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for his mistresses. And in due time he finds he is im- etched, therefore, in the prime of Vandyke, in 1630, or poverished; not destitute, indeed, nor living meanly, but thereabouts, a year or two before he settled in England. shorn of many of his delights. He is advised to marry, For pure etching, nothing is finer or more spirited than and there is found for him the daughter of an eminent the print of Antonius Cornelissen, the burly, middle-aged, physician - Maria Ruthven is her name. With her, in and rich “ collector.” And yet one turns away from all 1640, he goes to Flanders and to France, hoping that with no other impression than that which was formed alLouis Treize will employ him in the decoration of the most at the beginning. Surely, one says, in the company Louvre, and stirred probably by the ambition to do higher of artists Vandyke is motioned to too great a place. work than portrait-painting. But Nicolas Poussin is en- | Technical qualities apart, the value of his work as an gaged before Vandyke puts in his claim, and Vandyke must etcher is precisely that of his work as a painter. There return to England, though English air, in the world of is the same mind in it — that, and no more ; a mind politics and fashion, is thick with a coming trouble. Sir courtier-like, refined, chivalrous, observant, thougbtful at Anthony is ill — ill and unhopeful ; and though the king | intervals; yet not of the highest at any point; neither is so far interested in the court-painter as to offer naïvely, the noblest nor the keenest, nor even near to these. Dea gratuity of three hundred pounds to the physician who ducting here and there a great exception — such as that can save his life, neither royal interest nor medical skill grave and gracious Sir Kenelm Digby, in the billiard-room is of any long avail, and Sir Anthony dies on the 9th day at Knole - his subjects, as he has represented them, are of December, 1641, the day of the baptism of his newly not free from the suspicion of “ posing." There is little born child. That child - Maria Ruthven's — is not his intensity in his artistic temperament; little real appreciaonly child; for in the will made but a few days before his tion of beauty, or of the truest force. A touch of affectadeath there is pathetic mention of “my daughter beyond tion has no repugnance for him. His works in the main sea :” and one can fancy that with that wife beside him seem wanting in the unerring directness, the unerring whom friends had persuaded him to marry, so that his life strength, of a great man's message sent forth from mind to might be quieter, he, “ weake of body, yet enjoying his mind. senses, memorie, and understandinge," thinks somewhat of the long past pleasure days, the bright beginning in contrast with this end.
Mr. W. H. Carpenter, who has catalogued his etchings, Roughly speaking, all our great etchers were contempoassigns to him but twenty-four. No less than twenty of raries, and while Vandyke was a child, there was born, at these are portraits of men. But Mr. Carpenter “ does not Lübeck, Adrian van Ostade. Particulars of his life are feel justified in omitting thirteen other etchings, chiefly of not abundant, and if we may judge both from that little sacred and allegorical subjects.” With these, in this which has descended to us of his story and from the cold paper, we have nothing to do.
and cynical observant face which makes the frontispiece The practical etcher will praise Vandyke for the frank- to his collection of etchings, they would not bear with ness and simplicity of his work; for an economy of labor them any dramatic interest. His life is in his work, and which up to a given point shows only as artistic excel- his work is great in quantity and in such qualities as are lence, and is the proof of knowledge and power. Yet technical. He came, when very young, to Haerlem, to again, it is carried sometimes too near to meagreness, and study under Franz Hals, was the fellow pupil and intithe praise needs must stop. Does the artist, on the other mate friend of Brauwer, and in the city of his adoption hand, seek to avail himself to the full of the resources of he soon found ample and remunerative labor. As years his art? – then some fault of conception or execution passed on, his success and reputation became more gen. which slighter work would have left to be unnoticed, or | eral and distinguished, and it is not likely that he would would not even bave carried with it at all, is very plainly ever have quitted Haerlem, bad not difficult times loomed apparent. A sky is hard and wooden; a background is in sight. artificial. Where is the tonality which would have been Alarmed at the approach of French troops, in 1662, he given by the more complete master ? On the whole, then, prepares to leave Holland and return to his own land. it is possible that Vandyke is best when he sketches. The | He sells his pictures and effects with this intention, and lines of the figure, the lines of the face, this and that trait gets as far as Amsterdam, whence he will embark for of character, generally true, yet generally not far below Lubeck. But in Amsterdam he is well received — bis the surface, all this Vandyke can render rapidly and fame has gone before him — and an amateur called Conreadily ; a clear thought, not a profound one, expressed stantine Senneport prevails on him to be his guest. The with an accurate hand. Here is a cloak set as gracefully new friend explains to Ostade the advantages of remainas Mr. Irving's in the play. Here is a bearing as manly, ing in a town so great and rich; and Ostade, with whom but it is more the manner than the man. Here, too, is a love of country held, we may be sure, a very secondary suggestion of a collar of lace. How well that lies on the place when love of money had any need to clash with it, broad shoulders! Sometimes the mind is seized as well as is soon persuaded to stay. In Amsterdam, therefore, his the raiment. The portrait of Snellinx has infinite rough easel is set up ; his works are purchased with avidity; vigor. This man was a painter of battles — there is battle they are ordered even more promptly than with all his in his eye and in his firm right hand. Will you see a perseverance they can be executed; and with increasing contented countenance; a mind at rest, with no thought of celebrity Ostade pursues his labor until old age is well a pose ; a graceful head, with long and black disordered upon him. He dies in Amsterdam in 1685, aged seventyhair; a calm intelligence in eyes and mouth ? Look, then, five, leaving, in addition to some three hundred highlyat Paul Pontius, the Antwerp engraver. He is a worthy finished pictures, many drawings which were done, it is gallant, standing there, with visible firm throat, stout arm, believed, as much for pleasure as for studies of his more and dexterous hand. The collar's lace-work makes the arduous works, and fifty etchings in which most of the firm throat yet more massive by its contrast : the many characteristics of his paintings are reproduced with a folded garment hides nothing of the plain line of that
dexterity, a mastery of manner, which, whatever be the rounded, stalwart arm. There is no date engraved upon change of fashion and of culture, will insure for him high the plate, and none is positively known for the man's birth rank, as one among the few great etchers. or death; but on an early impression in the Museum An accomplished and often sympathetic critic, who has Print Room I see written by a German hand, “ Paulus | made of etching his particular study, has been unusually Pontius, geboren 1603," and one takes the portrait to be severe upon the work of Ostade: not, of course, upon its that of a man close upon seven-and-twenty. It was technical merits — respecting which severity itself must
give way to admiration - but upon the sentiment that 1 One of these - Margaret Lemon - appears, says an authority, “to have | it expresses by touches 80 direct, keen, unmistakable. been a woman of much notoriety." There are prints after one of the por
Composition and chiar oscuro, perfect as the subjects setraits which Vandyke painted of her, by Hollar, Gaywood, Lommelin, and Morin.
lected can possibly give scope for – these two great qualiislo
ties Mr. Hamerton allows in Ostade's work. But the sen- | picturesqueness of nature, when that was shown in little
of easily-recognized truth. In the “ Peasant Family say. en 2
ing Grace" there is even a little spirituality, 1 a homely Last month the solemn day came round when the anbut genuine piety; though the types are poor, with no nat cient Republic of Uri, one of the oldest and most historic ural dignity — the father as unintelligent and sheep-like a of the Swiss cantons, had to elect her chief executive offi
parent as ever fostered his young, and accepted without | cial, the Landamman. Uri is essentially Catholic. Her de us
struggle or questioning a life of the dullest monotony. people were active on the side of the Sonderbund in 1847. Again, in the “ Peasant paying his Reckoning," the They shared in the exaltation of the Cantonalist party over finest and most fascinating, I should say, of Ostade's the Centralists when the latter made their first attempt to smaller plates, it is not the dull bliss of boozing that is rob the cantons of their hereditary privileges under color primarily thought of, dwelt upon, or presented, but rather of revising the Federal Constitution in 1872; and they ibe whole scene of this interior — paying peasant who were proportionally depressed when these traitors to Swiss fumbles for the coin, and watchful hostess, and still abid traditions triumphed under the influence of Protestant and
iny guests. How good is the space : how good the acces fo-called Liberal principles at the poll on the 19th of April. boz:
sories! the leisure, how delightful! It is a tavern in Consequently a heavy gloom set on the faces of the fathers
deed, but somehow glorified by art. For accurate delicacy of the country when they met to elect their own ruler under bat
of perception, for dexterous delicacy of execution, what is the altered circumstances which would make the new Lanthe there that surpasses this ?
damman, according to popular view in the canton, a mere But do you, on the other hand, wish to see work which agent of the distant Government of Berne, instead of the
shall abundantly confirm Mr. Hamerton's opinion of Ostade chief magistrate of a free people. Herr Epp, whose term ork.
- already partly justified, as I have indicated, by « The of office had come legally to a close, as it had iodeed each Family," “ Rustic Courtship,” and “The Tavern Dance.” | May for many years before, was the first to speak. “I
- then you will turn to the pieces numbered 13 and 50 in have not the smallest desire to be reëlected," was the burand the catalogue of Bartsch. The first of these is called “ The den of his address; “ and I beg earnestly that my wish on ados Smokers : " it represents three men, one of whom sits upon this head may be attended to. I have had very little satAS HE a turned-up cask. Chiar-oscuro is good, and grouping is isfaction in exercising my charge; and my successor is bored good; and that is all. There is as little subject for the likely to have still less, for in these evil days it is anything
mind as beauty for tbe eye; there is nothing of the char but a pleasant one. We are about to lose our own Constiacter with which Meissonier endows such a scene. The tution, and have it replaced by Federal institutions. I second represents an interior with many peasants, of whom would not therefore bold the position in which you placed
some are children and the rest of mature years. They are me any longer. There will be plenty of taxes by and by; F all delighting in and commending to each other this drink and in short the lookout is in every way not an agreeable ation. I and that — this and that savory mouthful that titly crowns one. I am not the man to fulfil the functions of Landamwith sensual jollity the labor of the day.
man under these new conditions; and in no case will I Ered. Take Adrian van Ostade out of doors, and he is a little accept them, having had quite enough of the duty, and be
better. In open air, somebow, he is less grossly animal. ing thoroughly tired of it. If I drink a quiet glass with an est. b Not that in presence of a wide landscape and far-reaching old friend from the country, I find myself made a picture of of ret vista there is any hopefulness in him. His own vista is in a caricature by some of the Liberals. I have no relish bounded as before. It is not the landscape that he sees
for this sort of thing, and wish to go back to private life with his mind, but the near pursuit of the peasaut by the and be able to share my glass with an acquaintance withshTB roadside, the peasant by the bridge. In “ The Fishers," out observation. So I have now only to thank you all refuses two boys, with old men's faces, bend over the bridge's rail for your support, and suggest that you should elect Herr
ingy, and over them hangs a gray Dutch sky, monotonous Lusser to fill the post.” thes and dreary as their lives. A wide landscape says nothing Herr Lusser had acted as Vice-President of the Republic
to (stade. It is too great for him; he is never concerned for some time past; but his unwillingness to fill the higher
with the infinite in any way. But just outside the cottage office seemed at first scarcely less remarkable than Herr Ta dvor, on the bench, within easy reach of ale-house tap, Epp's desire to quit it. “I have already," he said, “ been
he and his work are happiest and best. Here is evoked thirty years in the service of the canton in various capaciruch sense of beauty as he is dowered with by Nature, ties, in most of which there was plenty to do and very litwhich is never profuse to him — such sense of beauty as tle pay. I am most unwilling to take on myself the heavi. the conditions of his Netherlands life have enabled him to est duty of all. Besides which, you forget that I am really keep and cultivate. Thus, in “La Fête sous la Treille,” | too old. I have already passed iny fifty-fifth birthday, and We have some charm of open-air life, much movement, need rest." Cries here came from the assembly of “You some vivacity, and here and there a gleam of grace. In are not yet sixty, Herr Lusser” (sixty being the proper ihe group of “ The Charlatan" there is some dramatic in- age for exemption from public duties). “I cannot," went terest, and there are characters more varied than he is on the speaker, disregarding these comments, “ get through wont to present. But as we have seen him in his interiors my day now without a nap. And then the Landamman to the picturesqueness of litter - sprawling brush and pot will have a very hard nut to crack, and my teeth are really and saucer, and strewn cards upon the floor - so let us take not strong enough for such a job. I had very much rather leave of him in recognizing that he was alive also to the you would elect our worthy standard-b 'arer, Herr Ar.
llow this epiritually struck the refined mind of Goethe may be seen in Goelie and Mendelssohn, Ed Edition, p. 70.
Herr Arnold, called on to speak by this personal allusion,
proved himself a man of very few words. “ Fellow.citi. The great work on Michael Angelo, which is promised zens," he said, “ please to look on that remark of Herr for bis fourth centenary, in March, 1875, and which, it is Lusser's as a mere matter of politeness. We are all agreed said, will contain 700 letters of the great artist. besides that he is the proper man to succeed Herr Epp. He is more than 1000 letters and writings of various kinds by exactly fit for the duty; for he not only knows our cantonal his contemporaries, will be published, it is said, simultalaws, but is well up in Federal legislation. As for me, I neously in three languages — Italian, German, and French. declare to you, on my word of honor, I will not accept the
Professor Hein has described a small cave recently post, and in this you will find me firm.”
discovered near the railway-station of Thäingen, in SwitNo more discussion followed this very decided declara.
zerland, containing abundance of animal bones, with untion. An almost unanimous vote taken on the instant de
polished fint implements and other relics of human workclared Herr Lusser duly elected Landamman; and, quit
manship, including an incised figure of a reindeer on horn. ting his place in the outside ring, the new magistrate took
In the lower layers of the deposit were found remains of his position in the centre of the circle formed by his fellowcitizens, as the official sign that he would no longer oppose
the mammoth. their will. “Your confidence,” he said, addressing them,
A curious discovery has just been made in Italy by a " touches my very heart, and I will do my best for you, young musician, who has arrived in Paris with his prize. with God's belp. I thought the worst pang of my life was It is an unpublished score by Cimarosa, entitled “Marwhen I lately buried my worthy mother; but I declare it gharita di Vicenza.” It was in a Carmelite convent at did not give me more pain than stepping forward into this Florence that the finder hit on it one day in turning over position. However, I will fill my post without favor or some old papers. He obtained the manuscript without any prejudice. These are evil times for him who is the protec difficulty, and has presented it to the Paris Conservatoire. tor of the widows and orphans of the canton, for the pub The Prussian Staatsanzeiger states that Professor Max lic chest is well-nigh empty, and the demands on it are
Müller has been elected a knight of the Ordre pour le large. We hope much from that hole of the future,' as
Mérite, at the same time as Field-Marshal Count Moltke. they call it, which is being bored through St. Gothard; but
This is the highest distinction in Germany. The number we see nothing yet but a cloud of Italian and Suabian
of knights is restricted to thirty, and when a vacancy immigrants coming into the canton to ruin our morals and
occurs, a new member is elected by the chapter, and the take our business from us. Though we voted No' the
election confirmed by the emperor. There are also some other day, we have got to live in the new house they have
foreign knights who enjoy the privilege of being allowed fitted on us. But then the Holy Father is a prisoner in
to wear their insignia at the courts of England, France, his own, and so we have no business to complain. After
and Italy, without requiring special leave from their sovall, we are not so taxed as our neighbors over the moun ereigns. Mr. Thomas Carlyle and Mr. Humphrey Lloyd tains by their Galantuomo; nor are our ecclesiastics so have lately been elected foreign members of the Ordre pour persecuted as those of Germany by that man who has le Mérite. already crushed poor France and is now imprisoning the
A NEW Salle has just been opened in the Louvre for bishops. But you may depend upon it, the church will
ancient American curiosities. In the glass cases that line outlive him. As for me, I am but a weak mortal; but I ]
the walls is placed a considerable collection of pottery, will do my best, and now only beg your prayers and help.”
idols, vases, and other objects, which gives a good idea of This exordium finished, the new Landamman took the
the artistic knowledge of the races that inhabited America oath of office, and Uri fairly entered on the first year of
before its discovery by Columbus. Many of the idols are the Lusser administration.
carved in stone and marble, and resemble in their types the well-known Egyptian divinities. The most remarkable object of the collection is an immense zodiac of about
twelve mètres in circumference, cut in a kind of black FOREIGN NOTES.
marble, and absolutely covered with grotesque signs and
inscriptions. All these treasures, it appears, have been The Fifth or "Inkerman” volume, as it is called, of
for a long time stowed away in the magazines of the LouMr. Kinglake's “ Invasion of the Crimea," is announced
vre, but until the recent stir about the management of that for immediate publication.
museum no one seems to have thought of exhibiting them. It is announced that a school of music is to be estab
M. François LENORMANT, the successor to M. Beulé, lished by order of the Imperial German government at
late Archæological Professor at the. Collége de France, has Düsseldorf in connection with the local school of painting.
written to the Temps on the subject of Dr. Schliemann's
excavations. Comparing the antiquities now brought to MEISSOxier's “ Sign Painter,” painted some seven
light with similar objects found in Cyprus, Rhodes, and years ago, was recently sold in London, for £4500. An Santorin, he inclines to think that they cannot be ascribed other picture by the same artist, “ The Guardsman," sold to a period later than 1600 B. C. They belong, he would at the same time for £4100.
fain urge, to an older Troy than that of Homer; more
probably to that city which tradition said was built by Long Ago is to be discontinued. The editor has the sat
Phæbus and Poseidon and destroyed by Heracles ; or perisfaction of knowing that during the brief existence of his
haps to that still more ancient one founded by Dardanus. paper, it went back, financially at least, more energetically
There is a strong resemblance between the copper arms of than its rival — Notes and Queries.
Hissarlik and weapons of the brazen age found in DenMr. Browning's forthcoming work will, it is said, con mark and the lacustrine dwellings of Switzerland; while sist of a translation of the “ Hercules Furens” of Euripides, the eartben vases sculptured with women's breasts in rein an original setting, somewhat like that which “ Balaus | lief bave direct counterparts in some found in Pomerania tion's Adventure" forms for the Alcestis.
and on the shores of the Baltic. The concerts which Anton Rubinstein gave last month
This fact corroborates a theory recently advanced by M. in St. Petersburg and Moscow – two in each city - yielded
Bertrand, the learned keeper of the Saint-Germain Mu
seum, before Dr. Schliemann's doings were heard of, that the enormous sum of 23,000 roubles silver. One of each
the civilization of the brazen age had its origin in the north of the two concerts was for a charitable object.
of Asia Minor among the Chalybean metal-workers. From It is stated tbat the latest result of the excavations at thence, he contends, their manufactures were brought by Rone is the discovery of a magnificent bust of Matidia, Eastern mercbants along the route followed by the amber niece of Trajan, and mother of Sabina, wife of Hadrian, traders mentioned by Herodotus, past the Carpathian which is in a perfect state of preservation, and is to be range, where to this day are found hoards of Greek coins, placed in the museum of the Campidoglio palace.
as far as the shores of the Baltic.
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appears to the writer, afterward, orly as a fragment of a The recurrence of Commencement in the various col
fuller life. The novel or the romance is, in some sense, a leges and universities lets loose a large body of collegiate
complete work, and representative of a complete thought, reminiscences. Class gatherings and college festivals give
but the very characteristic of college life is its incomopportunity for excellent speech-making and story-telling;
pleteness. The graduation day of the young student is old collegians walk arm in arm, call each other by the old
called Commencement. picknames, and vow there never was such jollity as be
There is another cause that may be given, of a more longed to their student days. Why is it, we are impelled
| external character: College life, while having a general to ask, that there is almost no good literature whatever,
sameness in the different colleges of the country, varies in based upon college life in America ? A few books have
each case by certain traditions and customs which really • been issued which draw their interest from the picture
give the piquancy to a college story, and as the readers of college life, yet considering the delight with which men
of such books need to be found amongst collegians or those of letters profess to regard their college days, does it not
preparing to enter college, it would appear that any seem strange that no one makes any attempt to reproduce
book which gave a true picture of college life would give those days in literature? Wensley, one of the pleasantest
it with local color; and such is the fine sense of college of American stories, had for its hero — no moral being al
| self-consciousness, that no Harvard man would be betrayed lowed by the author - a rusticated Harvard student; but
into reading a college book which gave Yale life, and a then the scene of the story and the incidents depended
Yale man would find it equally barbarous to read the innot on his being a student, but a student cut off from his
terior of Harvard life. On the whole, we may safely say college. Other tales bave been written by men shortly
that college life is full of delight and excellent promise, after graduation, but they have been of a callow sort.
but it does not present exclusive material out of which litThe reason will be found, we suppose, in the limitations
erature may be constructed. of college life. To the student himself, his college life is
NOTES. a momentous affair. He finds himself one of a small company that is hedged in by a peculiar set of circumstances, – Mr. Edward H. Knight, who was the compiler of laws. manners, and traditions. A boy before entering, he Bryant's "Library of Poetry and Song," has nearly ready -is suddenly talking about the men of his class; he joins curious pair of works ! - an American Mechanical Dicformal societies, helps to make laws, becomes sometiines tionary, giving descriptive definitions of machines, tools, a revolutionary character, for a very short period usually, instruments, and processes in alphabetical order, forming a becomes a member of an order, is conscious, in fine, of an
complete reference-book of information concerning the isolation from the common conditions of other people. So mechanical appliances of science and the industrial and fixed is this consciousness that some have even regarded fine arts. Every instrument named is found to be fully it as a grievance that they should be subject to the laws described in its alphabetical place, as, for instance, the of the commonwealth or municipality, conceiving their
900 terms used in civil and hydraulic engineering, 500 institution to be autonomous, and holding themselves as a surgical instruments and appliances, 900 terms in mining, privileged class. Their own affairs thus become of great
metallurgy, and metal-working, and 500 agricultural impleimportance to them, and so absorbed are they in their ments. Mr. Knight is editor of the United States Patent microcosm that
Office Gazelle. “They take the rustic murmur of their bourg
- The Museum of Fine Arts has just opened, in the For the great wave that circles round the world.”
Boston Athenæum, an exhibition of its treasures, to which The outside world humors this collegiate temper, and have lately been added the pictures and engravings bethe student rarely fails to find a ready listener. As a queathed by Mr. Sumner, and some specimens of Limoges student he is regarded with that respect which the old painted enamel,“ probably the only speciniens,” says Mr. always feel toward the young when they are engaged in
C. C. Perkins, “ of their kind in America, and first-rate any really high occupation. As a collegian he is looked | examples of the work of Leonard de Limoges, Jean upon as a high-spirited, frisky animal, generally, and always Courtois, and Nardon Pénicaud, three of the most celeinteresting by virtue of his abstraction from the common brated masters of the school of Limoges in the sixteenth pursuits of the world. Just that which makes the col- | century.” legian emphasize himself and surroundings, namely, his iso- — The new exhibition of pictures is now open at the lation and semi-monastic life, constitutes the charm which Yale School of Fine Arts, under the superintendence of he has for the world outside.
| J. F. Weir, the Professor of Fine Arts. The collection is Why, then, we ask again, should not this sentiment find in part of pictures owned by the college, and in part a a place in literature and be preserved in a romance or loan collection. The Jarvis collection, bought by the colnovel? We have already found the answer. When the lege, is a permanent portion of the gallery, while the galstudent goes out into the fuller life of the world of men, leries of J. Taylor Johnson, R. L. Stuart, Marshall 0. and enters into a maturity of feeling and judgment, he | Roberts, William H. Appleton, and others have been bor
rowed from. Among the pictures, may be named Decamp's - A valuable letter, which was mailed at New York Turkish Patrol, Church's Petra, Huntington's Clement for Liverpool twenty-two years ago, was returned through VII. and Charles V. at Bologna, Gerome's Death of Cæ- the Dead Letter Office to the writer on the 15th of last sar, and Boughton's The Confidantes.
month. Where it has been all this time is a mystery. It - A statue of General Putnam has been erected in the was posted on the 25th of May, 1852, by Antonio Yznaga. beautiful park at Hartford. It was the gift of the late delvalle, a Spanish merchant of No. 60 Beaver Street, and Joseph P. Allyn, who died in Paris in 1869, and bequeathed was addressed “ Alejo Yznaga, care of the United States $5000 for this purpose. His father, who with C. D. War Consul, Liverpool." A draft on Brown Brothers for £41 ner and Governor Jewell were appointed to carry out his | 14s. 1d., payable to the person addressed, was inclosed. wishes, increased the amount by an equal gift, and J. Q. A. | The letter was recently transmitted from Great Britain to Ward was selected as the sculptor. The statue is of Washington, and subsequently remailed to this city, to be bronze, life-size. The hero stands on his right foot, with returned to the writer. It long detention abroad was not his left slightly raised, and in the full uniform of a gen- | explained. An employee of Mr. Yznagadelvalle called at eral officer of the Continental army. The face is much the post-office to receipt for it. He told Mr. Clarke, the idealized, we are told, representing rather the spirit of the dead letter clerk, that Mr. Yunagadelvalle undoubtedly Revolutionary time than a strict likeness of General Put- wrote the letter, but that it was so long ago he did not recolnam, although it bears a resemblance to the few sketches lect it. He said that Mr. Yznaga, the gentleman to whom extant of him. This reads like nonsense. If there are it had been sent, had been dead six years. The paper sketches of his face, why should they not be followed ? | of the letter is yellow with age, and the ink faded and Suppose the sketches had been made originally with ref- almost illegible. The wonder among the post-office auerence to showing the spirit of the time? We wonder thorities is how it was found. Mr. Clarke says that there if the sculptor who is to make the statue of Mr. Key, for are several instances of dead letters being recovered five which Mr. Lick has provided, will try to represent the or six years after they were posted, but he does not regeneral spirit of the Star Spangled Banner. Perhaps he member one that has been twenty-two years in transit. will unfurl him in some way, and give bis mouth an artistic We should think this matter would be worth investigatwhistling form.
ing. It may turn out that the post-office department has - Mrs. Emily E. Ford, in The Independent, proposes
been educating somebody to master the names of writer training schools for domestic service, in connection with
and receiver. the Emigrants’ Bureaus of the various cities. “We pro – A left-hand writer in the Scientific American gives pose,” she says, “an emigrant boarding-house for sorting some reasons why it is better to write as he does. The the classes, where they may go first on leaving the ship. | hand is never in the way of vision. The pen point is Then let there be training.schools in each ward, where always in plain sight, and so is the paper to be written on. they may go when classified. Each servant should pay a There is, consequently, no inducement to stoop forward or small sum for her board until a month of training be past, to turn the head so as to throw the eyes out of focus. It when work might be accepted as equivalent, if she wished is a common fault with those who write much that the left longer schooling. Let cooks, waiters, and chambermaids eye has a shorter range than the right. It is overworked here learn the rudiments of all household work, and ser and compelled to adapt itself to nearer vision. In writing vants out of place might board in these houses. Let there with the left hand, these evils are avoided. An upright be one large school, under the care say of Professor Blot, posture is the easiest, and the eyes are equally distant from where those who were ambitious, diligent, and capable the paper. should be taught the higher branches. We have no doubt
- The “Faraday,” which has just laid the new Atlan. that graduates of this higher course would be eagerly
tic telegraph line from Halifax to the Isles of Shoals, was caught up, as their honesty and capacity would be thor
built by the company for the express purpose : it is deoughly tested."
scribed as “ an immense craft, looking very old, rusty, and - The will of John Carter Brown of Providence gives
worn for a new ship, and covered, over her decks, with Brown University $50,000 for the erection of a fire-proof
queer-looking top-hamper." It is a commentary on the library building, for which purpose he had previously
noble civilization which science is supposed to bring in its given a fund, now amounting to $20,000, and a lot of land
wake, that all the business pertaining to the construction worth $35,000. It also bequeaths $25,000 to the Rhode
of this new telegraph had to be transacted with the utmost Island Hospital ; $5000 to the Butler Hospital for the
secrecy on account of the active hostility of the other Insane; $5000 to the Redwood Library at Newport. The
submarine telegraph companies. The portion of the line bulk of his estate goes to his children. Mrs. Brown, Rob.
which is to connect Halifax with the Irish coast is yet to ert H. Ives, Thomas P. ). Goddard, and George W. R.
be laid, but it is expected that the work will be completed Matteson are named as trustees in the will. It is not
by September. said what disposition will be made of his valuable library. It is to be hoped that it will be preserved intact.
– Mr. William H. Dall, the well-known naturalist, re
sumed his Alaskan explorations, under the Coast Survey, – On the Fourth of July there is to be a formal open.
about the 20th of April ; at which date he expected to ing of the great bridge at St. Louis. They are to burn
sail for Sitka and more northern points. His labors will an immense amount of powder, and if anything can be set fire to, or blown up, it will have a fair chance. Great
probably be conducted in the neighborhood of Cook's
Inlet, and along the coast of Alaska as far as the Islands pieces of fireworks, we are told, from three hundred to four hundred feet long, will go off. They will contain “designs
of Nunivak and St. Michael's. representing Washington, Missouri, and Illinois, shaking —“From Four to Fourteen” is the title of a book just hands, flanked with the coat of arms of each State.” We published. As there was already a novel entitled “ From should like ever so much to see that piece. Perhaps Chi- | Fourteen to Fourscore," and as Victor Hugo has given us cago and St. Louis will be represented as shaking hands, “ Ninety-Three," there is a gap of thirteen years yet to too, after the etiquette of the ring.