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and its religious superstition and intolerance, slightly alleviated by the dawn of a purer and milder faith. The novel carries the reader to the courts of Henry and his contemporary Alexander of Scotland, and to the inner domestic life of the families of their great nobles, and it portrays with historical fidelity the religious and political events of the day, and its social, domestic, ecclesiastical, and industrial characteristics. Its connected pictures of the life of the people, more especially of such proscribed classes as Jews and heretics, of the turbulence and haughtiness of the nobles, of the position of woman, and of the reformed religious movement that was beginning to make itself felt, are vivid and authentic. This interesting tale is a successful revival of a momentous period in English history.
CHARLOTTE M. YoNGE's Love and Life” is a story of the eighteenth century, treated in the literary style of the romance writers of the latter half of that period, albeit with some ju
10 Lore and Life. An Old Story in Eighteenth Century Costume. By Cli ARLoTTE. M. Yosgr. Author of the Heir of Redclyffe, etc. “Franklin squareilibrary.” 4to, pp. 54. New York: Harper and Brothers.
dicious modifications. The pervading sweetness and purity of its sentiment render it a safe and invigorating visitant of the domestic circle.—As respects its characters, materials, and general treatment, Mr. Trollope's novel, Dr. Wortle's School,” has little in common with his previous works of fiction, and none of the marks of his individuality as a writer. In it he moves in a new world, and among unfamiliar persons, and with a certain appearance of strangeness and want of ease. The character of Dr. Wortle is drawn with admirable skill and power. — The remaining novels, Little Pansy,” by Mrs. Randolph, The Itebel of the Family,” by Mrs. Linton, Nestlenook,” by Leonard Kip, and Elsie Gordon,” are quiet, wholesome, and readable tales.
POLITICAL. UR Record is closed on the 19th of January.—The following appropriation bills were passed in Congress during the month: The Army Bill, amounting to $26,190,800; House, January 5; and Senate, with amendments cutting off about $200,000, January 14. Consular and Diplomatic Bill, $1,195,435; Senate, January 7. Indian Bill, $4,531,866; House, January 11, with clause abolishing the Board of Indian Commissioners. Military Academy Bill, $322,135 37; Senate, January 14. The House, January 17, directed an inquiry to be made into the expediency of establishing a telegraphic postal system by the government of the United States; and also as to the cost of reproducing facilities for transmitting telegraphic messages equal to those now possessed by existing corporations, and as to the expediency of operating the same. , General Nathan Goff, Jun., of West Virginia, was nominated and confirmed as Secretary of ihe Navy, January 6. The following United States Senators have been elected: James G. Fair, Nevada; John F. Miller, California; Thomas F. Bayard, Delaware (re-elected); General Joseph R. Hawley, Connecticut; O. D. Conger, Michigan; H. L. Dawes, Massachusetts (re-elected); Eugene Hale, Maine; Thomas C. Platt, New York; Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; John Sherman, Ohio; F. M. Cockrell, Missouri. The Maine Legislature, January 12, declared
Harris M. Plaisted to have been elected Govetllor. The Superintendent of the Census reports the total population of the United States and Territories to be 50,152,356. The British Parliament was opened January 6. The Queen in her address referred at length to the troubles in Ireland, and recommended the further development of the principles of the Land Act of 1870 “in a manner conformable to the special wants of Ireland, both as regards the relation of landlord and tenant, and with a view to effective efforts for giving to a larger portion of the people by purchase a permanent proprietary interest in the soil. This legislation will require the removal for the purposes in view of all obstacles arising out of limitations on the ownership of property, with due provision for the security of the interests involved.”—The Irish state trials were begun in Dublin December 28, before Lord Chief Justice May and Justices Fitzgerald and Barry. The Porte has communicated to the ambassadors a fresh note, regretting the warlike preparations of Greece, which are bringing trouble and uncertainty upon the peace of Europe. In order to terminate such a state of affairs, which is disastrous to both Turkey and Greece, the powers are invited to send instructions to their ambassadors at Constantinople for a European conference. In the Spanish Chamber of Deputies, January 16, the Minister of Colonies announced that the pacification of Cuba was complete. The Crown Prince Frederick William, speaking at an institution for invalids, January 16, condemned strongly the anti-Jewish movement. DISASTERS. December 12.—British steamer Garnet, of London, wrecked in the North Sea. Seventeen persons lost. December 13.—Japanese coasting steamer foundered in the inland sea. Sixty-four lives lost. December 30.—Report reached London of loss of British steamer Montgomeryshire, from Cardiff for Singapore, off the coast of Portugal, with crew of thirty persons. January 3.—Dispatch to Lloyd's from Lisbon stating that the English steamer Harelda, from Palermo bound to London, ran into the Spanish steamer Leon, from Liverpool for Manila, twelve miles from Cape Roca. Both vessels sank. Nine Englishmen and fourteen Spaniards were landed at Lisbon. Nothing is known of the fate of the rest. January 4.—Ten women and children burned to death by a fire in the rear tenementhouse 35 Madison Street, New York. January 5.-News reached London of the loss
of the British steamer Farnley off the Denmark coast. All hands supposed to liave been lost. January7.—Thirteen persons burned to death in the Strafford County (New Hampshire) Poorhouse. * January 15.—British ship Leonore run into and sunk off Hartlepool. Nine persons, including the captain, drowned. January 16.-News of snow-slides in the Wahsatch Mountains, Utah. Eleven persons killed. OBITUARY. December 22.—In London, England, George Eliot (Mrs. Cross), the novelist, aged sixty years. December 25.—In Berne, by his own hand, M. Anderwert, President-elect of the Swiss Confederation. December 27.—In New York city, Rev. Dr. E. H. Chapin, aged sixty-six years. December 30.-In Boston, Massachusetts, Epes Sargent, author, aged sixty-six years. January 1.—In Paris, France, Louis Auguste Blanqui, the noted Communist, aged seventyfive years. January 4.—In Wilmington, North Carolina, Right Rev. Thomas Atkinson, D.D., LL.D., Bishop of North Carolina, aged seventy-three years.
y \* y (£ifist's GOOD story comes to us of the late General John C. Breckinridge, who, it is said, related it himself not long before his death. He was talking to some friends of his own career, and speaking of the many kindnesses he had received at the hands of his people, and the many compliments paid him by his admirers. He added that he had recently heard of a compliment paid him during the war by an old Kentucky farmer, which he believed he valued as much as any he ever received. It was the custom during the war, as indeed it has always been, for the country people to come into the county town on Saturday afternoon to hear and tell the news. At a meeting of this character, in some store in Richmond, Kentucky, just after the battle of Chickamauga, one of the gentlemen said that he had heard some news, and being bidden to tell it, said, “I did hear that thar has been a most powerful fight down in Tennessee, and they says that for a long time it went mighty agin our folks, but that then Mr. Brackinridge came forrard and asked the privilege of the field for just fifteen minutes, and they do say that he slew thirty thousand ''' Kentuckians are nothing, if not parliamentary.
A FRESH little anecdote of that most genial gentleman, Mr. William R. Travers, who had been speaking of the advantages of the Raquet
ALICK THOMPSON, of Virginia, tells a story illustrative of the peculiar vernacular of the people among whom he was born, and of their special capacity for giving evidence in a court of justice in a compact, accurate, and picturesque style. Some time ago he chanced to be visiting at a county seat in Virginia, and was courteously invited by the Commonwealth's attorney to come into the court-room on the following morning, with the assurance that a witness would testify in a murder case then pending. He entered the court-room, and speedily after his arrival a witness was called, who advanced to the stand with such a jaunty air of self-assurance, and who kissed the book with such loud-sounding confidence, that he was sure this must be “his man.” His judgment was not incorrect.
“Mr. Williamson,” asked the Commonwealth's attorney, “do you know anything of the killing which took place at Robertson's store last month 7" “Know anything!” was the response; “I were thar.” “Then tell the Court and jury,” said the attorney, “what you know.” The witness planted himself more firmly on both feet, glanced around upon his auditors, and thus delivered himself: “Well, you see, Mr. Roberson were a-sittin' in the back part of
his store a-playin' of his fiddle, not a-thinkin’ of bein’ stobbed, nor nuthin' of the kind, when in come Mr. Johnson, and then and tharstobbed him; then he guthered a bung-starter, cleaned out the crowd, lipped the palin', and clared heself.”
WHEN Judge Woods, who has just been appointed a Justice of the United States Supreme Court, was Speaker of the Ohio Legislature, twenty-one years ago, his ready wit and strong sense made him very popular. On one occasion a rural statesman entered the hall with his No. 12 brogans covered with the soil of his native hills, and taking his seat, placed his feet on his desk, one boot on the toe of the other. The Speaker's eye was at once attracted to the statesman, and he called out, “The gentleman from ;” which partially awakened our friend, who peered out from behind his boots,
I wouldn't part with him if I wasn't sick.”
and informed the Speaker that he had not addressed the Chair; to which Mr. Speaker replied: “I thought you did; I saw you were standing up.” The house came down, as did the boots.
JUDGE CALDWELL, of North Carolina, at one time was obliged to call upon an old darky to open his court. It was evidently the first time he had acted in the capacity of bailiff. He began: “Oh yes! oli yes! oh yes! De hono'ble de Co’t is now on de bench.” Then, after hesitating a moment, as if not knowing what to say, he seemed to hit it, and ended by exclaiming, “An’ may de Lawd have mercy on his soul!”
Caldwell retorted immediately, “That's right, my man; that's right: if there ever was a Court that needed the mercy of God, it's this one.”
POOR Artemus Ward . In our day there has been no more delightful humorist. When he died, the press of England and America was filled with tributes to his memory. In New York a meeting of newspaperfolk was held, at which it was resolved that his memory should really and truly be perpetuated. The manner in which this was done is amusingly told in the following, from a Boston friend:
“A few summers since I passed a week's vacation at Waterford, Maine, and during my visit went to the village grave-yard to view the final resting-place of Artemus Ward. With some trouble I found the grave, there being nothing about the plain white slab to distinguish it from many similar ones around. While thinking and wondering that no monument had ever been erected to the humorist, a countryman approached, to whom I said, “My friend, can you tell me why it is that “Artemus” never has had a monument erected to his memory?" “Well, stranger, I guess I kin,' was the reply. ‘You see, arter Artemus died, three or four hundred printer fellers down in New York city got together and passed some beautiful resolutions, saying that Artemus should have a monument, and they would pay for it then and there; and then they took up a collection, which amounted to twenty dollars and sixty cents, so I'm told; and since then this town hain't seen either the monument or the money; but, stranger, we did get a copy of the resolutions.’”
Not long ago a young lady of Philadelphia was spending her vacation in Norwich, New York, and during a conversation with her, which naturally turned upon the city of her adoption, the subject of the Quaker residents thereof was mentioned. “Soon after I went to Philadelphia to live,” she said, “I became quite intimately acquainted with a nice old lady, a former Quakeress, who had changed her manner of worship. I was enthusiastically telling her one day how much I liked the Quakeresses; what a charming simplicity was theirs; how quiet they appeared; what a serene spirituality, so far removed from all earthly taint, shone in their faces. Looking at me with a kindly smile, the old lady replied, “That is all very nice and sweet to think about, but when they look like that, they are just a-boiling inside '''” She knew. She had “been there.”
It was very considerate of Judge Parker to do an act of courtesy to a young lady in Indiana, during a recent trial for divorce that came before him. The case seemed to be quite clear and simple, and he was about to order a decree, when he noticed the daughter of one of the parties, and requested her to come forward, take the stand, and be sworn. He asked her a few unimportant questions, and granted the divorce. At the dinner table one of the counsel asked if it was necessary that the young lady should testify. “Well, no,” said the judge, smiling; “but I saw that she had a new bonmet, and was striving to show it, and I concluded to give her a better opportunity by putting her on the stand.”
IN Mr. Benson J. Lossing's Story of the United States Nary, for Boys, just published by Harper and Brothers, are many pleasant anecdotes growing out of our early naval history. Before the war of 1812, Captains Hull and Dacres were personal acquaintances, their ships happening to be together in the Delaware. The captains met at a party, and had some conversation in regard to the merits of their respective navies. Hull was lively and goodhumored. When they spoke of what would happen if, in the event of war, they should come in collision, Hull said, “Take care of that ship of yours if I ever catch her, in the Constitution.”
Dacres laughed, and offered a handsome bet that if they ever did meet as antagonists, his friend would find out his mistake. Hull refused a money wager, but ventured to stake on the issue—a hat. Years after this, the conjectured encounter did occur; and when, after
GrNTLEMEN,-I am sorry that I can not slip over into the meeting at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Chicago next Thursday evening; but the stride would be a long one, and the only vehicle I was ever concerned in building went to pieces one day very suddenly. Besides, I am just now working in harness as a lecturer, and if I should bolt or run away, I do not know what would become of the college vehicle to which I am attached. I must therefore content myself with wishing the company a good time, everybody happy, and not one sulky.
her chief object was to get permanent employment. The lady said that if the girl gave satisfaction, after trial, she would, of course, keep her.
“Well,” said the applicant, rising to go, “I don't suppose it would be worth while to come, anyhow : you both seem pretty old.”
“You might stay till the funeral "shouted the doctor, as she retired.
A You Ng lady from Boston went some time ago to be photographed. She was staying with a loving aunt, and being in rather delicate health, was the object of that relative's affectionate solicitude. At the appointed time the pictures had not come, and the young lady
has just the opposite reputation—a wideawake, go-ahead, active city. There has been for many years some feeling of rivalry between the two cities, and this fact will give point to the circumstance that follows. A Mr. S , of Lynn, was ill of typhoid fever, during which he was delirious, his thoughts assuming all sorts of fantastic shapes and curious combinations. One day he astonished his attendants by breaking out in this way: “Isn't it a queer circumstance that the Christians in the earliest days of the Church always went to meeting in wheelbarrows?” And he at once added the remark: “But the queerest thing of all is that Salem is the only place where that custom is still continued.”