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Seeing is believing. This is the title of an essay in Blackwood of October , devoted to spirit-rapping, table-moving, and other phenomena of that description. This essay seems to have been prompted by Mr. Robert Dale Owen's amusing, but, we presume, not very philosophical work, "Footfalls on the Boundary of another World," and is, in fact, a review of that popular work.--The writer very candidly admits that seeing is believing — Indeed, we should think it rather difficult to dispute that proposition with any great degree of success. He takes ground, however, against the habit-- very common, he assures us — of confounding our inferences with what we see. Thus, when we see a table rise up from a floor, we are at liberty to believe the evidence of our eyes, but we are not at liberty to infer from the fact that we are unable to discover the means by which it is raised, that the raising is supernatural.--This, however, he says, is precisely what is done. We see the phenomenon, we d
— Such a signal humiliation would be felt to the uttermost ends of the great Empire. It could not be explained away or falsified, and all China would come to know that the Emperor himself had no choice in this matter, and that the only safe policy was to keep faith with foreigners. That course was open to Lord Elgin. He had an army and a fleet behind him which could carry him from one end of China to the other He had plenty of time for his work, for when Lord Macartney quitted Peking, in October the weather had only just begun to be pleasantly cool. Will he use his opportunity? We can but hope he may. But what honor will this expedition bring if it should end only in the battering down a Chinese fortification? What advantage will the Embassy secure if it results only in a ratification of the Treaty of Tien-tsin? The treaty itself has been broken; of what greater value can be a ratification condescendingly granted to an Ambassador who may or may not be subjected to any amount of
Messrs. Woodhouse & Co. They were all published by Appleton & Co. Quiet Thoughts for Quiet Hours. By the author of "Life's Morning," "Life's Evening," "Sunday Hours," &c. Boston: J. E. Tilton & Co.--A very neat volume, of a pious and poetical character. For sale by Woodhouse & Co. Considerations on some of the elements and conditions of Social Welfare and Human Progress. Being Academic and occasional discourses and other pieces, by C. T. Henry, D. D. New York: D. Appleton & Co. For sale by Woodhouse & Co. Chambers' EncyclopÆdia.--We have the twenty-first part of this EncyclopÆdia now issuing by D. Appleton & Co., from Messrs. Woodhouse & Co. Songs of Ireland; edited and annotated by Samuel Lover, author of "Handy Andy," "Rory O'More, " &c.--illustrated. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald. For sale by Woodhouse & Co. Reviews.--We have received from Messrs. Woodhouse & Co., agents for the American reprints, the London Quarterly and Edinburg Reviews for October.