MAY 31, 1862.]
SUMMARY OF FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE.
(A la Daily Newspapers.)
That the Emperor
of France has
thought, is thinking, or will at some
future period think
of recognizing the
Southern Confederacy would seem to
be suflic i e n 11 y
proved by the fact,
that he recently remarked to the Due
d'Z——that "something must be
done;" but on the
other hand, as he
said the next day
to the Count
that "he would see
about it," the Imperial intentions are
to some extent undeveloped. It is
affirmed, but also
denied, that the Emperor is in close correspondence with
Mr. Gregory, the
English Member |6f
Parliament. It is
that Mr. Gregory,
should his government hold back, is
determined to go to
war with the United
States upon his own'
responsibility. Orders have been issued from the Admi
rality Office for the
immediate construction of 2,500 vessels upon the plan of the Monitor, Mr. Layard stated
in the House of Commons that the visit of M. Mercier to Richmond was simply a visit ; and that, whatever might have been
his motive it was undoubtedly known to himself, if no t to others.
The Paris correspondent of the Morning Herald contradicts the
correspondent of The Times in several particulars, although he confirms the prognostications of the Independance Beige in some respects,
and those of BelVs Life in London in others, which it is unnecessary
to particularize. Great sympathy was felt for the Rebels in
Calcutta, Cochin China, Mesopotamia, and throughout Central
Africa. The views of Earl Russell are said to remain substantially
unchanged ; but The Saturday Beview observes that this may or
may not be, according to circumstances. On the whole, while
there are those who will consider this news to be eminently favorable to the United States, there are others, we venture merely to
intimate, who will hold an opposite opinion. Delay in forming
our judgment cannot under any circumstances be prejudicial to a
just estimate of the facts, while our haste in coming to conclusions
may lead to an erroneous estimate of the intentions of Gregory
and other First Rate Powers. It will be well to wait. That we
shall ultimately see what we shall see, must, we confidently affirm,
be clear to every dispassionate, reflecting, unprejudiced, candid,
patriotic, enlightened and judicious reader.
Up a Family Tree.
We hear a good deal, just now, of the Pamunky River, which is
a stream traversing a portion of the peninsula on which Richmond,
in Virginia, is situated. The name of this river suggests a somewhat ingenious conceit, which might not, perhaps, be well received
in the Old Dominion, whose children cherish memories of grandfathers, great and small. It is this ; that the First Family of Virginia owed its origin to an ancient Gorilla, or Pa Monkey, residing upon the river in question, which they dutifully named after
him with the affection common to children of pious parents.
A Nice Distinction.
The proclamations of the Rebel chiefs, in the aggregate, may
well be termed brutum fulmen; while the misguided persons by
whom they are issued may, with equal propriety, be characterized
as brutum empty men.
OUR BOOK REVIEW.
The Atlantic Monthly; June, 1862: Boston: Ticknor & Fields.
New York: Henry Dexter & Sinclair Totisey.
The table of contents, with its list of contributors to the June
number of the Atlantic, is in itself a good guarantee of excellence,—a warrant fully borne out by the character of the articles.
The lamented Henry D. Thoreau—charmingly photographed from
life under the guise of " The Forester," in a late number, left after
him many charming essays, which are to be produced from time
to time in their proper seasons. Readers will recognize his wild-
wood, yet scholarly, style in the first of the series, entitled " Walking." Let the bearded bards water their laurels now, and hoe
them round, lest they fade and tarnish : for here we have Alice
Carey giving us " An Order for a Picture," and Rose Terry singing
" Out of the Body to God," and we don't think we miss the bearded bards when we look up after reading these two poems. From
the article entitled " The Health of Our Girls," by T. W. Higgin-
son, we cannot refrain from making the following extract: '' disastrous mince-pies." There is a volume of terrible truth in the
words. Mr. Higginson is a clergyman, we believe, and he is addressing himself ex cathedra, to the " pale of the church." T. B.
Aldrich has got hold, somewhere, of a very quaint idea, which
he has braided up into the little story called "Pe're Antoine's Date
Palm." As Mr. Aldrich is a Poet, we freely forgive him the confusion of Dates wrought by him in producing trees of the kind
mentioned, by sowing beautiful little tropical-children in the sanctified clay of the South. In the " Author of Charles Auchester,"
we have from the pen of Miss Harriet E. Prescott, a toiiphing,
womanly tribute to the genius and character of the late Elizabeth
Sheppard. Again do our laurels trouble us. And yet, why
should they ? the brow of beauty is a " joy for ever," when wreathed with that perennial vegetable: let us gaze upon it respectfully,
and press fervently the little: hand that has entwined it.
" Sunthin' in the Pastoral Line," is a "Biglow Paper,'' though it
might well have been written upon birch-bark, for the fresh,
fragrant woodside odor that exhales from it. The country hotel-
keepers owe a testimonial to Mr. J. R. Lowell, who catches birds
by sprinkling Attic salt upon their tails, and then teaches them to
whistle unsuspecting persons—like ourselves—away to the brooks
and brushwood. Here, now, those inexorable iron-plated Monitors, Time and Space, sternly order us to the dreary shore of editorial duty, from the pleasant bosom of the great " Atlantic."
Paul Ferroll. New York: W; J. Widdleton, (Successor to Bed-
From the fifth English edition of this popular novel by Lady
Clive. Excellent in typography and the other essentials for fastidious readers and book-shelves presided over by Taste.
Wanted.—"The Light of Other Days."
A correspondent of the Daily Times, whose signature is " More
Light," complains of the nocturnal darkness of New York—'• We
pay for light, and ought to have it," says he, adding—" A few
facts and figures upon this subject would probably do good about
The mind of the Secretary of War must have been wofully disturbed by these remarks, which appear to us to contain a covert
application to other things besides street lamps.
' A Model Advertisement for the Season.
SUMMER RESORT. POTTAWOTTAMISKAHAHA HOUSE, NEAR LAKE WACKY
BUCKYBOGKY, AND IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF MOUNT TOM-
BIGBEEBUGGY. This delightful Summer resort will be opened on the 10th of
June, at half-past nine o'clock in the Morning. Salt and Fresh Fishing, Shoot,
ing and Fox Hunting; Bears always on the premises. Also Sail-boats; also
Row-boats; also Steam-boats; also, a Horse and Buggy, Bowling-alleys, Billiard Rooms, a New Extension Dining Table (Patent) has been secured for the
season, and two exquisite Rocking Chairs added to the Ladies' Parlor. Sewing
Machine, if desired. The Bar will be well stocked with Whiskey of every color
and of names to suit. Every delicacy afforded by the Wackybuckybocky market
will be provided, including the lamb, sheep and mutton of the vicinity, and all
kinds of fresh fish (300 varieties) caught in Pottawottamiskhaha River. Apply
immediately, to Geo. Gouge & Co., on the premises.
Mr. Charles Sumner, who is generally known as the most benevolent of Senators, has introduced a resolution that *"' all Bills be
enrolled on paper instead of parchment"—upon the ground, as we
learn from a private source, that skinning is considered cruel by
the sheep of the rural districts. Mr. S. has been censured for over
sensibility to the wrongs of Skins Not Colored Like His Own ; but
here we find him full of pity for Skins Not Colored At All.