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cabinet of curiosities and antiquities, lished manuscripts. She requests all in which the furious rivalry of pur- persons who have any of them, to lend chasers has made folly-prices more sur- them to her for this purpose. Like Ciceprising than those of the Dutch portraits. ro, of whom he was in so many respects Lord Dudley, for example, bought an a copy in little, Lamartine was too vain incomplete set of Sèvres porcelain, each and too vacillating for lasting success piece containing a bird in medallion, in public affairs; but like him, too, he upon a Turkish-blue ground, for 355,000 had brilliant talents, high culture, and francs—a little more than four hundred most amiable traits in social life, all of dollars in gold for each piece-although which appeared to the greatest advanthe painting is said to be in rather bad tage in his private correspondence. The taste, and is certainly not of the best publication of parts of this will conage, having been made in Louis XV.'s tribute more to his fame than all that time. A pair of secretaries in elaborate he has himself given to the world since buhl-work, in an intricate and inelegant the “History of the Girondists." style, brought 111,000 francs, and small- On December 17, 1770, Beethoven er articles prices proportionately high. was born at Bonn, and the whole Ger
Two new volumes of poetry man nation looks forward eagerly to the have appeared in London within a fort- celebration of his centennial festival, at night, to which the critics pay more
the close of this year, when every prothan common respect “Poems, by duction he has left will be heard again Dante Gabriel Rossetti ” (F. S. Ellis), from Strasburg to Warsaw. Hermann and “Poems, by Charles Kent” (Tuck- Schmid's drama, “Beethoven," which er). , Most of Mr. Kent's volume had was presented in Vienna last winter, is been published before, but all, or nearly going the rounds of the German theaall, of Mr. Rossetti's is new. We have tres with general enthusiasm, and new not yet seen either; but the extracts in interest is felt in every reminiscence of critical journals show merit in both. the great meister's life that books can These poets may be regarded as belong- furnish. The festival in December will ing to the reaction against the long- be observed in every town in Germany. dominant influence of Tennyson—the The four hundredth birthday of reaction which Swinburne and Morris Albert Dürer will be celebrated on May have already carried so far; their effect 21, 1871. It is proposed to bring tois always to say, with simplicity and gether in Nuremberg every known work directness, what they mean to express ; of his at that time, as far as possible, while Tennyson is forever suggesting and the kind consent and aid of those many things which he does not say. It who own his productions is expected; is this endless suggestiveness which but where they cannot be moved, it is makes the Laureate's verses infinitely proposed to collect copies, and espedear to minds which, by habit and tem- cially photographs of them, so that the per, brood and linger upon them; and festival shall offer as complete a rerepulsive to so many, who feel that the presentation as can ever be seen of Dütrue way of poetry is the direct and rer's productive powers. The rugged narrow way to the heart, on which all old Socrates of art is the fashion now, that is artificial is out of place. It is a and the two rival lives of him publishsign of the times in literature that the ed last year have greatly stimulated reaction grows sharper every day, and curiosity to understand his great genthat Mr. Tennyson's influence, for the ius; so that Nuremberg will doubtless time, is on the wane, though his name be a centre of attraction for travelling is still the first among living British Americans next Spring. writers, and its immortality assured.
The profound interest felt by Malle. Valentine de Cessiat, a the people of Germany in the scientific niece of Lamartine, has undertaken to inquiries of the day, is best shown by collect and edit his letters and unpub- the great success of the series published
by Lüderitz, Berlin, entitled “Collec- classified, and as complete in all departtion of Scientific Lectures” (“Samm- ments-political, industrial, geographilung Wissenschaftlicher Vorträge "), cal, and economical—as it could be made which has now reached its ninety-sixth within a reasonable bulk; and wa number; a discussion by the great phy- eagerly welcomed at home, that the sician and anthropologist, Rudolf Vir- whole edition printed was taken up chow, of “Skulls of Men and Apes." there immediately, before any copies This series far exceeds, in scientific value, could be exported. It will, of course, any thing ever attempted before, for be confirmed hereafter, and will be a popular reading, in any language. It standard work of its kind and date. has included contributions from many
The Belgian Government has just of the foremost scientific men of Eu- published a census of the population, rope, and upon almost every subject in showing that, in Belgium, 2,041,781 the whole range of the sciences, capa- people speak only French, 2,406,491 ble of being made intelligible to the speak only Flemish, while 308,561 speak general reader. For instance, “The both. It seems strange that so few City Government of London," “ The should learn two languages, both in Speed of Feeling and Will,” “ Alco- constant use about them; but the parhol," “ The Historical Growth of Free tisans of each tongue are accused, by Trade," “ The Origin and Genealogy of the friends of the other, of denying all the Human Race," and " The Value of knowledge of the latter out of pride. Machinery in Agriculture,” are some of Of course, both languages are badly the subjects treated in the numbers corrupted. The Flemish Volksblad of which happen to lie before us now, and Brussels gives the following as a samall of them are handled with full know. ple of the French spoken by some of ledge and marked ability-many of them the people of that city : “C'est moi in a lively and telling style. Another, parlez franzé et me promenez a la verte on the “Glacial Epoch of the Earth," allez. Le flamand et troz bas." This by Alexander Braun, has just appeared, is encouraging to those who want to and has been welcomed very widely as make French not only fashionable, but the most complete and intelligible sum- universal. mary yet made of the proofs that there
The vexed question, whether was such an epoch, and an interesting crime ought ever to be punished with sketch of the formation and nature of death by law, has never been discussed glaciers. Of course, the author does with a more conscientious effort to get not enter on the vague theories now so at the bottom of it than of late in the much discussed, as to the astronomical or North German Parliament. After any geographical causes of the earth's great number of speeches and pamphlets, it winter, but confines himself to accepted was decided, in May, that the deathfacts. There are indications that the penalty should be retained for delibescientific passion which has atready rate murder only. The delegates, and seized the people of Germany, and others, are now collecting and publishwhich is now breaking out in France, ing what they have found to say on the as the wonderful sale of the “Wonder- subject; but the arguments are very Books” the three last years shows, will similar to those already familiar to our soon extend to England and America. debating societies here.
Herr Max Wirth, Director of Count Bismarck seems likely to the Swiss Statistical Bureau in Berne, be the subject of as many books as has set an example to similar officers Napoleon III. himself; although the in all nations, by compiling, with the Prussian statesman has only become a assistance of leading statesmen and prominent historical probleın since 1866, economists throughout the republic, a when the literature of the coup d'état general statistical and descriptive ac- already formed a library. The two men count of Switzerland. It is thoroughly are often compared ; but his bitterest
enemies do not express the same per- presented with great success in Hamsonal hatred and contempt for him which burg. Mendelssohn's “St. Paul” has the reds of Paris feel towards Napoleon. been turned into an opera at DüsselThis may be due, in part, to German dorf. But the great 'musical question phlegm, which disapproves systems, of the day is, whether Wagner's “Meiswhere the passion of a Frenchman de- tersinger” is or is not a great success. tests their author. The last work on It has been heard in Vienna and several Bismarck, however, is by a Frenchman, smaller cities, and, more recently, with M. J. Vilbort, and the German critics great scenic splendor, at Berlin. Opingenerally declare that he shows an in- ions are violently at issue. Some of timate acquaintance with their national the classicists actually hiss it as worthlife and politics which would be credit- less; and General Count von Moltke, able in a native, and is unprecedented when the second act closed, was heard in a foreigner.
to remark, “It is sometimes as bad as A farmer in Savoy the other day this in the Chamber of Deputies; but plowed up a bronze statue, which was then, we can demand the close of the sent to Geneva. It proved to be a Bac- debate there!” On the other side are chus, of the best period of classic art. the musical pre-Raphaelites, who hail The figure is nine inches high, and is con- it as one of the first fruits of the greatsidered equal to the Faun and the Nar- est revival of the art the world has yet cissus of Pompeii.
It is rumored that Wagner is to Anton Vollert has completed, in be invited to Berlin, as Court Musical six volumes, the collection of the most Director. In Paris, the stage is mainly interesting criminal histories of all coun- given up to the ballet, of which even tries (“Criminalgeschichten," Leipzig, Don Quixote is made the burden, the Brockhaus), which he began three years rueful knight fighting his windmills and ago. The cases rendered have been se- tossing in his blanket, to music by Dulected with great care, and all the in- grato, and to flimsy operas, one of them formation that could be obtained upon founded on, or at least named for, Claeach of them has been condensed with rissa Harlowe. But at the Gymnase, great industry, and with some spirit Victorien Sardou's new drama, “ Ferand taste. All the world finds a cer- nande," has succeeded brilliantly-far tain fascination in such tales, and it is beyond any of his former works; though certainly more wholesome to read true rather because of its loose moral tone, ones, than the utterly false inventions apparontly, than of its artistic meritsof most of the novelists who deal largely and has called up reminiscences of a in crime. Vollert's book will well bear few years ago, when Sardou was a poor studying by fiction-writers, and much adventurer in a bare garret, who needed of it is as strange as their wildest fan- a vivid imagination to describe a good
dinner. He is now rich and popular, The German theatre is active and is this year the fashion. A favorite and productive this year. A new tra- way of working with him has been to gedy, by Finkenstein, “ The Last of the "get up” stirring and even tragic scenes Tarquins,” has had a great success in in real life, especially with his mistresses, Breslau. Arthur Müller has been em- of whom he has had a long series, in ployed to translate the “Electra” of order to dramatize them for the public; Sophocles and the “Cid” of Corneille, and these “original ideas,” he confesses, and to adapt them for the Court Theatre have sometimes practically cost him in Munich. Spielhagen, whose novels dear. At the “Nouveautes,” a comedy have lately sprung into fame in America by the Countess de Chabrillon, called as well as in Germany, has just finished “l'Américaines," and representing the a new drama, “ Hans und Grete,” or
crooked course of love between a Yan“Jack and Peg," made out of his novel kee beauty and a French marquis, atof the same name, which has been re- tracts some attention.
WAIMATA led the way far up the hill- lightly upon the quiet sea; while the side to a grassy hollow, surrounded on faint outlines of the most distant land three sides by luxuriant dilo and tutui were spread like films of delicate tint trees. A little stream of water ran upon the airy distance. How can I exdown brightly from the hillside at the press the beauty of that placid realm edge of the wood; before us and far of blue! We paused long, gazing, hand below, through the opening in the for- in hand-gazing into that refulgent est, appeared the clear and tender blue domain of color and mysterious disof the ocean. The storm had now quite tance. passed over, and the far-extending se- Waimata was the first to speak. rene was undisturbed ; but a multitude “ How I wish we were there !” said of soft cloud-shadows followed each she, pointing to one of the remotest of other over its surface, casting into a the islands. momentary shade the white lateen sails :"Would you leave Fiji ?” I asked. 3 of canoes that were now putting to sea Not for any one but you.” again, or allowing them to shine with "Dearest, I would gladly take you momentary splendor in the unsteady thither; but how shall we escape ?” resunlight. We had reached a great ele- turned I.
i vation above the sea; and the horizon “Ah, yes; how shall we escape? My seemed to stand up at our own level, a father would kill us if we should be barrier of blue ocean that reached to the captured in our flight. Perhaps we can sky, and seemed to blend with the at- go to that near island," said she, pointmosphere itself. Fleecy cumulus clouds ing to a beautiful atoll that lay about appeared as if resting upon the remoter fifteen miles to the leeward. ocean; and the nearer islands, with “It is impossible," I answered. “The their central lagoons of mirror-like matani (trade-wind) would soon bring water, their plumed belts of palm and the war-canoes of the king after us." cocoanut trees, and their white fringe Waimata mused a moment. At last of beating surf, seemed to float not less she said: Entered, in the year 1870. by G. P. PUTNAM & Box, in the Clerk'ı Omue of the Distriet Court of the U. S. for the Southern District of X. Y.
“I can tell you where we can go safe- not fear that I cannot manage them. ly.”
And how is it possible to reach this is“ Where is it, mata-manu (bird-eyed land you tell me of ?" one)?"
" It is really such an island," she re" To the Enchanted Island."
turned quickly, replying, woman-like “ But where does the Enchanted Is- rather to my thought than to my words land lie ?"
“My cousins Olona and Pupuli have “We can hardly see it,” returned she, been there." indicating the remotest land in the "And who lives there ?" southern horizon. “It is far from here. Only lovers." But it is where lovers go.”
" And how are other people kept from “ Tell me about it," said I. “I have finding their way to this place ? ” long wanted to know where the Lover's “Nani-nui (the god of lovers) directs Land could be found.”
their canoes elsewhere. None but real Then Waimata sang to me, without lovers can possibly learn the way to the other answer, the following verses- island." which I have divested as far as possible, “And what do they do there ?" in translating, of the Fijian idiom, “ All that Nani-nui teaches. They though I have accurately preserved love." their rhythm:
“But do we not love each other al
ready?" WAIMATA'S SONG.
“It is true. But there we should do DEEP in the bosom of the western ocean, nothing else but love." Parted by long leagues of sweeping billows,
"Then we should starve," returned I. Far from any sight or dream of mainland, Lies my dear island, my Enchanted Island.
“It is better to stay here and be well Thither, when sweet hours like this unloosed,
fed,"—rather petulantly; for sometimes Restless flies my fancy, like the lenggi;* it makes men peevish to have love made Land of palm and coral, land of summer, to them; and I was a lad of that perLover's land, and not a land of sorrow.
verse sort. Yet I did not speak in mere There the surf on hollow reefs glows fire-like, moodiness. The events of the morning Renewing aye its brilliance and white splendor, Bursting with the impatience of the ocean,
had wrought so powerfully upon me, Yet never bearing any man to danger.
that my very nature seemed to have I hear its mighty breakers thunder shoreward,
suffered under their dark influence. I Sounding the restless tale of trampling surges ; eyen felt a desire to leave this sweet I see the rushing, splendid, sunlit billows, Followed and wreathed with prism-tinted vapors;
scene and company, and to return to the
revelling below. Gemmed from base to crest with shining bubbles, Alive and radiant, restless, glorious, mighty,
Waimata instantly perceived the How they storm the slant beach, burst in frenzy, change in my tone. She cried out with And dash upon the groen grass of the margin!
terror, Those bright waves bring never aught but pleas- “ Ah! do not say so. If you stay on
this island, you will become like the By that sweet and azure sca no sorrow, Pain, or death, is wrought on loyal Jovers; nganga maoli (native men), and do like Haste we hence to that Enchanted Island ! them. But they will take me away She ceased her sweet improvisation ; (the absent chieftain) when he returns
from you, and make me marry Pohaku her eyes were full of tears. She drew
from his voyage.” my head upon her bosom, and caressed
Even while she spoke I was startled it. 7. “My white rose,” said she, “ they will by a sound that seemed premonitory of
all that she feared. The long blast of a kill you if you do not follow their customs. It is not safe for you to live here
conch-shell rang out faintly from the after to-day.”
valley below. We listened, motionless.
It was repeated; but we made no an“Dear Waimata," answered I, “ do
swer, hoping that we might escape dis* Man-of-war hawk.
covery. But our track had been traced