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summed up in terms like the fol- a quotation from this poetic effusion lowing :-“The Red Lions growled we close the present section of social and roared, and flourished their science. tails again this year as lustily as
" Do-do! although we can't see him, before." But Professor Ramsay, in His picture is hung in the British Museum: his private journal we presume, ex- For the creature itself, we may judge what pressly set apart, no doubt, for such a loss it is, grave records, fortunately indulges
When its claws and its bill are such great
curiosities. more in detail. “I dined,” says
Do-do! Do-do! this professor of geology, “with the Ornithologists all have been puzzled by Red Lions, at the Thistle, in Glass you. ford Street, and sat, I think, be- Do.de
Do-do! Monsieur de Blainville, tween Forbes and Lankester.- Who hits very hard all the nails on his anForbes and an Irish gentleman vil, were the very life of the party.
Maintains that the bird was a vulture raThey both made speeches replete And
And neither a wader, nor else gallinaceous; with humour, the latter returning
A do-do! a do-do! thanks for the health of the army, And not a cock-a-doodle-doo! and Forbes proposing the health of
Do-do ! John Edward Gray, sir, that wonderful curiosity-a creature Doubted what Mr de Blainville did say, sir, compounded of a cross between the And held that the bird was a vile imposiRed Lion of England and the Scottish Thistle. He also chanted his
i And that the old Dutchman had seen but
a visionfamous Song of The Oyster.” This
A do-do; a regular do! Song of The Oyster unhappily has And didn't believe one word was true." not come down to us. “ The Song of the Dodo, however—the word
To which, in reference to a more dodo to be pronounced, we are recent correspondence of this unitold, “doo-doo”—will serve, it may versal sceptic, the following verse be presumed, equally well. With might be added :
Do-do! this John Edward, again, from bis villa,
A do-do! an African do!
Could the great Bacon have seen prefigured in such passages as the in his mind's vision these social following; yet will it at once be and poetic developments of the in- seen how far the prophesy falls ductive philosophy, how would he, short of its actual fulfilment :“ But we must all feel assured, have this,” says Bacon, “is that which gloried in the result! He did, in- will indeed dignify and exalt knowdeed, presume to call knowledge ledge, if contemplation and action down from heaven to converse with may be more nearly and straitly men upon earth; but that science conjoined and united together than should be turned into song, and they have been : a conjunction like dance, and convivial cheer, was pro- unto that of the two highest planets bably beyond his most sanguine -Saturn, the planet of rest and conexpectations. He scarcely, we think, templation ; and Jupiter, the planet throughout his entire works, even of civil society and action.” Surely, once hints at so great a consumma- by the well-known laws of intertion. There is, however, we may pretation, in no way exceeding the safely infer, some ground for the licence properly permitted in like hope and the conjecture that “So- cases, these lines, especially the cial Science Congresses" were dimly words touching the heavenly lu
minaries, may be taken to refer consecutive days, would, it might expressly to the recent congress in be supposed, attain to some comthe city of Dublin. This conjec- mensurate results. We need scarceture grows, we think, into greater ly guard ourselves against misconcertainty when we remember that struction. It were indeed passing the noble President on that occa- strange, should a society which exsion had not unfrequently been pressly concerns itself in the interalready portrayed by contempo- ests of humanity, wholly fail of its rary artists in the guise of Jupiter purpose and intent. Philosophy, Tonans—" the planet," in the fit let us in charity suppose, if not by words of Bacon, we repeat—"the such appliances greatly exalted, has planet of civil society and ac- the chance, at least, of becoming tion.” Of “society” we have said more widely diffused. When judges enough. Society in the city of of the land bring together the fruits Dublin had previously become an of their experience, when Attorneys important science, and all that per- and Solicitors-General employ their tained to social entertainments in forensic skill in the elucidation of the arrangements of the recent moot points in jurisprudence, when congress was worthy of the long- earnest and loving philanthropists established repute of hearty Irish assemble in the service of their hospitality. Of “action," or rather suffering fellow - creatures, it were of motion, proving, we think, that surely extraordinary should no good “motion perpetual,” though a para- whatever ensue. Among a multidox in matter, is a possibility in tude of papers, numerous and to the empire of mind- of both action the last degree formidable, it were and motion we say there was cer- indeed strange could not a few tainly sufficient to satisfy philo- be found reaching to considerable sophers the most versatile. The merit. Of disquisitions taking the only difficulty, indeed, for those higher rank, we would specially unaccustomed to such fierce pur- mention the opening address by suit of knowledge, was to keep even the Right Hon. Joseph Napier, as pace with the long rapid strides President of the department of taken both by male and female jurisprudence. He succeeded in aspirants. It was a constant race winning for our laws and legislaagainst time and intellect; the tion a position inductive, scientific, flounced petticoat was seen to flut- and progressive. He showed that ter along corridors, mount in im- true economy was to be found petuous haste flights of stairs, and only in efficiency; that jurisprualight at last on giddy galleries, dence, laying its foundations in the just in time, it might be, to catch past, and conforming its principles the last eloquent words from White- to moral dictates, must yet mould itside's appeal to ladies upon the sub- self to social and political progress; ject of Scotch marriages. “ Ladies," that the highest and truest manisaid Mr Whiteside — “ ladies, I festation of law is systematic love, would have you remember that the taking its seat beside the throne of proper place for every one of you God, and finding for its mandates to get married is inside the church the sanction of Christ's teaching door.” Applause, of course, echoed upon earth. so noble a sentiment, and the de- We need scarcely say, however, bate thus ended on terms the most that essays of this high bearing satisfactory : off the audience once were exceptional. The interminagain started for fresh sensation in able proceedings, indeed, of six seca neighbouring “Section.”
tions prolonged for six days, might Six distinct sections of social have grown all but intolerable, had science, with two additional sub- not heavy statistics, when not absections working without intermis. solutely left out, been enlivened by sion for four to five hours on six Irish bulls, and the play of Scotch VOL. XC.—NO. DLII.
and English wit. It is, indeed, one career of prosperity, with possibly of the most consoling traits of such just here and there a national griey. meetings, in the absence for the ance remaining, for which we doubt most part of anything amounting to not all true-bred Irishmen are depositive intellectual exercise or en voutly thankful, otherwise the injoyment, to find what merriment dignant patriot were left without may grow out of the mere blunders vocation. This, indeed, were a conof justices' justice, and the inve- summation devoutly to be dreaded, terate dulness usually incident to the interests of Social Science not topics touching mere parish business. withstanding. We feel, indeed, that we owed some- The meeting in Dublin, we bething akin to gratitude to the well- lieve, was considered a great sucmeaning magistrate who committed cess. How indeed could it be a boy, caught in the use of bad lan- otherwise ? His Excellency the guage towards a donkey, to a juve- Lord-Lieutenant, as habitual with nile reformatory for the term of this amiable nobleman, smiled two years. To gain a laugh was in blandly upon science, opened the Dublin deemed so great a boon, Castle for “the members and assothat even the most forlorn of jokes, ciates of the Association, ladies as taken from the province of social well as gentlemen," refreshments science, were sometimes perpetrated ad libitum, music more crashing with the best possible effect, and and dashing than even Irish oramuch, of course, to the relief of the tory. Success, we say, was inevi. tedium of the proceedings. What table. The printed programme a godsend, for example, after long, states that for “ Saturday the windy, and washy papers on tem- business of the departments will perance, was it to find a member close at 1 o'clock," being a halffrom the land of whisky rising in holiday. Honorary degrees were his place to exculpate the aspersed then conferred in Trinity College name of his countrymen, on the at 1.30 P.M.; at 3 P.M. followed a score that the Irish could never special promenade in the Zoological have suffered from the stigma of Gardens, at which three bands and drunkenness had they not previ- the Lord-Lieutenant assisted ; at 5 ously established an excellent char- the lions and cubs were fed as acter for temperance ! In the land usual, and at 8 the labours of the sacred likewise to the potato was “half - holiday ” were pleasantly discussed with renewed point and brought to a close by a select soiree additional relish the most vapid of at the Royal Irish Academy. Sciall panaceas for the ills to which ence may, we think, well feel proud flesh is heir to-vegetarian diet. In of such a half-day's labour. The the capital of Ireland, too, were very resources of Ireland were found fitly debated tenants' rights, and indeed great, and the whole island labourers' cottages and cabins, and was virgin soil to the ardent souls encumbered estates, and sectarian, of the professors. Irishmen, it is secular, and mixed education, with true, as Sheridan and Goldsmith, in the zeal, if not the rancour, engen- long years gone by, had made social dered by the immediate pressure of science, in some of its more alluring local interests. We are glad, how- departments at all events, their darever, to be able to assure our ling recreation, and accordingly the readers, that even during the most Vicar of Wakefield was claimed by critical moments in these patriotic the present Attorney-General as a and stormy debates the existence of profound and far-seeing book, which “ the Union” was not thrown into had indeed anticipated almost every jeopardy. There appeared to be in- one of the discoveries of modern days! deed, at least on one point, a uni- Ireland, however, as we have said, versal concurrence of opinion, that in its emerald fields and renowned Ireland had, for some few years tracts of bog, still presented to past, entered on an unexampled the hopeful and aspiring sons and daughters of science a territory taught by the experience of every tempting to still more extended hour how deep is the debt of gratilabours. On a given day, four tude which each one of us owes to excursions started, each on its seve- science, the beneficent servant and ral way, upon the grand mission of helpmate and instructor of man. exploration and reclamation. Irish We need not, moreover, recount round towers and the Irish convict how many and how pure are the desystem-Powerscourt Waterfall and lights which the student of nature Protestant orphan unions-lead- derives from the loving prosecution mines, churches, and cold collations, of his labours. “A mind,” says shared the labours of a most unpro- Sir John Herschel, “ which has pitious day; not forgetting a pro- once imbibed a taste for scientific jected visit to the “Devil's Glen," inquiry, and has learnt the habit in the heart of which we rejoice to of applying its principles readily to learn it is yet hoped that the Asso- the cases which occur, has within ciation, with the sanction of the itself an inexhaustible source of genius loci, may succeed in erecting pure and exciting contemplation. a juvenile reformatory. The Dublin Accustomed to trace the operation meeting, we repeat, was an undeni- of general causes, and the exempliable success. We have seen that fication of general laws, in circumdreary tables of statistics were en- stances where the uninformed and livened by draughts of sparkling uninquiring eye perceives neither champagne—that famine was dis- novelty nor beauty, he walks in the cussed from afar under the shelter midst of wonders ; every object and the sunshine of the best of which falls in his way elucidates cheer-that the deshabille toilette some principle, affords some instrucof the morning's labours was closely tion, and impresses him with a sense followed by the full dress of the of harmony and order." Let us in dazzling soiree—that thus days of charity suppose that this quiet truthstrife, and hours devoted to misery, loving spirit, which we hold in profound quick relief in pleasure, and foundest reverence, is not wholly the science which pursued with foreign to the ostentatious jubilees terrible earnestness a phantom fu- which have provoked our ridicule. ture, was happily, thanks to local T he charity which covers a multisecretaries, allied to arts which tude of sins, hopeth all things. Yet secured the most substantial of pre- we must avow that in these monster sent enjoyments. The martyrs of gatherings, apparently got together science, how would they have de- for the glorification of a few massired to see these days!
ter minds, who might fitly despise “Final causes,” we believe, have, popularity so cheap and often so in the present advanced stage of vulgar, we see little of the retiring knowledge, fallen to a discount. modesty which is supposed to crown Yet, bringing our criticism to a the philosophic mind. In the fulclose, it may not be amiss for just some flattery upon these occasions one moment to inquire what are too frequently bestowed by presithe "final causes,” what the real dents and professors, the one upon purport and intent of these con- the other, enough to make, one gresses, associations, and institutes, would think, the blush of shame which, especially during autumn rise in the cheek of insulted humonths, disport themselves so gaily? manity, we must say that we disLet us assume that the effect upon tinguish but little of that humility the public mind is in many ways which bowed the head of the great salutary and good. It has happily Newton when he said, “I have been not been reserved for us in these but a child upon the sea-shore, days to write in the “praise of know- gathering a pebble and a shell from ledge." The work has been already the vast ocean of truth which lies well done by other hands. The still undiscovered before me.” Is it people of this country are now that our modern men of science despise their hearers, or have into a desire of learning or knowceased to respect themselves ? Is ledge, sometimes upon a natural it that they choose to pander to curiosity and inquisitive appetite; the mob, and aspire to become sometimes to entertain their minds noisy democrats of pretentious with variety and delight; sometimes knowledge? In such hands the for ornament and reputation; and true dignity and worth of science sometimes to enable them to victory are in danger of degradation. “The of wit and contradiction." For these greatest error of all the rest,” says causes mainly, we fear, are itinerant Lord Bacon in a well-known pas- provincial associations formed, “and sage, “is the mistaking or misplac- not,” in the noble words of the same ing of the last or furthest end of great writer, in order “to give a knowledge : for men have entered true account of the gift of reason."
WHAT SEEMS TO BE HAPPENING JUST NOW WITH THE POPE.
When a man's to be ruined, he first is demented-