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THE SOUTHERN LITERARY MESSENGER.
Literary Notices .
law-making power shall resume its vacant seat, when pointing to the recent action of the Confederate Congress with reference
to the periodical press, we can, with every Our catalogue of new publications for hope of success, say to an enlightened the past month, is exceedingly meagre. Virginia Legislature, “Go thou and do However active the presses of publishers likewise." We have upon our table the may have been, the irregularity of the following recent publications. mails for which we are indebted to the polite attentions of Sheridan, Kantz, Spears The Child's FIRST Book. By Campbell and others, to whom the Southern people
& Dunn. Approved by the Educational
Association of Virginia, through their owe so many obligations, has "curtailed" even the usual brief "proportions" of our
Committee. Richmond: Ayrese Wade. list of book notices.' We question, hower 1864. ver, whether publishers have escaped the This work has the following advantages : difficulties and obstacles which have mul- it is a Southern publication, embracing the tiplied to such an extent during the past most approved features of previous publithree or four weeks, as to enforce a sus-cations, prepared by competent hands, enpension.'in alınost every department of dorsed by some of the most eminent and business. If the experience of our co- successful of Southern Teachers, and publabourers and brethren of the press else-lisbed by an enterprizing firm, well known where, has been at all similar to that of for its energy and success in its publicathe periodical press of Richmond, many tions. The compilers have endeavored weeks will elapse before the business of to give The Child's First Book the followpublication can resume its former activity. ing features :
Here, in Richmond, the editors, propri- First--To have a proper combination of etors and employees of periodicals have, spelling and reading lessons, the former for the time being, been swept away by auxiliary to the latter. one universal, indiscriminate deluge of Secondly--To make the beginner familenrollment, (conscription would be plainly iar with one step before taking another. a misnomer in this connection, since that Thirdly--To contain connected narra: would imply a legitimate exercise of its tives that will interest the young reader, privileges by the law-making power) instead of disconnected sentences, con. which has neither spared "age" nor exhi- bining in the whole “sound instruction in bited the slightest consideration for the morality and true religion." helplessness of “sex," and which has The work realizes a creditable degree embraced “the lame, the halt," and we of success in the attainment of three immay say the “blind," if such a degree of portant ends, and we bespeak for it the nearsightedness as requires the aid of favourable consideration of those who spectacles to read a "proof,” or avoid appreciate the importance of encouragecontact with a lamppost may be said to ment of meritorious Southern publications, approximate blindness. Our contempora- instead of the wretched Yankee trash, ries of the daily press may well congratu. with which the youthful Southern mind late themselves in these troublous times, has been so long poisoned. upon their political character and their
THE ABMY SONGSTER. Dedicated to the accredited influence with the masses. To out brethren of the “ monthlies" and
Army of Northern Virginia. Published bi weeklies," we extend our sympathies in
by Geo. L. Bidgood, Richmond, Va., 1864. their forlorn condition, as representatives This is one of the almost numberless of miatters of such insignificant concern, catalogue of “Song-Books," " Songsters," as the religious and literary interests of etc., which has been published during the our people. We also tender them the as-war, rejoicing in such patriotic titles as surance of our confident 'anticipation of the “Rebel," " Stonewall," "Soldiers,” &c., the "coming of a better time,” when the which with a most refreshing contempt
for consistency in name and date, embrace, ine of this gigantic strife-culminating in sprinklings from the lyric muse of almost Southern Independence--will go hand in every age and clime. “No one to love," hand to an-emulative Posterity.
It is the duty of .every proud-spirited "Rory O'Moore,” “Kathleen Mavourneen," Southron, particularly men-of-the-line, "rank "Marseillaise," &c., &c., of course figure and file” braves, to make mutual expressions extensively. We suppose that the “ Army of the valor and merit of comrades in arms. Songster” is quite as gnod as the rest, and The noblest impulses and the most sacred we are not sure that this is extravagant impel them to it. Unimportant or unin.
ties, felt in the breast of the soldier only, praise.
teresting as may seem a single incident, in
terwoven with many others, it will be en.
shrined in every home, treasurer as imper. We have already endorsed by an edito- ishable on the consecrated Society-roll, rial annoimcement the worthy object which wreathed with the blood-bonight " roll of is explined in the following advertise honor," and held sacredly inviolable amid This eloquent appeal does not re
the trophies and archives of every county quire the assistance of commendation from the golden page of a Free Nation's History.
ard State, eventually to be engraven on us of the noble design which is sought to
GEORGE CHASE. be .promoted. Wel most cheerfully insert Facts should be attested by an official, the appeal, and invoke the earnest atten-civil or military. Such as are desired to tion and co-operation of our readers :
remain unpublished during the war, should
be so marked. Diary's and other manu. TO VETERANS OF THE CONFEDE- scripts will be returned.
Address Captain George Chase, eare of
Magnolia Weekly, Richmond, Va.
Journals of the Southern press feel-
and notice editorially. The obscurity of advertisement suggests to the undersigned the importance of using
The Charade in our March Number has a medium of more carnestness in approach. ing the public upon the nature of a work, elicited a number of replies from corresthe design of which is immediately for the ad- pondents, all making the answer
« Courtvancement of the Southern cause, by offering ship.” The large number of persons usu. an inspiriting, historic reward to the immortal ally believed to be awaiting the issue of a veteren soldiery of the Confederate Army. It aims purely to do justice in awarding business so interesting, possibly affords an merit to worth; partial, it will be in explanation of the interest which the honest effort to extol the virtues of the Charade has attracted, and the facility with humblest, as of the most exalted. It will which it has been interpreted. The followbe replete with INCIDENTS of remarkable daring, endurance, sacrifices and suffering is so happily rendered, that we make ings-ın battle, marches, camp, hospital no apology for its appearance, though it is the and imprisonment-by which vietors and second answer which we have published. victims, with or without rank, living or
ANSWER TO CHARADE dead, whose meritorious deeds eminently entitled to distinction, shall be placed in
In March VUMBER, S. L. MESSENGER. the annals of the present American war. Sketches of the lives of distinguished
"In days of old” a Court, I guess, soldiers, regardless of grade; descriptions
Was robed in “Splendor regal," and events of campaigns, battles, skirmish. es, raids, scouts; incidents of every charac. And could of "gold" allow no less ter, in which there is pathos, humor, ro- Than to be "tender legal.” mance, comedy or tragedy-all such as
To watch " a public man”-I ween, have become fugitive by newspaper no.
No "plan" is any bettertice, especially anecdotal and obituary, are
And he who would his fortune screen, solicited. Admiration for the Spartan-spirited
a friend” be debtor. daughters of the sunny South, demands for them the highest and most enduring
“Then,” in the Ship that “bore him on" tribute. Innumerable instances are ex
“ Man did delight,"'--and greatlypeeted of their unexampled devotion. They are worthy the loving praise of a
And tho' its fame for speed be gone, great, chivalric race. The hero and hero. It lost it rather lately;
that, amid all the woes of the Southern Confederacy, her women still feel their utter ignorance of the fashions whenever
they have a new dress to make up or an LIFE IN THE CONFEDERATE STATEs. The old one to renovate. I imagine that when wife of a General in the Confederate ser our intercourse with the rest of mankind is vice, writing to ber friend in Europe, says: revived, we shall present a singular as“ There are many little things in which pect; but what we have lost in external our daily life is changed- many luxuries appearance, I trust we shall have gained cut off from the table which we have for. in sublimer virtues and more important gotten to miss. "Our mode of procuring qualities.” necessaries is very different and far more complicated. The condition of our cur
PRINCE ALFRED.- Whether or not it is rency has brought about many curious true that Prince Alfred, as Lord Brougham results; for instance, I have just procured remarked at the late Social Science Conleather for our negro shoes by exchanging gress, is one of the best of princes, he has tallow for it, of wbich we bad a great become an immense favourite among the quantity from some fat beeves fattened and Modern Athenians, some of whom have killed upon the place. I am now bargain. gone the length of seeking locks of his ing with a factory, up the country to ex- bair from the barber who usually bad the change pork and lard with them for blocks honour of cropping his Royal Highness. of yarn to weave negro clothes; and not Like his elder brother, the Prince is a heavy only negro clothing I have woven, I am smoker. Nothing, in faet, seems to please now dying thread to weave home-spun for him better than a good pipe of tobacco, myself and daughters. I am ravelling up and a chat with two or three cheerful comor having ravelled all the old scraps of fine panions. He is also of a mechanical cast worsteds and dark silks to spin thread for of mind, and in his smoking room at Holy." gloves for the General and staff, which rood he had fitted up a turning lathe, with gloves I am to knit. These home-knit which he was in the habit of amusing gloves and these home-spun dresses will himself by making neat little boxes and look much neater and nicer than you would other articles as presents for his visitors. suppose. My daughters and I, being in In photography he is remarkably proficient, want of under garments, I sent a quantity having imbibed a strong relish for it from of lard to the Macon factory, and received his mother, who is known to be practicalin return fine unbleached calico,-a pound ly conversant with the art, and to have in. of lard paying for a yard of cloth. They structed her family in its details. A phowill not sell cloth for money. This un- tograplıof the Prince, taken by himself a bleached calico my daughters and self vare few days ago at Holyrood, now forms one now making up for ourselves. You see of the chief attractions in the saloon of a some foresight is necessary to provide for fashionable and popular artist here. I may the necessaries of life. If I were to de- further mention, as facts which are not scribe all the cutting and altering of old generally known, that his Royal Highness things to make them new, which now per. is equally expert on the violin and harmopetually goes on, I should far ou:step the nium. One incident illustrating a highly limits of a letter-perhaps I have done so favourable trait of the Prince's character already, but I thought this sketch would must not be omitted. Some time ago, as amuse you, and give you some idea of our will be remembered, one of his eyes was Confederate ways and means of living and accidentally blackened while he was play. doing. At Christmas I sent presents to my ing at racket. The ball, it seems, had relations in Savannah, and instead of the been flung against him by a student, who, elegant trifles I used to give at that season of course, became greatly annoyed, not to I bestowed as follows :-several bushels of say alarmed at the result of his awkward. meah, peas, bacon, butter, lard, eggs, sau. ness. The poor fellow manifested extreme sages, soap (home-made), rope, string, and and, no doubt, sincere sorrow for the oca coarse basket! all of which articles, I am currence, but his despondency gave place assured, were most warmly welcomed, and to hearty admiration when the Prince good more acceptable than jewels and silks humouredly asked him to dinner at Hoły. would have been. To all these we are so rood Palace next day, in order to lighten familiarised that we laugh at these changes ! the tedium of his Royal Highness's temin our ways of life, and keep our regrets | porary imprisonment. The invitation, [ for graver things. The photographs of your believe, was accepted.- Edinburgh corres, children I was so happy to see. You would pondent of St. Andrew's Gazette. have smiled to have heard my daughters divining the present fashion from the style Lord Overstone's fortune, says the Speco of dress in the likenesses. You must know tator, is estimated at £5,000,000.
GARIBALDI AND Victor Hugo.-On Satur him adieu. At this time the Italian style day week, the day on which he received was in high favour at Vienna; Meyerbeer the visit of his Royal Highness the Prince wrote his “Two Caliphs" at the request of of Wales, Geu. Garibaldi wrote as follows the court, and, neglecting the prevailing to Victor Hugo :-(Translation.) To Vic. taste, failed of success. He then took the tor Hugo, Hauteville House. Prince's gate, advice of Şalieri, author of “Tarere," London, 22nd April, 1864. Dear Victor who comforted him by the assurance that Hugo,-To visit you in your exile was with he had evinced true gerius in his last mume more than a desire--it was a duty; but sical composition, and pressed him to visit many circumstances prevented me. I hope Italy. Here his taste became modified you will understand that distant or near I under the influence of a beautiful climate, am never separated from you, and from and he was charmed with the Italian style. the noble cause you represent. ---Always In this style he wrote his first great opera, yours.-G. Garibaldi.” (Reply.) “ Haute- the “Crociato in Egitto," which establish: ville house, 24th April, 1864.- Dear Gari. ed his fame. From this time he commenbaldi, - I have not written to you to come ced a series of works which have achieved because you would have come, and what the highest success. His · Robert le Dia. ever might have been my delight to take ble,” the " Huguenots,” the “ Prophète," you by the hand-you the true hero- the Etoile du Noril," and " Dirorah," whatever joy I might have had to receive are known all over Europe. Besides his you in my house, I know that you were operas he has written a Stabat, a Miserere, better occupied : you were in the arms of a Te Deum, twelve psalms, several canta. a nation, and one has not the righi to take tas, an oratorio, and a great number of you away from a people. Guernsey sa. melodies to Italian, French, and German lutes Caprera, and perhaps one day may words. In 1842 he was Chapel-master to visit it. In the meantime let us love one the King of Prusssia. He was also a Memanother. The people of England at the ber of the Academy of Fine Arts at Ber. present moment present a noble spectacle. lin, an Associate of the Institute, and an Be the guest of England after having been Officer of the Legion of Honour. the Liberator of Italy. This is beautiful
INTERESTING ANTIQUARIAN DISCOVERY.-A and grand. He that is applauded is fol. discovery of considerable interest to antilow-:d. Your triumph in England is a vicquarians has been made in digging for the tory for Liberty. The Old Europe of the foundation of the memorial to the late Sir Holy Alliance trembles at it. The reason George Lewis, which is to be erected on a is, there is no great distance from these acclamations to deliveranceYour friend, - Soon after the workmen had commenced
commanding eminence at New Radnor. Victor Hugo."
operations, solid walls of great thickness DEATH OF MEYERBEER.— A telegram an- were here and there discovered, and on nounces the death of the celeb.ated com- going down to the depth of twelve feet the poser, Meyerbeer. He was born at Berlin, floors of rooms, dungeons, court yards, and September 5th, 1794. His father, James dark passages of various kinds were seen. Beer, a rich Jew banker, gave him an ex- In fact, much of the remains of Radnor cellent education, and his musical talents Castle was thus unexpectedly brought to developed themselves so early. that at light, many of the moulded windows and seven years of age he played the piano. archdoorways being apparently but little forte at concerts. At the age of fifteen he injured. Some of the windows, indeed, commenced his musical studies. The contain their original iron gratings. The Abbé Vogler, one of the greatest organists moulded details of the remains date back of Germany, had at this time opened a as far as the 13th centạry, and are good school of music at Darmstadt, into which specimens of the style. On these discov, only the rarest talent was received for cul. eries being made, the committee consulted livation. Here Meyerbeer bad for fellow- the architect of the memorial, Mr. John pupils Gæusbarber, chapel-master at Vien Gibbs, of Oxford, and the unanimous opin. na, C. Maria von Weber, and Godsfroy de ion was that the discovered remains shonld Heber. Two years after the commence- be preserved, and a fresh site selected. ment of Meyerbeer's residence with Yog. The memorial will now therefore be erectler the latter closed his school, and the ed not far from the foot of the Castle Hill, two travelled in Cermany during a year. and at a point where the road diverges At Munick, under Vogler's auspices, Mey. right and left from the Kington Road, a erbeer produced his first work, “Jephtha's spot similar to that on which stands the Daughter;" he was then eighteen years of Martyrs Memorial at Oxford. Altogether, age. Vogler now drew up, with amusing the change may be considered advanta: self-complacency, a brevet of maestro, to geous, as the passer-by on either road will which he added, at the same time, his now be enabled to examine the beautiful blessing, gave both to Meyerbeer, and badel details of the memorial without the trouble