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home and its belongings—we will not say now, while he is alive and likely to disappoint us any day, but after he has gone to the house appointed for all the living? The reader may answer for himself: we only know, as concerns ourselves, that no such man has existed in the present century in America. There was such a man, however, seventeen days before the century commenced, and we have been so far interested in him (with the thermometer at 90°) as to read a large volume about the trifles he left behind him. It is a new edition of a volume published some years ago, entitled The Home of Washington, and is published now for "the canvassing trade," by Messrs. A. S. Hale & Co., of Hartford, the author and illustrator being Mr. Benson J. Lossing, whose name is familiarly associated with American annals.

Those who are interested in the Woman Question will probably be interested in The Feminine Soul, by Elizabeth Strutt (H. H. & T. W. Carter), though it is not a book to fully satisfy either its advocates or opponents, since it goes a little too far for the latter, and by no means far enough for the former. We wondered at its moderate tone until we turned to the Prefatory Epistle, and saw that it bore the date of 1856, when our wonder ceased. It was the opinions of a lady fourteen years ago that we had been reading, not the opinions of the mob of women of today, and we could not but remark the difference between them. What Miss Strutt claimed for her sex then, most men would have granted willingly; what the noisy ones of the sex are claiming for it now, few men can grant at all. Not to enter, however, upon this interminable subject, we are at one with Miss Strutt in many of the positions she takes. We agree, for example, with this: "That there are duties and offices proper to Man, which principally take him abroad, and duties and offices proper to Woman, which principally keep her at home, is indeed a truth so evident that they must be very visionary theorists who can maintain that the

pursuits proper to each could be undertaken, without disadvantage, by either." We do not agree with this passage, which to our masculine apprehension is merely an ingenious excuse for feminine flirtation: "Even the desire so inherent in Women, of admiration in general society, too often attributed by Men to mere vanity, and designated by them as such, is frequently in itself only a less healthy craving of the desire of being beloved; and the homage of the many is, by most Women, only sought to raise their own value in the eyes of the one whose love they really prize." We think Miss Strutt hardly does justice to Woman's capacity for Literature; for while we agree with her that women are neither good historians, nor good historical novelists, and that they are not equal to epic poems and tragedies, we insist that they can and do write poems which many men might be proud to own, and fictions which no man could write, and which all men are better for having read. Whether she is just to women in the matter of science, and the motives which impel them in that direction, we shall not undertake to decide. It was not her own spontaneous inclination and desire for astronomical knowledge which led Caroline Herschell to devote night after right to the fixed watching of the heavens; it was love for her brother, her desire not to be separated from him, in the object or pursuit of her studies, that gave her strength to sacrifice to him the hours she would otherwise naturally have devoted to repose, love giving her an interest in every star she noted down, as a common good, a fresh bond of congratulation and rejoicing with the brother so dear to her. So, at least, Miss Strutt maintains, and adds: “In the same way other women have plunged into the pursuits of their husbands; have called themselves geologists, mineralogists, entomologists, conchologists, zoologists, chemists, botanists, and what not; and have tried to persuade themselves they were studying the sciences pertaining to the terms from innate passion for them; though they must all

the time have felt conscious that beyond their natural perception of what might be beautiful in each, that beauty apparent on the surface, without including the trouble of laborious calculation or research, they cared not whether the sun went round the earth, or the earth went round the sun; and so on with the whole circle of the sciences." Ladies, it's Miss Strutt who says this, not we. The death of no English author ever created so profound an impression as the death of Charles Dickens, who is mourned by millions as if each one among them had lost in him a friend. Volumes have already been written about him, in the newspapers and magazines, and have been read as eagerly as his own works, every man and woman of us wishing to learn all there was to be learned concerning the great Humorist when and where he was born, what manner of person he was, how he lived and wrote, the words that fell from his lips, who were his friends, and how it was that he died. We knew more of him a month after his death, than we now know of Thackeray, who has been dead nearly six years; of Byron, who has been dead upwards of half a century; and of Shakespeare, who has been dead upwards of two centuries and a half! And still we know much less than we desire, even those who held, and hold, that Dickens, inexhaustible as his genius seemed, was not so great intellectually as Thackeray. We shall probably have many biographies of him, of which at least one ought to be good, as it certainly will be authentic. We refer to the memoir which, report says, Mr. John Forster is to write, and which, we trust, will be more sympathetic than his biography of Landor. Till we have this Life of Dickens, we must be content with such lesser lives as the enthusiasm of his friends and admirers may lead them to write. The first two instalments towards the Dickensiana of the future are Charles Dickens, a Sketch of his Life and Works, by F. B. Perkins (G. P. Putnam & Sons), and Speeches, Letters, and Sayings of Charles Dickens (Harper & Brothers). Neither are as

satisfactory as we could wish, but each is more satisfactory, for what it is, than any single memoir or paper that we have seen. Mr. Perkins has collected all that he could find in print relating to Dickens, and has arranged his materials in five chapters. We have been interested in his compilation, especially in the last chapter, which is a translation of the first chapter of the last volume of Taine's "History of English Literature." It is a study on the genius of Dickens, and while it surprises us by its acuteness, it shows, we think, that no Frenchman, however acute, can fully enter into the English nature. The volume of "Speeches, Letters, etc." has somewhat disappointed us, though we are still glad to have it. We knew that Dickens had a talent for off-hand speaking, but we think less of this talent, now that we have the speeches of his lifetime before us, than we did after reading his speeches at intervals in the journals. The few letters given are delightful. The Introduction, though brief, contains particulars in regard to the early writings of Dickens which are not to be found elsewhere, and which must have been exhumed from the newspapers of the period. The Life by Mr. G. A. Sala is the best paper that we have seen from his pen for a long time. The concluding paragraph is happily done: "Only the other day the sorrowing crowds were pressing round his tomb in Poet's Corner, and so throwing garlands into his grave as to make it a well of flowers. Men plucked the sprigs from their button-holes; women took the posies from their bosoms to place them on his coffin-plate. I wait for the crowd to disperse, and, as quietly as I may, I place one green chaplet on the tomb of one I knew so long, I reverenced so deeply, I loved so dearly."


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MR. TENNYSON, in his early days, published many poems which he has since dropped from the "complete editions" of his works; and printed "for private circulation," others which he has never acknowledged. "The Lover's Tale" is the rarest of these, and several others are contained in a volume called "Poems, chiefly Lyrical," published in 1833. Another volume, "Poems by two Brothers," including the first productions of the present laureate which attracted notice, are eagerly sought by collectors; and a copy of the first two works named, found together, was sold at Sotheby's in London a few weeks ago for 41. 128. Two or three well-known literary men are carefully gathering materials for a complete edition of all that Mr. Tennyson has ever published; but unless the author's own consent is obtained for reviving what he has deliberately chosen to disavow, it can only be given to the world in America.

Among the great public works interrupted by the war between France and Prussia is the restoration of the Frankfurt Cathedral, the building in which the Emperors of Germany were crowned, which was destroyed by fire ten years ago. The plans were completed a few weeks ago; including the entire removal of the shell of the old tower, two hundred and fifty-six feet high, and the building of a new one on its site seventy-seven feet higher. Subscriptions had been obtained of 563,000 florins, more than half enough to complete the work, King William of Prussia giving 200,000 florins. But the war panic in Frankfurt has driven "the Dom" out of the people's minds. The Cathedral of Cologne, too, a far more important architectural monument, is in the heart of the region likely to be devastated by war; and apprehensions are expressed lest it be destroyed or

injured. The completion of it, which was promised about 1875, is at least sure to be delayed. This cathedral has just had a very beautiful glass window of the sixteenth century restored to it, which was carried off and stored for safety in a vault during the French occupation under Napoleon, when so many of the finest ornaments of the building were destroyed by the invaders. The Domban enthusiasts are in terror lest this fine work of art prove to have been replaced only in time to be destroyed by the same enemy which it so narrowly escaped two generations ago.

A new life of Lord Byron by the industrious German biographer, Karl Elze, has just appeared (Berlin, Oppenheim). It is by far the most valuable contribution to Byron literature which has followed Mrs. Stowe's attack on the poet's fame, and aims to be a standard work, independent of passing controversies. Herr Elze esteems Byron more and admires him less than any of his British biographers; and makes him no monster, either of genius or of vice.

"Ahmed le Fellah," the striking romance of M. Edmond About, which appeared as a serial in the Revue des Deux Mondes early last year, has been translated into English (The Fellah, by Edmond About, translated by Sir Randal Roberts, Bart.; London, Chapman & Hall). Under the form of a story attractive and effective in itself, it gives more real information upon men and life in Egypt than any other book; and leaves the impression that a country furnished by nature with resources scarcely equalled in the world is kept a waste by bad customs and government.

The British Royal Commission appointed to consider the propriety of introducing the French or "metrical" system of weights and measures into Great Britain, and luding among its

members several of the first names in the scientific world, has reported that, in its opinion, "the time has now arrived when the law should provide, and facilities be afforded by the government, for the introduction and use of metric weights and measures in the United Kingdom." Already, for six years past, the use of these weights and measures has been lawful, equally with the English standards; and the Commission does not yet recommend the exclusive use of the metric system. But a strong party in England are in favor of it, and it seems likely that before many years the French units of measurement will be the only ones sanctioned by British law. Meanwhile it is reported that the metrical standards now in use in different countries, and even in different places in France, are not identical; and a conference was held in Paris in August, between representatives of the United States, Russia, Prussia, Great Britain, and France, to determine what the precise units shall be. Professor Henry, of the Smithsonian Institution, attended on behalf of this country.

Herr Von Reumont has completed his great History of the City of Rome (Geschichte der Stadt Rom, von Alfred M. Reumont, 3 bände; Berlin, Von Decker). It is particularly full for all the great popes in the middle ages, and gives carefully compiled annals also extending to the present time.

Professor John Tyndall gives in Nature an interesting account of the recent researches of M. Pastern into the "Silk-worm disease." From 1853 to 1865 the weight of silk-worms produced in France fell off eighty-five per cent. under this scourge, but its nature was not understood, although numerous prizes had been offered for the discovery of a remedy, and many scientific men had long made the subject a special study. In June, 1865, M. Pastern, who "had never seen a silk-worm," undertook the investigation, and after some years of careful experiment and inquiry, proved that the disease consists of the multiplication of a certain kind of corpuscles, which prepagate rapidly in the moth, where

they are easily detected, as well as in the egg and the worm, where they are invisible under the microscope, and which shorten the life and diminish the size of the worm. He discovered how to separate healthy from diseased moths, and thus to isolate the epidemic; and he believes that it can thus be wholly destroyed, and the former pros perity of the silk-culture more than restored.

- M. Victor Prou attempts, in Cosmos, to explain the very dry summer experienced this year in Western Europe, as the result of an unusually long and severe winter within the arctic circle. The great ice-fields of the North Atlantic and Polar Sea do not break up early enough to supply the usual source of the rains of spring and early summer in the temperate zone. Mr. Prou is confident that a judicious use of the tremendous explosive agents produced by modern chemistry, to break up the ice at the end of a severe polar winter, will restore the needed supply of rain and equalize the temperature; and so proposes an "Insurance Company against Drought." It would be pleasant to see nitro-glycerine in sub-marine batteries put to some better use than blowing up French and Prussian ships.

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At the June meeting of the Royal Irish Academy, Dr. Sigerson read a rather startling paper on the atmosphere, illustrating at once the delicacy of chemical research and the unpleasant mixtures which are sometimes breathed by men. In the air of iron-works, he discovered hollow balls of iron, about one two-thousandth of an inch in diameter; in shirt-factory air, there are little filaments of linen and cotton, with minute eggs; threshing machines and mills fill the air with fibres, starch-grains and spores; in printing-offices, antimony from the types is breathed, and in stables and barbers' shops, scales and hairs. Tobacco-smokers breathe globules of nicotine; and, in short, every workshop fills the atmosphere with floating fragments of the materials used.

No financial event in America ever attracted so much attention in Eu

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