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border, set on founce-wise : these back part of the arm; and another points are trimmed at the edge with a bow is placed on the left side of the narrow, full ruche of blue crape ; and tucker, in which bow is mingled a between each point is a scroll of blue portion of white ribbon. The white crêpe-lisse, edged by a very slight and sleeves are terminated at the wrists by delicate pattern in embroidery : the English, antique, pointed cuffs of blue scrolls are gathered full at the top sarcenet; and a bracelet of white and under the points, and depend en fichus. gold enamel, with a white agate The body is en gerbe, with a pointed brooch, encircles the wrist, next the zone round the waist. Long white hand. A dress hat is worn with this sleeves of crape, are surmounted by costume, of white chip, with bows of those which are short en ballons, of blue and white ribbons under the brim, the same color and material as the and a very beautiful plumage of white dress : at the termination of the short feathers, edged and tipt with blue, is sleeves is a bow of blue ribbon at the tastefully disposed over the crown.
“ Come, let us stray Where Chance or Fancy leads our roving walk.”
CHANGES OF SOCIETY.
operation proceeding rather slowly, The circumstances which have most the impatient traveller cursed the lazy influence on the happiness of man valet for an idle, good-for-nothing kind, the changes of manners and mo- dog, and threatened him with corporal rals, the transition of communities punishment on the spot, if he did not from poverty to wealth, from know- make haste and finish his job well, ledge to ignorance, from ferocity to before the arrival of the coach. Terhumanity—these are, for the most ror seemed to produce its effect; the part, noiseless revolutions. Their fellow brushed the coat, and then the progress is rarely indicated by what trowsers with great diligence, and was historians are pleased to call impor- rewarded with sixpence, which he tant events. They are not achieved received with a low bow. by armies, or enacted by senates. tleman went into the bar, and paid his They are sanctioned by no treaties, bill, just as the expected vehicle and recorded in no archives. They reached the door. Upon getting inare carried on in every school, in side, guess his astonishment to find every church, behind ten thousand his friend, the quondam waiter, seated counters, at ten thousand firesides. snugly in one corner, with all the look The upper current of society presents of a person well used to comfort. no certain criterion by which we can After two or three hurried glances, to judge of the direction in which the be sure that his eyes did not deceive under current flows.
him, he commenced a confused apolo
gy for his blunder, condemning his ORIGINAL ANECDOTE OF CURRAN. own rashness and stupidity—but he
One morning, at an inn in the South was speedily interrupted by the other of Ireland, a gentleman travelling upon exclaiming—" Oh, never mind—make mercantile business, came running no apologies—these are hard times, down stairs a few minutes before the and it is well to earn a trifle in an appearance of the stage coach, in honest way. I am much obliged for which he had taken a seat for Dublin. your handsome fee for so small a job; Seeing an ugly little fellow leaning my name, sir, is John Philpot Curran against the door post, with dirty face -pray what is yours?” The other and shabby clothes, he hailed him and was thunderstruck by the idea of such ordered him to brush his coat. The an introduction to the most celebrated
POETRY AND PAINTING.
man of his day : but the irresistible and rain; but religion, like those wit and drollery of Curran soon over- streaming rays of sunshine, will came his confusion ; and the traveller clothe it with light as with a garment, never rejoiced less at the termination and fringe its shadowy skirts with of a long journey, than when he be- gold. held the distant spires of Dublin glitter in the light of a setting sun. This What the monk said of Virgil's deserves to be recorded among the Æneid, “ that it would make an exmany comical adventures into which cellent poem if it were only put into Curran was led by his total inatten- rhyme;" is just as if a Frenchman tion to personal appearance.
should say of a beauty, Oh, what a fine woman that would be, if she was
but painted !" Prisoners who have money to spend,
THE THREE TEACHERS. can be accommodated with private To my question, how he could, at apartments, cards, servants, and every his age, have mastered so many atluxury. The prisoners' chains and tainments, his reply was, that with his fetters are removed from their bodies, three teachers, “ everything might be and suspended against the wall, till learned, common sense alone exceptthe hour of going the rounds occurs ; ed, the peculiar and rarest gift of after that ceremony is over, the fetters Providence. These three teachers are again placed where they hurt no were Necessity, Habit, and Time, body. But those who have not money At his starting in life, Necessity had to bribe the keepers, are in a woful told him, that if he hoped to live he condition. Not only is every allevia- must labor; Habit had turned the lation of their sufferings removed, but bor into an indulgence ; and Time gave actual infliction of punishment is add- every man an hour for everything, ed, to extort money to buy “ burnt- unless he chose to yawn it away.”— offerings” (of paper) to the god of the Salathiel. jail, as the phrase is.
For this pur
STONE-MASON'S CRITICISM. pose the prisoners are tied up, or ra Mr. Bowles, the vicar of Bremhill, ther hung up, and flogged. At night, Wilts, is accustomed occasionally to they are fettered down to a board, write epitaphs for the young and aged neck, wrists, and ankles, amidst or- dead among his own parishioners. An dure and filth, whilst the rats, unmo epitaph of his, on an aged father and lested, are permitted to gnaw their mother, written in the character of a limbs !
most exemplary son—the father living
to eighty-seven years-ran thus :Lord Dorset used to say of a very
“ My father-my poor mother-both are gone, goodnatured dull fellow, “'Tis a thou- And 'o'er your cold remains I place this stone, sand pities that man is not illnatured, In memory of your virtues. May it tell that one might kick him out of com
How long one parent lived, and both how
When this was shown to the stoneIn youth we seem to be climbing mason critic, (and Mr. Bowles aca hill on whose top eternal sunshine knowledges he has heard worse public appears to rest. How eagerly we
critics in his time,) he observed, that pant to attain its summit; but when the lines might do with a little alterawe have gained it, how different is the tion—thus :prospect on the other side ! We “My father, and my mother too, are dead, sigh as we contemplate the dreary And here I put this grave-stone at their head;
My father lived to eighty-seven, my mother waste before us, and look back with a
Not quite so long and one died after t'other." wistful eye upon the flowery path we have passed, but may never more re The population of Brussels is estitrace. Life is like yon portentous mated at 90,000, of which 20,000 are cloud, fraught with thunder, storm, paupers.
REMEDY FOR DULNESS.
PICTURE OF LIFE.
The valley of the Wachau, or rather wooden spoons and plaster images the whole tract of the Danube, from would be lost to mankind; and there Rosenburg to where the river falls in- would be a mortality among dancing to the plain of Vienna, is proverbially dogs, and fantoccini, from Paris to one of the most fantastic and beautiful Petersburgh. The Frenchman never of the south of Europe. A succession travels at all, and will never travel of all that makes the romance of land- while he can find all the charms of scape, perpetually varies before the coffee, écarté, quadrilling, and courteye; stupendous crags, deep and sun- ship, within the walls of one city. less defiles, solemn woods, that look Even the English have scarcely as old as the days of Arminius, and found their way to this fine tract. whose paths had often heard the No circulating library has yet shown. trampling and the shouts of the tribes its front, placarded with new novels on their march to shake the empires from top to toe. No newspaper estabof the world ; wailing whirlpools, and lishment contributes scandal to the the central mighty stream, the father great, and perplexes the little with Danube himself, that unites the cross politics on the most puzzling scale. with the crescent, and pours the wa- No steam-boat throws up its blackenters of the German hills to wash the ing column to distain the blue of the foot of the seraglio.
native sky for many a league behind, But this striking country is not yet and no spruce bugler on the top of the plagued with the more than Egyptian brilliantly varnished and high-flying plague, of being a regular haunt of stage coach, shoots along before the summer tourists. The honest citizens startled eye, at the rate of twenty of Vienna, almost within sight of the miles an hour “ stoppages included," valley, are luckily born without the making the precipices ring to the organ of tourism, and have substituted echoes of “ I've been roaming." for it the organ of cooking, fiddling, All is solitude, loftiness, and sacred and the patrician love of a Sunday's silence, broken but by a gush of the drive over the pavement of the Leo- waters foaming round some rock, or poldstat, or the plebeian love of a Sun- the cry of the kites and falcons as they day's walk in the Prater.
sweep over the summits of the wilderThe Italian never travels, but for ness of oaks and pines. purposes which have more of phi Yet the traveller sometimes makes losophy than of the passion for sight his way into this scene of stateliness ; seeing. He travels for the general and twenty years ago, I ranged the good of mankind, for without him, region during a whole summer, until half the dwellings of continental Eu- the doubt with the peasantry lay berope would be buried by the soot of tween my being a magician, a madtheir own chimnies ; the fabric of man, or an agent of Napoleon, fraught
10 ATHENEUM, vol. 1, 3d series.