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decided that the Latin Q should be pro miracle for an elephant to be as small as a nounced like the Q in French, and solemnly flea, or for a flea to be as big as an elephant, cut off from its body a heretic member who and whether the chimera humming through ridiculed such Latin as kiskis and kamkam. | the void of nature could devour second inten“Here,” said somebody to Casauban, astions. As for the old logical technicalities, they entered the old hall of the Sorbonne, Barbara, Celarent, Darii, Ferison, Baralipton, “ Here is a building in which men have dis- they are now legends. Nobody now reads puted for four hundred years.” “And," the thick volumes of Bovellius on that which asked Casauban, “what has been settled ?" is below (or next to) nothing. He was a
It was the common boast of a grammarian, mathematician, and his topic was not quite who wanted as much fame as he could get, so foolish as it seems. The lawyers were as that he understood some fabulous number acute in those days as any of their neighof languages. Postel said he understood bors. Among their problems for ingenious fifteen ; his adversaries said he did not under discussion, were the questions : Could a crimstand so much as one. André Thevet was inal who recovered his life after decapitation, thoroughly grounded, he said, in twenty- be again subject to have his head cut off? eight, and spoke them all fluently. Joseph Who is the owner of an egg laid in a nest Scaliger is said to have claimed knowledge frequented by the fowls of many households ? of all there were, though thirteen is the if the wife of Lazarus had married again number commonly ascribed to him, and most after his death, could he have claimed her likely with greater truth. The man who on his resurrection ? In those days (only in professed to understand all languages might those days, observe) hairs were split by lawas well have said at once that he came down yers; advocates, by brass, and by bon mots, from the third beaven of Mahomet, where and by force of cunning, dragged lawsuits every inhabitant has seventy thousand heads, out and prolonged them
to the ruin of both and every head has seventy thousand mouths, litigants—even prolonged them, when there in each mouth seventy thousand tongues, all was much wealth, into a second and third singing praises at one time in seventy thou- generation. In that way the lawyers (of sand idioms.
those days) throve, and many became famous. Of orators, it will be enough to cite that In the midst of all this fuppery and quackpractice in exterior eloquence which is kept ery, a great deal of study went to produce up to this day, and which Francius first small results. It is recorded of a learned taught his pupils to keep up before a good man, whose very name is forgotten, though Venetian mirror. Of the poets, every one bis reading was so deep, that in his lectures has tales to tell; they are animated, like he would quote by the page from books beasts, by a blind love for their own offspring, written in many languages, never opening and are led, when they are weak-minded, one, but having them all on his lecture-table into an infinite number of odd fopperies. with an open sword. “Here,” he said, “ are We will cast anchor, finally, upon the Hæc- the books ; follow me in them when you cities and Quiddities of an extinct order of please, and if I misquote by so much as a logicians. They could be matched, indeed, syllable, stab me; here is the sword.” It with the concretes, I's and not l's of the is certain that an obscure man of letters, present day; but we are not personal to any whose name has been handed down, read man's opinions or practice, and retire firmly Tacitus in this way. To so much antecedent upon the past. The logicians of old used to toil, men added so much folly and bravado discuss gravely whether it would be a greater for the sake of fame.
DEATH OF MRS. SOUTHEY.
CAROLINX, vicar of Ardleigh, in his “Life and Letters" SOUTHEY, widow of Robert Southey, the of bis father, says, “When the day was fixed Poet Laureate, died on the 20th August, at for the travellers (Southey and Hill) to deBuckland, near Lymington. She was a
part, my father fixed that also for his weddaughter of the Rev. Dr. Bowles, a canon of ding-day; and on the 14th of November, Salisbury Cathedral, and was highly graced 1795, was united at Radcliffe church, Bristol, with intellectual accomplishments. She was to Edith Fricker. Immediately after the married to Dr. Southey in 1839, about a ceremony they parted. My mother wore year and a half after the death of his first her wedding-ring hung round her neck, and wife, Edith Fricker, to whom he was united preserved her maiden name until the report on the day he left England for a six months' of the marriage had spread abroad." sojourn at Lisbon. The Rev. C. C. Southey,
From the Daily News.
THE MONUMENT TO THOMAS HOOD.
On Tuesday, a public tribute of respect | quoted one or two exquisite portions of was paid to the memory of the late Thomas
It was evident that the Hood, by the inauguration of a monument greater part of the audience were well acat Kensal Green Cemetery, ia presence of a quainted with the works of the poet, and large number of persons, including some inti- were delighted to hear the quotations from mate friends of the deceased. Hood was one poems which had afforded them exquisite of those who not only enriched the national gratification in the perusal. At the close of literature, but instructed the national mind. the address the monument was uncovered. His conceptions, it is true, were not vast. It has been executed by Mr. Matthew Noble, His labors were not, like those of Shakspere, and consists of a bronze bust of the poet, colossal. But he has produced as permanent elevated on a pedestal of polished red graan effect on the nation as many of its legis- nite, the whole being twelve feet high. In lators. If he had not done this, the cere. front of the bust are placed wreaths in bronze, mony of yesterday would have been an inane and on a slab beneath the bust appears that display: Englishmen are the wiser and the well-known line of the poet's which he desired better because Hood has lived ; and, there- should be used as his epitaph : fore, Englishmen can listen reverently to a
the public eulogium on his memory. Mr. Monck
of the shirt.
song ton Milnes, M.P., delivered an address upon Upon the front of the pedestal is carved the occasion. The monument was covered this inscription : with a piece of cloth during the simple ceremony. Mr. Milnes said that eulogistic ora
In memory of Thomas Hood, born 23d May, tions at the tombs of their friends were not,
1798, died 3d May, 1845. Erected by public sub.
scription, A.D. 1854. he thought, congenial to English taste; yet, on particular ocasions, they could not be At the base of the pedestal a lyre and improper. The oration would appear tame comic mask in bronze are thrown together, to those accustomed to hear similar dis- while on the sides of the pedestal are bronze courses on all occasions on the other side of medallions, illustrating the poems of the the Channel. But there was sound sense “Bridge of Sighs" and the “Dream of Euand feeling in all that he said: and this was gene Aram." This ceremony is very signifienough. He spoke with great delicacy and cant, as showing the disposition that exists kindness of Hood's personal characteristics, amongst Englishmen to recognize the value and with much taste upon the artistic value of their great authors. It tells us that the of the dead humorist's works. He touched nation has arrived at the conclusion that there with great felicity and subtlety upon the are other influences than legislation and war value of humor. He defined its province, which operate upon our happiness or shape and showed how closely it was connected our destiny. The oration pronounced over with the highest forms in which genius man- Hood is a fact which proves an advance in ifests itself. Mr. Milnes spoke, however, the public estimation of what true greatness more as a friend than as a critic, and his ge- is. The rarity of such exhibitions adds to nial utterances excited emotions in the hearts their value; and although we should be sorry of his hearers which told how deep was their to see funeral orations become common, it is sympathy both with the orator and the creditable to the nation that we should have subject of his eulogium. There were not recognized the justice of pronouncing a dismany dry eyes amongst bis hearers when he course over Thomas Hood.
For some ten or twelve years at least, the showed a mastery of pure, elegant, and name of Hugh Miller has been known all masculine English, such as even a trained over Scotland, and also in not a few circles Oxford scholar might have envied. Apart out of it, as that of one of our most remark- from Mr. Gladstone's opinion, Scottish readable men. It was in 1840 that he came from ers of the pamphlet were able to see that its his native district of Cromarty to settle in author bad beaten college-bred clergymen Edinburgh as the editor of a newspaper, and lawyers in his own country, as a poputhen established to advocate, with a moder- lar writer and reasoner on the national quesate amount of whiggism in general politics, tion of the day. It was, therefore, with a the cause of the non-intrusion party in the ready-made reputation as a self-educated Scottish Church. The fame that preceded prodigy from Cromarty, that Mr. Miller sethim to Edinburgh on this occasion was that tled in Edinburgh as editor of the Witness. of a man who, having worked the greater He was then thirty-seven years of age. part of his life as a common stone-mason in During the fourteen years which have elapsed the north of Scotland, had in that capacity since then, he has largely increased his repuexhibited very unusual powers of mind, and, tation, and, at the same time, considerably in particular, such unusual abilities as an modified its character. As a Scottish jourEnglish prose-writer, as to have attracted nalist his place has been one of the highest, the notice not only of local critics, but also and his method almost unique. Without of men of eminent public station. Of his that sharp immediate decisiveness which enalast and best known production-a pamphlet bles some of the best of his brother-editors on the non-intrusion question—no less a per- to write currently and well on topics as they son than Mr. Gladstone bad said, that it momentarily occur, he has exercised a weighty
influence, by sending forth a series of lead* My Schools and Schoolmasters ; or, The Story ing articles remarkable for their deliberate of my Education. By Hugu MILLER, author of thought, their elevated moral tone, their ator," &c. &c. Edinburgh, Johnstone and Hunter, strong Presbyterian feeling, and their high 1854.
literary finish. These essays, as they may VOL. XXXIII.-NO. III.