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THE CORNHILL MAGAZINE.
Mr. William Black's picturesque story of "White Wings" is continued; as is also Mr. Henry James's "Washington-square;" and there is in addition the first half of a strongly-sensational story entitled "The Pavilion on the Links," which Mr. Wilkie Collins might have written, but is written by Mr. R. L. Stevenson, the quaint traveller with the donkey in the Cevennes, and the inland voyager.
Mr. Grant Allen discusses the "Growth of Sculpture" in a scholarly
"Game" is a topic exciting much attention in the old country just now; there is a timely article on it, agreeably written, and in a moderate
Teneriffe, Madeira, and the islanded sea around them, are places that one never gets wearied of reading about. There is an excellently descriptive article on them from a clever pen. It is a region of delightful interest for the cultured traveller. Special mention is made of the Canary Pine, a remarkable tree of great value, which would bear acclimatisation in this country.
"Two Beggars" is a very smart sketch of London life, from the pen of Mr. Oswald Crawford, alias John Dangerfield, alias John Latouche. Mr. Crawford always writes well.
"The Seamy side of Letters," is very like one of Mr. Leslie Stephen's literary papers, overflowing with gossip about books and authors, their quarrels, jealousies, and personal weaknesses. There are one or two curious misprints in it, however; for example, "Golden" is enumerated amongst Dr. Johnson's poets. Now, "Yalden" is the proper name. So gross a blunder ought never to have passed the reader-to say nothing of the writer-to the Cornhill Magazine.
THE JOURNAL OF SCIENCE.
A small Journal of insignificant appearance and slight scientific value. Of the five original articles, not one is treated in a style, or with the fulness, which the subject requires. For instance, how can the difficult question of "Mental Evolution" be disposed of in four short pages and a-half? Rightly to discuss it, a volume at least equal in size to M. Taine's work Our Intelligence would be required. Nor is the short article well written. Equally inadequate is the treatment bestowed on the subject of the relations between Science and Belief, and on Sectarian Morality. Less than thirty pages of this number are devoted to scientific topics; and twelve pages are occupied with the trivial details of a personal dispute between two scientific men. Amongst the books critically noticed is the sixth decade of Professor McCoy's Prodromus of the Palaeontology of Victoria, to which exactly eighteen lines of repetition of the table of contents are allotted; but not one word of comment.
THE SATURDAY REVIEW.
An article in the number for 21st August, discusses the grim subject of "Suicide," which is rapidly increasing in Europe. About 60,000 cases now occur annually. The writer follows the same lines as those in an article in Blackwood, a month or two ago.-A more lively paper on "Spectacles " relieves the sombre colouring of the first. Mention is made of a native African chief whose sole "garmenture" consisted of an old dresscoat, a pair of green spectacles and a toothbrush stuck behind his left ear!" Holiday
VOL. III.-No. 13.
making in Belgium" is a very pleasant bit of reading, and there is a capital critical article on Calderon the Spanish dramatist.
The number for 28th August contains a striking article on the "Jews in Europe," written in an appreciative and liberal tone. The British Association meeting at Swansea furnishes fair game for a smart sally of pungent criticism. In the course of it a mot of Tom Ingoldsby Barham's is quoted. The witty canon held that the earth is "overbaked about the Isle of Purbeck, and slack-baked about the bog of Allen." The Irish agitators are scathingly ridiculed in a paper entitled "Injured Innocence." Mount Athos, the holy mountain of the Greek Church, on whose sacred soil no woman has set foot for a thousand years, is well described in a too brief article founded on a recent French work written by a priest. This gentleman and his friend were the first Roman Catholic priests who had ever visited the holy mountain. Dean Swift's diverting essay on "Modern Polite Conversation" is made the ground work of a dissertation on that lost art; and an article satirically described as a "Defence of Women" contains an ironical onslaught on the strong-minded class of ladies.
THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIE V.
"The Democratic Party Judged by its History" is the title of a Republican manifesto, designed to influence the forthcoming Presidential election. Mr. E. A. Stores, the author, writes forcibly and well, his contention being that the democratic party of 1880 is essentially the same as it was in 1860; it has the same leaders, the same political creed, the same object in view. From these premises the inference is obvious: if the democratic party should succeed in putting in their candidate, the effects of the civil war will be neutralised.
Edison tells us all about his electric light in as business-like a paper as ever was written. He claims to have solved the problem of producing a far better light than gas at a much cheaper rate. The electric light requires no shade, no screen of ground glass, to modify its intensity, but can be gazed at without dazzling the eyes. It is a steadier light than gas, therefore less trying to the eyes. It is a purer light, being white, whilst gas is yellow in colour. It is a cooler light than gas, consuming only onefifteenth the quantity of oxygen that gas does; the glass bulb containing it remaining cool enough to be handled. There is no danger of fire with the electric light; it is always of uniform quality; it is absolutely safe to manipulate; the most ignorant person cannot do himself or anybody else any injury with it. This wondrous light will soon be in full operation in every great centre of population throughout the United States.
Our old acquaintance, M. Charnay, continues his account of the buried cities of Central America, where now excavations are being made at the joint cost of an American citizen and the French Government. The facts stated are intensely interesting; M. Charnay always writes well; and the article is illustrated by photographs and woodcuts of strange ancient Mexican antiquities.
The Rev. D. Bacon pleads earnestly, but reasonably, for the observance of the Sabbath as a day of rest and devotion. No nation, he contends, can be great and prosperous that neglects the observance of this consecrated day.
Judge Wright follows up the articles of Mr. G. T. Curtis in defence of General M'Clellan, by a review of the Campaign of 1862, in which he prefers a terrible indictment against M'Clellan, and vindicates General Pope. But he stigmatises Secretary Stanton as "with all his bluster, a great coward." The article is more of a judicial summing up than a
literary contribution; but the facts are all set forth in full array. The point to be decided now is, whether it was M'Clellan or Stanton who, for private and personal reasons, sacrificed the interests of the Republic at the commencement of the great civil war?
The taxation of church property is a topic of purely local interest. The value of church property in the States is stated to be about 350,000,000
Professor Holden gives a summary of the recent advances made in astronomical science both in Europe and America. The facts are, of course, only of interest to scientific readers; and the exposition of them has not that popular quality which drew thousands to hear Mr. Proctor's lectures.
THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY.
The October number of this magazine is unusually rich in literary contributions of high merit. There are stories, poems, and essays from the pens of such writers as Whittier, R. L. Stevenson, W. H. Bishop, R. Grant White, T. B. Aldrich, and other celebrities.
Mr. W. James contributes an article on "Great Men, Great Thoughts, and their Environment," in which he applies the theory of evolution to the problem of how great men and great thinkers arise at certain epochs of the world's history. Of course, the theory breaks down at every point, and Mr. James, by a train of exceedingly clever reasoning, demolishes the fanciful conception of Mr. Herbert Spencer, so far as it bears on the genesis of genius. What foregone conditions necessitated the advent of a boy named William Shakespeare, at Stratford-on-Avon, on the 23rd of April, 1564?
The traveller through the Cevennes with a donkey is not a poet, although he is the quaintest of wayfarers. A short blank verse essay, entitled "Not Yet, My Soul," is only remarkable for its blankness of all poetry. The people in a new England factory village are described in a short anonymous article. Complaint is made that the factory owners do not provide education for their "hands."
"Jealousy" is a short poem by a lady. There is the true touch and the genuine ring in these eleven four-lined stanzas.
Socialistic and political assassination is rather a grim theme to discuss, but Mr. J. H. Hayne makes it very interesting, viewed as a chapter in modern history. The article is filled with anecdotes of a kind that never palls on the reader; and the moral drawn is that "men who are morally capable of political murder are mentally incapable of political reasoning.
A tale of the sea, with "Deodand" as its motto, is excellently told by Mr. W. H. Bishop; and Mrs. C. F. Woolston contributes an equally good story of American fashionable life "On the Grand Tour."
Whittier's poem entitled "The Minister's Daughter," conveys, in the accustomed sweet verse, a charming lesson from the lips of a child to a severe Calvinist, who happened to be her own father.
Mr. R. Grant White treats of drunkenness, the national vice of England, contrasting his own countrymen with the English in this respect. Of the two countries America is by far the more abstemious; and as to the ladies in each, Mr. White says that English ladies drink to a degree that American ladies would scarcely conceive of as possible. He narrates some personal observations and experiences of a very striking kind in proof of these statements.
Miscellaneous papers, including reviews of half-a-dozen recent works of interest, fill up the pages of this number of a first-class magazine.
THE SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN.
The application of the electric light to marine purposes is explained in the number of this useful periodical for August 28th. Instruments for use in this way have been devised by Mr. Maxim, engineer to the United States Electric Lighting Company of New York. It is claimed for the invention that it would greatly lessen the number of vessels lost by fogs and other unfavourable states of the atmosphere.
The commissioners for the United States International Exhibition of 1883 are already holding their regular meetings, and have organised their sub-committees.
A new automatic truck coupler, which prevents accidents on railway lines, is described and illustrated in the same number.
There is a large manufactory for pumping engines and water meters at South Brooklyn, N.Y., founded by Mr. Worthington, the inventor of an improved pumping engine. The works are of immense extent, employing a small army of workmen; and the quantity of work turned out annually is enormously large. A full description, with illustrations, is given in the number for September 4th. There are also described and figured an electro-dynamic machine and dynamometer, invented by Mr. Maxim. Electric lighting seems now to be an accomplished fact. An exhibition of the various modes of artificial lighting, with apparatus, &c., was held at Glasgow, in October.
The quantity of hops grown in the United States increased from 6193 bales in 1839 to 110,000 in 1879.
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