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Woodburn Grange :" a Story of English Country requirements of the great Western republic. But, Life. By William Howitt. 3 vols. (C. W. Wood.)- whilst differing from Mr. Alger as to the value he puts In "Woodburn Grange" Mr. Howilt gets back to the upon his labours in the direction and to the extent he midland counties and the Trent, with the scenery of imagines, we are conscious that he has rendered which neighbourhood he is lovingly familiar. But in- a service to literature in producing this volume, and stead of gossiping, as of old, about trees and flowers that we should be doing him injustice if we failed to and rural occupations, he gives us a sort of politico- see merit and use in his performance. The greater agricultural tale, in which the poor are contrasted with portion of the specimens here presented to the reader the rich to the advantage of the latter—and the are, he tells us, faithiul representations of certain claims of knightly lineage and gentle culture are of Persian, Hindu, and Arab thoughts, sentiments, and less account than wealth and reputation acquired by fancies which he has met with in the voluminous industry and trade; reminding us of one of Robert records of the various Asiatic Societies, in prose Brough's fierce radical lyrics, in which, after satirising versions of Eastern poets, and in a thousand scattered the Old English Gentleman, he says

Of the rest, which bears very slight pro“He's loyal, generous, - his word's his bond to king and portion to the whole, "the originating hint and

clowii ! I grant him type of all these gifts-have won our land

impulse alone, or merely the character and style, are

Oriental." Mr. Alger himself, it appears, is unac. And yet 'tis hard! six parishes, twelve hamlets, and a

quainted with the languages from which he has drawn town,

his inspiration. His poems are translations of transThis splendid sample to produce, should be, as 'twere,

lations; so that we have in his volume-first, poems boiled down !"

strictly, but mediately, translated from the original, But though all readers may not agree to consider Sir

and, secondly, original poems after the Eastern Roger Rockville-tall, aristocratic, exclusive, and stately

manner. To judge his productions per se, they are -a fair representative of England's squirearchy, any

extremely creditable to his taste and powers of vers: more than they may accept Simon Degs—the last of a

fication ; to judge them as original renderings of long line of paupers, who grows rich by trade, and

original materials, we have not the means of identitifinally buys land and enters the charmed circle of pro

cation or opportunity of comparison, There is, prietors—as an average sample of the commercial

however, we are sure, a large class of readers in Eng: classes, they will yet find in these volumes ample food

land to whom the thuughts and imagery, the forin and for discussion and argument.

substance, will be welcome. The Wife's Peril; a Romance. 3 vols., post 8vo.

Superstition and Force. Essays on the Wager of By J. I. Lockhart. (Saunders & Otley. 31s. 6u.)

Law-the Wager of Battle—the Ordeal-Torture. By In this work, which in the plot and material colour

HENRY C. Lxx. (Lea, Philadelphia.)—Mr. Les bas ing resembles the romances of the last century, we

contributed a very interesting volume to our stock of have a novel with a purpose.

The author makes this

works on the science of jurisprudence. He does not “ Wife Peril" the vehicle for certain advanced views

treat his subject from a scientific point of view, but of politics and life. It is interesting, and well written.

historically, and addresses himself less to lawyers than to the public at large.

His aim has been to · Poetry of the Orient. By WILLIAM ROUNSEVILLE ALGER. (Roberts Brothers, Boston, U.S.)-Events,

group together facts, so that with a slender thread of places, modes of thought not their own seem to bave

commentary they may present certain phases of strange fascination for the Americans.

human society which are not without interest for the

Poets and prose writers alike banker after foreign lands, and

student of man and his history. The fact that the employ their genius upon foreign themes. This,

first three essays have, in a condensed form, already

appeared in the “ North American Review" is perhaps, is to be accounted for by the want among themselves of a national history, with its long line of

guaranty that they are not of a dry and technical historical and poetical associations.

character. The whole, indeed, may be read with

But whilst ad mitting that she has no history properly her own, it

advantage by those to whom å dissertation on the is wrong to speak of America as a young nation.

science of law would be altogether distasteful and She was never young in the sense in which we speak

worthless. In the first article, entitled, “ The Wager of of England as having been once young. Just as

Law," Mr. Lea brings together all the facts necessary Minerva sprang full-grown and fully armed from her

to enable his reader to form an accurate idea of the father's brain, so, we conceive, must America be

forms and processes, the benefits and evils

, that

resulted from the system of compurgation. He regarded as having come into being already equipped for political and intellectual existence. She had no

supplies uumerous entertaining examples of its use, need tentatively to waste her efforts in the struggle

traces its origin, gives an account of its operation in for life. She had few experiments to make. She had

various countries, and its different applications by no language to form, no laws to frame, no religion to

various classes-bringing down his narrative to the develope, no literature to invent and improve as she

decadence and final extinction of the custom. The herself improved. The English language, and the

latest indication of established legal provision made English laws, and the English Bible, and the English

for supporting an accusatorial oath by conjurators Shakespeare, at the outset of her career, were hers as

occurs, according to Mr. Lea, in the Laws of Britanny, much as they were ours. Our history was hers, and

as revised in 1539. In England, a case occurred. So what we boast of she, too, is able to lay claim to as her

late as 1799, in which year a defendant successfully But American writers appear to feel little in.

eluded payment of a claim by producing compar terest in our history. They travel into lands of

gators, who " each held up his

righ: hand, and then poetry and mythology further removed from their

laid their hands upon the book and swore that they own experience. They are perpetually talking, even

believed what the defendant swore was true." The in works of a popular nature, of the

court endeavoured to prevent this farce; but law wall

cred books of Confucius, of the sayings of Menu, of Hafia and

law, and reason was forced to submit. It was not till

1833 that “the wager of law” was formally abrogated Firdusi, of the Vedas and Shastres, the Dzat and the Koran, wbilst the early and romantic history and

in this country. In" The Wager of Batue" that ordeal traditions of England, common to them as to us, is

is distinguished from duel; its use amongst different ignored. Here is Mr. Alger, for instance, who thinks

nations is exemplified; the causes of its employment there is a striking propriety, and the promise of profit,

are stated; its restrictions are enumerated; the punish in bringing to the acquaintance of Americans the

ments that resulted from defeat are stated, and its

final extinction succinctly traced. most marked mental characteristics of the Orientals. "Must not a spiritual contact between the enter

of " Ordeal" are specified in the third article; and in

the fourth we have an extremely valuable resume of prising young West and the meditative old East," he asks, “be a source of uncommon stimulus and

the different systems of " Torture" that have been culture ?" We cannot see this. It is now too late to

employed, and the deplorable results which accom. engraft apon American thought the gorgeous imagery

panied its use. Mr. Lea informs us, in his prefatory and quaint versification of the East. The mytho.

note, that for all statements he has scrupulously cited logies, the ethics, and the poetic forms of Persia,

the authorities. But in more than one instance we Arabia, and Hindustan, are utterly unsuited to the

believe he has not been sufficiently sceptical as to what constitutes an authority.

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New America. By W. Hepworth Duxon. With Illus- temple is to their religious life. One symbolises trations from original Photographs. 2 vols. (Hurst the enjoyment of the present world, the other typifies and Blackett.)-We are bound to say that, since the the glories of a world to come!” How delightful! And publicstion of Mr. Dickens' “ American Notes," no yet Mr. Dixon tells us that the Saints" accept the more carious and entertaining contribution to the Bible as true; baptize true converts in the name of literature of transatlantic travel than this “New Christ; but they are not a Christian people, and no America" bas appeared. Putting aside the author's Church in the world could hold communion with them evident inelination to moralize upon American men in their present state.

Young gets a meaning and manners upon every possible occasion, and making from the Bible which no one else ever found there."

]) allowances for his amiable credulity in face of, to We think this very possible. All the “ Saints" were
him, an entirely new order of things, we are inclined careful to tell the travellers that the Bible, and not
to think that his account of Brigham Young and his Joe Smith's "Book of the Mormons," was their
sarroundings will not be received with disfarour by rule of faith.
the disciples of Mormonism, nor viewed with distrust The travellers remained in the "City of the
by the general British public. Of Mr. Dixon's style Saints ” for fifteen days, during which time they
it is annecessary to say more than that it is less became intimate with Brigham Young and the
picturial than se, remembering his “Holy Land" and principal elders ; made acquaintance with their
Joha Howard,” were entitled to expect. Passing by

wives, romped with their children, and obtained a tbe chapters he devotes to the Western Country, good deal of information on the subject of polygamy. kanssa. the Prairies, the Indian Question, the Repub

They learned, among other things, that plurality Tican Pizzorn, Uncle Sam's Estate, Feminine Politics, of wives formed no part of Joe Smith's system, Squatters, Shakers, Spiritualism, Equal Rights, Young

but had been introduced by his successor, Young; America , Manners, Liberty, Politics, Law and Justice,

that women-or, at least, the women then in Utah Coltar, and the probable reconstruction of the Union, made no open objection to the "institution;" that -these topies having all been discussed over and

incestuous unions were not uncommon, a man some. gret aglia-se may at once go with him to the times taking both a widow and her daughter to wife, city established by the "Saints" in the not long and Young himself declaring that the only objection since bowling desert of Utah. He describes the

to the marriage of brother and sister was the " preSalt Lake City as wide, clean, and well-built; not

judice of society;" that every elder has, at least, two mlike other American cities, except for the remarkable

wives, in addition to several who may be married absence of grog shops, lager beer saloons, and drinking bars. The hotels," he says, " have no bars; the

to him “spiritually," without any relation as to

marriage, as we understand it in England, existing streets have no betting-houses, no gaming.tables, no

between them; that the wives sometimes live in

No house is now separate establishments, and sometimes, as in Young's open for the sale of drink (though the Gentiles swear

case, in one house, after the manner of a Turkish they till have one open in a few weeks); and the

seraglio; and that, generally, the man is king in his table of the botel, " at which they were stopping, “ is served at Dorning. noon, and night with tea.

household, while his women have no right and

no status beyond that of servants and slaves to I cannot bag a glass of beer or a flask of wine!" We

his passions! and, in the face of all this, Mr. Dixon suspect that the Saints were playing a sort of practical

believes Young to be an honest, well-meaning, and

In this absence conscientious man. They found that though public of pabile solicitation to sip either claret-cobbler,

drinking and smoking were not countenanced, wine whiskey, Bourbon, Tom and Jerry, mint-julep, eye

and cigars were largely consumed in all houses except opener, fis-up, or any other Yankee deception in the

hotels. Generally, the men were sensual, and the shape of liquor, the city is certainly very much

unlike Leavenworth and the River towns, where every third

women sad and depressed. “They are-says our

author--very quiet and subdued in manner, as if all bezse appears to be a drinking den." The

travellers' dash, all sportiveness, all life, had been preached out first sight of the great prophet, Brigham Young, and

of them. They seldom smiled, except with a wan is described as a most morally-conducted place -- the was at the theatre, which and wearied look; and though they are all of English

race, we never heard them laugh with the bright green-foorns real drawing-rooms, every lady with her merriment of English girls." No wonder, for they own separate dressing and retiring-room, scrupulously

were systematically kept in ignorance, and seemed to dea; peace and order reigning in the midst of fun

be only clever at nursing, needle-work, and preserving and frolie;" and neither within nor without the doors,

fruit. “Anything like the ease and bearing of an ma about them, “the riot of our own Lyceum and

English lady is not to be found in Salt Lake, even Drary, Lade . No loose women, no pickpockets, no

among the households of the rich;" no woman hints meeged beys kod girls, no drunken and blaspheming

by her manner that she is mistress of her own house; Ben . As Mormon never drinks spirits, and rarely

and the practice of polygamy, so far from being smokes tobacco, the only dissipation in which you

popular with the sex, is often looked upon with fiad there hundreds of hearty creatures indulging

abhorrence by young and attractive girls, who prefer their appetites is that of sucking peaches.” Fancy a life of labour, to one of “ease and leisure in the the dissipation of sucking a peach ! In this theatrical harem of a Mormon bishop." elysion be found Brigham Young, whom he describes We have no space for quotation, or we might as a man with “large head, broad face, blue eyes,

present our readers with some most delicious morsels light brow hair , good nose, and merry mouth; a man

concerning the presidents, bishops, and elders, and pleanly dreved in black coat and pantaloons, white their “sealed " wives and charming families. The vaistcoat and cravat, gold studs and sleeve-links (!), existence of Mormonism and polygamy is a scandal English is build and looks--but English of the middle and a disgrace to civilization and Christianity. Like elves

, and of a provincial town. Such was the Mormon the Ishmaelites, and yet unlike them, the hands prophet

, pope, and king, as we first saw him in the of all men are against them, and their hands are theatre

, smong bis people.” A portrait of this great against every man who is likely to oppose them. man embellishes Mr. Dixon's text, and from it we Every house contains arms, and every man carries should take him to be a rather sensual and slightly a revolver about him as part of his regular and intellectual prize-fighter. "A lady, one of his necessary equipment for every-day occupation. But Tires, whom we afterwards came to know as Amelia, the fact remains, that, within little more than s with him in the box; she, too, was dressed in a quarter of a century, the Mormons have built a quiet English style; now and then she eyed the & city in a wilderness, and carried a certain sort andience from behind her curtain through an opera

of civilization thither; that peace and plenty surround glasa

, as English ladies are apt to do at home. them; and that they send forth missionaries to all She was pretty

, and appeared to us then rather parts of the world to propagate their faith. Their pensive and poetical." Young has eighteen wives, church and system is open to all the world ; emigrants and as he told me himself, forty-eight living are continually coming in troops into their cities; einldren, some of whom are grown up and married.” they are tolerant of all opinions and creeds; and All Mormons are both workers and preachers, thongh they may be dupes and fanatics, they increase " and what the theatre is to their social life, the and multiply. Perhaps the persecution and assassi.

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nation of Joe Smith did more for Mormonism than ask during that time, whether customers were in the anything that human wit could have devised.

trade or not. In fact, we have had a circumstance secution," said Young to Mr. Dixon, "is our portion; mentioned to us—and you may depend on its accuracy, if we are right, the world will be against us; but the for we have it on good authority-where a gentleman, world will not prevail against the elect of God." in no way connected with the trade, went to the We in England may smile at this blasphemy, but counter of a wholesale house, handed in a list of: we cannot shut our eyes to the fact that the Mormons, books, and, being a little acquainted with the technical who, thirty years ago, were but half a dozen or so terms of the trade, asked to be supplied with them at in number, are now nearly a quarter of a million sale; and so far from being questioned, absolutely got strong. To-day," says Mr. Dixon, they have books to the value of about $10 al sale. twenty thousand saints in Salt Lake City; four We think we have now shown sufficient to any thousand each in Ogden, Provo, and Logan; in the reasonable mind that there exists a necessity for whole of their stations in these valleys (one hundred more caution on the part of the wholesale trade; and and six settlements properly organised by them, and we think it no answer whatever, to point, as some may ruled by bishops and elders) a hundred and fifty do, to "The Town and Country Book Society," which thousand souls; in other parts of the United States, beyond doubt is connected with "The Library Com. about eight or ten thousand ; in England and its pany," and to one or two retail houses that have dependencies, about fifteen thousand; in the rest adopted 3d. in the shilling. They are matters of the of Europe, ten thousand ; in Asia and the South Sea day only, and the term of their duration, we believe, Islands, about ten thousand ; in all, not less, perhaps, will be short. The mere fact of their existence has than two hundred thousand followers of the gospel nothing to do with the question, which lies between preached by Joseph Smith." Truly may our author the wholesale dealer and the retailer; and it will be for exclaim,“This is a power of growth-a power developed the interest of those booksellers who have lent them. in the midst of persecution--that is one of the selves as agents to the Library Company to consider strangest facts in the story of this strange people." whether it is to their advantage to remain so still. Driven ont of the civilized parts of the United States, We are advocating a principle which is involved, and they made a pilgrimage second only to that of the which cannot by any process of reasoning he explained Israelites, and, in half the space of a man's life, have away; and notwithstanding the line of argument estabwon a nation from the Christian Church, occupied lished by a friendly contemporary, we are still of a territory larger than Spain, built, in the desert, opinion that, should the retail trade be thrown open at & capital, already more populous than Valladolid; 3d. in the shilling, it will entail ruin on many a small drilled an army, and established a law, a theology, dealer, who even now has hard work to live and pay a social science, and a system of civilization of their own, profoundly hostile to all reigning colleges and We hold that no wholesale dealer should in justice crceds. In these latter sentences we have adopted interfere with the living of a retailer in the way we Mr. Dixon's own words, though not quite in the order have described, especially when they depend so much in which they appear in his book,-a book, it may be on the latter. said, which is one of the most remarkable which the We cannot conclude without thanking you for your present season has produced.

candour in calling our attention in your editorial re• marks to certain letters uncomplimentary to us. We

dare say, however, we are not an exception; but we do CORRESPONDENCE.

not care to argue personalities; our object is the

general benefit. But if any member of the trade will PURPOSELY OR ACCIDENTAL ?

point out his complaint against us, we promise to give To the Editor of THE BOOKSELLER.

it consideration. Should it refer, however, to our DEAR SIR, -We have to thank you for the note you

discount system of 2d. in the shilling, he will please kindly inserted for us in your December number, and

bear in mind that we were driven to it in self-defence ; we now ask your permission to be allowed to make a

for although we were among the first, we were not few more remarks on the same subject.

actually the originators, because it was done, as every. It is assumed, that what we there described as "the

body who knows anything of the matter is sware, loose system of supplying the public at trade price

under the rose for many years, and it may be by some over the wholesale counters in Paternoster Row and its

of those very parties who now so ungraciously attack vicinity” might arise through a mistake, or might be

us. If there is aught else which comes within our accidental. We cannot admit this for a moment; and

power to remedy, we shall be happy to do so, but any. with the information we possess, we most decidedly

thing arising out of a personal nature we cannot for å assert that it is neither the one nor the other.

moment allow to interrupt our mode of business,

which, as far as we know, up to the present time, has The system has, as we have stated, existed a long time. For our purpose it will be sufficient to state

been legitimate and honourable. that there are banking-houses, insurance companies,

Yours very truly, and other establishments we are acquainted with in 4, Copthall Buildings, E.C., the City, supplied entirely in the way described. A clerk who has no objection to turn genteel porter

8th Feb., 1867. for the nonce makes up a list of books or magazines, As the case may be, which are wanted in his particular

To the Editor of THE BOOKSELLER. office, or throughout the building, and, prepared with SIR, -Reference has been made, in several recent a blue bag, or with paper and string, goes to Pater- numbers of “The BOOKSELLER," to the supply of retail noster Row with his list, calls it over, and the assistants, customers with books at wholesale price,

by the whole thinking, because he calls over half a dozen or a dozen sale houses in the “Row;" some of your correspon books or more at a time, he must necessarily be in the trade, supplies him at trade price. No guarantee or card is looked for, as should be the

submit the following facts, which I am ready to sub

stantiate with names :case where a man is not known, but the goods are 1.-One of the "leading houses " sends its town given as a matter of course, simply because a man pro- traveller

to secretaries of benevolent institutions (in duces a list of half a dozen books or more, and calls it

no way connected with the

bookselling trade) offering over himself.

to open accounts for books at trade price, giving a But the grievance we complain of is not confined quarterly account, and five per cent. of. to this. A solitary book may be had. Private indi. 2.-Secretaries of institutions are in the habit of viduals, of which we have repeated evidence before us, sending their porters, or messengers, for books to the can get single copies of a book at wholesale price. The letter of “A Country Bookseller" in your last im.

wholesale counters in the Row, as if they were col.

lectors, and getting books at cash trade price, no pression goes far to verify what we assert; and we questions being asked by those serving. have the word of a very respectable gentleman, late an

This second case may be without the knowledge of assistant for some years in one of the largest whole- the principals; the first needs no comment. sale houses in the locality of Paternoster Row, who

I am, Sir,

Yours faithfully, states that he never once asked, or was instructed to

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