Literary expressions are often ridiculous when measured by common sense. In a work on architecture, now before us, from the pen of a distinguished Boston gentleman, we read that "in the seventeenth century, when the American wilderness was beginning to blossom under the feet of the European colonists, there existed" etc. It so happens, in. fact, that the American wilderness blossomed long before the colonist put his foot on it; indeed some of the most famous of American flowers blossom in the said wilderness, where no man's foot-prints show; and in any event just how a plant or even a wilderness, is to blossom under a foot - though the foot of an European colonist - is hard to comprehend. '* Keep your feet off the grass " is a good sign in some gardens; and might be useful in such rhetoric as this.