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THROUGH A WOMAN'S EYE.
MRS. LUCY YEEND CULLER.
REV. PROF. W. H. WYNN, PH.D.
PUBLISHED FOR THE AUTHOR.
Bacon's Essay on travel, written when the great age of discovery and travel was just opening upon the world, is still the wisest summary of good counsel on the subject that can anywhere be found. The benefit of travel, the objects the traveller should look after and the places he should visit; the aids he should seek and the company he should keep; and, finally, the beneficent uses to which his knowledge and experiences should be applied all this is condensed in that brief essay not two spans long.
In the closing parapraph ample justification is found for the little book that is herewith sent forth upon the world. “When a traveller returneth home, let him not leave the countries where he hath travelled, altogether behind him, but maintain a correspondence by letters with those of his acquaintance which are of most worth.”. The same end, however,--that of keeping up the interest of travel among the friends with whom we are anxious to share the marvel of the sights we have seen, and the memory of the thronging experiences through which we have passed, may be attained by writing a book, especially if in that book some definite aim is kept in view. There is no better souvenir, and no better way of not “ leaving the travelled lands altogether behind."
It is true there are many books of this kind, and it is held that they can have only a transitory interest within a circle of readers that is never at any time large. But there is a peculiar exhilaration attending the reading of a book of this kind, a pleasure somewhat analogous to that which the traveller himself enjoys when in the presence of strange objects and strange people he notes down his experiences and catches and cages the pass