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CAIA'IX II. WII.KY, ;
WILLIAM I). COOKE,!
THE FIVE FRANC PIEUE.
TrJtnt frr,m fhft irenc-h .lor tae Journal
the i French . for
V Ir was past midnight, and the bride liad Leon,
Jon" in her bridalhamuer, when the bridegroom
ed from his friends, and-found .as .wayto a
" private stjurc:ie
where a eoimuciitial maid awaited
m a f omuor near me uuor v. men was
!-'to 'open fr him alone. "uo m,' said JJorine, m
ivdow -whisper, " my lady is waiting for you."' The
i liasbniiil of aah'Hir' tapped at the door, opened it,
'iiftd'tlu-ew hiniselta't'iUe feet of a young and beau
tiful woman. ' '.She; Was seated 'before a cheerful
. 'm-e, in the elegant' ' undress of a rich widow, to
whom a, second marriage had given 'rise to new
Hopes and fern. " 1 beg you will rise," said she,
rii.ng hii.idier'hand. ' Nd, no.;my'.de;ir madame;"
said the v4ing man grasping firmly her extended
hand and" carrying, ft to his lips, no, let me remain
at vuir feet,, and do not, do not, withdraw , this
hand,' for I 'fear'-yoU will ani-h: and leave me.:
. I;f-ar it i va!l a dream ; it appears to me I am the
hero of a fairy tab Mich as I; remember ih' my
vchildhood, and that' at the moment of possessing all
the world 1 wish to possess,; tue deeeiuul fairy
will lly'awrry; with, my happiness to laugh with. her
companions- al my regret and despair.", ' Banish
vour fcarsf m v '-dear TYedericldj; yesterday I was the
'tPhlutD of Lord Melville ; to day! I am Madame.de'
la Tour, ybu r wife ; dismiss from your imagination I
thiVfair-v imagination at your elnldnood, tor there is
no fairy tale to relate, but a. true story."
'. Frederick tie la Tour had every reason to believe
that a supernatural being had taken his fortunes in
keepiiigV fi.r during the last month, either- by acci
dent, chance or destiny, an inexplicable success had
'made hint 'rich and happy beyond" his most san
guine wishes. ' lie .was voung, not more than
.'.in the biid, "and living- v.'ith the
seit'-ilenviui; and riirfa economy, when one
day, as he was1 walking inlthe street of Saint Hon
or.", a splendid equipage vas suddenly drawn up
opposite: U) him, a lovely Woman, leaning out of the
eoach.iitdow and seeniinly much agitated, called
; . out to him, " Mr .MrK" He stopped. The
footman- descended from his station, opened the
door, let dowft the "steps, and with his plumed hat
in Wd, vev4A1'Iy ; invited trie astonished Fred-
crick t(V enter the , caniage.- lie did so, and thus,
- as if by magijr, beheld himself seated beside a wo man
both young and beautiful, and dressed with
- great elegance and richness. lie had hardly time
. to look abound him before the horses were again
at full speed. --"' My dear sir,", (said the ktdy, who
was thus running away with him, and in the sweet-
' est tone of voice imaginable,). "T ha Ve 'received your
btit lioHvhiistan.lino- voiir ' refusal, T hone I
shall s-t-e, you again" at my iittle.-sda'ra? to-morrow
evening, V - Me ! m.'vl;une,". said Frederick.: "Yes,,
- o . '
V()U, ,sir v ch !T beg a thousand pardons,. I hope
i i i
yuti will forgive ine die mistake I have, made, said.
the hUiy, with appeaniyee. of mteh 'stu-prise," but
.you resemble -so perfcetiy one. of my most; intimate
friends, that . I mistook "you for him. --Oh 1 excuse
me, -sir; what must you think of me, but the like-
ness is so striking it wonld 'have deceived ,ai1y
p'-rs'.n." BV.the time this explanation was at .an.
e'idtiie "equipage entered the court-yard of a splen
did mansion, and, Frederick' cottld do no less than
hand Lady Melville from, her carriage.
l''i;ederickde la Tour, dazzii-d as well he might
be, by so many elifs-rms, had no ditficulty iu believ
jng that Lady Melville had mistidceu hi-m for some
less lpppy 'mortal, and "he thanked his stars for it,
'as the error. enalle.l him to become' favorably
known to mv lady .Avhoso ob!idiir and fiatteriiig
-.mv-iuitioiH .he - eagerly aeeepted and 'strange to
-.'tellj'soon became not only a marked favorite,-" but
aiii"igj her iuost constant and welcoiiie' guests.
The rie'h widow-' waV surroundetl bv suitors, for the
h(tior of her hand, who were dismissed oiie by pne,
and it ,w;as somehovy 'so 'brought abput that before
the end of a shorfTiiioiitdj, the young clerk had an
iwtol'vievv' ,iy her Ladyship's own appointment
,ifi:ir'riage was proposed, by &rj and -of course accept-'
,cd ;hv hini, in -a delirium of love and 'astonishment.
J. i The -bewildered youjiig geiiii'emnn stood before
.the small ioakiug-glass in his uiodestly furnished at-r
tic, and surveyed hiuiseff from ''.head to foot., lie
was by iio jiieans an ugdy ma:sv.but could not con
sider himself particularly handsome ; his dress was
suck, as' became a clerk wifh a salary jDf as many
hundred francs per annum 'as there '' are ; months
: the year, and; having a. praiseworthy aversion
lo. runHinr in debt,
bute lils good. 'fortune to hh tailor. lie made
up his mind that he must be loved for himself a-
lone.. and his early novo I .-reading favored this ro-
niantic conclusion, but being jiaturallyot a" modest
turn of.imnd,. tin's solution' 'oh second thought ap-
pe'ared iuiprol-able, and he , then determined that
ladv "Melville must be laboring under some strange
yheu the wedding day arrived- and the future
husband listened to - the silver or ratlier golden
tones 'A the .notary's voice, Ids astonishment re-
doubled. lie v.oulei liaye (as said, the marnage
contract,) acouhtvy seat in -Burirundv. a domain in
1 ' ,-, .-- . i - : ' -
.Normandy, a Louse in the street Saint Honore in
'.Paris, and numerous other: goods and chattels, 'of
which untiLthat day he had never heard a syllable.
-Lady Helydle had riches across the channel,, also,
coal iumfes in Wales, and grizin'g kinds "iij Devon-!
shire. Jt .was to the vyoung man a golden dream
from which he dreadecLto awake. The Mayor has
saiTctioned,; .and the priest had solemnly blessed
'their tu-ion, yet wuh 'ithe rites of the church and
'the' forms' of law to aid his reason, the i conviction
! that, it was all but a'.plendid and unsubstantial
" vision. would not leave him, even.'at the feet of his
lawful - wife "in a bridal chamber he .pressed her
hanj to hi'i hps,, he grasped oo'ivulsiveJv.the, cm
broidered night-dress, in-his fear that - she mirht
suddenly vanish' into the h:u. -' -- '
. "U-ise. mv dear - Frederick," again said "his wife.
" draw tluit "easy chair close to mine, and. let hie
t.-dk to vou'' 1 he voun.'T man did so, but without
iasing the hai
and oi his wite, and .Madame dc la
J Toiir lx'gan thus: v ' ' . . .
:.'; "There was .once upon a'tmie' " Good Heav-
'. ens," f aid Frederick, " I am ii;ot wrong then ; it is !
a ; fairy; tale . ' "Listen my dear sir there h'l
oiKe-a young ghl who?e family had been rich, but
when their only daughter was but fifteen, they had
no o.hcr.moan.s of subsistence than the daily earn-
, nigs of her. father. 1 hey lived at Lyons, and I
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TO ALL THE IWTBRESTS
know not what vain hope of bettering their condi
tion induced, their removal to Paris. But some
men when they have once fallen, never rise again,
and indeed few. things are found more difficult of
attainment than retrieving our fallen'fortunes. again
filling our place m society, and moving in the cher
ished circle we have been obliged to relinquish.
" The father of tins poor girl experiencd this, to
hiin, insurmountable difficulty, for after 'struggling
during four long years with poverty and neglect,
he died in a hospitafc, Her mother s death soon
fo!lowred, and the
girl wa3 left alone iu a
cheerless garret, a long arrear of rent unpaid, with
the chilling p'resepce of. two miserable untenanted
Jtfds to increase her feelings of grief and desolation.
If there were to be a fairy in my stbry, she should,
(without doubt now 'present herself,1-but there was
not a glimpse not a shadow of one. The young,
girl was . known in Paris, without, money, with
neither friend nor protector to sustain and cherish
her, and she; asked in vain .from strangers t;hat em
ploy ment which makes the riches of the poor. Guil
ty pleasure, it is true, extended its arms to allure
her, but there -''are minds so formed as instinctively .
to love virtue and to ah'b.r vice, and hers wa?
happily of this stamp hut she must eat, and" the
hunger of the first day was increased by a 'sleepless'
night 'bringing a sc:cond day Without food.'
' You, Frederick, have just risen from a table pro
iivsely covered with the nfost tempting luxuries,
sparkling wines, the rarest fruits, everything to
gratifv the fastidious appetite, and altho' until yes-
l tcrd:vy.popr, vou can have no conception of the
deei) nnserv I am describing. In tne mieist of the .
.magnificence 'around us, and sea.ted as we are in
.these ample chairs embroidered with silk and gold,
you may. be' astonished that t. can '"conjure up such
a scene but listen still. ,
Hunger compelled this poor girl to beg for a
crust of bread ; she shrouded her head in a veil, once
her mother's " and her only" inheritance ; she bent
her body ..that she ' might appear old . and infirm,
and went down from her garret, into-the1 street
there site extended .her 'suppliant hand. Alas ! the
hand was white and delicately formed, and there
would be danger.irt allowing it to be seen ; she
bound the veil around it, as if to hide a loathesome
object. She took her stand near the entrance of the
court-yard far distant from the light of tjie street
lamps, and when there passed a young and happy
girl, (alas ! far happier than herself,) she held out
her hand asking- but a sou one sou, to buy a little.'
bread lut . at evening young- - girls in Paris are
thinking of other things than giving away sous.
If. she saw ati old iman-approach, she' ventured, to'
implore his aid, but age is hard-hearted and miser
ly, and the old man would turn away and pass on.
Ihe evenuig had been chuiy, rain began to la!!,'
it was growing late, the night, watchmen were go
ing their rounds,' when the young:girl, ready to
faint w;ith hunger and disappointment, held out her
haiuf onee more. It was to a young man who stop-
'ped, antl drew from his pocket a piece of money
which he dropped into her hand, as if afraid of the
contact oi so' much misery.
A policeman, who no doubt had been watching
the poor girl, suddenly appeared and seizing her
rudely by the arm, exclaimed, 'Ah ! I have caught
you at last, so you are hogging in the street, to the
station house old witch. The young man immediate
ly interfered, taking her part with, the greatest
warmth he .drew within his, the arm of the beg
gar whose hand he had a inoment before feared
would, soil his gloved lingers, saying to the police
man as he did it, the woman is no beggar, you are
mistaken, I know all about her.-- ' But, sir,' said the
enforcer of the law against . street begging, ' I saw
her hand to you and, ' I tell you,' said, the
young man steadily, ' I know her and shall protect
her. 'My - good, woman,' said he, whispering in
the ear of the young girl, whom he supposedo!d
aiid uglv, 'take this five franc piece. a.n. let me lead
you to the next slreet, that you may get away
from this fellow, who will continue to watch you!
The five franc ' -piece slipped - .from your hand into
mine, and as we passed under a lamp, which until
then I had taken care to avoid-J saw your face.
' My face V exclaimed Frederick.
" Yes, my dear Frederick, yo' r face, it wrts. you
who thus preserved- my honor and my life ; you
gave live francs in 'charity to Lady Melville, to- your,
i-L . -c. ?.''.' :."'
an are s jie.
' iYyuP .said-' Frederick you, young, beautiful
and rich, you a beggar ' -s ,
" Yes," said Mademoiselle la Tour, " once I was
indebted to cliarity, once orjly, and it was to you.
The morning succeeding this day of misery, which
I now look upon as the most fortunate one of my
life, a kind-hearted concierge took pity oh me, (and
i she has had .cause to bless the hour she did so,)
ji and found me a place as seamstress in the establish
ment ot a rich nobleman.1 My cheenuLness and
good looks returned with my ability to support
!:myseltand although my unhappy .parents .w;c-re
! sincerely regretted, time, which accomplishes all
j things, gradually soothed nry grief, -and 1 fortunate-
ly, became' a favorite with the respectable house-
"One day' Lord' Melville; came into my little
room, as I was at work, and' seated himself bv my
side. He was not far from sixty-five, tall, thin, of
1 v 1
! a severe expression o: countenance, ana
i.arv- maimer was haughty, cold ' and
reserved. ' Young woman,'; said he, ' I know the story Ot your
life'; will you marry me. i
. "Marry you P I -exclaimed, "your lordship is
jesting." " " I never jest," said his lordship. "I
ask again will you marry me ? I am rich, and am
determined my wealth shall not go to unworthy,
nephews, who would bury rae to-morrow, if they
Could. I am a martvr to the gout, and would
rather be ' nursed by" a wife than by mercenary
servants. If I aipi to believe what I hear in your
favor, you posseis elevatiop of mind and correct
principles' it is dh your power to become; lady
Melville, and to wove to the world that you are
as fitted for admiration in 'prosperity, as you have
Wn nveworthv in struggling with Mversity
j'" I lovej you," continued the bride,.and although
i'T hud . t-om hrit f,r'. a moment, vet I could not
banish your image, and something whispered J
i me from- tluT iniTi.t nwss'i'if mv heart, tliat our
i lives Wei
were tJ be passed together.7'
"When T Inhkod at T.nrd "fH-ill and observed
attentively his. fetern- unyielding countenance, his
piercing grey eyes, and the determination shown in
carrying out the plan he now meditated, I was un
willing to lend my aid in, its accomplishment. -It-appeared
to me that I . ought not to eueourage this
cunning device by which he would 1 disinherit his
nephews, aud thus, although the noble Lord didot .
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receive an immediate refusal, yet he -saw my hesi
tancy and agitation, and like most persons who
meet with unexpected obstacles in accomplishing
their views, he became more eager, and pressed his
suit with unwonted, ardor. Those with whom I
lived, and. every body I knew, advised me to profit
by this freak of an English Lord with millions ; a
part, at least, of whose fortune, in the event of my
doing so, musj; soon become mine. As for myself,
T thought of you, my gratitude lent a thousanel
graces to your person. I recalled continually the
kind tone of your voice, although heard but (or an
instant. You had never looked in my face, and
yet I was near sacrificing to this dream of the im
agination, my good fortune and your own; but I
had taken" too severe a lessou in the miseries of a
life of poverty and suffering to allow these romantic
feelings'" to-, over-power my better judgment your
imagi was, reluctantly thrust aside by the poor
sewing girl, and I became Lady Melville.
" It was indeed, my dear .Frederick, a fairy tale,
that , a poor, destitute, friendless orphan girl,
should become the wife of one of the richest of
England's Peers ; that , a modern Cinderella in my
magnificent equipage with servants in heraldic
liveries should drive through the streets, in which,
but ,a f?v short months before, I had walked a
shivering hegoar ; that I, clothed in the richest silks
and radiant with jewels, should .look from my hiyh
estate, upon the very spot where I had stood extend
ing mv trembling hand tor charity. It wtas a turn
of fortune's wheel, too incredible dor belief, in truth,
a fairy tale ; but the fairies of this world of our's,
my di.nr Frederick, .are'thejiasi'ojis of mankind."
' Happy Lord Melville,' cried Frederick, 'he could
enrich" you P
" He w:as, indeed, happy," said Madame dela
Tour ; ' for the event proved that this marriage,
which the world looked upon as an old man's folly,
I caused to be regarded by this' same world, as the
most sensible thing he could have -done.
rich, not only beyond his wants, but beyond . even the city cannons boom, rockets hiss, and bells peal
his w isLeis. lie could never manage to expend his in token of joy. The Great Fast is over, and the
entrts income, and his fortune was therefore contin- :; Easter festival has begun.
uilly'increasing. He believed from the first hour j In the churches the ceremony of blessing the
,ot our : union, . that he might trust in the attachment;! food is going om The whole pavement, unincum
of a wife; who owed everything. to his bounty, and ; bered with pews or seats, is ; covered with dishes
never did lie, for one moment, repent his marriage:!
with a fr'ench woman. I reposed on my, part per-
'feet and entire confidence in Lord Melville, as to any
provision in the disposition of his fortune, and with
sincerity and tenderness watched over his declining
years. ;. jHe died, leaving me the wdiole of his immense-riches,
and I then inwardly rowd to-aarryj
to nO other than the man who had relieved me in
my greatest need. But how silent you are ! said
Madame de; la Tour, pressing the hand of the hus1
band she hael enriched and loved with such
devotion "and you never visited, in the gay world
nor went to the theatre,' nor to concerts ah ! if I
had hut known your name." "While she' thus
playfully reproached her astonished husband, sh
took from .around her neck, a chain or rubies', to
whicjil was suspended a diminutive silk purs-1, from
the latter she drew out a five franc pare, set in a
little- frame of gold.
It is the same one," said she, putting it into Fred
erick's hand for a moment, and then taking it back
again. " The sight of this cherished piece of silver
gave me a supper and a roof to shelter me until the
next day, when, at my -earnest request it was so
arranged that I could redeem and keep your for
tune gift. It has never for a moment left me. Ah !
how happy T was when I first saw you in the street
with what joy I ordered the coachman to stop
I was' nearly frantic with agitation and delight, and
a't once adopted the only pretext I could so sud
denly think" of, to get you into the carriage, I had
but one fear- you might be married, had that been
the case, you would have never heard this story.
Lady Melville would have been your good genius ;
she would secretly have enriched you beyond the
dreams of avarice, but the unhappy woman would
have sought out a home in another land, far from
the. man whose hand and heart Could never be hers."
Frederick de la Tour dropped the land of his
wife, he let fall the embroidered robe, and with both
hands grasping firmly the piece of silver, he raised
it to his' lips, with an almost reverential solemnity
" You see," said Madame de la Tour, " that I am no
fairy, but that on the contrary, from you came the
fairy's gift, and it has indeed proved a wondrous
.- From Harper's New Monthly Magazine.
; EASTER IN ST. PETERSBURG.
Xo one has not seen St. Petersburg who has
not been there at Easter. The Greek Church finds
great virtues in fasting; 'and a prolonged fast-time
implies a subsequent carnival. The rigor of the
Russian fasts strictly excludes every article of food
containing the least particle of animal matter. -Flesh
and fowl are, of course, rigorously tabooed ;
so are. aiiiik, eggs, butter; and even sugar, on ac
count of the animal matter used in refining it, of
which a small portion might possibly remain. The
fast preceding Easter, called, by way of eminence,
'f The Great Fast," hosts seven full, weeks, and is
observed With a strictness unknown even m Catho-
lie countries. The lower classes refrain even from
fish during.the first and, last of these seven weeks,
as' well as on Wednesdays and Fridays in the re-
maiuin'fr five. Wheri we reflect how lar.cre a nart
leiieci, now jaijc - j;.n -
nal substances ' form of the
tions, and in Russia most
some "or au of these animal
cuisine of all north en nation.
ot aii we snail oe ready to believe mat tins ureat
East is aft important epoch in the Russian calendar,
and i$ not to be encountered without a preparatory
period of feasting, the recollection-, of which may
servej to mitigate the enforced abstinence..
Among the upper classes in, St. Petersburg, balls,
routsi and all carnival reveries begin to crowd thick
and fast upon each other as early as the commence
ment! of February, But the mass of the people
compress these preparatory exercises into the week
before the beginning of the -fast. This is the fa,
mous Masslanitza or " Butter Week," which con
tains! the sum and substance of all Russian festivi
ty. All the butter that should naturally have gone
to into fhe consumptiou of the succeeding seven weeks
ur ; is concentrated into this. What can be eaten with
butter is buttered; what can not, is eschewed.
The standard dish of the week is blivin. A kind of
pancake, made with butter, fried iu butter, and
eaten with butter-sauce. For this one week the
great national dish of shtsftee or abbage-soup is
banished from the land. ' '
Butter Week, with its blinni and ice mountains
passes away all too quickly, and is succeeded by
. 1. ci--n wnlc, i.f ' ' TJ- A .lrmi-f.lt Tr 5imif.re
The Admiralty square
SATURDAY. )I A II CI f 27.
looks desolate enough, lumbered over with frag
ments of the late joyous paraphernalia, and strewed
with muVshells audi orange-peel. Public amuse
ments o? all kinds are prohibited, and time passes
on with'gloomy monotony, only broken by a stray
saint's day, like a gleam of sunshine across a mur
ky sky. It is worth ;while to be a saint hi Russia
if his day falls during - the Great Fast, for it will
be sure to be celebrated with most exemplary fer
vor. . j
As .'the fast draws near its close, preparation is
on tiptoe for a change. The egg-market begins to
rise, owing to the demand for "Easter-eggs," for
on that day it is customary to present an egg to
every acquaintance ok first greeting him. This has
given rise 'to a very pretty custom of giving pres
ents of artificial eggs, of every variety of material,
and frequently with the most elegant decorations.
The Imperial glass manufactory furnishes an im
mense number of eggs of glass, with cut flowers
and figures, designed; as presents from the Czar and
Saturday night before Easter at last comes and
goes. As the midnight which is to usher in Easter-day
approaches, the churches begin to fill.
The court appears in the Imperial chapel in full
dress; and the people, of all ages, ranks, and con
ditions, thiong their respective places of worship.
Not a priest, however, k to be seen until the mid-
night hour strikes, when .he entrance to the sanc
tuary of the church is I'uhg open, and the song
peals 'forth Chris tohs vosskress ! Christohs voss-
kress ihs mortvui " Christ is risen ! Christ is ris
en from th; dead !" i The priests in their richest
robes press through the throng; bowing and swing
ing their censers before the shrine of the saints, re
peating the "Christ is risen !" The congregation
grasp each other's hands, those acquainted, how-
I ever distantly, embracing and kissing, repealing the
! i. 'it - i: i -. . i :.. .. i i...
same woius. xnc cuurcnes are ai once in a uiaze
of -illumination within and without; and .all over
ranged in long rows,! with passages between for the
, officiating priests, who pace along, sprinlding holy
water on. the right . and left, and pronouncing the
j form of benediction ; the owner ot each, cash jail
i the wdiile on a keen look-out that his food does ijot
fail of receiving some? drops of the sanctifying fluid.
Bfey. daylht all tJiis is accomplished ; and then
come visitings and banquets, congratulations of the
season, bowings, hand-shakings, and, above. all,
AH liussia breaks out now into an Oriental exu
berance of kisses. What arithmetic shall under
take to compute the osculatory expenditure I Ev
ery member of a family salutes every other mem-
5 ber with a kiss. All acquaintances, however slight.
greet w th a kiss and a Lhristhos vossAress. Long
robe! ))iujiks miughj. beards and kisses, or brush
th.-ir hirsute honors over the : face's of their female
! .. . T . I IT il? ' . 1 ' j. 1 . .7
acqaiMuiances. in me puoiie omees an lue employ
each other and
their superiors. So in
inbraces and kisses all
the officers of the corps ; the colonel of a regiment
4hose beneath him, besides a deputation of the sol-
'dic-rs ; and the captain salutes all the men of his
company. The Czar does - duty at Easter. He
must of course salute his family and retinue, his
court and attendants. But thi3 is not all. On
parade he goes through the ceremony with his of
ficers, and a selected body of privates, who stand
as representatives of; the rest and even with the
sentinels at the palace gates. So amid smiles and
handshakings, .and ; exclamations of "Christ has
arisen !" pass on the days of the Easter festival.
Ample amends are made for the long abstinence
of the Great Fast, by unbounded indulgence in the
coveted animal food",! to say nothing of the copious
libations of brandy-4-evidences of, which are. visible
enough in groups of amateur streeswcepers who
subsequently are seen nlavino- their brooms in the
early morning hours. Such is s
when most Russian, j
a j ..v,
. . J From Colton's Deck and Port.
SKETCHES OF LI33IA.
A girl here at the age. often or eleven is as far
advanced in her social and matrimonial anticipat
ions as. she is-with us at seventeen. She expects in
her fourteenth year i to sway hearts, as the moon
the troubled tide. For this period she trains her
self with an ambition far beyond her years ; and
when it arrives, sheds armed with all the brilliant
weapons of beauty, wit, repartee, and a lively self
possession, tier wit never wounas, ner repartee
never gives offence, j She is thoroughly amiable ,m
all her. sallies, she means to make you think well
of her, and is equally anxious that you should
think well of yourself. She understands' how to in
spire self-complacency without any broad flattery.
She is sportive, but it is with dignity ; and will
j sooner excuse a liberty than a slight.
J When this hey-day of life has been sufficient!)
j enjoyed, she marries, not from having fallen in love,
i but tor the sake of an establishment. If her husband
j devotes himself to her, she is generally faithful ; but
; if he spends his nights in clubs, at the billiard and
j card table, she is apt to permit the intimacy of some
i vu. nuum sue ougui not to love. j.ii3 i- ----..,,
if ever, followed by a domestic explosion. She feels
j secure of all that forbearance and silence which the
one whom she nnorht. not. to love. This is rarely,
most jealous regard to the peace and reputation
of the tamily can suggest. With us, the injured
party, though first himself in the fault, yet in his
resentment often turns his own hearth-stone into
a tomb. Guilt never fails to carry with it, in the
end, its own punishment. There is a serpent in the
cup of guilty pleasure, whose fang will inflict wounds
on which tears of repentant anguish will yet fad
big and fast. ' ' - .
There is one religious observance in Lima which
reminds the traveler of the call of the" muezzin
from the minareti. of Constantinople, when he
summons .the Mussulman to pravcr.j When the
bell of the great Cathedral tolls the departing sun,
every one, whether on foot, in his curricle, or on
horseback, and whatever mav be his speed, stops
ana takes olf his hat. The gayest look grave, ana
the serious whisper a brief prayer. ' The shopkeeper
suspends his .bargain, the billiard player lays down
his cue ; the gambler folds his cards and reverently
rises, In a minute the bell ceases: the horseman
dashes on, the cue! and cards are resumed, and
Heaven seems again forgotten.
Many of the simple artisans ply their trades out-
! side their shops. You will encounter twenty or
thirty shoemakers driving the awl in a single court,
and as many tailors pushing the needle in another;
wnue a unra is rilled by milliners, bleaching and
trimming gipsy-hats for Indian girls. The Liina
nian lady seldom wears a bonnet ; she prefers the
mantO; with that she can conceal her face, save the
peeping eye, and pass unrecognised. The s; ya or
skirt of this disguising dress is not the work of
her own sex; it is always cut and made by the
same hands which fit and seam the coats of the
gentlemen. What can be expected of a nation
where the men are engaged in making petticoats
for women ? Enterprises of pith and moment are
not achieved through the stitches of that garment.
THE BETTING DANDY.
The young gentleman with a medium sized, light
brown moustache, and a suit of clothes, such as
slnonable tailors furnish to their customers of
very accommodating terms" that is, on the credit
system carse into a'hotel on Race-street one af
ternoon, and after calling for a glass of Madeira,
turned to the company, and offered .to bet with
any man present, that the Susquehanna would not
be successfully launched. The banter not being
taken up, he glanced contemptuously around and
" I want to make a bet of some kind, I don't
care a fig what it is. ' I'll bet any thing from a
shilling's worth of cigars to 500. Tl'iis is. your time,
gentlemen ; wdiat do you . propose ?"
Sipping a glass of beer in one corner of the bar
room, sat a plain old gentleman, who looked as
though he might be a Pennsylvania farmer, lie
put down his giass and addressed the eiquisite :
" Well, Mister, I am not in the habit of making
bets, but seeing you are anxious for it, I don't, care
if I gratify you. So I we'll bet you a levy's worth
of sixes that I can put. a quart of molasses into
your hat and run it out a solid lump p'f molasses
candy, in two minutes."
"Done !" said the 'exquisite, taking off his hat
and handing it to the farmer. '
It was a real Florence hat, a splendid article,
that' shone like black satin. The old gentleman
tookthc hat, and requested the bar-keeper to scud
for a quart of molasses.
" The cheap sort, at G cents a quart, that's the
kind I use in the experiment," said he, handing over
his 6 coppers to the bar-keeper.
the moiasses was brought,, and the old farmer,
with a very grave and mysterious countenance,
poured it into the dandy's hat, while the exquisite
.took out his watch to note time. Giving the-, hat
two or three' shakes, w ith aSignor Blitz adroitness,
the experimenter placed it on the table, and stared
into it, as if 'watching the wonderful process of solid
ification. " Time lip," said the dandy.
The old farmer moved the hat. " Well, I do be-
nee it am-t naraened, said no in a tone otd:.-a;-
pointment. "I .missed it sc.mehow or other,
time, .iRd I suppose I have lost the bet. Bar 1,
er, let the gentleman have the cigars 12 sixes.
charge them in the bill."
. " What'bf the cigars '.' roared the exquisite,
" you've spoiled my hat that cost me 65, and you
must pay for it."
".That wasn't in the bargain," timidly said the
old gentleman ; " but I'll let you keep the molasses,
which is a little more than we agreed for."
Having drained the tenacious fluid from his bea
ver as best he could into a spittoon, the man of
moustaches rushed from the place, his fury not
much abated by the sounds of laughter which fol
lowed his exit.
Maxvfactcke of Combs. The greatest comb
maniffactory in the world is in Aberdeen, Scotland;
it is that of Messers., Stewart, Rowell & Co. There
are 66 furnaces for. preparing horns and tortoise
shell for the combs, and no less than 120 iron screw
presses are continually going, in stamping them.
Steam power is employed to cut the combs, and an
engine of fifty horse-power is barely sufficient to do
the woik. The coarse combs are stamped or cut
two being cut in'one piece at a time, by a machine
invented in England in 1828. The fine dressing
combs -and all small tooth combs are cut by fine
circular saws, some so fine as to cut 40 teeth to the
space of one inch, and they revolve 5,000 times in
a minute. There are 1,928 varieties" of combs made,
and the aggregate number produced, of all these
different sorts of combs, average .upwards of 1,300
gross weekly, of about 9,000,000 anrmally ; a quan
tity that if laid together lengthways, would extend
about 700 miles. The'annual consumption of ox
hornsi.is about 730,000 ; the annual consumption of
hoofs amounts to 4,000,000 tlie consumption of
tortoise-shell and buffalo-horn, although not so
largCj is correspondingly valuable ; even the waste,
composed of horn-shavings and parings of hoofs,
which, from its nitrogenized composition, becomes
a valuable material in the manufacture of prussiate
of potash, amounts to 350 tons in the year ; 'the
broken combs in the various stages of manufacture
average 50 or 70 gross in a week ; the very paper
for packing costs $3,000 a year, j
A hoof undergoes eleven distinct operations be
fore it becomes a finished comb. In this great
comb factory, there are 456 men .and boys employ
ed, and 104 women m all bzu nanus, mis
' , , , .
company commenced business twemy years ago,
on a very small scale, being much smaher than the
smallest works in ; England.
jjy mm uetenioueu
i i l i . a v. " i
and shrewdness which is
characteristic of that Tieople, they have shot ahead
e u ... Ti tu 4-tv,..
of all competitors in Britain. There is a temper-
. - .
ance-sooiety aud a library connected with the works.
" A .N AMF. AP.OVF F.VFRY IS AME. W 11611 tne I
r.ious Bishop -Beveride was on his death-bed, he
did bot know any of Ids friends and connection.
A minister with whom he had been acquainted
visited him ; and when conducted into a is room he
saiti." Billion Beveride. do vou know me ?" " Who
are vou ?" He said that he did not know him
another friend came who had been equally well
known, and accosted him in a similar manner,
"Do you know me Bishop Beveridge ?" "Who
are Vou ?" said he. Being told it w as one of his
intimate friends, he said that he did not know
him. ' His wife then came to the bed-side, and ask
ed him 'if he knew her. ".Who are you ?" said he.
Being told she was his wife, he said he did not
knOw her. " Well," said one, " Bishop Beveridge
.do you know the Lord Jesus Christ?" "Jesus
Christ? said he reviving, as if the name haa upon
him the influence of a charm, O, yes, I hare known
him these forty years. Precious Savior, he is my
only hope." " ,
TWO DOLLARS PER ANNUM.
If your flat irons are rough, or smoky, lay a little
fine salt on a flat surface, and then rub them well ; it
will prevent them from sticking to any thing starch
ed and make them smooth.
Rub your griddle with, fine salt beforfyou greaso
it, and your cake will no't stick.
When walnuts have been kept until the meat is
too much dried to be good, let them stand in milk
and water eight hours, and dry them, and they
will be as fresh as when new.
When cloths have acquired an unpleasant odour
by being kept from the air, charcoal, laid' in tho
folds, will soon remove it. " I
If black dreses Jtave been stained, boil a handful
of fig leaves iifa quart of. water, ,and: reduce- it to
a pint.' A sponge dipped in this1 liquid, and rub
bed upon them, will entirely remove stains- from
capes, bombazines, Arc. '
How to correctly ascertain the age of a Lady.
I first ask the lady accused, her own age ; I then
inquire of her " dearest friends." I next ascertain
the difference between the two accounts, (w Inch fre
quently varies from five years to forty.) and divid- ,
ing the difference by a 2, I add that quotcnt to the
lady's representation, and the result is the lady's
age, or as near as a lady's age can Ixi ascertained.
Example. Mrs. Wellington Seymour gives her- :
self out to be 28. Her friendsv Mrs. M'Cabe, Mrs. 1
Alfred Stevens, Madam Cornichon, and Miss Jen- :
kins, indignantly declare that they will cat their
respective heads off if she. is a day younger than
4G. Now the disputed accounts stand thus :
Mrs. oeymour .s age, as represented by her friends ! 46 .
Mrs. Seymour's age, as represented by herself, ' 28 ;
Difference between tlietwo accounts, 18 I
That difference has to be divided bv 2. whieh T :
believe, will give 9. If this is added to MrsTSey- :
mour's own statement, the result will be the answer
required. Accordingly, Mrs. Wellington Seymour's j
age is 37 a fact which, upon consulting the fami- ;
ly Bible, I find to be perfectly correct and oidy h
hope Mrs. S. will, some day, forgive me fur pub
lishing it. Punch.
A Model Wife. There is a woman in Indiana,
on the Wabash river, who took into her head, and
orrn(iinf! rr;irti:r' wriilf- liov rdul man ?c rrnna
1 , ' "
town,) ploughing, nursing and fishing all at once.
She first, yokes an ox and her cow to the plough ;
then puts her twin babies into the corn basket, !
suspends it on atree ; then takes the bell of the;
cow and attaches it to the end of Tier fishing! pole!
which is stuck in the water's edge ; she then com
mences her ploughing around the field at every
revolution she gives tho a?rial cradle a sendt which;
lasts until she gets round again, at the same time
keeping her ears open, so that when any rash
member of the finny tribe swallows; the hook she
, J may hear of it, for under her arrangements tho:
calamity is announced iy tne ringing. or tne bell.:
Our informant says that she is a pattern of the
kind they have there. - j
How the Rocky Mountain Squaws cook their
Pia'py Dogs. In Coke's Narrative of a Ramble
over'the Rocky Mountains, the following scene in
an Indian wigwam is described :- A young pup
py, that had been playing with the child, was
seized by the woman, and received from her half
a dozen sharp blows on the throat with a piece of.
wood about to be used for firing. , The puppy was
returned, kicking, to the tender mercies of the in
fant, who exerted its little might to add to the
miseries of the beast, w hile the mother prepared
j tho fire and asmall kettle for the purpose of cook
ing. Ihe puppy, still more, alive than dead, was
then taken by the hind legs "and held over the
flames till the woman's fingers could .bear the
heat no longer. She then let it fall on the fire;
where it struggled and squeaked most pitiously;
and would have succeded in delaying its end, but
that the little savage took care to provide for the
security of his late playmate, by replacing him in:
the flames, till life was extinguished and the -hair
satisfactorily burnt off. - ' ; j
A contemporary speaks of the .people of Maine
as being in the ( situation of Coleridge's Ancient!
Mariner : '
" VVater, 'water, every where
And never a drop to drink."
The following knotty question claims. the atten
tion of one and all of our debating societies : " If
a man has a tiger by the tail, which would be the
best for his personal safety to hold on, or to
let go." . l -
A lady playing on the piano-forte, on being call
ed upon for a dead march, asked Mr. II., a celebrat
ed professor of mu-ie, what dead march i-he should
play, to which he replied, " Any march tliat you
may play will be a dead one, for you are sure to
murder ft.". I
.t r.Anni : 4 i, j
' The true purpose of education is to cherish and
j l immortality already sown with-
L . , , n . M' - . - J f. ,n
i ill us, lo o; vriui" -v "i. i",," y. .. . ..
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I all circumstances, or know now to fit circumstances
i a" v' . ' , ,
- Aiiicn vac - . f " .
Care fou others. A poor old man,
.7 - ..M. . .. 'it .-.l.l UWI.T
panting an appic-iree was ru-.ciy w,
I you plant, trees for ; you cannot expect to eat
; the truitj ot tliem
TT,- TaUpA -'himself up, and
leaningtipon his spade, answered, " some one.plant-j
ed -trees for me before I was Torn, and! have eaten,
th'2 fruit. I now plan for others, to show myj
fln1 -lien T am dead and gone." Thus
should we think and act for the welfare of others.
T.F Kind to yqvk Mother. VTiat would "I-
give, said Charles Lanib, " to call my mother back
to earth for one day, to ask her pardon upon my
knees, for all those acts by which 1 gave her gente
spirit pain." ,
Ax Auctioneer having a horse to sell who
could not be induced to cross a bridge which lay in
j tne way oi his master's country residence, aueruu.
I 1 1 . 1 ... 4.. J
j him as " sold for no fault but that his owner wa
desirous of gotog out of the aty."