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TACT.—Tact is to manner what genius is to talent. There are many people in the intellectual world who are clever, erudite, sharp, yet who are utterly destitute of genius whilst in the social world the number of persons who are ambitious, plausible, and agreeable, and yet totally deficient in tact, is legion. Ho frequently do we hear questions asked which should be avoided, and subjects discussed that should never be introduced! How constantly do the scheming and the worldly-wise show their hand, and thus mar their game, by a plausibility so palpable that it never deceives! How often is hate defeated by the intensity of its spite and its clumsy malevolence! If men and women exhibited a little more tact in their walk through life, the snob would talk less of his intimacy with the great, Dives would boast less of his wealth, women would be more careful in their dis- paragements of each other, the jealous would pretend I less to indifference, and the acrid would mingle a little more honey with his gall. We read of an am- bition that overvaulta itself and falls on the other side. It is quite as possible to fail from overdoing as from never attempting. A well-bred display is one thing, the ostentation of the vulgar another. To know a lord does not necessarily imply an incessant refer- fence to the aristocracy. The possession of wealth is not always evinced by allusions to the balance at our banker, the extent of our property, and the Bplendour of oar establishment. Familiarity is always silent; it is novelty that is always intrusive. — London Society. STRUGGLING TO BE BjMTEB.—We are now all of us asking again, how shall the people be kept from the public-bouse ? And some of us are asking also, how shall the dull Philistinism or emptiness of the other classes be healed? And we have made some steps towards the true solution. We say, it is not enough to tell people to be religious, you must occupy their minds and give them a taste for some- thing better than drinking. And we get up penny readings and popular lectures and working men's colleges. Dimly at the same time we see that the deficiencies of the better classes are radically of the same kind and require the same remedy. What takes the working man to the public-house is the same defect which ties the city man to his desk and makes his life monotonous and unlovely. It is the ignorance of anything better —the want of occupation for his higher life. And something begins to be done for him too. We have begun to purify the idea of culture, and to understand that we must present it for the future as something precious and beautiful in itself, and 110 longer merely as a means of success and money-making. These are the new convictions which practical reformers have lately acquired. They have led to a practical rebel- lion against the clerical revival ef the last age, for they amount to a conviction that no such revival can by itself regenerate the country. And the clergy are acknowledging this by enlarging their field, by taking into their province much which hitherto they regarded as secular. They do so under the plea that that which is in itself secular, such as music, architec- ture, popular science, may be made indirectly service- able to religion. But meanwhile a great change and advance of opinion has been taking place among the professors of the so-called secular pursuits thus newly patronised. The future historian, describing the present age of English history, will mark it aa the period when the English mind first clearly grasped the ideas of Art and Science. Look at our present clear conception of Art in its different varieties all equally te be honoured, the poet recognising himself as the colleague of the painter or musical composer in the same great guild, and see what a space has been traversed since music was scarcely known and paint- ing regarded as an ungentlemanlv pursuit, while "try acknowledged no connection with the sister arts, but rather classed herself with wit or with learning. In like manner, what a change since science asserted her- self with the commanding aelf-conaciousntsa which now diatinguishea her! Not long since she lay huddled up indistinguishably with metaphysics and Greek scholar- ship and theology. Now she proudly stands aloof from all such association, and declares herself called to regenerate the world. Both in the case of Art and of Science it is a consequence of the new distinctness with which they are now conceived that their dignity is greatly raised. They take a reli- gious character. The artist would be ashamed to J speak of himself as a humblw caterer for the public amusement, as, for instance, a Walter S.ott always did. He is now in a manner bound to exalt his art if not himself, and to call himself a priest of the reli- gion of beauty. Nor can the latter any more be content to speak of science as an elegant and liberal pursuit; it is a point o £ honour with him now to pro- i1 claim himself a votary of the religion of the future.— Maomillan's Magcuine.



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