, in another poem, writes: 'I have a passion for the name of Mary.'
M. BoissonADE, the distinguished Hellenist, has
just died in Paris, at the age of eighty-three. He How to FOSTER A TALENT FOR DRAWING—If a was professor of Greek literature at the Faculty of child has talent for drawing, it will be continually Letters
, and was the oldest member of the Academy scrawling on what paper it can get; and should be of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres. allowed to scrawl at its own free will, due praise being given for every appearance of care or truth DR. LIVINGSTONE'S VOYAGE. - Sir Roderick in its efforts. It should be allowed to amuse itself Murchison has received letters from Dr. Livingstone, with cheap colors almost as soon as it has sense the latest date being Sierra Leone, March 30. The enough to wish for them. If it merely daubs the party were to sail that day for the Cape. Tho voy. paper with shapeless stains, the color-box may be age of the Pearl had been a very favorable one; and iaken away till it knows better; but, as soon as it of his companions the Doctor says: “I am very begins painting red coats on soldiers, striped flags to thankful to have such a lot. There seems to be ships, etc, it should have colors at command; and, none of the cautankerous persuasion among them. without restraining its choice of subject in that im- Long may they continue so! Every thing has been aginative and historical art, of a military tendency, propitious hitherto, and I trust we shall have the which children delight in, (generally quite as valu- Divine blessing on our labors." Sierra Leone, Dr. able, by the way, as any historical art delighted in Livingstone was informed, has been much healthier by their elders,) it should be gently led by the during the last ten years than previously, owing, he parents to try to draw, in such childish fashion as thinks, to the drainage of Kroo Town, accomplished may be, the things it can see and likes—birds or l by the present Govenor, Colonel Hill.
The publication of the elegant and com- of disease than an element of happiness; pendious French memoir of Dr. Channing, and mourning over the choked-up springs which we have placed at the head of this of spiritual liberty in France, our authorarticle, is scarcely likely, we think, to an ess obviously desires to bring a profound swer satisfactorily what is obviously and moral and religious influence to dispel pointedly the authoress's immediate pur- what she no doubt truly regards as a pose. The French people are now per- profound moral and religious insensibili. manently living—at least as regards their ty. But we greatly doubt whether-notsocial and political life-under what, ac- withstanding the vivid and constant intercording to Paley's definition, may be est in the destinies of France which Dr. termed a high sense of “ obligation;" in Channing's life and writings display-his other words, they are “urged by a vio- be the kind of faith and teaching to take lent motive resulting from the command a powerful hold even of the most cultivatof another.” But to the student and ed portion of the French people. There disciple of Dr. Channing “ obligation” of can be no doubt that that clear simplicity this kind appears to be rather a condition of mind and intellect, which seems to
some extent an American, and certainly * Channing, sa Vie et ses Euvres ; avec une Pré- a New England characteristic, might give face par M. Charles de Rémusat. 1857.
him great advantages with a French auPaley's Natural Theology. Edited by Lord Brough- dience; and there can be no doubt at all am and Sir C. Bell. 3 vols. 1855.
+ Paley's Moral and Political Philosophy, book ii. that the one central enthusiasm of his life chap. ii.
is likely to appeal powerfully at the preVOL XLIV.-NO. III.