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toujours peine à faire comprendre combien il est facile été si vite, si vite, que, pour arriver à ses derniers cade modifier nos modes, de substituer la gaze au brocart, 1 prices, il faut encore changer, ajouter, supprimer. Nous la perle au diamant, de rappeler enfin que, surtout en connaissons tels charmans boudoirs, tout garnis de fait de parure, qui peut le plus peut le moins

quinze-seize broché et de palissandre incrusté, qui vienA l'approche des bals, nous parlerons des charinentes nent de faire place aux lampas, aux meubles en marquegazes et robes de bal qui se préparent dans diverses terie et aux trumeaux dorés. Tout a rétrogradé d'un siècle maisons.

entier dans l'élégant sanctuaire, et, hors la femme qui Nos Aeuristes ne mettent pas moins de zèle à créer l'habite, on n'y aperçoit que du vieux, du gothique, et pour l'hiver une brillante nature de fleurs. Elles ont maintes curieuses antiquités. Mais aussi quel charaussi leurs noms étranges, tels que le rudebeka, le ror. mant contraste de nouveauté et de fraîcheur sur cette cia, et autres qui n'indiquent peut-être pas assez qu'il jeune physionomie si bien encadrée dans ce petit bons'agit de belles fleurs de nuances pourpres, bleu-azur, net où les délicats réseaux de la dentelle d'Angleterre et qui iront à ravir pour toilettes de soirées. Pour les serpentent sur des næuds de satin rosé, si coquettement petits bonnets, ce sont des mignonnettes, des bruyères, disposés dans leur gracieuse combinaison. C'est du des clochettes, des roses nymphes, et, pour placer dans / même magasin aussi que doit être sorti ce collet de les cheveux, des belles de nuit blanches avec le fond | mousseline des Indes sur lequel la broderie éléve en rosé, des fleurs de toutes nuances, disposées en jar- | relief ses riches dessins, si bien exécutés que le regard dinières, des brins d'avoine, des fleurs de trèfle, etc. du plus ancien comme du plus froid, de nos députés

Les rubans ont aussi déjà le riche cachet des modes serait forcé de s'y attacher avec admiration. Pour ne d'hiver. Il s'en fait en dessins arabesques, mosaïques, point quitter ce luxe de lingerie, disons un mot sur ce zébrés, qui sont d'un luxe effrayant quand on calcule peignoir de batiste brodée qui se laisse apercevoir si ce que coûtera une garniture complète de robe. Sur élégamment sous une robe de chambre de basin des les chapeaux de satin, ce sont des rubans de satin piqué, | indes gris-perle, doublée de rose. Les petits manchettes, croisé, rayé, enfin d'un travail compliqué.

garnies de valencienne, qui dépassent les manches, les Nous voyons beaucoup de chapeaux en satin broché næuds de batiste brodée qui ferment le devant du ou en velours indien. Des chapeaux doublés en velours peignoir et qui découvrent la robe de chambre nésont le prélude des chapeaux en velours, qui, dans quel. gligemment ouverte, donnent une égale idée de l'éléques jours, seront généralement adoptés. Décidément gance de la femme ainsi vétue et du bon goût de sa les formes seront grandes, excepté pour les chapeaux lingere, de soirées qui seront ronds, à formes courtes et évasées. De cette esquisse d'un joli négligé, on peut conclure

Les næuds larges en rubans que l'on place sur les qu'il est un genre de lingerie auquel les riches modes chapeaux forment quelquefois échelle, c'est-à-dire quatre ne sauraient faire tort ; c'est la recherche des collets coques remontant graduellement et deux bouts pendant brodés et garnis de dentelle qui paraissent avec plus en bas. Une autre disposition consiste en deux næuds d'avantage sur les douillettes, les manteaux, les étoffes simples placés l'un au-dessus de l'autre.

de soie, que sur les mousselines ou les légers tissus On voit des mantelets de satin noir doublés en pe d'été. Rien ne complète plus une jolie toilette, rien ne luche rose ou cerise, et garnis de hautes dentelles lui donne mieux un cachet d'élégance, qu'on collet dont noires. On en fait aussi de ouatés qui sont destinés à la valeur peut aisément monter à quelques centaines de être portés sur les toilettes de soirées.

francs, d'après la beauté des broderies exigées auLes manteaux se confectionnent en masse. L'étoffe jourd'hui et la dentelle qui les entoure. On voit Angelo est la plus généralement employée pour toilettes toujours quantité de petits collets brisés ronds, et dessimples. Jamais il n'y eut plus de variété dans la tinés à se porter en négligé ou avec des schalls, sur forme des manteaux. Aux magasins Sainte-Anne on lesquels les grands collets rabattus ne paraissent jamais en compte de huit coupes différentes.

gracieusement. Bien que la mode la plus nouvelle soit de porter les Les petits bonnets de luxe se montent tout aussi manteaux sans grands collets, on en fait encore quel élégamment que les bonnets de blonde, et les lingères ques-uns auxquels s'adapte le collet si utile en négligé, ont acquis sur ce point le talent des modistes. Nous et lorsqu'on ne veut que de la confortabilité. Les avouons que, par cette nouvelle perfection, ils perdent manches des nouveaux manteaux sont d'ailleurs d'une peut-être de leur commodité ; car il est impossible maintelle ampleur que la taille est entièrement dissimulée tenant d'envoyer un bonnet de dentelle à sa blanchisseuse. sous leurs plis.

Il doit passer par les doigts de la lingère pour être orné Nous avons remarqué des pélerines de blonde d'un et remonté avec sa fraîcheur primitive; aussi a-t-il très-bon goût, et aussi des cols garnis, des voiles et toujours un petit aspect d'élégance, qui donne dès le violettes pour chapeaux ; des blondes pour mantilles. | matin air de tenue à la personne qui le porte, et est-il Les dessins, les qualités et la modicité des prix ne lais toujours disposé de manière à aller bien à la physent rien à desirer.

sionomie. On commence à revenir à Paris. On y revient pour On continue à croiser les redingotes de soie, sur le préluder aux préparatifs de l'hiver ; on y reste quel côté où elles se ferment, par des neuds, des boutons, ou ques jours, une semaine, et, lorsque le tems le permet, des ornemens de fantaisie. Une redingote en reps on retourne à son château, à sa villa, à sa maison de Atala vert-myrte, garnie d'an double biais de satin, d'un campagne, pour profiter des derniers beaux momens de vert moins foncé. fermée par des neuds de satin, et la saison et attendre que les ouvriers aient terminé les ayant la double pélerine garnie de biais était tres-jolie. embellissemens que l'on est venu commander dans l'ap. Un collet de point d'Angleterre, une écharpe en partement de Paris. C'est en vain que pas une année cachemire blanc tournée autour du cou, et un chapeau ne s'est encore écoulée sur des tentures, un mobilier en satin rose orné d'un camélia blanc, complétaient tout resplendissant de sa première fraichear, la mode a cette toilette.

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MISCELLANEA.

Nor is my admiration awakened by her armies, mustered for the battles of Europe ; her navies, overshadowing the occan ;

nor her empire, grasping the farthest east. It is these, and the Prognostics of the Weather.-Red clouds in the west, at son

price of guilt and blood by which they are maintained, which set, especially when they have a tint of purple, portend fine

are the cause why no friend of liberty can salute her with unweather. The reason of which is, that the air, when dry, re

divided affections. But it is the refuge of free principles fracts more red or heat-making rays ; and, as dry air is not

though often persecuted ; the school of religious liberty, the perfectly transparent, they are again reflected in the horizon.

more precious for the struggles to which it has been called ; A copper or yellow sunset generally foretelts rain ; but as an

the tombs of those who have reflected honour ou all who speak indication of wet weather approacbing, nothing is more certain

the English tongue ; it is the birth-place of our fathers, the than the halo around the moon, which is produced by the pre

| home of the pilgrims; it is these which I love and venerate in cipitated water; and the larger the circle the nearer the clouds,

England. I should feel ashamed of an enthusiasın for Italy and consequently the more ready to fall. The old proverb is

and Greece, did I not also feel it for a land like this. In an often correct :-

American it would seem to me degenerate and ungratefnl, to

bang with passion upon the traces of Homer and Virgil, and " A rainbow in the morning is the shepherd's warning:

follow without emotion the nearer and plainer footsteps of A rainbow at night is the shepherd's delight,” . . Shakspeare and Milton; and I should think him cold in his A rainbow can only occur when the clouds, containing or de- !| love for his native land, who felt no meltipg in his heart for positing the rain, are opposite to the sun ; and in the evening 1 that other native land, which holds the ashes of his forethe rainbow is in the east, aud in the morning in the west ; and, fathers.” as our heavy rains in this climate are usually brought by the westerly wind, a rainbow in the west indicates that the bad i. Astronomy or all the sciences, astronomy is the most ele. weather is on the road, by the wiod to us ; whereas the rain

vated and sublime, as it is the most ancient, and the most per. bow in the east proves that the rain in these clouds is passing | fect. It is susceptible of most numerous and important prae. from us. · When the swallows fly high, fine weather is to be il

tical applications. It is the highest triumph of human intellect, expected or continued ; but when they fly low and close to the

and is calculated to give us the most exalted idea of the inground rain is almost surely approacbiog. This is explained

telligence and penetration of man ; while on the otuer hand, as follows:-Swallows pursue the flies and gnats, and flies and I

this intelligence and penetration sink into insignificance, when goats usually delight in warm strata of air: aud as warm air is

compared with the wisdom and power of the great framer of lighter, and usually moister than cold air, when the warm strata

the celestial machinery. It is in truth. from astronomical of our air are bigh, there is less chance of moisture being thrown

studies, that we can more readily than from any other branch down from them by the mixture with cold air , but when the

of human learning, reach a knowledge of the attributes of the warm and moist air is close to the surface, it is almost certain

Deity: vf his goodness in the nice adaptation of all the parts that, as the cold air flows down into it, a deposition of water

of the universe, to our own comfort and happiness ; of his will take place.-Edin. New Phil. Jour, Sept. 1728 . .

wisdom in the perfect organization and machinery of the sys.

tem, in which the most exaet' calculus can detect no flaw; of Village Bells. The reason is not generally known, but his power, in the enormous masses of the bodies in our system, church-bells have a sensible effect on the car, according as and in the vast space it occupies; a space, however, that they are more or less perfectly tuned. No set of bells is ever ; dwindles to a point, when compared with the extent peopled cast quite in tune : in general, the third is too Aat, and the by other planets, and other sans ; of eternal duration, in those fourth too sharp, the effect of which is doubly discordant. The motions that have for ages remained without a change, and only certain wode of having a peal perfectly harmonious is to must so for eyer remain, unless a power be interposed to stay tune the bells by a monochord divided into intervals. A peal them, equal to that which originally called them into exof bells can be thus brought to musical perfection; aud any i one, without knowing the reason, would perceive the sweet effect. This mode of after- uning is never practised, and there The weather. The manner in which the spiders carry on fore a peal gives all its discord, often for centuries, as the their operations, conformiably to the impending changes of the bells happen to be cast.

atmosphere, is simply tbis ;-If the weather is likely to be

come rainy, windy, or in any other respects disagreeable, they Perception in Plants. – There are marks of perception in fix the terminating filameuts on which the whole web is sus. plants, at least they have been so accounted; perhaps, how pended unusually short, and in this state they await the inever, these are more apparent than real. . If a cucumber be! fluence of a temperature which is remarkably variable. On the planted, and after the branches shoot there is placed a stone in' contrary, if the terminating filaments are made commonly long, the way of either of them, the branch will turn off and avoid it, we may, in proportion to their length, conclude that the without touching the stone, describing a circle around it. weather will be serene, and continue so for ten or twelve days. After having passed it, it will go on in a straight line. This, But if the spiders be totally indolent, rain generally succeeds ; which is considered as a mark of perception, is only an instance though on the other hand, their activity during rain is the most of the law by which plants always turn to the light ; for the certain proof that it will only be of short duration, and fol. plant turns round to get out of the shadow of the stone." lowed with fair and very constant weather. According to

further observations, the spiders regularly make some alteraFrench Postage.-Such of our readers as have correspondents tions in their webs or nets every twenty-four hours; if these on the continent should be careful to write upon thin post changes take place between the hours of six and seven in the paper when they write to their friends abroad. The thionest evening, they indicate a clear and pleasant wight.-Atlas. and lighest paper should be used for this purpose, in order to comply with the regulations of the French government on this Purificalion from Sin by Srueezing.-Multitudes of pil. head-a regulation rather strange, and inconsistent with the grims annually visit Malabar Point, near Bombay, for the sole tardy and ponderous nature of the vehicles by which corres purpose of sqneezing themselves through a narrow cleft in the pondence is conveyed in France.. A neglect of this precaution rock, apparently not wide enough to receive the body of a subjects the person to whom the letter is addressed to double

child, as a sure way of squeezing out their sins !-Graham's or treble postage according to the weight. - Morning Journal. Journal. "

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England.-In an oration before the Pilgrim Society of America, Professor Everett tbus refers to Eogland ! how beau. tiful how just !-" I tread with reverence the spots, where I can retrace the footsteps of our suffering fathers ; the pleasant land of their birth has a claim on my heart. It seems to me a classic, yea, a holy land, rich in the memories of the great and good; the martyrs of liberty ; the exiled heralds of truth ; and richer as the parent of this land of promise in the west. I am not-I need not say I am not-the panegyrist of England. I am pot dazzled by her riches, nor awed by her power. The sceptre, the mitre, and the coronet, the stars, garters, and blue ribboos, seem to me poor things for great men to contend for

Fieschi is one of those Italian bra vad39"! who feel the same pride in the perpetration and plotting of a murder, that truly brave men would feel, at the accomplishment of a great, and generous action,

It is said, that after having been recognized by Mr. Lavocat, he said to him, with a sort of heartfelt sincerity. “Mr. Lavocat, promise me one thing !".

" What is it?"

“ It is, that is sent to the scaffold, you will come and see, with what a look Fieschi will regard the instrument of death. You will see whether my legs tremble, and you will say, I there recognise Fieschi.'

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FOLLY.

It is folly and vanity that render these trades a means

of genteel livelihood to so many worthy citizens; and Why is it that all the world are so bitter against without them the Stultzes and the Herbots would pine fools? They are the great staple of the creation, and in the same hopeless obscurity as the vilest country they are the work of God " as well as better men." botch. How little of the twenty yards of silk which Of the mass of mankind, the larger part are fools all my wife assures me is indispensable to the building of over.

a decent evening dress, belong to wisdom and propriety; Folly is the rule of Nature, and wisdom but the ex and how much is dedicated, under the names of gigots, ception; and to complain of it is to complain you are volans à dent, ruches, and furbelos, to the service of a man." The outcry against folly is a mere rebellion folly! How little of the stupendous and complicated against heaven. It shows an utter want of self-know piece of architecture, called a bonnet, depends upon the ledge, or a contemptible affectation. In one word, it capacity of the head which bears it. The helmet of the is no better than sheer cant, and ought, like all other Castle of Otranto is but a type of its marvellous discant, to be put down by general acclamation. Providence proportion. Like the interior of St. Peter's, at Rome, makes nothing in vain ; and the bare fact of this mul the first aspect of it overwhelms the spectator with a tiplicity of fools should lead, by the shortest route, to deep sense of awe, and impresses him with as full a cona conviction that they are a very useful, and therefore | viction, as death itself, of the microcosm of man. a very respectable class of personages. The exclusive With respect to the other great essential of life, the end of all government is but a sort of game law to keep eating and the drinking, folly is no less predominant. fools (under the pretext of protecting them from the in. I speak not of salmis and fricandeaux, and of the other roads of anlicensed knaves) in a preserve for the battus essentials of a good table, but of those numerous inof the regular sportsmen. A community of sheer rogues ventions for pleasing the eye at the expense of the stomach would destroy itself, like two millstones moving without -the temples, the flowers, the figures, the carmels, and, the intervention of a material to be ground. A nation above all, of that giant abuse, the plateau, whose ponof fools would be devoured by their neighbours; but a derous and massive vastness feeds nothing but the pride society compounded of the two, with a proper inter and vanity of the ostentatious owner. Of the hundreds mixture of those who are, in their own persons, a happy of articles which go to the set-out of a formal dinnermixture of both, is admirably qualified for the main- table, and which occupy the entire morning of a butler tenance of “ social order, and the relations of civilized and a pantry-buy to display, how few, how very few adlife.” Folly is therefore the ultimate cause of all that minister to the real comfort of the meal! Yet, were is brilliant and elevated in social polity. Without fools, these not in demand, a host of industrious persons would we should have neither kings, nor bishops, nor judges, be thrown out of employment. Then again it would be nor generals, nor police magistrates, nor constables : or, a sore day for the tobacconists, if mankind were given at least, if such things existed, they would be constituted only to the essentials of a cigar, a pinch of blackguard, so differently from those which at present bear the name, or a quid of pigtail. Drive out Folly, with her fifty that they would no longer be worthy of it. They would | guinea meerschaum, her highly ornamented mull, her be stripped of all the sublime and beautiful in which cherry sticks, and her ruinously extravagant hookah, they now rejoice; and the polished Corinthian capital and the poor tradesmen would starve. The kindred shop would be divested of the better part of its gilding and of the perfumer affords another illustratiou of the same ornament. There would be no sinecures, no pensions, | verity. It is not the Windsor soap and the toothbrush no reversionary grants, no proconsular colonies, and no that enable the shopheeper to drive his curricle and to close boroughs to claim them; nothing, in short, to dis. sport his villa. These he owes to the essences, the atars. tinguish men from the beasts of the field. This is the the scents, and the cosmetics, which are dedicated to very touchstone of political science ; and yet men go on the service of Folly, together with the gold and silver abusing the blockheads and dolts, as if they were a su | nécessaires that are any thing but necessary to the beaux, perfuity in nature, and a let and an hindrance to the who cannot travel a step without them. But it would public at large. But the matter does not stop here. be ungenerous to push this matter farther. That reader Banish folly from the intellectual complex, and the major must be far beyond the average folly, which is the subpart even of the honester callings must cease and be ject of this paper, who cannot draw a general conclusion abandoned. The world would become little better than from the foregoing particulars, and satisfy himself that one vast tub of Diogenes, and its population would be commerce would cease with the existence of fools ; and as unaccommodated and as idle as the people of Ireland. consequently that they are of the last necessity to that If the simple desire of fencing out the inclemency of the complex, which is the pride, boast, and prosperity of elements alone presided over the choice of our habili. the summary of all perfection, the model of all civilization, znents, and nothing were granted to folly and ostentation, the type of all morality-Old England. The utility of what would become of the tailor, and the mantua-maker: fools in the various departments of literature is a mystery

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of a more recondite nature. You, however, know, Mr. | as throwing dice is the gayest mode of trusting to chance, Editor, and so do Messrs. Colburn and Murray, that it will probably soon supersede the law altogether. In they are the best customers of the trade. Without fools politics, the utility of fools is unbounded; without there would be no watering-places, and without watering. their aid, the town would have lost the very amusing places, there would be no circulating libraries worth divertisement of the Brunswick Clubs, which may be mentioning; without circulating libraries there would considered as so many assemblages of that class of be no fashionable novels, no light poetry, no squibs, no Britons who have the lowest preteneions to go at large autobiography, and (tell it not in Gath) no reviews and without a keeper. Without their aid, we should have magazines ; and without all these there would be no missed the very stultified correspondence of the Duke authors and booksellers-miserable sorites ! The hand of Newcastle and Lord Kenyon, which, in addition to somest and the best books (in the bookseller's sense of its political merits, has the singular advantage of afthe word) are got up exclusively for fools. Without the fording a psychological experiment on the hitherto latent aid of fools, both as the purchasers, and as authors too, potentiality of bumps and depressions in sounding the there would be no embroiling of the sciences, no factions depths of nonsense and absurdity. Without their aid, in literature, no party politics, no angry polemics, no likewise, the world would never have known the trae Kantism, no animal magnetism, no phrenology, no eter secret of Orangeism. But why enlarge on this subnal disputes on corn and currency; the paper-makers ject? Twenty folio volumes would not exhaust it. Nay, might stop their mill-wheels, and the pressmen be are the Statutes at Large any thing else than one vast placed under the command of a lieutenant of the navy. text-book on the political utility of fools ? Without foolish authors criticism would perish for want Considering the boundless advantages of folly, and of its proper pabulum, or at most a blue and yellow the corresponding bounty of Providence in keeping up octavo would be called for once or so in a century. With the stock of fools, it may readily be presupposed that out fools the journalists would be no less distressed. their condition is by no means without its comforts ; There would be no leading articles, no exciting slan and the fact corresponds with the presumption. There ders, no slang descriptions of the beastly chivalry of is no one in life so thoroughly self-satisfied as your the prize ring, no lengthy columns of captivating thorough fool. swindlers and interesting cut-throats ; no canting nar It is then a most merciful dispensation of Providence rations of fetes, nor servile sycophantic pratings of the that nultiplies fools, and confines within the narrowest whereabouts of royal infants, of boating-parties, pony limits those who must either burst with indignation at chaises, of lords in waiting, and “ ladies of the domestic triumphant villany, or pine into atrophy at the aspect circle," and, worst of all, there would be no advertise of human misery. The upholding of folly is therefore ments, no poetic advocacy of white champagne and in itself a virtue, as the denouncing it is a treason black polish, no surgical moralizing concerning “ the against Nature, and a sedition against the State. He morning of life and the delusions of passion,” no in who despises a Lord Chamberlain cannot love his King ; vitations to single ladies of decent competence to marry and he who jests at a Bishop's wig is on the high-road felons, no notices of tradesmen leaving off business, or to atheism. To disdain pedantry, is almost as wicked of savings of full fifty per cent in the purchase of calicoes. as to subscribe to the London University; and to laugh This multiplicity of advertisements proves to demonstra

at Sir Thomas Lethbridge, is to level yourself with tion that the English are the greatest fools under the the Cato-street conspirators. The superiority of folly son; and are they not the most prosperous of people, is observable in the fact, that the greatest geniuses are the envy of surrounding nations, and the admiration of glad to take occasional refuge in fooling. the entire world ?

He who would get on in the world, must sedulously What more would you have ? An adequate supply of hide from it his superiority. The man of merit, who fools, moreover, is highly important in a political sense, makes too open a display of his abilities, is distrusted as the raw materials of standing armies so urgently ne and hated. He must be dissatisfied, and therefore is cessary to society as the first elements of modern govern- dangerous. It is not the dull and the silly who breed ment. Poverty and gin, indeed, might go far in raising revolutions, but that sect, hated of gods and men, the the necessary contingent of common soldiers, to be shot philosophers. Their knowledge is disaffection, and at and knocked on the head at sixpence per diem. But their science infidelity. Had there been no geniuses in it would be difficult, I think, to persuade wise men of France, the world would not have groaned under the princely fortunes to forego their ease and independence oppression of a Buonaparte, and that nation would have and risk their capital in commissions and often-changed enjoyed to all eternity the mild, benignant, and paternal accoutrements, for the mere pleasure of strutting about sway of the Bourbons. It is not then wonderful that in laced clothes and fur caps, like our sucking cornets the wisest governments lay themselves so deliberately and ensigns. The multiplicity of fools, too, is the joy. out for captivating the good graces of fools. For their ful occasion of the present flourishing condition of the benefit, the most expensive ceremonies are instituted ; practice of physic. To the folly of mankind, medicine for them, fasts are proclaimed, and kings' speeches lais indebted, at once, for half the diseases on which it boriously conned by heart, Anti-jacobin and Quarterly operates, and for the fame of its principal remedies. A Reviews written, ribbons and medals multiplied, and well-stored apothecary's shop is a standing monument State-trumpeters hired ; for their especial amusement, of human credulity and imbecility. In law, likewise robes and jewels are called into play, and maces surbut why mention law ? Its luxuries are too expensive charged with the very best double gilding. If none but for ordinary indulgence; and, after all, it is only the clever persons were to be consulted, there would be no very greatest of fools that voluntarily rush into its la occasion for late debates, tedious explanations of minis. byrinths: it is the rogue who usually commences litiga-' terial squabbles, annual budgets, or even for the very tion. Besides, law is another name for gaming ; and expensive farce of Parliamantary votes. The sic volo

sic jubeo of a Wellington would answer all the purposes,

THE FIGHT OF HELLKETTLE. as it does of that other fool-tray, a responsible Cabinet.

BY TYRONE POWER. What, indeed, is diplomacy itself, and the whole code of international law, but a deferential sacrifice to the Never let it be said that the days of chivalry are folly of mankind. This consideration contains the fed; heralds may have ceased to record good blows philosophy of Oxenstiern's celebrated axiom, and satis stricken, to the tune of “ a largesse worthie knights" factorily explains why fools in general make the best -pennon avd banner, square and swallow-tail'd, sleeve ministers. They sympathise with the public for whom and scarf, with all the trumpéry of chivalry, are long they act, and the public sympathises with them ; and | since dead, 'tis true; but the lofty, generous feeling they instinctively hit upon the measures which are with which that term has become synonymous, is yet suited to the intellectual calibre of the majority. They burning clear and bright within ten thousand bosoms, never, by the brillancy of their conceptions, disturb the not one of which ever throbbed at the recollection the settled order of things, nor, by putting mankind upon word itself inspires in “ gentil heartes,' or could tell thinking, disturb their digestion, and force them upon the difference between or and gules, or vert and sable, the most disagreeable of the functions of life. James, l as the following narration of a combat between two the most foolish of all possible kings, maintained his “ churles," or " villains," as the herald would term empire in peace for a long series of years, and laid the my worthies, will, I trust, go nigh to prove. foundation of that national development which placed It was the fair-night at Donard, a small village in England among the first class of nations, or rather put the very heart of the mountains of Wicklow, when, at it at the head of European civilization : whereas the | the turn of a corner leading out of the Dunlavin road, clever rogues, the Fredericks, the Louis the Fourteenths, towards the middle of the fair, two ancient foemen the Francises, and the Charles the Fifths, imbrued their abruptly encountered. They eyed one another for a hands incessantly in the blood ef their fellow-creatures, moment, without moving a step, when the youngest, a and made misery for their subjects. If then, gentle huge six-foot mountaineer, in a long top-coat, having reader, you are too wise, if you are more worthy of his shirt open from breast to ear, displaying, on the Gotham than of Athens, set yourself down without hesi- least movement, a brawny chest, that was hairy enough tation as among the privileged order of society. Hold for trunk, growing rather impatient, said in a quick up your head at the highest ; set yourself unblushingly under-tone, that a listener would have set down for the in the high places; and laugh to scorn, as an honest extreme of politeness, man should do, every one who presumes on his in “You'll lave the wall, Johnny Evans?". tellectual superiority, and has the insolent pretension To which civil request came reply, in a tone equally to think himself better, because he is wiser than his bland, neighbours, and has got the start of the age in which “Not at your biddin', if you stand where you are till

ives. Decry talents hardily; neglect genius su- next fair-day, Mat Dolan." perciliously ; vote illumination a bore, and consistency “ You know well I could fing you, neck and heels, a mark of the beast; and above all, as far as your in into that gutter, in one minute, Johnny, mo bouchil." terest and patronage extend, be sure to shut out from | “You might, indeed, if you called up twenty of the preferment all manner of persons who are so unfitted Dunlavin faction at your back," coolly replied Evans. for place or distinction, as not either to be, or at least “I mane, here's the two empty hands could do all affect to be, downright fools !-- Extractor.

that, and never ax help, ather," retorted Dolan, thrusting forth two huge paws from under his coat.

" In the name o' heaven, thin, thry it," said Evans,

flinging the alpeen, he had up to this time been baSONG,

lancing curiously, over the roof of the cottage by which

they stood ; adding, “here's a pair of fists, with as Nay, tell not of the charms of gold, Nor of the Emerald's shine,

little in them as your own!" I dearer love the wild wood wreath,

“It's aisy to brag by your own barn, Johnny Evans," You taught me once to twine ;

said Dolan, pointing with a speer to the police guardAnd as around our woodbine bowers

house, on the opposite side of the way, a hundred yards I bind each straggling spray, I think who'll tend our cottage flowers

lower down; " the peelers would be likely to look on, When Ellen's far away,

and see a black orangeman, like yourself, quilted in his

own town, under their noses, by one Mat Dolan, from Nor tell me of the circle bright,

Dunlapin, all the way!". 'Midst which I soon shall rove,

“ There's raison in that, any way, Matty,” replied I'd rather breathe the scented air of yonder laurel grove;

John, glancing in the direction indicated. “It's not Ah-mother ! often shall I weep

likely thim that's paid by government to keep the pace, Beneath the moon's pale ray,

would stand by and see it broke, by papist or protesTo think lone vigils thou must keep,

tant; but I'll make a bargain wid you ; if your blood's When Ellen's far away.

over het for skin, which I think, to say the truth, it The paths where I was wont to roam,

has long been come off at onst to Hellkettle wid me, The streamlet-mountain tree

and in the light of this blessed moon, l'll fight it out The lambs which used to trace my steps,

wid you, toe to toe; and we'll both be the aisier after, Are all belov'd by me; Yet deeper grief than leaving these

whichever's bate." Dear joys of childhood's day,

" There's my hand to that, at a word, Johnny," cried Is leaving thee,-no one may please,

Dolan, suiting the action to the word-and the hands When Ellen's far away.

of the foes clasped freely and frankly together.

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