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probably safe to claim for some of our American pho- | is equally certain that no single position of the animal tographers as high a degree of mechanical excellence as developed by photography will serve his purpose. Movethat attained by any other people. That which is yet ment in the horse is presented only by the rapidity with most required is artistic treatment. Of course, very which one position follows another, as demonstrated by much depends upon the subject, and the willingness of the zoögyroscope. The artist can employ no such arthe sitter to abide by the better taste and judgment tificial means, but is necessarily limited to a single attiof the operator. It is rare to find such models. Or- tude, and must, therefore, compromise upon some pose dinarily, the sharper the picture and fewer the shadows, that will convey to the eye the same impression that acthe more satisfactory it is. Many see in shadow only companies a rapid succession of positions in nature. dirt, and the more screens employed to illuminate, by In other words, fact must be sacrificed to impression. false reflections, the shaded side of a subject, the more How well artists have succeeded in conveying this imit is to the sitter's liking; for this reason, photographs | pression has been many times proved by the readiness are rarely of interest except to those personally acquaint- with which the smallest children interpret their intened with the subject. With Mrs. Cameron's work it is tions. Putting aside all prejudice in favor of previously different; in addition to the value they possess as like accepted notions, we fail to see how Mr. Muybridge's nesses, their artistic qualities are of so high an order as discovery will greatly affect art as regards the moveto command the admiration of all. Our portrait paint- ment of animals. ers might also profit by a careful study of this lady's work. How many American portraits would find purchasers if forced upon the market? Yet almost fabu
THE EPIDEMIC. lous prices have been paid for pictures of unknown persons, on account of their artistic merit. At the recent
From a perusal of Eastern periodicals, it would seem sale of the Demidoff collection, at San Donato, a por
that our California artists have no special cause for con
dolence on the ground of adverse criticism. The epitrait by Van Dyke brought $30,000, and one by Rubens
demic which manifested itself so strongly during the $16,200. The reputation of these artists no doubt
late exhibition was, it appears, not local, but attacked greatly influenced the sale, though there are like in
with equal virulency art writers all over the country. stances in which both artist and subject have been unknown. Since it is the aim to combine art and utility
From the north, south, east, and west, the outcries of
the afflicted are audible, and the manifestations are so in all other departments of manufacture, would it not
alike that one is prone to attribute the disease to some be well to try to effect the same combination in por
cause not in the control of picture-makers. Professor traiture? Justice to the artist, however, compels us to admit that the absence of art in portraiture is oftener Jevons might find in it fresh evidence of the truth of his the fault of the patron than the painter. In no other
"sun-spot" theory; or perhaps the planetary conjunc
tion has adopted the art departments of the press as a branch of picture-making is the artist so hampered. He
kind of safety-valve for the diffusion of any superfluous is frequently compelled to yield to the notions of oth
influence not specially allotted to the various phenomena ers, which are oftener at variance with the generally ac
that are to manifest themselves according to programme cepted ideas of taste and treatment, and can therefore during the coming year. In New York, critics are dinot be held wholly responsible.
vided on the question of the Academy and the Society
of American Artists, and assail strongly those leagued ANIMALS IN MOTION.
with their enemies. Boston, with its well-known com
placency, spares its own, but claims that an artist to be Few events have excited greater interest among art- recognized must first gain its approval, and therefore ists and those interested in animal life than the exhibi- has little sympathy to bestow upon those outside its tion given at the Art Rooms, early in May, by Mr. charter limits. Faint pipings are heard from all parts Muybridge, illustrating the movements of the horse and of the Far West. It is perhaps too soon to determine other animals in rapid motion. By the application of what will be the effect of all this commotion upon the electricity to a series of cameras placed at short inter- future American school. Many, for the time being, may vals, and equidistant from each other, Mr. Muybridge be discouraged; but probably, when the heavenly bodies has succeeded in obtaining a succession of instantane- shall have recovered from their dissipations, harmony ous photographic impressions, illustrating the positions will be once more restored between the pen and brush. of an animal during all the stages of a stride. When first produced, these plates excited much skepticism and ridicule. Taken singly, they are entirely deficient in
THE NEW YORK EXHIBITIONS. grace, and convey no impression of movement whatever; but when made to follow each other in rapid suc- Citizens of New York are much to be envied on accession, by means of the zoögyroscope-a revolving disc, count of the facilities afforded them for the enjoyment from which the impressions are projected upon a screen- of the fine arts. As a metropolis, it is naturally sought the effect is so startling as to convince the most skeptical by a majority of our best artists, who there find a wider of the accuracy of the plates. The principle has been ap- field for the disposal of their works; and likewise the forplied with equal success to horses, cattle, and dogs, and eign pictures that seek an American market are there also to the flight of birds and quick movements of men. first offered to view. The past winter seems to have been The inventor, in his enthusiasm, predicts a great rev- unusually prolific as regards art display. In addition olution, not only as regards the rearing and training of to the usual exhibits at the galleries of dealers, where horses for speed, but in the matter of their representa- many works of the best modern French painters have tion on canvas. That a horse in running never assumes been shown, no less than five exhibitions have been the position given it by artists may, perhaps, be accept-given by the various societies. Until quite recently, ed as a demonstrated fact. Also, if it is the intention water colors have met little encouragement in this coun of the painter to convey the idea of rapid movement, it 'try. They now seem to have gained a firm foothold in New York, and their exhibitions excite much interest. bird, and fish. When we realize that this bit of bone The one given during the past winter has been generally was perhaps the first to pierce each delicacy served on well received by the press. Among the contributors that occasion, our reverence for Lucullus is not only enare many familiar names, while others, quite new to the hanced, but our gratitude to the ladies of Oakland for public, are spoken of as doing creditable work. At the the exhibition surpasses expression. Near by lay a dish Salmagundi Club exhibition, in black and white, the from which the Great Frederick — the founder of the works of Shirlaw, Smiley, Abbey, Kappes, Reinhart, German empire-supped; perhaps one of the set from and the numerous other excellent contributors to the which the enraged father selected a missile to hurl at Scribner and Harper magazines, were to be seen. It is the head of poor Wilhelmina, because she loved music. mainly to the members of this club that we are indebted Under the same category of epicurean reminders may for those pleasant articles relating to the Tile Club. The be classed also the punch-bowl of George I., Napoleon's showing of the "Society of American Artists," though tumblers, and some of Louis Phillippe's chinaware. excellent in many respects, and exercising a healthy in- Among the many articles of historical interest might fluence upon American art, was not regarded much in have been seen lying side by side, on a Japanese table, advance of their last year's exhibition, except in the de- the skulls of two of the incas of Peru--men who planned partment of sculpture. At the Academy, the exhibition a civilization of their own, remarkable and even instrucwas regarded not quite up to the average, though com- tive to the proud princes of the Old World. One inprising a large number of pictures. Messrs. Fuller, of voluntary hopes that the owners had the good fortune Boston, and Winslow Homer received special mention, to die before Pizarro and his gold-seekers first placed the first for a portrait of a boy reading, and the latter foot within the bounds of their peaceful, happy empire. for some negro studies and a camp scene. Perhaps the There were relics of all ages, from embalmed child of most interesting of all the exhibitions was the loan col- ancient Thebes to the brass warming-pan "one hunlection, embracing works of the old masters and mod- dred years old.” Old Greek weapons were compelled, ern pictures by foreign and American artists, brought for the time being, to keep company with vulgar modern together on the occasion of the opening of the Metro- cannibal war-clubs. A bit of curtain from the bed of politan Museum, in Central Park. A writer in Scrib- the beautiful and romantic Queen of Scots divided one's ner's Monthly dwells with special pleasure upon the fact attention with an autograph letter of the proud Elizathat, instead of being eclipsed by comparison with the beth-a letter written by the same hand that signed the works of so many eminent foreign painters, as many
fatal warrant. Here, a lock of Washington's hair feared would be the result, American art stood the test caused the American heart to palpitate, and there lay very satisfactily. This is certainly encouraging to our Washington's razor. If that great man ever did mutter painters, and promises well for the future.
an unrecorded oath, perhaps this quiet little instrument was the cause of it. Old portraits, books, and manu
scripts, autograph letters of historical personages, bricTHE LOAN AND ART EXHIBITION. à-brac and curios from everywhere, embracing scarabæi Several loan exhibitions of pictures from private gal
and sacred bugs from Egyptian tombs, and silver heads leries have been given in San Francisco, under the aus
and pottery from American tumuli; bronzes, draperpices of the Art Association, but to the people of Oakland
ies, furniture, and pictures saluted the visitor from all
sides. Of the latter, little can be said. With a few belongs the credit of introducing to our coast the first general loan exhibition, embracing all articles of inter
striking exceptions, the gallery was composed of imest, historical as well as artistic. The success of the en
ported copies, too often seen to excite interest. The terprise was much doubted at first. The projectors an
exhibition will be remembered by all who attended, and ticipated difficulty in finding in our young community
will encourage still greater achievements in the same a sufficient number of articles of interest to make an ex
direction. hibition that would prove attractive to the public. The result, however, was most gratifying, not only to the
AUCTION PICTURE SALES. enterprising ladies who had the affair in charge, but to the large number who attended during the two weeks of
A few years ago it was the custom among our local its continuance. Notwithstanding a little doubt on the artists to dispose of their pictures at auction. Every year part of some as to the authenticity of a few of the articles a combination sale was held, to which each painter was displayed, as a whole the exhibition was instructive as invited to contribute one or more works from his easel. well as interesting. All tastes might have been gratified Money was then more plenty, and taste not as critical by a visit, from that of the historian and antiquarian as it is to-day. Pictures, good and bad, were sure to even to the epicurean. Imagine one of the latter con- bring under the hammer all they were worth. It soon templating, for instance, a tooth and part of the jaw-became known in the East that California offered a rich bone of the great consul and bon vivant, Lucullus. The field for such sales, and, as a natural consequence, caridentical bone and ivory that eighteen hundred years ago,
loads of pictures rolled overland, and were thrown upon enshrouded in the presumably fat cheeks and firm lips
the market. In nearly every instance these pictures beof the conqueror of Mithridates, served on so many oc- longed to what is called the commercial order, for the casions in the mastication of roasted dog and succulent manufacture of which several establishments exist in pig, stuffed with asafoetida. The sight of it recalls to
New York, where many men are employed, and from mind that great feast given his friends, which cost the twelve to sixteen copies of a single work produced in a owner upward of fifty thousand denarii-a
day, to be distributed as originals to the different margreat that historians regard the fact of sufficient im
kets in the United States. With rich looking, cheap portance to be transmitted to all posterity. Our bar- frames, and not unfrequently the names of celebrated barous ancestors, clothed in skins, gathered oysters on
artists attached to them, they commanded a ready sale. the coast of Britain for that very occasion, and all the One year, it is stated, no less than twenty-three hunthen known world was taxed for contributions of beast, dred of these pictures were offered to the San Francisco
public through a single auction house. To-day a large past two years of depression, art has been at a standportion of the "gems” that adorn our residences belong still, and, in consequence, some of our best painters are to this class, and, in many instances, are prized as val- seeking other markets, while many have been obliged to uable originals. Picture buyers naturally waited for resort to teaching and illustrating. In our opinion, the these sales, hoping to secure cheap bargains, and the worst effect of the "hard times" is the revival of the cusartists, in order to compete with the imported stock, tom of selling pictures at auction. The sale held May could not afford the time and care necessary to the mak- 19th, at the rooms of Newhall & Co., in which several ing of a good picture. They painted auction pictures, to well known artists participated, cannot be regarded a be sold at auction prices. In every instance, however,
In a few instances, however, the prices realthe purchaser who imagined he was trading upon the ized were sufficient to warrant an expectation of better necessities of painters, received all he was entitled to times in the near future. With these encouraging signs, for the small prices paid. At times our artists offered artists will probably find it unnecessary to continue this their best work, but the public, from a distrust engen- method of disposing of their productions. The practice dered through the former practice, failed to respond is apt to degenerate into simply a picture-making busito the extent the pictures deserved. Since then, pur- ness, and not only cheapens the work of those who parchasers have been patronizing the studios and exhibi- ticipate, but works an injustice to those who labor contions. By this means they secure conscientious work, scientiously and earnestly for the advancement and the and the artist receives just remuneration. During the elevation of art.
THE NORTH AMERICANS OF ANTIQUITY : Their Ori- The Chelly Cañon is described as from one hundred
gin, Migrations, and Type of Civilization. By John and fifty to nine hundred feet wide, with perpendicular T. Short. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1880. sides between three hundred and five hundred feet high. For sale by Payot, Upham & Co., San Francisco. Simpson, in 1849, found several caves built up in front
with stone and mortar in a side cañon." American antiquarian knowledge has received vast accessions from the patient investigations of the past The United States party explored the Mancos River few years, and the volume before us gives, in a popular in Colorado: and fascinating form, the results of these studies. The author pays a just tribute to our eminent Californian
"One of the first cliff houses discovered by the exhistorian, Mr. H. H. Bancroft, and, indeed, makes co
plorers is a most interesting structure, the position of
which, six hundred feet from the bottom of the cañon pious extracts from, and references to, that gentleman's in a niche of the wall, furnishes a strangely significant exhaustive work, The Native Races of the Pacific States. commentary on the straits to which these sorely pressed After discussing the antiquity of the Americans, and
people were driven by their enemies. Five hundred feet
of the ascent to this aërial dwelling was comparatively reviewing the evidence, Mr. Short says:
easy, but a hundred feet of almost perpendicular wall “We have seen that as yet no truly scientific proof climbed but for the fact that they found a series of steps
confronted the party, up which they could never have of man's great antiquity in America exists. This conclusion is concurred in by the most eminent authorities.
cut in the face of the rock leading up to the ledge upon At present we are probably not warranted in claiming which the house was built. This ledge was ten feet for him a much longer residence on this continent than is
wide by twenty feet in length, with a vertical space beassigned him by Sir John Lubbock, namely, three thou
tween it and the overhanging rock of fifteen feet. sand years. Future research may develop the fact that
His next discovery in the face of the vertical man is as old here as in Europe, and that he was con
rock, which here ran up from the bottom of the cañon temporaneous with the mastodon. As the case stands
and at a height of from fifty to one hundred feet, were in the present state of knowledge, it furnishes strong
a number of nestlike habitations, one of which is figured
in the cut. presumptive evidence that man is not autochthonic here,
“The cliff-house in this case was reached by its occubut exotic, having originated in the old world, perhaps thousands of years prior to reaching the new.
pants from the top of the cañon. The walls are pro
nounced as firm as the rock upon which they were built. The various theories as to the colonization of the con- The stones were very regular in size, and the chinktinent are subject to a rigid scrutiny, and two chapters
ing-in of small chips of stone rendered the surface of
the wall remarkably smooth and well finished. The are given on the Indian traditions bearing upon this dwelling measured fifteen feet in length, five feet in point. An able comparison of crania is instituted, in width, and six feet in height. A short distance below the course of which occurs a description of the curious this little dwelling, five or six cave-like crevices were habit of head - flattening, in various nations, both in
found walled up in front with perfect walls, rendered America and the old world. A very interesting chapter
smooth by chinking. Three miles further down the
cañon, the party discovered, at heights ranging from six is the one on the Ancient Pueblos and Cliff-dwellers, to eight hundred feet above their heads, some curious from which we extract:
and unique little dwellings sandwiched in among the
crevices of the horizontal strata of the rock of which "The descriptions of them seem more 'suitable to the bluff was composed. Access to the summit of the form parts of the most romantic works of fiction than bluff, a thousand feet high, was obtained by a circuitous of sober and scientific memoirs from the pens of gov- path through a side cañon, and the houses themselves ernment explorers. One hundred miles westward from could only be reached at the utmost peril-of being prethe ruins of the Chaco lies the Chelly Valley or Cañon. cipitated to the bottom of the dizzy abyss-by crawling The Chelly is one of the tributaries of the Rio San Juan along a ledge twenty inches wide and only high enough from the south, having its source in the Navajo country. 'for a man in a creeping position. This led to the wider
shelf on which the houses rested. The perfection of the sonifications. There is a refreshing optimism which finish was especially noticeable in one of these houses,
abounds on every page, although now and then degen- . which was but fifteen feet long and seven feet high, and
erating into "gush." There is no striking originality in with a side wall running back in a semicircular sweep. In every instance the party found the elevated cliff-houses
the story or the people it tells of. Roderick Jardine incurs situated on the western side of the canon with their out- his wealthy mother's displeasure by marrying his dowerlook toward the east, while the buildings at the bottom less cousin, and the book is chiefly an account of the of the cañon were indiscriminately built on both sides."
love, life, and struggles of this young couple. Roderick A full account is given of the interesting discoveries is unused to poverty, is ashamed to work at first, and in Arizona and New Mexico. The book is handsomely learns the lesson with some bitterness of heart, coming illustrated, and a valuable accession to current literature. out nobly, however, at the last. “Young Mrs. Jardine,"
who is, perhaps, a trifle overdrawn, is an unselfish and THE BOY TRAVELERS IN JAPAN AND CHINA. By devoted character. We have no hesitation in pronounc
Thomas W. Knox. New York: Harper & Brothers. ing the book worthy of the high reputation of its author. 1880. For sale by Payot, Upham & Co., San Francisco.
SCIENCE PRIMERS. Introductory, by Professor HuxMr. Knox has made an entertaining book, not only for
ley, F. R. S. New York : D. Appleton & Co. 1880. boys, but for children of an older growth. The book is For sale in San Francisco at Appleton's agency, 107 filled with pleasant description, and with a variety of in- Montgomery Street. cidents. As a specimen of the book-maker's art it does
This little book is intended as an introduction to an much credit to its publishers. It is profusely and beau
extended series of scientific primers, designed for young tifully illustrated, the subjects being furnished by the minds, and is appropriately filled with definitions and scenery, buildings, works of art, and curious sights in explanations of rudimentary principles. It will be folthe countries visited.
lowed by a succession of primers, in various depart
ments, by the most eminent specialists. The illustraODD OR Even? By Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney. Boston: tions are drawn from familiar sources, and abstractions Houghton, Osgood & Co. 1880.
are either simplified or omitted. One who lives to reach the end of one of Mrs. Whitney's sentences is usually repaid ;for the time expended, A Primer OF AMERICAN LITERATURE. By Eugene and a fortiori one who reaches the end of a work from Lawrence. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1880. her pen is not frequently disappointed. The book be- For sale by Payot, Upham & Co., San Francisco. fore us is not an exception to the rule. It abounds in Mr. Lawrence has covered a large field in an amazstrong characterizations, and the story is, on the whole, ingly short space in the little book before us. Of its well sustained. The plot is laid in an out-of-the-way value it is sufficient to say that the author of Historical place, and the people are not of the every-day type. Studies has maintained his reputation in this last effort. There is a certain freshness about the book, which even the writer's tendency to stop and moralize every now
FRANKLIN SQUARE LIBRARY. New York: Harper & and then does not destroy.
Brothers. 1880. For sale by Payot, Upham & Co.,
San Francisco. CONFIDENCE. By Henry James, Jr. T Boston: Hough- The enterprising firm of Harper & Brothers have ton, Osgood & Co. 1880. For sale at the book issued several numbers of this series. The titles indi
cate the field covered by the “Library," and the prices Confidence is the name of a somewhat plotless novel are annexed to show how cheaply one may read if he by Mr. James, in which he introduces a number of aim- has the desire. less people, with nothing to do, and, what is worse,
No. 107.-The 19th Century. A history. By Robert nothing to talk about. The chief end of their delight- Mackenzie. Price, 15 cents. fully vacuous existence seems to be what the author
No. 109.--A Sylvan Queen. A novel. By the author calls "ingenious remarks," some of which, to be sure,
of Rachel's Secret. Price, 15 cents. are sprightly enough, but which, spread over three hun
No. 110. — Tom Singleton, Dragoon and Dramatist. A
novel. By W. W. Follett Synge. Price, 15 cents. dred and fifty pages, grow wearisome to the spirit.
- The Return of the Pioneers. A novel. By We are assured that the characters are different, one
Jacques Vincent. Price, to cents. from the other, yet they are all patiently laboring after No. 112.-Russia Before and After the War. By the "ingenious remarks" in a very similar manner, the author of Society in St. Petersburg. Translated ideas, and even the structure of their sentences, being
from the German (with later additions by the au
thor) by Edward Fairfax Taylor. Price, 15 cents. identical, and the conversation of each of the several
No. 113. -A Wayward Woman. A novel. By Arthur characters bearing a striking resemblance to the asides Griffiths. Price, 15 cents. and connecting clauses of Mr. Henry James, Jr. No. 108.-Barbara, or Splendid Misery. A novel. By
Miss M. E. Braddon. Price, 15 cents.
No. 116.-For Her Dear Sake. A novel. By Mary YOUNG MRS. JARDINE. A novel. By the Author of Cecil Hay. Price, 15 cents.
John Halifax, Gentleman, etc. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1880. For sale by Payot, Upham & Co., San Francisco.
UNTO THE THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATION. By It requires courage to write a book, nowadays, in
Helen Campbell. New York: Fords, Howard & which the sentiment is healthful and the characters are
Hurlbert. 1880. For sale by A. L. Bancroft & Co.,
San Francisco. healthy. Modern fiction, like modern society, is pessimistic, and wears a liver pad. Your latter-day hero is
THE LITTLE MOUNTAIN PRINCESS: A Sierra Snow blase, and your latter-day heroine is eccentric. The book
Plant. By Ella S. Cummins. 1880. Boston: Lor before us takes us back to a few such simple ideas as ing, publisher. For sale by A. L. Bancroft & Co., love, truth, honor, and embodies them in strong per- San Francisco.
it may have been, I decided that it left him in every way The lamp was turned low, and the measured breath
qualified for my purpose. On pretense of taking his reing of the watcher told that he slept. I was in that ex
mains to his distant friends, I secretly removed them to asperating half-asleep state, so familiar to the invalid,
this apartment, and they have been instrumental in aswhich has all the accompaniments of slumber except its
sisting me to elaborate the theory which has been the comforts, when the door softly opened and a mysterious
study of my life. The cadaver has been subjected to individual entered, who silently motioned to me to fol
my preparation, and by placing him under the influlow him. With unreasoning obedience I complied.
ence of an electric current, I am usually able to elicit My guide led me through a number of halls and pas
from him remarks upon any subject which may be spoksages, all strangely unfamiliar to me, and at last entered
en in his ear by the operator. Unfortunately, owing to a small room dimly lighted by the dull red flame of a
the unnatural bent of his intellect, he has an uncontrolsmoky lamp. The disordered state of things, and the
lable predilection for putting all of his conversation into general aspect of the room marked it as the laboratory
This eccentricity nearly caused dire disaster at of a man of science. The tables, chairs, and even the
one time, when, without thinking, I asked his opinion floor were piled with dusty volumes, and with numerous
on some topic connected with the Turko-Russian war.
The unusual exertion attendant upon his efforts to find mechanical contrivances which puzzled me with their apparent uselessness. In a corner of the room sat what
rhymes for some of the proper names nearly proved fatal, I supposed, at first glance, was a man. My guide, how
and indeed occasioned a double compound fracture of ever, checked the polite obeisance I was making in that
the inferior maxillary bone, which even yet interferes sedirection, and going to the corner drew the chair and
riously with his pronunciation. Another peculiarity, its occupant to the centre of the room. The figure was,
which is probably also owing to the flighty nature of his
feeble intellect, is this: he very often evades the subject to ail appearance, the corpse of a young man. I turn
given him entirely, and prates volubly of something in ed to my conductor for information, and he explained: “Know that I am the possessor of a secret which far
no way connected with it. I simply mention these surpasses the embalming process used by the ancient
things that you may understand before he begins that Egyptians in preserving their dead, though I admit it was
whatever is peculiar in his compositions is due to his in endeavoring to discover their secret that I obtained
paucity of brains, and not to anything I have neglected mine. I have had for many years a suspicion—nay, I
or overlooked in my preparation." may say a belief — that it would be possible to cause a
The alchemist then connected an electric battery with body to retain all its mental faculties intact if subjected
the body of the young man, and, turning to me, asked to this process, which can scarcely be called embalming.
if there was any subject I would like to hear discussed. This object once attained, we find an agent in electricity for a poem at the next meeting of the literary club to
It suddenly occurred to me that I was down on the bills which, properly directed, endows the subject with a kind of life and activity, subservient, in some degree, to the
which I belonged, and I determined to utilize this elecwill of the operator, and capable of performing wonders.
tric poet and turn his gibberish to account. AccordIt was many years before I was able to secure material ingly I murmured the name of the author who was to for the carrying out of my plan. It is necessary that the receive a panegyric at my hands. There was a prelimparty honored by this distinction should be in the en- inary chattering of teeth, a slight grating of the injured joyment of health at the time of his demise, and that the jaw-bone, and the ghastly orator began, not, however,
on the subject I had proposed : immediate cause of his death be not so violent as to impair any of his mental faculties. I could, of course, have lured some unsuspecting curiosity-seeker into this
A monster lived near Hampington,
John Thompson was his name; room, and quietly and unceremoniously dispatched him
And rarely he was seen of men, in some manner best suited to the furtherance of the
Yet wondrous was his fame. project in hand. But this course was open to the ob
"Twas said he was the strongest man jection that my further experiments would have been in
That ever drew a breath; terrupted by the technicalities of legal investigation;
He carried carnage in his path, and, besides, I have conscientious scruples against such
His very look was death. a plan. It meets with much opposition from the igno
The pathway to his forest cave
Was dark with human gore, rant, and would probably result eventually in the elimi
And those who trod that gloomy path nation of its advocates."
Found exit nevermore. I heartily approved of these arguments, and a feeling
And thus John Thompson grew to be of relief, not to say complacency, stole over me which I
A hero ot renown; had not experienced before since entering the room. I
His deeds were told with bated breath, accordingly listened with more assurance as the alchem
And spread from town to town. ist continued :
And yet it was a noted fact
That no two living men “This is the body of a young poet, who terminated
Had ever, at the same time, seen his brief sphere of uselessness about six or eight months
This monster or his den. ago. There was much disagreement among the phy
But once there came to Hampington sicians concerning the cause of his sickness. Whatever
A modest looking man,