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The illustration below is taken from the Won of the most remarkable exhibitions of physical ders of “ Bodily Strength and Skill"—which is de strength and skill, whether in the form of indivicidedly one of the most interesting volumes of dual feats or of national games, from the earliest "The Illustrated Library of Wonders” now in ages down to the present time. The grace and course of publication by Charles Scribner & Co. skill displayed in the illustrations, which are num

In this volume the author has collected from the erous and striking, make the volume singularly atliterature of all countries, anecdotes descriptive | tractive.

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"I was passing near the church El Salvador del tion. I soon found out, however, that it was Mundo; people were looking up in the air, and a matter of sport. Another ringer appeared in one old man cried aloud near me: “Those are not his turn suspended in the air or holding the bell men, they are devils.' This caused me to look by the ears, or by the wooden framework, and up like the others, and I believed at first that following it in its movement found himself with some unfortunate man had entangled himself in his head downwards, towards the square, when it the rope

that is used for putting the bell in mo. I again entered the belfry.

CURRENT LITERATURE, HARACTERS OF DICKENS. -A practical ten. hideous, broken-down old woman, coquettish

éven to her death-bed, who asks for rose-colored izes the English. By experience in commerce, curtains in her last agony, and who parades her in manufactures, in self-government, that nature daughter through all the drawing-rooms of Eng. has contracted a taste and a talent for business ; land to sell her to some rich husband ; Sir John and it is from this that they have derived their Chester, a respectable scoundrel, who for fear of habit of looking upon us as children, and as compromising himself resuses to save the life of foolish. But this disposition, if pushed to excess, his own natural son, doing so with infinite grace, becomes the destruction of imagination and sensi. as he finishes his cup of chocolate. But the combility. The man becomes a speculating machine, pletest and most English of all these portraits of full of nothing but figures and facts; he disa aristocracy is that of Mr. Dombey, the London believes in intellect and in heart ; the world con merchant.–From Taine's Analysis in Perkins' tains nothing but profit and loss; he grows harsh, Life of Dickens (Putnam). bitter, greedy, avaricious; he treats men like so

ICKENS AND IRVING, --After a short visit to many parts of machinery ; he turns into something that is only a merchant, or banker, or statistician,

via Washington, and wrote a hasty note to Irving, which has ceased to be a man. Dickens has pro- hoping he would join him at Baltimore, adding, duced many pictures of such business men; Ralph What pleasure I have had in seeing and talking Nickleby, Scrooge, Antony Chuzzlewit, his son

with you I will not attempt to say. I shall never Jonas, Alderman Cute, Mr. Murdstone and his forget it as long as I live." What would I give if sister, Mr. Bounderby, Mr. Gradgrind. He has we could have but a quiet week together! Spain such characters in all his romances. Some of them is a lazy place, and its climate an indolent one. are such by training, some by nature ; but they But if you ever have leisure under its sunny skies are all hateful, for, all alike, they aim to sneer at to think of a man who loves you, and holds com. and to destroy goodness, sympathy, compassion, munion with your spirit oftener, perhaps, than any disinterested affection, religious emotion, imagin- other person alive-leisure from listlessness I ative enthusiasm, all that is beautiful in humanity. mean--and will write to me in London, you will They oppress children, they beat women, they give me an inexpressible amount of pleasure." starve the poor, they insult the miserable. The

Irving did meet him at Baltimore. In a letter best of thein are polished steel automata which (Washington, 5th February, 1868), Mr. Dickens go methodically through their legal duties without thus mentions the fact to Mr. Lanman :-"Your any consciousness that they are making others reference to my dear friend, Washington Irving, suffer. In our own country no such beings are

renews the vivid impressions reawakened in my to be found. Their rigidity is vo part of our mind at Baltimore but the other day. I saw his character. In England, they are the product of a fine face for the last time in that city. He came school, which has its philosophy, its great men, there from New York to pass a day or two with its glory ; but which has never been established me before I went westward, and they were made among us.

Our writers have, it is true, often among the most memorable of my life by his depainted misers, business men, shopkeepers ; Bal- | lightful fancy and genial humor. Some unknown zac is full of them. But he makes their traits a

admirer of his books and mine sent to the hotel a result of imbecility, or else he draws such singular most enormous mint-julep, wreathed with flowers. monstrosities as Grandet and Gobseck. Those of We sat, one on either side of it, with great solemDickens, however, represent an actual class of nity (it filled a respectable-sized round table), but men, an actual natural vice.

Read the passage in the solemnity was of very short duration. It was “Hard Times,” where Mr. Gradgrind explains quite an enchanted julep, and carried us among inhis views to the schoolmaster, * and judge whether numerable people and places that we both knew. Mr. Gradgrind is not body and soul an English. The julep held out far into the night, and my

memory never saw him afterwards otherwise than Another fault, pride, is the result of a habit of

as bending over it with his straw with an attemptcommanding, and of contending. It abounds in ed air of gravity (after some anecdote involving an aristocratic country like England ; and no man

some wonderfully droll and delicate observation of has satirized the aristocracy more than Dickens. character), and then, as his eye caught mine, melt. All his pictures of men of this class are sarcasms. ing into that cultivating laugh of his, which was There is James Harthouse, a dandy, disgusted the brightest and best I have ever heard.” -Macwith everything, and with himself most of all, and kenzie's Life of Dickens (Peterson). iliye dupe, brutalized with drink, whose chief trait A Raccording to the bills, was “ Sixty Minutes in

-is staring fixedly at people while he sucks the head África;' but the matter of discourse, as I afterof his cane ; Cousin Feenix, a sort of machine wards ascertained, was pretty much the same as that utters parliamentary phrases, but whose works that of the Babes in the Wood, only that in are out of order, and who finds it almost impos Philadelphia, the abolition of slavery being a sible to complete any of the ridiculous sentences favorite topic, anything about Africa was likely to that he is all the time beginning ; Mrs. Skewton, be acceptable. Any one of his lectures, previous Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and heterogeneous collection of jests, interpersed with

to the delivery of the Mormon one, was simply a girls nothing but Facts", etc.-Hard Times.

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dry, witty, telling observations on the fashions and denly lights burn in the old brass chandeliers; folies of mankind, and pleasantly wrapped-up sar. sarcophagi open and the dead nuns ascend out of casms on the social and political topics of the day. their graves; they float from the church-yard by The humor of the lecture was more in the man hundreds and seem only lightly to touch the earththan in his matter-his manner of saying a funny like shadows they float past each other. Anon and thing was infinitely more funny than the thing it. the winding-sheets fall off, and now they stand self. Yet his lecture was a grand display of there in luxurious beauty, and the bacchanal as it mental fireworks, coruscation succeeding corusca was carried on in the concealment of their convent tion, and rocket-flight following rocket-flight, walls, begins. In the Catholic city you observe without giving his audience time to think or to these signs of the times. Notice the stir in the count the number of pieces. While people listen streets-women offer liquorice-water cheap, men ed they laughed. When all was over they won. offer you walking-sticks; but they all, great and dered what it had been which they had listened small, wear the tricolor. Even their Henri Quatre,

the bronze king upon the great bridge, must- bear "The lecture that evening at the Musical Fund the citizen-flag, which waves on all towers and faHall was illustrated by a map of Africa, suspended Çaules. "La Liberté ! that is the great watchat the back of the platform. Except in the way word of the Parisians. of burlesque the map was useless. The lecturer The second day of the festival was come. The commenced by telling his audience that his subject long Boulevard was the parade of the National was Africa, and alluding

some of

natural Guard ; along the green alleys stood the well-dressproductions of that country. When he told themed rows of people, and all the windows and balthat it produced the red rose, the white rose, and conies of the houses which lay behind were filled, the neg-rose, they yelled with laughter. Never like the Boulevards themselves, with human beings; once did he allow his countenance to relax from its wild boys hung on the branches of the trees, others continuous grave expression. Instead of joining balanced themselves on the stone balustrades of in the laughter he had elicited, he seemed to the fountain-everywhere was the throng as great wonder whence it had arisen, and to be slightly as in one of the most frequented passages. Louis annoyed that he could not speak without being Philippe, surrounded by his sons and his generals, laughed at. Some of his audience entered into showed himself; he extended his hand and kindly the spirit of the affair, and were boisterously saluted his citizens. A" Vive le Roi !" resounded, merry. Others attempted to be critical, but oc

amid which was heard “A bas les forts !” The blue casionally manifested their vexation at not being veil covered with the silver bees still lay over the able to grasp anything which they could criticise ; statue of Napoleon upon the Vendômé column ; and sone there were who simply regarded the windows and roofs were filled with people; the speaker as a lunatic, and seemed ashamed that king and the dignitaries of the kingdom stood with they had caught themselves laughing at him like bare heads before the column; the sign was given

and the veil fell. “Vive la Mémoire de Napoléon !" "There were nearly two thousand people in was the cry of adıniration. --Andersen's Only a the hall, the heat was oppressive, and the merriest Fiddler (Hurd & Houghton), of the audience began to feel that ceaseless laughter was very hard work. Artemus Ward perceive

ARIS IN DECEMBER, 1851.--Passages from ed that he had spoken long enough; and having jast told a funny story, the scene of which was in Appeal to the People, by the President of the Re: Massachusetts

, suddenly changed his tone of voice public (Louis Napoleon): "FRENCHMEN!--The and said:

present situation cannot longer endure. Every day "Africa is my subject. You wish me to tell

that passes aggravates the dangers of the country. you something about Africa. Africa is on the The Assembly, which ought to be the strongest map. It is on all the maps of Africa that I have support of order, has become the principal seat of ever seen. You may buy a good map of Africa complots. The patriotism of 300 of its members for a dollar . If you study it well you will know stead of making laws in the general interest, it

has been unable to arrest its fatal tendencies. In. more about Africa than I do. It is a comprehen- forges arms for civil war ; it strives after the power sive subject too vast, I assure you, for me to

that I hold directly from the people ; it encour. enter upon to-night. You would not wish me to–I feel that I feel it deeply, I am very sensi ages all the evil passions; it compromises the retive. If you go home and go to bed--it will be pose of France. I have dissolved it

, and I make better for you than to go with me to Africa !”

the whole people the judge between it and myself. -Hingston's Genial Showman (llar per).

The Constitution, you know, had been made

with the object of weakening in advance the power IN 1833.-—The Parisians have at this which you sought to intrust to me. Six millions

almost the father and the son; theless I have faithfully observed it. Provoca. mind is the only ruling power amongst them. tions, the calumnies, the outrages, found me imYou no longer see any monks in the streets, no movable. But to-day-since the fundamental procesions ; and even from the stage the poet pact is no more respected by those even who unpreaches Protestantism. You see in®“ Robert le ceasingly invoke it, and since the men who have Diable” the ruins of a nunnery in the middle of already lost two monarchies wish to bind my

Catholic city; the moon peeps into the dark hands, in order to overthrow the Republic-my halls

, where stand overturned monuments. Sud- duty is to baffle their perfidious schemes, to main.

the rest.

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Madonna, nay,

tain the Republic, and to save the country by in- be issued this fall by Hurd & Houghton, the voking the solemn judgment of the only sover. charming articles he has contributed to the At. eign whom I recognize in France-the people.' lantic Monthly He calls his book “Suburban

To the Army : * Vote then freely as citizens; Aspects,” and his thousands of admirers will but, as soldiers, do not forget that passive obedience gladly welcome it. to the orders of the head of the Government

George W. Childs, the successful publisher is the rigorous duty of the army, from the general and philanthropist of Philadelphia, is continually down to the soldier. It is for myself-responsible for being complimented, in one way or another. my deeds before the people and before posterity- We are pleased to see such a liberal business man to take measures which seem to me indispensable and so estimable a citizen appreciated at some. for the public good.”

where near his value. His reputation is not conProclamation from the Republican Representa fined to his own country; the whole world de. tives :-“ Louis Napoleon is a traitor! He has lights to do him honor. It was only the other violated the Constitution ! He has placed himself day that we saw his portrait and biography in the outside the law ! The Republican representatives new London illustrated paper, the Graphic remind the people and the army of Articles 68 and placed beside other great nien of our times; and 110 of the Constitution. The people, henceforth now, Every Saturday comes out in its last issue and forever in possession of universal suffrage-- with a sketch of Mr. Child's life and history, the people, who have no need of any prince in accompanied by a faithful portrait. His is the order to bestow it, will know how to chastise the way to set examples to industrious and honest, but rebel. Let the people do their duty; the repub- struggling young men and boys. Such a life as lican representatives march at their head. Vive Mr. Child's may well be published for simulation. la République ! Vive la Constitution! To arms! | It is to be hoped that many will profit by this rare Signed: Michel (of Bourges) Schoelcher, Jules and worthy specimen of the genus homo. - Home Favre, Victor Hugo, Arago, Eugène Sue, and 15 Fournal. others. --Ténot, Paris in December, 1851.-(Hurd Rev. Edward C. TOWNE has published the & Houghton.)

prospectus of a magazine of Radical Christianity,

which he proposes to print monthly in Chicago. BjörnSON, the graceful Norwegian poet, and

The title will be The Examiner, a Monthly author of " Arne ” and “The Fishermaiden," Review of Religious and Humane Questions, and has published a new volume of poems.

of Literature. The features of this publication will Doré's illustrations of “London Lise," with

be, Mr. Towne says, (1.) “A Novel, the modern text by Blanchard Jerrold, will shortly appear.

vehicle of the widest popular instruction; (2.)

Scholarly and Thoughtful Essays, on themes of BAYARD TAYLOR'S translation of Goethe's

humane and religious interest; (3.) Translated “Faust” will be published the coming autumn

Articles, from French and German sources; (4.) by Fields, Osgood & Co., in uniform with the

Shorter papers and paragraphs, of fact, thought, royal quarto elitions of “Dante” and Homer's and criticisin ; and (5.) A full and careful account • Iliad.” Says the Watchman and Reflector :

of new books, and of recent and standard books “ If there are a blessed few who desire these large

suggested by the new, or by questions engaging paper editions, let a few copies be printed for

the public mind." their especial use and behoof; but for the reading

War News:- The Springfield Republican public, whose purses are not over long or over

says of the Nation: “ The weekly summary of full, there should be an edition in the usual style events, its editorials, and its English and Conti; and price. And further, who ever reads a large nental correspondence, are so masterly, and withal paper copy? Even those who own them read

so truthful and candid, as to leave nothing to be from the smaller size is such there be."

desired. We know not where else to look for so MR. HOWELLS will collect into a volume, to much valuable information in so little space."

The American Primary School Slate is a novelty by

I vison, Taylor, Blakeman & Co. Upon the frames of these Slates are indelibly printed, direcily upon the wood, exercises in Printing, Writing, Drawing, and the Roman and Arabic Numerals. SLATE No. i presents to the eye of the pupil Capital and small letters, penned in the simplest manner possible, and so arranged as to lead to a ready acquisition of the Alphabet. Upon the opposite side, the elementary principles of Drawing are developed in such manner and order as to lead to Inventive Drawing SLATE No. 2 is intended for more advanced pupils, affording studies in Script, thus instructing the young mind in Writing. Upon the opposite side are given the elementary minciples of curved line Drawing, together with more difficult exercises in the drawing of Animals, Fruit, Leaves, and many of the common objects of daily life. Size 8 x 10 inches ; price..

..... 35 c. Josh Billing's Farmers' Almanac, for 1871, will be issued

by Carleton in a few days.. The publisher expects a sale

of over 100,000 copies. Fields, OsGOOD & Co., published in a pamphlet the frag

ment of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the last lines of which were written by Mr. Dickens only an hour or two

before the fatal attack of the 9th of June. All the illustrations by Mr. Fildes are given, and appear to much more advantage with the more careful printing than in the first production here. The publishers have included in the same pamphlet Mr. J. T. Fields' admirable papers of reminiscences, and various uncollected pieces by Mr. Dickens, including the stories he contributed to the Atlantic and Our Young Folks two or three years ago, a very entertaining budget of "Sketches of Young Couples," written at the time of the marriage of Queen Victoria, and the series of essays called “ New Uncommercial Sam

ples," together with Mr. Dickens' will. S. C. Griggs & Co. have just issued First Lessons in

Greek, adapted to Hadley's Greek Grammar, and intended as an introduction to Xenophon's

Anabasis, by Prof. Jas. R. Boise, Chicago University, whose edition of the first six books of Homer's Iliad, with explanatory notes for the use of Schools and Colleges, has received the highest commendations from authorities. Prof. H. B. Hackett says of the latter : "For brevity, pertinence, and sug: gestiveness, I regard the notes as a model of classical annotation."

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Mr. James T. FIELDS REMINISCENT. — The description of that class of workers whose struggles felicitous paper on Charles Dickens, with which are of the spirit, whose failures and successes would Mr. Fields has enriched the August number of the alike be invisible to a coarse vision, and the facts dilantic

, reminds us all once more of the claim of whose lives are not those which go into the which we have upon that gentleman.

biographical dictionary. Of the literary percepMr. Fields has a duty to perform ; and as wetion which Mr. Fields possesses, many interesting have so much time and virtue on our hands that anecdotes are in circulation. we can attend to our own duties and other peoples' It ought to be well known, for example, that too, we hereby take the liberty of pressing upon he was among those who recognized the subtle and Mr. Fields the performance of Mr. Fields's duty. marvellous merit of Hawthorne's writings, at a It is not of many men in any generation that it time when the author of those writings was about can be said that they ought to write a book ; but the most obscure literary man in America. But of Mr. Fields this can be said with peculiar truth the most striking proof of the quality of and justice. It is his solemn duty to preserve, in mind of which we are speaking was ·

• prea form that will be available for those who come sented by his dealings with the works of after us, if not for ourselves, the recollections, Thomas De Quincey. That most brilliant and that must still be so ample and vivid in his mind, most morbid genius had, during a period of forty of all the great authors-English and American, years, bestowed his writings upon the magazines of living and dead—whom he has known so intimately. Great Britain ; and neither his own hand nor any

other man of this country, perhaps no other other in England had undertaken the task of man of this century, excepting Crabbe Robinson, bringing together these innumerable publications, has had such advantages as he for acquaintance Mr. Fields determined to do this. Tie applied to with great literary characters--and, we might add, Mr. De Quincey for permission and assistance. with little ones, too. For twenty-five years and The permission was promptly given, but no assist upward he has been a member of that great in

The opium-eater told Mr. Fields that he ternational publishing house of which he is now had not the energy or the patience to look through the head. During all this period-drawn by a all the periodicals he had written for, and to indihne literary instinct into contact with authors al cate his own contributions: he could not even ready famous, and into the detection of authors furnish him a list of them or a clue of them. who soon became so he has had occasion to as. The only thing he could promise would be to look sociate, on the most confidential terms, with over any collection of his supposed papers which Hawthorne, Thoreau, President Felton, Willis, Mr. Fields might make, an! say squarely if any Prescott

, Everett, De Quincey, Thackeray, be had been inserted which were not his own. The sides Longfellow, Lowell

, Whipple, Higginson, feat accomplished by Mr. Fields was surely as exPrs Stowe, Howells

, Emerson, Motley, Brown- traordinary as any to be met with in literary hising, Tennyson, Thomas Hughes, and many others, tory. He made complete sets of the leading ma& well as with the Great Magician whose recent gazines and reviews of England and Scotland for death all the world mourns.

Any man who has the period through which the author's activity exever chatted with Mr. Fields for but half an hour tended; and, beginning at the beginning, guided must be able to testify to the treasures of interesting solely by his perception of De Quincey's literary and amusing reminiscences concerning great writers, peculiarities, he collected more than twenty vol. of which his memory is the storehouse. The man umes of essays. Moreover, he never made a who for a quarter of a century has been accustomed single mistake. With reference to one paper, to meet every week many of the wittiest and however, a difference of opinion arose between himwisest men in America, and who has been repeated self and Mr. De Quincey. The latter declared ly the guest and companion of the same class of that the paper was not bis

, and begged Mr. Fields persons abroad, might, by simply dictating for a to omit it. The publisher read it again, and few weeks to his amanuensis, produce a book that averred that it was De Quincey's, in spite of would last as long as any that ever came from his himself and that it should go in.' When, 'at last,

the printed volume containing that paper reached Among Mr. Fields's qualifications for this task the author in Scotland, and he had glanced at it of giving to the world personal and psychological once more, it suddenly flashed upon him that he delineations of literary men, something inore must

was the author of it; and he wrote off to Mr. be reckoned than the circumstance of his having Fields : “You are right; the paper is mine!" frequently met these men. It is conceivable that Thus the publisher's literary instinct was more one might be a very successsul book publisher, and acute and infallible concerning what another man ajoy a wide range of commerce with the makers had written than the self-knowledge and the memory of books, and still lack the culture, the penetra of the man himself. Such an ability implies a tion, and the sympathy requisite to understand natural endowment, as well as a cultivated skill, them, and to be able to tell the essential facts in literary analysis, which, with his almost unexabout them. Everybody knows that Mr. Fields ampled extent of acquaintance with literary men, is a successful book publisher. Everybody does qualfies Mr. Fields to produce a book of renot know that he himself has a considerable miniscences and of discriminating criticism as fasmeasure of literary talent, that he has written cinating and valuable as any in English literature. some really exquisite verses, and that what we We shall be glad if this gentle hortation proves may call his literary perceptions are very acute. to be some slight fillip to his consciousness of We consider the quality last mentioned of the ut having a mission” in life, and to his deter: most importance to one who has to undertake the mination to fulfil it.— The Independent.

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