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years ago; and, after long labor on it, edited manuscripts of Livy are shown “ with a father's watchfulness and a to be still possible prizes. physician's skill,” found that the pana- M. Prévost-Paradol, the late amcea for all its defects was plenty of sun. bassador of the French Empire at Washshine, under which it pushed its roots ington, whose untimely death startled far up into the air, and its delicate fla
us so recently, was one of the few vor high among the most esteemed lux- literary men of his nation who could uries ; so that, for single stalks, of the challenge criticism as an author in the earliest-grown and the finest variety, English language. His lectures on French gourmands compete at sixty “France," delivered before the Univerfrancs a-piece. We have come far since sity of Edinburgh, and lately published the time-only a generation ago-when in a volume, will be eagerly read for their it was thought both smart and perti- substance, if not for their style, which is nent for the epicure who was asked if correct and fluent enough. He traces he liked vegetables, to answer, “I don't most of the political evils of France to know ;
I never ate one." It is now to the centralization of her Government, the vegetable kingdom that gastronomic and explains the strength of the Empire inventors must look for sublime novel
on grounds somewhat different from ties; since the reward offered-was it
those set forth by other liberal statesmen. by David Hume, historian and dinner. According to him, the present Governphilosopher ?-to the man who would ment is more elastic in its adaptation to invent a new animal remains unclaimed.
the popular demands and wants than The earliest editions of the his- any of its predecessors; especially in torian Livy were very imperfect, even founding itself more and more upon the in some books now well known; but nation's will, as expressed by universal successive discoveries in old convents suffrage, with its growing intelligence; filled out the most important book in
and it has a peculiar guaranty of supRoman literature to its present still in- port in the general dread, among the complete form. It has long been sup- religious, the rich, and the thoughtful, posed, by scholars, that the hope of ever of those socialistic principles with which seeing the whole history must be aban- the republican or democratic element doned. But a few weeks since, Herr in French politics seems to ally itself Penzig, the librarian of the Petrc-Pau- more closely every year. line Library at Liegnitz, was delving The Astronomische Nachrichten among its treasures with Dr. Kraffert, report a curious series of observations when they found a nearly entire manu- on the planet Saturn, recently completed script of the fourth decade, books 31 to by Professor Struve, of Pultowa, already 40. These books are all familiar to so famous for his discoveries in stellar scholars, but have been made up out of astronomy made at Dorpat. Struve has various manuscripts, the last of which been for some years watching with care was only discovered at Bamberg in the rings of Saturn; and the inner one 1615. But the thought is at once sug
of the three rings, an obscure, partly gested, What if these gentlemen had transparent mass of what appeared to found the second decade, and raised out
be vapor, has been seen to approach the of oblivion the whole history of the body of the planet, and to widen its conquest of southern Italy, and the first distance from the other rings, which Punic war ? or if they had recovered seem to be fluid in character, or perhaps even some of the later books, now lost, made up of myriads of small bodies, containing the wars of the Gracchi, or moving together like the streams of the fortunes of the great Julius ? Ne- metvors which supply the periodic vada has no mine which the scholar showers. But during several months would prefer to such a treasure; and past this inner ring has fallen more sanguine men will hope, and even seek rapidly, and finally the attraction of for it, in all odd corners, now that un Saturn entirely overcame its centrifugal force, and it closed upon the body of the ring left. Is this to be the fate also of planet, forming a belt, which was grad- the other rings? or will they ultimateually diffused over its surface; so that ly gather into satellites, as has more there is now no trace whatever of the commonly been supposed ?
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