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but perhaps a little commonplace, quite good; chorus, first-rate; solists, exeenough so to become almost as popular crable; scenery, very good; and the as Verdi's vulgar ‘La donna e mobile,' audience had not even standing room. or, as Rossini reads it, 'La donna è un On the whole, the production of Faust' Mobile,' which means quite a different has been a great and well
merited success. thing. Those who understand Italian The chief musical event of the month will laugh ; those who do n't will pre- has been the production of 'Tannhauser,' tend to be amused; therefore it is not by the German Opera Company, at the worth while to explain. With regard New-York Academy. This we purpose to the performance, the orchestra was reviewing in our next.
NOTES ON CURRENT EVENTS.*
The military event which most en- being held by General Foster, while grossed public attention at the time of Grant occupies Chattanooga. The latour last writing was the advance of the ter began his advance on the twentyArmy of the Potomac in pursuit of the third of November, and on the morning enemy under LEE. That movement was of the twenty-fifth our flag floated over checked on the morning of the thirtieth Lookout Peak, a part of Missionary of November, on the north side of a Ridge. Heavy fighting continued for small stream running northward to the the possession of the remainder of the Rapidan, called Mine Run, the rebel heights all day, and by nightfall the troops having strongly intrenched them- rebel army was in full retreat and selves on the opposite bank. There had closely pursued. Our advance was rebeen much fighting previously by regi- pulsed, however, by the enemy's rearments, brigades, divisions, and corps, guard, at Ringgold. Intelligence that but no general battle. A council of war LONGSTREET had raised the siege of was held, and, at nine P.M. on December Knoxville, on the fourth of December, first, a retreat was ordered to the old and that he was retreating to effect a position on the north side of the Rapi junction with BRAGG or LEE, sharply dan, and this was accomplished without pursued by a column under General loss. The reasons alleged for this bar- SHERMAN, followed that of the battle ren result were the excessive cold of the of Chattanooga. Reports have since weather and the sufferings to which it arrived that reënforcements have been exposed the troops, and especially the sent to LONGSTREET, that Joe Jouxwounded; the scanty supply of pro- ston's forces were to join HARDEE, visions remaining, the want of harmony Bragg's successor, and that Lee has and proper subordination among the been assigned to the command in Geor. corps commanders, and the impregna- gia, leaving his army, except a single ble position of the enemy - sorry ex- division, in winter quarters south of the cuses all.
Rapidan. In compensation for this remarkable In the late battles, the Army of the failure came news of the great and de- Cumberland captured no fewer than cisive victory gained by our forces, sixty-three pieces of cannon, seven thouunder General Grant, over those led sand stand of arms, and about six thouby Bragg, which has secured to us the sand prisoners. In view of the successes possession of East-Tennessee, Knoxville of the Federal arms, the President re* Tue matter intended to appear under this heading in the January number, was omitted for want of space. commended Thanksgiving day as one ters, and we have little more to record proper to be religiously observed by of importance than is chronicled above. the people in places of public worship, Nothing of note has been heard from and it was therefore kept as a day of Charleston since the city was shelled on national thanksgiving throughout the Christmas day, damaging a few buildloyal States.
ings and causing some slight casualties. The piratical seizure of the steamer The United States gunboat Marble'Chesapeake,' on her voyage from New- head' had a brisk encounter with a York towards Portland, by seventeen of rebel battery in Stono River, Souththe passengers claiming to be confed- Carolina, and was much injured. The erates,' took the country by surprise, as battery was afterwards captured by a well so daring an act of piracy might. land force. The second engineer was killed, and two
A Federal force of three hundred men others of the crew wounded in a strug- was overpowered and captured at Jonesgle that ensued. The vessel was cap- ville, Western Virginia. Rumors of cavtured a few days afterwards in Sambro alry skirmishing in the same vicinity, harbor, in the bay of Halifax, by the as also in Tennessee, have found their United States gunboat 'Ella and Annie.' way into the newspapers, but the deSeveral of the pirates were captured and tails are wanting. We hear, too, of an sent to Halifax, where, however, they expedition from New Orleans against were rescued by the citizens and set at Mobile. liberty. The 'Chesapeake' was also The cavalry raid of General AVERILL, delivered up to the British authorities, U. S., into Western Virginia was a but afterwards released by the Court of bold and successful movement, so far Admiralty.
as it went, and resulted in considerable The artillery duel in Charleston har- destruction of property. bor still continues. Since our last rec- General LongstREET, reënforced by ord, a few more shells have been thrown twelve thousand infantry, is fortifying into the city, the ruins of Fort Sumter at Bull's Gap, Tennessee. His full have beep on fire, and the melancholy force is said to be thirty-four thousand accident of the sinking of the monitor infantry and twelve thousand cavalry. "Weehawken' has occurred. She sud- There are now fourteen Major-Gendenly foundered while at anchor on the erals and eleven Brigadier-Generals in sixth of December, in rough water, and the Federal army unemployed. thirty of her crew perished with her. The severe coldness of the weather
The First Session of the Thirty-eighth operated for a time to prevent any Congress opened on the seventh of De- general military movement, and the cember, when Mr. Colfax, of Indiana, condition of the roads following its was elected Speaker.
moderation has since interposed an alThe Messages of President LINCOLN most equally formidable bar to progress. and Jeff Davis at the meeting of the Congresses at Washington and Richmond respectively have been the chief
FOREIGN. political topics of the month. The rad- The Schleswig-Holstein question has ical proclamation of the one and the de- assumed a formidable aspect since the spondent tone of the other have been death of FREDERICK VII. of Denmark, on leading subjects of newspaper criticism. the eighth of last October, in conse
quence of the German Duchies refusing
to acknowledge the right of the new king,
January 23, 1864. CHRISTIAN, the father-in-law of the Prince The month of January has been un- of Wales, to govern them, and the deusually devoid of interest in war mat- termination of the latter to enforce his
authority. The people of Schleswig- informed, the Danes have entirely evacuHolstein – two of the most important ated. of the Duchies - claim that CHRISTIAN Meanwhile, Denmark has called for a rehas no right of succession to the gov- serve force of fourteen thousand troops, ernment of the Duchies but of Denmark and England has protested against the only, and have proclaimed FREDERICK, Federal occupation of the Duchies, and the head of the elder branch of the same notified Austria and Prussia that any infamily, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, and fringement of the territorial rights of as such he has already been recognized Denmark would call for her moral and by some of the smaller German powers. material support of the Danish monarchy This conflict results primarily from a in the question. France has adopted a strong antagonism which exists between somewhat similar course, and Sweden the people of Denmark proper and the and Norway have espoused the Danish Duchies, the latter being subjected to
The attitude of Austria and oppressive regulations which have made Prussia with regard to future movethe yoke of Denmark both galling to ments remains undecided, and the furtheir pride and subversive of their liber- ther development of this long-vexed ties; it being, for instance, compulsory question is awaited with anxiety by that the Danish language should be all the governments of Europe. spoken and taught in all their public The pet scheme of Louis NAPOLEON schools to the exclusion of the German, to organize an European Congress haralthough German is the mother tongue ing failed to receive the support of the of the majority of the inhabitants. Great Powers, will probably be aban
When the late King ascended the doned. throne in 1848, the Duchies rose against The news from Mexico is favorable to him as they now do against his successor, the French. The latest accounts report and a war, in which Germany aided the the army of the latter eighteen thousand Schleswig-Holsteiners, was the result. strong in the vicinity of Tlapultan, near This was terminated by the mediation Columba, where the Mexican army, seven of England and Russia, and a law thousand strong, was expected to prowas thereupon passed, investing Prince voke an engagement. CHRISTIAN with the right of succession The Archduke MAXIMILIAN, it is supin the event of FREDERICK dying without posed, has at last decided to assume the male heirs. CHRISTIAN being a member crown of Mexico, and it is expected that, of the younger branch of the house of soon after his visit to Louis NAPOLEON, AUGUSTINEBURG, and the elder branch at Paris, he will embark for that disbeing in the legitimate line of succession, tracted land. this was very naturally considered unfair The Polish insurrection still continues, by the Duchies, especially when the and the insurrectionists are very active former was known to represent the in- in Landomer and Cracow, where some terests of Denmark, while the latter was three thousand infantry and three hunstrongly in favor of the independence of dred cavalry are led by experienced the Duchies. The Schleswig-Holsteiners officers. having had no share in passing this law The Pope has addressed a letter to of succession in favor of Christian, but, JEFFERSON Davis, in which he styles on the contrary, having strongly opposed him 'illustrious and honorable Presiit, defied Denmark to enforce it, and ap- dent,' invokes God's blessing upon him pealed to Germany for help to resist the and his people, and hopes that he may be Danish authority. The troops of the attached to himself by perfect friendship. Germanic Confederation were therefore KOSSUTH has issued a proclamation to ordered, after due notification, to ad- the Hungarians inciting them to revoluvance into Holstein, which, we are now tion.
AFTER the delicious reveries of Ik should perceive that we only were to be Marvel and Thackeray's • Cane-Bot- obtained - strong types of men — with tomed Chair,' it may seem presumptu- naught of base metal or dingy earth ous in another bachelor to try for a pertaining to us – why should rejected hearing — and that too notwithstanding we pine or be condemned? The sinless the fact that both these gentlemen have state of Adam before his connubial venleft the ranks of single file. As a soli- ture lends a brilliant prestige to our ortary picket, however, when claiming der. With the long line of single men cheerfulness does not disparage the whose names are landmarks in the general's staff, and as one, while en- world's history, why should the word joying a single chop, likes to behold bachelor provoke a smile - of amuseliberality in him who can afford two, ment, if not of derision ? Nay, it thus, with all modesty, do I speak. shall not, if those so named will but And if the advantages of celibacy are glory in their title and emblazon it with dwelt upon with some affection, let me zeal. assure the ladies (as if they cared, to Let us take up the cudgels then, be sure) that, by the analogy of this Arise — to your posts - for our very world and the next, so bachelorhood is individuality itself is attacked! Our here regarded as the time of probation independence is declared abnormal. before that heaven of bliss where our 'No,' some lukewarm brother may say, souls are not our own, and we shall see leaning towards the old rib-complaint, not darkly, but face to face.
“it is only the old ones who are ridiSince rhetorical rules compel us to culed.' What! shall we desert our begin by conciliating our audience, I grand masters ? (What man of spirit feel imperatively called upon to apolo- would not prefer that name to grandgize for my existence and to answer the father ?) Shall we not reverence the question: Why should there be any .givers of a name made glorious by bachelors ?' A few choice friends and themselves? O noble precursors! We your humble servant would reply by will not thus desert you. We know the significant interrogation: 'How can that your natures preclude the possibilWe help it?' If no charmers signify ity of better-halves. The proper date desire for our copartnership, and if, for matrimony never can be fixed, and having that inconceivable longing, they who shall say that you have lived too VOL. LXIII.
long single? Live on — and, when the for entire devotion.' And why should breaking-up time comes, rejoice that you, fair maiden, who have been so deonly one wig, one ear-trumpet, one set lightfully entertained, between dances, of ivories must lessen your money-bags. by that 'dear old bachelor,' exclaim Elevated by long habit above the sneers with the rest : What a pity he has n't of the multitude, your dignity shall a wife !' If he did possess one he nevertheless be vindicated by our mili- could n't have so many bright sweettant order, and we of the youthful hearts, and, instead of being that dear down, calmly stroking our (figurative) old,' he would become 'old Mr.' Don't beards, shall repel assaults by pointing you believe that he enjoys playing the to your example.
agreeable as much as you delight in beNo-to return from this digression- ing entertained ? And, again, does your both young and old are attacked. What modesty forbid your observing how your community does not hold up its hands conversation brightens the old fellow? if a young man expresses no great de- If Cælebs has been, is, or soon will sire for a holy alliance? His present be on the perilous precipice of forty, condition can be tolerated as respectable why should you think it'strange' if he only upon the supposition that he yearns balances himself well? Give the poor for a partner. If he has yet seen no ob- man credit for self-control; he is proba. ject of affinity, he should eclipse Japhet bly much more anxious than you are. in Search of a Father' by his zeal; if Whatever my hopes may have been pecuniary paucity interferes, the moist- of exciting sympathy for the two classes ure upon the first husband's brow above mentioned, I approach the deshould be but as a drop when compared fence of the more youthful conscious of with his exertions. In short, A spouse! strong opposition. Unwavering in my a spouse ! must be the cry of every resolve, however, my voice shall not stripling who would be conventional. cease, and though the general harmony
We defend, then, the ancient worthies be broken, its constant stream of melowho—whether they have tried to change dy, brimming with feeling, cannot fail or not-are now contented with their to awaken echoes from the very rocks lot; the middle-aged, excepting those which withstand its current. hopeful gentlemen seeking ere it be too The nature and habits of animals are late some benefactress who will smile shown by nothing external so well as by assent, and the merry juniors, drawn as their nests, dens, lairs, or wbatever yet by no feminine magnet, and think their peculiar places of abode may be. ing that, if they should never face the And as the king of beasts leaves his altar, it would be no hard task to re- family and resides where his lordly namain single.
ture may have full sway, so the ideal O ye matronly dispensers of destiny! bachelor (not to carry the comparison why should you wonder and complain to the brutal point) must not be surthat yonder buck of sixty winters has rounded by the amenities of household never found a doe? He agrees with life. There are, I know, many noble you that great comfort would have ac- representatives of our order who maincrued to him had he been suited, but tain their individuality to the wonder «thanks heaven that he has judged for, of all while dwelling in the midst of himself. You sigh because he might the married and marrying, mothers and have made some lone lady so happy.' children, from toothless age to toothless Doubtless the old gentleman, if he could infancy. And such greatness cannot be hear us, would reply with a bow : 'So brought under common rules. We faze, long as I can remain a faithful servant we admire, but we cannot understand. of the sex, my conscience will be free for our own part, we of the rank und with regard to any imaginary claimant file must confess that such templa