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Answer to several Objections." The copy is They say that in the operatic world there is fuller and apparently more accurato than no audience so critical or so just as a London that included in Hutchinson's Collection. audience. We may be sure, however, that Upon this was based the memorable agree- there are no loungers in this mortal sphere ment entered into at Cambridge by twelve of who so nicely judge a horse's points, or who the leading friends of Massachusetts, John are so inexorably “ down” upon any blemish Winthrop's name standing the ninth, to as this careless fringe of observers upon those embark for New England. Some of these two fashionable promenades. Notice, for ex" reasons might serve as a hint to pessi- ample, the little group watching that curvetmists of the present day, that things are not ting bay, dancing on the soft tan, and throw60 much worse now than they were in the ing out his forelegs with such a grand action. good old times :

The fine head and arched neck, the long " This Land growes weary of her Inhabi- sweeping tail

, and the perfectly symmetrical tants, soe as man, whoe is the most pretious body, though perhaps a trifle too long for the of all creatures, is here more vile & base taste of the Englishman of the old school, then the earth we treade upon, & of lesse that horse, you will hear them say, is aspeciprise among us then an horse or a sheepe: men that cannot be matched out of England, masters are forced by authority to entertaine and no doubt their opinion will be echoed by servants, parents to mainetaine there owne any Englishman, from the driver of an omnichildren, all townes complaine of the burthen bus to the tailor out for a holiday. Such an of theire poore, though we have taken up animal, such breed, such paces, could no many unnessisarie yea unlawfull trades to mainetaine them, & we use the authoritie of more be found out of England than could a the Law to hinder the increase of or people, Tom Sayers or a Tom King. It is a distasteas by urginge the Statute against Cottages, ful thing to have to demolish a nationał be& inmates, & thus it is come to passe, that lief; but there is no help for it; that gallant children, servants & neighboures, especially steed is—a Prussian! We must place a mark if they be poore, are compted the greatest of admiration after such an assertion ; for it burthens, wch if thinges weare right would will without doubt astound the reader, and be the cheifest earthly blessinges.

cause a laugh of incredulity. If you are hard The editor seems to hint at the possibility of belief, ask any of the great dealers who buy of a further instalment of the work being at and bring them over.

We do not mean to some future time forthcoming. With the say that these horses do not spring from Engpresent mass of materials, however, to fill up lish blood, but they are both born and bred the only existing gap in the personal history and broken in Prussia. The Prussians will of its subject, it is not easy to see what at- buy nothing but a particular class of horse traction can be expected to attend any addi- for riding, and this breed they maintain as tional particulars of the same kind. Me- rigidly as we do our bunters. Thus, as Darmoirs of this description are too full of mere win would say, by the principle of selection a effusions of subjective feeling to please the new class of 'horses is established. But it is collector of antiquarian or biographical facts, the menage, the education of the animal, that while they are too special and domestic to be gives him half his value. The Prussian offi

of much value for the purposes of general cers are allowed by their government three • history.

horses ; and as the pay is not too high, in that country, they eke it out by perfectly training

these animals and then selling them to the From The London Review, English dealers, who wholly monopolize the HORSE-FLESH IN LONDON.

market. The gentlemanly action of the horse THERE are two exhibitions in London which is but a reflex of his rider, and is a good cxno other country in the world can match, ample of the sympathy which exists between Rotten Row at noon, and the Drive at 4 P.m. them. We possess no such high-bred trainers At those hours all that is noble in the equine in this country; but we can afford to pay world may be seen passing in procession be- for them, and the military are not too proud tween double rows of heavy swells and horsy- to play pedagogue to our park hacks. But doggymen who cherish hats and trousers as the pains taken with them is great, the cost that are the despair of the sporting world. is proportionate, and many of the horses of


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this class to be seen daily in the Row are sacked for perfect animals of this class for the worth at least £250 each.

London market. High action is chiefly sought On the other hand, our carriage horses are, after and perfection of match. For a pair of · however, entirely our own. The splendid park ponies, three hundred guineas is a price animals sixteen hands high, we see on draw- readily obtained. When “ Anonyma” first ing-room days lining Pall-mall, St. James's started this fashion, the dealers little estimated Street, and lost in the distance of Albemarle their value ; indeed, the Chancellor of the ExStreet, are of the pure Yorkshire breed. chequer having withdrawn their exemption They are purchased by the London dealers at from the horse-tax, their diminutive size, inHowden and Horncastle Fairs, and the market stead of enhancing their value, rather deis wholly in their hands, as the breeders will tracted from it, and the breed would possibly pot sell individual horses, but lots of tens and have died out. This new whim, however, thirties, fine-paced animals and second-class was a perfect godsend to them. The reader nags, which the dealers afterward separate. will not be a little astonished to hear that our This would not suit a private purchaser, any leading fashionables have started a Lady's more than it would to bid for a lot at an Pony Club, and just as the four-in-hands auction for the sake of some solitary article jingle along in procession to the Star and contained in it. By this means, the dealers Garter, so the lady-whips, with their highwholly monopolize the market, and of course stepping ponies, their parasols mounted on they make noblemen and gentlemen pay for their whips, fancy gauntlets, and white ribthe more select animals. The favorite color bors, trot down to the same locality in a is dark-brown, mottled with a still darker bright line to eat “ maids of honor." shade of the same color, and with black legs. The gray ponies in the royal stud are also For a pair of perfect steppers such as these, another testimony to the growing taste for £1,000 is by no means an out-of-the-way small, compact animals. As we shall show price. It often happens that two carriage- in a future article, these ponies are one of horses

may te perfect matches in all respects the leading features of the royal stables. but their tails. The one may have a fine The Highland rambles of the young princes flowing caudal appendage, and the other may and princesses first necessitated this addibe curtailed of his fair proportions. In such tion to the Queen's stables, and now it would a case the fashion with horses is pretty much appear to be continued from choice, as the as it is with our fashionable fair at the pres- Prince of Wales invariably, when driving ent moment: if nature is not prodigal of this himself, employs these sturdy gray cobs, ornament, art is called in,—the lady pur- whose superb action must be well known to chases her Alexandra ringlet, which so negli- those accustomed to see him driving down gently flows over her shoulder, at Trufits - the Kew Road on his way to Frogmore. the groom matches the flowing mane with an Weight-carrying cobs have long been favorequally flowing tail. The false tail is cun- ite animals in this country ; but of late the ningly placed on in the following manner : demand for them has been so much on the The caudal stump is shaved, and the false increase that they can scarcely be got for hair is fitted on to it by the crupper, and de- love or money. Country gentlemen rising tection is as impossible with respect to hair- fourteen stone, and wanting something quiet, dressing of the horse, as we all know it is will give any money for them. We see now with that of the ladies. There is scarcely a and then one of these fast-walking cobs makfirst-class stable in London, where many car- ing his way over the tan in Rotten Row at a riage horses are kept, that these false tails spanking pace, with an old gentleman on are not an absolute necessity of their getting his back whose size is enough to make the up, and they may be seen hanging on the looker-on perspire. Yet the little cob, with valls as a matter of course, and are looked his splendid deep shoulder and strong legs, upon, in short, as only a part of the har- is as firm under him as a castle. There is a

very strong dash of the Suffolk punch in all The 'latest fashion of the day is the pony of these well-bred cobs. Two hundred and mania. No lady of ton is now complete with- fifty guineas is often obtained by the London out her park phaeton and her couple of high- dealers for a sound specimen of this muchstepping ponies. The country has been ran- sought-for class of animal. The little Shet

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land pony, as shaggy as a bear, and not much and it is not etiquette to possess horses that bigger than a Newfoundland dog, is fast dis- have figured in other equipages. The conappearing from the ride. We used to see sequence is, that they inevitably fall into the him often with his double panniers filled hands of the omnipresent English dealer, with rosy children swaying about, but of ever on the look-out for good horse-flesh in late years not so frequently. The fact is, all the capitals of Europe. this diminutive race is dying out fast, and even in the Shetland Islands he is now a comparatively rare animal. The Exmoor pony is more than taking his place. This,

From The Spectator. the last remnant of the indigenous British

MR. SENIOR. horse, is now becoming a famous breed. THE death of Mr. Nassau Senior, which Some forty years ago this hardy little animal occurred last week, is a real loss to the polit1 was crossed with Arab blood, and by rigidly ical world. He belonged to a class which, we adhering to selection of fine animals for the believe, scarcely exists out of England, the breeding-stock, some rare ponies are now find- politicians who are never" in " politics, who ing their way to the market. These animals do not stand for boroughs, or strive for office, from the time of being foaled run absolutely or harangue mobs, or intrigue for court fåwild over the hills and dales of Exmoor, or vor, or fight for municipal dictatorships, but at least that portion of it which has been who, nevertheless, make of politics the cardisurrounded by forty miles of wall by the late nal interest of their lives. These are the Mr. Knight, of Simons Bath; consequently, men who watch society, and think out probthey are splendid in wind and limb, and lems, and accumulate that wealth of facts when caught and sold by auction are abso- and ideas which is the substratum of every lutely free from those weaknesses which are line of action deserving the name of a polinseparable from horses reared and confined icy, the manure out of which systems grow. in hot stables. The size of these animals has They have very often the drawback of reasonbeen much increased by the Arab blood, and ing too much à priori, of treating human they now average twelve hands, with small, beings as if they were reasoning chessmen, or well-made heads and fine limbs,--spirited forgetting the infinite mass of forces, interlittle fellows just suited for boys' riding, or ests, and prejudices which we sum up in polfor the pony-phaeton in which they are now itics as in social life under the word habit; 80 often found.

but they are free, on the other hand, from The revival of the Four-in-hand Club brings selfish interests, and sometimes singularly back a glimpse of the days of George IV., devoid of prejudice. Indeed, the only docbut with this peculiarity,-many of the drags trinaire feeling universal among them is haare borsed with Russian horses. The splen- tred of doctrinaires. The head and chief of did turnout of the Duke of Sutherland is the class, so much beyond all others that he thus conspicuous. The dense crowds that scarcely seems to belong to it, is Mr. J. surround the drags as they are rendezvousing Stuart Mill; but Mr. Senior's place, though for the start in the park, are no doubt at- in the ranks, was by no means a mean one. tracted by souvenirs of the old coaching days, We do not mean that in his ostensible occuwhen the mails trotted out of St. Martin's- pation he added very much to their strength; le-Grand on the real business of the country. for he did not. He was a good, in one way

A great drain of English first-class horses a very good, political economist; but his is always going on to supply the wants of the mind being essentially receptive,—the reason Parisiang. In fact, some of the equipages why Mr. Senior never left on casual acquaintof the French capital are not in the least ances any impression of power,-he did not behind those of the metropolis. The only add much to the science. He only explained difference is, that where Paris can show a it, made of scientific truths popular truisms, score of such, we possess a hundred. All convinced the youth who were ultima iely to the best carriage horses, however, purchased govern England that there were such things from us return again sooner or later, as the as economic laws, that the relation of demand Parisians of fashion never purchase of each and supply was, for instance, as much a fact other. Every man's stud is well known, as gravitation, or the inability of water to run of itself up-bill. He had great felicity a very large circle of acquaintances and very of illustration, and sometimes showed a fee- good, introductions, a knowledge of two or bleness, a want of ability to catch the afflu- three languages, and no sense of shyness in ents of his subject which made the thin cen- his whole nature, Mr. Senior used to wantre stream all the stronger and more clear. der abroad and pass months in asking quesHis true function in life was a different but tions of all “ competent authorities." That a valuable one, and it is with no idea of dis- may not seem a very difficult task, and it is respect that we describe him as a political not but; to make such inquisitiveness useful funnel. A good funnel is a most useful ar- requires faculties which are not too plentiful ticle, and Mr. Senior was simply the best in in the world. In the first place, the questhe world.

tioner must know what to ask,-have the caThere is no task in the whole range of pacity for cross-examination, or the result of political work so difficult as that of enabling his labor will be merely a deluge of words. Englishmen to comprehend the motives, ideas, Then he must be able to discriminate among and objects which govern any other race than answers, to know which of many is likely to their own.

They understand what other be the more approximately true from the races say, and catch the drift of their acts speaker's locus standi. Then he must excite very intelligently; but those unspoken in- personal confidence, or the real “authoristincts which govern national policy they ties” will either never open their lips, or never can perceive. They cannot do it even talk the sort of platitudes which an ordinary when the veil of a separate language is re- politician would extract from a cabinet minmoved, and prognosticate American action, ister when he had him by the button. Mr. for instance, without any certainty whether Senior had a very remarkable tact in this the professed love for the Monroe doctrine is way. The people he talked to usually knew a genuine fecling, or only a bit of buncombe. very well that he would write all their anThroughout this Schleswig-Holstein affair swers down, and talked just a little on stilts ; they have failed to apprehend the German but still they knew also that he could be feeling in the matter, as it appears to Ger- trusted, that he would not make life unpleasmans themselves. They see clearly enough ant for them by his indiscretions, and spoke that the impelling power is a sentiment rath-out very frankly indeed. There are records er than a policy; they perceive that the re- in existence, for example, among Mr. Sesult of that sentiment is the partial dismem- nior's manuscripts which involve half the herment of Denmark, and they feel that what celebrities of France, records in one way alever the motive, the action menaces all the most inestimable ; but the speakers knew smaller nations of Europe. But they have that, though recorded, their ideas would have not, nevertheless, apprehended the sentiment no premature publication, and spoke careitself, its sources, or its justification, do not fully, perhaps, but still with a good deal of yet believe that Germans, however unjustly, courage, as to a man whose first want was feel for Schleswig, as Italians feel for Vene- to know their opinions. People's vanity tia. So in France, the gust of opinion which was somehow enlisted in his favor ; the desire every now and then sweeps over Frenchmen, of indoctrinating a clever stranger with parbowing all individual judgments as the wind ticular views prevailed over social fear,

and bows the corn, massing without combining men talked in 1859 as freely as if no coup them, always strikes the English public as d'état had occurred, and of things they would an unexpected phenomenon, as something bite out their tongues to read five years aftermeteoric, which they can watch and record wards. Above all, it is essential for a queswith interest, but of which they can obtain tioner of this kind to be really impartial, --imno previous information. The object of Mr. partial in a very high and unusual degree. Senior’s best efforts was to remove this igno- He not only must not wish for particular anrance, to make of himself a kind of conduc- swers, for in that case he will only elicit one tor, and to transmit rays from the foreign to side of the truth, but he must be perfectly the British intelligence. The method . he willing to follow up the train of thought adopted for this end was a little peculiar, suggested by the answer he did not expect. and probably could not have been attempted The impartiality which comes of mental by any differently constituted mind. With training will not suffice for this work; for,

however complete, it usually coexists with snippeting spoils Mr. Senior's work,-bave
combativeness, with a disposition to cross- an important influence over public opinion.
examine the unexpected answer much more We quote these books because they have
closely than the expected one. The mind been pretty widely circulated; but the cream
must be, in fact, colorless, yet with infinite of Mr. Senior’s collections is still contained
capacity for receiving impressions of color, a in manuscripts which have in one form or
sort of mind very scarce, perhaps: only to be another, by their confidential circulation, or
found in a man who was at once intelligent, the use of extracts, or by dribbling through
devoid of passionate convictions, interested cphemeral publications, largely contributed
in all topics, and a Master in Chancery. to mould opinion. As to the direction of
Mr. Senior possessed all these qualifications, that opinion Mr. Senior, we imagine, was
and the result of their use is best seen in not very anxious. What he wished was to
his book upon Greece. He had in that book accumulate facts and other men’s opinions
to convey to Europeans the best inforınation on facts, to make Englishmen understand
many other Europeans and a few Greeks foreign lines of thought, not to burden his
could give him about a population which has own impartiality with troublesome convic-
very little of the European in it. He has tions, and usually the strongest idea he
done it,--done it so that no man not a long would express was that the " balance of evi-
resident in Greece could read that little book dence inclined him to believe ” something,
-for Mr. Senior was a wonderful maker of it might be remarkable, but usually very
literary pemmican—without feeling that he ordinary. He was not so much a political
had learnt more about Greece and Greek savan as curator of a museum for political
wants and Greek opinions and Greek chan- savans, and as such was a man who will be
ces than all other reading had ever taught more missed by those whom he lived among
him. The deductions to be drawn from the than many an able ideologue. ·
teaching may of course vary with different
minds; to ours it seems to be that Greece
wants a preliminary stage of Cæsarism, and
to be a little bigger, but that is not the point.

From The Saturday Review.
The gain to the reader is not a dogma struck

TICKNOR'S LIFE OF PRESCOTT. * out for him by a man of genius or great

The great popularity of Mr. Prescott's practical statesman, but the means of mak, writings, and the interest in the writer creing up his own mind as fully as if he had ated by the vague accounts, which were curresided in Greece, of forming an opinion on rent, of the physical incapacity under which Athenian doings as he would form one on he labored, justify his friends in thinking doings in Manchester. Mr. Senior does not that they ought not to leave a life like his draw pictures; but he lists up the fog, so that without its memorial. His friends, too, were if you are a painter, you can sketch for your warm in their affections for him, and strong self; if not, can at all events see. Yet what

in their admiration both of his goodness and ever the deduction he draws, the reader is his powers. He was a man, apparently, of still quite satisfied that that was not the de- anusually attractive and winning character,,, duction Mr. Senior particularly wished him manly, spirited, and honest, inspiring on all to draw. There is the same power exhibited, sides confidence in his kindliness and sympathough in an inferior degree, in the “Notes thy, hearty in his enjoyments, and very unon Egypt” now publishing. Mr. Senior selfish and genial. It is not surprising, was fettered in that country by his inability therefore, that a friend like Mr. Ticknor, who to communicate with men of the pure Orien-had learned to value him while he was still tal type, --Turks and Egyptians not var

unknown, and had watched him rise into nished over with the European whitewash

fame, should think that his biography would which is called in the Levant " civilization,'

bear a somewhat full treatment. Mr. Tick-and was obliged to repeat the opinions of

nor has produced a large and handsome book, people who were all observers from one par- which, in its appearance and illustrations, is ticular point of view. Yet the information

Ву obtained is immense, and will, we suspect, George Ticknor. Boston : Ticknor and Fields. when published in a readable form,- for 1864.

* « The Life of William Hickling Prescott.”

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