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.293 cur in the joint resolution, and employ the agency received a great many votes from outside the EDITORIAL ARTICLES: The Question of the Day.

194 of the previous question to stifle all debate. party limits—and that he does not mean to forA Reductio ad Absurdum.. An Evening with the Spirits.......... ..296

feit his hold upon the country by any rash or The Chapman Sisters......

| Some of the Senators from the two Pacific reckless action on his part—we take it that a MUSICAL:

The Peabody Institute-Academy of Music........297 States made, as a point of opposition to the Suf-heavy blow is to fall somewhere--the force of CORRESPONDENCE: frage Amendment, the objection that its sweep

which is thus sought to be broken. Its character A Woman's Defence of her Sex; or, Whose Fault is It?.......

.207 ling terms would enfranchise the Chinamen. Mr. and direction may be inferred by those who have REVIEWS: Poems by Daniel B. Lucas–Recent Law Publica

| Williams, of Oregon, indeed, placed on the faith in newspaper intimations, from the assurtions....

.....298 | record, a melancholy prophecy that this race ance given by The Times that General Grant will HAMMER AND ANVIL. A Novel by Friedrich Spielhagen. Chapters XIV and XV....

300 would ultimately overrun the Pacific slope and prove to be the most independent of Presidents,

.302 seize the political power which the descendants of and will, in all things, "refuse to consult primarily CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY......

....303 | the Pilgrims now monopolize in the far off Occi- the wishes or supposed interests of the party, as THE MARKETS............

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dent. These objections were based, however, the guide of his action.” We fortunately have THE STATESMAN will be mailed to Subscribers upon the weak ground that John Chinaman is not many days longer to wait before we shall have out of Town, and furnished to Newsdealers in the both ignorant and pagan--and they were, very full demonstration of all that is now the subject City every Friday evening : Subscription price naturally and logically, ignored by the progres- of conjecture. In the meantime the repeal of the Three Dollars per annum-payable in advance. sionists who care nothing for race, color, nativity |Tenure-of-Office bill lingers in the Senate. Is Persons residing in the city can be served by Car-lor creed. Why should not the mantle of univer- | the delay intended to be a menace or a warning riers, by prepaying at the Ofice, or at the rate of sal enfranchisement cover all the world and the to the new President? Thirty Cents per month, payable to the Carriers. I rest of mankind, if they wander to our shores? |

Books intended for Review should be sent in early in the Week to receive prompt notice. Ad

There are thousands upon thousands of Southern Although Mr. Banks' proposition to establish a vertisements must be left at the Office on or before!

negroes who are grossly and hopelessly ignorant- San Domingo and Hayti protectorate received so Thursday, otherwise they will be too late for inser- there are thousands of them who are heathen little countenance from Congress, it is very certain tion in that Week's paper.

and barbarous-yet Mr. Williams and his col- that the scheme has not been abandoned. On the Applications from Persons desiring to act as leagues have been swift to invest them with citi- contrary, we perceive, in a large number of the Agents or Canvassers received at the Office. Com zenship. Georgia and South Carolina, and the Northern papers, a very marked unity of purpose munications should be addressed to

far off States of the South, have been forced to to educate what is called the public mind, to the THE STATESMAN, bear the burden of mongrel suffrage-yet no point of demanding the political annexation or No. 162 Baltimore Street,

prayer or remonstrance of their people has re- absorption of these two ricketty and convulsive Baltimore.

ceived even the poor compliment of a respectful governments. They give glowing descriptions of hearing. Why then complain of the Chinese ? climate, soil and productions-perfectly tropical Why not find in that race material for Senators, in the warmth of their coloring. Every valley is

Governors and Legislators ? If the principle of said to teem with the most delicious fruits; every On Tuesday the Senate succeeded in passing radicalism be right when it enfranchises the ne-hillside is golden with the yellow harvest; while the joint resolution which proposes two additional gro, it can not be wrong if it makes the China- in the bowels of the earth minerals, ores, precious amendments to the Constitution. This result was man, also, a citizen. Neither he, nor the In- metals and rare gems await the energetic developonly attained after the long agony of a protracted dian, is any less a man and brother, because no ment of the American. More than all this, the session, which began at seven o'clock on Monday current of African blood flows through his veins. people-although of the loyal blood of Africaevening and lasted through the night until, indeed,

are stated to be ignorant and superstitious, withnearly noon on Tuesday. The debate with which! What General Grant may do after the Fourth out political knowledge or experience, given to the watches of the night were whiled away, ac- l of March is the subject of much Radical anxiety. revolution and blood-letting, and helplessly wantcording to all accounts, was scarcely creditable Those of his opponents who have been content to ing in the grand science-so well known to the even to the present Senate. All sorts of topics await his inauguration, with the assurance that genuine Yankee--of "running the machine" of were discussed-all manner of stupid platitudes he will betray the party which elevated him to Government to advantage. Hence, a wide field were uttered—to all of which the only response power, have made little impression upon the for carpet-bag ambition is opened up. There will was the stertorous breathings of somnolent audi- general expectations of the country. That Grant be governors and satraps and pro-consuls to aptors, in some instances, we are told, rising to the has snubbed the thousand and one self-constituted point. After a brief time, territories will emicrge dignity of a senatorial snore. Very early in advisers who throng the lobbies and floors of from their nebulous condition into well officered Tuesday's session the work of the night was com-Congress is apparently true. All the political States; and then will come Senators, Representa, pleted. By a vote of forty to sixteen the resolu-Mrs. Grundys are at fault-and all the cross- tives, judges, and a noble army of place-holders. tion was adopted. The proposed amendments roads politicians and country members who have

Can the picture of a political El Dorado be made are familiar to our readers. Article Fifteen of been waiting to be sent for" are still waiting.

more attractive? the Constitution will declare that no discrimina- There is danger, however, of serious disaption shall be made by any of the States, in the pointment in some quarter. When the New But underlying this purpose, another and a right to .vote or hold office on account of race, York Times is particular to declare that General greater idea is at work. The longing after Cuba color, nativity, property, education or creed. The Grant never was a member of the Republican is still a real, existent passion-strongest among succeeding article refers to the appointment of party until after the war-that he was not nomi- the extreme Radicals. Thus, while the New York Presidential Electors, and provides that they shall nated because he was a Republican, but because Tribune advocates the protectorate and consequent be elected by the people, thus prohibiting their he had more of the confidence of the people than absorption of San Domingo and Hayti—and preelection by the State Legislatures. It is under- any other man-that the canvass proved he was sents all the alluring pictures to which we have stood that the House of Representatives will con- stronger with the country than the party, and referred-it boldly declares that with the Ameri

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can flag floating over San Domingo "the Cuban hear no more of a scheme which has no better THE QUESTION OF THE DAY. problem could not be far from solution.” What sponsors than Martinez and Vega.

We print elsewhere in these pages a letter from that solution will be, according to its hopes and

| a feminine correspondent who feels herself and sex —“Cuba, itself an em- We notice in late trade-circulars from Liver- aggrieved by the strictures which have of late bepire, is moving toward independence, and toward pool great credit given to our Minister, Mr. John-la

reat credit given to our Minister, Mr. John- come so common upon the subject of female luxpendence---independent son, for his successful exertions to have the British ury and extravagance, especially in the matter of sovereignty as a State of the Union.”

Order in Council, forbidding the importation into dress. We print her letter literatim, if not punc-
England of American hay–revoked. The re-tuatim. The special provocation which seems to

strictions which were imposed last September, in have moved her to write, is the recent letter of As was to have been expected, Greece has de

consequence of the apprehensions excited by the His Holiness, Pius IX., to Mademoiselle de Gen. termined to submit to the requirements of the

cattle fever in Texas, and which extended to hay telles, commendatory of a book which that lady Paris Conference. So far as the Eastern question

grown in Pennsylvania, were removed on the 13th has written in condemnation of the extrav is concerned, France, Austria and England natu

of January. The circular of Mr. Alex. S. Macrae, style of dress now prevailing in France, and rally side with Turkey. Prussia has yielded to

Liverpool Produce Broker, publishes entire the thence imported into all portions of the civilized them, as the majority, and Russia accords with

correspondence upon the subject between himself, I world, which their decision-for the present. It would have

at least the female part thereofbeen too much for the Greeks of even another

Mr. John Bright, President of the Board of Trade, considers it de rigueur to follow Parisian fashions.

and Mr. Reverdy Johnson, in order to show "how The point of our correspondent's letter seems to day, to have stood forward alone to encounter

the American Ambassador can remove restrictions such heavy odds; for the present, therefore, there

be, not so much to deny the charge of extrava. Jon trade as well as pacify a nation.” is no "hope for the valiant or promise of war.”

gance, as to shift the responsibility therefor upon But the Eastern question merely stands adjourned Per contra, it seems that the Johnson-Cla

the shoulders of the men; in other words-though to another time—when it will again arise, possibly don "Protocol for the settlement of the Alabama

our correspondent does not put it quite so plainly as a theme of discussion in some future Confer- claims is received with equal disfavor on both

-to show that women are, after all, just what ence of the Powers-probably as the occasion of sides of the Atlantic. It is condemned in Eug."

men make them and want them to be. We indianother Crimean war. Whenever Russia shall Lland as being virtually no settlenient at all-in

cate our dissent from the views of Mrs. Elizabeth perceive that the hour of golden opportunity has this country, because it is thought not to cover and risk whole vials of feminine displeasure at

Cady Stanton and the whole strong-minded crew, ved, Greece will be the readiest pawn to push sufficiently American demands. Present indicaforward.

the same time-by saying that we simply believe tions are that the fruit of Mr. Johnson's labors

this to be substantially true. Woman is in every will prove equally unacceptable to the United The President of the Provisional Government

"age and country practically what man causes her

States Senate and to the British House of Comof Crete, who is also Envoy Extraordinary to the

Ito be. His laws-his ideas and customs, make mons. United States, has issued a response to the in

the difference between the shrinking slave of an quiry whether, with the grant of proper conces The declaration of the Greco-Turkish Confer- Eastern harem, at once the drudge and the tog sions and reforms, the Cretans would not be recon- lence at Paris, issued in the name of the Pow- of her despotic lord, and the strong-minded lady in ciled to the domination of the Sultan. He ers who assisted at the same, if correctly stated spectacles who lectures upon New England platanswers in the name of his countrymen, "whose in the Paris Debats, eontains what may be re- forms, edits newspapers, and wears the breeches. indomitable will” he expresses: “No, never, even garded as a new definition of international law. We furthermore cordially agree with our fair though Greece, constrained by diplomacy, aban-Not content with laying down the proposition that correspondent that a vast deal of nonsense--we don us." Diplomacy has constrained Greece, and a State can not, without contravening the law of are not speaking now of the Pope's letter--has Crete is already abandoned to her fate. We are nations, authorize or tolerate the formation and lately been written about the faults and follies of at a loss to know what results are anticipated organization upon its territory of bands of volun-women. The articles in the London Saturday from this mission to the United States. Are the teers whose existence may be dangerous or threat- Review, on the “Girl of the Period." which atempty declarations of American politicians--and ening to its neighbors : the declaration goes on to Itracted so much attention a year or so ago, were the still emptier resolutions introduced into Con- say, neither can it approve or permit that trading cleverly written-as most things are, which are gress-made the basis of a hope that any real as-/vessels or others bearing its flag, should arm and written for that paper. But the cleverness was sistance will be given by our Government? The victual in its ports, and carry supplies to insur-superficial. It was more in the manner than in experience of Kossuth ought to be a warning to gents in disregard of a regularly established the matter. Exceptional cases of female vulgarall struggling nations that the splendid platitudes blockade. These principles of public and inter-ity, eccentricity, folly or extravagance were taken with which our oratory and newspaper literature national law, the Conference says, are obligatory as types of a class-a most unfair method of genabound, mean nothing more than the pleasant supon all civilized countries without exception, eralization, to say the least of it. It would have airing of high-sounding phrases.

and no particular institutions or special legisla- been just as easy to find exceptional cases on the

tion can be an excuse for infringing them. The other side, and generalizing from them-in cach Mexico is still the synonym for anarchy and contraband trade has always been understood to instance, to reverse the positions taken by this confusion, which do not rise, however, to the dig- be pursued at the risk of the parties engaging in self-constituted censor, or rather castigator of the nity of revolution. Against Juarez, upon every it. The neutral vessel, in time of war, carrying Sex. The articles would, perhaps, not have been side, seems to be growing a determined resist- supplies to a belligerent, or attempting to run a quite so readable—for it is always more popular ance. In what form it will break forth is doubt- blockade, is liable to capture, condemnation and to assail than to defend—to satirize than to praise. ful; but if all the hostility to the murderer of forfeiture. The Paris Conference would make This, managers of newspapers thoroughly underMaximilian should be concentrated in one united the act of the individual blockade-runner an of- stand. An article “pitching into" somebody sells movement, he would soon reach the end of his fense on the part of the nation whose flag he car- twice as well as a eulogy or panegyric, or one that, career. A new element has been added to the ries, and in whose port his voyage had its incep- avoiding either extreme, seeks to measure out usual disturbing influences of that unhappy tion. This strikes us as somewhat novel doctrine, even-handed justice. country. It is the idea of forming another re- and hardly likely to command the assent of the In fact, another English journal, inspired by public, to be under the protection of the United great maritime powers-England and the United the example of the Saturday Review, actually States. Its title is already anticipated-and the States. We suppose the distinction intended is undertook the publication of a series of essays 10 “Republic of the Occident" is dreamed of as a between the case of insurgents and that of belliger- the same style, in defence of Women, which have new North American power. The States of So-ents having the status of an organized government. since come out in London in book-form, an nora, Chihuahua, Durango, Sinaloa and Lower What international tribunal is to determine when which, we will do them the justice to say, hare California have been selected to compose it. an insurrectionary organization is entitled to the the merit of being as weak as water. They are Both the name and the idea sound like a pro- rights and consideration belonging to a govern- I perfect illustrations of the art of writing cleverly nunciamento-and the chances are that we will ment de facto ?

and saying nothing.

The London Daily Telegraph, a journal which which she thinks men have far more to do than never be a qualification in the sense of the naboasts, and probably with reason, that it has the women. It is a fact that the artificial and extional Constitution.” So, with reference to the largest circulation of any paper in the world, has pensive modes of living which now prevail, have power to make "regulations.” “Regulations are lately been edifying its readers by a series of let-caused in all civilized countries, and particularly nothing but rules applicable to a given matter." ters upon the identical subject which our fair cor- in great cities, a marked diminution in the "They concern the manner in which a business respondent desires to have treated—the "Young number of marriages-a circumstance which does shall be corducted, and when used with regard to Men of the Present Day." These letters, if not not promote individual happiness, public morals, elections, are applicable to what may be called manufactured in the office of the paper-a very or any of the ends which society is intended to incidents, in contradistinction to the principle, common trick-and which, the internal evidence subserve. Late statistics show that the Bishop which is nothing else than the right to vote.”' would indicate, has been to a great extent the of Western New York, whose Pastoral Letter We have been thus particular in giving the case--show that The Telegraph's correspondents our correspondent alludes to, is not without substance of Mr. Sumner's views, because in a are of a class very little qualified, either by nature warrant for the startling assertion which he portion of this country, and by the party who or associations, to discuss the topics with which makes. The decrease in the proportionate number share those views upon the subject of negro sufthey assume to deal. They undertake to write of births in New England and at the Eastward, has frage, he is considered to be a man of brains; and about the habits of gentlemen and the ways of not been less striking than the diminution in the because his argument furnishes a most complete požite society, being themselves neither gentlemen number of marriages. Both facts—this increase illustration of that reductio ad absurdum which nor having the slightest acquaintance with well- of celibacy, which is not sanctified by chastity-and every such argument, drawn from similar prebred people, other than can be had from inspect the practice of what Bishop Coxe calls "ante-natal mises, involves. Mr. Sumner proceeds, of course, ing their names in the Directory or upon their infanticide"-are probably referable to one and as do all who think with him, upon the assumpdoor-plates. It is as if the reporter of a daily the same cause—the luxurious and expensive tion that the right of suffrage is a natural right, newspaper should undertake to describe a fash- habits of living which cause wedlock and children and that it only belongs to society to prescribe the ionable ball and the people who are present, de- to be regarded alike in the light of burdens, rather conditions and manner of its exercise. This it riving his information from the public waiters or than as they should be and were by Providence may do by means of "regulations" and "qualifithe policemen who stand at the door. We have designed to be—sources of comfort and happiness. cations ;'' but nothing can be required as a qualiseen lately in the Saturday Review, the Pall Mall The discussion of the remedy for a state of things fication which is not "attainable by a man's own Gazette, and in The Tomahawk, notices of the so unnatural and abnormal, so abhorrent to every properly directed efforts.” Color being an unDaily Telegraph's essays and correspondence-all right sentiment, may well invite the attention of changeable condition, impressed by Providence,” sufficiently amusing-the fun in each case spiced public journalists. Pursued in the proper spirit is, therefore, excluded from the category-at least with a little indignation--and all concurring in -not in the sensational tone of the publications color of the eyes and skin. The case of color their estimate of the portraiture presented of the we have criticized-it may result in positive good. of the hair, Mr. Sumner's logic does not quite "Young Gentlemen of the Day." It is a worse

reach ; that is, if we may believe the advertisecaricature even than the Saturday Revicu's own A REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM. ments of the makers and venders of “Instantanepictures of the "Women of the Period.” The Mr. Charles Sumner, in his late speech in the ous Hair Dyes-warranted to change the Hair average young Englishman of the present genera- Senate of the United States, in favor of imposing to any color desired." tion is shown up in two characters. Either, he is negro suffrage upon the country, by Act of Con. And what has Mr. Sumner to say upon the a "good goody" or he is a "cad.” The two gress, without the formality and delay of a Con- subject of sex? Is that a quality or a qualificacharacters are the subject of a comic illustration stitutional Amendment, said that the argument tion? If “the leopard can not change his spots, by Matt Morgan in a late number of The Toma- of those who opposed the claim of the negro to or the Ethiop his skin,” no more can a woman, hawk. The "cad” is a young man in the humbler be admitted to an equality of political rights with by any amount of personal exertion, become a walks of life, ignorant, conceited and brainless, the white race, "grew out of a perversion of the man. Is she to be excluded from the enjoyment who dresses in the flashiest style of the cheap two words 'qualifications' and 'regulations,'” of a universal and inalienable human right-the ready-made clothing stores, frequents the Alham- as used in the Constitution. It was argued, he right to vote and be voted for–because of her bra and similar places of amusement, and makes said that color may be made a qualification, sex? According to Mr. Sumner, clearly not. The an ass of himself generally, and by his habits of and that under the guise of regulations, citizens question of Woman-suffrage ceases to be one of low dissipation in particular. The “good goody'' whose only offence is a skin not colored like our policy and expediency merely: it becomes one of is a prig, who has been taught early in life that own, may be shut out from political rights; and justice and right. The oligarchy of sex-the a religious profession, as it is called, is a sure road that, in this way, a monopoly of rights, being at usurped lordship of man-is an abuse demanding to pecuniary profit, whose affected piety is no once a caste and an oligarchy of skin, is placed legislative redress equally with "the oligarchy of more true religion, than sanctimoniousness is under the safeguard of the national Constitution.” skin," and the dominion of caste. Nor do we see sanctity, and who has been brought up on a diet This—reasons the Massachusetts Senator—is to why the claims of the negro should have preceof tracts, missionary meetings and Exeter Hall give to the two words in question, “a signification dence; why Mr. Sumner should postpone the pap. We do not believe that the average young of which they are not justly susceptible, especially cause of the refined and cultivated women of his Englishman, any more than the average young in a national Constitution, which is to be inter- own race, the members of the “New England American, belongs to either class--no more than preted always so that human rights shall not suf- Ladies' Club," to that of the ignorant and des we believe that the “Girl of the Period' is what fer." Accordingly, Mr. Sumner proceeds to de- graded African. It would, perhaps, be pushing the caricaturists of the Saturday Review repre- finc for himself. "I do not stop now for dictiona- the argument too far to ask how the Massachusent her.

ries; the case is too plain." "A qualification is setts Senator disposes of the case of idiots, and But because the subject, in some of its phases, something that can be acquired.” “Nothing can the incurably insane. Is not their condition “unhas been treated thus foolishly and unprofit- be a qualification which is not in its nature attain-changeably impressed by the hand of Providence," ably, it does not follow that it may not be able, as residence, property, education or charac- and are they not human beings, entitled, as such, discussed sensibly and practically. The Pope is ter; each of which is within the possible reach to all human rights ? undoubtedly correct as to the facts which consti- of well directed efforts.” Color-of course, ac- Another logical difficulty is suggested by Mr. tute the gravamen of his letter. The subject is cording to this mode of reasoning—"can not be a Sumner's definition of the 'power to make reguone upon which the Church may well assume to qualification.” “If the prescribed qualification lations' and to 'prescribe qualifications,' for the admonish and advise. We do not understand were color of the hair or color of the eyes, all exercise of the right of suffrage. Residence, our fair correspondent as impugning the truth of would see its absurdity; but it is none the less property, education or character, he admits, may the statement which the Pope makes as to the absurd when it is the color of the skin." "Color be qualifications, and, therefore, be imposed as extent and prevalence of female extravagance in is a quality derived from nature, but a quality is constitutional limitations upon the natural right our day—but only the justice of holding women very different from a qualification.” “A quality, to vote; an admission which, it strikes us, in pracexclusively responsible for a state of things with linherent in a man, and a part of himself, cantice, would prove fatal to his theory; for there is not one of these qualifications which may not be formances, or seances, as they are called, in this floor of the hall. The guitars, which had been so extended as to restrict the right of voting to a city. As the matter has at various times attracted rubbed with phosphorus and placed on the floor very few individuals, and so be the means of cre-atte

he means of are attention and discussion, and is sufficiently curious, danced about in the air--at least there were two ating what Mr. Sumner wishes to destroy—a

certainly, to provoke inquiry-for the benefit of nebulous phosphorescent images fitting above

our readers who did not see, we will state what we the stage, which we were asked to believe were 'monopoly of political rights'—a ruling 'caste or sav ou

the guitars in question. The phosphorus had not oligarchy. And how does the logical Senator! The seances were given at the Concordia. On been carefully enough applied, to enable us to stand with respect to the qualification of age? the stage was placed a cabinet of walnut, or wood distinguish anything like the form of a guitar. If the law, says that no one shall vote who has stained in imitation of walnut, about the size of an It was further promised that invisible hands not attained the full age of twenty-one years ordinary clothes-press-the side facing the specta- should touch the faces of any of the audi. what excuse does Mr. Sumner make to those who tors being composed entirely of doors-three in ence who requested it. Whether any were are of the age of twenty years and eleven months, num

en months number-the middle door having near the top a so touched we do not know. We only know

lozenge-shaped aperture, apparently measuring that no hand touched us-perhaps our want of for withholding from them their natural right?

* about twelve inches across. The cabinet was raised faith prevented. The cleverest trick of all was when We are not aware of any natural period of ma-from

from the floor nearly three feet, and stood upon Mr. Fay offered to gratify the curiosity of any jority. It is a matter regulated entirely by local|trestles. Behind it, hung a green curtain. Two gentleman who wished to see him in his shirt or municipal law, and very different ages are pre persons were chosen by lot from the audience-to sleeves. Such being the unanimous desire of the scribed by the laws of different countries as the act as a committee-to take their places upon the audience-expressed in the dark-upon striking & period of legal emancipation for various purposes. stage and to examine the cabinet, and see that light, Mr. Fay was found sitting, tied as before, If the Legislature can confine the right of suffrage there were no false sides or bottom, no sliding pan- his coat lying upon the floor of the hall. A comto persons who are of the age of twenty-one years

els, no machinery or secret springs-also to look mittee-man took off his own coat, and laid it on the

behind it and prevent any confederate from assist- table. At the request of the owner-in the darkand over-why not to persons who are thirty or

"Ting. This preliminary inspection completed, the the coat was put on Mr, Fay, or Mr. Fay put into forty? The right to vote and the right to be

performers-one of the brothers, and a Mr. Fay, the coat, for upon lighting a candle, the coat was voted for are convertible, according to Mr. Sum-la glib-tongued gentleman who acted as spokesman lon Mr. Fay's back, who sat tied, to all appearner. The Constitution of the United States fixes took their seats at the opposite ends of the cabi- ances, as before. The Dark Seance terminated the age at which a man may be eligible to the net, and were supposed to be securely tied in their with the mysterious untying of the two performHouse of Representatives and to the Senate re- places with ropes, and bound hand and foot, byers from the cords which confined them. spectively at twenty-five and thirty. Why may the committee. At least the committee occupied ! So much for the facts as we saw them. Now for not persons under those ages, with equal propri- some niteen or twent

persons under those are with onel propris some fifteen or twenty minutes in tying them, not the explanation! That is less easy. The performety, be excluded from voting, or why rather should

being apparently very expert in the business. We ers gave none themselves, but left the spectators

"should have been better satisfied if the committee to draw their own inference. That which was in. eligibility in these cases be a class-qualification

had consisted of two old sea-captains of our own tended to be drawn was obviously in favor of the contined to citizens who have attained certain nomination, and if the ropes used had been two truth of Spiritualism-at least such was the inferages--not by their "own well-directed efforts," I continuous pieces, instead of a dozen or more shortence which a inajority of those present seemed but in the order of Providence, and by the mere ones. A guitar, a tambourine, a bell, and a brass prepared to draw. Of the highly respectable looklapse of time? Take any portion of Mr. Sum- trumpet were then placed in the cabinet, and the ing assemblage which filled two-thirds of the hall, ner's argument we will, and follow it out to its doors closed. After a very few minutes, noises we suppose a large proportion were Spiritualists. logical conclusion, and we meet face to face with were heard inside-human hands, or what had the We saw nearly all of the prominent believers in practical absurdity.

semblance of such, were thrust out of the aperture town present. When the hands appeared at the

already described-the guitar was thrummed-the aperture in the cabinet, a young lady who sat beOf course, the fault is in the Senator's pre- I tambourine shaken-the bell rung-and finally, hind us, observed that some were smaller than mises. Mr. Sumner and the whole Radical Party bell and trumpet both thrown violently through others-"those," said she, "are baby fingers-they are wrong in claiming that the right to vote is a the aperture upon the stage. The doors being are the spirits of dear little children." We denatural right. It is a purely artificial right--a opened by the committee, the performers were seenvoutly hope not. We trust that the spirits of litcreation of Society, and of a particular form and seated, to all appearances tied as before, with no tle children-Christian infants-rest in the Parsorganization of Society-conferred by the law, evidence of their having moved. This trick, with dise of God, and that they are not suffered to leave which, together with the right, limits the con

ht limite the con variations, was repeated a number of times. Then, that blessed repose to perform at the Concordia,

after being shut up as before, when the doors were for the benefit of the Davenport Brothers. ditions and circumstances of its exercise. There

opened, the performers were found untied, and the Whether the committee were of the same way is no such thing as a natural right to vote in white

ropes neatly laid on the floor of the cabinet. The of thinking we do not know. We, of course, men, to say nothing of negroes. It is a mere inci-l doors being closed again, the performers, after an have no intention of imputing collusion to either dent of a particular form of Government, existing interval of ten minutes or so, were found tied-in of the gentlemen who acted in that capacity on only to the extent and degree prescribed by law, and a highly scientific and artistic manner-much bet- the occasion when we were present; but candor in the hands of those persons, who, under that form ter than the committee could have tied them-so obliges us to say, that if they wished really to repo of Government, are entrusted with its exercise, the committee reported. Next, there was flour put resent the audience in testing the character of the The question of its extension to any particularclass fire ortension to ono norticular plass in the hands of the performers, they still being performance, they performed that duty in a very

tied, and, upon re-opening the doors, they were unsatisfactory manner. All their examinations of persons—the qualifications which it is wise and

found untied, with the flour in their hands--and were of the most perfunctory and cursory charse. prudent to annex to its enjoyment-the regula

eguido none spilled upon their clothes, or upon the floor, ter--they adopted too readily the suggestions of tions by which the time and manner of its exer- so the committee reported. Some of these tricks the performers--too frequently neglected altocise shall be controlled-are all of them, questions were performed with the additional feature of hav-gether those of the audience. It was a good idea not of right, but simply of policy and expedi- ing one of the committee-men shut up in the cabi- of a young man, by-the-way, and a complete answer ency. The attempt to view them in any other net with its mysterious occupants-and in a posi- in itself to all the assumptions of Spiritualism-ho light is characteristic of the illogical, crotchetty tion, as stated, to detect the slightest movement on sang out--when the bell was thrown, as we have and unpractical turn of mind which distinguishes the

the part of his companions. In several instances, described, upon the floor-"Now let the spirits

when the doors were only partially closed, at least pick it up again." It was beyond their power. the leading statesman of New England.

the central door being still half-open, the tambou-had to be replaced by ordinary human agency.

rine was thrown violently out through the open-| All this tremendous supernatural machinery AN EVENING WITH THE SPIRITS.

ing, and the mysterious hands of which we have called into play to accomplish what ?--absolutely The "Davenport Brothers," who during the past spoken, protruded.

nothing at all-to tie and untie some ropes-ring ten or fifteen years have been known in this coun- After the Cabinet Seance came the Dark Seance. bell-take off a man's coat! Those of the tri try and Europe, by certain wonderful performances Various precautions against collusion having been which were not simply optical illusions, ungu

variously accounted for by different persons, ac- taken, and the performers being tied in their chairs tionably belong to the province of mere el cording to the faith that is in them-as tricks of upon the stage--not in the cabinet-all the lights legerdemain. The trick of slipping out of a legerdemain or manifestations of supernatural in the ball were extinguished. In the darkness, no matter how securely fastened, is possesse power, supposed to travel with the Brothers, and the same sounds were heard as before--the bell several persons in this city. There was nothing share, we presume, in the receipts from their exhi- and trumpet which had been placed upon a tablela whit more wonderful than some of the feats bitions-gave, during the past week, several per- between the performers were thrown upon the "Wizards,'' "Magicians" and "Prestidigita

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whom we have seen. It should be remembered Their accomplishments in this line, with the ver-people here would understand why they do not that the few tricks we have described constituted satility of talent of which they give evidence, will appreciate master-pieces so generally enjoyed elsethe performance of an entire evening-occupying make them very popular. What they want chiefly, where. Such musical compositions as, for instance, fully two hours—and that the Davenports, accord-is what time only can supply-a little more matur- Meyerbeer's operas, in which the harmony and ining to their own statement, have been giving these ity. In the meantime-if we may venture upon a strumentation are very rich and complicated, in seances for twelve or fifteen years. If practice word of friendly advice-they must not be afraid which the melody is not always clear or simply makes perfect, their skill is not to be wondered at. of themselves or of their audience-but let them- expressed, require, in order to please the public, How they do it, is as yet their own secret-and a selves out with that freedom and abandon which the most perfect execution and ensemble in all its profitable one they have doubtless found it. their own native spirits would seem to prompt, smallest details. Otherwise they cannot be under

and which would accord perfectly with their years stood, and the most beautiful, when imperfectly THE CHAPMAN SISTERS. and style. Within the bounds of modesty and performed, appear to be obscure, confused and The two sisters-Blanche and Ella Chapman-good taste-there is nothing with which the public heavy. whose debut at the Holliday Street we announced has more sympathy than genuine fun--animal! When we have spoken of the necessity of callby way of anticipation last week, made an appear-spirits, if you please. People who go to the the-ing artists from outside of the Conservatory to ance on Monday night which would have done atre for a laugh, go ready to catch the contagion play at its concerts, we did not mean to impeach credit to actresses of far greater experience in the of an actor's own mirthfulness. This is one se- in any way the talent of its professors. We have profession than can possibly have fallen to the lot cret of Lotta's success--making her nature more expressed already our opinion of the excellent of either of them. For, they are both of them telling than other people's art. The Chapmans school and style of Mr. Courlænder, and thought very young. Their acting has all the charm that have it too, if they are not afraid to use it. it was sufficient to shield us from such reproach, youth and freshness can impart. What is more Altogether, the sisters may congratulate them- as we always hear him with the greatest pleasure. remarkable, it is characterized by the ease and selves upon the beginning they have made, and we have designed only to discuss the question self-possession which belong to much older and find in it, with patience and study, the earnest of a theoretically. We think that professors who demore practised performers. The house to which brilliant professional career. We shall notice vote all their time to teaching, ought to be spared, they played on Monday night was an unusually their performances again in other pieces-one of and not imposed upon for public performances, good one. It was an intelligent, appreciative and which, Ixion, has never been performed here and which require constant practice, and may distract somewhat critical audience, such as any actor which the management announces in course of them from the constant attention and freshness of might be glad to have. The pieces selected were preparation.

mind that teaching requires, and particularly the the farce of The Quiet Family and the burlesque

instruction of classes. Besides, we hold that the operetta, if such it may be called, of Cinderella.! PEABODY INSTITUTE-ACADEMY OF

aim of the Institute, in Mr. Peabody's mind, was In the farce, which came first, neither of the Chap

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to encourage artists of merit and promote a popumans appeared; but the members of Mr. Ford's! So many rather unjust and sharp attacks have lar taste for music. Hence, all artists of talent stock company played with more than usual vim, been made on the Peabody Academy of Music, es- living in Baltimore, or passing through, ought to and Bishop's simulated tipsiness put the house in pecially in New York papers--so many persons be invited to assist at the Conservatory's concerts. high good humor. This circumstance of itself made have misunderstood the import of our own obser- Leaving aside Herr Sipp, Miss Schultze, etc., etc., the occasion quite a test for the young debutantes,vations on the subject--that we feel it our duty to we find in the talent of Mesdames Weiller. Auerthe severity of which was not lessoned by the fact recapitulate them briefly to-day, and to make our-| bach. Jenny Busk, and Messrs. Rosewald. Friedthat Bishop, always good in burlesque, a great fa-selves more intelligible, if possible, Our criticismsmann and others-elements enough to fulal the vorite in Baltimore, and who had already the laugh have been always very moderately expressed, and views of the benevolent Founder and to make the of the house with him, had also a prominent part always introduced as mere suggestions. We have concerts attractive. in Cinderella. He was Clorinda, the proud and more especially insisted on two points: Diversity In short, if the Trustees of the Institute instend gushing sister''-fat and forty, if not fair, with a in the programmes, and the necessity of inviting of refusing, had accepted the additional sums ofmake-up that was excessively funny. Bishop is artists who do not belong to the Conservatory, to fered by Mr. Peabody, and would regard themparticularly amusing in woman's attire and in the assist at its concerts. We have asked for a greater selves as entrusted rather with the expenditure representation of female characters. People had variety in the programmes, not only because such than with the accumulation of the fund at their not forgotten his ludicrous impersonation of Queen variety is most necessary, both to instruct the disposal; would pay liberally in order to have none Elizabeth in Kenilworth, and went prepared to be masses and to render the concerts generally attrac- but good musicians in the orchestra, and more of similarly entertained--and were not disappointed. I tive, but because we have heard so many people them; would provide some good instruments for

It was under these circumstances, that the Chap- complain of the selections, and because we know deserving artists, and offer adequate inducements mans-two young girls--with slight girlish figures / so many persons, who at first were almost enthu-Ito artists like Prume, Ole Bull, and other eminent

-one of them, Ella, a child in appearance as she siastic, and have since ceased attending the con- strangers, when in the city, to play at the concerts is in years, smaller apparently than Lotta-made certs. In fact, we do not believe that the orchestra --the Conservatory could in time reach a very their first bid for the favor of a Baltimore audi- would have found it more troublesome to learn high rank. But as now administered, it must fall ence. The favorable impression which their first six overtures of different authors, than three of to an inferior position, and fail to accomplish the words and actions upon the stage evidently made | Rossini and three of Weber--these last being as object for which it is designed.

NEMO. upon the house, increased as the piece went on, difficult as any. Likewise, we do not believe that and has grown with each subsequent performance. any ancient or modern music should be found

Correspondence. They sang, and their songs were encored-the more difficult to perform than Beethoven's, Menelder, Blancbe, having naturally a sweet pleasing delssohn's and Gade's Symphonies. voice, which only needs cultivation to place her in We have said in one of our earlier articles, that A WOMAN'S DEFENCE OF HER SEX; the first rank of singing comediennes. They the orchestra of the Conservatory, in its present O R, WHOSE FAULT IS IT? danced, and their dances were encored, and little condition, not only could never be perfect, but DEAR MR. STATESMAN :Ella played upon the banjo in a manner which could never even attain a very good ensemble. Have you seen--of course you have-the Pope's brought down the house. For acting, there was In fact, the few good musicians that are in it are letter to Mademoiselle Marie de Gentelles on the little or no scope in the piece, and the doggerelnot bound by any contract to the establishment subject of Female Extravagance? It was in The rhyme in which it is written is full of wretched and can leave to-morrow if they please. Besides, Sun, I think, one day last week. This Mademoipuns and plays upon words, misnamed points—more than half of them are very inferior, es salle de Gentelles, who, I dare say, is a very nice which, in the majority of instanses, are wholly pecially the wind and brass instruments; others sort of person, and means to do a great deal of lost upon the house. Are actors supposed to be have miserable instruments, which are an injury good, and is president of a society of "Christian especially fond of this species of wit, that so much to the general tone of the orchestra. Under such Mothers' in France-though how she came to be of it is suffered to disfigure every burlesque that is circumstances, the best thing is to try to attract head of such a society I don't exactly see-has written? The real effect of a piece like Cinder- the public by a varied programme, where some written a book on female luxury in dress; and the ella depends upon the laughable situations it af- lighter music ought to be blended with the more Pope, who, I am sure, is a most excellent old genfords, the incongruous ideas it suggests by the scientific, as the public will never be able to fully tleman-I went to see him when I was in Rome, contrast between the pretended characters intro- appreciate Mendelssohn's, Beethoven's and Gade's and he was ever so kind, and gave me his blessing duced, and their actual behavior and language on Symphonies, in the way they are performed. They and a medal that I have got now--has written a the stage-but above all, upon the spirit with which are, of course, performed as well as is possible, in letter complimenting Mademoiselle de Gentelles the burlesque is carried out, and such additional the condition of the orchestra, as we have de- for her book, and telling her to persevere in her features of attraction as the Chapmans are able to scribed it; but if those performances should be good work of curing women of their habits of exintroduce, in their little songs and dances, compared with those of other orchestras, no doubt|travagance. Really, it does seem as if the whole

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