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The Mania for Murder —Throat-Cut- ting Considered Vulgarly Common Now. “ Sark Twain ” as a lecturer and Antlior --The Stupidity of Publishers Exemplified. the Sev. Dr. Bellows and the Black - mailers—Club and Miscella neous ' Gossip. From Out Oxen Correspondent. New Yobs, Feb. 19,1873. The -thousands of ruffians and desperadoes who disgrace and disturb the city, no longer re gard it as an honorable distinction, to kill a man In cold blood. Tbe thing baa grown to be en tirely too common. The discrimination now in tho Fourth and Sixth wards is to have been guiltless of bloodshed. If murder continued hero at the same rat© it has been going on for three months past, murder will come to be reck oned as one of the natural causes of death in New York. CONSCIENTIOUS ASSASSINIS. None of our citizens are more violently op-. posed to miscellaneous shootings and stabbings than the murderers in the Tombs, who, every time they see amaccount of a fresh crime, feel that their chances for tho scaffold are greatly improved. Foster, Scannell, Stokes, King, and the rest, are unanimous in agreeing that their cases have been harshly judged on account of the present temper of tho public mind, unduly excited by tho frequency of homicide. Tho cir cumstances under which they violated law are, they allege, very different from the later in stances. In other words, each assassin—to believe his story—was wholly or partially justi fied, while all tho other assassins deserve to have the mark of Cain on their brow, —not to speak of the mark of cano on their back. Tlio City Prison contains to-day not far from forty murderers, and, if at least two-thirda of them bo not banged, there is certainly no use in keeping up a pretence of legal justice in this community. Never before bas there been here such a contagion of blood. Tho police reporters deem it a poor day when they do not have at least three or four fatal rencontres to chronicle* The doom of Foster and the conviction of Stokes have had the very opposite effect from what was anticipated. Instead of repressing, it appears to have excited the violent and revengeful passions of persons jordinarily amia ble and law-abiding. What the effect of a few executions may be, remains to be seen. That they will take place, scarcely admits of doubt. A. great many who formerly laughed at the idea, now feel confident that twenty of the prisoners m the Tombs, including Stokes, will go to the gallows; that, unless the death-penalty be car ried out, there will ho no safety for the life of any citizen. SAMUEL L. CLEMENS. Being present, the other evening, at the repe tition of “ Mark Twain’s Sandwich Islands,” at Steinway Hail, it seemed that it must be a satisfaction to a man to draw such im mense audiences. Every square foot of space was filled, which was all the more remarkable be cause lecturers, with very few exceptions, do not draw here. It is extremely rare to see Steinway Hall even half full at any lecture, and the crowd who went on two occasions to listen to “Twain” has, I understand, never been quite equalled there. He has had mutations from all over the country to discourse on the Hawaiian Group ; tut he*haa declined moat of them, from excess of time and unwillingness to make money- He could easily clear £IO,OOO a season lecturing were he go minded; but his two babies at home— whom, he says, he does not love, but is trying to leam ib respect—claim hla undivided attention. Clemens is now occupied with his fourth book, “John Bull/’ of which he has written nearly one-third. Those who have seen the MS. say it ■will he indescribably funny. JHe looks at the na tive Britons at such a variety of angles, and de tects them in so many grotesque positions, that they ought to be able to laugh at themselves as presented by “Twain.” [Here let me mention that a Russian journal, not long since, in epo ak ing of Henri Taine, the renowned French critic, confounded him with “ Mark Twain,” and men tioned his “Innocents Abroad” as in an entirely different vein from his other works, and likely to give him a high reputation as one of the cleverest humorists of the con tinent. If the Russian journal had been printed in Ireland, the stoiy would seem more plausible, and yet it is said to be strictly true.] PECULIAR LITERARY CAREER.’ ' Clemens’ literary career has been singular. It is not very long since he was a Mississippi River pilot, with no more idea of writing than of applving for the Professorship of dead languages at the University of Jena. .Later, ho went to tho Pacific Coast, and made a local rep utation as a contributor of humorous sketches' to tho San Francisco press. The first thing that advertised him here was his “ Jumping Frog.” afterward bound and issued, .with other sketches, in this city, and finding only a limited gale. After a little while, he come East to embark on tho “ Quaker City with s crew of pious pilgrims,|in search of classic and theological scenes and associations. The result of the vovage, as is well known, was tho “ Inno cents Abroad,” which, on his return, he pre pared in such quantity that nearly half of tho ■MS. had to be omitted to get it within the pro portions even of a large subscription-book. 1 Anybody with the least sense of humor would suppose that veiy few pages of the “ Innocents ” could be read without finding a publisher. It was not so, however. Clemens offered his 313. to a number of publishers here, in Philadelphia and Boston, and none of them, strange to say, could find enough in it to warrant their giving it to the world. He thought, as it was professedly humorous, that the objec tion to it lay in its capacity to make people laugh, and asserted, in his own justification, that some such thing, scattered through a book of the kind, ought not to he considered an insuperable , ob stacle to publication. Having gotten nearly through with tho regular firms, do was induced to try a Hartford subscription-house, and sent hie copy accordingly to the American Publishing Company. Recognitionof the merit of the work was very slow in that quarter. Several of* the leading stockholders could sc© nothing in it (what moldy old tomb-stones they nmst have been, to be sure!); but the principal man of the Company car ried it home one • night, and mad© the remarkable discovery that tho book was deucedlv droll. Consequently, the “Innpconts,” copiously illustrated, appeared after a few months, and set both aides of tho Atlantic laugh ing. It has sold at the present time something ‘ over 150.000 copies, and “ Roughing It ” fully 100,- 000, with a still active demand for both. The pub lishers think the two volumes will have a joint sale of half a million at least, and they anticipate a very wide request for “ John Bull.” “Mark Twain” is, unquestionably,-the most popular writer and lecturer of the day. No one m deny, with all hia extravagance, superlative burlesque, bad taste, and sometimes positive coarseness, that he has a genius for the comical, iad is eminently qualified to excite laughter. THE ART OF BLACKMAILING. , One of the latest attempts to levy blackmail is reported to have been made on the Rev. Dr. Henry TV. Bellows. As tho story goes, he was called upon at his private residence by some one who wished to see him on important and private business. The Doctor invited the per- Bon into his study, when the latter produced a printed slip, claiming to expose the Reverend geedeman’s multifarious iniquities to tho world. , He was declared to bo a sort of cleri cal Giovanni ■ Casanova, with the adroit pjpocrisy of Tartuffe. Tho Doctor, with rising Agnation, asked what that meant. . The reply Fas, that, unless .he paid SSOO for the suppres sion of that article, it would appear in the next issue of a paper controlled by certain notorious Fomcn. It is bardlv necessary to state that the Doc tot’s name and character are stainless, and that Bay such attempt to extort money must be a sig hal failure The clergyman was thoroughly groused, and probably felt like striking out from ths theological shoulder. Measurably suppress ing his wrath, however, he informed the mes saager (a smooth-faced, innocent-looking man, *ho might have been mistaken for an officer ft the Young Men’s Christian Union) unfit his employers would not dare to . Print the article, and that, if their agent did not luddsulv depart, be would he violently ejected, -v • So ended the futile effort to blackmail Dr. Bellows, reputed to be one of many clergymen on whom mpiiiar experiments hare been tried. |BALMAQUNDI. Three vacancies occurred recently in the Century Club, ana, the fact becoming known, there were 150 applicants for the places, and, as the inevitable result, 147 disappointed applicants. The effort to increase the number of Centurions from 500 to 700 is periodically put forward, and invariably voted down. Three of bur most prominent dubs have de termined that any man able to and refusing to pay his debts shall not bo admitted as a member, on' the very just ground that such a person is not a fit companion for gentlemen. The young and prosperous Lotos has boon compelled to limit its membership to 300. the number being now nearly, if not quite, com plete. The conundrum in dramatic circles is, “ When will Fechter’a Lyceum open ?” The correct answer, as Dundreary has it, La one of those things that no fellah can find oat. The circulation of the leading magazines in the metropolis is, respectively, thus ; Harper's, Galaxy . Scribner's, and Atlantic. Harper's is nearly twice as large as the Galaxy , aud three times as large as the Atlantic. The absurd custom, borrowed from tlxeFrcnch, of carrying a crush hat under the arm into the drawing-room at an evening party or reception, is universally pronounced vulgar m the extreme. The fashion had its origin in the opera-house, whore it is well enough; but there Is no more reason why a gentleman should carry his hat under his arm in a private house than that ho should go through crowded saloons with an over shoo in each hand. A hotel-proprietor hero gives, as the result of a life-long experience, that tho men who assume to feel insulted when politely asked to pay a just debt, are almost always premed itating swindlers. Honest men seldom take umbrage at requests involving plain matters of justice. Several gallants about town have been striving, this season, to bring colored dress coats with gold buttons once more into vogue; but then* effort is not likely to be crowned with success. Milwaukee St. Paul stock is reported in Wall street to be almost the ouly stock which, during tho entire twelve months, has not had an upward turn, or evinced any activity. Such a thing has not, it is said, been known there for twenty years. . • Sothem’s appearance at Wallack’a in some thing else‘than Dundreary aud Brother Sam is a great relief to tho theatre-going public. Now, if delightful Joseph Jefferson would only ignore •his hosts of admirers for a Utile while, and give ua something beside his inimitable Hip \ r an Winkle! Colstodn. REVIEW OF AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC, Tho opera did not prove so severe a drain upon the public pocket as to leavo nothing for tho succeeding entertainments, and tho result haa been that neither Thomas, Rubinstein, nor Booth close the week empty-handed. Since the depar ture of the opera troupe the week has been com pletely filled by Thomas and Rubinstein, the former taking-four nights and a matiueo, and the latter two nights and a matinee. The week has been literally full of music, and tho entertainments have been unexceptionally pleasant and profitable to music lovers. In these two troupes there are no man agers to quarrel together, uo prima donnas to bo pitted against each other, no tenors to lose their heads, or baritones to lose their voices. People knew beforehand what they were going to have, or, at least, should have known. They knew that they could hear no better play ing than Thomas’ Orchestra would furnish, no better piano and violin execution than Rubin stein and Wienawski, or, at least, they should have known it. Those who did not go, lost a groat deal of music. Those who did go, gained a great deal. Meanwhile it is sincerely to bo hoped that the negotiations which are now in progress to combine the two troupes, so that wo may bear some of Rubinstein’s grander works with such an accompaniment as Thomas’ Orches tra can give them, may be successful. There ia a reasonable prospect that such an arrangement may be made, to take effect some time in March. Should it so eventuate, the public, especially tho musical part of it, may look for some novelties they will never bo likely to hear again, at least with the same surroundings. For the Thomas concerts, the public is indebted to tho managers of tho Star Lecture Course. It ia doubtful whether Mr. Thomas, even with his abound ing faith in Chicago, would have felt dis posed to come here, after such an unprecedented operatic season, upon his own motion. Tho young asterisks, therefore, who have taken upon themselves to entertain people, and who have, in the main, shown such good sense in their method of entertaining, should be credited with the pleasure derived from the Thomas concerts, and, if they have made a lot of money out of the arrangement, it serves them right. If, in a month from now, they should be able to present Thomas and Rubinstein jointly, they will still farther ingratiate themselves into tho good-will and gratitude of the concert-going public. Meanwhile, neither Rubinstein nor Thomas have yet fairly finished their seasons. THE LAST RUBINSTEIN CONCERT will be given this evening at Aiken’s—a concert spintuel, of which they may partake who can not conscientiously sit down to the more sub stantial and worldly bill of fare which the Gor mans present at their Sonntag Abend?s (Inter haltung. The programme for this evening will be as follows : PART 1. 1, Fantaaie, “ Don Juan ” Anton Rubinstein, 2, Aria—“ Oh, Mio Fernando ”<“ Favorita ”).Donizetti JiPlle Louise Ormeny. 3, (a) Romance, 11 Beethoven ■ Beethoven (6) Polonaise, No. 2 TVieniawski JJenri Wieniavski. i. Alia—“ Non, e Ver ”. Mattel SVIU Louise Licbhart, part n, 6 Senate Beethoven Anton Rubinstein. 6. Songs JiPlle Louise LiehharU 7 Fanlasie, “DPirata” • • Ernst Uenri Wientauski, 8 Aria— “ Cenerentola ” • -Rossini * J Pile Louise Ormeny. 8, Miniature (Serenade— Pres de 3 IA, Rubinstein Nocturne Etude Anton Rubinstein. THE WAGNER CONCERT. The following is the programme announced for the ‘•'Wagner Post Night, is given next Thursday evening, m the Union Bark Congregational Church, by 3lr. Theodore Thom as and his orchestra: FART I. Kaiser Marscb ; Vorspiel Zu Eine Faust Ouverturo Wagner PABT 11. Kocturuce,' 1 Chopin ■\alzer, jlfi'M Anna ilehlig. _ fa, "Me Rose,” t ...Vagner Songs, -i b ’ “Schlaf Ein,”f 1 Mr. George L. Oegood. ■ • Yorspiel tmd Sdjluasatz, Tristan und Isolde...Wagner fzbt m. Overture, TanDbajuser (By request)... ’SffiJer Ballet, “ Rienzi DerEitt der Walkueren .Vagner ( Manuscript.) A romantic interest is attached to nearly every one of the pieces announced. Those that are already familiar bare won the ’admiration of aU musical people, and a combination of so much grand music in one entertainment is an occasion not to bo missed. Of ‘ Der Bit dor Waltucr enwhich Hr. Thomas plays from MS. notes sent him by Wagner, the following brief description will add interest to its production. The Walkuron- or Valkynas were Odine maidens, awful and beautiful beings who presided over battles and rushed through the air marking with their spearpomta those who were to be slain. They also adminis tered at the feasts of heroes in Walhalla, or the palace of immortality, where the souls of heroes dwelt who were slain in battle. Eme Faust Ouvertnre” is written upon the suggestion of the passage from Goethe, which is thus trans lated by Bayard Taylor: The God that In my breast is owned. Can deeply stir the inner source*, The God above my powers enthroned. Ho cannot change external forc ®®; , So by the burden of my days oppressed, Death is desired, and Ufo a thing unblest. A matinee performance will also bo given bj Thomas on Thursday, in tb© Michigan Avenue Baptist Church, when tho memorial Chicago pro- P^TM U IXSfcL™ E ST E BTAi>-yn : y T , t tte 25* hist., at Standard HaU. W— is one of the best over presented by any kindred society in this country, and of a order of musical excellence than any that have been presented this winter by the singing socie ties of Boston, New lock, or Philadelphia. ine numbers for the Club embrace Stork s dobing “TTnesar’s Song;” Webers impressive » Before tbeßattla Gado’s “ Sonne a THIS CHICAGO DAILY TKIBUNE: SUNDAY, F Return,” Mangold’s “The Forest,” two of the most exquisite four part songs over conceived; Rubinstein’s tremendously effective “ Vinum Hungaricum;” Stern’s “ Soldiers’ Departure Hiller’s “ Night >6ong ” for soprano and chorus ; a duo for con tralto and baritone, “I think of Thee” by Kicolai; solo and choras from Wagner’s “Lohen grin Spiodel’s “Spring Song*’ for soprano with ’cello accompaniment; two tenor solos, Jensen’s “Will You Always Love Me?” and Marschner’s “O, Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast and an andante by Liszt and scherzo by Chopin for piano. Those who remember the superb con cert which the Club gave at its first reception can well imagine what a rare treat is in store for them. The following communication explains itself: To the Editor of The Chicago Tribune: Sib : Permit mo, through the valuable medium of your columns, to answer the questions so frequently asked by persona who have been invited to become associate members of “The Apollo Musical Club;” 4 What is the Apollo Club? Who are its members? And what work does it propose to accomplish 7” The “ Apollo Musical Club ”is ah American male chorus. Its active membership comprises almost all the best male voices in the city. ’lts associate membership is almost exclusively composed of those who are fond of good music and are glad to en courage it. Its general object is identical with that of all organizations which are working for the advance ment of music; but its primary object is to accom plish this by making its entertainments of a social nature. Its plan of organization is similar to that of the “ Apollo Club,” of Boston, whose associate mem bership is always full, with u file of 200 or 300 appli cants constantly awaiting a vacancy. The concerts are private, and are given to members and their friends only, each membership certificate admitting a gentle man and two ladies. The fee for associate member ship is $lO per annum, which entitles the member to admission to the entertainments of one season, of which from five to ton will be given. The programmes of the Club will be made up from the best class of chorus music, interspersed with solo and instrumental numbers. Following the musical programme, it is pro posed to devote a short time to social enjoyment, which will be made a more prominent feature of these enter tainments when a more suitable hull can bo obtained than is now to bo had. The officers of the club ore: Geo. P. Upton, President; Wm. Sprague, Vice Presi dent ; Frank A. Bowen, Treasurer; Charles C. Curtiss, Secretary ; Warren C. Collin, librarian; Messrs. Fritz Foltz, Philo A. Otis, aud L. £. Cleveland, the Musical Committee. Its conductor is Mr. A. W. Dohn. As it is quite impossible for the active members to* reach everyone whom the Club would be glad to welcome as an associate member, I beg to state that the associate members are desired to invite their friends to join us. Very respectfully, Cuabixs C. Ccaxiss, Secretary Apollo Musical Club. Chicago, Feb. 22, 1873. TLUNEK HALL CONCEHT. The following la the programme of to-day’s Turner Hall concert: 1* March, V Call of Mars ” ;. .E. Bach 2. Overture, “Le Lac do Fees” Auber 3. Potpourri,“ Night and Morning " Hamm A. Concert Overture (by request) F. Hoffmann D. Landler, “ Alpine Joy ” Gungl 0. Waltzw, “ Vienna Bonbons ” Strauss 7. Potpourri, “Humaresqucn” F. Riede b. Overture, u Frelschutz ” C. M. Weber 9. Quadrille, “Thalia” F, Hoffmann THE CINCINNATI FESTIVAL. The Cincinnati papers are busily sounding tho anticipatory notes of 'the great jubilee, which comes off in that city in May, under tho direc tion of Theodore Thomas. The Executive Com mittee havo concluded engagements with Mrs. Edmund Dexter (soprano), Miss Annie Louise Cary (contralto), Mr. Nelson Varloy (tho Eng lish*tenor), and Mr. M. W. Whitney (the Boston basso), to take principal solo parts. Mrs. Dex ter is a Cincinnati lady, who graduated from the London Academy of Music, and is a pupil of Garcia. The Commercial says: “Mrs, Dex ter’s voice has tho quality of pure soprano—that is, we heard her produce a singing tone on upper G. Tho voice is full and sweet in tone, and at the same time haa a ringing, vibrating quality which thrills and excites tho hearer. It is this natural gift of a beautiful voice, with a decided power of declamation, which gives this lady her inilueuce in tho concert room.” Miss Cary is so well known, she does not need intro duction. She will sing the solos in the Dct tiugen “To Deum,” Gluck’s •• Orpheus,” and Bee thoven’s Ninth Symphony. Mr. Whitney will sing tho solos in the “To Deum” and Sympho ny, and the “O, Isis und Osiris,” from “The Magic Flute,” with full choral accompaniment. Theodore Thomas himself has written a letter recently, in which ho speaks in tho moat glow ing manner of the prospects of the festival. MUSICAL NOTES. The “ Chanto do Triompho,” by Herr Brahms, is haviug great success in Vicuna. Mrs. Georgians Leach, an accomplished vocal ist and a sister of Bret Harte, died recently in San Francisco. ; A daughter of Sig. Arditi, the well-known conductor, is about to make her debul in Faria. Gounod’s “LesDeux Reinea” has been a terrible failure at tho Theatre Italien, Paris, an average of only S2OO being taken at each per formance. At a recent interesting sale of. autographs in Paris, So franca were given for a letter (.one page) of Chopin’s; 80, for one of Horold’s; and 275 lor one, in two languages, of Mozart’s. Pierre Bernard, the little tenor that married Caroline Bichings, has had a disastrous mana gerial experience, and is now in. the meshes of the law, learning “a now way to pay old debts.” A monument is about to be erected at Zittau, in Saxony, to the composer M&rscimer, who was bom there in 1793, and died in 1861. Ho was beet known by his two operas, “The Vampire,” and “ The Templar and the Jewess.” The Chair says that a work which is expected to form a valuable contribution to musical liter ature is announced for immediate publication by the firm of Pirmin Dldot, at Paris. It is’eu titled the ‘‘History of Dramatic Music in Prance,” and is from the pen of M. Gustave Chouquet. It is not a bad joke—that of the printer who set up Cist’s poem, “ Farewell to Mario,” “ Hail King of Terrors! ” Of course, it never occurred to the typographical imagination that Mario was “ King of Tenors.” Nothing but the enormous age of Mario could have justified the jest. Misfortunes, they say, never come singly. The Swiss Times says that recently, during a performance at the Scala Theatre, Milan, a ballot girl was nearly burned to death, a mo diste fell and broke her leg, a supernumerary fell dead, and one of the musicians became rav ing mad. The Loipsic correspondent of the Musical Slatidard speaks highly of the performances of a youug llussian pianist, Mile. Alexandra Sograflf by name, a pupil of Nicolas Rubinstein, the eminent Director of the 3loscow Conservatoire, and brother to the celebrated pianist and com poser of that name. At Odessa the Italian Opera-House was burnt down on the 16th inst. Nothing could be saved. The wardrobe of the artists, music, and instru ments belonging to the orchestra, were all con sumed. “Norma” was the last performance, the heroine being represented by Madame Sav ertel, who has enchanted the public with her singing and acting for the last six mouths. The Musical Standard informs us that a few admirers of the brilliant talents possessed by Mme. Clara Schumann, have purchased an an nuity for that lady of a thousand thalers, in or der that she may in future not be obliged to ex tend her concert tours beyond limits compatible with a due regard for her health. Besides this, subscriptions have been set on foot among ad mirers of the music of the deceased composer Robert Schumann, for the purpose of educating his children. The Mtisical Standard refers to another pnpil of Mendelssohn's who has rejoined his master in the Elysian Fields, the composer Emil Stein kuhler, who died a few weeks ago in Berlin. By birth a German, but for years and years a resident in Lillie, Steinkuhlor has from time to time contributed to the musical library sympho nies, overtures, trios, quartets, pianoforte pieces, ballads, etc,, some of winch have been very popular in France and Germany. An exchange says “lime. Patti will make her rentree at the Eoval Italian Opera the second week in April. Mr. Gyo has concluded a new engagement for two yearn with the popular nrima donna, whereby she is to receive i.200 per night, with the privilege of choosing her own repertory. ” Mme. Patti will not sing in tins country, therefore, next season. In her stead, however, Nilsson will appear at the Academy of Music next September, with a full Itahan opera company—after making a tour through the North and West. According to M. Btrakosch, Adelina Patti has signed a contract by winch she is to appear in the Bmlcd States dimng the season commencing with the fml of loii. pabepaw Earn. . The JVeic Tori: Arcadian prints the following interesting letter from Carl Boss : Camo, Jan. 11, 1873.— 1 have received from time to time in this outlandish place, the very iian When I left the States no snch paper existed, and lam reminded at this great distance, and in this alow pSe, how rapidly yon get np newepa pen, and m fact everythmg else. lam JJ* 11 sure who the editor is, but I think I recognise friendly pen’s. The receipt of tho Arrian ahd other American capers has kept me posted In relation to tne hot discussion that has been going on about i)j®' and I have occasionally seen our honorably as having been connected with efforts m es tabish the lyric drama permanently in the united States It is true that there is no men tion made in the review of the years open that appeared in the Arcadian, of the very successful season with which yonr humble servant watfconnccted, but ofthat I do not complam. What tocoSplain of is what I found in Number U or yonr paper, a statement that there U a rumor In .the States that Madame Bosa foiled here, and this I wont to contradict emphatically. Madame Rosa has been even more successful than her friends pre dicted. She woe received from the lint with the greatest enthusiasm, and whenever she sings, the Viceroy, who very seldom comes to.the theatre, is sura to be'present. has up to this time siiag in .“Puritanl,” “Norma,” ** The Huguenots,” oud “ Troratore,” and is to appear to-night in “ Buy Bias.” I am, in truth, at a loss to under stand how such a rumor have reached you, except that it is the coinage of some in terested party who fears that Madame will return to America with fresh honors. The same article inti mates that' Madame Ross . succeeded better in the United States than anywhere else. This may be true financially, but not artistically. She succeeded better in America because there wo were our own managers, and put our own money into the enterprise, confident that the American people would sustain any scheme undertaken, liberally, and in a straightforward man ner, In the interest of art. But artistically, I cannot agree with you. The salaries paid at St. Petersburg, Cairo, London, and Paris, arc much in advance of those obtained in America. Madame Bosa sung in London, where she arrived about the middle of the last season, and her success was most emphatic. It was so marked that she bad immediate offers from St Pe tersburg, Paris, ami Cairo, and only accepted the latter place because her physician assured her that the mild climate would be beneficial after the excessive work of the American campaigns. I beg of you. therefore, to contradict the foolish rumor, and to believe me when I aay that I consider the Judgments of an American audience more severe than those of European audi ences. I will go further, and say that if an artist is accepted in the States, he need not fear to go anywhere else; and, on the contrary.- that many artists who have got a great position in Europe, would not be tol erated in America, Respectfully, Cam. Bosa. THE DRAMA. Mr. Edwin Booth has succeeded in drawing full houses, although coming immediately after a season of opera prosperous almost beyond precedent, and making a specialty of a play less attractive to the public than any other in bis list. Wo have spoken somewhat at length in regard to Grecian and Roman plays, and their hold on modern audiences. The points of sympathy are not numerous. Human nature is the same in all ages, but the revelations are better appreciated when made through media familiar to the spec tator. It is hard to got at the kernel of charac ter under the husk of antiquity, unless wo have the truest of interpreters. Payne’s ‘•Brutus” is not a good play in the present ac ceptation of the term. It has not sufficient eleva tion of character or dialogue to be called Shaks pearcau, it has not the elegance of the playwrights of one hundred years ago, and not sufficient in cident or liveliness to satisfy the requirements of the strictly modem drama. : Within limits it exacts of all the subordinate actors the same 'dignity of character and elevation of speech re quired of the principal actor. They are all sup posed to be noble Romans, living at a time when to bo a Roman was greater than a king; when there was a severity of manner and a gravity pt carriage never surpassed in future periods of social history. It is difficult for the ordinary actor to drop his woods of overy-day wear, don the toga and the buskins, and, in the twinkling of an eye, transfer himself to those remote times and peculiar surroundings without taking along something of his native air and individualities. It is not strange, therefore, that, on the first night of the presentation of “Brutus,”the actors should have seemed as ill at ease as the wife of a shoddy contractor who appears for the first time in full dress at a grand reception. As if from a consciousness that things were going wrong, and needed mend ing, Mr. Booth seemed to lose his self-polso, and to be endeavoring to make up by onengy and strenuousness of acting that which was elsewhere lacking. When simulating the fool, nothing could have been more thoroughly admirable, or true to nature, than the expression of his face, hia gestures, and his movements. But in his lucid intervals there was a superfluity of gesture and of movement, in him most unusual, and slightly uncomforta ble to the more intelligent of his auditory. As the plav progressed heroao to its loftiest moods, and euScd with a power, passion, and fidelity to his groat ideal that won him the usual enthusi astic applause. Nearly all signs of friction dis appeared with succeeding representations. Mr. Booth recovered his aplomb , and his assistants seemed, in a slight measure, torecoverfrom their strangeness. The seta, slightly criticised in Tuesday’s Tbit.une, were changed and improved, although a few trivial scenic anachron isms were discoverable until the last. Nothing, however. seemed capable of making the Hues of the play fit deftly the lips of the subordinates. They lacked smoothness for merely declamatory purposes. Mr. O’Neil mouths too much, and Mr. Lauagan too little, if an error in the latter direction is possible. Mrs. Allen was a handsome Roman matron, and Mrs. Mvors a pretty Roman maid, but they had the game lingual difficulties as tho others. Beyond furnishing to the scene their graceful, womanly presence, thev added little to tho excellence of the performance. But there was no halt in reci tation, nor breach anywhere in action, to mar tho general smoothness. On IViday night, and at yesterday’s matinee. “The Merchant of Venice” was played, with Mr. Booth as Shylock , and Mr. McVicker aa Launcdol Gohbo. The sup port was better than in “ Brutus.” although in many respects imperfect. There is probably no character in which Mr. Booth renders him self more thoroughly pleasing than in that of tho hard-hearted, penurious, strong-charactered Jow, who will have merely Justice and his bond. The programme for the coming week has been pre arranged in a manner'to suit, as far as possible, tho popular taste. Tho “ Lady of Lyons,to bo given to-morrow and Tuesday evening, will call out all the young ladies and gentlemen of tho city who are given to sentiment. On Wednes day night, and thereafter during the week, Mr. Booth will play Bertuccio in tho “Fool’s Revenge,” nearly all of tho company sustaining subordinate parts. The role assumed by Mr. O’Neil will bo that of Serap.no deW A'quila , a dangerous part for him, as ho is likely to err in the direction of too much senti ment. “ Richelieu” will not bo reached until next week. “ Hamlet ”is in active preparation. When produced it will be with great elaboration of costume and scenery. ACADEMY OF MUSIC. Comparatively few people have patronized the Academy daring the past week. The induce ments to attend have been Mias Annie Firmm and Mr. John Jack, who are making their first starring tour. The lady and gentleman have made whatever reputation they possess on the Pacific elope, which region baa sent eastward some creditable actors, who have acquired fame and fortune in the larger sphere of the world. Miss Tirmin is a lady of agreeable appearance, graceful in action, and not destitute of a reasonable degree of his trionic ability. Mr. Jack ia a gentleman of impos ing physical appearance, who understands bis trade, and has a certain impressiveness of man ner and dignity of action that will always save him from absolute failure in whatever be may undertake. Their appearance only loads us to renew our frequent lamentation at the too rapid multiplication of stellar lights upon the stage, and the decay of stock companies which is nota ble and most sad. Mias Firmin and Mr. Jack have sufficient talent to become substantial and legitimate attractions to a good resident company at a first-class theatre, but not cnongh to warrant the bidding for the public favor upon their mere strength of their own abilities. The support rendered by the com pany of the Academy was unequal, and has al ready been criticised in our columns. On Thurs day afternoon the companies of the princpal theatres in the cityplayod for the benefit of Miss Flora Kewton to a large andlenco. The per formance was acceptable, and only marred by a slight contretemps , for which no one was re sponsible except the parties interested. This week, Mr. Spencer Pritchard’s now play, “ Coun terfeit,” will be acted, with now scenery ana complicated mechanical effects, all of which will allow the excellent stage-mechanics of the Academy an opportunity further to display their skill. The play will bo continued during the week, the whole company participat ing, and on Friday evening the author of the piece will have a grand complimentary benefit. Next week will bo par excellence a season of ben efits. On Monday evening Miss Annie Waite, who has rendered the theatre good service, will ask the favor of the public. On Tuesday even ing Mr. Ed, Marble and Miss Kate Wilson will take a joint benefit, and have chosen the sensa tional piece “Under the Gaslight” for their special attraction. Other novelties are offered for the same evening by artists who have con tributed their services. The other beneficiaries .of the week will be Messrs. Home, Webster, and Mnir. hoolet’s opera-house. The course of comedy lias not run with entire smoothness daring.the past week at 3p*. Hooley’s. The bill for the first three nights in cluded 11 The Serious Family,” and “ Barney the Baron,” in both of which Mr. John Dillon was the central figure. On Wednesday evening a slight illness on the part of Mr. Dillon, and a disturbance of the equanimity of a certain gen tleman of the management, caused a cessation of the labors of the chief comedian, which were not renewed during the week. The place of Mr. Dillon, in “Everybody’s Friend,” which was an nounced for the concluding evenings, was sup- IBRUARY 23, 1873. plied by Mr. Soggs with a certain degree of ac ceptance. The play of the coming week will be the original comedy of “ False Shame,” by Mr. Frank Marshall, which has been acted at the Fifth Avenue Theatre successfully. The cast will include all the strength of the company, Mr. Dillon excepted. The scenery and other ac cessories of the piece have been prepared with great care and at considerable expense. There seems to be no reason why it should not have a long and successful run. ' STYE ns' OFE&A HOUSE. The minstrels have met .with some inconveni ence during the past week, but have succeeded in holding their own so far as regards business. Mr. Arlington has been missed from the stage, having been detained by illness. Ho has so for recovered that he will make his appear ance this week, with no abate ment of his enstomary mirth and vigor. A sufficient number of novelties will be offered to please those desirous of a change, and the old favorites, so far as presented, will be ren dered attractive by now faces and original dresses. The principal piece of the week will be the bur lesque of “ Robert Make-Airs,” for which now and handsome scenery has been pointed, and which has received various other ingenious ad ditions from the inexhaustible playwright of the company. The programme will be found to be as good as those, which have gone before it, which is sufficient praise. To-morrow night’s performance will be for the benefit of Ben Cot ton, than whom there are few people in the minstrel business with a larger circle of friends. OENEBAI* GOSSIP. Charles Reade baa begun a suit against the London Adtertiser for a libellous criticism of one of ids plays, laying Ins damages at £I,OOO. A tragedy of Sb&kapeare has been peformed for the first time on tho Spanish stage. At Madrid, “Hamlet” baa been brought out in a Spanish version by Don Carlos Coello. It is reported that Mr. Daly will transfer the Fifth Avenue Theatre, Now York, to Union Square, after the Ist of May, when Messrs. Shook & Palmer bid farewell to tho cares of management. Mr. W. J. Florence has received a letter from a gentleman personally cognizant of the circum stances attending the case of conscience of a young man who returned money taken from hia employer after seeing tho “ Ticket-of-Leavo Man ”at Birmingham. The youth was the eon of the vicar of Stratford-on-Avon, and was edu cated in the same schoolroom where Shakspearo learned little Latin and less Greek. Tho other evening, in Cincinnati, while one sister was reproaching the other in “Whose Wife,” saying': “Sometimes I think youiiato me, too; when I look for sisterly sympathy, my sister gives me but hatred and scorn; ’twill oriv 3 me mad” —A crazy woman in tho audience rose up and cried; “Eoliy for you, my girl 1~ You’re right, I had a sister do the same thing by me. Yes, your head’s level, ray girl! You just give it toner! I know how it is myself.” Tho Sacramento Union says ; Sam Chapman has perfected an invention designed to produce a ■ handsome scenic effect on the stage of a theatre—that of a full-rigged ship appearing, advancing, and increasing in size. The ship, as she is intended to appear on tho stage, will, when first seen, bo about eight feet long, but, by an ; ingenious maebinism, operated by five men, she will increase in length to forty feet as she advances, her hull will rise proportionately from the water, her spars grow lofty, and the sails bo properly sot —in fact, the effect will be exactly the same os that of a vessel sailing into port from a distance. She will have a full dock, hatchways, etc., and be, to all intents and pur poses, a ‘real ship.’ ” A New York correspondent of the Cincinnati Gazelle thus speaks of a rising actress ; “ Alixe,” the new play, has taken the town, and everybody is on the gin - vice to see it. The most im portant personage in the piece is Miss Clara Morris, a Western lady, who came here unheralded two years ago, and was engaged by Mr. Paly before she appeared at any metropolitan theatre. Paly evidently knew what he was about, though some people thought he didn’t, and several of the old managers shook their beads at the thought of bis engagement of a provincial woman. She attracted attention at the start, and baa been steadily gaining in popularity ever since tho evening wbeu she first trod the boards of the old Fifth Av enue Theatre. I have heard old and shrewd critics and theatre-goers of half a century enthusiastic in admiration of Mias Morris, and since her ap pearance in “ Alixe, n a week ago, they go fairly into raptures about her. She baa a genius for acting, and she has the good sense not to be spoiled by praise. She studies hard and works hard. She performs her part well, and there is not a word or gesture in the wrong place or out of time. She can make all the women and half the men in the audience cry, or, at all events, can moisten their eyelids and fill their throats with lumps as large as Richmond oysters, I predict great fame for her in the line she has chosen, and that, too, before very long. Mr. Bellew, in tho course of hia reading in New York a few evenings ago, took occasion to refute some statements pt 3Xr. Fronde in regard to the literature of Ireland. In tho course of his remarks, tho gentleman said: Why, next to Shakspcare, every literary man and everv dramatic artist vrill give the place of honor to an Irishman—llfchard Brinsley Sheridan. Is not he the author of tho two greatest comedies of the last two centuries, “ The Rivals ” and “ The School for Scan dal ?” And where was he born but in dear old dirty aud much-beloved Publin 7 Who, again (the lecturer added), was Oliver Goldsmith ? Did uot be write “She Stoops to Conquer,” which had a run of 400 nights at Drury Lane Theatre when originally produced, and was twice played by royal command before the Ring and Court? So great’is the vitality of that famous comedy that only the year before last it was reproduced by Mrs. John Wood at St. dames’ Theatre, in London, and ran uninterruptedly. If I remember a,.ght, for nearly throe hundred nights. I shall never forget the beauty and completeness of that performance, and my delight with the rendering of the part of Mr, Uardcattle, undertaken and admira bly executed by one of your own favorite actors, Mr, Mark Smith. And who was Goldsmith? Was ho not born and bred in the County of Longford, Ireland? Then, again, how about Congreve and Farquabar? Are not theirs historical names as dramatists? And were not they Irishmen? What shall I say of such a constellation of minor lights as O’Keefe, Murphy, Richard Lalor Shell. and Maturin? The present gen eration has seen Cork produce James Sheridan Knowles, Waterford produce Shell, Dublin Dion Boucicault, aud last, but not least, Limerick Gerald Grifiln, am. bybon’s new play Of Mr. Byron’s new play, “Old Soldiers,” the Pall Mall 6azette ears: In his new comic drama of “ Old Soldiers," produced at the Strand Theatre, Mr. Byron has equipped him self with an effective part, which, however, ia a close following of characters he has essayed on ronner oc casions of his own providing. Mr. Lionel Leveret la a young gentleman of fortune, leading a retired life in a cottage upon the Devonshire coast. He is the son of a general officer who, dying upon the battle-field, has bequeathed his orphan child to the care of one Cas sidy, his soldier-servant, an Irish corporal. And tbo young Lionel stands much in need of the guardianship of the faithful Cassidy, foe ho is represented to the au dience as timid, weak, constitutionally indolent, and. Indeed, but half-witted, although be has the gift of ut tering numberless facetious and satirical remarks upon all kinds of topics. Two of his Devonshire neighbors, « old soldiers Captain MeTavish and 3fr». Major i/oss— discovering his wealth, have marked him dovrn aa a likely son-in-law; for each has a marriageable daughter, named respectively Kate MeTavish and Mary Mom, Between these veteran parents a severe conflict ensues. Mr. Leveret, the cause of the strife, is most indifferent as to its result. ll© is not anxious to marry at all, but since that issue haa been definitely decided, without his being consulted In the matter, he la content to take to wife Kate or Mary, accordingly as chance may direct. Indeed, ho appears to be rather an approver of the old proposition that marriages should be arranged by the State, the brides, like the euro of souls, bo in the gift of the Lord Chancellor or some similar functionary of the Government. La the first instance. Captain MeTavish triumphs, and wrings from the reluctant Leveret an engagement to marry Kate. Mrs. Major Moss, however, is a deter mined combatant, who does not know when she is beaten nor what it is to despair of ultimate success. She ha* secured an important ally in the person of one Major Fang, a third “old soldier," who had aspired to her affections in times long paat, and who is able to make many disagreeable revelations concerning the private history of MeTavish, who, it seems, has been in early life a blackleg and something worse. But these disclosures are found less efficacious than had been ex pected by the Mom faction. Their first effect is only to stir some latent chivalrio feehng in the bosom of Mr Leveret, who exerts himself to declare that he can not forego his engagement on such grounds, nor visit udod Kate the sins of her father. But. presently, a voting gentleman named Gordon Lockhart appears upon the scene, and asserts an earlier claim noon the affections of JfiM MeTaush. And then the faithful Cassidy, who distrusts the designs of the MeTavishes, interferes in the interest of MarvMoss, and resorts to the old expedient of do scribing his master as suddenly ruined by the dis honesty of an agent, and Gordon Lockhart as the inheritor of a large fortune. Captain McTavieh Is faithful to stage precedent, and implicitly believes the fictions of the Irish servant. He terminates the en gagement between Mr. Leveret and Kate, who speedily finds refuge in the arms of her constant lover Locthart --a ooor man after all, but affectionate, young, and handsome. Mr. Leveret thus becomes the prey of Mr*. Major Moss, who promptly secures him for her daugh ter Jforu When Cassidy's frauds are exposed it is too late for MeTavish to interfere, and he is much discon certed. Ho is rewarded, however,with an appointment it a tropical colony where rum is plentiful, and Ida i*rlv misdeeds will probably escape inquiry. And the nlav terminates with an intimation that the elderly lovers Major Fang and Mrs. Moss, may forthwith follow the example of the younger couples and become man and wife. Here are a few of the distinguished English converts from Protestantism to the Homan Catholic Church within the last few years: Dr. Manning, Archbishop of Westminster; the Mar quis of Bute; the Earls of Oxford, Kings borough, Denbigh, Dunnven, Granard, Pem broke Buchan; Miss Gladstone, sister of the Richt* Hon. W. E. Gladstone; Miss Stanley, sister of the Dean of Westminster; and the Bev. W H Wilberforce, brother of the present Bishop of Winchester. Wo at© told that tbero are 200 Homan Catholic priests who w<?re at ono time clergymen of the Church of England, BOSTON. Literary Sugar-Sifters—Boston Di rided in Opinion upon Emily Faithfull. A Great Reception. —A Hero Instead of a Heroine. A Sew Version of Mary and Her little Lamb-1 Sew Light in the “ Atlantic.” A Sentimental Wail, and a Story in Another Key—Kettle-Drums. From Our Oxen Correspondent. Boston, Feb. 19,1873. Some of the feminine correspondents, who seem to wield a literary sugar-bifler, wherein the honest spice of criticism is entirely left out, talk about ansa faithfull’s first lecture in Boston as a great success, I see. This is very complimentary to Alisa Faitbfull, but it is only compliment. The facts, and tho immediate re ports in the firet-clasa newspapers of the next day, completely contradict this flattering ’ tale. Her first lecture was a failure. People went, expecting to hear something about the special work of her life, and they got, instead, a rambling account of the notable people she had met in England. There were pretty much all the great names, but nothing new about them. Evidently we have all of ns got a far clearer idea of somo of these notabilities from Justin McCarthy’s vivid Galaxy sketches than Miss Faitbfull pre sented. The Advertiser was specially sharp in its criticism upon her after this first lecture; hut tho criticism lost in dignity and value when it quoted from a London correspondent that the English people, or rather the Londoners, would be greatlv amused if the Americans made very much account of Miss Faitbfull, as she was by no means of first-class importance with them ! This quotation, which, in sum and substance, conveyed the idea that Mies Faitbfull had no so cial prestige, had something so petty and absurd in it, os applied to a practical reformer, that the use of it entirely destroyed tho effect of the oth erwise candid estimate of tho lecture’s merits as a lecture. In my lost last letter, I simply spoke of Mias Faitbfnil’s advent here, and the recep tions, etc., which were on the tapis. Her pleasant aspect in private, the pleasant accounts of her elsewhere, all moved in her favor, and the wave of expectation ran high. Bat the first ap pearance in public disappointed, as I have stated. Then the sharp words in the Adcertiser f coining so directly, added to the prejudices of tho thoughtless many, who wanted to catch at any peg to hang their disappointed hopes upon; and eo two parties were formed, and the Hub was divided in its mind. In the meantime, those who kept their FAITH IN THE FAITHFUL were very busy sending out invitations for re ceptions. But the little fiend of cold and fever, which is always lying in wait _in Boston east winds, had been still busy with the Faithful!, and, up to Saturday, bronchial congestion had made a victim of the new-comer, and the con templated receptions a failure. But, on Satur day afternoon, at 2 o’clock, as there was no withdrawal of Iho appointed lecture, Tremont Temple showed a goodly audience, and, at the hour named. Miss Faithfall appeared, and. on this second occasion, spite of the labored voice, owing to her recent indisposition, most of tho prejudiced were conquered and came away applauding. This time they got what they wanted,—a talk about her work, and her views and experiences of women. The subject matter was interesting, and the manner of pre senting it simple, and unpretending, and pleas ing. But what shall be said of the taste that prompted the reading of tho English press testi monials as an introduction to this lecture, — testimonials of the advertising kind, which we read in the heralding of any coming entertainer or entertainment. Only, in these testimonials of Miss Faithfull wo get a frequent glimpse of royalty,—“by the Queen’s gracious approval,” etc. Tho whole thing savored of the sensational trnmpet-blowiug which goes before an unknown now-comer. We are used enough to it in the newspapers, but to hear these PZBSOJTAIi POWPEB PUFFS read off in a business-like manner to a waiting audience, while the subject of them site front ing us, ifl quite a new thing. Perhaps this is the London way of conducting lectures and lecturers to success. Perhaps the sarago onslaught m the Advertiser, which denied to the lady so much of prestige and favor in her own country, put her on the defensive, and made it seem a neces sity to her that she should show her credentials. But, however it may be, it struck, at begin ning, a note of discord, and it is greatly in Miss FaithfulTa favor to say that, in spite of this, she conquered. Not the least incongruous part of it all was, that the reader of these credentials should be William Lloyd Garrison I How tho gentleman felt when be found that his office as imrodfucteurinvol ved that of public trum peter also, does not transpire. Up to this time, tho receptions, as X have before mentioned, were given up on account of the state of Miss Faithfull’a health. Her appearance on Saturday afternoon roused expectations, and a Sunday evening reception, which bad beeir planned, be gan to look possible. And in this connection yon will see, oh, mild and moral Chicago ! that radical Boston has wandered so far out of the straight and narrow path of tho Puritans, that a 44 Sunday evening meeting” does not necessari ly mean now a pious parish gathering, as it once did. On the strength of this now hope, the hostess of tho occasion did not rescind her invi tations, but wisely allowed tho matter to drift, with tho promise from Miss Faithful! that »eliq would do her best to be present. And so the Sunday evening came, bitterly cold, and most awfully east-windy; but, notwithstand ing, a company whose numbers went into tho hundreds, increased and multiplied as tho evening deepened, all to meet the heroine of tho Victoria Press. But the heroine did not come. Tho little fiend of cold and fever carried the day, and, before 10 o’clock, we know that we should not pay our devoir at that shrine. But, luckily, there was another shrine. 1/ the hero ine did not come, A nrBO DID. And, if the anxious little hostess felt before that she was assisting at a variation of the play of “ Hamlet ’’ with the part of Hamlet left out, uhe was soon reassured. We didn’t have Miss Faithfull, the Queen of the labor movement, but wo had the kino; and, of course, the feminine portion of the com panv resigned themselves with very suspicious amiability to the loss of the former. Women, I think, are bom hero-worshippers and lion-lovers, for they seem never eo happv as when bowing before such a shrine, and making one of such a following. On this occasion, the hero was that King of the Lions, Wendell Phillips, who ex ercises so much fascination upon his own sex that they con scarcely afford to criticise their sisters in their hero-worship. And yet. and yet, it was fanny to see the following on this even ing, because 1 suppose there were so many of the followers. “ All we like sheep,” wickedly quoted one of the feminines, as she passed me bent on this very following. “ Why not say lambs? It would sound better,” I responded, “ If I did, I should put it in this way: And everywhere that Wendell went The lambs were sure to go,” was the quick response. And so with the King to follow, and no end of other delightful guests, the evening was a success, even though Miss Faithfull was not present. But, to change tho subject and yet not to leave the society of lions entirely, does Chicago know what a promising possibility of the species we have in the young Norwegian with the un pronounceable name, Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen, who has been WiIiTPTO FOB THE ATLAKTIO a good deal lately? The young man is about three-»nd-twenty years of age, and, three years ago did not know the English language,—so one of bis friend* told me. -When wo read each an easy little poem aa “Thoralf and Sytnon, wo feel doubtful of tbia report; bnt one thing is very aura, that even if tho learning of the language should tnm ont to be a little more credible miracle as to time, we can safely assure our selTea that we hare got a poet amongst ns. It seems that the young Hjalmar Hjorth came oyer to this country to learn to ha a Swedenborgian minister bore. Established for that purpose, in. the Swedenborgiaa College, some very wisa Professor in that institution made discovery that the new pupil’s mind was of a literary in* stead of a theological tom,, and traa candid enough to advise a corresponding change in the direction of his life. So, happily, we get m re-* suit, “ Thorolf and Syrmou,” and, aa further re sult, a novel, or romance, which la to coma out next year in the Atlantic . And speaking of THE ATLANTIC AND NEXT TEAR suggests the change which will have taken by that time; the removal of the publishers from the famous Tremont street comer to' Franklin street, at present standing in ruius in the burnt district. At that time, also, the retail portion of the business will bo given up. This change of locality is “ a change from the things that we love,” which is met* with regret by aIX literary idlers and workers who have found great store on Tremont street such a pleasant and convenient meeting-place and refuge* Whoro else could there be such an author’s room, overlooking the Common, as it does, and facing Park street? Where else would it seem natural and seemly to meet the Wedding-Joumeyer all the rest of the editors and authors, but ia that* building, going up and down that long flight of stairs to tho various little sanctums, where in winter open grate-fires of blazing se*-\ coal greet you upon entrance ? So many peoplaj who nave made the Atlantic famous have passed, up and down those stairs, have sat before those, little sea-coal fires, have looked ont of those windows upon the Common, that no other stairs, no other sanctums, will ever have the same charm. Well, after this little wail of sentiment, I think I ought to touch another key before closing,—a key which is suggested by this very repall of the old habitues. For, as I speak, I clearly trace A woman’s half-forgotten face, and this faco is that of GAIL HAMILTON, which was once so familiar in those rooms. A»i I recall her, I always think of the fierce littiar fight she made, in her “Battle of thQ Books,” against nor quondam friend, James T« Field, whore, if my readers will remember* she accused that gentleman of all manner of un< fair dealings with her. As the other side of ths| story, Mr. Field’s side, was never told by the, gentleman himself, tee have no sides to take ia tho matter, andso nobody’s bones will be broken if I repeat a very witty application of a famouw couplet from “ Tho Lady of the Lake ” to famous fight, which did result, wo must also member, in a half-victory for Gail. Here is th* couplet: They tug; they strain ; down, down they go,— The Gael above, Fltz James below. The victory to which I allude was that of aft award of & certain portion of money by the ar* bitratora who settled the affair. It looked to * good many aa though the fiery little Gael made some arbitrary ruling herself in the aud, though her claimmight be fair enough, that it was yet the honors of war which she got. But with that we have little to do at this moment*. The attitude of submission on the part of Mr. Field to this fiery,little scold gives us the situs* tion which wo want to make the humor of thiat application complete. To turn from the boob-makers and the lions*, let me say a good word about the ENGLISH KETTLE-DRUM, or 5 o’clock tea, which is making a simple direr** sion of entertainment just now, and taking tb» place of the lunch-parties which were fast grow-*, ing into elaborate dinners with the attendant expenses. The 5 o’clock is not arbitrary 5 indeed, with late dinners, it would be often of place; but it is slipped, in these cases,, into the hours of 7 and 8, or even 9, and thus, as the simple fashion of gathering one’s friend*, together, it is hoped it will be successful. All? that is needed is a corner table, a bntler’e tray*, with piles of plates, piles of thirty-cent breadF delicately spread, shavings of beef perhaps, anoc a basket of cako, with a pleasant hostess tq serve her guests as they stand or sit at their*: pleasure about the room. If thie simplicity, will remain with us aa it is, and not grow aa all onr simplicities do, into elaborate-feasting* festivities, we shall have occasion to ooagntug late ourselves on a new advent of pleasure an of profit. Gann*. \ A LEGEND OF DELHI The Great Mogul, called Baber, In solemn court sat be. Beneath the State umbrella, Obese in majesty. Ottoman fat, Pozing be sat, With courtiers around blm On dais and mat. * This monarch bo despotic Invoked the drowsy god By puffing fumes narcotic, Till all began to nod. Opium-full. Pay-dreaming dull. They all sat a-nodding Around the Mogul, It chanced, while they were bis Hag Id this sublime repose, A Hindoo lly came buzzing About the royal nose: “ Would you not die. Catch me the Uy !” Remarked the Mogul to His Vizier nigh. just then, soft slumber coming. His Highness ceased to speak ; Again the fly came bumming And fastened on bis cheek. Never was seen Sander mien Shown by an iusect on Feature serene. Bp rose the Yizier, yawning. And dabbed aloft bis fist; 44 Now, by the Prophet’s camel. My loyal aim I’ve missed I Oh, what a mull! Woe on my skull! I’ve missed the blue-bottle And hit the Mogul!” The Great Mogul wont keeling Almost upon his side. And colored up with feeling, Till, nearly waking wide. Slowly be spake: “ When I’m awake Some gentleman's head fra His shoulders I’ll take.” Arain the spell narcotic Upon the monarch sank. For sentence so despotic The Vi/Jer’a self to thank,— ’Cause the old guy Kill would the fly. When plain was the order To 4 ‘ catch ” it to try I ~-PitUhurgh Chronicle. ANNIVERSARIES. The golden hours that blesa the happiest Ufa While here below, Are not so many that we can afford To let them go Unheeded, as the swift-revolving years Their mem’ry brings. And marks another annlvers’ry brought On Time’s fleet wings. There’s something sweet in viewing pleasures paste Let us recall The happy hours, and live them o’er again. And not let fall Into disuse tho honored custom gives. To mark the days That point the years adown the course of time Along Life’s ways. ’Twill make ns better men and women, too. To cherish thna The mem’ry of tbo happy days and boon That come to us. And think. So many years ago this day. How happy I, When such or such a thing transpired. For lore Can never dio. And let ns strive, in passing down Life’s way. Something to do; To fill some life betide our own with joy. And gladness too; To strew swoet flowers, and bring a golden light To some faint heart; To give & kindly word, a helping hand; Make this our port. J, F. Clasjc. TO “SISTER MARY ALOYSUIS.” 1 think of thee; I think of thee J The glory of thy soul-filled eyes Both day and night come back to me. To charm rcy thoughts beyond the sklea, I grieved that ever cloistered walla Should hide a face, a form, so fair ; Jfcw my sad heart that wish recalls,— I often long that 1 were there. Thy troth, thy parity and worth. Sweet •* Irish Diamond, n spotless flower. Are more than could be bom of earth. Or born in some all-hallowed hour. Oh 1 thoo*rt the gniding-etar that leads My hopes beyond life’s troubled sea: My every simple prayer that pleads . To Heaven, Is linked with dream* of With thee doth faithful Mem’ry dwell, Tho* parted by the bounding rna<n. I can but weep a fond farewell,— * **l’m off to busy life agaUt*’ From the Church Almanac for the year 137? there appears to be 2,700 parishes and 2,033 priests and deacons connected with the Protest ant Episcopal Church in tho United States. It further appears that of this nnmber of priests and deacons 431, or about one-sixth of the whole number, are without parishes. Of the number •bout 42 are doctors in diyinity. 7 ZUXST.