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the balance; one great power broods over it, an intelligent judgment of the right or wrong ready, it would appear, to swoop on the glit- of the Russian invasion, and the merits of

tering prize at the first favorable moment; one side or the other of the Eastern QuesBOSTON, JUNE 1, 1878.

while another great power, lowering near, tion. He represents the Turks as grave,

warns the would be conqueror to keep hands composed, dignified, reserved in language, CONTENTS.

off. Whatever the fate of the wonderful with enigmatic faces; as peaceable, sober,

city, its history and its aspect, and its present and cleanly on the exterior, while really REVIEWS.

peril, cannot but awaken a lively interest in corrupt, idle, proud, inert, and luxurious. Constantinople. George | New Novels; Esther Pen De Amicis's book. It would be impossible He draws a contrast between the upper JOHN RANDOLPH OF ROANofica Leonte, The Godspen for any writer to so describe Constantinople and lower orders of Turkish society, the

that it would be presented as a clear, harmo- former having “small heads, low foreheads,

nious picture to the mind; for there is no dull eyes, pendant lips, and gross bodies,” ries from Homer : Philo such thing as unity in either the physical and being correspondingly “ambiguous and

or the social features of the place. It is, as colorless” in character; while the lower CHARLOTTE CUSHMAN. Pascal; Spanish People; De Amicis says, at once beautiful and hide-class presents types with vigorous bodies,

Some Higlily Musical Peo- ous. Glories of Byzantine and of Eastern well-formed heads, aquiline noses, brilliant ple; etc., etc.

architecture stand cheek by jowl with dismal eyes and prominent jaws, “and a something EDITORIALS

and wretched hovels and dark, narrow alleys, strong and bold in the whole person.” De The WORK OF THE LITER- Quills ON CAPE ANNE,

and rise glittering above gloomy valleys. It Amicis regards the Turk as incapable of

is a human bazaar of all nations, costumes, reform, such is his utter self-satisfaction, and MISCELLANEOUS.

customs, physiognomies. The life is Asiatic, his sublime contempt for Aryan civilization. Sonnet. To Edgar Faw- World BIOGRAPHIES. Geo. European, African. Indescribably magnifi- The translator has well acquitted herself Paul H. Hayne.

George A. Foxcroft. cent as it is approached through the Sea of of the task of interpreting into good and
Justin Winsor.
SHAKESPEARIANA. Joseph NOTES AND QUERIES.

Marmora, with its noble heights crowned rather florid English the exuberant style of
Crosby.
News AND NOTES.

with cypresses, firs, and planes, its splendid the author. GEORGE M. Towle.
palaces and mosques with forests of gilded
domes and minarets, its monuments and

JOHN RANDOLPH OF ROANOKE.*
CONSTANTINOPLE.
gardens, its wealth of color and architectural

N plan and office this volume resembles

IN
We know so little of contemporary beauty, Constantinople betrays, when one

Harvey's Reminiscences of Webster, save
Italian writers, the heirs of the Latin enters and wanders through its streets,
classic literature, and of the rich and noble

confusion of civilization and barbarism that it presents not one man's reminiscences, literature of mediæval Italy, that it is gratify

which presents an image of all the cities but those of several, and that they relate ing to meet with a good translation of a work upon earth, and gathers to itself all the almost wholly to Mr. Randolph in the more by one of the most eminent of them, written aspects of human life.” The succession of private phases of his character and life. upon a subject alike inspiring the use of his strange and surprising sights is endless; it John Randolph the politician, Congressman, own best powers, and replete, especially just is “composed of ancient cities that are in statesman, is seen only in the distance.

Fifteen years ago Mr. Bouldin, in something now, with deep and general interest. It is decay, new cities of yesterday, and other somewhat remarkable that there is not a single cities now being born.”

of a spirit of hero-worship, began the collec

tion of his materials, having as a foundation Italian author living who has world-wide

De Amicis confines himself mainly to the rep

a contribution in manuscript from his father, utation ; and except to students and “book- picturesque phases and contrasts of Con: the Hon. James W. Bouldin. To this he men,” we doubt whether the name of De stantinople. The scenes on the crowded

proceeded to add such further anecdotes and Amicis is at all known in this country. Yet bridge which spans the Golden Horn and traditions as he was able to pick up by diliin Italy he holds a literary rank somewhat unites Stamboul with Pera and Galata, the

gent inquiry among other of the older citiresembling that of Taine in France. A Oriental repose and sloth of Stamboul -- the

zens and families to whom Mr. Randolph close and keen observer, with a full and Turkish quarter of the city - the bold heights had been formerly well-known. The underwarm imagination, and a remarkable faculty and busy marts and bristling arsenal of taking was most praiseworthy, and the result for detailed picturesque description, his por

Galata, where Greek and Armenian physiog is to clothe one of the remarkable figures of traitures of places and peoples have more nomies prevail, the elegant purlieus of Pera American history with a large variety of than a photographic likeness, for they add the where the white faces and western costumes

new details. We do not know that Mr. glow and contrast of color to close fidelity remind one that those noble eminences and Bouldin's ana will substantially alter the of outline and feature. In Constantinople elegant edifices are the site of the European proportions of John Randolph's personality, he had a subject fitted to call forth all the quarter, the inns and the eunuchs, the cos-or materially soften its outlines; but some force of his lavish style and enthusiastic tumes and street life, the strange jumble of

points are certainly intensified, some features literary temperament; and in observing the races and customs and trades, the dogs which

are moved into a deeper light or shade, and city of the Eastern Emperors and the Ca- are a pest and the birds which are a delight, the whole man is brought forth to us out of liphs of Islam, he seems to have caught in are all delineated with such graphic force, the past with a wonderful freshness and its air a sort of Oriental glow of fancy and color

, and rhetorical contrast, that one derives

reality. poetry. The book is most timely, for all from his pages a strangely vivid, while con- Much of the sharp eccentricity of John eyes are now turned toward the majestic and fused and be wildering, idea of the decaying Randolph's genius undoubtedly sprang

from incongruous city, metropolis of three conti- but still splendid, metropolis.

his peculiar ancestry.

He was sixth in nents, the citadel which guards the watery

In one of the closing chapters of the direct descent from Pocahontas by the Enportal where Asia meets Europe. The fate book De Amicis portrays the character of glish line, and his character and life were

the Turk of the present day as it appears
* Constantinople. By Edmundo de Amicis. Translated
in his eyes; a subject peculiarly interesting

Home Reminiscences of John Randolph. By Powhatan by Caroline Tilton. G. P. Putnam's Sons.

just now, since upon a true estimate of that Bouldin. Published by the Author.

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