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My Man Jeeves

P. G. Wodehouse


The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas


Letters on the Aesthetical Education of Man

Friedrich Schiller


Esoteric Buddhism

A. P. Sinnett


Golden thoughts at Ingleside

by Hattie M. Perkins Leland

Excerpt:

The streets are usually lined with trees, and in some instances double rows of shade-trees extend through the centre of the street.

There are in Savannah several handsome edifices, for public worship, etc. The independent Presbyterian church is one of the finest structures of the kind in this country. It is built of granite, from a quarry in Cnelmsford, Mass., audits lofty spire has been much admired for its symmetrical beauty, and elegance of proportion. The U. S. Custom House is also a very handsome edifice; the building material being taken from the famed quarries of Quincy, Mass.

Two handsome monuments grace the city; one a plain column, somewhat time-honored, erected in

memory of Count Pulaski. This stands in the busiest part of the town, near the river.-—The other is a far more elegant and elaborate piece of workmanship, and stands in honor,—if we may so distinguish,—of the same nobleman, upon the spot where he fell in the cause of American freedom. Pulaski, in the act of falling from his horse upon receiving the death wound, is represented in bas-relief upon one side, an appropriate inscription is upon the opposite side, while surmounting the whole is an exquisite figure of Liberty. The spot upon which the monument' stands is slightly elevated, and a handsome iron paling encloses the whole.

By far the most delightful features about Savannah are the "drives." You leave the city, the Park, which is so fine in promise, the hum of busy life, all behind you, and in a moment are transported to the sweetest embowered and vine-haunted roads, where your carriage rolls on in a kind of dreamy stillness, till suddenly, at the end of an hour or two, you find yourself at not precisely the ocean side, but by the side of the salt-water inlets, or sounds, which come up or between the islands off the coast and the mainland.

Situated on one of these bluffs is "Bonaventure," an enchanting spot. Long years gone by it was the property of a French gentleman whose tasteful hand ornamented it with rows of live oak trgps. I think he designed this as a park or pleasure-ground, near which he intended erecting a handsome dwelling. But "riches took wings," and the property fell into other hands. The trees which his hand planted had more substantial foundation than the Frenchman's hopes, and they stand sturdy and gnarled, waving the long, grey moss from their scraggy arms in a sad, never-ending requiem. The effect of the long arched avenues formed by the embracing branches of opposite trees, festooned so gracefully, yet so sadly, is awe-inspiring. The inland border of sea-water, the opposite islands, with here and there a pretty white cot gleaming from out the foliage, the meandering shore with "Thunderbolt's" dotted bluff a few miles below, help much to enhance the beauty of the landscape.

A portion of "Bonaventure" is occupied by the "silent dead," and several very handsome monuments loom up beside the broad-armed oaks. No fitter place for those who have "gone before'' could be found; and almost a wish to lie under those sheltering "arms," where the green pall fringed with moss, should ever spread above, entered my breast,— though there I should lie far from "the loved ones of home." Like "the vanishing phantoms of love and delight," its memory yet lingers, "like dreams of the night."

LETTER FROM MADISON.

Dear [ndcfH'iHlcnt: Newspaper columns are like railroad cars, freighted with all phases of life, so ^e buy our tickets and taking a seat within columns not built of stone report from our opportunity,

VIEWS FKOM OUll CAK-WINDOW.

First to greet the eye on Hearing Madison, is the dome of the Capitol. White and lofty and graceful though it and the structure which it crowns may be, guide-books, photographs and engravings give more correct ideas of its external appearance than the pen can do. But we take our observation car within the lofty doors crowned by the bas-relief coat-of-arms of Wisconsin, and peep here and there across the marble halls. This is the "Governor's room," which the handsome Governor Fairchild has graced by his presence for so long a time, looked down upon from the lofty walls by a long line of gubernatorial portraitures, not one of which portraits is as handsome in fact or as well executed in skill, as that of the man who was maimed but not disfigured for the maintenance intact of Mrs. Columbia's right of way over the one and inseparable United States of America. The honors of state so ably and gracefully worn have left lines of care upon the face of the Governor which were not there four years ago when he related to us the fact, that for the picture in the Historical Rooms of "Washington and Lincoln," a body of Clay was borrowed for the head of Lincoln.


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