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Page) rocky plateau, fifty miles broad, clad lightly with thin grass.
This plateau is divided from the right fore-ground and depth of the scene by a
deep abyss into which the lake discharges its water, that foams over jagged
rocks and whirls in blue mist toward the front. In the fore-ground descends a
sheer precipice, against which birds are circling in the void. The plateau above
stretches, a level promontory of rock, toward the lake, the reflection of the
sunlight gleaming along its glittering surface. In the extreme corner of the
left fore-ground is a road along which comes a peasant leading a lama, and a
tropical thicket is pierced by a bowery path in which the luminous shadow is one
of the marvels of the work. A lake in the midst of a vast rocky plateau, through
a rift of which it flows away—the cone of the volcano, with the heavy smoke
clouds, through which the sun glares as he rises—the cliffs and plateau stained
with the myriad shifting hues of lichens, and tremulous with thin, whispering
grasses, a cluster of trees in a corner—is the substance of the picture.
Its power is in the impression it
conveys of the resistless force of tropic nature, expending itself in apparently
aimless grandeurs and useless magnificence. The sense of solitude withering in
its splendor, of a torrid fierceness which seems to aim at aridity, but is
baffled by unexpected and inextinguishable beauty, the superb disdain which the
equator hurls at high civilization and human mastery and progress, are subtly
reproduced in this painting, leaving in the spectator's mind a feeling of that
profound sadness, which the sight or the story of the Tropics always inspires.
The handling is of the same
character and excellence as in Mr. Church's other works. The extraordinary
elaboration of detail, as seen in the trees at the left, in the rockiness of the
rock, and in the variety of surface, is unsurpassed even by the Pre-Raphaelite
doctors. Yet it is subordinated to a breadth of effect which is equally
striking. Brilliant and masterly effects of light and color with the greatest
breadth are not uncommon. Diaz achieved them wonderfully in very small pictures.
But Diaz sacrificed every thing to that single point. It was often smeared upon
the canvas with a pallet knife. It was the crudest pigment. But Church secures
the light, the brilliancy, the telling and broad effect without slurring the
least detail. You have the granulations of the bark and the broad splendor of
the tree. There is no niggling. It is honest work, resulting from the most
Let us hope, some happy day, to
see the Heart of the Andes, the Cotopaxi, the Chimborazo, and the Andes of the
Ecuador all combined in a single exhibition.
—In the ante-room of the gallery
there is a proof of the engraving of the Heart of the Andes, the result of three
years' labor of ten hours a day. It is an exquisite specimen of line engraving
worthy the most careful and intelligent study.
ONE OF THE PEOPLE.
THE Lounger commends the
following correspondent to the Delmonico Committee as a citizen in extreme need
of "sound political information:"
KISKATOM, March 19.
DEAR LOUNGER,—Dr. Mackay, the New
York correspondent of the London Times, must, from the nature of his
communications, breathe in an atmosphere laden with the poison of sedition. His
letter, dated January 29, says:
The beginning of the end draws
near. The patience of the people is well-nigh exhausted. They have long been
disgusted with the war and the Administration. The disgust has communicated
itself to the army. Confidence exists nowhere.
"Even the Exterminators and the
Abolitionists have begun to despair of their cause, their President, and
themselves, and see before them not only the dismemberment of the Union into the
North and South, but into a third republic of the West, accompanied by the utter
prostration of credit, if not by a crowning act of national bankruptcy."
The first sentence is true, but
not with the meaning of the correspondent of the London Times. The beginning of
the end draws near; but it will be the end of this gigantic Southern rebellion,
and not the dismemberment of the Union. "The patience of the people is well-nigh
exhausted," writes this profound student of American politics, and
self-appointed dissector of American nationality. The patience of the people can
never be exhausted to a point where they would consent to national disgrace and
extinction for the sake of a few years of uncertain peace. They may fume and
talk; for talking is a national weakness. Congress is a safety-valve through
which the surplus steam escapes. But the great heart of the American people
throbs as strong and as loyal to-day as when the first bayonet glittered through
Broadway. When will the "correspondent" of the London Times learn something of
the nature of the American people, and something in regard to American politics?
The two Woods may talk treason by the hour; but the country has taken their
measure. Neither does Horace Greeley speak for the American people; for they do
not believe in his doctrine of peaceable secession. From the nature of his
position Dr. Mackay can not judge justly of our cause. A man must be among and
of the people in order to feel of their hearts.
What does Dr. Mackay mean by the
word "Exterminator?" Does he intend that it shall represent those who are for
exterminating the rebellion? If he means this, then he must "count in" the great
body of American citizens. Perhaps the fire of his excited imagination has
conjured a people, demon-like, rushing South on a scalping expedition!
I beg the correspondent of the
London Times, who is here fishing out of the by-lanes and places all the dirty
stuff that he can find, to interlard his communications now and then with a
little common sense. He need not be afraid of the article—it will not hurt him.
C. C. T.
SONG OF SONGS.
A MOST timely and admirable
war-song is the following "broadside," which has been widely distributed among
the Union soldiers, who are now "sitting upon stumps by the road-side and in the
woods of the South," and who have a tolerably clear "understanding of politics
and the duties of the citizen."
N.B. Justice to the Delmonico
Committee for the diffusion of Copperhead literature requires us to state that
the song is not issued under their auspices.
N.B. 2. The Honorable Isaac
Toucey does not sing this song at the close of his speeches for Mr. Thomas H.
Seymour. Neither was he humming it when he sent off all the national ships of
war to the ends of the earth, in order that the rebellion might encounter no
The writer of the song is Charles
G. Leland; the air, "My love she's but a lassie yet."
WE'RE NOT TIRED OF FIGHTING YET!
O! we're not tired of fighting
yet! We're not the boys to frighten yet!
While drums are drumming we'll be
coming, With the ball and bayonet!
For we can hit while they can
And so let's have another round!
Secesh is bound to lick the
And we'll be in their pantry yet!
O! we're not tired of tramping
Of soldier-life or camping yet;
And rough or level, man or devil,
We are game for stamping yet.
We've lived through weather wet
and dry, Through hail and fire, without a cry;
We wouldn't freeze and couldn't
And haven't got through our
We haven't broke up the party
We're rough, and tough, and
Who talks of going pays what's
And there's a bill will smart ye
So bang the doors, and lock 'em
Secesh, you've got to make it
We'll have a little dance
You can't begin to travel yet!
O! we're not tired of fighting
yet, Nor ripe for disuniting yet!
Before they do it, or get through
it, There'll be some savage biting yet. Then rip hurrah for
And down with all secesh and
sham! From Davis to Vallandigham,
They all shall rue their treason
IT is part of the design of the
Cooper Institute to furnish every season a
series of popular lectures upon the most timely and permanently valuable topics,
and several courses have been delivered this winter. Among them those of
Professor G. W. Greene upon the American Revolution are worthy of especial
notice; for they are the fruit of the extensive research and scholarship of a
grandson of one of the most illustrious of Revolutionary heroes, General Greene,
the friend of Washington. Professor Greene is in possession of his grandfather's
private papers, which he was preparing for publication when the war began. Newer
interests are now likely to postpone, if not entirely to prevent, their
appearance. Meanwhile a series of discourses upon the Revolution has been
prepared and delivered by Professor Greene before the Lowell Institute in Boston
with the greatest success. They have been repeated, or are even now repeating,
at the Cooper Institute. Professor Greene's scholarly accomplishments and
hereditary interest in the great theme are the sure guarantees of the interest
and value of his discourses. The Lyceum Committees of the next season might
wisely bear the fact in mind.
IN reply to numerous inquiries
the Lounger says, what he omitted to say in his article upon "The Trial of the
Constitution," by Sidney George Fisher, that it is published by Messrs. J. B.
Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.
"Sylvia's Lovers" is the new
novel by Mrs. Gaskell—a story of English life, told with the eloquent fervor and
dramatic power for which the authoress of "Mary Barton" has long since
established her fame. It has been greeted with great
praise by the London critics, and
shows that Mrs. Gaskell is not yet to be superseded by the fresher triumphs of
Mrs. Wood or the authoress of "Aurora Floyd." Indeed Mrs. Gaskell and Miss
Evans, the author of "Adam Bede" and "Romola" (now publishing in Harper's
Magazine), are still unrivaled among the "female novelists" of England.
Published by Harper & Brothers.
In this number of the Weekly is
the brilliant opening of Charles Reade's new novel, "Very Hard Cash." Mr. Tom
Hughes must look to his laurels. Mr. Reade begins by a most spirited picture of
boat-racing at Oxford, and places four marked characters upon the stage. The
breeze blows in his stories from the very beginning. There is a staccato in the
style, a brisk movement, a disdain of weariness and prosiness, that make his
pages sparkle. There are no better tales to read in numbers than Reade's, for
his dramatic habit leads him to finish every part like a scene upon the stage.
Begin with the beginning.
The value of
Butterfield's "Outpost Duty" may be inferred from the fact of the large
Government orders for the use of the army. The accomplished Chief of Staff in
the Army of the Potomac has prepared a most timely and lucid manual. It is both
the illustration of his own military intelligence and a friendly service to his
fellow-soldiers. Published by Harper & Brothers.
HUMORS OF THE DAY.
"I say, Mike, what sort of
potatoes are those you are planting?" "Raw ones, to be sure; yer honor wouldn't
be thinking I would plant boiled ones."
"Papa, what is that picture over
the mantle-piece?" The vain father answered, "Why, that's papa's arms, my
darling." "Then why don't you have your legs put up too?" was the reply.
A gentleman who had lost his
wife, whose maiden name was Little, addressed the following to Miss More, a lady
of diminutive stature:
"I've lost the little once I had,
My heart is sad and sore,
So now I should be very glad
To have a little more."
To which the lady sent the
"I pity much the loss you've had;
The grief you must endure—
A heart by Little made so sad,
A little More won't cure."
The butler to Lord B— gave up his
place because his lordship's wife was always scolding him. "Good gracious!"
exclaimed his master, "ye've little to complain o'; ye may be thankfu' ye're no
married to her."
A certain old lady, whenever she
hires a servant-man always asks, "Can you whistle?" On being asked the reason of
this curious question she says that she always makes him whistle when he goes to
draw the ale until he returns, thus securing him from tasting.
The philosopher Bion said
pleasantly of the King who by handfuls pulled his hair off his head for sorrow,
"Does this man think that baldness is a remedy for grief?"
The man who attempted to whistle
a bar of soap, has injured his voice by trying to sing a stave off a barrel.
A railroad contractor recently
tried to take a ride on a "train of thought," and falling off, was run over by a
He who said that the half is
often better than the whole, might have added that none at all is often better
than the half.
Young ladies are like arrows—they
are all in a quiver till the beaux come and can't go off without them.
DO YOU GIVE IT UP?
What Christian name reads both
ways the same? Hannah.
Why is Ireland likely to become
very rich? Because its capital is always doubling (Dublin).
Why have wine and cake very bad
Because one is always drunk, and
the other is often tipsy.
Why is a pretty woman like a
lock? Because she is a thing to a door (adore).
What is the difference between a
good and a bad oyster?
One is a native and the other is
If the eyes and nose were going
to run a race which would win?
The eyes, for the nose would be
blown, while the eyes would run till they dropped.
What flowers are there between a
lady's nose and chin? Tulips (two lips).
OUR intelligence from the
Southwest is confused, disconnected, and somewhat contradictory. On 23d the
Department at Washington received a dispatch from
Admiral Porter stating that he
has received information from Lieutenant Commander Watson Smith that on the 7th
instant the whole expedition arrived in the Tallahatchie. The vessels all got
through in fighting condition, excepting the Petrel, which lost her wheel.
On 19th a dispatch was received
at Washington from Memphis stating that our fleet had reached the junction of
the Tallahatchie and Yallabusha Rivers, and there had had a fight, on 13th, with
a rebel fort, called Fort Pemberton, at or near a place called Green Wood. Later
advices, without date, coming by way of Cincinnati, add that our troops had
disembarked from their transports and were besieging this Fort Pemberton.
On 23d news reached St. Louis to
the effect that the steamer Diligent, with the Eighth Missouri, had succeeded in
entering Yazoo River, above Haines's Bluff. Her course was through Cypress
Bayou, which debouches into the Yazoo opposite Johnson's plantation, and thence
through Steele's Bayou into the Sunflower, which empties into the Yazoo twenty
miles above Haines's Bluff. The Diligent was accompanied by a light gun-boat. As
soon as it was found possible to get through, four iron-clads followed.
It is also stated that the rebels
are burning the cotton wherever our troops approach; likewise that they are
suffering from want of food.
THE ATTACK ON PORT HUDSON.
Admiral Farragut, supported by
General Banks, has attacked Port Hudon. Our accounts of the affair are thus far
very meagre. The rebel story is thus given in the Richmond Whig of 17th:
"The bombardment commenced on
Port Hudson at two o'clock on the 14th. At twelve o'clock in the night a
desperate engagement took place, the enemy attempting to pass our batteries
under cover of the darkness.
"The firing was terrific. One
gun-boat passed in a damaged condition. The United States sloop-of-war
Mississippi was burned to the water's edge in front of our batteries. One large
vessel was completely riddled, a third badly crippled, and the rest were driven
"Our victory was complete. There
were no casualties on our part. Thirty-six men and one midshipman of the
Mississippi were brought in by our cavalry, several of them severely wounded.
"Farragut's flag-ship went down
the river disabled." On the other hand, it is stated by Union officers from New
Orleans that on 14th Admiral Farragut came into action with his fleet at Port
Hudson, and after a brisk engagement with the batteries, succeeded in passing
the fort with all his fleet, consisting of eight vessels, leaving the
Mississippi behind, which ran aground, and was set on fire by order of the
Admiral. The army is reported to be within five miles of the enemy's works.
Dispatches from Southwest Pass, Louisiana, appear to confirm this statement.
They are dated on the 15th, and add that heavy skirmishing was going on in the
advance; that Colonel Clark, aid to General Banks, was slightly wounded, and
that the army was in good spirits, and would move in a few hours.
THE LAKE PROVIDENCE CANAL.
The water was let into the canal
Lake Providence on the 16th inst. The aperture is twenty feet wide, and was
opening at its mouth still wider. The greater part of the town was threatened
with an overflow on the following morning.
SKIRMISH IN TENNESSEE.
The following has been received
at the head-quarters of the army:
MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE, March
General Reynolds reports from
Colonel Hall's brigade, on a scout near Milton, on the road to Liberty, that he
was attacked this morning by
Morgan's and Breckinridge's cavalry (about eight or
ten regiments) and after a four hours' fight whipped and drove them, with a loss
to us of seven killed and thirty-one wounded, including one captain.
The rebel loss was thirty or
forty killed, including three commissioned officers, one hundred and forty
wounded and twelve prisoners, including three commissioned officers.
W. S. ROSECRANS,
DISTRESS IN DIXIE.
The Richmond papers are croaking
fearfully over the want of food under which the rebel armies are now suffering.
All the country around the localities where these armies are situated is
completely stripped of provisions, and the only resource lies in the railroads,
which are said to be giving out for want of laborers to keep them in order. The
wood-work is rotting and the machinery getting out of repair. The
Examiner says that "If they are allowed to fall through, from any causes,
Government and people may prepare for a retreat of our armies, and the surrender
of much invaluable country now in our possession."
DEATH OF GENERAL SUMNER.
The army of the United States and
the cause of loyalty against rebellion have sustained a serious loss in the
death of Major-General
Edwin V. Sumner, who died at Syracuse on 21st, rather
suddenly, of congestion of the lungs.
THE PIRATES IN PARLIAMENT.
IN the House of Commons Mr. Caird
asked if the Government was informed of ships preparing for the Confederates in
England similar to the Alabama, and Mr. Layard said that the attention of the
Government had been called to more than one vessel of the kind, but no evidence
has been yet furnished to enable the Government to interfere. He said, however,
that strict orders have been given for all suspected vessels to be closely
TWO MORE LAUNCHED.
Messrs. Laird, of Birkenhead,
England, have launched two steamers—the Quang-tong and Tien-tsin—from their yard
at that place. These vessels form part of the Anglo-Chinese fleet recently
spoken of as being building in England, under that pretense, for the service of
the rebels of the South.
ARRIVAL OF THE PRINCESS
Princess Alexandra, of
Denmark, now the wife of the Prince of Wales, had reached Windsor Castle.
The French and English
Governments are quite agreed, it is said, as to their policy on the Polish
question. In notes to Russia, they regret the partition of the ancient kingdom,
but accept it as a fact which can not be remedied; but they speak earnestly, at
the same time, of the solemn promises made of granting liberal institutions to
GENERAL STUART'S NEW AID.
"The rebel cavalry leader,
STUART, has appointed to a position on his staff, with the rank of Major, a
young lady residing at Fairfax Court House, who has been of great service to him
in giving information," etc.—Daily Paper.