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darin's cap. Following it came the eldest son of the deceased, Poh Fue Ko, accompanied by President Eliot. The youth was clothed in white. Several Chinese officials were present, and also the professors of the university. The services were conducted by Prof. C. C. Everett, who read selections from the works of Confucius and from the New Testament."
Reference is also made to Mr. Newth's experiments, at the meeting of the Physical Society on the nth of March, illustrative of the forma- Formation of tion of fogs. "The fact that burning sulphur, fogs" and even platinum wire rendered incandescent by an electric current, gave off solid particles in sufficient quantity to produce a fog, leads to the inference that even with gas stoves fogs will not be got rid of, though they may be of a lighter colour than those caused by coal fires."
Full tribute is paid to Henry Wadsworth Henry Longfellow, "the most popular of English- KgES speaking poets," on the 1st of April. "He was the son of the Hon. Stephen Longfellow, an eminent lawyer and member of Congress, and was born at Portland, Maine, on the 27th of February, 1807. The father's family had emigrated from England to America in the seventeenth century. On the mother's side also the poet came of a fine old stock, that of John Alden, the first of the Pilgrim Fathers to land
at Plymouth, New England, from the Mayflower. Henry was destined for the law, and, having graduated in 1825 at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, he entered his father's office. But the law was neither his inclination nor his vocation. He soon aspired to a literary career, and the newly established chair of Modern Languages in his own college, Bowdoin, became the object of his wishes. He received this appointment in 1829, after making a tour of three years in Europe— France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland, and England. In 1835, on the resignation of George Ticknor, he passed from Bowdoin College to the chair of Modern Languages and Belles-Lettres in Harvard University. Another European tour, chiefly in the north of the Continent, had preceded this removal, and Longfellow became well versed in the Scandinavian tongues. He retained this professorship up to 1854, when he resigned in favour of Mr. Lowell, and did not afterwards hold any scholastic or official position, but continued to be an independent votary of literature, chiefly poetical. The Craigie House, Cambridge, Massachusetts, which had been the headquarters of Washington after the battle of Bunker's Hill, was for a great number of years the home of Longfellow. He was twice married, his first union lasting from 1831 to 1835, and his second from 1843 to 1861. Surrounded by attached friends, universally respected for his upright and prepossessing character, cherished by those who approached him nearest, and the object of popular admiration all over the world, Longfellow lived one of the most prosperous, and it may be supposed one of the happiest, lives recorded in poetic annals. Fame sought him early, clung to him tenaciously, and never abandoned him; and Fortune allied herself to Fame."
In the same number are two poems "In Memoriam "—one by Mr. Austin Dobson, and the other by Mr. T. Hall Caine.
A proposal made by Dr. W. C. Bennett, the well-known author of 'Songs for Sailors,' to place by public subscription a bust of Longfellow in Poets' Corner, in Westminster Abbey, was received with universal approbation. The committee formed by Dr. Bennett numbered above five hundred. The Prince of Wales accepted the office of chairman, and Mr. Francis Bennoch was the honorary treasurer. The marble bust, by Mr. Thomas Brock, A.R.A., was admitted to its present place in the Abbey His bust by Dean Bradley, this being the first monument Y^"^", of an American author placed there. The five Abbey. hundred autograph adhesions to the committee were presented by the honorary secretary, Dr. Bennett, to the American Longfellow Memorial
Committee, to be placed in such public institution as should best enable them to be inspected by the public of the United States.*
On the 1st of April also particulars are given of the sale at Messrs. Sotheby's of some valuable
Mr. Beresford books and manuscripts from the library of Mr. 1 lope s books
and MSS. Beresford Hope. The entire sale, comprising 466 lots, produced 2,310/., and included the First Folio Shakspeare, which fetched 238/.; the Second, 35/. 1oj.; the Third, 72/. 10s.; and the Fourth, 24/.; the first edition of Homer in Greek, 71/.; 'Bedae Exposicio Lucae et Actuum Apostolorum,' MS. on vellum, written for Ferdinand of Castile, 55/.; and Biblia Polyglotta, printed at the expense of Cardinal Ximenez, 166/.
An obituary notice of Mr. Beresford Hope, sfj^ founder of the Saturday Rev iew, appeared in the Athenceum of the 29th of October, 1887. The first number of the Saturday Review was published on the 3rd of November, 1855, with Mr. John Douglas Cook as editor. He was succeeded by Mr. Philip Harwood, who died in December, 1887.
Denis Florence MacCarthy died on the 7th
America's * 'The Share of America in Westminster Abbey' share in is the subject of an article by Archdeacon Farrar in Abbey. Harper's Magazine for January, 1888, in which an illustration of the Longfellow bust is given.
of April, 1882, at Blackrock, near Dublin. He Denis was born at Dublin about the year 1817, and first MacCarthy. became known as a writer through his poetical contributions to the Nation. The Athenceum of the 15th of April states that "Mr. MacCarthy's poems, notably the 'Bell-Founder,' the 'Voyage of St. Brendan,' the 'Foray of Con O'Donell,' and the ' Pillar Towers of Ireland,' acquired and still retain wide popularity among the Irish people. One of the most generally admired of his lyrics was that entitled ' Summer Longings,' 'Summer commencing:— Losings.'
Ah! my heart is weary waiting,
Waiting for the May—
In addition to his translations of Calderon
Mr. MacCarthy published a curious treatise on the 'M^moires de Villars,' printed for the Philobiblon Society in 1862, and a volume in 1872 on 'Shelley's Early Life.' In the latter book a question was raised which excited some interest in connexion with a satirical poem supposed to have been published by Shelley in 18n, but of which no copy seems to be now obtainable. Mr. MacCarthy's last work was an ode for the centenary of Thomas Moore in 1879."