« PreviousContinue »
une pareille dans sa succession, à l'exception qu'elle , durent ce que durent les roses, l'espace d'UN MATIN, n'était ni glacée ni doublée et que le manche se pliait mais cette apparition est fraiche, est suave, est char. de manière à mettre le tout dans sa poche.
mante, surtout pour les jeunes filles qui trouvent ainsi Espérons qu'à force de revenir aux vieux usages, une parure dont la nature fait tous les frais. nous reviendrons à cette vieille fleur de galunterie dont on n'a plus (soit dit sans mauvaise intention) que la tradition. Cela arrivera avec les ailes de pigeon et la queue ..... Adieu ; je ne voudrais pas que cette lettre fût lue
TELEPHONY. par la jeune France : elle me renverrait sous mon ciel
The New Musical Language Invented by M. SUDRE. gris prêcher mon code de chevalerie, et ce n'est point cxpulsée de cette terre hospitalière que je désire revoir ma bonne sæur.
Autrefois, cet autrefois signifie une dizaine d'années, The formation of a language capable of universal autrefois, dis-je il existait une mode pour se coiffer, application, has engaged the attention of the learned, mode suggérée par une nouvelle saison, une circon from a remote period ; the difficulties of pronunciation, stance brillante, une apparition élégante, enfin quelque independent of other considerations, have opposed inrévolution dans les choses ou les sociétiés de ce monde. superable barriers to the accomplishment of this pur. On adoptait alors un principe commun, et nul n'aurait pose. It was subsequently attempted to make music osé intervenir à l'ordre général qui admettait les coif
the vehicle of such communication, but with no better fures hautes ou basses, lisses ou bouclées, etc., mais success. New difficulties arose, which were found inadopté partout et pour tout. Tant pis si votre phy surmountable; and no satisfactory results were ob. sionomie toute ronde ne pouvait s'accomoder aux grosses tained. touffes crêpées, si votre visage ovale et amaigri était M. Sudre has, however, been more fortunate in percondamné à s'allonger au milieu des boucles à l'ang- | fecting a system, capable of the most extensive applilaise, ou, pour plus de fatalité encore, si votre front ir cation ; not only can an universal interchange of ideas régulier devait montrer de fâcheux contours sous une take place amongst all nations, but the deaf, the dumb, coiffure à la chinoise. Si telle était la mode, vous de and the blind are capable of being participators in the viez l'adopter, parce que la mode était une, et que son benefit of this admirable discovery. despotisme ne connaissait ni nuances, ni concessions On Wednesday, the 8th of July, we attended the first possibles
lecture given by M. Sudre, in this metropolis, and Aujourd'hui que les idées libérales ont envahi toutes witnessed the experiments illustrative of his system ; les têtes, il n'est pas étonnant que l'art de la coiffure ait which has already gained the approbation of the Royal gagné en affranchissement, et nous devons dire en goût. Institute of France, as well as the suffrages of the Les cheveux ne sont plus tributaires d'une loi générale,
French Press. et ils se disposent, s'élèvent, se tournent de mille façons M. Sudre had the assistance of a pupil, scarcely diverses sans préjudice à la mode, L'importance du fifteen or sixteen years old : it was remarkable to obcoiffeur n'a rien perdu à ce changement, mais son mérite serve the facility with which this youth transcribed, on s'est en quelque sorte déplacé, et tel artiste habile à l a black ground, in our usual characters, letters and échafauder des fleurs, des plumes, des tresses et des words dictated by his master on the violin by several boucles, doit céder son renom au jeune adepte qui, plus successive notes. The sentence had been given unpresimple, plus vrai, plus en harmonie avec les goûts du meditatedly, by one of the spectators, and there could jour, ne vise qu'à la grâce, à l'étude de ce qui sied, et l be no suspicion of deception. procède par l'instinct du beau bien plus que par l'ha Other experiments followed. The pupil's eyes being bitude de l'art. Il faut l'avouer, la jeunesse est en closed, M. Sudre communicated to him, by means of vogue aujourd'hi ; et quelle que soit la réputation des the fingers, sentences given by the company. A muanciennes sommités de la mode, elle doit faire place à | sican, placed at the end of the room, transmitted on la nouveauté qui plaît et crée sur de modernes principes.
the French-horn, in clear and distinct notes, words Que M. Small se lance avec hardiesse dans cette arène, 1 given in different languages. These words were imoù depuis quelque tems les coiffeurs de Paris ont prouvé
mediately transcribed by the corresponding telegraphic tant de susceptibilités et de talent; qu'il vienne révéler | signs. M. Sudre then explained the means by which, du goût, de la grâce, une manière de faire toute neuve in the event of the telegraphic communica:ion being et tout empreinte de ce prestige de jeunesse que nous interrupted at one of its stations, the horn could be citons, et nous devons lui prédire un avenir brillant, et made to supply the deficiency, at a distance of three nous devons lui assigner à l'avance la place honorable | miles, que les arts décernent au bon goût, et qui l'ont fait déjà The last experiment consisted in a dictation in the distinguer par le monde élégant.
articulated Musical Language. The master repeated Le premier modèle de coiffure que nous offrirons est the notes, and the pupil translated them. Words even exécuté par M. Small, et représente un genre très of the most rare occurrence, names of places and persimple et convenable aux jeunes personnes. En géné sons, are subject to the application of this method, ral les coiffures sont d'une extrême simplicité dans which in fine, does not only repeat sense, but sound. A cette saison, et, comme pour s'harmoniser avec la nature, representation of its advantages would be useless; the les femmes adoptent beaucoup de fleurs naturelles dans audience perfectly appreciated them, and the inventor les clieveux. Pour les petites soirées de châteaux, rien experienced in the flattering testimonies of approbation de plus joli que les roses à demi épanouies que l'on which he received on all bands, a degree of recompense place en couronne ou en bouquet sur sa tête; elles for his labors.
-- -- -- -- -
Balloon Communication between London and Paris.- We per. ceive that the grand aerial project which occupied so much of the attention of the Parisian quidnuncs about this time last year, is revived with this difference only, that the scene of operation, or to speak more properly, perhaps, the startingpost, has been shifted from Paris to London. The projectors, who have taken unto themselves the style and title of the “ European Aeronautical Society," announce in the newspapers that their “first aerial ship, the Eagle, 160 feet long, 50 feet high, and 40 feet wide,” which is to be (?) " manned by a crew of seventeen persons," may be inspected at a certain dock in the neighbourhood of Kensington, previous to making its first trip" from London to Paris and back again;" after which it is to make similar trips to Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Madrid, &c., till the practicability of establishing an aerial communication between London and the other capitals of Europe is fully and incontrovertibly demonstrated! The scheme is, after all, only a copy, and that but an indifferent one, of a plan that was proposed as far back as 1796, by an engineer of ihe name of Campenas, and not only entertained by the French government, but sanctioned by that select body of savans, the French Institute. Campenas wrote a long letter 10 Bonaparte, then General-in-Chief of the army of Italy, from which we extract a paragraph or two. “ General Citizen, The artist who addresses you, filled with the most lively gratitude, will erect, if the means of execution be afforded him, a vast edifice, whence, at the conclusion of his labours there will issue an Aerial Vessel, capable of carrying up with you more than 200 persons, and which may be directed to any point of the compass. I myself will be your pilot. You can thus, without any danger, hover about the fleets of enemies jealous of our happiness or thunder against them, like a new Jupiter, merely by throw.
dicularly downwards fire-brands made of a substance will kindle only by the contact and percussion at t . its fall, but which it will be impossible to extinguish. Or perhaps you may think it more prudent to begin at once by forcing the British cabinet to capitulate, which you may easily do, as you will have it in your power to set fire to the city of London, or to any of the maritime towns of England. From the calculations I have made, I am convinced that with this machine you may go from Paris to London, and return back again to Paris in twenty-four hours, without descending. The object I propose is, to establish in the great ocean of the atmosphere a general navigation, infinitely more certain and more advantageous than maritime navigation, which has ever disturbed the tranquillity of mankind -to restore the perfect liberty of commerce, and to give peace and happiness to all the nations of the universe, and unite them as one family. By great labour I have surmounted the multiplied obstacles which presented themselves before me ; and my progressive discoveries are developed in a work which I have prepared, consisting of about 400 pages, and divided into five parts." How lucky for England that the “ new Jupiter" had other things on hand, to divert his attention from this most appalling (though not more appalling than sensible) scheme of national destruction ! - Mechanic's Magazine.
The Children of the Poor.-Of all qualities a sweet temper is perhaps the one least cultivated in the lower ranks of life. The peculiar disposition is not watched ; care is not taken to distinguish between the passionate child, the sulky, the obsti. nate, and the tinid. The children of the poor are allowed a latitude of speech unknown among the higher orders, and they are free from the salutary restraint imposed by what is termed "company." When in the enjoyment of full health and strength, the ungoverned temper of the poor is one of their most striking faults, while their resignation under affliction, whether mental or bodily, is the point of all others in which the rich might with advantage study to imitate them -- Tales of the Peerage and the Peasantry.
The First Visit to a Married Child.-Generally speaking, if there is a moment of unmixed happiness, it is that in which parents pay their first visit to a married child, and in which children receive the first visit from their parents. The pretty, half childish, half marronly pride with which the young wife does the honours of her domestic arrangements; the fearful joy of the mother as she inspects and admires ; the honest happiness of the father ; and the modest exultation of the bridegroom who has installed the creature he loves in all the
comforts with which she is surrounded, -render the moment one of pleasing interest to the most careless bystander.—Tales of the Peerage and the Peasantry.
The Monastery of Butalha.--I could not fail observing the admirable order in which every--the minutest nook and corner of this truly regal monastery, is preserved: not a weed in any crevice, not a lichen on any stone, not a stain on the warmcolored apparently marble walls, not a floating cress on the unsullied waters of the numerous mountains. The ventilation of all these spaces was most admirable; it was a luxury to breathe the temperate, delicious air, blowing over the fresh herbs and flowers which filled the compartments of a parterre in the centre of a cloister, from wbich you ascend by a few expansive steps to the chapter-house, a square of 70 feet, and the most strikingly beautiful apartinent I ever beheld. The graceful arching of the roof, unsupported by console or column, is unequalled; it seems suspended by magic; indeed, human means failed twice in constructing this bold, unembarrassed space.
* * * A very youthful-looking lay brother received my Arabian into his charge with great delight, and stroked its mane and kissed its neck in a transport of childish fondness. As to me, though I was treated with less enthusiasm, there was no want of the ptmost cordiality in my reception. An iminense earthen platter, containing a savoury mess of fish and rice, vegetables delicately fried after the Italian fashion, caraffes of wine, baskets of ripe and fragrant fruit, pomegranates, apricots and oranges, were neatly arranged on a marble table, having in its centre a rock of transparent ice, shining with ten thousand prismatic colors. To this frugal collation I sat down with the most sincere appetite, and was waited upon with hospitable glee by the angels of this wilderness-two lay brothers and as many novices, -all of whom appeared enchanted with an opportunity of making themselves of some use in this moral existence. The Prior, crossing his hands on his bosom, entreat. ed me to dispense with his attentions for half an hour, the choir-service imperatively requiring his presence. As soon as be had taken his departure, followed by his friars and novices, I gave myself wholly up to the enjoyment of those romantic fancies the surrounding scenery was so admirably well adapted to inspire. Two stately portals, thrown wide open to catch the breezes, admitted views of the principal courts and cloisters of this onequalled monument of the purest taste of the fourteenth century. A tranquil, steady sun-light overspread their grand broad surfaces. The graceful spire, so curiously belted with zones of the richest carved work, rose high above the
rnamented parapets, relieved by a soft and mellow evening sky. None of tbe monks were moving about; but I heard, with a sort of mournful pleasure, their deep and solemn voices issuing from the great porch of the transcept nearest the choir. The young, Egyptian-looking boys in white linen tunics I had noticed at my first visit, were all at their accustomed avocations, dislodging every atom of dust from the deeply-indented tracery. The flamingo was there, but I missed the stork, -and knew but too soon the cause of his being missed; for, upon ascending the steps before the chapter-house, I discovered him lying stretched out upon the pavement, stiff and dead. One of tbe boys stood bending over him in an attitude expressive of the deepest sorrow. The youth saw I compassionated him, and murmured ont, in a low, desponding voice, “ This poor bird followed me all the way from my home in Alemtejo a long distance from Batalha. He was the joy of my life, and dearly loved by my mother, who is dead. I shall never see her again in this world, nor hear the cheering cry of this our fond household bird, calling me up in the morning: he will receive no more crumbs from my hand-he will keep faithfully by my side no longer. I have no one now in this grand place who loves me!" And he burst into a flood of bitter tears, and it was a relief to my owu heart-a great relief-to join in his mourning. The Prior, who happened to come at the moment, could not at first imagine what had affected me; but when I pointed to the boy and the lifeless stork, he entered into my feelings with his characteristic benevolence, and spoke words of comfort to the poor weeping child with such true parental kindness, as seemed to assure him he had still a friend. Touched to the heart, the boy fell on his knees, and kissed the parement and his stork at the same time. I left him extending his arms to the good Prior in an act of supplication, which I learnt afterwards bad not been treated with cold indifference. Recollections of an Excursion to the Monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha.
THE WHITE ROSE IN MULL. A TALE OF THE 14TH CENTURY.
Wilder than fiction's night-mare dreams themselves,
It was in a stormy night of September, in the year 1398, that a gillie (or household man-servant) of Donald,—the potent and undisputed Lord of the Ísles, as indeed he was virtual monarch of the Western Highlands of Scotland,-sought to steal out unperceived from a rude postern in the wall which surrounded a mass of buildings, imposing rather from their extent than from any other characteristic, which formed the castle, or habitation of the island Chief. It was placed on the north-west coast of Mull, in a situation protected in some degree from the violence of the prevailing winds, by the small island of Ulva, whose shores, though not lofty, formed a sort of breakwater to the inner channel, in which lay at anchor the galleys of Donald, whose warlike strength, as may be supposed from his title, was rather maritime than chivalric. Angus, or Crochcan, as he was called, from the name of his father's farm, was, like many other young men of four and twenty, over head and ears in love. He, to be sure, did not very well know whether it was with Flora, the fairhaired nurse in the family of Donald's brother, whose residence was a short way from the castle, or with Morag, who presided over the culinary details of the same community. Flora, he allowed, was the comelier of the two,-but, then, Flora was a nurse, and that without the priest's permission ; and Morag had saved some certain silver crowns in the course of her longer period of service than Flora. Crochcan was, however, resolved upon seeing one or other of the rival queens of his affection that night, even at the hazard of the high displeasure of Donald himself, who had ordered the warders to take care that no one approached or departed from the castle, from dusk till dawn ; such precaution being rendered necessary by certain rumours, that Robert the Third, of Scotland, or rather, that his more ambitious brother, Albany, the real governor of the Lowlands, was not altogether satisfied with Donald, for his not resting contented with the sovereignty of the Hebridean Archipelago,—but occasionally hinting the propriety of making settlements further inland than he had hitherto attempted. The warder, however, as in duty bound, having drank his master's health in usquehaugh, with the more feryour and frequency that there was some likelihood of danger to it from Lowland cross-bows,
- was comfortably asleep in his plaid, which, by the way, was all the softer that it was as wet as a Mull mist could make it. We presume the same loyal devotion had made the seamen on board the galleys, if galleys they could be called,—many of them being but coracles
No, Lyui. VOL. v
of wicker-work, covered externally with raw hides,be more easily lulled to rest by the wind which, to ears unattuned to the stern elemental music of the Hebrides, would have appeared to blow a gale. As it was, not a living thing, save Crochan and his dog, were astir, unless, indeed, Morag and Flora could be said to be so, who were lying and tossing about their nether limbs, either from anxiety at the delay of Crochcan's visit, curiosity to learn for which of them it was really meant,
-or the peculiarly populous condition of the colonies, that in these days were allowed to locate themselves on all woollen coverings, both north and south of the Spey. Crochcan, a little, light, active fellow, was stepping out with a very free and unencumbered gait,--the wind taking considerable and somewhat unjustifiable liberties with his kilt,—when, all of a sudden, his dog gave a growl, which he knew to be an infallible sign that something either with two legs or four was approaching. It was nothing, however, with legs at all, that was nearing them,-although it held those which had these needful aids to locomotion on dry land, we were about to say, till we remembered it was of Mull we were writing. Crochcan, in fact, was as near to the sea as, upon it, a boat was near to the shore, although, in the darkness of the tempest he had not discerned its approach. The growl of his dog in despite of a “shuist!" or two, was speedily converted into an open bark, which threatened to awake even the warder, as the keel of a vessel of some size, and a build superior to Hebridean architecture, touched the strand. Before Crochcan had time to wonder who the deuce had come so abruptly to interfere with his visit to Flora and Morag, four stout fellows leaped ashore, and pulled their boat high above the surf that was raging round them. There was now enough of light to show that they were not islesmen, even if the dog's violence had not given good reason to infer that they were strangers. Crochcan was no coward, -but he was no sea king or yarl either;—so he thought it best to hold his tongue, though his dog would not. Presently the four seamen lifted out of the stern of the boat a figure, whose helplessness seemed increased by the very quantity of protections wrapped about it.
Placed perpendicularly, and relieved from a mountain of | moist coverings, Crochcan, for the first time, perceived
that it was a human being, -but whether male or female he could not make out. He now thought it high time, however, to let the party know there was another looker-on besides the dog ; and, accordingly, he advanced and hailed them. The reply of the mariners was in the Erse language, but in a dialect of it Crochcan could not very well comprehend, He knew, however, by its sound, that it was the Irish variety, and gathered enough of its meaning to discover that they asked for food and shelter, till morning would show them where they were, and how to proceed to the residence of Donald, Lord of the Isles. “You shall not need to go far in search of either,” said Crochcan, big
with the dignity of being the representative of his mas- | Crochcan was engaged in an examination of features so
—or, indeed, any of the inmates of the castle, who were to ensue, in spite of the imploring looks, and soft, but
With a stately step she entered the gloomy den, so
lord, my lord, let me kneel to you as once before I did in York !—God of Heaven can it be so !-Morag, stay, -till I call your master. My liege, I am lost in wonder-can it possibly be you?"
It was indeed Richard the Second of England, escaped from Pontefract Castle, where, it was given out, he starved himself to death, and now a refugee in Mull! From thence he shortly proceeded to the mainland of Scotland, where, for nineteen years, he was entertained in an honourable but secret captivity, similar to that afterwards suffered by James I. in England, with this difference, that it was in secret. Before he left the island, he had given Flora her marriage portion-added to Morag's store of crowns, and stood sponsor to Richard, the babe whose slumbers he had in so unlooked for a way disturbed.-The Chameleon.
" There is more loftiness in wrong repented of, Than all the port of never-faltering worth."
Rizzio, A TRAGEDY,
I come to breathe one sad farewell,
One precious hour to pass beside thee; For Fate's dim page alone can tell,
When next that pleasure may betide me ! I come to print one burning kiss,
From lips disease leaves yet untainted ; And in that moment think of bliss,
My raptured visions oft have painted. I come-my last calm hour is thine,
The last high throb of fading spirits ;To-morrow sees me sickly pine,
Beneath the pangs that Guilt inherits ; Yes, Guilt:—the thrills of fiery pain,
The pulse with fever wildly beating ; This dizzy aching of the brain,
This panic of the heart retreating Within its very self with fear
Of some unknown but coming danger ; These wild regrets the heart that tear,
Had all been still to me a stranger, Had Fate and Thou been only kind,
But frowning darkly both upon me, Is't wonder that I-headlong-blind,
Rushed in where prudence would disown me? Is't wonder that, my heart on fire,
My blood should share the madding fever; That Love, and love-born pure desire
Thou to be mine-I thine for ever, Quench'd by a frown-chill'd by a fate,
--A frown from thee-a fate that parts us, Should rouse me to that reckless state
Where even our self-respect deserts us? Quench'd did I say? The snow-showers fall
On Hecla's ever-blazing crater :
Their chill dims not that torch of Nature ! -So even the coldness of thy mien,
The icy damp thy frown throws o'er me, Can never quench the fire upseen
That glows in me.-I must adore thee ! Bnt ever as these o'er it come,
In all their withering-wintry sadness, The pent up strife, in one wild sum,
Breaks out-and then I'm driven to madness!
[The following judicious observation we have extracted from a useful little pamphlet entitled “Hudson's Spectaclenia."] The Cases of Indistinct Sight in which Spectacles may
be used with advantage. Near-sightedness arises from the eye being too convex or prominent, and is usually perceived in persons of a very early age; and when discovered, optical aid should be immediately resorted to. It is said that per. sons engaged in manufactures, or living in large cities, and unaccustomed to view very distant objects, are more subject to near-sightedness than others who are of a profession requiring out-door employment, as sailors, fishermen, and persons engaged in agricultural pursaits, and with the truth of this opinion, I am inclined to agree.
The near-sighted have usually a singular habit of half closing the eyes in looking at distant objects ; this may slightly assist them, but they have still a very indistinct view. They are compelled to read, write, sew, or play music at a much closer distance from the eye than other persons. They see, perfectly unassisted, minute objects when placed close to the eye, as well or even better than distant-sighted persons see with the assistance of a powerful magnifying glass, or even with the assistance of a microscope.
The principal inconvenience attending near-sightedness is reading, writing, &c., at an inconveniently close distance, and not seeing, to recognize, an intimate friend in the street, in a church, a concert room, or in a theatre, and these persons are thus purblind at all long distances, and totally incapable of enjoying perfectly the beauties of landscape scenery, and thus lose one half of the pleasures of existence ; indeed, some, when quite children, are too near-sighted to learn to read, or receive any education, without the use of spectacles, and are remarkable for holding a book within three or four inches from their eyes to distinguish the letters. The use of appropriate and accurately adjusted concave spectacles will give to such persons a delightfully distinct and perfect view of distant objects, and enable them to read, write, &c., at a proper, convenient, and usual distance, and for a longer time than without them, preventing the fatigue, &c., experienced, especially at night. To the near-sighted the occasional use of concave spectacles of a proper sight will often supersede the necessity of using an eye-glass, or opera-glass at the theatre, and will be found an indispensable and most agreeable companion in the promenade. They should be carried about the person at all times. How gratifying it must be to ladies and gentlemen thus situated, to be placed upon an equality, in point of sight, with those persons who see distinctly at all distances. How great this advantage derived from the use of appropriate concave spectacles ! They have frequently, after being