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“I perceive the unpleasant dilemma in which the Editor's Drawer.

| Chair is placed; and in order to relieve the presiding W ELL, “ Election is over," for one thing, and we officer from his quandary, I now propose to amend

W breathe again. The freemen of the “Empire the resolution, by adding, after the name of General State" have walked up to the polls, the “captain's WASHINGTON and John Jones for Congress.'” office" of the boat on which we are all embarked, and | “The amendment is in order--I accept the amend. "settled" the whole matter. The little slips of paper ment," said the chairman, speaking very quickly; have done the deed, without revolution and without " and the Chair will now put the question as amendo bloodshed. Some are rejoiced, because they have ed : succeeded; others lament that when they were all “All those who are in favor of General WASHING ready at any moment to die for their country and a ton for President, and John Jones for Congress, will fat office, their offers were not accepted by the sov- please to say, 'Ay."" ereigns. Some, with not much character to spare “Ay-ay!” said John Jones and his brother, with of their own, are grieved to find that “tailing-on" loud voices, which they had supposed would be upon individual eminence won't always “do" with drowned in the unanimous thunder of the affirmative the people. And, by-the-by, speaking of “tailing- vote. on," there “hangs a tale," which is worth recording. The “Chair" squirmed and hesitated. “ Put the It may be old, but we heard it for the first time the contrary !" said a hundred voices, at the same inoother evening, and it made us " laugh consumedly." ment: This it is :- At the time of the first election of General “All those op-po-po-sed," said the Chair, will Washington to the Presidency, there was a party please to say, "No!"" in one of the Southern States, called the John Jones' “No-o-o-o!!" thundered every voice but two Party.The said Jones, after whom the party took in the whole assembly, and these were Jones' and its name, was a man of talent; a plotting, shrewd his brother's. Then followed a roar of laughter, as sellow, with a good deal of a kind of “Yankee cun- CARLYLE says, “like the neighing of all Tatier. ning ;" in short, possessing all the requisites of a sall's." successful politician, except personal popularity. “Gentlemen," said Mr. Jones, "the Chair perTo overcome this latter deficiency, of which he was ceives that there are people in this meeting who well aware, especially in a contest with a popular don't belong to our party : they have evidently come candidate for Congress, John Jones early avowed here to agitate, and make mischief. 1, therefore, do himself as the peculiar and devoted friend of Gen-now adjourn this meeting!" eral WASHINGTON, and on this safe ground, as he Whereupon, he left the chair; and amid srouts thought, he endeavored to place his rival in opposi- and huzzahs for WASHINGTON, and groans for john tion. In order to carry out this object more effectu. Jones, he “departed the premises." ally, he called a meeting of his county, of “ All those friendly to the election of General George WASH We find in the “ Drawer" a rich specimen of logic. INGTON !”

chopping, at which there was a hearty laugh more On the day appointed, Mr. John Jones appeared, years ago than we care to remember. It is an ad. and was, on the cut-and-dried motion of a friendly mirable satire upon half the labored criticisms of adherent, made chairman of the meeting. He opened Shakspeare with which the world has been del the procecdings by a high and carefully-studied eu. uged: legium upon the life and services of WASHINGTON, “ Thrice the brinded cat hath mewed ; but laking care only to speak of himself as his early

Thrice, and once the hedge-pig whined !" patron, and most devoted friend. He concluded his

MacBEти remarks by a proposition to form a party, to be called "I never was more puzzled in my life than in de. The True and Only Sons of the Father of his Counciding upon the right reading of this passage. The try:" and for that object, he submitted to the meeting important inquiry is, Did the hedge-pig whine once, or a resolution something like the following:

thrice and once? Without stopping to inquire whether " Resolved, That we are the friends of General | hedge-pigs exist in Scotland, that is, pigs with quills GEORGE WASHINGTON, and will sustain him in the in their backs, the great question occurs, how many coming election against all other competitors.” times did he whine? It appears from the text that the

“Gentlemen," said Mr. Jones, after reading the cat mewed three times. Now would not a virtuous resolution, “ the Chair is now about to put the ques. | emulation induce the hedge-pig to endeavor to get the tion. The chairman hopes that every man will last word in the controversy; and how was this to be declare his sentiments, either for or against the obtained, save by whining thrice and once? The resolution. All those in favor of the resolution will most learned commentators upon SHAKSPEARE hare please to say • Ay.'

given the passage thus : A thundering “ Ay!" shook the very walls of the “Thrice the brinded cat hath mewed ; building. The united voices were like the “sound! Thrice ; and once the hedge-pig whined." of many waters.”

Thereby awarding the palm to the brinded cat. The “Now, gentlemen, for the opposition,” said John fact is, they probably entertained reasonable doubts Jones. “All those who are contrary-minded, will whether the hedge-pig was a native of Scotland, and please to say "No!!'

a sense of national pride induced them to lean on the Not a solitary voice was heard. The dead silence side of the productions of their country. I think : seemed to confuse Mr. Jones very much. After some heedful examination of the two lines, will satisfy hesitation and fidgeting, he said:

the unbiased examiner that the hedge-pig whined, at “Gentlemen, do vote. The Chair can not decide a least, four times. It becomes me, however, as a can. disputed question when nobody votes on the other | did critic, to say, that reasonable doubts exist in both side. We want a direct vote, so that the country cases !" may know who are the real and true friends of General WASHINGTON."

Doesn't the impressive inquiry embodied in the Upon this appeal, one of the audience arose, and ensuing touching lines, somewhat enter into the mai

I rimonial thoughts of some of our 'ity offerers ?''

vaid:

“Oh! do not paint her charms to me,

was notorious for sticking to a delinquent until some I know that she is fair!

result was obtained. The creditor called the collector I know her lips might tempt the bee,

in, told him the circumstances, handed him the ac Her eyes with stars compare : Such transient gifts I ne'er could prize,

count, and added : My heart they could not win:

“Now, if you will collect that debt, I'll give you I do not scorn my Mary's eyes,

half of it; or, if you don't collect but half of the bill, But-has she any 'tin?

I'll divide that with you.” “The fairest cheek, alas! may fade,

The collector took the bill, and said, “I guess, 1 Beneath the touch of years;

can get half of it, any how. At any rate, if I don't, The eyes where light and gladness played,

it shan't be for want of trying hard enough.”
May soon grow dim with tears :

Nothing more was seen of the collector for sonie
I would love's fires should to the last
Still burn, as they begin;

five or six months ; until one day the creditor thought But beauty's reign too soon is past;

he saw “the indefatigable" trying to avoid him by So-has she any tin ?!"

turning suddenly down a by-street of the town.

“Halloo! Mr. - !” said he; “how about that bill There is something very touching and pathetic against Mr. Slowpay? Have you collected it yet ?" in a circumstance mentioned to us a night or two | “Not the hull on it, I hain't," said the imperturbable ago, in the sick-room of a friend. A poor little girl, collector; but I c'lected my half within four weeks a cripple, and deformed from her birth, was seized a'ter you gin' me the account, and he hain't paid me with a disorder which threatened to remove her from | nothin' since. I tell him, every time I see him, that a world where she had suffered so much. She was you want the money very bad; but he don't seem to a very affectionate child, and no word of complaining

| mind it a bit. He is dreadful “slow pay,' as you said, had ever passed her lips. Sometimes the tears would

when you give me the bill! Good-morning!” And come in her eyes, when she saw, in the presence of off went the collector, “staying no further question "" children more physically blessed than herself, the severity of her deprivation, but that was all. She

There is a comical blending of the "sentimental" was so gentle, so considerate of giving pain, and so and the “ matter-of-fact” in the ensuing lines, which desirous to please all around her, that she had en-will find a way to the heart of every poor fellow, who, deared herself to every member of her family, and to at this inclement season of the year, is in want of a all who knew her.

new coat: At length it was seen, so rapid had been the pro By winter's chill the fragrant flower is nipped, gress of her disease, that she could not long survive. To be new-clothed with brighter tints in spring She grew worse and worse, until one night, in an in The blasted tree of verdant leaves is stripped, terval of pain, she called her mother to her bed-side,

A fresher foliage on each branch to bring. and said, “Mother, I am dying now. I hope I shall The aerial songster moults his plumerie, see you, and my brother and sisters in Heaven. To vie in sleekness with each feathered brother. Won't I be straight, and not a cripple, mother, when

A twelvemonth's wear hath ta'en thy nap from thee, I do get to Heaven ?" And so the poor little sorrow.

My scedy coat !-when shall I get another ? ing child passed forever away.

“My name," said a tall, good-looking man, with a "I HEARD something a moment ago," writes a cor. decidedly distingué air, as he entered the office of a respondent in a Southern city, “which I will give daily newspaper in a sister city, “my name, Sir, is you the skeleton of. It made me laugh not a little ; Page-Ed-w-a-rd Pos-th-el-wa-ite PA-GE! You for it struck me, that it disclosed a transfer of Yankee have heard of me no doubt. In fact, Sir, I was sent Tricks' to the other side of the Atlantic. It would to you, by Mr. C— r, of the Gazette.' I appear, that a traveler stopped at Brussels, in a post. spent some tims with him-an hour perhaps-conchaise, and being a little sharp-set, he was anxious versing with him. But as I was about explaining to buy a piece of cherry-pie, before his vehicle should to him a little problem which I had had in my mind set out; but he was afraid to leave the public con- for some time, I thought I saw that he was busy, and veyance, lest it might drive off and leave him. So, couldn't hear me. In fact, he said, “I wish you would calling a lad to him from the other side of the street, do me the kindness to go now and come again; and he gave him a piece of money, and requested him to always send up your name, so that I may know that go to a restaurant or confectionery, in the near vicinity, it is you ; otherwise,' said he, 'I shouldn't know that and purchase the pastry; and then, to make assur- it was you, and might refuse you without knowing it.' ance doubly sure,' he gave him another piece of money, Now, Sir, that was kind-that was kind, and genand told him to buy some for himself at the same time. tlemanly, and I shall remember it. Then he told me The lad went off on a run, and in a little while came to come to see you ; he said yours was an afternoon back, eating a piece of pie, and looking very com- paper, and that your paper for to-day was out, while placent and happy. Walking up to the window of he was engaged in getting his ready for the morning. the post-chaise, he said, with the most perfect non. He rose, Sir, and saw me to the door; and down. chalance, returning at the same time one of the pieces stairs; in fact, Sir, he came with me to the corner, of money which had been given him by the gentle. and showed me your office; and for fear I should man, “The restaurateur had only one piece of pie left, | miss my way, he gave a lad a sixpence, to show me and that I bought with my money, that you gave the !

“They call me crazy, Sir, some people do-crazy! This anecdote, which we are assured is strictly The reason is simple-I'm above their comprehentrue, is not unlike one, equally authentic, which had sion. Do I seem crazy? I am an educated man. its origin in an Eastern city. A mechanic, who had my conduct has been unexceptionable. I've wronged Sent a bill for some article to a not very conscientious no man-never did a man an injury. I wouldn't do it. pay-master in the neighborhood, finding no returns, “I came to America in 1829 2m which being mul. az length “gave it up as a bad job.” A lucky thought, tiplied by Cæsar's co-sine, which is C B to Q equal bowever, struck him one day, as he sat in the door | X' 3m."

be shop, and saw a debt-collector going by, who Yes, reader; this was Page, the Monoinaniac a

inan perfectly sound on any subject, and capable of | 19200 and circle 21312 may be the Cherubim of Glory 480C conversing upon any topic, intelligently and ration- and 5328 ; which explains ten Great Paschal cycles each ally, until it so happened, in the course of conversa- | 532, a square to circle 665 of the Beast's number 666. Be

cause, like 3,4,5, in my Urim and Thummim's 12 jewels, are tion, that he mentioned any numerical figure, when his

TRIANGLES. SQUARES. CIRCLES. wild imagination was off at a tangent, and he became

3600
4800

6000 suddenly as “mad as a March hare" on one subject.

3990
5320

6630 Here his monomania was complete. In every thing

“ Because 3990 of the Latin Church's era 4000 fur else, there was no incoherency; nothing in his Christ, is doubled in the Julian period 7980. speech or manner that any gentleman might not “Every knight of the queen of night may know that either say or do. So much for the man : now for a each of 9 columns in the Moon's magic compass for condensed exhibition of his peculiar idiosyncrasy, as squared in 81, sums 369, and that 370 are between it and exhibited in a paper which he published, devoted to 13

371, while 19 times 184 approach 351, when 19 squared

are 361 in an elaborate illustration of the great extent to which

POSITIVES. MEANS. NEGATIVES. he carried the science of mathematics. The frag.

350
360

370 ments of various knowledge, like the tumbling objects

351
361

371 in a kaleidoscope, are so jumbled together, that we

369
370

371 defy any philosopher, astronomer, or mathematician, “The Saros 18 times 369 in 6612 of the above 6650 ; to read it without roaring with laughter; for the feel- but 18 X 370=6660, or 360 times 181. ing of the ridiculous will overcome the sensations of

“ 1800 and proemptosis 2400 are hall this Seraphim 3600

and Cherubim 4800: but 7x7 x 49 x 49= 2401 in 4802. sympathy and pity. But listen: "Here's 'wisdom' for

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5320 you," as Captain Cuttle would say: intense wisdom:

4802

4810 “ Squares are to circles as Miss Sarai 18 when she did

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10130 wed her Abram 20 on Procrustes' bed, and 19 parted be “ All that Homer's Iliad ever meant, was this: 10 tween each head; so Sarah when 90 to Abraham when years as degrees on Ahaz's dial between the positive 100, and so 18 squared in 324, a square to circle 18 X 20= 4790, mean 4800, negative 4810: If the Septuagints' 72 360, a square to circle 400, a square to circle 444, or half times 90 in 360 X 18 = 6480, equally 72 times 24 and 66 Jesous 888 in half the Yankee era 1776 ; which 888 is

88 is degrees in 12 cubed and 4752." sustained by the early Fathers and Blondel on the Sibyls.

Now it is about enough to make one crazy to read It is a square to triangle Sherwood's no-variation circle 666 in the sequel. But 19 squared is 361 between 360 and

this over; and yet it is impossible not to sce, as it is 362, each of which multiply by the Sun's magic compass impossible not to laugh at the transient glimpses of 36, Franklin's magic circle of circles 360 x 36 considered. scattered knowledge which the singular ollapodrida

"Squares are to circles as 18 to 20, or 18 squared in contains. 324 to 18 X 20=360. But more exactly as 17 to 19, or 324 to 362 x 36, or half 26064. As 9 to 10, so square

“If you regard, Mr. Editor, the following,” says 234000 to circle 26000.

a city friend, “as worthy a place in your · Drawer,' POSITIVES. MEANS. NEGATIVES.

you are perfectly welcome to it.
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25920

It was an actual oc.
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currence, and its authenticity is beyond a question: 4)20736 23422 26108

“Many years ago, when sloops were substituted A. M. 5855 this year 1851. for steamboats on the Hudson River, a celebrated " Squares are to circles as 17 to 19, or 23360 to 26108. Divine was on his way to hold forth to the inhabitThe sequel's 5832 and 5840 are quadrants of 23328 and ants of a certain village, not many miles from New 23360.

York. One of his fellow-passengers who was an * 18 cubed is 5832, the world's age in 1828, 5840 its age in unsophisticated countryman, to make himself appear the Halley comet year 1836, 5878 its age the next transit of large' in the eyes of the passengers. entered into a Venus in 1874, but 5870 is its age in the prophet's year 1866.

conversation with the learned Doctor of Divinity. POSITIVES. MEANS. NEGATIVES.

After several ordinary remarks, and introducing him. (5832

5855

5870 over X.
5540
5855
5878 under X.

self as one of the congregation, to whom he (the 1828 A. D. 1851 now! 1874 over X.

doctor) would expound the Word on the morrow, 1836 A. D. 1851 now! 1866 under X.

the following conversation took place: “100 times the Saros 18 = 184 = 19 in 1800 last year's “Wal, Doctor, I reckon you know the Scripters 1850, 1900 for new moons.

pooty good,' remarked the countryman. “If 360 degrees, each 18, in Guy's 6480, evidently

“* Really, my friend,' said the clergyman, I leave 360 x 184 in the adorable 6660, or ten no-variation circles, . each 36 x 18 = Stis, like ten Chaldee solar cycles, each

| that for other persons to determine. You know it 600 in our great theme, 6000, the second advent date of

does not become a person of any delicacy to utter Messiah, as explained by Barnabas, Chap. xiii in the

aise in his own behalf.' Apocryphal New Testament, 600 and 666 being square "So it doesn't,' replied the querist ; but I've and circle, like 5994 and 6660. Therefore 5995 sum the heerd folks say, you know rather more than we do. Arabic 28, or Persic 32, or Turkish 33 letters.

They say you're pooty good in laming folks the Bi“But as 9 to 10, so square 1665 of the Latin IVXLCDM=

BLE: but I guess I can give you a poser.' 1666 to circle last year's 1850-12 such signs are as much

"I am pleased to answer questions, and feel grat19980 and 22200, whose quadrants are 4995 and 5550, as 12 signs, each the IIalley comet year 1836, are 5508 Olym

ified to tender information at any time, always con: piads, the Greek Church claiming this era 5508 for Christ. sidering it my duty to impart instruction, as far as 11

“But though the ecliptic angle has decreased only lies in my power,' replied the clergyman. 40 x 40 in 1600 during 43 X 43= 1819, say 1850 from the “*Wall,' says the countryman, with all the imperbirth of Christ, and double that since the creation ; yet turbable gravity in the world, 'I spose you've heerd 1600 and Yankee era 1776 being square and circle like 9 tell on, in the Big Book, 'bout Aaron and the golden and 10-place 32 for a round of the seasons in a compass calf: now. in your opinion. do you think the ca: of 32 points, or shrine them in 32 chessmen, like 1600 and 1600 in each of 16 pieces; then shall 32 times Sherwood's

Aaron worshiped, was a heiser or a bull ? no-variation circle 666, meaning 666 rounds of the sea

“The Doctor of Divinity, as may be imagined, sons, each 32, be 12 signs, each 1776, or 24 degrees in the

| immediately 'vamosed,' and left the countryman ecliptic angle, each Jesous 688, in circle 21312 to square | bragging to the by-standers, that he had completely 19200, or 12 signs each 1600, that the quadrants of square nonplussed the clergyman!"

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A new work by HERMAN MELVILLE, entitled | we obtain a clearer insight into his strange history. Moby Dick; or, The Whale, has just been issued Indeed, all the members of the ship's company, the by Harper and Brothers, which, in point of richness three mates, Starbuck, Stubbs, and Flash, the wild, ard variety of incident, originality of conception, and savage Gayheader, the casc-hardened old blacksmith, splendor of description, surpasses any of the former to say nothing of the pearl of a New Zealand harproductions of this highly successful author. Moby pooner, the bosom friend of the narrator-all stand Dick is the name of an old White Whale; half fish before us in the strongest individual relief, present end half deyil; the terror of the Nantucket cruisers; ing a unique picture gallery, which every artist must the scourge of distant oceans ; leading an invulner. despair of rivaling. able, charmed life; the subject of many grim and The plot becomes more intense and tragic, as it ghostly traditions. This huge sea monster has a approaches toward the denouement. The malicious conflict with one Captain Ahab; the veteran Nan-old Moby Dick, after long cruisings in pursuit of him, tucket salt comes off second best; not only loses ais at length discovered. He comes up to the battle, les in the affray, but receives a twist in the brain; | like an army with banners. He seems inspired with becomes the victim of a deep, cunning monomania; the same fierce, inveterate cunning with which Captain believes himself predestined to take a bloody revenge Ahab has followed the traces of his mortal foe. The on his fearful enemy; pursues him with fierce demo- fight is described in letters of blood. It is easy to niac energy of purpose ; and at last perishes in the foresee which will be the victor in such a contest. dreadful fight, just as he deems that he has reached | We need not say that the ill-omened ship is broken the goal of his frantic passion. On this slight frame in fragments by the wrath of the weltering fiend. work, the author has constructed a romance, a tra- Captain Ahab becomes the prey of his intended vicgedy, and a natural history, not without numerous gra- | tim. The crew perish. One alone escapes to tell tuitous suggestions on psychology, ethics, and theol. the tale. Moby Dick disappears unscathed, and for ogy. Beneath the whole story, the subtle, imaginative aught we know, is the same “delicate monster," reader may perhaps find a pregnant allegory, intended whose power in destroying another ship is just anto illustrate the mystery of human life. Certain it nounced from Panama. is that the rapid, pointed hints which are often thrown G. P. Putnam announces the Home Cyclopedia, a out, with the keenness and velocity of a harpoon, series of works in the various branches of knowledge, penetrate deep into the heart of things, showing that including history, literature, and the fine arts, biogthe genius of the author for moral analysis is scarce raphy, geography, science, and the useful arts, to be ly surpassed by his wizard power of description. I comprised in six large duodecimos. Of this series

In the course of the narrative the habits of the have recently appeared The Hand-book of Literature whale are fully and ably described. Frequent gra- and the Fine Arts, edited by GEORGE RIPLEY and phic and instructive sketches of the fishery, of sea. | BAYARD Taylor, and The Hand-book of Universal life in a whaling vessel, and of the manners and cus- | Biography, by PARKE Godwin. The plan of the toms of strange nations are interspersed with excel. | Encyclopedia is excellent, adapted to the wants of lent artistic effect among the thrilling scenes of the the American people, and suited to facilitate the acstory. The various processes of procuring oil are quisition of knowledge. As a collateral aid in a explained with the minute, painstaking fidelity of a methodical course of study, and a work of reference statistical record, contrasting strangely with the in the daily reading, which enters so largely into the weird, phantom-like character of the plot, and of habits of our countrymen, it will, no doubt, prove of some of the leading personages, who present a no great utility. less unearthly appearance than the witches in Mac- Rural Homes, by GERVASSE WHEELER (published beth. These sudden and decided transitions form a | by Charles Scribner), is intended to aid persons prostriking feature of the volume. Difficult of manage- posing to build, in the construction of houses suited ment, in the highest degree, they are wrought with to American country life. The author writes like a consummate skill. To a less gifted author, they man of sense, culture, and taste. He is evidently would inevitably have proved fatal. He has not only an ardent admirer of John Ruskin, and has caught destly avoided their dangers, but made them an ele- something of his æsthetic spirit. Not that he deals ment of great power. They constantly pique the at. in mere theories. His book is eminently practical. tention of the reader, keeping curiosity alive, and He is familiar with the details of his subject, and presenting the combined charm of surprise and alter- sets them forth with great simplicity and directness. nation.

No one about to establish a rural homestead should The introductory chapters of the volume, contain- neglect consulting its instructive pages. ing sketches of life in the great marts of Whaling. Ticknor, Reed, and Fields have published a new dom, New Bedford and Nantucket, are pervaded with work, by NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, for juvenile read a fine vein of comic humor, and reveal a succession of ers, entitled A Wonder-Book for Boys and Girls portraitures, in which the lineaments of nature shine with engravings by Barker from designs by Billings forth, through a good deal of perverse, intentional It is founded on various old classical legends, but exaggeration. To many readers, these will prove they are so ingeniously wrought over and stamped the most interesting portions of the work. Nothing with the individuality of the author, as to exercise can be better than the description of the owners of the effect of original productions. Mr. Hawthorne 'he vessel, Captain Peleg and Captain Bildad, whose never writes more genially and agreeably than when acquaintance we make before the commencement of attempting to amusc children. He seems to find a the voyage. The character of Captain Ahab also welcome relief in their inartificial ways from his opens upon us with wonderful power. He exercises own weird and sombre fancies. Watching their a wild, bewildering fascination by his dark and mys. frisky gambols and odd humors, he half forgets the Serious nature, which is not at all diminished when saturnine moods from which he draws the materials

of his most effective fictions, and becomes himself a subtle affinities of genius to the study of the besh child. A vein of airy gayety runs through the pres- models, but all the impressions which he receives, ant volume. revealing a sunny and beautiful side of I take a new form from his own plastic nature. The the author's nature, and forming a delightful contrast | longest poem in the volume is entitled. “The Cas. to the stern, though irresistibly fascinating horrors, tle in the Air”-a production of rare magnificence, which he wields with such terrific mastery in his re- “ The Hymn to Flora," is full of exquisite beauties, cent productions. Child and man will love this work showing a masterly skill in the poetical application equally well. Its character may be compared to the of classical legends. “Harley River,” “The Black honey with which the author crowns the miraculous smith's Shop," "The Old Elm," are sweet rural pichoard of Baucis and Philemon. “But oh the honey! tures, soft and glowing as a June meadow in sunset I may just as well let it alone, without trying to de- “The Household Dirge," and several of the “Songs scribe how exquisitely it smelt and looked. Its color and Sonnets," are marked by a depth of tenderness was that of the purest and most transparent gold; which is too earnest for any language but that of the and it had the odor of a thousand flowers; but of most severe simplicity. such flowers as never grew in an earthly garden, We have a translation of NEANDER on the Philipand to seek which the bees must have flown high pians, by Mrs. H. C. Conant, which renders that above the clouds. Never was such honey tasted, admirable practical commentary into sound and vig. seen, or smelt. The perfume floated around the orous English. A difficult task accomplished with kitchen, and made it so delightful, that had you uncommon skill. (Published by Lewis Colby). closed your eyes you would instantly have forgotten The Heavenly Recognition, by Rev. H. HARBAUGH, the low ceiling and smoky walls, and have fancied | is the title of an interesting religious work on the yourself in an arbor with celestial honeysuckles question, “Shall we know our friends in Heaven ?” creeping over it."

This is treated by the author with great copiousness Glances at Europe, by HORACE GREELEY (pub- of detail, and in a spirit of profound reverence and lished by Dewitt and Davenport), has passed rapidly sincere Christian faith. His book will be welcome to a second edition, being eagerly called for by the to all readers who delight in speculations on the mys. numerous admirers of the author in his capacity as teries of the unseen world. Relying mainly on the public journalist. Composed in the excitement of a testimony of Scripture, the author seeks for evidence hurried European tour, aiming at accuracy of detail on the subject in a variety of collateral sources, which rather than at nicety of language, intended for the he sets forth in a tone of strong and delightful confi. mass of intelligent readers rather than for the deni-dence. (Published by Lindsay and Blackiston). zens of libraries, these letters make no claim to pro Lindsay and Blackiston have issued several richly found speculation or to a high degree of literary fin- ornamented gist books, which will prove attractive ish. They are plain, straight-forward, matter-of-fact during the season of festivity and friendship. Among statements of what the writer saw and heard in the them are, "The Star of Bethlehem,” by Rev. H. HASTcourse of his travels, recording at night the impres- ings Weld, a collection of Christmas stories, with sions made in the day, without reference to the opin elegant engravings. The Woodbine," edited by ions or descriptions of previous travelers. The in- CAROLINE Mar, containing original pieces and seformation concerning various European countries, lections, among the latter, “several racy stories of with which they abound, is substantial and instruc-Old England," and a tempting series of Tales for Boys tive; often connected with topics seldom noticed by and Girls, by Mrs. Hughes, a justly celebrated tourists; and conveyed in a fresh and lively style. I writer of juvenile works. With the reputation of the author for acute observa- Bishop Mcllvaine's Charge on the subject of tion and forcible expression, this volume is bound to Spiritual Regeneration has been issued in a neat circulate widely among the people.

pamphlet by Harper and Brothers. It forms an able Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, have issued a new vol and appropriate contribution to doctrinal theology, at ume of Poems, by RICHARD HENRY STODDARD, con- a time when the topic discussed has gained a peculiai sisting of a collection of pieces which have been be interest from the present position of Catholicism both fore published, and several which here make their in England and America. The theme is liandled by appearance for the first time. It will serve to elevate Bishop Mcllvaine with his accustomed vigor and the already brilliant reputation of the youthful author. earnestness, and is illustrated by the fruits of extens. His vocation to poetry is clearly stamped on his pro- live research. ductions. Combining great spontaneity of feeling, with careful and elaborate composition, he not only Speaking of the decease of our illustrious country. shows a native instinct of verse, but a lofty ideal of man, FENIMORE Cooper, the London Atheneum has poetry as an art. He has entered the path which will the following discriminating remarks : " Mr. COOPER lead to genuine and lofty fame. The success of his was at home on the sea or in his own backwoods. early effusions has not elated him with a vain con. His happiest tales are those of painted chiefs with ceit of his own genius. Hence, we look for still more pointed spears'--to use a happy description of Mr. admirable productions than any contained in the pres- Longfellow; and so felicitous has he been in setting cnt volume. He is evidently destined to grow, and them bodily, as it were, before the reader, that here. we have full faith in the fulfillment of his destiny. after he will be referred to by ethnological and antiHis fancy is rich in images of gorgeous and delicate quarian writers as historical authority on the charac. beauty; a deep vein of reflection underlies his bold. ter and condition of the Lost Tribes of America. In est cxcursions; and on themes of tender and pathetic his later works Mr. Cooper wandered too often and Interest, his words murmur with a plaintive melody too much from the field of Romance into that of Po. that reaches the hidden source of tears. His style, lemics--and into the latter he imported a querulous no doubt, betrays the influence of frequent commun. spirit, and an extraordinarily loose logical method. ings with his favorite poets. He is eminently sus. All his more recent fictions have the taint of this ceptible and receptive. He does not wander in the temper, and the drawback of this controversial weak. spicy groves of poetical enchantment, without bearing ness. His political creed it would be very difficult away sweet odors. But this is no impeachment of to extract entire from the body of his writings; and his own individuality. He is not only drawn by the lhe has been so singularly infelicitous in its partia

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