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wben the returns of the mine began to pour in.” And through the ruined mine; and, as the stranger drew these returns really seemed, for a short time, about near to the despairing Curate, she paused, and the eyes realize his most sanguine anticipations: a small vein of of each were fastened intensely on the other.
It was valuable copper was cut into ; the shares rose greatly in Mary, the object of his affection, of whom he had often price; and his own, for which he had given nearly a thought with self-reproach, and a longing desire to see thousand pounds, might now be sold for fifteen hundred. her again. And now she stood before him. He who A few months before, the receipt of this sum would has bent beneath misery and desertion, can tell how welhave been felt to be the greatest blessing that ever fell come are the returning glance and form of those who to man; but now, the prospect of the future was so
The Curate clasped his hands fervently, and glorious, that he received the tempting offer with no a deep flush came to his wasted features. “Mary," he small scorn, observing, “ that he should be a fool to said, “you are come to comfort me: I thought you part with what would soon gain him many thousands." would not forget or forsake me.” The girl stood silent Could a man whose every thought and imagination for a few moments ; but it was not the silence of a full were thus deliciously occupied, attend earnestly to the heart. She was deeply changed: the look of simplicity poor, cold, rugged realities that called every moment and candour had given way to one of haughtiness: the for his exertions ? It is a painful and a bitter thing, spirit, too, it was evident, had been affected by the however, when our enjoyments depend wholly on the scenes of dissipation and splendour in which she had reuncertain chances of each coming day and hour : the sided. “ James,” she said, “I am come, but not to be reports from the mine beneath were not always favour- your wife-that hour is past ; and as to forsaking, you able; there were some moments when the vein of cop- never came to see me for many months, till I thought per began to be less productive, at others a total ex- you had forgot me.” He spoke in sincere and glowing tinction was threatened. The Curate gazed on the words of his bright and prolonged hopes, and how they countenances of the miners, just ascended from the scene had wholly occupied his mind; and of former moments, of toil, with a lyux and scrutinizing eye, that said, ere of her destitution, and his fidelity. Still she listened the tone could utter, “Oh say that my hopes still live!" coldly: he knelt before her, and gazed on her beauty, But death came at last; and the Curate felt the barbed in agony at the conviction that it never could be his; arrow in his soul. Not the extinction of being—that, and then he told of the hour of her father's death, and perhaps, had been mercy ; but the withering for ever of how in that last moments she had been given to his every happy and every golden hope. After a few weeks care. She turned pale and seemed to be struggling with of thrilling suspense and joy, the vein of ore failed remembrances. “Mr. Collins,” she said, at last, “it utterly: other parts of the ground were explored, and is of no use to talk of this now; I cannot feel as I did excavations made in every direction, but all in vain ; and, then : remember the time when I kneeled before you, in a few months, the whole speculation fell through. and prayed with tears that I might not leave my home, The legacy was entirely gone, and not the slightest and that you would prefer my love to the love of gold. addition had been made to the real comforts and enjoy- You would not, and now it is gone from you : not be ments of the possessors. The miserable man now cause of the ruin you have met with ; but in the places allowed the truth of this, and the words of his mother where I have dwelt, other feelings, and prouder ones, fell awfully on his ear: they were fierce, unsparing, and have been nurtured. Farewell, my kind and generous ceaseless; and he listened to them in silence, but not in protector, may every blessing attend you ! but—but I calmness. There was a voice that would have brought never can be your wife." She turned from the spot with comfort, that he loved to hear: but it was afar, and he a quickened step: he gazed after her retreating figure had long been a stranger to its sweet tones; for, during as long as it remained in sight, and then he turned to the fever of speculation, he had neglected the orphan the solitude of his own heart. “Is that my Mary?” girl, and had lately heard that she had gone to a more he said, with a miserable smile, "the dear devoted girl distant residence.
that I watched over when her father died ? Surely she Nearly twelve months passed away: the Curate's was to be my wife, my beautiful wife! and was to commind, that had borne calmly the long pressure of real fort me in my misery." He would have sat down once poverty, could not support the fearful blow that cut off more on the glittering pile beside him; but a sudden his expectations: a deep despondency grew on his spirits thought crossed his brain, and he started from the spot daily, and the care of his parish seemed to he a heavy as if a serpent had stung him: he clenched his hand burden. It was strange, but his thoughts still hovered fiercely, and gnashed his teeth :-" There, there," he round the scene of his ruin. One evening he had wan- said, wildly, was my ruin ; my love, my fortune, all dered thither, and was seated on one of the scattered my joy on earth, and hope in heaven, were sold for heaps that attested with what avidity riches had been these accursed heaps. I sold my bride, with all her sought: it was an evening in autumn, and the rays of tenderness and beauty, for these detested stones,-ha! the sun, setting in the sea, that was full in view, were ha!-that now mock me like so many fiends." thrown on the waste spot. The stones, containing a The night had set in darkly ere he went to his portion of the rich mineral, gleamed with a golden hue, wretched home : his spirit was utterly crushed, and his as the fading beams rested on them, as if in mockery of frame soon sank also, Before long, he was unable, as the hopes of the wretched man who sat there. But he well as unfit, to attend to his ministerial duties; and his needed no illusions of fancy to sum the swell of real numerous flock saw with pity, that their pastor's career, anguish: thought after thought coursed wlidly through it was probable, would soon draw to a close. Six his brain, and in them were despair, remorse, and blasted months had not passed, when the girl he loved, and love! Raising his eyes from the barren soil, he saw a whose attachment was the last silver cord to which he female advancing slowly over the moor, as if her steps had clung, was married to a young farmer in the neighwere turned to the neighbouring village. The path led bourhood. Even had she been faithful, what prospect
remained to the Curate of supporting a wife on the those called à la Cauchoise are very pretty and have a miserable pittance to which the loss of his bequest re- very dégagé appearance quite in keeping with the duced him? But his feelings were embittered by the present style. knowledge that she had brought a small portion to her A batiste wristband, bordered with a narrow laco husband, which was bequeathed to her by the will of edging is fixed round the sleeve, the dimensions of whicle the lady whom she had served. Another Curate also are not equal to what they were. was found to supply the wide parish of Calartha ; but A dress of iced gros de Naples, pale lilac ground, the people, in kindness, continued to allow their former made à la Vierge with a wristband, kerchiefs à la pay. Minister his poor salary, from the conviction, perhaps, sanne of embroidered tulle, trimmed with lace-rice that he would soon cease to be a burden to them.
straw hat, ; prunella boots similar color to the dress. still loved, when his failing strength permitted, to walk Organdi wrappers lined with silk are as much as ever out into the wild paths that had so long been familiar worn; these negligé dresses, require equal care and to him ; and his feet, it was observed, though they attention with the most complete dress costume, and sometimes fainted the way, seemed to wander me- have when well and tastefully made, (and above all chanically to the scene of his dazzling hopes and of his when not overloaded with ornament) a most captivating ruin: and there he would stay for hours, grasping, at effect. times, with a trembling hand, some stray stones, richly ENSEMBLE DE Toilettes.---At the Wood of Laveined with the mineral, while his hollow eye and at- grange near Brunay, a fête was lately held, which tenuated form showed that poverty and wealth would though not on the scale of magnificence of Longchamps, soon be alike indifferent to bim. One day he had been resembles it in being held annually, aud in having absent from his home much longer than usual, and his changed from a ceremony of religion to one of fashion. mother and sister went forth to trace his steps to the The fete des Carmelites, was on this occasion honored well-known scene, and found him reclined peacefully by a great portion of the rank and fashion of Paris, there; but the flitting remains of strength had been and rich equipages were profusely seen in all directions. exhausted beneath the heat of the day. They called on White predominated in the dresses, which were prinhis name, and bade him come to his home : but he heard cipally of muslin or batiste. They for the most part them no more ; for life was extinct, and it seemed, assumed the form of redingotes, caught up either before from the expression of his features, that he had wel. or at the side, by rosettes, of white or delicately shaded coned death.
silk ; some en tablier, others closed in the manner of a dress costume, were enriched by embroidery which or
namented the tablier or redingote. Some corsages were LONDON AND PARISIAN FASHIONS.
remarked, entirely laid in minute folds. A few batiste
dresses, had under-dresses of colored silk, but by far the Dresses.–Our neighbours the French to whom is owing so much of what is modish and distingué, talk
greater number were white. The dresses of muslin had largely of some trivial innovations which, from their
jupons of gros de Naples.
Italian and rice straw were the only materials for dwelling so much on the subject, would lead some to
hats, and they are on the encrease in point of size, feasuppose they were not in the habit of frequently introducing. We last month alluded to the very un-or
thers were the ornaments used, except inside the brim, thodox alliance of divers colors, which many of our
where ivy garlands, ears of corn &c., were plentifu).
For children, frocks are shorter than they were last couturieres would vehemently exclaim against. What may now be looked upon in a similar light, is the great
year, white frocks as well as trowers are trimmed with
dented lace. Garlands or bouquets are frequently licence that is given to every conceit, and which many are afraid will tend to the deterioration of taste gene
embroidered about the hem. On gingham or jaconot rally. We have too good an opinion of our national
dresses, seven or eight little folds are frequently placed.
Tuscan or straw hats are very applicable for young peotaste, improved as it confessedly has become of late, to
ple, and are very uften trimmed with blue, green, or regret any such circumstances, and feel confident that
rose-colored Indian silk ribbons. They are also ornaif any attempt were made to introduce a mode utterly
mented with lace. Bird's-eye silk is much used for repugnant to good taste, it would not for any length of
boots and is extremely becoming. time gain the general sanction, though we have fre
Hats, Cars, &c.—Hats are somewhat larger, more quently seen an example of the most preposterous kind
elevated in the brim, and wider than usual, though the from quarters where we naturally look for something that
variations depend on taste. should govern the rest of the fashionable community.
In the choice of Hats unless exact dependance is to We may at this time refer to our illustrations of fashionable costume, without the fear of ridicule from the cy
be placed on the marchande des modes, a dependance nical or reprehension from the austere, and though we
justified by experience of what is most becoming to the may fail to please those who care for nothing that is
wearer, particular care should be taken that the precise not“ new”– let the style that is indicated be ever
shape should be delivered that has been made choice of, good,—the good sense of the majority will not be ap
the difference of character that is given by the slightest pealed to in vain, while we promise that our assiduity
deviation would never suggest itself to one not acwill not be relaxed in producing such new designs as
customed to view such matters with critical nicety. will without question unite merit with novelty.
This will be well understood by persons of taste, but it We subjoin some descriptions of dresses that we think
is a subject on which we can only generalize, and must adapted for the present season, and adopted among the
be mastered by repeated observation aided by just dis
crimination and good taste. first circles. Dresses, as well as the mantillas, are made during
Drawn capotes prevail, of blue or rose color, of a pale the continuance of the warm weather, more off the neck,
shade, frosted, ornamented with fringed ribbons, and half veils of lace, some with branches of delicate flowers,
A garland of foliage alone is placed on the side of the crown obliquely and terminating at the tip of the ear.
A shape between the hat and the capote, in rice straw predominates greatly, a flower and balf veil ornament it: silk lace, point lace, or blond, in general form this veil.
White ribbons fringed de paille; garlands de Nenuphar, garlands of the rose geranium, mixed with a few flowers of different shades, of ivy with little brown berries, and at theend bunch of china roses; violets form a sweetly pretty garland, and among the elegantes of the fête des Carmelites, these latter, as well as the flowers above mentioned, were covspicuous. The brims were very much elevated and away from the face.
The drawn capotes in Indian muslin have very much superseded the common straw. Tuscan and Rice straw as well as white or colored crape hats are most fashionable, the latter embroidered in the same color.
Blond or Tulle caps, are ornamented to a great extent with spring flowers.
MATERIALS & COLORS.-In dress materials, colors are very little used for the promenade or ball room, white, since the weather has become so settled, is universally worn, and is seldom unbecoming.
Organdi is still much worn, and it is worked very commonly for open dresses, which have similar pelerines.
Since the introduction of the Longchamps novelties, the various materials and colors, the latter especially, have been much the same. The muslins plain and printed, chequered with satin, sprigged, &c. Persian silk with extremely variegated patterns, and some with large nosegays.
Batiste cachmerian muslin, silk mus. muslin, &c., are in requisition, and the varieties from these are such as it is impossible to enumerate.
VARIETIES.-A ceinture tied and ribbon bracelets matching the dress, assort very well with light organdi dresses,
Sleeves continue large and gathered at the wrist, but they are not worn of such extravagant dimensions as last year's.
The Persian shawls which are so light and of such soft and pliant materials are in as great request as ever.
Undressed silk stockings are much worn and frequently embroidered with flowers, violets in black have the preference.
Cachmere tabliers are worn in considerable numbers, these are worn plain, but a great variety are elaborately embroidered, an example of this was seen in one which had for a border a branch of the red gooseberry, fruit and leaves included
Tabliers, in silk or jaconot bordered with embroidered muslin, or valenciennes, are frequently used for children.
throat. Sleeves fall the whole way down to the wrist. Gros de Naples hat, having a scolloped ornament underneath the brim.
Figure 2.-CARRIAGE Dress.-Scotch plaid batiste redingote, with double pelerine, edged with a ruche, square cut at the back, and terminating in a point at the ceinture, ascending to the throat; round the top of the pelerine falls an embroidered nett collar, with lace edging : the ruche, doubled, extends down the front of the dress, in two lines to the bem.
Close shaped tuscan hat, ornamented with flowers on the crown; the brim lined.
FIGURE 3.— WALKING Dress.- White muslin dress over a coloured slip; the pelerine, three capes of which are entirely bordered with a broad satin band, is cut pointed at the shoulders, and is united to this point of the ceinture by a ribbon næud, the ends are angular, and hang down the dress to where the embroidery of the skirt commences, which is of a considerable height all round: it is surmounted with a couple of ruched frills, beneath which a band is tied by a naud similarly coloured to the other bands and the under dress. A rice straw hat is ornamented beneath the front by a ribbon forming a half garland, a single stem with flowers and a little foliage is placed on the crown.
First & THRD HATS.-Italian straw hats, the crown slightly elevated and embellisbed with ribbons placed round it, næuds at the under part, with a bou. quet at the tip of the crown.
Second Hat & Back View.-Tuscan hat, open shape, and conical crown which is also ornamented with ribbons, but which run the contrary way to those in the above described hats, ornamented with marabouts.
First Cap & Back View.-Is a variety of the Mary Queen of Scots' style, the net which is dented at the edge is curled spirally at the sides, which are of unequal height; a band confines the crown near the top, and a noud is tied at the back.
Second CAP.-Worked muslin cap, with full front and the top ornamented with pieces cut in a lozenge shape.
Third CAP-A wide satin band edged with narrow lace, is crossed in front of the crown, and hangs down to form the ties.
PLATE II. Figure 1.–Promenade Dress.--Tulle peliesse ; pelerine with square cut collar having a satin band edged round with narrow lace, inside of which is a serpentine embroidery extending in like manner round the whole dress. The ends of the pelerine are cut square and extend half-way down the skirt. Hat narrow shaped, ornamented with ribbons placed as a garland round the the crown, and ornamenting the inside of the first similarly.
FIGURE 2.–Ball Costume.—Zephire, on an under. dress of Gross de Naples : corsage low cut at the shoulders, draped on the upper half, both before and at the back, terminating in a point: a double ruche is fixed to the lower part of the skirt in zig-zag lines, a naud being placed at each angle : the sleeve is short, and caught up by a næud. A slight wreath is entwined in the hair.
FIGURE 3 AND Back VIEW.-WALKING DRESS.Blond redingote, corsage slightly gathered at the waist, the upper half ornamented with narrow lace, similar to the edging at top, and forming similar lines; three
DESCRIPTION OF THE PLATES.
PLATE 1. Figure 1.-WALKING Dress.-Embroidered organdi dress, corsage low cut at the shoulders, figuring mantilla, which extends low down the shoulder, and being sloped away, forms a point in front under the ceinture ; i vandyke edging surrounds this, and proceeds down the front of the dress, forming tablier: a ruche is set pretty full round the top, except in front, where it is dented ; an embroidered chemisette extends up to the