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In clearing out the cellars of the Hôtel de Ville, but the feet and legs are generally very bad inthe workmen have found under a heap of rubbish deed. The surface of the sculptures is much in. the statues of Louis XIV. and François I., which jured, but not so that the style and execution they formerly decorated the Court of Honor, and which exhibit may not be completely studied. This fragwere believed to have disappeared forever. The ment is placed where the so-called “Lion of Cni. former, the work of Nicholas Couston, has hardly dus” has long stood. suffered; but the other is in a piteous state. However, a restoration is not considered impossible.

VARIETIES. A STRIKING piece of furniture has been found at Aquila, in the Apennines : it is a bisellium or

PEACE. magistrate's chair of bronze, incrusted with silver, Peace flies before us, quiet Peaceand covered with chiseled reliefs and nielli of ex- The shadow that a cloud's white fleece quisite delicacy. The four feet are sphinxes; the Drops softly on the slippery grass, lateral supports are horses; the back, ornamented When the full sun, in June's bright crown, with busts in high relief, is incrusted with hun. Pours all his heat and burden down, dreds of little figures in silver representing hunt- Ever men wish, and ever it doth pass. ing groups, combats, landscapes, religious and domestic scenes of great beauty of workmanship. The baron leans from his towered rock, Castellani, the celebrated jeweler, paid 10,000 And sees the peasants and the flock, francs for it; but judges say it is worth more than And sighing, saith: “Peace lives with these." ten times that much ; indeed its value can hardly While thought as sad in them doth move, be estimated. It is to be classed among the At the fair palace throned above great monumental bronzes at the Capitol. A Their river, and the highland thick with trees. special gallery of bronzes is to be created at the Capitol in the Palace of the Conservators, where Peace hovers over the white-draped bed they intend to unite every thing fine that the city Where Childhood pillows its bright head; possesses in the way of bronzes.

Sits under leaves of oak and beech,

In shadow figured quaint with lights; OLD GREEK SCULPTURES. — A considerable And haunts the cool of sparkling nights, number of sculptures, says the Atheneum, mostly And sails adown the stream's moon-silvered of the architectonic sort, have been delivered at reach. the British Museum, being among the results of Mr. Wood's arduous, ably-conducted, and fortu. Doth not mankind esteem her dear! nate researches on the site of the Temple of Di. Her eyes with calm shine deep and clear ; ana at Ephesus, the discovery of which is un

Her voice, how strangely sweet it falls ! doubtedly due to his tact, patience, and discern. The flowing of her raiment white

Doth cast around a Sabbath light; ment. His energy has since been successfully employed in bringing to light these fragments,

Who would not hasten when her dove-note

calls ! which are of unusual interest in their kind. The most important of the works in question is the Why seeks she only field and grove ? larger part of a huge frustum of white marble, a Are the wild-flowers alone her love, portion of one of the remarkable columns in front Whom all the care-worn world desire ? of the Temple. Rather more than a third of the She answers: “I can dwell in cot, original surface of this drum has been utterly In palaces, in any spot; wrecked; the remainder shows, in high but rather But not with folly, selfishness, and ire." flat relief, a group of figures, about the size of or rather larger than life, the subject of which is at SOPHOCLES AS A PREACHER.-In his work on present obscure. Mercury is recognizable by the “Sophocles," contributed to the series of "Anpetasus and caduceus; a seated figure, which cient Classics,” Mr. Collins says :—The Athenian may be Pluto, and that of a grand female, proba- audience, with the joyous instincts of childrenbly Proserpine, form the part on our right of the ever ready to make believe”-gave themselves group. A young male figure, with wings like up to all the illusions of the cene and story, dethose commonly appropriated to angels, and lighting, and freely expressing their delight, in across whose body a sword is slung at the hip, the picturesque and ever-shifting series of graceby means of a sort of baldric, is on our extreme ful tableaux, so different from the still life of a left. The feet of the figures rest on an ad- statue or a painting. They were “as gods," vanced moulding at the bottom of the drum; knowing all the good and evil in the future of the thus the shaft appears to have been banded. The play—such knowledge only increasing the expectstyle of the sculpture is academically excellent, ancy with which they looked forward to Edipus but far, very far below that of the finest period. blinding himself, or Ajax falling on his sword. The treatment of parts of the naked bodies and The manner in which the poet treated each old thighs, in respect to their surfaces, is very good; familiar tale was the test of his art, just as a moda ern preacher might discuss and illustrate, after THE GERMANS IN ALSACE.-A letter from an his own proper taste and fashion, some well- “Alsatian” in the Cologne Gazette, says that Gerknown text. If we want a modern example of man sympathies are making very slow progress the keen interest and sympathy which may be ex. in Alsace-Lorraine, and that many still avoid all cited in a large and intelligent audience by the intercourse with the Germans “ as if they had life-like representation of a history familiar to the cholera.” The writer attributes this chiefly them from their childhood, we have not to go far to the political backwardness of the population. to seek. The Passion Play, now acted at Ober- “They know nothing whatever of Germany or Ammergau, has many points of resemblance to the Germans, and they accordingly give credit to the Greek drama. In both there is the same real- all the slanders which are propagated about the ity and majestic slowness in the acting, the same Fatherland as they do to the falsehoods which are rhythmical dialogue, the same melodious choral told them about France. Why should they make songs, the same large stage, with architectural friends with Germany when they are firmly conscenery half open to the sky, and, above all, the vinced that in a few months-a few years at the same intensity of religious feeling, which thrills utmost — they will become French again? This the actor, and passes from him, like an electric notion has been considerably strengthened by current, to an enthusiastic audience. And if this the success of the last loan, for three fourths of resemblance is apparent now, how much stronger the inhabitants of Alsace Lorraine now firmly bemust it have been in the middle ages, when the lieve that enough money will be raised not only Bible was a sealed book to the poorer classes, to pay the debts of France, but to drive the while the Passion Play embodied for them to the Prussians out of their country. The priests, too, life the personages and scenes of Scripture-when, are striving hard to persuade the ignorant masses as a German critic describes it, “ cloister and that their religion is in danger, and many years church were the first theaters, priests the first ac- will elapse before the influence of their party can tors, the first dramatic matter was the Passion, be weakened. But the German administration and the first dramas the Mysteries." Sophocles also commits many mistakes. Two years have developed this religious aspect of the drama; and passed since the war requisitions were imposed, no Athenian citizen could have seen his “ Ajax” and yet most of the claims for compensation are or “ Antigone" without feeling their hearts burn still unsettled; even those who assisted the Gerwithin them, or without being touched and eleva- mads during the war have not yet been paid for ted by the mingled sweetness and purity and their work, which creates much ill-feeling. The pathos which earned for the poet the title of the communes were obliged to raise money on loan * Attic Bee.” From his pages can be gleaned in order to obtain the articles required for the sentences which read like fragments from the in- troops, and though they have been paying interspired writings, and which might have furnished est on this money for two years, they can get texts for a hundred sermons. With him the De- nothing out of the Government but promises. ity is a personal and omnipresent being, far re- The same delay has taken place in the appointmoved from that sombre and vindictive Nemesis ment of commune officials; many of whose which haunted Æschylus—" neither sleeping nor posts have been vacant for months. The apwaxing faint in the lapse of years, but reigning proaching introduction of military service is a fur. forever in the splendor of Olympus,—"speak- ther difficulty, and it would certainly have been ing in riddles to the wise, but leaving the foolish much better if

, as was proposed, all young men in their own conceits.” “Nothing is impossible above the age of sixteen had been exempted. with Him.“ His works may perish, but He lives This would have prevented emigration and half for all eternity.” “Happiness is a fruit that grows of the options ; for most parents made their in His garden only." “To honor Him is the choice on account of their children.

The taxes, first and greatest of commandments.” Here are too, are extremely high, and the promises of the lines which might have been written by a Chris- Government had led people to expect that they tian divine :

would rather be diminished than increased. The "Speak thou no word of pride, nor raise

augmentation was quite unnecessary, for on the A swelling thought against the gods on high; Ist of January last Alsace-Lorraine had a surplus For Time uplifteth and Time layeth low

of over forty millions. Moreover, the number All human things, and the great gods above of Alsatians and Lorrainers who get places in Abhor the wicked as the good they love.

the Administration is extraordinarily small.

Barely one application out of ten is favorably Be blameless in all duties towards the gods ; For God the Father in compare with this

listened to; and yet this would be one of the best Lightly esteemeth all things else ; and so

means of gaining over numerous families to our Thy righteousness shall with thee to the end side." Endure, and follow thee beyond the grave."

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