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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 28: Philadelphia. (search)
nd five hundred acres, and lying along the Schuylkill River and Wissahickon Creek, is a wonder of the earth. Think of a park in which Hyde Park, with its four hundred acres (the Ring, the Serpentine, and the Ladies' Mile) would be lost! Central Park, New York, is more than double the size of Hyde Park, yet Central Park would lie in a mere corner of Fairmont Park. All the seven London Parks thrown into one-Victoria, Greenwich, Finsbury, Battersea, St. James's, Hyde, and Regent's-would not makCentral Park would lie in a mere corner of Fairmont Park. All the seven London Parks thrown into one-Victoria, Greenwich, Finsbury, Battersea, St. James's, Hyde, and Regent's-would not make one Fairmont Park. Nor is the loveliness of Fairmont Park less striking than the size. Neither the Prater in Vienna, nor Las Delicias in Seville, nor the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, though bright and varied, can compare in physical beauty with Fairmont. The drive along the Guadalquiver on a summer evening is delicious; and the views of Sevres and St. Cloud are always charming; but the Schuylkill is a more picturesque river than either the Guadalquiver near Seville or the Seine near Paris.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Book and heart: essays on literature and life, Chapter 20: classes and masses (search)
es. Men always feel for a time that the inscription Ne Plus Ultra is written on the latest step forward. It is the same with all great social changes. A lifelong New-Yorker, still under seventy, told me, some years since, that he remembered the time when he could easily name the owner of every private vehicle in that city. It was like a country village, where one distinguishes at a glance the doctor's sulky from the minister's chaise. Take your stand at the main carriage entrance of Central Park and see how vast the transformation implied by this simple reminiscence! In smaller and more compact cities the change is yet more easily illustrated. In Boston, this year, the largest individual estate pays a tax of $60,567. In 1834 the largest individual tax paid was $2225, and the estate on which it was paid, that of Gardiner Greene, was valued at only $360,900. In other words, the largest estate, sixty-two years ago, was only six times as large as the mere tax bill of the largest pr
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 8: declaration of principles (search)
st, both before and after the formal organization was made, gave this movement efficient support, but its chief organ and principal champion thenceforth was the Tribune. While that great journal had thrown itself with all its force into the cause of freedom, it was not indifferent to anything else which concerned either the interests or the comforts of the public. It is an interesting circumstance that on October 3d of the same year it published an article favoring the establishment of Central Park in New York, and on the 11th one on railroad progress, in which it advocated sleeping and eating cars, in the following words: Eating at our railroad stations is a very unsatisfactory and unwholesome performance. The passengers should eat as the cars roll on, leaving the time of stoppages for wood and water at their disposal. At 7 A. M. the provider should step aboard with his cooked food, which he deposits in a baggage half-car at the head of the train, where he should have a sto
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 28: closing period (search)
His love of finding interest for the mind in everything he did made the world a joy and a delight to him in all its parts. His body was as vigorous and healthy as his mind. It was in harmony with all its surroundings. He was a strong and sturdy walker, an excellent swimmer, a fair boatman, and an admirable horseman, skilled in all the arts of the high school. He doubtless rode in boyhood, but he first began to ride for exercise when his intimate friend Frederick Law Olmsted was making Central Park. In this art as in the others the ordinary and commonplace did not satisfy him. He wanted to be a master of it, and was fortunate in finding an old Spanish gentleman who was an accomplished horseman, and under whose instruction he worked as hard at both riding and training horses as he did at his other occupations. With the close and intelligent application he gave to his daily lessons, he not only learned how to sit and handle a horse in motion with ease and satisfaction, but how to gi
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Index (search)
l, Lew, 144. Canada, annexation of, 133. Canby, General, 348, 356, 366. Carlisle, 463, 464, 465, 510, 511. Carlyle, 21, 56. Carnot, 66. Caroline, the, 8. Carter, Robert, 172, 173. Cass, Lewis, 125. Cavaignac, General, 64, 66, 67, 72, 74, 75, 86, 87, 89. Cavalry, Bureau, 303, 304, 306, 307; Corps, Military Division of the Mississippi, 267; remounts, 258, 307; contracts for, 307-309, 353. Cedar Creek, 346. Central America, 133. Centralization of government, 459. Central Park, 139, 150. Chadwick, George, 195. Champion's Hill, 221, 223, 225. Chandler, William E., 444. Channing, 28, 33, 35. Charleston, 251; on the Hiwassee, 295. Characteristics of Dana, 502, 503, 508-511. Chase, Salmon P., 153, 162, 178, 179, 182, 183, 398. Chattahoochee, 343. Chattanooga, 36, 234, 254, 256, 257, 260, 262, 268, 269, 271, 273, 274, 277, 279, 286, 291, 294, 296, 297, 300, 309, 311, 339, 344; and Atlanta campaign, 300. Chesnut, Senator, 153. Chicago, 359, 361
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters, Chapter 5: the Knickerbocker group (search)
ut excellent good sense, and accurate information, on whatever subject transpired; a very pleasant man to associate with, but rather cold, I should imagine, if one should seek to touch his heart with one's own. Such was the impression Bryant made upon less gifted men than Hawthorne, as he lived out his long and useful life in the Ktiickerbocker city. Toward the close of it he was in great demand for public occasions; and it was after delivering a speech dedicating a statue to Mazzini in Central Park in 1878, when Bryant was eightyfour, that a fit of dizziness caused a fall which proved fatal to the venerable poet. It was just seventy years since Dr. Peter Bryant had published his boy's verses on The Embargo. Although Bryant's poetry has never roused any vociferous excitement, it has enduring qualities. The spiritual preoccupations of many a voiceless generation of New England Puritans found a tongue at last in this late-born son of theirs. The determining mood of his best poem
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Book III (continued) (search)
l, 1891. Even as a manager, he chose English plays; and his close associate, Lawrence Barrett (1838-1891), was of the same mind, though he appeared in Boker's Francesca da Rimini (Chicago, 14 September, 1882) and W. D. Howells's version, from the Spanish, of Yorick's love (Cleveland, 26 October, 1878). Though as a family of managers the tradition of the Wallacks was distinctly English, Lester Wallack (1819-1888) romantically masked his old English comedy manner beneath local colour in Central Park (14 February, 1861); but his dash was happiest in such pieces, of his own concoction, as The romance of a poor young man (adapted by him 24 January, 1860) and Rosedale (produced 30 September, 1863). To the time of his last appearance (29 May, 1886), he was true to his English taste. To see Lester Wallack at his best, one had to see him as Shakespeare's Benedick or Mercutio; as Dumas's D'Artagnan, or in the social suavity of the Robertson and contemporary French drama. The British trad
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Index (search)
49 Catalogue of curious and valuable books, a., 534 Catherwood, Mary Hartwell, 89, 90 Catlin, George, 148, 149 Catlin's notes of eight years travels, 149 Cato, Dionysius, 445 Cato Major, 445, 538 Cavalier, the, 288 Caveat against injustice, a., 427 Cawein, Madison, 59 Caxton, 554 Cazauran, A. R., 271, 278 Cecil Dreeme, 68 Celebrated case, a, 271 Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and other sketches, the, 5 Cellini, 6 Central Africa, 163 Central Park, 269 Central route to the Pacific from the Valley of the Mississippi to California, 152 Century Dictionary, the, 470 Century magazine, the, 38, 48, 145, 147, 50, 152, 158, 301, 310-312, 316 Century of Dishonor, a, 89 Century of Science and other essays, a, 193 Certain delightful English towns, 83 Cervantes, 1, 18, 77 Chaille — Long, Charles, 163 Chains, 293 Champlin, J. T., 435 Champollion, 449 Chance acquaintance, a, 78 Channing, E. T., 471, 472, 484 C
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 17. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The race problem in the South—Was the Fifteenth Amendment a mistake? (search)
kind. During the brief period in which the negro race was dominant in politics, the issue of bonds in certain States became so oppressive that the land owners were fast becoming mere tenants of the State, and the tax-gatherer was his landlord. A little attention to statistics will show the wonderful fecundity of the negro race, and it will give us a timely warning of the dangers of the Ethiopian fetich. Some twenty-five years ago an enterprising citizen of Memphis brought from Central Park, New York, a pair of English sparrows. The city is now filled with millions of the pesky little creatures, and they have driven out all the other birds. The birds of gay plumage and fine song are seen no more. Even the cuckoo returns not, and the mocking-bird is no longer heard in the trees that surround our dwellings and line our avenues. Some twenty-five years ago an enterprising Englishman transported a pair of rabbits to Australia. Rabbits have become so numerous there that they dev
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.9 (search)
sea through the ancient forests. While this is so, yet nearly one-half of the Christian world seeks Heaven through the mediation of a Jewish woman, and her image appears in every Catholic church and home, the noble christian substitute for the pagan gods and goddesses. The mother of the Saviour has taken the place of fabled mythology. But in this broad Protestant land the only monuments erected to woman, except Mary Washington, lately finished, are the obelisk or Cleopatra's needle, in Central Park, New York city, and the great statue of Liberty Enlightening the World, at the mouth of New York harbor—one given us by the French, and the other sent us by the Egyptians; the one perpetuating the memory of a bad woman, Caesar's and Mark Anthony's mistress, and the other representing a pagan goddess, in whose name all the agonies, bloodshed and horror of the French Revolution were perpetuated. But while the vices of an Egyptian woman speaks in one, and the social and political throes and
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