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5. THE LAND OF BONDAGE. By Rev. J. M. WAINWRIGHT,
EDITOR'S TABLE :
1. SOCIETIES FOR AMELIORATING THE CONDITION OF THE RICH,
2. CARLYLE ON COLERIDGE: A 'CONVERSATIONAL BORE,
3. REMINISCENCES OF THE LATE JAMES MONTGOMERY,
4. GOSSIP WITH READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS,
1. A LAUGIABLE INCIDENT AT A FUNERAL: A 'SPIRITUAL RAPPING' BY THE ED-
ITOR OF THE “BUNKUM FLAG-Staff.' 2. MODERN TOM-AND-JERRY'-ISM IN
LONDON: THE MIDNIGHT Watch. 3. A POETICAL COUNTERPART TO 'REVE-
REND LANCELOT LANGLEY Ling. 4. 'LINES TO AN OYSTER:' BRINGING COALS
TO NEWCASTLE. 5. Mr. P. P. DUGGAN, THE ARTIST. 6. 'RHAPSODY OVER A
GLASS OF PUNCH. 7. LAKE SCHROON: ASSAULT ON OLD PRISCIAN.' 8. AN
INDEPENDENT 'B'Hoy,' WITH AN ILLUSTRATION: ANECDOTE OF THE 'ELDER
MATTHEWS.' 9. OUR ARTISTS AND THEIR Doings. 10. NEW IDEA OF A 'GEN-
TEEL FAMILY.' 11. AN ERROR CORRECTED: LETTER FROM MR. WASHINGTON
Irving. 12. ArchÆOLOGY OF NURSERY-RHYMES, WITH “Samples.' 13. MR.
Geo. HARVEY's 'ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE FOREST WildS AND UNCULTIVATED
Wastes of our COUNTRY' 14. EFFECT OF EARLY ASSOCIATION SINGULARLY
ILLUSTRATED. 15. A 'DEAD-SET' AT OUR GASTRICS: Luscious PICTURES OF
COUNTRY "PROVANT. 16. Tue PASSING SHADOW OF THE OLD YEAR. 17. THE
"STUCK-Ups, OR THE SHABBY FAMMERLY. 18. LIFE IN DEATH: A REVOLTING
SCENE. 19.' "Sox OF THE MERMAIDS,' BY "FLORENCE.' 20. "THE RULING
Pagston STRONG IN DEATH.' 21. A LAUGHABLE 'Fix:' THE BORROWED Surt.
22. Ice-Bergs, witu ILLUSTRATIONS. 23. THE JUVENILE ALMIGHTY Jack-
KNIPE,' AND ITS Uses. 24. A LAUGHABLE IRISH BLUNDER. 25. CANINE LA-
TINITY: THEODORO Hooko.' 26. A HARD JOKE-TAKER. 27. A POETICAL
Gem. 28. A WORD TO CORRESPONDENTS. 29. Joseph WATKINS, THE FOR-
GETFUL ‘Convert.' 30. Music of LEE AND WALKER, PAILADELPHIA. 31. Ex-
TRACT FROM THE “BUNKUM FLAG-STAFF EXTRA-Issoo. 32. A SOLILOQUY BY
TELEGRAPH.' 33. RARE GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS: MESSRS. JEROLIMAN AND
COMPANY. 34. 'ILLUSTRIOUS McGuire,' THE 'Exile. 35. Fourth ANNUAL
BENEFIT OF THE DRAMATIC FUND ASSOCIATION. 36. PLEASANT ADVERTISING
READING : RICH AND RARE BRITANNIA WARE. 37. EXPLANATORY. 38. THE
*EVENING Mirror' DAILY JOURNAL: NEW TYPEs. 39. Mr. SQUIER's New
WORK ON NICARAGUA: HOLIDAY PUBLICATIONS. 40. THE AZTEC CHILDREN.
41. QUAINT AND CURIOUS EPITAPHS: A BIG CISTERN. 42. A MODEL HUS-
BAND. 43. DEFERRED ARTICLES. 44. "Well, What of Us?' 45. BRIEF
NOTICES OF RECENT PUBLICATIONS.
5. LITERARY RECORD,
ENTRE, ARTO21NO TO ACT OF CONORW88, IN TU YFAN 18! 2 ET
#OOTEERN DISTRICT OF NEW-YORK.
The shapeless knight-errantry of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, rich as it was in romance and adventure, is not to be compared, in any valuable characteristic, to the noiseless self-devotion of the men who first explored the Western country. The courage of the knight was a part of his savage nature; his confidence was in the strength of his own right arm; and if his ruggedness was ever softened down by gentler thoughts, it was only when he asked forgiveness for his crimes, or melted in sensual idolatry of female beauty.
It would be a curious and instructive inquiry, could we institute it with success, how much of the contempt of danger manifested by the wandering knight was referable to genuine valor, and what proportion to the strength of a Milan coat and the temper of a Toledo or Ferrara blade. And it would be still more curious, although perhaps not so instructive, to estimate the purity and fidelity of the heroines of chivalry; to ascertain the amount of true devotion given them by their admirers, without hope of reward.'
But without abating its interest by invidious and ungrateful inquiries, we can see quite enough—in its turbulence, its cruelty, arrogance and oppression — to make us thank Heaven that the days of chivalry are gone.' And from that chaotic scene of rapine, raid and murder, we can turn with pleasure to contemplate the truer, nobler chivalry, the chivalry of love and peace, whose weapons were the kindness of their hearts, the purity of their motives, and the self-denial of their lives.
The term 'voyageur?* literally signifies traveller ;' but by this modest
* In common use, this word was restricted so as to indicate only the boatmen; the carriers of that time; but I am writing of a period anterior, by many years, to the existence of the trade which made their occupation. VOL. XXXIX.