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any of the productions of his own ton, she can paint love with tropical glorious youth, and stands un- fervour, but her beroines do not equalled in the literature of the think it necessary to express the day for power and purpose, for passion in slang diction, or to be brilliancy of wit and splendid bar
"nestling" their head monies of language.
upon the bosom of the lover. Then But a writer like Disraeli comes she is never weary or didactic, or but seldom in a nation's literature; discursive and diffusive ; she knows it is not fair to put the light, how to concentrate ber lights, and emotional, self-conscious, sensitive, does not interrupt a love scene or limited soul of a woman in com. disturb an intensely interesting parison with his. Their lesser in. situation by disquisitions-say on tellects come in shoals, bright and the return of the Jews, or the apsparkling as the multitudinous pearance of infusoria under the waves, but also as evanescent, and microscope. their myriad volumes, soon
read The aim of a novel is to interest and soon forgotten, strew the shores and amuse, to charm away care, of time like the layers of dead sea- and to make us forget for a while weed on the ocean beach. But it the dulness and weariness of real is precisely because they are so life in the bright colouring, the evanescent and so rapidly exhausted startling incidents, the beauty and that the race needs perpetually to the harmony of the world of imagibe renewed by new blood and fresh nation. imaginations. Already the energies Owens Blackburne has the gift of of many of the great sisterhood interesting in an eminent degree, of the pen are on the wane; we and she has also keen insight into know all their characters, we have character, though she does not tire fathomed all their plots and devices; the reader with commonplaces dewe have become hardened and stiff- livered in language of oracular obnecked, and will no longer be scurity, as if they were profound melted by their passion or pathos. truths brought to the surface for the A new rush of waves is wanting first time, and given to us covered over the arid sands of literature, with the hard, rough grit of primiand it is coming in the new gene- tive formations. On the contrary, ration of writers, who in the fresh her language is clear, vigorous, and vigour of youth seem resolved to simple, and the vivacity of her style “rush up the narrow path leading carries on the reader without effort to fame," while their once power
to the end. With the sense of ful predecessors are dozing on their innate power she is fearless, knowlaurels.
ing that whatever is said naturally Owens Blackburne is one of this is said well, and is content not to young band of Titans who already trust too much to study, or the threaten to subvert the thrones of dabbling with scientific manuals, the elder gods. She has many
but to leave something to impulse natural gifts calculated to ensure when writing, to the instincts of success, and we may expect still the artist, and the inner light we higher evidences of her ability as
call genius. a novelist when life and experience
With Ouida she has no affinity; develop wider horizons, and deepen none of her stormy grandeur, or and strengthen her intellectual lava fires of devastating feeling. nature. Like Miss Braddon, she is But then Ouida stands alone and rich in incident, but her colouring apart from most female writers; never is coarse ; like Miss Brough- alone by her passionate soul, her
glittering language, and the magic power by which she can elevate the meanest lifeor redeem the lowest, and transfigure it to glory by giving to it one divine grace. Nor will Ouida ever found a school, like Miss Braddon and Miss Broughton, who number disciples, followers, and imitators by the score, for culture such as Ouida possesses is as rare amongst women as the deep earnestness which lies at the base of her artist soul, and of the varied passion she pourtrays.
Yet Owens Blackburne is not without the power to turn the key that unlocks the deeper mysteries of life. Her first novel, "The Modern Parrhasius," which excited great attention in literary circles, is founded on that strange mystery of our nature, half physical half psychical, which no science has been able to solve, though none can deny its existence-the magnetic power which is exercised by some natures over others; a power that cannot be resisted, and is often fatal in its effects. The touch, the voice, the very presence of the magnetizer in the room radiates an electricity that paralyses the victim; volition is suspended, the intellect ceases to act, all efforts at resistance are vain, the magnetic influence gathers force at every moment, and the subjugation is complete. It is not love; reason and sense often try to war against the fatality, yet nothing can break the bondage. It is inflexible as the laws of attraction and repulsion that govern the universe. This strange and mystic force by which one human being sinks under the domination of another, helpless and passive, is exemplified with much power in "The Modern Parrhasius," showing that the author had deeply studied the effects on the female mind of this fatal sorcery.
The bero, a doctor and spiritualist, a man of weird fancies and powerful
volition, has dreamed all his life of the possibility of meeting another soul that he could subjugate entirely to his influence; strain away the life, as it were, and add it to his own by strong volition so that he would live with the strength of two lives, two natures, but moved by only one will. Chance places him one day at a dinner-party beside a beautiful girl. She has hitherto had the usual commonplace life of a woman, still seeking her conquests with the hope of a successful marriage in the end; but when the deep eyes of the magnetizer rest on hers, she feels that her destiny is fixed, and he also, by his subtle clairvoyance, knows that he has at last met the human soul that he is to draw and absorb into his own. The progress of this magnetic passion becomes tragic in the highest degree-a result which is strictly true to nature and fact, for these influences which our forefathers called sorcery and witchcraft, are always fatal. There is something demoniacal in the power which can take the volition, the intellect, the soul from a living human being, and then act on it as if it were but a piece of cunning mechanism, an instrument to be touched to mirth or sadness, to passion or apathy, at the caprice of the master. Sin and crime have come of such influences, and the weird tragedies of many fated lives.
Owens Blackburne's next novel "A Woman Woman Scorned," is laid amidst Irish scenes, by the beautiful banks of the Boyne. It is a story of love and hate, of passion and crime, worked out with considerable dramatic power. deed, the author's genius is essentially dramatic, and if she turns her intellect to writing for the stage, there can be no doubt of her success. This very novel could be easily dramatized, for the situations are all scenic and striking. Every chapter is a bold, well-defined
picture, and the subordinate Irish
rare amongst female writers) and characters, with their blended a quick perception of the ludicrous humour and pathos, are wonder- in the author's nature; the defully true to life; especially the scription of the rich, good-natured, old Irish nurse, as important a but homely squire who falls in love member of the family household with the younger sister, and pines in Ireland as in ancient Greece- from unrequited passion, is full of the trusted confidante, che ad- amusing but not sharp or disagreeviser, the organiser, and arranger able caricature. We like the old of the family life, -and even by gentleman amazingly, and cannot this one admirable picture we can but feel sorry that he was so badly see how truly ard sympathetically treated by the little wildflower the author bas studied the soft and The interest of the plot is well tender lights of the composite and sustained throughout, and there is singular Irish nature.
a dash in the style, a vivacity of There are two heroines, the elder treatment, and rapid movement of sister, proud, imperious, a social the story which excites and carries queen by right of her beauty an on the reader easily to the end. her stately grace; the younger,
As novels have become a necesa step-sister, daughter of a gover- sary stimulant to the age, wearied ness, their father's second wife, with over-lecturing and dogmatic who is looked upon as a mere teaching, we cordially recommend weed in her path by the haughty the sparkling cup offered by Owens beauty who rules the household of Blackburne as a pleasant and/exbilathe O'Driscolls. The contrast is rating tonic. The mission of the dramatic between the two sisters ; novelist is simply to amuse, not the one who thinks the world to instruct, and there can be no should be at ber feet, and the brighter, better, or more interestother a simple wildflower, strug. ing narrator of tales of passion, gling upwards to the light through and incident, of life as it is, or the heavy and depressing atmo- of life in its exceptional phases, sphere of humiliation that surrounds than the gifted author of "The her. But her elastic Irish nature Modern Parrbasius," and “A cannot be crushed.
Woman Scorned.'. lant, quick replies " repels the scorn of her sister, and she springs up from beneath the trampling foot with a persistent courage that Journal of Commodore Goodenlists all our sympathies on her enough, R.N., C.B., C.M.G., Edited, side in the war of temperaments with a memoir, by bis widow. Lonand destinies.
don: Henry S. King and Co., 1876. There is but one hero, and both -Twelve months ago the subject of sisters are in love with him-hence this memoir met a sad and tragic comes the drama of three lives, death when senior officer on the carried with unfailing in- Australian station. In command of terest through a series of highly the Pearl he visited the island of sensational
The elder Santa Cruz in the South Pacific, sister manifests her love through the inhabitants of which were recrime; the younger through suf- ported unfriendly. Anxious to fering; but which sister conquers establish amicable relations with in the end we leave the reader them, he incautiously landed withto discover.
out adopting sufficient precaution, There is some humour (a quality and was treacherously attacked.
He received a severe arrow wound profession, he from the first rein his side, and only survived eight solved to direct all his energies to days. Thus suddenly cut off in that end. Tbe naval instructor the pride of manhood in the full on board the Collingwood "posglow and promise of an honourable sessed the rare talent, not only of professional career, it was teaching well, but of inspiring his consolation to relatives and friends pupils with interest in, and liking that he fell a sacrifice to his for, their studies.” It was left humane intentions in the discharge optional with the naval cadets of his duty. His death was justly whether they would keep night regarded from a professional point watch or not, and also whether of view as a loss to the country, they would study foreign languages for the service could not boast a as well as the ordinary professional more accomplished, zealous, and studies. Young Goodenough elecpromising officer.
ted to do both, and to the admirJames Grabam Goodenough was able teaching of his naval instructor born on the 3rd of December, he was indebted for acquiring a 1830, at Stoke Hill, near Guildford, very complete knowledge of French Surrey. His father was the son of and Spanish. He subsequently bethe Bishop of Carlisle, bad been came, indeed, a very accomplished Head Master of Westminster linguist, and attained proficiency in School, was
canon of West- seven languages, which proved minster, and subsequently became highly advantageous to him on Dean of Wells. He took the name more than one occasion during his of Graham from his godfather, Sir brief but distinguished career. James Graham, then First Lord of After four years of service the the Admiralty, which circumstance Collingwood returned to England, determined his education for the and was paid off in August, 1848. naval profession.
He remained A friend and schoolfellow says that under his father's tuition till he as a midshipman young Goodwas seven years old, when he spent enough fulfilled the promise he had nearly three years at a school in given as a boy at Westminster. Berks; but before be had com- Always modest and unassuming, he pleted his tenth year he entered naturally took the lead in everyWestminster, and continued there thing; the best as a linguist, in until he entered the navy in May, navigation, in seamanship, in gun1844, when only thirteen years of nery, and all exercises, and amongst age. In the following July he was the foremost in all expeditions." appointed to the Collingwood, Capt. That this high testimony was not Smart, and in September sailed attributable to the partiality of the Pacific
friendship is evidenced by the fact Captain, afterwards Admiral, Sir that wben Captain Smart was asked Robert Smart is stated to have by the port-admiral at Portsmouth been "a man of high professional to point out any officers with whom ability, of the purest integrity and he was specially satisfied; among elevation of character,” who took others, Goodenough was brought the greatest interest in the progress forward, and his certificate endorsed, and well-being of his young officers. “An officer of promise." Young Goodenough is represented After six weeks' leave at home, as having from his earliest years he was appointed to the Cyclops, manifested great determination and October, 1848, and sailed for the strength of character, and feeling a coast of Africa. In August, 1849, laudable ambition to succeed in bis he applied for and obtained permis
sion to return to England for the sumed, he returned to China in purpose of competing at the Royal command of the Renard sloop of Naval College for the lieutenant's
war, was present at the second commission, which was then annu- taking of the Taku forts in comally given to the mate who, after a mand of a flotilla of boats, and year's study, passed the best exami- after much active service obtained nation. He returned to England leave and returned to England in in December, 1849, in June, 1850, February, 1862. passed as mate, and in July, 1851, His health at this time was rather obtained, by a most successful impaired, and this was the principal examination, the lieutenant's com- reason that caused his return to mission.
England. He was constantly suffer. In September, 1851, he was ap- ing from fever and ague. Besides pointed to the Centaur, bearing the “he felt he was losing ground proAag of Rear-Admiral Henderson, fessionally from being so long away commanding the South American from England, and getting behindstation. Here he remained until hand as regarded inventions, or the outbreak of the war with whatever was new and active in the Russia in 1854, when the Centaur naval service. He was never so was suddenly recalled.
He was happy as when fully employed, and most anxious to obtain an appoint- often in writing says, 'Hard work ment to a ship destined for service as usual agrees with me;' or 'I am in the Black Sea, but failed, and fortunate in always having somewas sent to the Calcutta guardship thing to do ;' • For a long time I at Plymouth. Shortly after he have never been a week at anchor,' sailed in the Royal William to cou- and such expressions as these. vey troops to Bomarsund, and re
Having a constant desire to be turned with a cargo of Russian always learning something, as soon prisoners. He was then appointed as he felt be bad mastered any subto the Hastings, Captain Caffin, as ject, or any piece of work, and that gunnery lieutenant, and again visited his full powers were no longer rethe Baltic
He assisted at the quired, he sought for some new bombardment of Sweaborg, but object on which to expend them." there was little scope in the Baltic In July, 1862, he joined the for the display of the wonted skill
flagship Revenge as commander, and valour of the British navy. under the former captain of the
In the winter of 1855 be re- Collingwood, now Admiral Smart, turned to England, and the follow- who commanded the Channel Squading spring obtained his first inde
At the close of 1863 he was pendent commission-the Goshawk sent by the Government on a gunboat at Woolwich. In August special' mission to the United of the same year he was paid off, States, for the purpose of procuring and appointed first lieutenant of
information respecting the imthe Raleigh, bearing the broad provements alleged to have taken pendant of Commodore Hon. ¥. place in naval science in conseKeppel, and sailed for China. Sub- quence of the war with the Southsequently transferred to the flag
ern Confederacy. The manner in ship Calcutta as second lieutenant,
which he acquitted himself of the he participated in the taking of delicate duties of this mission gave Canton, and the capture of the great satisfaction, and his services Taku forts. The Calcutta was or- were duly appreciated. dered home and paid off in August, In May, 1864, he married Vic1859, but as hostilities were re- toria, daughter of W. J. Ha nilton,