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ship with one whose name is no longer a thought and the music of a poet ; and the private pame--Horace Binney Wallace- whole book is no less sad and sincere. and sketcbes, true as tender, of those Why should we hesitate to give to Mrs. #bose memories are sacredly private. Howe the position which she takes by her Robert Browning and his wife are saluted Passion-flowers and Words for the Hour, with reproachful music, as not recognizing and confess that despite the serious faults of one wbo claimed the recognition of earnest art, the difficulty, and obscurity, and imeffort and not the praise of success. Flo- perfect melody—despite the want of an rence Nightingale, another personal friend entire fusing of the thought in music, her of the author, is the theme of some of the name must be mentioned among the poets ? best poems in the volume-the last of which But she has much to do before her claim we quote, as a fair illustration of that proud will be widely recognized. Without a retenderness of a woman wbich illuminates solute emancipation from the purely prievery page of the book. The previous vate cast of her song, there will not be poem ends tbus :

that calm clearness and melody which are “Then count not the beroic heart alone

essential to a permanent acceptation. The In those whom action and result make poet is not a poet uptil he has mastered great,

in his verse the emotion which mastered Since the sublime of nature's excellence

him in life. He sits "pensive and alone, Lies in enduring, as achieving fate."

above the hundred-hand play of his imaAnd then follows the poem “Further- gination." more," in which the poet speaks to men in -Studies in the Field and Forest, by Wilson the name of women :

FLAGG (Little, Brown & Co.), is a quiet “We, that are held of you in narrow chains,

and delightful book of a sympathetic oba Sought for our beauty-through our folly servation of nature. Birds and plants,

raisedOne moment to a barren eminence,

and the glories of sky and landscape, are To drop in dreary nothingoose amazed.

the themes of Mr. Flagg, and wbat he sees “We, dwarfed to suit the measure of your

with a comprehensive eye, he tells in such pride,

a modest and manly way that the reader Thwarted' in all our pleasures and our is sure to be charmed, and if he be a

powers, Have yet a sad, majestic recompense,

country reader, and a real lover of nature, The dignity of suffering-that is ours. he will put Mr. Flagg's book by the side “The proudest of you lives not, but he wrung of Cottoo's upon his table. A natural

A woman's unresisting form with pain, love of nature-80 to say-always inspires While the long nurture of your helpless

& style of racy simplicity; for the range years Brought back the bitter child birth throes of observation lies outside the sphere of again.

passion. “We wait upon your fancies-watch your - Lake Ngami ; or, Explorations and will

Discoveries during four years' Wanderings Study your pleasure, oft with trembling beart

in the Wilds of Southwestern Africa ; by Of the success and glory of your lives CHARLES JOHN ANDERSSON-has been re

Yethink it grace to yield the meanest part. published in a beautiful library form by “E'en Nature. partial mother, reasons thus :

Dix, Edwards & Co.; and its value is To these the duty, and to those the right;' Our faithful service earps us sufferance,

greatly enhanced by a prefatory letter But we shall love you in your own'de from Col. FrÉMONT. With the dignity epite.

and modesty that are characteristic of his "To you the thrilling mecd of praise belongs; whole career, he writes, at the request of

To us, the painfuller desert may fall:
We touch the brim, where ye exhaust tho

the publisbers, a simple letter, expressing bowl,

his general interest in geographical re But, where ye pay your due, we yield our search, and pays a most cordial compliall.

ment to Dr. Kane and Bayard Taylor, “Honor all women-weigh, with reverend Americans who have made their names

hand, The worth of those unproved, or overtried,

illustrious in the literature of travel. It And when ye praise the perfect work of one,

is a valuable and interesting book, to Say not ye are shamed in her, but glori. which the recent return of Dr. Livingfied."

stone from the same regions gives addiThis is no “woman's poetry," but the tional attraction.

COMMENTS ON CURRENT MATTERS.

-Mr. MILBURN, the blind preacher, bas, board where they sit at table with Wall. in a late work of his, ventured to con- street brokers, financiers, and so forth, demo some of the prevalent customs of than go to a small house in a cheap row, society-one of them being the fasbion of with a black steward's family at one side, living in boarding-bouses. He shows how and, on the other, an Irish drayman, whose the idleness, gossiping, and rivalry, be wife takes in washing. They are almost longing to such a way of life, must have out of the world in the latter case, and the worst and most demoralizing effect up their respectability suffers, of course. If on the minds of the women who adopt it. they wear a plain style of dress, they sink Faring nothing to do, they come together lower still, and may as well, with a good and talk of all the world and his wife, and grace, admit the advances of the honest then separate to dress elegantly for the washerwoman. Such being the law of 3treets; then for dinner-and the gentle things in this energetic and rapid commumen. This the reverend gentleman con- nity, where all the sinews of progress are siders, and, indeed, proves to be, one of the strained to their tightest tension, it is most terrible dangers of the society in hard to see how people could live other. wbich we live. He also puts forward some wise than they do. We are educated to other appalling facts; the tendency of all thcac babits and fashions. la order to young men to sbun marriage (on account reform them, we must educate the children of the fashion of extravagance and high differently. Let the moralists establish living which it implies now-a-days), and the proper kind of teaching, in the school the degrading babits resulting from such a -some teaching that will make us truly state of things. Divines and moralists republican, and save us from going the may well denounce the heartless and rest- way of all those other empires, debilitated less modes of our civilization, so barren in and ruined by their inborn vices and roteverything that makes life worth living tenness. for. But philosophy looks coldly to the -There is a custom in France, and also root of these things, and shows that they in the barbarous empire of the Czar, can bardly be otherwise. The influences of which we would do well to adopt in this the age, everywhere, tend to an uniformity more favored land of ours more extensiveand equality of conditions in society. It is ly than we bave yet done. This custom so, even in monarchies; much more so in is the establishment of baby-bouses—a this great republic of ours. Industry and system of child's play—so to speak—which commerce produce the result in the former. would highly become the gravest people In this country, both these principles, in the world. The meaning of it is, that working with democracy, give that result poor women, who are obliged to leave more fully. The sentiment of equality is home to work, day by day, for the support fatal to our republican simplicity-a nota- of their children, may leave the youngest ble fact. Not one of us really admits any and most helpless of them in charge of social superiority in others. Being all am. women and nurses, who will take care of bitious, and desirous of going ahead, we tbem, feed them in the absence of their press into the society of those more mothers, and deliver them up in the cvenwealthy than ourselves. Trade and ing, safe and healthy, when they are called science help us give us the best clothing for. Our large cities have also their poor at a wonderfully cheap rate, and furnish us, families, the women of which are obliged on the same terms, with board in the finest- to go out every day to char, wash, or looking hotels. There is scarcely a clerk peddle, to the fatal detriment of their inin the city who may not bave some of the fants; and their miserable condition, in best fare and best society in it. And why this respect, calls as loudly for relics as sbould be not? We are all “bound to go that of the French or the Russian poor. ahead"-to mix with people, get the know. Io Paris, the system works very well. ledge of men and things, and seize advan. There are several houses established where tages. The man who will not do so, falls sucking children, and, we believe, those bebind and is disparaged. A young cou. under the age of five, are received in the ple find it a much more dignified tbing to morning by the nurses and properly treated. A crowd of little creatures is thus events, are still alive in thc wandering gathered together, the older ones set to buts of the Eskimos. The missing ships play and amuse tbemselves, and the probably reached King William's Land, younger kept quiet in their cribs. and to that locality he would direct the Nurses are provided, who duly give the renewed search. He proposed, that two infants nourishment at the breast, or some small screw-vessels should be employed wholesome substitute from the cow - one proceeding through the Sound, and mothers also coming to their cbarges at the other making its way, eastward, from mid-day, if possible. For this excellent Behring's Straits, while, at the same time, aid and privilege, the mothers are required an overland party would travel north, to pay about two cents a day-while, in along the Great Fish river-all bound for some cases, the poorer infants are receired a stated rendezvous. Lieutenant Pim for nothing. This system is carried out recommends small vessels and small parmuch in the same way at St. Petersburg. ties, and, especially, the employment of There is no need to eulogize such a scheme dogs. Large parties exhaust provisions, of practical humanity. The objects of it and dogs guard best against the delays give it an interest, appealing at once to and losses resulting from sickness among the kindly sympathies of erery one in the men. If the camel is the ship of one society. It is not bard for any one to ima- desert, the dog may be called the tug of gine the injuries inflicted in the midst of the other—both indispensable by the buus, on the children of the poor and impro- man wayfarers. No doubt, those Arctic videot, during their infancy. And as mat- explorings are not at an end. Lady ters stand at present, they cannot be help. Franklin is still bent on the search, and ed. Poor women must work and leave very probably shares the belief of the their children to Providence. As yet, lieutenant that somc of the missing navi. there is but one such establishment in this gators are still in the land of the living. country that we are aware of—“ the Nur. The belief is a reasonable one; and, in sery," at the corner of 15th street and such a day of enterprisc as this, when the 6th avenue, in this city. Will none people go round the world, and up and of our strong-minded women come forward down in it, for far less interesting parand extend this blessed revolution in the poses, no coldness of feeling or dullness matter of cradles and pap? Is it notbing of curiosity can prevail against the imto become the second mothers--the better pulses of friendship and personal affection. mothers, of the ten thousands of the rising No doubt, the secret of Sir John's fate exgeneration ? Let our lovely revolutionists ists among some of the Eskimo tribes, and come and raise the cry of “ Cradles !" Let an effective mode of inquiry would oblige then sing most appropriately—“ Allons, them to reveal it. anfans de la palrie!” That will be the -The Malays are a terrible sort of men, grand woman's Marseillaise and move- by all accounts. Having drunk bangment, that sball bave the adhesion of all from an insane hempen root that takes the good men. When the ladies enter into it reason prisoner - the root of all cvil, in in earnest, all the editors will rise up and fact, in their country -- they pull out a call them blessed in the most corpulent kris and tear away through the streets, type, to say nothing of the poor bard-work- thrusting and stabbing right and left, and ing mothers, and their heart-felt gratitude. victimizing every one that comes in their

- People in England are still bent on way. This is quite a customary thing, Jooking for Sir Joba Franklin-discover- and is called a-mok-runniog a-mok. One ing, if not bimself, at least, his fate. At time, a man, under the influence of bang, a meeting of the Geographical Society, in the mocker, ran about and did the most London, Lieutenant Pim, R. N., read a dreadful kind of cxecution in the highpaper recommending a further search. ways, putting the whole community into He argued, that nothing in the relics a state of great alarm and amazement. found by Dr. Rae showed that any of the But he was overpowered, manacled, and men belonging to the Franklio expedition taken before the judge. He was not withhad perished-none of their bones, or any out friends, bowever; and an advocate other evidence to that effect. He believes was got, to plead for biun and bring him it very possible that some of them, at all clear out of the businees. The plea was

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& curious onc. “The prisoner," said the and the continent, and one more through pleader, “ did run a-mok-be did stab right, Orforduess to the Ilague. Sweden is concentrc, and left-did pitch horribly into nected with the rest of Europe by wires the unsuspecting wayfarers." He then running through the Belts and the Sound. went on to tell the story of the mad fel. France communicates with Algeria under low's life - told it with unction, sborr- the Mediterrancan, and, in a sbort time, ing how he was running a-mok from the Western Europe will communicate with beginning-bitting, stabbing, and cutting Malta, Constantinople, Alexandria, and, down whenever be got an opportunity. finally, with the Indus and the far East. Yes, that was the fact. People knew it But these sbrink into insignificance comall. The kris-wielder followed the cus- pared with that enormous lightning-ligatom, as if it did bim good-as if he could ment of two bemispbercs--the Atlantic not belp it. As for the present case--he Ocean cable, now about to be laid along had done all that was charged-he had the plateaux aud valleys of Neptune's terdone more.

He bad cut down far more ritory One of the old Roman ways-the women and children than the people knew Appian, we believe-was called Regina anything about. He, the advocate, could Viarum, on account of its magnificence. not tell how many—the man bad massa- We think that style, in modern times, mofe cred at such a rate. Nay, be had said that, fitly belongs to that amazing tunnel of inif let go. he would go on, killing the peo- telligence, as thick as the periphery of a ple in the same way! Then the pleader sixpence, on which the thoughts of those called the man's father to show that the bemispberes shall run to and fro with such culprit, eren from his cradle, was a bad, celerity. There is no further doubt that wicked fellow; which the father did, de- the electric power will clear the vast leap, claring tbat his son's bump of destruction and the practical folk of England recogwas deplorably large. Medical men also nize the feasibility of a scheme which first came forward and declared that, having found favor in our more ardent American destroyed so mapy, he should not be held imaginations. The English Government accountable for his actions. There it was, will belp the project with a donation of then, for the judge! This Malay had a £14,000 per annum, and also send vessels mania for stabbing-was always a-mok- to assist our own io laying down the thin always ravaging and striking - the like cable. It is stated that the operating acrer was scen; and, therefore, tbe friends steamers, British and American, will meet of the prisoner hoped the terrible, unac- in the middle of the Atlantic, join their recountable fellow would be let off without spective balres of the line, and, bidding punishment-and there an end of a crazy cach other adieu, pay it out, as they steam business!

away, one to Newfoundland and the other Reader !-you are right; it was not a to a point on the western coast of Ireland. Malay at all! No; the thing never took In about a year we sball be in the daily, place in Java. The maddest of Malays unwondering babit of hearing the news of could never hope for such a defcose in a the day before, from London, Paris, Viencourt of justice. Mulato nomine, the story na, Hamburg, and Stockholm. We sball, belongs to our own Kuickerbocker penin- also, by a novel, practical teaching, come sula. The real Malay was a Wall street to bare a clearer general idea of astronomy, bruker, and the matter was a nine-days' or, rather, the use of the globe, so to speak. wonder, last month. Some people still We shall find ourselves nominally five or remember it.

six hours earlier than the English, at any --In Europe, the electric telegraph is moment. When it will be ten o'clock in extending its Briarean arms with great the morning here, the English clocks will rapidity, and almost every capital on that say it is just four. We eball tben recollect continent is the centre of several lines, that, as the earth spins itself round on its extending more or less on all sides. The axle, from this point that is, the Westsea is no barrier to the ramification; al- towards the East, the British islanders will, ready a couple of wires run from London of course, bave rolled out of the dark into across St. George's Channel, connecting sunlight so many hours before ourselves. England and Ireland ; another is laid from They see the sun first, and have toppled the same place through Dover, to Calais over, a good way down to the dark again, when we are getting breakfast. We are tom themselves to in other parts of the behind them so much, in fact, in the bistory world, the custom of teaching the girls to of the day. But, then, we “steal a few skate as well as the boys, is one greatly to bours from their night, my dear," and so be desired. American ladies are highget our proper share of the twenty-four, in spirited ; they, also, like a little innovaspite of them. Talking of a curious mat- tion in the rough direction of the stronger ter, we may mention a curious fact—that sex. Well, here is what will exactly suit both western and behind are expressed by their ideas of change. Something which, the same word, Ier, in the oldest, half-dead as we said before, will help to make active language of the Celtic race. That seems children grow into healthful women, and, rather an awkward omon for us, somehow. at the same time, give them the color and But, then, Bishop Berkeley explains it developments—the grace and the symmetry satisfactorily, where he says" Time's which, we bope, will always be the characnoblest offspring is the last.Sursum corda! teristics of the gentler sex.

-A remark made by a writer in our lit- -It is pleasant to notice that the same tle comrade periodical, the School fellow, twelvemonth which saw Mr. Crampton goto the effect that girls should learn to skate ing home, saw also the merchants of Engas well as boys, is one which should not land and America uniting in Sonibilating be lightly passed over. It is a matter the distance of the sea by the ocean telewhich should be impressed on the minds graph, and heard the Queen of England of parents and teachers. We do not be saying, “Thank you, sir," to Captain lieve there is any better mode of feminine Hartstein, upon the deck of the Arctic exercise in the world than that of skating. ship Resolute. The return of that waif upon In the first place, it is eminently healthful; the polar seas was a wonder ; but, tbat and, in the next, we know nothing more America should send it as a gift to Engstrikingly graceful than the attitudes of land, is a strain of that poetry wbich is young women, in that bracing and blood- but rarely heard in history. The bearti. reddening pastime. The dance is nothing Dess of the English recognition of Ameri to it; not half so animating, or so bewitch- can courtesy, the special honors paid by ing, if we may use the strong language of the queen and her ministers to the captain the very young people. When we recom- and company of the returned ship, and tbe mend anything to the ladies, it is very at universal good-will of the English press we sbould always keep in view those ideas upon the occasion are much the pleas. of grace which must necessarily bave such antest incidents of the recent intercourse a great influence over them. A young of the two nations. It is grave belady, in a neat, succinct dress, balancing yond pity, that there should ever be a herself on a delicate pair of skates, and scrious misunderstaoding between such gliding along, beside a father or a brother, chivalric powers. What was the Field of or in the midst of a merry group, would the Cloth of Gold, upon which kings met, sbow a thousand times more attractirely to this meeting of nations, to clasp each than another tripping down Broadway in other's hands as friends. The world is all the glory of x balloon petticoat, and wide; the extremities of human peril bave the evasive little bonnet of the empress's always united individuals ; let us bail this pattern. There is no indelicacy in such omen of two great peoples, united by a an ice amusement, where ladies are proper common interest in a problem whose soluly attended and know the movement. Fe- tion would be only a triumph of human male skating is no novelty ; for, in one of heroism, not an increased facility of human the lands of our forefathers (Holland), the intercourse, and who have helped each milk-maidens, with their pails on their other in that Arctic peril as only friends heads, are described as gliding over the can. When the Resolute's officers ar. ice with rare speed and security. Others, rive in New York, escorted by English of a higher order, make skating their sailors, we hope that America's “ welamusement. In this country, where women come” to the queen's “thank you, sir" become so pale, thin, and unhealthy, for will be as audible in history as her ma want of the exercise which the sex accus- jesty's.

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