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tracting parties on each side are, in point of fact, the forces employed for its suppression, and partly mation that will be found convenient and valuain very similar positions. Mr. Seward's lease of to the peculiarly rocky and mountainous character ble to every citizen. power is nearly ended--the sands of his official of the country, which enabled a handful of insur- The several subjects which it discusses are life have nearly run out; while the Spanish Re- gents to hold at bay indefinitely, and harrass by a necessarily local; but the evidence exhibited of publicans are watching the dissolving views, with guerrilla warfare, largely superior numbers, just the regular and healthy improvement of Baltiwhich fade away all their hopes and plans. as the Circassians baffled for years the efforts of more, the marked increase of its trade, and the
the Russians in the Caucasus, and the Affghans steady advancement of its commercial enterprise, The territory of Alaska cost $7,000,000 in gold.
4. worried the English in the mountains of Affghan- cannot be uninteresting to the people of all sec: The money has been paid, we believe, and the listan
tions connected with it by the ties of sympathy or land is ours. The island of St. Thomas, another
the associations of business intercourse. We are of Mr. Seward's investments in real estate, was to The cheap factitious sort of sentiment that
W glad, therefore, that so formal and well-considered cost $7,500,000. This money has not been paid, constituted the major part of what is called and the property has not been finally transferred. popular sympathy with the Cretan cause in this
Jan exposition of the progress the city has at
tained, has been officially made ; and that with it That this purchase has not been completed, how country, was aptly illustrated at a recent meeting
are presented those facts and reliable statements ever, is no fault of the people of the island or of held in aid of the cause, in New York city.
which justify the assurance of its continued and the Danish Government. Both are willing, but Mayor Hall presided, and the poets Bryant and
sustained development in the future. Congress hesitates to ratify the treaty and make Tuckerman, and the Reverends Henry Ward provision for the payment of the purchase-money. Beecher, Howard Crosby, and Henry W. Bellows
bv. and Henry W. Bellows As our readers are aware, a census of Baltimore In the meantime the people of St. Thomas have made speeches. It was affirmed that the insur- has recently been concluded. It was taken under signified their assent to the transfer of their alle-rection had not been suppressed, as the Turkish the authority of the city government, with a view giance, and the King of Denmark bas delivered a Government represented to be the case, but to ascertain, with at least approximate accuracy, farewell address to his late subiects in view of the that it still lived and flourished. The Cretans the increase of population. In advance of the anticipated change in their condition. Still, the were declared to be an oppressed people--de-official publication of the census reports, the ægis of American nationality is not spread over scendants of a race to whom Civilization is under Mayor announces the result to be a fraction above them. They have ceased to be Danes without lasting obligations; they are our “neighbors in the Three Hundred and Fifty-two Thousand inhabibecoming Americans. In fact, they are a people Gospel,” brought by steam and telegraph "nearer tants, of which less than one-seventh are colored. without a government-a people in a bereaved to New York than was New Orleans when Gen-[This marked increase, attained in the intervening and orphaned state-neither fish nor flesh-sus- eral Jackson opposed the British forces fifty eight years since the United States Census of pended midway between two nationalities. Alas- years ago ;'' nearer, it may be added, to the 1860, in spite of all the depressing influences of ka, on the other hand, has become a country sympathies of Northern philanthropists now than the war, fully attests the reality and vitality of without a people. The few Russians resident in
those elements of prosperity that justify the that inhospitable region have returned home, and as one of the Reverend speakers explained, the anticipations which have been formed of the fuwhen a bill was introduced in the Senate recently
| Cretans are the advanced guard of Western ture progress and advancement of the city. It is for the organization of a Territorial Government, civilization - an outpost on the frontiers of not necessary for us to repeat the views we exa Senator inquired doubtfully if there were a hun-Christendom, “to contend with all the bar- pressed in a recent article in regard to the redred persons living in the fountry, and was told | barous and effete hordes of Mohammedan and sults which the completion of our projected railby another Senator that fully that number had heathen darkness which now constitute nearly way connections and communications must secure.
one thither from California It is a pity that three-fourths of the whole world, and which it Nor is it requisite that the intimate and peculiar Alaska and St. Thomas are situated at such are becomes us not to look upon with careless eyes, as relations which Baltimore will bear to the restored mote distance from each other; otherwise the dif- if our 300,000,000 of Christians had nothing to industry and agriculture of the South, be again ficulty might be obviated by a process of coloniza- do with the existence of 900,000,000 of heathen referred to, as an evidence of the sources of fution, and the want of a population in Alaska, and that may, for aught we know, in the growth of ture development and advancement, which lie the desire of the inhabitants of St Thomas to her time, threaten us, as the Mohammedan world within the reach of its energy. It is sufhcient to come American citizens might be oratified at the once threatened the civilization of Europe.” | say that the character of all, and the results of same time and the sum of $7.500.000 saved to And finally, as another Reverend orator suggest- | many of the enterprises, which the sagacity of the Government Treasury.
ed, “Crete is within two days sail of that blessed our citizens has projected, are very plainly set
sacred land where Christianity was first planted forth by the Mayor. Audi alteram partem is a good maxim, particu- and began its glorious career-and to free Crete, But our purpose is not met by a resumé of his larly where there is another side to be heard. therefore, is the next thing to freeing Syria!” message. One of its briefest paragraphs suggests The compiler of a pamphlet now before us, en- Under the influence of such cogent arguments, a comparison between the success of our municititled "The United States and Turkey,” is anx- the meeting professed its profound sympathy with pal government and that of other cities, in regard ious to make it appear that the Cretan Question Crete in a series of resolutions, the last of which to one of the most important and essential offices has two sides, and that the right side is not the declared "that the Press and Pulpit of the United of all government. We mean the peace, quiet, one which has been most popular in this country. States are bound by their allegiance to Christian- security and good order of the community. In According to this pamphleteer, the Cretans are ity and to Freedom, to advocate the relief of the his reference to the Police Department, the Mayor no better than they should be. The authority of Cretans from the barbarous sway of the Turks.” states that “the quietude that prevails in the St. Paul is invoked to prove their bad character. Unluckily for any substantial good the press of city, after the duties of the day are over, preCicero and Polybius are cited as witnesses to the this country may render the Cretans, the insur- senting a contrast with other cities, is a silent witsame effect. They are represented as a turbulent, rection appears to have come to an end, and ness to the fact of service well discharged in the treacherous race, addicted in St. Paul's time to Greece and Turkey have been bound over to keep interest of the public by the officers and men,” falsehood and gluttony, and, in later ages, to the peace--so that this spark of war is for the &c., &c. The contrast thus referred to is strikpiracy. The recent insurrection—it seems that moment quenched.
ing. Whether we take Philadelphia and New it may be spoken of now in the past tense is as
York in the East, or Cincinnati and St. Louis in serted to have been stirred up entirely by Greek
THE MAYOR'S MESSAGE.
the West, we are struck by the broad comparison intrigue-to have been kindled, fanned and kept Mayor Banks' annual message presents a com- between the lawlessness and crime which belong to alive by aid and sympathy extended by the Athe-prehensive report of the municipal government them, and the quiet which prevails in Baltimore. nian Government, and to have been participated of Baltimore, during the past year, accompanied Here, the offences which the police records exhibit in only by a small portion of the native popula- by very full and specific details of the different are, almost universally, triling and unimportant. tion. That the struggle has lasted for two years interests and enterprises of the city; and we but Minor breaches of the peace, exceptional instances and a half, is attributed partly to the wretched do simple justice when we say that it is a docu- of drunkenness and disorder, and a few cases of inefficiency of the Turkish Government, and of ment of more than usual merit, containing infor-the pettiest larceny, usually make up the whole story. Our citizens are not murdered in broad Police service in Baltimore is “well discharged in has a vain woman to do with children? What sunlight upon the most frequented streets, nor the interest of the public." It is organised for love has she to spare from herself for others ?
This, I grant you, is a very slender example; but are our criminals permitted to escape and laugh, the protection of the city--the preservation of its
you may multiply examples to suit yourself. Of in their secure retreats, at the impotence of jus- good order and the security of its people. It is
all the bad women of the world, the worst, pertice. The proceedings of our tribunals rarely rise not political, and has neither partisan duties to
olitical, and has neither partisan duties to haps, have been the most accomplished. From to the height of dramatic interest; nor does the perform nor partisan purposes to subserve. Its such instances we know that it may be possible to enormity of crime give a tragic character to the duty is plain, distinctly presented, and easily com- train the intellect without enlarging the underformal trials of our courts. The fact is, that with prehended—a duty which, indeed, finds its best standing. Thackeray gives an example in Blanche a large and daily increasing population, we enjoy definition in the fact that it is discharged only “in Amory of pretty accomplishments serving to cover in Baltimore, so far as crime is concerned, all the the interest of the public.”
up a cold heart and shallow brain. stillness and monotony of a peaceful, law-abiding We need have no hesitation, therefore, in..
forein! Will you tell me because our artist paints pretty
of pictures of innocents and angels, that he himself village. This may be deemed a proof of pro- contrasting our police organisation with that of
becomes evangelised by his art? How many vincialism by those who pretend to discover in other cities. We certainly would find no difficulty
pretend to discover in other cities. We certainly would nnd no aumcuity artists have been holy men? If your artist loves quiet and sobriety the absence of life and enter- in showing that its freedom from partisan in-his art, he cultivates himself to be proficient; and prise. Be it so. We at least escape that defiant fluences is, of itself, sufficient to insure its a love of approbation is an element enlarged withmetropolitan and centralised crime which, scorn- efficiency. And when we add that no unwise or in him. There is no humility in fondness for aping the ordinary masks of concealment, accom- partisan legislation has been permitted to place it plause; without humility no man is great or good plishes its bloody work, beneath the rays of the in hostile attitude to the authorities it is bound to or true. It will not do to say that art, as we know morning sun, while the steps of the policeman obey and the people it is designed to serve, we
ewe it, may not consist with goodness. It may, indeed,
restrain men from the lower and more repulsive are echoing upon his beat. At dead of night one have given the full explanation of the difference
forms of vice and sin; but, of itself, it has no may walk, in Baltimore, from Fell's Point to between it and a system constructed upon princi- no
power to generate goodness. Your art is all the Franklin Square in perfect safety, encountering | ples directly antagonistic--of which we can offer better if you are a good man: but if you are not no lurking robber or desperate assassin; unmo- no better illustration than the Metropolitan Po-good man your art will never make you one. lested even by the noisy insolence of some drunken lice force of New York, whether we look to the We may even carry this doctrine farther. As I roysterer. In a word, life and property are so basis of its original organisation, or the glaring grow more and more famous, I get more and more safely guarded-or rather require so little protec- evidences of its positive inefficiency.
fond of fame-as men getting rich, increase their tion—that it is the most exceptional occurrence
fondness for money. My art flourishes; art and
the artist concentrate. Everything must pay trifor our authorities to record an assault upon the
THE ETHICS OF ART.
bute to my passion-emotion becomes to me a mere one or a violation of the rights of the other. We The doctrine that refinement of taste does not hand-maid, converted to the conscious purposes of are not disposed to strengthen this statement by imply pre-eminence in virtue, is a commonplace art. I look upon the moral beatitudes as the contrasting with its undoubted truth the admitted in our experience. And yet, to attempt to demon- cold materials of professional success. I don the lawlessness of other cities. But the other day strate that the cultivation of art is not intimately habiliments of heroic action, as the actor does his the Philadelphia press published the annual re-related to the culture of morals, is to combat a spangles. My impulse is not real; my warmth port of crimes committed in that city during the
prevalent delusion. Most people imagine they are and glow on paper or canvas are the cool calcula
doing a fine thing for their hearts if they educate tions of phrase and pigment, and their motive is year 1868. The aggregate was terrible in extent;
their eyes for the beautiful. If a clear head had selfish self-homage. My purpose is to affect others; still more frightful in the character of the crimes
as much to do with a sound heart, as it has to do it is doubtful whether I am myself affected, except enumerated. In New York the picture is much
with a sound body, we might accept the necessary with the desire to gain the encomiums of mankind, darker. Crime seems to be there centralised and relationship of true art to sound morals for an through the surface-rapture of easy sensibility, or consolidated. Every degree of offence, every axiom. But, unfortunately, we may train the in- a sensual fondness for pleasure and surprise. It is conceivable enormity of outrage is there repre- tellect, cultivate the fancy, fill the imagination not proven that pleasure is happiness, nor that sented. The confessions of its press are pathetic. with stores of imagery, and the memory with moral goodness is not frequently very miserable. Murder, robbery and incendiarism are rife. The
learning, without disturbing the equanimity of I grant you, if your art is infused with goodness in
our morals in the least; the latter may be as per-yourself, to begin with, it will be all the better for law is powerless, and the officers of the law are
sistently bad, as the former are rich, vigorous and it; but your goodness can not be very much imfaithless or impotent. Neither menace nor re
fruitful. From these indications we come to a proved by your art alone. If the moral qualities ward can discover the murderers of Rogers-no plain statement of the case: there is, of necessity, predominate in him, it will direct the artist's work; ingenuity of detectives can trace the burglar or no ethies in æsthetics-or, to speak plainly, a man but he may imitate goodness in art as he imitates the bond robbers-no accuracy of inspection may may be ever so much of an artist, and yet ever sublimity in nature, and yet be himself a beggar discover the hidden track of the incendiary. Men so little a man of real virtue. Honesty is not art; in both. look each other in the face and ask-To what are nor is faith skill. You may have accuracy of eye, You may reach, indeed, a true definition of art, we coming ?-or talk desperately of Lynch-law soundness of judgment, keen perception-in a by denying to it any original element of righteous
word, the faculty of seeing and understanding the ness. It is eternally working upon high subjects, and Vigilance Committees—and yet hopelessly
truth, without living up to it. We are bandying and plucking flowers from the law and the prophabandon all projects of relief-all schemes of
commonplaces and truisms; but see where ourets; but, if it were not art, it would use these exsafety and protection. The public journals grave-Iconclusions lead us. Your daughter, for example, Iperiences less for the purpose of visible shows and ly deprecate such extreme application of the prin- learns all those pretty things your means and her more for silent and spiritual well-being. I heard ciple of self-defence-yet admit the existence of capacity can give her. You see that her skin is a keen observation the other day which tallies with every crime and the impotence of the law to pre-softer than her waiting-maid's, her eyes more other wise and accepted sayings. Said one: "It is vent or punish its commission.
| liquid, her movements more graceful, her speech your inarticulate people who feel most;"--another Now, why does a contrast so marked as this
more musical. You somehow fancy that these rendering of the proverb that still waters run deep.
beautiful attributes pass current for the outward In general, the things we wish for most and feel exist between Baltimore and the other cities to
Sto and visible signs of an inward and spiritual grace. most, we keep closest to ourselves. No purely rewhich we have referred? We have not overdrawn Whereas, the truth is, they answer to charm ligious person cares to be seen of men: you ca it. On the contrary, we have at hand the statis- the sense and captivate the fancy, without enlarg- not imagine an art which never sees the light o tics which present, in astounding array, the varied ing the heart or quickening the sympathies in the day. It is not art if it is invisible. To make it and desperate crimes which make up the official least. Art, indeed, is in part a system of con- visible 'wo dress it up and set it off, patch up its nolice Ponorts of New York. We have more cealment: it acts imitatively. In so far as it imi-infirmities, obscure its defects, and play all kinds over, the tables compiled in other cities, exhibit
chibit. tates nature, it supplants her. But the worst of of tricks to deceive and stimulate the imagination
it all is, that many accomplishments in art breed of beholders. A continuous process of this kil ing, in different degrees, the same defiance of law
vanity, and vanity is the meanest form of selfish- not only stimulates vanity and self-worship, but ---the same indifference to its penalties--resulting
wang ness. You may make keen the sensibilities by re- may quicken the intellect at the expense of the in the same insecurity of life and property. Many finement and culture; but you can never form the heart answers to this inquiry may be suggested; but character upon the fleeting susceptibilities of The truth is, we seldom see a successful artis one of them, we fancy, will be sufficient. The physical softness, or mere mental delicacy. What I who is not vain: to resist ap plause and flattery
quires something more than art and mere love of or the Diræ of Valerius Cato, could not stand the ing attentively upon the other side. The teacher's art can supply. The good man bends his art to running fire of keen, stinging, rankling satire that face is of a thoroughly familiar type, such as one his own goodness, and never makes the good and Rochefort kept up, week after week, in the col- may see a dozen times in the course of a day. It true pay homage to the beautiful in art.
umns of the Figaro. M. Villemessant, the pro- is a sweet tranquil face, conveying an idea more of You will fancy we have struck a trivial, sing- prietor of the paper, received official intimation goodness than of character-contrasting strongly song subject. To be sure, all that has been said is that he must either stop the Figaro, or dispense in this respect with the prematurely old expression not new; but it will bear repetition, and the appli- with the services of M. Rochefort.
of the little girl. This latter figure is the princication is serious and without limit. At the bottom Now M. Villemessant was a good friend of pal feature in the picture; in fact it is the picture. of conventional society, at the root of almost every Rochefort, but he was a much better friend of Vil- A little slight figure-pale and thin-the straggling social evil, lie the beautiful and sensuous delusions lemessant and the Figaro. Small blame to him, unkempt hair, the pinched and sharply defined of art. We have known false systems of religion indeed, if he judged it better for all concerned to face, the ill-fitting untidy dress, all betoken povsustained by a great show of beauty and grandeur have his paper without his chroniqueur, than his erty; the look and attitude indicate a disposition in the arts. We have known dynasties and races chroniqueur without a paper. So the two friends not unwilling to learn, yet half incredulous of the of mankind go down under the exclusive worship parted, probably with tears and embraces, though reality either of Divine or human love. The simof the arts. To charm the sense is easier and we have no record of the fact.
Iple surroundings are those of a quiet corner in a pleasanter, if not better, than to mortify the flesh. Rochefort wished to start a paper of his own, church or school-room; all the details and the sober The better and wiser men and women grow, the but the Ministry, as was to be expected, refused and subdued coloring of the picture are in perfect less is demanded of art alone, and the more of him the necessary license. When, however, the harmony with the subject. As a whole, it is a simple truth. Shall we be so simple as here to new law regulating the press went into operation, I painting, as we have said, of remarkable merit; state, that the follies of fashion, the sillier vanities his hands were untied, and he at once started the the best of Mr. Mayer's that we remember to have of dress, are a sign of purely artificial life, and Lanterne. As if he knew that his time was likely seen. cover up a hollow insincerity; deaden but never to be short, he threw into it all his force, and At Butler & Perrigo's, North Charles street, appease an uncomfortable yearning and unrest opened all his light artillery on the Imperial Goy- there are two pictures to which public attention is that lie like an echoless solitude in our hearts! ernment, to the extreme delight of the malicious invited. One, by William Bradford, of New York, People who affect art imagine they do a fine thing, Parisians. As a consequence, in brief time he had is entitled "Crushed by Icebergs ;''-the subject, a and society is apt to agree that refinement by cul- rendered himself liable to more than two years vessel crushed by the ice, and abandoned by her ture simply is all that is to be wished for. Let us imprisonment.
crew, who are endeavoring to make their way in go on gadding after false gods, but if we must A veritable Bohemian in his habits, he was per- boats to other vessels or to the land. In some recherish delusions, let us at least have the satisfac- fectly reckless of his safety; and yet those habits spects this picture, which exhibits considerable tion of knowing it; and, among the rest, let us stood him in good stead, for of all men he was one power in the mode of treatment, as well as a great come coolly up to this matter, face to face, con- of the hardest to find. His friend, more concerned deal of labor and pains in the execution, is a disfessing that art alone, which is man's, cannot of about him than he was about himself, set to work appointment. It fails to convey the idea either itself bring goodness, which is God's.
to hunt him up, and the faithful Villemessant at "of the solitude of the Northern regions," or of
last got hold of him. He represented to his old the imminent perils to which mariners sailing in HENRI ROCHEFORT.
friend the extreme danger in which he stood, and those frozen seas are subject. We do not even feel No part of a French newspaper is more interest-after much difficulty obtained his consent to take a great deal of concern for the wrecked ship, ing, or more characteristic, than the Chronique refuge in Brussels. This point once gained, Ville- which looks as if she might hold together for sevor record of passing events, and in none is the airy messant, knowing his man, never let him out of eral hours or days, perhaps, longer, or for the crew, grace and versatility of Parisian journalists more his sight until he saw him safely off. He also took who are leisurely engaged in their preparations for strikingly displayed. Unfettered by the formali- the very necessary precaution of putting him in escape. The sight of other vessels in the distance ties that limit the more dignified editorial article, charge of a trusty person as an escort; for Roche--the idea of warmth suggested by the spectacle of for this department of the paper nothing is too fort is so extremely absent-minded and careless, one which is represented comfortably burning-and high or two low. The overthrow of a dynasty, or that if left to his own guidance he might have the animated group of sailors busily at work upon the removal of a street lamp, are alike occasions turned up next at Compiègne or Biarritz, or more the ice, with the blue sky overhead and the yellow for lively gossip or sparkling wit. A brilliant and probably still, at his own office in Paris.
reflection of the setting sun, give an air of cheerfulvivacious chronicler soon wins high favor with the In Brussels, where he has a multitude of friends, ness almost to the scene which we should imagine public, and some of the most prominent writers of he was received with enthusiasm. Heimmediately it was by no means the artist's intention to convey. France have first achieved popularity in the col- recommenced the publication of his Lanterne, The printed description of the picture furnished umns of the nominally trivial, but really impor- which is now sharper and more envenomed than to visitors, informs us that “the burning ship in tant Chronique.
ever, and a large edition of which, notwithstand the distance, having been abandoned, has been set Henri Rochefort, editor of the world-renowned ing the stringency of the law, is smuggled into on fire to prevent its collision with other vessels, Lanterne, first brought himself into public notice France, and sold at extravagant prices, its charac- as after the melting of the ice, the current would in this way. He was first a theatrical critic, and ter of forbidden fruit making it all the more eagerly otherwise take it down the coast, and directly in then one of the editors of the Charivari or French sought after.
the track of vessels crossing in the ocean, in their Punch, a paper which, considering that it repre- Apropos of Rochefort's carelessness, M. Ville-passage to and from Europe." None of this is apsents the wit of so witty a nation, to that nation's messant says:
parent from the picture. We only know it upon entire satisfaction, apparently, has always aston-' "On the evening of his hurried departure for being told. The first thought of the spectator is ished us by its thinness and weakness. Perhaps Brussels, he had bought a new umbrella, which, that of surprise at finding represented upon the the French require less to make them laugh than as a matter of course, he forgot and left at my same canvass--as if occurring at the same time and other people--but this by the way. Rochefort was house. Now he has not an idea where he left it; in the same neighborhood-such a coincidence of next the chronicler of the Figaro, and soon be- but if I write and tell him that he left his um- marine disasters, as the destruction of two shipscame famous for the vivacity of his style, his inex- | brella with me, he will run over my note in his one by fire-the other by ice. This necessity for haustible powers of satire, and the pungent sharp- hasty fashion, catch the notion that I left my um-explanation-this inability to tell its own story-is ness of his sarcasm. For years the Figaro owed brella with him, and send me at once a new one a fault in any painting. Nevertheless, we should its great popularity almost entirely to Rochefort's to replace it."
be slow to say that Mr. Bradford's picture is depen. Being a fierce opponent of the present dy
void of merit. With regard to its fidelity as a repnasty, as well of the ideas which it represents or
resentation of that particular phase of nature, we is supposed to represent, as of the persons of the At Fryer's, No. 206 Baltimore street, there is cannot hazard an opinion-first, because we are Emperor and his favorites, he omitted no oppor- now on exhibition a painting by Constant Mayer, not familiar ourselves with Arctic scenery, and tunity of letting fly a telling shot against them. which possesses unusual merit. It is called “Good secondly, because we are told that "Mr. Bradford Now witty satire or ridicule is of all modes of at- Words." The title hardly suggests the subject. visited the coast of Labrador four successive seatack the most galling, and Frenchmen seem of all A young lady-teacher - apparently a Sunday sons, sailing as high as the 55th parallel of latitude, men most impatient of it, probably because each School teacher-with the open Bible in her lap, is in his own vessel fitted out at Boston." and every man of that nation has a more or less instructing a little ragged girl whom she has drawn Bispham's "Dead in the Desert," also on exhidefinite idea that the eyes of the universe are fixed close to her side, and whose face wears an expres- bition at Butler & Perrigo's, is leonine both in subupon him,
sion half-sullen, half-pleased-of habitual sullen-ject and treatment. A living lion standing erect, So the men who bore with tolerable patience ness giving way to a sense of unaccustomed pleas- with eyes glaring with rage and wonder, over the Victor Hugo's furious invective, in which there is ure, at the kindness shown her and the “Good body of his dead mate--just slain by the hunters about as much wit as in the Curse of Ernulphus, Words'' she hears, Two other children are listen. I all else a barren waste of rock and sand is the
whole picture. Both figures-particularly that of The two overtures of Rossini were very well exe- of a class of musical works composed during a the dead lioness-exhibit considerable skill in ani- Icuted. The horns-we are sorry to have to speak | certain period, while in that same lapse of time mal painting, though we have seen better lions
of them so often-played in Semiramide a little other composers lived whose works have not yet in a menagerie. A little farther up Charles street, at the studio of
better than when this overture was performed for been performed, and are entirely unknown to the Mr. A. J. Way, may be seen a recent production the first time; but they are very far from being public of this city. from the pencil of that artist, which is full of clev- good, and their case must be hopeless, as we no- The programme of the sixth concert did not erness. It is entitled a “Christmas Memory." A ticed that their part in this overture has been contain any new selection. There were, moreover, plate with grapes and raisins, an orange and some altered in one place.
two overtures of Rossini among five pieces—which apples, almonds and walnuts, a decanter of sherry Mrs. Weiller played the Romance and Rondo is a fault. The concerts of an Academy of Music and a wine-glass nearly full, constitute a charming of
of Chopin's Concerto in E. It was a very fine being intended to educate the masses, the prodessert-piece--and a capital pendant to the "Appetiser," painted some time since by the same seleccio
selection, and Mrs. Weiller has interpreted per-gramme should always be composed of selections artist. A crimson fruit napkin and some sprigs of fectly the character of the music. Her execution from very different schools and periods, so that holly twisted into a sort of wreath, give warmth is very brilliant, neat and precise, and her touch the public may be taught by way of comparison. to the picture and suggest the season. We do not both exquisite and graceful, but lacks energy. Wel We shall, therefore, always insist upon the greatknow when we have seen anything of the kind must say, however, that the piano she used had a est variety in the programmes. Music of all ages, which is more happily literal and strictly truthful muffled tone, and could scarcely be heard from schools and styles, should be brought before the to nature. It is the design of the artist to have the end of the holl
the end of the hall.
It is a further evidence that public; no preference ought to be shown by the the picture chromo-lithographed in Berlin. We should have mentioned, by-the-way, in speaking
piano solos ought to be suppressed, because only Director, who should constantly pass from anof Bradford's "Crushed by Icebergs," that the those can enjoy them who have their seats close tique to modern and from modern to antique.
We believe that it may be of some interChromos of this painting by Storch & Kramer, of to the stage. Berlin, are equal to any ever seen in this country. Miss Hunt's friends, instead of shrinking from est to our readers to have the programme of a They are a perfect reproduction of the original. a just appreciation of her performances, ought to similar concert in Paris a few weeks ago: Selec
At the studio of Mr. Edward Van Reuth, Mul- be grateful that her failings have been pointed out tions from Symphony, D minor, (Schumann); berry street near Charles, may be seen his picture to her by the press. The unprejudiced criticisms Overture, Le Vaisseau fantôme, (Wagner); Bal. of "Abelard and Eloise,” which was on exhibition of the American have had such a good effect let from Prometheus, (Beethoven); Selection from at the Historical Society's Rooms last fall. As we
on that vocalist, that last Friday we noticed she | Romeo and Juliet, (Berlioz); Overture to Semihave already spoken of this painting in terms of
had entirely lost the ungraceful motion she used |ramide, (Rossini.) commendation, we need only add now that the
NEMO. light in which it is placed at the Artist's room is to make with her shoulders. Has not that musifar better than that in which we saw it upon the cal chronicler shown himself a truer friend than walls of the Athenæum. The picture appears, those who praised her so inconsiderately? We therefore, to even better advantage. do not admire Miss Hunt's voice, neither do we
MAGAZINES. Mr. Van Reuth, be it mentioned, who is a young admire much her school, still we acknowledge The New Eclectic fully maintains its right to artist of great merit, a Belgian by birth, formerly I that she sung Donizetti's cavatina from Torquato the first place among magazines, to which our Vice-President of the Antwerp Academy, proposes to open a School of Drawing and Painting in this
| Tasso better than any other selection she sung be- notice of the January number assigned it. That city-an undertakng for which he possesses pecu-10
| fore. With the exception of one scale, the runs for February, now before us, presents a table liar qualifications, and in which he has our best were more correctly and evenly sung. Her trillg. I of contents varied in character and marked by a
very tasteful discrimination in its selections-all wishes for his success. It may not be amiss to add on the contrary, which we have always admired,
of which are brief and attractive. "The Woman's that the recent article in this paper on "American were not so good as usual, and too abruptly short-Ki
and too abruptly short- Kingdom" is concluded, and "Phineas Finn," we Art,” which attracted a good deal of attention ened towards the end. Whether our suggestions suppose, will soon reach its final chapter-much from art-critics and connoisseurs, was from the in regard to the Peabody concerts have been to the satisfaction of a large class of readers who pen of Mr. Van Reuth.
listened to or not, they have been acknowledged have unwillingly surrendered the pages occupied PEABODY INSTITUTE-ACADEMY OF to be just, by the fact that artists have been called by these serials. A very excellent and life-like MUSIC-SIXTH ORCHESTRAL from outside of the Conservatory to perform: portrait of Victor Hugo, engraved from an origiCONCERT.
that only two movements of Gade's Symphony nal photogt, Madame Parepa's protracted illness having pre- have been executed ; Mrs. Weiller had herself companied by a sketch of the distinguished exile,
from the pen of Mr. William Hand Browne, which vented her again from taking part in the second the good taste not to play the whole Concerto of|;
ole Concerto of will be read with great pleasure. Among the sedvorticed concert we thought better to go to the Chopin. Such a long performance would have lections taken from a variety of sources, at home Peabody, where the presence of the President destroyed the good impression made by the parts and abroad-are several contributed articles, elect had drawn a very numerous audience. she played with so much talent.
which add to the interest and value of the present The Symphony of Gade was no better appre-! We have never attacked Mr. Southard as a number. We have, heretofore, so freely expressed ciated by the public after a second hearing. musician. So we feel ourselves still more at lib-10:
Tour opinion of the taste and judgment which dis
tinguish the editorial conduct of the New Eclectic, Though the musical chronicler of The Sun had erty to make our observations upon all matters
ers that we have scarcely a word of praise to add. We taken pains after its first performance to explain concerning the organisation of the concerts. We may repeat, however, that our original appreciawith the greatest particularity all the ideas which perceive already in the Director a wish to diversify |tion of its excellence is justified and strengthened the composer has intended to express, the public the programmes by the selections made and ad- by each succeeding number, and we offer a real does not seem to understand exactly when Odin, vertised for the seventh concert. Still, all the service to our readers by commending it specially the Angels or the Warriors, make their appear-music performed belongs too much to the past, to their attention. ance, nor precisely what they are doing. The and no composition really modern has yet been P,
Putnam's opens with an essay, by H. T. Tuckercharacter of this symphony is too vague and in- performed. All the composers selected, except man
ed, exceptman, on "The Ass in Life and Letters," which is definite to please every one; still, it has great Haydn and Mozart-born in 1732 and 1756--were pleasant and very readable: "Work, Wages, merit, and its instrumentation is very rich and born near the close of the eighteenth century, or Combinations, &c.," is a very sensible discussion polished. It was also better performed than the like Chopin and Mendelssohn, in the beginning of of what is called the labor question, which the first time. We have only to remind the horns, the nineteenth. Hence, all their compositions author, very properly, concludes is by no means ? and, in general, all brass instruments, that they belong to the first period of the nineteenth cen- profound and pressing problem; “ The New have to conform strictly in their playing to the gen- tury, and hardly one has been written since 1830.
Edipus” is a story of both strength and original. eral character of the orchestra, which is only com. This is sufficient to demonstrate that if the selec
ity; "In the Saddle on the Plains" is a continudposed of about forty musicians. As they could not tions have to be made always and only among cer
tion of a frontier story-somewhat imitative of the play louder, if the orchestra, like those of othertain composers who lived during the above-named | America' is a remonstrance, rather than an argu
military novel--but feeble; "The Gallows in Conservatories, numbered a hundred or more mu- period, the Academy of Music will become, as we ment, against capital punishment; "Men's Rights" sicians, they have decidedly to make less noise, I have said before, a Musical Club for the execution is a very sound and sensible discussion of the true
relations of women to society, written by a woman somewhat detailed discussion of defects in the pos- I may add that nothing can be more exemplary who is evidently a conscientious thinker. The re-tal system, in which strong ground is taken in than the conduct of the three political prisoners maining articles are "Substance and Shadows;' favor of the establishment of a postal telegraph; now on the island. They perform the work astwo or three chapters of Mr. Kemball's serial, a fourth paper, upon "Co-operative Housekeep- signed them without complaint; if the iron some"To-Day;" "A Sermon at Notre-Dame;" a re- ing," glides into a discussion of the vexed question times enters their souls, or the bitterness of their view of "Literature at Home," and another of of woman's rights and wrongs; "Charles Baude- situation be felt, it is never exhibited." "Literature, Science and Art Abroad," by Bayard laire, Poet of the Malign," is filled with epithets Taylor. There are also several pieces of poetry, and adjectives, yet very readable. To these suc- The Lady's Friend is a Philadelphia monthly poor and commonplace-with the exception of Mr. ceeds another paper by Dr. Bowditch, upon "Con- after the style of the Lady's Book. It is filled Stoddard's "Invocation"-and that will add noth- sumption in America," in which numerous warn- with fashion-plates, patterns, and all the other reing to his reputation. Putnam's belongs to the ings are uttered against the mistakes and impru-quisites of a milliner's vade mecum. Mrs. Henry more pretentious order of American periodicals, dences which produce so many cases of this insid-Wood contributes some additional chapters of and is never without the leaven of some really ious disease of the country. In the article on "Roland Yorke," a serial novel. In addition there admirable papers. But the reader who will con- "Ritualism in England," a temperate and well- are a number of short stories of the usual charactrast the numbers of the present series with the written defence of the Ritualists is presented. ter in such periodicals. old-published years ago-will unite with us in An article on "The New Education"--"Birth of the judgment that the elevation in tone and real the olar System," "Love in Mount Lebanon''-1 Hours at Home, published by Chas. Scribner & literary strength and accomplishment which dis-l a story by Major De Forrest; and a tribute to the Co., claims to be a popular monthly of instruction tinguished its former contributors, are not re- memory of the Dutchess of Sutherland, are the re- and recreation. The table of contents of the prespeated in the new series.
maining papers of note. Walt Whitman has one est number will show the character of the maga
of his peculiar productions in verse or prose-or zine: "Books and Reading,” second paper; “The Lippincott's does not strike us as maintaining both--which we are rather surprised to see within Fountains of Syria ;'? “Glimpses of Old Authors;" the character which we ascribed to the January the carefully guarded portals of the Atlantic. The
tals of the Atlantic. The "Sevastopol in 1855,"translated from the Russian; number. Buchanan Read's poem, entitled "My number concludes with Reviews and Literary / "Books and Authors Abroad," &c. There are Chalet,"' is far beyond most magazine poetry; but Notices-among the former a very full notice of also two serial novels—"Christopher Kroy, a story "A New Legend'' is a poor imitation of the man- the first volume of Robert Browning's "The Ring
of New York Life," and "The Chaplet of Pearls," nerism of the worst school, not likely to be read and the Book."
by the author of "The Heir of Redcliffe." In its through by the most enthusiastic devourer of
sketch of the Literature of the Day there is a very verse. An essay on Thackeray will scarcely give Harpers' Magazine presents its accustomed va
sound and just criticism upon the character of our the most uninformed admirer of the great satirist riety of light and readable articles, with numer
illustrated newspapers and periodicals, & new idea. It is evidently a first attempt of a lous and well executed illustrations. "A Sleigh very young man-who trusts "not to infringe upon Ride through Eastern Russia," "Zanzibar," and
Our Young Folks.-This popular magazine conthe respect due to a great man who has but re- "The Executive Departments and Seals," are all
Wtains a number of articles-many of them from cently departed," and speaks of Voltaire as "the profusely illustrated. “Spent and Misspent,” is
well known contributors—and abounds in illustraingenious M. de Voltaire." "New Wine in Old an agreeable little poem by Alice Cary. Another
tions. "Among the Glass-Makers" and "NavigaBottles” is a long paper upon the vexed question paper from Major De Forrest, upon "Chivalrous
tion and Discovery before Columbus," are both of woman's true rights and position-marked by and Semi-Chivalrous Southerners," will be read
very interesting and instructive papers, easily comsome very sensible points, but very scattering and with interest. "Isabella, Ex Queen of Spain," by
prehended by children, and containing useful inlong drawn out. “The Price of a Dream” is a J. S. C. Abbott. A very pleasant story, "My
formation. The other articles are, as usual, pleastouching and charming story, not very aptly en- Enemy's Donghter;": "Preachers and Preaching,''
ant and attractive. titled. "The Phenomena of Memory” is an in- by Robert Tomes; “A Wife of the Period;" teresting and philosophical paper, followed by a "Changes in Population;" and a very instructivewhich the January number of this magazine for
The Riverside Magazine.- The improvement, sketchy article on "American Artists in Rome,'' article on "Light-Houses," by M. Schele de Vere, young people indicated, is fully sustained. Hans and the commencement of a novellette, “Over are among the remaining articles. The regular Christian Andersen is again a contributor. Among Yonder," by the author of the "Old Mamselle's departments—the Easy Chair, Editor's Drawer, la number of pleasant and appropriate articles, we Secret." "Southern Reconstruction,” by a Ten- Book Table, and Monthly Record of Current [note "Stories from Old English Poets," which cannessean, is a calm and sensible argument, appar- Events, are all filled with the usual variety. As not fail to prove attractive to young readers. Of ently from the pen of one who takes only abstract a whole, the present number will be found par- the illustrations we cannot speak too highly. Nothviews of political questions. The “Monthly Gos-ticularly interesting to magazine readers.
ing exhibits the perfection of wood engraving, at sip," and the “Literature of the Day,” two estab
the present day, more strikingly, than the charmlished departments of the magazine, conclude the number With some remarks, in the latter which I The Galaxy opens with a continuation of Mrs. 13 Cuisine Juvemo periodicals. criticise the biographical literature of the war, we Edwards' serial, “Susan Fielding." A brilliant
We have received from the Leonard Scott Pubare disposed to concur. We certainly cannot, at and suggestive article on "Queen Victoria and Her
|lishing Company The North British Review for this moment, recall a single biography which is, Subjects," from the pen of Justin McCarthy, will
December. “The Right Honorable Hugh Elliott,"' in itself, interesting or attractive. Many reasons attract attention. A paper by Professor Draper
“Alfred de Musset," "Our Indian Railways,'' may be suggested to explain this fact. Possibly upon “Coffee and its Adulterations in New York,”
"The Poetical Works of Robert Browning," the events of the war are two recent-too well is evidence of the interest which recent revelations
"The Amazon," and "Mr. Bright's known to be separated from the great history to of the extent to which fraud and adulteration in I Wishart," which they belong and made to enter into the the commonest articles, have excited in the public Speeches--The Elections,” are the titles of the record of an individual life. Or it may be that no mind. Mr. Richard Grant White contributes an- different papers. biographer has brought to his self-imposed duty other chapter upon “Words and their Uses.” Wel W
We are indebted to Kelly, Piet & Co. for the that earnestness of devotion-whether of admira- have also a continuation of “The New York Jour
January number of The American Law Review, tion or personal affection-which makes up the nalists,'' in which Parke Godwin is eulogised; and, I
mu' a Quarterly published by Little, Brown & Co., charm of a book like M. Guizot's. Years hence, as in Harper, an excellent article on “Light
Boston. This is a standard law magazino, highly when the passions and excitements of to-day have Houses' gives a very full account of their struc
appreciated by the members of the profession. faded into dim memories, the abundant materials ture and management. “Cipher,” a novel; the which the great struggle of the age has supplied, Miscellany, Drift Wood, and the accustomed Lit
NEW BOOKS RECEIVED. will be gathered by some faithful and appreciative erary Notices, make up the remainder of the numhand.
ber. In the Miscellany is a paper upon the Dry From James S. Waters, 8 N. Charles street:
Tortugas, written by a soldier of the garrison of Doctor Jacob. By M. Bertham Edwards. Boston: The Atlantic will be regarded generally by its Fort Jefferson. It gives a very readable descrip
efferson It cives a very readable doen in Roberts Brothers. 1869. readers as a good and varied number, yet we tion of the place, but is of special interest because
| Happy Thoughts. By F. C. Burnard. Boston: Rob
s erts Brothers. 1869. can recommend no single article as specially bril- of an honest tribute paid to Dr. Mudd: "During liant or remarkable, though most of them are the prevalence of the yellow fever at the fort last
From H. Taylor & Co., Sun Iron Building:
The Red Court Farm. By Mrs. Henry Wood. Philafrom the pens of well-known contributors. The year, when the garrison suffered terribly, Dr.
OT: delphia: T. B. Peterson & Brothers. 1869. serial novel, "Malbone; an Oldport Romance," is Mudd was at one time our only physician. It is contiued; "The Doorstep' is a short poem
February Magazines :-Harper's, Hours at Home, of but simple justice and gratitude to acknowledge American Agriculturist, Demorest's Young America, The moderate merit; “Our Postal Deficioncies'' is althe skilful and self-sacrificing service he rendered. Old Guard.