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eray to a popular noveliest o ed by Mr. Herman Merival“I do not think

nights unbaunted by visions, M. Paul Arène,
that it becomes either you for me to speak of broad awake, has been having lately the most
Sir Walter Scott as if we were his equals. marvellous of dreams about The Golden Goat.:
Such men as you or I should take off our hats Puget-Maure, it is true, is not in one of the
at the very mention of his name !''

travelled parts of the globe; it was not at all
Perhaps Mr. Hannigan, as Mr. Robert J. in Miss Bisland's way; it is not to be found in
Burdette said once of William Penn, “was any of the gazetteers, and perhaps it exists
born with his hat on"!

only in those wide-awake visions which poet

ic dreamers see. It is a sort of inland St. Mi-
On the 14th of November, 1889, Miss Eliza- chel, transported from the coast of the British
beth Bisland, at a few hours' notice, started Channel to the neighborhood of Nice, on the
from the city of New York upon what she Mediterranean. It is visible from the sea on
truly calls A Flying Trip Around the World.a clear day, and, occasionally it is said, that
Seventy-six days later she landed in the same one can get a glimpse of it from Monte Carlo.
city upon the return voyage, having beaten It is a hamlet perched upon a lofty rock, to
the hero of Jules Verne's famous romance which there is no road but a ravine, the bed
by more than half a week. It was a very of a torrent, fordable when it is dry. The in-
brave and a very remarkable undertaking habitants of the village are a race with gypsy
for a young and by no means an uncomely faces, who, as a rule, marry only among them-
woman, absolutely unattended as she was by selves, and who mingle but little with the
man or maid; and for its successful accom- world below them; the men poach, the women
plishment she deserves no little praise. What practise witchcraft, and on market-days sell
she saw, and how rapidly she saw it and un- cheese and mountain plants, sometimes, in the
derstood it, she has set down for the am

3 The Golden Goat. (La Chèvre d'Or.) By PAUL
: A Flying Trip Around the World. By ELIZABETH ARÉNE. Translated by MARY J. SAFFORD. Hlustrated.
BISLAND. With Portrait. pp. 206. 16mo, Cloth, Or. 8vo. Paper, 50 cents. [Harper's Franklin Square Li-
namental, $1 25. New York: Harper and Brothers. brary.] New York: Harper and Brothers.

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LITERARY NOTES.

man where he was once the wealthy, the hon- ment of those who could hardly put the same ored. He is grateful to Providence because girdle roundabout the earth in forty months, his children are not without a provision. He and very entertaining reading it will prove to even thinks about his dogs, but in a purely be, containing as it does a series of flash-light self-regarding fashion”[!]. “Curiously enough, pictures of peoples and places, from steamers' his embarrassments did not interfere much- decks, from railway carriages, from 'rickshaws, scarcely at all—with Scott's somewhat luxu- and from bansom-cabs; and all amateur phorious mode of living.” “He saw nothing high tographers know what excellent work can be or sacred in the vocation of an author. The done in that way by the quick-eyed, readymeasure of his works was the price paid for handed, wise-headed owner of a literary pockthem.” “There is something pitiful in the et-camera, who can develop, and print, and idea of an author manufacturing books with mount, and glaze artistically, as well as press no more enthusiasm than a bricklayer exhib- the button. its in doing his daily work for a day's pay.” One of the most interesting features of this “ He was in no sense an idealist. His ambi- unusual journey, as Miss Bisland points out, tions were worldly, and even bis religion wa is the fact that although she was doing a somedevoid of spirituality. While professing him- what conspicuous and eccentric thing, she nevself a Christian, he could say nothing better er met with other than the most unfailing and in defence of Christianity than that it im- thoughtful courtesy and consideration. The proved society by abolishing slavery and po- army of martyrs to curiosity certainly afflictlygamy"[!]. “By writing merely with a mer- ed her sorely in the course of her two days cenary object, he, to some extent, degraded lit- upon the Pacific coast, sending their cards to erature, and threw a shadow on his own repu- her in her hotel with urgent messages, and contation.” “His work is unequal; some of it fessing on admission, with placid impudence, excellent, some of it wretchedly poor .... 'The that their sole excuse for intrusion was their Journal' shows him as he was, with all his desire to look upon her, or, as she expresses it, solid virtues and paltry weaknesses. ... His “to gape"; but she adds: “If I bad been a code was a narrow one; his prejudices were princess with a suite of half a hundred people intense, and modern progress seemed to him I could have felt no safer or happier. It seems an absurdity. The school of which he was to me that this speaks very highly for the civthe founder in English literature has by this ilization existing in all travelled parts of the time passed away. If historical novels are to globe, when a woman's strongest protection be written in the future they will not be mod- is the fact that she is unprotected." elled on Waverley' or on ‘Ivanhoe'”!

Thus Mr. Hannigan! Let us read now what THERE is upon the continent of Europe one the author of " Esmond” and “The Virginians" delightful spot which Miss Bisland missed; to thought of the author of “ Ivanhoe” and “Wa- wit, Puget-Maure, situated in a land called

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