Page images
PDF

my old townsman Job Watson. Just after I had seen | rot upon the corrupting sea. I forgot the melancholy him expire, about ten o'clock in the evening, when all fate of my crew at this moment, and thought, with around was like the stillness in a dead world, I was comparative unconcern, that the time must soon come Jeaning over the taffril and looking upon the ocean's when the last draught of water being finished. “ I too face, that from its placidity and attraction to the eye must die.” Then, half slumbering, a thousand strange was, to me and mine, like an angel of destruction clothed images would come before my sight; the countenance in beauty, when on a sudden I became free from anxiety, of my late mate, or some one of the crew, was freobdurate, reckless of every thing. I imagined I had quently among them, distorted and fitted upon uncouth taken leave of hope for ever, and an apathy came upon bodies. I felt feverish and unwell on awaking. One me little removed from despair. I was ready for my moment I fancied I saw a vessel pass the ship under destiny, come when it might. I got rid of a load of full sail, and with a stiff breeze, and then a second, anxiety that I could not have carried much longer, so while no rufile appeared on the ocean near mine, and I that even when the rising moon showed me the body hailed them in vain. Now I heard the tramp of feet of the mate, which we had thrown into the water, float upon the deck, and the whisper of voices, as of persons ing on its back, half disenveloped from its hammock walking near me, whom I uselessly challenged ; this when I saw its livid and ghastly features covered only was followed by the usual obdurate silence. I felt no by an inch of transparent sea, and a huge shark pre- fear; for nature had no visitation for mortal man more paring his hungry jaws to prey upon it, -I drew not appalling than I had already encountered : and to the back, but kept my eye coldly upon it, as if it had been ultimate of eyils with social man, as I have before obthe most indifferent object upon earth; for I was as in served, I was insensible for what weight could social sepsible to emotion as a statue would have been. This | ideas of good or evil have with me at such a moment: insensibility enabled me to undertake any office for the The morning of the eleventh day of my suffering I sick, and to drag the bodies of the dead to the ship's went down into the cabin, to take some refreshment to side and fling them overboard ; for at last no one else Robson. Though at intervals in the full possession of was left to do it. All, save myself, were attacked with his senses, the shortest rational conversation exhausted the disorder, and one by one died before the ninth day him ; while talking in his incoherent fits did not prowas completed, save James Robson, the least athletic duce the same debilitating effect. “Where is the mate?” man I had, and who, judging from constitution, was he wildly asked me ;—“Why am I in your cabin, capbut little likely to have survived. The disorder left tain ?-Have they fung Waring overboard yet?" I him weak as a child; I gave him the most nourishing contented myself with giving him general answers, things I could find ; I carried him, a mere skeleton, which appeared to satisfy him. I feared to tell him into my cabin, and placed him on a fresh bed, flinging we were the only survivors ; for the truth, had he bis own and all the other's overboard. I valued him chanced to comprehend it in its full force, might have as the only living thing with me in the vessel, though, been fatal. On returning upon the deck, I observed had he died, I should at the time have felt little ad that clouds were slowly forming, while the air becanje ditional pain. I regarded him as one brute animal doubly oppressive and sultry. The intensity of the would have looked at another in such a situation. sun's rays was exchanged for a closer, and even more

How the ship was to be navigated by one man, and suffocating heat, that indicated an alteration of some what means I possessed of keeping her afloat in case of kind in the atmosphere. Hope suddenly awoke in my blowing weather should come on, gave me no appre bosom again: a breeze might spring up, and I might hension ; I was too much proof against the fear of the get free from my horrible captivity. I took an obfuture, or any danger that it might bring. Robson servation, and found that I was clear of the rocks and could give me no assistance; I had therefore to rely on shoals of the Bahamas, towards which I feared a current my own exertion for everything. If the vessel ever might have insensibly borne me; all I could do, theremoved again, I must hand and steer-though, from the fore, in case the wind blew, was to hang out a signal continuation of the calm, it did not seem likely I should of distress, and try to keep the sea until I fell in with be soon called upon to do either. I kept watch at some friendly vessel. night upon deck ; and could not sleep, either by day or Timmediately took measures for navigating the ship night, only by short snatches, extended at full length by myself. I fastened a rope to secure the helm in any near the helm. On the tenth night, while the sea was position I might find needful, so that I might venture yet in the repose of the grave around me, I fell into a to leave it a few moments when occasion required. I doze, and was assailed with horrible dreams that pre went aloft, and cut away the topsails which I could not cluded my receiving refreshment from rest. I aroused reef, and reduced the canvas all over the ship as much myself, and the silence on every side seemed more ter as possible, leaving only one or two of the lower sails rible than ever. Clouds were rising over the distant set: for if it blew fresh, I could not have taken them in sea-line, and obscuring the stars ; and the ocean put and the ship might perish ; while by doing this, I had on a gloomny aspect. Millions of living things, which some chance of keeping her alive. had ascended from the caverns of the deep, or been cn I now anxiously watched the clouds which seemed to gendered from the stagnation and beat, played in snaky be in moțion, and the sight was a cordial to me. At antics on it surface. No sailor was now pacing the last the sea began to heave with gentle undulations; a deck on his accustomed watch. The want of motion in slight ripple succeeded, and bore new life with it. I the ship, and her powerless sails hanging in festoons wept for joy, and then laughed as I saw it shake the amid the diminishing starlight, added to the solitary sails and gradually fill them; and when at length the feeling which, in spite of my apathy, I experienced. I brig moved, just at noon on the eleventh day after our thought myself cut off from mankind for ever, and that becalmment commenced, I became almost mad with demy ship, beyond where winds ever blew, would lie and I ligbt. It was like a resurrection from the dead ; it was

[graphic][graphic][merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small]

the beginning of a new existence with me. Fearful as LONDON AND PARISIAN FASHIONS. ny state then was in reality, it appeared a heaven to that which I had been in. The hope of deliverance It has been remarked in one of the highest quarters, aroused me to new energies. I felt hungry, and ate that “never was less extravagance and more real elevoraciously; for till that moment I had scarcely eaten gance displayed in the costume of the leaders of toti oaough to sustain life. The chance of once more min than at the present period.” The latest productions of gling with my fellow-men filled my imagination, and our noted houses fully bear out this eulogium. braced every fibre of my frame, almost to breaking. The style of dress now adopted certainly abstracts The ship's motion perceptibly increased ; the ripple nothing from the reputation for taste, which our modern under her bow at length became audible ; she felt ad | modistes, and those whose business it is to place new ditional impulse, moved yet faster, and at length cut varieties of material at their disposal, have acquired. through the water at the rate of four or five knots an An outré disposition of female costume is unquestionhour. This was fast enough for her safety, though notably not a predominant vice of the present style of for my impatience. I steered her large before the taste, though it may be found difficult to account for wind for some time, and then kept her as near as pos some eccentricities--the sleeves, for instance, may still sible in the track of vessels bound for Europe certain be pointed at by the satirical, and a partial adjustment that, carrying so little sail, I must be speedily over of a part of the skirt may furnish a jest for the mali. taken by some ship that could render me assistance. cious, yet we will venture to say, that less scope than Nor was I disappointed in my expectations. After ever is given for ridicule, and the meed of approbation steering two days with a moderate breeze, during which is more fairly awarded by the fastidious than at former time I never left the helm, a large West Indiaman came periods. up with me, and gave me every necessary aid. By this The artificial waist at one time was nearly up to the means I was enabled to reach Halifax, and finally the

shoulders, and at another it was lowered considerably river Mersey, about five weeks later than the time I had below its original position. On this point at the present formerly calculated for my voyage.

epoch, fashion cannot be subject to reproachful animad. version, and we think that to have rectified this unnatu

ral apportionment of dress, was a triumph over bad THE BETROTHED

taste. (WITH A BEAUTIFULLY ENGRAVED ILLUSTRATION.)

Length and amplitude in dress which now prevails, Fair as the first that fell of womankind,

give a great degree of elegance and dignity to some When on that dread yet lovely serpent smiling,

figures, the corsage is frequently draped or crossed : Whose image then was stamp'd upon her mind

the Elizabethan form, (corsage en pointe), is still, But once beguiled-and ever more beguiling; Dazzling, as that, oh! too transcendant vision

however, preserved, and agrees admirably with the To sorrow's phantom-peopled slumber given,

long flowing costume. The sleeves preserve their diWhen heart meets heart again in dreains Elysian,

mensions, and in a great measure their shape, but we And paints the lost on earth revived in heaven;

anticipate a considerable alteration in them. Pelerinės Soft, as the memory of buried love;

remain as they were. Dented borders are much adopted, Pure, as the prayer which childhood wafts above"; Was she—the daughter of that rude old Chief,

sometimes with acorn-ends depending : and a silk, Who met the maid with tears—but not of grief.

satin, or other piping, as may suit the dress, very froWho hath not proved how feebly words essay

quently sets them off. Broad hems, similar to the To fix one spark of Beauty's heavenly ray!

dress, are sometimes only added. This agrees with a Who doth not feel. until his failing sight Faints into dimness with its own delight,

plain style. His changing cheek, his sinking heart confess

Trimmings, edgings, and other ornamental parts of The might-the majesty of Loveliness?

the dress, are worn much according to taste : they are, Such was Zuleika-such around her shone

however, generally made to assort with the color of The nameless charms, unmark'd by her alone;

the dress, The light of love, the purity of grace, The mind, the music breathing from her face,

A blue poult de soie dress, embroidered in black, is

very appropriately ornamented with a similar shade of “ Zuleika! child of gentleness !

satin biais. How dear this very day must tell, When I forget my own distress,

Dresses of mousseline de laine should be ornamented In losing what I love so well,

with gros de Naples, not satin. To bid thee with another dwell :

Black satin mantillas are frequently lined with rose Anotherl and a braver man

or cherry-colored plush, and trimmed with deep black Was never seen in battle's van.

lace. And now thou know'st thy father's will;

For evening dress, the satin rayé is much adapted, All that thy sex hath need to know :

variously tinted flowers are usually strewed on a light 'Twas mine to teach obedience still

ground, as a pearl-white, light-grey &c. The way to love, thy lord may show."

The florentine in deep brown, with bright colored Io silence bow'd the virgin's head ; And if her eye was fill'd with tears

detached bouquets is admired for morning costume, That stiffdd feeling dare not shed,

either for visiting or reception. And changed her cheek from pale to red,

The robe de chambre is studiously attended to both And red to pale, as through her ears

as to general effect and material, the latter is frequently Those winged words like arrows sped : What could such be but maiden fears?

of the most costly description. Indian cachemere lined So bright the tear in Beauty's eye,

with silk, wadded and quilted, with large lappels of Love half regrets to kiss it dry ;

velvet or fur, is in great estimation. The sleeves are So sweet the blush of Bashfulness,

A Even pity scarce can wish it less !

| usually of great width and opened at the wrist. BrRox.

square collar is turned over in the style of a pelerine. | Half veils for winter hats are discountenanced by the
A point lace cap is a frequent accompaniment to this ton.
elegant negligémii is low, flat, backward on the head, The drawn hats will be, after a while, not so preva-
and has a narrow lace trimming; two bows of ribbon lent, those which are worn now come low down the
on each side support a trimming of broad lace placed face, as previously described ; such is the general form,
in a fan-like shape. Cashmerienne taffety, silk, mar though from the very liberal one of fashion at the
celine, satin de laine &c. may form the materials for present period, the expression, form, and figure of the
these morning dresses in which the ornaments, embroi. individual, are studied in the choice of make,
dery &c. may correspond to the tsate or circumstances

for the theatre, we have seen some very elegant of the wearer.

hats, in worked satin, spangled velvet, rose-coloured CLOAKS AND Shawls.-It at first seemed a matter gros, parted round fronts, which were situated much of doubt whether cloaks should still bear the sway, or from the face, predominated; some were ornamented pelisses again be adopted. Cloaks have, however, as with a couple of large feathers, also with rose or yet completely gained the ascendancy, and some very other light and delicate shades, sometimes a few small magnificent ones have been made within the last forl feathers are inserted in small bouquets. These styles night at some of our great magazines.

are equally modish, but should be adapted according A peach-coloured cachmere cloak, of very ample the person. The long plumes are suitable to the tall dimensions, was made nearly to the shape at the waist, commmanding figures, and vice versa. without destroying the characteristics of a cloak ; a We sometimes see a velvet lining to a satin hat-a great width of drapery proceeded from the back all prelude to the adaption of velvet bats—these are large round the shoulder to the bust, and partly concealed in shape for the promenade or the carriage—for dress, a sleeve of pink Gabrielle satin richly embroidered, small round fronts much elevated and turned behind. gradually becoming small at the wrist.

MATERIALS AND COLOURS.-The new winter mateA cloak of Angelo silk, the new material mentioned rials have at length made their appearance, and we shall in our list; green designs over violet-coloured ground, proceed to give a complete catalogue of all that are small velvet collar edged with deep black lace; a large worthy of notice, and likely to be adopted among our silken cordeliere is passed round the waist, a moderately

élégantes. We are furnished, through the inventive sized velvet hem goes round the skirt.

genius and diligence of the Parisians, with a vast Merino is made up in cloaks to a very great extent, number of new fabrics, some of them characterised and the beautiful fabrics and designs that have been by great taste, as well as exceedingly applicable to the lately introduced in this material, affords the most varieties of the season. The new designs are varied stylish as well as the plainest dressers an opportunity

almost to infinity, and calculated to please the most to suit themselves.

fastidious and refined, as well as the most ordinary Collars may frequently be observed very scanty at taste. The light, the fanciful, bizarre, the rich or gorpresent, though it is questionable if this formation geous-styles of a recent or ancient date-are seen in will continue, giving to some figures a mean appear our first-rate houses in captivating profusion. The ance ; it may, however, be advantageously adopted by colours, most of which have considerable depth and inpetite and round figures.

tensity, are, when varied to lighter shades, generally Now that one side only of the shawl is displayed, derived from originally dark tints. The cinnamon and the full French designs are much admired, and the fawn, for instance, from modifications of the brown, medallion patterns have the preference.

and a kind of neutral tint, from a mixture of black and To carriage costume we frequently see poult de soie grey, marone, myrtle-green, hayti-blue, brown, and all shawls, and sometimes black satin edged with lace. its shades.

Hats and Caps. The size of hats is still increased: Satins, velvets, silks of a heavy and rich manufacture, the brims do not fall much over the front of the face, and extreme pliability, predominate. Cachmeres and though they descend considerably lower on the side. I merinos are also extremely splendid and in unprece

In the selection of lining, great care must be taken dented variety. to have it agreeable to the complexion ; as, from the The Gabrielle satin has a ground of any deep color face being in a great measure surrounded by the front, with colored flowers, not to contrast violently, worked a very marked effect may be produced ; the variety of over it. colours now permitted, render it easy to assort the Milan satin of a peculiarly fine texture and surface ; lining to the complexion : the new Paris colour the patterns of foliage, blanc-roux is well adapted to general use, as there are The Valerian satin, ground fawn-colored, with lilac very few complexions that it does not become.

sprigs. Blonds, ribbons, bunches of hair, &c. are required The above in a white ground with detached lilacwith these shapes, if ribbon næuds are intermixed with flowers, forms a beautiful bridal costume. the hair, it is more distingué to have them of one The Thirla satin worked in imitation of the usual shade.

style of embroidery on satin foundation, In dress caps there is an alteration which very gene The Medici velvet (for full dress) spangled and orrally prevails, the crown, instead of being worn high namented with the same material, in plain black. is now rather depressed. This, however, must be suited The Isabeau reps, (for full dress) the designs running to the wearer, for the difference produced by this in the in a different grain but of the sanie shade. general effect is considerable.

The Trianon reps (for full dress) colored ground in The satin ribbons, with imitations of gothic or blond which are embroidered satin sprigs. A white embroilace on the border, are now much in vogue, and it may dery undulating on a lemon-colored ground, has a very be anticipated will be s:ill more so.

beautiful effect.

11

« PreviousContinue »