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THE PANAMA RAILROAD is described by Bishop, boatman added, that the needle pointed to the south ! Janes as the greatest wonder of the Isthmus. Wishing to change the subject, I remarked that I conOften, says the bishop, when traveling on North

cluded he was about to proceed to some high festival ern railroads, as I have passed through deep He told me, with a look of much dejection, that his

or merry-making, as his dress was completely white. excavations in the granite rock or well-made brother died the week before, and that he was in the tunnels through opposing mountains, have I deepest mourning for him. On landing, the first obpaid a spontaneous but silent tribute of glowing who wore an embroidered petticont, with a string of

ject that attracted my notice was a military mandarin, admiration to the genius and enterprise which heads round his neck, and wbo, besides, carried a fun; have thus opened and graded these thorough- it was with some dismay I observed him mount on fares of inland commerce and these highways my attention was drawn to several old Chinese stand,

the right side of his horse. On my way to the house, of journeying humanity. Bat the Panama Rail. ing on stilts, some of whom had gray bearıls, and road is the greatest achievement of them all. nearly all of them huge goggling spectacles; they were Built in the same latitude, and under similar delightedly employed in flying paper kites, while &

group of boys were gravely looking on, and regarding circumstances with some of these other roads,

the innocent occupation of their seniors with the most it would be an inferior work. But the sickli- serious and gratified attention. Desirous to see the ness and lassitude of the climate, the great dif- literatare of so carious a people, I looked in at a book ficulty of obtaining laborers who could at all

store. The proprietor told me that the language bad

no alphabet, and I was somewhat astonished, on his endure it, the great distance that the materials opening a Chinese volume, to find him begin at what had to be imported, and other serious embar- I had all my life previously considered the end of the rassments, rendered the enterprise one of un

book. He read the date of the publication - The fifth

year, tenth month, twenty-third day.'. We arrange rivaled interest. The mere survey of the route,

our dates differently,' I observed ; and begged that be through tropical swamps and over chaparal- would speak of their ceremouials. He commenced by covered hills, was a service of difficulty, of

saying, "When you receive a distinguished guest, do

not fail to place him on your left hand, for that is the danger, of skill, of courage, and of perseverance

seat of honor; and be cautious not to uncover the rarely equaled. The first twelve miles of the head, as it would be an unbecoming act of familiarity.” road from Aspinwall is across a morass, so soft, when the vines, and reeds, and shrubs were The action of galvanism in the earth upon cleared off, that piles sixty feet long would set- iron and steel has been recently tested by an tle down out of sight by their own weight; yet ensinent London cutler. Observing that steel across this almost bottomless slough, bringing seemed to be much improved when it had betimbers from the States, and stone and dirt come eroded in the earth, he made the experifrom a great distance, a substantial railroad ment by burying razor-blades and parcels of has been built. The road is about forty-eight iron in the earth, where he let them remain unand a half miles in length, and, with its dépôts disturbed for three years. On removing them and running stock, has cost the company about he found that the steel in the razor-blades had eight millions of dollars !

very much improved, and that from the iron he

procured different varieties of steel, from the The New Cent furnishes a theme for ridicule most inferior to the most unequaled quality. in every direction. The omission of the word This conversion is attributed to the galvanism "Liberty,” heretofore found on our American in the earth. coins, it is said, renders it more acceptable in certain portions of this great Republic. A Ger

Good ADVICE.- A lecturer inquiring of a man paper, published in Baltimore, says: clergyman, “ How long a discourse do you sup

pose your people will bear ?" was told he hadn't “The unsightly, humpbacked eagle will never soar

better try the experiment. high enough to reach the throne of Jupiter. Images of the king of birds are found in such variety upon

“ With me, the consideration is not how ancient coins, that one would suppose it easier to se- much the audience will bear, but how much lect from among them a suitable device than to con

they will listen to with profit—that is, with coct such a wretched original. A picture which is daily before the eyes of the million should not be a

pleasure. Beyond that point I don't intend to deformity."

go, and I advise you to adopt the same rule.” " It is," another critic says, “base, alloyed metal, and looks share-faced about it. It is neither fish,

Names.—Names have mnemonic power ; a flesh, nor fowl! simply one of those abortions of amalgamation for wbich Germany has been so long noted, vocabulary of their meanings would be as sweet and which we utterly abominate. The eagle on the as the songs of the Troubadors. It would be one side looks like a butterfly with lopped wings, or a fish-hawk rising from a missed swoop after a sea-bass.

like breaking into old royal tombs, the laying The coining is worse done than that of any other piece

bare of old battle fields, the disclosing of old ever issued from the mint, every coin being uneven in fossils. We should wonder how much of poetry, thickness at one edge and the other."

of history, of biography, may be wrapped up in The unfortunate eagle, according to a wag painted with a word or two. The learned lan

a couple of syllables; what pictures may be who is fond of a pun, seems to be going somewhere “in a desperate hurry, probably because

guage of Europe can have nothing more beauti

ful than the dialects of the red children of the he has just got on a new scent."

West; and yet that word “dilapidated”-it CHINESE Customs THE ANTIPODES OF ENGLISH.

would take the happiest day that Angelo ever -The very striking contrarieties in comparison

saw to paint it; the stone apart from stone, the with our own, is amusingly given in the follow- crumbling wall, the broken turret strewn among

the weeds. The word " disastered"-without a ing extract from a work published at Macao :

star; so pity him the poet sings: "In his own “On inquiring of a boatman in which direction loose revolving field, the swain disaster'd Macao lay, I was answered, in the west-north, the wind, as I was informed, being east-south,

stands." What a night, what a winter's night

We do not say 60 in Europe, thought I; but imagine my surprise

was that! The history of a race may be folded when, in explaining the utility of the compass, the in a word. The “curfew” that tolls in Gray's better known the public will be most woefully is lecturing the people of England on the neces. cheated. sity of a revised edition of the English Bible, and he sustains his plea on the ground that the STRENGTH OF Woman, — Cornelius Agrippresent volume is very incorrect. One of the

Elegy—what a tale its tones are telling of the that it will be exceedingly difficult to detect times of the old Norman ; how it lets us into counterfeit from true coin. When placed side the secret of domestic economy eight centuries by side with gold, it requires close scrutiny to ago; how it sets the bells a ringing, and covers decide which is gold and which oreide. In the Saxon fires, and plays Othello with the light France a law has already been passed to preof home.

vent frauds, by compelling, under severe penal.

ties for neglect, all manufactures of "oreide" How a SUN-STROKE AFFECTS Man.—The gen- to stamp the word upon the articles produced. eral impression is that death by sun-stroke is A manufactory has recently been started in very painful, but the contrary would seem to Waterbury, Connecticut, capable of turning out be the fact, judging from the following account any quantity of the new metal. It is said that of the effect of such a visitation, given by Gen- a great deal of the late imported gold chased eral Sir C. J. Napier. He experienced an at- ware is nothing but oreide! It has already tack while in Scinde, where the thermometer, made its appearance in counterfeit coin out according to the general himself, was of as West. much use to him as it would have been to a A metal having so many of the characterboiling lobster, and wrote as follows to one of istics of gold will soon find its way to the hands his daughters :

of dishonest men. The public need to be on “The sun-stroke was a staggerer; yet my hope is to

their guard in the purchase of gold chased ware die by one, for never can death come in an easier

and gold dust. It is an easy matter to transshape I was just deadly sloepy; it was deadly had I port a metal to California which costs but been left alone; but the only feeling of the transition

eighty cents per pound; and it would be quite would bave been a tiredness, like that experienced at being snddenly waked up before time. This was to a

as easy for a dishonest man to mix the cheap degree almost to be called painful; then came a pleas- material with the costly. ant drowsiness, with anger that the doctors would not It is likely, however, that science, while furlet me sleep. Were it not for others, would that my horn had then sounded - so easy, so delightful, I may

nishing a combination of metals so useful, will say, was the approach of death.

also furnish a detector against its use as a

counterfeit. Nature is always true to itself, This resembles the accounts that have been

and the ability to create so valuable and yet given by men who have been saved from freez

(when used dishonestly) so dangerous an aring to death, after having got far down into the

ticle, argues the ability to produce that which dark valley ; so that the excess of heat and ex

shall be a safeguard to the public against the cess of cold produce precisely the same effect.

dishonest purpose.

Meanwhile, it is quite

likely that till the qualities of the metal are A NEW TRANSLATION.--A certain Mr. Black

pa meets the assertion of Aristotle, that of prominent instances he adduces is the expres-all animals the males are stronger and wiser sion of the Lord's Prayer, “Give us this day than the females, by quoting St. Paul : " Weak our daily bread,” which he contends should things have been chosen to confound the strong." have been rendered, "Give us this day our to- * Adam

was sublimely endowed,” he adds, morrow's bread!"

“but woman humbled him; Samson was strong, The Protcstant Churchman, which is not often

but woman made hiin captive; David was rewitty, in noticing this version says:

ligious, but woman disturbed his piety; Solo“ We have not heard that this accomplished scholar'

mon was wise, but woman deceived him; Job has been added to the learned corps of revisers em- was patient, and was robbed by the devil of ployed by the Bible Union,' in this country, bnt the fortune and family; ulcerated, grieved, and specimen above of his abilities has such & family likeness to the work which Drs. Maclay and Judd ex

oppressed, nothing provoked him to anger till hibited last summer, that we are free to commend Mr. a woman did it, therein proving herself stronger Black as just the man for a situation on the new Bible, than the devil." if there is a vacancy. The harmony between Black's work and Shepherd's is another illustration of the sympathy in great minds, even with an ocean between

WEST Point MILITARY ACADEMY. - It apthein.”

pears by the report of the Board of Visitors

who attended the last annual examination at A SUBSTITUTE FOR GOLD. — Oreide is the this institution, that almost every class is name of a new metal which has recently made greatly reduced in numbers before completing its appearance. It resembles gold in many re- the course of study. As an instance, the last spects, and may be used in a pure condition, graduating class numbered only thirty-eight or as a base for gold plating. Its cost is about members, whereas its original strength was eighty cents per pound, and yet its appearance ninety-six. is such that it would readily be taken for gold The Board attribute this to the overtasking by most casual observers. It is a compound system of education practiced in the academy, of several metals, refined to such a degree that requiring the most unremitting intellectual it does not easily oxidize or tarnish. These effort during the entire term of the cadet. qualities make it a valuable acquisition to the Several changes are recommended in the course metallic arts. When tested with nitric acid, of studies. ebullition takes place, but no spot remains. The Board also recommend that the num. This quality, though valuable for utensils, ber of appointments to the academy should be makes it a dangerous metal for dishonest men. increased by giving to each Senator in ConIt can be used in counterfeiting gold so readily gress the privilege of nominating a cadet, as bringing in a verdict in favor of the plaintiff, To balance which, the editor sent, by the same on the ground that it was the “derndest kind conveyance, this equally important item: o defraudin'."

the staff of instruction is large enough for a " Chicago, 80th.-The report that an old lady fell much greater number of students.

down in Dearborn's Park this morning lacks confirmation. Mum's the word. Keep shady until you hear

from us again. Be virtuous and you will be happy." PRICES OF ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BOOKS. A correspondent of one of our cotemporaries says: EATING ONE's MONEY WORTI.— The New

" It is something worth noticing, by the way, the port correspondent of the Providence Journal wonderful difference in price between the English tells the following story: and American editions of books. There is, for instance, Miss Mulock's little collection of stories, “A sickly looking man accosted another visitor by Nothing-New,' costs twenty-one shillings sterling in remarking, You appear to be well; what do you visit London, while here the price is fifty cents. Wilkie this place for?' •To enjoy myself; are you ill!'. 'O, Collins's Dead Secret' exhibits the saine disparity terribly so!' Then permit me to remark, as a friend, of price. • Little Dorritt' sells in the same way.

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that, even if you were in the most robust health, you new cheap edition of John Halifax' (published here

eat altogether too much. At this sickly looked a at fifty cents) is announced in London at ten shillings little indignant, but the next moment he cooled down, and six-pence, or about two dollars and a hall. An

and replicd: 'I like your conversation very much, but advertisement in an English paper before me an what on earth is a man to do who is here paying two nounces a number of second-hand copies of works dollars and a half per day?' for sale; among them I notice Charles Kingsley's Two Year's Ago,' for four dollars, wbile Ticknor and Fields have published the same work for a dollar and

A rustic poet sends to an exchange the fol& quarter. *Aurora Leigh' can be had at a bargain lowing poem on a "Squirl,” remarking that he for two dollars. Anderssen's book on Africa (a rare is aware that the last line is a little too long, chance) for four dollars. Professor Aytoun's 'Bothwell,' only two dollars. Mrs. Oliphant's Zaidee,' for

which he says is not his fault: two dollars and a quarter. Dr. Doran's Monarchs Retired from Business,' two dollars and fifty cents.

"The Squirl Am a very Nice bird, All these works are second-hand copies, and are thus

And has A bushy Tale, offered as a rare bargain for book-buyers. Yet each

He sometimes sits Opon a lim, one of them has been republished in this country at

And sometimes On A rale,

And Gethers nats in The sumer so that his not more than one quarter the prices above mentioned."

Winter stock Wont fale.

SCENE IN A KENTUCKY COURT-HOUSE. — In SHALL CHANGE.

the good old times in Kentucky, when "subDOUGLAS JERROLD. The English papers

stantial justice” was administered in a log abound in witticisms and bon mots attributed cabin, after a very free and easy manner, a suit to this well-known wag.

Some of them are

was brought to recover certain moneys of which worth preserving. His definition of dogma- it was alleged plaintiff had been defrauded tism, for instance:

by the ingenious operation known as “thimble

rigging." In the course of the trial plaintiff's * Dogmatism is pappyism come to its full growth!' bas a meaning doep and philosophical enough for an

counsel, who happened to be an “expert,” unessay.

dertook to enlighten the court as to the modus " His winding up a review of Wordsworth's poems operandi of the performance. Putting himself was equally good. "He reminds me,' said Jerrold, of the Beadle of Parnassus, strutting about in a

into position, he produced the three cups and cocked bat, or, to be more poetical, of a modern Mo

the "little joker," and proceeded, suiting the sex, who sits on Pisgah with his back obstinately action to the word : tarned to that promised land, the Future; he is only " Then, may it please the court, the defendSt for those old maid tabbies, the Muses! His Peg. asus is a broken-winded hack, with a grammatical

ant placing the cups on his knee thus, began bridle, and a monosyllabic between his teeth shifting them 80, offering to bet that my client

* At the Café de l'Europe there was a famous dish could not tell under which cup was the little marle of calves' tail, which was considered as a greater dainty than ox-tail soup: Albert Smith was reveling court, this ball, with the intention of defraud

joker,' meaning thereby, may it please the him. The gourmand said, 'Are you not surprised, ing my client of the sum thus wagered. For Jerrold, to see me eating such a dish as calves' tail?'

Not at all," replied the other; *extremes often instance, when I raise the cup 80, your honor sneet r

supposes that you see the ball.” “One evening, at the Museum Club, upon Smith's “Suppose I see!" interrupted the judge, who ostentatiously saying, Wasn't it strange, we had no had closely watched the performance, and was fish at the anarquis's last night! That has happened

sure that he had detected the ball, as one of twice lately. I cannot account for it.' Nor I, replied Jerrold, with a serious air, except they ate it the cups was accidentally raised.

Why, any all up stairs! a cool intimation that Smith bad dined fool can see where it is, and bet on it, and be with the flunkeys in the kitcben.

sure to win. There ain't no defraudin' thar." " It was Smith who boasted that he and Lamartine were so intimate that they might be said to row in

“ Perhaps your honor would like to go a V the same boat, on which Jerrold retorted, • That may

on it?' insinuated the counsel. be, but with very different skulls !' pointing signid- “Go a V? Yes, and double it too, and here's cantly to his head.

the rhino. It's under the middle cup.” News by TELEGRAPH.—The daily papers are

“I'll go a V on that,” said the foreman of

the jury. in the habit of receiving items from various

"And I, and I,” joined in the jurors, one places by telegraph. For these, of course, they after the other, until each one had invested have to pay a good price, and not unfrequently his pile. the news is of little consequence. A paper at

“Up!” said his honor. Chicago received the following:

“Up” it was, but the "little joker" had "New York, 801).-The report that the Astor House mysteriously disappeared. Judge and jury of New York has raised its price to three dollars per were enlightened, and found no difficulty in day is without foundation."

A fast Irishman, in a time of revival, joined prose to prosody. You have ears enough, but cultithe church, but was found sinning grievously,

vate your ear; and remember that a poem made up

of "allowable" faults is not allowable poetry.' Mr. not long afterward.

Nonfit retired with a look of extreme disgust, and sent “ Didn't you join the Methodists ?" inquired his next effusion to that elegant hebdomadal, 'The a piously disposed person.

Gushing Fountain and Rushing Roarer.'

It was " Faix an' I did—I jined for six months, and worthy of the honor." behaved so well they let me off with three.”

SINGULAR, VERY.— The Syracuse Journal, harGOING THE WHOLE ANIMAL.--"Bill," said one

ing published a paragraph to the effect that loafer to another, recently, “I's a National Re

"A human leg and foot were washed ashore at former, I is.”

the foot of Poplar-street, Boston, on Wednes

day," the Boston Post says, “ We don't doubt “ Vy, is that our party ?”.

the truth of the statement in the least. Prob“Vy, yes, hossy, it is that. If you puts in a vote for that party, you votes yourself a farm." ably more people wash their legs and feet on “Vell, I don't go that without they'll go a

shore than elsewhere every day in the year.” little further. I wants a farm, and somebody record is that of the Yankee soap man, who, in

The only remarkable case of this kind on to work it besides."

& violent storm at sea, saved himself from death In ehurches, sleepy heads have always been by taking a cake of his own soap and washing

himself ashore. numerous, but until recently we never heard of any one claiming “dead head” exemption when the plate went round.

UNFORTUNATE SLURRING.-A chorister of a

A few Sundays ago, in a Western village, when the plate” country church lately made a sad mistake in was being passed, in - church, a gentleman

the choice of a tune, there being a long slur in said to the collector: "Go on ; I'm a dead head it, which came directly upon an unfortunate -I've got a pass."

word, which produced a startling effect, namely:

* With reverence let the saints appear, At a Sunday-school examination the teacher

And bow-wow-wow before the Lord," asked a boy whether he could forgive persons The clergyman's little wisset pug, happening to who wronged him.

catch the note, sung out his treble pipe, started “ Could you," said the teacher, “forgive a the squire's old Towser's full bass, and in an boy, for example, who has insulted or struck instant the whole posse of dogs set up such a you? 1?"

chorus that Handel's hail-storm would hare “Ye-es, sir,” replied the lad very slowly, "I dwindled into mustard-seed in comparison. think-I-could-if-he was bigger than I am."

A HINT TO COMMENTATORS.-It is said of an Faulkner, who edited the Dublin Journal, an

eminent clergyman in England, who published nounced in glowing terms the arrival in that

an edition of “Bunyan's Pilgrim," with numercity of a distinguished member of the British

ous expository notes, that having freely disnobility. On the next day his paper contained

tributed copies among his people, he afterward the following very Hibernian correction : For inquired of one of them if he had not the Pil“ Her Grace, the Duke,” in yesterday's Journal, grim's Progress. O, yes, sir.” “And do you read " His Grace, the Duchess.” He improved understand it ?” “ Yes, sir, I understand it; the matter quite as much as the good clergy, and I hope, before long, I shall understand the man in England did, who, without book, was

notes." praying, and said: "O Lord, bless all classes of people, from the beggar on the throne to the LOCAL Editor's CHARACTER Lost.-The local king on the dunghill—we mean from the king editor of the Louisville Democrat thus advertises on the dunghill to the beggar on the throne."

his lost character:

"Lost, somewhere between the Journal office and A DISCOMFITED POET.-The Boston Post very

the east wing of the Galt House, on Saturday last, the coolly informs us of the manner in which the character of a local editor, done up in a yellow packprincipal editor of that able journal used up age.

The editor prizes it very highly, as it was one Mr. Nonfit, a local poet:

of Dr. Fowler's best, and was pretty much the only

one the owner possessed. The finder will recognize it “ Newcome Non fit is a poet. He showed us one of by its dominant traits. The mental predominate bis effasions the other day, and, as it wasn't long, we

over the vital functions—devotion is very full-the deread it. It proved very plainly that Mr. Nonfit was scriptive and imaginative organs are large, and the one of those poets who are neither born nor made. admiration for women is almost extinct. No other So we said, softly, "Why don't you write prose, Mr. traits rernembered." Nonfit?' Nonåt smiled, and answered, like a inan who could afford to waive the honor, 'Never write proso- SENSIBLE.—A worthy clergyman, upon being have no taste for it --- poetry comes much more natural, and I always write poetry, if anything.' But "morn"

asked why he did not venture to an election, and "dawn" are not rhymes, Mr. Nonfit.' 'No? at which the proceedings were very riotously they're allowable, ain't they said the poet, surprised conducted, and give his vote, replied, "I do not at ibis unexpected criticism. • What would you do where the words won't rhyme exactly!' 'Leave 'em

see why I should endanger my own poll to benboth out,' wo suggested. But how, in that caso,

efit another man's." would you savo the couplet?' said Nonfit. 'Omit the couplet, and it's safe enough.' . But that would sacri

CONVERSION OF THE JEWS.—The Rev. Joseph fice the thought !" said Nonfit, amazed. So much the better,' we answered, getting earnest as the dis

Wolff, in an eccentrie letter recently published, course went on---so much the better. A thought you says that a society in London has worked nearly can't express in good verse mars the poem, and two or three murder it outright. Try prose a while, Mr. Non

fifty years, and spent nearly five hundred thoufit; learn grammar -- its useful even to a man of genius sand dollars, and yet has converted "only two and a poet. Tax yourself with syntax; then go from Jews and a half."

Recent publications.

The City of Sin, and its Capture by Immanuels | yet, let us humbly take our place with others who, Army, is the title of an allegory by the Rev. E. after they had done the will of God, received not yet F. REXINGTON. The author is a clergyman of

the promise. Let us plan broadly: let us give colossal

gifts from every quarry of human skill, and every mine the Protestant Episcopal Church, and his vol- of human wealth; let'ns give lives by generations full; ume is preceded by a well-written introduction let us lie down in the dust beneath its shadow, satisfrom the pen of Dr. Cheever, the well-known

fied that one more course is laid upon those walls! And

when we rise again it shall not sink away, but stand Congregationalist preacher of this city. When

in all the majestic beauty for which we toiled, yet we add that the book is issued by the publish- never yet could dream; its solid walls upreared until ing house of the Methodist Episcopal Church,

heaven itself lets down its dome of glory, and the tab

ernacle of God is with men. Bretliren, God's buildit may be inferred that it has no sectarian aim.

ing goes up slowly; but it stands forever! Let us It is, in fact, an honest effort to do good, and

"LEARN TO LABOR AND TO WAIT!" evinces considerable skill in threading this rather perilous field of authorship. Mr. Rem

From the press of M. W. Dodd we have a new ington says in his preface:

edition, the third, of Fashionable Amusements, "John Bunyan, in his ‘Pilgrim's Progress,' has by the Rev. D. R. THOMASON. The author takes erected a Parthenon; Dr. Cheever, in his Voyage to the Celestial Country, has built a Theseum; but the Dancing, and Novel Reading; and shows, in

up successively, the Theater, Card Playing, writer has not been deterred on that account from rearing his humble cottage, hoping that its friendly clear and pointed style, the evils resulting from roof will afford to some care-worn traveler shelter and them. A part of this edition is devoted to a repose."

review of Dr. Bellows's plea for the stage, which Hesere. Carlton & Porter have done their part we commend to those who may have any doubts well in giving to the book an attractive exterior, upon the subject. The following incident is and we bespeak for it an extensive circulation. told upon the authority of Mr. Thomason.

There can be no doubt of its truth, or of the The Messrs. Carter have issued in a neat little fact that some persons can look upon that about volume a series of sermons, entitled The City: which they would blush to talk: its Sins and Sorrows. They are founded upon the text: “ He beheld the city and wept over

"It was not long since & party returning from a visit

to one of our theaters, were discussing at the fireside, it,” and are marked by the vivid language, the which they had just reached, the merits of the perstriking illustrations, and the evident aim to formances which they had that evening witnessed. magnify the cross, which are so apparent in the

The performances of a celebrated figurante were re

ferred to in glowing language of admiration by one of "Gospel in Ezekiel,” recently published by the the party, when a sober and serious gentleman, who same author, the Rev. DR. GUTHRIE.

had committed the error which Dr. Bellows points of

staying at home, inquired 'whether such exhibitions Another little volume by the Rev. Dr. Han audience, at least the female part of it?' '0'sir,' re

of the female figure did not shock the delicacy of the ILTOx, of London, has just appeared from the plied a young miss, scarcely yet in her teens, you press of Carter & Brothers. It is called Lessons know she had tights.'. Our serious' friend gravely from the Great Biography, and discusses, in suc

asked, "What are tights !' and answering his own

question, he ventured a further inquiry into the nature cessive chapters, the Early Incidents in the Life and design of these articles of stage costume. He obof the Great Teacher, his Miracles, Discourses, served, however, that the faces of the ladies were suf

fused with blushes. Interviews, and the “Final Glimpses” of the

At once suspending his disserta

tion, he kindly remarked, 'Ladies, I am sorry that I risen Redeemer, which are found in the gospel have given you pain, but as you did not blush to see narrative. The volume is full of practical and the tights, I do not know why you should now blush pertinent reflections and observations, and is to hear them spoken of.'” admirably suggestive of thought for the pious reader.

The Olynthiac and other public Orations of

Demosthenes have been added, from the English T. F. RANDOLPH MERCEIN was a minister of edition, to Harper's Classical Library. The the Lord Jesus from whom the Church had ex. second volume contains that great master-piece, pected many years of successful toil. But he said to be the greatest speech of the greatest who doeth all things well called the young orator in the world, the Oration on the Crown, evangelist to his rest and his reward in Sep- upon which the translator, CHARLES Raxx tember last. His fellow-laborers who yet remain | KENNEDY, has evidently bestowed great labor. in the vineyard have caused to be printed, in Competent scholars, we think, will agree that beautiful style, a sermon from his pen, entitled in many respects this translation is superior to The Wise Master-Builder. It was intended as those, and they are numerous, which have herethe annual missionary discourse before the New tofore appeared. The whole whole work is exeYork Conference, and was read before that body cuted in a scholarly style; the notes are espeby a friend of the departed. The sermon lacks cially valuable. the finishing touches of its gifted author, but will well repay a careful perusal. We quote It was our privilege to know the late Dr. the closing paragraph as suggesting the drift LANSING, than whom few ministers were more of the sermon and conveying an important prac- laborious in the pastoral office, and very few tical lesson:

more successful in winning souls. He died at * Brethren! there is a glory in bringing forth the

the ripe age of seventy-two, and a discourse topmost stone; there is a thrill of pleasure in feeling

commemorative of his life and labors, entitled that we shall see the completion of God's building: The Faithful Preacher, by Rev. J. P. Thompson,

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