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Their grace and delicacy must make amends for their moral - A son of Thomas Hood has published in London ! shortcomings :
volume of miscellany and sketches, which he calls, “ Pen “We, the Fairies, blithe and antic,
and Pencil Pictures.” “By his poetry and his prose," says Of dimensions not gigantic,
the Atheneum, “he distinctly announces himself to be his Though the moonshine mostly keeps us,
father's son. His music has a note here and there from the Ort in orchards frisk and peep us.
old household lullabies to which his cradle was rocked. * * Stolen sweets are always sweetest, Stolen kisses much completest,
But his song is not wholly the song of a mocking bird : his Stolen looks are nice in chapels,
sentiment can flow in channels of his own, and his speculaStolen, stolen be your apples !
tions have a touch, taste and flavor which indicate that When to bed the world are bobbing,
Thomas Hood's father's son may ripen and rise into one of
those original and individual authors who brighten the Were it not for stealing, stealing.”
times in which they write and gladden the hearts of those
among whom their lot is cast.” - THALBERG has left us, and La Grange is flown. The ! Are there not with us admirers enough of Tom Hood the Opera House is silent and melancholy. At night, how first, to warrant the republication in this country of this changed! The floods of light, the broken gushes of music, volume by Tom Hood the second? We hope so. As an the crash of carriages, the busy tramp of well-dressed hosts, I instance of the freshness and grace of his style, we quote, enliven Irving Place no more. The vast pile looks grim and frowningly upon you, and casts an awful shadow npon your
THE YEAR THAT DIES. path.
Close his eyes-they look so cold But the delightful Pynes, in the English Opera, are at
Out across the snowy wold; Niblo's; and, strange to say, three of the best commediennes
Draw the curtains close around, of the age, are at the present moment delighting our citi
That the bells with joyous sound zens. There is Laura Keene, at her own theatre, Mrs.
His dull hearing may not wound. Barrow (Julia Bennett), at Burton's, and Mrs. Julia Wood at Wallack's. These ladies, though widely different in
Clasp his hands—so long and thin;
They were full (when he came in style, are all successful representations of high-bred, vivaci
Just twelve months ago), with grainous women; each is charming and agreeable in her own
Seed of happiness and pain, way-all are masters of their art, and universally popular
That he scattered round like rain ! with the public. It is a luxury not attainable at all seasons, even in New York, and hopeless elsewhere, to have on the
Hush I-he's gone-adown the wind boards, at the same time, three such agreeable performers.
Died that last vague undefined
Word "Farewell "-'twas more a sigh John Brougham has been bringing out “King John” in
Than a word; I heard it die grand style, and with an announcement so gradiloquently
On the breeze, that moaneth by. crammed with big words, that, at the first reading, we were left breathless and exhausted with the effort. “The great
Smooth the wrinkles on his browheart of the people," said Mr. Brougham in our hearing,
He'll not feel the pressure now. “beats for Shakspeare.” It was well said-and truly said.
Hark! the Rain sobs at the door, There are certain of us who sneer at the Bowery side, at
Thinking how it saw of yore Bowery dramas and Bowery acting. Let us hide our heads
Old Years die-and shall see more! in the face of facts. While Shakspeare has been driven
Lay him out ere he grow cold, from the west side-abandoned for Italian quavers, French
Clothe him for the churchyard mouldballets, and French comedies, Shakspeare has still lived in the
Who is this among us here, hearts of the multitude. An examination of the books of
Standing by the Old Man's bierfthe Bowery Theatre for the last three years, shows that the
'Tis his heir-'tis the New Year! Shakspeare nights have been the best attended-and if the examination had continued back, the same result undoubt
Hail to thee! thou last of Years, edly would have appeared. In the face of blue fire, mon.
With thy young eyes wet with tears;
But the woe of youth is brief, strous melo-dramas, crammed with show and noise, low wit
Thou wilt soon forget thy grief; in low comedies, and the fascinations of spectacle—they
Thy new power will bring relief! have still adhered to Shakspeare, and loved him best of all. There is something gratifying in this—much that is philos
Leave us-grey old men, New Year! ophical and suggestive, if we are wise enough to find it out.
To the earth his corpse to bear.
Go! the world with mirth and glee, The acting in “King John” is good. Mr. Davenport as
Waits impatiently for thee; the King, evinces that close study and intelligent grasp of
Leave the dead, so cold and grim! character which characterize all his renditions. Mrs. Da
Some day thou shalt be like him! venport as Constance, is almost equal to Mrs. Kean in this part—and that is saying a great deal. Our old Philadelphia - The strong-minded women are at it again. They have favorite, Mr. Wheatley, as the dashing, brilliant Falconbridge, held conventions in this city and elsewhere. They talk as is excellent.
eloquently and revolutionary as ever. They tell over their The Broadway, grim and desolate so long, is at last wrongs no less pathetically; anathematize the coat and opened. They announce Mr. Forrest, and when this is breeches no less vigorously; and threaten the tyranny of read, he will probably be in the midst of one of his brilliant the masculine monsters with no less terrors than have engagements. At present they are sandwiching the German marked their gathering upon former occasions. The perfect Opera between the Lady of Lyons, Hamlet, and such novelties. I and entire intellectual, physical, moral and social equality of the sexes is what they clamor for and demand. They Of course the man who wrote it was in love with some are too modest by half. What woman with a soul in her feminine little package of humanity, and was arguing the bosom, would consent to stand upon an equality with these case over with every beat of his heart. We, ladies, find miserable, weak, attenuated caricatures, called men ? consolation in the thought that there exists a taste for every What woman does not feel her own superiority above that style of female beauty, and even of female ugliness—else, of her husband, brothers, father? What woman, broad. how would so many plain women get married ? For our risioned, and large souled, does not feel the vast pre-emin- part, we hardly think it of consequence whether a woman is ence of her sex. Do any doubt this ? Are there any dis- plump or lean, tall or sbort, so long as Cupid finds the posed to question their natural superiority? Who ever saw glasses through which she is seen. a man, for instance, that could thread a needle? When one But if a little woman is so precious, what must a larger can be found capable of performing this dexterious mystery specimen of female loveliness be in the eyes of her adorer. it will be time enough to talk of equality.
In a little precious stone what splendor meets the eyes !
In a little lump of sugar how much of sweetness lies! -At one of the Parisian theatres recently, a comedy was
So in a little woman love grows and multiplies : offered, with the title, “Fermé pour cause de Deces,”
You recollect the proverb says—"A word unto the wise.” (“Closed on account of a Death,") and accepted. But, unthought of at the beginning, a serious difficulty arose. If
A pepper corn is very small, but seasons every dinner,
More than all other condiment altho''tis sprinkled thinner: the manager made such an announcement in front of his
Just so a little woman is, if love will let you win hertheatre, wouldn't the public take it too literally, and stay
There's not a joy in all the world but you will find within her. away under the impression that the house was closed? The perplexed manager made this a sufficient reason for aban
As within the little rose you find the richest dyes,
And in a little grain of gold much price and value lies; doning the production of the play ; and the exceedingly
As from a little balsam much odor doth arise, . vexed author had nothing to do but forego the anticipated
So in a little woman there's a taste of Paradise. profit and pleasure of the performance.
The Skylark and the Nightingale, though small and light of wing
Yet warble sweeter in the grove than all the birds that sing; - Here is a poetical tribute to little women, which some
And so a little woman, though a very little thing, of our fair and petite readers will tbank us for presenting. I Is sweeter far than sugar, and flowers that bloom in Spring.
The Forum; or, Forty Years' Full Practice at the enterprises, and, besides contributions to the Quarterly ReBar, by David Paul Brown, has just been published, views, wrote several poetical tragedies, two of which were in two volumes, 8vo. The name of David Paul Brown is represented and afterwards published. Letters were his reprominent in the history of the jurisprudence of the coun- creation and solace in the midst of graver duties. try, familiar as household words throughout its length and The character of Mr Brown's eloquence is peculiar, and breadth, and confers a distinction of which his native State exhibits the great power and scope of his intellect. In may well be proud These volumes contain the result of force and fervor it is unsurpassed; it is fluent, sweeping, ripened observation, during a long series of years, enriched irresistible; while he preserves a rare self-possession in the by stores of legal learning, a knowledge of general litera- very torrent and whirlwind of powerful oratory. This ture, and penetrative acumen in intercourse with other quality is remarkable in his conversation, which is deliber. minds. They will prove a most valuable acquisition, not ate, antithetical, pointed and brilliant-full of polished wit, only to the law student, but to the general reader able to and graceful in manner, with a most felicitous command of enjoy a rare intellectual feast.
| language. The uniform courtesy and equanimity of his The body of the work is preceded by a memoir of Mr. bearing, and his clear enunciation add greatly to the effect Brown, taken chiefly from Livingston's Biographies. This of this rare gift. His high literary attainments do not pre. distinguished gentleman is a native of Philadelphia. Trained clude the most unwearied industry ; indeed, without this, carefully in childhood by a judicious mother, and enjoying his varied labors could not be performed. He always speaks every advantage of education—the boy's devotion to study without notes, relying on memory for the evidence of a became so intense as seriously to impair his health. He case. His liberal sympathies, disinterested course, and entered upon the study of medicine, under Dr. Benjamin kindness to those who need good offices, are well known to Rush, but the death of that eminent physician changed his all his acquaintance. career, and he became a law student with the late celebrated! In the first volume are given twenty golden rules for the William Rawle. Mr. Brown was admitted to the bar at the examination of witnesses, and many amusing descriptions age of twenty-one. A passage quoted from his diary, gives of persons and incidents are introduced. There is also a a most interesting description of the difficulties and anxie-comprehensive sketch of ancient and modern Forensic Eloties of his first cause, the brilliant success of which brought quence, with illustrative notices, and a review of the praccrowds of clients to his office. From year to year, popular tice of law before the Revolution, with accounts of the favor accumulated upon him, and in 1824, he made the able several judges and members of the bar. These are followed and triumphant defence of Judge Porter, in which he en- by a gallery of portraits from that time, of illustrious percountered and overcame so many difficulties. Some curious sons who adorned the judgment seat of the State and the anecdotes of it are given in the first volume. In the midst Union, and of prominent lawyers. of his professional labors, Mr. Brown found time for literary The second volume opens with a treatise, rich in illustra
tion, on Forensic ethics and etiquette. It contains, also, a equal to his master; and he even sometimes rivals and succession of sketches of the present judges of the Penn occasionally outdoes the original in felicity and fineness of sylvania courts, and essays on Medical Jurisprudence, the expression. He has transferred the masterpiece of Goethe Good Fellowship of the Bar, and English and American into the English language, in a manner which renders any Practice. A collection of poetical gems is added, with after attempts unnecessary and useless ; which supplies the anecdotes of the Bench and the Bar, the literature of the wants of the English reader more satisfactorily and combar, and a series of romantic cases.
pletely than, perhaps, is the case with any other translation The book is written in a clear and forcible style, remark- of either the German or Italian poets. (Ticknor & Fields.) able for that purity which ever accompanies strength. The widely extended fame of the author, as well as its intrinsic
-A Physician's Vacation ; or, a Summer in Europe, is merits, will secure for it popularity and appreciation.
| the title of a very agreeable volume of travels, by Walter (Philadelphia. Robert H. Small.)
Channing. Mr. Channing is a distinguished physician of
Boston. Panting for a brief period of respite from labors Faca, an Army Memoir, is a new novel by the author of arduous and incessant, he determined to put "a whole ocean the tale of “West Point" now publishing in this maga- between him and work—to feel as free as in his earliest days zine. The story is in a new field, and presents life in an of conscious liberty”-and went abroad. He is a fine traunfamiliar aspect. It is embraced principally in a voyage veller. He sees with eyes, heart, and judgment. When of troops from Governor's Island to Texas. Among the you read you feel as if the world of Europe were for the women of the transport is one fair, refined, beautiful crea first time unveiled to you—what he talks about is all preture, Faca by name, the reputed daughter of Seargeant sented so freshly. Old and travel-beaten as his road is, he Trainor-thrown into uncongenial scenes, and among coarse makes it new to you; presents old acquaintances in an unfa. natures—in cultivation and instincts above her station. She miliar light; manages, in fact, to get a new stand-point for becomes the courted of many; the object of honorable his views of men and things. He writes in an easy, familiar love to some; of unholy desire to others; and of base way; he touches every subject with a light, graceful pen; design and conspiracy. Around her revolve the incidents and is graphic, and not unfrequently humorous, in his of the story—which include a mutiny, successfully thwarted descriptions. He is intelligent, observes accurately, and and spiritedly described. The book is a gallery of fine relates without affectation or pretension. We have found characters, sharply drawn, strongly colored-Major June, his book an uncommonly interesting one. (Ticknor & the simple-hearted and genial : Clincher, with his astound
Fields.) ing stories; the Duenna, cloud-like and mysterious; Wil
-Phillips, Sampson & Co., of Boston, sent in a batch of liam, the lover and the poet; Old Sol, the Father of Lieutenants. The sea pictures are adniirable bits of naval
holiday juveniles too late for notice in the Christmas num. painting. The style is sharp and clear; it abounds in felici
ber. They consist of “The Fairy Spectacles,” and “ Worth tous turns and happy touches of humor and pathos. That
and Wealth,” two uniform volumes, neatly printed, well
illustrated, and written in a captivating style; “ Bright Picportion of the book which describes the Crevasse at Fort Mississippi, the birth of little Faca amid the horrors of sur
tures from Child Life," a collection of stories translated from rounding disease and death, the death of Francesca, are
the German, illustrated with brilliantly colored engravings,
and very attractively gotten up. The stories are good, and perfect pictures in dramatic management-and are, we think, the most interesting chapters of the story. The
entertaining. “Red Beard's Stories for Children," is a author is a young lieutenant of the army. His first book
laughable, unique affair, well calculated to set the nursery in was “Shoepac Recollections,” an exquisite domestic story,
| a roar. “The Last of the Huggermuggers," a giant story; the scene laid upon the Canadian frontiers. The second is
and “Kobboltozo," a sequel to the Last of the Huggermugthis work of “Faca ;" the third we are presenting the readers
gers, are two richly amusing volumes; quaint, fantastic, of this magazine. A fine genius, a long study of his art, a
crowded with odd adventures, delicious mishaps, and funny love of the simplicity and truth of nature, a keen observa
incidents. They are copiously illustrated. These juvenile tion, will combine to render him one of the literary giants
volumes are all of more than ordinary interest. of the country. (Boston : French & Co.)
- Dix, Edwards, & Co., have published three very
attractive juveniles—" Town and Country," by Stoddard, as -THE Rev. Charles T. Brooks has given us a new trans
delicate, fanciful, and fresh as the poet's more ambitious lation of Goethe's Faust. Notwithstanding nearly thirty
efforts—“Gold and Silver,” a pleasing sketch by A. W. H.attempts have been made before, this version, we perceive,
and “ About New York: an Account of What a Boy saw in is almost universally conceded to have accomplished this
a Visit to the City,” by Philip Wallys, a charming, amusing difficult task, with far greater success than any previous one;
de: affair. These volumes are published uniformly. to have preserved the spirit of the poem with greater fidelity;
The same house are the publishers of “The Schoolfellow," to have followed the changes of rhythm and rhyme in the
a monthly periodical, the numbers of which, of the precedoriginal with more marked faithfulness; and to have repro
ing year, they have bound in a handsome gift volume. We duced this wonderful poem with a keener appreciation of its
consider The Schoolfellow one of the best of the juvenile subtle beauties. The qualifications required for a successful
publications in the country. translation, are almost equal to those evinced in the original creation. If the higher function of creative power be not' - TICKNOR & FIELDS have just published a pocket edition required; a taste as fine, a feeling as comprehensive, and a of Longfellow's Poems, in two volumes, complete, very neatly genius akin, can only successfully accomplish the task.gotten up, and uniform with their pocket edition of TennsMr Brooks brought all these qualities to the study of Faust. son. This edition of Longfellow is convenient and portable, With the keenest and most exquisite appreciation of his and is published at a much cheaper price than the previous author, he combines a feeling for poetical expression almost editions.
Illustrations supplied by Frank Leslie, proprietor of “Leslie's Gazette of the Fashions," and taken from Articles of
Actual Costume, selected at the Various Establishments, giren as Authority by the Editor of this Magazine.
The two cloaks we illustrate are from Bell's, 58 Canal cloth adorns the neck, and extends down the front in the Street; No. 1 is called the “Muscovite.” The style and form of a pelerine cape. A full and gracefully formed material of this garment are unusually rich and elegant; it flowing sleeve renders the garment as comfortable as it is is composed of heavy fawn colored beaver cloth, arranged becoming. A lining of glossy silk quilted in diamonds in the form of a talma, which is rather more than a yard in forms a finish to the garment. depth in the back. A border of “Russian sable cloth," ten No. 2 is a graceful Opera cloak, to which Mr. Bell has incbes wide, surrounds the entire garment, and forms a given the name of the “Medici.” The material is fine trimming at once rich and elegant. A deep collar of sable white merino; the style being that of a talma, forming a
graceful flowing sleeve.
wrought in an open patThe decorations are
tern of grape leaves ; composed of blue moire
each leaf forming a scal. antique and moss fringe;
lop at the edge. Long the bottom of the gar
streamers of pink ribbon ment is finished by a
are attached to the tabs border of this trimming,
which are worn crossed, ten inches deep, headed
as seen in our engraving. by a blue and white
We give an illustramoss trimming; a berthe
tion of a stylish bonnet cape of blue moire an
of black velvet, from the tique forms a pretty or.
show-rooms of Mrs. nament to the shoulders,
Cripps, 310, late 63, The heading consists of
Canal St. The material moss trimming and blue
is laid on the foundation drop buttons. From the
plain. A deep deep fall lower edge descends & fall of rich blue daisy
of thread lace forms a fringe, six inches deep.
rich finish to the front, The neck is finished
and is thrown back upon with a small collar com
the bonnet, over a novel posed of moire antique,
and pretty trimming, and edged with moss
composed of a bias vel. trimming. The lining is
vet, two inches wide, of blue silk, quilted in
bound with a narrow a double diamond pat
fold of green plush taf. tern.
feta. This band is formFor the style of dressing the hair, we are indebted to Mr. | ed in a knot on the top of the head, and serves as a conBarker, 439 Broadway.
necting link between the side trimming, which consists of Douglass and Sherwood, 343 Broadway, have favored us full clusters of black and green ostrich plumes. The crown with an illustration of a superior style of steel spring skirt, is ornamented by three rows of velvet trimming, with the first manufactured in this country. The material is fine taffeta, and arranged in knots, which are placed at the back white cloth, cut in a circular shape. The upper portion of the crown, with short ends falling at each side. The forms an adjustable Tournour. It is arranged on three curtain is of velvet; a narrow border of plush taffeta and small steel springs which extend round the back of the skirt, thread lace adorns the edge. The face trimmings consist leaving a front of plain cloth. At the end of each spring of a full cap of black blonde with a large scarlet velvet lily, are two eyelets, into which a lacing is introduced, enabling and leaves on the right side, while the left is enriched by a the wearer to increase or diminish the size, according to scarlet ostrich plume, mingled with velvet berries. Broad, fancy. Three narrow steel springs, with a heavy cord at green strings, edged with green and black velvet stripes. the edge, give the necessary stiffness to the bottom of the skirt. c'he tape is gathered into an inch wide band, neatly stitched.
No. 2 is an illustration of an India muslin cape from Genin's, 513 Broadway. In form it is nearly round; the open front is finished with a narrow, pointed edging. The edge is adorned by a double border of exquisite needlework