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with a nceud to each of silk galon. The pardessus is adjusted to the corsage as though part of it. It is open in front, and sets to the shape with bunk before and behind. The edge of the coreage opening, and around the waist and the lower part of the sleeves are trimmed with a roll and points of pinked taffetas. The jupe is very full, and composed of two pinked flounces, rounded behind, but tending to a point in front. A single pink volant finishes the sleeve.
The corsage, the sleeves, and the two volants of the jupe have a second trimming of black lace, the edge of which is rounded into large scales. On the corsage, the lace is put on flat, while that on the sleeves and the jupe is gathered. The under-sleeves are of white lace, very full, but gathered by a band at the wrist.
Small collar of white lace, with a cravat of white riband.
Fig. 9. Toilette De VI L L E.
Figcre 8. Dresn far a Litfl*, Girl Twelve Yeare OkL— Frock of p'Je lilac taffetas. Corsage falling away all round. Waist long. Skirt a little short, and gathered at the waist, under a narrow belt which is tied behind. Sleeves demi-large, and reaching but little below the elbow. The sleeve ends with four biaises, placed in relief one over the other; they are open at the elbow, and extend in front half way to the hand. The skirt is trimmed with thirteen tucks, one over the other, occupying more than half Mi height.
Pelerine of jaconet, embroidered & l strips of thread lace form the trimming to the i sleeves and the pantalets.
Round-crowned hat trimmed below with two noends of white riband. Hair in ringlets all over the head.
Figure 9. Toileitt de Ville.~Bonnet of white crape trimmed above with two white plumes falling one on each side. Under-trimming of tulle, gathered, and an edging of blonde.
Redingote of damasked taffetas. Corsage high; waist long; busked behind and before. Sleeves large at the bottom. Collar, ruff, and under-eleeves of English lace. Small, square India shawl, ground scarlet, with light border.
General Remarks.—Very little change has been made in the shape of bonnets, which have all the face a little open, and approaching on each side under the chin. As regards trimmings, however, there is a great variety Of new and beautiful styles. Capotes of taffetas, for instance, arc trimmed some with narrow volants, or gathered ruches of gauze or taffetas ribands; others with twists upon each recess composed alternately of biaises of satin and crepe lisse, others still are trimmed or rather covered with volants of gauze riband, the edge of which is sometimes cut in rounded scallops, and sometimes has an ornament of a different description cither woven in with the riband, or sewed to it: further, the trimming may be of blonde, of passementerie, of straw, Ac., Ac. For under-trimming in all these cases flowers are preferred.
Very pretty capotes arc also made of tulle-malines with small spots. The tulle is always placed upon crape of some light colour, rose, lilac, yellow, or blue.
Robes for demi-dress have almost all the corsage open nearly to the waist, and the sleeves also are open at the bottom. The skirts are long, too long, " Les Modes Parisiennes" thinks, to be worn elsewhere than in the carriage or the drawing-room, it being entirely out of taste to sweep the walks of the Champs-Ely sees with handsome silk dresses. There has been no change in the width of skirts. Robes of taffetas are still trimmed with many scalloped flounces. Five of these, diminishing gradually in width from the lowest to the highest, form a Lavourite mode. The first volant is usually about twice the width of the last.
Some very elegant silk robes are trimmed with volants bordered with gathered ruches of narrow lace de laine of colour corresponding with the robes. In this case there are only three volants, and tho little ruche which borders them is placed also at the foot of the upper one. of narrow silk riband are often employed instead of t just describe !. If the robe is of several shades of colour, the riband is of satin, of that shade of the stuff which is most lively.
Fichus are much oftener ornamented with crossing volants than with ruffs. These volants are of Malines or Valenciennes lace, and are always separated by interme. dlates of embroidered muslin or of lace. The collar is composed of a foundation of embroidered muslin edged with a volant of lace. It must be remarked here that for morning negliges ruff trimmings are very ofteu chosen rather than those just alluded to. For under-skirts, pantalets for infants, etc., embroidery of the most compact kind is preferred.
For materials for dresses, especially for the morning, taffetas is much used. It is of all colours, plain and striped. Among the novelties in this lino may be mentioned the taffetas Pompadour, in white and green satis stripes, spotted with bunches of roses, the stuff Flmtanget, of which tho ground 1b pearl-gray, divided by a broad white stripe, covered also with small, neat blue flowers; and the taffetas Pompadour-duchesss, colour file tut-camairu (blue-onyx), with large white stripes varied with little flowers interlaced with each other, and presenting many lively colours. There are also many changeable taffetas, among which the blue and gold edged with flowers is much admired.
THE EDITOR'S TABLE.
In commencing our Magazine we were told that the only way to gain a large circulation was to spend our money upon show rather than upon substance; to make the pictures everything, and the reading matter nothing, or at least of that whipt-syllabub character—milk-sop poetry and love-stories—which comes about as near to nothing as those imaginary mathematical lines that are ever drawing nearer, though they never actually meet 1 We confess such was not our measure of the public taste. We bad not so learned the American character. While, therefore, we determined that our Magazine should not be behind any in regard to its embellishments, we rested its claims to success mainly upon its literary merits. We aimed to secure, as constant contributors to the Magazine, the Tery best class of writers, and to fill its pages with matter that would be useful and instructive, and at the same time attractive. Experience has proved the correctness of this opinion. No Magazine, so far as we are aware, ever had such a sudden and full measure of success. It has found its way Into an important class of the community who have hitherto not been Magazine readers, who have been rather opposed to such works as dissipating and frivolous, but who find, in a Magazine such as we furnish, the very best antidote to that vicious taste for trashy novels which is doing so much to deprave the public mind. To all such readers, and indeed to all our readers, we desire to say that we shall continue in the same line in which we have begun. While we shall remit nothing of our diligence in regard to whatever affects the external appearance of the Magazine, we shall ever bend our main efforts to the maintenance of the character it has already acquired for literary excellence. We intend, indeed, that the succeeding volume shall be superior, in every respect, to its predecessors.
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Mrs. Eslino's Poems. Lindsay and Blaklston are preparing to publish a volume, entitled "Broken Bracelet and other Poems," by Mrs. Esling (formerly Miss Waterman). Mrs. Esling is agreeably known to the publie, both under her present and her maiden name, as a contributor to the leading magazines. Her volume will be an acceptable offering to a large circle of admirers.
The St. Leoer Papers. The very original volume under this title has already reached a third edition, in which its paternity is acknowledged. The author is K. B. Kimball, Esq., of New York.
Webster's Quarto Dictignart. We take much pleasure In calling the attention of our readers to the advertisement of this great work on the second page of the cover.
JENNY LIND. "Honrick talked a great deal about Stockholm; he longed to bo able to show his mother and sisters the beautiful capital. How they would be charmed with the theatres 1 How they would bo delighted to see and hear the lovely Demoiselle Hogguist, and the captivating Jenny Lind !n
So wrote that noble-hearted woman, Frederika Bremer, just ten years ago, in one of the loveliest tales of domestic life that was ever penned; and so were the words translated by that other noble-hearted woman, Mary Howitt, in 1842; and this was the first time that the name of Jenny Lind was made familiar to the British and American public .
The unrivalled mistress of song, now in the meridian of her glory, is about to visit our shores. Among the thousand notes of weleome that greet her approach, we doubt whether any will be more grateful than that to be found in our present number, from the pen of the same good and gifted woman, who first made her known to these western climes, and who by a pleasant coincidence is now at the same time a sojourner amongst us.
BURNS'S HIGHLAND MARY. Among the many things written on this subject, we recollect nothing more beautiful than the opening stanzas of a poem in the March Number of Blackwood. The poem, as a whole, is not well sustained. But the first three or four stanzas strike us as uncommonly fine. We quote them.
0 loved by him whom Scotland loves,
By all who love the bard who sang
So sweetly and so truly 1
Thrills o'er the eagle's aery,—
For Burns's " Highland Mary?"
1 wandered on from hill to hill,
I foarcd nor wind nor weather;
I read his verse—Ma life—alas!
O'er that dark shapes extended:— With thee at last, and him in thee,
My thoughts their wanderings ended.
His golden hours of youth were thine,
Those hours whose flight is fleetest; Of all his songs to thee he gave
Tho freshest and the sweetest. Ere ripe the fruit, one hranch he brake,
All rich with bloom and blossom; And shook its dews, its incense shook,
Above thy brow and bosom.
Christopher North is something of a democrat after all. In discoursing of the English practice of conferring baronetcy, knighthood, and the like, upon literary men, he says, "We should extremely regret to see literary men becoming candidates for these honours. They do not want them; they have already taken a title from their works. The title-page of their book is their best order of knighthood. The 'Author of Waverley I'—can any prince's sword dub a man with a title like that, or any title that shall be remembered by the side of it? These distinctions are becoming common amongst scientific men of eminence, and what is the result? Not that those are more honoured who possess them, but that many who possess them not, feel slighted and aggrieved. And yet the common forms of language are enough to show how superfluous such titles are, to both literary and scientific men of distinguished merit; for no sooner does a man become famous than all prefix whatever to his name is dropped. The highest honour is to be stripped bare to the simple surname. It Is plain Newton or Locke men speak of. No one talks of Sir Isaacs Principia. A Sir Joseph Banks may keep his title. But even a Sir Humphry Davy has some difficulty to retain his. Whenever the language of the writer rises into panegyrie, we have remarked that it becomes plain Davy. We hear and road always of one Faraday. The living man has already obtained this highest of nominal distinctions, to be without a prefix. For ourselves, we know not whether it is Mr. or Sir that is omitted; but we know this, that if the Sir Is yet to come, it will drop off, it will not stick."
Mahomet And His Successors. By Washington Irving. There is an air of wild romance about these volumes which gives them a peculiar fascination. This may be in part owing to the peculiar character of the Arabs, as the author would very modestly have us believe. But recollecting, as we do, tho many grievously heavy tomes on the same subject which have been heretofore issued, we cannot but feel that we must seek for the fascination nearer home. It is Mr. Irving, and not tho subject, that has beguiled us. With that industry in the collection of facts
which has characterized all his writings, and with that peculiar felicity of manner, not less characteristic, by which he adorns whatever he touches, he has produced a work authentic as a history and yet as seductive as a professed work of fiction, fbr sale by A. Har% Philadelphia*
Allston's Poems And Lectures On Art. Baker d ) Scribner. We are informed by the editor of this volume, Mr. Dana, that on the death of Mr. Allston, it was determined by his literary executors to prepare his biography and correspondence, and publish them in connexion with his writings, the whole making two volumes of the size of the present. A delay has unfortunately occurred in the preparation of the biography and correspondence; and, as there have been frequent calls for the publication of his poems and of his lectures on Art, it was thought best to give them at once to the public in their present form, without awaiting the completion of the whole design. We are given to understand, however, that when the biography and correspondence are published, they will be in form and size to match the present volume. It is the second instalment of a rich legacy, the first being as yet unpaid and past due.
Redwood. By Miss Sedgwick. We are glad to see that Mr. Putnam, having nearly completed his valuable editions of Irving and Cooper, has commenced an edition of Miss Sedgwick's Works, uniform in size and appearance with the former. "Redwood," the first of the series, first appeared about fifteen years since. Its reappearance, in its present elegant attire, will be weleomed by many old friends, and by a large reading public that has come upon the stage since that time.
Hume's England. Harpers' Edition. No library is accounted complete which has not a copy of this standard historical work, and no opportunity, probably, has ever occurred, since its first publication, to procure a good copy at so small an expense. This edition is in six volumes, small 8vo. and is sold at retail at the small price of forty cents a volume in neat muslin binding. The work has been brought out with great rapidity. In our last number we had the pleasure of announcing only the first volume. The whole work is now complete. The publishers announce Milman's Gibbon's Rome, in the same style and at the same price. J'br sale by Dewitt ti Davenport, New York.
White-jacket; or the World in a Man-of-War. By Herrtum Mdville. Harpers. We have not been able to read this inviting volume—and ranch to our regret, for we doubt not, from the character of Mr. Melville's former volumes, the readers of "White-Jacket" are destined to a rare entertainment. Mr. Melville says in a preliminary note that in 1843 he shipped as an "ordinary seaman" on board of a United States frigate, then lying in a harbour of the Pacific ocean. After remaining in this frigate for more than a year, he was discharged from the service upon the vessel's arrival home. The experiences of that year form the basis of the present volume.
TnE Convict Ship. By Colin Arrott Browning, M.D. Lindsay d? Blakiston. The author of this interesting volume is a surgeon in the British navy, ne was placed in charge of some two or three hundred convicts during their transportation to the penal colony of Van Diemen's Land. Being a man of a truly Christian spirit, he deliberately undertook the reformation of these criminals, during their voyage. The results of his labours are given in the present publication. The book is remarkable, not so much for its style, as for the facts which it contains. Dr. Browning narrates with great simplicity and straightforwardness the steps which he pursued with these unpromising subjects. The results were of a character to awaken very strongly public attention in Great Britain, where the book has passed rapidly through four editions, and we doubt not a similar impression upon the public mind will follow the republication of the work in this country. The work is introduced to the American public with a recommendatory preface by the Rev. James Ii. Fowles, of Philadelphia.
The Mercerebcrg Review. The March number of this work confirms the favourable opinion already expressed in regard to it. The articles are not numerous, but show learning and ability. They are chiefly metaphysical and theological.
Pictorial Lite And Adventures Op Jack Sheppard, By William Harrison Ainsworth. T. B. Peterson. Complete in one volume. Price 50 cents.
Byrne's Dictignary Op Mechanics, Engine-work, And Engineering. Parts VII. and VIII. of this great work has been received from the publishers, D. Appleton A Co., Now York.
The Three Royal Magi, By Prof. Blumenthal. Phdadelphia: Henry Perkins. This is partly a translation, and partly an adaptation, of a German work. It is a legend of the birth of our Saviour, and is of a most curious, and to us altogether novel character. The writer shows an intimate acquaintance with the state of the world at the time of the advent, and has woven his erudition into a fiction of peculiar interest. Though only intended as a story book for children, we have read no book during the month with moro eager interest. It is embellished with several good tinted engravings by Devereux.
A Dictignary Op English Synonymes. By the Rev. James Bawson, A.M. Lindsay d) Blakiston. Most readers are familiar with the large work of Crabbe on this subject. In that, and other similar works, the relations of the words grouped together as synonymous are explained and defined. These explanations and definitions, acute and ingenious as they are, and important as they arc for the purposes of study aud investigation, are yet often in the way for the purposes of immediate reference, during the progress of composition. Mr. Rawson, in the preparation of his work, has given no remarks or definitions, but simply grouped together the words of kindred meaning, intending his book to be rather to assist the memory than to inform the judgment—a book for the table, not for the shelf.
Woman In America. By Maria J. Mcintosh. New York: D. Appleton d) Co. We have read this essay with much satisfaction. Miss M'Intosh shows in several introductory chapters the position and mission of Man in America, and asserts that ho has to a good degree fulfilled that mission, but Woman thus far has greatly misunderstood both. Man gives tone to political, Woman to social life. But in the former we are as a nation independent, self-relying, and moving onward with a calmness marking just confidence in our powers, while in social life we are a nation of imitators, the apes of every folly, the apologists of every vice to which European custom has given a sanction. To American women we must look to rectify the errors of American society. From them we may hope to derive a life freer from factitious distinctions, controlled more by enlightened convictions and less by conventional forms, a life nobler, more spiritual, more in conformity with Christian principles than any the world has yet seen. Such is the tenor of the opinions advanced in this valuable essay. Miss M'lntosh's style of writing is cultivated and chaste, and if sometimes wanting in vigour, is never marred by a vicious straining for effect. Her views of life are sober, but discriminating and thoughtful, and the whole tone of her book is that of a true, because a conservative progress.
M Ary Ellis. American Sunday School t-hion. We have sometimes thought the Sunday School Union erred in withholding from the public the names of the authors of the books which they publish. We suppose, however, it is better%s it is. The neat little volume, whose title we have quoted, is understood to have been written by a lady of this city, the author of "The Country School-House.'' Both books are written in an easy, familiar, and winning style, and though not characterised by much power, are yet well suited to be useful.
Goldsmith's Miscellankoi1s Works. Putnam's Edition. We are indebted to J. W. Moore of this city, for Vol. III. of the new edition of Goldsmith's works, containing "The Vicar of Wakefield,'' the biographies of Voltalw, Nash
Parnell, and Bolingbroke, and some fifty pages of miscellaneous criticism. The critical papers, and the biographies of Voltaire and Nash are now first collected. The present is a favourable opportunity for those who wish to supply themselves with a valuable and at the same time cheap copy of the works of this great writer.
Deck And Port. By the Rev. Walter Colton. New York: A. S. Barnes a} Go. Mr. Colton, so well and favourably known by his former publications, has here given us, in a stout duodecimo of four hundred pages, a lively account of his cruise to California in the U. S. Frigate Congress, with sketches of Rio Janeiro, Valparaiso, Lima, Honolulu, and San Francisco. It is to be followed, we perceive, by another volume, entitled " Three Years in Alta California." The present work is embellished with a finely engraved likeness of Commodore Stockton, and several tinted lithographs, which give the book a very pretty appearance.
Mackay's Popular Delusigns. Philadelphia: Lindsay d? Blakiston, No history is more instructive than the history of folly, and among the lessons which history teaches, none is more striking than the recurrence of the same set of follies in the course of ages. It does really seem, on looking over Mr. Mackay's book, as if there was no new folly under the sun. For every type of popular delusion which may now exist, some parallel antetype would seem to be found among the exploded theories whose history is here recorded. Indeed, there is commonly no more successful mode of resisting the progress of one of these moral epidemics, than to hunt up and republish some such forgotten piece of history. Although, therefore, Mr. Mackay's volumes profess to be only a history of exploded popular delusions, the very narrative has the effect of argument—and most efficient argument—against many of the delusions now rife in the world. We were about to say that the work was very seasonable—but when could it be out of season t Such a work is always needed.
Liebig's Complete Worksi. Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson. This is, we believe, the first time that Liebig's Chemical Works have been given in this country, entire in one volume, at least in so cheap and convenient a form. Here we have, first, the work on Agricultural Chemistry, second, the work on Animal Chemistry, third, the familiar letters on the applications of Chemistry to Commerce, &c., all included in one octavo volume of three hundred pages and sold at the low price of one dollar.
Lynch's Dead Sea Expeditign. Philadelphia: Lea 'fBlanchard. In consequence of the success of his former and larger publication, Lieutenant Lynch has given it in a condensed and cheaper form, intended for general circulation. It is a small-sized octavo of three hundred and thirty-two pages, with a new map reduced from that belonging to tho Government. In this cheaper form it will no doubt find its way into the hands of many who were interested in tho subject, but were unable to bear tho expense of the more costly work.
Mrs. Ellet's Women Op The Revolutign. New York: Baker a} Scribner. Mrs. Ellet has made for herself the niche which she occupies in the enduring temple of American literature. She has hunted up a subject which nobody before her seems to have thought of, and has made it interesting by her industry and talents. The very marked favour attending the publication of her former volumes has encouraged her to go on with the subject and produce a third. The present volume is on the same plan as the two former. In truth, it is only a continuation of the same work. It contains twenty-two distinct biographies, commencing with one of uncommon interest and value in regard to Mrs. Annis Stockton of Princeton.
Gibbon's Rome. Boston Edition. Messrs. Phillips, Sampson & Co. continue to issue at rapid intervals their editions of this standard work. It is to be completed in six volumes, small octavo, with a full index, and notes by Milman. It corresponds in appearance to their edition of Hume which has won such general favour. Volumes I. and II. are received.
Woman In Francs. By Julia Kavanagk. Philadelphia: Lea d Blanchard. In no country or age, probably, has woman played so conspicuous a part in public affairs as in France during the eighteenth century. The influence ■he exercised was not always of the most reputable kind, but that it was great and pervading, no one at all versed in political history will call in question. Tho author of the present volume has aimed to show something of the extent of this influence, by sketching the lives of those women who figured in French politics and diplomacy during the last century, mingling the biographical details with general illustrations of the state of social morals during the later days of the old French monarchy.
Mrmoirs or An Hungarian Lady. Philadelphia: Lea d Blanchard, Theresa Pulsxky, tho writer of this sprightly volume, is an Hungarian exile resident in England. After an historical introduction of nearly a hundred pages, she narrates with much animation the leading events of the late unsuccessful revolution, mixed up with a good deal of personal adventure. There is also a valuable appendix, containing the most important state papers issued by the various parties in this most calamitous struggle. These papers have been much referred to of late, but have not been heretofore readily accessible. They add much to the value of the volume.
The Mxthodist Quarterly Review. New York: Lane a} Scott. The leading articles in the April number are "Wesley tho Catholic," "John Quincy Adams," "The Demoniacs of the New Testament," "Ancient Enclosures and Mounds in the West," "Ticknor's Spanish Literature," Ac. The last-named article is from the pen of Prof. Felton of Cambridge, and is highly eulogistic of the work it reviews, but not more so than it deserves. There is also an article from Prof. Johnson of tho Ohio Wesleyan University, discussing tho meaning of tho word as connected with the question of demiurgic days. We have rarely seen an abler specimen of exegesis, and never so satisfactory a discussion of this particular point,
Leonard, Soott A Co.'s Reprints Op The British Reviews. The publishers have commenced sending us these valuable works, and we shall tako pleasure in noticing their contents from time to time. We have never heard but one opinion as to their value. The chief difficulty with many who have desired to become subscribers has been the expense. This difficulty is in a great measure overcome by the comparative cheapness of the American reprint. The works republished are five, viz. Blackwood, the Edinburgh, the London Quarterly, the Westminster, and the North British. Any one of them may be had for S;i a year, any two for $5, any three for 87, any four for $8, and all five for 810.
Wo havo received tho Reviews for January, and Blackwood for January, February, March, and April, all rich with reading matter of sterling value.
Bulwer's NiuHT And Morning. Tho Harpers have issued a new edition of this work in their library of select novels. It is given, like all the works of this series, unabridged and unaltered. Price 25 cents.
The Boston Shakespeare. Messrs. Phillips, Sampson A Co., are proceeding steadily with their splendid edition of the works of the great dramatist. N umbers 13 A 14, just received, contain "The Taming of the Shrew," and "The Winter's Tale," and are each ornamented with a first class line engraving executed in London. The heroines here represented are Katherine. and Perdita—both of them admirably conceived and executed.
Copland's Dictionary Op Practical Mrdicinr. New York: Harpers. Part XXI. of this great work has been received from the publishers.
SouTnsr's Commonplace Book. Parts III. and IV. have been published by the Harpers completing tho work. It ends with a copious alphabetical index of subjects and authors, which adds greatly to its value as a work of reference. It is amusing and instructive in running ono's eye through such volumes as those, to see what queer,
out-of-the-way things this great scholar picked up. For sale by Dewitt d Davenport, New York.
Lamartinr On Athkism. Boston: Phillips, Sampson d Co. In this small and beautifully printed tract, the eloquent republican endeavours to rouse his countrymen from the practical atheism into which they have fallen. He contrasts the opinions and practices of Frenchmen with those of Englishmen and Americans, and shows with much force, and in his own peculiar style, the ruinous political tendency of French materialism, fbr sale by T. B. Peterton, Philadelphia.
Carltle's Lattkr-day Pamphlets. New York; Harperi' also, Boston: Phillips, Sampson d Co. Carlyle is a first-rate grumbler. We have no love for grumbling. But when it is done, we like to see it done well, and heartily. No one can complain, in this respect, of "The Latter-Day Pamphlets." The tract on "Model Prisons" is a universal, sweeping condemnation of everything done or doing bj the Prison Discipline Societies and their friends, from Howard to Dorothea Dix, "The Present Time" is equally complimentary to republicans in general, and to us Americans in particular. "Downing Street" is a general overhauling of the British government.
The Princeton Magazink. The first number of this new periodical has been received. It has a pleasant aspect, and is well stored with valuable contributions. Hailing from "Princeton," and edited by a gentleman so well known to the alumni of the institution as William C. Alexander, it will no doubt find readers and subscribers in every part of the United States. We wish it a long and prosperous career.
Nrd Allen, Or Thk Past Aoe. By David Hannay. New York; Harper d Brothers. This Is a very interesting and agreeable novel. There is a freshness and heartiness of feeling running through it which affords ample compensation for some want of incident and weakness in the delineation of character which are also apparent. The author's chief strength lies in the conduct of the dialogue, which La sensible, spirited, and well sustained, and in a just appreciation of home joys and home comforts, which he exhibits somewhat after the manner of Miss Bremer, tho Swedish novelist of domestic life. The style, too, is remarkably happy in the dialogue, but in the descriptive parts it lacks directness, and in many instances, from the long, intricate sentences with which it abounds, it becomes involved and obscure. This fault appears, however, to arise more from want of care than from want of ability; a hint, therefore, may lead the author to avoid it in succeeding works which we hope to see from his pen.
The Petrel; Or Love On The Ocean. A Tale of the Sea, by Sir Admiral Fisher, of the Knglish Navy. Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson. "The Petrel" is a decidedly successful effort in that difficult branch of the novelist's art, the writing of an ocean tale. It is full of bold sketches of character, picturesque description, wild adventures, and hair-breadth escapes, all woven so naturally into the story that discovering no effort to ensnare his interest, and thrown off his guard by seeming reality, the reader surrenders his whole mind to a pleasing though stirring and even anxious delusion. Tho love story, which of course i. .mi- n part of it, is well imagined, and well told. This is the author's first book, and few first efforts are so successful. It is of itself sufficient to give him just claims to an honourable place among writers of this class of works.
Hoi Railroad Guide. For those who are going
to travel in any part of tho United States, by •ailroad or steamboat, this is the most perfect vadt mecum we have ever seen.
Tnn PRtNCETON Review. Philadelphia: Wm. H. MilchelL The April number of this valuable Review contains a long biographical article on Robert Blair, a discussion of Presbyterianlsm in Virginia, reviews of Newman's Hebrew Commonwealth, Lord's History of Modern Europe, Buchanan's Unity of the Human Race, Egypt and Nineveh, Walter M. Lowrie, Harrison's History of the English Language, Ac.