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h. — < — — m BITS PROM BOOKS. »"• i'i ,.t I •" AE8T7LTS OF LtjnBjrr ptJNisniiffvra. ar Punishments, too, how contemptible they mast up" i V»W!l ferocious barbarians that incur them. deteeted stealing: lie look* to have hie lu chopped off; we lodge him in what he considers wwjrious retreat, where ho can eat.diink, smoke,and abuse i-% .rai1^ 'n plenary animal satisfaction. He appropriates • j* mend's spouse instead af perilling life or limb, he *uows that these benevolent foos, his rulers,will hang tiiO ^•band who haims him. 'Overheard blaspheming, a crime y>T which he would bo stoned to dwith luaid the ferocious .tation of his fellows, he now can laugh under our rale jMCruege i8 not a capital offence. He cc-mmits murder, and "lefcected he expects nothing but a horrible drath, to be i8,i>ended by the unities and chopped in two like a sheep rt up ia your butcher's tli' p, or to be flayed alive, one o the most excruciating tortures that human iugeuuity (1t:vised. He smiles when ha is told that he has only af R.l,S'e for an hour at the gallows without the prospect bfciisg left there to food (he crows, oi that he is riuip'y till S11Ot. without the preliminary of being basiinsdt^d V" sensation by s'.ow decrees is expelled his foira.—Sinai ■Btvtsitcd, d'C. Richard F. Burton. MENDELSSOHN AND HIS BROTHER A-TTST3. f f A very henutifnl feature in Mpinlelssohn," says his 'lend, Lsmpadius, "is bis treatment of other artists, par- «oulaily those nhote directicn differtd widtly from his wn. That ho should be on the kindest tcniis wiih such fts Moschetes, Rietz, and David, whose career ran in ,»*r'*Ilel course with his own. and who were, moreover, bis f'iends, is not nt all to bo wondered at. Yet it mild not seem surprinng if, with, the singleness of his de- •»Ti i" *° Pr°f°BS'on« and the intense earnestness with uicli he approachcd music, with the exactness—aud, per- il*^ I might say the ligid severity—of his self-discipline, j!* ,"ad turned away semewhat coldly from those whose *«e s course did not coincide with his own. Yet this wa« seldom the case. In his judgments on the efforts of itulg personally unknown to him, he was veiy careful and yet the play of his features was on excellent urometer of his feelings. The vast numbers of virtuoso* merit lies alone in their rapid execution, he bore with great patience. He did not refuse to acknowledge this of skill, while often pained to the soul at the ill- ™"c&tm«nt which great M»Me r pieces fcufiered at the hands 7* su5'h interpreters. But where s< u! md taste were %*ociated with the roeclmrieal talent, he was the first to ^xpress his satisfaction, and to speak Words of approbation, J\'t to such artists he was the kindest benefactor. ve of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. W. A. Lampadins. "BE NATUBH OF CHRIST. Faith was ever at hand to restore the mental balance, •^ preserve the perfect haimotiy of His pure and trusting Tp'iitwith God. In this full and confiding communion with ved as the source Hiid principle *»f His whole moral being, 2T_ apprehend, tne tme divinity of Ohiist, tnd 'lie of that mingled reverence and love with which all «tiglous hearts have honoured Him. AH Epii'it is of one •*ture, though pOfBGsse.l ift various debtees. As partakers •» fPirlt, men are tile cfhildten of God. There is a measure Cfit-cottcsponding to the moral capacities cf hum. n;tiy, Jfttidi Christ alone, judging from the extant records >f His i» se(I?'i *° tilled up to its utmost limits, and so to y**e united our nature t»oraHy with the Divine. Thieugh Pun the Spirit of the Father spoki* c'taily snd intell'gibly wen, for it is only a pnrificd n.l exalted humauity that interpret the Divine Mind. Ir m Bim went forth the •PUit thatt drew men by the attracting symp ithies of faith love to thtlr Heavenly Fatter, and made them own J*1? Presence in the midst of them. And these jjuingt [philosophy, poetiy, art, science] have another diti- hi them Ihatr the life and doctrino of Chiist; that we e hamony of an entird ttiotnl being with ^T1 hnrtnorsy of its will, its affections, and its ^OieavcrUrs, with the holhies*, the rectitude; the tttrthful- wess, and the love of the g.eat Parent and Sovereign Mind the univera*. 1. all these things, Christ) was one with ifOd, and therefore it is thnt *e pi oroin co His work and /■jfe divioe.—Christian Asprcts of faith and Duty. J. J. differ. ones vpos A TOfB* ■■■ *'1- I j. Was it a thousand yesrsago •ftfj; V A little girl I ttsrf to ki.ffw, *«- Whose hair (the paper* did it. though) i ',t' was veiy ctfi'ly! 4* A jolly little irhap was she, Aud full of laughing, childish glee But now she shews that the can be A trifle surly. And ehe appr«*ehes middle age ..u {Vile phrase !), and grows extremely sag*, 4:.c Atid sometrmes flies into a rage V<: With old relations. v^: Tetl remetnber wen WIleD she Z"U ;• Was tossed to the ceiling, wild with glee, ''nr. Or liat upop a certain knee £ ■"«iWithout impatience. u- Well, life is long and love Is brief (Tlwugh love alone is life's relief), I. AaO Time's a very cruel thief, Ali joys deraeging. Yet, 'tw«re a pleasant deed of his, Atid ori«j I should not take amiss, To bring me now a child-like kiss Frcm lips unchanging ortimtr Cottins. Dublin University Magazine. Tflfi THEORY OF EYOtXTlON. Everyone must have been impressed by this marvel 'f marvels; an exceedingly minute portion of living matter, e", simple in aspect that a line will define it, passes by •Uocossive modifications into an oigaimm so complex that treatise is needed todesoiibe it. Not only do the c^lla ■t which the ovum and the spermatozoon originate pass 12'° a comP'ex orgmiism reproducing the forms and ■"Htureg of the parfnts, and with these the constitutional of the parents (ili«ir longevity, their dige*ses, •heir naoutal dispowtions.nay, tlieir verv tricks and h .bite), they may reproduce the form and features, the dis- positions and diseases,of a grandfather or greal-gi andfathcr, /Vhich had lain dormant in the father or mother. Consider for an instant what this in,plies: A microscopic cell of albuminous compounds, wliclly without trace of organs,not Appreciably distinguish dile fi om millions of other cells, Contains within It the p ;ssiLiTitis« of an oig inism so oam- Plex and as tp.:ci:>l as that of a Newton or a Napoleon. If Cv-1' therd was a case where tIll f mons Auiiitotelian notion a potential eiistenoe" seemed juhtifi.ed, assuredly it is tlll' And although we can only by fallacy maintain the o*Iv to be contained in the acorn, or the animal contained i" the cvum, the fallacy is so natural, and indeed so difficult uf t'Fcnpe, that there B no ground for uprise -hen physiologists, on first learning something of de- velopment, were fourd maininining that the p rfect ^rgaiiisiiT existed already in the ovum, hadng all its linfa- ^'tits in miniature, and only growing into^ visible dimensions through the successive stages of evolution. The Information of the .organism teemed an inevitable d<i!ucfcion from the opinions enco universal. It v.asaMerted tha.t the original germ of every species Cf ntained within it the countless individuals which in j'roctss of time might ,ssne from it. This, the celebrated emboitement" theory, Sa"'ed scientific acceptance because phj7siologists could not themselves t<> believe that so marvellous a structure that of the liumaa organism arose by a series cf ■Recessive modifications, or because they could not com- prehend how it was bnilj tjp, part by part,into forms so -*losely resembling the parent forms. —The Physical Basis •' Mind with Illustrations. George Henry Lewes. SIR WAT-TER BCOTF AND BIS DOGS. „ On visiting Ahhotsford in 1817, Washinglcii Irving en- 3^yed the pleasure of a ramble with Scott and his dogs, tQlS dosoiplion of the eocne is so an>u»ing that we oan *9;Ucsly at>ate a jot :—As we sallied forth, eveiy dog in *^e establiahroent tinned out to attar,d ns. There was the oIQlrl "tag}lOul.d, Maida, that I have already mentioned, a *» >ble animal; and Hamlet, the black greyhound, a wild thoughtless youngsier, not yet arrived at the years of dis- cretion and }inetlo a beautiful tetter, with soft silkec hair, long pendent ears, i'nd a mild eye,the parlour favour- A.W. When in front oi (he house, we were joined by a superannuated greyhound, who came from the kitchen Wr'fcging his tail; and was cheered by Scott as an old friend AlaI comrade. In our walks, he would frequently pause in to notice his degs, and speak to them as if National ccnipy».i ,i|» Hiid,iiidftd, there appears to be a vast deal of rationality in these faithful attendants on man, de- JiVe-d from their closo intimacy with him. Maida deported "iiestlf with a gravity becoming his age and size, and •efctned to consider himself called upon to preserve a great decree of dignity and dacoium inourscciety. As IIAjügged -.1.;¡¡g a little distance ahead cf us, the young dogs woOld gatiibol about him, leap on Lis neck, worry at his ears,and •Meavour to tea;.e bim iuto a gambol, The old dog would keep Oil fur a long ti:ne with imperturbable solemnity, How "u<1 thett teeming 10 rebuke the wantonness of his young At length he would make a sudden turn, •fclze one of thtrin, and tumble him in the dnst, then giving glanco at us, as ninch as to Say You see, &6iitl"men, I can't heltf giving way to this non- 1i(l!l;è,' Would resume his gravity, and jog on as lK:.futé. Scott amused bin sn'f with these peculi-1 *'ities. 'I ^aake no doubt: said he, when Maida is alone Jf;th tliese young dogs he throws gravity atide, and play« *'KS boy as roucli as &ny of tlie.n but he is as-immed to do in our company,and jefms to sa^ "Ha' done with yotir youngsters what will the laird and that otfber GfnUun pai think cf mc if I give way to such foolevy ?"' innused himself with the peculiarities t.f anothet of doss, a little th«mefacfcd ieniH, with large glassy eyes, *;•« ^f the most seniitiv<> little b'.dics to insult and indig- the woild. If ever he wbipvi^d him,' he siid, tin, little fellow would ehoak off and hide himself from t1le light uf day in it lamUii- garret, from whence there was •drawing hivu fprth but by the sbuud of the chopping- "fw, If eboi^.dng up hi* victuals, when he would steal -foili, vt ;fh hunii'iated and dow»»cai»t look, but would skulk r. • v if nny «HJ« regarded hilt!. While w« vfeto -i"g the humours and p cu'.inrities cLout 'i1l:01'1', wme objoct prtvoked their spleen, and pro- d-;c ,j a sharp abd peftiiVjit terViag ftota the smaller lrt; ''Ut it was 80\110 time before N.IIÜ.. \y¡,,8 suliicieutly roused \0. ramp forward two m lvcutids, and join the chorus Jith a deep mouthed boie-wow. It was but a transient out- and he r«tuv«rd instnntly, wagging his tall, and rip dubious y in his master's f*ce,uncertain whether Ba would receive censure or applause. 'Ay, ay, old boy I' •jr'fd JScotit, 'you have done wonders j you have shaken the ««<«dou hills with your roaring you may^ now lay bv your *»fcill«ry for the rest of the day. Maida, continued he, is like the great gun at Oonstjujttnople; it takes so long to g'" ready ttiat the smaller guus cau fire off a dozen til ^rst.—Chambers's Journal.















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