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e most powerful means to accomplish it, cannot be doubted. He saw but too plainly that the freedom of the seas was essential to the prosperity of France, and that the conquest of the whole continent could not supply that one want. He was a great and original genius, but it never entered his head that the best way to contend with a great naval power was to blow up all his ships. That idea is of later origin, and deserves all the credit for originality that can be claimed by the admirers of Homer and Shakespeare for the most original of their conceptions. Any man who will take the trouble to consult Leanne's Journal, in that part which relates to the harbor of Cherbourg, will see with what prodigious energy Napoleon pushed his naval preparations long after the battle of Trafalgar had destroyed the French marine. The Spartans never thought of destroying the ships of their allies in the Peloponnesian war because the Athenian were the stronger at sea. Notwithstanding the disaster
s De Witt; "The Duties of Man," by Joseph Mazzini, the crazy Italian reformer, and something from John Raskin, the Arts Critic, entitled "Unto This Last," four essays on the first principles of economy. "The Roundabout Papers" is a series of essays by Thackeray, republished from the Cornhill Magazine. A readable trifle is "A Book about Doctors," by J. C. Jefferson, who gives all the gossip and scandal about the fraternity. A learned controversy upon the proper style of translating Homer is raging between Matthew Arnold, Professor of Poetry at Oxford, and Francis W. Newman, Professor of Classics in University College, London. Each disputant has issued a brace of books, and the Reviews have ranged themselves on either side. No department has been more prolific than that of fiction. At least two-thirds of the publications named in the book lists are of this character. At the head, in popularity, stands Victor Huge's remarkable political romance of "Les Miserable" It ha
had been nominated Secretary of the Treasury, and that his nomination had been confirmed by the Senate, and that Congress had repeated the gold kill, brought gold down to two hundred and twenty-five. This gold bill forbade the sale of gold, unless the party selling it had it actually in hand. Hunter's expedition — he reports Himself all right. Secretary Stanton telegraphs to General Dix, rom Washington, June 23rd, as follows: The following dispatch has just been received from Gen. Homer: "I have the honor to report that our expedition has been extremely successful, inflicting great injury upon the enemy, and victorious in every engagement. Running shores of ammunition, and finding it impossible to collect supplies while in the presence of an enemy believed to be superior to our force in numbers, and constantly receiving reinforcements from Richmond and other points, I deemed it beat to withdraw, and have succeeded in doing so, without serious loss, to this point, w
ic and the other on the Pacific, he could take up the whole continent in his talons and soar away with it to the seventh heaven of liberty. Was Yankee going to give up a big country like that? I guess not. Then, above all, the big cotton crops, with a big nigger in the bale, the big commissions and the big commerce proceeding therefrom. Wonderful that all this love of bigness has never produced anything big but big fortunes and big luxury. It has never brought forth a big spies like Homer, or a big Coliseum like that where eighty thousand Romans witnessed the combats of the gladiators; or a big church like St. Peters; a big philosopher like Bacon; a big poet like Shakespeare; a big orator like Chatham; a big soldier like the "little Corsican." --But that is not the kind of bigness adapted to Yankee capacities. A mammoth ox or an overgrown prize-fighter, like the Goliath who went across the ocean to take the starch out of John Bull's collar, and came back in a very rumpled an
be premised that slavery existed in ancient times, not only under the Jewish dispensation, when it had at least the sanction of the Divine Law-giver, for a time, but in almost every country of the ancient world. It not only existed, but there was an accredited error, somewhat akin to that which has been reproduced in late years, that slaves were an inferior race, degraded by their Creator himself, marked by a stamp of humiliation, and predestines to their stateof abjection and debasement. Homer, Plato and Aristotle distinctly taught this doctrine. All readers of history are well aware of the excessive rigor and cruelty with which slaves were treated in ancient times. Even the right of life and death, which was then placed in the master's hands, was often exercised. The slavery of ancient times was not only cruel, but immense beyond our conception, prevailing everywhere, and so deeply rooted in laws, manners, ideas and interests, individuals social, that its immediate eradica
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