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if he would lend his plate that evening. The counsel.

For the Saturday Evening Post. lor, surprised at the application, well knowing his

TO OSCAR, sister's frugal life, began to suspect that she was en. amored of some fortune hunter who might marry her,

In answer to his Reflections of Fifty-nine.” and thus deprive his family of what he expected at

Oh! say'st thou that those deep dyed locks his sister's death. He therefore positively refused to

Are scathed by Time's relentless shocks, send the plate, unless the maid would tell him what And that some flakes of snow are thrown, guests were expected. The girl, alarmed for her mis. Where once thy full, dark beard had grown? tress's honor, declared that her pious lady had no Thy cheek and brow, so dimmed with age, thought of a husband, but St. Paul having sent her a

And nearly o'er thy pilgrimage? letter from heaven promising he and the angel Gabriel would sup with her, she wanted to make the enter.

Why, if 'twere so, that gentle fire tainment as elegant as possible.

Would leave, for aye, thy magic lyre; The counsellor immediately suspected that some Which never more could sweetly sing, villains had imposed on her, and sending the maid To roses of the coming spring; with the plate had proceeded directly to the commis. These may be thoughts of fifty-nine, sary of that quarter. On the magistrate's going with

But, gentle bard, they are not thine. him to a house adjoining they saw just before eight o'clock, a rall man dressed in long vestments with a

How many years have swept along, white beard, and a young man in white with large

Since from thy lyre a softened song, wings at his shoulders, alight from a hackney coach In serenading cadence broke, and go up to his sister's apartment.

To which some starry eye awoke? The commissary immediately ordered twelve of the

Its a gently awake, love," seemed to bear police guards to post themselves on the stairs, while

A fairy warbling through the air ; he knocked at the door and desired admittance. The

Perchance 'twas breathed to Imogine, lady replied that she had company and could not speak

That being of a magic scene; to any one. But the commissary answered that he must come in, for that he was St. Peter, and had come She who was far more dear to thee, to ask St. Paul and the angel Gabriel how they came Than any thing on earth could be; out of heaven without his knowledge. The divine Whose young, glad voice of mirthful tone. visitors were astonished at this, not expecting any Has seemed to thee like “music's own;" more saints to join them; but the lady overjoyed at

Whose tresses, in their golden glow, having so great an apostle with her ran eagerly to the door, when the commissary, her brother, and police

Fell down her graceful neck of snow; guards rushed in, presented their muskets, seized her

Beauties that warm a heart like thine, guests, and conducted them to prison. On searching Not a cold breast of fifty-nine. the criminals, two cords, a razor, and a pistol, were Oh! say not thou art growing old, found in St. Paul's pocket, and a gag in that ot Ga. Not half thy life has yet been tokl; briel. Three days after, the trial came on; when they

But pleasure rings her bells for thee, pleaded in their defence, that one was a soldier in the

And hails thy merry song of glee; French intantry, and the other a barber's apprenticethat they had no other design than to procure a good

While beauty dons her brightest smile, supper at the widow's expense that it being carnival

Her never unsuccessful wile. time, they had borrowed these dresses, and the soldier Hope, with her gilded beam of ligha, having picked up the cords put them into his pocket- And fame's undying chaplet bright, that the razor was that with which he had constantly And love, that never ending theme, shaved himself-that the pistol was to defend them from

That essence of the poet's dream, any insult to which their strange habits might expose That murmur'd sound of every tongue, them in going home--and that the apprentice, whose master was a tooth drawer, merely had the gag, which

That song that every bard has sung, they sometimes use in their business. These excuses,

That ever watchful, gentle power, frivolous as they were,proved of some avail, and they Which gilds life's first and latest hour. were both acquitted.

Yes, that can fondly, sweetly twine, But the counsellor, who foresaw what might hap- Even round a heart of fifty-nine. LELIA. pen, through the defect of evidence, had provided another stroke for them. No sooner, therefore, were SAILORS.-No race of beings so decidely differ from they discharged from the civil powers, than the ap- every other in the world as sailors-no matter whether paritor of the archbishop of Paris immediately seized they belong to a king's ship, to a smuggler, or a mer. them and conveyed them to the ecclesiastical prison. chantman. Though there may be shades among In three days more they were tried and convicted of them, yet from the grand distinction between men of a most scandalous profanation by assuming to them. the sea and men of the land, it is impossible to con. selves the names, characters, and appearance of a holy found them together. A seaman is ever so easily apostle and a blessed angel, with an intent to deceive amused, so reckless of eonsequences, so cheerful amid a pious and well meaning woman to the scandal of difficulties, so patient under privations. His blue jacket religion. They were accordingly condemned to be is a gymbol of enterprise and good humour. Even his publicly whipped, burnt on the shoulder with a red hot pondescript hat-black, small and shining as a japaned iron, and sent to the gallies for fifteen years; a sentence button, adhering to his head by a kind of supernatural which was in a few days faithfully put in execution.. agency, with which landsmen are unacquainted-can

never be seen by a true born Englishman without FLUENT ORATORS.-It was a notion of Dean Swift's feelings of gratitude and affection, which, at all events, that a man with a multitude of ideas, could never speak no other hat in the world can command.-Mrs. Hall's well, whilst one with a limited number could address Bucc. an audience without interruption. Ideas, he used pleasantly to say, were like a congregation in a church, Never praise or talk of your children to other peo. the thinner they were, the less difficulty there was in ple; for depend upon it, no person except yourself cares. emptying the church

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Written for the Casket. hours-cherisbed, even beyond my beau ideal THE CAPTIVE'S DREAM. of Hebe or the Venus de Medici. Sweet Flo

rence Howard! I have seen many of thy sex,

but none like thee! How often have I sat and -We are such stuff

watched the brightness of thy brow-the soft As dreams are made of; and our little life

expression of thy dark blue eyes—the smile of la rounded with a sleep.-SHAKSPEARE.

innocent affection which parted thy ripe, thy I scarcely know of a more delicious sensation blushing lips, only to disclose the radiant pearls than that which is experienced by a contemplative between—the blush which mantled over thy young man at college, when he has completed peach-like cheek, until it seemed to think thiy his afternoon lesson, and, after an early tea, thoughts, and to portray every change of thy takes his seat by a window of his room, com- guileless spirit. Perhaps I may be thought å manding some mingled view of town and coud- rhapsodist by the world: I can only say, I am try, in the garniture of summer. Such a scene writing of thee; and as my pen, moved by my as is afforded at this hour, in a majority of those heart, courses over the page which records thy larger institutions of learning, which are scat- loveliness, I fell alone in a world which my tered through this country, and are for the most thoughts cannot move, and where my memories part placed in romantic situations, cannot be are of little value, for sadness or for sympathy! overpraised. The slanting sunlight, poured I have said my window looked down upon the upon the distant hills, and illuminating with the garden of the Howards. It was an Eden-like radiance of departing day some intervening lake spot; filled with every thing, in the summer, that or river; the tranquilizing feeling which fills the could delight the eye or the sense; pleasant mind on such occasions—and the calmness of walks, sparkling fountains, delicious fruits. nature, which then approaches as if in unison- Thither, in the cool of the day, as twilight was all conspire to make the scene pleasant, and to drawing in, it was the custom of Florence to fill the spirit, when waking, with imaginations of walk with her little sister, and instruct her in peace.

her early botanical studies. At such times I On such an evening as this, many years ago, I caught her glance of recognition, as she looked was leaning in dim abstraction by my casement, up brightly towarıls my casement, and made the in the pleasant seminary of H- one of the scene-like the beautious ladie,” in Spencer'. most delightful towns in our country. Before Fairy Poem-more beautiful as she smiled me, was extended a scene of surpassing beauty. amidst its enchantments. On this occasion, iser A glittering bay spread its blue waste of waters salutation, as our eyes met, appeared to me in the distance, to the south ; over which, like more fascinating than ever. lnimitable grace winged spirits, just on the verge of the horizon, seemed to breathe in her every movement. She inoved a number of ships, their sails brightened was dressed in simple white; one of those large in the evening sun. To the east, swelled up a red roses which you find sometimes in June, was delightsomne scene of mountains, broken precipi- placed carelessly in the braid of her sich auburn tously, in some places bare with masses of dark hair; and I feli a safety as I gazed upon her, rock; in others, clothed with beavy verdure to that I was distant; for I thought, were I walking their sumınits, which waved with every breath of with her, in that sweet recess, I could scarcely the refresting wind that fanned their long array. refrain from stealing the rose, or from clasping Beneath me, lay a city of gardens, and of houses the wearer to my bosom. within them; an urbs in rure, whose streets I was still lingering and gazing, when a tura were every where beautified with trees, and in the walk bid Florence from my view. At filled with aspects of neatness and quietude. Of that moment, I saw a dark form stealing down ten as I had looked from that point upon the the avenue. When I caught a fair glimpse of same objects, they never before had appeared to the person, I discerned the features of a young me so supremely charming. I looked, and man, a fellow student, a classmate, who had almused; I hummed over the earliest songs that I ways regarded me with enmity, because, as he bad learned in my childhood, as one is apt to do declared, I had usurped the affections of Flowhen alone, until I became at last rapt in a rence Howard, which were likely, at one time, complete reverie. Now and then, the landscape to have been bestowed upon him. This asserand the water would seem dim to my vision; tion, as I learned, he had trumpeted through the anon it would brighten upon my view like a sun- town; but I had been authorized by Florence to burst. At such an hour, however, the sweetest give it the fullest contradiction. We were both in impressions are too vague to linger; the thoughts our senior year; and the jar between us made of the heart come and go like the clouds of the much talk in the community; I had kept aloof summer or the dews of the morning; as pleasing from him, however; always deeming, that where to the eye and as grateful to the bosom, but as we meet with the malignant or noworthy, the fitful as they.

only course, after discovering them, is to let My thoughts, as they rose languidly and pass- them go their own ways, consoling ourselves ed imperceptibly, for a few moments in my with the self-respectful sentiment that the world mind, at that time, I cannot describe. They is large enough for us and them. Such were my came indolently, and their exit was tranquil. thoughts towards Reginald Burnham. They But this trance was destined to be of short dura- were awakened, how beit, in a different train, as tion. A garden, of which my window command- I saw him in the garden, and haunting the footed a direct and delectable view, lay beneath my steps of Florence Howard. What could he deeye. It was attached to the residence of my sire there, frous one whom he had slandered unfirst and only love; the divinity of my college i justly with the name of coquette?

While these fancies were revolving in my | derous strife, could give no account of what af. mind, Florence emerged from the grove of fruit terwards befel. I was left without mercy-a trees through which the walk led, and was pro- criminal, and alone. ceeding alone to the furthermost extremity of One day, as the faint light of the sunset rethe garden, where were clustered together a flected from the opening corridor upon the gratfew sprays of moss-roses, that received and re-ed window of my apartment, I heard the swcet payed her peculiar care. Presently, Reginald's sound of the city bells. What a throng of balform also appeared from beneath the trees. My lowed recollections did they awaken in my soul ! heart was in my eyes. I watched himn intently, I pictured to my fancy the throngs that were and observed, beneath the folds of his vest, the then pressing to the porch of the sanctuary over glittering barrel of a pistol. I sprang from the the fresh green which spread before it; and window in a moment: and swinging from the among them, perhaps, iny Florence Howard. shutter, rested my foot upon the key-stone of the It was my last Sunday. The next Friday, I knew casament below: then grasping strongly the two was the day on which I was to suffer. My heart fastening hooks of the Hlinds beneath, I was on was moved with a strange mixture of imaginathe ground in the quickness of thought. I sped tion and reality. I began to doubt my sanity. like a Centaur over the few yards between the As the music of the bells continued to come, college and the garden wall, over which I leaped mildly and softly, to my ear, my heart melted, with the ease of a practised voltigieur. Fear, and I sobbed like a child. I was the the innate and love for the object whose danger had awak- of a dungeon-branded as a murderer, and ened it, lent me wings. I rushed over flower about to die with a stain upon my name. I beds and tender plants, without a care for their i leaned my head upon my hands, and sat down safety, and swiftly, though cautiously, approach- upon my low, damp bench, with an agony which ed the insidious Reginald. He was within a few was indescribable. paces of Florence, who had not observed him. At this heavy moment, which seemed steeped I have since wondered how I had the presence with f" winters of sorrow," I heard a light step of mind not to utter some exclamation of terror approaching the door of my cell. Io a twinkling or indignation. Horror, perhaps, kept me silent. it was opened, and I found myself in the preMy approach to Burnham was unheard. Just sence of Florence Howard : Never had i' beas I thought I had neared him so closely as to hold her look so lovely. She bad come to replace my arm upon his shoulder, he drew the lease me. She had prevailed upon the jailer to pisiol, which he was in the act of firing at the favour her plans, so far as to permit her to visit innocent and unsuspecting Florence. “Wretch!" my dungeon. Oh, God! who can describe the I exclaimed, as I caught his desperate arm. He grateful surprise of that delightful interview! turned; his face was livid with passion. “D-n!” She had a key to unlock the door at the end of said he, sternly;"unhand me!" I held his arm the corridor which opened into an obscure with the fierceness of the tiger; he turned the street, in the rear of the prison. All the town pistol towards me; but with my left hand I was at church; the street was dark, and the warded it off, and it was discharged full in his time propitious. Our design adınitted of no detemples; the blood coursed down over bis neck lay. With the quickness of a breath, I drev and breast; I heard a faint shriek of horror: I my lacerated hand through the shackle which saw him falling at my feet-I caught the deadly held me to the “ lengthened chain" of my cell: weapon from his band as he fell-I knew no and, in an instant, noiseless as the night, the

door at the end of the corridor was opened When I was again restored to consciousness, locked without—and I found myself in the open I found myself in the ofice of the city magis- air of heaven, with the dearest object of my trate. A coroner's inquest had been convened, earthly affection! If I possessed the inspiration and a verdict of wilful murder had been return of that great apostle who was “in perils often," ed against me. In a few hours I was in prison; and always delivered, I could not describe my in a few days I was condemned to die.

transport-my agony of delight-at that heavenThe quick succession of these dreadful inci- ly moment. I pressed my deliverer to my heart. dents stupified iny mind, and made every thing We hastened towards the bay--a faithful serabout me seem shadowy and unreal. A horrid vant with a carriage soon conveyed us to the torpor scemed to rest upon my intellectual fac- boat, by the shore; and before I could indulge ulties; my face grew pale and leaden-eyed; and my feelings in words, we were on board a ship, as some melancholy bat would come Aittering that moved rapidly over the dancing waves, at nightfall into my cell, and thousands of gloomy from the land. As we waved our adieu to the associations disturbed my languid senses; I felt returning domestic, and saw the town and the like a condemned spirit, in its place of prelimi- mountains recede, we wept like children. The nary punishment.

moon had arisen like a lamp of gold into the At last, the time of my execution drew nigh. sky; the stars were burning along the blue abyss I counted the long, long hours, as they passed, of heaven, as the Queen of Night careered and mingled into days—and the days as they among thern, and threw her radiance upon the blended into an aggregate of weeks, until my waters; the spicy airs from the shore breathed heart sunk within ine. Every circumstance was fragrance around us; and the distant verdure of against me, and I had no reason to hope for par- the trees appeared waving, and smiling in joy at don. I had been found with the pistol in my our freedom. hand; Reginald Burnham was known to be my It seemed a brief interval, indeed, in which we rival, by bis own declaration; and poor Florence, stood at the prow, gazing upon the scene around who fainted as soon as she turned to see us in mur-/ us. Florence was standing with me; ber white

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hand was in mine, and with no one near us, , mother, both of which I wore. I gave them into she breathed her words of fidelity. It was, let the possession of the sheriff, with a request that me repeat it, a moment of unsullied rapture:- they might be conveyed, by Mr. Howard, to the “For as I pressed her gentle form,

beloved givers-one of whom was far distant, on And heard her faithful vow;

a bed of sickness; the other, in the same condiHer kiss upon my lip was warm

tion, though nearer at hand. Her tears were on my brow."

A prayer was now uttered; and the officer ap

proached to bind my eyes. “No!" I exclaimed, Suddenly, a low cloud, which had hung in the with a voice tremulous from emotion--" I will southern horizon, came upward into the zenith, die like a man, who knows his blamelessness, murmuring as it rose: the winds freshened into and is prepared to taste of death, with an unfala gale, and soon the lightnings began to cast tering lip, and with a steadfast eye." I knelt their livid gleam upon the high and booming upon the platform; I looked around, with unutsurges, that seemed to echo to the bellowing terable sensations; for my bosom laboured as thunders, as they rolled over the turbulent waste with the compressed agonies of a century of of foam and darkness. The waves rose higher pain. To every one, life is dear; we shrink from and higher--the ship reeled and plunged in the the dark valley, even when we are most assured tempest --the waters rushed over the deck-I "what shadows we are, and what shadows we saw Florence swept from my grasp, without the pursue." I now bent my glance earnestly, and power !o save her-I attempted to follow, and without wavering, upon the soldiers; the prepaawoke in my cell.

ratory order of "ready!and “aim!" tipgled

upon my ear, and sent the blood chill and cur. My deliverance was but the dream of a cap- dling to my heart. “Fire !" I heard; then a Lice-and, with a sick and heavy heart, I awaited peaf of thunder burst upon my hearing; I saw the time of my execution.

with a dimming eye, the purple current of life It came at last. I was placed amidst a crowd, gushing over my hands, which were folded on to be conveyed to the place where I was to suf- my breast-I attempted to speak-1 struggled fer... I recollect seeing many friends among the with the grim monster-I awoke! multitude; and I heard from many lips, expressions of pity. My fellow students had collected Yes, render, it was a summer vision, by my in a band together; and I was inforined by the college window-a dream within a dream, which officer, that they had prevailed upon the autho- I cannot recal to my mind, even after the lapse rities to have me shot, instead of hanged.-of many years, without a shaking soul. It was A remnant of proud gratitude lingered in my bo- all ideal, but the picture of Florence Howard, som, that I was not to suffer the ignominy of be- and the sketch of Burnham, who was afterward ing suspended between earth and heaven, as if fain to ask my pardon for his original offences. unworthy of either.

The bells which'I heard in my visionary prison, The long procession came at length to a ris- were those of the chapel for evening prayers ; ing upland, at the distance of about half a mile they fell upon my dreaming ear, and increased from the town. I was removed from the car- the trouble of my slumbers. I awoke to see the riage in which I had been placed, and which garden in reality, by a lovely moonlight; I have was followed by a hearse, and was led by the since lived to possess its fair tenant-to find her sheriff to a low platform, on the apex of a mound, all that heart can desire; to enjoy an estate adin front of which, at the distance of a few yards, joining that beautiful enclosure; and to relate to a file of soldiers, six in number, were drawn up a charming daughter, as she sits upon my lap, in in murderous array. Here I was requested to the presence of her chastened and kind motake a last look of the earth, before I knelt to ther, the details of The Captive's Dream." have my eyes blindfolded upon the platform. I stood up, with a feeling as if" a thousand hearts were swelling within me. It was about mid AVERAGE DURATION OF LIFE.-Nothing is more pro. day: the glorious summer sun was unobscured verbially uncertain than the duration of human life, by a cloud; and as I looked beyond the vast where the maxim is applied to an individual: yet there multitude about me, upon the distant hills, the are few things less subject to fluctuation than the ave. mountains with the peaceful vales between ber of deaths happening amongst persons of our own

rage duration of a multitude of individuals. The num. them—the bay, sleeping in its calm beauty, a acquaintance is frequently very differene in different waste of blue so etherial in its aspect as to seem years; and it is not an uncommon event that this another sky-I felt an elevated sentiment of number shall be double, treble, or even many times conscious blood guiltlessness, and an assurance larger in one year than in the next succeeding. If of mental strength which I cannot describe. I wo consider larger societies of individuals, as the inha. repeated to the crowd the facts of Burnbam's bitants of a village or sinall town, the nuinber of deaths death; I described how the deadly weapon had is more uniform: and in still larger bodies, as among been turned upon himself in our struggle; and I the inhabitants of a kingdom, the uniformity is such, concluded with these solemn words

they were that the excess of deaths in any year above the aviexpressed from the bottom of my heart: "I cali rage number, seldom exceeds a sinall fractional part heaven and God to witness that I am pure from of the whole

. In the two periods, cach offifteen years, any man’s blood; I have made my life the for begiming at 1780, the number of deaths occurring in feit of my duty; I die innocent." As I said this: England and Wales in any year did not fall short of,

or exceed, the average number one-thirteenth part of I saw, in a carriage near at hand, the father of the whole; nor did the number dying in any year difFlorence Howard. I drew from my finger a fer from the number of those dving in the next by a ring, which she had given me, and one from my la tenth part.-Babbage on the Assurance of Lives.

EXTRACTS

order. Among a dozen chairs and fauterals there From a new work, lately re-published in America, en are not two alike in beight, size, and destination. titled England in 1833," by the Baron D'HAUSSEZ, The greater part of them are so low, that one

falls down rather than sits: and a disagreeable Ex-Minister of Charles X.

effort is necessary to rise from this position. The THE DRAWING-ROOM.

posture of the body is accordingly ungraceful, Ten o'clock has already struck: the ladies, and it provokes a negligence of manner which who have been more than an hour in the drawing- extends into the usages of society. A disuse of room, await, round the tea table, the end of the those immense and heavy fauteuils, which ap conversation which is still prolonged in the din- pear calculated to produce sleep rather than ing-room. Some strangers arrive; shake the conversation, and the substitution of furniture band of the mistress of the house, and exhibit a better adapted to elegant society, would be a like politeness to such of the ladies present as step made towards a nobler carriage. The dis they are acquainted with. They group them- tinctions heretofore established by the hierarchy selves afterwards round the fire place, to chat of ranks are now hardly remarked. It is only together if they are intimate, or if they have in set parties that pretensions of this kind can be been introduced ; that is to say, if their names gratified; in the ordinary intercouse of English have been interchanged by the friendly agency life they are not remarked. of a third person. Without this formality, cus- French is spoken with much grace, and with tom does not sanction any intercourse between evident complaisance towards foreigners, in al strangers. The dinner-guests enter the draw- most all distinguished families. The English ing-room one after another; they approach the ladies, above all, speak it as their maternal lanladies; they take coffee or tea, and sometimes guage. haqueurs ; they then torm groups, and return to There is one English custom which makes a the eternal subject of politics, always, it must be disagreeable impression upon a stranger on his admitted, discussed without violence or warmth, admission to English society. Heis not conducted and with much forbearance towards opposite down stairs; the master of the house, who scarce opinions. Some form parties to play at cards. ly comes forward to receive him when he enters, Others approach the piano to hear a sonata dispenses with the ceremony of accompanying coldly executed; or romances sung by voices him when he withdraws. English politeness oten agreeable, but rarely animated'; for in confines its duties on this occasion to a pull of Logland music is not a passion nor even a taste. the bell, as a notice to the servant who is intrustIt is but an affair of ton and convenience, a means ed with the duty of doing the bonours of the ante of killing time. Some of the ladies range them- chamber. In a word, if the saloons of London selves round a table covered with knick-knacks, present less gaiety, noise, and bustle, than those which are passed from hand to hand with a lazy of Paris, they exbibit a higher degree of courtesy euriosity, and have no other merit than their ex- towards social superiorities, and particularly to orbitant cost. How much better had the money wards foreigners, who are received with cordialisquandered on them been applied to the pur- ty and treated with distinction. chase of clocks, wanting in all the English

A BALL. apartments, or to a more elegant species of fur- Great importance is attached to a ball in Engniture than that covered with printed calicu, lapd; a long time before it takes place the news which one sees in the greater part of the best fur- papers announce it, and they entertain their nished salons of the capital.

readers with it after it is over. No detail es Albums, chiefly composed of engravings and capes them, and the most pompous terms are coloured lithographs, as well as caricatures, are employed to describe the most uninteresting cirturned over, till the moment when the sated ap: cumstances- Lady N." say they, " gave on petite is again stimulated by the display of cold such a day, at her magnificent mansion in Berke meats, confectionary, and fruits, in an adjoining ly square, one of the most brilliant balls we reroom. Sometimes the sound of the piano pro- member to have witnessed. Her ladyship's long vokes a country-dance, wherein figure those preto suite of superbly furnished apartments were ty persons who have at least borrowed from thrown open on this occasion. In one of the France the graces which have always distin. rooms, the choisest refreshments were served guished her dancers.

with a profusion wbich did honour to the geneThe dress of English women differs very little rosity and good taste of the noble hostess. The from that of the French. Some additions of fine- guests began to arrive at ten o'clock; at eleven ry, some jewels of an equivocal taste, alone pro- o'clock the saloons were full. An hour elapsed test against the invasion of our fashions; but ere the curiosity of the assembly had sated itthese exceptions cause the elegant recherche of self in admiring the splendour of the decorations. the toilet, which distinguishes the ladies of the At length Collinet's band was heard, and a great higher ranks of society to be more highly appre- part of the company flocked towards the ball ciated.

An English saloon presents in its ensemble and “ The seductive Miss wearing in her arrangement, a coup d'ail quite different from a hair a garland of roses, and dressed in white French one, and without partiality it may be satin; the graceful Miss Helen - , in a robe of averred, that the comparison is quite in favour scarlet crage; the exquisitely shaped Miss Adeof the latter. The cause of this is owing to the laide in a robe of black satin, and the grouping and incongruity of the English furni- lofty Lady in a robe lamee, in silver and ture; you seldom see the furniture of an English gold, opened the ball with Lord -, Lord room uniform, rarer still is it to find it ranged in Sir William and Sir

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