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scoon in New England being used to express the only in Virginia and some parts of the South clever skipping of stones thrown so as to skim over the sur- is still much used in its old English meaning of skil. face of the water. It has certainly contributed ful at work and talented in mind." Transpire for flummadiddle, a nautical mess, at the mention of occur is not an old friend with a new face, but an which New England fishermen lick their chops, and old friend with face horribly distorted. John Ran. among the main ingredients of which are pork-fat dolph was quite right when he called out to a speakand molasses. Aboard used with reference to a land er in Congress who had used it repeatedly, conveyance is also an innovation. To go ahead is say transpire once more, I shall expire. Gentleman English enough ; but when a New York journal re- and lady, as might have been expected, “have no marked that * in this complication of European dif- longer in America any distinctive meaning.” The ficulties a favourable opportunity was offered to Am
Duke of Saxe Weimar was asked, Are you the erican go-aheaditiveness," it enriched the maternal man that wants to go to Selma?" and upon assenttongue at the same time that it painted Americaning, he was told : “ Then I'm the gentleman that is character. We should have thought that to the list going to drive you.” Nothing sounds more intensely of “ Afloat"
might have been added bust up and vulgar to an English ear than the universal substitugone up, which sound like word-pictures of steam
tion in the United States of lady for woman. boat travelling in the States :-
“Wanted, two competentent sales-ladies.” Dr. de Coroner—" Witness, when did you last see de- Vere cites a distinguished writer as authority for the ceased ?"
statement that an orator said in a public meeting Witness—“ The last time ever I saw deceased, where bonnets predominated, “ The ladies were the as I was a goin' up I met 'im and the smoke-chimney last at the Cross and the first at the Tomb." a comin' down.
The heading “ Cant and Slang,” also presents an On • The Rail," democracy, afraid of saying
embarras de richesses. We like flambustious (showy), first and second class, has been obliged to draw on its slantendicular and sockdolager--the last said to be magnificent imagination for such splendid aliases as a corruption of doxology. But our favourite on the Palace Cars and Silver Palace Cars ; and at last whole is catawam pous. A political character in the we suppose it will come to Gold and Diamond. The Legislature of Missouri, attacked by a host of hostile Cowcatcher depicts the unfenced state of an Ameri- orators, was said to have been
catawam pously can railroad, and baggage-smasher too well describes chawed up.” Then again, the great West, with "the the American porter. The verb telescope is a railroad
matchless features of nature on the largest scale ever word of still more unpleasant import.
" The fre- beheld by man, &c.,” plays a great part ; but “ the quency,” observes Dr. de Vere, with scientific calm- low-toned newspaper written for the masses,” in the ness, with which trains collide on American railways opinion of Dr. de Vere, plays a still greater part. has led to the use of the word for the purpose of de- The degradation of a national language in point of signating the manner in which, on such occasions, one fact generally keeps pace with the degradation of train is apt to run right into the other, as the smaller national character, of which it becomes in turn no parts of the telescope glide into the larger.”
important source. “Natural History,” of course, supplies a number The last heading is “New Forms and Nick. of special terms. But big bug, for a person of con
names.” New nicknames of course must be inventsequence, is an addition to the general language ; ed for new persons and places. But we protest and so is rooster “ an American ladyism,” which has against such" new forms
as to erupt, to excurt, to so far supplanted the less lady-like term that an Eng. resurrectionize
, to itemize, to custodize
, to resolute, as lish traveller professes to have heard of“a rooster and barbarism in the very deepest sense of the word. The or story.” The unapproachable qualities of the
terms clergywoman and chairwoman (President of a skunk have also given him, as was his due, a place
Woman's Rights Meeting) are still more repulsive, in the language beyond the mere pale of natural though not on philological grounds. history.
We are much indebted to Dr. de Vere for his “ Of“ Old Friends with New Faces,” there is a work, and beg leave to commend it to all British very long list. What was good English when the
tourists in the United States, as the means of acquir. Pilgrim Fathers left England has, in many instances, ing a familiarity with the idiom which cannot fail to since become obsolete or provincial. When an Am- render them acceptable to the natives. We trust erican lady tells you that she “ dotes on bugs,"
that it will also find its way into the hands of the meaning that she is fond of entomology, her language Archduke Alexis, who may then win all hearts by is perfectly classical, though archaic. A number of promising that between the bear and the eagle the peculiar modes of spelling also, such as becase and British lion shall be catawampously chawed up. bile (for boil), are not vulgarisms, but archaisms. Of all the perplexing words to a native of the old country in America, the most perplexing is clever. “This The First English CONQUEST OF CANADA ; troublesome word,” says Dr. de Vere, “a favourite
with some account of the earliest settlements in with our race wherever they are, can neither be Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, by Henry Kirke, traced back to an undoubted derivation, nor defined
M.A., B.C.L., Oxon. London: Bemrose & Sons. in its meaning beyond cavil: used in England generally for good-looking (?) or handy and dexterous, it We have here from Mr. Henry Kirke, author of means in Norfolk, rather, honest and respectable, Thurstan Meverell, the first detailed history, by an and sounds there like claver. In some districts of English writer, of the First English Conquest of Southern Wales it indicates a state of good health ; Canada, in 1629. There are numerous French ac. in a few southern counties perfect clearness and counts of that event, in which the hero, Captain completeness, and in other paris, as with us, courtesy David Kirke, whose name is so transformed as to and affability. The American pet word smart has be barely recognizable, and whose career is ranked however largely superseded it in our speech, and among the buccaneers of America, is painted in no
enviable colours. The namesake of that conquering independence. It was always said that the women Captain does full, if tardy, justice to his merits. exceeded the men in enthusiasm, and this book conCaptain David Kirke, with two brothers, Lewis and firms that impression : indeed, the display of female Thomas
, sajled up the St. Lawrence, with half a patriotism seems to have been carried to such a dozen vessels, the largest of which was only 300 length as partly to justify the Federal Commanders tons, and made an easy conquest of the starving gar- in sometimes thinking less of the privileges of beauty rison of Quebec. Kirke, who had acted under let than of the necessities of war. We get portraits ters of marque, was greatly disgusted, when despoil from the life of several notable men, and descriped of the fruits of his conquest by the restoration of tions of several notable scenes. There is Stonewall Canada to France. That Government agreed to Jackson, of course, idol of every Southern heart and pay him an indemnity of £20,000, of which he eye, “with his tall, gaunt figure, ungainly in its never received a farthing. The £60,000 which the proportions, awkward in its movements, sitting erect backers of Kirke had advanced to set the expedition with military stiffness upon his saddle, with his afloat was all lost. Kirke got an empty title and a sharply defined and resolute features, and eye of mild grant of Newfoundland, which he lived to see re- hue but gleaming with fire. There is Ashby, whose voked. In telling the story of Kirke, the author portrait might almost be taken for one of Graham of has drawn much of his materials from State papers Claverhouse. On the Federal side there passes before in the Record Office, The history of Canada can us, among other forms, that of General Cluseret, late be written only by one who has access to these General of the Parisian Commune, then, according to his papers ; and let us here urge the necessity of own account, representing European Republicanism copies of them being obtained for the Parliamen- in the Federal camp. He appears at Winchester, tary Library at Ottawa. With the Paris docu- issuing a requisition upon the depleted larders of the ments already there, they would complete the ma- town for five thousand pounds of bacon, and threatterials out of which our national history can be ening that if the bacon were not forthcoming by the written. When off the track of the main story, Mr. time specified, the town should be given up to the Kirke is content with very secondary materials ; soldiers. * Citizens, conduct the Republic, one and relying on the authority of Macgregor and Halibur- | indivisible, to the suspected citizens' strong-box.' ton, authors of our time, when he might have con- But perhaps the most interesting thing in the volume sulted the voyage of Cartier and the History of Les is the description of Richmond after the entrance of carbot. He writes for Pontgravé, Pontgrave; Gaspé, the Federal conquerors, of the suspense respecting Gaspè; and Saguenay, Saghanny'; he fails to identify the fate of General Lee's army, and of the reception the island of St. John with that of Prince Edward, of the news of his surrender. and Bacailos with any place.
He supposes Bac- “Very little allusion was made from the pulpits to ailos to be the Indian name of codfish. If he had the condition of affairs : indeed it had been forbidden consulted Lescarbot (ed. 1618) he would have read : so far as prayers for the Confederacy'were concerned; " Quant au nom de Bacailos il est de l'imposition but no order could govern the nation's heart, and de nos Basques, lesquels appellent une morue Bacai- many an anguished supplication ascended to heaven les, & à leur imitation nos peuples (Indians) ont from those altars for the little band of fugitives whose appris à nommer aussi la morue Bacailos.” It is cause was even then beyond the reach of prayer. certain that the word came from Spain or Portugal ;
“One old Baptist minister prayed : whether it were first applied by Biscayan fishermen, ""O Lord, thou who seest our hearts, knowest what or by Corte Real, the Portuguese navigator. But in we so earnestly desire, but dare not specify in words, spite of this, and other omissions and minor errors, Grant it, O Lord, grant it!' Mr. Kirke has given us the best and most authentic “ About eight o'clock at night, the tense nerves of account of the deeds of his namesake. The policy the people vibrated painfully at the sound of a gun, of restoring Canada to its original owners in 1632, and before its echoes died away another followed, and he strongly condemns ; but surely he does not suffi- another and another, until sixty were counted. It ciently reflect that if it had been retained then, it
was a salute to celebrate some triumph. What could would almost certainly have followed the fortunes of it be? They dared not think.
At last the suspense he other Eng lish Colonies in 1776.
grew too horrible to be borne; even certainty could be no worse.
“Ellen Randolph, opening her window and seeing WOMEN; OR CHRONICLES OF THE LATE WAR.
a Federal soldier passing by, called out : By Mary Tucker Magill. Baltimore : Turnbull
"Can you tell me the meaning of those guns?' Brothers.
“What say?' said the man, approaching the
window. The thread of the story in this book is slight; but “'Can you tell me the meaning of those guns?' it serves to connect a series of very vivid pictures of repeated the young lady, tremulously. life in the South during the war for Southern inde- "“Yes, ma'am : them guns is fired to celebrate pendence. It is another proof that, though the the surrender of General Lee's army.' extension of slavery may have been the motive of “He heard something like a gurgling, choking the leaders of Secession, the conflict, once com- sound as the figure disappeared from the window. It menced, became on the part of the Southern people was the dying gasp of hope in the young heart. a real struggle for national existence, carried on with “ After some days the disbanded soldiers of the dead fervent patriotism and unbounded self-devotion. It cause began to flock back to the city, with bowed heads is evident, too, from this among other manifestations and bleeding hearts. They told with eloquence which of Southern feeling, that, though crushed under the alone is the offspring of true feeling, of the last hour of heel of the conqueror, Southern patriotism still lives the life of the Army of Northern Virginia ; of the hard and glows ; lives and glows perhaps even with suffi- ships of the march, when the expected rations failed cient intensity to carry in itself the earnest of ultimate to reach them, and how the soldiers were obliged to
scatter in order to get food to save them from starvation. strictness, be called original ; books of a somewhat How they lived for days on raw corn and even roots, similar character have appeared before, but in none but still the thought of surrender was far from them; of them do we remember to have seen combined and how when the hour for meeting the enemy ar- with a felicitous choice of topics, evidence of reading rived, and they were rushing on to the conflict, sud- so extensive or a moral purpose so clearly kept in denly the field seemed to be alive with white view. We heartily recommend “Cues from all flags, and their old warrior General riding into their Quarters" to the notice of our readers as a delightful midst, the tears streaming down his cheeks, said : and instructive book. We can only refer here to one
I have done what I could for you ; I can do no subject treated of in this work. In a chapter en. more.'
titled—“The Brute World, a Mystery” there are “Then hardy soldiers fell down in his pathway, and some reflections which will be favourably received were not ashamed of their tears ; and the officers see- by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Ani. ing the terrible suffering of the Commander-in-chief, mals. “Mrs. Jameson avows her impression that who must take the responsibility of action, showed in nothing do men sin so blindly as in their appretheir love for him by striving to share it, and many a ciation and treatment of the whole lower orders of strong man bowed his head over the hand of the creatures. To the affirmation that love and mercy noble old soldier in deeper reverence and love than towards animals are not inculcated by any direct in the days of his greatest triumphs.
precept of Christianity, she answers that surely they "In a few days General Lee returned to the city, are included in the spirit; though it has been remark. and his friends flocked around him to testify their ed that cruelty towards animals is far more common love and sympathy ; and truly he was grander in the in Western Christendom than in the East. With the moment of defeat than he had ever been at the head Mahometan and Brahminical races, she adds, huof his conquering armies ; and never had he been so manity to animals, and the sacredness of life in all its entirely the leader of the Southern people, whom he forms, is much more of a religious principle than swayed by his moderation and wisdom into like among ourselves. Bacon does not think it beneath his action.
philosophy to point out as a part of human morals, “In the delirium of the moment thousands would and a condition of human improvement, justice and have sought foreign homes, talked wildly of Brazil mercy to the lower animals-'the extension of a and Mexico. But he ever advised all to remain and noble and excellent principle of compassion to the accept the situation which was inevitable, and do creatures subject to man. "The Turks,' he says, their duty as became good, honorable men, hoping though a cruel and sanguinary nation both in for better times in the future. For himself he nobly descent and discipline, give alms to brutes and suffer refused wealth and honors, preferring to set the people them not to be tortured.' To Mrs. Jameson, then, who so loved him the example of a life made noble who was apt both to think freely, and to speak by misfortune, and of a greatness which could know frankly, it appeared as if the primitive Christians by no fall.
laying so much stress upon a future life in contradis“Choosing for his profession in life the simple duties tinction to this life, and placing the lower creatures of an instructor of youth, he led young men into the out of the pale of hope, placed them at the same battle of life, and showed himself the great General time out of the pale of sympathy, and thus laid the in instructing them how to overcome its difficulties foundation for this utter disregard of animals as being and perils by a dependence upon the Captain of our fellow creatures.' their salvation. And here in his home among the Those who are fond of curious speculations and hoary hills of his native State, beside the grave of his are at a loss to account for the acts, motives and feelformer comrades, he found the happiness he sought in ings of the lower animals will do well to carefully the paths of duty; and when at last he laid his hon- read this chapter—“Paradoxical or not, preposterored head down to rest, the people whom he had ous or not, the hypothesis of an after-life of the served so faithfully mourned him as a father, and brute creation has been sometimes mooted, somewept again as for the second loss of the cause of the times favoured, sometimes actually taken up, by acSouth.
credited apologists for the Christian religion. LeWe repeat that the story is slight; the interest of land, in his strictures on Lord Bolingbroke, admits the book lies in the descriptions. But the descrip- the supposition of brutes having ‘immaterial, sensitions are not only interesting, but historically valuable tive souls, which are not annihilated by death.' Bishas giving us the woman's view of the war.
op Butler, the author of the Analogy, pronounces an objection to one of his arguments, as implying
by inference, the natural immortality of brutes to be CUES FROM ALL Quarters, or Literary Musings
no difficulty; since we know not what latent powers of a Clerical Recluse. London: Hodder and and capacities they may be endued with.'' John Stoughton; Boston: Roberts Brothers; Toronto:
Foster, the great John Foster, the Essayist, thus Adam, Stevenson & Co.
apostrophises in his journal a wee warbler of the woodlands :
-Bird ! 'tis a pity such a delicious note This extremely entertaining work is evidently the should be silenced by winter, death, and, above all, fruit of many years' plodding in the field of litera by annihilation. I do not and I cannot believe that ture. The author has not only read extensively but all these little spirits of melody are but the snuff of the thoughtfully also, and with a purpose beyond the grand taper of life, and mere vapour of existence to amusement of a leisure hour. The result is a book that vanish for ever. He would or could have criticised may be opened any where and read at any time with with sympathy Le Maire's Amant Verd—the hero of pleasure and profit. Each chapter is a little treasury which has been mistaken by half-awake comof choice thoughts from the best writers, judiciously mentators for a man, whereas 'twas an Ethiopian selected and skilfully fitted together to illustrate the bird, Marguerite of Austria's pet paroquet, which subject immediately in hand. The plan cannot, in I died of regret, Miss Costello says, during its mis
tress's absence, and which the poet represents as “But fare thee well! Mine is no narrow creed ; received into an imaginary Paradise of animals, And He who gave thee being did not frame where many readers who have lost and mourned The mystery of life to be the sport similar favourites would be sorry to fancy they were Of merciless man. There is another world transported.' Samuel Rogers, the poet, could ‘hardly For all that live and move a better one ! persuade' himself that there is no compensation in a Where the proud bipeds, who would fain con fine future existence for the sufferings of animals in the Infinite Goodness to the little bounds present life-for instance, said he, when I see a Of their own charity, may envy thee.” horse in the streets unmercifully flogged by its brutal driver.'”
In the Noctes Ambrosianæ, the Shepherd says : “ By the light of philosophy, we know nothing
“I have never been able to perswade my heart and about the matter either way; the brute world is a my understandin that dowgs haena immortal sowls.” mystery, yet it is a beautiful school of philosophy And then, pointing to Bronte, “his sowl maun be (though it has few disciples) which teaches man to
immortal.” “I am sure, James,” rejoins Tickler, say of most things : 'It may be so, and it may be
“that if it be, I shall be extremely glad to meet otherwise ; it is a point on which I only know that Bronte in any future society.” “The minister wad I do not know,
ca' that no orthodox," resumes the Shepherd. “But
the mystery o' life canna gang out like the pluff o' a Behold we know not anything
cawnle. Perhaps the verra bit bonny glitterin inWe can but trust
secks that we ca' ephemeral, because they dance out or fear, as the case and our own disposition may but ae single day, never dee, but keep for ever and chance. I hope there is a heaven for them,' said the aye openin and shuttin their wings in mony million late Mr. Æsop Smith of his horses."
atmospheres, and may do sae through a' eternity, Southey in his verses on the death of a favourite The universe is aiblins wide aneuch.' old spaniel says :
Canadians review, with justifiable pride, the ma- | only be industrious and provident, and he will be an terial progress of the land in which they live. In unconscious instrument in its advancement, Every spite of the ignorance displayed by many of our acre of wild land cleared by the axe of the woodman, countrymen at home, and the misrepresentations of our every bushel of grain taken to the rude mill on the neighbours across the line, Canada has, at length, creek, every little hoard saved from the fruits of secured the favourable attention of the world. In toil, will contribute to the intellectual progress of the the natural order of events, this result was inevitable. generations to come. Fortunately ample provision The energy of men in conflict with the forces of na- has long since been made in Canada for the education ture, interesting while in progress, is never doubtful of the whole people. The struggle in England-bein its issue. Within the memory of some not yet gun in Parliament, thence transferred to the schoolpast their prime, the face of the country has under boards, and now, it appears, to be relegated to Mr. gone a marvellous transformation. The area of cul- Forster and the House of Commons-seems strange tivated soil, at first a mere fringe upon the skirts of to us who have for years enjoyed a national system the wilderness, has gradually extended many miles established upon a firm and equitable basis. We from the frontier. The rudé farming of the early hold in just esteem the energy of those who first settler has given place to a thritty and intelligent hewed out a pathway for civilization in the forest; agriculture, by which the resources of the land are ought we not to remeniber with gratitude the men more fully developed and less wastefully employed. who laid broad and deep the foundations of our Similar evidence of progress is manifest in the im- Common and Grammar Schools systems, or dedicated provement of stock and in the general use of labour- to superior education the universities and colleges of saving machinery. The vast frame-work of ruilways, the Dominion ? The inestimable value of these inwhose giant limbs will soon stretch from ocean to stitutions is fully admitted, so far as it can be easily ocean--the important and growing interests of man- traced in the growing intelligence of the people, the ufacturer and merchant--the commercial marine, general respect for law and the order and propriety now third or fourth only in the shipping-list of the of our social and domestic life. These advantages Forld—are all, for the most part, the work of the lie upon the surface; but, important as they are, last five and twenty years.
they do not adequately measure the results of general The literary life of Canada, properly so called, is culture
. To trace its subtle influence moulding indiof more recent dite. In point of time, the material vidual minds, and, through them, developing silently progress of every country necessarily precedes the and almost imperceptibly the intellectual life of the intellectual ; indeed, they stand to one another some nation, would be an impracticable task. Still a fair what in the relation of cause and effect. Whether estimate of general results may be drawn from a comthe settler values or despises mental culture, let him parison of the literary condition of Canada at the
present time with that of any period, not too remote, courage active talent and enterprize, we intend to give in the past. To enter at length into such a compari- prominence to works issuing from the Canadian son would carry us beyond our present purpose; we press, and we shall feel obliged, if publishers will shall, therefore, content ourselves with a brief refer- assist us in making our Canadian section as full ence to a few points of contrast. The first and most, and comprehensive as possible. The CANADIAN obvious, is the immense improvement in the typo- MUNTIL Y will be distinctively native in its tone and graphical execution of our books and periodicals. character, and therefore, we hope to receive the Whatever literary merit may have been possessed by : hearty co-operation of the friends of literature all the essays and lectures of twenty years ago, the man- over the Dominion. ner in which they were embalmel for posterity, was In attempting to take a general view of contemsufficient of itself, to repel all but the most curious porary literature, we naturally give precedience to readers, How folks managed to wade through works bearing upon the subject of Religion. To those dreary pages of rugged typography, imprinted mahe a judicious selection froin the voluminous mass on smoky-brown paper, passes understanding. Up of publications in this department is, by no means, to a still more recent date, our Canadian schools an easy task. The prevalence of the critical spirit were dependent upon the American publishers for in theology, as in other branches of science, has many of their elementary school-books. The geo- caused the production of a class of books reflecting graphies, such as Morse's and Olney's, had been the varied phases of individual or partizan opinion. written apparently with the special purpose of glori- Within a brief period, no less than eight treatises fying the great Republic; and even the reprints of have appeared on the life and mission of our SaEuropean histories were sent forth with a sting for viour. Of these, the works of Dr. Pressensé and us Britishers, in the shape of a one-sided narrative Mr. Beecher are worthy of note ; although they can. of the wars of the United States. Thus our youth not be called critical. The work of Dr. Lange is left school entirely uninstructed in the geography of far more satisfactory in this respect, and will doubttheir country, and quite unconscious ihat it had a less be accepted as the evangelical authority on this history with which Canadians ought to be familiar. subject. In company with these, we may place By the enterprise of publishers in Montreal and the Conferences of Père Lacordaire on God and Toronto this reproach has at length been tahen away. on Je-us Christ. In the former, the learned DominOf the great advance made by the newspaper press ican discusses the work of creation, and also the. we have not space to enlarge on the present occa- rational and moral nature of man; in the latter, sion ; but to the rapid growth of the book-selling three chapters are devoted to a resutation of rationaland publishing trades, we must devote a few words. ism. As, however, the father views religious quesIt is to be regretted that we have no record of the tions from the rigid stand-point of his Church, and in works which have issued from the press during the spirit of a mystic, his reasonings will scarcely the last thirty or forty years. A catalogue, or much convince any not already persuaded. “Human Power better, a collection of them, would afford valuable in the Divine Life,” by the Rev. N. Bishop, is an material for our literary history. In the absence of attempt to reconcile philosophy and religion. The either, we may safely assert that until within the author's object, to use his own words, is to “aid those last decade, the Canadian publishing trade had no who, like myself, have been, for years, perplexed by existence worthy of the name. The pamphlets and expressions in theology which have no corresponding treatises of former days fell still-born from the press. expressions in the philosophy of the human mind. The reading public was too limited to warrant the of works which have so far secured popular approval, risking of capital in so precarious a venture. With as to attain the honour of a second edition, we may the exception of a few standard works of a religious note--Dean Howson's “Companions to St. Paul;" character, our books, generally professional, with a Mr. Stanford's “Symbols of Christ;" and Mr. Dale's dash of popular poetry, were invariably American “ Lectures on the Ten Commandments.” M. Guizot reprints. Meanwhile, as wealth accumulated, op- has published a work entitled “Christianity in referportunities for culture presented themselves to a ence to Society and opinion;" but, as it has not yet larger number of those who, by taste or ability, were reached us, we have no means of pronouncing upon inclined to literary pursuits. Thence arose the intel- its merits. Miss Charlotte Yonge's “Scripture Readlectual life amongst us.
The rea lers of to-day are ings ” are well adapted to family use. The series not as those of past times. They are no longer con- before us extends to the death of Moses, and includes tented with the dole which satisfied their predeces- some portions also of the book of Job. Critical sors half a generation ago. The range of study has difficulties are not discussed at length ; but they are grown wider, and taste is becoming critical, if not honestly stated, and solutions of them suggested. fastidious. There is an evident desire to keep up “Musings on the Christian Year,” also, by Miss Yonge, with the knowledge of the time, and although the with Sir J. T. Coleridge's “Life of Keble,” will be helluo librorum has not yet made his appearance in interesting to students of the most popular sacred Canada, there is a general demand for the latest and poet of our time. Mr. Field's “Stones of the Temple, noblest fruits of contemporary intellect.
or Lessons from the Fabric and Furniture of the In this department of the Magazine, we propose Church,” is a contribution to art from the High Church to give a carefully prepared summary of current liter-party. The work, which is profusely illustrated, ature in so far as it is readily accessible to Canadian contains much that is valuable to those interested in readers and likely to command their attention. Those sacred architecture. Passing to religious biography, works which appear to require more extended notice we may simply mention Rev. Mr. Stephen's “Life of or to deserve a more formal introduction to the pub- St. Chrysostom,” with portrait, published by Mr. lic, will find a place in our Book Reviews. These, Murray. Tyerman's “Life of John Wesley, together with the shorter references here, will afford
in course of republication by Harper Brothers, is the a tolerably complete guide to the literature of the first biography of the founder of the Meihodist month. As we especially desire to stimulate and en- | society, written by one whose entire sympathies are