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piquant fashion, and under the most tempting Allen has evidently been inspired by the provocations. Ursula Nugent makes her lover “ Called Back" of Mr. Fargus, a novel which work hard to conquer her obdurate attitude, had such an enormous sale some years ago. nobly inspired by her belief that a lover of The heroine loses her memory and becomes hers should not be conscious of stooping in almost a child under the agony of witnessing asking her hand. When she is induced to the murder of her father. With the reacquisi. feel that she is sought as an equal, and has tion of intelligence, however, she entirely fails sufficiently tested the suitor's devotion, she to recall the circumstances of the murder or succumbs. There is nothing otherwise worthy any conditions of life which may have led up of notice in the people that move in the story to the murder. The fascination of the story - they are conventionally conceived, conven- consists of the subtile and gradual restoration tionally treated ; but the current of motive of the impressions which had been blotted flows naturally and simply, and there is a from her memory like the restored inscriphappy absence of exaggeration in the inci- tions on a palimpsest. These lead her astray, dents of the story, which does not prevent however, as she slowly gathers up the broken them being pleasantly and effectively narrat- threads; and in the series of shocks and sured. We think, however, that Miss Whitby prises by which the most unexpected things can do and has done better work. Neque come to pass-things probable shown to be semper arcum tendil Apollo.
illusions, and the apparently impossible made
certainty-the mind of the reader is kept in a One wishes that Mr. Grant Aller had half dizzy whirl of doubt and expectation. The the skill and cleverness in fiction which make
deus ex machine in the plot is a veritable mahim delightful as a critic and essayist. Few chine, a device for taking instantaneous and writers possess the play of wit and humor, or continuous photographs by the electric light, the knack of writing epigrammatic sentences, created by a battery in the machine-photowhich render his excursions in the field of graphs, too, which need no developinent of popular science so fascinating to the intel- the negative. Such an apparatus was in the lectual tastes, if not always satisfactory to room where the murder was committed. It is one's convictions of their veracity. The stir- through these photographs that the circumring of a fantastic imagination is no less evi- stances of the murder and the identity of the dent in his stories, and it naturally moves homicide are revealed. The mechanism of more unhampered in fiction thun in his ex- tbis romance-for such it is to be called rather plications of cold fact; but it is a kind of than a novel-is exceedingly creditable to Mr. sheet lightning which plays on the surface ; Allen's scientific ingenuity. Beyond this one or, to use another simile, it is a gray goose does not much further go. That it will prove shaft that never strikes deep enough to wet the absorbingly interesting to the general swarm feathers. Mr. Allen has extreme ingenuity in of novel readers it is safe to predict. building an artful and complicated plot, full of surprises and cunningly dovetailed. He knows, too, how to work the material of sen- FOREIGN LITERARY NOTES. sation out of interesting scientific subtleties,
In her forthcoming novel, “ Gerard ; or, and to hurry on his readers from one climax
the World, the Flesh, and the Devil," Miss to another, without giving them time to think Braddon has chosen for her theme the agnosin the breathless hurry and dash of his story.
tic's sense of the shortness of life and the It is his virtue that he is never dull; and it futility of riches ; the same feeling which is only the dull writer who is a poor writer,
breathes through the lament of the Preacher. But this author, fertile and brilliant as he is
The story is a sad one, and the machinery, in mere story-telling-in the art of which he
which in an essentially modern manner repro. might become another Wilkie Collins-utterly duces the central idea of Balzac's “ Peau de fails in the more divine and searching func- Chagrin," touches only the outermost fringe tions of the imagination which create people of the supernatural. in the mimic world of the novel by developing them from within outwardly. They seem Dr. Faust PACHLER, who was for nearly half to be manufactured, not created ; but as pup. a century the keeper of the Vienna Hofbibpets, they play their parts with a briskness and liothek, has died at Graz in his seventy-sec. agility which never fail to keep the attention ond year. During the October fights of the keenly stretched. In the story before us Mr. revolutionary year 1848, when the roof of the
library was in flames, Dr. Pachler, who had coins, domestic and ecclesiastical architecture only the two under-librarians to aid him, of the various periods, and also include a bravely risked his life to save the treasures in series of portraits. In addition, there will his charge. He was active with his pen, and be colored maps, and chromo-lithograph rehis novels, poems, and articles in periodicals productions from illuminated MSS., etc. It had considerable popularity.
is expected that the whole will be completed A BUNSEN-DENKMAL, in the frrm of a bronze
in thirty monthly parts. bust of the scholar and diplomatist, has just MR. HALL Caine's new romance, “ The been unveiled at Korbach, his native place. Scapegoat," seems to have touched the feelDom PEDRO D'ALCANTARA, the ex-Emperor of ings of English Jews, during its appearance in
the Illustrated London News. Through Dr. Brazil, continues his favorite study of He. brew. He has privately printed at Avignon a
Adler, the Chief Rabbi, they have addressed monograph under the title of “ Poésies He
to him an invitation to visit Russia, together braïco-Provençales du Rituel Israélite Comta
with a companion familiar with the country din." It contains the Hebrew text, with a
and the language, in order that he may study
the Russo Jewish question on the spot. We transcription and a French translation. The bymus are still used in Provence upon special understand that the first edition of “The occasions. They were composed, if we may Scapegoat” in two-volunie form was entirely judge from the acrostics, by a certain Morde.
exhausted on subscription. cai, and most probably by Mordecai Ventura, MR. GRANT ALLEN will leave England next and, if so, Dom Pedro says rightly they are of
week. He proposes to travel through the the sixteenth or the seventeenth century, add. Tyrol and Northern Italy, before settling down ing. “ Avant cette époque on n'en trouve nulle in his winter home at Antibes. In addition trace." The Athenæum, however, lately men- to otber literary work, he has lately been en. tioned the projected publication of a fragment gaged in preparing for the press a translation of a Hebrew Provençal poem on the bistory of of the “ Attys" of Catullus which he made Esther of the fourteenth century. His Maj.
some years ago. He will prefix to it a pref. esty states at the end of his preface that he ace, dealing generally with the mythology of has learned too late that M. Ernest Sabatier,
the subject. of Nîmes, had already published a translation of Mordecai's hymns, without the Hebrew As witnesses of the popularity of “ The Cantext, at Nîmes in 1874,
terbury Tales,” fifty-four MSS. still exist,
ranging in date from about 1420 to 1476. Of Col. TWEEDIE, Her Majesty's Consul Gen.
these, all except four ore accessible to students eral at Baghdad, has for many years been en. either in public libraries or by the courtesy of gaged in the collection of materials for a work private owners-Lord Ellesmere, Mr. Wynne on the Arabian borse, and now, on the eve of of Peniarth, Lords Leconfield, Leicester, Tolle. his retirement from the East, has finished his mache, Delamere, the Dukes of Devonshire work. It will be highly elaborate, and is in. and Northumberland, and Sir Henry Ingilby. tended to give a history of horsebreeding in Lord Ashburnbam will not let his four MSS. Arabia, accounts of all the most noted Arab
be used, and Lady Cardigan locks her one up studs and strains in the East, notices of the
too. Of other MSS. once known, that seen by most famous Arabs that have been imported, William Thynne about 1530, and signed and a full comparison of the Arab horse with aminatur Chaucer," is most desired. Then other varieties, The work, which will be
come six mentioned by Urry, belonging to the illustrated, is to be published by Messrs. Duke of Chandos, the Hon. Col. H. Worseley, Blackwood & Sons,
Mr. E. Cambey, Mr. Norton of Suthwic, MESSRS. MACMILLAN have just published the
Hants, the Bishop of Ely, and the Royal So. first part of an illustrated edition of Green's ciety (No. 38), and Tyrwhitt's Askew I., “Short History of the English People,” hand.
though any or all of these may be among the somely printed in super royal octavo size.
fifty-four known MSS. The MS. Cotton, Otho
A 18, was burned in the Westminster fire. The illustrations, which have been partly selected by Mrs. Green and Mr. George Scharf,
The MSS. of the “ Tales” bequeathed by early are engraved in wood by Mr. J. D. Cooper,
Wills we can hardly hope to identify now. They are taken from authentic sources, to ex- A small but interesting Luther find (this hibit pictorially the arts, industries, costumes, time, it is to be hoped, a genuine one) is re.
ported by the Berliner Tageblatt from Nord. land on Leigh Hunt ; Mr. Cosmo Monkhouse bausen, where the authorities of the local on William Henry Hunt, the water color museum have acquired two printed leaves, painter ; Mr. G. T. Bettany on John Hunter, with marginal notes attributed to Luther. the surgeon ; Mr. C. H. Firth on Col. Hutch. Thanks to the exertions of Herr Heineck, the inson and Edward Hyde, first Earl of Claren. town librarian, it has been ascertained that don ; Dr. A. W. Ward on Henry Hyde, second these leaves originally formed part of the Earl of Clarendon, and Laurence Hyde, Earl well-known Psalter which, dating from 1513 of Rochester ; Mr. H. G. Keene on Sir Elijah and provided with marginal notes by Luther, Impey ; and Mr. Joseph Knight on Mrs. Inch. is at Wolfenbüttel. The authorities of the bald. latter library are now endeavoring to obtain possession of the two leaves in order to com. MESSRS. SAMPSON Low announce a new series plete the defective volume,
by representative men in the Church of Eng.
land, and in the chief branches of Noncon. In view of the ensuing centenary anniversary formity, which will be published under the of the birth of Theodor Körner, Count Angust general title of " Preachers of the Age.” The Fries, of Moravia, has presented to the Körner Museum at Dresden the autograph manuscript teen sermons or addresses specially chosen or
volumes will each contain some twelve or four. of “ Leier und Schwert,” which was generally written for the series, with photogravure por. believed to be lost. The manuscript also con.
traits reproduced, in most instances, from un. tains some hitherto unpublished poems and a
published photographs. It is also proposed brief diary, extending to a few weeks only.
to add to each volume a bibliography of all GERMAN papers announce that a portion of the books published by the author. The fol. the literary remains of the late Baron von lowing volumes have already been arranged Bunsen, which have not yet been published for :-“ Living Theology," by the Archbishop and are presumed to be considerable will of terbury ; “ The Conquering Christ, and shortly be issued under the editorship of the other Sermons," by the Rev. Dr. Alexander well-known Church historian Prof. F. W. Nip. Maclaren, of Manchester ; “ Verbum Crucis," pold, of Jena.
by the Bishop of Derry ; “ Ethical Christian.
ity,” by the Rev. Hugh Price Hughes ; “Ser. The coming volume of the “ Dictionary of mons," by Canon W. J. Knox-Little, of Wor. National Biography" extends from Howard to cester ; "Light and Peace," and other Ser. Inglethorp. Prof. Laughton writes on Charles, mons, by the Rev. Dr. Henry R. Reynolds, Lord Howard of Effingham, and on Lord President of Cheshunt College ; Faith and Howe ; Mr. Russell Barker on the fifth, sixth, Duty," and other Sermons, by the Rev. Dr. and seventh earls of Carlisle of the Howard A. M. Fai irn, Principal of Mansfield Col. family and on Jobn Howard, the philan. lege, Oxford ; “ Plain Words Great thropist ; Mr. Sidney Lee on Henry Howard, Themes,” by the Rev. Dr. J. Oswald Dykes, Earl of Surrey, and James Mowell of the Principal of the English Presbyterian College, “ Epistolæ Ho-elianæ ;" Mr. Thompson Cooper London ; Sormons,” by the Bishop of on Cardinal Philip Howard and Joseph Hun- Ripon ; " Sermons,” by the Rev. C. H. Spurter, the antiqnary; the Bishop of Peterborough geon, Pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle ; on Thomas Howard, second, third, and fourth Agoniae Christi," by the Very Rev. Dr. dukes of Norfolk ; the Rev. Alexander Gordon William Lefroy, Dean of Norwich ; and “Ser. on John Howe, the Nonconformist ; Prof. mons," by the Rev. Handley C. G. Moule, Tout on Howel Dda and Humphrey, Duke of Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge. The Gloucester ; Mr. G. C. Bonse on Mary and same firm will also be the English publishers William Howitt ; Canon Venables on Dean of the new Riverside edition of the works of Howson ; Mr. H. R. Tedder on Hoyle, the Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, in fourteen vol. celebrated writer on whist ; Miss Kate Nor. umes, ten for the prose and four for the gate on Archbishop Hubert Walter ; Canon poems, illustrated with four portraits. Dr. Perry on Bishop Hugh of Lincoln ; Mr. Fuller Holmes has himself annotated the poems and Maitland on John Hullah ; Mr. Leslie Stephen has written new prefaces for several of the on David Hume and Francis Hutcheson ; Mr. prose volumes, each of which will have its J. A. Hamilton on Henry Hunt, the Radical, own index. There will be a large paper edi. and William Huskisson ; Mr. Alexan Ir tion.
screaming sound—ibe din of the cyclone, MUSIC AS MEDICINE, -The Lancet gives a very
amid the dead silence that always reigns at cautious reply to a suggestion as to the use of night in Bengal—was beard, coming from the music as a medical treatment. “Five years
southwest. It is not, says a print of the ago,” says the Lancet's correspondent, “ I had month, the continuous whistle of a Western an opportunity of trying the effect of dreamy tempest, but a fierce overwhelming uproar, music upon a lady of great intellectual power,
like the thundering of surf upon leagues of who retained, too, her faculties at the ripe age stony beach ; and in an instant, the isles of of eighty-six. About seven minutes were oc
the Megna and its broad channel became the cupied by the music, and before its last notes very centre of that terrific circular storm of were heard my revered friend, the Viscountess wind and water combined. The latter, piled Combermero, had closed her eyes and was up, “ turned almost like a wheel over Lakhi. napping.” This story reminds us (says the par, and, wbirling downward again, drove with Hospital) of another told by the late Dean its western segment the heaped-up waves of Ramsey in his “ Reminiscences of Scottish the two great rivers in a wall of death thrice Life and Character.” A certain country laird as high as the 'bore,' washing clean over the was taken ill with some affection which pro- rich and populous islands. They stand some duced marked sleeplessness. All sorts of twenty feet above mid-tide, yet this dreadful remedies for the insomnia were tried, but tried wave of the cyclone rose, at least, another in vain. The laird had a son who was what is twenty feet, high over the dry land, submergcalled in Scotland “ daft," that is, he was ing every bamlet and cattle shed ; drowning somewhat weak in the upper story. When men, women,
and children in their sleep ; the other members of the laird's family were bursting over tank, and garden, and templein a state bordering on distraction, the lad,
in a few minutes slaying nearly a quarter of a whom nobody thought of taking into consulta.
million of human creatures. Imagine the tion, suddenly burst out with, “ Feyther aye
horror of that scene-of that death so abrupt, sleeps i’ the kirk.” The suggestion of getting pitiless, and inevitable. From the moment a minister to preach to the sleepless man was
when tbe first howl of the cyclone was heard, acted upon immediately, and with the best re- tenring upward from the ocean, to the awful sults. Hardly had the reverend divine got return stroke of the tempest, herding before it well into the second head of his discourse, be. the dark waves of water, scarcely Thirty minutes fore the patient was sound asleep and snoring elapsed. Tens of thousands of human beings like the drone of a bag pipe. The peculiar were by that time caught up and washed like monotony of the preacher's voice had acted as drift-wood into the boiling bay ; tens of thouan irresistible soporific. It is a common ex
sands more were choked in their beds by perience that the monotonous reading of a
whelming waves and ruined buildings ; and book, or the measured cadences of quiet sing all the work of their hands, all their possesing, is often of great value in the soothing of sions, and all their cattle were similarly seized the nervous system. It might be well if nurses in the black flood and destroyed.”— Cassell's were taught to chant a little, and were to learn Illustrated History of India. suitable music for the bedside. Young ladies, too, and even matrons, would be all the better THE O'Gorman Mahon.-An interesting arti. if, in the course of their ordinary education, cle on the late The O'Gorman Mahon appeared they had a little instruction in music of a
in the Nero York Sun. Here is an extract : sleep-inducing kind. There is manifestly a
He first went to Paris, and appeared at field for the musical composer also, as well as
the Court of Louis Philippe. His handsome for the nurse and the young lady.
face and form and his readiness to fight, and
his formidableness when once in a duel, soon THE STORM-WAVE OF 1876.–The natives usu- won him fame and favor at Court. He be. ally go to rest at sunset, in the little huts came the friend of the King and intimate with under bamboos, of which there are long Talleyrand. All the brilliant society of the clumps stretching everywhere ; and, happily, capital of fashion was open to him. Women it is the custom in these districts to plant loved him, men sought and envied him, his dense groves of trees, but more especially of enemies feared him, and his fortune rose high. cocoanut and palm, round the villages ; and With Paris as a centre of operations, he trav. almost all who survived saved themselves by elled over all E pe du the next few climbing into the branches, when the strange years. All sorts of wars, great and small, were life to severe exertion is more apt to be attend. “ His fame had gone before him, and he was ed with risk than with benefit.- London Medi. received with marks of high favor. Count cal Recorder.
waging, and The O'Gorman Mahon was in Bismarck and he became bosom friends, and them all, now a captain, now a colonel, now a their friendship lasted to the end of his life. general. He fought under nearly every ilag, He also became a favorite companion of the and distinguished hiinself among the brave Crown Prince. For no one could equal The men around each European monarch. He O'Gorman in his graces of conversation. To went over into Africa, he fought under the his natural talents were added the thousand banners of Oriental princes. At the end of ten thrilling, strange, unusual experiences of his years of this exciting life, for which he never long, restless life. But age at length began to lost the keen edge of appetite, he returned to tell upon him. The customs of the times had the county Clare, and sat in Parliament for changed. Duelling was no longer the fashion, five years. At the end of that time he was and personal daring was no longer the feature beaten by five votes. He left his native coun.
So he returned to Ireland and re-en. try and did not return to it or to England for tered politics. He became an intimate friend twenty years. He threw himself into a career of Gladstone, and it was to an inquiry from of adventure with renewed energy. He was that gentleman that he replied : ‘I have now in the full strength of his manhood. fought twenty-two serious duels. And in all Hardship, restless activity bad not impaired my life I have never been challenged. I was his health or strength in the least. He could always the aggressor.'” still drink, ride, shoot, and fence with the best and bravest. Women still found him SEA TRIPS AS A CHANGE.- When exhaustion first in attractiveness, with his bold, almost has gone so far as to produce a condition of beautiful face, and his record of reckless dar. positive breakdown without any special oring, and his low, sweet voice that could say ganic lesion, a sea trip is in most cases to be compliments or deadliest words of anger with preferred to any alternative. The patient has equal grace and force.
the advantages of perpetual carriage exercise After remaining in France awhile he went without the irksomeness of restrained postnre, into Russia and joined the hunting party of and without its limitation to a few hours of the Czarewitch to shoot bears and wolves in sunshine. The chilling effects of night air Finland. The Czar made him a lieutenant in and alternations of dryness and dampness of the international bodyguard, which gave him atmosphere are almost unknown at sea ; and rank above most of the generals. Ho fought a recovery may in such cases usually be preagainst the Tartars, visited China, India, and dicted as following almost certainly a few Farther India, cainped with Arabs, fouglit weeks on ship.board. But it is to the middle. under the Turkish flag, then took service with aged man more than all others that a holiday Austria, then drifted back to France and joined at sea is to be recommended. In the great an expedition to South America. He first majority of cases a man who leads an active fought in the armies of Uruguay and then en. business or professional life selects his form listed under the Chilian Government. There of holiday as much for what he gets away from he changed from a soldier to a sailor, and rose as for what he gets to. The desire to get out to the rank of admiral. The wars in Chili of harness and to escape from the weary tread. being over, he travelled across the mountains mill of the recurring cares from which few to Brazil and became a colonel in the army of active men are free is never better met than the Emperor of Brazil. When Brazil was by a voyage. To such men exercise is a sec. quiet, and not a speck of war cloud was in the ondary consideration. Fresh air and the inhorizon of South America, he crossed to cidents that vary the monotony of sea-life are France. There were rumors of war in Europe. sufficient to give all the benefits that any He found his old friend, Philippe Egalité, des change can give, while tbe gentle exercise of parted, and Louis Napoleon governing in his walking the deck is sufficient to stimulate the stead. But the change of government had no appetite and promote digestion The imposeffect upon the fortunes of the knight errant. sibility of doing anything more energetic than Napoleon gave him a coloneley in a regiment walking the deck is a safeguard to persons of of chasseurs and made him a lion at Paris this class ; for, after the first flush of youth is again. But he remained only a short time, over, the sudden transition from a sedentary and went to visit the German Empire.