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and Westerly-now in operation from there and in which Dr. McSparran at the former place as far as Narragan- times preached.* sett Pier, and promised to be com- Like Plato, the Narragansetts bepleted next year—will sweep near lieved in the immortality of the soul, them on the south.
and this belief they affirmed came which in colonial times required down from their ancestors. It could several days by stagecoach and in no other way be accounted for, packet between Boston and New since they had had no acquaintance York is now made in six hours. Thus with civilized nations, and were thus Wood River Junction is but about ignorant of revelation, two hours from Boston, four and a Probably there was never a prouder half from New York and one from and more sensitive race of primitive Providence.
people than the advanced tribes of Perhaps the fairest tract in all this North American Indians. The willregion is that known as Watchaug ingness with which a majority of the Heights, extending from the Cham- New England tribes yielded their plin road to Watchaug Pond, on which lands to the white colonists has hardly it borders for about five eighths of a been explained. mile, and for the most part under In the reservation of ten miles stately oaks a hundred and fifty years square, as adjusted in 1709, is included old. By the road, at an elevation of Shumunkaug Hill, an elevation averone hundred and forty feet from the aging two hundred feet above the sea sea,* is a plateau of fifteen or twenty level, and at some points reaching acres, half of which is covered by a two hundred and twenty-three. grove of thirty or forty years' growth, History does not tell us for how that serves as protection from north many years or how many hundred and east winds.
years this was one of the localities Watchaug Pond, if it were not al- most favored by the Narragansetts. It ready named, might fairly claim the is about a mile south of Wood River title of lake, for its circumference is Junction in the direction of the sea. rated at three miles, and its water, The views from its heights are still inclear and deep, fed from springs, has teresting, although some of them have considerable outflow that finds a way been temporarily obscured by the to the ocean through the Pawcatuck growth of wood. River. It is navigable for steam or The decidedly health-giving qualisailing craft.
ties of this reservation are attributed to The Watchaug lands are separated several causes. Its elevation above by a narrow strip from the Champlin most fogs, whether of land or sea, stock farm of 700 acres, which retains gives it a pure, dry atmosphere; its its name from the early proprietors of drinking waters are excellent; indeed, more than a century ago.
This farm, there is such an absence of contaminow owned by a gentleman of wealth, nating influences that the visitor must extends to the ocean, and from it in applaud the choice by which this discolonial years we
shipped to the trict was retained to the last as the West Indies quantities of cheese, oats home of the aborigines. and other products employing a large Fortunately no Narragansetts of number of hands, both women and pure blood survived to witness the men.
transfer of their favorite lands from In 1745 George Ninegret, then chief the red man to the white. A careful sachem of the Narragansetts, con- estimate places less than fifty persons veyed to Colonel Christopher Cham- in the township, who claim any deplin and others forty acres of land on scent from the once dominant Narrathe post road adjoining the Champlin gansett tribe. farin for a church which was built * History of the Episcopal Church in Narragansett,
† Arnold's History of the State of Rhode Island, Vol. I, * U. S. Geodetic Survey
A truly monumental work, evidently to be happily executed, was planned by Richard Herndon —whose success with the several volumes of Men of Progress of the different New England states was such a satisfaction to us as its publishers-in “Universities and their Sons,'the first volume of which is now ready. Four more are to follow. If they equal this one, with its seven hundred and fisty pages, four hundred illustrations, and luxurious paper and printing, we doubt if any similar set of subscription books can compare with this one. It occupies a new field in university literature, being at once historical and biographical. Recognizing the place and influence of the higher institutions of learning in the development of national life and character, it records the struggles, sacrifices, and triumphs of the men who founded and developed these institutions. It shows what Higher Education has contributed to uplift mankind and advance civilization, and illustrates, by studies of the lives of University Sons, how the university training has borne fruit in the practical affairs of life. The editorial staff consists of General Joshua L. Chamberlain, LL. D., editor-in-chief; William R. Thayer, A. M. (Harvard, '81); Professor Charles H. Smith, LL. D. (Yale, '65); Professor John DeWitt, D. D., LL. D. (Princeton, '61); Professor J. Howard Van Amringe, Ph. D., L. II. D., LL. D. (Columbia, 60); Charles E. L. Wingate, A. B. (Harvard, '83); Albert Lee, B. A. (Yale, '91); Jesse Lynch Williams, A. M. (Princeton, '92); Henry G. Paine, A. B. (Columbia, '80). These names at once place a value on the books quite exceptional in the annals of subscription publishing, and provide for the treatment of each division of the work by the most competent hand available. General Eaton, ex-commissioner of education in the United States. sends a prefatory letter of commendation, while the introduction is by his successor, Hon. William T. Harris, Ph. D., LL. D. In it he treats of higher education in the United States, comparing American and European standards and showing statistically the preeminence of the college graduate, the peculiar function of the classics in education, and the advantages of the college graduate over the self-educated man.
A general article, on “Universities of Learning,” follows by the editor-in-chief, General J. L. Chamberlain, ex-president of Bowdoin College, and ex-governor of Maine; showing how these institutions originated from the natural desire of the human mind for knowledge, and a corresponding impulse to preserve its acquisitions and communicate them to other minds by the founding of some organized means; tracing the passage and quickening of the torch of learning from its earliest fitful gleams in the dark ages down through the mediæval schools and modern universities of Europe, to the American university
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A new evidence of the very welcome tendency to send our students to original sources for their information is furnished in “Studies in American History," by Howard W. Caldwell, which contains tracts or leaflets illustrating by quotations from the actors in the various periods the different stages of our American history, from the founding of the colonies to the Civil War. (J. H. Miller, Lincoln, Neb.)
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mission, if they are in the suburbs, their distance scribed to him by its author, Walter Pulitzer. It
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care and good sense on the part of its compilers. physical, of our recently acquired possessions and of those we hope and mean to take is Charles Morris's “Our Island Empire.” Fully a third of the book is devoted to Cuba which, our Three very unusual studies of character are to author evidently is sure, will be promptly “ab- be found in “Strong Hearts" by George W. sorbed" by the United States. Porto Rico, Ha- Cable. The first, when appearing in magazine waii and the Philippines also have due attention, form, was called “Gregory's Island,” but here but a tiresome failure to give intelligent head- bears the title of “The Solitary." It is of trelines to the pages mars it as a reference guide mendous force. A good man stumbling down which its almost entire and welcome lack of hill to a drunkard's fate, voluntarily pulled him''fine writing" otherwise fits it for. The volume self up on an uninhabited island, cut his boat in seems to combine information that, without it, pieces, resolved to conquer his degrading habit, must be sought in many distinct books. (J. B. or to die in the attempt. The descriptions of the Lippincott Company, Philadelphia. $1.50.) return of the appetite, the vain energy of de
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ter in words can tell such things. The reader An unusually good story of the romantic must hold his breath and feel the chills run down school so popular in recent years is “Hugh his back, in the excitement of those dread hours Gwyeth, a Roundhead Cavalier,” by Beulah M. of battle. That this human tragedy result well Dix. The hero, a mere lad, runs away from his is positively necessary to the reader's comfort. grandfather's grudging care to seek a father and The second study is of "The Taxidermist,” and a career in the royal army and only returns, af- is very lovely in the simplicity and beauty of the ter he has secured both, to whip and magnani- lives portrayed The third, “The Entomologist,"
pictured, for Old South students and others, in Henry Adams's magnificent history, where the two men are brought face to face. When all is said, there was probably no man in America who could write of Washington then more impartially than Chief Justice Marshall. That he did write of him we should all be devoutly thankful; and one of the best things that we can do in this centennial year is to make ourselves more familiar with his monumental but neglected work. His summing up of Washington's character at the end is often printed and well known; but none of us can read it too often, as the judgment of one whose opportunity and right to judge were so preëminent:
"General Washington was rather above the common size, his frame was robust, and his constitution vigorous, .. capable of enduring great fatigue, and requiring a considerable degree of exercise for the preservation of his health. His exterior created in the beholder the idea of strength united with manly gracefulness. His manners were rather reserved than free, though they partook nothing of that dryness and sternness which accompany reserve when carried to an extreme; and on all proper occasions he could relax sufficiently to show how highly he was gratified by the charms of conversation and the pleasures of society. His person and whole deportment exhibited an unaffected and indescribable dignity, unmingled with haughtiness, of which all who approached him were sensible; and the attachment of those who possessed his friendship and enjoyed his intimacy was ardent, but always respectful. His temper was humane, benevolent, and conciliatory; but there was a quickness in his sensibility to anything apparently offensive, which experience had taught him to watch and to correct. In the management of his private affairs he exhibited an exact yet liberal economy. His funds were not prodigally wasted on capricious and ill-examined schemes, nor refused to beneficial though costly improvements. They remained therefore competent to that expensive establishment which his reputation, added to a hospitable temper, had in some measure imposed upon him, and to those donations which real distress has a right to claim from opulence.
He made no pretensions to that vivacity which fascinates, or to that wit which dazzles and frequently imposes on the understanding.
More solid than brilliant, judgment rather than genius constituted the most prominent feature of his character.
“As a military man, he was brave, enterprising and cautious. That malignity which has sought to strip him of all the higher qualities of a general has conceded to him personal courage, and a firmness of resolution which neither dangers nor difficulties could shake. But candor will allow him other great and valuable endowments, If his military course does not abound with splendid achievements, it exhibits series of judicious measures adapted to circumstances, which probably saved his country. Placed, without having studied the theory, or been taught in the school of experience, the practice of war, at the head of an undisciplined, ill-organized multitude which was unused to the restraints and unacquainted with the ordinary duties of a camp, without the aid of officers possessing those lights which the commander in chief was yet to acquire, it would have been a miracle indeed had his conduct been absolutely faultless. But, possessing an energetic and distinguishing mind, on which the lessons of experience were never lost, his errors, if he committed any, were quickly repaired; and those measures which the state of things rendered most advisable were seldom if ever neglected. Inferior to his adversary in the numbers, in the equipment, and in the discipline of his troops, it is evidence of real merit that no great and decisive advantages were ever obtained over him, and that the opportunity to strike an important blow never passed away unused. He has been termed the American Fabius; but those who compare his actions with his means will perceive at least as much of Marcellus as of Fabius in his character. He could not have been more enterprising without endangering the cause he defended, nor have put more to hazard without incurring justly the imputation of rashness. Not relying upon those chances which sometimes give a favorable issue to attempts apparently desperate, his conduct was regulated by calculations made upon the capacities of his army, and the real situation of his country. When called a second time to command the armies of the United States, a change of circumstances had taken place, and he meditated a corresponding change of conduct. In modelling the army of 1798, he sought for men distinguished for their boldness of execution not less than for their prudence in counsel, and contemplated a system of continued attack. 'The enemy,' said the general in his private letters, 'must never be permitted to gain foothold on our shores.'
“In his civil administration, as in his military career, were exhibited ample and