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cabe à prevalent sentiment that a man must ac-, overlays them all, the peaks inflamed with that rosegaire luis fortune before lie marries--that the wife red glow, seen on the Swiss Alps, and emitting curls must have no sympathy nor share with him in the of smoke, which shino like scattered gold-dust in pursuit of it-in which most of the pleasure truly the sun. These woods overspread a large proportion consists—and the young married people must set of the surface in most of the islands, though in some, ont with as large and expensive an establishment as as in Java, the eye is delighted by a series of cultiis becoming those who have been wedded for twenty vated hills and park-like slopes, curving gracefully years. This is very unhappy; it fills the community upwards from the sea, with all the processes of agriwith bachelors, who are waiting to make their for- culture exhibited in succession, from ploughing to ribes, endangering virtue, and promoting vice; it reaping, according to the temperature, which is redestroys the true economy and design of the domes- gulated by the elevation of the land. In Borneo tie institution, and it promotes idleness and inef- and Sumatra, however, dense forests extend over teieney among females, who are expecting to be large tracts :-trees of gigantic stature, of abundant taken up by a fortune, and passively sustained, foliage, and hung with a thousand creeping plants, without any care or concern on their part; and thus entangled, fantastic, brilliant with flowers, and equal many a wife becomes, as a gentleman once re- in their gaudy splendour to the growth of the Bra. marked, not a "help-inate," but a "help-eat."- zilian woods." Birds countless fil the solitude with

their songs--some deep, long-drawn and shrill, INDIAN SUPERSTITION. – A beautiful super- others tremulous, plaintive, and wild, but few with suition prevails among the Seneca tribe of Indians. sweet notes, or very melodious tones ; their plumage When an Indian maiden dies, they imprison a young is more beautiful than their music, and it gleams bird until it first begins to try its power of song, and amid the branches, gold, or red, or blue, or flashes then loading it with kisses and caresses, they loose with a metallic lustre, peculiarly dazzling to the its bonds over the grave, in the belief that it will not eye. From the boughs also hang snakes, green and fold its wings, nor close its eyes, until it has flown to velvety, or like a roll of coral, some harmless, others the spirit-land and delivered its precious burden of deadly, falling through the leaves, or gliding amid affection to the loved and lost. It is not unfrequent the tangled flowers and grass. Insects of splendid to see 20 or 30 birds let loose over one grave. hues, and in immense variety, animate the solitudes Gardeners' and Farmers' Journal,

of Celebes and Borneo-the bronze green beetle, EPPECTS OF PERSEVERANCE. -- All the pér

emittling a perfume like attar of roses; the silverformances of human art, at which we look with winged butterfly, and myriads of grasshoppers. praise or wonder, are instances of the resistless force The Indian gazelle, herds of elephants, the rhinoof performance; it is by this that the quarry be- ceros, the

tiger, the taper, the barbirusa, the mias comes a pyramid, and that distant countries are pappan, the sloth, and the buffalo, also inhabit the anited by canals. If a man were to compare the woods of the great islands, while in the smaller single stroke of a pickaxe, or of one impression of groups, as the Moluccas, if these creatures are tare, the spade, with the general design and last result, others more curious are found, especially of the he would be overwhelmed with a sense

of their

disa winged species. More beautiful than any are the proportion : yet those petty operations, incessantly biles-—-fabled to be the messengers of God, who fly

birds of paradise-discolores maxime et inenarra." continued, in time surmount the greatest difficulties, towards the sun, but overpowered by the fragrance and mountains are levelled and oceans bounded by of the isles over' which they pass, sink to the earth, the slender force of human beings.

and fall into the hands of man. The lori and the A BROKEN HEART.-To die of a broken heart is Argus pheasant, the cream-coloured pigeon, and an expression much ridiculed by those who, not those « atoms of the rainbow," the Cinnyris, or [16xessing one themselves, cannot comprehend the sun-birds, gleam and glitter amid the foliage ; while possibility of such a thing. We do not much ima- to perfect the beauty of the islands, fields of the Ingine such a death to be of common occurrence, the dian lotus and the tiger lily, sprinkled with patches feelings of our modern race being, for the most part, of scarlet or violet flowers, surround the woods, or entirely absorbed by the most trivial subjects - dress, border the large sheets of water. Alligators in riches, dissipation, and vanity of all kinds being great numbers haunt the mangrove creeks and their idols. There is another and a much commoner rivers, with lizards of innumerable species. Fragile fate, which is far more melancholy, more pitiable, and richly-tinted shells, the olive and the harp, coa and that is to live with a broken heart.

loured like the most beautiful tulips, strew the sand MIND.-It is mind, after all, that does the work of the beach, which is in many parts fringed with of the world; so that the more there is of mind the sea-weed and rocks in the shape of stars, flowers, or inore work will be accomplished. A man in pro- shrubs. The sea is inhabited by multitudes of fishportion as he is Intelligent, makes a given force accomplish a greater task, makes skill take the place Malayan mermaid, food of kings, which suggested

some of them exceedingly curious and rare, as the of muscles, and, with less labour, gives a better that romance so pleasing to the Oriental imaginaproduce.

tion.- Horace St. John. INDIAX ARCHIPBLAGO.-The peculiar charm The PAMPAS.-On we went. Hardly were pre of the Archipelago is the fresh green perpetually in the saddle when the correo cries “ Gallop !" cuts displayed. Its atmosphere is of equinoctial warmth, the pack-horse over the hips with his long whip, yet continually charged with moisture, purified by and away we fly across the Pampas. Hold the season winds, and so fecundating that the very rocks bridle tight in your hand, dear reader, and look shortly become fertile. Round the larger islands well for your path. Badgers and owls have their Lie-rings of smaller ones, described as resembling holes here at every step, and if you do not hely Hosting gardens, umbrageous and flowery, on waters your horse a little with your eyes, you may both to blue and gleaming that they would dazzle but for kiss the ground. The correo is already a long way the shadows of the clonds reflected in them. In in front, you have spared your animal too much, other quarters there is the sublimity of lofty ranges, Away with you, and take care of the reedy grass bpt instead of glaciers or snowo, one invariable fores ahead, for it covers a swamp. A little more to the

left the ground is harder, but it is full of half- campo into what seemed a milk-white, akordion concealed holes, and yet must be passed in haste ; lake, to which the last rays of the sun, reflected by for the night is fast coming on, and your guide will the clouds above, imparted at intervals a soft rosy soon be beyond reach, while path and road no longer radiance. I had now lost sight of the correo, in exist. As I came up, the old correo sat his horse fact I had forgotten all about him, and left my horse stiff and motionless; while his long and heavy to choose his own road, just as though I were not poncho, streaming out with every movement, traversing a wide and pathless plain, infested by Aapped against his shoulders; and only his right wild tribes, and where, if I lost my leader, 1 might arm, as it struck out with the relentless whip, wander for hundreds and hundreds of miles without showed that he had power to move, On, on!” regaining the track, and ignorant of the dangers this was his only thought. The steed that bore him that awaited me. But the scene around was far too had no hold on his sympathies : it was only a horse ; interesting to be neglected ; and atill leaving the and if it carried its load to the door of the next sta- bridle to my horse, I hadly knew or cared whither tion, it might lie down and die for all he cared. I we went, if I could continue to gaze on this strange rode myself one of the poorest horses I had yet seen and beautiful sight. The most extraordinary obin the Pampas : it stumbled at every other step, jects in this floating sea of mist were the grazing and I was continually wondering why we did not herds, the upper part of their bodies alone being both come down together. At last we came to a visible; and the fog, gathering in large fleecy low soft spot, where the grass was very luxuriant; masses, began to assume fantastic shapes, such as but the soil, as if elastic, gave way at every tread. bergs and figures, which seemed to float on the My poor horse bore up a good while, till, just as we shining surface of the lake, while lofty dangerouswere coming on drier ground, it came right down looking cliffs and glaciers hung above. It seemed on its nose, and pitched me overhead. I was up in that I was always galloping down the slope of a a second, and replacing the saddle-bags, the strap steep hill, and that the mist would close the next of which had been broken by the fall, got in the minute over my head, and yet I had not left the saddle again, and followed the old correo and postil- open plain, and the sward lay smooth before me. lion, who, Í really believe, had not even looked But as night closed in, the mist rose higher and round after me, to see if I was coming. But they higher, and finally became so thick, that I could were in the right: I was old enough to take care of hardly see the ground for ten or twelve yards on myself; and setting spurs to my horse, I soon re- either side. But my horse had in the mean time covered my distance. It was now getting dark, and done his best; right ahead I could hear plainly the we had yet a long way to go. The appearance of hoofs of my companions on some hard ground; and the plain began to be very peculiar. As night set in a few minutes I reached a hard-beaten path, and in, a damp mist rose from the low ground, to a we all arrived together at the hut where we intended height of from two to three feet, changing the to pass the night.-F. Gersteacker,


Throughout the past month, the laburnums thirty-five contributions of her Majesty, many and lilacs in the grounds at " Gore House" unique specimens from their collections. have been dropping their golden rain, and

The result has been, a dazzling assemblage of showering their vary-coloured blossoms, on larger crowds than ever gathered there in the rare and beautiful objects, full of interest, not palmy days of its aristocracy, or the more recent only for the manufacturer and artisan, but for

the antiquarian and essayist. ones of its desecration; but the occasion is worthy of the mansion's old associations with

Here we obtain a glimpse of the history of art and talent; and whether as regards the dis- Household furniture and its characteristics, play of cabinet work, or the studies from the from the simplicity of Mediæval times to the * Schools of Design,' affords one of the most florid ornamentation of the “ Renaissance," interesting if not the most interesting exhibition and downwards to the full period of the of the season, making, as it does, a new epoch flowing lines and flowery exuberance of the

Rococo." in the history of art and science in this country, and bearing witness to the results involved in The variety of objects, their quaint shapesthe “ Industrial Congress of 1851!".

the glitter of unaccustomed surface-ornamentWhen we see Royalty leading the advance of some incrusted with silver “repoussé” work, or national refinement, by assisting the education inlaid with exquisite paintings-porcelain, me and development of artistic skill, liberally lend- tals, ivory, and tortoise-shell ; others overing the treasures of antique art, the chef d'auvres wrought with precious stones, carvings in high of the old Flemish and Italian craftsmen, in relief, and gorgeous Buhl-work, confuse for a time order to improve by familiarity with their ex- all attempts at an orderly survey of them; and quisite ornamentation, and the various beauties it is not till after repeated circuits of the rooms, of their various styles, the utility and excellence that we are enabled to separate and arrange, in of the cabinet work of our own times, we can- time and place, this magnificent display of the not wonder at the list of powerful patrons who ornamental furniture of past ages. have assisted the project, and added to the Then what a volume of interesting associatqas might be connected with these various / gress seen in every department of desigu is reobjects: here a cabinet, originally executed for ally extraordinary. And it is especially pleasing the once powerful Roman family of the Orsini ; to record in a "woman's book," that they have there, one assumed to have belonged to Diana opened for our sex new sources of industry and of Poitiers ; and another, the gem of the Exhi- emolument. At present the wood-engraving bation (the cabinet in Pietra Dura, belonging to class is wholly confined to females, of whom five the Duke of Northumberland), once the pro- out of nine exhibitors have received medals ; perty of the magnificent Louis Quatorze. while in the painted china, and flower-drawing

Next to Windsor, Knole, the ancient seat of classes, they exhibit great proficiency and talent; the Sackville family, has furnished the largest and are not far behind their male competitors in number of specimens. A famous place from the the novelty and beauty of their designs for lace period of the Conqueror, it has afforded suites and textile fabrics. of furniture made on occasions of Royal visits, The two-fold exhibition appears to us expres. and exhibits the arm-chair, two stools, and foot- sive of a new era, not only in the diffusion of stool, covered in purple velvet, expressly executed art-knowledge, but of the estimate in which for that of James I. ; while it is said that the such knowledge, practically developed, will heremirrors, candelabra, sconces, and table, mag- after be held. Hitherto, the inventor, the manificent specimens of “ incrustation” in silver nufacturer, and the skilled artisan, have held repoussé-work, were made on the occasion of a false and inferior positions in the scale of social visit of Charles II.

rank and estimation-the nobility of labour, the It would be impossible, in the limits of a aristocracy of skill, has been (as a rule) excluded short paper, to notice half the exquisite objects, from honours and high places; but Peace, with from the tapestry on the walls to the china its opportunities for reflection and observance, ornaments sprinkled over commodes, and cabi- has taught us to comprehend the true obligations Dets, and pier-tables, in which the history of art which a nation owes to men who, in the fair inis written ; we would have all our readers, who tercourse of commerce, have built up friendly have the opportunity, to note them for them- relations with foreign states (more solid and selves

, not merely for the sake of the visual lasting than political treaties), and peacefully pleasure of the Exhibition, but for the pleasing protect the wealth and wellbeing of their associations connecting it to that in the upper country-men who have enlarged the field of rooms, the “ Studies from the Schools of Art,' human enterprise and industry, and spread over with the improvement and promotion of which it, amongst the great bulk of the population, it is so intimately blended.

the seeds of order, contentment, and their reWhen we remember how short a time such sults national prosperity. schools have existed in this country, the pro

C. A. W.

OUR LIBRARY TABLE. The POETRY OF GEOGRAPHY. By Peter killed? Where is the land of Hamlet the Dane, Livingstone. (Groombridge and Son, Paternoster and the spot on which, at midnight, walked the

We cannot read row.) Under the above title, the author has pro- buried Majesty of Denmark ? duced a little work admirably calculated to Byron, where he sings so sweetly of popularize the study of geography, by a pleasant

. The isles of Greece--the isles mingling of interesting and instructive matter.

Where burning Sappho loved and sung,' He

appears to have started with an attempt to illustrate different localities by appropriate verse; without asking where are the isles of Greece, and the but the power to carry out this idea is so partial, land where Sappho sung? We have heard of the that , after a few pages, the intention is aban- world, and tradition tells us, that when he came to

mighty Alexander, who went forth to conquer the doned, and the author remarks with regard to the sea-shore, he wept, because he had no more the title, that “the poetry is in the subject, worlds to conquer; can we point out the spot at rather than in his treatment of it;" and, truly, which the big baby is said to have wept his woman's few themes are more replete with poetry; since tears ? Where are the lands of the patriot Tell, every habitable spot of earth, and some that are and Bruce, of Bannockburn? Where are the eternal no longer so, are crowded with associations of Alps, which Napoleon crossed, when he came down more or less interest to the whole human family. like a thunder-cloud upon Italy? Where is Corsica,

on which he was born and St. Helena, on which he “A knowledge of the earth which we inhabit,” died? Where is the island upon which Columbus says Mr. Livingstone, “is essential to man. By first lighted, when he found out the new world of the that knowledge alone, can we understand and feel West? Where is the Owhyhee in the ocean on im interest in the actions of our fellow-men, and which Capt. Cook was killed ? Where is Waterloo, withont it, we can read no history with profit, no the field upon which Wellington, who is now no poetry with delight, no travels with pleasure, no more, fought the battle of the giants? Where is xorages with edification or interest. We have read Trafalgar Bay, on the waters of which the great and the works of Shakespeare, but where is the blasted immortal Nelson won his glory and his grave? heath upon which Macbeth met the weird sisters ?— what spot on the banks of the Niger, did the black where is the castle in which the royal King was ' mother sing songs of Fatherland to Park, which gave


him faith and hope in the desert ? and where is the substituted for bells at the churches--all one family spot of earth, at which the faithful slave lifted up the assembled for futar, and my uncle would enter, ashes of Pompey, in an urn, and conveyed them followed by the peasants employed about his planta. as a love-offering to his devoted wife? Where is tions, together with his other servants. This was the the land made sacred by the footprints of our Saviour? signal for the cook and her assistant to carry into --the sea of Galilee on which he sailed, and Samaria the centre of the yard a large iron cauldron contaigwhere he counselled, and Calvary where he died ? , ing the ruzz-mufalfal, or whatever was prepared for Where are the Natious and the Cities of ancient the day, for the supply of the whole household. ume!-Assyria, Greece, Rome, Carthage; where are Clean shining platters were ranged in piles round they ?"

this cauldron, and, a blessing having been asked, the This passage—which we have quoted entire enough and no waste. The only distinguishing mark

food was ladled out-a goodly portion for each will afford our readers a pretty just idea of the at this family-meal was that the members of my author's style, and the intention of the work ; uncle's family were all seated round a low circular brief, yet lucid (for the whole world is traversed table, and reclined upon carpets and against cushions in the course of a hundred pages), there is com- The others sat as fancy dictated; but they chiefly pressed in this small space a multitude of his crowed under that side of the court-yard wall which torical events in connection with geography, afforded a shade from the heat of the sun," &e. which, however generally familiar to the student, “During the repast," continues our author, “ one are apt to confuse themselves in his remembrance of the servants usually stood at the door, to under a circumstance which this little volume watch for any poor wayfarers who might pass will admirably help to obviate; while to the to ask them to partake of our hospitality"papil, and general reader, it opens a fund of in- custom which reminds us of Abraham, at the formation and association rarely met with in so door of his tent, greeting the wanderers on the compendious a form. We recommend it, con plains of Mamre; and so feasting

angels unscientiously, to the notice of our friends; and particularly to those amongst them who, like the wedding, at Aleppo, may be acceptable to our

awares. The following pretty description of a Lady Rachel Russell, find a “noble entertain

fair readers :ment and the best diversion" in the education of their children.

“ The bride was covered from head to foot in

long loose veil, white as snow, but of sufficiently THE THISTLE AND THE CEDAR or thin texture to admit of her features being partly LEBANON. By Habeeb Risk Allah Effendi, distinguishable, and to show that over her underM.R.C.S. and Associate of King's College. garments, which were composed of richly-em(J. Madden, Leadenhall-street, 1853.)-Here is broidered silks and satins, she was literally beanother venture on the sea of literature, in-spangled with costly gems; large festoons of gold teresting from the simple circumstance of its coins encircling her head, and falling over her being written in a really good style of English shoulders, reached to the ground. The priests now

the temporary composition, by a native gentleman of Syria. altar ; deacons, with censers in their hands, went But whoever takes up the book upon the merits the round of the room, sprinkling benedictions of its scriptural title, will be somewhat surprised on all around. The bride and bridegroom were to find that not the least analogy exists between duly arranged before the bishops and priests-* them; the volume being, in fact, a sort of bridesman and a bridesmaid stood behind, their meinoir of the author's wanderings in his native right hands resting on the crowns which had been land, and his experiences in Europe. Much in- placed on the heads of the young couple about to be formation on the former subject is found through. married; the chaunt commenced, and the serious out the work; and many of the impressions part of the ceremony began. As the nuptials prowith which the manners and customs of this gressed, the bridegroom and bride three times escountry affect the writer, might suggest to us the fingers of both, and the bishop made them drink

changed crowns; then the rings were placed upon valuable emendments. Born at the pretty village out of the same cup of wine; once did they make of Shuwei-fât, on the Lebanon, Habeeb Effendi the circuit of the altar-table; and then, amidst 8 appears to have passed a happy childhood, under shower of small silver coins, confectionary, and the favourable auspices of his uncle, the sheik Alowers, which fell like heavy rain all around, the of a village, and secretary to the Emir Beshir bishop gave his blessing, and the young couple were Shahah, the Prince of Lebanon-an intelligent, bound by indissoluble ties from that moment forwell-informed man, and a devout Christian." To ward throughout life, as man and wife.” this circumstance our author seems

to have been indebted, in the first instance, for the Aleppo, Antioch, and other towns familiar to us

After visiting Beyrout, Damascus, Cyprus, exercise of those mental powers, which he ap- from an early age, in connexion with their scrippears subsequently to have made admirable use tural associations, the author sails for England, of; and, secondly, to the training of the American and subsequently visits France. The following missionaries at Beyrout-to whose efforts he bears noble testimony. The picture-of

description of a London hotel is very amusingalmost patriarchal simplicity-afforded by the “ But whilst we have been thinking about this, view that the Habeeb Effendi gives us of his the cab stops opposite to a splendid seraiyah, & uncle's house is very charming :

veritable palace. You imagine that this must be

the Queon's residenc and begin to expostulate “When the hour of mid-day was announced by with your friend for ushering you into the presente the striking of gongs—which in Syria are usually of royalty before you have had time to pay some

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attention to your toilet : he laughs at your ignorance. they go out of town for a week or ten dayo, leaving Two gentlemen, handsomely dressed, and without these troublesome incumbrances to the tender merhats, rush into the street, und officiously carry in cios of a nursery-maid. What would our mothers your luggage. You are quite shocked to see the have said if any one had suggested to them that it nobility thus debased, and struggle with them to would be best to place us under the care of seryant Nelieve them of their burden. The friend again maids ?” interferes, and you find to your amazement that the palace is nothing more than a large Khan for the Polygamy in the East leads himn to speak of the accommodation of wealthy travellers, and that the occasional conduct of European husbands, who, two gentlemanly-looking men are khudámen, and that there are at least a dozen more, all in the same

while professing the utmost abhorrence of such capacity, all as well dressed, and as good looking an institution, indulge in the same thing under

a different form. It would be impossible in the Speaking of a duel which he was very nearly limits of our notice to point out half the interestwitnessing on Wimbledon Common, and which ing passages of this really pleasant book, which was only prevented by one of his friends start- contains a fund of interesting information rela. ing off and bringing a constable, the author tive to the manners and customs of the Syrians, forcibly observes

and many suggestive remarks on those of our "I cannot say how detestable and absurd this

own country. The differences between the crime appeared in my eyes—such bloodshed to occur Greek and Latin Churches is treated of at some in civilised England appeared to me marvellous, in length; and no inconsiderable portion of the a country professedly Christian."

volume is devoted to enlarging on the advanAnd equally pertinent are his remarks with tages which Englishmen might gain by erniregard to some of the domestic usages in France grating to Lebanon and Syria ; a suggestion and this country

strengthened by the assurance that fifty pounds " You will barely credit what I write," he ob. per annum would there enable one to live in serves," when I tell you, that there are many comparative luxury; while a family man, with instances where mothers of young families seldom two hundred pounds a-year might, according to see or inquire after their offspring more than once the showing of Habeeb Effendi, purchase all 1 day, sometimes not so often ; and even sometimes that comes within our ordinary notions of it.



In fashionable circles the past month has rival in point of elegance, the Princess's) been a very eventful one. Morning concerts, Mademoiselle Rachel and M. Regnier are taking the Cologne Choral Union, and the Camp at the town by storm with the genius of their actChobham – Flower-shows and the French Plays, ing-a display as rare as it is perfect. Why will Earth-men and the Opera, the Queen's Draw- tbe lessee of the former house persist in giving ing-room, and the Bazaar at the

Cavalry Bar- the public a series of magnificent tableaux inracks-white. bait dinners, and the Water-colour stead of genuine representations of the drama? Drawings, the Royal Academy, and Gallery of No one who witnessed “Macbeth” can doubt Amateur Paintings, have all combined their at- his power to produce the most splendid scenic tractions to amuse and distract the leisure of effects, any more than his scholarly acquaintthe many, the ennui of not a few.

ance with the costumes and appointments of After Madaine Puzzi's Concert-always one antique times. But while it is very beautiful to of the best of the season-Benedict's

realize upon the stage a sort of panorama of

appears to have been the most successful, and de- Layard's pictures, we lack much inore than the servedly so, considering the strong force of spectacles can make up, and wander in spirit to talent mustered on the occasion, and the ad the leafy forest of Ardennes, and would fain exmirable programme, to which that talent did full change the Assyrian throne for the green-wood justice

. Fortunately for the provider of this tree, and the languishing Myrrah for the gentle harmonic feast, ladies (alsvays the inajority of Rosalind. On the recent occasion of her benefit, an audience at morning concerts), when they the genius of Rachel was exercised in giving inhave settled any point within themselves, are the terest and vitality to the drama of “ Louise de least likely of all bipeds to change their minds; Lignerolle ;” originally written for the Théâtre and therefore, though the morning was wet and Français in 1838, by MM P. Dinaux and M. disagreeable, the room was sufficiently crowded E. Legourée, when the heroine's character was with a fair company of the élite.

filled by. Mademoiselle Mars. Though con

fessedly one of the weakest and most unpleasant The Theatres afford us little to say of the art productions in the French répertoire, the acting which they are intended to illustrate. The St. of Mademoiselle Rachel so raised the interest of James's appears to be the only house which the piece, that whenever she appeared objecgood acting is to be enjoyed : there (while Mr. tions

vanished. The character of Louise received Kean is kinging it as Sardanapalus at its worthy dignity from her impersonification of it; and her

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