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noisette rose, white, with a delicate creamy tint at the heart. ing is of white and blue silk, delicately quilted. A charming The face trimmings were a white lily, with velvet leaves on little round hood is cut into quarters, and lined with blue one side, and a cluster of snow-drops on the other, with full satin; and the lappets thus produced are terminated with ruches of pure white blonde.
blue tassels, and directly on the back of the hood is a rich Large Cloaks are fast coming into vogue, and at least bow and streamers of blue satin ribbon, with a similar ornáfour inches have been added to the style of last year. Grey ment in front. cloaks, trimmed with velvet, are among the most distin- We illustrated some beautiful garments of fur last month guished garments introduced by Molyneux Bell, 58 Canal st., from the spacious warerooms of Backus, Osborne, & Co., whose superior styles we can heartily recommend. One of 51 and 53 Maiden Lane. Since then, we have seen a superb them, very generally admired, we have illustrated. A talma, got up at this establishment, which surpasses any. novelty has appeared in this establishment within the last thing of the kind that we have seen this season. It is inmonth, at once dashing and elegant. It is a jacket com- tended for a carriage dress, or to serve in place of an posed of scarlet cloth, edged with black, called an Inde- opera cloak. The ermine is of that snowy fur of which the pendent. A coquettish-like jacket is placed on each side Emperor of Russia selects every tenth skin as the perquisite the skirts, and it is worn with or without an elastic belt, as of royalty. White as snow, and as soft in its texture, it is the wearer fancies. Over a muslin morning-dress this pretty a garment that may well suggest ideas of royal magnificence. garment is worn with charming effect, the color giving The delicate gold tint in which the jet black pendents are brilliancy to the complexion and brightness to the eyes. embedded, disturb the whiteness of the fur, harmonizing Other colors, such as grey, black, and brown, are used, but and contrasting, makes the ermine among furs what old we prefer the warm tint.
point is among laces, always the fashion and always beautiIn opera cloaka, Bell bas produced marvels of beauty. A ful. The garment in question—which was sold for eight Talma of white merino, made sufficiently wide to form flow- hundred dollars, by the way—had a perfection of finish ing sleeves, has been adopted by our most fashionable belles. worthy of the costly material. The lining, of white enamIt has a border, half a foot deep, of blue moire antique, eled satin, was quilted in a deep border of flowers, and the with a heading of blue and white moss trimming. The lin- cord and tassels in front, were superb. Indeed we have
seen nothing to be compared to this crmine cape, for ma- We give this month a most beautiful style for dressing the terial and purity of taste during the season.
hair, composed by that inimitable artist, Barker, 439 BroadMrs. Cripps, 312, formerly 63 Canal St., has favored us with way. The back-hair is arranged in a broad, upright loop, the above stylish design of a bonnet in black velvet. The finished in a braid at the neck. On each side are broad, flat material is laid on the foundation plain. The crown slopes braids, arranged in bows which, with the loops already desgently down to the curtain, and is ornamented by a deep cribed, form a superb cluster bow. The front hair is arfall of Chantilly lace, which is arranged with considerable ranged in double bandeaux, which sweep down from the fullness, and mingled with clusters of black ostrich plumes. centre of the head, curving under the ear in rich waves. On the right side, the plumes extend over the curtain, and Between the bandeaux and the forehead are rich masses of are headed by a small cluster of black velvet flowers and boucle de neige, or snow curls, which cluster in graceful proleaves. The curtain is of velvet, enriched by a narrow band fusion between the bandeaux, and overshadowing the foreof jet. The face trimmings consist of a small cap of black head; a couronne of hair, in the form of a Grecian braid, blonde, interspersed with scarlet velvet flowers, velvet and passes over the head, and is lost among the bandeaux and crape leaves, and fine green spray, tipped with coral. Broad curls on each side. A wreath of scarlet poppies, mingled strings of scarlet and black velvet ribbon, divided into nar- with frizzed feathers, and all gracefully between the bandeaux row stripes.
and back hair, dropping trails of scarlet or snow down.
The above rich and chaste cloak was selected from the the scallops, descends a heavy fall of fringe, nearly as wide ware-rooms of Mr. Bell, 58 Canal St. The form is one of as the lace; a narrow border of jet forms a rich heading to the most graceful introduced this season, being that of a the lace, and gives an air of richness to the garment. The large-sized shawl composed of the richest Genoa velvet. neck is finished with a medium-sized collar, forming points The back is rather more than a yard in depth, and the in front and back, to correspond with the body of the garfronts are of corresponding length. The decorations are in ment; a border of lace and fringe, headed by a narrow keeping with the rich material; a row of guipure lace, six border of jet, forms a finish to the edge. A narrow border inches wide, surrounds the entire garment; the lower edge of guipure and jet surrounds the neck, and extends down is wrought in deep scallops, enriched by light, graceful the fronts. The lining is of heavy Turk satin, quilted in a leaves, forming a wreath which encircles the entire edge; from double diamond pattern.
GENERAL HAPRINGTON had no power to comfort the clung grew cold in her grasp, and over his face stole an poor creature at his feet. More deeply moved than he expression of sadness, the more touching because so had been for years, the strangeness of his own feelings foreign to its usual apathy. paralyzed his action. But the hand to which Lina “Father-oh, my heart breaks with the word—are
Entered according to Act of Congress to the year 1866, by Ann S. STEPuens in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the U. S., for the Southern District of New York.
you indeed my father ?" cried Lina, lifting her pale face cast upon the charity of the dear lady my birth has upward and sweeping her hair back with a desperate wronged. motion of the hand.
General Harrington arose, and advancing toward "Poor child-poor child!" muttered the old man Lina, took her hands in his. The poor little hands compassionately.
quivered like wounded birds in his clasp, and she lifted “What can I do? what shall I do? It will kill me! her eyes with a piteous and pleading look that no It will kill us both. Oh, Ralph, Ralph, if I had but human heart could have withstood. died yesterday!" cried the poor girl, attempting to rise, “Ah! you are trying me? It isn't true?" she said, but falling back again with a fresh burst of grief. with a gleam of hope and a hysterical sob.
The old man stood gazing upon her, striving to “No! it is all real, far too real Lina! Do not deharden his heart—striving to compose the unusual ceive yourself. I would not wound you thus for an tremor of his nerves, but all in vain. Sorrow, regret, aimless experiment. You are indeed my child !" and something almost like remorse smote him to the “Your child, really-really your own child ? Oh, I soul, for he had once been a man of strong passions, cannot understand it ! Ralph-my brother, Ralph!" and the ice of bis selfishness again broken up, the turbid Lina started as if some new pang had struck her, and waters rose and swelled in his bosom, with a power that then drew away her hands with a gesture of passionate all the force of habit could not resist. He bent down grief. and lifted the girl from his feet, trembling slightly, and Ralph, my own brother, and older than I am, for with a touch of pity in his voice.
he is older-oh, this is terrible.” “ It is useless and foolish to take the matter in this " You will see,” said General Harrington, speaking manner, child."
in a composed voice, that seemed like a mockery of her “ Child !” Lina shuddered at the word. She shrunk passionate accents—"you will see by this how necessary away from his hand, arising without his help, and stag- it is that what I have told you should be kept secret gered backward with a feeling of unutterable repul- from my wife and child. Your peculiar relations with sion.
my son rendered it imperative, and I have intrusted He saw the quiver of pain in her features, and his you with a secret of terrible importance. You can soul hardened once more. She had not met the feeling of imagine what the consequences would be, were your tenderness, so new, and, for the moment, so exquisite relationship to myself made known.” to himself, and it withered away like a hot-house blos- “I will not tell. Oh! thank God, I need not tell !"
cried Lina wildly; “but then, Ralph ?—what will he “This is a new and strange relation to us both,” he think-how will he act ? Ralph, Ralph—my brother! said, seating himself, and regarding her gravely. “Of Oh, if I had but died on the threshold of this room!" course it involves many important and painful ques- “Be comforted," said the General, in his usual bland tions. Up to this day you have been to Mrs. Har- voice, for the scene had begun to weary him. * You rington and myself a daughter in everything but the will soon get used to the new position of things." name !"
“But who will explain to Ralph ? What can I say? Lina wrung her hands, wildly moaning : " That how can I act? He will not know." name! Oh, heavens! how can I bear that name unless “Ralph is a very young man. He will go into the he should have given it to me. Now, now—just as it world, and see more of society. This is his first fancy sounded so sweet, it separates us for ever. This unholy -I will take care that he is more occupied. The name of child !"
world is full of beautiful women." General Harrington moved in his chair with a ges- Lina turned deadly pale. This cruel speech struck ture of annoyance, but Lina, growing still more impas- her to the soul. sioned, came toward him, weaving her small hands The olil man saw it, but worldly philosophy made impetuously together.
him ruthless. “I will crush the boy out of her heart," "You are my father—God forgive yon! But there he said, inly, “to be rude here is to be merciful." is yet another to curse or bless me with her claims- “ You must forget Ralph," he said, and liis voice parwhere and whom is my mother? Is Mrs. Harrington took of the hardness of his thoughts. indeed the parent she has always seemed to me?” “I cannot forget,” answered the girl, with a faint The General waved his hand with a dissenting ges- moan, “but I will strive to remember that—that he is
my brother!" “Do not question me upon a subject that must be The last words came to her lips almost in a cry. She painful to us both. This is no time to answer you." shuddered all over, and the name of brother broke
“No time, when you uproot every hope of my life from her with a pang, as if her heart-strings snapped and present a future black with improbable things ? with the utterance. Up to this day, that dear lady was enough. I had no “Can I go away ?" she said at last, creeping like a desire to ask about father or mother. They told me I a wounded fawn slowly to the door. was an orphan, and I was content to accept an orphan's “Not yet," answered the old man. " You must first destiny, and be overlooked by all the world, if the dear comprehend the great necessity there is for composure ones under this roof only loved me. I had no other and silence. Not a word of this must be breathed place on earth, and now, what am I?-an impostor, under my roof now or ever. My own tranquillity and
that of Mrs. Harrington are at stake, to say nothing of be soothed; at this rate, we shall have the whole house your own. I have told you a momentous secret. Let in commotion. Lina, my child, make an effort to be it be sacred."
calm. Look up, I am not angry with you !" "Oh! the terrible burden of this secret! Must I The old man was so encased and wrapped in selfcarry it for ever? Even now I go out from your pres- love, that he really believed his own severe words had ence like a guilty thing, and yet I am not guilty.” alone dashed the strength from those young limbs, and
“No one was talking of guilt, I imagine," answered that a little gentle encouragement would make all the General, with a slight flush of the forehead. “The right again. So, stooping downward, he laid his soft, whole thing is certainly an annoyance, and in one white hand upon Lina's head, as the last words were sense, a misfortune, perhaps. But guilt is an unfemin- uttered; and, when this failed, made an effort to lift ine word, and I regret that you could have used it." her from the floor. But the leaden weight of utter Lina wrung her hands in desperation.
insensibility rendered more effort necessary, and, at “I could not help it. This misery bas found me so last really frightened, he arose and lifted the insensible unprepared.”
girl in his arms. ‘Misery! Indeed, young lady, it seems to me that That moment, as her pale face lay upon his bosom, few women would consider it so great an evil to have and her loosened hair fell in floods over his arm, the blood of a Harrington in her veins," said the Gen- the door softly opened, and Agnes Barker looked in. eral, stung in the inner depths of his vanity by her “Did you ring, General? I heard a bell ring somewords, and losing all pity in his wounded self-love. where."
"But I am a Harrington without a name—a daughter “No, I did not ring, young lady," answered Genewithout parent—a beggar upon the charity of one to ral Harrington, sharply, “but this young lady has been whom my existence is an insult! Would you have me over-fatigued someway, or was taken suddenly ill as I grateful for this ?” cried Lina, with all the grief and was speaking of her studies." fire of her young nature in arms against the cold- A faint smile crept over Agnes' lips, but she checked blooded composure of the man who so quietly called her it in an instant, and moved forward with an air of child.
gentle interest. “I would have you prudent, silent, and at all events, “She has studied very hard of late, no wonder her more lady-like in your expressions; with well-bred strength gave way," suggested Agnes, softly smoothing people, a scene is always revolting, and it pains me that the hair back from Lina's forehead. a daughter of mine can be led into the intemperance of There seemed to be fascination in the movement action and speech that has marked this interview. of those treacherous fingers, for they had scarcely
The General glanced with a look of cool criticism at touched her brow, when Lina started to life with the excited girl as he spoke. Her pale, tearful face, the a shudder, as if the rattlesnake of the hill had sprung dishevelled masses of golden hair falling upon her shoul- upon her unawares. ders, and the almost crouching attitude that a sudden Casting one wild look upon the female, and another sense of shame had left her in, outraged his fastidious upon the General, she drew from his arm, with a sensataste, and the old habits of a life swept over his new- tion of loathing that made her faint again. born tenderness. Feeling, if not elegantly expressed, “Let me go to my room-I must be alone!" she said, always shocked the old gentleman, and for the moment, with a hand pressed upon either .temple. “The air of shame and tears had swept Lina's beauty all away. She this place drives me frantic: so close—so dreary-50might have been picturesque to an artist, but General | so Harrington was not an artist-only a fastidious, selfish She moved away, wavering in her walk, but inaking old man, whose eyes always led what little of heart he faint motions with her hand, as if to repel all assistpossessed.
Thus faint, pale, and almost broken-hearted, the "Can I go, sir? I am faint-the room is growing poor girl stole away, to weep over her new-born dark. I wish, sir, I–I”
shame. The poor girl attempted to move toward the door, as “She seems very ill,” said Agnes, softly, she uttered this broken protestation; but the sight
“ You have allowed her studies tu prey upon her utterly left her eyes—and, instead of the entrance, she health," said General Harrington, seating himself and tottered toward the General, with her hands extended fixing his cold, clear eyes on the face of his questioner. as if to catch at some support, and fell forward, resting “I must hereafter more directly superintend her educaher poor white face upon the folds of his Oriental dress- tion in person. You will have the goodness to inform ing gown that fell around his feet.
Mrs. Harrington of this sudden indisposition.” “This is very embarrassing,” muttered the General, Agnes changed color. The self-poise of this old man jerking the gorgeous folds of his gown from beneath of the world, baffled even her eager curiosity. She the head of his child, and scattering her hair, in a thou- had expected that he would desire her to keep the sand golden rays, over the floor. "What is to be whole scene secret; and when he quietly told her done now? I suppose the religious people would call to reveal it to his wife, and took a resenting tone, as if this sowing dragon's teeth with a vengeance. I wish she had herself been the person in fault, her astonishthe girl had more coolness; there is no managing events ment was extreme. The General saw his advantage, against weak nerves and hysterics—but she must I and improved apon it. After softly folding the skirts
very ill !"