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ABT. I. SOMETHING ABOUT WINE. BY H. T. TUCKERMAN,

II. STANZAS: SHALL I BE CROWNEDI'
III. JCBAL, THE RINGER. By Fitz-JAMES O'BRIEN,
IV. LINES: MY HEART,'

V. THE NUMBER THREE,
VI. STANZAS: FAR AND NEAR,'
VII. THE.MEDDAH OP STAMBOUL BY OSCANEAN,
VIII. THE NAMING OF THE BABY. BY · DIX QUÆVIDI,'
IX. THE DEATH OF VIRGIL. By R. H. STODDARD,

X. HYMN OF THE EARLY CHRISTIANS,
XI. RHYMERS, QUACKS, AND HUMBUG. BY PARK BENJAMIN, Esq.,
XII. A COMMON WOMAN'S EXPERIENCE. BY MRS. FARMAN,
XIII. THE CHRISTIAN'S REVEILLE,
XIV. LIFE IN VIRGINIA : ILLUSTRATED. 'Bi G. P. R. JAMES,

XV. LINES: HUMAN LIFE,
XVI. LINES : THANATOS.' 'BY EPES SARGENT,
XVII. STANZAS: “THE ROSE.' BY PUEBE CAREY,
XVIII. SONNET. BY JOHN G. SAXE,
XIX. HOMEWARD BOUND PROM' CALIFORNIA. BY À LADY,
XX. LINES: • THE BRIDAL' BY T. B. ALDRICH,

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LITERARY NOTICES :

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1. TWO MILLIONS. BY WILLIAM ALLAN BUTLER,
2. THE DUTCH AT THE NORTH POLE. BY J. WATTS DE PEYSTER,
8. LECTURES AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF LOLA MONTEZ,
4. GEORGE MELVILLE: AN AMERICAN NOVEL,

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1. A GOOD LESSON IN THESE HARD TIMES,'.

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1. A LETTER TO JONATHAN FRON HIS BROTHER SAMUEL:' CROPS AND HARVESTS
FOR THE NEXT YEAR: FasutONABLE EXTRAVAGANCE : VARIOUS FEMININE“ ACCOM-
PLISHMEXIS' OF THIS ERA; HONESTY AND FAIR-DEALING : ' THE GREAT MISTAKE

OF THE DAY.
2. A VOICE FROM THE NORTH WOODS,

800 8. THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY,

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4. GOSSIP WITH READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS,
1. TAE ROMANCE OF REFORY: BY EDWIN H. TENNEY: RIYTHMICAL CRYSTALLIZA-

TION OF THE DIVINE IDEA' IN POETRY DONE TO CHVERS: A PROSE STYLE'
FOR LUNATIC ASYLUMS, WITH ILLUSTRATIVE EXTRACTS. 2. ANECDOTE OF THE
"KING OF THE SHOR-DEALERS :' A NEW WAY TO MAKE MONEY: SINGULAR REASON
FOR NOT TAKING STOCK IN A NEW MEETING-HOUSE: OUR NEIGHBORS IN THE
SWAMP:' LINES, THE SWAMP.' 3. A · REPEATING' LECTURER: A COLORED
LECTURE ON MISSIONS.' 4. OLD MAIDS: A MENTAL DAGUERREOTYPE OF OLD
AUNT Sally.' 5. DEATH OF WILLIAM T. PORTEP, ESQ., OF PORTER'S SPIRIT OF
THE TIMES.' 6. “The MAIDEY AT THE WELL,' BY A MOBILE CORRESPOND-
EXT. 7. A NEW STYLE' WOODCOCK IN THE SYRACUSE MARKET. 8. A BOLD,
BALD, · BosnY'PLAGIARISM PROM WASHINGTON IRVING'S · RORAL FUNERALS.' 9. AN
ESTRAY RECLAIMED: JOHN PucsiX'S PROCK VERSUS OUR PROOK. 10. A MARY-
LAND JCDGE'S SANDWICH: A COURT OFFICIAL AND A PUBLICAN BUTHERED 11. VISIT
TO THE REVOLUTIONARY BATTLE-GROUNDS OF SARATOGA : SCENERY, INCIDENTS,
RELICS, ETC.: COMMUNICATION TO THE EDITOR FROM CHARLES NEILSON, ESQ., OF
BEMIS' HEIGHTS. 12. THE LITTLE PEOPLE AND THE TELESCOPE: PROFESSOR JAMES
HYATT ON ASTRONOMY. 13. FAMILIAR LETTER FROM AN OLD FRIEND: OLD TIME
REMINISCENCES: COLUMBIA VILLA,' AND ITS OCCUPANTS: LINES, GREENWOOD
GATHERINGS,' BY R. S. 0.' 14. How. Two WRONGS' MAY MAKE A Right.' 15. LON-
GEVITY OF LITERARY MEN: A POPULAR ERROR CORRECTED. 16. YELLOWPLUSII OUT-
YELLOWPLUSUED BY A CONNECTICUT Groom. 17. ORIGIN OF THE PIIRASE, "Too
YUCI PORK FOR A SHILLING, 18. THE RELIEVED RAIL-ROAD PASSENGER, WHO
WAS AFRAID THEY WAS 'T.' 19. THE DOMICIL ERECTED BY JOHN,' OR THE HOUSE
THAT JACK Built: HigIFALUTINIZED FROM THE VOLGATE OF M. Goose. 20. THE
FLOWERS OF Music: A BEAUTIFUL CHILD-THOUGHT, 21. WATERING-PLACE OR.
THOGRAPHY' IX VIRGINIA. 22. A YANKEE FAMILIAR' IN ITALY: THE POPE
AND THE KING: A BOSTON Boy's OPINION OF LONDON. 28. A NEW WAY OF
SUBPEXAING WITNESSES. 24. DEATH OF THE Hox. ROBERT T. CONRAD. 25. A
BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT FROX Sir THOMAS BROWNE. 26. MR. STEPHEN MASSETT'S
ENTERTAINMENT: SING-SONG AND CHIT-CHAT, OR INCIDENTS OF TRAVEL IN MANY
LAXDs.'

5. A GLANCE AT NEW PUBLICATIONS ETC., . .

328 SPURGEOX'S SERMONS, WITH EXTRACTS: Mary DERWENT, A NOVEL, BY MRS. ANN

8. STEPHENS: “BELLE BRITTON'S LETTERS: JAMES'S · LORD MONTAGU'S PAGE:' Mount VERNON LADIES' AssociatION OF THE UNION: NEW MUSIO FROM MESSRS. HALL AND SOn: MoUxT WASHINGTON COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE,

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IN THE OLERK'S OFFICE OF TIE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR TEE

SOUTIERN DISTRICT OF NEW-YORK.

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WITHOUT being a bon-vivant, and simply by virtue of the association of ideas in which sensation and sentiment bear an equal part, the places of a traveller's sojourn are identified with certain wines, so that a special vinous flavor in after-days, conjures up the image of a favorite companion and the scenery of a picturesque locality. The very name of Orvieto revives the artistic companionship of the trattoria Lepri at Rome, or the pic-nic at Albano or Tivoli; Vino d'Asti, in its golden effervescence, whispers of the enchantments of Lake Como and the battle-field of Marengo; the glow of old Marsala is warm with memories of Ætna, or breezy evenings on the Marina at Palermo, whence we retired to a hospitable palazzo where, on a marble table, stood the decanters immersed in the old volcano's snow;

Son le nevi il quinto elemento

Che compargono il verro bevere.' Whoso has studied in Germany, will greet the sight of an old emerald glass sacred to Johannisberg, and hear in fancy the Rhine song; the twang of choice Claret transports another to the Trois Frères or Café de Paris, or makes him respond to the poet's benediction :

Benedetto
Quel Claretto

Che si spilla in Avignone.' Old Port beams with the reflected tints of London mahogany and coal-fires; Metternich and old castles reäppear in the mirror of a dusty bottle of Hock; Burgundy inspires dreams of Southern France, the day at Nismes, or the quays at Bordeaux ; Malaga is sweet with Spanish memories, and the nabob at home regrets the VOL. LII.

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zest of his Sherry at Calcutta. A vinous amateur could indeed designate eras by vintages, make landmarks of vineyards, and most vividly keep alive local memories by the diversified flavor of the grape. Lebanon wine would hallow Bethlehem to his imagination more than monastic relics ; his London banker's Port, the Duke of Nassau's Steinberg, the bottle of St. Peray hastily purchased while the steam-boat tarries on the Rhone, the Brousa of Stamboul grown under the snows of Olympus, blend with and identify these scenes forever to his epicurean reminiscence; and Beaume and Chambertin are names as classic in his estimation as Racine and La Fontaine ; he knows the Dukes of Burgundy only as the Princes des bons Vins; and honors Madam Cliquot more than the Maid of Orleans, because she is the largest Champagne grower of Rheims; the amber of Muscat is more precious in his eyes than that found in the torrent's bed; and he descends into a crypt of Nazareth to choose a jar, escorted by some modern Miriam or Ruth, with more zestful expectancy than Belzoni an unexplored catacomb.

The French speak of a Bordeaux which talks ; the ruins of the Rhine are, as it were, set in an ever-renewed garland of vineyards and mellowed, in the retrospect, by the song, the flavor and cheer of the wine. Burns' John Barleycorn; Faust in the cave; the Dutchman's Schnapps; the Englishman's Old Particular;' the Jerseyman's Cider; the Buckeye's Catawba, and the Bavarian's Beer; all places and poets, all nationalities and literature exhale this convivial element, more or less re ed and characteristic. From the wine-stain yet visible on a Pompeii slab to the silver punch-bowl which in some of our few remaining country mansions is the heir-loom of families; from Cleopatra's pearl dissolved, to Clarence drowned in wine; from Horace to Tennyson; from Noah to Metternich - history and humanity are reflected in wine. How apropos to these two last convives are Müller's quaint verses : *

* We forfeited by eating

Not drinking - Paradise :
What once we lost through Adam,

And his confounded vice,
Good wine and jovial chorus
Abundantly restore us.
• And when again, in vileness,

The world corrupted sank,
And every earthly creature

Death in the deluge drank,
To Noah life was granted,
'Cause be the grape had planted.
Within his biggest cask he

With wife and children did get:
It floated on the waters,

And not a soul was wet;
All saved by wine so oddly
From watery graves, the godly.

• Translated by 0. T. BROOKS.

. And when the flood abated,

There stood the round house then,
High and dry on the top of a mountain,

And all came out again,
Thanks for deliverance chanted
And straight new grape-vines planted.

• The cask for a memento,

Stood on the mountain's brow;
At Heidelberg on the Neckar,

You all can see it now;
It needs no further guessing
Who gave us the Rhine-wine's blessing.
· And whoso dares disparage

The sacred wine we drink,
He in a watery deluge

Shall miserably sink!
Sing, brothers, 't is before us,

Brave wine and jovial chorus.' Noah planted a vineyard; Solomon and David praise wine; and in Job it is prescribed for the weary. The grape is the most ancient of Egyptian symbols ; Montaigne calls its juice, the last pleasure of life, and says it takes the place of natural heat;' while Liebig declares it the milk of the aged.' Hear Redi:

"Se dell 'uve il sangue amabile
Non rinfranca ognor le vene,
Questa vita é troppe rabile

Troppo breve é sempre in pene.'
The Tuscan proverb says:

• Il vino é la poppa de vecchi.' There is a curious analogy between the process whereby wine reaches its perfection, the vicissitudes to which it is liable therein, and human life; a mysterious blending of original elements, the pure but crude juice, when new, like childhood's unadulterated aspect; then the hazardous fermentation, parallel with the impassioned development of youth; the product, if weak, liable to become sour and vapid, and if strong, reaching through time and change, a mellow richness, like the genial force of a noble character, or the mature grace of a vigorous mind.

Within a few years those indigestible mixtures which, under the name of punch, made our ancestors dyspeptic and bilious, and the strong wines that detained gentlemen so long from the drawingroom after dinner, have given place to the more salutary hygiene, long prevalent in Europe, that makes the light and pure wines of France and Germany the accompaniment instead of the finale of the chief diurnal banquet. As nervous stimulants, tonics, and aids to digestion, the milder and least adulterated juices of the grape are sanctioned by adaptation to climate, individual constitution and states of health, under the best medical counsel. In France especially, the science of nutrition in this regard has reached a bright

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