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three of us combining our forces | Mexico to the Pacific Ocean, there would actually turned him over by it without result, for the whole of the civilized world, compelling him to quit his hold. Oh, also for the not civilized part of mankind, those terrible jaws! They gave me a

the most incalculable advantages. I hideous vision of some bather hope should, however, be astonished if the lessly imprisoned in their iron grip and United States were to let slip the opporgradually absorbed by his immovable tunity of getting such a work into their

own hands. One may foresee that that foe.

youthful country, with its pronounced tendency towards the West, will have seized upon and peopled, within thirty or forty years, even the wide stretches of land beyond the Rocky Mountains. One

may also foresee that along all this coast GOETHE ON THE PANAMA ISTHMUS. of the Pacific, where Nature has already [TO THE EDITOR OF THE “SPECTATOR.”] created the most spacious and most secure

harbors, there will gradually arise very Sir,—The mention of Goethe in your important commercial towns, which will instructive article on Mr. Colquhoun's become the intermediaries of a great interbook on "The Key of the Pacific,” in the course between China and the East Indies Spectator of July 18th, sent me to my on the one side and the United States on Eckermann. And as not every one of the otner. But in that case it will be not your readers will have that treasure at only desirable, but almost a matter of his disposal, I venture to inclose--for necessity that merchant vessels as well as publication if you think fit-a transla-men-of-war shall maintain a more rapid tion of the remarkable passage in which communication than has so far been possiGoethe, foreseeing, advocates the mak- ble by the wearisome, disagreeable, and ing of a Nicaragua Canal by the Ameri- costly navigation round Cape Horn. I recans, and a Suez Canal in the possession peat, then, that it is absolutely imperative

for the United States to effect a cutting of England.-I am, Sir, etc., E. O.

from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific

Ocean. And I am certain that they will To dinner at Goethe's. ... "Hum- achieve that aim. I should like to live to boldt” said Goethe, "has indicated, with see it. But that is not possible in my case. great local knowledge, several points, Secondly, I should like to live to see where, by making use of some rivers flow-effected a joining of the Rhine with the ing into the Gulf of Mexico, one might, Danube. But that were another gigantic perhaps, attain the object in view, even undertaking, and I doubt its being carried more advantageously than at Panama. out, more especially when I contemplate The decision of all this is reserved to the the [smallness of the) means that Ger. Future, and so a grand spirit of enterprise. many can dispose of. And, thirdly, 1 So much is certain, that if a cutting be should like the English to be in possession possible of such a character as would of a Canal of Suez. These three things I allow ships with any kind of cargo and should like to live to see, and it would be of every, even the greatest, size to pass really worth while to hold out here, for through such a Canal, from the Gulf of their sake, another fifty years."

Orchids and Ants.- It has been observed | tional source of nourishment to the plant. that orchids derive some benefit from the Certain South American ants are known numerous ants which overrun them in the to cultivate fungi for their own use, and tropics, but the precise nature of the ser- these may unconsciously sow the seed of vice has remained a mystery. According the fungi in crawling over the roots of to a naturalist of the Botanic Gardens in the orchid. Quite recently, we may add, Trinidad, the ants appear to foster the a variety of these fungus-farming ants growth of a fungus on the roots of the was found in the neighborhood of Washorchid, and this fungus acts as an addi- Jington, United States.

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