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of her affection, and do all that depends on her her ribs had actually entered the liver. This is to keep him from future possible peril of the paying somewhat dear for a small waist. sort; and that the young lady's mamma will

Did you ever feel an interest in that mysteallow her daughter to let the conversation drop rious personage whose identity has never been, sometimes, in preference to frightening innocent and I suppose never will be clearly proved, I people by such alarming recitals.

mean the Masque de Fer? I heard the other Here is another word of advice to young day that he lies buried in the church of St. Paul, ladies : : one of the belles of society, the extraor- rue St. Antoine, which is near where the Bastille dinary smallness of whose waist was an object was ; he was buried the 20th November, 1703, of admiration to some, of pity to others, and of under the name of Marchiali. wonder to all, lately fell into delicate health ; no

But my letter is unconscionably long, and one could tell exactly what was the matter; but after becoming paler and paler, and more and you must be weary of my Gossip. more ill, she died, without any satisfactory

So adieu, my dear C., reason being given. After death an examination

Always yours, faithfully, was made, and it was discovered that three of

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BOOKS IN THE SEVENTEENTH Century. ' myself from the keen and icy wind. The rest - I had but few books now, and I did now and came toiling slowly up, assisted by the guides ; then send for one or two to London. My sister and just as day began to break, the whole body being there would get them for me; and I sent were assembled at the summit of Etna. The to her to get Alting his Common Places. They guides had timed the thing exactly. It was bewere bought in London, of the first edition in two tween three and four; the stars were rapidly volumes, and she sent them down by a carter of disappearing from the paling sky, while the our town that was at London; and she very un- eastern horizon began to faintly redden with the warily put a deal of sugar in the other end of the dawn. Those who have never witnessed, can bag with them. The carter let wet come to scarcely realize by any description the strangethem, and the sugar melted and spoiled the ness of such a scene. Everything in the vast books sadly. They carry the marks of this gulf below was dark and formless-the sea fondness of mine towards them to this day. barely distinguishable from the land – vast Another time I sent to my brother Thomas to whitish clouds like wool-sacks floating solemnly get Cameron and Ainsworth bought. He sent above it. A few bars of crimson soon appeared me word he had bought them, and sent them on the eastward horizon, the sea-line became down by the carrier. When the carrier came defined, the jagged edges of the distant moundown, he had them not. I wrote of the non- tains of Apulia cut against the sky. At this reception of them. He was much troubled; moment our guides shouted to us to stand up and the carrier did not remember he had them on the edge of the crater, and look out over the from him, and so I was a good while in thoughts interior of the island, which stretched away to that they were lost. And so when I had been the westward like a sea of rugged summits, pretty well exercised with those thoughts, Mr. blended in the shadowy miet of dawn. Just as Wroe of Macclesfield came to me, and told me the sun rose, an immense shadow of the most that amongst goods of his he found a bundle exquisite purple was projected from the volcano like a book or two directed unto me; and so I half over the island, while without its range the received them at the last, the carrier in haste light struck with magic suddenness upon the packing them up amongst his goods. Another tops of the mountains below-a phenomenon 60 time I sent to him to buy me Amesius's Medulla admirably beautiful that it would have more and Valdesso. My dear cousin Fenton was then than repaid us for the labour of the ascent. The in London, and he bought the books for me, wind liad now become so violent and penebut took Valdesso to read. It pleased God be trating, that not one of us was able to make the shortly died, and the book was never bad; and circuit of the crater, or indeed to stand up to so they still came either almost lost, or spoiled, windward for more than a few moments toge; or by halves, home to me. - Autobiography of ther. The crater, bowever

, so far as we could Henry Newcome.

observe, is not in itself by any means so striking ETNA AT SUNRISE.—As we drew nearer the as that of Vesuvius. All the top of the mounsummit, at every few steps we were obliged to tain is heated, and little jets of steam shot up at halt for breath, and plant our feet more firmly in intervals from the crevices of the yellow-crusted the ashy soil, or avail ourselves of a projecting sulphur. The view from Etna proved rather lump of sulphur to gain a safer foothold. There different from what previous descriptions had was an evident struggle who should get first to led me to anticipate. Vastness

and dreary subthe top: for my own part, I reached it about the limity predominate, relieved with some few midst of the party, and, fairly exhausted with touches of exquisite beauty. Standing on the fatigue, dropped down full length on the crusted dread summit of the volcano, the eye takes in sulphur a little below the cone, so as to shelter with astonishment the immense extent of the

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region, at once desolated and fertilized by its square, which was founded by the poor French eruptions. Wide beds of lava--black, abrupt, exiles of the early part of the Revolution. and horrid-may be traced down its deep sinuo- The apartments of the Duchess of Angoulême sities and chasıns, winding half-concealed among were contiguous to the muniment-room, which the extensive forests below, even through the was occupied by the Count and Countess of midst of the fertile region which reposes at its Damas, the faithful attendants of the duchess. base, until they pour into the sea; and inter. The aged mother of the Countess, the Duchess spersed with these are broad dismal beds of de Serent, had allotted to her a small chamber, asbes and scoriæ-the seat of eternal desolation. on the opposite side, near that of her daughter. Beneath the Bosco, and around the base of In this house, and in the outbuildings, one hunEtna, the boundary of the region subject to its dred and forty persons were quartered. The effects may be distinctly traced. Beyond, in all number, including visitors, often exceeded two d.rections, extend the fertile plains and moun- hundred. “So numerous a party required such tains of the island, the latter, however, of an extensive accommodations, that the halls, galaspect little less wild and desolate than that of lery, and larger apartments were ingeniously Etna itself. The range of the view is almost divided and subdivided into suites of room's boundless-Catania, Syracuse, and even, when and closets, in some instances to the great disclear, Malta itself are visible. Castro Giovanni order and confusion of the mansion. Every stands up on its rock, conspicuous in the centre hothouse, and each of the ornamental buildings of the island. The expanse of sea is most mag- in the park that could be rendered capable of nificent, with the distant mountains of Calabria decent shelter, were densely occupied; and it and Apulia, and the entrance to the Faro di was curious to see how the second and third Messina. - Pictures from Sicily.

class stowed themselves away in the attics of the Louis the EIGHTEENTH AT HARTWELL. house, converting one room into several by the -Shortly after the Queen's death, the King adaptation of light partitions. On the ledges hired Hartwell Hall for the reception of himself and in the boivs of the roof they formed garand suite. The house-the property then of dens, which were stocked with plants, shrubs, Sir George Lee-is situated on a gentle ascent and flowers, in boxes containing mould to the on the road between Oxford and Aylesbury. It depth of eighteen or twenty inches; and they is hidden from passers-by on the highway, by a moreover kept fowls and pigeons there, so that screen of superb trees, and it was nearly two the superstructure was thus loaded with many tenturies and a-half old when the King took extra tons of weight. But all was well conducted possession. The rent paid is said, by Alfred and cheerful throughout a residence of six or Nettement, the Bourbon biographer kar izoxriv, seven years, and in the evenings there was much to bave amounted to six hundred pounds mirth, music, and dancing kept up at the cottages sterling, yearly. The sum, however, was one around.” Such is the description given by hundred less. The royal revenue amounted to Captain Smyth, in his “ Ædes Hartwelliana, sex hondred thousand francs per annum (some printed for private circulation. The gallant twenty-four thousand pounds), granted by the and also learned captain further tells us that British

government; but the King had almost these internal transformations were made withas many claimants upon it, and it was moreover out any fear of the law of landlord and tenant $0 charged with encumbrances, that, at the end being before the eyes of the thoughtless delinof the year, the King found himself little better quents, and with as little regard to the feelings than steward of a property, for the management and interests of the goodnatured proprietor, who of which he received little or no income. One saw new windows knocked into his walls, old hundred thousand francs (£4,000) were assigned fixtures displaced, and portions of the parapet to the Duke and Duchess of Angoulême; the balustrade ruthlessly removed, in obedience to like sum to the Archbishop of Rheims, for cha- some idle caprice that cared nothing for the act ritable purposes ; and a similar amount was con- committed to gratify it

. There was more of the sumed in paying political emissaries. The balance, Goth than of the Gaul in the deed of that indiamounting to about £12,000, did not more than vidual who hung up a gigantic French lookingsuttice for the expenses of a household, where glass before the exquisite Lady Elizabeth the retainers, being poor, noble, and numerous, Lee,” painted by “Sir Joshua." There was no

many wants that were costly of gratifica- face reflected in the mirror, half so beautiful as tion. To do the King justice, his liberality to the one concealed behind it. The bad taste was his faithful followers was of a spirit and quality indisputable. On each side of the porch that becoming a prince. Among the poor of the led into the house of the exiles there was to be place, and among the proscribed French exiles seen a fleur-de-lis in the old carving. The King who existed painfully near the capital

, as well as smiled at the coincidence. A similar one, as i among the french prisoners of war, who lay shall have to notice later, was connected with the captive in our hulks and inland towns, the name stranger's tomh, which opened to receive the of the Duchess of Angoulême was hailed with body" Charles X., who died in exile at Goritz. warn affection. Her charity was at once mu- Louis XVIII. led a very retired life at Hartwell ; nificent and exercised with discretion. Occa- but he won a large amount of popularity. He sionally visits were made to the capital, not for was as affable as he was unostentatious, and pleasure's sake, but as pious pilgrimages to the would enter into conversation even with stranhumble little chapel in King-street, Portman-gers whom he casually met in his rare and brief

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walks. The dinner party seldom numbered less King's couch was raised on a daïs. The rooms than two dozen; and at this meal a custom of ordinarily inhabited by him were the study and the old French court was observed about once a small room adjoining. The apartment above in three weeks, on which occasion the principal the library was that in which the Queen died, families of the neighbourhood were permitted to and in which she lay in a "state" that excited walk round the royal table while his majesty and much wonder, and some admiration, among the family “sate at meat.”. The library was con- simple Buckingamshire squires and their ladies. verted into a court reception-rooin, the drawing. The dethroned King of Sweden afterwards ocroom having been surrendered to the Prince and cupied this room. The house itself held more Princess of Condé, for whom it served as both exiled princes than were met by Candide at the saloon and dormitory. In the library, the table d'hôte in Venice.- Filia Dolorosa.

LI T E R A T U R E. JUVENILE DELINQUENTS. By Mary Car- something may be done to correct the great penter. ( (London: W. and F. G. Cash.) – We omission in the ministerial measure-to care for have already had the pleasure of introducing those who have nobody to care for them; who Miss Carpenter to our readers. Her work on have not votes to endear them to the politician, “ Reformatory Schools” opened a subject which and no social influence to make them valuable she has here followed up with untiring zeal. to the priest. A generous statesman would There is now some prospect of the educational look after them all the more, and give them the machinery of the country being extended and chance of escaping the horrid fate of being improved; but as things have been hitherto miserable themselves and a continual source of inanaged, it is only those classes that are cared misery to others, Miss Carpenter's work has for, either by the church or some rival religion- pleased us much, and we heartily recommend it ists, that the state has cared for, until they to our readers. forced themselves on her attention by actual Stories for SUMMER DAYS AND WINTER crime. But surely it would be more sensible- Nights — BudS AND Blossoms. (Groom. not to say more Christian-to instruct and train bridge and Sons.) — The Messrs. Groombridge all the children that are born on our soil, and so are among the most judicious purveyors of convert them into good citizens, than waste our story-books for the young; and we especially money and energies for that which profiteth hail with pleasure every accession to the two little or nothing-punishing and transporting well-known series above-named. The recent them. “The liberty of the subject” is a very numbers of the former consist of an excellent fine thing in its way; but we pay too dear for and most interesting life of “Alfred the Great,". our whistle" when this liberty issues out of the a memoir of “Moffati, the Missionary,” and moral degradation of so many thousand children a clever story—“The Sisters." The new every year. Moloch, horrid king” of ancient “Buds and Blossoms” are “Little Charley," times, finds a rival in the spirit of indifference “Rabbits and Peewits," and "Alice and ber or sectarian selfishness which prevents all our Bird”--these prettily got up little penny-books people from being educated. There are not being intended for the youngest of readers. many who would subscribe to the gloomy faith Each and all are admirable in their way, and of Sir A. Alison, that eduaction has no ten- whoever the authors may be, they show themdency to prevent crime, if, in some cases, it does selves masters of their craft- or mistresses, not rather, as he seems to think, excite to its rather; for we suspect female minds must be at perpetration; but few cherish the noble and work to cater thus tenderly and delicately for elevating conviction which runs through all that the dawning infant-intellect. The “STORIES Miss Carpenter writes, that knowledge is the For SUMMER DAYS AND Winter Nights". natural friend of virtue ; while ignorance and are suitable for older children-young folks of vice are fit companions. While the subject of ten or twelve years of age; but they are also national education is yet under discussion, marvellously clieap.

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MUSIC. The PleasurES OF MEMORY QUADRILLES. tion of the friends they commemorate, rather Composed (and Dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. thau from avowed musical reminiscences. They Francis Bennoch) by Miss Roseanna Carr. are much such compositions as a brilliant (D'Almaine and Co.)

pianist will extemporise in a friendly party, and This is a very charming set of quadrilles, our readers know what excellent “ dance music” evidently, the composition of a true musician. is often thus produced. Here and there we are reminded of soine popular Topsy's 'LAMENT FOR Eva. Ballad. melody; but as the quadrilles are separately

called Written and composed by Frances Susanna “The Critic," "The Three Poets, &c., &c., we Bigg. (Leader and Cock, 63, New Bond-sdret.) suspect they take their title from the recollec- “PATIENCE” (Geduld). The Words strans

lated from the German of Spitta ; the Music 'adapted to the sentiment. We do not know composed by Frances Susanna Bigg. (Wessel Miss Bigg; but if she is young, we think she, and Co., 229, Regent-street.)

has every prospect of achieving a reputation as If Miss Bigg had not told us on her title- a composer of chamber-music. pages that she has pursued her musical studies

MY BEAUTIFUL, Sweet, SMILING Boy. in Germany, we should have no difficulty in Words and music composed by Emiline Lamb. forning such a conclusion after looking at these (Published by Alfred Harper, Cheltenham; J. two songs. The first is on a now hackneyed Alfred Novello, London and New York.) subject; but graceful and mournful, befitting its theme. The second is a fine lyric of life, and An effusion of maternal solicitude. The highest the air and accompaniments are admirably compliment we can pay it is silence.

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A MUSEMENTS OF THE MONTH. THE OPERA AND THE THEATRES. out any demonstration of favour. It is to be

lamented that, in the production of such a chefIt is to be hoped that the circumstance of d'auvre as Auber's Masaniello,' the important London again having but one Italian Opera will part of Alphonso should not have been assigned not induce any degree of that carelessness into a fitter representative than Signor Luigi Mei. the management of which monopolists are very Signor Luigi Mei is no despicable artist, but he often accused. It must be owned no great has not the notes to sing the music of Alphonso; novelty has yet been produced-or we believe and the continual strain on his voice makes him announced as forthcoming—at Covent Gar

sing flat. Signor Lucchesi, or all events des; still we are but in the early weeks of the Stigelli, should have been cast for the Prince, season yet, and certainly several favourite operas The second act passed off much better. Tam, have been given with great strength and suc

berlik was received with universal cheers, and -.“Masaniello," “ Guillaume Tell,"

the " L'Elisir d'Amore," and “Norma” for in- less enthusiastic. Tamberlik was evidently feels

reception awarded to Formes was hardly stance. In the last Grisi made her rentrée as ing his way with his voice, and did not venture ile Druid Priestess, and was received with the to come out with all his strength. This was enthusiasm which her unimpaired genius and politic, seeing that he had only arrived from St. patiring devotion to her art so justly merited. Petersburgh the day previously, and had been Speaking of the production of “Masaniello,” a

on the road and water sixteen days. Nevercontemporary says:

theless Tamberlik sang most beautifully, and his * The entrée of Madame Castellan was the voice was as delicious as ever to the ear, and signal for applause - Signor Luigi Mei, and his attitudes and motions as picturesque and Soldi

, baving been passed by without the graceful, and as agreeable to the eye. Perhaps, slightest token of welcome-and the lady was under the circumstances, he was not unwise in received with undeniable cheers. Madame Cas- omitting the Sommeil’ air in the fourth act. tellan appeared in excellent health, and never This as it may be, or rather, as it might have looked handsomer or more piquante. She was been ; but this we know, that the grand tenor also in capital voice, and gave the aria d'intrata never sang more grandly in the last scene, when a most trying soprano air, and certainly not he exhibited no husbandry of his powers, and one of the most effective in the operatic reper- gave the famous ut de poitrine with a force and tary, however beautiful with great force and a tone wbich would have created a revolution at facility. Some of her ornaments were remark- the Academie Imperiale. We trust to hear the able for their novelty and brilliancy, and were same note given by the same voice in the faullessly executed. In one or two instances Allarmi in Guillaume Tell. If Tamberlik Madame Castellan sang better than ever. plays Arnold in Guillaume Tell,' we shall bear Whenever she depends mainly on the beauty of that chef-d'ouvre with more pleasure than ever L'er voice, the effect is irresistible. The splen- infinitely. Formes sang the music of Pietro did ballet in the first scene did not create a better than before. He is decidedly improved furore. The dancers, however - thanks to in his style of singing. The occasional fault of Mons. Desplaces were carefully trained; but, dragging his tine-a 'Teutonic fault, with which individually, they did not strike us as very beau- he has been of late years charged — las entirely tiful or very skilful. Madlle. Mathilde Besson, disappeared. His voice has now become, so to whom we alluded to last week as from the speak, Italianized, and the power and volume of Academie Royale-we beg Louis Napoleon's his tone have gained considerably thereby. The pardon-- Imperiile-is.

a very clever artist, and grand duet in the second act, between him and produced a favourable impression. She danced Tamberlik, went to perfection, and was enthuthe guaracha neatly and precisely: she also siastically encored.” aided the tarantella in the market scene with excellent effect, and was much applauded. Made- The French Plays at the St. James's moiselle Mathilde Besson will prove a good Theatre are attracting a fashionable audience, substitute for Malle. Robert, if not for Louise and Mademoiselle Page, a Parisian actress, but Taglioni. The curtain fell on the first act

with a lady new to London, has made a most suc

cessful débút, and divided the applause of the take evidence; when Porthwaite gives an expublic with their old favourite, M. Lafont. aggerated account of the dangers experienced

At the Adelphi new pieces have been pro- and the extraordinary courage manifested by duced, and attractive old ones revived with such himself on the occasion. Ratcliffe, of course, judgment, that there has been a constant change encourages no hope of the recovery of the of performances. When we remember the money; and Porthwaite, reflecting on the dowerstrength of the theatrical company at this less position of the widow, determines on relintheatre, including as it does Messrs. Webster, quishing her hand. This he does by letter, Keeley, Leigh Murray, and Madame Celeste when Ratcliffe takes advantage of the opporand Miss Woolgar, we cease to wonder at the tunity, and pleads his former acquaintance with admirable manner in which the lively pieces Mrs. Somen ton, during a continental tour-ard which are in vogue here are sustained. If we which she is delighted to renew. He then conmistake not, Miss Woolgar has never appeared fesses to her the whole stratagem. She is wil. at any other London theatre, and consequently ling to believe that the desperate nature of the the alternate pathos and archness of her acting game which he has played is a proof of the are less generally understood than they deserve earnestness of his pasion, and thus his object is to be.

We recommend, however, that play- attained. The farce, notwithstanding the mongoers who have hitherto considered the Adelphi strous improbability of its incidents, was emisomething "out of their way,” should pay the nently successful : this was partly owing to the theatre a visit, and judge for themselves of force of the acting. Miss Woolgar in the scene the talent which is there concentrated. Among of terror was remarkably fine ; while Keeley, in the novelties lately produced was a farce by Mr. his braggart vein, was truly the Falstaff of farce. Morton, entitled " A Desperate Game;" and Mr. Murray played throughout with great tart; we will quote the criticism of the Atheneum and his transition from one character to the on it:

other was judiciously managed." “The scene is again laid at Tunbridge Wells; but the action is of the most uncommon, if not day” is announced for representation at the

Robert Browning's play of “ Colombe's Birththe most improbable kind. To its extravagance, HAYMARKET just as we are going to press : however, the audience are indebted for the fun. the principal characters to be supported by Miss They are also somewhat prepared for the nature Helen Faucit and Mr. Sullivan. of the plot by the title. The desperate lover is a Captain Ratcliffe (Mr. Leigh Murray); and his exploits in this drama remind us of the Rat- MADEMOISELLE THEMAR’S CONCERT cliffe Highway robberies of thirty years ago- The brilliant pianist and fine musician, Mafor the part of a housebreaker with formidable demoiselle Rosalie Thémar, gave an evening whiskers is that which, by the impulse of an concert at Willis's Rooms on the IIth ultimo, irresistible passion, he is induced to play. The which was attended by a fashionable and discriobject of his venture is a Widow Somerton (Miss minating audience. One attractive feature of the Woolgar), who has just received 15,0001. as her programme was a new piece, written expressly fortune. This we are to believe she has con- for this occasion by M. Jacques Herz “ Nocfided to no safer keeping than that of a writing. turne, Promenade sur Mer,” which was admidesk. She is affianced to a selfish and cowardly rably executed by Mademoiselle Thémar; and cousin, Mr. Peter Porthwaite (Mr. Keeley). her own grand valse, “ Etinceiles Electriques," To rid the lady of her suitor, it is necessary to elicited, if possible, still more enthusiastic apdeprive her of her fortune. While Mrs. Somer- plause. Hummel's concerto in A minor was ton is at a ball, Ratcliffe, disguised as we have magnificently played, and we must especially described him, enters the house, and meeting draw attention to M. Paque's performance on there with Porthwaite, is compelled to lock him the violoncello, both in this concerto and in his up in a small room while he makes a “des- own solo composition, a fantasia from Lucia di perate” attempt upon the writing-desk. Before Lammermoor. Signor and Madame F. Lablache he can succeed, the lady herself returns (it is were among the vocalists, and sang their best. about five o'clock in the morning), and en- Nor must the contra-basso of Bottesini be forcounters the supposed rob who threatens gotten. Altogether it was an admirable, well her with a pair of pistols, and finally obtains selected concert, and we congratulate Made; from her the money-leaving what professes to moiselle Thémar on her crowded room and be a 'receipt' for the sum borrowed,' but appreciating audience. which proves to be a copy of love-verses. Porthwaite, from his retreat, bechilled almost to a jelly with the act of fear,' witnesses the

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to render any help even if he could; but, on the season at the Lecture Room in Edwards-street, departure of the hero, he comes forth valiantly Portinan-square, on the 21st of April. The seenough, and proposes to fetch bis friend Cap- lection (consisting altogether of nineteen pieces) tain Ratcliffe, who, he has learned, is just made did credit to the taste of the conductor, and the head of the county police. Ratcliffe accord- performance gave evident gratification to a ingly re-enters, minus his whiskers and other numerous and attentive assembly. Some welldisguises, in his new capacity, and proceeds to known masterpieces of the olden time nobly

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