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tional Union. Meantime, let us have the aptation of the French people to government Convention.
than we do; and all we can say of them, is
to express our pity that they are still so far The Use OF THE SUFFRAGE.—We have often behind what we call " the age," and so little remarked that the suffrage-right, when in the imbued with the essentials of a free people. hands of ignorance, might be easily converted into an instrument of despotism, instead of
KOSSUTH AND CLAY.-Henry Clay, who at operating as the guardian of liberty; and the
this time cannot be charged with motives of French people have come up almost en masse
personal interest or ambition, nor regarded to prove the truth of the assertion. Louis
in the light of a partisan, has had an interNapoleon gave them universal suffrage; and,
view with the Hungarian patriot Kossuth, at planting his foot upon the constitution of the
which, while he declared himself as one repablic, commanded them to elect a President
among the most “devoted votaries of freeforth with for a term of ten years, announcing
dom,” he also expressed an earnest attachhimself as the only candidate to be voted for.
ment to our long-settled policy of non-interThe silly people, "possessing the faculty to be
tion; adding, that he should look upon an master of their own fate," but not knowing
abandonment of that policy by the American what they were about, not having the will,
people as “the greatest calamity that could nor the resolution, nor the intelligence, to be
befall his country.” He said he believed that free and happy, voted almost unanimously in
this policy was “the best for us, and the best favor of the despot. Louis Napoleon was
for Europe, and the best for the cause of elected by the people to be their master, and
liberty.” he has taken the lash in hand impromptu.
This solemn warning, under the circumObserve by what an easy transition thirty-six
stances in which it is given, cannot be disremillions of people can glide out of liberty into
garded by our countrymen. “Beware of bondage. The following decree, one of the
entangling alliances;" “ beware of foreign infirst acts of the new tyrant, was issued, under
fluence,” said Washington ; and the dying date of Dec. 19, in Paris, by the Prefect of the
sage of the present day reiterates his instrucAllier :
tion to us. "Whereas, political inscriptions, and particularly the words 'Liberty,' • Equality, and “Fraternity,
BINDING.-- Persons wishing to have their which figure on most of the public buildings, present no character of utility, but are, on the con numbers of the Republic of last year bound, trary, for the people a perpetual excitement to may have them done neatly and cheaply by revolt, by holding up to them the emblem and re
sending them to this office. Bound volumes collection of a triumphant insurrection; whereas, the same may be said of the trees, called of
will also be kept on hand for sale. By the liberty,' which obstruct our public squares and destruction of Mr. Walker's bindery by fire, walks, and are now dried up and decayed sticks,
our specimen volumes were lost, but the dethe Prefect decrees : "Article 1. Every political inscription, without
ficiency will be supplied in a few days. exception, and in particular the words Liberty,'
Equality,' Fraternity,' sball be immediately removed from the fronts of public edifices and private
SUBSCRIPTION LISTS.—Those having lists of dwellings. The trees of liberty shall be cut down new subscribers to the Republic will perceive or rooted up.
the necessity of handing them in immediately. "Article 2. Trees which, having grown luxuri
By so doing, our friends will confer a favor antly, are an ornament to the commune, are alone to be excepted."
on the publisher and subscribers alike. Don't
fail to have those lists as large as possible. Thus the spirit of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity, to create which so much blood has been shed by these very people, is not only
TITLE-PAGE.—At the close of the present blotted out of existence, but the people are
volume, we shall issue a new title-page of commanded to wipe away even the mementoes
| rare excellence and beauty. of what they once possessed; and of course, as they know no better, they submit. The PAYMENTS.—On receipt of this number, simple fact is, Louis Napoleon and his con- those of our subscribers who have not already federates know better the capacities and ad- done so, are requested to transmit the amount
of their subscriptions for the present year to with his wonderful lamp could not have done the office of publication. The cost of collec- the thing quicker or better; and why should tions adds greatly to the expense of the he, since the oldest and most expert bridgemagazine, which at present requires all le- maker in the world did the job? In a space gitimate sustenance.
of less than six hours from the commence
ment of the work, in the beginning of the The HILLOTYPE, as we anticipated, has, it
twentieth day of January, Anno Domini 1852, appears, turned out a delusion, a humbug. it was done, and hundreds of people crossed A committee of artists have hanled down its and recrossed to and from the suburban city colors. The next move, judging from the of Brooklyn, in perfect safety, by the new improvements made by Mr. Gurney, will thoroughfare. But, alas for the instability of probably be to produce daguerreotype pic- all things inagicall the palace of Aladdin and tures that will tell what is going on in the
our bridge were alike evanescent. The palace was wafted away by an evil genius, and the
bridge was wafted away by the tide, and from CHIT-CHAT WITH OUR READERS.
the floating fragments many a luckless wight was rescued by the philanthropic efforts of certain boatmen. Jack Frost! Jack Frost !
you shall be no aquatic architect for us.HAT ey
Apropos of ice bridges, we remember—long erlasting time ago, say about thirty years, when this tea-room
present writer was a boy—the North River, is on the between New-York and Jersey City, was carpet covered with a vast field of ice, except a again, af
narrow strip of clear, cold water, which purfection- sued its independent course near the Jersey ate read- shore. A shanty or two was built over the
river, where bad liquor was sold, for the our new novelty of the thing, at sixpence a glass. Demo
With many others, we were amusing ourself cratic Fathers, who are al- on skates, when suddenly a distant cry for ways up to a thing or two-help came screaming across the glassy paveespecially a good thing—arement of the Hudson. All eyes were turned determined to give their er- riverward, and in the far distance—say half ratic children a little more across—the head and shoulders of a man apthan they bargained for peared, like a dark speck, above the ice; but when they agreed to that that he was alive and kicking was very evifour dollars per diem. Those dent from the stentorian efforts of his lungs. old sachems of the Wigwam In an instant, hundreds rushed to his assisthave taught their whole ance, and among them a stout boatman, with
brond the science, as well an oar on his shoulder, who, with gigantic as the luxury of the bon vivant; and, as our strides, outstripped even the skaters, and, friends the Fowlers would say, " they can't luckily in good time, threw the oar across help it,” the organs of alimentiveness must the hole in the ice, and with the aid of two be gratified, let who will grumble; and as or three others, who alone were permitted to the stick, or rather the larder, is in their own approach the spot, drew forth the half-frozen hands, we may as well save our breath and specimen of humanity. The poor fellow pay the shot. Twenty thousand dollars a proved to be a Dutchman, who made a year will do it. What a trifle to talk about! livelihood by casting pewter spoons in the Say no more then, and let the Metropolitan streets, and selling them at two cents apiece Fathers enjoy their woodcocks, canvas-backs, to the passers-by. His whole manufactory brandy, segars, and salaries, in peace and and stock in trade, consisting of a small furquiet. A bridge over the East River has nace, a mould, and some fifty pounds of lead, been long talked about, and at last accom- were lashed in a box to his back at the time plished with the celerity of magic. Aladdin he broke through the ice, and not being able
to extricate himself from this load, he came new and most convenient plan of suffrage, very near going “down among the dead viz., that of having but a single candidate. men.” Though a good deal chilled, and Such a course, if adopted in this land of nothoroughly frightened, he was so delighted tions, would prevent a world of trouble and at his rescue, that, on getting ashore, he in- vexation, and save a vast deal of wear and tear sisted on treating the party, which was of conscience. Under such a plan, there accordingly done. One of our country would be no necessity for speeches to “Bunpapers says: “Jenny Lind is outdone at last.combe," and the vast waste of lungs and gas There is a man in Myrtle street who has a attendant on the process; no knock-down canary bird with such a delightful voice, that arguments at the polls; no bribery ; no conhe sweetens his tea with it !"- -Another tested elections; and no bickering and backsays that Pharaoh was the first gamester. biting between candidates ; but all things We might be safe in adding, that Faro is would go on as smooth as new cream, and as the last device of the gamester.— Kossuth harmonious as a cracked fiddle. Since the produced a great stir in this city, and doubt- Yankees are so fond of French fashions, why less made many proselytes; but whatever not introduce this, as the latest Paris?"impressions he may have left behind him, it We close our chat for the present, with a is certain that he left his hat.- A singular word of advice to that unfortunate class of coincidence occurred on the 14th inst. The creatures known as witnesses. Before prosteamer George Washington, on her passage ceeding to give testimony in a court of jusfrom Cincinnati to New Orleans, burst her tice, (?) go into Wall street and get your chaboilers when near Grand Gulf, Miss., and racter insured, because it is quite uncertain afterwards took fire, and was totally de- until you have got through, whether yourstroyed. Sixteen persons were killed, and selves or the defendant in the suit will be many others badly injured. On the same put on trial. No man or woman, who, in day, the steamer Martha Washington, also on childhood, was so imprudent as to eat an her way to New-Orleans, when near Memphis, onion, should venture on the witness-stand;
Tenn., took fire, and was burned, with every if they do, the lawyers will assuredly smell thing on board. Six persons were killed, and it out. several injured. On the same day, a riotous mob took possession of the Senate Chamber of Pennsylvania; the military were called out
AMUSEMENTS. to suppress the riot; and in the midst of that BROADWAY THEATRE.—The appearance of Lola lawless uproar, Governor Johnson declared it Montes did not produce the furor that the manto be the duty of the United States to cancel agement probably anticipated ; and after playing a the Washingtonian doctrine of non-interven- short engagement to tolerable houses, she has been tion. Is there any thing ominous in this co- sent to Philadelphia. Lola was received at her incidence? Some new-made husband de- debut in a most generous spirit, by a house filled in scribes the two conditions of man as follows: / every part by a masculine audience, who seemed "Matrimony.—Hot buckwheat cakes ; warm
determined to give her a fair field, and she had it; beds; comfortable slippers ; smoking coffee; but after a trial of half an hour, it became apparent round arms; red lips, (ahem!) etc., etc.; shirts that as a danseuse she must take rank about thirdesulting in buttons ; redeemed stockings ;
rate. We question very much the propriety and boot-jacks; happiness, etc. Single Blessed
the policy of bringing before the American public ness. —Sheet iron quilts ; blue noses; frosty vocal notoriety. If such are necessary to the trea
actors or artists whose sole capital lies in an equirooms—ice in the pitcher; unregenerated suries of our managers, we can find plenty of them linen; heelless socks; coffee sweetened with
at home. icicles; gutta percha biscuits; flabby steaks;
Mr. Collins, the Irish personator, succeeds Lola, dull razors; corns; coughs and colics; rhu- and is now playing in a very bad play to very barb; aloes; misery, etc. Pah!” —-Louis good houses. Paul Clifford, a melo-dramatic affair, Napoleon, the "nephew of his uncle," as he gotten up expressly to glorify crime, by making is sneeringly termed, is decidedly the philoso- an angel of a highway robber, is now on the boards. pher of the age. Whoever takes him for a It has no merit, either literary, histrionic, or moral, fool is grandly mistaken. He has invented a and nothing but the talent of a good cast could make it tolerable. Mrs. Vernon, Madame Ponisi, enemy that men put into their mouths, “ to steal and Miss Gould, with Collins, Barry, Davidge, away their brains.” Reynolds, and others, manage, by great effort and
Mr. Greenwood has an excellent company, yet good acting, to give an interest to the thing; and we cannot help saying to Miss Mestayer that, in there are detached portions of the piece well worth many passages, her voice would seem more approlooking at, especially the ball scene, where Sig. priate if pitched in a lower key. Neri and M'lle. Adeline perform a fashionable
Besides the interest of the lecture-room, the high life pas de deux. Paul Clifford is still under- | Museum is stored with curiosities, one of which, lined indefinitely.'
"The Happy Family,” is worth the whole price of Mr. Forrest having got through bis divorce trial, admission, will appear at the Broadway on Monday, Feb. 2d.
National THEATRE.—Mr. Purdy, the manager BARNUM'S MUSEUM.—Those who assert that the of this house, is constantly on the alert for choice drama is an engine of Satan for the promotion of novelties, and the result is that his house is crowdimmorality, should go the Museum and witness ed nightly by "the million.” The present star the pieces produced under the management of Mr. attractions of the National are Mr. and Mrs. Barney Greenwood. The tact with which this gentleman Williams, who are playing a series of humorous produces a succession of small dramas, of profound Irish characters with great éclat and spirit. Of moral tendency, is admirable, and the appreciation the many who have attempted the Irish character of his efforts is visible in the extent of patronage upon the stage, very few have succeeded, and bestowed by the public, the lecture-room being among that few Barney Williams is found; there always well filled. The last new piece, and the is a raciness, without affectation, about his style, one now being performed at the Museum, is enti- that is very much to the purpose. We see by the tled “The Bottle.” It presents a vivid picture of bills that two new dramas are soon to be produced, the insidious power of strong drink, and holds up in which Mr. and Mrs. Williams are to sustain the the beacon of warning to those who harbor the leading parts.
OUR BOOK T A BL E.
came smoothly from the press, redolent of poesy 1
HE annual holi- and art. The rapid popularity of this family of days have gone by, books afforded a pleasant comment on the taste and with them
of the people; their yearly publication was looked came the annual for with impatience and hailed with pleasure; the tribute to taste and books were purchased at prices commensurate intelligence, in a
with their perfection, and in a short time, men and flood of elaborate
women, who might otherwise bave gone down to gift-books.
their graves as dolts, became connoisseurs in enThis species of gravings, and critics in fine literature. holiday courtesy is, It had been well, therefore, if the original char
in its character, a acter of the "annuals” had been sustained; but the compliment to the age we live in, im- growing taste could not keep pace with the cuplying, as it does, an appreciation of pidity of publishers; the thirst for profit outran literature and art; and we would their zeal for the public good; and very soon that
that we could discover in the books class of literature and the fine arts was, like musthemselves more of what they profess, and less tard and Cayenne pepper, adulterated for the marof the humbug and catchpenny mania of the times. ket, and the auction-shops were glutted with the When the holiday gift custom first ran into the spurious article. Volumes of external magnifibook channel, some twenty odd years ago, the cence, reeking in “Turkey and gold,” but, like the whole artistic world of Old England was ran- “whitened sepulchre," corrupt within, were knocked sacked; the cream of its genius was employed in down nightly by hundreds, under the laborious the collation of exquisite productions, from the efforts of the knights of the hammer. Annuals pen, the pencil, and the graver, and the "Annuals” became as plenty as "green blackberries” in the
month of June, and quite as trashy and unwhole- is of a class that would have done credit to old some. The artistic beauty of their ancestors was John Bunyan himself. Such books as this do good supplanted by abortive efforts at “picter"-mak in the world, and the writing of such a book supering, and schoolgirl effusions took the place of sedes the necessity of an epitaph. Mr. Shelton choice English; the growing bud of public taste
will be remembered. was nipped and vitiated, and the whole country dazzled with a flood of hypocritical literature,
WESLEY AND METHODISM. By Isaac Taylor. costly enveloped. Few books of this kind that Harper & Brothers.—This is a most agreeable and
instructive field for perusal; giving, as it does, a are published at the present day, are worth the
panoramic view of the rise and progress of a relileather and gold that cover them, and little more than the name is left of that once beautiful family, in every portion of the civilized globe; its transi
gious sect which numbers its millions of adherents It is only here and there that one is to be found approaching the character of its early predeces- developments of rationality, aided as it has ever
tions from the darkness of Papacy to the gradual sors, though in some instances a faint attempt has
been by the progress of civilization, with which, of been made, by substituting cost for excellence, to
the two, it is by far the most congenial, and its make the thing pass current. But it does not
final consolidation into a tangible and distinct answer: the public have learned to appreciate what is good; and if compelled to take the bad, system of religion and theology. We should much
like to see the history of all the various Protestant they want it at the pro rata price. We have
creeds, traced with a hand equally impartial. noticed, among other strained efforts, Mr. Putnam's "Home Book of Beauty,” which should DISCOVERIES AT NINEVEH. By Austen Henry be termed, rather, a congregation of egotism and Layard ; also from the house of the Harpers. ugliness. This book was gotten up, as we under- 12mo, pp. 360. This is, of course, an abridgment stand, ostensibly to encourage American artists, yet of Mr. Layard's larger work on the same subthe whole artistic execution was done in Europe. ject, and is intended as a more cheap and popular The feature of the “Home Book” is a series of edition. These recent oriental and biblical disengravings, purporting to be portraits of wealthy coveries have proven a capital windfall, not only American ladies, every one of whom is far more to publishers, but to the readers of the middle beautiful in her natural person than in the types of the nineteenth century, for they are full of of the “Home Book.” There is an excessive ela- interest, after making all due allowance for the boration about the engravings, which destroys humbug of the thing. Mr. Layard is one of the every thing like nature, and leaves the attempt a most authentic writers on the subject. mere picture; and the interest one might experience in looking upon them is not at all enhanced
THE PICTORIAL FIELD-Book, a work that every by that eccentric freak of taste and fancy by body wants, is published semi-occasionally, by the which each engraving is labeled with the name Harpers. No. 19 is just out. The “ mammoth of the supposed “ fair original.” Let us be spared monthly” takes precedence in punctuality, if nothe infliction of any further attempts of this nature
thing else. to " encourage American art," or to embellish Ame
SORCERY AND MAGIC.-J. S. Redfield, Clinton can beauty.
Hall, has just issued a volume of 420 pp., with this SALANDER AND THE DRAGON.—This beautiful and title. It is from the pen of Thomas Wright, M.A., striking allegory, written by the Rev. Frederick F.S.A. The title of this book is sufficient to bring William Shelton, has been entirely revised and it in demand, and the purchaser will find that he enlarged by the author, and is now republished has made a good bargain. It treats of the imposiby John S. Taylor, 143 Nassau street, with beau- tions practised, under the names of sorcery, magic, tiful illustrations. The story of Salander and the and witchcraft, on the credulity and superstition of Dragon is one wherein some of the passions and the ignorant, from the time of the middle ages down sentiments of frail humanity, and especially the to the Reformation, and during its struggles against vicious propensity to slander, are personified and the machinations of the Papacy. We shall notice rendered tangible, and the fashioning of the thing this work more fully hereafter.