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JUNE 15, 1866.
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JUNE 15, 1866.
"The Grand Addition to the Geography of Inner Africa made by Mr. Baker."
Sir Roderick I. Murchison, Bart.
Just Ready, in one vol. 8vo.,
With Maps, numerous Illustrations engraved on’wood, by J. Coo R, from Sketches by Mr. BAKER, and a Chromo-lithograph Frontispiece of the GREAT LAKE from which the NILE FLOWS, and Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Baker, beautifully
engraved on steel, by Jeens, after Photographs,
"ALBERT NYANZA"Great Basin of the Nile;
Explorations of the Nile Sources.
SAMUEL WHITE BAKER, M. A., F.R. G. S.,
And Gold Medallist of the Royal Geographical Society.
“We may well rejoice when we welcome to this country that most enterprising, skilful, and large-hearted traveller, SAMUEL BAKER. * * In all his arduous and perilous travels, our medallist was accompanied by Mrs. Baker, to whom, as he himself has told me, much of his success is due, and who by her conduct has shown what the wife of a gallant explorer can accomplish in duty to her husband.”—Sir Roderick I. Murchison, Bart., in his Address to the Royal Geographical Society, Nov. 13, 1865.
"In the history of the Nile there was a void; its sources were a mystery. The ancients devoted much atten. tion to this problem; but in vain. The Emperor Nero sent an expedition under the command of two centurions, as described by Seneca. Even Roman energy failed to break the spell that guarded these secret fountains. The expedition sent by Mehemet Ali Pasha, the celebrated Viceroy of Egypt, closed a long term of unsuccessful seareh. The work has now been accomplished. Three English parties, and only three, have at various periods started upon this obscure mission: each has gained its end. RRUCE won the Source of the Blue Nile; SPEKE and GRANT won the Victoria Source of the great White Nile; and I have been permitted to succeed in completing the Nile Sources by the discovery of the great reservoir of the equatorial waters, the Albert Nyanza, from which the river issues as the entire White Nile.
“Having thus completed the work, after nearly five years passed in Africa, there still remains a task before
I must take the reader of this volume by the hand, and lead him step by step along my rough path from the beginning to the end: through scorching deserts and thirsty sands; through swamp, and jungle, and interminable morass; through difficulties, fatigues, and sickness, until I bring him, faint with the wearying journey, to that high cliff where the great prize shall burst upon his view—from which he shall look down upon the vast Albert Lake, and drink with me from the Sources of the Nile! * *** Should anything offend the sensitive mind, and suggest the unfitness of the situation for a woman's presence, I must beseech my fair readers to reflect that the pilgrim's wife followed him weary and footsore through all his difficulties, led, not by choice, but by devotion; and that, in times of misery and sickness, her tender care saved his life and prospered the expedition. * * * * The journey is long, the countries savage; there are no ancient histories to charm the present with memories of the past; all is wild and brutal, hard and unfeeling, devoid of that holy instinct instilled by nature into the heart of man-tbe belief in a Supreme Being. In that remote wilderness in Central Equatorial Africa are the Sources of the Nile." -(From Preface.)
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Paris, May 11, 1866. fire or six years. During the third period the pubI have more than once alluded to the controversy lisher opens his purse ; he bleeds, he pays ! Ay, between our authors and publishers in regard to he even pays very dearly, and the reason is selfcopyright. I have showed you how shamefully evident. He finds the author in possession of fame underpaid the former, and especially dramatic and glory; he kuows the sale is sure, and the profits authors, were. You will consequently read without will be enormous. The more he pays, the greater surprise the following petulance and statements : will be his profits. The trade of dramatic publisher “The artistic and literary tribes, saturated with has this peculiar advantage : he never risks any. gas, tired of the deceptions and excitements of the thing; all his speculations are sure to be profitable; theatre, are already the first people who run beyond he lends only to success, and this success, which the city walls to seek pure air, sincere milk, and emanates from you, which is due only to you, this charming landscapes. But for most literary men success which ought by rights to belong entirely to the majority of the landscapes in the neighborhood you, will yield to the go-between ten, twenty, a of Paris are distressing. Good heavens! what hor- hundred times more money than he gave you as rid landscapes are landscapes in which publishers' your share of the copyright.' The objection may country houses are to be discovered! The publisher be made to M. Dugué: Do you wish the author to is the sea-nettle all thinkers, composers, and become publisher, and abandon his time and peace writers. We do not speak of musical publishers. to the most fickle chance of success? Do you not Were they active, ardent, ingenious, they must see that in appealing to this go-between, which you always suffer from the malediction which lies on would thrust aside, the author averts all care and the art itself. Their life must be hard. Attila all peril from himself? If he has hereafter wings, said: “Wherever my horse puts down his foot no the publisher's shop will have served him for rest grass grows there.' Thus where music goes money during his callow days. If he be unable to fiy, this never appears under anybody's foot. But where nest will have protected him against all grievous literature appears money goes away with the pub- falls ? M. Dugué replies to these objections by his lisher. All authors — from the most famished plan, which is now carried into execution : his authors of antiquity, to the poets of the last ages agency patronized and superintended by the Society who begged their bread in kitchens, and to the of Authors. In this way the author is not obliged authors of our day most afflicted with what the to become publisher. As for the question of risks, Romans called egestas literatorum, which is now he states and resolves them in this way: The cost familiarly translated “hard up,' or 'druked'-all of a last piece, such as is sold for 60c., is 125f. for authors have amassed treasures of hatred for these 1000 copies, and nets when sold, after deducting insatiable sea-pettles. Consequently, nothing is 40 per cent. for general expenses, 460f. ; consemore painful to see than the outlines of a handsome quently, if the author sells 275 copies, he covers all country house, or of a vast chateau (they are not expenses, and if he sells the whole 1000 copies, be few) belonging to a publisher. It is therefore no has 725f. clear profit. The cost of a two or three matter for astonishment if we heartily approve a act piece, such as is sold for 1f., costs 200f. the recent resolution of the Dramatic Authors and Com- 1000 copies, and nets when sold, after 40 per cent. posers' Society. They have established a publish- have been deducted for general expenses, 600f. ; coning agency for no other purpose but to enable its sequently, if the author sells 335 copies, he covers members to print and publish under given condi- all expenses ; if he sells the whole 1000 copies, he tions the plays composed by them which have been pockets 665f. clear protit. The cost of a piece in acted on the stage. This simple and useful estab- four or five acts, such as is sold for 1f. 50c., is lishment was founded in consequence of an excel- 315f. the 1000 copies, and nets when sold, after lent report made by M. Ferdinand Dugné. He says / 40 per cent. have been dedncted, 900f.; if the in it: What is the publisher? He is a parasite | author sells 350 copies, he covers all expenses ; if go-between, who for personal profit interposes be- he sells the whole 1000, he pockets 650f. clear protween the producer and the buyer. Suppress the fit. “I add,' continues M. Dugué, and this is a most go-between, you who are the real producers, and important fact, “there is always a rapid, sure, as it the profits which fell into the hands of this parasite were forced sale of 350 or 500 copies of every piece third party will naturally and directly fall into played in Paris. The expenses of the agency are your own hands. ... The present relations be- set down for the present at 15 per cent. The genetween dramatic author and publisher are generally ral agent is M. Louis Lacour, who is himself a composed of three periods. The first is that in literary man, and not one of the least erudite among which the publisher scarcely ever pays-nay, often them. Dramatic authors may consequently be asmakes the author pay him for publishing. You sured their interests are in every respect in the best commence your career of dramatic author. Your possible hands. He gives them, moreover, another first piece has been played. It has succeeded mo- important guarantee: he has no rural tastes; he destly; delighted with this success, confident of the will buy no country-house.'' future, you pant to see your piece in print. You I have not, for waut of space, noticed the mournwait for the publisher's visit, and as he does not ful condition of M. Charles Baudelaire, a poet call on you, you call on him. He begins by refus- who has attracted notice by his skill in the use of ing to listen to your propositions. You insist, you language, and by his extravagant eccentricities, and almost beg, and it is not unprecedented he at last by his translation of Poe's tales. He is of good faagrees to publish you for nothing. But as a play mily, and not so dependent upon fortune as is is a very bad speculation, as this sort of goods has commonly believed. His friends declare he still no market, as the returns of the sales will not cover has $8,000 left of his estate ;' but I am afraid he is the cost of publication (such is the language of the a good deal in debt, for he lives at Brussels, although publisher) you surrender to him a share of your he (with the narrow spirit of the French, which provincial copyright, which share of the copyright makes them uneasy everywhere away from the belongs like your manuscript in fee-simple to him. Boulevard des Italiens) hates Brussels, Belgium, The second period is that in which the publisher and the Belgians. He has nearly completed a sadoes sometimes pay. You are no longer the first tirical work on that hospitable country, by way of comer; you have, by dint of labor and talents, con- paying for the protection it afforded him; it was to be quered some reputation; he now proposes you to entitled “Poor Belgium !” All of his friends rejoice
JULY 2, 1866.
this calumny has not appeared in print. It seems' hend suffice even to the atom to triumph over the he returned one day from a party of friends in ex- most formidable of despots, the Infinite.” cellent spirits : he had never been more agreeable. M. Paul Feval has attacked M. Victorien Sar. Upon reaching his lodgings he became giddy, and dou with great acrimony in “ Figaro." It is the sefell on the floor, unable to move hand or foot. He cond time he has made a similar attack on him. lay in this way for some time, until the servant The secret seems to be some woman, and anger at entered the room. He was at once conveyed to the M. Sardou's refusal to write a drama with him, hospital. His disease was paralysis, but attended whereby he loses some $30,000 or $40,000. M. with most extraordinary complications. It is said, 'Sardou's success raises hosts of enemies to him; to depict the character of the man, he heard this his last play, “ La Famille Benoiton,'' will be played announcement with some pleasure; even in his to-night for the 182 time, and still attracts full diseases he was different from most men! His family houses. M. Sardou will probably make some were summoned from Paris. His mother, having $40,000 by this piece alone. It is said he is now married a second time, is the wife of General Au- writing the “book" of an opera for Mlle. Patti, pick, a French senator. He was removed from the which will be bronght out at the Italian Opera next hospital, and made as comfortable as may be. He season. M. Auber will compose the music. lies not alive, nor yet quite dead. He can utter The French emperor's “History of Julius Cæsar” but two words-yes and no. His mind is not has advanced one step towards completion; the seentirely extinguished, but even abont this, there cond volume, an octavo of 585 pages, containing the are conflicting opinions. It seems beyond hope he third and fourth books of the work, has appeared; can ever leave his bed again. He will be for the it ends with the passage of the Rubicon. rest of his life a paralytic idiot. He is still unable the walls of Paris, are covered with a glaring to bear the journey from Brussels to Paris. It is handbill announcing the publication of a work in believed he cannot live many weeks longer. answer to M. Rénan's volumes; it has a title which
I regret to record the death of M. Paulin Des- offends good taste—"Jesus Christ Crucified by Erlandes. He was originally a singer at the Opera nest Renan.” A story is current which well illusComique ; having lost his voice, he became a dra- trates the character of M. Rénan's success: A lady matic author, and wrote some fifty comedies, dramas, received a call from one of her intimate friends; and vaudevilles, some of which were highly success. She ordered the servant to say, “Madam begs you ful; for instance, “La Poissade” ran 100 nights. will be so good as to excuse her; she is reading an
M. Gustave Doré, to give M. Théophile Gau- interesting novel, and cannot lay down the book tier a token of gratitude for the pains he has uutil she finds out how the story ends." The taken ever since M. Do made hi appearance story was M. Rénan's “Life of Jesus." . . This in the world of art, has illustrated M. Gautier's week Messrs. Lacroix & Co. sold all the copies of last work, “Le Capitaine Fracasse.”
“Oceau's Laborers ;" the “Evenement” required It is stated by a great many people we will see 7,700 copies to supply the calls of its subscribers, Prince de Talleyrand's Memoirs published this fall. and it was necessary these copies should be deI have been unable to ascertain the truth on the livered within 48 hours. Messrs. Lahure & Co., subject. It was positively stated, at M. de Ba- the well-known printers, undertook the contract, and court's death, he had provided in his will they performed it within the agreed time. These three should not be published for many--if I remember volumes contained 62 sheets of 16 pages each; say, rightly, thirty-years. But the Duchess de Dino, multiplying them by 7,700 copies, 477,400 sheets, Talleyrand's niece, was invested, it was believed, and 7,638,400 pages; which, if put end to end, with a veto upon this provision of the will, and she would stretch out 286,440 yards. These printers has annulled it. The work, it is said, will simul- fulfilled this contract without interrupting the actaneously be printed at London, Vienna, and here. customed business of the office. I am told voluminous memoirs about Prince von M. Jules Janin has been “received” at Le CaSchwartzenberg are upon the eve of being published veau, the famous convivial society, celebrated by at Vienna; and about Prince von Hartdenberg will Desaugiers, Beranger, and many other song-writers. soon appear at Berlin. M. Guizot has re- M. Clairville, the gay vaudeville writer, the presi. turned to his estate, Val Richer, near Lisieux; be- dent of the night, greeted him with a merry song. fore he quitted Paris he corrected the last sheets of
It is still a disputed question here whethe 22d volume of his “Religious Meditations,” ther Jean Jacques Rousseau died a natural death which will appear in the course of a few days. The or fell by his own hand. A recent dissertation by seventh volume of his Memoirs will not be pub- Dr. Dubois (d'Amiens), Perpetual Secretary of the lished until next spring: they will narrate the story Academy of Medicine, argues Rousseau committed of his life until the 20th February, 1848—the eve suicide. M. Louis Blanc is suing the Count of the Revolution. The eighth volume, describing de Cambaceres and M. Leprince, his publisher. that catastrophe, and bringing down the work to The Count de Cambaceres agreed to furnish M. M. Guizot's death, will not appear until his life Leprince, the publisher, money enough to bring out closes. It is said his correspondence will be pub- M. Louis Blanc's “History of the French Revolished after this mournful event; his correspond- lution" in numbers, at two cents each, and to pay ence will be extremely interesting-no less than M. Louis Blanc $1,000 a volume, copyright. The 1200 letters from Louis Philippe upon every event first volume appeared; but the speculation, so far which bas taken place from 1840 to 1848. His faith from being as profitable as it was hoped, barely in his father's creed is firmer than ever. M. covered expenses, and the Count de Cambaceres Victor Hugo has written to one of his friends closed his purse to author and publisher. They here an interesting commentary on his last work, both have appealed to the law for her lever to force "Ocean's Laborers.” He says: “I sought to glorify it open. labor, will, devotion-everything which makes man A French author went into ecstasies the other great. I wished to demoustrate the most implacable week over "that noble line of Sir Thomas More's, of abysses in the heart, and that what escapes the the celebrated Irish poet, monody, 'We left him sea does not escape woman. I wished to demon- alone in his glory!!" These French! The strate that in questions of love Do Everything is French newspapers mention, in biographical notice vanquished by Do Nothing-Gilliatt by Ebenezer. of Mr. Peabody of London, it was at his expen I sought to demonstrate that to will and to compre- | Dr. Kane's expedition to search for Sir John Frar