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by his poems. “A Health” and “Picture Song” are considered his best—their beauty makes us mourn his early death. At the time he was numbered one of the “five greatest poets of the country.” On his return from a journey to Mexico, taken for his health, he was elected, in 1826, professor of Belles lettres in the University of Maryland, formerly called the College of Baltimore.

WORKS.

Poems: Rodolph, a Fragment, and other Poems.

A HEALTH.

I fill this cup to one made up

Of loveliness alone;
A woman of her gentle sex

The seeming paragon;
To whom the better elements

And kindly stars have given
A form so fair, that, like the air,

'Tis less of earth than heaven.

Her every tone is music's own,

Like those of morning birds,
And something more than melody

Dwells ever in her words ;
The coinage of her heart are they,

And from her lips each flows
As one may see the burdened bee

Forth issue from the rose.

Affections are as thoughts to her,

The measures of her hours;
Her feelings have the fragrancy,

The freshness of young flowers;
And lovely passions, changing oft,

So fill her, she appears
The image of themselves by turns,-

The idol of past years.

Of her bright face, one glance will trace

A picture on the brain,
And of her voice in echoing hearts

A sound must long remain;
But memory such as mine of her

So very much endears,
When death is nigh my latest sigh

Will not be life's, but hers.

I fill this cup to one made up

Of loveliness alone,
A woman, of her gentle sex

The seeming paragon-
Her health and would on earth there stood

Some more of such a frame, That life might be all poetry,

And weariness a name.

SONG.

We break the glass, whose sacred wine,

To some beloved health we drain, Lest future pledges, less divine,

Should e'er the hallowed toy profane :
And thus I broke a heart that poured

Its tide of feelings out for thee,
In draughts, by after times deplored,

Yet dear to memory.
But still the old empassioned ways

And habits of my mind remain,
And still unhappy light displays

Thine image chambered in my brain; And still it looks as when the hours

Went by like flights of living birds, Or that soft chain of spoken flowers

And airy gems, thy words.

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Tulane University, New Orleans, La. Limited space permits us to give view of only one of the buildings of this great institution.

CHARLES ETIENNE ARTHUR GAYARRÉ.

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CHARLES ÉTIENNE ARTHUR GAYARRÉ, descended from a family which was among the early settlers of Louisiana, was born in New Orleans. He was educated at the College of New Orleans, studied law in Philadelphia, and served in the State Legislature. In 1835, he was elected to the United States Senate, but ill-health prevented his taking the seat, and he spent the eight succeeding years in Europe. He was afterwards Secretary of State of Louisiana, and in the seven years of his service he did much to promote an interest in letters and history, and to establish the State Library on a firm basis.

He sided with his State in secession, and in 1863 recommended the emancipation and arming of the slaves. Since the war, he has spent his time in literary work, and has written both in English and French, gaining a distinguished place especially as a historian.

WORKS. Histoire de la Louisiane

Phillip II. of Spain. Romance of the History of Louisiana.

Fernando de Lemos. Louisiana: Colonial History.

Aubert Dubayet. Louisiana, as a French Colony.

School for Politics, (drama). History of the Spanish Dominion in Louis- Dr. Bluff, comedy in 2 Acts. iana.

Addresses, History of Louisiana, to 1861.

Judge Gayarré has been an able and tireless worker in the history and literature of his native state. His works are admirable, full of life and color, although his style is lacking in terseness and strength. “He has indicated in the first volume of his "History of Louisiana' what might be done by a gifted fiction-writer with the picturesque legends and traditions therein heaped together in luxuriant confusion. One feels while reading, that the writer has been hampered here and there by the temptation to be a romancer rather than remain a historian, and one does not experience any surprise at this in view of the profusion of startling and strange incidents.”—Maurice Thompson.

LOUISIANA IN 1750-1770.

(From History of Louisiana, French Domination.) It was in this year, 1751, that two ships, which were transporting two hundred regulars to Louisiana, stopped at Hispaniola. The Jesuits of that island obtained permission to put on board of those ships, and to send to the Jesuits of Louisiana, some sugar canes, and some negroes who were used to the cultivation of this plant. The canes were put under ground, according to the directions given, on the plantation of the reverend fathers, which was immediately above Canal street, on a portion of the space now occupied by the Second Municipality of the city of New Orleans. But it seems that the experiment proved abortive, and it was only in 1796 that the cultivation of the cane, and the manufacturing of sugar, was successfully introduced in Louisiana, and demonstrated to be practicable. It was then that this precious reed was really naturalized in the colony, and began to be a source of ever-growing wealth, [owing to the enterprise of Jean Étienne de Boré].

On board of the same ships, there came sixty girls, who were transported to Louisiana at the expense of the King. It was the last emigration of the kind. These girls were married to such soldiers as had distinguished themselves for their good conduct, and who, in consideration of their marriage, were discharged from service. Concessions of land were made to each happy pair, with one cow and its calf, one cock and five hens, one gun, one axe, and one spade.

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