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stewed in Claret, and this was a standing dish at his table latterly, at which he kept excellent cheer for his friends. The exquisite flavour of bis viands, and the grateful titillating effect on the palate of a prodigal combination of epicurean dishes, were never experienced on earth in such marvellous perfection as by the guest of Alderman Sir Quin Mullet. c. Within the last twelvemonth he began to fall off frequently in his appetite; this made him double his quan. tity of stimulants, He could not bear to hear a man say he was hungry, without showing an envious peevishness. Though he complained to his physician of bad digestion, he would never suffer any interference with his diet. He heard a surgeon speak one day of the hunger of a patient afflicted with the tape-worm, and inquired if he himself could not be inoculated for it, No pupil at Brooke's could equal him in carving : his anatomical knowledge comprehending all edible birds, and quadrupeds, from peacocks to larks, from an ox to a leveret-every joint and sinew was familiar to him. His conversation during dinner was spare, and prineipally confined to the concoction of dishes, on which subject he displayed more than clerical eloquence ; he even sometimes approached, on this subject, to the ob. scure side of the sublime.

A venison pasty, and its flavour, were matters for an hour's lecture, Sir Quin being of that order of talkers that can discourse more elaborately in proportion to the insignificance of their subject; not perhaps, a rare gift, but an imposing one. He was not characterized as a great drinker, though he scorned at “thin potations.” He moistened his provisions with drafts of the choicest potables, and kept close to ebriety without entering its precincts; though many may imagine, perhaps rightly, that this was occasioned by his quality of sustaining large draughts without appearing to suffer from them. ...But I must now proceed to the last eventful scene of his existence. The dinner at the Gog and Magog was irresistible in the eyes of Sir Quin. Would Dr. Kitchiner had lived, and the Court of Aldermen had appointed him their Medico-laureate, with a liberal salary, and a binding clause that he should attend all their dinners with his “ preparatives," and render harmless the suicidal delicacies that smile on us only to destroy, then the worthy Alderman had lived to enjoy many a festal scene more, ere the rubbish of Cornbill was flung upon his coffin ; and other guests of less note, whom the bills of mortality do not name, had also escaped ! On the 9th of November 1827, Sir Quin Mullet seated himself in his carriage to proceed to Guildhall, his rubicund countenance beaming with anticipated enjoyment. He was dressed in all the honours of his station and in due pomp entered the building, moving his ponderous frame to the Aldermen's table with a rolling elephantic gait. He sat down, and gazed round at the company. Expectation was aroused to its highest pitch. The majesty of Cheapside and Leadenhall was arrayed in all its glory at the different tables ; every mouth watering with self-promised satisfaction, every palate ardent for gratification. The gallery was filled with ladies displaying a prodigality of beauty almost too dazzling for mortal eyes. to repose upon, had not the well covered tables distracted their gaze, Now the rich plate was spread over the snowy embroidered damask, and soft straips, of music ascended with the steam of a thousand dishes in a savoury oblation to the

beards, noses, and ears, of Gog and Magog, the guar. dian genii of the Hall The marble monuments around echoed with the animating sound of ten thousand knives and forks, that clashed in most stomach-stirring harmony the “ din of war," while an army of obedient slaves in livery submissively watched even the shadow of a command. At that animating moment it was that Alderman Sir Quin Mullet gently unfolded his napkin, and tucked a corner of it nnder his chin ; then dipping his spoon in the rich soup before him, and moving it round and round his plate, that he might first exhale its fragrance concentrated his every faculty in the important business of the time. He was silent for some minutes, during which he attended to his duty as an alderman of his standing in the city of London was bound to do ; there were witnesses enough observant of the fact. He was at length necessitated to pause, though still eager for the fray, and looking towards me with an expression I shall never forget, and wiping his forehead with his napkin, an operation which was fully justifiable from the effects of his labour, he invited me to take wine. Alas! it was the last we took in company together. Sir Quin swallowed it at a gulp, as was his custom, and immediately threw his eyes in a hurried way over the table, merely, as I then thought, to glance at the different dishes, and select the most agreeable. He had, however, a noble haunch of venison before him, and it could hardly therefore have been for that purpose. I have since thought it was a movement of the eye, and a prognostic of what followed soon after. The Alderman then took up a knife and fork to carve the venison ; he was particulary partial to the white vein, and had scarcely plunged the steel into the juicy and smoking joint, with his usual adroitness, when he fetched a deep groan, and dropping the carving imple. inents, though his eye still remained fixed on the inci. sion he had made, he endeavoured to articulate but was unable, Water was instantly brought him, but he made a sign of his aversion to it, not having drank any for many years ; but on offering some Madeira, he tasted abont a spoonful, gave a second groan, his eyes still fixed upon the venison, and ceased to exhibit signs of life. He was carried out of the hall and bled, but life was extinct. Thus expired this worthy citizen, in the sixty-third year of his age, ripe in wealth and civic honours. In his will he desired to be buried as near as possible to the Guildhall, and bequeathed 5001. to the Cook's and Vintner's Companies, towards new modelling their dinner plate; of the former of these companies he had long been the brightest ornament.

HOPE.

There is a flame that fits before

The wanderer o'er a lonely land, A fitful gloom, that oft eludes

The grasp of the extended havd. A vapoury flame, whose luring ray

Of dancing light,

Scen through the night, Cheers the faint traveller on his way. Such is hope's inspiring gleam,

That cheers our chequered earthly bome, Whose laring and enticing beain,

Still watts before where'er we roam, And glads the heart with its bright ray

Of light so dear,

Yet of when near
We think we grasp— it fades away.

LONDON AND PARISIAN FASHIONS.

FROM A VARIETY OF THE MOST AUTHENTIC SOURCES,

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INCLUDING OOPIOUS EXTRACTS FROM "Le Petit Courrier des Dames"_"Journal de Paris et des Modes, L'Observateur des Modes et L'In. discret"_" Le Follet Courrier des Salons"--" Le Mercure des Salons," &c. &c.

DRESSES.—The old style of wearing the dress caught up at the bottom of the skirt, is now very much adopted, and is very generally becoming.

With the season for balls, routes, assemblies, &c. will be introduced the long catalogue of jewellery, which is used in profusion in every possible shape ; neuds, clasps, and bouquets of precious stones of every imaginable hue, are disposed on every part of the dress where they can be introduced,—on the corsage, on the wrisbands, and down the open dress, to unite it the whole length.

A plain satin dress, of a very delicate azure blue, had a very pretty effect on a pretty blonde : the folds appeared, from the effect of the light, to be silvered ; two garlands of flowers appeared in front; with much green foliage, which contrasted very prettily with the tint of the dress.

A green Chinese velvet dress, made low, with short sleeves, in imitation blond, embroidered in white silk, with designs in spiral columns, the wrist of velvet, and made in a very antique style, had a remarkable but elegant effect. A white gauze turban, adorned with precious stones, and a white gauze scarf, completed the toilette.

Another azure blue satin dress was worthy of notice; it was made as a redingote, ornamented with open. work brandebourgs, partially black : cap, with China pinks and snow-drops: a pelerine, very ample, and with long ends of English lace : a single gold bracelet, of dead gold, set with turquoise, encircled one wrist.

For evening, a gauze dress, decorated with rich embroidery, bordered with satin piping and blond lace, terminating en pointe at the ceinture with a blond ornament, attached by næuds to the top of the corsage, had a very good effect; the skirt may be caught up by a bouquet of ribbons or of precious stones,

A rose-coloured satin dress, worked in silver, was united by clasps of opal and diamond, on a black ena. melled ground, surrounded by a little Gothic design in gold, between each were crevés of blond. Blond figuring mantilla, was retained at the shoulders by similar clasps as the one above described, and the folds across the bust were similarly held at the middle and on each side.

A black satin dress, rather low, with short sleeves, and blond sabots, had an elegantly cut corsage en pointe, bordered with silk piping ; the skirt as well as the corsage, was richly embroidered; the ceinture was united by a beatifully chased clasp, of dead gold, intermixed with bright steel, which set off the dress to great advantage. A plain massive gold chain encircled the neck, and the toilette was completed by a small sprig of white roses springing from the hair, dressed plainly in næuds and side-curls.

A rose-coloured dress was ornamented down the side of the skirt by a line of næuds, formed of two coques

of rose-coloured ribbon and diamond épis: On the sleeve, a similar næud, with floating ends : a blond mantilla, behind the corsage, and draped before.

Hats, Caps, &c.-A little elegant Parisian bat, called Camargo, from its coquettish elegance and becoming irregularity, seems to be in a fair way to gain a high reputation.

A blond cap, arranged with extremc lightness, and very far back from the forehead, had a very aerial appearance ; from beneath it a few light sprigs of flowers depended gracefully on the face, so as to suit the contour of the features.

Velvet hats, both plain and spangled, are much adorned with bouquets ; flowers, when worn, may be best placed under the front of the hat.

The front is high, and very close to the face.

A little blonde ornament, mixed with ribbon roses, is a singular but elegant union.

Turbans, which may be varied iu their style,, so infinitely, as to suit almost any cast of features, are at present in as high favour as they have ever been. They assume, the Jewish, the Grecian, or the Turkish form, according to the taste of the wearer; and cachmere, muslin, gauze, or even lace, by the same rule, or rather latitude, are indiscriminately adopted.

An aerial net, interwoven with a rich satin, and forming a most elegant and fairy-like turban, was much admired at a late soirée.

Varieties.-Jewellery, and gold ornaments in ge. neral, now worn profusely, is, as to the individual articles, on a small scale ; neck chain thin and delicate, bracelets narrow, the clasps of the ceinture not loaded with ornaments.

The little ring, suspended by a slight chain from the bracelet is much in favour,

Brooches are made with opals, pearls, or little diamonds, on a black foundation, and often of the whole intermixed.

Ear-rings are very much worn in the Gothic style, long, and frequently in a diamond form.

Cameos in bracelets are still in great repute,-they are set in black or in gold.

An elegant kind of bracelet is formed of a fine gold chain turned several times round the wrist, and falling irregularly on the arm or hand.

Gold circles are much used for bandeaux on the forehead, but more adorned than in the previous season. Many are punctured with a narrow tracing of flowers, or any light fanciful design. Magnificent jewels often adorn them, a large opal is frequently surrrounded by rubies or diamonds; a flower is sometimes admirably imitated by differently coloured precious stones, or diamonds; a bird is sometimes represented, -this species

of ornament, in short, takes a prominent place among the most modest embellishments: they have the advantage of being made to correspond with great facility, to the coiffure in its different varieties,

MATERIALS AND COLOURS:—The satin du Serail for concerts and toilettes is in vogue.

Also the Aba satin, worked colour over colour, and with flowers as well, of various shades.

The satin demi-fonds, for promenade toilettes, is very much in use.

The same colours prevail as we have before cited, and not many exceptions can be named to the prevalent materials of the last two months.

Both plain and spangled velvets are continually used across, and ornamented with bijouterie ; the head-dress for hats.

decorated with feathers, flowers, and a golden arrow. Furs, which are of as old a date as any thing in the FIGURE 11.-FANCY BALL DRESS.-Crimson satin dress catalogue of fashionable necessities, may be considered in the Saxon style : high mounting, corsage en pointe, as valuable additions to a fashionable equipment as any with a row of black crape and white lace ; large satin thing that can be cited. Muffs, now so ornamental as ornument in the middle of the bust; the sleeves narrow well as serviceable, are indispensable for the promenade at the top and wide at the elbow, lined with muslin, or the carriage airing. The boa and the muff may have terminating in a bouffan and blond sabot ; crape form, enjoyed greater favour that they do at present. Pe- ing tablier, with a double row a slight distance apart lisses are very commonly bordered with martin fur. at the bottom of the dress. Swandown is used with children's dresses, as well as Figure 1.-Opera Dress.-Worked satin dress, à on some occasions for ball costume.

la Pompadour draped and painted ; figuring epaulette, Blond fichus present every possible variety of which edged with blonde; wide sleeves, narrowing at the they are susceptible, in ribbon næuds, tulle ruches, and wrist ; the skirt ornamented with two large næuds, ragathered ; they are frequently placed on dented cor- ther more than half way down, exhibiting an under-dress sages, instead of mantillas.

with three rich blond lowers ; small velvet hat, ornaThe serpentine lines, formed by borders of flowers, mented with feathers. or ribbons, at the hem, are now much admired, and Hat.-Satin hat, ornamented with a black heron; may be extensively varied. To accommodate the hot. embroidered muslin turban, ornamented with lace. tom of the dress to this undulating line, so as to form

PLATE III. a parallel, has a very elegant effect.

Figure 1.-Evening Dress.-Tulle dress, with emGloves for the ball-room are trimmed with satin ribbon, broidered satin pelerine, edged with blond, terminating gathered in round folds.

under the ceinture, richly worked, and caught up at the For shoes, white satin predominates greatly over the hem by a bouquet ; the hair ornamented with flowers in coloured kinds.

a similar style to the dress.

Figure 11. -Fancy Ball Dress.--Satin robe, cor

sagé tight fitting en cœur næuds at the shoulders; DESCRIPTION OF THE PLATES.

sleeves tight fitting to the wrist; broad sash round the

waist; the under-dress ornamented with bars of satin PLATE I.

placed diagonally, with næuds at each intersection ; FIGURE 1. & Back View.–Ball Dress.- Organdi double rows of piping adorn the hem, similar to those dress, lined with gauze, low cut at the shoulders, the round the border of the robe. pelerine bordered with a double ruche crossing in front, FIGURE 111.-WALKING Dress.- Velvet redingote, and terminating under the ceinture ; short sleeves, with corsage tight fitting, with large satin ornaments down double bouffans; the skirt ornamented with a similar the whole length of the dress, which is united by silk double ruche to the one above mentioned, and figuring ties, terminated by acorns : sleeves wide to the wrist; tablier; a gauze scarf round the neck; the hair orna- considerably elevated in front, and turned up behind, mented with nouds.

ornamented with a single ostrich feather. FIGURE 11,-Evening Dress.—Gauze dress, worked BLOND Caps, ornamented with ribbon næuds and all over in the form of diamonds; the corsage en pointe

flowers. draped at the top, and fringed at the bottom ; a goif

PLATE IV. ferred muslin pelerine, ornamented with naudu the Figure 1.-Evening Dress.—India muslin dress, skirt is gathered up at the bottom by a ribbon bow ; embroidered in gold; corsage low, edged round the the hair ornamented with a garland of flowers.

bust with a deep lace ; satin pelerine, trimmed with FIGURE 111. & Back View.-Evening Dress.-Dress swans down; small round collar ; the cape in large of tissu de Memphis ; corsage en pointe draped, cut low dents, and terminating in two long ends in front, narat the shoulders, on each side of which a næud is rowed at the commencement, and square at the ends ; placed, as well as in front of the bust; ribbon næuds, turban of gauze satin to correspond with the dress. figuring tablier ornament the skirt ; a gauze turban, Figure 11--Evening Dress.—Tulle dress, draped ornamented with a feather.

corsage en pointe, low cut at the shoulders, short First HAT AND BACK View.–Velvet hat, adorned sleeves, with double bouffans, the corsage edged round with a single long feather hanging very low over the with lace, deeper at the shoulders than the front; the side of the head.

skirt is ornamented with the same material in large Centre Hat And Back View.–Velvet hat a l'es. gathers, retained by neuds, and figuring tablier, bars pagnole, very much turned up at the side where a næud proceed from each næud, which intersect each other in is seen, as well as at the back of the rim ; it is orna- the middle. The hair is ornamented with arrows ; claspmented with marabouts,.

lets of precious stones and bandeau with a bird formed CAP.-Rich lace cap, ornamented with roses and blond of diamonds. barbes.

FIGURE 111-Opera Dress.--A dress of Chamberry PLATE II.

gauze, half high mounting, close fitting corsage with Figure 1.-Evening Dress.-Tulle dress, deep cut embroidered lace mantilla crossed in front, a satin or. at the shoulders ; corsage en point edged with blond; nament retained by næuds, surrounds the top of the satin ornaments, retained by a precions stone set in bust, and draping over the chest, is terminated close to gold, on the shoulders and in the middle of the bust : the ceinture by a næud. The skirt is ornamented in the sides of the skirt figuring tablier similarly fastened, like manner by satin figuring apron in double rows on and exhibiting the under · dress, which is embroidered each side, edged with blond, within which is a ser

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