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a woman he despises, leaving the real ob- ill-treatment, her heroine has suffered at the ject of his affections to die of a broken hands of Basil Hyde, our authoress ends by heart. This, however, is not to be her fate. asking, with great naiveté, what he had done She finds a consoler in the person of a to deserve her love ? Very little indeed, that Welsh uncle, who gives her excellent ad- we can see. Her answer, however, is differvice, and endeavors to promote her marriage ent. He had been all that her taste required. with a pleasant young doctor who attends A broken heart is a heavy price to pay for him. But Constance is too faithful to the the gratification of taste. This is indulging an memory of her first love to think of a sec- æsthetic turn with a vengeance. Constance's ond; so she returns to her home, and the taste happened to be for a certain sort of dull life there from which all romance has flashy small-talk, in which Mr. Basil Hyde now faded. The curtain falls on her peace was a great adept. But the tastes of women fully engaged in all kinds of good works, differ. Six feet four of scarlet and blue cloth discharging the duties of a daughter and is all that the taste of Betsey Jane requires. sister with exemplary devotion.
But she probably finds the predilection exThe story which we have thus briefly an- pensive in more ways than one; and her alyzed is not very new nor particularly well mistress will do well to warn her against inconstructed. Nothing can be more remote dulging it. In love affairs, the more restraint from ordinary probability than that a casual women put upon their tastes the better. Let disappointmert, as in the matter of the ride, them, be guided, in placing their affections, should so rankle in any sensible mind as to by sterling good qualities on the part of those entail such disastrous consequences. As the to whom they would entrust their happiness. crisis of the story, it is wholly inadequate. One word as to Basil himself. He is not Here is the happiness of two very superior quite such a brute as Rochester in Jane Eyre. persons, both endowed with greatintelligence. But he has thus much in common with that ruined through a misconception of the most character, that he is essentially a man evolved trivial kind. This is a fault of construction out of the internal consciousness of a woman. which seriously vitiates the interest of the Jane Eyre worshipped an impersonation of story. Blunders of this sort Miss Austen animal force ; Constance Felton erects mere never commits; and in nothing is her art intellectual smartness into ideal perfection. more admirably shown than in the rational It matters little to either that her pet fancy and intelligible way in which the events she is found in connection with egotism and selfdescribes unfold themselves. When she de- conceit, and with either incredible obtuseduces consequences, they are such as would ness or a wanton disregard of another perordinarily ensue upon such and such acts or son's feelings. occurrences-not what might possibly follow We turn with relief to the minor characin a total eclipse of common sense. Nor are ters of the story. Many of these are well the characters of Constance and the hero of drawn, and almost all have a distinct indiher romance calculated to awaken legitimate viduality of their own. Mrs. Felton, the sympathy. The hapless love of the first is stepmother of Constance, is sensible, but told with great pathos, and its various stages commonplace. She has a mind of the Marof uncertainty, rapture, anxiety, despair, and tha type, always revolving the petty probresignation, are described with great force lems of the household. Nothing can be hapaud power of expression. But she is little pier than the following! “Mrs. Felton woke more than an object of pity. We have had up the day after the Hydes left Ashenholt enough of this morbidly sensitive, nervous, with a comfortable feeling that now they self-conscious type of heroine. We feel pro- would be themselves again, and need not voked at her headaches, and long for her to use the best breakfast service.” Mrs. Robget rid of her feelings. What good is there ert Felton is a woman of another kind. She in the study of Clarendon, and Channing, is an embodiment of fashionable religion. and Behmen, if the result is only moral im- Her conversation is a curious compound of becility in any important crisis ? We pro- worldly interests and religious phraseology. test, too, against the transcendental absurd- Constance goes to stay with her aunt, who sets ity of degrading love to a mere question of herself to improve the opportunity of having taste. Struck by compunction for the gross her niece under her roof :
“One day when they were alone together, | almost any village or town, walking about up-stairs, she exhorted her to avoid the briskly in clothes of defunct fashion, with a snares of self-righteousness, or cease from joyousness that many young hearts might her own works, to make sure of her election ; envy.” One of the prettiest touches in the and when, from modesty, or sheer weariness of ineffectual argument, Constance remained
book is the way in which, after her own silent, she added, she knew her dear niece troubles, the heart of Constance instinctively would be much edified if she would study a warms towards this old lady, whom she had few sweet biographies which she was going previously thought somewhat of a bore. to put in her hands. In vain did Constance did not take long to disinter the buried treaspoint out that the works about which she ure of her patient heart—its grave was green thought it right to be anxious were not those still; a prelude of sighs, and it all came out outward performances on which pride or self-pleasing could build, but those works of -declared affection on both sides, a father's the Spirit which are spoken of in Scripture stern prohibition, a lover's speedy attachas the only test of a living faith. Mrs. Rob- ment to another, his widowhood, and comert Felton could not enter into such nice dis- paratively recent marriage to an intimate tinctions, and jumping up as the door-bell friend of her own, though he knew, my dear, rung, went to the glass to smooth her curls, that I remained single.' Her story moved saying, with glib emphasis, By faith, my her hearer to tears; but Miss Tennent only love, by faith are ye saved,' and was out of the room in another second."
took another piece of muffin.
These are some of the subordinate perJohanna Podmore is a good picture of an- sonages who figure in this tale. The forts other school of religion - the sincere but of the authoress seems to us to lie in the demorose. In all that she said or did, there lineation of the various phases of female was the unmistakable stamp of religious mo- character. She is less successful with her tive. Her mind was very narrow, but in- men—least of all when she writes with symtent on the fulfilment of duty. The effect pathy. The best of her male characters, we which contact with such a nature produces think, is James Podmore, a discarded lover on one more frank and gentle is described of Constance. He is a heavy young man, with great delicacy. “ Constance felt the with a talent for business. With neither softness and sweetness of her own nature wit nor penetration, he had a great desire come against the harder manner of the other for exactness, and just that sort of detective with a contrast unpleasant to both-less so agility of mind which enabled him at once to herself, for she was more conversant in to overtake a cleverer person in the commis. differences of character, than to Johanna, sion of a blunder or unconscious misstatewho in her unpliant bluntness, knew not ment. Constance found herself often tripped what instinctive courtesy meant. When, up, as she ran on in some amusing recital, therefore, Constance spoke to her, the effect by his grave voice begging her pardon, but produced was often as evident as on the ap- she must be aware that so-and-so was a plication of soda to acid-something equal slightly incorrect statement. Probably most to a hiss--a rougher manner and a harsher of us have at some time or other suffered untone, making Constance aware that unless der this kind of conversational Shylock. she could veil her own constitutional deli- We have said enough to indicate that this cacy and grace they would be mistaken for is a novel decidedly above the common run. affectation, and despised accordingly.” There In spite of a somewhat diffused style, and is a pleasant picture of an old maid who occasional obscurity, it contains many elohaunts the village where Constance lives— quent and striking passages. It will be the “one of those cheerful monuments of com- fault of the authoress if it is not the precur. plete resignation which may be met with in of greater achievements.
From The Athenæum. boxes; so that, by being off the ground, I THE CYRENE MARBLES.
managed, in some measure, to cheat the fleas,
for I slept about half the night. Next day The following extract from a letter of an the camels arrived with our tents and bagofficer on board the Melpomene, which con- gage, and with wood with which to make the veyed the marbles to Malta, will be read cases to receive the marbles. One camel was with interest :
missing, and never afterwards turned up. I
have not the least doubt, appearing the most “We reached Marsa Sousa on the even- valuable, it was coveted and stolen by the ing of the 26th September. Lieutenant Arabs, for they are most inveterate thieves ; Porcher arrived early the next morning, and it does not matter from whom they rob, made all necessary arrangements ; so that whether friend or foe, all is fish that comes afternoon, at 4 P.M., I landed with one cor- into their net. As ill-luck would have it, it poral and nine men, as a guard for Cyrene, happened to bear my portmanteau, bed and and eleven carpenters. Cyrene is twelve bedding, and four great coats and blankets miles from where we landed. At the above belonging to the men of my guard. hour the men and myself started, carrying “I was at Cyrene for sixteen days, during our haversacks, water-bottles, and arms. which time my duties were not very arduous, The first part of the road was very fa- so I had plenty of leisure time to wander in tiguing, for we had to climb the height of all directions in and about Cyrene, everytwo thousand feet on a road not of the best, where meeting with the most interesting a great portion of which was very precipi- ruins of temples and other public buildings, tous. At first I could hardly keep up with and immense columns of marble and red my men; however, we maintained a good granite, the ground being much broken with pace, halting occasionally to have a pull at mounds which, no doubt, cover some magour water-bottles, for it was awfully dry nificent remains, and may be some day exwork, till about 6:30 P.M., when it became cavated. Lieutenants Smith and Porcher, dark. At this time the men began to lag; in the few places they dug, have succeeded and, for the last four miles, I had great dif- in making a splendid collection of marble ficulty in keeping them from halting alto- statues, statuettes, heads and several ingether. However, by persevering, 1 suc- scriptions. Some of the statues are more ceeded in reaching Cyrene about eight. than eight feet high, and are pretty perfect, The carpenters and one or two of my men very beautifully sculptured, especially the got so foot-sore they could hardly walk; drapery. Some of the statuettes, particusome began reeling about, like drunken larly those of women, are superb; the heads men, and these were the men with whom, also are very beautiful, and strange to say, on first starting, I could with difficulty keep the hair is dressed much in the same fashion up. The great reason of their feet becom- as at the present day. “A l’Imperatrice' ing so sore was, because they never wear seems to have been the general mode in those shoes on board ship, and each man had days. The tombs are still very perfect, and served out to him, only that morning, a pair extend on the hill-side for a distance of four of ammunition boots, and these of course or five miles, the hill-side being intersected are indifferent fits. We surprised en- by ravines, on each side of which they are to ant Smith, who had just finished dinner, be seen; most of them are hewn out of the not thinking for one moment we should be living rock, some are of great extent. Smith marching in such a rough country at so late and Porcher counted in one no less than one an hour, for we could not get the Arabs to hundred and eight niches for sarcophagihurry the loading of their camels at Marsa the majority, however, hold only from seven Sousa. Captain Ewart thought it better I to ten, with a few small niches, evidently should push on at once, leaving the bag- for children; the faces of the tombs are still gage to follow; so the men that night, hav- very perfect, and carved in the Doric style. ing only what they stood up in, had to make Traces are still to be seen of the painted decthemselves as comfortable as they could in orations, which were principally of gladiaa tomb, which Lieutenant Smith used as a tors, birds, and flowers; they apparently only kitchen, and, having a number of grass mats, used the primary colors. Several of the sarthey spread them on the ground. Being so cophagi are still well preserved, some being very tired, the men were almost instantly of the best marble, measuring about seren stretching themselves at full length upon and a half feet in length by two and a half them; but, as for sleep, not one of them got in width-others are built tombs; all have a wink the whole night, on account of the been opened and rifled ages ago ; the spoilfleas, of which there are millions. Smith er's hands have not left even a solitary one gave me a comfortable shake-down in his untouched. The site of the city is magnifi. tomb, on a cork mattress on the top of some cent, and the country very rich and fertile.
Were the water not allowed to run to waste, | down upon us. I do not know what length there would be an ample supply; the view they might not have gone to, had it not been is grand, and the horizon must be at least a for one or two friendly tribes. Affairs looked distance of from forty to fifty miles. so serious a day or two before leaving, that
“ The working party from the ship con- it was thought necessary to apply at the sisted of about ninety seamen and marines, nearest military station to the governor, and who were told off to three artillery wagons acquaint him with the state of matters, that used for the purpose of transporting heavy he might hold himself in readiness to co-opguns,—they managed to get up from Marsa erate with us in case of need. There is no Sousa to Cyrene in two days, resting always government in the country, the natives are a day at Cyrene, carrying with them by cam- perfectly free and lawless, and the Turks els their tents, baggage, and water; there with difficulty squeeze a heavy tax out of being no water between the two places, that them. Their meetings are very stormy, atat Marsa Sousa was left under the charge of a tended with firing guns in the air, and other small guard at the beach, where two tanks are noises ; they look down with contempt upon sunk in the sand and well supplied from the any one who is not armed. ship. The men worked very well, and made is the most luxurious bath I ever indulged three trips in sixteen days, taking on each in was in the Fountain of Apolloma natural wagon two or three heavy statues, some basin, six feet by two, and one foot deep, weighing more than a ton. It was no joke formed just at the exit of the water from the taking them down the hill-side to the beach ; rock, at the foot of the hill, close to the ruins and great care had to be used, the whole of of the temple, the water always running at the men being required to lower one wagon the rate of about five miles an hour, and alat a time. The statuettes were all sent down ways at the same temperature of 63°, nice by camels. It was well we managed every- and cool in summer, and comfortable in winthing so quickly, for the Arabs were becom- ter. The climate is splendid, the temperaing very troublesome and threatening, one ture all last summer never exceeding 800. tribe on the road being anything but friendly; After the hot summer I had experienced, I they did their best to extort as much as pos- was very loathe to leave the place. The day sible, but only succeeded in getting two bul- before leaving, two or three men belonging locks' hides as a peace-offering. The chief to No. 2 wagon party, in walking about the of this tribe was a Sheikh Sayed, who tried ruins, came upon a beautiful statuette, about to pick a quarrel with us, collecting about four feet five inches long, the arms alone befour hundred men at the Fountain of Apollo. ing wanting. It was an Egyptian figure, He made washing clothes and the bathing and, for want of a better name, we chrisof our men at the fountain the cause of dis- tened it Melpomene: the men were very pute. These practices we gave up, on learn- proud of their trophy. There is still much ing the commotion they produced, for al- to be done in the way of excavation at some though we were strong and well armed, it future time. Smith's collection, though, is was good to keep friends almost at any price, very large and valuable. We brought away for their fanaticism is very great, and very in all sixty-three cases, and twenty-seven little would have brought the whole country had already been sent home.”
[Copy of a letter from Gen. Washington to Mrs. | to, nor shall, exclude him from the usual supply Bache-daughter of Franklin.)
which he draws from the public.
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I am happy to find you have been good enough MADAM, - I have received with much pleas- to give us a claim on your endeavors to complete ure--but not till last night-your favor of the the execution of the design An examplo so 4th, specifying the amount of the subscriptions laudable will certainly be nurtured, and must be already collected for the use of the American productive of a favorable issue in the bosons of soldiery.
The fair in the sister States. This fresh mark of the patriotism of the ladies Let me congratulate our benefactors on the entitles them to the highest applause of their arrival of the French fleet off the harbor of Newcountry. It is impossible for the army not to port on the afternoon of the 10th. It is this mofeel a superior gratitude on such an instance of ment announced, but without any particulars, as goodness. If I am happyin having the concur- an interchange of signals had only taken place. rence of the ladies, I would propose the pur- I pray the ladies of your family to receive, chasing of coarse linen, to be made into shirts, with my compliments, my liveliest thanks for the with the whole amount of their subscription. A interest they take in my favor. shirt extraordinary to the soldier will be of With the most perfect respect and esteem, I more service to him than any other thing that have the honor to be, madam, your obedient and could be procured him; while it is not intended humble servant, GEO. WASHINGTON.
POETRY.-Rock of Ages—in Latin, 322. It is more blessed, 322. Day by Day, 322. Sixty-one and Sixty-two, 358. The Orphan, 358. Love not Me, 358. Dulce Domum, 384. Satisfied, 384.
SHORT ARTICLES.- The Astor Library_Dr. Cogswell, 331. Athelstan-Moxon, 333. Conundrums, 333. Lord Bacon, 333. Travels of Rabbi Petrachia, 335. Canada, by Mrs. Copleston, 335. Potts' Euclid, 335. Fac-Simile of Gray's Elegy MS., 346. Bishop of Lincoln's Charge, 346. Punch in 1845, 350. American Problems, 354. Poems by the Rev. T. H. Stockton, 354. Scott's Novels for Roman Catholics, 354. A Nun ruling the Queen of Spain, 357. Cambrian and Border Literature, 366. Prayers by Jeremy Taylor, 371. Through Life and for Life, 377. Pioneers, 383.
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