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of the General-of-the-armies was promptly re-power, were the personal qualities which dis- Florence, until 1829, when he returned to France, turned. Our readers have not forgotten its terms. tinguished him. They naturally prompted as and was elected to the Academy It was the testimony of a soldier, the generosity series of military requirements and oppressions

rosity I series of military revirements and oppressions! Unwilling to accept official position under Louis of whose character had not then been affected by which combined to kindle discord and dissen

Philippe, he undertook a journey to the East, an eager ambition for civil office. “My observa- sion, to destroy the peace of the community, to

which, with his Gallic love of display, he made

", something like a royal progress. During this jour. tions lead me to the conclusion," said General array class against class, to excite sedition and ney he

class against class, to excite sedition and ney he had the misfortune to lose his daughter, Grant, “that the citizens of the Southern States conspiracy, to paralyse industry and trade, and to who accompanied him. On his return, he took are anxious to return to self-government within subvert the order and integrity of society. Un- his seat in the Chamber of Deputies, to which he the Union as soon as possible; that they are in der the inspirations of his own restless vanity, had been elected in his absence; and where he earnest in wishing to do what they think is re- and governed by the counsels of intriguing and quired by the Government, not humiliating to reckless political adventurers, this modern pro

He declined a place in the Ministry which was them as citizens, and that if such a course were consul illustrated the crushing effects of arbitrary

offered him by the King in 1834, and at last became pointed out, they would pursue it in good faith." rule, and demonstrated how limitless is the meas

one of the prominent members of the opposition.

When the troubles of 1818 broke out, Lamartine This statement was the justification of what ure of irresponsible aad unintelligent tyranny.

anny: was at the highest point of popularity, and it is to has since been known as the policy of restoration. But the character of his whole administration is his lasting renown that he used his great influence

the conation of General Grant's testimony best shown by the contrast between it and that of unselfishly and in favor of law and order. His and approval. It involved the simple principle General Hancock.

memorable speech which prevented the unfurling that the people of the South would accept thel This brief allusion to a chapter of very recent his- of the drapeau rouge and saved Paris from being consequences of war, in whatever form they tory is sufficient to introduce the record of one of deluged with blood, is the crowning incident in might be presented, if not humiliating to them the earliest acts of the new Administration. The his career. At that moment, says a humorous

English writer, he was "the first stump-orator in as citizens.” It is no part of our present purpose promised programme of peace isinaugurated by the

the world, standing, too, for the time being, on the to trace the influences which changed the policy return to his former satrapy of the commander |

anye highest stump." of the Government to the policy of reconstruc- whose reign was of iron--galling the necks of his

reign was of iron--galling the necks of his! This humane and moderate course cost him his

Thi tion. The issues that arose between Congress subjects, constantly “humiliating them as citi-popularity. He was sneered at as a sentimentalist, and the late President, and the conflict which zens,” treating them with consistent harshness, and the chief power passed into the hands of lasted to the close of his administration, may be and forcibly repressing their "acquiescence in the Cavaignac, a man not troubled with excessive left to history. With a single feature of that ex- authority of the General Government” by making scrupulousness or tenderness.

The coup d'état of Louis Napoleon terminated cited period have we present concern. Military that authority onerous and odious to the utmost

Lamartine's political career. From that time he commanders, placed over districts and depart. degree. On the other hand, General Hancock,

lived in retirement, occupying himself with the ments at the South, soon exhibited their sympa- who added to the soldierly qualities displayed in

composition of works from the sale of which, and thies. A few, honorable and generous men, acted war a comprehension of the statesmanlike duties

from the produce of his vineyards, he labored in in the full spirit exhibited by General Grant's re- which belong to peace, is sent into banishment to vain to free himself from the load of debt which port. Their administration of delicate and re- the distant frontier.

his reckless extravagance had brought upon him. sponsible duties was attended with the success! No word of comment is necessary. What was The close of his life was clouded by mental disease, which always crowns conscientious effort-a suc-true of the Southern States in 1865, according to almost, or quite, amounting to imbecility. cess which demonstrated with what ease the im- the report of General Grant, is far more true in With the notable exception we have mentioned

rouble thon above, it is as a poet and not as a politician that pending problem of Southern government could 1869; and no one knows more thoroughly than ab

Lamartine will be remembered. It was his misbe solved. There were others, however, who himself, that their anxiety to return to self-gov- 1.

| fortune that being a sentimentalist, a man of poetry perceived the tendency of Northern sentiment, ernment within the Union, to which he bore such

to which he bore such and reverie, he was forced into a position which and sought to propitiate the tyranny of growing willing testimony, is a stronger and more widely demanded a man of energy and action. And it Radicalism by adopting its wildest tenets as the pervading feeling to-day than at the time he was his great misfortune that his latter years were rules of their own conduct. Of the former class wrote. Of the other military orders we need not darkened by the consciousness that he had outthe most striking example was General Hancock. speak. Every mild and, so to speak, conservative lived his fortune, his influence, his reputation, and A true soldier, he had sympathies for those whom general, is made to give place to a radical succes- his intellect. he had known as formidable and generous enemies sor. Such is the beginning of an administration

OFFENBACH-OPERA BOUFFE. in war. Although in no American sense a poli- whose programme has been declared to be-Peace;

Peace, It is now nearly fourteen years since, in the tician, he comprehended the nature of free gov- and whose inaugural has asked patient forbear- summer of 1855, Offenbach obtained permission to ernment sufficiently well to lead him to abhor the ance, one toward another, throughout the land, open in the Champs Elysées, in Paris, a small habitual violation of its most sacred principles, and a determined effort on the part of every citi-theatre, the inauguration of which took place with His, in a word, was that admirable combination zen to do his share toward cementing a happy a prologue and the performance of a pantomime of qualities which readily reconciled obedience Union.”_

and two saynètes, one of which was Offenbach's

Deux Aveugles. In the month of November, the to military command with the observance of indi

LAMARTINE.

establishment, which was called "Les Bouffes Pavidual right and the preservation of public lib- On the first of March, as the telegraph briefly risiens.” was removed to the Passage Choiscul. erty. His administration of a difficult depart-informs us, died Alphonse de Lamartine in the There Offenbach produced successively a great ment was rewarded by the restoration of peace 79th year of his age. In these few words is an- number of small operas in one act- Bataclan, and order within its limits; and few will forget nounced the close of the career of one who for Tromb-al-Cazar, Le Mariage aux Lanternes, Les in the future how in his hands, a military general nearly half a century has held, if not a foremost, deux Gardes, M. Choufleury restera chez lui le, ... order was made the vehicle of an admirable ex- at least a conspicuous place in the eyes of the Le 66, Les six demoiselles à marier, and many

zorld. position of Constitutional Law-instead of a wor

others. At that time, Mlle. Tostée, threatened

Lamartine was born in the stormy times of 1790. with consumption, was one of the prima-donnas of registered decree of wanton usurpation.

His childhood and youth were passed partly in the "Bouffes Parisiens." She was a great favorite The officer whom he succeeded in the command retirement and partly in travel, during which he in La Chatte metamorphosée en femme, and in of the Department of Louisiana, was a type of nourished his native poetic genius, which was Les Pantins de Violette of A. Adam. After s the latter class to which we have referred. The afterwards to win him so wide a reputation. very successful season, Offenbach felt the necessity administration of General Sheridan, in that de- In 1820 appeared his Méditations Poétiques, of diversifying his repertoire, and of writing some partment. will certainly never be forgotten by which at once obtained extraordinary popularity, I longer and more elaborate operas, the first of those who were so unfortunate as to be subject to

and elevated their author, in the opinion of his which and one of the most successful was Orphee

countrymen, to the highest rank of poets. His aux Enfers. Afterwards followed in rapid succeshis absolute and relentless rule. Obstinancy, li;

Y literary celebrity induced the Government to give sion, Les Bavards, Les Georgiennes, Les Bergers, passion, prejudice, the pretence and weakness him a diplomatic position at Naples, where he These last two were very indifferent works, al which belong to little minds, and the insolence married, his bride being a young English woman. Offenbach's genius seemed exhausted, whe which attends sudden and unworthy accession to He filled other diplomatic posts at London and decree of the French Government in regard to

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liberty of theatres brought back all his inspiration.

Crois tu qu'on puisse être bien tendre third and fourth are much too long and the music

Alors que l'on manque de pain? He wrote in succession for the "Variétés,'' La Belle

A quels transports peut-on s'attendre

very poor. Mlle. Irma Marió sung and played Hélène, La Grande Duchesse, La Périchole; for

En s'aimant quand on meurt de faim

the character of Boulotte to perfection. Evidently the "Palais Royal," La Vie Parisienne; for the express a truth which young women now-a-days she has studied Mlle. Schneider's acting, and aims Imperial Theatre of the Opéra Comique, Robinson appreciate as thoroughly as Périchole in the time to imitate her. We must say that the pupil is Crusoë and Vert- Vert, now under rehearsal. Since of the Spanish dominion over Peru.

fully equal to the master, with more youth and that time his reputation has grown immensely, Aujac, the tenor of the troupe, belonged years more freshness of voice in her favor. She is exand his music is played all over the world. In ago to the Grand Opera of Brussels, but as in that ceedingly graceful, and she deserves every way Vienna, his operas have been translated into Ger- theatre artists are very indifferently paid, he found the applause she has received. man, and created a furore with the Viennese it more profitable to sing, in a theatre of the same M. Decre is a tenor of some merit, but he does Schneider-Fräulein Gallmeyer.

city, Offenbach's music, which was exceedingly not seem to understand that Offenbach's music reWhether Offenbach's music deserves such great successful, as the Belgians had also their Schneider, quires rather to be well said than sung à pleins success, and whether this success has resulted from and a very good one, in the person of Mme. Del. poumons. M. Decre could not sing differently if a depreciation of taste, are questions which we may vil. Aujac's voice is very fresh and good; he sings he were to appear as Robert le Diable or Raoul, in one day consider; for the present we shall only with taste and acts well. We shall only find fault Les Huguenots; he screamed as loud as he could ; state that none of Offenbach's operas have had the with him for carrying into his impersonation of the consequence was, he sang out of tune in the success which attended Orphée aux Enfers, La Piquillo the exaggeration of silliness he attributes first act, and made the chorus indulge in the same Belle Hélène, La Grand Duchesse, and especially to the character of Fritz in the Grande Duchesse. fault. Altogether, the ensemble was good; Mlle. La Vie Parisienne, which was played for nearly Piquillo is stupefied at finding himself in the Vice- Tholer as Princess Hermia acquitted herself adsix months, without interruption, every night at roy's palace; he does not know or understand mirably in her part, and Francis as Le Roi Bobèche the "Theatre du Palais Royal." This shows that what is going on; but the writers of the libretto was very comic. Next week we will speak of the wonderful success of these operas is not due to did not intend him to be as silly as Aujac repre- La Belle Hélène, Les Bavards and La Chanson de the music exclusively. It has largely resulted sents him. Aujac has the very rare quality of Fortunio. from the happy manner in which the librettists, speaking and singing very distinctly, his Belgian

= H. Meilhac and L. Halevy, have ridiculed the accent forming a contrast with the Parisian pro

Reviews. absurdities of the times; from their perfect nunciation of the other artists. We regret not appreciation of the taste and preferences of having an opportunity to hear Aujac in La Vie the public, which they had the sense to an- Parisienne; he is perfect in the triple character of The Ring and the Book. By Robert Browning, ticipate; from the cleverness and the wit they Fritz, the Major and the Diplomat, which he takes M. A. Vol. I. Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co. 1869. have exhibited in their librettos; and the way in that piece.

In the introductory section of this poem, Mr. in which they have adapted verse to the jing- Leduc is a very good actor, but we prefer him Browning gives us an account of its origin and an ling music of Offenbach. This is true to that in the character of Prince Paul. He did not speak explanation of the reasons-or the impulse-which degree that the latest works of Offenbach, not loud enough, and frequently we could not hear led him to write it. He found, it appears, upon a travelling in the same circle of ideas, have not distinctly what he said. Lagriffoul, Edgard and book-stall, an old volume containing the pleadings met with very great success. Orphée aux Enfers, Français acted their parts very well. Altogether, in a forgotten trial for homicide in the year 1698 ; La Grande Duchesse, La Belle Hélène, and La the ensemble was very satisfactory--the orchestra said trial being, in several respects, a remarkabla Vie Parisienne, will always be the highest expres- and the choruses were good, with the exception one. An Aretine nobleman had murdered his sion of Offenbach's talent. In a very few years of some female voices; the costumes pretty. The young wife, and her parents, under circumstances his music will be recalled only as a most pleasant audience seemed to enjoy the performance very of peculiar atrocity. Convicted by the courts, he remembrance, but it will gradually disappear much, as the Seguidille at the end was called for appealed to the Pope, who confirmed the sentence from the lyric stage, because its greatest merit is and repeated four times.

and ordered the immediate execution of the murthe fidelity with which it expresses the spirit of The theatre was filled again on Tuesday night to derer and his accomplices. the present day.

hear Orphée aux Enfers. This opera, to speak So far the Book. Now, says Browning, even as La Périchole, which was performed for the first merely of the music, is the best work of Offenbach, the lump of virgin gold is unsuitable for purposes time in Baltimore on Monday night, at the Holliday and the duet with the violin in the first act-the of art-say for a ring-until the due proportion of Street Theatre, drew a numerous audience. What Duo de la Mouche-the ballad of Le Roi de Béotie, hardening alloy is mingled with it, to fit it for file strikes one most forcibly from the first act of this are pieces that would enrich a more serious opera. and hammer, so by adding the alloy of my imagiwork is that the argument, with less realism and Orphée was performed some three hundred times nation to the pure fact contained in this book, I fewer travesties, could be adapted perfectly to an in Paris. It was the first of Offenbach's operas produce a mass, fact tempered with fiction, fit to Opéra Comique. For a while the action becomes which had more than one act, and the idea of shape into a poem. serious. The reading of the letter, the melody of bringing on the stage the Gods and Goddesses of The process is perfectly legitimate; and to it, which is very pretty, full of feeling, leaves on the Olympus was something new and exceedingly indeed, we owe the greatest master-pieces of the audience a grave impression, which is not dissi- amusing. This opera was more coldly received in human mind. It is by taking the dry bones of pated until the end of the act, in spite of the galop Baltimore, because we have seen here before La history and legend, clothing them with flesh, and of the wedding scene. In general the music, which Belle Hélène, the libretto of which is much more animating them with warm blood from the poet's is very carefully written, could be applied to an witty and entertaining than that of Orphée. An own imagination, that we get a Prometheus, an Opéra Comique. Those who expected brisk melo- actor, M. Guidon, whose name was not even in Electra, a Macbeth or a Falstaff. It is the poet's dies, as in La Belle Hélène, were disappointed. the programmes, is certainly, for the little we have privilege and gift to make us see what he can see The vocal pieces are but few; evidently the com- seen of him, one of the best, if not the best singer and we can not; and this gift has been dealt in poser was fettered by the want of actors, particu and actor of the troupe. He played very well as amplest measure to Robert Browning. larly men, equal to the various parts. The cho. Le Styx, and sung the ballad of Le Roi de Béotie His peculiar power lies in the faculty of becomruses offered him greater resources, because now in the most charming manner. The character of ing for the time the person of his poem; of identicomic, now bouffes, they are all excellent. Offen- Eurydice is a very indifferent one. Mlle. Tostée fying himself with him, so that he thinks as that bach introduces the chorus of "La Favorite''- made of it all that was possible: although her voice person would have thought, and speaks as he Quel marché de bassesse, which in this last opera is is stronger than when she first appeared in this city, would have spoken. We can not account for it, applied to a similar situation. In La Belle Hélène it is not a good one, and she has but very little we can not explain it, we can not trace the process also, when Agamemnon and Achilles want to per-control over it. Her costumes were very pretty. Many more than we can the workings of a great suade Menelaus to make a sacrifice for his country, The other artists deserve praise for their acting-composer's mind in producing a symphony-we some of the words and music are taken from the M. Decre being, besides, a very fair violinist. The only know that it is so. This is the "creative grand Trio in William Tell. In both cases it has cancan, which generally ends the performance, faculty," as it is sometimes termed, and it is this a very good comic effect.

was replaced by fireworks. We consider the lat- that constitutes Browning preëminently a dramatic Mlle. Irma Marié sung and played her part very ter the more dangerous performance. It may set poet. well. Her voice is good, and some of her low on fire the theatre, while the cancan could only set Indeed all his poems are dramas. In nearly all notes very rich. In the midst of the vulgarity of on fire some very juvenile imaginations.

there is vividly brought before the reader some action, which this kind of performance exacts, On Wednesday evening the performance of action which takes its form from the person or she exhibits a sense of refinement and a grace that Barbe Bleue was very well attended. This opera persons of the poem, and is determined by, or remakes her acting most attractive and sympathetic. is less attractive than La Belle Hélène or La acts upon their characters; and we clearly see She uttered exquisitely the Letter Song, the words Grande Duchesse; it met in Paris with less suc- these characters defined by their own deeds and of which are very pretty, and the lines

cess. The first and second acts are charming; the speech. We can not conceive of more perfect

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work in this kind than some of his smaller pieces: saloons-who suddenly plunged into the furnace for instance-the hospitable and magnificent oid for instance the Soliloquy in a Spanish Cloister, heat of this tragedy, tortured by pity, love, fear country gentleman, lord of the manor and justice or The Last Duchess, where, in the compass of a and anguish, becomes incandescent, and burns and of the peace, who is at the same time a desperate page, a character stands before us perfect, entire, glows with passions that master his whole nature. smuggler-produces the incongruous effect of a and sharp as an antique intaglio.

His soft friable clay becomes vitrified and takes man with a shadow that does not belong to him: It is to this faculty that we owe the volume be- the form it will never after lose.

we can not fit the two together. fore us. The poet's mind has brooded over the This one speech in itself would have been a very The mysteries of the story are neither hidden dry facts of this crime, as aridly set forth in the noble and perfect poem; but much of its effect is nor told. We guess them all too soon-the smug. printed pleadings-oral pleadings before the courts lost by following the three preceding, which have gling business, the escape of Hunter, the secret of not being allowed-until it has given them form, somewhat wearied us with the recapitulation of the white coat, the death of Cyril, long before the color, and life. Evoked by his wand they appear details. To adopt the poet's figure of a crystal author gives the explanation. Indeed she sees before us, the souls that were convulsed and torn with many sides, we may say that it is asking too this herself, and says that the reader "has susby the passions that led to this murky welter of much of us to scrutinise every single facet in suc-pected the truth,” which it was precisely her busimadness and crime.

cession, measuring all its angles, and noting the ness that he should not suspect, unless gifted with Now had Browning wrought this matter into the number and order of its prismatic colors.

preternatural acuteness. form of a tragedy, commencing (we will suppose) And we are yet to have Pompilia's narrative, For the rest, the story is written in an easy, flowwith Pompilia's flight, and ending with the sen- the first speech of the advocate for the defence, the ing style, in perfectly good English, free from tence of Pope Innocent, we believe he would have speech of the Fiscal, the Pope's judgment, and conceits and affectations; and for those who simply produced the greatest work that has ever proceeded Guido's second defence. We would respectfully care to be entertained, and like stories of this class, from his pen; one fit to take its place beside the hint that human life is too short, and Mr. Brown- it is probably as good as most they are likely to master-pieces of English literature. But instead ing's genius too valuable, to be wasted in this kind get. of this he has chosen a form and mode of treat- of work, even though it be work that no other ment quite unexampled, by which we can not see man could do. We can not afford to have a great

Madame de Staël : An Historical Novel. By that anything has been gained, while we certainly painter spend his time and gifts upon one scene,

ene | Amely Bölte. Translated from the German by see that very much has been lost.

however beautiful, painted in succession from Theodore Johnson. New York: G. P. Putnam & His plan is this: having given in the introduc-every point of the compass, because the perspec

Son. 1869. tory section the design of the work, and the ad-tive varies with every shift of his position. What! We have read about one-quarter of this book, mitted facts of the case, he introduces first a would become of us if the fancy were to seize Mr. and if any reviewer is able to do more, we complispeaker representing that portion of the people Browning to handle in this way some one of the ment him on his conscientious perseverance. The which sided altogether (or may be presumed to long-winded embroilments of history-say the suc- historical novel in the hands of a master who can have sided) with the husband; which sees in him cession to the Duchy of Cleves, or the Council of catch the spirit of the time, and make his cha the victim of an odious complot, who having in Constance?

ters live and breathe again, is a valuable and legitvain striven to have bis wrongs redressed by legall Is it not just possible that the poet's long resi

nos redressed by locall Is it not just possible that the poet's long resia imate product of the imagination; but we prefer measures, in a paroxysm of righteous, if excessive, dence in Italy, and constant association with a race

taking the plain facts of history at first hand, to indignation, cuts the hateful entanglement with Iof interminable talkers, discussers, analysers, may having them reflected from minds that are neither the dagger's edge. In this recital all the tragic have had some disadvantageous influence on his story is gone through with, point by point; each native Teutonic terseness and condensation that,

For a specimen of the conversation, take this-it fact receiving its especial coloring from the speak- like a reversed Iachimo, his British brain in their

is Necker speaking to his wife:

"• You have but one fanlt, and that is, that you will er's mind. This one is followed by another, rep- subtler Italy operates - not “most vilely," but

never allow us to exercise the sweet privilege of for. resenting the other half of Rome, who sees in over-refinedly?

giveness toward you, too. He who now and then has

need of our indulgence, thereby endears himself to Pompilia a martyred innocent, almost a saint, and

us.' in her husband a monster of malignity and cruelty. The Red Court Farm. By Mrs. Henry Wood. " That is a harsh remark, my friend. Then I should

have to be less perfect in order to please you still betAgain the whole story is gone over, colored and Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson & Bros.

ter? How easy it would be for me to play such a commented on from the speaker's point of view. Assuredly no reader can complain of lack of game! ..:::Tam unable to take a light-hearted view

of life: what I am, I am with all my heart. Let me Both these speak with the intensity of partisan- interest in a story which contains two pairs of then belong to virtue'"-&c. &c. &c. ship and warmth of feeling characteristic of some-lovers, a secret marriage, a smuggling adventure, The translation seems performed with sufficient what rude but ardent minds. Next is introduced a case of heart-break, a railway accident, a family

verbal fidelity, but without idiomatic grace or a person of quality, a refined, subtle-thoughted, secret, a murder and a ghost; but abundance of strength. We do not know how to apportion beskeptical intellect, who feeling no sympathy at all interest alone does not make a good novel, and weltween author, translator and proof-reader, the nufor the wife, as one of the commonalty, and but can only accord to this story a qualified praise.

merous errors with which the book swarms. Belittle for the insignificant and uninfluential hus! It did not need the prefatory note to inform us side mistakes in the French, passim, there are such band, treats the whole matter as a curious problem, that we have here two stories re-cast into one.

as "Phelusson," "Volitaire," "Orrus" (for Orcus), which he daintily analyses before a highly select | Notwithstanding that it has been re-written, the "Tabius Cunctator." "Calvanists:' and Rossini is audience of Eminences and Highnesses, throwing seam is very conspicuous. The story of Robert at least four times spoken of as the great rival of in little touches intended to tell on his hearers for Lake's flirtation, ending in the death of his wife, Glück! certain private ends of his own.

is extremely pathetic and sentimental, and very Thus the story has been told us three times over, well told: the "sensational" story of the Farm The Shakspeare Treasury of Wisdom and Knowby parties who were not actors in it, in all its and its occupants, by no means so well. Lady ledge. By Chas. W. Stearns, M. D. New York: minuteness of details, and at an average length of Ellis, who is one of the threads that have been G. P. Putnam & Son. 1869. fifty pages each. Next follows the evidence of drawn out from the first story into the second to In this very elegantly printed volume, Dr. Count Guido Franceschini, the husband--another hide the seam, appears to no purpose, and is so Stearns, who, we believe, is a Baltimorean, has recital again ; and then the evidence of the Priest evidently in the way, that she is put on the retired given to the public some of the fruits of a patient Caponsacchi who assisted Pompilia to escape. In list and pensioned off in the brief space of two and attentive study of Shakspeare. We do not both these discourses the character of the speaker chapters from her appearance as the mistress of perceive much depth or originality in the otheris very vividly given. The Count, cool, confident, Red Court Farm. Mrs. Chester is another of these wise sufficiently pleasant essays which his quotapolite, even speaks in an ironically sportive way of troublesome people, and in all respects an unmiti- tions are intended to illustrate; but we admit that the torture to which he has been put. He does not gated nuisance.

there is a convenience in a sort of index raisonné care to complain about it-it is true some of his As we have said in our notice of Charles Reade's of this kind which groups together under various limbs have been disjointed, and he rather thinks works, it is as great a defect in a novel as in a pic- heads, so as to admit of easy reference, so large & his left shoulder-blade is still "wrong i' the sock- ture to have two systems of perspective,--two number of striking extracts. et ;'' but it is over now, and it does not become a points of sight toward which the principal lines gentleman to trouble learned judges with such tend. When one grand catastrophe has come, for Colonel Thorpe's Scenes in Arkinsaw. By J. trifies. And so he passes on to the matter in hand. which all was preparing, we do not care to have M. Field. Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson & Bro.

Caponsacchi's speech strikes deeper and fuller the survivors dragged out, the rubbish cleared If this be a fair specimen of the Library of chords. In Caponsacchi we see the man of intel- away, and a fresh start taken.

American Humorous Writers, all we have to say lect and feeling, the finished scholar and high-born In a novel of incident, we suppose we must not is, that the sooner that library is thrown into the nobleman, who for want of a sufficient incentive overhaul the characters too closely, otherwise we fire, the better. It is possible that there may be and career, has wasted his energies, until he has might say that the whole Thornycroft family are some humor in the book; but as the office of critic become a fribble and coxcomb, a dangler of the unnatural and improbable personages; the Justice is not altogether synonymous with that of scaven.

ger, we can not wade through all the coarseness, After much consideration, Hans hit upon the story about the bad boy who lost himself in the vulgarity, and downright indecency to get at it. following plan, the inspiration to which sprang wood, and to whom so many unpleasant things

Happily the very titles of the chapters tell their from his generous heart. I was for a while to re- happened there; and yet who drank so much own story; so we do not suppose that any of our main concealed in his house, until the first heat of sweet pure air, and bathed in so much golden sunreaders will need our caution, otherwise we would the pursuit was over. Then-always supposing shine, that one would give who knows how many say: buy the book if you think it worth the money that he was himself unmolested-we would under-stations in the monotonous turnpike of his orderly as cigar-lights; not otherwise.

take the journey together, I being disguised as his life, could he but once experience such romantic

coachman or servant. The question now arose suffering and happiness. Madame de Chamblay. By A. Dumas. Phila- about the passport, without which, as I knew, no As if heaven itself was disposed to be good to delphia: Turner Bros. & Co.

one was allowed to go on board the ship. Here the bad boy who, whatever his errors, had erred This book, which, whatever the internal evi- also the inventive Hans found an expedient. A but through youthful folly, ånd perhaps, all things dence may be, we have the authority of the title- certain Herr Schulz, who had been his overseer, considered, was not after all so utterly bad, it sent page for attributing to Alexandre Dumas, is a had intended to emigrate the previous spring, and him two or three of the loveliest autumn days for story turning on the favorite French theme, the procured the necessary papers, but had died before his adventurous flight. The recent rains had breach of the seventh commandment. As for the his project was accomplished. These papers Hans cleared the air to a crystalline transparency, so quality of the translation, one specimen will suf-had kept, and after some searching we found them. that the remotest distance seemed brought near at fice:-The author alludes to a nightingale singing It appeared from their contents that the emigrat-hand. A flood of bright but indescribably soft in a churchyard, as le courtisan des morts, which ing overseer was not nineteen, but forty years old; sunlight streamed from the cloudless sky, and the translator renders ''the courtesan of the dead." not six feet without his shoes, which was my penetrated into the inmost recesses of the forest,

stature, but only four and a half; and moreover, where from the huge old trees the yellow leaves NEW BOOKS RECEIVED.

he was distinguished by being very deeply pitted silently floated down to the others with which the From H. Taylor & Co., Sun Iron Building: with the small-pox. Still, Hans was of opinion ground was already strewn. Not a sound was Anne of Geierstein ;

that they would not look into the matter so closely, audible in the sunny wilderness except the melFair Maid of Perth;

and a hundred-thaler note would cover all the ancholy chirrup of a yellow-hammer in the thicket, forming part of Peterson's Cheap Edition of the Walittle discrepancies.

Jor the hoarse cawing of a crow who regarded with verly Novels.

It was two o'clock by the time we had matured disfavor the gun which I was carrying, or the faint From Cushings & Bailey, 262 Baltimore street:

this ingenious plan, and Hans's eyes were growing cry of cranes that, careless of what was going on Maryland Chancery Practice, with an Appendix, containing Forms of Proceedings, the Rules of the circuit heavy with weariness. As he insisted that I below, were winging high in air their proud flight Court of Baltimore City, &c. &c. By Benjamin C. Bar- should sleep in his bed, I was obliged to leave him to southern lands. roll, of the Baltimore Bar. Baltimore: Cushings & the sofa in the sitting-room, on which he had Then again I lay in the heart of the forest upon Bailey. 1869.

scarcely stretched himself when he began to snore. some hillock, perhaps a Hun's grave, as they were Peg Woffington, and Other Stories. By Charles Reade. I covered him with his cloak, and went into his traditionally called, and watched sly Reynard steal Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co. 1869.

chamber, where, tired as I was, I still took time out of his Castle Malepartus among the great The Shortest Route to California. By Bvt. Brig.-Gen.

to avail myself of the simple apparatus for ablu- stones, to bask in the morning sun, while a few S. H. Simpson, A. M. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co. 1868.

tion that I found there, to my great comfort. paces farther off his half-grown cubs chased each PAMPHLETS RECEIVED.

Then dressing myself again, I lay down on Hans's other and rolled over and over in merry romp; or Littell's Living Age, Every Saturday, Yale Literary bed.

I marked in the evening light a herd of deer crossMagazine, De Bow's Review, Ladies' Repository, Ave I slept soundly an hour or two, and as I awaked | ing a clearing, the stag in front with head proudly Maria, Westminster Review for January, Maryland Far-lat. the first gray glimmer of dawn, a resolution held aloft and only lowered occasionally to pick a mer, Phonographic Advocate,

with which I had lain down, arose clear to my peculiarly tempting tuft of herbage, while the HAMMER AND ANVIL,

mind. I would go: the good Hans should not on does came peacefully grazing after.

my account be brought into any more serious Again I stood on the heights, close to the verge A NOVEL,

troubles. The longer I remained with him, the of the steep chalk-cliff, and looked longingly out BY FRIEDRICH SPIELHAGEN.

greater was the probability that his complicity, over the blue sea, where on the farthest horizon a [Translated from the German for The Statesman.]

which it was just possible might remain concealed little cloud marked the spot where the steamer

as things were, would be discovered, and it would which I had been watching for an hour had disCHAPTER XIX.-CONTINUED.

then appear in a so much more serious light. Be-appeared, while in the middle distance glittered But the most dazzling ideas are frequently found

sides, I had in truth but little faith in the availa- the sails of a pair of fishing-boats. The speck of to have their dark side when it comes to putting

bility of the pass of the deceased overseer of four cloud vanished, the white sails dwindled away, them in execution. The financial question Hans

feet and a half high; and finally, as a youth of no and with a sigh I turned back into the forest, thought he had settled when he went to his desk

craven spirit, I was possessed with the conviction scarcely hoping now that I should succeed in getwhich was not-and apparently could not be

that it was my duty to take the consequences of ting off the island. locked, took out a box, and poured its contents between us on the table. There were from four to

my action, as far as possible, upon my own head Twice already I had made the attempt. Once alone.

Vat a small fishing-village that lay at the head of a five hundred thalers in gold, silver, and treasury

So I softly arose from the bed, wrote a few words narrow cove in a recess of the shore, and was the notes, mixed up with invitations to hunting.

of gratitude to Hans for all his kindness, filled my picture of isolation and loneliness. But the men parties, reccirted and unreceipted bills, dance

game-bag with the remains of the supper, stuck were all out fishing; only a very old man and a cards (apparently from an earlier time), samples of

the note in the neck of a wine-bottle on the table, couple of half-grown youths were at home with wool, percussion-waps, and a few dozen buckshot

in the confidence that Hans would not overlook it the women and children. If the catch was a good which rolled upon the floor and awaked Caro who

there, gave a parting nod to the brave fellow who one, it might be two days before the men came had been asleep under the sofa, and now crept |

still lay in the same position upon the sofa in back, and it was not likely then that any one forth, yawning and stretching, as if he considered

which he had fallen asleep two hours before, pat-would take me so far. So said the old man, when that buckshot belonged to his department.

ted Caro, who wished to accompany me, and sig- I asked; while a pair of red-haired children stood Hans said that he had at the moment, as far as |

nified to him that I could not take him, took my by staring at me with open mouths, and an old he knew, no more in the house; but if it was not

gun, and went out by the same window at which woman came up and confirmed the man's statesufficient, he would search his coats, in which he I had entered.

ment, while the sun dipped below the horizon, had from time to time found quite considerable

and a cool breeze blew down the cove toward the sums.

CHAPTER XX.

darkening sea. It was the second day of my wanI was much affected by Hans's kindness; but

| Food, drink and sleep had completely restoreddering. The first night I had passed in a sheepeven were I to avail myself of it, how was the

my old strength, and I was now in a condition to fold; I thought I might venture for once to sleep flight to be accomplished ? Hans had heard from

"I play my part in the game of robbers and soldiers' under a roof, and the good wife to whom I made the driver at Fährdorf-and it appeared only too!

more successfully. probable-that search was being made for me

the proposal willingly gave up to me the chamber

The following days—there were three or four of of her son who had sailed away three years before everywhere. How could'I, without being seized,

them-form a strange episode in the history of my and not been heard of since. I might, very likely, get to Bremen or Hamburg or any other port from

life; so that it often seems to me that I can not have spent days in this retired nook without being which I could get a passage to America—at least

really have lived them, but must have read the discovered; but the necessity of my getting off the so long as the pursuit was still hot ?

whole in some story-book. Yes, after so many island was too pressing, and early on the next Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year Burma

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ate Dis years—there are thirty of them now-the remem- morning I set out to try my fortune elsewhere. Court of Maryland,

I brance of those days comes before me like somel My next trial was made in a large village.

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There were boats enough and men enough there, more hotly the fever burned in my veins. While, should have to go through my native town: but it but no one would take me; not even though I half dead with fatigue, I staggered backwards and was probable that just there I should be least offered ten dollars, half the money I had, for the forwards in a clear space between the trees, I saw looked for; and at that time, I confess it, it took short passage to the Mecklenburg coast, where I myself again on the moor at Herr von Zehren's but a little to rouse in me the old daring spirit might consider myself tolerably safe. I do not side, 'with Jock Swart lying dead at our feet, while which had already played me so many an unlucky know whether, as was possible, they knew who I the flames of the burning castle wrapped us in an trick. With a grim satisfaction I imagined mywas, ‘or merely saw something suspicious in the awful glare, so fearfully bright that it seemed the self pacing at night through the silent streets, and wild-looking young man with a gun on his shoul-whole forest was burning around me, while yet even considered whether I should not write on the der who asked a passage to another country; or, my limbs shivered and my teeth chattered with door of the Rathhaus* the old saying of the Nuwhether, as I seemed in such extreme haste, and cold. Then Herr von Zehren sat before me as I remburgers and sign my name to it. appeared to have money, they merely wished, by had last seen him sitting, with the rising sun At nightfall I entered Fährdorf. I had missed delay and apparent reluctance, to extort a higher shining in his glazed eyes; and then again it was the boat, but the next one, which was the last, fare. But after an hour had been spent in parley- not Herr von Zehren but my father, or Professor sailed in half an hour. As I had seen through the ing, and Karl Bollmann said he was willing to take Lederer, or some other, but all were dead with window of the tavern that the large tap-room was me, if Johann Peters would lend his boat; and glassy eyes open to the sun. Then again I became almost empty, and as I must of necessity strengthen Peters, for his part, was ready to go, but only in conscious of my real situation, that it was dark myself for my night-journey, I entered it, took my Bollmann's boat; and Christian Rickmann, who night around me, that I was excessively cold, that seat at the farthest table with my face to the wall, was standing by with his hands in his pockets, I had sharp fever, and that despite the risk of dis- and ordered some supper of the bar-maid. said he would take me with his boys, but not for covery I must resolve to kindle a real fire instead The girl went to get it for me. On the table, beless than thirty dollars; and all then held a of the frightful visionary one which I still saw in side the candle which she had lighted, lay a beerwhispering deliberation together, during which my feverish hallucination.

stained copy of the X. Weekly News of the prethe whole population, women and children in- I had provided myself against this necessity vious day-another cleaner copy is now lying beside cluded, gathered around, I thought it prudent with a large piece of touch wood which I had bro- the page on which I am writing. I took it up, and not to await the result, but turned abruptly away, ken out of a hollow tree and placed in my game- my first glance fell upon the following announceand strode off toward the dunes. A half-dozen bag. By its aid I succeeded after a while in kin-ment:followed me, but I showed them my gun, upon dling a pile of half-dry wood, and I can not describe

NOTICE.

FREDERICK WILLIAM GEORGE HARTWIG, former which they kept back.

I pupil of and fugitive from the Gymnasium in X.. The same day I had another proof that the pur- at last a bright flame sprang up. The cheery light to officers of the Government and of murder, has

strongly suspected of smuggling, of violent resistance suit for me was still kept up, which indeed I had drove back the fever-phantoms into the darkness still, notwithstanding every exertion on the part of

the authorities, evaded arrest. As it greatly concerns never doubted. It was toward evening, when re- from which they had sprung; its luxurious warmth

the public welfare that this apparently most dangerconnoitring from the edge of the woods, a piece expelled from my veins the icy cold. I dragged ous person should be brought to justice, he is hereby

summoned voluntarily to surrender himself; and all of open country that I had to cross, I caught sight together great quantities of fuel; I could not suffi

| persons who may have any knowledge of the place of of two mounted patrols on the road, talking with ciently luxuriate in the sight of the curling smoke, concealment of the aforesaid Hartwig are called upon

to give notice thereof without delay to the undera shepherd who had driven his flock upon the the leaping flames and the glittering sparks. Then signed. We also urgently and respectfully request the strip of heath between the road and the woods. 1 I seated myself at my forest-hearth, and resolved various authorities, both here and abroad, to keep 8

strict watch for the aforesaid Hartwig (deseription at observed that they several times pointed to the in my mind what I should do to escape a situation

foot), to arrest him promptly.shonld he be discovered, forest, but the shepherd's answers seemed satisfac. which I clearly saw I could not long endure. At and forward him to us at our expense, under the assu.

rance of the readiest reciprocity on our part in a simitory, for they presently rode away in the opposite last I hit upon a plan. I must make the trial to lar case. direction and disappeared beyond some rising get away at some one of the points from which

(Signed)

HECKEPFENNIG.

DISTRICT OF ground. When I thought them far enough, I there was a regular communication with the main X., November 2nd, 1833. came out of my concealment and joined the shep-land, and which I had, on good grounds, hitherto I will not copy the description that followed. herd, who was knitting a long black stocking, and avoided; and the attempt must be made in dis- The reader could learn from it nothing except that whose simple face gave a sufficient guaranty of guise, as otherwise I should be recognised instant- at that time I rejoiced in dark-blonde, curly hair, the security of the step. He told me, in answer to ly. The difficulty was, how to obtain a suitable stood six feet without my shoes, and, as a wellmy inquiries, that the patrol were on the track of disguise; and here a happy thought struck me. I finished specimen of humanity, had no special a man who had committed a murder. He was a had noticed in the chamber in which I had slept marks, or at least none in the eyes of Herr Justiztall young man, they had said, and a desperate the previous night, a complete sailor's dress hang- rath Heckepfennig. villain ; but they would have him yet.

" ing against the wall; very likely the bind old But in truth at this moment so critical for me, I The lively imagination of the stocking-knitter woman would sell it to me. If thus disguised I scarcely noticed the description of my person; the had probably had sufficient time in the interval could get off the island, I was pretty confident that Notice occupied all my thoughts. When, the between the departure of the patrol and my ap- by a night-march I could reach the Mecklenburg evening before, the shepherd said that the man pearance, to paint the portrait of the fugitive from frontier; and once there I would let chance decide whom the patrol were after was charged with murjustice in the most frightful colors. At all events what was next to be done.

der, I did not believe it for a moment. He was he did not recognise me, but took me at once for At early dawn I began to put this plan into exe- such a simple-looking fellow, that I thought the what I gave myself out, a huntsman, who was cution; and although I had a walk of eight or ten patrol had been telling him a frightful story to stopping on a visit at one of the neighboring es- miles to the lonely fishing-village, I reached it scare him or to enhance their own importance. tates, and not knowing the country well, had lost just after sunrise. The good old dame would not But here it stood in large clear letters in the Weekly his way. He gave me minute directions how to hear of any sale: I needed the things and that News; which, as but few other papers had ever find my way, thanked me for the coin I put in his was enough; perhaps some one in some strange fallen into my hands, was always to my uncritical hand, and dropped his knitting in astonishment as land might do as much for her son, if he was alive youthful mind invested with a certain magisterial he saw me, instead of following his directions, -and a tear rolled down her aged wrinkled cheeks. authority-I might almost say, bore the stamp of strike across the heath into the forest.

My clothes and my gun-for I had left my pistol infallibility. “Suspected of murder!' Was it posThe vicinity of the patrol had startled me, in at Hans's--she would keep for me: I should have sible? Was I then looked upon as the murderer fact, and I had determined to pass this night in them any time that I came for them. I do not of Jock Swart? I, who had thanked God when I the woods. It was a bad night. Warm as it had know for what the kind old creature took me; but saw the man at whom I had fired, limping briskly been in the day, it grew cold at nightfall, and the no doubt she thought that I was in distress; and off? I, whose only consolation in these last days cold steadily increased as the night advanced. In she helped me thus because I said that this was of suffering, was that spite of all, no man's death vain did I bury myself a foot deep in the dry the only way to help me. The worthy soul! weighed upon my conscience? And here it was leaves, or try by brisk walking backwards and Later in my life it was in my power in some meas- proclaimed to all the world that I was a murderer! forwards to gain a little warmth. The dense misture to repay her kindness, if indeed a kind deed The bar-maid brought the refreshment I had orthat arose from the earth soaked my clothes can ever be repaid.

dered, and I think advised me to waste no time, as through, and chilled me to the marrow. The long So I set out at once upon my way, which took the ferry-boat would soon start. I scarcely heard hours of the autumn night crept on with dreadful me, through many perils, directly across the island what she said, but left my supper untouched and slowness; it seemed as if it would never be day. to a point where I determined to wait until even- sat staring at the paper, which I had hastily turned And in addition to these physical and almost in- ing before entering Fährdorf, which I could reach over as the girl entered, as if my printed name tolerable sufferings of cold, hunger, and fatigue, in an hour. Relying upon my sailor's dress, which might betray me. But on the other side it again the recollection of what I had recently gone fitted me perfectly, and, as I thought, completely appeared in a paragraph headed City Items. The through presented itself to me in ever more fright-disguised me, I had chosen the ferry which led paragraph ran thus:ful pictures the longer the night lasted, and the most directly to X. In this way, it was true, Il * Rathhaus ; Council-house, or City Hall.-TR.

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