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If lx VOLUME VII. NEW ORLEANS, SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 11, 1852. NU31BER 157. ESI ZES ZES ETC3 UD XX TTT " ZETain IE3 ORIGINAL ARTICLES, The Prcsltlf-ntlnl Contest. Every day give a new jthaso to the struggle fur the next Presidency. With the utmost Tigilanoo, we find it difficult to keep pnee with the changes as they arise. The fortunes of the several candidates, undulate like the rolling billows, or the ebbing tide of the ocean. Now one, and presently another is foremost, and anon, a third who was hardly thought of, takes the lead. It requires a bright eye to keep up with such contestants. We cannot hope to do It, but we will try to approximate, at least, the state of the Presidential market, and give our readers, from time to time, correct quotations thereof. feinoe we last touched the Presidential contest, indications have been given which seriously dis turb some, at least, of our calculations. In the democratic struggle, the candidate, who seemed behind his two competitors in the race, has whip pod up and appears now to be slightly ahead We refer to Buchanan, it is authentically stated that he has secured the vote of Virginia. He has already Pennsylvania, Georgia, and will probably have Alabama and Mississippi, which will give him, as a starting point, the respectable number of seventy odd votes, approach-lag nearly to one-half of a majority.' This materially improves Mr. Huchanan'i prospects, hut there is another fact which also adds to his chances. Douglas will probably hold the balance of power between Cass and Huchannn. The letter-writers in the North already begin to hint the probability of ah alliance between Douglas and Buchanan. They say that Douglas boing a young man, can wait for the next term, that in case Cass is nominated, the West will be ruled out in the next contest, but if Buchanan should be tho choice, the West will be entitled to the nomination for the next term. Such are tho arguments of those who appear to court a coalition of Douglas aud Buchanan-As Coss will probably not be able to get the Tote of New York, Douglas will hold the balance of power. In the youth and West, however, the Douglas and Buchanan men, so far from ooulesoing, have evinced a spirit of hostility, whilft those of Cass and Buchanan have Come together quite amicably. The attitude of New York increases greatly the perplexity ot this contest. As yet, though but few weeks Will elapse before tho meeting of the Baltimore Convention, no one can divine what will be the Course of that Plate in reference to the struggle between these three gentlemen. Her intriguing politicians are playing a very deep game, but We doubt If, with the bad character their State has lately acquired with the democracy, they will be able to achieve the result they may de-lire. Their attempt to force one of their own Citizens into the candidature, between the othor Contestants, even though that citizen be so distinguished and able a democrat as Gov. Marcy, would probably produce a combination among the other candidates o defeat the choice of to unruly a State. The South, being divided between Cass and Buchanan, would unite On the one or the other, when New York should Hand out against cither. And thus the Empire State will tind the game blocked on her, and will probably be compelled to content herself With a position in the ranks. Between the three candidates named, it Is believed that l)ouglas has the best chanoe fur New York. Pth Cuss and Buchanan have incurred the dislike and opposition of the old Van Burun dynasty, whose influence is still quite perceptible on tho surface oT the Now York democracy. Douglas, if possessing no positive, has a certain negativo position- and influence in that State, Which might give him a chance to obtain its Tote. But this chance depends on the whig nomination. And this bring us to contemplate the whig side of tho Presidential struggle. Hero we do not note much chango since our last review. Seott still maintains his ascendancy, and despite the wriggling and dissatisfaction of some of the Southern whig, will probably maintain bis position unto the end. The Southern whigs have not the power to defeat his nomination without s-ino aid at the North. Thus far, there has not been the slightest demonstration iu favor of Fillmore or Webster north of Mason and DUon's line. No facts have occurred to justify tho presumption that either will get a roieintho nominating convention. It is true that we are accustomed to assume that Webster Will got his native State, New Hampshire, or the Stato in which ho bus long resided, Massachusetts but these are mere inferences which, thus far at least, have no facta to rest upon. But oven if these States should go for Fillmore or Webster, they will not supply the dcQcicuey In the Southern vote, caused by the non-representation of Georgia and South Carolina in the Convention, to suy nothing of the fact, that all tho Southern States combined, do not possess within twenty-five of a majurity of the Convolution. Under these circumstances, wo soe nothing to change our opinion, expressed sometime ago, that General Scott has the start of Webstor and Fillmore. The whigs will have to give up the nonsense of requiring other plodgos and assurances, besides those already given of General Scott's adherence to the Compromise. Whether, if the nominee, (General Seott) cau bo elected, is not so clear as his prospect of getting the nomination. Concede to him New York and Ohio, and he will probably lose Kentucky, Ten-neiiee, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, and with those, together with Virginia and Pennsylvania, Mr. Buchanan would beat biun oi with Pennsylvania, without Ohio, Cuss or Douglas would beat bim. But who can foresee 1 What might not be effected by a Urong and skillful stirring up of the old war feeling, of our people I Appeals ana applianaes Ofthis character have never failed before. Why ahould they now! No one in our military annals, has a brighter fame than Genoral Scott. The points In his character which have excited ridicule, will, with many minds, serve to sot off bis higher qualities. Still, without luteruied-dling in web matters, wo cannot forego the aipieition uf a hope that the country way be ipared theexciieuvnt and turmoil of a military canvass for the Presidency, and that the eWil qualifications of the candidates will be alone regarded by the people. aVtrWe have received from tho publishers 'Furt Fonctie iicdttr," 'Socund Foneilc He- dur." the prospectus of the "Wecll Functlc Advocat, A J urn ill ov Nut, Siens, Lite rat ur, Eduuasuu and He form' and "A Treatise on J'faonotypy and Lbtinugraphy." We wurstrue With niciii Ides advuuet bi the orthur ov thei wares, and blv tha wil yet be put in prautle bi Juuotiei. Iv we cud hop that owr redurs wud univriUu this nu lingo, we wud put owr papur lathe icrt of typ the orthur r--k"uens. But, til he lends sum fonetie wkuluiaitrs abrod, we fur owr pans wud be or no us. We lvk hii sis-iiiii, itt it mkct)i. 0 rtvmv f A WORD TO OCR CONTH1BLTOHS. Wo receive a great number of contributions In tho form of verpe, which we are compelled to consign to our wasle-papcr barrol. They gene rally masquerade under the name of pootry, but" it is not difficult to detect, through the disguise of rhyme, the very poor prose of which they are composed. Those Inflictions have become so numerous of late, that wo aro induced to suggest a few facts for the benefit of our readers. First Thero are ten thousand verso-wrltors for one poet, born Into this world. A facility of rhyming should never lead any young man to beliove that ho is awtff.i, (poet or inventor,) because he possesses It even in the hi ghost degree. Verse-writfng is a harmless amusement for those who have propertyjind leisure time-much less injurious than oiiliard-playing or nfght walking but it has incapacitated many a youth for the serious struggles of Life, without making him a distinguished literary character. Second Poetry does not leap from one's head, all-perfect, like Minerva from Jove's; it requires much study and hard thought to make it present Me or tolerable at all. " He who lovcth tho nut well Mint crack the shell." as the old aphorism has it. The man ef Genius must be the man of Labor also; and many a year must fly by him before be can understand the niceties of the Inn gun go he writes in. Third There is nothing holier or higher in the world than Poetry. Tho man who resolves to follow it must act in no spirit of child's piny. Heart and soul should he devote himself. Night and day should he study, and without a thought of any other pursuit. The Muse is a jealous mistress and tolerates no rival. The Poet cannot attend to anything but his art, and when he embraces it, remember, ho embraces poverty aJao. Tho sftul is bravo and strong as steel, which can throw aside all the charms of society to woo the genius of Its Art; and to bo a Poet's soul, it must do to. Fourth Nothing can be more ridiculous than the custom of young folks, which causes them to send a string of verses, with a statement that the inclosed was " hastily written," but that they would feel obliged if we read it and gave our opinion on itsvmcrits or demerits. Of course, our opinion Is always unfavorable. "Hastily written' is prima facie evidence that the piece Is badly conceived and miserably executed. Once for all, Pootry can rtof be hastily writton. Yet Lord Byron wroto the Corsair in a fortnight, cries a young writer. Possibly. But you do not consider how many years of hard work were passed by him before be could write the Corsulr at all ; and you also forget, that such a mind as his disciplined, trained, exercised, and armed at every point could get through more toil in fourteen days than ordinary minds in fourteen hundred. We do not wish to discourage young writers, but to tench them a lesson which may prove useful. We have some littlo experience in these mattors, and may express our opinions without the risk of offending our friends. If any one feels the stirring of genuine fire In him, in God's name, let him be a Poet ; but he must not lament if he discover that tho laurel-crown is very often a crown of thorns. Finnlly, if our friends are inclined to favor us with poetic contributions, in the name of Old Homer, let them not be ' hastily written." Tick Yixatan Votrvi'Ki:Hs. It will be re membered that shortly after the Mexican war, Colonel G. W. White, of this city, was employed by the Governor of Yucatan to raise an American regiment, to aid tho Stato of Yucatan, in a bloody and destructive war against the Indians of that country, a warlike andsavago race. Cul. Whitcperformedhls part of the contract faithfully. On his assurances, a number of men enlisted hero and proceeded to Yucatan, where they served until the end of tho war. The Indium were suldiicd,muiiily by the aid of Colonel White's auxiliary force, and after this tho Yucatan Government, pro ceeded with great hate, to gut rid of their allies. Colonel White's regiment was therefore sent home without clothes, pay, rations, er anything else. To this day, neither tho State of Yucatan, nor the Central Government of Mexico, has moved an inch towards reimbursing t?io volunteers, or complying with their con tract to donate to each one of tho volunteers, a certain quantity of land, or its equivalent in money. Tho volunteers who aro left, have hod a meeting in this city, and have appointed Col. White their agent, with full power to effect any settlement ho can with Yucatan or Mexico, either by direct apjical to their sense of honesty and justice, or through the intervention of our foreign department. We hope be may be successful. The Grkat We.htkrn IUilkoau. The charter of this company having been completed, is now reudy for subscriptions. A number of our most active and public spirited citizens have been appointed commissioners, at tho hend ol whom is that energetic and sagacious gentleman, Christopher Adams, Lsq. Wo trust these gentlemen will lend something else beside their names, to help forward this groat enterprise. They must go to work and stir up their fellow-citizens and urge them to subscribe liberally to help forward tho road, which Is ultimately to connect the Valh-y of the Mississippi with the Pacific Ocean. We notice a groat holding hock on tho part of many of our largo property holders. Tho reason they give is quito unsatisfactory; they think that they will be taxed, and thus will bo compelled to contribute twice. This Is founded in error. The charters ef both the Jackson and tho Opelousai road, provide that if any subscriber for stock shall bo taxed, by virtuo of any law or ordinance, for the payment of subscriptions to the company, ho ahull have the right of reducing tho number of hU shares by an amount equal to that of the tux imposed So there is no danger on this score. Let every property-holder, therefore, come forward and put his name on the subscription books of these two companies for just such au uiuouut us he eun uflord. 4-Our Scott friends must excuse us. In the day of their cullow weakness when they were without friends, and the big and burly Fill morcuni were riding over them rough-shod in a spirit of fair play wo offered them shelter and countenance. But in time they wuxed strong, bold and sturdy and now aro quite independ ent of our aid. They can go it ulone. We have no ambition to be Prcsideiit-tnukurs. Some of oar democratic friends, who permit their party feeling to blind them to the obvious dictates of chivalry and uiuguauimity, Imagine that they already see lome grand purpose on our part, ot playing the part of Warwh k in the neat Presidency. Indeed, one luUgulded aud truly benighted Individual, has taken the trouble to write us a note. Inquiring if the Helta is to be the buutt organ.. TUe PH au organ! TkU is certainly one of the funniest Ideas we have seen for a long time. We will answer our friend, when the leopard changes his spots the FJtblopionhis hue, and the lion and the lamb lie down together about that time probably, the Delta may be expected to become the organ of a party or an individual. FRKSII (il.KANINOS. P0PVU1R FAVORITES. We do not refer to statesmen, orators, actors, actresses, ballct-dawecrs, opera-singers, clowns, monkeys, or parrots, but a thonght or two has flashed through the opaque darkness of our wearied mind, with reference to certain books, poems, songs, and other matters of that kind, which we wish to present to our readers in default of better things. We are humble seekers after truth, "with no Past at our back," and if we cateb a glimpse of its skirt as it flies from us, we always wifh to give tho public the benefit of our observation. Public opinion not to speak it profanely Is a very bad and blear-eyed critic. It is generally the plaything of puffs, and the bond-slave of fiumeombe. It follows humbly In tho wake of an advertisement, and its ears are ever open to the blowing-trumpet of Quackery. It frequently prefers a Cngliostro to a Christ, Johanna Southoote to St. Paul, and a Scapin to a gentleman. The hero Is the valet in its eyes, nnd the valet the horo. From the time of the Cock-lane ghost to the era of Bochcstor Knoekings, Its history Is the record of gullabillty. It looks through the eyes of the Poughkcpsle Seer" rather than through those of the genuine prophet, and worships at the shrine of a voluptuously-dressed lie, when it would faint at the appearance of the naked truth. Not unfre-' quently it Is a Midas, whose gifts are saddled with a curse and for all Its sterling gold of intellect and sense, it has ass's ears. Successful men fellow Public Opinion great men 'make it ! The former arc not always the latter, and the converse of this proposition Is equally true. There are two ways of leading It one to deceive it into the belief that itself is the master and governor, the other to breast and beard It. Sir Robert Pool moulded it to his wishes by the former courso i Mirabcau made it accomplish his will by the latter. Nevertheless, nearly all great framersand fashioners of pnpulnr ideas have dared them and grappled with thom at first. Mnster-minds and tho publio are enemies before they are friends. Galtileo was pronounced an infidel and persecuted because hesnld that the earth moved, and not tho Sun. Ho was tortured, but he still muttered " eppuo si amove" It moves for all that and in time his belief became that of humanity. Milton was regarded as a flend, worse than the" denizens of his own Pandemonium, because he advocated tho liberty of the Press, ajid who, but some short-lived Monarch, dares ftofr to deny tho justice of his cause 1 Locke held the position of a dangerous rebel because ho denied the "divine right," or rather tho divinity of Kings. The Irish people looked upon Mitchel aa a lunatic because he asserted that liborty was worth a little more than " one drop of blood.1 But In time, the ideas of great men stem the tido of opinion and finally ride on It. It is always se, in 'politics, In science, in diplomacy and literature. With regard to the lattor, we confess some heresies,' which may subject us to a great amount of contempt. We believe that in many instances, public opinion is wrong Inltsestiinnto of literary matters, and wo will specify one or two, for the benefit of nil inquiring minds. Very many people talk of Milton s Paradise Lost, and it is an almost universal Impression that the work is of the most elevated and sub lime character. I regard it ns such. I have read the first two books, and consider them very wonderful and very grand. But that docs not prevent me from saying that I never met a man who had road the whole of the work, except one, who was a schoolmaster, never troubled ith scholars. The truth is, there is more real beauty in Coin us, or any of the minor poems, than in the elaborate epic on which Milton's fame Is based. Public opinion is ecstatic In praise of the Paradise, but does not rend it. Sudi, at all events, is my belief, and if 1 am right, the mot of the ass's cars is pretty well established. Tho works of Henry Kirko White are very popular in Kngland and here. They bare run through innumerable editions, and always with profit to the publisher. They will continue to be read when tho present notice or them Is lining the inside of some trunk years henoe ir wrapping up a piece of spongy pastry. Tho caune of thoir popularity is evident. Sou they said that White was a poet, and Hyron whined over bis grave! The world concluded immediately that H had sustuined a severe loss by bis death, and proceeded to weep ovor his book, eolcly because the distinguished parties alluded to bad taken his memory under their protection. Now, between you and me, While was as much a poet as he was a carpenter. Indeed, 1 have no doubt that he could piano a plank with much greater case and taste than write a itanxa. Ho had a diarrhea of weak, washy rhyme, which had a very bilious tinge withal, and he was always taking medicine, in the form of flattery, to increase it. Ho may have never writ-ton a lino which ho would wish to blot, but be oertaluly never wrote one which any sensible man would wish to remember, we would regard the person as a benefactor who would point out two lines in all Henry Kirks White's writings which have a thought in them, or even the poorest simulacrum oratbought. lie is a popular favorite, nevertheless, and Publio Opinion has the most extraordinary affection for bis productions. Wolfe, who was in reality a pretty poet thai is, a suorior Generul Morris made an immortal reputation by an accident. 1 consider his having written the Jlurlul . of Sir Thomas Mooru" an accident, and nothing more or Unm. It was a luc ky hit. It woe well-timed i and the verses be earn celebrated. Tho pains-taking old gentlemen who compile spelling-books and elementary works, incorporated Ibciu iu their p;tgos, and all the urchins of this generation have, sometime or oilier, shouted out the Hues, with spHMiJodic gentutes, to admiring parents or, lu pluln words, havo "recited" thuin ! Now, tho verses are not bad. Possibly they mi'gi bo printed in the Delia, if we bad a scarcity of rbymo. But they aro not very good far from it. No adjective will define their genus better than mediocre. Sartuin would give five dol lars for them, if they were wriueu by a regular contributor. Blackwood would send them to his Balaam-box. In fact, any of our young scribblers might write them, without Lebg justified iu g Uiug on the high stilU in consequence i and 1 am ready to wager, that 1 ean uolleot from the newspapori of this eity a bun-drvd belter povuis, wtmb nave been aJtogetber overlooked or despised by Public Opinion. I am ready to abide by tho decision of Alice Carey, Bryant, the editor of the Democratic Review, or any other qualified party, and to pay forfeit if. the verdict is against my preeent assertion. The best American essayist was Edgar Allan Poo. Ho wroto some articles which should immortalize him, but they wero comparatively j neglected. He was not puffed, and he wae too i proud to be popular. Ho did not follow the received notions and that extraordinary entity; His Time, accordingly scarcely condescended to recognise bim. But he, too, made an accidental hit he wrote the Haven. That poem Is a well-versified hoax, and wo con bestow bo further praise upon It, though wo have read It a thousand times, in the vain hope of finding some profound thought or poetic merit Intent In Its lines. The hoax "took;" Willis praised It; " used-up" aristocracy discovered thot it caused a "decided sensation," and consequently It went the rounds. Nobody writers excepted read Poe'e tales, but every Miss and Matter puzzled over the Havon and praised It during tho pauses of a cotillion. I think that all Poo's, verses are not worth a straw; that they are , gymnastic exercises rather thnn poems, which struggle on tho tight-rope of a false system without a balance-pole, whereas his prose had all the ease and vigor which characterize the best efforts of the intellect, and exhibited a nntural-ncss and strength which are very rare amongst , the spasmodic and semi-French authors of the present dny; another Instance of the position which Publio Opinion (strongly in favor of his rhyme) holds as a literary critic. Emerson It now one of tho most popular writers and loeturers in America. He can crowd Clinton Hall at a moment's notice, and would obtain, if he asked it, a dollar a paradox. Hii first and bct work was the essay on Nature, 1 which remains on tho bookselcrs shclrea for years, unread, unsold. Publio Opinion know nothing of him, and passed him by in the street without asmiler a nod, or the smallest sign of recognition. But suddenly Carlyle took it into his queer head to republish Emerson's works in London with certain rhapsodical praises appended to them. That was the premier pas. It " counted" more than all. The American had got the London " Hall Mark" stamped upon his wares, nnd it was immediately perceived that they hnd the ring of the genuine metal. Ho rose like a rocket, and every little spark of gunpowder which he threw forth afterwards was looked upon as a star. Much the so mo might bo said of Herman Melville who was made a favorite by one review in Blackwood, The long ears of tho great Midas arc open for all sound of applause which come from a distanco and a loud bray responds to t hem. 1 oould multiply instances. Campbell's poem on Hohenlindcn fs called the "finest ode in the English language." The reason of this Is that somebody once upon a time said so, and Public Opinion having heard it, was too lusy since to Investigate the truth or falsehood of the assertion. Strarge, this same "finest ode" Is a collection of broken motnphors and "purple patches," if 1 may uso Horace's phrase. It must have been written when the author bad exchanged the aperient mineral water of Helicon for whisky pum-h. Its materials arc aa incongruous as those of a mint julep, although It smells as much of "siimko" as true mountain-born, potheen. My idea of Bruce's Address, by Burns, fs much tho some. To me, the sputtering bombast of tho lines Is absolutely detestable, and I would not givo two words of " Hun-can Gray" for a cart-load of such addresses. By this time, suy readers doubtless suppose thnt my orgnn of destructiveness munt be unusually developed, and I fcid that it is best to conclude, for the present. Eiko every person who pretends to despise Public Opinion, 1 am perhaps as sensitive ns other people with regard to Its views on matters in which I am personally interested. Let us, therefore, shake huud.4 and bo friends. sights u s i:ch, tW Tho following comments on Iubufes two celebrated paint ing, and some of the people who vixltcd them, aro from the pen of a lady. She touches, with her fair fingers, upon topics which our digits aro too clumsy to play with, and differs from others only In speaking what ninny think. AN HOl'lt-WITH ADAM AND l-.VK. Phew ! how the wind did blow ! What a fluttering of coat-tnilit; what a display of pretty amdes;. what a coin motion among veils and virgin, prudts und petticoats, fopn hi d frills, and soapdoeks! Truly one was forced to feci himself in a very "uncertain position," and hardly sure whether he stood on his head or his heels. In tho uiidflt of it all punting, breathleM, and half exhausted from a battlo with the wind and duttt, holding our hut on with both hounds, and casting a doleful glance at our dusty new "bootees," we found ourselves mounting a lofly flight of granite steps. 'e gained the top, scarcely aware trt what asylum we had been blown. However, when wo wiped tho motes from our eyes, we found ourselves In tho Municipal Hall, and face to face with a smiling lady, who politely bade us "walk in." Of course we obeyed InstanLer, and wero presented with a handbill, containing a description of Duhufe'i painting of Adam and Evo. With a hearty good will wo flung down the entrance fee and laid our hand on the door-knob. It rested there motionless. A few passugoa from the book of Ocnesls, learned long ago when we used to go to Sunday cchool, crept softly back, like a half- forgotten dream, to our memory bringing with it an indi finable awe which always fills our soul when about to gave on the work of an luimortul band. "Co right in," said tho polito doorkeeper, attributing our hesitation to timidity. "do right in, they aro perfectly chaste." We made a bow a very red one we now feel it to have been and went in. There were no other visitors Iu just then, and we choae a position a little out of light of the door, and Uokcd up. Heavens! what a vision of beauty burst upon our entranced sight! "Ko, oh. Eve! 1 he band that could paint thee thus, the imagination that could conceive a face like thine, uiuit have been the ofl-pring of a soul, God-like in Its purity, heavenly in its lofty and angclio coiioeptinmi. Ju looking on that upturned brow that face so fraught with high and holy feeling one feels all the better parts of his nature roused. He punt for the innootiucy of soul, the ignorance of all evil, the toft light of sanctity which shines in those sweut blue eyes. One forgets earth, forgets evil, forgets every thing, iu experiencing the pure spii it of holiness which seems to be infused into his very being, while looking af that angtd luce, that fall of hair, so "glorious golden," sweeping round the matohlesi form. The ex-presfiou of the rosy lips alou, is enough to have lured an angel from bii tbroue, to aerve fvrever at tUv feat fit Ldvu'l vuUHreeV The opening of tbe daor roused us from our revery, and, turning, wo perceived an elderly lady, of no very sylph-like proportions, enter, with a very portly awing to her silk skirt, and take a standee directly in front of the pictures. She had largo, owlish eyes, which she turned quickly from the Temptation to tho Expulsion, and vice rerun, with an expression of such mingled surprise and indignation, that our risibilities were with difficulty controlled. Suddenly, she elnsped her hands together as though she was quite outdonet, at the same tiino giving vent to the feelings which had for so long been accumulating lu her breast. Adam and Kve, in deed ! Tho most shamefaced exhibition sho had ever witnessed. She, at least, supposed they were represented aa having the fig leaves on 1 low dared the editors of newspapers to go and praise up such thing a.t those! She'd havo cause to bo ashamed of herself all her life, she knew sho would. AV, who had never yet aeon a man, except In full dress 1 to be induced to coma nnd took at one with nothing but bis akin on ! Twai awful, shameful, disgraceful ; lu short, , said the, with a most $)lcowher-1lko finish, and putting her handkerchief to her eyoa, I I I the fact is, 111 Just glvo the door-keeper a piece of my mind, and out she flounced, slamming the door with a violence that made poor Adam and Eva quiver In their frames. A smile forced Its way to our Hps, and tho old saying, " evil to thorn that evil think," crossed our mind as wo turned again to the contemplation of the picture. Adam, with bis handsome face and form, new rlvcttcd our attention. How beautiful Is tho contrast between him and tho fair being at his side. Still, we were not equally pleased with his expression. His face Is, in our opinion, too modern. Just such a face as would please a belle of the present day. Iu truth, it strikes us we know several who possess tho style, and are quite as fine looking aa this representation of Adam. The eipresiiun is too much of M Lnrth earthy, to accord with our ideas of what a man, f re nil from the hands of his Maker, would be. However, 'tis not fora voice as weak as ours, to dissent from what public opinian pronounces " perfect. " What 'tis fashionable to admiro, 'tis worse than folly to attempt to criticise, besi loa, 'twas with no intention of so doing, that wo grasped our "gray goose auill" this morning. Once more the door was opened timidly, and a young exquisite (evidently carrying moremis in his pocket than he dul in nit head) entered with a pretty girl leaning gracefully on his arm. He certainly wae hot of tho belief that "Distance lends enchantment to the view," for ho drew his companion as close as possible to the pictures, and with bis slcndor rattan began to point out parts ho most particularly admired. it might have noon ine excrete m wuiaing a the mounting of tho long Iteps, but oertain It was that his pretty partner grew very rosy and soemed to eoek for everything else to look at, but the pictures. Now she played with the tassel of her purse now with her bonnot-st rings and turned with her pretty foot the folds In the druggrt on the floor. I lor companions noticing her Inattention exclaimed " Vo MIhs Maria look at thorn oh! these pictures must be xn old. Only think, they was painted by a pupil of Kino pAvinV" She rniwed her eyoe to his face, and with a deep hlurdi, said sofily, " Ho, please tuke me away .Mama will bo so di -pleased at my visiting them, when she finds they re all undreMM-"andwHh a look of distress, which nmlly made us pitty her, she drew her gallant quickly away. We felt relieved and drew our handkerchief out of our mouth where, school -hoy faahion, wo bad placed it, to conceal, or rather, to prevent our laughter. The next visitors wero gentlemen, three iu number one, quite an elderly gentleman, Whose mouth hnd a scrlo-comio expression about it, which made us feel like laughing beforo ho said a word. Tho others wero both younger one with a face which showed a "love of fun;" the other with a countouaue at once thoughtful, dignified, and very wise. Tho first mentioned cuino in with a blustering air, set his hat on a chair, laid his gold-headed cauo across It, and turned to tho paintings. " Bleu me this is Adam and Evo, is it whuh in FwV " Wim," said number two, pointing to the figure of Adam, j No. three approai bed, and looking at them a minute, said, " They're not aa fine us when 1 first saw them." " Ah," said the elderly gentleman, " Then, you've seen them before, sir." " Jlr ! oh, yes," chimed in number two, " Jr saw tht-m when they aat for their pictures j" and drawing his countenance solemnly down, he looked steadily Into the old gentleman's spnclaclcs. Wo nearly switllowcd our handkerchief now, and ulmoitt choked before tho door closed on tho trio who did not find sullic lent beauty in the paintings to rivet their uttuntiou long. Their places wore, however, quickly filled by a young gentleman and lady ; they might have been ftiendi, they might bare been lovers wo were convinced they were not husband aud wile. Krom the moment of their entrance, our attention was dirid'd between the pictures and those two persons. There was something so calm and self-poHHOSMed, something so strong, yet so womanly in the womun, mere girl us sho was, which instinctively turned our heart towards her. She had beauty tho stylo wo lovo the best that of expreiidon, and we wore delighted in watching tho changes In her countenance, as sho turned from one picture to the othor, speaking modestly, yet plainly, her opinion. Criticizing in a manner which showed her under standing and appreciation of the work extolling it with a wild yet swcot enthusiasm, which enchanted us. The foiit of their " being without the fig leaves," as tho first visitor had It, never sesmed to strike her, and although from our screened eorner, we oould closely watch ber, there was no blu.di of shame upon heruhouk, no eaoting down of the oyulids, no turning another way. Her own soul was too lofty and elevated, too pure and high for her to discover anything to blush at, and she conversed with her companion with an innoeoney of thought, and purity of expression, which made us love her. We couldn't help it she stood out In such bold contrast with nil tho others who hd preceded her It seemed so refreshing thut our thirsty souls drank in ber tones and felt renewed. How vust is the contrast between true delicacythat delicacy which springs from a truly pure and noble soul and that whiuh is palmed utf ii i, u n the world in the shape of shrieks, and blushes, and tremblings. 'Twin with a sigh of duep regret we suw the door close upon bur re-treating form. A few miuutes after, the door opened a little ways, and admitted an old-fashioued oloth cap; then oame a bu-by bead and rosy face; then the body cams lu with a bound, aud shut the door with Us ba-uk. We looked on,' quite amused and the young man for so he proved to be oetue fuorward on tip-toe, aud peeped eautiously up t Lue piutura, Uow he did Utitf u! 'TtflspbeieoJectluu. lu the ehai aetata vi Marcus Wats all the effect it hnd upon him. His head was thrown back, and tho walls rang again with his peals of merriment. Then he would straighten his face, give another steady etare, and again throw back his head and laugh. And ho bneked out of the room, and shut the door so suddenly, that we thought he had cut hie langh In two, for wo heard It lone; afterwards, echnlnff round the room. The last ono we saw who came to visit tho painting was a young girl, with an apparently spinster aunt. They oame In; both stopped short. Both exclaimed, in the same breath, "I.a, me! they have no clothes on!" and both, with countenance! of horror, rusficd from the room. We soon "VowWofter," co- gitatlng on all we hnd seen, and wondering to what the world la coming. Truly do we believe that the world Is growing so modest that when the "end thereof" arrives, people will be so afraid of seeing loosely clad angels, with no jvm-tnlette on, that they'll not dare to turn their eyes heavenward RKVIE1V OF XEW WORKS. New Hooka. This IS tbe are of cheD writiior and chean imh. linhinf. The unierralilr of Intent now-Mlnra it eartatnlr verjr alnvnlnr, anil for one nnrelttt or poet who illustrated tha mnnnprs or eleratnl theminda ol the Ut rctttury, have a thcmaaiid, or pei'haps ten thoiunnd, now. The number hus increased w onderfully, but the merit ! that's another tliinf. Thoiifn we hava fvw writ era who would not pen mM natural and Inatrurth e esaaya than Dr. John- ton thou jrh our Misaes in thuir teens luiii-h at his pompous nothing, his huge aen of words, w Iilrh rolls upnotevr a pehhle of thought, nor a poor waif nf ffoniua H is hut too true thai we run not hot of a i WoI4mith. Literature, which waa aaelualvely d-d no lie tu tbe lime to which we allude, has heeome fareieal. nrtranseetitlental. We tmlulfM eilher in a horse Inugh or In cloud, We are grotesque or unintelligible follower of f'lchte or Tom Hood. The "hurrygrapir character of nur literature we tMirnw the adjective from W tills, on the moral prin ciple that it is nllownhle to ateal from a thief la Its miMl remarkable characteristic. Instead of hooks, we hae collect lima of article, ami (or etaeyi we have siitiM it uteri paragraphs. We are going to very "fast," that In a short time wo may rounder It ad-vim hit to hind up sentence in anparate voIiihhm. ami expotie them lu the market (or a price so low that it would require a pretty good knowledge of fractions to understmid it. Men who travel in steam rarrlagea have not leisure to wait for ye printing of voluml-nnut works, and If (lihhon wcie writing now, his first chapter would lie dramatized, pliated, ar pub' Ijshed In the columns of a newspaper, heloi the aeO' ond was commenced. And ynt, some ol tha rompllatlmis of abort papers which Issue Irom the pifis at present, are voi y en te Hum lug and come upon our woik-day life, like i patch ol garden in a desert, r un enough do they contain (lor fnstldioua tastes, even too much,) nnd if we w ere only in be candid, we would coolest thai no medical nostrum ever proved aurh a cure (or dyspepsia as a prescription ol Punch not the dully concoction of brandy, sugar and water, or Imttnlions thereof, Which n il for a Hme a piece Imt those mixtures of hittera and Attic salt, which are mucd by Thackeray, llerrold, and their associates, aud aold lor the same price. These hnaty remarks tend to some end. ait rely Yes, they are apropne of a new huudln of hook which wo have received hm tha enterprising and attentive bookseller of nur city. Aa In duty bound, wa desire In aay a word of thm indh ideally, having premised Die above genernltle, which you might hava read or not read with almost eitual advantage. Ihtirrimi We hava to thank J. V. Steel, for a copy of the " BlIow-phiNh papers," by Thack-ray, which form the (list volume of Appletoti's popular Library of the best an t hurt. The library Is a new apoculalioti. in which the proprietor purpMt to present tt with the most agreeable works ot modem literature, at a rate much lower than any yel attempted. Onuuch volume they are content to make somewhat less thnn a cent, ami the amount ol ales which would he uecessury to remunerate thum lor labor and outlay, miy be extrintitcd when we date that the volumes contain two handled and enty pages, cKcluslve ol hook eataloiruet, and such like. It authors have little profit on their works, assuredly puhliwhers are content with less. This set let It got up In the bet manner well hound, printed on nucellant paper, and w ith chi'ii and clean typo. The works which constitute it, will pitive most agreeable companion! for the ft ro tide, or the railroad car. The Yellow -plush correspondence will he considered intending, both I root Ma intrinsic merits which are grcat-aud from the Jar I that It first brouifht the name of Tloickeniy prominently before the public, and "lay" at the published i-emnik "at the foundation of lilt fame." It was published years ago In l-'ra.ier't Magazine, and attracted unl sal attention. 'I he history of Mr. Iienceaee, (the name tugets hit gambling profession.) wilt ten by hit valet, tha very pel lei'tom of a coekucy sen ant, is embodied in its pages, audit a conclusive proof that the aforesaid gentleman, at all events, was not 1 hero to hit valet." Tha work la replete with Hie I sound common sense, the sly humor, and the won 1 If rl'ii I ease wt chuinclBi ialjou wlvich distinguish the Inter works ol the great r.ugHh master. 'J he follow leg woikt we have received fsnm Nor man, M ( amp street t Mah(;oo r Tm im er, I Can, Bk r sr I Or out. MtKiri WMi.an;vr, Tur l.onu Mutt ttranso While we nifwt unhesitatingly condemn the India. ciimimt quantity and quality ol works of fiction that are now permed, we cannot agree with Napo- Ictui in banishing them until ly from t be fireside J o the young, just entering into life, hetme riieiied judgment has matuied tha mind, and ignorance ol the world has left undeveloped the reasoning ow- era, many of the novel with Which Ilia press rmW teeming, t-ui'Ve but to ttiinulute a sickly aeiiajbillly, cuter lo a morbid lots of okcitcment, and pieauut erroneous iinpienioits in life. These wot ka, how. ever, must tin aeiiiiittrd from all such imputations. The burner is the liMniy of a human heuit, luits liugtfles for vlcloiy over aelf, and to make it noble and worlhyof all praise, because it atrhet to allam those virtues that are the lesult ol ditinity within I iod working In us, to will and to do " 'Tisuu interosling l ture of life, ill lit more quiet Halka. lit " Margaret Cecil," wa tea a young gn I, w boe every aim was to act from duty, liowover repugnant to her feeling, and tu let lio obstacle debit her. Whether we view her as a child, in her wish to 1 tisvlul in alt uav. or In more advanced life, aa the gov er nets, whose pit iriplea were tested, and Mho had to exercise that wisdom aud l-tfbeatlince in which situ bail been to long educating herself, wa never seek r falter for a momm't.or wish to with' draw from that position seemingly assigned to her by rrnvideitcf,- hut with Him ami tinwavai mg trust In Him, she peraeverea to the end, and succeed In "well doing," and in aelf-abnegatlon. All the characters are admirably draw ii, and tho inSuitM maintained throughout. 'i lia laltr production la Irom the pen of Mrs. i ar- oliue Lee llei.U, a Northerner by biith and edura lion, but an inhabitant, lor many yeart. of the 'sunny Hoiith," and it deecriptive ol life in the South, and thn household and manners of the ttoutliern pi an term, with their deportment to Ihulr aiavea, aia most graphically depicted. There are scenes ot tartH-ag inteiei and rich liuiaor. J lie rtmraciar of Aunt Miily, in bar attempts to support tha dignity ut Itui " Mumi'i family," la diawn Willi a mastur IiuimI, aa well at the hero of the book Marrua W ailaU i ho who fell conscious of hit own powurs, and Lis mso. lute determination to employ the " ten UletUHeorn-aiited to bit care. While a aludunt at Id North, with bit friend Ue level, ha encountered many of those ultra and Iguorant ideas advanced, by tbeia in ictateure to the position ol tha slaveholder and the institution of slavery, and his arguiatl In ita de fence are ditouttud with the eoolueaut confidence of maimed judgment, and aa vbtfjuwnca that finda aa aiikWeunaT echo in eery aetiattu mind. W cannot n ake etrerU, lor wa wuiild scarcely know where fcr seliu t, au tidi la n n variety, aud to unflagging in Itsaauril ",in ja not one Una too much, or one pagw that 'AeaHus the reader, lu tha perusal oi all such wot aa, our But inquiries should be, what object have wa in leading thi-ia lis it merely for efmutP.eiii, or tu pat away tuns f lias life uu higher tl ,eol iu tiew than this t Were wa placed liui'u to (utter away our nobler faculties, and let them rus't r w ant of use ' Let ut eulai inU tha feelings .i ide writers, and their ih(ms in willing uch v,(,iks have its impretsuu out btutita, and bung ftr'.'o Hi lick fiuita of chat Ity, energy, aud prompt wai iK.n tu bit no and duinK. buurever iisaibtd our Und. and Mnrraret rVrcml, we e the " will to do anil thirmlt dure, "-the hlshet effort Of mmil eoiiraga, Mnrt tMlttfii in Ha aublfmt teafhrnr. Let it he to with-,. ut OUT nintit to N. dow them wHhkwnwhMre. t. our howa tho eat of IntelhgAtK. rrnnemmt, and the ahodo of many vlrtiiei. ArMerl In thli pmoplr. we fan with-draw Ita !nm ft-nm dTnnrMtTnr rMorti. ami teach them thai "tmr U th AntMt, moat ekoM spot or all the the worhl baatdo." At ttiM character have done, let us "ro and do Iftnwtie" and let our motto be, "I can, terati I onrtt." Ft or orr's Mmtov Kni-BTH Viu mr. We har also received a work which weTnwst erle abort reVwt prl abrrre all theolbera the g re a rent and grandest instalment of our American literature, which we have yat wit nessed. Ita fame it almost aa univeraalaithatof our country. Ita intrinsic worth cannot be txtgge rated or overeat I mated. Ita lirwrery merits cannot It doubted i and we may boast of it aa one of the noblest of t data, written in any country or time. Waal, lude to Bancroft 'a histmy of the I'nlted Utatee, Ut fourth volume ol which wa bava received ftone Thomas L. White, 5 I anal afreet. rtTWiM'a t.iaaahv No. ft. Tho bresent vol u ma of this excellent aeriea contains a collection of Hi papers of that aNlat humorist and Jhindly aaawt Thorn aa Hood. It haa tha appropriate Ulie ot '' llond'a Own." Curleut, la it not, that tha aourcea of joy and sorrow lis clone- tn each other, In tho human heart, anil that the aeme person may touch both with hit thought, aa with the wand of the Ism- alita, end make tha waters spring' No one poasveeed UiH power more than Hood. He could make ue ihake with laughter or weep with very Bor row. Ha waa Heraclltui and Demnerttue Com-hlned the laughing and weeping philosopher, and at one time ha led ui " up tha llhtne," almoai hysterical with mirth, whils, at another, ha ata- ioned us on the ' Bridge of Sighs," end pointed to the dark waters below, whan Bin had ended its brief and wretchod career. Tha praaent volume) on tains the cream of hia thought. It has been kimmed from various publications and given to ua hits that all the w orld " Might arise and ay This w aa a M-m.' There la no more certain indication of true genius. than the possession of humon and that Hood waa perlect matter ot. Tt ue.he bad to fritter away much 1 hia tine intellect in miserable iofcea, "made to aelr" like I'mdnr'a raftori, but autllrienl still remained for the production of hooka and abort poems, which havo not been excelled by any of hia cot m port rtee. We ran recommend the praaent volume with a aafoi conscience. It la aa cheap aa witty, aud aa witty aa any work, of tbe kind aver puhiithedi verb . AacTic-HiAaf himo r'tSMiivie'f, av tra John Rich-MitactN. Thh la a work ta which our preliminary remarks do not apply at all.' It la very profound and elalairata, written with much cere, and embodying; a great number ot facta, many at which will provo altogether novel to the reader. The work it a Journal of an Arctic expedition In acarch of Hir John I- renklin, written out at length, and ietrodticea ua to-t range acanery, original characters, and new thoughts. We recnaimuud U to all who ate Interested m tha literature ol ice. li rri.KMVHTTOTHl Wuai.n'a Fnaoaasa. ar O P. Pi t!. This au implement is tbe necessary complement of the Whole work. Many of our reader are familiar with tha Utter a wonderful production and thuuid prow re the preaaut little volumaen complete the work. lUarra'a Mothi MnaiNr. April. This nuna-bei J quite as good aa any which has preceded it. (ine great attraellun la the publication ol the Brat chaplera of Hirken'a "Bleak House," which promisee to piove ccjiittl to any ol hia former works. The t.d-itor'a Table, behind whii h wa understand "it .Marvel'' aits, is aa racy and varied aa usual. J C. Morgan, of the Literary Depot, F.itehasge Place, haa tent aa tbe Ldlowlugi Ti.a an 'I'lisiiisn ov ilesmaav. Bv Tincaae. Pn.aav. This la a volume of akalchet, which waa originally published In I-omlnn, where, not with, lending the vlvartmia lady wrote to a foreign language, it was favorably reviewed by tha twvtewera. Treating ot Hungary, and writtau ly a lady member of the suite ol hnsuth, it cannot (ail lo attract tho attention ol all who take an Interest in the great Magyar and bis down trodileu country. On aught how some fault of language which ore natural enough, under Ibecjrcumtlaucea, hut una cannot (ail bring struck with the fancy and artistic skill ol tha lair authoress, whose (mrtiait, by the way, adorn Uie frontis piece ol the volums. Thv RaiMr Hrat-n i er, Ttir Dva or Marion awo Mia Mvkrv Man. A Romaic or TMR A iebiuan Krv oi i tion. Marion baa aier been tho roma litre cheva-Iter, seua pur ( saas rr prin k, ainca the tiiitniiaMo of "( ol. II ," retouched by tha fl Idling Kplacopahaa parson. Hlmms haa written on tha iuheet, and hia "Life." aold better than any of b J hiaika." "Tha HwampHleed " it aaid ta be the production of a writer not unknown to lame, but who chooses, lor tho present, to figure behind an auouymuiii veil. AV noiicetlml McDonald, the brave boraemaii. m ho wa the hero ol our boyhiMxI. it Introduced la tbe novel, besides acrowd ol characters wtiweaiuew iwus out aie not unpleasant acquaintances. !) Jack, A TAi.r at tin: Br.A. Ily t'tt. Marrtt- aff Mtti ryatt la one ol the beat w liters of siuglith rv us, lgoroua and auusilile, fug land naa over piuducuj. in the tea be w aa perfectly at bom, and he rmorgBta afloat but tbe reader la wafted pleasantly along with him through- the atory. "f'uor Jack ' is a capital novel, ati a laituiui picture ot many pbaea in a seaman's lif. It deserto a place basido " fclidsbipmau Kay "and " Peter bimpla." lli.ai awnnt.'a Mioinir., March number. I on our table. Old Magu needs but to be named. o claim attention. I'ruUe Iniin ua Is " painting Ilia lily.' Wo imply recoid the table or contents: Miss Ml t ford1 llecolb'ctiona ( Hlrugglea tor Kama and Korlun part Ills Sketches Irotu the tape (ol Uood llopei ,My Novel, or Valletta" iu KuglMi Life Part XIXj kngJi-h Administrations i Tibet J.ama roreat Lite in Canada Wft 1 faiowall to the Huint The Iteform Measums oi ifttf. Tha WrsTMnsri.a Hirw, for January, la alao lying on our table. Wo copy lit table-of content t epHieiitatiii Heftirm l Hhell Fish, then Way and M uiksi the lielaliuua between l-.uiplora and bat- .,l,.i.-,l: Mirv Httuiit; the latent f aiitineulul I lieorw of Legislation; Julia Von Kiudeuer, aa t oquette aud Mystic i the Kthica of Christendom; romicai nova tion and I'attlee In Krmnv; i.olempoiary mer.m.e if Knilandi Hi'troapeellve (survey ol A mar Kan, .iteratiiiei Colusaporai y l.tteiatma of Ameiic; Cotempoiury Literatuie of (ieitnany; i oiemporary Liteialuie oi fr'ranr. frnr the take ol tnearuciee on Amarica and literature aUma, this number ta lichly woj lb perusal. I'ahmok Wa. There nan be nuthlng mora aolemu and Imposing than tha ceremonies ot tho 1 alhobxt burcb, during tha waok which ha Jus eiipiied, or ralher. w hich enuree to-day ; lor. ou tbl fuitiral, they couiniKmorata the moat inspiring ud ,-,.. tul of all tha avauts which thair caranwniae repietvnt. tbe Iteamiectton or I hrist. The object of these nbsarvuricea It to call, to the mind of tho MilMnl, a recollection n! the life which Mud mad man lead upon the vartb. auu iu aewp me wurua ua I, htlat et beloiotheirnuiid'aeye: " Take up luiir cna and follow me," encouraging them to emulate thu example which their Havluur gave mem, aunsg hit eojoammant upo artti, ami piKiw tiona and haid.hipa, u law bis (food 4de and VlUreoo,.1ed, In thal.fcof rhrht. tht ha fcated for day. mth. desert ! Knw.i.leetlh. ailiolio. Imtadeitvad h.-it observance ol Lent, and the prac-Z bound to ke-M socludud f ptnatio,..d,nrf pemtarhi' " "J""; o'icleofwe.dlvam.ueiuoi.lsuMd rdcluga. Ibsa comas the holy or r-' " for lb most rigoroui devotions, ai.d el o of whn-h is mad tuipit rteiu peiiodollha auMeriiiga, passion and death of' hilsl. iwj I-1 iday reminds tha ( atholle of his Saviour's death Tha Images and allari aiaclothed In black, the tolling ol tha bella Is bashed, aud all is mournlul kileuea. whilst the Havkmr is ashlavinf lhei'twa of our tint iu the tomb. Todr Ihay celebrate the Katun-action nf rhiisit the bells toll loudly . Ibtot gana .endsloitb rtwalul ioimd,and Ihochniue uUra gladlul peans lu the sky. Tin. lath last day i abfctHMtuce frou ",,'"U,!T menu of tbe World, and to-morrow emllnw " i ..ruevel w ill re.um thair sway, in our so-liwesbie elides. vW e.kuowM tb- weei-4 ut a f Teiaa paiwra from K- H. Ken, master of tha teauiship J. W. Kabttfl, ana wol.wU goetl will "

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