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sacred as holy writ. General Sherman is. the gallopping of a courier's horse down the terribly in earnest in his method of con- road instantly wakes him, as well as a dacting war, but he is neither vindictive voice or a movement in his tent. He falls nor implacable. He once said to a Metho- asleep as easily and as quickly as a little dist preacher in Georgia who had, by voice child-by the road-side, upon the wet and example, helped to plunge the nation ground or the hard floor, or when a battle into war: 'You, sir, and such as you, had rages near him. His mien is never clumsy the power to resist this mad rebellion; or commonplace; and when mounted upon but you chose to strike down the best review he appears in every way the great government ever created, and for no good captain that he is. reason whatsoever. You are suffering the * When sounds of musketry or cannonconsequence, and have no great reason to ading reach his ears, the general is extremecomplain.'
ly restless until he has been satisfied as to " Yet there is a depth of tenderness akin the origin, location, and probable results of to the love of woman behind that face, the fight inprogress. At such moments he which is furrowed with the lines of anx. lights a fresh cigar, and smokes while walkiety and care, and those eyes, which dart ing to and fro; stopping now and then to keen and suspicious glances. Little chil. listen to the increasing rattle of musketry; dren cling to the general's knees and nes- then muttering 'Forward,' will mount ile in luis arms with intuitive faith and af- old “Sam,' a horribly fast-walking horse, fection. During our sojourn in Savannah which is as indifferent to shot and shell as his headquarters and private room became his master, and starts off in the direction the play-ground of hosts of little ones, of the fire. upon whom the door was never closed no “ One afternoon during the Atlanta camquatter what business was pending.
paign the general paid a visit to General "General Sherman's integrity seemed to Hooker, who had pitched his headquarters pervade every trait in his character. His in a place almost as much exposed to the intense dislike of the men who have been fire of the enemy as any that could interested in the war only to make money have been found along the line. The out of it, is well known. From the first two generals seated themselves cominstant of the rebellion pecuniary consid- fortably, with their feet planted against erations were cast aside by the general, the trees, watching the operations immeand he has given himself wholly to the diately in front and in full view of the 8.rvice of his country. He knows the rebels. Very soon a rebel shell passe:1 value of money, but he can say with hon. them, shrieking overhead, clearing the orable pride that the atmosphere of integ- crockery from the dinner-table with amaz. rity and honesty about him withers and ing rapidity, and frightening the cook destroys the lust of gain. Not even the Sambo, who afterward excused himself on taint of suspicion in this regard has ever the ground that his mate had been killed been cast upon him nor upon the officers the night before by one of them things.' associated with him.
Another shell quickly followed, demolish“ In person, General Sherman is nearly ing a chair which had just been vacated six feet in height, with a wiry, muscular, by an officer. Meanwhile the rifle bullets and not ungraceful frame. His age is only were singing and 'ficzing'about in a reckforty-seven years, but his face is furrowed less way, chipping the bark from the trees, with deep lines, indicating care and pro- and cutting their leaves and branches. found thought. With surprising rapidity, Still the two generals sat, discussing milihowever, these strong fines disappear tary questions, with the utmost indifferwhen he talks with children and women. ence until the sun went down; while the His eyes are of a dark brown color, and staff officers, not seeing any fun in the sharp and quick in expression. His fore business, carried on their own conversation head is broad and fair, sloping gently at as companionably as could reasonably bì the top of the hend, which is covered with expected in a spot where the protecting thick and light brown hair, closely trim- trees were five to ten feet apart. med. His beard and moustache, of a “The general's habits of life are simple. sandy hue, are also closely cut. His con- Primitive almost as first principles, his stitution is iron. Exposure to cold, rain, greatest sacrifice will be made when ho of burning heat seems to produce no effect resigns campaigning for a more civilized upon his powers of endurance and life. He has a keen sense of the beauty strength. Under the most harassing con- of nature, and never is happier than unions I have never seen him exhibit any when his camp is pitched in some forest symptoms of fatigue. In the field he re- of lofty pines, where the wind sings ures early, but at midnight he may be through the tree-tops in melodious ineaound pacing in front of his tent, or sit. ure, and the feet are buried in the soft ung by the camp fire smoking a cigar. carpeting of spindles. He is the last one his sleep must be light and unrestful, for to complain when the table-fare is reduced
to beef and 'hard tack,' and, in truth, he Sadlier is thoroughly Irish in her rather enjoys poverty of food as one of the stories, and her sole object in them allis conditions of a soldier's life. I remember the elevation and edification of her that he apologized to our guest, the secre- countrymen and countrywomen on this tary of war, one day at Savannah, because
side the Atlantic. A most praise certain luxuries, such as canned fruits and
worthy object, and one which must in jellies, had found their way to his table. “This,' he remarked, is the conse
the end bring forth good fruit. The quence of coming into houses and cities.
low and the vulgar, which the English The only place to live, Mr. Secretary, is
novelists, and we are sorry to say some out of doors in the woods.'
Irish writers also, take particular pains “General Sherman's patriotism is a vital to bring forward as the leading characforce. He has given himself and all that ters in their works, find no place in Mrs. he has to the national cause. Personal Sadlier's books. All that is good and considerations, I am sure, have never in- generous in the Irish character is given fluenced him. Doubtless he is ambitious, its true value, and when necessity combut it is impossible to discern any selfish pels her to describe the ruffian, she does or unworthy motive, either in his word or so in such a manner as to make the deeds. I do not believe it possible for a reader abhor his actions, and not as man more absolutely to subordinate him
other writers have done-make him s self and his personal interests to the great
sort of a hero, as if his crime was the cause than he. His patriotism is as pure as the faith of a child; and, before it, fam.
rule and not the exception. ily and social influences are powerless.
Her descriptions of Irish manners, His relatives are the last persons to receive
customs, and characteristics can always from his hand preferment or promotion. be relied upon as correct, for she has In answer to the request of one nearly al- made the Irish character her constant lied to him that he would give his son a study, and beside, she feels for the misposition on his staff, the general's reply eries and mistortunes of that unfortuwas curt and unmistakable: “Let him nate but generous and kind-hearted peoenter the ranks as a soldier, and carry a ple. musket a few years!
Mrs. Sadlier has done much for the “ In no instance is it possible for the Catholic literature of America. Her general to favor the advancement of sol.
works, original and translated, put to diers upon mere political grounds; bravery and capacity are the considerations which
gether, make a large library in themweigh with him. When a paper is handed
selves, and every year sees additions to to him for endorsement, accompanied by
them. We trust she will be spared a questions relative to promotion, he leaves good long time yet, to aid by her proli. the selection of the candidate to army or fic pen the good cause in this country. corps commanders, reserving his own opinion until the proper time. "He has had as great responsibilities to
THE PEEP O'Day; or, John Doe, and meet as any man of the age, but there has Crohoore of the Billhook. By the never yet been an instance when he was O'Hara Family. A new edition, with not equal to the occasion, even to the ac Introduction and Notes. By Michael ceptance of a new truth. Few men have Banim, the survivor of “The O‘llara so harmoniously united common sense and Family." Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4. New genius as General Sherman.”
York: D. & J. Sadlier. 1865.
THE OLD HOUSE BY THE BOYNE. By These are the first four parts of
Mrs. J. Sadlier. 12mo., pp. 375. "The Works of the Brothers Banim," New York: D. & J. Sadlier & Co. known as “The O'Hara Family," now 1865.
publishing in numbers by the Sadliers.
The Banims were, without an excepAnother new story by Mrs. Sadlier! tion, the most powerful Irish novel“ Why, it is only the other day," the ists of the present century. Their style reader will naturally exclaim, “I read of writing was altogether different from one also from her pen." But such is that of Griffin, who was their superior the fact. “The Old House by the in describing some phases of Irish life Boyne" is, however, her latest produc- All through Griffin's writings can be tion, and well does it sustain her repu- found that deep religious feeling which tation as one of our best living Irish he never for a moment lost sight of. novelists at home or abroad. Mrs. The Banims, although Catholics, launch
out more boldly into the world of pas- marry because he was disloyal, and of sion and folly, and give us more dra- being near a loyal lover whom she aftermatic scenes; more of reality than ward married. The scene opens in the “gentle Griffin” could possibly al- Massachusetts, jumps abruptly to the low his pen to write. For this reason army of the Potomac, and from there to we look upon Banim's works as bolder that of the Cumberland, where the and more vivid pictures of Irish principal events occur. The characters life, as it existed forty years ago, than are nearly all East Tennesseeans, and Griffin's. Griffin's are sounder and are made to figure in the story without safer reading, for no word ever escaped any regard to time or place. The book his pen that could not be uttered in is one we cannot recommend; for none any society.
of the characters are any better than the The present editor, Mr. Michael Ban- law allows them to be. The heroine is im, says in the preface to the first vol- no model for any virtuous modest girl; ume that my brother and myself were for no woman of correct training or joint producers of the stories now about good morals could dress herself in the to be republished. This being the case, habiliments of the opposite sex, If the it will, I trust, be conceded that the ed- authoress cannot write a better story itorship has not been intrusted, by the than this one, she had better give her publisher, to unfit hands. It is my in- time and attention to something else tention, as each volume appears, in con- than novel writing. It is not her forte. densed shape, to state in how far I have been concerned therewith. It is my in- CATHOLIC ANECDOTES; OR, THE CATEtention also, as we go on, to append CHISM IN EXAMPLES. The Apostles' notes here and there. It will be my en Creed, etc. Translated from the deavor to make these notations as little French by Mrs. J. Sadlier. 12mo., cumbrous as possible, and to throw in pp. 236. New York: D. & J Sadlier. to them whatever of anecdote or histor 1865. ical reference may appear to me interesting to the reader."
An excellent little book, and So far the notes are highly interesting. should meet with a general circulation. We only wish the publishers had given The present volume contains anecdotes us the work in volumes, just as it ap- on the different articles of the Creed, pears in Dublin, instead of in numbers, and is to be followed, we believe, by We do not like to read a story by two more on the other portions of the * piecemeal," hence our objection to Catechism. The translation is well the publication of novels in monthly or made, and the book is very neatly got semi-monthly parts. When the whole up. We earnestly recommend it to our is completed and published in bound readers as a book worthy of universal volumes, these writings will be a valua circulation, ble addition to our literature.
THE METROPOLITES; OR, KNOW THY REMY ST. REMY; or, The Boy in Blue. NEIGHBOR. A Novel, by Robert St.
By Mrs. C. H. Gildersleeve. 12mo., Clar. 12mo., pp. 575. The Ameripp. 352. New York: James O'Kane. can News Company. 1865. .
Here is a formidable volume describAnother story of the late rebellion. ing fashionable society in New York, And we may make up our mind to be The parentage of the leading character overloaded with stories of this descrip- in the story is at first unknown, but is tion for at least the next ten years. supposed to be the son of some German "The Boy in Blue" is the latest we have emigrant who was shipwrecked and seen, and is an indifferent one enough. drowned off the coast. He was brought There are plots sufficient in the book for up by a German woman, and passed two or three good stories, but they are through all phases of New York life, badly managed, and the various parts from being a bootblack and newsboy, of the story clumsily put together. to find himself an office boy with a "The Boy in Blue” proves to be a girl, lawyer, who, seeing in him talent, sent who thus unsexed herself for the double him to college and paid for his educapurpose of thwarting the vengeance of tion. Nathan P. Trenk is the cogno4 rejected lover, whom she refused to men by which this person is designated
in the story. The author seems to volume of nearly 500 pages, elegantly have taken every good quality possess printed. It appears from wbat we ed by different men and placed them have seen of it to have been written all in the person of his beloved Nathan. with great care, and to be a profoundly His hero far exceeds in perfection the philosophical work on the principles of gods of the ancients. He speaks government, and especially on the conFrench like a Frenchman; German like stitution of the United States. a German; Spanish like a Spaniard ; English of course, and we are led to NATURAL HISTORY. A Manual of 20infer that if he chose he could con ölogy for Schools, Colleges, and the verse in the language of Timbuctoo, General Reader. By Sanborn Tennes, Malay, or in the Sanscrit. In fact, he A.M. Illustrated. 8vo., pp. 540. excelled in all things—was perfect in New York: Charles Scribner & Co. dancing, music, tragedy, yachting, and 1865. the law. He is made to possess nearly all these qualities before he was even This is an excellent manual for sent to school!! He was also better schools and colleges; beautifully illuslooking than any of his comrades--a per- trated; well printed on fine paper, fect Apollo. One gets tired of this hero from large type; nicely bound; and is called Nathan, and cannot help asking, altogether a fine book. with the poet, “How one small head could hold it all.” THE LIVES OF THE POPES. By Cheva
lier d'Artaud. Translated from the As a story, “ The Metropolites” is a fail
French. Edited by Rev. Dr. Nelliure. There are many good passages in
gan. Nos. 1 and 2, pp. 96. New it; but it is too inflated in style, too
York: D. & J. Sadlier & Co. 1863. absurd and impossible in its scope and plot, and too pretentious, to suit the
This is, we believe, the first attempt to merest tyro in light literature. It ends
give the "Lives of the Popes" in English. too abruptly-in fact, the story is not
The French work from which this is a finished; for only one or two of the translation has been looked upon as a characters are disposed of, and you are very reliable one. This work is one left to imagine what became of the au- that was much needed in this country, thor's beau ideal of a man-Nathan. and will no doubt have a decided sucBut there is no danger of such a ques
cess. tion troubling the reader, for it is very few will have the patience to wade
BOOKS RECEIVED. through its pages to the end. If there be any such, we pity them.
From P. O'Shea, New York. Nos.
13 and 14 of the GENERAL HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC. Its Consti- THE CHURCII, by M. l'Abbé J. E. Dar. tution, Tendencies, and Destiny. By ras. 0. A. Brownson, LL.D. New York: From P. Donahoe, Boston, PARRA P. O'Shea.
SASTHA; or, The History of Paddy Go
Easy, by William Carleton. We have seen some of the advance From Ticknor & Fields, Boston. Lrsheets of Dr. Brownson's forthcoming RICS OF LIFE, by Robert Browning. work with this title. The book will From Charles Scribner, New York. be out in the course of this month. Froude's History of England. Vols. IIL It will make a very bandsome octavo and IV.
VOL. II., NO. 9.-DECEMBER, 1865. "
From Le Correspondant.
GENERAL DE LA MORICIÈRE.
What can less resemble the times in
which we live than those early and Ir is the sad destiny of those who splendid years of the parliamentary outlive their generation to be called royalty in which Léon de la Moricière upon to speak over the graves of was first revealed to France and to friends, companions, and chiefs who glory? A whole powerful generation, have the happiness of being the first to delivered from military despotism and depart. Forced to envy those who pre- the imperial censorship, enfranchised, cede them their lot, they readily yield brought up, or completed by the free to the temptation of beguiling their re- and loyal régime of the Restoration, grets by recalling their memory; and was then in full sap and full bloom. while thus essaying to lighten their own A constellation of rare men, men of griefs, they think, perhaps not justly, original powers and popular renown, that they have something of which to appeared at the head of all the great remind forgetful contemporaries, or departments of the national intelliWhich they may teach an indifferent gence, and fulfilled the first condition posterity.
of the life of a people that are free The élite of the men who date and master of their destiny. The nafrom the early years of the century tion was governed or represented by begin already to be decimated by its most eminent men. All its living death, and this death which strikes forces, all its real wants, all its legitithem with a premature blow, while mate interests, were represented by in the full possession of the gifts men of an incontestable superiority. which God had lavished on them, has The names of Casimir Perier, Royeroften been preceded by a disgrace or a Collard, Molé, Berryer, Guizot, retreat so prolonged that we naturally Thiers, Broglie, Fitz James, Villeregard them as having long since en- main, Cousin, Dufaure, gave to the contered into history. Their stern and tests of the tribune and to the counmelancholy fate, aggravated by the try itself an éclat never surpassed, not inconstancy of their country, may even in 1789. Lamartine, Victor at least serve to lengthen the perspec- Hugo, and Alfred de Musset stamped tive from which our eye contemplates poetry with a character as original them.
as ineffaceable. Ary Scheffer, DelaVOL. II. 19