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she addressed the following discourse to the towns, Paris, Lyons, Rouen, Aubusson, London, Prince:

Manchester, Birmingham,&c. Other escutcheons “ Prince, when

your uncle the Emperor came represent the attributes of Poetry, Sculpture, to Compeigne, and that he saw me approaching, Painting, Music-of Architecture, of Commerce, he used to say, 'Here comes la sæur Massin to Agriculture, Astronomy, Chemistry, and of ask me for something for her sick;' and he was natural philosophy, &c. At the four corners are generally right. To-day, Prince, I come to you the names of the four quarters of the globeto demand justice; they have taken from me Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. Another my fleur d'orange-make them restore me my large carpet, intended for the Hotel de Ville, is fleur d'orange.

still more magnificent in contouring and design. The Prince and those about him were not a The whole life of Napoléon le Grand is repre. little surprised at this demand, and at a loss to sented on the border, in inscriptions recalling comprehend the meaning of it; but the sæur the principal date of his history, and the names Massin soon explained everything. “ Since of his victories. February,” said she," the fleur d'orange ga- Nothing can exceed the luxury exhibited at thered at the château has been sold, and my present in Paris in furniture and dress; every sick are in want of it-give me back my fleur one is trying to surpass his or her neighbour. d'orange.The Prince granted her request. Those who are rich must live up to their fortunes, But it was only on the occasion of his last visit and those who are not-here is what some of to Compeigne that he prevailed on her to ac- them do: Madame C., whose fortune did not cept the cross, as some compensation for the exceed 15,000 livres de rentes, spent, according good she does.

to a moderate calculation, from 30 to 40,000 f. I heard the other day an instance of delicate a-year on her toilette ; how she managed was a gratitude most pleasing. A well-known artist, subject of worder to all who saw her magnificent who had formed excellent pupils, had suffered a dresses, priceless laces, splendid jewels—when a reverse of fortune which had forced him to sell discovery was made: Madame C., by paying a great part of his furniture, and among the rest 500 f. a-month to a marchande à la toilette, prothat of his salon, of which he was very fond. duced an effect of splendour distancing those On the Jour de l'an therefore, in order to avoid rivals who possessed double and treble ber forthe humiliation of receiving his friends in a room tune: her finery was hired!! The general desire with bare walls, he determined to shut his door is to dazzle, and to show how much one spends. and announce that he was ill; however, on the I heard of a young clerk, who, by rigid ecoJour de l'an comes a ring at the door; after romy, had been enabled to have an evening coat hesitating a little he decided on opening, when, made by a fashionable tailor, ripping a few to his astonishment, one of his pupils, bearing stitches in the said coat, to show that it was on his head a handsome arm-chair, presented lined with silk. Some persons have adopted himself. “You do not know, sir,” said he, the ingenious device of having printed visiting “ the new fashion of 1853, which is, to bring cards of the most distinguished personages of one's seat to the house when one pays a visit." the day amongst the nobility, artists, &c., &c., A second ring, and a second pupil with a second and leaving these cards on their own tables; arm-chair ; four others succeeded in the same some with the corners turned down, to show manner. After these came two more, bearing a they were left by their supposed owners in persofa. “Now all is complete,” exclaimed the son, and some with p. p.c. One lady had the young men, happy on witnessing the joy, mingled card of Abd-el-Kader on her table; and to give with emotion, of their master, "you must ac- an air of importance to her imposture, she had company us to breakfast, to celebrate the return had the Emir's name printed in wonderful of the Enfant Prodigue."

Gothic letters ; this ingenious creature thus beThe Exhibition of Carpets and Tapestry, of the lieved, after a little while, that she was able to manufactures of Aubusson, de Felletin, and of read Arabic fluently. Maurissard, which has just taken place, shows The sale of the collection of pictures, and the progress made in modern industry, and to other works of art belonging to the late Duc what a point of perfection they have attained. d'Orleans, is taking place at present, and exA picture, half the size of nature, in the pastoral cites a lively interest among the admirers of the style of Boucher, for finish, perfection of detail, beaux arts. I hear that the Emperor of Russia and beauty of contouring surpassed anything and Queen Victoria have given commissions for I ever saw of the kind. It was with difficulty purchasing some of the most important works that I could be convinced that I had not the in the collection : it is said that two statues by painting of a great artist before my eyes. This the Princess Marie are among the objects to be marvellous work is not the only remarkable one sold. in the collection ; there is a magnificent carpet Some hundred letters of Madame de Staël, which was in the Exhibition in London, and written from Sweden and Russia during the which is destined for the Tuileries. The sub- latter period of the Empire, and addressed to ject of this carpet, the centre of which is formed the Comte Wolf de Baudissin, have been lately by the Imperial escutcheon, represents Industry. discovered, and are about to be published ; tbey On a ground richly ornamented, ou which is are clever and brilliant-too brilliant perhaps, scattered flowers and fruits, are escutcheons like the conversation of the writer. I suppose which bear the names of the principal industrial I every one knows the mot of M. de Talleyrand, who said, in excuse of his admonition for the far who, as I told you in my last letter, though from brilliant Madame Gr ...:"Il faut avoir without naming her, had some chance of betéçu dans la société de Madame de Staël pour coming Empress of France. In the language connaitre tout le bonheur d'aimer une bête." of romance, the Emperor sacrifices ambition to

Here is a proces, the subject of which is love; he disdains a royal alliance, where the worthy admiration-it is a bouquet : it seems interests, and not the noblest affections of the that on the occasion of Louis Napoleon's stay at heart, are consulted. In other words, having Toulouse, one day on returning to his palace a had his suit rejected by all the young Pringroup of persons were standing before the shop cesses whom he sought (the last being the of a batter named B.; among other persons was Princess Mary of Cambridge), Napoleon III., a Madame S., who waved her handkerchief, and half from pique, and partly, it must be owned cried Vire l'Empereur ! repeatedly. Madame also, from affection, decides on marrying a B., the wife of the hatter, had her child in her young and beautiful woman, of one of the higharms-a child of remarkable beauty, it appears ; est families of Spain, rich and noble. After all, and this child, not to be outdone by Madame S., the sacrifice he makes is not very terrible. threw its little arms about, and cried Vive l’Em- Mademoiselle de Montijos is probably about pereur ! (or sounds to that effect), lustily. At twenty years of age, a blonde, with magnificent this moment Louis Napoleon, passing before the golden hair, a skin of dazzling fairness, regular shop, remarked the enthusiasm displayed by features, a beautiful bust, and though scarcely tbe little group; and overhearing remarks ex- tall enough perhaps for the proportions of her pressive of admiration for a beautiful bouquet figure, she has a most dignified and imposing he held in his hand, threw the bouquet among air: this is the impression she made on me a them. Some say that B. caught the bouquet, year ago, when there was no apparent possiand presented it to Madame S. to look at; but bility of her becoming an Empress, when there Madame S. would not give up the treasure so was no Einperor, but only a President, with incautiously trusted to her by the too confiding whom she was probably not acquainted. B. Poor B., he ought to have done as you do As yet the thing is kept secret, but the con. when you show a precious object to young tract is signed. In my next letter I suppose

I children-hold it carefully in your hands, and shall have matters of some interest to relate to say, “ It is to be looked at, but not to be you. touched;" he might even have allowed her to Au revoir, then, my dear C. kiss the stalks so lately pressed by the imperial

Ever your's, most faithfully, band; but it seems that B. lost his presence of

P. mind, and not wishing to lose the bouquet also, he commences an action against Madame S. Since the above was written, the contemAfter a long debate, it was decided by the judge plated marriage of Napoleon III. with Madethat B. should give half the bouquet to Ma- moiselle de Montijos has been officially andame S., or the sum of 100 francs for costs. nounced. We believe that in our January num

The great event of the day, though at the mo- ber we were the first to publish that such an ment I write it has not yet been announced, is event was likely to occur. We mention this the marriage of Louis Napoleon with Mademoi- circumstance, in order that our readers may selle de Montejos, a beautiful Spanish lady, who put faith in the information which we give captivated the Emperor some months ago, and ihem.-ED.

OUR CONSERVATORY.

A Great MAN AMONG Little People. I enjoyed it so much, that it made the evening -At this party one thing afforded me much quite endurable. In the same way I enjoyed amusement. Here it is never imagined that any the really indescribable littleness of a Parisian human being, having claims to the title, does dandy, whom that lady admired as much as she not gamble ; it is therefore a rule in Amsterdam, despised me; and blessed the conscription that the number of persons at an evening party which is driving such canaille by thousands should, subtracting seven, be divisible by four against the balls and the bayonets. To such into the intended number of parties for cards. creatures a prince might say with justice-not These seven are destined for bouillotte. Now, as was once horribly said to the noble Guards, Amelia remained at home, and I did not play. “Do you want to live for ever, you dogs ?” but This deranged the whole plan of those who had -“Why do you want to live, you dogs, when grouped together for this interesting amuse- death is the only respectable moment of your ment, and they were forced to play with only lives?” A Huron (I am not ashamed to confive. What a malicious pleasure I enjoyed in fess that I think of this novel of Voltaire's with watching the vexation of one and another at pleasure; moreover, there are many more this spoiling of the only interesting hour of their flowers than nettles and poisonous plants in it, day; above all

, the excessively supercilious con- still the ignorant and incautious who are afraid tempt with which a petite 'maitresse regarded of the latter had better leave it alone); that ine for my awkwardness and want of education! Huron would have said of Amsterdam, "They invite a stranger, under pain of considering she shone full upon him. It certainly was a themselves highly insulted, to spend his evening dazzling creature. She had a head of beautiful after nine o'clock in utter idleness, and to un- form, perched like a bird upon a throat massive dergo a headache, if night-watching does not yet shapely and smooth as a column of alaagree with him. They also impose it on him, as baster, a symmetrical brow, black eyes full of a duty, either to lose his money or his temper at fire and tenderness, a delicious mouth, with a play." This is one of the refinements by which hundred varying expressions, and that marvelintellectual culture has been brought to its well-lous faculty of giving beauty alike to love or known high perfection in Europe.”-Life and scorn, a sneer or a smile. But she had one Letters of Niebuhr.

feature more remarkable than all-her eyeAN ACTRESS OF THE LAST CENTURY. brows-the actor's feature : they were jet black, Mrs. Woffington, as an actress, justified a por- strongly marked, and in repose were arched like tion of this enthusiasm; she was one of the a rainbow; but it was their extraordinary truest artists of her day; a fine lady in her hands flexibility, which made other faces upon the was a lady, with the genteel affectation of a gen- stage look sleepy beside Margaret Woffingtlewoman-not a harlot's affectation, which is ton's. In person she was considerably above simply and without exaggeration what the stage the middle height, and so finely formed, that commonly gives us for fine lady. An old one could not determine the exact character woman in her hands was a thorough woman, of her figure. * She was Juno, Psyche, thoroughly old—not a cackling young person of Hebe, by turns, and for aught we know at will. epicene gender. She played Sir Harry Wildair * Her bright skin, contrasted with her like a man, which is how he ought to be played powdered periwig, became dazzling. She used (or, which is better still, not at all), so that little rouge, but that little made her eyes two Garrick acknowledged her as a male rival, and balls of black lightning. *

* This lady abandoned the part he no longer monopolized. was subject to two unpleasant companions* She was dressed in a rich silk gown, sorrow and bitterness. About twice 2-week pearl white, with flowers and sprigs embroi- she would cry for two hours; and after this dered; her beautiful white neck and arms were class of fit she generally went abroad, and bare. She was sweeping up the room with the made a round of certain poor or sick protégés epilogue in her hand, learning it off by heart; at she had, and returned smiling and cheerful.the other end of the room she turned, and now Peg Woffington-a novel by Charles Reade.

LITERATURE.

&c. By the Lady Emmeline Stuart Wort- ' English hearts ought to warm towards the ley. - (Bosworth.) --- The quaint title of this Americans as a mother to her child; and there pleasant gossiping volume demands a word of is scarcely a happier sign of the times than the explanation. The book seems to us a sort of fact that prejudices are wearing away, and that postscript to the three volumes entitled " Travels the two countries in the world, which alone may in the United States," which Lady Emmeline justly be called free, are doubling their strength Stuart Wortley published a year or two ago, and 'lessening their weaknesses by the heartand which, from the graphic descriptions which union of their people. Our extracts shall be they contained, and the shrewd good sense and from chapters which treat of the great sore genial feelings which they expressed, are proba- , which true-hearted Americans lament as deeply bly in the recollection of many of our readers. ' as ourselves; and which, be it remembered, was But as postscripts are famous-to a proverb- first made palpable in all its horrors by an for containing important communications, so American lady. The following describes some the “ &c.” of Lady Emmeline Wortley is by no poor negroes recently rescued by H. M. S. means unworthy to be ranked by the side of the Bermuda :author's more pretentious Travels. There is

“ I was informed that it has become a common not much order preserved in these recollections, practice of late among the kidnappers of Africans which are avowedly random ones; we are wafted to select stout, healthy children, whom they can of in imagination froin the Mississipi to Tunis, and course pack together in greater nuinbers, and who from the United States to Jamaica, without usually can bear the many hardships of the voyage tracing very clearly the connecting links, but better than grown people, their supple limbs not the book is so entertaining that" we cannot being so liable to suffer from permanent crainps: quarrel with the plan of it. It is curious to (It is well known that some of those wretched note how the patrician lady puts up good. beings never recover the straightness of their limbs humouredly with the “small calamities and again, but remain crippled and deformed for ever.) inconveniences of travel, and never makes a

The elasticity of constitution of children, too, it is stand for dignity, as parvenus are so fond of calculated, enables them more readily to recover

from any disorders superinduced by the sufferings doing : and her thor gh appreciation of our they must necessarily undergo; thus these little unwell beloved cousins in the New World, and of fortunates, it appears, are stolen or sold in vast America generally, contrasts delightfully with numbers, and fetch it is said good prices. The the “ find-fault” of ignorance and conceit. Africans soon arrive at maturity, and they are very

early set to work. It did not appear, however, that ones—or of feasting their eyes on the wonderful the poor little ones had borne the fatigues and animals, and on that splendid and extraordinary horrors of this particular voyage better, if indeed so object, the carriage. They did not seem quite sure well

, as their grown-up associates ; for many chil- whether the latter was alive or no, and whether that dren had died, and others were in a truly miscrable pushed on the horses, or the horses pulled it; at any condition. I confess I should imagine the helpless rate, the wheels must surely be living! Who could Creatures must often suffer more than their com- doubt that ? After the first vehement burst of astopanions, instead of less, from their comparative nishment was over, Jír. Bruce made signs to them inability to defend themselves, and, at the expense to dance and sing, which he told us they were very of others, to improve their own position and situa. fond of doing among themselves. A number of tion. Pitiable objects, indeed, did we behold among them quickly thronged together, and, drawing up the sick children gathered together in that hospital; in regular order, began what I may almost call å bat a more docile, uncomplaining set, or apparently plaintive dance, accompanying their smoothly bamore grateful for the kindness extended to them, it lanced steps by the simple notes of some native airs : would be difficult to imagine. One poor little boy, they kept time and tune admirably, and their young in almost the last stage of dropsy, brought on partly, voices were pleasingly modulated. The African raco I believe, by extreme poverty of food when in the seem ever devotedly fond of music, and their ear is slaver, lay there, a hideously disfigured, bloated, and generally very correct. They performed several swollen object; he hardly bore any resemblance to of their African dances for our edification, and the a human being; his poor black face was stretched originality and wild sweetness that characterized oat to a frightful size; the features -except the their singing, and a sort of flowing and easy grace wide mouth and naturally hugely-protuberant lips that was perceptible in their light, inartificial move-welled to inconceivable dimensions. As soon as ments in dancing, interested us much. Poor, dear the poor little fellow saw Mr. Bruce, in a faint children! it was indeed delightful to watch their quavering voice he bleated out for biscuit (he had innocent enjoyment, and think what a blessed conbeen taught, it seemed, to pronounce the word trast this afforded to their late horrible situation in 'biscuit,' of which article of food he seemed ex- the floating dungeon from which they had been so cessively fond), for the sound of the changed voice, happily rescued." like the countenance, was scarcely human, The poor child was, of course, supplied with the biscuit

The next scene, which occurred in Jamaica, be so pitifully asked for. Another miserable little presents a contrast, and shows the free black as suferer was stretched close beside him; he, too,

a British citizen :presented an appalling spectacle, though of a dif- “ A little while ago the captain of an American ferent kind: his poor little sides had been worn into steamer gave a grand banquet on board his ship, stocking wounds by the position in which, for a and all the editors of the island were to be invited. length of time, he had been placed in that horrible The day arrived, and the guests made their appearslaver; and he had literally been almost crushed by ance; but imagine the surprise of the captain, who the others having been crowded upon him; for he, was new to the customs of Jamaica, so different being helpless, poor child, and having been forced from those of even the free states of his own country, underneath, had to bear the superincumbent weight when two sable complexioned editors made their and pressure of, perhaps, several people upon him. appearance amongst the rest. The prejudices and It was a sad, sad spectacle; and the heart bled for opinions of the Americans must be well taken into lle innocent child, the unresisting victim of such account before the utter dismay and horror of the atrocious barbarity. This little sufferer was almost good captain can be comprehended and appreciated. a skeleton, and it was truly shocking to see his poor, However, there was nothing to be done but to sublittle, stiffned, emaciated limbs, inost frightfully mit to his dark destiny. He could not discard his contracted: they assured us they could not be own invited guests; so he made up his mind, shook straightenedl; they had attempted by different means the dusky hands graciously that were presented to to draw them out straight, but had found it quite him, and found the two very inky editors pleasing, impossible so to do: they had not yet tried warm well-informed, and well-conducted men. Even in

- water baths, which I ventured to recommend, repeating this tale to me (we came in his stcamer and which I should think might possibly have been from Chagres), the captain, who was an agreeable found effectual; or, at any rate, might have bene- and gentleman-like person, could hardly repress a fitted him much. He was a perfect little picture of slight shudder of horror. I was told aftewards, at patience, and of the most touching resignation. The Jamaica, another circumstance relating to this very superintendents seemed to think that neither of dinner, that, recollecting the dismay the cditorial these children could eventually recover; the poor coloured presence had caused, rather amused me. dropsical boy, especially, was in a perfectly hopeless Mystification and perplexities were evidently the state. What horrible monsters must they be who order of the day. The guests, on arriving at the could reduce unoffending children to this dreadful steamer, were, it appears, first received by the condition! It made the blood boil to think of it. steward, who shook hands with each guest in the We had the good fortune, however, to behold more most free-and-easy manner. This, in America, I pleasing sights than that.' A great number of the suppose, would be nothing out of the way; but here children had already recovered from their past pri- it was as much opposed to all existing etiquette as tations and trials, and were in a state of the highest it would be in England. It seems probable, thereklee and excitement when the Governor's barouche fore, that the coloured gentlemen were as much drove into the large rambling courtyard of the place surprised at this as their host was afterwards at where they were staying at the time. It appeared themselves. What would the white steward think, they had most of them never seen horses before, for if he was told these black guests thought shaking their wonder and wild delight were unbounded; hands with him was a condescension on their parts? exclamation followed exclamation, and they seemned I had an interview with one of these negro editors nerer tired of ejaculating in their own language, or some little time after, respecting some literary busilangua es rather-for they spoke several different | ness, and found him a sensible and highly intelligent person. I believe his paper is one of the best con- an absolutely painful book; and for this reason ducted in Jamaica, free from the violence of party it is more likely to be a favourite with the runcour and the vulgarity of personal abuse, which, young, the hopeful, and the enthusiastic-who, from what I have heard, cannot be said of all the after all, are the great novel readers—than with papers in the island. I believe this gentleman is

them whose lives and thoughts belong to the also a member of the House of Assembly."

sober realities of life, and whose experience of Every such testimony as this is of value ; and

sorrow inclines them to shrink from the ex. in treating the subject incidentally, her ladyship position of mimic woes. Agatha herself is drawn has perhaps done better service to the cause with such power and delicate skill that she lives than had 'she entered the lists as a professed in the memory with the individuality of a real champion.

well-known personage. She is a true woman of Forest and Fireside Hours. Poems by the high-toned class. Her“ husband,” though Westby Gibson.-(Aylott f. Co.)—This volume apparently representing the author's ideal of a contains many poems which rank far above the Man, pleases us much less. The simile of the average quality of verses presented to the reader “oak and the ivy” is all very pretty for poetry, through the medium of the periodical press. and possibly for sylvan vegetable life. But the At the first thought this may not

appear great tired of doing all the twining, and at any rate

human ivy we suspect sometimes grows sadly praise, and yet in all earnestness we mean it as such. Poems now swarm before the public would like the “oak” to bend down its branches “thick as blackberries,” which thirty years ago and somewhat reciprocate the embrace. Ne. would have made a sensation and a reputation. vertheless, we know there is a large class of Really, so far from believing this to be an un

women who admire the “style ;” and while a poetical age, we are inclined to think that it is tender-hearted, demonstrative man is often in the “embarrassment of riches” which makes it real life wedded to a shrew, or an automaton, seem indifferent to poetical merit; and that,

we as usually find high, generous-natured wolike the Australian diggers who count gold-dust

men lavishing their affection on some calm, and nutmeg-sized lumps of the precious metal stern, self-possessed ideal, like the Nathanael of of small account, only exclaiming loudly when a

the present volumes. This is the only fault we huge nugget appears-we take anything that find in the work—and, after all, we call it a fault falls short of being the highest and greatest as

but as our opinion. The subordinate personages a matter of course. But gold is gold neverthe- of the story are sketched in a masterly manner

. less, and Mr. Westby Gibson in this small Duke Dugdale and his smart beflounced wife, volume proves himself a true poet. His cre

the common-place but lady-like sisters, the un. dentials are undeniable, and they may be mar- derbred, common-place Emma Thornycroft, and shalled thus. A deep love of nature, that shows the invalid Elizabeth are true to the life; and itself in the most graceful personifications of the Anne Valery seems to us the most charming material world; a passionate imagination; a

old maid that has ever been pourtrayed. The sparkling fancy; and a delicate ear for versifi- elder brother of the family, the ci-devant jeune cation. We have not space for an entire pro- his heartless vanity, points a lesson - by which

homme, embittering the lives of two women, by duction, but the following stanza, descriptive of morning may give some idea of the author's hundreds and thousands ought to profit

. These style:

pages abound in eloquent passages, and the

absorbing interest of the narrative never flags “ How pleasantly mingle the sylvan voices

for a moment. There is much in this work Of birds, quick darting from tree to tree; which stamps it as the production of genius in And round the white cups of the wild-rose ho-contra-distinction to mere talent; and the very vering

earnestness with which we find ourselves and His merry small trumpet sounds the bee;

others who have read it talking of Agatha and Along the meadows run murmuring noises Of waters babbling as they fall

her“ husband” proves the truth of the delineaDown to dim hollows, hard by the woodland,

tions, and the hold the book takes on the minds That hums through its branches one and all

of its readers. Stirred by ligbt airs, that fitiully blow From windy uplands, through valleys low,

The Family Economist.-(Groombridge Mingling the odours of all sweet flowers.” and Sons.)--No doubt this publication is well

known and widely circulated; but it deserves Agatha's Husband. A Novel. By the to be universally recognized as one of the most Author of "Olive;" “The Head of the Fa- valuable additions to the poor man's library. mily," &c., &c.—(Chapman and Hall.)—This in saying this, we do not wish to limit its inwork has reached us too late in the month for fluence to one circle, for it contains a mass of us to do much more than announce its appear- useful information by which all classes might ance. Readers of modern fiction are well ac- profit. It is a work published monthly, but the quainted with the sterling merit of the various annual volume - produced at the price of a parworks which have proceeded in rapid succession lour library or railway book-is now before us, from the pen of the Author of "Olive ;” and and would afford many hours employment to we can assure them that “ Agatha's Husband” the most rapid reader. It contains original more than sustains the reputation won by its articles of great merit on domestic economy, predecessors. Yet in its strong interest it is education, cottage gardening, and farming ; sa

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