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by anything that we have seen from the American press. It is most amply furnished with illustrations. There are sixty engravings of a very high order of art; and all the points of greatest interest among these Alps of New England, and all the places best known to tourists for the beauty of their scenery, are pictured to the eye in a manner most true to nature. But it is not these alone that have given the volume its chief value to us. In the descriptions which the author has given of mountain and valley, of waterfall and lake, our readers will find a perpetual charm. Few persons, perhaps, are better acquainted with all that is grand and beautiful among the White Hills than Rev. Thomas Starr King. He has made them a study for years. And now, with rare powers as a master of the English language, be has brought the fruits of these long studies, and has bestowed them upon this work as a labor of love.
We make a few extracts, but not as many as we could wish, to show the enthusiasm and the deep feeling with which the author writes.
“If a man could own all the landscape canvas which the first painters of the world have colored, it would not be a tithe so rich an endowment, as if Providence should quicken his eye with keener sensibility to the hưes of the west at evening, the grace of trees, and the pomp of piled or drifting clouds.” p. 8.
"A large proportion of the summer travelers in New Hampshire bolt the scenery as a man, driven by work, bolts his dinner at a restaurant. Sometimes, indeed, where railroads will allow, as on the eastern side, they will gobble some of the superb views between two trains, with as little consciousness of any flavor or artistic relish, as a turkey has in swallowing corn. One might as well be a railroad conductor for a week on an up-country train, so far as any effect on mind or sentiment is concerned, or any real acquaintance with Nature is gained, as to take to what we Yankees call pleasurin,' in such style." p. 17.
"And then think what it cost to arrange a landscape which we can see from the little steamer, as she rides from Weir's to Center Harbor! Think of the mad upheavals of boiling rock, to cool and harden in the air; think of the centuries of channeling by torrents and frost to give their nervous edge to distant ridges and crests ; think what patient opulence of creative power wrapped their sides with thickets, that grow out of the mould of preadamite moss and fern, and spotted their walls with weather stains in which the tempests of ten thousand years ago took part. Consider, too, the exquisite balancing of widely sundered forces, represented in the clouds that sail over that Sandwich chain, and cool their cones with shadow, or in the mists that sometimes creep up their slopes and twine around their brows, or in the streams, those grandchildren of the ocean, that revel in their ravines. Bear in mind what delicate skill is exhibited in the mixture of the air through whose translucent sea we catch their mottled charm, and how the huge earth spins on its axis without noise or jar to give the ever shifting hues that bathe them from golden dawn to purple evening. And now, when we remmeber that all this is only the commencement of an enumeration of the forces that combine in producing a landscape, is a little visible exultation anything more than an honest expression of the privilege a mortal is endowed with, in being introduced to the Creator's art?
“Let us remember that pure delight in natural scenes themselves, is the crown of all artistic power or appreciation. And when a man loses enthusiasm,—when there is no surprise in the gush of evening pomp out of the west, — when the miracle of beauty has become commonplace,-when the world has become withered and soggy to his eye, so that, instead of finding its countenance fresh as on creation's day,' he looks at each lovely object and scene, and, like the traveling Englishman, oppressed with ennui, 'finds nothing in it,'—it is about time for bim to be transplanted to some other planet. Why not to the moon? No Winnipiseogee is there. There are mountains enough, but they show no azure and no gold. There are pits enough, but there is no water in them, no clouds hover over them; no air and moisture diffuses and varies the light. It is a planet of bare facts, without the frescos and garniniture of beauty, a mere skeleton globe, and su perhaps is the Botany Bay for spirits that have become torpid and blasé." -pp. 60, 61.
Sir Ronan's Ghost.* _We received this novel, published by Messrs. J. E. Tilton & Co., at so late a date that we can only find space to say that the great popularity, which it has so rapidly acquired, seems to be well deserved. It is a veritable ghost story, but entirely unlike any others of that description we have ever read. In the freshness and variety and originality of its conception it will rank among the best of our American novels.
GERMAINE.-All who have read the "Roman Question" will be glad to know something of the other literary works of its author, M. About. Messrs. J. E. Tilton & Co. have published a translation of Germaine, one of his late novels, which has had a great reputation in France. It seems rather better adapted to the meridian of Paris than of New England; but it shows everywhere unmistakable marks of the same hand that drew the portrait of Antonelli in the former work. The volume, like all those that have been published by the Messrs. Tilton, is characterized by great typographical beauty.
* Sir Rohan's Ghost. A Romance. Boston: J. E. Tilton & Co.
+ Germaine. By E. ABOUT. Boston: J. E. Tilton & Co.
12mo. pp. 342.
The UNDERGRADUATE.*_With the opening of the year, a new Magazine has made its appearance, and solicits the patronage of the public. It bears the modest title of The UNDERGRADUATE. We regret that we have received it at so late a date that our notice must necessarily be brief. The first number makes a very handsome pamphlet of two hundred and twenty pages, and in its typographical appearance is unsurpassed by any of the magazines of the day. It is to be published at New Haven, and is to appear quarterly in January, April, July, and October. The Magazine is to be conducted by an association of collegiate and professional students, selected from the colleges and schools of this country and of foreign countries, whenever there is a disposition manifested to coöperate. Their design is to establish a Quarterly, through whose pages undergraduate and professional students may communicate with each other and with the public.
In the Prospectus, the conductors make the following statements with regard to their plans :
“I. Purpose.—It is the purpose of The UNDERGRADUATE to enlist the active talent of young men in American and as far as possible in Foreign Universities, side by side, in the discussion of questions and the communication of intelligence, of common interest to Students. To be made up of news, local sketches, reformatory thought, and literary essays, from all the principal seats of classical and professional learning, the periodical will seek, as its definite objects, to record the history, promote the intellectual improvement, elevate the moral aims, liberalize the views, and unite the sympathies, of Academical, Collegiate and Professional Students, and their Institutions, throughout the world.
“II. MANAGEMENT.—The management of the Quarterly is vested in the Undergraduate Association, consisting of Boards or Correspondents, self-constituted at first, chosen by the several classes, or nominated by the head of the Faculty, as the exigencies of different cases may require, in each Institution. All members of these Boards are upon an equal footing, Editors and Directors of the Magazine. The Boards shall be changed as infrequently as possible, and perpetually
• The Undergraduate, Conducted by an Association of Collegiate and Professional Students in the United States and Europe. Printed for the Association
Heidelberg Univ., Germany; Cambridge Univ., England; Albany Law School; · Amherst; Antioch ; Andover Theol. Sem. ; Beloit: Bowdoin ; Brown; Dartmouth ; Oberlin ; People's Coll.; State and National Law School ; Troy Univ. ; Union Theol. Sem.; Univ. of Vermont; Williams; Yale. Thomas H. PEASE, General Agent, New Haven, Conn., to whom all communications for the Editors may be sent through the mail, and who will receive subscriptions and forward the numbers to subscribers.
renewed by elections from incoming classes. Each Board is to occupy in the Magazine a certain number of pages, proportionate to the number of Undergraduates in its Institution and the number of Institutions in the Association; and for the sentiments, accuracy, literary character, and due transmission of these articles, the Board for each Institution will be wholly responsible. The Board in the Institution at the place of publication shall constitute the Board of Compilation, to oversee the printing and local business arrangements of the Magazine. They shall be strictly impartial towards their own Institution, wholly governed by the Prospectus and the will of the Association. With regard to the merit of communications, they shall have no power of rejection or of final decision; but should three-fourths of their number object to any article, it may be held in abeyance until it can be referred back to the Board from which it came; and should a difference of opinion still exist, the power of final decision shall rest with any one or more of the Faculty of the Institution which the article represents, chosen by the Board in that Institution. A General Secretary, of competent qualifications, may be employed and salaried, to conduct the correspondence and act as Treasurer and Agent of the Association. He shall render annually a complete financial account to the several Boards.
“III. MATTER.-All subjects of general interest to Undergraduates, Faculties, and the friends of Liberal Education, will be open to discussion. It is proposed to inake the range of thought and investigation such as shall thoroughly accomplish the five chief purposes of the Magazine, as stated in the first Article of Association. The general arrangement of matter will be as follows:
"1. Essays. It is proposed to give the Magazine an Educational and Historical, more than a distinctively Literary character. Articles purposing direct and immediate usefulness among Collegiate and Academical Undergraduates, upon the laws of study, prescribed and miscellaneous duties, moral, social and physical training, early mistakes and irregularities, the causes of error and the means of reform, are especially requested from Masters of Arts, Bachelors, Fellows, and all Professional Students, whose views have been matured by experience, besides articles of interest and value to their own class. Detailed statements of the courses of study and systems of instruction in the different Institutions, comparisons of the same, European educational intelligence, comparisons of the habits of American and European Students, discussions of proposed extensions of the American System of Liberal Studies, educational statistics of every kind relating to the sphere of the Magazine, histories of the founding and progress of the several Institutions, sketches of celebrated Instructors, Professors and Presidents, full biographical accounts of distinguished men as Undergraduates, both as examples for imitation and as data for deductions concerning the laws of study ; in short, everything ably written, calculated to promote the objects of the Magazine, and within the ability of Undergraduates, will be welcome.
“2. News.--It is proposed that each Board make out quarterly a complete and elaborate News-article for its own Institution, occupying its space mainly in the News-article or in Essays, as it shall judge best, and that these articles be printed side by side in the alphabetical order of the names of the Institutions which they represent. The News-articles are expected to state the position, prospects and advantages of each Institution ; notice the annual commencements, degrees conferred, courses of study and principal prizes ; describe local customs, the religious condition and habits of the several Institutions, the status and influence of Literary Societies, the demands of New Institutions or of New Educational Movements; in short, everything of interest or value to Students and Instructors, and of profitable publicity to the Institutions themselves.”
The January number, now before us, is in every way creditable to the Association, and is an evidence that an amount of talent and energy is enlisted in the support of the Magazine, which will make it very acceptable and popular with the public at large. We give the Table of Contents, which, even without any comment from us, would show that the Number is one of rare interest. Our limits will not allow us to comment upon individual Articles, but we will mention that those bearing the titles “ German Student Life and Travel,” by Edward A. Walker ; "An English University," by S. R. Calthrop; and “A course of study in the English Language and Literature suitable for our Colleges and High Schools," by Wolcott Calkins, will be found of special interest.
"TABLE OF CONTENTS.
II. TESTIMONIALS.— See the Article.
of Heidelberg, Germany.
Cambridge University, England.
College, Yellow Springs, 0.
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Me. “ VII. DICKENS—How Far A LITERARY EXEMPLAR. — Frank Amasa Walker,
Amherst College, Mass. " VIII. Milton, THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FREE THOUGHT OF HIS AGE.—
Isaak B. Barken, Brown University, Providence, R. I.
University, Providence, R. I.
College, New Haven, Ct.
ABLE FOR OUR COLLEGES AND High Schools.- Wolcott Calkins,
Union Theological Seminary, New York. XII, COLLEGE CHARACTERS AND CHARACTERISTICS.-Luther M. Jones, Yale College, New Haven, Conn.
* NEWS-ARTICLES. ART. I. UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY.-Hon. Amos Dean, LL. D., Albany, N. Y.
II. AMHERST COLLEGE.— Frank Amasa Walker, Amherst, Mass.