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NEW YORK JOURNAL.
NO. 58. VOL. III.)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 1854.
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A VISIT TO COPENHAGEN. To enter or leave the city landward, you must pass ing, throughout the year, chant in a powerful and
one of the four gates, which, in the shape of tunnels, striking tone, a fresh verse at the expiration of each ONE of the most remarkable and beautiful capi: perforate the ramparts, and are formidable-looking hour
, and repeat it at intervals until the hour termitals in Europe is Copenhagen, which has of barriers, with their draw-bridges, chains, cannon, and nates. The verses are very ancient, and possess conlate attracted considerable public attention in connec- sentinels. They are closed at night, and until a few siderable poetical merit in the original Danish. These tion with the movements of the allied fleet in the years ago, no individual was permitted to enter by watchmen carry lanterns at their belts, and a stout Baltic. We sojourned thero a few years ago, and them during the night; but now (at one at least) you staff in their hands, on which they screw the mornentertain vivid and
ing star—a metal pleasant recollec
ball full of terrible tions of this chief
spikes—as a weapon Scandinavian city.
of offence and deCopenhagen is
fence. When the probably one of the
street lamps—which most level capitals
are of oil, as gas has in the wald, as re
not yet been introgards its site. It is
duced, require rebuilt upon the Sound
lighting, the watch--the opposite Swe
men affix the candle dish coast being
in their lantern to some nine miles dis
the tip of their staff, tant - of which it
for that purpose. commands de
They also give warn: lightful prospect and
ing of fire by ascontains 130,000 in
cending the church habitants.
towers, and striking proaching it by land,
a number of strokes, you behold little or
waving flags to intinothing to remind
mate the quarter in you that you are
which the conflagraabout to enter a noble capital ; a few
To resume. The spires and towers
streets of Copenhaare all that rise above
gen are generally the level horizon,
narrow, and this and the suburbs are
causes the foot pas. very small, although
sengers to be very of late they have in
much mixed up with creased, and proba
the vehicles on the bly will become of
road; but as considerable extent
riages, &c., are only in a few years. But
allowed to move at from the sea, in cer[VIEW IN COPENHAGEN.)
a rate of little more tain positions, the
than four English Engraved expressly for The Nlustrated N. Y. Journal. view of Copenhagen
miles per hour, few is exceedingly grand. A vast mass of citadels, bat- may enter on payment of a slight toll, at any hour. | accidents result. The houses are substantially built teries, docks, &c., skirt the shore, and beyond them All this sort of thing has a novel and not altogether of brick, and are of lofty and light appearance, winyou have a view of the most aristocratical streets of pleasant aspect to a stranger; but it is surprising dows being very numerous. Astergade (East-street) the new town, and of almost every tower, spire and how very soon one gets accustomed to it, and ceases is the main artery of the business-part of the city, palace that the place contains. The city is strongly to think about it as being at all extraordinary or un- and presents a most picturesque and interesting asfortified, and is strictly inclosed by immense earthen comfortable. There are other national peculiarities pect in the eyes of a stranger. Shops are small and ramparts, the summits of which are planted with which are equally impressive at first to the stranger. a stamp of old-fashionism pervades everywhere. trees, and afford charming promenades in the spring one of these is the custom of the watchmen- The streets out of the main lines of traffic are remarkand summer months. Many other promenades, or quaintly-attired, antiquo-looking guardians of the able chicfly for their air of extreme quietude and dull allées border the wide lakes or moats that encircle night-who perambulate the streots, and from oight respectability. Several canals for the convenience of the ramparts, &c.
o'clock in the evening until five o'clock in tho morn-small craft, pierce far into the town, and thus impart
a Dutch-like aspect to those streets which are situ- the grasp of a modern hand! The bronze age was ing all the prime of his life in the exercise of his art ated upon their banks. The grand distinctive fea. that in which they attainod a knowledge of the uses in Italy, he died in 1844. tures of Copenhagen consist of the surprising number of copper and tin, and as this age comes in abruptly, The university of Copenhagen is a noble estaband variety of its palaces, churches, museums, and and as the above materials are not found in Denmark, lishment, with many able professors, some of whom other public buildings. We presume that no city of it is presumed that they must have been introduced are of more than European celebrity, and is at-. even thrice its size contains more noteworthy build- from some foreign countries. The iron age is the tended by nearly a thousand students, a comparaings. Of the more remarkable of these we proceed third great development of huruan intelligence, and tively large number of them being young Icelanders to give a brief account.
is supposed to have been coeval with the advent of sent hither for their education. The library of the Christiansborg palace is a building compared to Christianity. Numerous gold and silver ornaments university is the richest of any in Europe (exceptwhich the London general post-office, for example, are found of this period, and also many Roman ing Paris) in Persian and Oriental MSS., and its or any other of the largest edifices in that metropolis coins, which probably indicate pretty clearly from collection of Icelandio books in MS. is quite unriwould appear insignificant in point of size. It is what quarter this increased knowledge of the arts valled. So beautifully are some of the latter writabsolutely bewildering to ramble over this stupen- reached Scandinavia. The stone age is reckoned to ten, that we at first actually took them for printed dous structure, and the eye can hardly embrace its ex- have prevailed full 3000 years ago ; the bronze age works. Some are bound in oaken covers, but the terior at one view, unless the spectator retires to a to have commenced six centuries before the Chris- majority in thick antique parchment. This library considerable distance. The aspect outwardly is not tian era ; and the iron age either a little before or a is kept in a very remarkable building, called the what can be termed magnificent, but the massive little after that glorious advent.
Runde Tarn, or Round Tower, which, as its name walls impress one with a perception of grandeur The other rooms of the museum are filled with an implies, is an immense round brick tower, rising to apart from mere architectural design. This vast immense variety of valuable curiosities, arranged so a great altitude, and with a church attached. An palace contains the supreme court of judicature, the as to capitally illustrate the customs and manners of inclined broad plane of brickwork, without any museum of northern antiquities, the royal library, Scandinavia down to a comparatively modern period. stairs or steps, ascends spirally to the summit, inand numerous picture galleries, halls, etc., etc. The Continual accessions are being made to the various teriorly, with such a gentle rise that a carriage king himself has almost entirely given up the palace sections, and every article of precious metal, found might drive up ; and it is asserted that Peter the to the service of the public, and now rarely, if ever, from time to time by the delving peasant, speedily Great, the half-insane Emperor of Russia, actually resides in it-preferring to occupy one or other of finds its place in this grand national repository; for did drive his Empress to the summit in a carriage t..e many minor royal dwellings. The royal library, a wise law provides that the full bullion value of all and four! The tower is crowned by an astronomi. although occupying only a mere section of the build- articles of gold, silver, etc., shall be immediately cal observatory, and commands a most extensive ing, is a gigantic repository of literature. Of all the paid to the finder, who thus is sure to proinptly view both of Danish and Swedish towns. sights we beheld during our residence in the Danish bring them in, instead of secretly melting them down The exchange is one of the finest specimens of capital, few gave us more unmixed delight than this or otherwise disposing of them, as is often the case, to brick-work that even Copenhagen possesses. It is a noble library. The principal room is above three the great and irreparable loss of science. Altogether, beautiful and exceedingly picturesque old building, hundred feet in length. paved with black and white the Danish museum of northern antiquities is the most with a fantastic spire of great height, formed of four marble, and with galleries down each side, supported truly valuable and interesting in the world, and is a copper dragons, whose tails wreathe upwards to a by pillars. The hooks are arranged on open shelves, splendid instance of what may be done by limited mcans point. It will be seen represented in the engraving so as to be very accessible, and we were practically when the system of classification, and comparison of that accompanies this sketch. Another building shown how easily any required volume could be one mute witness of antiquity with another, is car- deserving of a word of notice is the church of Our found. There are, in all, upwards of four hundred ried out in an enlightened and painstaking manner. Saviour, a fine edifice. nearly threo hundred feet thousand volumes, and the whole of these are acces
Closely adjoining Christiansborg palace is a huge fine spiral staircase, that winds outside the spire up
high, and peculiarly remarkable for possessing a ble to the public. There is a reading-room attached, but the books are lent out to any respectable resident, quadrangular building, in the Pompeii style, with
to the very summit. Our limited space forbids more or to any person recommended by a householder. / Etruscan frescoes, the size of life, around the lower than mere allusion to the legion of other notable The whole aspect of this magnificent library reflects portion of the exterior. That building is the cele
churches, palaces, hospitals, (which are conducted the highest credit on the management.
brated Thorvaldsen's museum, being entirely devoted
on admirable principles,) castles, etc. Some idea, The museum of northern antiquities is the most great artist. It contains many originals in marble, wonderful and valuable collection of the kind in the and casts in plaster of all other works by Thorvaldsen. palaces, built in the richest and most costly style of
edifices, by mentioning the fact that four marble world. It is contained in a large suite of rooms, The whole collection is prodigious, and impresses architecture, and filled with superb paintings and where all the objects are arranged in systematic the visitor with a feeling almost amounting to incre- articles of vertu, stand so near together, that they order, and the flood of light they throw on the mys- dulity, when he is told that one man's labors, or forin of themselves an octagonal place, being merely terious unwritten history of very remote ages is as copies of them, are grouped before him. Nevertheremarkable as it is also incontestable.
The first less, it is true that Thorvaldsen alone sculptured separated from each other by streets crossing at room or two contains memorials of what is termed every object, and not a few of the works are triumphs
right angles. the stone age of Scandinavia, consisting of stone and of modern art. Wha: especially carried off the
With all this astonishing display of royal and Aint weapons, tools, and utensils.
Next in order, palm of interest, in vur estimation, were the colossal public buildings, Copenhagen has an essentially we arrive at the bronze age, and here we see short statues of our Saviour and his twelve apostles. The modern aspect, which, alas ! admits of casy but swords, spear-heads, shields, trumpets, bracelets, marblo originals are in Frue-kirke, a church in the
sad explanation. Two tremendous conflagrations, buckles, etc., all of bronze. Finally, we arrive at city. The Saviour is represented with outstretched happening in 1728 and 1794 :espectively, destroyed the iron age, where everything is made of iron. All arms, in the act of saying, “Come unto me!" nuinerous streets, and all the fine old edifices they these relics of the past have been dug out of the Thorvaldsen himself is buried, according to his own
contained. What, however, were spared by these ground— generally from burial-grounds. We have desire, in the centre of the inner quadrangle of the fires were doomed, with a few exceptions, to destrucnot space to dilate upon the extremoiy interesting facts museum. His memory is lield in the highest esteem tion by the very cruel bombardment of the city by they attest, but the great inferences drawn from them by his admiring countrymen ; but we regret to adu the British in 1807—an event which the Danes yet are briefly these. The stone age prevailed in a very that
, apart from his transcendent qualities as a sculp- remember with bitter feelings, nor can we wonder remote period of the world's existence, when the tor, he does not, by all accounts, seem to have been people of the north were sunk in the grossest and an amiable man, and to vital religion he was indiffer- The Danes are intellectually a most gifted people, darkest paganism; and it is clear that these ancient ent. His father was a poor Icelander, a boat-builder and of late years have deservedly ranked very high Scandinavians were not tho giants popularly sup- and carver of the figure-heads of ships, who emi- in the pursuits of science and literature. Orsted, pused, for the handles of their knives—and in a later grated to Copenhagen, where the future sculptor Oehlenschlæger, Hans C. Andersen, and others, age those of their swords-are much tuy small for I was born, in 1770, and where, returning after spend. I have won such reputations, in their respective lines, that any nation might be glad to call them its sons. Iing to custom, to act as his journeyman ; and the PROF. WILSON BEFORE HIS CLASS. The entire Danish nation may be termed an edu- gentecl carriage of the little Conova soon procured cated one, for the law compels parents to send their him the affection of the chief cook and all the scul- BY ANGUS B. REACH, FORMERLY HIS PUPIL. children to school at the proper age, and if the lions of the house, so that, the day's work being parents are too poor to pay for their education, the ended
, Canova did not stir from the pantry, where he I NOW turn to him as he appeared in the class.
executed in crumbs of bread or in plaster, grotesque room—into which he strode with such speed as Living, on the whole, is cheap in Copenhagen- figures and caricatures, which delighted the valets, to make the ragged tails of his academic gown fly house-rent being one of the heaviest items. It is and, in return, they fed him in the style of my lord. behind him like so many streamers — and carrycustomary to live in flats, or on separate stories of One day there was an entertainment at the coun- ing a bundle of tattered papers, backs of letters, large houses, in the same fashion as at Paris and try house. Conova was in the kitchen, playing with and all sorts of miscellaneous papers which afEdinburgh. At Copenhagen, you usually enter from the scullions, when they suddenly heard a cry of des- forded an inch of writing room for a memorandum. the street through a large gateway, and find your pair from the pantry, and saw the head cook coming The main mass of papers, however, were so venerself in a common yard, with two or more large ont in alarm, throwing up his cap, striking his breast ably dingy, and so jagged about the edges, that they houses, each having a common staircase, and a self- and tearing his hair. After the first moments of as- betokened long and hard service, many of them, procontained and separate famıly-dwelling of several tonishment, they crowded around him in a huddle. bably, dating from the era at which the professor had rooms on each landing. We have resided in this “I am lost,” he cried, “ I am lost, I am lost! My drawn up the notes for the lectures of his first manner at all the cities above named, and like the magnificent master-piece !-my palace which I had session. system very much. The Danish people are exceed- built for the dinner! Seo in what a condition This bunch of papers-after bowing to his class, ingly kind and hospitable to any foreigner who so- it is !"
a courtesy always returned-tho professor placed journs among them, and we shall ever gratefully And with a pathetic gesture, he showed an edifico upon his desk, and spread them out before him, as remember the very numerous unsought kindnesses of pastry, which he had just drawn from the oven. if searching for an idea amid the scores of scraps bestowed on our unworthy self. This is a marked Alas! it was burnt, covered with ashes, and half de- and memorandums—and occasionally referring to and amiable trait in their character, and is almost as molished. There was a general cry of surprise min- tho documents of yore. During this scrutiny, his universal as their love of their little country, and gled with that of grief.
class who adored him, would maintain the most res. their readiness to sacrifice, without a murmur,
“ What is to be done ?" demanded the cook; pectful silence, not a cough or the scrape of a shoe they possess in its service, even to life itself, as they “ here is the dinner-hour. I have not time to make breaking the stillness. have often done. another. I am lost! My lord expects to have for
If baffled for a few minutes, he would get fidgetty, the desert something remarkable! He will turn me and his fingers wander fitfully amongst the papersaway."
then suddenly appearing to remember something, he THE FIRST STATUE OF CANOVA. During these lamentations, Conova walked round would dive both his hands into his trousers' pockets,
the diminished palace, and considered it with atten- as if searching for something, almost always muttertion.
ing, but in accents perfectly audible to the furthest THERE THERE are, doubtless, few of our readers who have not heard mentioned with honor the “Is this for eating ?" he inquired.
end of the roomname of the great Canova, that skilful sculptor of
“Oh no! my little one," answered the cook, “it is “Gentlemen, gentlemen, really this is too bad; I
am really ashamed of having been so long tre'sspassmodern times, whose admirable statues have almost only to look at.” taken rank among the master-pieces which Grecian
“Ah, well, all is safe. I promise you something ing upon your patience." A volley of “ ruffling"
better in an hour from now. antiquity has transmitted to us. Canova, like many
Hand mo that lump of (Anglice, stamping the feet in token of approbation) butter."
would immediately go forth, upon which the Profesother great men, owed his rise solely to himself. Diligent labor was the only source of his fortune, and
The cook, astonished, but already half-persuaded sor would go on, “Gentlemen, I am really deeply the first attempts of his infancy presaged the success
by his boldness, gave him all he wanted; and of this grateful. I thought I had arranged these plaguey of his mature age.
lump of butter Canova made a superb lion, which he papers last night in perfect order for the lecture, but Canova was an Italian, the son of a muscn.
An sprinkled with meal, mounted on a pedestal of rich really, somehow or other, they have got out of or—.” the education which he received from his father con- architecture, and before the appointed hour exhibited
A sudden flash of the bright blue eye, a sudden sisted in learning the business of his trade. As soon his finished work to the wondering spectators The upstanding of the stately figure, and a putting aside as his strength permitted, he learned to tandle the cook embraced him with tears in his eyes, called him of the puzzling papers, assured the class that he had trowel and hammer, to mix the plaster and to place his preserver, and hastened to place upon the table caught the clucthat an idea had fired that great the gravel-occupations which he dischargeù with the extemporaneous masterpiece of the young mason. brain, and out came a spontaneous rush of notesufficient zeal and activity to be soon able to serve as
There was a cry of admiration from the guests. books, and in a second of time at least two hundred the journeyınan, or rather the companion, of his Never had they seen, said they, so remarkable a pencils had been sharpened. After such an indicafather, notwithstanding his youth. But in the fre- piece of sculpture. They demanded the author of it. tion, a burst of poetic eloquence was always expected, quent intervals of repose which his weakness rendered
“ Doubtless, one of my people," answered my lord, and the students were seldom disappointed. The indispensable, he amused himself by observing the with a satisfied air; and he asked the cook. Professor would draw himself up, pass his hand a different objects which he saw about him, with
He blushed, stammered, and ended by confessing moment over his forchead, and then fold his arms-a sketching them roughly with brick, or even with what had happened. All the company wished to see moment of silence, and then that voico, sonorous and modelling their forms in the plaster cement which hn the young journeyman, and overwhelmed Canova modulated so as to suit every changing sentiment, tad just mized. These constant exercises, practised with praises. It was decided at once that the master would begin in soft, sweet tones to eliminate the subwith as much perseverance as intelligence, soon ren of the household should tako charge of him, and ject, and then, as ho warmed up, his language would dered him familiar with the practice of drawing, and have him go through studies suitablo to his preco- become fluent, decked with fanciful illustrations and
cious talent. of sculpture in relief. But his youthful talent was
apt quotations, the eloquence growing with every sen. unknown to all, even to his father, who only con- They had no cause to repent of this decision. Wetence into a still more exalted tone; the flashes of his cerned himself with his greater or less skill in pass- have seen that Canova knew how to profit by the genius taking with every passage a still brighter hue, ing the plaster to the sieve, and in pouring cnough lessons of his masters, whom he soon oxcelled. until, having at length reached the climax of his subwater into the trough.
Nevertheless, in the midst of his celebrity, he was ject, his voice, ringing as it was, would be lost in the A whimsical event suddenly occurred to reveal it pleased in remembering the adventure of the lion of cheering and acclamations of the students, whose to all the world.
butter, and said he was very sorry that it had melted. note-books had long since fallen under their desks ; His father had been summoned to make some re- " I hope,” he added, “ that my later statues will be while overcome, and no wonder, with his great intelpairs in the country house of a rich lord of the ncigh. more solid, otherwise my reputation runs a groat lectual exertion, the Professor would sink back in bis bourhood. He had taken his son with him, accord risk.”
obair, and wipe the perspiration from his brow.
Contributed to the Illustrated New York Journal. very rarely overlooks a misfortune, for which naturo committing an impertinence. He was not in the
alone is answerable. But stay, I am wrong to say least bashful or timid. Simply, his own noble selfBLANCHE HENDRICKSON. that the fair sex do not overlook dwarfishness in a respect taught him to respect others in propor
the fact is, the cruel charmers are but too apt tion. BY WILLIAM NORTH
(when tall enough themselves) to overlook it alto- He pondered long on a suitable way of commenc
gother, not only in the abstract, but in the concrete. ing the campaign, and for a long time his invention “There were giants in those days."
Liko the rest of us great and small, poor John suggested nothing that his judgment approved. At THE THE grand misfortune of John Lyman, was, that
Lyman, Colonel of volunteer horso, and gratuitous length he adopted his first and least original idea, he was too small.
contributor to the poetical columns of the “ Bocker- as being, after all, the easiest, and most approNot that a casual observer would have found any fault with his stature, which was little short of six mag Knickerzine," owner of half a block in Broad- priate. feet ; but that circumstances, of which men
way, patron of the arts, and friend of the needy, had “I am afraid, madam,” said John, politely, “ that slaves, had rendered the ordinary height of mortals so great a heart and so high an opinion of himself I crowd you."
(as he well might for nearly all the women he met “O no, sir," replied the young lady; and she a comparative misfortune to our friend. Another foot, nay even an additional span and his fell in love with him) that he lived to the age of busied herself in removing from her side a port
seven and twenty yoars in happy ignorance of his folio, and placing it at her feet. In so doing, she happiness might have been perfect. As it was, a corporeal littleness.
threw back her veil, and when she again turned her stern and pitiless Destiny made John Lyman but an
One day, he started from Philadelphia for New face to Lyman, he beheld its beauty unclouded by a overgrown dwarf, a miserable extra-sixed honumcuYork in the cars.
medium of woven shadows. lus, a huge and most deplorable manikin.
There was but ono seat vacant, and that was by In appearance, he was worthy to stand as a model
The aspect of that sunny brow, and those soft for a statue of a Greek God. To use a pet phrase the side of a lady. John Lyman took possession of
gray eyes, filled the young colonel with infinite of the French novelists, his form had all the strength it. As he did so, the lady who had been looking out pleasure. He saw, moreover, that he had overwithout any of the ruggedness of the Farnese of the window, turned her face towards him, and rated the years of his travelling companion. She Hercules, bis head was splendidly beautiful.
It revcaled, through the mist-like medium of a black seemed scarcely seventeen. Nothing could rival the
lace veil, a complexion of dazzling fairness, and two exquisite purity of her skin, the rosy freshness of was that of a poet and a hero. Dark waves of hair parted on a forehead like a tower of ivory, beneath eyes of a depth, softness and brilliancy which no veil her lips. which flashed eyes blue as the decp central ocean, could utterly subdue.
“ Sweet rosebud of beauty !" thought John Lyman full of life, hope, fiery enthusiasm and immense The Colonel took his seat with a thrill of forebod- involuntarily, giving way to the “ vein poetic." immeasurable love. Every movement he made ex- ing anticipation. He had become deeply interested
But it would not do to let the conversation drop. pressed power and energy; every word he uttered in his companion at first glance, the more so, that Slight as was the commencement, it was still a was instinct with a passionate will. I never saw her veiled features added the zest of curiosity to breaking of the ice ; and John was too cunning to him really angry but once. It was at a bar-room in the charm of the first impression.
let a renewal of the frost give him all his trouble a western city. A big bullying fellow annoyed him. Her ago appeared to be under twenty. Her over again. So he made a bold dash into a subject For a long time John disdained to overhear the im- figure was superbly developed, as the light folds of which, if successful, was sure to prove fertile. pertenance. At length the man laid his hand on my a soft lilac shawl abundantly testified. She wore a
“You are fond of music, to judge by the size of friend's arm. Jolin turned round without speaking, simple straw bonnet, from beneath which escaped that portfolio ?" said the Colonel. seized the fellow with the grasp of an engine, and some curls of shining yellow hair. As she looked “ It does not contain music, but drawings,” reliterally hurled him against the opposite wall of the perseveringly out of the window, Lyman, for the plied the young lady, blushing.
This so disconcerted the rowdy ; that mutter- first half-hour of their journey, was thrown back “Ah! you draw !-80 do I. It is the most doing vague menaces, he shrunk quietly away; and entirely on the resources of his own imaginations lightful of amusements." so, happily, the adventure ended. and reflections.
“With me it is more than an amusement; it is But John Lyman, athlete as he was, magnificent as He put many questions to himself.
an occupation.” he looked in his Colonel's uniform, when, as a young “ Was she married ?"
“ You are an artist then ?" said Lyman, becoming man, he rode at the head of an embryo regiment “ Was she a sewing-girl ?"
every moment more deeply interested in the converof cavalry against the Mexicans, in the late war; “Or a young lady of comparatively wealthy sation. John Lyman, the brave, the handsome, the soldier- parentage ?"
“I hope to become one." like, was after all too small a man for his destiny, " Or a third-rate actress ?"
“Would you allow me to see some of your too short a person for the long sufferings in store " Or a second-rate dancer ?""
sketches ?" for him.
“Or, possibly, a school-teacher ?"
The young lady placed her portfolio on Lyman's And yet King Richard Cour de Lion, that valiant “Or, say a music-mistress ?"
knees, and assisted him to turn over the drawings. crusader, Lord Byron the poet, Don Juan, who swam And, again,
As she did so, one of her curls slighily fluttered the Hellespont, Napoleon Bonaparte, the conqueror of “ Was she engaged to any one ?"
against his cheek. Lyman trembled, with a mysEurope, and many other great ones I could mention, “ Was sho in love ?”
terious agitation. were all shorter men than John Lyman, whose “ Was she capablo of loving ?"
The drawings were very slight—the first developbrevity was his curse.
“ Was he the sort of man she would be likely to ments of art. Yet to him they appeared to indicate How men overrate themselves in every respect, fall in love with ?"
a wonderful talent; and he expressed his admiraeven in the mere quality of longitude. Daily we
To all these quostions, which, under such circum- tion in terms, which made their owner blush with see thoughtless and inconsiderate individuals
stances, are very natural to young men of ardent delight. ing some inches on either side of the six feet pro- temperaments and active fancies, thero was, of On reaching New York, the fair artist gave the verbially, assigned to that portion of earth which course, no answer. All was conjecture; and with young Colonel her address. But he scarcely heard sooner or later we all occupy in fee simple, who conjectures the Colonel continued to amuse his it, so much was he amazed at a discovery which he strut about in utter unconsciousness of the littleness mind, till he finally subsided into ono very decided then made. which may prove their ruin. Each of these indi- longing to get a glimpse of the features of his mys- On his companion rising to leave the car, he perviduals holds up his head proudly, and looks down terious beauty, without the obstruction of a veil. ceived that she was taller by a head than the tallest with secret pride and pity on some yet smaller spe- To effect this object, he resolved to commence a of her fellow-travellers! and that he himself was cimen of the genus homo, who has the irreparable conversation. The difficulty was how to begin it.
barely on a level with her shoulder! misfortune to fall short by a few inches of the average John Lyman was a gentleman; and of the most We leave to the imagination of our readers the standard of man, or what is still more exasperating, refined delicacy in his ideas of what was due to the effect of this astounding discovery upon the mind of woman—of woman who forgives every fault, but dignity of the fair soz. He abhorred tho notion of of the fascinated young man.
In a state of utter amazement, he followed her with suddenly bursting into tears, made her way distract. Why have the Fates cursed me by a sight of an his eyes, till hor figure disappeared, not in the crowd edly from the room.
ideal, which, by mere exaggeration, becomes an—for that was impossible—but at the angle of a wall. The Colonel heedless of the stares of astonish- impossibility. Oh, yes ! it is impossible. It is so Then and not till then he pursued the retreating shape. ment lavished on him by the bystanders, followed ridiculous to have a giantess for a wife-to feel one's In vain; she was nowhere to be seen ; and as for the her rapidly into a small private room, simply fur- self in domestic lifo a dwarf-to look up to the address, he had forgotten it, or rather never remem- nished with a carpet, two or three chairs, and a sofa, woman one loves. It can never, never be !-and yet bered it. So the adventure was at an end, and the very suggestive of an old theatrical property. she is very beautiful !" Colonel betook himself to a subterranean establish- The tall young lady had thrown herself upon the “Now, tell me your history,” said Lyman, as he ment, where, in a private box of six feet square, pro- sofa; and burying her face in her hands, wept con- tremblingly relinquished the soft hand he had tected from the gaze of outsiders by a holland blind, vulsively.
hitherto held, and tried to steel his heart against he devoted himself to broiled oysters and sentimental “Forgive me, my dear madam,” John began. temptation, reflection.
But the sobbing girl stopped him hy seizing one Neither let the colder or less impulsive reader Nearly a year elapsed, and John Lyman had almost of his hands in her own, and pressing it in a manner condemn as unnatural the swift progress of such forgotten his sudden fancy for the pretty girl in the which, to John Lyman, said as plainly as words ideas and sentiments as I describe. Not only in the car, when one day he chanced to pass that very re- could say.
present instance, but in numerous others, I have markable institution, the New York Pantheon. “Do not mind me-let me give way-you are a known the movement of the passions to be equally
There was a greater crowd before the door than friend of former days; at least, you knew mo under electric and sudden. The meagreness of verbal deusual, and the musicians in the balcony were playing other auspices I am very, very unhappy! I am scription makes that appear abrupt which is in reality " Yankee Doodle" with an extra degree of vigor. alone, desolate, without a friend to counsel, or a heart the infinite velocity of intensified thought. There is
A new cartoon had been added to the external and to confide in—” Indeed, her words soon expressed perhaps no love in its highest phase that is not gratuitous part of the show, representing a lady what her abrupt gesture had revealed.
** love at first sight," and for this simple reasonabout as tall as a full-grown giraffe, in very flat color. “And how,” said John, still retaining her beauti- Love is the perception of a certain mysterious harYour sign-painter carefully avoids any attempt to ful white hand in his own, which was fully its equal mony between two natures which we call sympathy, initate the roundness of nature; and for an ob- in size, “how is it that I ?”
and to insist that time is requisite to develop this vious reason. Were his work to betray the least "Find me thus degraded -?"
accord, is as wise as to demand the same conditions trace of accuracy, half the world would be satisfied
“Oh, no!" exclaimed the colonel, “not ".
for two harmonizing notes in music. But perhaps with the portrait, without ever allowing their curi- “Let me speak out! There is no expression of I am arguing with a shadow. Those who have osity to lead them into the extravagance of paying my sense of the miserable position I occupy, that indeed loved need not my demonstration, and those to see the original
can make its conviction more painful than it is. I who have not, can by, no possibility comprehend their As for John Lyman, he scarcely gave the huge say degraded, I mean it, I feel it. I know I am a force. As the German song sayschef d'auore of Daubini a glance. His attention was liowever arrested by a new poster, printed in pea
4. It is an ancient story, “A monster! exclaimed tho Colonel," when you
And yet for ever new." green and vermilion, to this purport :
are the most beautiful woman probably on this con-
“Now tell me your story,” said Lyman.
"My name,” said the tall girl, " is Blancho ment's sako—what is beauty, when one is
Hendrickson. I shall be nineteen years of age BEAUTIFUL YOUNG GIANTESS'. “ A little taller than one's fellows."
to-morrow. My parents, who were both very tall, NINE FEET HIGH ! ! !
“ A little taller! Do you know what is the great-lived quietly on their farm, till a few years ago, est average height of man ?"
when my father had a paralytic stroke, and removed “ Perhaps five feet and some sevon to ten inches, to Philadelphia. There, his ill health consumed all TWO THOUSAND POUNDS!!!!! according to climate and race," replicd the soldier
our substance, and my mother died, soon after our promptly.
arrival, of the cholera. My father himself died a " And of womon ?"
few weeks before I met you in the car.
The reason “ I do not know."
I had adopted painting as a profession, was that it FOUR FEET ACROSS THE SHOULDERS, ETC., BTC. “ I will tell you. I have had reason to inform my-enabled me to work at home and alone, for of all
self on the subject. From two to five inchos above things I dreaded the staring admiration of strangers. Whilst the Colonel was reading this placard in an five fcct. Now, I am oxactly one foot taller than the When I came to New York, I found it impossible to abstracted manner, one of the decoy-sight-seers con- highest average of men. As to my own sex, they get on, from my inability to go about in search of nected with the establishment, had contrived to push are to mo as pigmies I
I am a monster !—worse still
, employment, without constantly being followed and our friend towards the door of the New York Pan- necessity has made me an exhibited monster. You
annoyed. I fell almost into distress, and knew not theon, and, on the spur of the moment, John resolved wonder I could resolvo on such a course ? Hear, how to meet a long accumulating board-bill, when to “ see the elephant." then, my history."
the owner of this place sought me out, and made He paid his money, was checked and counter
“My dear young friend, before you proceed,” said me propositions. I had no choice—even the rechecked, and at length found himself in the presence Lyman, with deep emotion, “ let mo assure you that source of domestic service was closed against meof—not “the tallest woman in creation, nine feet you have a friend who will serve you to his utmost ; and I am here. high," &c.—but—to his horror—of the lovely young that you may dismiss from your mind all care for the
“My dear Miss Hendrickson !" said the Colonel, artist of the railway car!
future of a pecuniary nature ; and that you will have who was a man of singular rapidity in his impulsive Her beautiful head, with its regular features, large the opportunity afforded you of cultivating your taste decisions, mild grey eyes, pure color, and shining ringlets, was for art, and thereby realising indepondence.”
your case is so peculiar, that I shall in
sist on your adopting me as a brother, and allowing entirely visible above the heads of a group of men,
The tall young lady, at this expression of simple me, in the first place, to secure you an annuity who at the moment surrounded her, although several
and manly generosity, again burst into tears and sufficient for your wants, which to a rich man like of these curious persons had the advantage of the
sobbed upon the shoulder of the Colonel, whose heart myself, is a trifle. In the next place_excuse my Colonel in point of stature."
throbbed tumultuously; whilst, not to disguise any- freedom, I mustas your brother"—the Colonel's Lyman waited till only one or two visitors were near her. He then approached, and said quietly thing from the indulgent reader, he too shed tears of voice faultered—“ make it my business to introduce
sympathy for his unfortunate protegéc. “Madam, I hope you are well. Do you remem
to you some gentlemen of my acquaintance, in the ber me?"
But the Colonel also wept selfishly or wrathfully, hope that you may find amongst them a suitable The young giantess looked for an instant earnestly and the burden of his thoughts ran thus—" Why husband.
Blanche Hendrickson fixed her eyes upon the at the face of the speaker, turned pale, then red, and I am I not soven feet high, or sho of ordinary stature ?
AND ONLY FIFTEEN YEARS OY AQR!!!!