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age of Life, that outrage the original; copies of Landseer's
In this land of milk and honeypaintings that would disgrace an honest fire to be kindled
Jostling, riding, sleighing, walking,
Up and down, for ever talking, with them. A short time since, a portrait of Washington
Frenchman, Ça Ira! keep moving, was exhibited in the window, so utterly bad, that if there
Pushing forward, driving, shovingwere any patriotism left, it would have been mobbed within
German, Irish, Dutch and Russian, two hours after its exposure. The perpetrator ought to be
Sulky John Bull 'midst th' confusion:
Super-cargo clerks by dozens, dipped in his own paint-pots. We say paint-pots deliber
Fathers, mothers, sisters, cousins ately, because he must be a sign-painter. And yet, after all,
All in bustling league together, we may be slandering an honorable trade.
Minding neither wind nor weather, We protest against the thing altogether. If frame makers
Sleighs with thousand bells a-tinkling,
Pacing the town o'er in a twinklingneed some extraneous temptation to induce the purchase
Bays and greys, and blacks, so dashing, of their showy wares, let them try other means, and not de
Four in hand through Broadway splashing; grade art to their tricks. Why not, indeed, make the frames
Citizens, and Jews so wealthy, solid at once? What is the use of filling them in with ap
Purblind beaux, and belles so healthy
Forming parties--news retailing, pendages of ochre, brick-dust, and the like, when, if con
Making bargains-war bewailingstructed in one mass, they would give scope for the genius
Talking politics and scandal, of the gilder, and adorn patrician walls in a degree of mag
Taking New Orleans by the handle. nificence hitherto unreached. Think of it, Messrs. Gilders.
Lounging and sauntering, so delightful,
Some so handsome, some so frightfulTo those numerous gentlemen, who, during this au
Of every sort, of every nation,
Throughout this great and wide creation. tumn, have been so heart-rendingly anxious about the fate
To what I know not to compare it, of the country, we suggest for consideration the wise con
To nought resembling, I declare it, clusion arrived at by Old Hardcastle, in Goldsmith's “She
From your idea to what may strike it, Stoops to Conquer :"
But this is Broadway!!! How d'ye like it po “ Hastings. So, then, you have no turn for politics, I find.
- Among the many devices for social entertainment, Hardcastle. Not in the least. There was a time, indeed, when I such as charade parties, amateur theatricals, etc., tableaux fretted myself about the mistakes of the government, like other people ; but, finding myself every day grow more angry, and the government parties have in the last two seasons grown to be a very comgrowing no better, I left it to mend itself."
mon and popular means of parlor amusement. We have – It is a little singular that four of the most distinguish auditor where an unusual degree of excellence and spirit was
been present upon several such affairs, and recently was an ed novelists of England at the present time (if we except
manifested. The first tableau of the evening had been Bulwer), are named Charles Charles Dickens, Charles
suggested by the design of “Flowers and Thorns,” by Mr. Reade, Charles Kingsley, and Charles Lever.
Dallas, published in our August number. The scene opened - In the old periodical from which we gave some ex
first upon a picture of luxury and elegance-a lady reclining tracts last month, we find the following anecdote of General upon a sofa, richly dressed, watching a little girl in silks and Wayne, which we do not recollect meeting before:
laces, at her feet, holding up her hands to catch a bunch of “ Bon repos is the French cant for good night. Washing- grapes held temptingly above her by a negro servant, who ton drank it for a signal to break up; for the moment the stood behind her mistress' sofa, with a huge basket of fruit company bad swallowed the General's bon repos, it was take and flowers. Two little boys played upon the carpet, with hats and retire. Gen. Wayne, who understood fighting flowers, toys, and books scattered carelessly and in profusion much better than French, had some how or other mistaken around them. Various accessories heightened the effect of this bon repos for the name of some great warrior of times elegance and luxury. The scene closed, and in two minutes of old. Upon one occasion he invited a humber of hearty the doors opened upon another—its contrast. A woman fellow-officers to dine with him, and help him to drink to
and child in squalor and rags, sat upon the floor. By their the health of America a few dozen bottles of old wines, side stood a man in rags and wretchedness. A bent form, which, by unusual good luck had fallen into his possession. white, famine-sunken cheeks, hollow eyes—with a look and As soon as the cloth was removed, and the bottles on the attitude of utter despair and misery. Such opposite phases table, the hero of Stony.Point cried out; Come, gentle
of life startle the thinking mind daily, but not often have
we seen the contrast so vivid-not often has it come home men, fill your glasses--here's old bon repos for ever!” The officers were struck with astonishment, and, having turned
to us so forcibly.
Other tableaux followed. off their glasses, rose up, one and all, to go.
ong them was a series • Heyday! what's all this, gentlemen, what's all this ? '
presenting the story of “The Minstrel's Curse,"
,"suggested · Why, did you not drink bon repos, or good night ?'
by Müller's marble group. The story or legend, our readers "What! is that the meaning of it?'
will recollect, is this: an old, grey-headed minstrel and his
youthful son appear before a king and his queen. The "Well
, then, a fig for bon repos, and take your seats young minstrel is a noble, beautiful lad. The king in jeaagain ; for by the life of Washington, you shall not stir a
lous and fierce. The queen rewards the youthful trouba
dour for his ballads, with a rose taken from her bosom. peg, till we have started every drop of our drink.'"
The king, in an outburst of rage, strikes the youth dead at The following amusing and poetical description of Broad his feet. The old minstrel gathers up the dead body of his way, we also clip from the same publication :
son, and in the fierce majesty of a despairing, frenzied "Crowds of beaux and swarms of ladies,
heart, hurls a terrible curse at the murderer-so terrible,
This story was depicted in a series of five groupings—dram-
atically arranged, and strikingly effective.
Who of frost nor cold afraid is;
Entertainments of this kind, which require art, taste, and family to supply the trousseau. We, who know so little of dramatic feeling, are an agreeable variety to the orthodox courts, are at a loss about the matter. dancing party—and as some of our readers may desire a A Yankee girl, now, takes her bridal garments and outfit few hints as to the mode of getting them up, we subjoin a from the old homestead, and proudly disdains all aid in these brief direction or two :
matters from the masculine side of the contract. But then, In parlors which communicate by folding doors, use one New England is not Old England, to say nothing of Berlin, room for the auditors, the other for the tableaux. Stretch and, of course, all this is right, and according to the stricta piece of thin gauze between the rooms. Line the tab- est court usage, or our haughty neighbors across the water leaux-room with some dark stuff-black muslin or the like. would never permit a satin slipper, or a yard of lace to come Some erect a platform-but it is not necessary. Concentrate within fifty miles of Victoria's charming daughter. a very brilliant light upon the tableaux room, and arrange Now, considering these hard times, when weddings and the light in the auditorial room so that it can be turned funerals are so expensive, that nothing but millionaires can nearly out during the representation. Dresses, with little afford to marry or die—we should like to have this royal tact, can be manufactured at home. These are all the pre- fashion introduced here. It would save anxious mammas a parations that are necessary. Some dramatic feeling, and world of trouble, and let our young men down pleasantly sense of the picturesque, will be requisite for any great de- from politics to satins, velvets and wreaths of white gree of success. Well-known scenes in familiar plays or roses. By all means, this is a fashion worth transplantpoems, afford good subjects, but where a complete story can ing. be represented by a succession of pictures, the interest and pleasure is enhanced. Humorous incidents can be intro
- It is very gratifying to see that Shakspearean revivals, at duced very happily.
our theatres, properly put forward, are almost always success
ful. The senior Wallack has been giving us such revivals, - Ar the fair, last month, notwithstanding large induce marked with unusual care in appointments and cast, and in the ments were offered to induce ladies to exhibit on horseback, way of scenery, quite superior to anything we have had since only one female made her appearance, and that one under Kean's King John. He opened in Hamlet, and played it six an assumed name. We are glad to see that the sex is get- nights to full houses. It was very beautifully put upon the ting ushamed of these unfeminine exhibitions, at least in the stage. The last scene of the first act, was as fine a scenic neighborhood of the metropolis, and we trust that this shrink- effort as we can recall. The respective parts of the play ing from the gross notoriety of a race-course, will spread into were carefully rendered. Mr. Wallack never has been as the rural districts. If we are to have female jockeys, the successful in Shakspearean parts, as in others of a more thing will soon run into fast horses, and females driving four melo-dramatic and showy character. He made his Hamlet in hand, till, in the end, America may yet have female game- much as might have been expected. It was declamatory, sters expert as those of Badin, or Aix la Chapelle, or lady strongly marked, statuesque, picturesque, scholarly read; pugilists practising in the ring, à la Tom Hyer.
and he looked the part a great deal better than we have any Let us have no more of these unlady-like exhibitions. right to expect from a man considerably over sixty. But it Die Vernon certainly was a charming romp, and Lady Gay was not philosophical, nor contemplative; there was very Spanker something of a character, but neither of them we little of the melancholy, the “river of the eye,” the sad, fancy, were intended to set young ladies crazy to exhibit softness which we look for in the meditative prince. their skill and pretty faces to the miscellaneous rabble of a
Mr. Wallack's Benedick is one of the most popular and Imagine a woman having her baby christened successful of his renditions. Of course, he could not play an out of the plate won by herself at a riding-match, or a man engagement without it; and, upon this occasion, its producof sense falling in love with a young girl, as she dashes by tion was enhanced in interest by the début of a young lady him in the ring, pell-mell against a rival, with her foot in of high social rank in this city, who appeared as Hero. It the stirrup and her whip in the air.
was a successful first appearance. There was, of course, agi. Thank heaven, ladies in this vicinity prefer to take their tation, tremor, and a very evident futtering—but there equestrian exercises after a more approved fashion.
were, nevertheless, decided indications of talent. We heard
the lady read previously to an assembly of friends and criAnd so, the princess royal is on the highway to matri- tics. She has beauty, cultivation, intelligence, the breeding mony, and a German husband.
of a lady, the enthusiasm of an artist, and willingness to The bridal arrangements are going on with spirit at Berlin, study bard. Moreover, she starts in the right direction. and attract so much attention that hundreds are actually She goes on the stage, and talks as Christian men and going from London to witness them. “ There are six rooms women talk, with a very wholesome abhorrence of stagy filled with silks, satins, ribands, velvet, costly laces, artificial stalking, and conventional mouthing. We submit if this last flowers, exquisite embroideries in gold and silver, bonnets, recommendation ought not of itself make her welcome to caps, gowns, gloves, body and table linen, diamonds and all sensible people. jewelry, shawls, mantles, and toilet requirements of every This little theatre, now under Mr. Stewart, sustains the description, color, and material. Thirty persons have been reputation it attained when exclusively under the control of engaged several months on the embroidery, and one hun- Mr. Wallack. Laura Keene's soon opens, and so the Broaddred and twenty needle-women have worked on the different way-then comes the tug of war. But we have faith in articles."
Mr. Stewart. We do not believe that he will be found There's a wedding for you. Six rooms full of exquisite behind his rivals in any essential requisite ; and nowhere can finery, and all for a pretty little girl of sixteen. But how such a company he gathered together, as nightly holds forth does it happen that all these preparations are at Berlin and at this theatre. But, will Mr. Stewart give us some new not in London ? Is it royal etiquette for the husband's plays ?
-Bothwell: a Poem. By W. Edmondstoune Aytoun. century. Lieutenant Burton is the only “infidel” with the Professor Aytoun is the editor (or reputed editor) of Black- exception of Burckhardt, who has penetrated to the shrine wood. The critical articles which have appeared in that of Mohammedanism; and, inasmuch as severe sickness preperiodical have been attributed to him. He has always been vented Burckhardt from observing minutely all the mysteries a severe satirist of what he calls the " Spasmodic School” of the jealously guarded cities, this work is almost an exploof poetry. He never conceded to Alexander Smith the ration into an unknown field. Lieutenant Burton's journey poetical rank claimed for him. He burlesqued his poem, was singular and romantic. A long residence in India, feaand was mercilessly severe upon him and all of his school. tures somewhat Eastern in their character, and a thorough Of course, the appearance of Bothwell is an excellent oppor- acquaintance with various Persian and Arabian dialects, tunity for a little tit for tat. The Titan, an Edinburgh fitted him of all others for the dangerous task. Disguised as monthly, in the interest of Alexander, charges in full tilt a travelling Dervish, he performed the journey safely—the against it. “A poem should certainly contain poetry; here difficulties of which can scarcely be appreciated, even by his we have found none,” says the Titan; and elsewhere: “We reader. Discovery would have been his destruction. He should not have known it was a poem, if the author had not required to be perpetually on his guard, and punctiliously to so informed us on the title page;" further on: “ The music observe the thousand rites and observances of the true seldom rises beyond the most ordinary common metre ever Mohammedan; observances and ceremonies so intricate and droned through the nose of a Ranter.” These are only various, as to be with difficulty learned and comprehended a few of the stones which the Titan hurls at the professor. even by those to the “manner born.” The relation of the Others of the critics take up the bludgeon in the same way journey is clear, graphic, and agreeable; and the insight it —and still others range by the side of the poet, and defend affords into the inner temple of Mohammedanism, complete him lustily. It is a very pretty battle as it stands.
and satisfactory. The American edition contains an introOur own impression of Bothwell is highly favorable. It is duction by Bayard Taylor. (G. P. Putnam & Co.) of the Scott and “Marmion” school_a brilliant poem, with no affectation, no mannerism—with passages of terse, -Daisy's Necklace : and What Came of It, by T. B. graphic, picturesque reality, fluent and simple in style, Aldrich, is not worthy the genius of the author. Mr. Ald. and, as a whole, in its completeness, perfect unity, and sus- rich is a fine poet. Some of his pieces which travel about tained dramatic power, really fascinating. The poem is in among the newspapers, evince exquisite fancy, great delithe form of a monologue. Bothwell in his dungeon in cacy, and remarkable felicity of touch. The fame he is sure the fortress of Malmoe, pours forth his story—that strange, to acquire as a poet, will make him ashamed of this volume wild, turbulent story, which so outdoes romance or invention. before he is many years older. It is not without its good The narrative is so contrived as to include all the most salient things; it has some sharp satire and pleasant humor—but, events in the career of Mary, but siding always with that as a whole, it is simply foolish. The plot is extravagant and unhappy queen. We recommend its perusal to our readers. forced. Its best scenes remind the reader of others already Some may refuse its claims as a poem-none can deny its known to fiction. It has no reality, no earnestness. People profound interest as a splendid historical chronicle. (Tick-won't sympathize with characters when the author plays his nor & Fields.)
antics behind them, and lets his readers into the secret that
he don't believe in them himself. Mr. Aldrich says he was A Pilgrimage to El Medinah and Meccah, by Lieute- tempted by the seductive argument of a cheque. Don't let nant Burton, of the English army, is one of the most remark- him yield again. His fame is of too much promise to be able and interesting books of travel published during the trifled with. (Derby & Jackson.) ·
OUR FASHION DEPARTMENT.
IN presenting our readers with a fashion department, original garment, selected by the editor of the New Monthly which it is our intention to give each month, we obey a from the ware-rooms in which it is invented, and, in order popular demand rather than our own tastes, which, we must to render our selections still more reliable, the authority for confess, would confine these things to works devoted exclu- each article will always be found in direct connection with sively to the toilet. But our readers want the fashions, and its illustration. so long as we have the power, our readers shall have exactly Having been the editor of “Leslie's Gazette " for several what they want.
years, we are, from assured experience, enabled to select In order to make the department perfect, we have engaged those authorities best adapted to the wants of our lady our designs from Frank Leslie, whose corps of engravers are readers, and, if we must have fashion plates, they shall be picked from the best artists of the country, and whose fresh from the most approved establishments, and the best Gazette of the Fashions is confessedly the most complete which art can produce — in the original article of cosauthority in the world for every department of the toilet. tume, the letter-press, and the engravings. Every engraving that he supplies to us, is taken from the The season has been so bland, and the leaf fall has so pro
tracted itself so pleasantly into
coat is blue watered poplin; the the cold months, that we can
waist is made high in the neck, scarcely speak of winter fashions
with an open front, ornamented as a thing that exists, except in
by lapelles of black velvet, ter. the near future. But we have
minating in a polka at the back; a brilliant foreshadowing of what
in front the velvet extends down is to come in fancy straws en.
the entire length of the skirt in riched with velvet, and brilliant
a graduated piece. The edges with chinelle, jet, and gorgeous
of the lapelles, and polka, are autumn flowers. Dresses are
decorated by a succession of still deeply founced, and the
blue plush balls, suspended by basquines are getting deeper and
silken cords. The bias skirt is deeper, till we anticipate them
half a yard in length. A border ending in the double jupe of
of black velvet, two inches wide, olden times, looped up from a
surrounds the edge. The flowing skirt of some other color ; &
sleeves are ornamented by a pretty costume, which we should
turn-up cuff of black velvet, not regret to see introduced.
forming a point on the top, and Meantime, we have seen some
underneath the arm (each point) very lovely out-door toilets,
is confined by a blue plush ball. which we will content ourselves
The under-skirt is of fine linen, with describing, till the season
the bosom formed of a double for opera and ball-dresses ar
frill of needlework, arranged on rives.
a band of insertion; the neck is One suited for the carriage
finished with a round collar, drive consists of silk in broad
edged with a needle-work frill. stripes, alternately white and
The sleeves are full, and gatherviolet. The violet stripes, which
ed into a cuff of insertion, terare of a beautiful bright tint,
minated by a needle-work frill. are watered, and the white 1
A heavy blue cord and tassels stripes are figured with large LITTLE BOY'S DRESS, from Genin's, 618 Broadway.
encircle the waist.
The pants bouquets of pink daisies with
are of black velvet, descending foliage. The skirt of this dress has no trimming. The | a little below the knee. Three small gilt buttons adorn corsage, which is made high, and with a basque, is trimmed each side. with a revers pelerine of black lace, round at the back, and No. 2 is a superb bridal bonnet, so, vapory, diversified, meeting in a point in front of the waist
. At the edge of and charming as to render it almost indescribable. The the basque, there is a row of black lace, six or seven inches foundation is white satin, covered with puffed tulle, and deep, headed with passementerie of an open pattern, and banded with light feather trimming, woven on a piping of about an inch in width. The sleeves are composed of one white satin. A delicate feather trimming, arranged in the
large puff of silk form of leaves,
a the curtain, which
sleeves of inch deep with a
Venetian point in slight puffing of
centre BONNET, from Mrs. Cripps, 812 Canal St.
of the blonde, mingled HRAD-Dress, from Genin's, 518 Broadway. bow.
with clusters of No. 1 is a costume for a little boy. The material of the white hyacinths on the right side. On the left are clusters
of white moss rose-buds and forget-me-nots. Broad strings / medium-sized collar, round in the back and pointed in front, of white ribbon, edged with satin,
forms a finish to the neck: the front is closed with plain No. 3 is a superb style of head-dress. It is arranged on a satin buttons, and ornamented by a heavy cord and round spring foundation of black lace. On the right are two full tassels of twisted brown silk. loops and streamers of broad blue ribbon, brocaded with a No. 5 is a talma of royal ermine, or, to use its proper. rich pattern of flowers, veined with silver and mingled with name, a Siberian ermine, the most beautiful of all furs for a profusion of silver flowers falling among the loops. The the opera. The one we illustrate is truly magnit cent. Its left side is adorned by full clusters of white ostrich plumes. snowy purity is enhanced by its black pendants, surrounded
No. 4 is a mantilla of mink fur, which is especially adapted by a faint golden tinge; at the back, it is nearly a yard in to the promenade, where dark furs are always the most de- depth, the fronts corresponding in length, and forming slight sirable. It is quite large and the form is beautiful. It is points; the neck is finished with a medium-sized collar of slightly rounded in the back, and descends considerably the same form, fastened to the garment by a heavy silken below the line of the waist ; the fronts descend in long cord, terminated by rich flat tassels of white silk; the lining square tabs of glossy fur, made from the choicest skins; al is of glossy white silk, quilted in a border of flowers.