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and the relations by marriage. In the begin- keenness of perception, its many moving Heroine, the Villain Born for Better Things, ning, which is a long way back, John Vernon, touches of humour and wit and fine creative and so forth and so forth.

The story is the managing partner in Vernon's Bank, has ness- -that I prefer to leave it as nearly one of what to the excellent Mr. Jack slighted his cousin, Catharine Vernon, and virgin as possible. I confess myself in Dawkins was known as

" deformation of married another woman. He goes on to live love with Hester and with all her surround character." Elinor Stuart, the heroine hard and squander the Bank's money; and ings, from Catharine herself to Mrs. John, (heroines with such noble names are really one fine day he disappears. The Bank is on from the Morgans to their grandchild, the more than one can bear!), is an American the verge of ruin; but Catharine, who is admirable Emma. To me Hester combines the schoolmistress, possessed of all the virtues, a woman of genius, steps in and saves best qualities of Miss Marjoribanks and Salem rich in all the talents, and withal “highit, and with it tho family honour. She Chapol, while it has a certain distinction of toned” to a degree. She is moved, out of sticks to her work, and in her hands manner, an easy mastery of method, and a sheer beauty of character, to give lessons in the Bank grows greater and stronger than fine superiority of mental attitude in which reading, writing, and arithmetic to a certain over; while she, for her part, becomes a both these aro lacking. Next to A Beleaguered Will Hudson, an American working-man. local magnate, after whom people name their City, I cannot but esteem it as its author's Of course Will Hudson falls in love with houses and builders their terraces and squares, best and strongest book.

her; of course his sweetheart, Madge, is and who, for her charity, her enterprise, her

Mr. Fenn is always sound and honest and violently jealous ; of course the high-toned practically the queen of Redborough. Among set forth, some vigorous imagining to develop is a complete and perfect ass; of course his fine clear head and good strong heart, is pleasant, has always some stirring concept to Elinor is in love with the god-like form of her works of mercy are the transformation of and complete. In Sweet Mace, his story is an old family house, the Heronry, into a set one of England under the British Solomon, Mother with a Passion for her Gallant Boy

mother — the Beautiful and Unscrupulous of tiny mansions called the Vernonry, and the the damnedst fool” (as one of his lieges is installation therein of a certain number of made to asseverate) that ever did so and so or

of old style melodrama—is opposed to the decayed Vernons, and, on her own retirement said such and such a thing. There is a

match; and of course Will Hudson and from active business, the elevation to the chief heartiness about the sentiment and the

Madge are seduced by her into babbling away command of the Bank of two of her young pression which is characteristic

of all the the reputation of the lovely and accomplished cousins, Harry and Edward. Meanwhile, to author's work. Here we have him at his

idiot to whom her 'Aughty son has pledged his John Vernon and his wife, walking between freshest

. His hero, Gil Carr, is one of the love. Of course, too, all this blackguardism tavern and tavern all the Continent over, and valiant crew that followed 'Raleigh in his is only triumphant for a time.

Will Hudson living the life of shabby-genteel dishonesty, quest of El Dorado. His heroine, Sweet

Mace is killed in the inevitable accident; Madge there has been born a daughter, Hester, in Cobbe, is daughter of a mighty founder of has the fever that is usual in these cases, and whom we have to be heroically interested. John Vernon dies; and Mrs. John and between these two I shall not attempt to say when the game is up, and the dying Hudson's cannon and maker of powder. What happens

is nursed, it need hardly be noted, by the

unparalleled governess; and Mrs. Alderly, Hester, on Catharine's invitation, take up Mr. Fenn is a teller of stories; and the man confession is, as every body anticipates, in every; their quarters in the Vernonry. Thenceforth that would lay his hand upon a mystery save Hester is our heroine. At fourteen she is in the way of aid and concealment has always body's hands, succumbs to a fine old crusted bold, intelligent, independent, incorruptibly seemed to me unworthy the name of an

paralytic stroke, and dies, a prey to “A Late just; as like Catharine as one pea is like English critic. I shall, however, be breaking Remorse,” in the act of joining the hands of her another. The two, however, do not hit no confidence if I note that Mr. Fenn has

’Aughty son and his Lovely bride in the old it off together. They begin by misunder

familiar Scotch courtier for his villain and

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real standing each other—their first interview is capital comedy; for Catharine, as becomes writing of good King James's palmy time, all manifestly of cotton wool or (at the best) authentic witch for his villainess: he is usually his strongest part ; and that is all the

story he has to tell us. As his characters are a benevolent despot, who is also an old

and he is an Englishman, so how could it be maid, and withal a person of brains, has otherwise ? Nor shall I be held a betrayer of of wood, I do not fee! called upon to offer acquired habits of superiority, and has secrets if I mention that among the personages any more remarks on his work. got into the way of being an amused of his story he has a capital old sailor, and a Mr. Lindau's stories are all very careful observer of the meannesses and littlenesses with which she is brought into contact. These very pleasant pair of priests--a Roman and and, to me at least, all very dul. They

an Established Churchman : he is dreaming appear to have been inspired by the reading peculiarities are abominable to Hester. She of Raleigh's "remainder biscuit,” he has of Turgueneff ; but that is all I can say in perhaps despise, her poor, feeble, gentle, idiotic a privateering

hero, and he is working and their favour. 'In their dispraise it may be

thinking, and surveying mankind and romance noted that they are terribly superfluous. little mother; to scorn and avoid the back- from the heights of this noble nineteenth There is no reason at all why they should biting, small-talking, envious creatures, who century, so what else could he do? I shall never have been written ; but there are many are her fellow-pensioners -- Mr. Mildmay have said enough in any case if I add that he why they should never have been printed. Vernon, the carping, acrid, egoistic old has also a cave (a real cave !), an explosion, a They are naturalistic after a fashion, but they bachelor, and the two Miss Vernon-Ridgways, mystery, a witch-burning, a traitress with red will amuse nobody nobody, at least, who has who are a couple of villanous old maids ; and hair and a very natural desire to get married, read Turgueneff. He was naturalistic, too. to make friends and relatives of old Captain and a good deal of pleasant description and But he was also a great artist;. he had, more, Morgan and his wife, who, not being Vernons, strong, exciting drama ; and that his book- over, something to say; also, his reticence and but only poor relations of Catharine's mother, though specialists might scoff at it—is very sobriety were effects of an admirable imaginaare intolerable to all the Vernonry, besides, readable and fresh indeed : reminding you, a8 tion, an irresistible mastery of character and and who are, perhaps, the sweetest old couple it does, of Harrison Ainsworth, but of Harri- romance, a victorious experience of life. ever put into a book. In these thoughts and son Ainsworth knowing much more, and Mr. Lindau resembles him in nothing. He is among these influences Hester ripens into writing much better, and furnished with a not a great artist ; he has very little to say ; such a brilliant and commanding young maiden quite considerable endowment of the quality his reticence and sobriety are effects over

which English fiction. How her heart begins its life

among artists is figured by the mono- which the Russian would have shaken his

big white head. Decidedly it is better to of love, how she and Catharine come to syllabic equivalent for “intestines." understand and esteem each other, and how, Mr. Lee Benedict's new novel is, by many read Turgueneff in the original. when it is all too late, her eyes are unsealed degrees, the poorest of his I have seen.

Mrs. Hunter Hodgson, in Sister Clarice, is and the mystery of existence is made plain Usually he has something moving to give us fearfully eloquent; she is also deplorably inand open to her, I shall not say. Mrs. Oli- in the way of invention, something human effectual. Her heroine is pre-eminently a phant's own work is too good, too full, too and natural in the way of character. Here thing of beauty, and has all manner of virtue complete and rich, to be made the subject of he is absurdly uninteresting, and almost fan- to boot; her hero is a painter of genius, with compression and an impertinent précis. Besides, tastically old-fashioned and unreal. We have Mario's voice and more than Mario's charm, I have had so much pleasure in the book-its the Haughty Wicked Mother, the Proud A forged letter comes between them and immeasurable delicacies of observation, its and Idiotic Son, the Virtuous but Wronged happiness, and the heroine becomes a Sister,

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while the hero seduces a lovely American, has years old. “Rice and grain are grown in manner as to have rendered its use & child by her, and bolts. Years after Sister immense quantities. . . Many parts of India necessary. Clarice sees a gorgeous stranger ride over a are infested with wild animals," and so forth.

Our Domestic Birds : a Practical Poultry beautiful boy, the only offspring of a wonder- As to actual blunders, it is right to say that we

Ву ful widow. It need hardly be added that the have found but very few. One on p. 4, which Book for England and New Zealand.

Alfred Saunders. (Sampson Low.) We have, Stranger is the hero, that the Boy is his is duly corrected

in the "Errata ; " so is another at one time or another, read as many books offspring, and that the Widow is his victim. that we detected on p. 145. But it still

stands treating of poultry, pigoons, and game birds as What happens is soon told. The Boy expires, (p. 819) that Milton was educated at Trinity would furnish the shelves of a small library. Sister Clarice does her duty, and Claud (His College, Cambridge. It is also right to add the result to us has been, on the whole, not name is Claud !) and his Victim (who, by-the- that the work is exceptionally free from mis- unprofitable. Several of them have given us way, is good-looking enough for anything) prints in the spelling of foreign words and the results of a long series of observations. are married. Two years afterwards, or there proper names. Many of the wood-cuts might They have been, however, for the most part abouts, Claud is brought into the hospital to nical subjects are valuable ; but the pictures of anything outside the narrow world which

who mortally hurt ; but he expires in her embrace of beasts, birds, fishes, &c., are a weak con- feathored companions occupy, and such a thing , an .

28 style seems to have been almost unknown and she sees how horribly good, and kind,

to them. Mr. Saunders is of a different order. and self-sacrificing in his dealing with hi

Military Law. By Major S. C. Pratt. He is evidently a cultivated man of the world, wife he has been.

In this little and writes about poultry in a way which shows All this is inexpressibly (Kegan Paul, Trench, & Co.) comforting to her, and to the Victim like book we have an excellent digøst of the existing that if he were so pleased he could discourse

code of military law. The subject is arranged profitably on many other things as well. We wise; and we take leave of the pair in a in short numbered paragraphs classified under believe that his book will be much read by birdsoft and shining aureole of sisterhood and

general categories such as history of military fanciers here and in our colonies. The fourth self-satisfaction. I hasten to add that their law," “military custody," "powers of com- chapter, on food, is, perhaps, the most useful in story will do nobody any harm. It is, as manding officer," " assembly of courts-martial,” the book. The whole volume shows that Mr. English persons would say, “a trifle silly;"

» “crimes,".“punishments,"

."'"evidence," and so Saunders has been a most careful observer. but, as Americans would put it, it is also forth. The headings of the paragraphs are many facts he tells will be useful to those “ superbly high-toned.” To read it is to be printed in largo type, and consist of the interested in science who have little leisure, the subject, not of demoralisation, but of a would probably wish to be well informed. The chapter headed " Atrocities” should be read by respectful indifference.

style is terse and clear, and the authorities for everyone who has the welfare of his fellow

the various dicta are quoted in the margin. On creatures at heart. It is painful reading, but In Aleriel there is a great deal of earnest- p. 2 it is well observed that the military code of the sickening details Mr. Saunders gives should ness and a great deal of cheap astronomy. this country consists not only of the written not, and must not, be hidden. We believe, The narrator is (I think) a kind of clergyman; law such as the Army Act, Queen's Regulations with Cowper, that the hero is a native of the planet Venus; the Orders in Council, &c., but also of the un

* Many a crime deem'd innocent on earth moral is that there are more things in heaven written law, “or the customs or laws of war

Is registered in heaven.” and earth than are dreamed of in the phil- which cannot be rigidly defined, and depend osophy of those who haven't read Sir David on precedent and the practice of civilised But, however this may be, there can be no

nations in war.” Brewster. Aleriel visits the earth, conceals his

Such a work as this is in possible excuse for the perpetration of such wings (he is a species of fool), makes friends, men and to civilians. Recent legislation has wrong in the matter of vivisection, there can be

these days of considerable value both to military deeds of darkness. Whatever may be right or and returns to his own fairy orb. There he introduced refinements into the old system of no question here. tells his experiences, and is sent forth on a martial law, and has somewhat complicated the new royage of discovery. In an electric ship he rough-and-ready methods which provailed in the Sketch.By Charles Stuart. (Kelso : Ruther

David Blythe, the Gipsy King: à Character explores Mars,

Bacchus, Apollo, and Virorum. times of our forefathers. A good Index closes ford.) The Gipsies have a pathetic history. He then comes back to earth, perches himself the book, which forms the fifth volume of the Though they have lived among us for more somewhere in the Alps, has another interview with the narrator, contrives a mysterious commissioned Officers” edited by Col. o. B. generations than it is safe to guess, they have

but rarely blended with our people. They are Brackenbury. cave, and, generally, makes you long for an

surrounded by civilisation, but not civilisedhour of Jules Verne. Lastly, he disappears Philosophical Dialogues and Fragments. From not civilised, that is, in the sense in which into space, and you are far from sorry to be the French of Ernest Renan. Translated by political economists and theologians have a rid of him.

W. E. HENLEY.

Râs Bibârî Mukharjî. (Trübner.) We are not habit of using the word. In true manliness, sure whether there was any need that these and in honesty of a certain sort, the true Gipsy dialogues and fragments should have been is at least the equal of his neighbour ; but

rendered into English. Everything that M. he has little respect for law just because it is CURRENT LITERATURE.

Renan writes is important. The wildest law, and has notions which our territorial

speculations of such a man have a much higher aristocracy would pronounce to be rank socialism Cassell: Concise Cyclopaedia. Edited by William value than the carefully worked out deductions as to game. Mr. Stuart touches on the matter Heaton. With numerous Illustrations. (Cassello.) of inferior thinkers. It is not necessary that lightly, but we gather that King David was as A Cyclopaedia (why not Encyclopaedia ?) in a we should accept any one of M. Renan's ideas arrant a poacher as ever trod the heather. single volume, even though that volume con- to enjoy the wonderful power of thought and He was, notwithstanding, a good, upright man tains 1,340 pages of closely packed double fertility of illustration that he possesses. These according to his own codo of morals, with a salumans, can only be what it can be. The dialogues and fragments are, however, on vein of poetry in him which we sometimes find publishers are the best judges of the demand subjects with which, for the present, the in those who have led a wandering life, and bar such a work; the reviewer has little to say. ordinary Englishman has determined not to have remained free from the shackles that a Of course, the treatment must be inadequate meddle. Orthodox and agnostic have made settled home entails. The Scottish marriage i not of every subject, at least of the great common cause against those who would study law is very convenient for the Gipsies, who can majority. But then it may be replied that the metaphysics as a science or use it as a means for there contract marriage without any religious class for whom such a work is intended had the higher culture. There are, of course, a fow or civil forms having to be gone through. "In better have an inadequate book of reference in the land who care for speculations such as 1817 Patie Moore tied me and ma auld than done at all . As to the value of this plea M. Renan's ; but we conceive that they would peebour at Ooldstream Bridge, and

we were we are unable to decide. We will content our prefer the author's own French to any version, baith well oneuch satisfied wi' the marriage,” selves with pointing out that the present work however well it might be written. The trans. David Blythe said, until a child was born ; then is comparatively strong in the physical sciences, lator apologises for his “broken and Babu. a difficulty arose as to the infant's baptism, and positively weak in history, geography, and English." This is quite needless; the rendering which was, however, got over by paying, five biography. We do not mean that the articles is more idiomatic than most Englishmen would shillings as kirk.dues for an irregular marriage. in these latter departments show frequent or have made it. The sentence "science may Mr. Stuart's book is a small one, but it groas mistakes, but only that the information extend the limits of viability (p. 65) is the contains several good stories, and helps us in piren is so vague and meagro as to be worth- only one we have found that offends the ear. We more ways than one to pioture to ourselves what les. For example, tako such an article as do not call in question that the word " viability" the Border country was like before railways had *India” which is scarcely more than a column exists in the English language. If it does, it is made it easy of access. It appears that in the lag. No more details are given thau would very ugly and useless one. The sentence beginning of this century a cell under the tower be found in any school geography books twenty might surely have been constructed in such a of Tedburgh church was used as a prison,

NOTES AND NE I S. a copy of Wordsworth's Poems (six volumes, author, as if it were a solely official book, that

we are asked to state that it can be got of aty MR. WHITLEY STOKES has just finished for 1840), with the autograph of the poet. It was the Rolls series his edition of the Tripartite him the honorary degree of Ď.C.L., in which,

presented when the university conferred upon bookseller for two shillings. Life of Patrick, with other documents relating honour to itself, Durham anticipated both “I am still without the address of the editor of the

THE Rev. Dr. Littledale writes to us :to that saint. Cambridge and Oxford.

Philological Society's Dictionary, and therefore ONE of the coming volumes of the “Parch

A VOLUME of travel-sketches by Mr. William desire to note two words in the columns of the ment Library” will consist of selections from Sime, entitled To and Fro, will be issued shortly ACADEMY; Both occur in the January number Swift, prose and verse, journals and letters, by Mr. Elliot Stock.

of the English Illustrated Magazine. Uncoveredited by Mr. Stanley Lane-Poole.

ment' Miss MABEL COLLINS has just completed a Emperor, quivering with nervousness because of tae

exposure, laying open: ‘But the wretched With reference to Mr. Browning's fine poem new story, entitled The Prettiest Woman in Paris mob, would take no counsel that involved the on “Helen's Tower,” printed in the Pall Mall Warsaw, which is based on incidents in the life uncoverment of Paris, even in appearance' (Archiof December 28, on the same subject as Mr. of a favourite actress. Before publication in bald Forbes, The Emperor and his Marshal,' Tennyson had written on for Lord Dufferin, book-form, it will appear in several provincial E. I. M., p. 235).. Modernity, a word already we may mention that Mr. Tennyson had written papers.

found in dictionaries, but so rarely in use that the & poem on “Donald,” Mr. Browning's first We hear that Mr. Alexander Ireland's new be coining it: "Above all, he is the

poet of our

writer cited below believes himself, apparently, to subject in his Jocoseria, before that volume edition of his Book Lover's Enchiridion has been age, of the moment in which we live, of our appeared. ACCORDING to the Revue internationale (the lic not less than by that select class to which France gives us, perhaps, licence to say' (Henry

most favourably received-by the general pub- "modernity," as the new school of criticism in new Review at Florence, founded by Prof. de it most directly appeals. The “large-paper James, Matthew Arnold,' E. I. M., p. 244). I Gubernatis), an English version of Father Curci's issue and the ordinary issue are now both should add that Mr. Clark Russell's works furnish Il Vaticano Regin will appear before long; and almost exhausted.

some non-dictionary words. I have noted 'tumit is hinted that Mr. Gladstone may write the

blification' for an unsteady vessel, Preface.

' sailorly,' English publishers can show themselves as and unsailorly,' in A Sea Queen, and there are

smart as American publishers when they have MR. F. D. MATTHEW, of the Wyclif Society's similar material to deal with. Some weeks ago

probably more elsewhere." Executive, is writing a short popular Life of Messrs. Field & Tuer issued from Yo Leaden

As usual at this season, Messrs. Sampson Wyclif, to be sold for a penny, and circulated halle Presse an edition of Don't, the amusing Low have compiled from their fortnightly by the thousand. The Tract Society will pub- American manual of manners, as a volume in Publishers' Circular an analytical table of the lish a Wyclif broadsheet, to correspond with their shilling vellum-parchment series. Last

books published during the past twelve months. their Luther one, of which above a hundred Monday there appeared in the Row a sixpenny The result corroborates the impression which thousand were disposed of. edition from Messrs. Griffith & Farran, who

we have received from other sources—that 1883 The three points which the Wyclif Com- claim (we believe with truth) to have been the has been a very good year in the book trade.

The total number of new books published in memoration Committee will especially press first to introduce the book to English readers; are, we hear-(1) Wyclif's claim as the first but within three hours Messrs. Field & Tuer 1883 was 4,732, the total number of new man who gave the Bible to the people in their had out another edition, also at sixpence, editions was 1,413; grand total, 6,145, being mother-tongue; (2) as the founder of his Order which went off very well. The really important an increase of 1,021, or as much as twenty per of " Poor Priests,” the forerunner of the “Home thing to know would be - how much the cent., on 1882. Such cheering figures have not Missions” of our day; (3) as a reformer of American author gets from either.

been seen for a long time, as ever since 1879

there had been a steady decrease year after year. religion, not only a bitter opponent of the MR. W. DAVENPORT ADAMS, the new editor Even in 1879, the grand total was only 5,834. abuses of the Papal rule, but the earnest of the Derby Mercury, is introducing several preacher of spiritual religion against traditions, novel features.

“ Juveniles” still keep the first place they won

Under the heading of “ Town last year, though their total has considerably forms, and ceremonies.

and County," a series of picturesque sketches decreased; theology comes a close second, “OUR INDEBTEDNESS TO WYCLIFFE” is the of the borough and shire are promised. Notices showing a fair increase, though still much subject for discussion at the meeting of the of “Derbyshire Worthies” will be given. below its highest total; essays and belles-lettres London Clerical Conference on February 4, Derbyshire Records” is the title of a series of have a phenomenal increase of nearly threeat the Vestry Room of St. Giles-in-the-Fields, important selections from the paper for the past fold; education, art and science, law, and at 3 p.m. The Rev. J. Kirkman, of Hamp- hundred years. The Derby Mercury, we may history have all done well

. Among the new stead, reads the paper. add, is one of the oldest of provincial papers.

editions, nearly one-half the increase is due to THE University of Leipzig has conferred on It appears that the death of Turgenev will novels alone, while in new books the increase Dr. Buddensieg, of Dresden, its rare degree of give rise to litigation. By his will he appointed in novels is insignificant. Poetry and the Licentiate of Theology honoris causa, in wit- Mdme. Viardot his universal legatee; but her drama is the only class that shows a positive ness of the value it sets on his edition of claim is disputed by M. Bruère, the husband decrease, but then there had been a very large Wyclif's Latin Polemical Works, published both of a natural daughter whom Turgenev formally increase in the previous year. with German Introductions, &c., in Germany, acknowledged in 1863, but who has not been and with English Introductions and notes by heard of for some years past. It is probable the Wyclif Society in England. also that the family of Turgenev in Russia

AMERICAN JOTTINGS.
have certain legal rights to his property in
It seems that fourteen English publishers
France.

MR. MATTHEW ARNOLD's visit to Boston were after the English translation of John Bull et son Ile. The first and second to whom it was

The first two volumes of the “Diabolical appears to have been not altogether successful, offered tried to beat down the price, and the Library,” (!), have just appeared. The first is even though it is reported that he was judicious disgusted author, Mr. Max O’Rell , abruptly Le Sabbat des Sorciers, by Bourneville and enough to take lessons in elocution from Prof.

His free criticism of closed negotiations. The third publishing house, Teinturier; and the second Procès-verbal fait Churchill, of Andover. Y• Leadenhalle Presse, at once closed with the pour délivrer une Fille possédée par le malin Emerson in the near neighbourhood of Concord terms, and, to clinch matters, tendered a cheque Esprit à Louviers (1591), edited from an unpub- has itself naturally furnished occasion for critiin advance for the whole amount, which (not lished MS. in the Bibliothèque nationale by cism-especially his successive statements, to be outdone in business generosity) Mr. Nax Armand Bénet.

I do not, then, place Emerson among the great O'Rell promptly declined. Since its appear. THE Belgian Institute of Geography is about poets. But I go further, and say that I do not ance, barely three weeks ago, John Bull and to publish reproductions of the ancient plans of place him among the great men of letters. his Island has been selling at the rate of nearly Belgian towns which are preserved in the Emerson cannot, I think, be called, with justice, a a thousand copies a-day, and the profits must Royal Library at Brussels. M. Alph. Vanden- great philosophical writer.” have netted the plucky publishers something peereboom has taken charge of Ypres, M. Malon There was also some feeling shown when Mr. very handsome indeed.

of St. Nicholas, and M. Wauters of Brussels. Arnold, who had been announced to lecture at THE Bewick sale, to which reference has been MR. C. B. STRUTT, who is writing a work on

Cambridge, recited instead selections from his made before in the ACADEMY, is now fixed to Historical Chairs, will be glad to receive poems, because, forsooth, his arrangements take place at Newcastle-upon-Tyne on January descriptive particulars, with engravings, draw- with Mr. D'Oyley Carte would not permit of

his lecturing 15, 16, and 17. It will comprise all the copies ings, or photographs, of celebrated chairs in of Bewick's illustrated books that were in the family residences, cathedrals, churches, colleges, BESIDES Mr. Matthew Arnold, three other possession of the survivor of his two daughters, town halls, &c. Mr. Strutt's address is 34 East Englishmen have been lecturing at BostonIsabella Bewick, with many notes and correc- Street, Red Lion Square, W.C.

Prof. James Bryce on "English Politics," Mr. tions in Bewick's handwriting; and also the OUR notice last week of Lieut.-Col. J. F. Henry Blackburn on “ Illustrated Descriptions entire “remainder" of Bewick's Memoirs. Maurice's Hostilities without Declaration of War of London," and the Rev. J, G. Wood on " In

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ON December 20 a farewell reception was with his left towards the foe. At his feet lies a holding several curacies in London, and for given at Baltimore to Prof. Sylvester on the dead soldier; and the designs on the pedestal three years (1835-38) the rectory of Bexwell, in occasion of his leaving Johns Hopkins Univer- are likewise military.

Norfolk, he was instituted into the family living sity for Oxford. Among those who made

M. EMILE OLLIVIER is said, we believe not of Borden in 1838, and held that benefice until speeches were President Gilman (who, by-the- for the first time, to be engaged on a History of 1857. Mr. Musgrave was the lord of the manor way, has declined the nomination as Director of the War of 1870, with special reference to the of Borden, as well as one of the chief landthe American School at Athens for next year) conduct of the Ministry of which he was the owners in the parish ; and during his incumbency and Mr. Matthew Arnold. chief.

he filled the east and west windows of the MR. VANDERBILT recently gave an

church with stained glass in memory of the home" at New York with the object of dis- andre Dumas, it has naturally occurred that literary work consisted of Translations from

Now that Paris possesses a statue of Alex. departed members of his family. His earliest playing the new arrangement of what is perhaps Honoré de Balzac ought to be commemorated Tasso and Petrarch (1822), and he was the first the finest private gallery of modern pictures in in the same way. A statue of Béranger has person to attempt a translation of the Book of the world. The total number of paintings, in already been begun, and is to be unveiled in Psalms in Blank Verse (1833). Many years oil and water-colours, is 208. Among the most

July. famous are Turner's “Castle of Indolence,

later, in 1863, he published a version, in the Rousseau's “Study from Nature,” Millet's

L'Intermédiaire, the French Notes and Queries, same metre, of the Odyssey. During his resi“Sower,” Meisonnier's “Desaix and the Cap- is dead; but its place will to some extent be dence in Kent he wrote many works for the tured Peasant,” Gérôme's “ Louis XIV. re

filled by a new fortnightly periodical, edited instruction of his poorer parishioners, with the ceiving the Great Condé,” Millais's “Bride of by M. Charles Nouroy, and called Le Curieux. same spirit which led the second Lord AshLammermoor, Alma Tadema's companion A LUXURIOUS edition of Sterne's Sentimental burton to insist, in public speeches, upon the pieces The Picture Gallery” and “The Sculp: Journey, illustrated by Maurice Leloir, is to be teaching in schools of " common things,” and, ture Gallery,”, de Neuville's "Le Bourget," published in the "Librairie artistique," edited after he had withdrawn from active clerical Detaille's " Ambulance Corps,” and Fortuny's by H. Launette. Two hundred extraordinary duties, he compiled several volumes, such as * Arab Fantasia in Algiers.

copies will be issued at 350 and 300 frs., and 4 Manual of Family Prayers (1865) and a THE Youth's Companion, a Boston paper, an

50 frs. is to be the price of the rest. Sterne is Psalter for Private Commune (1872) for domestic nounces for the coming year original poems by one of those few of our authors who might worship. Mr. Musgrave's name, however, was

chiefly associated with travel in the rural Mr. Tennyson, Lord Lytton, and M. Victor be illustrated as well by a Frenchman as by an

districts of France. He liked the manners of Hugo, and illustrated serial stories by Mrs. Englishman, and Maurice Leloir is espocially its people, and appreciated

the historic associaOliphant, Mr. Thomas Hardy, and M. Alphonse suited for his task.

tions of its scenery. Between 1848 and 1869 Daudet.

A VOLUME just published by the Librairie he issued seven works descriptive of his tours “SHAKSPERE AS A LAWYER” has often formed Renouard, Paris, entitled Les Richesses du Palais

the Channel, beginning with three matter for argument since Mr. W. L. Rushton Mazarin, by Count de Cosrac, should possess volumes with the alliterative title of Parson, wrote a book with this title in 1838, and Lord considerable interest for students of the history Pen,

and Pencil (the second edition of which Campbell in the following year. The latest

of art in England. It contains the hitherto appeared under the exacter name of Excursions ddition is an elegant little quarto volume, unpublished correspondence of M. de Bordeaux, to Paris, Tours, and Rouen) and ending with a written by Mr. F. F. Heard, which Mr. Rolfe French ambassador in England under the Ramble into Brittany. He had probably seen in the Literary World calls “the most scholarly

Commonwealth ; account of the royal more of the rural scenery of France than any and complete discussion of the subject that has collections sold at Somerset House in 1650; of his compatriots, and those who desire to yet appeared."

and an inventory of the contents of the Palace, imitate him in his knowledge of our sprightly

drawn up after the death of Cardinal Mazarin, neighbours should peruse his volumes more The new library of Michigan University was in 1661.

than once. opened, with some ceremony, on December 15. It has space for more than a hundred thousand M. ROTHSCHILD has just published an édition MR. RICHARD TAYLOR, F.G.S., the last survolumes, with ample provision for enlargement de luxe of M. Yriarte's Vie d'un Patricien de viving member, and for many years past the But its special feature is the arrangements for Venise, illustrated with 136 engravings and head, of the well-known firm of John Taylor the use of students. The reading-room is semi- eight copper-plates from the frescoes of Paul & Sons, died at 6 Gledhow Gardens, South circular, with accommodation for 212 readers

. Veronese and other contemporary works of art. Kensington, on December 28. His father, Mr. Cpstairs are special rooms—for the Shakspere The extensive repairs and restorations neces- John Taylor, F.R.S., was a voluminous concollection_(which already numbers 2,300 sary at Versailles are progressing but slowly. tributor to the scientific periodicals on all volumes), English literature, classical philology, It is said that the basin of Neptune will not be questions connected with mining; and the firm political science, &c.

ready till the end of 1887, and that, therefore, which he originated took a leading part in the TIE American Post Office Department has the “grandes eaux ” will not play till 1888. establishment of many of the principal mines issued a circular, following an English prece- The total amount appropriated to the Insti- at home and abroad. Mr. Richard Taylor was dent, which claims that periodicals with an ex- tut in the Budget for the year 1884 is 720,000 born at Holwell, near Tavistock, in March 1810, pessive proportion of advertising matter shall frs

. (£30,800), of which the Académie française and, like his father, was imbued with mineralbe treated as third-class not second-class matter takes only 98,000 frs., and the Académie des ogical tastes. He contributed to the Transac-in other words, charged at book rates instead Sciences as much as 203,000 frs. Every member tions of the Geological Society of Cornwall, and of newspaper rates. The test is whether they of each section of the Institut receives 1,500 frs. was the President of the Polytechnic Society at are “ published primarily for advertising pur- | (£60) a-year; the permanent secretary of each Falmouth from 1876 to 1879. poses.

section 6,000 frs. ; the remainder is for special
work, such as the compilation of the Academy's MAGAZINES AND REVIEITS.

dictionary, the publication of memoirs, and the THE Scottish Review enters with its December FRENCH JOTTINGS.

award of prizes. The Bibliothèque nationale number on the second year of its existence; and, MGR. PERRAUD, Bishop of Autun, has been appears to be maintained at a total cost of less to judge from the variety of its contents, we elected director of the Académie française for than 700,000 frs. (£28,000), of which 400,000 frs. should say that the experiment of the pubthe first quarter of 1884, and M. de Mazade, is devoted to the personal staff, 86,000 frs. to the lisher in founding it has met with the success chancellor-an office commonly assigned to the purchase of books, 28,000 frs. to the purchase it deserved. Four of its eight articles, on “The newest member. It will therefore probably of MSS., 40,000 frs. to the purchase of coins, Irish Language,” “M. Renan's Souvenirs,” fall to the bishop to “receive” the three new and 26,000 frs. to the purchase of prints. The members who will have to fill the vacant places State expends 347,000 frs. (£21,880) in grants translated), and "Charles Dickens,” are more

“A Study from Turgénieff” (never before of Jules Sandeau, Victor de Laprade, and to learned men and learned societies, which

The

or less of the character of pure literature. Henri Martin. On January 17, M. Camille does not include 200,000 frs. (£8,000) allotted paper on the Irish language is a very good Rousset, the late director, will “receive" M. for scientific missions.

example of what such an article should be, Pailleron. January 24 has been fixed for the flection to Sandeau's fauteuil ; but the other

being neither too “popular” nor too dry; and two vacancies will probably not be filled until

OBITUARY,

the writer on Dickens, if not profoundly

critical, communicates special knowledge relater.

THE Rev. George Musgrave, a man of wide garding one or two of his hero's characters THE statue of Gambetta at Cahors, for which literary tastes, died at Bath on December 26. which is more interesting than criticism. 160,000 frs. (£6,400) has been already subscribed He was the eldest son of G. Musgrave, of During the year, the Review has dealt with altogether independent of the national monu- Shillington Manor, Bedfordshire, and Borden | Scottish archaeology, history, burgh records, ment at Paris, is to be unveiled on April 2, the Hall, Kent, and was born at Marylebone in and the like, and in the new number there is a day of his birth. It is in bronze, the work of 1798. He graduated at Brazenose College, vigorous article on the grievances of Scotch X A. Falguière. It represents Gambetta rest- Oxford, in 1819, taking a second class in universities. The writer evidently possesses ng his right hand upon a cannon, and pointing classics, and proceeded as M. A. in 1822. After ample knowledge of English and German as

seen.

well as of his country's universities, and has FORSCHUNGEN D. STUDIEN, etruskische Arse: x. W. doth meliorate fruits, so doth letting plants a vigorous style. He is rather aggressive, but! HUMBOLDT's, * W.' v., sprachphilosophische Werke. blood.” If the expression to let a man blood be his countrymen will like him none the less Hrsg. u. erklärt v. H. Steinthal. 2. Hälfte. Berlin: now as obsolescent as the operation, it was not for that. The summaries of foreign Reviews in MASPERO, Etudes égyptiennes. ge Fasc. Paris : so in Keats's day, and was certainly not vulgar

. the Scottish Review are so carefully done that Maisonneuve, 15 fr.

Had I conceived the possibility of such an

La Grecità non-Ionica nelle Iscrizioni più emendation as that proposed, I would gladly we would suggest that the notices of contem- PEZZI, D.

antiche. Turin: Loescher. 3 fr. 50 c. porary literature should be condensed in order

have indulged Mr. Gosse's kindly zest for annotato make room for more of them,

tion with one more note; but I may perhaps be CORRESPONDENCE.

permitted to remind him that one-half of the THE new year begins well with the Antiquary;

textual critic's battle lies in the silent preservathe present number is one of the best we have

THE NEW EDITION OF KEATS.

tion of established readings. The opening paper, on “ The History

London : Dec. 24, 1883. Touching the stanza of “La Belle Dame and Development of the House," by Mr. Henry In his review of my edition of Keats's Works sans Merci" which I restored from the version B. Wheatley, is very useful in more respects (ACADEMY, December 22), Mr. Gosse appeals published in Keats's lifetime, I agree with than one. We may, perhaps, not find much directly to me on some points which I should Mr. Gosse as to the comparative poverty in new knowledge in it, and we have certainly with pleasure meet in any manner most agreeable point of sound. But sense goes for somemet with the illustrations before; but it con- to him. Perhaps, as the questions appear publicly thing, and the sense seems to me greatly denses matter scattered in many volumes in one in your columns, you may think the following superior to that of the other version. It was coherent whole. Mr. Reginald Stuart Poole's answer should be there too, if, indeed, you can after a lengthy discussion with the late Dante paper on “The Study of Coins is well find room for it. In regard to Keats's warm Gabriel Rossetti that I determined to settle the worth reading. We hope he may some day or praise of Mrs. Tighe, I fear I have not made my text as it now stands, and leave the “kisses other expand it into an essay: Mr. J. H. meaning plain. My note is simply, “The four" as a various reading: That numerical Round gives us a valuable treatise on an inter- reference to Mrs. Tigħe, the authoress of Psyche, motive is to my mind anything but "wild,” esting period of mediaeval history in a paper is significant as an indication of the poet's taste and Rossetti criticised it somewhat hardly. which he has quaintly headed “That Detestable in verse at this period." Mr. Gosse seems to I do not know whether Keats's friend WoodBattle of Lewes.” Those who are more inter- think I meant to imply that Keats had imitated house, who introduced him to Ronsard, went ested in the politics than in the fighting of the Mrs. Tighe, and corrects me by saying it was so far as to introduce him to Villon also ; but time will find some of his suggestions fruitful. Moore whom Keats had imitated. But my in the apocryphal works of “Master Francis An unsigned paper on "The Tolhouse at Great note merely directs attention to Keats's ex- there is the following curious parallel passage :Yarmouth” gives a good account of a most pic- aggerated admiration for verse such as hers; and turesque mediaeval building which has narrowly in my Preface (p. xxii.) I expressly mentioned

Alors luy donnay sur les lieux

Ou'elle feisoit l'endormie: escaped destruction. his failure to finish this “ poor little poem” “up

Quatre venues, de cæur joyeux, to its own Tom Moorish standard." "I am much

Luy fis en moins d'heure et demie.” obliged to Mr. Gosse for the parallel passage The parallel is unenviable; and perhaps someSELECTED FOREIGN BOOKS. from Mr. Ruskin ; though, indeed, I made no GENERAL LITERATURE. attempt to exhaust the list of parallel

passages might possibly be held to tend. At all events, I

one pointed out to Keats what way his stanza ABOUT, E., Le Roi des Montagnes. Paris : Lib. des to be drawn from works written after Keats's.

have no doubt that the change was his own. Bibliophiles. 30 fr.

As regards the quantity of the word Hyperion, ALMANACH des Traditions populaires.

“ Prometheus Unbound," 30 Année.

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Keats was in daily expectation de la Gazette des Beaux-Arts. 40 fr. BODE, W., u. R. DOHME. Die Ausstellung v. Gemälden generally adopted in the face of Shakspere's, of a copy, as may be seen at p. 97 of

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ing the support of the good Dr. Akenside, or KERN, F. Goethes Torquato Tasso. Beiträge zur Erklärg. d. Dramas. Berlin: Nicolai. 3 M. even that of our present Poet Laureate, whose month (ib. pp. 86, 88) Keats had met the

Gisbornes,

and may very well have heard a good LOTHEISSEN, F. Geschichte der französischen Literatur line in “Lucretius

deal of “ Prometheus " from them, even if he im 17. Jahrh. 4. Bd. Wien: Gerold's Sohn. 9 M. NADAUD, G. Une Idylle. Paris : Lib. des Bibliophiles.

“All-seeing Hyperion-what you will”

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ginalquellen übertragen. Wien: Gerold's Sohn. In the few points at which my courteous critic “ The beautiful profile by Girometti” (not

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notes flaws in the text and suggests amendments, Giromelli) was a bas-relief medallion, executed Land u. Leute. Historischethnographisch-geograph. Schilderg. 2. Bd. Wien: his surmises may very likely be right, except in by Giuseppe Girometti, of Rome. An account of Gerold's Sohn. 7 M.

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out by me, and I should wish to see MS. it is inserted at p. lvi.
THEOLOGY,
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thums, urkundlich dargestellt. Leipzig : Fues. to Fanny that I should make a decided stand Fanny Brawne (not Browne); but I feel that I 12 M. for the received text as given in

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support of my own view of her character. So ERRANTE, V. Storia dell' Impero osmano dą Osman If I met in Keats's own writing the proposed far as I know, she has not left much on record alla Pace di Carlowitz. Vol. II. Rome: Forzani. | line

about Keats; and what she has left has not, to MORIN, Dom G. Histoire générale des Pays du Gas- “ Physician Nature ! let my spirit's blood !! my mind, been accepted in the sense intended. tinois, Senonois et Hurpois. T. 1. Paris : Hin- I should certainly stumble at it, and should hearted coquette.” I do not doubt that she

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teems with family history-is redolent of Keats's PHYSICAL SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY. foster-father Aesculapius, as well as of their

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Mr. Gosse raises the question whether Keats HANKEL, W. G. Elektrische Untersuchungen. 17. Ab- strictly professional. Let me blood was a per- have “ heard passages of it in MS.,” quoting,

could have seen Shelley's “Prometheus," or handig. Ueber die bei einigen Gasentwickelungen fectly orthodox expression in his day; let my auftretenden Elektricitäten. Leipzig: Hirzel.

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like

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that this suggestion is chronologically tenable. TISSANDIER, G. L'Océan aérien: Etudes météoro- | that excellent one in “Love's Labours Lost,"

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