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As soldiers in battle lose an arm or a nei ves, but to have as much of both as leg without receiving any information of possible. Hence Mr. Matthew Browne bas the fact except from the mechanical diffi- been somewhat unjust to the stupid world culty of using wbat is no longer there to he criticizes, by underrating iis nerve, be u:ed, so in a hundred operations of ordi- which is often very much in excess of that nary life the tension which a man puts upon of the nervous class he eulogizes. No doubt his active or intellectual faculties will actu- it is less credit to bave good nerve if you ally render him almost sensation-proof and have obtuse nerves, but it is a real misiorperception-proof till the tension is voluntari- tune to have power of nerves in great exly relaxed. Indeed many men exbibit cess over your power of nerve. nervoụsness in the ordinary sense only when women, who bave no sympathy with this sort of tension, and are scarcely aware when it is going on, break in upon it with little irruptions from practical lite, - solicitations to alterd to the bills and admire the
ESPARTO GRASS. children, or, it may be, mere indications, as irritating as anything else, that a suspense The important position which the lately of attention at a criiical point is no effort discovered article of petroleum has rapidly or annoyance to themselves, by whispered taken in commerce is very interesting in inquiries after a finer kind of darning silk itself, as suggesting how quickly the distovin the
crisis of a discussion, or volun- ery of any new principle of notion would tary exits in the middle of a passage read exercise an important influence on the aloud from a book to win their syn, patły. piesent state of our industry. Another dis“ Nervous” men are frequently nen rather covery has lately been made, which, though of nerve than of nerves, who concentrate of less importance than that of petioli um, their mind strongly on one task at a time, is still so interesting in character, and so and cannot bear to relax the reips till it is useful as regards an important article of accomplished. But Mr. Matthew Browne manufacture, that we ihink our readers is certainly mistaken in supposing, that will be glad to receive the following in“ nerves are necessarily lavourable to foi mation on the subject. • nerve." Women have more nerves than We allude the discovery lately men, so far as a much readier perception of made of the applicability of the Atocha, the multiplicity of things happening before or as it is called in Spain "(sparto," their eyes, and imagination of much which to the manufacture of paper. Mr. Lloyd, does not happen except in their own minds, of the Walthamstow Paper Mills, is siaied is concerned, but their nerves usually to bave had a great share in the merit of lead to want of nerve. On the other hand, this discovery; and Mr. Mark, the British men like Governor Eyre, with nerve enough Consul at Mali ga, has drawn up an interestfor a martyrdom, – the martyrs, by the ing report on the subject, wbich bas lately way, had probably much more concentrative been made public in the commercial reports. nerve than delicacy of nerves, can not This grass is the produce of waste lands, bave very fine nerves, or he would have - it requires no expense in cultivation and died under the suffering of bis 700-mile little in collecting. It is best propagated desert walk, could not have endured to let from the roots and not from seed. It is loose the wild Marcons even on negroes, perennial and propagates of itself, and imand would have been horror-struck instead roves by a regular yearly gathering if of gratified with Colonel Hobbs's account plucked with sufficient care. Mr. Mark of his pleasant ways of investigating guilt has devoted great care in his endeavours to by holding a pistol io the head of an inform- ascertain the climate and soil which are
In short Mr. Matthew Browne, while favourable to the development of the plant; a little more than just to nerves, has been and it appears that the Atocha requires a decidedly less than just to nerve. The decidedly hot and dry climate, that it power to react upon life certainly does not grows equally well in the plains and in the vary at all in proportion to the delicacy mountains to a moderate elevation, — and and variety of the reports received from that as regards soil it flourishes both in life. Great literary men may bave been calcareous and argilaceous soils, or when usually men of nerves, but the greatest these soils are blended in the form of marl
. practical men have been men of nerve. The greatest quantity is shipped from the The bighest nervous constitution is to have provinces of Almeria and Marcia; but it is a slight preponderance of nerve over found, though in less abundance, in all the
Southern Provinces of Spain. It is also in that period ; and Mr. Mark estimates the said to be plentiful in some parts of the present rate of annual export at 50,000 opposite Coast of Africa, and shipments are tons. made from Oran to England.
Mr. Mark anticipates that even at its Prior to the discovery of its being avail- present enhanced price the Spanish grass able for the manufacture of paper the will take a place with cotton, hemp, and esparto had been used in Spain as fuel, in wool as one of the staple and essential the manufacture of
ropes for mining bases of manufacturing industry, and if and rigging, and for making baskets and this anticipation should be realized, in admatting. But the discovery of the valua- dition to the valuable resource which it ble properties of the grass has made a com- seems likely to prove to our paper manufacplete revolution in the districts where it turers, it will form an important element grovs. Fortunes have been realized by in trade between this country and Spain, – individuals who were the proprietors of the indeed we already learn that our ship-ownland which produces it. The price has ers have largely profited by a discovery more than doubled, and is now estimated which has enabled them to find freights for by Mr. Mark at £4 2s. per English ton on their vessels employed in conveying coals board. The greater part of the exports and machinery to the mining districts in have as yet been directed to England, Spain, and which had hitherto, in the where in the brief space of three or four majority of cases, been under the necessity years the article has become a requisite of of returning to England in ballast. — Econthe highest importance, 160,000 tons having omist, Dec. 30. been, as it is said, imported into England
"THERE SHALL BE NO MORE SEA."
Shall that rich voice of praise,
Wide Ocean's anthem echoing to her Lord “ There shall be no more sea :
That hymn of ancient days, So spake the Prophet of the golden lips, A thousand parts all met in sweet accord –
Whose vision, clear and free, Saw the far depths of that Apocalypse.
Shall that be heard no more?
Shall all the beauty, all the glory flee?
Shall the new earth's rich store
The forms of them that sleep
No! Far as man may dream
The wondrous glory yet to be reveal’d,
Still on the eye shall gleam
The emerald waters as a crystal field;
Still on the golden isles
The brightness of the Lord of light shall shine, “No sea !” And will the earth
And still the countless smiles
Only the drear expanse
Shall meet no more our glance
COXSIDER. Shall leave the new-born earth our souls to bless.
The lilies of the field whose bloom is brief:No more the treacherous wave
We are as they ; Shall whelm poor wanderers in the homeless
Like them we fade away,
As doth a leaf.
The sparrows of the air of small account:
Our God doth view
Whether they fall or mount, -
Yet are most fair:
What profits all this care
Consider Where once he measured all his monstrous The birds that have no barn nor harvestlength.
God gives them food :-
Much more our Father seeks
To do us good.
CHRISTINA G Rossetti The crystal tide the palm-girt shore shall lave.
The ocean of His love
BY JOHN G. WHITTIER.
In sky and wave the white clouds swam,
And the blue hills of Nottingham
Through gaps of leafy green
Across the lake were seen,
The onyx, and the gold -
When, in the shadow of the ash
That dreams its dream in Attitash,
In the warm summer weather,
Two maidens sat together.
They sat and watched in idle mood
The gleam and shade of lake and wood,
The beach ihe keen light smote,
The white sail of a boat,
Swan flocks of lilies shoreward lying,
Hardhack and virgin’s-bower,
And white-spiked clechra-flower.
With careless ears they heard the plash
And breezy wash of Auitash,
The locust's sharp reply.
The shaggy dog of Newfoundland,
Whose uncouth frolic spilled Good Words.
Their baskets berry-filled.
LITTELL'S LIVING AGE. - NO. 1132.-10 FEBRUARY, 1866.
From the London Quarterly Review. tration ; but it has not, till now, obtained a Life and Times of Sir Joshua Reynolds. fair and full expression. Malone's memoir By C. LESLIE, Esq. and Tom Taylor, was slight; Northcote's “pottering." and Esq. 1865.
illiterate; Allan Cunningham's - in the
estimation of Leslie - was malicious and “ EVERYTHING turned out fortunately untrue. Nevertheless, Allan Cunningham's for Sir Joshua, from the moment of his “ Lives of the British Painters, Sculptors, birth to the hour I saw him laid in the and Architects,” is an entertaining book, earth. Never was a funeral of ceremony at- giving a lively, and, on the whole, a truthtended with so much sincere concern by all ful impression of the men whom he delinesorts of people. The day was favourable – ates. He was a poet, and had strong and the order not broken or interrupted in the glowing sympathy with the various forms smallest degree. Your uncle, who was of art. He lived among artists, being for a back in the procession, was struck motion- quarter of a century foreman to Sir Franless at his entering the great west door. cis Chantrey, to whom he gave many a The body was just then entering the choir, poetic hint. It was he who suggested the and the organ began to open, and the long lovely idea of the snowdrop in the hand of black train before him produced an as- the sleeping child in Lichfield Cathedral. tonishing effect on bis sensibility, and, con- He met constantly with men who knew sidering how dear to him the object of that Reynolds. He could have, so far as we melancholy pomp had been, everything, know, no special reason for traducing his I think, was just as our deceased friend character. What he asserts is asserted dewould, if living, have wished it to be; for liberately, and in his short memoir of Reya he was, as you know, not altogether indif- nolds there is a note to the effect that his ferent to this kind of observance.”
damaging remarks were made after careful No; for though “the sufficiency of inquiry. It is true that he does not give his Christian immortality frustrates all earthly authorities. The impression he leaves on the glory, and the quality of either state after reader's mind is a mixed one. Reynolds is death makes a folly of posthumous memory, placed before us as a man of high genius
— yet man is a noble animal, splendid in and determined purpose; shrewd, philosoashes, and pompous in the grave; solemniz- phic, equable in temper, courtly in manners, ing nativities and deaths with equal lustre, making and keeping a large circle of friends nor omitting ceremonies of bravery even in among the best classes of his countrymen the infamy of his nature.”
for rank, learning and ability, among them Two mighty pens the one in the hand much beloved, but debarred of court favour of Edmund Burke, the other in that of Sir by his independence — all which agrees Thomas Browne – here supply a solemn with the record we are about to follow; and splendid image, and a profound and but he is exhibited as having another and most eloquent reflection. Both the image less pleasing side to his character, most and the reflection naturally, awaken a easily perceived by his dependants and strong curiosity to know the whole story of subordinates, some of whom reported him what we may name The Fortunate Life, to be exacting, penurious, and mean. Peoended and crowned by those dark honours ple “spoke of him,” says Allan Cunningof the sepulchre which he who received ham, " as they found him.” No explicit them did not hold to be “supervacuous,' contradiction or disproof of Cunningham's in this respect not resembling Horace, bc- statements is given by Leslie. The reader tween whose character and his there were is left to infer from the evidence before not a few other points of similarity. him of the high excellenee of the character
This remarkable career was not without of Reynolds — its inconsistency with the record previous to the publication of these charges brought against him. It is not in volumes. Malone, Northcote, Allan Cun- " The British Painters," "however, that we ningham, each have contributed to its illus- find the following quotation from North THIRD SERIES.