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OPINION OF LIONEL LINCOLN, FROM BLACKWood's MAGAZINE. It is an agreeable book, written in a pleasant style, with a light, sketchy manner. The novel part of the story is puzzled and not very clever. There is an attempt at a sort of Davie Gellatly, in the person of an idiot of the name of job Pray, which cannot be commended after remembering its original. An eating, drinking, good-hearted, goodhumoured English officer is pretty well done-but after Dalgetty he is not wanted. One great absurdity pervades the book: A map escaped from an English mad-bouse is in fact the hero-he manages the private meetings of the discontented colonists—he takes a great share in the military actions of Lexington and Bunker's hill-be passes in and out of the beleaguered city of Boston, as easily as fairies are said to get through key-boles, is present in the councils of the military officers opposed to the colonists, and in the very inmost mysteries of their antagonists. Now this is more revolting, critically speaking, more improbable, than a ghost
Let me turn to something better. The whole account of the battle of Bunker's or rather Breed's bill, is capitally done. There are some sketches of country American manners too, so well executed, that I could wish for more of the same kind, and on the same key. I allude to the little episode of the old man, who drives Lionel and his wife on the cart, and that of the woman whose sons were named after the old king. There is a newness about these, which to me at least is very agreeable. On the whole Lionel Lincoln is a pleasant graphic novel. It is, I perceive, translated into French,—very poorly, I understand—as badly I suppose, as the Waverley novels; it could not be worse. I remember among other specimens of the French translator's acquaintance with our
tongue, that one of them rendered the verse of “ Bessy Bell and Mary Gray,” (quoted in the Pirate)
“They bigged a bower on yon burn-brae,
And theekil it over wi' RASHES,” into_ Elles se sont baties un maison sur la colline, et elles en ont chassé LES IMPRUDENS.”—“L'homme verd et tranquille,” for “ the green man and still ?-was nothing to this."
DEAF AND DUMB.
Dr Dulan has lately read before the royal academy of sciences of Paris, a memoir on the operations by means of which he has succeeded in restoring the faculties of hearing and of speech to a child born deaf and dumb. Having seen only the account of the conclusion of this memoir, we are not informed what the nature of the operation is, but we give an analysis of that part which we have met with. principal object of the author was to fix the attention upon the singular sympathy that exists between the sense of hearing and the organs of speech. An intermediate intellectual operation is, according to him, indispensable for the existence of this sympathy, and it is from this cause that children understand our language long before they can
themselves pronounce any words. The principal observations that have struck his attention in the case of the present young patient are, first, that the child was able to read before he was able to speak; second, that even at this moment he pronounces much better what he reads thun what he hears; third, that he hears perfectly distinct every noise made within a certain distance, which enables hiring when in the street, to avoid being run over by the carriages; fourth, that he can distinguish the difference between the times in music, and that he takes great pleasure in the airs that he hears sung.” The Doctor added, that although it is not more than a year since he commenced the education of his young pupil, he can already understand and explain the words composing four hundred phrases, but that he is not yet sufficiently advanced to answer all those who may question him.
The child himself was present and recited some verses. nunciation is so distinct as to allow every word be said to be heard; but his voice has not the least degree of harmony, and produces the disagreeable effect caused by that of deaf and dumb persons, who have been taught to pronounce some words in their harsh and unintelligible
MINUTE ENGRAVING. A
very curious specimen of minute engraving has been recently published by Mr Williamson of Lambeth. This is a plate on steel representing the crucifixion. Immediately over the bead of the Redeemer, a small circle appears, the eighth of an inch in diameter, in which the whole of the Lord's prayer is accurately and even elegantly engraved. This would seem almost impossible, and at first the eye glances incredulously at the space said to be so occupied, but a magnifying glass shows the statement to be perfectly true. Every word may be distinctly read. The letters t e m p ta, in the word temptation, are rather darker than the rest, but the whole is very legible; and the letter A in the word amen, bas a bold flourish. The surrounding ornaments are in good taste. The Lord's Supper group is peculiarly bappy. The scroll on the cross contains in letters, even smaller than those of the circle, the name of the artist.
MAMMOTH STEAM BOAT.
The Dutch are making preparations to surpass all other nations in vessels navigable by steam. There is now building at Rotterdam a vessel, which, when completed, will be of the burden of 1100 tons, to be propelled by an ogine of 300 horse power.
She is intended to carry troops to Batavia, and will be commanded by a lieutenant in the Dutch navy.
THE LONDON UNIVERSITY
Through the politeness of a friend, now in England, we have just received a Prospectus of the London University. The institution it appears has received the approbation and support of some of the most distinguished men in the kingdom. Its advantages have been developed by several gentlemen of the first respectability, and among them, by Sir James Mackintosh, Mr Brougham, and Mr Thomas Campbell-by
the latter in several able essays upon the subject in the magazine which he conducts. We are assured that there is no doubt but the scheme will go into execution. The capital of the institution is to be £300,000. This sum is to be raised by 3000 shares of £100 each; or donations of £50, which will entitle the donor to the same privileges for life as a shareholder for £100. We quote the Prospectus entire, believing that it may afford not only interesting intelligence, but many useful hints for an establishment for somewhat similar purposes in our own country.
“ The primary object of this Institution is to bring the means of a complete scientific and literary education home to the inhabitants of the metropolis, who may thus be enabled to educate their sons at a moderate expense, and under their own immediate superintendence. Under existing circumstances a young man cannot be inaintained and instructed at Oxford or Cambridge at a less charge than 2001. or 250l. per annum: while the expenses of most, exceed this sum, and nearly five months in the year are allowed for vacations.
The whole expense for each student's instruction at the London University, will not exceed 25l. or 30l. per annum,* with not more than ten weeks of vacation.
A treaty is now in progress for a suitable peice of ground, in a central situation, for the building and walks; and it is expected that the structure will be completed in August 1826, and the classes opened in October following.
The vacations will comprise a fortnight at Easter, about six weeks from the middle of August to the end of September, and a fortnight at Christmas.
Each holder of a 1001. share will receive interest at a rate not exceeding four per cent. per annum, payable half-yearly, and be entitled to present one student for each share. The shares will be transferable by sale and by bequest, and descend to the holder's representatives in cases of intestacy. The money will be called for by instalments, as wanted; but it is calculated that not more than two thirds of the amount will be required, and the remaining tbird will thus be in reserve, to provide for an extension of the plan, or any unforeseen contingency.
No person to hold more than ten shares; and a donor of 501. to have all the privileges of a shareholder during life, except the receipt of interest and transfer of his rights.
The interest on the shares will be paid out of the surplus revenue of the institution, after defraying all expenses of conducting the same, and arising from the annual payment of five guineas by each student to the General Fund, exclusive of one guinea per annum to the library, museum, and collection of maps, charts, drawings, and models.
The rules for the establishment will be submitted to a general meet. ing of shareholders and donors; who, it is anticipated, will be induced to vest its government in a chancellor, vice-chancellor, and nineteen ordinary members of council (a proportion of which will go out of office annually), to be elected by the shareholders and donors, voting either in person or by proxy. The professors will have moderate salaries, but their emoluments will principally depend on the fees received from students.
This supposes a Student to attend five or six of the general classes; but the medical education will be necessarily more expensive, from the costs of the anatomical department.
ARTS, SCIENCES, AND PHILOSOPAY.
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