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- An acceptable service has been ren of her distinguished father, for which dered to his profession by Dr. SKINNER, his long diplomatic residence in Europe, in his translation of the “Pastoral The and his peculiar opportunities of intimacy ology" of Vinet, one of the most distin with the most famous of his contemguished of the Protestant divines of Eu poraries, will also afford abundant and rope. It is a work of great thought, ad various material of interest. The volume mirably methodized, and full of tender will also include a notice of her brother religious sentiment, as well as practical Robert, a youth of singular promise, who truth.

died a few months after his father. -One of the inost important literary -Thalatta is the attractive title of a acquisitions made by this country of late volume of choice poetical selections for the is the library of Neander, the celebrated sea-side, to be published early in the German theologian and historian. It was month, by Ticknor, Reed & Fields. The purchased for the Rochester University, taste, ability, and elegant culture of the we believe, and consists of five thousand compilers, promise us in this book of volumes, many of them of the rarest

summer reading by the sea, a collection kind, not to be found elsewhere in this of permanent value. country, and hardly in Europe. They - Considerations upon some Recent relate mostly to Neander's own favorite Social Theories, is the title of a volume in pursuit, church history, embracing a com the press of Little, Brown & Co.of Boston. plete collection of the Fathers, from Cle It is the work of a young and earnest ment and Polycarp to the latest of them; thinker upon the great humane interests of the scholars of the middle age, such as of the time, a gentleman of wide expeDuns Scotus, Anselm, Albertus Magnus, rience and observation of all social specuRoscellinus, &c.; of the contemporary wri lations and experiments. We anticipate ters of the Reformation, in the original edi in it a book which will command the tions, besides the copious philosophies of sympathetic attention of thoughtful men. all ages. But we are sorry to learn that It will be issued, probably, about the first this treasure-house of rare learning is kept of May. in a wooden building, which may at any moment be destroyed by fire ! -LAYARD's account of his recent ori

FRANCE.-Some of the fair advocates of ental researches appears simultaneously

the Woman's Movement might approprifrom the press of Murray in London, and

ately employ their time and genius in Putnam in New-York. They form no in

translating Le Monde des Oiseaux (the considerable volume, and are even fuller

World of Birds), a Treatise on Passional of new and strange matter than his first

Ornithology which M. Toussenel has just work. We have found time, as yet, only published at Paris. This writer alone, of to glance over the proof-sheets, which pro

the once numerous, but now scattered mise the richest and rarest entertainment

Fourierist School, who formerly had their for the reader. In our next number we

centre in that capital, still retains the pen shall give a detailed review of this impor

and commands the attention of the pubtant addition to our knowledge.

lic. Endowed with a vivacious and fer- The “ London Quarterly” has a

tile mind, a great reach and brilliancy of labored review of the Life and Letters of fancy, a lively, dashing and readable style, Justice Story, in which that jurist is ex

he makes of the analogies of the natural tensively patronized, and the United States

world, a vehicle always bizarre and often in general kindly patted on the head. It very charming, for the ideas and theories is not long since the “Quarterly” charac

of Fourier, heightened and varied by the terized the Yankees as a set of semi-bar

inventions of his own brain. One of his barians; and it gives us the more pleasure

earlier works, the Esprit des Bêtes, or therefore, to find its writers taking juster

Passional Zoology, has had the luck of a views of the Republic and its people.

translation and extensive sale in this Who knows but that, some time or other,

country. In that, the genius and characBull and Jonathan will be very great

ter of the masculine division of Humanity cronies?

were congenially illlustrated from the - Mr. KIMBALL's last work, called

habits and characters of beasts. He now Romance of Student Life, we observe, has

takes a higher flight, and from the facts of reached a third edition, and has been

ornithology, by the help of fine-drawz translated into the German, and is now

analogies and far-fetched fancies, demon in course of publication In the feuilleton humanely, the woinen are altogether the

strates that, physiologically, morally and of the Atlantische Blätter — Miss ABBY WHEATON, youngest

better part of creation—not so hard ad daughter of the late Honorable Henry undertaking, as every body will admit. Wheaton, has in preparation a Memoir “The real and secret aim of this book,"

says M. Toussenel, "is to prove, by a tho and fancy, M. Toussenel pursues his obrough examination of the manners and insti- ject, enveloping birds and women in a tutions of these privileged creatures (the common glory. Among the feathered birds] the following revolutionary proposi

race, feminine authority is universally retions: 1. The reign of Man, an inferior

cognized, as it ought to be among all ereature, is the reign of brute force, of constraint, of imposture, and of old age, the

other bipeds. The happiness of individreign of Satan; it fatally coincides in the

uals, the prosperity of communities, and history of Humanity with the phase of In

the duration of empires, are in proportion fancy, the age of silly terrors and supersti

to the degree in which woman exercises a tions, 2. The reign of Woman, who is a controlling power. superior creature, is the reign of Right and

“We admire the birds," exclaims our auof Liberty, the reign of Truth and of

thor, “because among them, as in every Youth, the reign of God, whose coming all good hearts daily implore.

well-organized system, it is gallantry which It coincides

distributes ranks. We admire them for the with the phase of apogee, or the full devel

purity of their morals, and the wisdom of opment of the human species.”

their legislation, which invests the female, This theme M. Toussenel expounds and the producer and worker par excellence, rings the changes on through the whole with the supreme direction of the social of his octavo volume. Not a bird that movement." flies in the celestial blue, or that haunts

In this philosophy M. Toussenel finds the marshy waters of a pond, but fur

the key which unlocks every intellectual nishes him with some new argument for

mystery. feminine superiority. The dove and the

“It contains the immediate and radical falcon, the swallow and nightingale, all

solution of all the knotty questions of relend their voices to swell the anthem of

ligion, politics, fine arts, and literature, love, beauty, and the divine right of wo with which for six thousand years poor human.

manity has been torn.” “All lovely birds,” says our author, “have in their hearts a longing passion for

Every thing will be settled in the woman; all ardently desire to be called to

reign of woman. She alone is the true adorn and inhabit her abode. The taming type of humanity; her beautiful features of the pigeons of the Tuileries is more con

form the only genuine human countenance. clusive on this point than the longest speech

She is superior in volume of brain, in good es would be. In the natural state, these sense and lucidity of mind. The entrance birds are the shyest and most untamable of of a single woman of talent into a family the woods ; but their wildness melted like is sufficient to keep it clear of fools for snow in the gentle influence of that focus of

several generations. Those nations where attraction which is known in all languages the men bring themselves most nearly to as the Parisian woman. I am perhaps the

resemble women are, according to our first writer that has not feared to reveal to the young beauties of my country this mar

author, the most powerful; hence the vellous proof of the omnipotence of their

greatness of England and of Russia ; of charms. The pigeon is the cherished bird of

England, because the men shave themVenus Aphrodite, and is a noble and elegant

selves; of Russia, because her sons pay creature, that admits with the socialists of particular attention to the development the best school, that happiness is the desti

and rounded fulness of their chests. ny of beings, and that it consists in loving. Finally, in justice to M. Toussenel, let One beautiful day of spring a century or two us say that if we have not here reported ago, chance brought some of them to the the most fantastic parts of his book, we shades of the royal chateau of the Tuil have also passed over those which are eries ; they saw, and heard, and fixed themselves for ever in a place so sympa

most pleasing and most truly scientific.

And we will assure any incredulous reader, thetic with their secret attractions. They

that if he opens Le Monde des Oiseaux, chose that garden for their residence, be

he will not be likely to lay it aside until cause the beauty which honors those alleys

he has read it to the end. Whether it with its steps, and whose words echo in the boughs of those trees, was endowed with

will convince him of the truth of Passional the power of supreme fascination ; because

Ornithology and the divine right of wothere has always been the veritable court

men to all sorts of supremacy, mundane of love for the European world. I know and celestial, we do not venture to prethat this is trite, and that all men of taste,

dict. of every country, have long admitted the - Madame EMILE DE GIRARDIN has had supremacy of Parisian beauty; but this the boldness to measure herself with the unanimous opinion of men required to be most famous production of Molière. She sanctioned by the opinion of the pigeon, the has brought out a comedy with the title sovereign judge in matters of love."

of Lady Tartuffe, and what is more, it Thus through science, sentimentality has succeeded. The first performance

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took place before the most brilliant latter part of the sixteenth century, Deaudience possible in Paris. Jules Janin, metrius, the seventh son of Ivan the Terriwho gives a long analysis of the piece, ble, Czar of Russia, and heir to the

crown, was either assassinated or ac“It is both a comedy and a drama: it

cidentally killed himself with a knife, shines at unequal intervals with the spirit,

probably the former, at the age of ten the grace and the vivacity of comedy, and years. At any rate, his death was then it covers itself with crape-it laments,

fact that could not honestly be called in it weeps, it blasphemes! We may find question, whatever doubt there might be fault with many things in the five acts, but as to the manner of it. The imperial auwe cannot deny the interest, the curiosity, thority—then far from what it now isthe movement they excite. We cannot passed into the bands of Boris Godounof, deny the pity, the terror, the improbability, who had been prime minister, and was and a thousand trifling points which are accused of the murder, though unjustly. almost all successful. The triumph is a

He exercised the government greatly to great one, and it will be durable."

the dissatisfaction of the people, till twelve -JULES Janin, the redoubtable and years after the decease of the young prince, fantastic critic of the Journal des Debats, when suddenly it was announced that the has published a little volume on the Art latter had not been killed, but only carof Raising and Multiplying Canary ried off, and had all the while been living Birds, which he makes the subject of in Poland, and that having now reached a long and agreeable article in that manhood, he was coming back to assert paper, affecting to treat its author as an his right to the throne. And so he did, entirely different man from himself. He

supported by Prince Adam Wiszniowecki, concludes in the following fashion : a rich and powerful Polish grandee, who “Well then! I will read again this fa

furnished the funds for the expedition. mous treatise on the art of raising birds,

The face of the pretender was universally and I hope-yes, I hope—that in the course recognized as that of the family of Ivan, of ages some readers, lovers of good things, and his person bore all the marks ever deceived by the similarity of the two heard of as belonging to the defunct heir names, will attribute to the maker of of the crown. More than this, a man feuilletons the delightful book of the raiser was found who declared that he had been of canaries. After all, they wil] say, he was a servant of the boy, and was perfectly a good man; he loved the sweet melodies sure that this was the identical person. of spring; he would have given all the

It has been supposed by historians that rusty poems of the world for the song of a warbler; he would gladly have swapped

this Russian dauphin was a priest by proall bloody melo-dramas for the cooing of a

fession, that he had been a sort of missionturtle-dove. No doubt he made very bad

ary among the savage Cossacks, and that books-romances, histories, criticisms, fri

his real name was Grichka Otreprief; but volous things, spiced with pedantry; he

M. Merimée rejects this hypothesis. It very improperly mixed the Latin with the does not appear how our pretender came to French; he used a dialect of his own, made invent the rather plausible story by which up of tricks very tiresome to follow, oftrifling he imposed on so many persons. Howresearches very fatiguing to read, of little ever, he entered Russia at the head of an hits which had no great point, of little army; after a prolonged struggle he demalices which but few readers could under feated Boris, who then died suddenly, stand: in a word, he had a foolish dialect,

probably by suicide ; and finally, he was fitter for a linnet than a man; and this dialect, made with so much pain and re

recognized by the nation as Czar. His glory search, died with him, and now nobody

was, however, of short duration. After a knows the first word of it. Luckily, and

reign of eleven months, during which he this is what saves him, and what will make

exhibited more talent and better qualities him live in the future, this Marivaux of the

as a ruler, along with a smaller proportion written word, this seeker of new worlds,

of brutal vices than could have belonged this Falstaff of the sylphs, this skimmer to any of the race of Ivan, he was assassiover the corn-blossoms and foolish waving nated again, never to be restored to life. grass of ribbon-flaunting rhetoric-wrote But this was not generally believed ; it who would believe it?-a charming book, was affirmed among the people that the a useful book, a famous book, an immortal Czar Demetrius was still in existence : book, on the Art of Raising and Multiply and in fact some four or five other preing Canary Birds |

tenders successively came forward, claimIn these days of Dauphins resurrected, ing to be the murdered monarch, and M. Prosper MERIMEE's last book, Les made a vain but often bloody war on Faux Demetrius (The False Demetri Basil Chouiski, who had got possession of uses), may have an even greater interest the throne. Of these new pretenders M. than belongs to it intrinsically. In the Merimée narrates the adventures of three.

Whoever wishes to read one of the most -The discourses of Rev. John HENRY curious pages of history, will find it in his NEWMAN, since he became a Catholic book, which is written in that vivacious, and the priest of St. Philip Neri, have lucid, and elegant style, for which he is been translated into German by Mr. DÔLjustly distinguished.

LINGER, and published at Regensburg. - Vingt Années aux Philippines -Dr. JOSEPH SCHWARZ, a German (Twenty years in the Philippines), is a lit Jew, long resident in Jerusalem, published, tle volume containing the choicest adven some years since, in Hebrew. at Jerusatures of M. DE LA GIRONIERE, who lem, a book on the Holy Land in its Forfounded a colony at Jala-Jala in the isl mer and Present Geographical Pecuand of Luzon. Lovers of travels, and of liarities, which has now been translated strange, out-of-the way tribes and countries, into German, and thus made more genewill find here something to their taste. rally accessible. It is eminently worthy

-Mignet, the historian, is publishing the attention of all who are interested in in the Journal des Savants a series of ar the geography of ancient or modern Paticles on that exhaustless subject Charles lestine. An English translation has been V., son abdication, sa retraite, son published in Philadelphia. sejour et sa mort au Monastère de Just. -Der Teufel in Bade (The Devil at

-Readers of French novels will, per the Bath), is a new romance about to be haps, think they do not waste their time published by KARL SPINDLER, with its if they undertake the Contes Roman scene laid appropriately at Baden and esques of M. Paul DELTUF. The best Homburg. thing in the little volume is Une Vendette -A careful and impartial narrative of Parisienne (a Parisian Vengeance). the life of Louis Napoleon may be found

- ARSENE HOUSSAYE is an elegant, but in TieDEFREUD's Napoleon III., just puba shallow and frivolous writer. He has lished at Berlin. It contains also all the

just published a new volume of sketches public documents which have any particuentitled Sous la Regence et sous la Ter lar relation to His Imperial Majesty. reur (Under the Regency and under the - The Prussian Government have just Terror). They are worthless except to issued a list of the books which no circuthose who find nothing better to amuse lating library in the kingdom is allowed themselves with.

to keep. Among them are THERESA -L'Histoire Religieuse des Peuples Pulszky's Hungarian Tales, Heine's Slaves (The Religious History of the Sla Romancero, Robert Blum's Life and Inconic peoples), by V. KRASINSKI, long in fluence, and several works upon Modern preparation, has at last appeared with a History and Politics. preface by MERLE D'AUBIGNE.

- The Romanticists must ever hold a - A history of the discovery and con high place in the German literature of quest of Peru by the Spaniards, has been the present century. The names of TIECK, published at Paris, with five maps. The FOUQUE, SCHLEGEL, Novalis, ARNIM, author is M. P. Chaix, who proposes to HOFFMANN, and KINKEL, may lose somebring out the entire history of Spanish thing of the brilliancy which their first and Portuguese discovery in South Ame admirers attributed to them, but their rica during the sixteenth century. This genius must always command the respect is the first part of his work.

of those whose respect is most valuable.

To the young American especially, we reGERMANY.— An important contribution commend the cultivation of these Teutonic to Roman history is Prof. JACOB BURK writers; and a judicious selection from HARDT's Zeit Constantins des Grossen their works just published at Hanover, (Time of Constantine the Great), just will afford a convenient means for making published at Basle, Switzerland. It is a their acquaintance. It is called Phantaprofound, learned, and instructive work, sus, and gives the best productions of the full, not only of erudition, but of the re school,—including in it indeed soine sults of philosophic thought and compre whom we should not have classed there, hensive observation of men and nations. --with excellent and impartial critical - Das Hohelied Salomonis

(The Song and introductory notes. of Solomon), by Dr. E. W. HENGSTENBERG, is a new exegesis of that portion of Norway.-- An interesting collection of the Bible upon allegorical principles, in the old popular songs and ballads of opposition to the more literal and critical Norway, long since commenced by Pastor treatment it has been wont to receive LAUDSTAD, of that country, has recently from the scholars of Germany. That been given to the public in part. one the work is done with spirit and entire volume having been published. Most of independence of other writers, the name the poems in this volume come from the of the author sufficiently guarantees. province of Oberthelemach, the home of


Norwegian popular song, where Mr. singing in the mist songs in an unknown LAUDSTAD has resided for some thirty tongue. But in our little Julien's playyears. They are given in the original ing there is the same human sympathy dialect, with notes explanatory of their and sweetness, the same early and healthmeaning, and of their connection with ful ripeness as in Mozart. The MozartSwedish, Danish and Faroish ballads, as likeness of Julien has been rather amply well as with the ancient Scandinavian “exploited” by the critics, but we mean literature in general. They are accompa


not in an external nor accidental nied, in most cases at least, by the music sense, but something more. There is to which they are sung.

nothing of the prodigy about Paul Julien; there is nothing in him which is re

markable, merely because he is young. The last month has been quite rich in Ilis power, his performance, that exquisite musical interest, at least in New-York. tone, that facility of execution, would be Paul Julien has taken his musical farewell; as noticeable in a man as in a boy. He Gottschalk has continued his success; is not a prodigy, because he is a genius; Mad. Sontag's success was undiminished, and because he has genius, there is little at Niblo's; the complimentary concert to more to be said about his concerts than Mr. Fry, Mr. Eisfeld's Quartette Soirée, to express various degrees of delight. the third concert for the season of the The moment a man is perceived to have Philharmonic Society, have all taken genius, that moment criticism is apt to be place.

quiet (or ought to be quiet), because Paul Julien's farewell drew the world genius only can show its own path. to Metropolitan Hall, and satisfied it. The The man is, in virtue of his genius, the boy himself never played more exquisitely. pioneer of new ways. Criticism is made There is an ease of style, a sweetness of up from ways already known. tone, an atmosphere of rare musical feel We are getting on dangerous ground ing over all his performances, which leave again, as last month, in discussing Alboni. nothing to ask. His violin has a natural Genius has had its own way long enough, pathos, which is the more striking since the wise men begin to think. and the doc. it is held by a boy, and the entire want trine encourages young men who are rery of apparent effort in the most rapid and lazy and sentimental, to become more so. remarkable execution, makes it all seem and call it genius. The wise men ought as natural as breathing. It may, per

to remember that because the porter was haps, be difficult to separate strict en put into the king's bed, he did not therejoyment of his playing from the warm fore become a king-nor did the circumfeeling inspired by so young and so win stance destroy faith in monarchy. Mad. ning a person, but we do not remember Sontag sang two or three times at Julien's ever to have been more contented with concert. Her singing and her toilette were the chief of instruments. It would be equally soignée. It was gracefully and like Vieuxtemps, except that Vieuxtemps charmingly done, when she was led forwas too passionless and coldly elegant. ward by the young beneficiary, and by In finish it is like him; but the fact that assisting at his farewell, showed her recoga boy has already achieved a dexterity nition of the artist and his services to her. which seems to be only the result of long Badiali, too, was in unusually good voice, and elaborate practice in the man, shows and we were all the gainers, for he sang the fineness of natural organization, and with a commendable and effective heartithe heroism of earnest devotion. Paul

Paul Julien does not leave the Julien pleases us more than Vieuxtemps. country quite yet, but makes a farewell The effect of his playing is not so arti tour. ficial. Vieuxtemps's was the perfection The Philharmonic Society's third conof industry and talent. But talent and cert for the season, took place at Niblo's industry cause no magnetic thrill. Paul Saloon, on Saturday evening, March 5th. Julien pleases us more than Ole Bull, Beethoven's C Minor symphony was whom we much prefer to all other vio performed, and Gade's overture, The linists we have ever heard: Ole Bull is Highlands. The symphony was never amorphous, erratic, vague in his composi more finely done. The andante was tion and play. He delights and disap unanimously encored, and the triumphal points. He is the weird magician, who march of the finale, inspired the audience cannot quite command the spirits he as no other music can, at least as no evokes, and they pass in a shimmering other music can inspire that audience. splendor, rather than shine with fixed For, after the brief reign of fashion at light. He is full of power and pathos; these concerts, when they were held at he is at once grotesque and gorgeous. the Apollo Rooms, an audience has sucTo hear him is to hear Ossianic bards ceeded, of those who truly enjoy and ap


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