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The Literati Of Thirteen Years Ago

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A writer in the Louisville Gou Journal thus muses on the annotracement of il tli.j BreakfesMBabl : " ■■'■orots oonimnnicated by theenterpri ing pnblishersof the Altmtir !y to the gentlemen of the press,- Bccret8 which the gentlemen ot' the press, disvegarding tho injuuction of the old song, nro expected not to keep, - is one whioh, albeit of eurreat literary int may, we dare s iy will, Btart tome sentimental memorias in tlio middle-aged American bcsom. Middle-aged! There is a sadnesa in the thomrht that ten - olcveu - twelve - nay, thiv' have passed siuce the Autoorat of "the Break!le Ix'giui to be iiis own Boswell ; and that in consequenco the young people of that period can cali themselves young people no longer. The divinity student is, by this timo, a doctor of divinity ; the young man they cali " John " has got on in Ufe, and, haviag made Wa fortune during the war, has settled down after the orthodox lioston fashion, into steady respeotability, leotures, libraries, and public benences ; the juvenile Beu Franklin likewise made bis mark duricig tio furore, was a hero and soldier, and is a membbr of Asseinbly ; and the little si:hoi.i!mislrcss, - why, biest - sho must be six-and-thirtyby this time, and the mother of manj children! Phan toiBs all, but they will come and go in gpiteofus. [ndeed, there may be many ghostly changesin thirteon years; and wheo tbc poet resumes the wise and kindtle of tlio Autocrat at the Breakfast 'l'ublo, - which is the secret we spoko of - wo may not look tosee the pany gathere 1 to listen. It isnaost likely that the enow has fallen many times upon tve of the old man who sat oppoeite, the dear old gentleman who gave the blessing at the end of the " long walk" asitbad fallen in reallife upon the graves of loved onas wholaughed and wept witB ui away baok yonder in 1858. Happy time! happy, peaceful time' Irving was alive then, and read tb of those dftlightf ui piqsersj and the grim cast ot' powder and ir i vet come Binirehing over the simple Ar of Au. and thought and letters. ' te had not been hardened - we will not say corrupted - y learnod and worldwise oritical oxaotions. The public appreciation had no ultivaif wholesoi et, by warl ins. [t di of a battle or the burning of a Chicago to raake an evont of uni tco. Thcri quiotude even in flio old names. ELiwthorne lived and wrote, and iiou: . live and active person. ( leo. m ( lurtis a sort of b all the Muges, - young and trim, and Byroaio, at least iu shirt oollar,- and Aidrich and Winter were mere striplings. .Lowell had written little proso ; and l and Edwin Y hippie wore oracli i. I '■ lmi 1 6 ad Sse had friendly The great names in our military vocabulary were Wiufiold Scott and Phil. Koarney and General Twiggs and Colonel Juok Hayes. The Granta, bermanSjthe Leo , were unknown to iiad tho journalism of tlio country been penetratoa by Buch Btron ; Whitelaw Reid, and Murat Halstead, arid BEorace White. Dr. Solland, and not Samuel Bowles, editcd tho Sprinfióld Bepublicun. John i' Youni waa reading proofs lor Uoloncl Fornfy '. and I lint were baroly out of so 'ana wa3an emtryo r, and perhaps little thought oming a war ■ . -a m m of n and business, - to buist flnally innewspaper sunflowor of iiicks and Parke G and Dr. ' ld held pos; o ision i f the [ oritical in " ■ old lm , AYiHis, w i-í a ; real literarv power in tho land. Porto Crayon was a lio c ; -dií Miss Floia Mü : ■ . , t B I the ll.'atlieii I ad muoh uioie it was : tashii bable in tho&o days to d cuss Po ■ au I t K : ron. There . temían lh a ni'iv reit in literature and set up a new ■ I. in tho executi n of which purpoae they drank great quantities of beer and ' I Binoked great pipefula of tobáceo, and wrote n.11 manner of odd rliymes, irrogular and funny as thoir own livos - until - until there Cftme a suddon flash and smell of powder, and whon the tdouds blow away thoy wt.-ro all Rono, lik ) tho goblins in the Oastle St -tur. A queer old peaoeful tiniü! Woon iioaulay wrote tii-vt letter to Uivua of Virginio, and pre lioted what ciime to pass pee lÜj", uil thoso pena Lw into an indignant passion, avd his loidship got [f roughly rebuked for daring to (.■ast an aspersión üpon the perpetuity oí Am irioan Liberty and Union. Webster' famoua pororation was immenaely popular; and indeed, for tbo matter of that, ii migtal be profltably roTived in schools uiddebatinu si aba, tkough tli- sugLfostion ia bende the present writiag. Éiward Evoratt rupTtfsonted our ideal orator; nul Maud Muller was as familiar a charaoter asVii tori t Woodhuli We had not Oolonel Jamos Fisk, Jr., but wo 1) i ' Captain Isaiah Bynden; and what a s-u sation Puil Sforpby nnl hi cheMtnoii raí id, to be snro! CUarlotto Cushmao mado Mog Morillcs alntost as popular as JofFírs;n has malí' Uip Van WinWö; Forrcst and lur.l.i h w ro favoritos; old Burton sarr'. 1 all beforehin in oomedy ; John ]5roug'.,a.n troiled offsquiba, brleraues and xtraTaanzaa by tko yird, and all the girb wt-roin lovo with Leat r Wallack. Urct llvrte and John Hfty lwd not put on thoir litoravy pisaforM, nor Joaquín Milloi his yar-paint Bundy, dreamless of an Amerioan P-iH Maü 0 :iifi, read lvw in Wissonsin. tlowolls wag the deniï3a of an Ohiorülage; and thu "bravo Ij y' of Franklin Square werfi Jittlo chaps in round.obouts. Wo had serious oarioatnres thpn ; for tho ■wit of Eoöaefort mid tiu billingtgate of Brownlow bad not united in the ponoil of Naat. In ■tillare, in art, in soionco, all wíis orudo, iiuit'iliv., siiuplo, cominon-plaoo, provincial, ulmost rural. Why, Haurioe iStrukosoh was ooüiiderod a Ürst-class piiiiisi, and John B. üough made pooplo ory !


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