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under notice. Its descriptions are somewhat fascinating: and we should not be at all surprised to find the 'Hasheesh of commerce' quoted before long in the mercantile 'prices-current of our commercial daily journals. The 'Yan-nekees' always want to try things,' from a new mechanical-power, a new patent-medicine, or a new drug, to a new religion.


THIS great work promises when completed to be one of the best and the latest, as it certainly will be one of the cheapest, of its kind in the world. That it has been confided to most competent editorial hands is, as far as we have seen, universally admitted by the public press. Our contemporary of the Philadelphia ‘Press' daily journal, well and truly says of it:

'To be sold for less than half the cost, to be issued within a short and defined period, and to bear comparison with every work of the kind yet published, are the leading features of this new, we might say this National work; for every line has been expressly written for the work itself, and most of it by American citizens. Mere cheapness of price ought not to be an inducement; for the best article is that which is most worth the money, whatever the cost be. The New American Cyclopædia is good as well as low-priced. Its design is simply to furnish the great body of intelligent readers in this country, with a popular Dictionary of Universal Knowledge. Its editors are men of.learning, tact, general information, and a knowledge of the world. They have called in the aid of many of the ablest writers in the country, each man taking the branch or branches of knowledge, with which he may happen to be most familiar, and emptying his mind, as it were, into articles upon it as a whole, or on its collaterals. Careful revision-which sometimes condenses, and sometimes may enlarge the article-is then applied, and the result may be anticipated. Mere disquisition has been avoided. The aim is to produce a practical work of reference and full information upon the whole circle of Universal Knowledge.

'The materials for such a work as this, which will contain more variety than any of its predecessors, wherever published, have been found in thousands of volumes, freely consulted in public libraries and private collections; in all Encyclopædias and Biographical and general Dictionaries of authority and value; and, above all, in the personal knowledge of the large corps of contributors, (nearly one hundred in number,) whose coöperation has been made available for this great labor. Of these writers, as we have said, the majority are American citizens, but many writers in Great Britain, and on the Continent of Europe, have been pressed into the service, and have rendered efficient aid.

'The opening volume, just published, (sold only to subscribers, and procurable by local agents all over the Union,) is a fair sample of the work. It concludes with a geographical article on Araguay. Among the more striking articles are those upon ABD EL KADER, ABDUL MEJID, Absorption, Abstinence, Academy, Acetic Acid, JOHN ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, JOSEPH ADDISON, Adulteration, Adventurers, Advertisement, Aërostation, Afghanistan, Africa, the Agapemone, Professor LOUIS AGASSIZ, Age, Agriculture, with its Chemistry and Schools, Ague, Alabama, Albuminuria, ALEXANDER, (pseudo 'Earl of Stirling,') ALFIERI, Algeria, Aliment, Alloy, WASHINGTON ALLSTON, Alluvium, ALMACK'S, Álmanac, Alphabet, Aluminum, Duke of Alva, America, American Antiquities, Americanisms, (omitting the word 'guess,') Amphibia, Anæsthetics, Anatomy, Andes, Major ANDRÉ, Angling, Animal, Animal Electricity, Animal Heat, Animal Magnetism, Animal Mechanics, Animalcules, Anthracite, (with map of the Anthracite region of Philadelphia,) Anthropology, Anti-Rentism, Apocalypse, Appalachian Mountains, Ap

petite, Aqueduct, Arabian Language and Literature, Arabian Nights, and the ARAGO family.'

When we say that each of these articles is a complete account of the subject it treats upon, and that though at less length-nearly two thousand five hundred different subjects are treated with equal accuracy and care, we state the exact character of the work. The second volume will be published early in the spring, and a new volume at regular intervals of about two months. The work will be completed in fifteen volumes, at three dollars each, in good binding: higher styles of binding, of course, at a relatively higher price.


WE sometimes 'take shame and confusion of face' unto ourself for not doing immediate justice to the many works, of various interest to various readers, which emanate from the 'groaning presses' of our country. But how is it possible? Our space is not universal - our time is not unlimitedour power

of adequate literary judgment not independent of the reading of a new book: but sooner or later, it is our hope always to call public attention to such works as Mrs. SIGOURNEY invariably puts forth. We have not unfrequently heard it said- said by mothers, and daughters who may themselves some day be mothers'What a consolation it must be to Mrs. SIGOURNEY, to know that all her writings have been intended to do, and have done, Good?' This is all true, and it is a jewel in her crown. But the way in which she has done all this good is not sufficiently appreciated. Twenty poetical and prose works, or rather we should say, parts of poetical and prose works from her pen, which we could at this moment call to mind, could scarcely be exceeded by any American female-author in the effects which they have produced, especially upon the growing minds and ductile affections of the young and inexperienced, among her readers. But to the volume under notice: 'LUCY HOWARD' is a story, in the form of a diary. The first date recorded is in 1810, the last in 1822. The history begins in a New-England school-house, and is carried through youth and maturity, love, marriage, and death. The writer leaves the home of her childhood for the West, and encounters all the fatigues and trials of frontier life. Her work is designed to record and perpetuate a sort of experience which, though common in the early part of the present century, is now becoming rare. It is a delineation of the affections, an exposition of the principles which give stability and comfort to New-England homes. 'Mrs. SIGOURNEY'S literary career,' says the Evening Post, 'has been a long one. She was one of the first in this country to win respect for the literary labors of women; and many who have since risen to distinction in the world of letters derived their first impulse from her example. In some attributes of genius she has been surpassed by those who have come after her; but in those qualities of head and heart which constitute the peculiar charm of womanhood, she challenges our unqualified admiration and respect.' And this, let us add, is a verdict which will be confirmed by posterity.


'THE BLOODY SCULLION OF SKEDINK:' A NOVEL. - Perhaps one of the most gratifying things in the profession of a 'High Literary Purveyor,' (thanks, Mr. 'C. I. B.:' we shall try to deserve your appellation,) is the privilege which is afforded that personage, of announcing to the public new works, of personal narrative or creative fiction, yet sleeping in the manuscripts of their authors. Our readers, therefore, will share our enjoyment, when we state, that we have received from the author, in his own hand-writing, quite a large portion of a production which will be much better known hereafter, we take it, than at present. Hearken to the title thereof: 'A Romance of Castile: Penniwinkle the Hermit, or The Bloody Scullion of Skedink: a Tale of the Real Ideal.' It is from the pen of the author of 'The Mystic Shoe-String,' 'The Scavenger's Doom,' 'The Haunted Slaughter-House,' etc., etc.; volumes which, owing to the stringency of 'the times' and the 'tightness' of publishers, have not as yet attained to the dignity of type. We shall present but a single passage from the forthcoming work, (for that it will be forthcoming, we have too much faith in the good taste and sound judgment of our publishers to doubt,) satisfied that its gorgeous descriptions, its glowing style, its warm-hearted satire, and genial sarcasm, will bring it home to the business and bosom of every man and woman, in the whole expanse of our broad national domain:

'COME to the Hermit's Cave!

'And they left.

'Their path lay through the thick forest, over miry groves and pleasant swamps, where red and several other kinds of squirrels were springing around them, with their puffed-out cheeks filled with cocoa-nuts for the winter's store. The gentle owl, enjoying the sunny afternoon, sang merrily in the branches. The snail and the wild-cat skipped pleasantly together upon the verdant green. The smooth emerald serpent hissed a welcome to the maidens, as they tripped along, stopping now and then to pluck and eat the luscious horse-chestnuts, hanging in rich clusters over their heads.

'Soon the cave was reached. ing his frugal meal of flag-root gazed earnestly at the maiden.

They looked in, and beheld the HERMIT preparand sorrel. At their entrance, he started, and Equally fixed was her gaze. They

'But before proceeding farther, we shall go on to give a short sketch of the previous life of the HERMIT.

'He came into the world at a small town called Kansas, which has since become a large and flourishing territory, on Independence-day, 1776 years ago — the very day on which the Fourth-of-July was signed. Being of a free disposition, and a good penman, he would undoubtedly have signed his name with the rest, but unavoidable circumstances at home prevented. Of all his early history we have no account, owing to the negligence of his posterity; so that we hear nothing of him whatever, until he reached the age of ten years, when he commenced attending the village school. Here he excelled in all athletic sports: could jump four rods and a half to any other boy's or girl's one; and, moreover, was at the head of every class in school. On one occasion he is said to have chastised a boy three times his own size, for throwing a piece of orange-peel at a little girl. When twelve years of age, being disappointed in a love affair, he attempted to commit suicide by taking one-thirtieth of a barrel of whiskey, having read in the papers that there was enough strychine in a barrel of whiskey to kill thirty men. But his constitution was naturally so strong, that its only effect was to make him a little talkative, and he concluded he was worth saving a little longer.*

'After being expelled from school for knowing more than the master, he was sent into the city and put into a dry-goods store, to fit for college. He there attended an evening free-school, where he only had to pay for tuition, stationery, and lights. After attending this school three months, he entered college, at the age of sixteen, in the year 1792. Here he early won the esteem and respect of all who knew him, on account of his affability of manners, his brilliant talents, and his gentlemanly manner of borrowing money. On one occasion, in his Sophomore year, being deliberately ducked' by a Freshman, he had the boldness to inflict upon him the punishment of letting him alone until he should himself at last see the evil of his course. This at once established for him the character of the 'Rowdy and Dare-devil Sophomore.'

'He joined a secret society called 'Eta Upsilon,' more commonly called 'Eat'erup,' where he distinguished himself in the literary department, by writing the poem commencing, 'Tell me not in mournful numbers:' also another, commencing, 'On Linden when the Sun was Low:' also the beautiful little song, 'Sweetly sang the Martingale: ' and a prose poem, called 'Unconscious Reveries: ' and many other justly-admired pieces. Even in his Freshman year he wrote for the Boston Scrouger,' (a 'Literary Journal of Art,') a romance called 'The Hostler's Ward,' a Tale of the Disquisition,' which is of course well known to all our readers. Two years later he published another romance in the same paper, called 'Squirm, the Stable-Boy, or the Widow of the Alleghanies,' which is also widely known.

'His part at the Senior Exhibition was the most powerful that has ever been delivered in any college: the subject of it was: 'The Inadequacy of the Incomprehensibilities of Natural and Internal Nature, as Developed by the Moral Elements of the Beautiful contained in the Imperishable Eccentricities of Art.' This part took two prizes, and was put into the archives of the college three times. Honors crowded upon him: he was unanimously elected orator of the Scandinavian Society, there. being only three votes cast against him, and delivered a magnificent oration on 'The Intensity of Socrates.' This eclipsed even his former effort. His principles were good: he never drank any thing stronger than whiskey,

*PERHAPS the fluid might have been diluted.AUTHOR.'

and wrote a pamphlet against the use of ale as a beverage: always told the truth when it was convenient, and had so great an aversion to games of chance that he has sometimes been seen when he could not tell one card from another.

"To illustrate the development of his character, we give two short extracts from letters to his mother: one written in his Freshman year, the other in his Senior year:

DEAR MOTHER: I am seated in my escritoire, trying to answer your last letter, which was received about three months ago. You know, mother, I take some interest in you: so, without flattering you in the least, I will say that I rank the eleventh in my class, which is as high as any body ever gets in the Freshman year. I have just joined the 'Eat'er-Up Society.' I wish I could tell you some of the secrets: but they might make a row if I did: however, if you insist, I suppose I must tell you.' 'The next was written just before he graduated:

DEAR MOTHER: As my reputation as a literary critic and scholar is established, it is time, you would say, to choose a profession. After a long and painful deliberation of an hour, I have determined to adopt the profession of travelling, as I can do the most benefit to the human race in that way.'

'He graduated with the highest honors in 1796. His 'commencement-part' on the 'Extensiveness of the Infinite,' was, of course, of the highest order: and he descended from the stage surrounded on all sides by a 'hulloa' of glory.'

We have always had great

THE GOOD TIME COMING' FOR JACKASSES. sympathy with jackasses, and 'creatures after their kind,' (there is a good place for a joke upon us here, from some forward animal of the species,) since the editor of the 'Bunkum Flag-Staff and Independent Echo' published the touching account of the two long-eared specimens who expired in Lexington, Kentucky, at the moment of looking up from their fodder, as the broad, octagonal sides of a 'struck' menagerie-tent were rolled up, and they found themselves 'cheek by jowl' with the mountain-form of the elephant 'ROMEO,' just packing his travelling trunk for Louisville. There was sympathy for you! With a united 'Yah-ee-ah-ee-ah!' they both 'fell, and expired without a groan!' But what we wish especially to speak of now, is a Proposition to Pay off the National Debt of Great-Britain by American Jackasses, through the saving to be effected by the draught of packet-boats on the Erie Canal, from the Hudson River to Lake Erie: Mason's Farrier,' an authentic work, is the authority, as stated by an intelligent writer, in the Tribune daily journal, upon domestic animals and agricultural matters, with all which he seems well conversant. The subjoined is the comprehensive extract and 'document':

'Ir is stated that a packet-boat on the Erie Canal requires a team of three horses to tow it sixteen miles, going at the rate of eighty miles in twenty-four hours; and that the relays required demand fifteen horses for each nautical day. Setting the time, from Lake Erie to the Hudson, at five nautical days, seventy-five horses will be required; and setting the food, stabling, and care of each horse at fifty cents per diem, it will cost each packet-boat above thirty-five dollars per diem for the subsistence of its cattle alone, without counting deterioration by age, labor, or accident, at which rate every packet-boat must expend three hundred and seventy-five dollars for

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