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upon a copious and well-arranged index. Mr. Dixon has furnished the necessary key for ready reference to his work.
"FOREST LIFE IN NORWAY AND SWEDEN." By the Rev. H. Newland. George Routledge and Co.
We know of no book that will be read with greater pleasure than the Rev. H. Newland's Forest Life: it is written by a scholar and a gentleman, one whose literary powers are equal to those of Mr. Kingsley. The style is clear, flowing, and simple, free from affectation, and all straining after effect. Our sporting readers will revel in it, and it will be equally palatable to the million, who will delight in the spirited sketches, the interesting legends, and general information contained in the work.
"KANSAS; OR, Squatter Life and Border WarFARE." By Thomas H. Gladstone. George Routledge and Co.
This work is already known to the public, many of the pages having appeared in a series of letters, published in the Times newspaper; and when that great Leviathan of the press opens its columns to an author, a guarantee is given that his writings are above the common order. The volume will be read with the greatest interest, as it is a faithful record of what the writer saw himself, given in a most graphic style.
"THE RAT; ITS HISTORY AND DESTRUCTIVE CHARACTER." By James Rodwell. George Routledge and Co.
Mr. Rodwell has devoted many of his years to studying the nature, fecundity, and devastating character of the rat, and has spared neither time nor trouble in obtaining all the information within his power. The result is, that he has produced a most amusing and interesting volume, one that will take its stand by the side of any work on the natural history of animals. Part the third contains some profitable hints on the breeding, feeding, and general management of poultry.
"RAREY ON HORSE TAMING;" including chapters on Riding and Hunting. By the Author of "Gallops and Gossips," &c., &c. George Routledge and Co.
This is a new edition, carefully revised, with most important additions and illustrations, including some very well written chapters on Riding and Hunting, by the Secretary to the first subscription of Five Thousand Guineas. The author is well known to the sporting public as the writer of "Gallops and Gossips," and hunting correspondent to the Illustrated London News, and in the work under notice has devoted his best energies to the subject; the result is, a volume which every one ought to possess. It is replete with practical instructions for taming the noble animal, anecdotes of military and hunting men, hints to ladies on their riding costume, and directions for riding, breaking, and harnessing horses for the field or road. The illustrations are firstrate, and our only surprise is, that the volume can be got up so well for the small sum at which it is sold. In conclusion, we think Mr. George Routledge deserves the thanks of the reading public, for the liberal manner in which he caters for their amusement. It is our intention in a future number to notice the new and cheap editions of standard and popular works published by this spirited firm, dividing them into their
respective departments, History, Biography, Fiction, Travels and Voyages, Natural History, Poetry and the Drama, Sporting, and Miscellaneous Literature.
"ETHEL BERANGER." By Caroline Giffard Phillipson. T. C. Newby.
This is an extremely interesting novel, replete with incident: the language is clear and forcible, and fully keeps up the previous reputation of the fair authoress; we say "fair" because the work is illustrated with a portrait by Hayter, of a most lovely daughter of Eve, which, from the name underneath, we presume is that of the writer. It often happens that a good illustration covers many literary deficiencies; in the present instance there are no deficiencies to conceal.
PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS OF THE METROPOLIS.
"I belong to the unpopular family of Telltruths, and would not flatter Apollo for his lyre."-Rob Roy.
Considering that "town was never so empty," managers must be somewhat surprised at the general appreciation of their exertions. dom has the tide set in so satisfactorily. The English Opera at DruryLane, the Haymarket, and the Lyceum are already generally doing well.
The season of English Opera at DRURY-LANE, under the management of Miss Louisa Pyne and Mr. W. Harrison, bids fair to eclipse even their first successful attempt of last year at the Lyceum. Mr. Balfe's ever-fresh and entertaining opera of "The Rose of Castile" is heard to more advantage than in the confined space of the Lyceum. If possible, it increases in attraction; indeed, such at present is its popu larity, that in the season of thirteen weeks, there is not much probability of many novelties being brought forward. To attempt to check its successful career would be an unwise step on the part of the managers, who would do well to put money in their purses, in spite of any kind advice which may favour an alteration of programme. The orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Mellon, numbers amongst its members some of the most skilful instrumentalists of the day; and the chorus, chiefly selected from the Royal Italian Opera at Covent Garden (by the way there is no other Italian Opera now), is the best that could be possibly heard. Altogether, with a good beginning, Miss Pyne and Mr. Harrison may reasonable indulge visions of El Dorado, and not regret that commonly hazardous step" the removal to a larger house."
Mr. Buckstone having set his house in order during the recess, is once more in the field, or rather the HAYMARKET, with his accustomed readiness to bring out the best nags that the stable can produce. At present nothing of a very mettlesome description has shown, but there are some dark favourites in the back-ground, which people in the secret pronounce to be flyers. Those already running, such as old comedy, cannot by any means be considered up to the mark. They are, in most instances, jady and spiritless, and fit only for the knacker's yard. This is particularly the case with Murphy's "Way to Keep Him." It is, however, consolatory to be assured that these old platers
will shortly give way to some young ones, with blood, mettle, and plenty of pluck. Mr. Bernard's new comedy is in preparation, and will be soon ready for the saddling-bell.
The policy of preferring the spirited productions of the day to ransacking shelves for musty, fusty old pieces which the present generation has not the taste to appreciate, is apparent at the LYCEUM, where Mr. Falconer's (the manager's) own comedy of "Extremes" becomes a greater favourite every day. Since its first production several alterations have been made, which may be considered as decided improvements. The cast also has been considerably strengthened by Mr. Leigh Murray taking the principal character, which he developes with that nice taste and discrimination, that quiet, unostentatious, refined force of manner so peculiar to himself, and so thoroughly requisite for any becoming realization of the character he here sustains. To Mr. Falconer we must allow the full credit for the conception, but to Mr. Murray the scarcely inferior merit of having so ably interpreted it. We cannot say the part was written for him, but there is certainly no one now on the stage who could do it equal justice. Mrs. Weston's impersonation of a Lancashire dame is also one of the most life-like the stage has produced for a long time. In every sense it is perfect-the twang of the North country, manner, and in short the whole rendering entitles the actress to especial commendation. Mr. Emery, too, is full of spirit and unctuous humour. Thus, what with brilliant dialogue, a neat plot, and excellent acting, the new comedy of "Extremes" has already obtained a deservedly high rank in the annals of the modern drama.
As another who considers novelty better than antiquity, may be cited Miss Swanborough, whose predilection is observable at the STRAND THEATRE, where modern ideas find favour. Mr. Charles
Selby furnishes two very pleasant pieces-one a very interesting little comedy called "The Last of the Pigtails," and the other "The Bonnie Fishwife." Both of these amusing effusions are well acted, and appreciated.
With no such novel aspirations, Messrs. Robson and Emden have begun their season at the OLYMPIC, where they scorn to provide anything new, their interregnum having been so short they hardly look upon their former provision as "left-off"; consequently they reproduce their old bills, scorning all insidious attempts at innovation. To these theatres, in a day or two, ASTLEY'S and the PRINCESS's will be added, the announcement of Mr. Kean's farewell season having been made. With all these houses to visit, surely the lone man of London cannot complain of the wherewithal to beguile the tedium of his solitary hour.
Despite the never-ceasing blasts of the manager's trumpet during the late season, HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE is to be let. Now is the opportunity for any one with an abundance of capital, and a regard for the position occupied by the new OPERA HOUSE in Covent Garden to leave the old house alone. If matters be gloomy at the old temple of Apollo in the west, they are not so in the far east-the NATIONAL STANDARD being just now thronged by eager listeners of English song. Mr. Sims Reeves, in "Guy Mannering" and the "Bohemian Girl," has literally taken Shoreditch and Bishopgate by storm; and it must be acknowledged that this homage is as well deserved as it is gratifying.
Some musical scenes are in course of representation at the POLYTECHNIC, where Mr. Thorpe Peed is giving an entertainment designated "Recollections of Bygone Airs and Modern Melody." This together with the quartet band by the Misses Greenhead-may be listened to with gratification, particularly after attention has been given to the edifying lectures delivered by competent professors on scientific subjects of the day.
The late Panopticon is no longer looked upon as a rival near the throne of the Regent-street Institution, the sawdust of the ring covering the space formerly devoted to the display of experimental philosophy. The present occupiers, Messrs. Howes and Cushing, are unceasing in their endeavours to provide for all with equestrian inclinations, accordingly riders with high reputation for prowess and skill are always to be met with within the magic circle of the ALHAMBRA PALACE. The latest of these, Mr. Frank Pastor, is a perfect master of his art. His back-somersaults on his horse are somewhat marvellous to witness, as, in another manner, the feat accomplished by Madame Delavanti on the wire of the Atlantic cable is equally astonishing. The youthful Delavanti's are in every way worthy of the stock from which they spring, a more lithe-and-elastic race hardly ever being seen. The entertainments are diversified by the eccentricities of Mr. Wallet, who as Jester has considerably advanced his claims to public favour.
Out-door amusements have had all in their favour as far as weather has any consideration; the several gardens of VAUXHALL, SURREY, and CREMORNE having made their hay, and in some instances with rather fair crops, are now about to bring their operations for the present season to a close. Not so with the CRYSTAL PALACE, which, nunquam dormio like, never closes. For the winter, preparations are already being made for a fresh collection of paintings, photographs, and other rich stores. Lately-amongst other sports and pastimes, such as boating, archery, and cricket-a display of wrestling has taken place. Another feature has been the playing of the fountains by moonlight; and this, together with a view of the comet from the terraces, may, in these used-up days, be considered as "something new" et nullus error.
STATE OF THE ODDS, &c.
SALE OF BLOOD STOCK.
By Messrs. Tattersall, at Hyde Park Corner, on Monday, Aug. 30:
THE LATE MR. J. S. DRINKALD'S STUD.
Susan Lovell, by Velocipede out of Cyprian; served by St. Lawrence
Ionia, by Ion out of Ranvilette by Ranville; served by St. Lawrence.
Gaylass, by Student out of Joyful, 2 yrs..............
On Monday, Sept. 6:
Relapse, by The Cure out of Jewess, 4 yrs..
Ada, by Planet out of Mainstay
Victor Emmanuel, by Chanticleer out of Petrowna, 3 yrs.
At Doncaster, during the Race Week.
On Tuesday, Sept. 14:
Newby, bay yearling colt, by Newminster out of Mary Aislabie (Mr. T. Parr) 235 Yearling Filly, by Chanticleer, dam by Tomboy (Mr. La Mert)
Mare (dam of First Fruits), by Pantaloon; served by Lord of the Isles (Mr. Lidiard)
MR. G. MATHER'S YEARLINGS.
Chesnut Filly, by Teddington out of The Doe (Borderer's dam) (Mr. J. Day) 160 Bay Filly, by The Prime Minister out of Happy Queen (Tournament's dam) (Mr. Pealey)
Bay Colt, by The Prime Minister out of Maid of Lincoln (Mr. R. Boyce).... Bay Colt, by The Prime Minister out of Vingt'un, by Alarm (Mr. Cliff) Brown Colt, by The Prime Minister out of Maid of Lincoln's dam (Mr. Stevens)
MR. JAQUES'S YEARLINGS.
Apollyon, ch. c., by Mildew out of Athena Pallas (Mr. Merry)
Chesnut Colt, 3 yrs., by Birdcatcher out of Sweetheart (Mr. Fobert)
On Wednesday, Sept. 15:
Chesnut Yearling Filly, by The Cossack, dam by Plenipo (Mr. Shafto)......
Rokeby, b. yearling colt, by The Cossack out of Catherina (Mr. Smith)
THE HELWITH HOUSE (MR. HUTCHINSON'S) YEARLINGS. Von Stroom, b. c., by The Flying Dutchman out of Themis (Mr. R. Sutton) 300 Brown Colt, by Augur out of Princess Royal's dam, by Bay Middleton (Mr. Ingham)
Fossil, b. c., by Touchstone out of Deiopeia (Mr. W. Day)
LORD SCARBOROUGH'S YEARLINGS.
St. Sophia (own sister to Ariadne), by Newminster out of Hospodar's dam (Sir Robert Peel).....
Minaret (own sister to Musjid), by Newminster ont of Peggy (Sir Robert Peel).
Tambourgie, by Rataplan out of Flatterer's dam (Mr. Smith)
THE BOYTHORPE (MR. PEDLEY'S) YEARLINGS.
Kazah, by The Cossack out of Ariel (Mr. La Mert)..