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very bitter.


And my knife there—and blast the King and that (on p. 124) the line is overstepped. Her book is very handsomely printed, and me,

Elisabetta, bringing in the murdered falcon nicely illustrated, especially with a good map And blanch the crowd with horror.”

on a dish, avers, Here's a fine fowl for my at the close of the volume. If it falls among And once more, when, with her revenge com- lady; I had scant time to do him in. I hope general readers it will meet with general pleted, Camma feels the "potent poison quite he be not underdone, for we be undone in the approval for its liveliness and evident fidelity; o'ercrow her spirit”

doing of him." This is to speak in character, but if it fall among the pedants she is likely

doubtless. But there must have been sore to hear some complaints. And, unfortunately, Ye will have Roman masters. I am glad peril of rousing irreverent laughter on an Greek studies are regarded by the pedants as I shall not see it. Did not some old Greek

English stage. The defects of the falcon as their special property. Having myself failed Say death was the chief good ? He had my fate for it,

an article of diet might be ignored, but, when | to satisfy some of them with a book on Poison'd. [Sinks back again.]

Have I the suggested, they are fatal. Nevertheless, it is the same subject, I can warn the authoress crown on? I will go

touching enough when the Lady Giovanna, that her considerable knowledge of both To meet him, crowned ! crowned victor of my returning the necklace, begs the falcon for ancient and modern Greek will rather inflame

willOn my last voyage--but the wind has failed the Count, to have lost his bird-friend and learned that most scholars will be puzzled

Florio; the revulsion of disappointment in than allay their ire. She makes allusions so Growing dark too—but light enough to row. Row to the blessed Isles, the blessed Isles ! the chance of gratifying his idol at once, is with them—e.g., (p. 62) “proping that Sinnatus!

But, when she learns of his Aspasia was not wrong in her praises of Why comes he not to meet me ? It is the sacrifice, the bars of prescription and of family Attica,” and in her enumeration of classical

crown Offends him-and my hands are too sleepy

feud break before the rush of her new and heroines (p. 51), Androcleia and Alcida, To lift it off. [Phoebe takes the crown off.] grateful affection, and the scene closes in daughters of Antipoenus, and Alcestis, not to

Who touched me then? I thank their happy betrothal. Melodrama ? yes ; | speak of poor Evandra"! When she does this you. [Rises with outspread arms.]

but there is a touch of nature in the simple the pedants will be sure to expect from There_league on league of ever-shining shore tale that seems so much fitter for Boccaccio her critical accuracy; and what will they Beneath an ever-rising sun-I see him'Camma, Camma!' Sinnatus, Sinnatus !

than for the dramatic muse of a man of genius. say to Paion's Nike (at Olympia, p. 216),

[Dies.]” The prettiest thing, perhaps, in the piece, is 0. K. Müller (p. 41), “the hill of Musaios It may well be, as said above, that the the Count's song (p. 118) when Giovanna where the old seer sang and was buried(p. 39). memory of Miss Terry's acting adds a glamour asks the history of the withered wreath and When speaking of the theatre of Dionysus to this final scene; yet, in any case, it is a scroll.

at Athens, she exclaims (p. 36), “How much scene of memorable beauty.

' Dead mountain-flowers, dead mountain-meadow would one give to have been present at a If, on the whole, “The Cup" appears


single night's representation!” and she goes

Dearer than when you made your mountain gay, somewhat thinly and slightly worked out,

on to describe the splendid view over the

Sweeter than any violet of to-day, it is nevertheless substantial and robust com

bay of Phaleron from the theatre. The view Richer than all the wide-world wealth of May, pared to “The Falcon,” which is not a drama To me, tho' ail your bloom has died away,

is, indeed, over the bay, but into the blue at all, but one dramatic

Count You bloom again, dead mountain - meadow sky; nor is the sea visible from any part (I

flowers." Federigo degli Alberighi, Filippo his foster

think) of the theatre. That the Greeks who brother

, and Elisabetta his nurse dwell to- But, in the main, there seems little to admire went to the play enjoyed at the same time gether in a cottage hard by the castle of the in " The Falcon,” except the wistful, half- a splendid view of the sea is an error long Lady Giovanna, now a widow with one sickly despairing tenderness of Federigo. Scorned, since exploded. The stage scenery was conson, but in earlier days the girl-love of disappointed, prematurely aged, hoping against structed so as to exclude any such view. Yet Federigo. For her sake (deeming himself hope, he shows how a generous courtesy is

one of the party had a good eye for scenery rejected when she carelessly lets fall upon the lord over all these feelings.

when she compared the coasts of Greece to grass a chaplet of mountain flowers which he It is not easily possible that the Laureate's those of Kerry, in Ireland—a very just comgives her as a love-gift) he has been to the reputation should now be raised. Assuredly parison. wars in search of death, but only found a these two dramatic sketches will not raise it.

Her geography is sometimes puzzling, as prison ; returning, he finds her widowed, and But yet there are passages in “The Cup'

when she speaks as if she had seen Hydra has dwelt for years, poverty-stricken and whicń kindle in us the hope of his Ulysses, Attica from the sonth" (p. 14), or of Mount

before Mount Taygetus, on her approach to maddened, within sight of his idol, but loved that only by his nurse and Filippo, and by his

“Something ere the end,

Cyllene and Sicyon as being adjacent (p. 108), falcon,

Some work of noble note, may yet be done, or of Erymanthus as on her right, and the

Not unbecoming men that strove with gods." Gulf of Corinth on her left, as she looked from “The full trained marvel of all falconry.”

E. D. A. MORSHEAD. the neighbourhood of yostitza. But these Lely Giovanna, meanwhile, held back from

trifles will only mislead people who use the Ey remarriage by her brother, and absorbed

book as a guide-book. As the authoress is in the care of her daily fading Florio,

recks Glimpses of Greek Life and Scenery. By Agnes Scotch, she is, perhaps, not to be blamed for ightly of the longing of her old lover till on Smith. (Hurst & Blackett.)

the following funny statement (p. 109):—“We 3 day the sick child takes a craving for the

give expression to an opinion that Greece is Count's falcon as the one gift that would Every lover of Greece must hail with pleasure the loveliest country we have yet seen-an revive his drooping spirit. Lady Giovanna, each new book of travels in that country opinion [she adds in a note] "considerably *arcely knowing how hard a boon she is which tends to increase the interest of English modified as we passed through the St. Gothard -king of the Count, bids herself to his morn- people in Greece and spreads the knowledge Tunnel"! What wonderful visions she must 612 meal, designing to return to him a diamond that it is not only delightful, but quite safe, to have had in the tunnel! I have gone through 2x klace which he has sent to her anonym- travel there. Miss Smith's Glimpses

, though it more than once, and always found it pitchsicsly, but not undetected, and to beg the slight and not very methodical, are lively and dark and very stuffy. She speaks (p. 213) En for her Florio. But on the news of her pleasant; and, to those who know the country of a village in which no one could read, as approach the Count feels the true pang of from visits a few years ago, they give many they had no school or master. This anecdote poperty. There is but one spoon in the pantry, hints of new roads and improved accommoda- should not mislead the

reader into the belief od that is broken, one dish of prunes in the tion, though much is still wanting. The most that primary education is generally backward xrler, one salad in the garden, one bowl to alarming feature in her travels is the in Greece; as a matter of fact, the people are ! it in, and that Elisabetta, in her flurry, execrable weather from which her party suf- quite over-educated.

fall, and as for fish, flesh, or fowl, only fered during all her trip (May 1883). This With these notes, to show that the book is La noble falcon, who must die that her lady- was very unlucky; during two springs which worth reading through carefully and crititip may eat.

I spent there we should have been often glad cising, I conclude, wishing Miss Agnes Smith Much skill—a skill like Scott's in a similar to see a shower. The weather was steadily every success as regards her sympathetic and situation in The Bride of Lammermoor—is hot and fine, and this, I fancy, is the rule to pleasant diary, and trusting she may have Bezded to keep this plot from lapsing from which her experience was an unpleasant fairer weather if she again visits the Greek the simple to the farcical. I cannot but think exception.



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James Skinner : a Memoir. By the Author of of a conversation in 1879 with Döllinger, in August 1632 Mr. Rawson Gardiner has • Charles Lowder." With a Preface by who, it appears,

told us (Personal Government of Charles I., Canon Carter. (Kegan Paul, Trench, & Co.)" had never intended to wound him [Newman),

ii. 249).

Wentworth still longed for the Both the author and the editor doubt whether not even that the opinion expressed about him restitution of the Palatinate, though its prince the public will think this book is wanted, should be published; this through indiscretion " seems to me to be in the land where all and the best answer to be given to the

ques- of a correspondent who had written to ask for things are forgotten.” The sudden blaze" tion is that it does not matter much. Mr. opinion of present position of Church politics. of Gustavus Adolphus does not dazzle him.

But now, having been challenged to defend his The Swedish king may be in full career of Skinner's life was quite interesting enough to

as be recorded for those who may care for it, I writings with Ultramontane authority, he had success, but he has no hold on the countries whether they are many or few. His claims a great mind to prove it by an induction of overrun by his troops. to be remembered are that for the five or six examples—(1) St. John had great difficulty, “The house of Austria hath a root, and will up years he was at St. Barnabas he was the though sent to Rome for the purpose, to keep again; the King of Swede can have no time to leading " ritualist” of the period; that his the Apologia off the Index;' (2) the whole make more than one fault, and that proves tenacity led to as many points as possible theory of the development dogma, as advanced remediless, if it should chance to befall him being fought in the once famous Westerton by Newman, runs so counter to the infallibility therefore methinks still it were well we were case; that he did much to promote the revival condemned if it were known and read. Pope tion of his last battle of Leipsic.”

theory that the book could not fail to be not altogether swallowed up in the contemplaof confession, more to promote the revival of Leo probably never read it, and would not be direction ; that among the small but important interested in it (not a theologian, but a states-Wentworth warns his correspondent against circle of clergy who invite confessions he had man). He would read Newman's defence of the the sudden and self-seeking advances of Lond a high and deserved authority; and that the temporal power, and this would suffice to com- Holland and his faction, eager to strengthen spectacle of a bright and joyous nature mend him for the Cardinalate, added to the themselves against the Treasurer Portland. adapting itself harmoniously to the require- great personal merits of the case.

I am one of those that believe no miracles; ments of an austere form of piety is always As to Manning : “I was in London,” Döl- but that friendships which are to be trusted interesting. linger said,

grow up per media upon some noble precedent As a director, Mr. Skinner would have in 1851, when Manning had just been received into thus per saltum

are for the most part only

existent matter, where those which are skipped been remarkable at Port Royal. He had into the Roman communion, and he called on in perfection the gift of caring tenderly me to express his grateful thanks for being the

to serve turns and deceitfully temporary, and for everyone who consulted him, and being means of this event, in that I had taught him therefore ever to be suspected.' severe upon all; of keeping conscience to believe that truth was possible to a Roman He is no less shrewd in detecting the drift of restlessly alive, and then teaching its victims Catholic theologian ; heretofore he had felt that the Dublin officials “to keep the deputy s to live quietly and orderly in the uncomfort- Roman Catholics were compelled by their system ignorant as possibly they can, that so albeit able condition into which they had been torical manual he had learnt, for the first time, dinate to them in knowledge.” He promises

to reject truth, but since he had read my his not in peace [? place], yet he may be suborbrought. Many of his letters are given, appar- that historical truth was paramount as the himself in time “to sound the depth they ently with the sanction of the recipients foundation of theology. This same man, even a precaution which seems sometimes to have before the Vatican decree was pronounced, made covet so much to keep from me." A note been omitted in the case of Keble. Perhaps a violent attack upon me because I had been so

sent " with a whole kennel of hounds" the best is to a lady with an inherited ten- absurd as to declare that truth was a superior shows him a keen sportsman—"The subject dency to insanity, which, thanks to Mr. power to any authority whatsoever.”

I am upon is rich and noble, and loss it Skinner, never realised itself; her great There are some attractive sketches of Mr. were to give it over so quickly." In June trouble" was that her father objected to con- Skinner's life as garrison chaplain at Corfu, 1633 the Queen is something sad, and looks fession, though he allowed her to consult Mr. where he was unusually successful in bring- very much paler than she useth to do”—50 Skinner, who thought confession bad for her. ing soldiers to confirmation, and witnessed a early had the shadow of the coming woe At the same time, though one sees it is all very very picturesque funeral procession of a Greek begun to fall. The last of these letters ends well done, the doubt whether it was worth archbishop, who was borne to his grave robed, ominously : doing remains. One feels that it is very much seated on his archiepiscopal throne, with two “I have a heart can willingly sacrifice all that the day of small things which it is so natural hundred priests in copes, with lighted candles, ever I have for his Majesty (if I do not deceive and so wrong to despise; all the letters of chanting before him, and followed by all the myself) with a cheerfulness and faith extraspiritual counsel leave us asking whether such civil and military authorities, and many thou- ordinary; only I am fearful

, that while imposan inner life is really so much more important sand people from all parts of the island.

sibilities are expected at my hands, the best I

Anthan the outer life, in which most people are so other pretty picture is of the idyllic life he unto me as a crime."

can do should not be accepted, nay, imputel much more at home. It is characteristic that in led at Newland, a lonely parish near Malvern, discussing the claims of Rome Mr. Skinner where the Beauchamp family were building

Subjoined is a poem on Strafford's illness, dwells much more upon the question, What almshouses in the best “Young England ”

seven years later, on his final return from

Ireland. is the pious course for a born Anglican? than spirit; and few things are more pathetic in

It expresses the general anxiety, upon the objective merits of either system. their way than the story of his daughter who and a hope that the value of the unpopular His contribution to the latter problem was a died there at eighteen, in 1868—the date which Lord Deputy will be at last acknowledged sufficiently original theory that the undivided years before she had placed on a fancy sketch the pilot in the coming tempest :Church was in possession of plenary inspira- of her own tombstone. That episode alone

“ For with a storm we all are overcast tion, while, when it was divided, the inspira- ought to commend Miss Trench's latest book

And Northern storms are dangerous at last." tion of the parts was less than plenary—a to the large public which devoured the Not many pages farther on, Mr. Cartwright theory which, among other curious corollaries, memorials of Catherine and Craufurd Tait. presents us with the elaborate self-vindicacertainly leads, as his correspondent saw, to the

G. A. Simcox. tions of Strafford's foe, Lord Savile. Though conclusion that every country would have its

a courtier, in personal attendance on Charles" own rule of faith, all different, none perfectly The Camden Miscellany. Vol. VIII.

he had allowed his sympathy with the popular trustworthy.

cause to hurry him into forgery. He affixed Mr. Skinner was sufficiently prominent at one The subjects of these nine tracts all have the signatures of English peers to the invitatime to make his memoirs an historical docu- relation to the seventeenth century, and five tion sent to the Scotch. But the time came ment in other ways; for instance, we have of them belong to the history of our Civil when the Parliament went on, and he stopped

. Hurrell Froude's letter to Perceval on the com- War. First come four letters of Wentworth, He was for peace, when peace was no longer mencement of the Tractarian movement, and written in 1632 and 1633, “ having an interest possible ; and he claims to have drafted the the less welcome information that Dr. Pusey as showing intimacy with the husband of conciliatory proclamations of Windsor and spoke in private of Card. Newman's change of Lady Carlisle.” . Their only connexion is in Nottingham. Denounced as a malignant for allegiance as a " fall,” while in public he the name of the person addressed, yet even on performing his sworn duty to Charles, ima generously refused to condenm one who had these fragments Wentworth’s

stable purpose prisoned by the King for trying to save his been called to work in another part of the and solid judgment have left their mark. To house from plunder by coming

to terms with vineyard.” We have, too, some curious notes how low an ebb English diplomacy had come Hotham, ill-will and ill-luck followed him.


Acquitted of a traitorous design of seizing the of the war. So far all is intelligible, and not The selection from the Lauderdale papers Queen, he was again imprisoned for speaking much farther. Mrs. Gardiner has bestowed contains letters from the Earl of Cassilis, disrespectfully of that royalist Oxford par much pains upon her subject, but whether this Burnet's father-in-law; from Lord Rutherliament which Charles himself styled “mon. mystery of double-dealing has been fully ford, and from Lord George Douglas. The grel." His composition with Hotham being revealed may well admit of doubt. The share squabble of Cassilis with the Chancellor once more brought against him, he would in the transaction which is assigned to Charles Glencairn, the difficulties and jealousies have been dealt with by martial law had not is dwelt upon to his disadvantage. It is, per- attendant on Lord Rutherford's position as the peers refused their consent. Released haps, too readily taken for granted that "it Governor of Dunkirk—a “poor Scots body' "under condition he should depart this was not his object to effect a peace," but to persecuted by the world—and the struggles kingdom " Savile immediately came to London, obtain two Parliamentary garrisons. And, in of Lord George to get the arrears of his regisurrendered himself to the Parliament, and reference to a previous negotiation for peace, ment paid by Louvois—the magnificent Louis was flung into the Tower. And so, pleading we are told that his willingness to treat with confessing " Je suis court d'argent”—are the the injuries sustained from one party as his Roman Catholics for the recovery of his subjects of the correspondence. Mr. Osmund merit with the other, a prey to anxiety, power “had the great disadvantage that it Airy, the editor, is to publish for the Camden poverty, and disease, his brief candle flickers destroyed belief in his sincerity." But it Society three volumes of selections from the out of history. We know that he was alive may be said that the whole account here Lauderdale papers. In the interest of that in 1653, and know no more. His misfortunes given of this Brooke-Read affair is taken undertaking, it is almost a pity that these may well have been mainly owing to his from the Parliamentary pamphlet, 4 Cun- fragments—too much resembling the “remoderation, which he had very frankly ex- ning Plot ; that, whether it were prudent or mainder biscuit ” —should have anticipated pressed in the earlier days of the struggle not for Roman Catholics to meddle in such a the store of valuable and important matter December 1642)

business, the main condition pressed upon the which, it is understood, wiil follow them. "I would not have the K. trample on the King was the establishment of the Protestant To the zeal of the Director, Mr. Gardiner, parli dor the parle lessen him so much as to religion; and that there was absolutely nothing we owe a contribution from the other side of make a way for the people to rule us all

in the terms proposed that would have profited the Channel. It is a memorandum drawn up I love religion so well as I would not have it the Roman Catholics. The Commons resolu- by Mdme. de Motteville for the use of Bossuet part to the hazard of a battle. I love liberty so tion against “the fair and specious pretence in his funeral sermon on Henrietta Maria. much that I would not trust it in the hands of of peace” is based on the assertion that the It records some characteristics of one whose a conqueror. For as much as I love the King, promoters of the affair were “known Papists history is not yet perfectly known, and affords I should not be glad he beat the parl', though and Jesuits " -- an allegation only half true. a glimpse of the great preacher at work upon they were in the wrong."

But on the one article of hatred to Popery all one of his great discourses. M. Hanotaux The most curious and important contribution were agreed ; and the agreement was dex- has remarked the most obvious- deviations is that by Mrs. Gardinera secret negotiation terously used to excite popular prejudice of the sermon from the memorandum. The with Charles I. The narrative she has pre- against the King, and to conceal the dissen- Queen's heroic order, when pressed by ixed to the documents is careful and clear, sions which not long after burst forth in open the Parliament cruisers, to blow up her ship and the documents are excellently edited; quarrel. But, for the present, with feasting rather than let it be taken, is passed over by but they do not tell all the story, and are and sermons, bonfires and psalms, these awk- Bossuet as inconsistent with the character of a supplemented by news letters, Parliament- ward matters were kept out of sight, and the Christian princess. And with the courtly journals, and hypothesis. What is thus made union of the jarring sections was proclaimed audacity usual in such circumstances, he visible is a choice spectacle of folly and with solemn, effusive hypocrisy. Even Mrs. praised her avoidance of all approach to knavery. Basile's question, “Qui diable est- Gardiner, thorough Parliamentarian as she uncharitable speech, though the memorandum ce donc qu'on trompe içi ?” is appropriate to appears to be, cannot refrain from expressing had expressly, if 'delicately, indicated her most stages of the transaction. Only the her misgiving that these gentlemen protest too carelessness in that regard. barest outline can be given here. In the much. °As to Ogle's negotiation, its line was The correspondence of the Haddock family uztumn of 1643 Capt. Ogle, a royalist prisoner at first single and civil. The leading minority -to which Mr. Maunde Thompson has furin Winchester House, was visited by certain of active and violent Roundheads knew their nished a memoir, pedigree, and full annota" leading men,” who bewailed the imminent danger. They might be left at the mercy of tion—illustrates the family-life of the sturdy establishment of Presbyterianism, but sug: the King should the moderate men make terms sea-captains who (as Blake put it)" kept gested that, with the help of the "Moderates with him. They could not openly withstand foreigners from fooling us” during the ten -the great majority–who had far the desire for peace felt by all disinterested years of Constitution-mongering we call the assisted the Parliament, the war might be Englishmen; but, if its advocates made, or Commonwealth. The letters extend into the brought to an end, and the King, on fair terms, could be represented as making, their propo- eighteenth century. In their staid formality, might be reinstated in his just power. sitions available for securing military advan- domestic detail, and ever recurring comFor the attainment of this end nothing more tages, the goodness of their end would be mendations to the different members of the was requisite than that these moderate men forgotten in the indignation excited by the household, they are a prose song of duty with should be assured of the King's performance means. In this instance the reader has not a humdrum burden. But, like Spenser's poem, according to his protestations and declara- enough evidence before him to determine on they deal with fierce wars as well as faithful tions." But any alarm of a royalist plot “ to which side the real treachery lay. Were the loves. Strains of higher mood are found in Tear Popery and tyranny on the ruins of the friends of peace tricked out of the fulfilment the frequent sea-fights with the Dutch, Parliament” would compel them, in sheer of their honest wishes by the unhappy acci- Trench, and Spaniards, not to mention an despair, to continue their passive and un-dent of having for their agent a tool and expedition against Nabobs obnoxious to the willing support of the King's enemies. In a fool ? Was the resolution of the House of Honourable East India Company. this posture of affairs Ogle saw an oppor- Commons, charging the King personally with Sir George Duckett gives with due elucidatunity for bringing about the union of the attempting the ruin of the kingdom by fair tion the two letters in which Monmouth Yoderates and the Independents. The latter pretences, a just verdict on real facts and pleads for his life to the King and Queen. had begun to turn upon the Covenant by a genuine documents, or the foregone conclu- They were both suppressed at the time; and a

very high and daring petition " that it sion of a long series of tortuous intrigues ? curious story is here given of James in exile, should not be enforced on the unwilling. (Of The letter in which Manchester states the six years after, declaring that till then he had this petition no other trace has been found, grounds of his quarrel with Cromwell is here never beard of them. He is reported to have but we know from a document here printed recovered for us by Mrs. Gardiner from the added that "it was in his inclination to have for the first time by Mr. Gardiner how Tanner MSS., where it has lain unnoticed, saved the Duke's life, if he could have had bitterly Cromwell was accustomed to speak of because the Catalogue has assigned it to Sir any proper assurances that the Duke was the Scotch and the Covenant.) Ogle therefore William Waller. "It cannot be said to add disposed to have made a sincere discovery.” wrote to Lord Bristol, fully stating these cir- much to our knowledge ; but it is far more Very good; but James actually saw his camstances, and urging the King's acceptance satisfactory to have the charges under Man- nephew after his capture, as nobody who of certain proposals, differing but little from chester's own hand than on hearsay in scat- has read Macaulay is likely to forget. those which Charles had offered at the outset tered notices,

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the volume. Mr. Cartwright presents us with the “real Queen.” But we must leave the stump orators of her own sex; and there are some town-talk of 1684–90, touched with a reader himself to explore the Pix Knoll, also one or two Samaritans who give us better light but dexterous hand, in the letters of Fane's great archaeological field, “a treasure- views of human nature. This is a good, sound, Richard Thompson, of York, to his brother house of ever fresh antiquity to which Pom- interesting, and healthy novel ; and one that Henry. The prevalence of actions of scandalum peii was a poor modern invention, only fit to it is impossible to read without feeling the magnatum, brought or threatened in vindica- amuse the vulgar, and the British Museum better for it. tion of the character of (say) Villiers, second little more than a lumber-room.” In the Duke of Buckingham ; Dryden's dedication plot of this book there are some incidents

Mr. Whelpton's story is redolent of the of Plutarch; the antiquarian doings of “ Tom over which we can fancy the reader exclaim- farmyards and the fields of Lincolnshire. He Rymer” (who is also “engaged in laying ing, "Impossible !” “ Åbsurd !” but we are has admirably caught the spirit as well as the down further rules for the reformation of the justly reminded by the author that life is detail of bucolic life; and it is no small

tribute to his skill that he is able to enlist stage "); the offence taken at King William's full of the most extraordinary surprises. reserve; the reversal of Russell's attainder,

* There is no mystery of life greater than the our interest in characters which would be are among the topics glanced at. The sprightly manner in which we regard so simple and so generally regarded as essentially commonwriter has the knack of retelling “idle stories common a thing. After all, it is infinitely more place. Of course there is that in every man which fly about town”-vide licet :

wonderful that a man should live than that he and woman which removes them from the “T'otherday one Mr. Evelyn, son to the

should die: for he spends his moments amid a commonplace could we but get at it, and this virtuoso Evelyn, and Mr. Forster

, with another flight of poisoned arrows, and every instant that the author has done by a quick and lively

he gentleman, were all in a certain music club

sympathy. Iphis Cowlamb makes an exel. room, after having drunk to a great pitch, and Something of the mystery an the ever-recur- lent heroine; and the deviations of her wooing,

happend that one of 'em, finding himself ring tragi-comedy of life we have here, and with her ultimate happiness, are worth fol disposed to be musical, took up a violin, and the work had for us in its perusal a powerful lowing by the reader. A “ pastoral,” as this began to fumble upon it. Mr. Evelyn, having and unflagging interest.

professedly is, does not afford much scope likewise an harmonious soul, was resolv'd to bear some part in the music, and, being able to

The promise which the author of A Western strong and tragic writing, but there are one do nothing else, kept time with 'a great heavy Wildflower held out is fully redeemed in her or two scenes in the course of the story by no case-knife that laid very conveniently for the new work. In London Town is not only means devoid of power. Altogether, what purpose upon the table; the other gentleman, extremely readable as a story, but deserving we like best about the work is—first

, the Mr. Forster, while his camarades were in the of warm commendation for its ability. There manifestly true local colouring, and, next, the heat of action, chanc'd by ill-luck to lay his is a refreshingly quiet humour in some of the extreme naturalness of the characters

. We finger on that part of the table upon which his characters, while the book is by no

do not find the farmer's daughter aping the neighbour beat time, and whether it was that destitute of stronger and more serious quali- girl of the period, nor is the hind made to the man's ill genius guided his hand, or how ties. The figure of the old man, Thorold, a converse like a philosopher. Mr. Whelptin it came about

, adhuc sub judice est, but he cut descendant of an ancient family, who believes may be congratulated on his panorama the poor finger off, with the greatest dexterity

rural life and scenery. imaginable, insomuch that the surgeons do ai that he has been defrauded of his rights, is a admire the man's address in nicking the joint very striking and even pathetic one. His

A great portion of Mrs. Power O'Donoghue's 80 critically."

wrongs madden him until he brings himself novel is very unpleasant reading. The first R. C. BROWNE. within the meshes of the law by “conveying" and second volumes, and, indeed, some

a deed away from the British Museum-a
document supposed to bear upon his alleged sickening picture of how certain women

portion of the third likewise, form but a ancestral estates. His Italian wife had left him and certain gallant officers manage to lite

. A Real Queen. By R. E. Francillon. In 3 one child, Fiametta, who inherited to the full Colonel Blount compels his ward to assist him vols. (Chatto & Windus.) her mother's fierce nature. When her father in cheating

at baccarat ; while Lady Kissie

, In London Town. By Katharine Lee. In 3 in order that he may avert disgrace by suicide ; their ruin, causing one at least to blow his

is arrested, she takes him a poisoned dagger another prominent character, lures men to vols. (Bentley.)

and, when he dies, she believes that she has been brains out on her account. In one scene ve Meadow Sweet ; or, the Wooing of Iphis. By the agent of his death. Remorse pursues her, Edwin Whelpton. In 3 vols. (Smith, until she discovers from David Everest that in an unusually good humour:

are introduced to Lady Kissie when she was Elder, & Co.)

her father had died a natural death, and that A Beggar on Horseback. By Mrs. Power he (Everest) had secured the dagger and pre

“She had won a big thing on the Derby, and O'Donoghue. In 3 vols. (Hurst & Blackett.) served it. Fiametta is bitten by the wildest not lost more than the half of it at Ascot later Personal Recollections of Peter Stonnor, Esq. remarked, “When lovely woman stoops to had played whist against Zelleford, and with

She had wormed a great secret out of one of Socialistic doctrines; and, as her lover, David, diplomatist, and sold it profitably to another Ву Charles Blatherwick. (Chapman &

political economy, and finds too late that there had backed her luck the previous night at poker Hall.)

is such a thing as an unearned increment,' -had • huffed, doubled the ante,' and won the A New novel by Mr. Francillon is always an &c., there is no arguing with her. We cannot entire pool,” &c., &c. intellectual treat. Whatever faults of con- understand, however, why Fiametta's mother, Many of her actions not specified are pet struction his stories may occasionally possess, who had belonged to the Italian party of more heartless than these. The irrepressible they never fail to reveal a strong vein freedom, was thereby, and necessarily, above Irish Question comes up in the third volume, of originality. We cannot understand the such small considerations as belief in any and the case is pretty fully stated against the caprice of the public in regard to him. That future," nor why her husband should regret landlords. The title of the novel is not rery he will be more widely read in time to his sacrifices on behalf of “united Italy.” apposite ; but amid much that is miserable come we feel convinced ; meanwhile, we Many noble men and women willingly sacri- and infamous we do become, to a certain would give a hearty word of praise to his ficed everything to that cause, nor were they extent, interested in Honor Bright, the latest romance, A Real Queen. It is as sin- all without faith in the immortality of the soul. heroine. But the novel, as a whole, is not gular in its plot as it is striking in its In the end Fiametta discovers that Christianity one for which we greatly care. characters. It is clever and uncommon from and Socialism are not the same, ” for the cover to cover. But there are many things in Christian's maxim is · All that is mine is The Stonnor Recollections have, we beliere, it to which the average novel-reader will not yours,' and the Socialists is only. All that is already appeared in serial form, but they were take kindly, and which he will be apt to yours' is mine. If there were more Christians well worth reprinting in a volume. Mr. regard as far-fetched and bizarre. Æneas there would be fewer Socialists, perhaps." Blatherwick has a fine sense of fun, and some Fane, the dabbler in antiquities, which are Besides the characters already "mentioned, of his situations are irresistibly comic. Al found for him by Silver Moldwarp

, is, like there is a fine old Rector devoted to liturgical his sketches are very readable ; and, from the the man who dupes him, a vividly drawn studies, and with a horror of womankind; power and the humour

they display, we hope character. The same may be said of Lau- there is David's mother, always scheming for to see some lengthier and more connected rence Derwent, with his strange history, and her good-humoured son; there is a charming work from his per.. his mesmeric power over Rosamond Fane, girl, Helen, who declines to be spoilt by the




him ; we should then hear fewer and less well- their call. Emigration to Natal is indeed The Never Never Land: a Ride in North founded complaints of meddling in politics and slow. In 1881 there were not 29,000 whites in Queensland. By A. W. Stirling. (Sampson

mischievous intrigues. There are many curious the whole colony-a smaller population than is Low.). This is a pleasant account of a journey and amusing stories in his work illustrating to be found in many a provincial town in throngh the northern sheep country of Queens- both the acuteness of perception and the England and France.

Mr. Peace will not land, undertaken with the view of buying a

manners and customs of the natives. The admit that any danger is to be apprehended in station ; but for that purpose the journey was he seems to be a good shot and rider. No one natives; we cannot think his reasons conclusive.

author has not neglected natural history, and the future from the enormous preponderance of undertaken in vain, for at that moment every; who reads his book can doubt for a moment that So little work can be got out of the Kaffirs thing was at the very top, and Mr. Stirling found that, unless he was prepared to go to the outside he is the right man for a missionary to a savage that, though there are in the colony nearly limits of civilisation, it would be impossible to people. The numerous wood-cuts are not bad, twelve natives to every European, coolies aro purchase. Here is his description of the downs but we would willingly exchange half of them imported in large numbers. Mr. Peace has of North Queensland :for a good map.

provided an excellent map, conveniently placed " Riding over the treeless downs of North Queens- Our Sceptred Isle,and its World-wide in a pocket. land is the most dreary thing ever undertaken. Empire. _By Alexander Macdonald. (Sampson Iberian Sketches : Travels in Portugal and Nothing changes; mile after mile is traversed Low.) The title of this little book is no guide the North-west of Spain. By Jane Leck. without - as far as the traveller can see—altering to its contents. Mr. Macdonald's object seems (Glasgow: Wilson & M'Cormick.) The route Iris position or surroundings in the least, until to be to treat of and encourage emigration, not taken by the authoress and her party was somealmost any kind of variety would gladly be wel necessarily to our own colonies, but to colonies what different to the usual beaten Spanish comed as a relief. Hours seem days, miles mainly peopled from the British Islands. We round. They travelled first to Burgos, thence leagues, and the end no nearer at mid-day than cannot say that he has produced either a very by Leon and Orense to Vigo and Compostella ; it was in the early morning: :: •. One of the useful or readable book. Well-educated people turning back, they proceeded to Lisbon via most remarkable things about this part of Queens, will learn nothing from it; and, if the book is Oporto and Coimbra, and from Lisbon they land is the absence of all life; with the exception intended for the young or ignorant, they will took rail to Madrid, and home by Avila and stray crow or two, we saw no living thing during be perplexed by the multitude of figures and Valladolid. There is somewhat of novelty in the whole day's journey, nor should I imagine statistics, which do not always bear out the part of the journey to the North-west; that the advent of the white man in this part of the deductions drawn from them. The author and it would have been well if the authoress the continent has made much difference. The takes the opportunity of giving us his opinion had treated it more in detail, and had given want of water prevented the aboriginal from ever on the land question in England. He is in- less space to the oft-described Museum of making it his home, and the marsupials I know fected with the usual commonplaces and the Madrid, the Escorial, and Avila. The previous berer abounded."

usual ignorance on this subject; happily, how- knowledge of Spanish and of the things of The curse of the country is drink. The author ever, he does not approve of confiscating the Spain possessed by the party seems to have tells us that but for drink nine out of every ten property of land-owners! To prove the evils been slight; but some of them happily had men would be rich and independent, and the of the land tenure of this country he quotes the habit of scientific observation. Hence the colony worse off for labourers than it is now. The figures showing that the average yield of the few ornithological and botanical remarks are difficulty is for a working-man to avoid it; if years 1875-80 was less than that of previous interesting; and we must not omit a word of he goes into a public-house, he finds others at years without an allusion to the extraordi- praise for the trouble of counting the fairthe bar, one of whom is sure to shout—that is, nary succession of disastrous seasons and bad haired and gray- or blue-eyed girls, nineteen order drink for all; then, to avoid being harvests which prevailed in that period. Again, out of forty, in a school at Leon. The historical thought mean, the others must in turn do the he makes the yield per acre in England in knowledge, however, is not on a par with the same. Sometimes the landlord shouts to start the year 1879—one of the most unfavourable scientific. In a sentence on p. 27 our authoress the thing. One might suppose that in the years in the past half-century—the subject of a seems to suppose that the Gothic invasion of tropics this habit of drinking would be destruc- contemptuous remark, but is careful to conceal Spain was anterior to the Roman. The “kind tive of life, but it does not appear to be so, as what the average yield per acre in the United of jewellery, consisting of gold and silver the death-rate of Queensland rarely exceeds States of North America is. Can he be encrusted upon steel,” is no “speciality of fourteen or fifteen in the thousand. The ex- ignorant that the three countries which are the Madrid manufacture, but is made in the planation probably is that the drinking is not best cultivated, and in which the return per Basque Provinces and at Toledo. Prim's tomb continuous. The labourer drinks nothing but acre is the largest, are England, Belgium, and in the Atocha, which is greatly lauded, was tea while employed on a station; but when he Lombardy, in all of which some system of made by Señor Zuloaga while an exile at Strevives several months' wages in a lump, then landlord and tenant obtains ? We must protest Jean-de-Luz, in France (cf. the ACADEMY, be goes and drinks it all out. The author was against the nineteenth-century worship which April 24, 1875). The gold and silver filagree especially struck by the extent to which the runs down the productions of every other age. work noticed at Ponferrada is found, perhaps, working-men flung away their money. Multi- Mr. Macdonald says of the monuments of at its best among the Charras of Salamanca. tadinous as are the books on Australia, there Rome: “Though admiring their beauty and several customs-e.g., with regard to prisonsare few which give a popular account of grandeur, one will ask what a pity that so which our authoress takes as peculiar to the Queensland, and we can safely recommend the little of the labour bestowed upon these works spot on which she noticed them are really present work as both practical and readable. had reference to the useful.” He afterwards, common to a great part of the Peninsula. The reader must not, however, expect any in a note, admits that the Romans were great These mistakes are slight. We welcome the explanation of the strange name of the Never road-makers; but apparently he has never heard book as an attempt to get off the track which Never Land."

of their aqueducts, which would seem to be has been so often described. There is much Imi-Dawn in Dark Places : a Story of Wan- essentially useful and to prove how well the yet to be done in Spain. Would that some of derings and Work in Bech wanaland. By the Romans, practical people as they were, knew the lesser lights of the Alpine Club, whose Rev. John Mackenzie. (Cassells.) The writer of how to give to works of utility a monumental ambition does not aspire to the conquest of the this book (Mr. Mackenzie) is one of the mission character.

Himalayas, Andes, or New Zealand Alps, would aries of the London Missionary Society. In this Our Colony of Natal. By Walter Peace. leisurely explore the beauties of the Picos de volume he gives an account of his life and labours Published by Permission of the Natal Govern Europa, of the Asturian Mountains, and at Shoshong, the town of the Bamangwato ment. (Stanford.) Mr. Peace is the emigra- measure, map out, and correctly name these, tribe of Bechwanaland, from 1862 to 1867. tion agent for the Government of Natal. Since and the Peñamarella range between Leon and It may be objected that he has put off publish- he has been in England he has been so struck Galicia. ng till too late. He does not tell us why he by the astounding misconceptions entertained Children in Norway; or, Holiday on the has waited so long, but we trust this delay will by the people of this country, educated and Ekeberg. By Pator. (Griffith & Farran.) 100 prejudice any against what is really a very uneducated, as to what colonisation implies There is a peculiar charm about the air and miteresting and unaffected narrative. Shoshong that he has been constrained to write the scenery of Norway, combined with the frank entains 30,000 inhabitants, and is the largest present book, as he himself says, because kindness of the Norwegians, that never fails to of all the Bechwana towns, and indeed one of * I could not help it.” We doubt its being excite pleasing emotions; and most people who the largest in South Africa. The first missionary much read; it is a class of book, of which go there are more or less strongly tempted to who visited it was Dr. Livingstone, in 1842; Dr. we have had many before, which, though put their impressions into a book. Years ago, Moffat was there in 1853; and Mr. Mackenzie stuffed full of statistics and quotations, adds when communication was dificult and travellers Irund a Lutheran missionary, Mr. Schulenborg, little to our previous knowledge of the colony, proportionately few, and when the Malström rady installed there It tells well for both and is not adapted to the general reader. But was still a leading article of our geographical that they worked heartily together, as well the various statistics in it will be useful to any- faith, there was excuse for indulging this in Sunday services as in school teaching. In-one who is contemplating emigration. It is no tendency to any reasonable extent. Now, howded, Mr. Mackenzie is thoroughly free from wonder that the authorities of Natal exert ever, the subject has been so exhaustively bigotry and cant, and it is much to be wished themselves to promote emigration, considering written up, from so many different points of that all missionaries in South Africa were like how few persons have hitherto responded to I view, that it is dangerous ground for book

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