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116 Mrs. Delany. By DUTTON COOK The Prima Donna's Revenge. By GEORGE AUGUS70% SALA
118 Mr. Motley's History of the United Netherlands Eminent Living Artists: Mr. J. E. Millais, A.R.A. By WALTER THORX- Life in Japan BURY
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126 Art Notes of the Month. By W. M. ROSSETTI Travels and Adventures of Dr. Wolff
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of Friday, January 4th, Mr. TROLLOPE inaugurated a course LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.
of lectures in connexion with the “Post Office Library and Of the books published since our last issue which are not Literary Association,” the subject of his discourse being noticed at length in subsequent pages, only a few call for
- The Civil Service as a Profession." The lecture was prominent record. These are “The Diary and Correspon- delivered in the Dead Letter Office, St. Martin's-le-Grand. dence of CHARLES ABBOTT, Lord Colchester, Speaker of The second lecture of the series was delivered on the 18th, by the House of Commons, 1802-1807,” edited by his Son, Mr. EDMUND YATES. Both Mr. TROLLOPE and Mr. YATES CHARLES Lord COLCHESTER; Carthage and her Remains; are Post Office employés, holding responsible positions. being an Account of the Excavations and Researches on the
Mr. J. A FROUDE, the historian, is said to have succeeded Site of the Phænician Metropolis in Africa, and other Ad- the late Mr.J.W.PARKER as editor of Fraser's Magazine. There jacent Places, conducted under the Auspices of Her Majesty's was a rumour a few weeks ago that another shilling magazine Government,” by Dr. N. Davis, F.R.G.S., etc.;
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The Oriental Budget, a monthly literary journal published of his ‘History of England;' “British Artists, from by Messrs. SAUNDERS and Otley, asserts that a new Conser. Hogarth to Turner," by WALTER THORNBURY ; " Six years
vative weekly newspaper is to be commenced immediately. of a Traveller's Life in Western Africa,” by Francesco “ The price of the new paper,” adds the Budget, “ will be a VALDEZ ; "Paul the Pope and Paul the Friar: a Story of penny, while the size will be as large as that of any existing an Interdiet," by Thomas ADOLPHUS TROLLOPE; “Social weekly. It is to occupy the vacant place, no doubt, of the Aspects of the Italian Revolution,” being a reprint of a Weekly Mail, which its constitutional supporters have suffered number of letters contributed recently to the Athenoum to drift into the Court of Bankruptcy. A substantial sum of by THEODOSIA TROLLOPE;“Songs of Labour, Northampton- money, it is said, will be posted' to inaugurate the under. shire Rambles, and other Poems,” by John PLUMMER, the taking, and the conduct of the whole matter will be 'broad, lame working shoemaker of Kettering? “The Worn Wedding liberal, and, while instinctively Conservative, thoroughly Ring, and other Poems,” by W. Č. BENNETT ; a second independent.' One thing appears to be decided upon, that volume of “ Legends and Lyrics," by ADELAIDE Proctor; those in whose feeble and inexperienced hands the superin. and “Garibaldi, and other Poems," by M. E. BRADDON. dence of the journalism of the party has hitherto been
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the Parliamentary reporting for the London morning journals. CHAPMAN and HALL announce the commencement, on the He has already completed his negotiations with seven or first of February, of a new illustrated library edition of Mr. eight of the papers, and when Parliament meets, probably CHARLES Dickens's works, to be illustrated with the whole of only two sets of reporters will appear in the gallery,-the the original plates, and to be completed in twenty-two monthly Times' staff and Mr. REUTER's. The saving to the proprietors volumes at seven shillings and sixpence each ; and Mr. H. G. will be great. Mr. REUTEL proposes to do for £450 what has Bohn announces the commencement on the same date of a hitherto cost each paper £1,250. The temptation is too great series of monthly volumes, to be called “Bohn's English to be resisted, and the consequence will be that many hard. Gentleman's Library,” the first work published in which will working, intelligent men will very soon be out of employ. be Mr. Peter CUNNINGHAM's edition of the Correspondence ment. Under Mr. REUTER's system it might be expected of HORACE WALPOLE. The getting up” of this new that there would be too great sameness in the reports, but “ library” will be more costly than that of the “ Standard this will be avoided. Nearly everything will be reported Library," and its selling price will be nine sbillings per verbatim by Mr. REUTER's staff, and the manuscript will be volume.
condensed after it has been received at the nowspaper offices, Mr. ANTHONY TROLLOPE, the author of “ Framley Parson. and, of course, each paper will make such a selection as age,"
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It has been stated that when “Framley Parsonage” is dicancy, and ungrudgingly bestow upon him the alms by completed in the Cornhill, it will be succeeded by a tale from which he lives. the pen of Mrs. HARRIETT BEECHER STOWE. Meanwhile, a In the kingdom of Piedmont the abolition of special cogtale by this lady, called " The Pearl of Orr's Island,” is in tumes is complete. The prosaic railway carries French course of publication in Cassell's Family Paper.
fashions to every corner. Did that myth, the shepherdess of In noticing the publication of the issue for 1861 of Messrs. the Alps, exist, the graceful invention would be seen attired LONGMAN and Co.'s“ Annual List of Periodicals and News. like a modern housemaid of Westbourne-terrace. The papers,” the Publishers' Circular remarks upon “the notion women of the lower class generally appear with uncovered which this list affords of the activity and enterprise of the heads in summer, and armed with green paper fans. In win. projectors of this class of publications.” Our contemporary ter, their beautiful hair is partially concealed by silk or cotton proceeds :-“The list is, from its length, somewhat bewilder- handkerchiefs. In other respects, nothing original marks ing, and at first sight suggests the inquiry of how a man of their attire; nothing of that picturesque and bizarre style speculative and deliberate character could ever make up his which formerly indicated different races and peoples, and mind what magazine out of the multitude would be best to separated them into friendly and unfriendly provinces. Dress take in. If he determined to trust no one's authority, but to once greatly served to strengthen and perpetuate municipal take in all, for, say a twelvemonth, on trial, the experiment hatred; now the law of unity is making such progress as would be costly. We calculate indeed that, exclusive of the almost to destroy all distinctions. People are clad heavily or Transactions of the Learned Societies, and many other publi. lightly according to the variations of climate, and dress in cations which are strictly serials, it would cost about four silk, wool, or cotton, in accordance with their means ; but the hundred pounds, of which about fifty guineas woald be laid make of the poor woman's dress is almost identical with that out in quarterlies, one hundred and thirty in monthlies, and of the rich. Cripoline is worn on the Sunday by the Pied. two hundred in periodicals published at shorter intervals, montese girl, who has spent the week in spinning to earn being of course principally weeklies. Nor could he buy one fifty centimes a day. single copy of each for much less than thirty pounds ; of If you enter Lombardy, Milan will appear to you like a which more than eleven would be spent in the monthlies, large French town, and nothing will strike you as strange in about thirteen in the quarterlies, and about five in the other the appearance of the inhabitants. The men are handsome, kinds. However familiar with our London periodicals, a the women graceful, and the nobleness of the race will remind reader who had not glanced at this list would perhaps hardly you that you are in Italy ; but here, as at Paris, you will see guess that they number altogether, varying in price from a well-filled cafés, you will find fashionable loungers, pleasure halfpenny up to ten shillings, nearly seven hundred, of which seekers, and bon vivants. The manners are gentle and the weeklies and dailies are about two hundred and thirty, polished, the address frank and open. At Milan as at Turin, and the monthlies more than three hundred and fifty. The you see splendid palaces belonging to noblemen of fortune. number will probably go on constantly increasing. * There all the Lombards have travelled more or less, for the sake of are always new fields for those who have the wit to find inhaling the breath of freedom, and it is difficult to distinguish them."
a Milanese from a Parisian. Austria, so clever in producing
that void which nature shuns, rendered Milan a deserted city. A GLIMPSE AT NORTHERN ITALY.
If you wished to find a Milanese professing liberal views, you BY THE COUNTESS MONTEMERLI.
must seek him in Turin, London, or Paris. It was considered MAJESTIC Alps! attired in your stately mantle of ermine, little less than a dishonour for a Lombardian seigneur to reverend is your form, and reverently would we salute you! have his house open at Milan. How Austria could so long When the winds agitate your silvery locks, they fall into the resist the crushing demonstrations made against her rule is valleys below in terrific avalanches. During December's utterly inexplicable ! blasts, the awe-stricken traveller avoids raising his voice In this part of Italy agriculture is at its apogee. Nothing while in your dread precincts, lest the echoes shonld arouse can be finer, more abundant, or better arranged than the your wrath, and he be overwhelmed by the mighty fragments Lombardian agricultural exhibitions ; nothing more admi. hurled from your frozen regions. His lip quivers, his limbs rably kept than the dairy farms; no system of irrigation are benumbed, and vague terrors seize him as he marks your sup The fertility and prosperity of Lombardy need, fierce eagles perched above his head, and hears the cry of however, excite no surprise. It was the direct interest of its your vultures greedy of carnage. From time to time, his Austrian rulers to favour the increase of its productions. companions in travel address him in a whisper, and point out The government of Vienna depended upon the millions prothe spot where men perished a few days agone, buried in duced by the province itself to pay the army, which kept it snow drifts or attacked by the ice fiend, Sleep, whose under the yoke. invariable attendant is death. The heart of the wayfarer The Lombard peasant is active and laborious, and only fol. seems relieved of a burden as he reaches the plain; he feels lowed out his own tastes and instincts in cultivating the fertile to have renewed his life's tenure when, instead of the sledge soil which God placed beneath his feet. His sole thought was which toilfully bore him through the midst of perils seen or to maintain his family in comfort, and lay by a little for future imagined, he becomes the occupant of a vehicle that speeds use. In general, he was unaware that his labour tended to him over a macadamized and well-guarded road, and conducts the support of Austria. him in safety to Piedmont.
The women share the field labour with the men, and you Here the stranger asks himself what is the language spoken see them, almost throughout Italy, placed on a footing of by the blouse-clad men who surround him ? At first he thinks perfect equality with the rougher sex. The wife is the soul it is Italian, but quickly changes his opinion. He is sure it is of the family, takes part in the cares of her husband, knows French, and yet does not know what is said. By the difficulty all his affairs, and is his best support and counsellor. Interest he experiences in understanding the discourse, he is made in politics is innate in the Italian woman's breast, and like aware that a patois is spoken in Piedmont. He makes the that felt by Italians in general, consists in love of country circuit of Turin, and according to his wants is addressed in and hatred of slavery and foreign domination, the desire to French or Italian. His interlocutors, he perceives, are see Italy a strong and compact nation, and the ardent wish neither members of the Institute of France nor compilers of to enjoy those benefits which can alone be possessed in a free the dictionary della Crusca; they express themselves badly, and independent country. but with facility, in both languages,-to him an inestimable Religious education is much neglected in this province boon. As all know, Turin is a beautiful, clean, and symme. where, from the great number of ecclesiastics, it would be trical city. The Turinese are mild, sensible, amiable, indus expected to be the most extended. The bonds which should trious, and friendly to free institutions. Pious without being attach a people to their religion and its ministers bave no bigoted in religion, and liberal without being fanatic in existence here. Priests are looked upon simply as the actors politics, they respect that which is worthy of respect, and who represent the Catholic worship. Their ministry is conadmire a Garibaldian soldier more than a monk; yet they fined, in the main, to exterior details. The sacerdocy of the peacefully leave the latter to pursue his profession of men towns have little or no ascendency over their parishioners, while those of the country are treated with the most perfect long black veil, which extended to the knees, in striking con. familiarity by their flock, and seldom take the trouble even trast with the white robe which it covered. The wax-tinted to pretend to explain the Gospel to them.
hands, crossed upon the breast, held an ebony crucifix. A A moonlight religious procession in the rural districts is bridal bouquet adorned the waist, and the pale, senseless extremely picturesque ; but the people who take part in it do brow was crowned with orange-blossoms. Bunches of white so, apparently, with no other object than to amuse themselves. flowers and green leaves placed round the body imparted to All idea of piety seems banished from the ceremony, and it the effect of a picture in its cornice; a veil of white net persons meet to enjoy each other's society, indulge in a pleasant covered it from head to feet. walk, see the fireworks, and admire the illuinination of the Several children carried tapers on each side of the bier. church in honour of the Virgin or our Lord, while the village From time to time the cortège halted, and four young girls, and neighbourhood are gay as a fair.
who had previously walked behind, came forward to relieve The clergy of Lombardy and Piedmont exercise no retro their young friends and take their turn to carry the remains. grade influence over the masses, for the reason that, like the The mother of the departed followed in the attitude of utter Italian clergy in general, they possess neither the external despair. Her eyes were fixed upon her daughter's head, to dignity nor the moral force required to inspire confidence in which the movement of the bearers imparted a regular oscil. the people. The priest is treated with consideration and lation, strangely contrasting with the rigidity of the rest of respect only if he holds liberal views ; not a word will be the body. It seemed as if the mother sought to detect a sign listened to from him if he is known to be of the Pope's party of reanimation in her child's face. When the evening breeze in politics. The people, enlightened by the ever brightening agitated the abundant hair, she stepped rapidly forward, ray of progress, are throwing off the superstitions and preju. perhaps hoping that the fresh air might restore her lost one dices with which the clergy filled their minds for ages. They to life. Each time the procession halted she fell on her now want that true and pure, that elevated and spiritual teach- knees in the dust, and her piteous sighs were heartrending. ing which alone can satisfy man's heart and intellect.
Her strength seemed utterly to fail at these moments; but Upon quitting Lombardy and entering Tuscany, it will be when the bier was again carried forward, she suddenly started found that no distinctive apparel exists in this state any more up as if touched by a spring, and with haggard face and than in the two which we have already visited. Large straw feverish step, pursued the route which was to terminate at the hats at Florence, black or white veils at Leghorn, gold and grave, where she must lay that beloved one whom she had silver pins in the women's hair at Lucca, immense gold fondly hoped would be the support of her own infirmities, and crosses covering the breasts of the peasantesses in the environs close her eyes when her earthly race was run. of Pisa, and coral and real pearls adorning the necks of the Death thus arrayed, with uncovered face, under an Italian common people in the city ; such are the only objects which sky, amidst flowers and torches, seems less lugubrious than strike the stranger's eye as peculiar. The young peasant girl in northern climes, sewn up in a shroud, carried in a dismal consecrates a portion of the fruit of her daily toils to laying coffin, covered with a funeral pall. Yet a mother's despair up a sum of about ten or twelve pounds sterling for the will be the same in every clime. None but she who has lost purchase of her wedding jewellery. No little farmer, hidden her son at Palermo or Castelfidardo has the courage to speak among the mountains and gaining his bread by the sweat of with pride of her loss. A mother is resigned when she can say, his brow, even though he had seven or eight daughters, would “My boy was with Garibaldi ; he is dead now!" Another allow one of them to marry until she had saved enough to hero to add to the list !" is the response; and those whom she buy her marriage adornments. It is to be hoped that this addresses wait until she has retired to sigh and ejaculate, custom, which dates from time immemorial, may always be “Poor woman! poor, poor mother!" preserved. Not only is it a pretty sight to see the women The event of the moment is the return of the volunteers wearing their golden ornaments and cherished trinkets on the from the south. They may be seen traversing the roads and Sunday, but these form, so to speak, a certificate of morality, crossing the mountains, and when a red shirt is espied in the are the proof of long and assiduous toil, and bear witness, distance the people rush to their cottage doors to see which besides, to the general welfare of the Tuscan peasantry.
of their relatives or friends is come home. Look! a woman A little serves to satisfy the wants of the country people, is running down a steep path in a copse of olives and chesnuts. who are sober, economical, and tidy. Their natural gaiety Though very old, radiant joy is depicted on her withered face. endows them with a degree of philosophy which renders life Where is she going in such haste? She has heard that her easy and enjoyable, and the domestic virtues seem to be of son is on the point of arriving at the village, and in her spontaneous growth among them.
excitement, forgets the years which have blanched her hair, The rural districts of Tuscany still offer to the eye and and flies down the steep descent, like a young girl, to clasp heart of the observer much that is poetic and impressive, her son to her heart. many striking customs and ceremonies which excite a species The returned volunteers, few of whom have reached of languid, pensive, soothing sadness altogether indescri. adolescence, narrate splendid stories of their last campaign. bable. On passing the door of a humble cottage at dusk, They tell how intensely they suffered, and each says how you may see the floor strewed with flowers, like a magnificent nobly his comrades fought; but they feel amply repaid by carpet. As your eye penetrates to the extremity of the room the delirious shouts of welcome accorded to them by the into which the door opens, you see four tapers burning. A populace as their liberators ; by the heart-stirring cry everyyoung mother, surrounded by a few friends, is weeping over where aroused by their presence, Vira l'Italia! They speak the mortal remains of her beloved infant, which, crowned with the warmest enthusiasm of their king and Garibaldi, with roses and reclining upon a bed of flowers, is peacefully and are ready to take up arms again when their general shall sleeping during the first hours of its eternal slumber. say, Come! Their countenances, bronzed by the burning
It was a pleasant moonlight evening. A mournfnl company sun of Sicily, wear an expression of inspiration and glory, pursued their way along a cross road, which wound in and out which makes it a pleasure for the eye to rest upon them. among clumps of trees, and meadows, and fields, like a drive Victory is personified in them, and their looks testify that the in a park. The church and convent bells sounded the Avecause which animates them, and for which they fought, is Maria. The air was calm, the clear sky illumined by stars; one which must render them invincible. a hymn for the dead was heard; voices grave and sonorous They are determined to be a great people, inhabiting a intoned the Dies irce; a choir boy carried the cross with the great kingdom, and they will realize their determination. long silver foot. Four monks in brown robes and with The barriers of tyranny and superstition have nearly all been sandalled feet followed, their bald foreheads and long beards swept away, and the waves of freedom and progress will concontrasting with the youthful countenances of two boys who tinue to flow steadily onwards, in spite of all opposing obstacles, accompanied them bearing tapers. Then came the parish until they have reached their destined level of unity and priest in surplice and stole, and behind him a bier, carried by nationality. Italy is now the Italy of the Italians, whose fonr young girls, bearing the stiffened corse of a companion of talents, good sense, reason, and virtue render them worthy of eighteen. The long hair of the departed was left loose to the privileges to which they aspire. hang down on either side of the body, like the two ends of a Pisa, December, 1860.