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vents those powerful contrasts in dress which the more promiscuous nature of the modern promenade occasions.
In my foregoing remarks, I observed that there were To the Editor of the Beau Monde.
a few fair promenaders who dared the inclemency of
the present cold winds in fabrics of a summer texture, The festivities of mid-lent which I described in my still the want of the genial and inspiring infuence of last, were shortly forgotten by the novelty-loving vos the sun keeps back the general adoption of summer cos. taries of fashion, and the busy artificers of dress and tume, and no decided manifestation of the projected decoration were soon in active employment to furnish fashion for the more sunny season, has yet been elicited. materials and splendour for the ensuing Long Champs. Foullards are still prevalent and Scotch Gros de I observed in my last letter, that individual taste and Naples has become a very great favorite among our convenience seemed more to influence the gay world in Parisian fair, who seem to employ it very extensively, the choice of costume, than any obedience to the gene. Patterns are so extremely large, that one bunch of rally paramonnt influence of fashionable example, and flowers covers nearly the whole of the hinder part of the same sacrifice of imitation to self choice continues the skirt, so that the whole dress contains but a few to sway the elegantes of Paris.
bouquets altogether; and the patterns very much The coldness of the weather continues, and although resemble those of your damask window curtains in the customary display of splendour even exhibited at England. Long Champs forces many of our countrywomen to dis- « L'embarras des richesses" can no where be more card the cloak, still the greater number seek to defend clearly shewn than in the attempt to choose a pattern themselves from the comparative inclemency of the from among the almost interminable variety of splendid weather by materials of a structure capable of resisting novelties which the manufactories both of France and the cold. Velvets, satins, thick foulards, &c., secure your own country have furnished for the season, so conthe more careful from the chilling breezes, though many tinually is the attention divided and the admiration are indifferent to the unseasonableness of the weather, diverted from one attractive specimen to another, and brave the attacks of the uncompromising blast in. The hats are worn still more ample than before, and fabrics of a lighter nature and less capable of resisting rather as we say evasés for full dress, though for nege those chilling winds which would annoy and keep with ligée they are somewhat smaller, India muslin scarfs in doors less determined votaries of fashion, or less of rich colors and splendid embroidery are much worn, self-sacrificing beauties, they however are content rather and I observe, that a profusion of lace adorns every to risk the danger of the almost wintry climate than part of the dress where it can be placed with propriety, deprive the promenade of some of its fairest ornaments. and with no lavish hand: the fabric is generally The effect of this mingled grouping of rich velvet and Valenciennes, light muslin, of gorgeous silks with fabrics rivalling the This grand epoch in the fashionable year has so far gossamer, is singularly effective and beautiful, and per- diverted my attention as to curtail my information upon haps could not be found in no other Country in other topics of general interest. Europe.
“Don Juan" has been got up hy the French comThe equipages were as usual numerous and elegant, pany at the Opera, with all the splendour imaginable, and some of those who have always distinguished them- in which our French vocalists more than usually disselves for taste and elegance have even surpassed them- tinguished themselves. Madame Viganos' concert room selves in the choice decoration and tout ensemble of was most numerously and elegantly attended, and the their vehieles.
talent of that eminent vogalist was displayed in all its The most brilliant display of splendid dresses occur. rich variety and soul thrilling melody, red on Thursday, for although the attendance was much The walls of our Salons now rival the most beautiful more numerous on the following day, a heavy and long cashmeres in splendour and brilliancy,to so high a pitch continued rain forced the promenaders to seek the of perfection have our room decorating artists brought shelter of the ready cloak, which the care of the more their hardly to be rivalled skill. judicious of their cicerones had provided, or to secure Chateaubraind has completed his memoirs, whick themselves from the unpropitious weather in the close would no doubt be greedily devoured by the curious in carriage or well defended barouche,
state secrets bad he not baulked the appetite of the in, The character of Long Champs has strangely altered quisitive by forbidding the publication until his since the soul subduing chaunt and holy hymn rose disease. Madame C, has one copy in her possession from its sacred precincts, to be succeeded by the display and Madame Recámier who ranks so deseryedly high of baronial magnificence and the solemn grandeur of among the literateurs of the day, retains another. the olden times. To these, the exclusives of the age England is said to have purchased the work, and 25,000 when the 14th. Louis's reign succeeded, and the various francs per volume is said to have been deposited by ranks of society were marked and the distinction scrupu- some of your eminent bibliopoles. lously attended to. The clouted shoe of the peasant Thę savanş of this country are not a little chagrined did not then tread down the embroidered heel of the that the writingą of Chateaubraind should not first courtier's slipper, nor was the jewelled vest of the petit be given to the world from his native France-but your inaitre relieved by the woollen cloak of the vine grower countrymen buy every thing. from the South, With the change of times a change
C. de A. of costume has occurred, and although the country may be individually richer, the splendour of costume, being less unequally spread over the people in general, pre
LONDON AND PARISIAN FASHIONS. Foulards like muslins and other light fabrics are con
sidered most generally becoming when made in a simple
manner and as corsage en pointe. FRON A VARIETY OF THE MOST AUTHENTIC SOURCES
In wearing black foulards the pelerine is trimmed INCLUDING COPIOUS RACTS FROM
with black lace, one end descends to the centre, fat, “Le Petit Courrier des Dames"-"Journal de Paris
and bautonnée, the other rounded and open. et des Modes, L'Observateur des Modes et L'Indiscret"- -“ Le Follet Courrier des Salons"-" Le
en pointe agrees very well, but muslins and other light Hercure des Salons," &c. &c.
materials are not suited for this style. DRES$BS.--Foulards are pow as unusually worn as A very pretty style of redingotes is formed by inverted ever, very large designs are generally seen.
dents descending on each side the dress, and held back Redingotes for demi-toilette are made with both the by olives de passementerie. corsage aud the jupon joined by fat buttons or round The following toilet has been greatly admired-white worked ones, all the way down : biais descend in folds silk hat trimmed with ribbon nouds gaze satinée, surown each side.
mounted by three marabouts shaded in
hite and rose ; Another method, is to have on each side a row of the dress low, united at the sides by nænds of ribbon ribbon nopds.
chinés; the fabric having the appellation of Hontanges A very pretty style of dress is that of having plain which is a strong Gros de Naples, embroidered with an mantillas cut in biais falling round the corsage, and
bordered with blue and white fleurettes ; descending very low on the sleeves. The mantilla of short sleeves, and above all a mantilla en point d'An, blond over a painted Pekin dress.
gleterre. The sleeves are still large at top and diminishing Children may be aceasionally seen in velvet and in towards the waist
throughout all Long Champs this satin, moyen-âge with mantillas and sleeves à sabots, may invariably be observed.
with nouda de page.
Muffs and the et cetera of adults At the last fetes of Long Champs the weather has
confine and give them a staid appearance. beeli extremely unfavorable to a display of magnificence Silk and cachmere fabrics with small patterns, and and beauty of costume ; light hats and spring stuffs have for dress, the corsage trimmed with lace, and en pointe bee n less sought after than velyets, and there has been are much more appropriate and becoming for young in consequence comparatively little display.
children. The sleeves should be short with bouffans In a close çarriage we could discern a very pretty
and with neuds à longs pans. At the extremity of the toilet composed of a pou de soie chiné, grey coloured point in front should depend a neud. ground, sprinkled over with brilliantly tinted poppy
For a ceinture a little muslin or batiste band in small flowers ; across it, a ribbon of rose and green streaked,
folds, the ends pendant. Short siseves and the semiwith a quantity of lace attached to it.
transparent long mittens show the little round arm to A plaid of lilac, green and citron had a pretty effect;
advantage. a rice straw hat, the front lined with citron-coloured
HATS.-Hats are decidedly larger than they have taffeta glacé, with three rows of ribbon folded round been they are frequently seen very high in front, dethe crown and joined by rosettes, to which were attach
scending low towards the cheeks and almost meeting ed small sprigs of broom, completed the toilet
under the chin. The crown slightly elevated behind Muslin dresses lined with Gros de Naples have been
with an inclination forwards. Flowers and neuds are very common at Long Champs.
worn half on the front and half on the crown. Pelerines are of an extreme width, and mostly open
Satin enters greatly into materials of which hạts are in front to display the corsage and figure.
now composed. Rose-coloured satin, with rose-tinted The under dress is very long.
plumes, or a white bouquet, are very becoming. Lace is still as much in vogue as ever, it is indispen,
Dress hats are almost always trimmed with a demiable with light toilettes.
toile; promenade hats have simply a few fowers tasteThe form of dresses presents no remarkable difference, fully arranged. there are not so many corsages à pointe now for light
Spring flowers are just now much in vogue for hats. dresses.
A very pretty capote consisted of pale blue Gros de Redingotes are still very numerous and are made in France, blue taffeta ribbon, embroidered with a very all sorts of fabries, for full or under dress. When the small rose border, to this was attached a bouquet of warm weather sets in, redingotes of muslin lined with little double streaked paquerettes. coloured Gros de Naples will form very elegant summer
Another of a similar description was of pale blue pau dresses and will most probably be very generally
de soie with a white gauze taffeta ribbon, attached to adopted.
which was a bouquet of china pinks. Por Full Dress.-Printed foulards of a fine and On the whole, hats may be said as yet to be by a vast strong quality are those now more generally patron. majority, either of crape or rice straw; a branch of lilac ized, a slighter ķiņd soon loses its beautiful ap,
is the most usual ornament. pearance,
Hats may also be said to assume very much the eapote Organdi dresses embroidered in different coloured
shape. flowers, worsted and silk, have a very good effect,
Nothing seems more likely to become very generally A Scotch Gros de Naples lately introduced, from its worn than the rice-straw, the peculiar transparency of elegant appearance, and from its colours so beautifully these hats gives them a great degree of eleganee par. blended in such endless variety of tint, is greatly sought ticularly when tastefully adorned with gauze ribbon. after by our elégantes,
or pretty light flowers; rose-coloured lining is very Sleeves are still large.
A remarkably pretty cap having a near resemblance Gaze Pékin..--A' material, transparent, and at the to the turban has been lately introduced, called à la same time strong; embroidered designs elegantly exejuive; the ties as well as the cap in tulle, the former cuted in every variety of shade. which are very large and full, fasten on one side the Diamantine.-dressed silk. cheek; this coiffure is particularly becoming when the Gros de France-dressed silk hair is worn either in bandcaux or nattes at the sides. Gros de Fontange, -with little worked stars.
We may make mention of a very pretty hat of pou de Armure dentelle, -varied net work of every shade. soie glacé, the ribbon with hroad pattern, inatching
Muslins for fancy dress. the poa de soie, to which was attached a very pretty Jaconas point d'Alencon,-beautifully worked. artificial sprig.
Mousselines et Jaconas,-in a vast number of designs A dress capote of paille de riz with ribbons of taffetas VARIETIES.-Pocket handkerchiefs have never exglaces, forming a plaid by a white line aeross; the hihited greater profusion of ornament than at present. front of a light form bound with pou de soie.
They are completely loaded with embroidery and lace. Round the front of the hats many rouleaux are used, Exquisitely fine valencienne lace thickly gathered nearly a couple of inches wide, a rouleaux of a similar round and five or six inches deep is employed. description at the top of the calottes.
Seven or eight rows of points turcs as well as ele. White silk and satin hats ornamented wsth roses are gantly embroidered bouquets of flowers are very frequent still much worn.
More than three hundred franks is not unfrequently Italian straw hats or capotes trimmed with ribbons given for these handkerchiefs. Mouchoirs à ourlers of taffetas paille assortis, or ombrés, the hne sometimes are quite disased now. of French white or delicate blue. Ribbons are not so For fancy costume foulard collars are pretty and very extremely large as they have been. Little bouquets of generally adopted, folded in form of a cravat with tie's flowers are more generally admired by ladies of taste. at the end of green, cherry or rose-coloured ribbons,
MATERIALS AND COLOURS.-Muslins with very large A very rich and splendid trimming for a ball dress is columns, coloured and white alternately, have a very a garland encircling the hem, of beautiful flowers formed good effect; others of blaok, yellow and lilac ground, by feathers in their natural colours. have different patterns in flowers, such as roses, poppies, A new species of cosmetic of vegetable origin, tulips, &c., foullis and of the most brilliant hues. called beurre de cacao, is gaining some degree of
Patterns are generally much larger than they have patronage already. been for some time past.
Batiste will certainly not supersede muslin for pele. A variety of new fabrics have been lately introduced, rines, &c. the former is now only worn in the morning the following is a list of the most striking.--
and with valenciennes. For morning promenade dresses and half toilette.
Aprons are now much disused. Salemporis-silk and worsted tissue like the im. Gold bracelets in form of a band, with antique cameo proved chaly of various designs, the ground either plain clasps are very fashionable. or of different colours.
Bracelets in the form of serpents with precious stones Salemporis croisé, of a similar fabric to the preceding for eyes, rings of the same kind are much worn and on article, but inferior in splendour and quality.
the fourth finger of the left hand. Batistes de Cachemire-embroidered in different The Mantelet Marion as well as the Mantelet pelerine shades.
from a distinguished house, are in great vogue. One Satins de Bombay-silk and cachmere tissues satinés of the first we observed in the black blond lined with a in every variety of shade.
similarly-coloured moire, fell down pointed in front, of Mousselines de Delhi,-silk and cachmire tissue a middling length. The mantelet pelerine was of a streaked and quadrillés.
black lace lined with citron-coloured moire, descending Lévantines de Laine.
to the ceinture, trimmed with lace froncée-the neck For dress-promenade, and afternoon visits.
trimmed with a ruche. Taffetas de Siam-new printed designs, tissue of silk Mantillas of silk gauze with golden patterns have a and worsted woven together.
beautiful effect Satins de Siam,-printed in the same style as the The Amadis sleeves though attempted to be revived preceding fabric.
will hardly find favor in the eyes of our elegantes to any Mousselines Siamoises,-gauzes of a similar descrip- great extent. Sleeves plaited from the upper part and tion, having one superiority over the mousseline de soie, gradually tapering to the wrist, where they fit close that of not creasing.
are in more general request. Visapours—printed in bold designs and rich eolours fabricated of silk and cach mire of great softness and
DESCRIPTION OF THE PLATES. flexibility yet with a shining and satin-like appear
[The description of the plates which has hitherto For Dinner dresses, dresses for the opera, &c. taken up a considerable portion of our space, we have Petits et grands Carreaux écossais.' (Scotch plaid, long considered might be much more appropriately de. large and small)—every variety of colour upon the voted to matters of more interest and more utility ; best silk body.
though, in accordance with the general usage in similar Gros de Cunton,-printed.
works, we have long given a detailed description, we Pékins. Chinés, same on both sides, very elegant could never discover the advantage of describing dresses, designs.
&c., so accurately delineated in the engravings, and Foulards,---vast variety in new styles.
particularly to those who are so perfectly au fait in all Armure d'été-dressed silk.
matters of taste and elegance.
DONT LES TITRES SUIVENT:
Our descriptions are already very ample of dresses rose, lilas ou bleu une large dentelle jetée dessus en not engraved ; and we propose, of the actually engraved formant colonne, les unes serpentent, les autres autres ones, only to notice those which in form or material paraissent froncées ou tuyautées : il y a vraiment de may not be familiar to our readers. This matter will l'illusion dans ce dessin, tant il est parfaitement exécuté. be found under the proper heads in the article "London La forme des robes ne présente aucun changement and Parisian fashions."
remarquable, seulement beaucoup moins de corsages à If our fair subscribers take a different view of the pointes dans les robes d'été. Les manches varient et subject, they will be kind enough to communicate with n'ont point une mode fixe. Elles sont très larges ou us—we will bow to their decision.]
très-collantes du bas, mais toujours énormément amples
en haut. On les orne de crevés ou de næuds à la place MODES DE PARIS ET DE LONDRES.
de la couture, depuis la saignée jusqu'au poignet.. On
en fait aussi beaucoup de demi-larges vers le bas. PUISEES AUX SOURCES LES PLUS AUTHENTIQUES: Les redingotes sont très à la mode et très-nombreuses; COMPRENANT UN CHOIX D'EXTRAITS DES JOURNAUX on en fait dans toutes les étoffes négligées ou parées,
Celles en mousseline, doublées de gros de Naples de " Le Follet Courrier des Salons"..." Le Petit Cour. couleur, formeront les plus élégantes toilettes d'été, rier des Dames”-“ La Mode"...“ Journal des Dames" lorsque quelques jours de chaleur auront bien décidément &c. &c.
prouvé que l'été est arrivé. Long-champ n'a produit cette année que peu de nou. CHAPeaux.-Sur beaucoup de chapeaux on voit des veautés, et cela, parce que le temps froid et humide a bouquets de feuilles de chêne avec leurs gland. La empêché nos élégants hommes et femmes de se vêtir à pimprenelle est très-jolie, mêlée avec du ruban jardinière. la légère; mais en revanche, par un beau soleil et un Sur un chapeau de pou de soie rosé, une branch de roses temps moins incertain, l'allée de Long-Champ au bois des quatre saisons est d'un charmant effet. En général, de Boulogne, a été dimanche dernier le rendez-vous des les fleurs printannières sont à la mode. plus jolies femmes et des plus élégans cavaliers de Paris. Un chapeau vert clair en soie brochée et quadrillés,
Les femmes avaient de superbes écharpes en foulards, orné d'une branche d'acacia et d'un noud de ruban vert et même aussi des chales en foulards d'une richesse liseré en blanc, ayant au bord un demi voile de blonde éblouissante; en toilette négligée ces châles doivent unie, entouré d'une petite coquille, et dans l'intérieur de être mis en première ligne.
la passe une ruche terminée aux deux côtés du front On voit toujours beaucoup de robes en mousseline par un neud, est une mode très-simple et tres-bien doublée de gros de Naples, quelques-unes couleur sur adoptée. couleur, d'autres blanches sur des robes de soie de cou. Pour négligé, les formes coniques et los passes col. leurs diverses.
lantes sur les joues sont les plus nombreuses: mais pour On fait toujours force pélerines, elles ont surtout une chapeaax à plumes ou grandes toilettes, les passes sont ampleur extraordinaire, presque toutes sont ouvertes
rondes et très-évasées. sur le devant, de manière à dégager le corsage et la Les cannezous en mousseline brodée sont entourés de taille.
point d'Angleterre lorsqu'ils sont destinés aux grandes Les jupes sont très longues et ont acquis encore un toilettes, et garnis de valencienne pour négligé. On laiz de plus
en voit dont le fond est couvert de branchages brodés Les manches ont repris toute leur ampleur ; elles au plumetis et s'entremêlant, comine le dessin des robes sont maintenant beaucoup plus larges que jamais, mais à la mode. Ce genre est beaucoup plus distingué que il y a presque toujours un poignet haut de quelques les semés de petites fleurs. On fait peu d'ourlets. La doigts et qui varie pour la forme.
dentelle s'attache sur le point turc qui borde le dessous Les robes à dessins sont trés recherchées, mais on ne de la broderie. dispose plus de dessins à colonnes.
Le luxe des cols rabattus est très grand et relève la Les dentelles conservent toute leur vogue ; on en plus simple toilette. Ces cols, qui se font assez grands, garnit presque toutes les toilettes légères.
supportent aujourd'hui des dentelles de toutes les diLa lingerie a subi sa révolution; rien n'est plus joli, mensions et genres de points; aussi y emploie-t-on tout ai plus recherché par une femme comme il faut, que les ce que l'on possède de beaux points d'Angleterre, Ma. bonnets à la suite, ces bonnets, si différens de tout ce lines, Alençon, oubliés au fond des cartons depuis la qui a été fait jusqu'à ce jour, sont d'une simplicité qui vogue des petites dentelles. On fait des collets doubles; ajoute à leur mérite ; ils sont en tulle et forment à peu mais ceux-ci, moins chargés de broderies, ne peuvent se prés le turban; les brides en tulle fort larges et longues garnir que de dentelles assez basses. Au-dessus d'une viennent nouer sur le côté de la joue; cette coiffure guirlande est souvent une rangée de bouquets. sied à merveille avec des cheveux en bandeaux ou des Les petits bonnets du matin ont deux et trois garni. nattes sur les côtés.
tures de petites dentelles, le fond en mousseline brodée. Les cannezous sont simples aussi, mais d'un goût On les orne plutôt avec des rubans de satin qu'avec des exquis; nous avons vu un cannezou-pélerine en batiste rubans de gaze. Quelquefois les næads sont en mous. unie, dont la garniture se composait de dents unies seline garnis de dentelle; on les place toujours très en posées l'une contre l'autre, de maniére à ce que l'on n'en arrière du front. voie que la moitié de chaque ; chaque dent était bordée Long-Champs devrait être soumis à des réglemens d'ane petite valenciennes. Ce cannezou formait grande comme le Musée et les salles d'exposition de l'industrie : noureauté.
il devrait y avoir un jury d'admission qui rejetteruit ces Pour robes de campagne on enlève de toutes parts les sortes de bahuts qui ne sont pas des voitures, et ces ani. jaconas point d'Alençon, qui sont d'une disposition maux inexplicables qui ne sont ni chevaux, ni mulets, ni toute convenable à l'été. Qu'on se ure sur un fond vaches, ni veaux marins.
English Singers. -Braham had formerly real talents, which were developed in Italy; but more than forty-five years have elapsed since his first debut at the King's Theatre, and the fine voice with wbich nature endowed him has yielded to so long an exercise. In the Italian Opera, he sang in his natural key, and without forcing his voice : but the habit of playing at the English Theatres for some years past has given him the defect of bawling, for the English people love a powerful and startling voice above all things. The decay of his powers is manifested by his intonation, which is often below the proper pitch. As an actor he is completely ridiculous, bat the English pablic do Dot perceive it. To look again at that Brabam who has so long been the object of their affections is sufficient for them; and it will continue the same as long as this singer can tread the stage.
Mrs. Wood (Mis Paton), the first songstress of England, bad also remarkable talent. She is a good musician, plays well on the harp and piano, and sings the English and Scotch airs with a great deal of expression, but the desire of pleasing an ignorani public has girea her the habit of forcing her voice,
and her intonation is often very defective. I have heard Miss Love,-she possessed a good contralto voice, which she kept within its naiural compass; she bawled less than Mrs. Wood, but did not possess the same facility of execution. The visitors of Drury Lane are very partial to her.
Among the tenors, is a certain Mr. Wood, who enjoys the public favour, but whom I considered detestable. I heard him at Covent Garden, in the "Maid of Judah," a parody on Ivan. hoe : he seemed to me fit for uothing but bellowing:- The other pretended tenors are still worse than he. As for the bass singers, there are two who deserve to be distinguished-Sapio and Puillips. The latter has a fine voice, and much freedom in his style; but he is cold, and little adapted for a dramatic singer
The long Bow-I have witnessed the practice of each coun• try, and bardly know to which to award the palm. The Ame. ricans take an extraordinary range, and shoot very fearlessly. The French, if not so strong, are peculiarly dexterous; but an Irisbman possesses a wonderful facility for shooting round corvers, particularly if a tailor is after hins. The most extraordi. gary feat I ever witnessed was of an Irishman, who shot up Holborn Hill, and with such prodigious force, that both his eyes went clean through a brick wall! This is a fact, for I saw it. I have known some good shots among the English, particularly the ladies, who draw a very powerful bow; one, particularly, I remember, who shot so far beyond the mark, that her shaft was positively lost in the clouds! She was a member of the " Toxopphite” society, of which the late king was president. There was another capital English shot, a friend of mine, who belonged to the "Royal Kentish Bowmeu” he used to relate, that once riding from Seven Oaks, he was overtaken by a thuođer-storm; he hoped to escape it by giving his horse the reins, and singular enough he just kept a-head of it by about half a yard! In this manner he gallopped at speed five miles, I may say, neck and neck with the thunder.cloud, the rain, or rather torrent, descending exactly upon his horse's crupper all the way: the road behind was literally deluged; as he empha. tically observed, it could only be compared to being within half a yard of the falls of Niagara! He was fortunately saved trom the cataract by shooting up a gateway. It was a capital shot. If any impertinent doubt was ever expressed at this relation, the archer would say fiercely, “ Sir, if you want a lie, r'll give yori one ; bnt that's a fact, by God!" and no man was better able ; be was one of the best shots I knew.
I mentioned the French as dexterous marksmen. I once koew a gentlemen from Gascony-proverbial for its archery; he had been an officer under Napoleon-by the way, I have always remarked the saperiority of soldiers and sailors in their management of the weapon he told me of a duel in which be bad been engaged at Paris, where the signal was un, dens, and to fire the word Trois. It must be understood we had been goizzing the Parisians po their affectation in rolling the letter R about their montlis previous to utterance. “My opponent " said the Gascon," was of the Garde Impérialem sacré tonnerre-te was *dead shot. I had but one chance, and I watched it narrowly. The second gave the word, un, deur; but Cadédio, long before he could finish the word TROIS, I shot my man dead!" I He ust observed that my lively friend was equally good with the
pistol as with the bow. He was very jealous of the honour of his province, which he never allowed could be exceeded in any thing. Some discourse once took place concerning the height of Monsieur Louis, the French giant, who measured six feet ten inches. “ Tonnerre! ” cried he, what a shrimp! Why, in my country, I knew a man so tall that he used positi. vely to get up a ladder every morning to share bimself; he was a tali man if you like, " He never knew bat one man of that stature, and that he was a very long way off. My friend was elected, some years since, a member of the * Royal Edin. bargh Society” of Archers, and is an ornament to that distia. guished corps. After all, I'must in justice say, that Americans beat us all out of the field. Neither French, English, por Irisb, can compare with them in the use and practice of the long-bow, although I am aware that I risk giving offence to many notorious and skilful individuals. How does the incre. dulous cockney stare when he hears of the great sea serpent ! He does not believe it, not he-he little knows it was an ar. cher to whom the glory of the discovery is due. What can he know of monsters of the deep, except cod-fish and oysters in sauce! What can be know of the howling wilderness, onless it be Wilderness-row! What of roaring cataracts, save that of low water at London-bridge! He can form no idea of the trackless waste by that of Walworth and Newington Baits; or of interminable forests, by that of Epping. His scepticism, therefore, is no scandal; it requires an enlarged mind to comprehend the wonders of America, and 10 judge of the enter. prise of archers by whom it has been explored. A very inge. nious friend of mine, and, curious enough, of the same name as myself, a native of Boston, and a splendid shot, has fre. quently, astonished me with the exploits of American archers. He said, that once, when he went into Kentucky to witness a trial of skill, he stayed by the way at a pablic-honse, and observing in the room such an amount of broken ware, and eqni. vocal marks, he was quite convinced knowing the savage na. ture of Kentuckian fightivg, that a desperate and murderous affray had taken place there, He remarked the servant swee. ping the floor, and putting the contents carefully into a basket, Rather surprised, he asked her wbat she was preserving with such care.
“Oh " said the girl," nothing very particular, only a few eyes. “Eyes?" inqnired my friend. “You see, she said, “about fourteen gentlemen went home blind last night, so I was just picking up their eyes,'cause the gentlemen, when they get sober, may be calling for 'hem, I guess!”
Different ways of receiving favours.--Two of our boat's crew contrived to get embroiled with some Turks : neither party seemed to understand apon what point they diflered; but differ they did, and one of our men seized a Turk by the turban, which he shortly dislodged, and then began to slap the bald head of the Mussulman: this created no sinall disturbance, and the affair terminated by the interference of the pa. lice, who seized two of our infidels and lodged them in a kind of gaol on the market-place I happened to pass, and was made to understand that something had occurred, and that our men were in durance vile. As I entered the place, I heard words much like unto the following:- 1 say, Jack, what's that Turk going to do to you?"_" Damn me if I know," replied the other, “ but he seems to have taken a fancy to my shoes,” I was just in time to see Jack thrown upon his back, and two stoat Turks commencé a regular hammering op the soles of kis feet, with sticks resembling those carried by the janissaries. Jack roared in no common style, which seemed the astonishment and contempt of the Turks; for they stand the bastinado with apparent indifference, accounting it as much an honor as a punishment, though they seldom solicit a continuation of such favours. My interference was sufficient to liberate the men, who walked tenderly for about a week.
In Russia, after a map has been trashed for half an bour, it is by no means uncommon to see the poor miserable alare, crawl upon his hands and feet, kiss the shoes of his master, and then begin a long set speech, thanking the tyrant for the leniency of the panishment; confessing ibat he merited much more than had been inflicted, and finishing by calling upou God to bless so good and so mild a ruler. This is carrying civility rather too far; but the Russians are a conrteous nation, and far exceed the Turks in gratitude, at least on this score: it would bave been a rich contrast to have beard " the contes pot loud bnt deep, "utterred by our men, and the very kind mild accents in which they devoted saltan, viajer, and populace la the especial care of the devil.