Page images
[merged small][ocr errors][graphic][subsumed][subsumed][ocr errors][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][ocr errors][ocr errors][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][ocr errors][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][ocr errors][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][ocr errors][subsumed][ocr errors][ocr errors][subsumed][subsumed][ocr errors][subsumed][ocr errors]

The interiors of the churches consist of scarce-, those districts are called German colonies. ly anything more than four whitewashed They are not prosperous. In one of them, walls, with a few barbarously rude images near Rio de Janeiro, a large and handsome and a gaudily colored choir and altar-piece town has been built; but the builders lost at one end. Many of them are absolutely nearly all their investment, and the speculabeggarly. High up in the walls of the nave, tion is said to be a complete failure. The built in the walls, and flush with them, there name of the towit is Petropolis. Ships still are little curtained private pews, which look frequently arrive at Santos full of emigrants exactly like boxes in a theatre. Excepting in destined for a colony about a hundred miles these there are no seats. All the central part beyond São Paulo. This proceeding is conof the nave is devoted to women, and merely ducted by a German speculator, who, under a narrow portion on each side and at the end sanction of the Brazilian Government, conopposite the choir, the west end, is left for tracts to bring over families on condition of men. The division is formed by a small hand- their remaining in bis employment until they rail, often made only of sticks. In the Ca- have earned over and above their livelihood thedral of São Paulo it is so rudely and care a previously stipulated sum-generally about lessly constructed that the bark has not been seventy pounds-with accumulating interest, removed from the sticks.

They are sent up the country on foot, unBefore the commencement of the service, der the strict surveillance of agents of the and during portions of it, the women seat speculator, and it is pitiable in the extreme themselves on the floor. Very often their to see them trudging away in health and spirdresses form a splendid exhibition of rich its and to know the fate that awaits them. colors, and great taste is displayed in their Many years elapse before they can accumuarrangement. On the great saints' days even late the requisite amount, and they thus virthe slaves (the domestic slaves in the towns) tually become the slaves of the speculator. are elegantly dressed in silk gowns and man. They are let out for hire in the same mantles. The elevation of the Host is announced ner as the negroes, and are treated almost in by a discharge of fireworks, and there is the same way, except that they are not scarcely an hour in the day when the air of Alogged. the towns is not burdened with their reports. When they have at last performed their When the divinity has been manufactured, part of the contract age has destroyed their he is invisibly but audibly transmitted to vigor, and bitter experience their capacity heaven on a rocket.

for_enjoyment. With bodies debilitated by I ought not to conclude this letter without long years of labor on wretched diet, and saying something about one subject which I with minds dispirited by their forlorn posihave not yet mentioned. Some years ago a sys- tion, they are left penniless in an alien and tem of German emigration to Brazil was set on unproductive country to eke out the remainfoot. Whether the movement emanated origi- der of their miserable existence as best they nally from Germans or not, I do not know; but may. the Brazilian Government took active measures The speculator employs agents in Germany to promote it, and still gives it considerable to lure them away, and when they reach encouragement. The immigrants have various Brazil they are completely in his power. localities granted to them as settlements, and Yours truly,


A PAPER on the subject of certain Egyptian just appeared from the pen of M. Chabas, and was papuri above four thousand years old will be read announced by us last week. We understand that by M1: Goodwin at the Society of Antiquaries at the results of the decipherment of M. Chabas, one of the meetings next month. These papyri coincide with those obtained by Mr. Goodwin, are stated to contain the autobiography of an who h's been studying the papyri independently. Egyptian adventurer under the earliest king of the twelfth dynasty, a part of a poem, and a long story, of which the incidents are referred to the The name of a poem which the Poet Laureate third dynasty. A work on the same papyri has has ready is “ Enoch, the Fisherman.”



The North American Review,


9 which has for the last ten years been so ably conducted by Dr. Peabody, passes now into the

editorial charge of



CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, ESQ., gentlemen, who, for sound and elegant scholarship, have achieved an enviable reputation, both in this country and in Europe; and whose taste, education, and experience, thorough loyalty and sympathy with the progressive element of the times, eminently qualify them for the position they have assumed.

“ THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW” is « THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW” will too well known to the literary world to require maintain in the hands of its new.editors its esan extended notice.

tablished reputation for independent criticism, The ablest and most permanent publication of and for well-considered opinions in politics and the kind in America (see Appleton's Cyclopæ literature. dia), it has through all the changes of manage In discussing political and social questions, the ment sustained its high position as the leading spirit of the Review will be thoroughly national review of this country, and as an able represen- and loyal. It will defend and illustrate the distative of American mind. Constantly maintain- tinctive principles on which the institutions of ing a high character both for style and critical America are founded. ability, its influence has been widely felt, and In literature it will avail itself of the best mahas largely contributed to make American liter- terial of thought and scholarship which the counature what it is.

try can supply. From its commencement it has enlisted the In its criticism it will have no ends to serve pens of our ablest writers. Its list of editors but those of sound learning and good morals. and contributors includes nearly all our most Bound by strong associations to the past, in distinguished authors, and some of our greatest sympathy with the present, hopeful for the fustatesmen and jurists, and the reputations of our ture, the Review will do its part in the intellecbest known essayists and reviewers are mainly tual movement of the times. founded upon their contributions to its pages.

“ THE NORTH AMMRICAN REVIEW” is published quarterly on the first days of January, April, July, and October, in numbers of about three hundred pages each, containing matter equal to four ordinary octavo volumes.

TERMS — Five dollars a year, or one dollar and twenty-five cents per number.

* A new volume of the Review will commence with the January number, and the publishers trust that the increased expenditures consequent upon the changes proposed in the future conduct of the work will be met by a generous increase of the patronage of the public. CROSBY & NICHOLS, PUBLISHERS,

117 Washington Street, Boston.


LITTLE THREADS; or, Tangle Threads, Silver THE RIGHT WAY, And_how Agnes Turner

Thread, and Golden Thread. By the author of worked in it. By Jennie Harrison. 18mo. 30

“Susy's Six Birthdays," eto. lvol. 16mo. 75 cts. cts. A little story by a new author, in which a ONE HOUR A WEEK. By the author of "Jesus

great truth is very simply but very faithfully

enforced. on Earth.” A Series of fifty-two Lessons in Stories to Simplify and Illustrate “the Great Truths LOST AND FOUND. By the author of the “ Prai. which constitute the broad and deep foundations

rie Flower Boy." 18mo. 85 cts. of our Evangelical faith.” 16mo. 90 cts. PRECIOUS STONES FROM BIBLE MOUNTAINS.

THE SERGEANTS MEMORIAL. By his Father By Rev. F. N. Zabriskie.

(Rev. J. P. Thompson, D. D.), with portrait. 18mo. 60 cts. "A

18mo. 60 cts. volume of Addresses to the Young in an attractive and excellent style.”

“ Young Thompson died, not yet twenty-one, hay

ing seal with his life the testimony of a noble "GENERAL FRANKIE.” A Story for Little young heart to a noble cause.

The book is a pretty Folks. By Ethel Lynn, author of " All Quiet on monument to his memory.” the Potomac To-night.” 16mo., with four Illustrations. 75 cts. Gen. Frankie fought his battles with Capt. Impatience, Gens. Greedy, Bad Temper, and Vanity, Private Tardy, Private Spite, etc., and was finally triumphant by the aid and

ALSO, NEW EDITIONS OF THE help of the great Captain.

SEVEN LITTLE PEOPLE AND THEIR ZOE, An Allegory. By the author of "A Little

FRIENDS. With several tinted Illustrations. Leaven." etc. 16mo. 75 cts. A new volume

Fine Ed. $1. for Girls by a favorite author. PET DAYTON. By the author of “ A Little Leay-JESUS ON EARTH. A Story of the life of our en," etc. 16mo. 75 cts. A Little Girl who

Lord, for Young Children. 16mo. 75 cts. found the true way of doing good.

ERNEST. A true Story of a Young Life. 18mo. BARNETT TODD. By Aunt Friendly. 18mo. 40 cts. 40 cts. A volume for boys, by a writer whose

MARGRET AT HOME. books are always full of sound truth delightfully

By the author of “A

Little Leaven," etc. 70 cts. FREDERICK MORTIMER, The Young Christian A YEAR WITH ST. PAUL. A Series of 52 Les

Soldier 18mo. 45 cts. “ A Story for Youths, sons on the Life of the Great Apostle. By Charles including lessons of Patriotism and manly Piety.” E. Knox. With Numerous Maps. $1.


[blocks in formation]

Published by


683 Broadway, New York. receipt of the price any of the above will be sent by mail prepaid.

« PreviousContinue »