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• We met again ere long,
three crosses on all their doors, being firmly persuaded Oh! not beneath the moon's soft ray,
that it is only by using this precaution, they can proBut in a heartless throng, 'Neath Fashion's rule-and Folly's sway.
tect themselves from the bad designs of the unholy
assembly.' • Vows were upon each tongue,
Which seal'd our lips in silence deep;
NOTICES. < But in his earnest gaze,
Illustrations of the Bible. Prom designs by Westall His soul's keen anguislı well I read,
and Martin. Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4.-BULL & CAURTON. It spoke—“My bosom pays With quivering groans each tear you
This is a work of an interesting character, the de
sign is admirable, and the execution masterly. The 6 That look hath never pass'd
talents of Martin and Westall hitherto only within From off the mirror of my brain, I felt 'wonld be his lastreach of the affluent, are now, from the unparrallelled
We It was-we never met again !
cheapness of this work, within the reach of all.
wish the spirited publishers every possible success. THE WITCH DANCE ON THE BROCKEN.
We have received some specimens of Mr. Perry's new
Patent Pens, of a perfectly novel construction. One is There is a very ancient and favourite tradition in adapted for writing a considerable number of lines Germany, called, Der Herentanz auf dem Brocken, or with but one dip of ink—the other consists of a novel “ The Witch-dance on the Brocken,” which is said to application of Indian Rubber to give elasticity to the have had its origin in the following circumstances :
Where despatch is a desideratum the FounCharlemagne had found all his pious endeavours to tain pen presents great facility, while for remarkable Convert the Saxons ineffectual. The heathens retired elasticity and freedom, we have met with no steel pen before his arms into their woods and fortresses, and, as that will bear comparison with the Indian Rubber spring
as they found themselves beyond his reach, pen. resumed their horrid rites and devil-worship. To put a stop to these impieties, the Christian emperor stationed guards at the passes of the mountains, when the season
PARIS CORRESPONDENCE. of the heathen festivals approached; but the Saxons eluded his soldiers by a very ingenious contrivance. The genial warmth of Summer now fills the garden They arrayed themselves in the skins and horns of and the meadow with flowers of a thousand hues: the beasts, and wielding fire-brands and rude clubs, pre- trees are vocal with the feathered songsters of nature, sented themselves in this terrific guise to the guards, and the Parterre alive with the futtering of the spangled who, conceiving them to be so many demons, took to butterfly and the glittering beetle; but the seducing flight, and spread abroad a variety of appaling stories warmth of the season brings forth still greater embelof the spirits which haunted the Brocken, and other lishments of our promenades—those who are gallantly inaccessible spots. The Marchen runs as follows: said to be the loveliest productions of nature, who, cast.
* Among the Harz mountains, there is an exceedingly ing aside the shrouding cloak and the envious veil, lofty one, which rears its head far above the rest, and give to the rendezvous of fashion attractions a thousand overlooks all the country fifteen miles round. It is times more enchanting than the song of the birds, the called the Brocken ;, but when we talk of the incanta- variegated offspring of the earth, or the gaudy flies that tions and demon rites which were performed here in steal the nectar of the flowers. heathen times, and are said to be still practised by those Promenaders here seem to Aoat by us in dresses as wretches who have sold themselves to the Devil, we call light as the film of the gossamer, and robed in muslin it the Blocksberg. Upon its cold and barren summit, and organdi, are so exquisite in form and so etherial in which glitters all over with a thousand millions of costume that, as it has been poetically remarked, they rock-crystals, the Devil holds an annual festival, on the seem denizens of the Eternal City who have mistaken night between the last day of April and the first of this earth, in the fragrance of the flowers, the balmy May, well known by the name of Walpurgi's night, to softness of the air, and the seeming happiness of all which all the witches and magicians on earth are around, for their own regions of joy. invited. As soon as midnight has tolled, the guests The hair is not usually glittering with the jewels of begin to arrive from all quarters, upon brooms, and the earth, or the gorgeous embellishments of gold and pitchforks, and giants' bones, and other strange steeds ; tissue with which less elegantly designed head-dresses and the great Devil himself brings along with him not are constructed; a light feather is placed in the coiffure, a few to the entertainment. When all are met, an im- which bending gracefully over the head, yields lightly mense bonfire is lighted up, and a wild dance com- to the Summer breeze, and waves with every
motion, mences; after which, the Devil mounts the Devil's The “ toute ensemble" is peculiarly captivating, and pulpit, and delivers a blasphemous harangue, at the con- gives an etherial lightness to the figure hardly to be clusion of which a supper, consisting wholly of sausa
imagined. ges, is served up upon the witches'-altar. At the first But while we yield the palm to the muslin-clothed blush of morning the whole assembly disperses. The beauties of the promenade we must give due praise to peasants dwelling in the neighbourhood of the Brocken, costumes which, though less simple in their design, are on the approach of Walpurgi's night, draw the sign of beautiful in their fabric, and well chosen in their deco
It is es
tation. A large portion of our fair countrywomen border. Two pelerines bordered in the same way had brave the encroachments of the zephyr in the more six rows of lace. Sleeves a la folle; underneath the splendid dresses of the ball room, and the galleries of skirt a Scotch batiste petticoat, richly embroidered the dance, at the Thuilleries, never shone more efful- before, ceinture and cravatte of the same, the hat ornagently in splendidly attired visitants, than the prome
mented with Scotch ribbon. nades of Paris, and the gardens of St. Cloud, Tivoli, An India muslin dress was embroidered au plumetis and a hundred other places of elegant resort during the in the following manner :-Two rows of bouquets werer delightful Suminer evenings we now enjoy. Ours is placed on each side the skirt, en tablier, and increasing truly the capital, par excellence, for out of door amuse. gradually towards the bottom; bouquets were placed ments, and perhaps not another European metropolis en chevrons on very large sleeves, and a double pelecan boast of so many, or such delightful promenades. rine, the underneath one surrounded with bouquets, and To this may in a great measure be attributed the fact the other covered entirely with them, diminishing that we are not so completely innundated and isolated towards the neck. at certain seasons of the year as you are; our rotation The following is a pretty toilet :-A redingote of of gaities it is which charms and delight all foreigners mousseline de soie, neutral tint, embroidered silk of the who pay us a feeting visit.
same tint, after gothic designs; jupon white moire, From these varied attractions of pleasure grounds, chemisette point d'Angleterre: capote green pou de the theatres find it no easy task to attract company, soie, ornamented with green and white ribhons, half no pains have been spared by them in giving every veil on point, bottines gros de Naples, same colour. variety of amusement. Pieces for the first time acted The inner sleeves of eider-down are worn of dimenare in great requisition ; thus affording much scope to sions not quite so great as they have been, living talent; and the vaudevilles are extended to an pecially about the shoulders that there is less amplitude. awful period,-seven, eight, or even nine acts, the ma- For negligée toilettes, printed Scotch batistes have nagers being resolved that there shall be no cause for usurped the place of the jaconas. A black ground is grumbling with regard to quantity any more than generally preferred. quality.
For the metropolis the sleeves themselves are large Day balls are considerably in vogue, they have as yet and without gigots. They are frequently supported by hardly got beyond the faubourgs St. Germain and St. silk under sleeves. Honoré. In becoming very popular things have, as in Ball Dresses.---Round an organdi dress, open your aristocratic part of the world, very frequently lost as a redingote in front, was a ruche of rose-coloured their value in the eyes of our exclusive elegantes. gauze ribbon, placed above the hem and winding round Organdi dresses embroidered on English worsted, na- the folds of the corsage, the corsage plain and décolleté. tural flowers in the coiffure, are in general estimation The petticoat in white gros de Naples ; sleeves short ; on these occasions. By those who do not dance, tulle the ceinture tied. Little rose-coloured næuds sprinkled turbans, without bird of paradise feathers, and fre- amongst the tufts of hair and falling low on the face, quently hats are worn. Blonde hats are considerably completed this toilet. diminishing.
Fabrics of a single neutral tint, grey or London smoke Day balls have been followed by night fêtes, and the for instance, we have seen embroidered in very strong gardens of Tivoli have been resplendent in beauty and colours, such as blue, cherry colour, &c ; these may be fashion, the amusements being carried on throughout considered as more particularly applicable to fancy ball the night. The brilliance of the gardens conld scarcely dresses, but some of them look uncommonly well as be eclipsed by broad daylight, the charming novelty of ball toilets ; a redingote of Scotch batiste, the hem and the scene, combined with its peculiar attraction, have the extremity of the pelerines of which had a pale blue rendered its frequent renewal almost certain, during the embroidered border with a ceinture and scarf of the continuance of this oppressive weather; indeed any same, had a very becoming effect. time during the four-and-twenty hours is pleasanter
Hats, Caps, &c.---Hats are worn with the fronts than that which is under the influence of a powerful
wide and the sides descending low on each side of the sun.
face, and the crown elevated. C. de A.
For the most part, rice straw hats are lined with materials of the same colour ; a very pretty variety how
ever came under our notice in a delicate green crape LONDON AND PARISIAN FASHIONS.
lining, the ribbons of white taffeta streaked with green, FROM A VARIETY OF THE MOST AUTHENTIC SOURCES
and a bouquet of mignionette at the side.
Some rice straw hats are ornamented with ribbons of
a white ground, and painted or embroidered in flowers “Le Petit Courrier des Dames"-"Journal de Paris et des Modes, L'Observateur des Modes et L'In
of every variety of shade. The richness of these
renders unnecessary every other kind of ornament. discret"" Le Follet Courrier des Salons"_06 Le
For the country the whalebone capotes, in various Mercure des Salons," &c. &c.
fabrics, as pou de soie, gros de Naples, embroidered DRESSES.-Amplitude and length is still the reigning muslin, organdi, tulle, &c. bear the sway. Though the order with dresses at the commencement of the season. Pe
Italian straw is still in high consideration and very lerines are much worn attached to the corsages, some in
convenient for pretty negligées ; they are frequently a light fabric, others of the same material as the dress,
trimmed with a taffeta ribbon, and a half veil is someWe observed a muslin redingote with three folds
times sewn to the border. round the hem, each about an inch deep, had a little lace A somewhat remarkable, but withal pretty bonnet
INCLUDING COPIOUS EXTRACTS FROM
of Italian straw we observed, trimmed with white ribe maison Hocquet, était en paille de riz, forme un peu bon of large pattern, and on the side a bouquet of three moins longue des joues que la plupart des chapeaux roses, yellow, rose-coloured, and deep brown, with a d'aujourd'hui, évasé et garni avec un ruban de gros de green sprig or two.
Naples nué de blanc, vert chou et vert myrthe : Il était Turbans of plain transparent tulle are much admired; orné d'une rose unique, à calice vert, placée presqu'au
milieu de la calotte ; un seul næud semblable à un having, instead of a continuation of the tulle, entre deux of muslin, rose-coloured lining, one crossing the
naud de cravate, était posé auprès de la fleur ; sous la front to break the uniformity.
passe, de la blonde et des fleurs roses, blanches et vertes MATERIALS AND COLOURS.---One of the newest, mélangées. and perhaps most useful colours, from its combining so
Les bonnets, pour les déjeuners dansant, se font well in effect with most other colours, is grey, it has
toujours en blonde-dentelle ; mais les blondes nouvelles,
au lieu d'être totalement droites comme celles de l'hiver been pretty generally adopted in the promenade for demi-toilettes : It is a tinge between a dusky grey and
dernier, commencent a se détacher en dents fort peu a blue, bright green is probably among the only colours marquées. Ces bonnets s'ornent quelquefois de maro. with which it disagrees.
La toilette adoptée par les jeunes personnes élégantes The poussière du desert (dust of the desert), is also frequently made choice of for negligées silk dresses, a pour las bals de jours, se compose d'une robe de batiste delicate rose-coloured capote sets this off very well.
blanche ou d'organdi à petits pois blancs et brodée de This colour is also used for hats, but it should be lined
mille couleurs ; la coiffure en bandeaux, uh bouquet de
fleurs naturelles, et au lieu d'écharpe, un grand ruban with rose, and very simply trimmed. Varieties.---Printed gros de Naples shawls of a
large de gros de Naples, broché de mille nuances ; des very light texture are now very much worn. Others of
bas de fil d'Ecosse tout-à-fait unis et remarquable par
leur finesse; enfin, des souliers de gros de Naples noirs. gros de Naples, in checks of two shades, seem to divide
On observe que les femmes en voiture, celles qui de patronage with the printed chalis.
Umbrellas, à la mode are, many of them, in pou de suivent pas la mode et la donnent, que les femmes les soie, decorated with various designs more or less varied, plus élégantes, disons-nous, font incliner les robes en
obtenir une apparence des traines que porthe ground generally white or of some very pale colour. Some wear them even painted with landscapes or flowers.
taient nos mères. Les robes longues à cette époque,
donnaient à la démarche une gravité que nous retrouReal flowers are very much worn in the hair, particularly out of doors, at fêtes champétres, &c. ; these, vons aujourd'hui. Les grands éventails anciens for
cent aussi les mouvemens à une lenteur qui n'est pas placed tastefully (to be on the safe side they should be
sans charme ; si c'est une affaire de goût, nous nous used sparingly), give an inexpressible charm to the youthful countenance.
bornerons ici à dire que la bonne grâce de la tournure et des manières gagne à tout se qui est mesuré; mais ci c'est une mode à son aurore, nous nous empresserons
d'être les prerniers à la singaler et à la proclamer. MODES DE PARIS ET DE LONDRES.
Un genre simple adopté pour les mouchoirs de poche
est une rivière de points à jours, large comme le doigt, PUISEES AUX SOUP.CES LES PLUS AUTHENTIQUES, sans aucune broderie ; ce que nous avons remarqué de COMPRENANT UN CHOIX D'EXTRAITS DES JOURNAUX fort élégant dans un riche trousseau sont deux lignes ou
deux rivières de jours, au-dessus de chacune desquelles “ Le Follet, Courrier des Salons"...“ Le Petit Cour.
se place une valenciennes haute de trois doigts.
Une nouvelle façou de capotes froncées a obtenu le rier des Dames"..“ La Mode''..." Journal des Dames"
plus grand succès. Les formes très-delicates soutien&c. &c.
nent si merveilleusement la passe, qu elle ne peut pas Nodes. -Le caractére principal de la mode est l'in- plus se déformer que les passes montées sur doublure ; konstance ; amante coquette, elle retire ses faveurs aussi quelques-unes de celles que nous avons vues étaient légèrement qu'elle les accorde ; ce qui lui déplaisait hier, garnies de ruches découpés, ce qui est plus doux au elle en raffole aujourd'hui. 'est par suite de ce caractère visage que les ruches de ruban. changeant qu'elle adopte aujourd'hui les couleurs Une autre forme du soir, qui va parfaitement aux foncées pour les rubans destinés à garnir les chapeaux lumières, est en tulle froncé, avec des rubans de taffetas de paille de riz, et qu'elle abandonne presqu'entièrement passés dans les coulisses ; tout autour de la passe est le rose et le blanc, couleurs qui semblent si fraîches un double boullion en tulle, qui bouffe légèrement, c'estaux premiers jours du printemps.
à-dire figure un peu la ruche et n'est pas aplati comme Les chapaux de paille de riz que nous avons les bias de crêpe lisse. Voici un mot de détail sur une marqués dans les premières maisons de la capitale, sont autre qui était en tulle avec des coulisses roses, ayant garnis de rubans bleu barbeau foncé et ornés de plumes sous la passe un tour de tête bouillonné, au mileu de la même couleur; d'autres sont vert bronze ornés de duquel étaient piquées de petites fleurs roses en grappes plumes bronze. Nous en avous vu quelques-une remar- légères ; sur la forme un très-simple neud, qui retenait quables par leur bisarrerie ; ils étaient aussi en paille
au milieu d'un bouillon de tulle une longue grappe rose. de riz, garnis de rubans écrus et ornés de deux plumes On pose principalement sur les chapeaux de paille écrues et d'une troisième plume rose : les rubans gros
les fleurs d'ébénier, d'acacia, des roses mousseuses, des vert, accompagnés de plumes de même nuance, sonť Heurs de pêcher et du spiréa entremêlé de boutons de également bien employés.
roses ; les fleurs des champs forment aussi de charmans Un fort joli chapeau que nous avons aperçu à la Fête bouquets sur les chapeaux de paille d'Italie ou de paille de Nuit de Tivoli, et que nous savons sortir de la consue anglaise.
DONT LES TITRES SUIVENT:
-Quelques modistes ont confectionné dernièrement plunge the unfortunate peripatetic in deep mud. A vides turbans en organdi brodé en soie de coleur, qui con- sit to Lord Byron was our first step on landing : his viennent parfaitement à la saison, lorsqu'on est obligé abode was a tolerable house close to the part of the de porter une coiffure habillée.
beach most convenient for landing or going afloat. It Pour tenir lieu de bonnets de blonde, on orne de had, for the place, great prétention, and was approached fleurs les points d'Angleterre. Les fleurs sont très- by a gateway opening into a little miry court-yard, délicates; on les place en petits bouquets descendant surrounded by a wall, with some small offices on one de chaque côté des joues, ou en deux demi-guirlandes side. The principal and only tolerable room was apséparées au milieu du front. Quelques-uns sont aussi proached by an outward stair. Three sides were furélégans qu'une coiffure de bal. Un cordon de fleurs nished with sofas in the Turkish taste, A deal shelf, forme deux fois le tour de la tête, et est séparé au milieu apparently stuck against the wall, was loaded with par une garniture de points qui se termine par deux books ; the floor was encumbered with packing-cases, barbes descendant de chaque côté. Le fond du bonnet some nailed down, some opened ; the latter filled with est à jour, de manière à ce que le second cordon de books, as, I took for granted, were the former. Round fleurs entoure la natte.
the walls were appended to numerous nails and pegs, - On met aussi des couronnes de roses effeuillées fowling-pieces and pistols of various descriptions and sous la garniture des petits bonnets en point; ces nations ; sabres and yataghans. The corridor or anticouronnes soutiennent la garniture en auréole autour du chamber, or whatever else it might be termed, swarmed front.
with Mainotes and others, armed to the teeth. - On fait des turbans en tulle uni trés-clair, ayant, ushered in by Tita, his Lordship's chasseur, who reau lieu de chef, des entre-deux de mousseline brodée minded me of the French Sapeurs, as he wore a bushy doublés en rose.
Un de ces entre deux traverse le front, beard, with his livery, which was set off by two silver afin de corriger ce que le blanc mat aurait de trop froid epaulettes. He was an immense fellow, upwards of six à la physionomie.
feet in height, and although well-proportioned for such - Les batistes d'Ecosse imprimées remplacent les a herculean figure, his frame was too large and heavy, jaconas pour les toilettes négligées. Les fonds blancs for his stature to come within the description of elegant. sont préférés.
His page was a young Greek, dressed as an Albanian or Une robe de mousseline des Indes était brodée au Mainote, with very handsomely chased arms in his girdle, plumetis dans les dispositions suivantes : deux rangées his maître d'hôtel, or fac-totum, an honest looking, de bouquets formant tablier de chaque côté du jupon, et though not elastic Northumbrian, named Fletcher, who grandissant progressivement vers le bas ; des bouquets, | seemed, and doubtless with reason, a great favourite placées en chevrons sur des manches très-larges, et une with his master. double pélerine, la première entourée de bouquets, et la “On sitting down to dinner, which, to deliver us from seconde couverte entièrement de bouqu diminuant the plague or pestilence, was set on a deal table, withvers le cou.
out the intervention of a cloth, he laughingly apologised - Le luxe de la chaussure a aussi ses gradations se- for his table, which, from the circumstances wherelon l'heure de la journée. En sortant du lit, on met des in he was then placed, was not, as he said, trop pantoufles en petits points, des bas en fil d'Ecosse; pour bien montée ; but he felt the less annoyed when he rela toilette du déjeûner, des pantoufles en satin ou autre flected that men of our profession understood those tissu brodé, soit en soie, en or, et bas à jour ; pour la things, and were of course prepared for all sorts of pripromenade, des bottines en peau anglaise, pou-de-soie, vations. He then bustled about, actively assisted by drap de soie, &c. ; et enfin pour le costume de salon, les Fletcher, who was but poorly aided by the Greek mesouliers en pou de soie ou gros de Naples, dans les nials in placing the dishes to the best advantage, drawnuances qui vont avec celles de la toilette. On voit ing corks, and all the et cætera of the table. To disbeaucoup de souliers gris, verts, violets. Les cothur- pose the table was rendered a service of some difficulty nes, pour les nouer, sont toujours très-étroits.
by its compendiousness. On opening a bottle of wine, and inspecting the complexion of its contents, his lordship questioned Fletcher as to its name and lineage.
'I really don't know, my lord,' was the reply. Then LORD BYRON'S LATTER DAYS
away with it,' he rejoined ;-'I hate anonymous wine.'
Seest thon yon rose, that in deep richness blowing,
'Mid the green silence of its parent tree, Smiles over all the small flowers 'neath it growing ?
Dearest! 'tis beautiful, but not like thee!
“Forrester, afterwards surgeon on board of the Conrict ship lost off Boulogne, and who went down with her, poor fellow! wrote two very interesting letters describing a visit to him at Missolunghi, a few weeks before Byron's death.
“Misolunghi is just as wretched a collection of honses and huts as can be well imagined. It stands in the recess of a large and shallow bay, upon a morass which extends from the bay to the foot of the hills, which rise two or three miles inland. The season was very rainy and the houses were insulated among mire and waterthe communications being kept up by stepping-stones and attempts at trottoirs, which resembled low walls, in passing over which, the least loss of equillibrium would
Seest thou yon star in the fair heaven gleaming
Alike upon the servile and the free,
Dearest! 'tis beautiful, but not like thee !
What in the mighty worlds of earth or ocean,
Thine image, Geraldine can bring to me?
Bends before all,- but worships only THER!
The cause of rain is thus accounted for by Hurlon and Dal. ton. If two masses of air, of unequal temperatures, are, when saturated with vaponr, intermixed by the ordinary currents of the winds, a precipitation ensues. If the masses are under saturation, then less precipitation takes place, or none at all, according to the degree. Also, the warmer the air, the greater is the quantity of vapour precipitated in like circumstances. Hence the reason why rains are heavier in summer than in winter, and in warm countries than in cold.-Loudon's Encyclopedia of Gardening.
At a late meeting of the Academy of Medicine in Paris, M. Velpean exhibited a man who posseses the very singular power of making himself two inches taller, or shorter, at will. Standing erect, he can elongate the spine, and contract it again, by moving the sacrum, whicle plays like a wedge be. tween the bones of the pelvis. He is at present forty years of age, and had a carriage pass over liis body when a child, to the injnry received at which time the power of executing this curious mayąurre may be attributed. ---Medical Gazette.
Mrs. Siddons's First Appearance on the Stage.-I am nnable to state the exact date of Mrs. Siddons's first appearance on the stage, but it must baye been very early; for the company was offended at ber appearance of childhood, and was for some time shaken with uproar. The timid debutante was abont to retire, when her mother, with characteristic decision, led her to the front of the stage, and made her repeat the fable of the “ Boys and Frogs," which not oply appeased the audience, but produced thouders of applause. At thirteen, she was the heroine in several English operas, and sang very tolerably. In the History of Worcester there is found the copy of a play-bill, dated Feb. 12, 1726, in which Mr. Roger Kemble announces his company of comedians as playing at the King's Head, in that city; with a concert of music The play was Charles the First, by an actor named Havard, indifferently written, and, from its subject, ill calculated for the aniversal sympathy of a British audience.-Campbell's Life of Mrs. Siddons.
A Day in the formal Country-House. After breakfast we assemble around the great work table: one knits, one knots ; one threads beads into tawdry bracelets and necklaces ; anolher-Lardy Abnott generally I was going to say reads, but rather holds a book in her hands, or perhaps listlessly reads a page or two to herself, seldom loud, then nicely puts down the book on its leaves; but recollecting that is not correct, takes it up, and inore properly moves the marker ; then looks, or wonders what o'clock it is, wonders whether it will be rain or fine, and goes or sends one of the girls to the window to see. Then the work is taken up again, or by some of them put away for flower-drawing, which is continued for perhaps half an hour; or if Lady Abuoto should go to her room, one or other of the girls opens the pianoforte, strikes a chord, or touches a few notes; and we have miserable song after song, or piece after piece, withoat life, yet withont cessation! Lady Abvott returns to restore order again. She generally sits at a little distance from the table, as if to seem a little more formal; soon after eleven she thinks it must be luncheon-time, but discovering it will not arrive for two hours yet, she com. poses herself to her kuptting again; or, perhaps, drawing nearer the table, takes up in succession the boxes of beads, or worsteds, to look at; yawns, and puts them down again, makes some pithy remark, or asks some question about the beads, or the silk, or the worsted or the work!”—“ What do such people do with their intellects?" asked Jocelyne.—“ Play at cards with them,” replied Miss Micklethwaite. “ Lady Abnott and Miss Abnott are both very acute card-players.”“But go on with your day," said Ellenor. -"Well, one o'clock sounds, and luncheon at last arrives. How glad we all are ! aud if the day be rainy, we very slowly eat and very slowly sip, to lengthen the time : it fine we are quicker, for we then go out; but often slowly saņnter abont the house for an hour or two; fur Lady Abrott and Miss Abnoti think it quite proper the girls should keep near the house, that callers may join them, or that they may go in again to them. Sometimes Charlotte and I contrive to get away to a distance, or to our roonis, but we are usually expected to be near or with the rest. The sound of the dressing-bell and dipner-bell are commonly welcome sounds to us, especially if anybody arrives who will
talk, or cause talk, and sometimes the yonng men-Abnotts are there. If not, dinner is always less dull than break. fast, for though Sir Thomas and Lady Abnott are always for. mal, yet there is more to do."-" When we go to the drawing. room, Lady Abnott places herself in a corner of the sofa, and, notwithstanding her propriety, often falls asleep. The girls stand over the fire, it' winter, or look throngh the windows, if summer, or loll on the sotas too And then Sir Thomas joins us, and says where he has been in the morning, and where he means to go to-morrow; and when tea comes, and that over, one of the girls plays a little stupid music; or, Sir Thomas and Lady Abnott, and two of the elder girls, sit down to the card-table; and the rest of ns talk in an under voice, or read to ourselves, as we can, or conpt the spots on the squarepatterned carpet, or listen to the winds in the woods,- or to the barking of the dogs in the stable-yard, or to the clieking of the clock on the chimney-piece, till it strikes eleyen,--the glad sonnd of liberty !-and most gladly do we take our can. dles, and depart to our own rooms."_" What a life !" ex. claimed Joscelyne ; "why, if I were there, I should be dead! But I would set fire to the honse that would make them stir a little ! Oh how I should like to see those dull, stately Abnotts flying and skipping about in all directions, like parched peas, or automatons breaking their wires !"-"The last Sir Thomas and Lady Abnott, I have heard, wonld never suffer their chil. dren to smile in their presence !" said Mrs. Battlebrigg.-"And the present Sir Thomas and Lady Abnott think it very inde. corous for any body to laugh heartily, or to express anything the least emphatically !" added Miss Micklethwaite; "and look so astonished if they hear a word or an opioion beyond common place."-E ish Scenes and English Civilization,
- We are ashamed at the sight of a monkey-somebow as we are shy of poor relations.
Absurd images are sometimes irresistible. I will mention two. An elephant in a coach-office gravely coming to have his trunk booked; -a mermaid over a fish-kettle cooking her own tail.
Athenæum Manners.-On the continent every child, almost before he learns bis alphabet, before he is able even to crack a whip, is taught what is termed in Enrope civility; a trifling example of which I witnessed this very morning. At nearly a league froin Langen-Schwaibach, I walked up to a little boy who was fly. ing a kite on the top of a bill, in the middle of a field of oat stubble. I said not a word to the child-scarcely looked at him-but as soon as I got close to him, the little village clod, who had vever breathed anything thicker than his native air, actaally almost lost string, kite, and all, in an effort, quite irrisistible, which he made to bow to me, aud take off his hat. Agaiv, in the middle of the forest, I saw the other day three labonring boys laughing together, each of their mouthis being, if possible, wider open than the others; however, as they separated, off went their caps, and they really took leave of each uther in the very same sort of manner with which I yesterday saw the Langrave of Hesse Homburg return a bow to a common postilion.-It is this general, well fonnded, and acknowledged system which binds together all together all classes of society. It is this useful, sensible system, whiclı enables the master of the Allée Saal, as he walks about the room during dinner-time, occasionally to converse with the various descriptions of guests who have bononred bis table with their presence; for, how. ever people in England wonld be shocked at such an idea, on the continent, so long as a person speaks and bebaves correctly, he need not fear to give any one offence. ---Now, in England, as we all know, we have all sorts of manners, and a man actually scarcely dares to say which is the true idol to be worshipped. We have very noble aristocratic manners; we have the short, stompy manners of the old-fashioned English country gentlemen ;-we have sick, dan. dified manners;-black-stock military manners ;-" your free and easy manners" (which by the by on the continent, would be translated “no manners at all.") We have the ledger mana ners of a steady man of business ;- the last-imported monkey or ultra-Parisian maupers-manners not only of a school-boy, but of the particular school to which he belongs ;--and, lastly, we have the parti-coloured manners of the mobility, who, antil they were tauglit the contrary, very falsely flattered tbemselves that on the throne they would fiąd the "ship-a-boy!" mangers of a " true Britisha sailor."-Bubbles from the Brufs nens of Nassar..