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Address, or but one strain from instruments a little varied, as clergymen sometimes present in a sermon what they offer elsewhere as an essay, it might have been imagined that this African preacher had been assisted by some of the eminent men who have so warmly befriended him.
But the credit of these ten independent Addresses is all his own. prejudiced person can read them, and not feel that the people of the most benighted quarter of the globe are shaking off their long sleep, to rise up through the united influence of commerce, immigration, and Christian civilization, and take their place among the nations of the earth. Liberia does not work alone. The British colony of Sierra Leone has already become the cradle of missions and the parent of colonies. Barbadoes promises to establish another settlement south of Liberia. There are, besides, twelve independent stations at distances of a hundred miles from each other along the coast, and many times that number of outstations with a high school and a college. In no other land has recent travel accomplished so much, laying open a vast interior route for traffic, leading to the discovery of more intelligent races, and spreading an inviting field for productive labor of every kind. More than that, the present exigency of industry demands that a country where cotton grows wild, where ivory abounds and palm-oil may be said to flow in streams, a country of inexhaustible fertility and undeveloped industry, should be brought into intimate relations with the commercial, manufacturing, civilized world.
C The picture which Lieutenant Harris draws of his captivity * is not so utterly dark as might have been expected. Except that he reports seven privates as having been shot for looking out of the windows, and that Secessionists, especially females, spared no terms of abuse, the sufferings of our imprisoned soldiers were no greater than might have been expected. Their prison was at the head-quarters of the rebellion, the necessaries of life were difficult to be got at any price, the rebel regiments themselves were only half-clad, and the threat of the execution of privateersmen excited the Confederates to menace a bloody retribution. Food was scanty, the space allotted each prisoner exceedingly small, the head jailer a military martinet, the decencies of life hardly permitted among the privates, and no suitable courtesies shown to officers like Colonels Lee and Corcoran. But then there were opportunities to purchase food outside of the prison ; there is no complaint of the withholding of Northern gifts, either of clothes or money; Hon. Mr. Faulkner effectually interfered to mitigate the hardships of confinement; and a vast deal of healthful pleasantry seems to have been kept up by these brave brethren in misfortune. One fact is so honorable to all parties that it deserves mention. Forty-three dollars had been stolen from the privates' letters in the prison-office. The Confederate officers replaced the amount out of their own purses. The Federal officers repaid the sum to Captain Gibbs; but he very nobly contributed the amount, through Surgeon Revere, to the relief of
Prison-Life in the Tobacco Warehouse at Richmond. By Lieut. W. C. HarRIS. Philadelphia: G. W. Childs. 1862.
destitute prisoners. That man certainly would do honor to a better
Since our notice, in a recent number, of General Halleck's valuable work on Military Science, two similar treatises have come to hand, both by authors of historical fame.* They are less comprehensive than his, inasmuch as they do not aim to present a complete sketch of the science for non-professional readers. Marshal Marmont's work consists chiefly of remarks and suggestions on the various heads, intended especially for professional students, but not without interest to general readers. The famous work of the Baron de Jomini is the least extensive of the three in its scope, as it treats for the most part only of field operations. In these it is an invaluable companion for the historical student, nearly all of the important battles of modern history being spoken of in greater or less detail, in illustration of the principles laid down. It is also provided with an excellent index, and three good maps. An appendix contains the latest observations of the author, written after the Crimean war; and another gives a brief sketch of the principal maritime expeditions in history. We will call attention to a curious blunder of the American editors, who, in a note on page 348, say that the invention of the iron ramrod “is attributed by some to the Prince of Anhalt, and by others to Prince Leopold of Dessau," the inventor being in fact Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Dessau, better known as the old Dessauer, so graphically described by Carlyle.
The painful mystery which was only half resolved in the “Tragedy of Errors ” makes the burden of the concluding portion of the drama.f It receives its full solution, as the fatalities of human wrong so often require, only when it is beyond the reach of human compensation ; and the sense of wrong is chastened by the presence of death, and by the holy purpose which death confirms and consecrates. The plot of the drama, as a whole, is admirably conceived, whether we regard the skill shown in the grouping of the materials, the unity of purpose that makes them all the growth from one evil root, or the spirit which gives life to the embodiment. In execution, it leaves, perhaps, rather too much to the reader's penetration; the whole scene does not stand before us quite so clear as we could wish at last; and the latter portion, as poetry, is not quite equal to the former. On the other hand, the devel
* The Art of War. By BARON DE JOMINI, General and Aid-de-Camp of the Emperor of Russia. A new Edition, with Appendices and Maps. Translated from the French by Capt. G. H. Mendell, Corps of Topographical Engineers, U. S. Army, and Lieut. W. P. Craighill, Corps of Engineers, U. S. Army. Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott & Co. 1862. 12mo. pp. 410.
The Spirit of Military Institutions; or, Essential Principles of the Art of War. By Marshal MARMONT, Duke of Ragusa. Translated from the latest Edition, revised and corrected by the Author, with illustrative Notes, by Henry Coppée, Professor of English Literature in the University of Pennsylvania, late an Othcer of Artillery in the Service of the United States. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co. 1862. 12mo. pp. 272.
| Tragedy of Success. Boston: Ticknor and Fields.
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