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home and its belongings—we will not say pursuits proper to each could be undernow, while he is alive and likely to dis- taken, without disadvantage, by either." appoint us any day, but after he has gone We do not agree with this passage, to the house appointed for all the liv- wbich to our masculine apprehension is ing? The reader may answer for him- merely an ingenious excuse for feminine self: we only know, as concerns our- flirtation : “Even the desire so inherent selves, that no such man has existed in in Women, of admiration in general the present century in America. There society, too often attributed by Men to was such a man, however, seventeen mere vanity, and designated by them days before the century commenced, as such, is frequently in itself only a less and we have been so far interested in healthy craving of the desire of being him (with the thermometer at 90°) as beloved; and the homage of the many to read a large volume about the trifles is, by most Women, only sought to raise he left behind him. It is a new edition their own value in the eyes of the one of a volume published some years ago,
whose love they really prize.” We entitled The Home of Washington, and think Miss Strutt hardly does justice is published now for “the canvassing to Woman's capacity for Literature; for trade,” by Messrs. A. S. Hale & Co., of while we agree with her that women Hartford, the author and illustrator be- are neither good historians, nor good ing Mr. Benson J. Lossing, whose name historical novelists, and that they are is familiarly associated with American not equal to epic poems and tragedies, annals.
we insist that they can and do write Those who are interested in the poems which many men might be proud Woman Question will probably be in- to own, and fictions which no man could terested in The Feminine Soul, by write, and which all men are better for Elizabeth Strutt (H. H. & T. W. Carter), having read. Whether she is just to though it is not a book to fully satisfy women in the matter of science, and the either its advocates or opponents, since motives which impel them in that direcit goes a little too far for the latter, tion, we shall not undertake to decide. and by no means far enough for the It was not her own spontaneous inclinaformer. We wondered at its moderate tion and desire for astronomical knowltone until we turned to the Prefatory edge which led Caroline Herschell to Epistle, and saw that it bore the date of devote night after night to the fixed 1850, when our wonder ceased. It was watching of the heavens; it was love the opinions of a lady fourteen years for her brother, her desire not to be ago that we had been reading, not the separated from him, in the object or opinions of the mob of women of to- pursuit of her studies, that gave her day, and we could not but remark the strength to sacrifice to him the hours difference between them. What Miss she would otherwise naturally have Strutt claimed for her sex then, most devoted to repose, love giving her an men would have granted willingly; interest in every star she noted down, what the noisy ones of the sex are as a common good, a fresh bond of conclaiming for it now, few men can grant gratulation and rejoicing with the at all. Not to enter, however, upon brother so dear to her. So, at least, this interminable subject, we are at one Miss Strutt maintains, and adds: “In with Miss Strutt in many of the positions the same way other women have plungshe takes. We agree, for example, with ed into the pursuits of their husbands; this: “That there are duties and offices have called themselves geologists, mineproper to Man, which principally take ralogists, entomologists, conchologists, , him abroad, and duties and offices pro- zoölogists, chemists, botanists, and what per to Woman, which principally keep not; and have tried to persuade themher at home, is indeed a truth so evi- selves they were studying the sciences dent that they must be very visionary pertaining to the terms from innate theorists who can maintain that the passion for them; thongh they must all
the time have felt conscious that beyond satisfactory as we could wish, but each their natural perception of what might is more satisfactory, for what it is, than be beautiful in each, that beauty appa- any single memoir or paper that we have rent on the surface, without including Mr. Perkios has collected all the trouble of laborious calculation or that he could find in print relating to research, they cared not whether the Dickens, and has arranged his materials sun went round the earth, or the earth in five chapters. We have been interwent round the sun; and so on with the ested in his compilation, especially in whole circle of the sciences." Ladies, the last chapter, which is a translation it's Miss Strutt who says this, not we. of the first chapter of the last volume of
– The death of no English author Taine's “ History of English Literature." ever created so profound an impression It is a study on the genius of Dickens, as the death of Charles Dickens, who is and while it surprises us by its acutemourned by millions as if each one ness, it shows, we think, that no Frenchamong them had lost in him a friend.
man, however acute, can fully enter Volumes have already been written into the English nature. The volume of about him, in the newspapers and maga. “Speeches, Letters, etc.” has somewhat zines, and have been read as eagerly as disappointed us, though we are still his own works, every man and woman glad to have it. We knew that Dickens of us wishing to learn all there was to had a talent for off-band speaking, but be learned concerning the great Humor- we think less of this talent, now that we ist-when and where he was born, what have the speeches of his lifetime before manner of person he was, how he lived us, than we did after reading his speeches and wrote, the words that fell from his at intervals in the journals. The few lips, who were his friends, and how it letters given are delightful. The Introwas that he died. We knew more of duction, though brief, contains particuhim a month after his death, than we lars in regard to the early writings of now know of Thackeray, who has been Dickens which are not to be found elsedead nearly six years; of Byron, who where, and which must have been exhas been dead upwards of half a century; humed from the newspapers of the period. and of Shakespeare, who has been dead The Life by Mr. G. A. Sala is the best upwards of two centuries and a half! paper that we have seen from his pen for And still we know much less than we a long time. The concluding paragraph is desire, even those who held, and hold, happily done: “Only the other day the that Dickens, inexhaustible as his gen- sorrowing crowds were pressing round ius seemed, was not so great intellect- his tomb in Poet's Corner, and so throwually as Thackeray. We shall probably ing garlands into his grave as to make have many biographies of him, of which it a well of flowers. Men plucked the at least one ought to be good, as it cer- sprigs from their button-holes; women tainly will be authentic. We refer to took the posies from their bosoms to the memoir which, report says, Mr. place them on his coffin-plate. I wait John Forster is to write, and which, we for the crowd to disperse, and, as quietly trust, will be more sympathetic than his as I may, I place one green chaplet on biography of Landor. Till we have this the tomb of one I knew so long, I revLife of Dickens, we must be content erenced so ply, I loved so dearly." with such lesser lives as the enthusiasm of his friends and admirers may lead
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MB. Texxyson, in his early days, injured. The completion of it, which published many poems which he has was promised about 1875, is at least since dropped from the "complete edi- sure to be delayed. This cathedral has tions” of his works; and printed “ for just had a very beautiful glass window private circulation," others which he has of the sixteenth century restored to it, never acknowledged. “The Lover's which was carried off and stored for Tale" is the rarest of these, and several safety in a vault during the French others are contained in a volume called occupation under Napoleon, when so “Poems, chiefly Lyrical,” published in many of the finest ornaments of the 1833. Another volume, “Poems by building were destroyed by the invaders. two Brothers,” including the first pro- The Domban enthusiasts are in terror ductions of the present laureate which lest this fine work of art prove to have attracted notice, are eagerly sought by been replaced only in time to be destroycollectors; and a copy of the first two ed by the same enemy which it so narworks named, found together, was sold rowly escaped two generations ago. at Sotheby's in London a few weeks ago
A new life of Lord Byron by the for 41. 12. Two or three well-known industrious German biographer, Karl literary men are carefully gathering Elze, has just appeared (Berlin, Oppenmaterials for a complete edition of all heim). It is by far the most valuable that Mr. Tennyson has ever published; contribution to Byron literature which but unless the author's own consent is has followed Mrs. Stowe's attack on the obtained for reviving what he has delib- poet's fame, and aims to be a standard erately chosen to disavow, it can only work, independent of passing controbe given to the world in America. versies. Herr Elze esteems Byron more
Among the great public works and admires him less than any of his interrupted by the war between France British biographers; and makes him no and Prussia is the restoration of the monster, either of genius or of vice. Frankfurt Cathedral, the building in
“ Ahmed le Fellah,” the striking which the Emperors of Germany were romance of M. Edmond About, which crowned, which was destroyed by fire appeared as a serial in the Revue des ten years ago. The plans were com- Deux Mondes early last year, has been pleied a few weeks ago; including the translated into English (The Fellah, by entire removal of the shell of the old Edmond About, translated by Sir Randal tower, two hundred and fifty-six feet Roberts, Bart.; London, Chapman & high, and the building of a new one on Hall). Under the form of a story atits site seventy-seven feet higher. Sub- tractive and effective in itself, it gives scriprions had been obtained of 563,000 more real information upon men and florins, more than half enough to com- life in Egypt than any other book; and plete the work, King Wiliam of Prussia leaves the impression that a country giving 200,000 florins.
But the war furnished by nature with panic in Frankfurt has driven “the scarcely equalled in the world is kept a Dom” out of the people's minds. The waste by bad customs and government. Cathedral of Cologne, 100, a far more
The British Royal Coinmission important architectural mocument, is appointed to consider the propriety of in the heart of the region likely to be introducing the French or metrical” devastated ly war; and apprehensions system of weights and measures into are expressed lest it be destroyed or Great Britain, and in luding among its
members sereral of the first names in they are easily detected, as well as in the scientific world, has reported that, in the egg and the worm, where they are its opinion, “the time has now arrived invisible under the microscope, and when the law should provide, and facili- which shorten the life and diminish ties be afforded by the government, for the size of the worm. He discovered the introduction and use of metric how to separate healthy from diseased weights and measures in the United moths, and thus to isolate the epidemie; Kingdom.” Already, for six years past, and he believes that it can thus be the use of these weights and measures wholly destroyed, and the former proshas been lawful, equally with the Eng- perity of the silk-culture more than lish standards; and the Commission does restored. not yet recommend the exclusive use of
M. Victor Prou attempts, in the metric system. But a strong party Cosmos, to explain the very dry summer in England are in favor of it, and it experienced this year in Western Euseems likely that before many years the rope, as the result of an unusually long French units of measurement will be the and severe winter within the arctic cironly ones sanctioned by British law. cle. The great ice-fields of the North Meanwhile it is reported that the metri- Atlantic and Polar Sea do not break up cal standards now in use in different early enough to supply the usual source countries, and even in different places in of the rains of spring and early summer France, are not identical; and a confer- in the temperate zone. Mr. Prou is conence was held in Paris in August, be- fident that a judicious use of the trementween representatives of the United dous explosive agents produced by States, Russia, Prussia, Great Britain, modern chemistry, to break up the ice and France, to determine what the pre- at the end of a severe polar winter, will cise units shall be. Professor Henry, of restore the needed supply of rain and the Smithsonian Institution, attended on equalize the temperaturo; and so probehalf of this country.
Insurance Company against Herr Von Reumont has com- Drought.” It would be pleasant to see pleted his great IIistory of the City of nitro-glycerine in sub-marine batteries Rome (Geschichte der Stadt Rom, von put to some better use than blowing up Alfred M. Reumont, 3 bände; Berlin, French and Prussian ships. Von Decker). It is particularly full for At the June meeting of the Royal all the great popes in the middle ages, Irish Academy, Dr. Sigerson read a and gives carefully compiled annals also rather startling paper on the atmosphere, extending to the present time.
illustrating at once the delicacy of Professor John Tyndall gives in chemical research and the unpleasant Nature an interesting account of the re- mixtures which are sometimes breathed cent researches of M. Pastern into the by men. In the air of iron-works, he “Silk-worm disease.” From 1853 to discovered hollow balls of iron, about 1865 the weight of silk-worms produced one two-thousandth of an inch in diamein France fell off eighty-five per cent. un- ter; in shirt-factory air, there are little der this scourge, but its nature was not filaments of linen and cotton, with minute understood, although numerous prizes eggs; threshing machines and mills fill had been offered for the discovery of a
the air with fibres, starch-grains and remedy, and many scientific men had long spores; in printing-offices, antimony made the subject a special study. In from the types is breathed, and in staJune, 1865, M. Pastern, who “had never bles and barbers' shops, scales and hairs. seen a silk-worm,” undertook the inves- Tobacco-smokers breathe globules of ni. tigation, and after some years of careful. cotine; and, in short, every workshop experiment and inquiry, proved that the fills the atmosphere with floating fragdisease consists of the multiplication of ments of the materials used. a certain kind of corpuscles, which
No financial event in America prepagate rapidly in the moth, where erer attracted so much attention in Eu.