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pentine row of embroidered roses. A bow with long Une robe de gaze blanche, brochée en blanc, avait le ends retains a bouquet in the middle of the skirt near jupon ouvert sur le côté et séparé par un intervalle the bottom. A cap à la chatelaine, ornamented with assez large pour que de petites guirlandes d'æillets remroses in front and a bouquet at the top.

plissent cet intervalle en formant des chevrons; chaque TOQUE.—A crape toque ornamented with two ostrich coté des guirlandes était arrêté sur le jupon par un feathers bending gracefully reverse ways.

næud de ruban delgaze blanc. Les villets étaient mé. Cap & Back view.—A blond cap of very light langés de toutes couleurs, et formaient sur les manches style, ornamented with a couple of roses and a little des chevrons analogues à ceux du jupon. La coiffure foliage.

à la Manchini, cheveux bouclés de chaque côté des joues et entremêlés d'aillets.

Une robe en satin bleu azuré, semé de bouquets MODES DE PARIS ET DE LONDRES.

brochés en argent; corsage plat à pointe, orné sur le PUISEES AUX SOURCES LES PLUS AUTHENTIQUES.

devant de trois neuds diamans, le premier retenant les

draperies du corsage, le second au milieu, et la troisiéme COMPRENANT UN CHOIX D'EXTRAITS DES JOURNAUX

pointe d'en bas. Mantille de blonde à dessins go DONT LES TITRES SUIVENT :

Une robe de velours vert de chine, décolletée, à man. “ Le Follet, Courrier des Salons"..." Le Petit Cour. rier des Dames"..“ La Mode''..." Journal des Dames"

ches courtes ; des manches de blonde imitation, brodées

en soie plate blanche, avec dessins à colonnes tournantes, &c. &c.

un poignet antique en velours, un turban de gaze Modes.—Le bal qui a été donné aux Tuileries a blanche, orné d'aigues marines, une écharpe de gaze offert une fête nombreuse, élégante, splendide, enfin une blanche unie tournée autour du couthique. fête royale. Trois mille individus, parmi lesquels se L'ne robe, forme redingote, en satin bleu-ciel, garnie distinguaient toutes les sommités politiques, littéraires de brandbourgs à jour, légèrement mêlés de noir; un et financières du royaume, circulaient dans les immenses bonnet d'angleterre avec mancinis en mignardises bleus, salons, richement décorés de tentures, de glaces, de entremêlées de quelques petites Aeurs blanches; une fleurs, de bougies et de femmes charmantes de grâces, pélerine très grande et à très longs bouts en angleterre; de jeunesse, de beauté ou de parure, car les femmes ont un seul bracelet en or bruni incrusté de turquoise. plus d'un genré de succeés à obtenir. Les unes rem- Une robe de satin mauve riche broché, de couleur placent sur lenr front les roses du printems par l'éclat paille et garnie d'une fourrure fort haute et dont la des diamans; les autres suppléent aux attraits de la nuance fauve s'aliait fort bien avec celle du dessin : un plysionomie par les séductions du goût; à toutes enfin collier fort juste en or, d’ou pendait une foule de petites il est des ressources pour plaire et captiver les suffrages chaînettes d'or qui toutes se terminaient par une pierre du monde. Mais c'est surtout dans un bal où les fem- de couleur, mes font le plus heureusement briller leurs avantages ; Pour toilette de ville, il vient de paraître de nouvean et certes, celui que fut donné au château était bien rem- satins, demi-fonds avec des dessins perses que rappellent pli de cette magie qui prête à tout un si flatteur colo- les jaconnas printanniers ; pour demi-toilette et pour ris. On distinguait un piquant mélange de toilettes de toilette de concerts, les satins du serail, enfin des satins tous les tems, de toutes les nuanees, de toutes les formes. d'Aba, brochés couleur sur couleur; puis ensuite d'une Les soieries du dix-huitième siècle, les blondes et les quantité de fleurs de couleurs différantes. gazes d'hier, tous les genres sont évoques pour pa- Pour orner les capotes de ville, la fleur la plus adopté rures de nos jours : et si l'indépendence ne s'est point aujourd'hui, est la scabieuse ; la couleur la plus recheremparée complétement des hautes questions de la société, chée pour capote demi-toilette est paille vive ; les fleurs on peut au moins reconnaître qu'elle existe aujourd'hui, choisies pour orner les cheveux, sont la jacinthe et le sans restriction aucune, dans le costume des femmes, bignonia, ou jasmin de l'Inde.

Parmi les coiffures les plus remarquables, on distin- Ces bonnets à la châtelaine, en blonde droite, jouisguait des bandeaux d'or à jour très-étroits, et ornés au sent toujours d'une grande vogue ; les coifgures Agnèsmilieu du font de magnifiques bijou, tels qu’une grosse Sorel, Elssler, Marguerite de Bourgoone, se remarquent opale entourée de rubis, d'autres opales entourées de dia- dans toutes les réunions fashionables. Les oiseaux de mans ; une fleur en pierres de toutes nuances ou en dia. paradis teints que déja nous avions signalés comme mans; un oiseau en diamans, etc. etc.; enfin, cette es- type d'éléganee et de richesse, sont maintenant en usage pée d'ornement qui prend place entre le diadème et la dans les premiers magasins. ferronnière, est décidément le plus à la mode. Pour les On remarque toujours beaucoup de chapeaux en vecoiffures, elles sont d'une telle variété, qu'on ne peut lours plain, et en velours épinglé. Fort peu sont gar. dire s'il vaut mieux les porter basses ou élevés, larges nis de fleurs ailleurs que sous la passe. ou resserrées, tant cela s'appropriant à la toilette et doit Les passes se font toujours hautes et serrant sur les correspondre au style de la robe.

joues. Uue robe en gaze rose était ornée sur le côte du Quelques chapeaux en satin ou en velours bleu, garjupon d'une échelle de næuds formée de deux coques de nis, sous la passe, d'un petit bord en blonde orné de ruban de satin rose et d'un épis de diamans. Sur les ruban roses. L'alliance de ces deux nuances ennemies 'manches un nænd semblable, d'où s'échapaient trois est une bizarrerie, que les femmes de la société veulent bouts de rubans flottans; une mantille de blonde sur le adopter. derrière du corsage, et draperie devant. Pour coiffure Presque toutes les pelisses qui se font maintenant en une couronne formée par une large tresse de cheveux satin d'une couleur, sont doublées d'une nuance qui noirs, et sur le côté très—bas, ayant les bouts retombant tranche, et liserées de même. Par example: scabieuse, sur le cou, et un bouquet d'èpis de diamans, entre- doublée de cerise ou de vert pomme, et rose, doublé de mêlé dans les coques næud. Cette toilette était char. marron. Nous de pensons pas que ce caprice passe mante.

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MISCELLANEA.

eighteenth century, he removed to Locle, where he died in 1741, leaving five sons, who all of them followed their father's occupation. From these, the knowledge and practice of the art gradually spread itself, tilt, at length, it became almost the universal business of the inhabitants, and the principal cause of the populousness of these mountains --Cose's leiters from Switzerland.

Early Inhahntants of Britain.-In times past, men were contented to dwell in houses builded of sallow, willow, &c., 80 that the use of the oak was in a manner wholly dedicated unto churches, religious houses, princes' palaces, navigation, &c.; but now sallow &c., are rejected and nothing but oak any where regarded : and yet see the change : for when our houses were builded of willow, then had we oaken men : but now our houses are come to be made of oak, our men are not only become willon, but a great many altogether of straw, which is a sore alteration. In them the courage of the owner was a sufficient defence to keep the house in safety, but now the assurance of the timber must defend the men from robbing. Now have we many chimnies ; and yet onr tender lines complain of rheums, catarrls, and poses, then bad we none but reredoses, and our heads did never ache. For as hardening for the timber of the house, so it was repnted a far better medicine to keep the good man and his family from the quack or pose, wherewith, as then, very few were acquainted.--Holling sheda

The Tea-leag:—The tea-leaf is plucked from the plant by tbe manufacturers at three periods during the spring, which crops they call, in their technical phrase, the head, or first spring, the second spring, and the third spring. The quality of the tea varies according to the time of plucking. The young and tender leaves of course make finer tea than the tough old ones.

Sir John Germain.- I shall tell you a very foolish but a true story. Sir John Germain, ancestor of Laily Betty Germain, was a Dutch adventarer, who came over here in the reign of Charles II. He had an intrigue with a Countess, who was divorced, and married him. This man was so ignorant, that being told that Sir Matthew Decker wrote St. Matthew's Gos. pel he firmly believed it. I doubted this tale very much till I asked a lady of quality, his descendant, about it, who told me it was most true. She added, that Sir John Germain was in consequence so much persuaded of Sir Matthew's piety, that, by his will, he left two hundred pounds to Sir Matthew, to be by him distributed among the Dutch paupers in London.

The Archbishop of Lyons.The Archbishop of Lyons had his hands completely distorted and distigured by the gout. He was once engaged in play at cards, and bad gained a thonsand pistoles.

" I should not mind it.” said the losing party, “ if my money had not got into the ugliest hand in the king. dom.” “ That is false," said the Archbishop; " I know one that is still oglier." " I'll wager thirty pistoles you don't” said the other. The Archbishop immediately drew off the glove which covered his left hand, and the gamester acknowledged he had lost his wager,

CONTENTMENT without the world, is better than the world without contentment.

The human animal is the only one which is naked, and the only one which can clothe itself. This is one of the properties which renders him an animal of all climates, and of all seasons. He can adapt the warmth or lightness of his covering, to the temperature of his habitation. Had he been born with a fleece upon his back, although he might have been comforted by its warmth in high latitudes, it would have oppressed him by its weight and heat, as the species spreads towards the equator. -Paley.

The caterpillar, on being converted into an inert scalý mass does not appear to be fitting itself for an inhabitant in the air, and can bave no consciouseess of the brilliancy of its future being. We are masters of the earth, but perhaps we are the slaves of some great and unknown beings. The fly that we crush with our finger, or feed with oor viands, has no knowledge of man, and no consciou sness of his superiority , We suppose that we are acquainted with matter and all its elements. yet we cannot even guess at the cause of electricity, or explain the laws of the formation of the stones that fall from meteors. There may be beings, thinking beings, nearer air. rounding us, which we do not perceive, which we cannot imagine. We know very little, but in my opinion, t!we know enough to hope for the immortality the individual impiortality of the better part of man.-Sir Humphry Davy.

Watch Making - The origin of watch-making in Switzerland as related by Mr. Osterwald, ancient banneret of Nelichatel, is extremely curious; and the truth of his accoupt was confirmed to me by several artists, both of Locle and La Cheaux de Fond,

In 1679, one of the inhabitants bronght with him, from Lon. don, a watch, the first that had been seen in these parts; which, bappening to be out of order, he ventured to trust in the hands of one Daniel John Richard, of La Sagne. Richard. after examining the inechanism with great attention, con. ceived himself capable, and was determined to attempt 10 make a watch from the model before him; but to this end, he was destitute of every other assistance than the powers of his own native genius. Accordingly, he employed a whole year in inventing, and in fivishing the several instruments previously necessary for executing his purpose ; and in six months from that period, by the sole force of his owo penetrating and persevering talents, he produced a complete watch.

His ambition and industry did not stop here : besides applying himself successfully to the invention of several new instruments for the perfection of his work, he took a journey to Geneva, where he gained considerable information in the

He continued, for some time, the only man in these parts who conld make a watch ; but business increasing be took in and instructed several associates, by whose assistance he was enabled to supply, from his single shop all the demands. of his neighbouring country. Towards the beginning of the

Public Singers.—The applause that a singer gets for going through a song in a state of indisposition, often iuduces those who are sound, both wind and limb, to feign themselves ill. The coinic actor who has fought with his wife after dinner is in bad case to amuse the public at seven o'clock, yet he must put on his best face. Authors must be in perpetual health. Why then should extra sympathy be extended to singers, who cost us more money? We will tell the reader what is generally the singer's object in prefacing her performance with an apology for illness-either that she may get more applanse than she otherwise expects, or that she may sing softly, because she does not knoro iwo bars of her song. We actually once heard the first aie in Guy Mannering softly sung by a celebrated Lucy Bertram, who waited for the clord in the band before she knew what was to come next.

Twilight Music.--To ensure the full effects of music, twi. light is, perhaps, indispensable, because, in the balance of nervous affection, the optic and auditory nerve can not stand simultaneous excitement. The brain cannot bear two enjoyments at once We must also be at some distance (at least a foot) from any other body, insulated in and surrounded by a musical atmosphere. The animal heat of other persons des. troys musical delight-Cottugno.

Beds in Germany. - Reader, have you ever known the inconveniencies of having bed-clothing too parrow to be tucked under, or at least, to fall down and cover the edges of the mattresses ? Unless you can resign yourselves to such beds, beware of visiting Germany. Oh, ye housewives of England ! what would ye say, to behold these bedsteads, three feet and a half broad, on the mattresses of wbich lies one sheet of the usnal breadth, while the only covering prepared for the astonished traveller consists in what the French call a piquequilt lined with wool, enclosed in a moveable bag, like a pil. low case, which, scarcely ever as long as the bed, leaves an opening at the bottom for the feet to protrude beyond-this the Germans thinks conducive to bealth: moreover, its breadth being exactly the same as that of the upper mattress, it is unavoidably shaken off by him who bas not practised in his bed the stillness that awaits him in the grave ! Such is the covering used in Germany during the summer. In winter it is exchanged for a sheet and " the feather-bed," which, from the smalloes of its dimensions, is equally ill calculated to afford warmth to him beneath il-wishing that he had the same power with which Italian polichinels are endowed that of drawing in his legs, and, in some measure, jumping dowu his own throat.

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THE BEAU MONDE;

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Monthly Journal of Fashion.

LONDON, March 1, 1835.

No. 51.]

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THE SCYMETAR.

short, narrow, and extremely curved; its surface was

covered with a myriad of dull blue lines interlacing Francis Barton and Edward Randolph were sons each other over the whole blade, except where an inof two of the wealthiest merchants of London. They scription in some character unknown to the Englishman were intimate friends and had lived familiarly from was traced upon it in letters of gold ; and it carried childhood. The former of them had weak health, and with it an intense fragrance. The youth made a motion was of a meditative mind; but Edward was vigorous, or two with the sabre to ascertain its poise, and then bold, and active. When they were nearly grown up, said it felt and looked well. “ The like of it no man Francis was sent by his father to Italy. He returned could have forged who has lived these thousand years,' after a residence of three years.

But his health was answered the ancient. " I would I could try it,” said worse than before, and his spirits were crushed and Edward. “ You shall” replied the merchant; but, in shattered to a degree which totally altered his charac- the mean time, you must taste some of my wine, which ter from its previous habit of serene contemplation and is almost as old as my weapon,

“ Here, Seid,” he ele. equable study. He seemed to Randolph as if broken vated his voice a little,

a flask." A moment after. down by some overpowering catastrophe, and burthened wards, a tall Nubian entered the room, bearing on a with some terrible secret ; but, though he appeared small golden salver a narrow flask of purple glass, and often to attempt disclosing to his friend the cause of two cups of precious materials adorned with jewels. his affliction, he never had resolution sufficient to pro- Randolph laid down the sword and drew off his ceed.

gloves, while the old man filled the cups with the rich After a few weeks, Edward was obliged to depart and brilliant liquor; and his guest was about to put for Amsterdam on some commercial arrangements of one of them to his lips, when he saw his entertainer his father's. These affairs compelled him to frequent raise the sword, and cut off with a slight blow the right the Exchange. One day, after having transacted the hand of the black. The sufferer did not wince. The business of the morning, he loitered for a moment, and old man stooped, lifted the bloody member, and held it looked round him. After carelessly surveying many up to Edward, as if to show him the smoothness of the of the groups of shrewd but heavy faces which encircled cut; when he recovered from his first astonishment, him, he remarked one in which there was a countenance and, springing upon the merchant, grasped the hilt of so peculiar as instantly to arrest his attention ; it bore the scymetar.

He then held it over the head of the the marks of age, but was, to no small degree, expres- criminal, and was exclaiming, “ Miscreant,” when his sive and intellectual. The paleness and delicacy of antagonist smote the blade out of his hand with a blow the features harmonized well with the dark gray of the of his staff, and, while he turned to recover it, dishair and of a long beard. The eyes were deep set, and appeared. sunk with years, but black, sparkling, and restless. The youth pursued him through the door, by which The dress was not otherwise remarkable than for its he thought he had escaped, but, after traversing several richness, and for a slightly oriental disposition and rooms, found himself in a vestibule opening to the air. colour.

Edward looked at him several times; and at The door had closed behind him, and he could not unlast his gaze turned to the young Englishman, and, fasten it. He therefore departed at the opposite enafter wandering across him and beyond him, fixed itself trance, determining to obtain assistance, and punish the strongly upon his face, and met his glances. When he outrage he had witnessed. He had now gained a road had thus marked Randolph, he disengaged himself from running between two walls, and it was not until he had those to whom he had been speaking, and, coming up wandered for a long time, that he found himself in a to him, bent his eyes fixedly towards him, and said part of Amsterdam which he knew. He described the slowly and in excellent English, “ You look as if you singular person in whose company he had been, and could wield a sword; I can furnish you with a better was told that he commonly went by the name of the than ever was handled by man." He waited for no merchant Ezra, but nobody knew where he lived ; and, answer, but turned and left the Exchange. Edward on endeavouring to retrace his footsteps, he found that followed, while the old man walked steadily through he only lost himself. Nor, after several days' search several streets, till he reached a large and handsome through all Amsterdam and its suburbs, could he dishouse. He opened the door with a key, and, after pass. cover any thing like the street or the house to which ing through several silent and solitary apartments, he had been so unexpectedly taken. reached a small inner shamber, surrounded by ebony He had left his bag of gold upon the table, and had cabinets.

of course no means of regaining it; but the scymetar He unlocked one of these, and took from it a scyme- still remained to him, stained with the blood he had tar of eastern workmanship and splendour. Edward seen shed, and preserving all its strange yet delicious proceeded to examine it, and laid on a table a bag of odour. He endeavoured to turn his attention to other coin which he had just received. The weapon was

subjects; but the form and eyes of the merchant haunted NO. LI. VOL. Y.

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him; and he sometimes sat for hours looking at the curred to the youth for an instant that he caught the
curious and valuable weapon, so extraordinarily pro- glance which had arrested bis attention on the Ex-
cured, and the dark crimson stain upon its blade. change of Amsterdam. However, he obeyed his first

Ezra was not again seen in Amsterdam daring the impulse without much reflection on his situation, and
residence of Edward in that city. The youth did not threatened to punish the insolence which interrupted
remain there, however, more than a few weeks after the him. His antagonist, while Edward's arms were im-
adventure with the merchant. When he returned to peded by those around him, seized him by the collar
London, he found his friend reduced to greater weak- and flung him headlong against the door of a house
ness of body, and misery of mind, than before; but he near which they both stood. He was hurt and stunned
still seemed too feeble and irresolute to explain the by the fall, and did not hear the roar of laughter and
nature of that tremendous sorrow which was evidently triumph at his discomfiture. The old man, whose look
dragging him into the grave. They went together in he thought he recognized, rapidly made his way to him.
a boat upon the Thames, in the calm and lingering He was dingy and squalid in his dress; and it would
loveliness of sunset. The great city, with all its spires. have been hard to believe that the wretched, mendicant-
and lines of beauty, and masses of dusky wealth, lay like being was the wealthy merchant Ezra. He signed
serene and majestic in the yellow glow; and the sails to two mean-looking men who followed him; and they
that bore the boats along the water were reflected amid lifted Edward, and carried him to one of the poorest
the sparkle. While they swept beneath the halls and abodes in all the street. The house looked falling to
towers of Westminster, Edward recounted to his friend ruin, and the shop contained scarcely any thing either
the singular occurrence which took place in Holland, of furniture or merchandise. The old man, who was
The languid and indifferent patient, looking earnestly called Manasses, made the others lay the youth upon
at his companion while the tale was told, at last whis- the counter, and then close the door behind them,
pered, " You shall soon know all," and in the moment This occurred in the afternoon; but Randolph had
was seized with strong convulsions, He was quickly not reached home long after he was expected. Mes.
calmed and restored, but still seemed too much agitated sengers were sent to seek for him in all directions, and
to enter upon any painful disclosure, The next day it returned without any tidings. At last his father ap-
was judged necessary to send him to a village a few plied to a magistrate, and a search was commenced.
miles from London, as the only chance of recovery. By the diligence of the officers, the young man was

After this occurrence, Edward had occasion tv visit at length traced to the street, and finally to the shop
one of the oldest portions of the city. He had entered of Manasses. The closest search, however, could dis-
a long and winding street, the houses of which were cover no traces of him in the miserable abode. The
generally out of repair, tall, grotesque, and squalid. elder Randolph, who had accompanied the authorities
Several of the fronts were adorned with old and dirty on this fruitless examination, was about departing,
carvings, and various draperies of second-hand clothes, when the squalid owner, who, while the search was
and household linen, were suspended at the doors and going forward, had been quietly sitting after the orien-
windows. The lowest parts of the houses were shops tal fashion at the entrance, addressed him in a tone of
for miscellaneous and nauseous looking eatables, for quiet sarcasm.
bones, rags, old iron, broken and worm-eaten furniture, “ And will you give me nothing for the care I have
ancient psalm-books, and new ballads.

taken of Mr. Edward Randolph ?”—“ Ha! how knew
prietors were generally in the interior of their dens; you his name ?”—“ Perhaps he told me. But we are
but unwashed children rolled and quarrelled in the both merchants, though in different lines; and all
kennels, and half-dressed, slip-shod woinen conversed merchants should know each other's names."
and swore on the pavement, or showed themselves at ped forward as he said this, and held the light up to
the upper windows bawling to their neighbours, and his own features, while he said to the father of Edward
occasionally emptying into the street the contents of “ Did

you ever hear of Joseph D’Atorna ?” The
cracked basins and jugs without handles. After Ran- merchant looked at him, and exclaimed—“ Good hea-
dolph had advanced a few paces up this avenue, he was vens ! can you be he?” Manasses did not answer him,
stopped by a crowd collected round a mountebank, the but said " Thank you, gentlemen, for your visit," and
fortunate owner of a bear and three monkeys: The

shut the door upon them. The astonishment of Ran.
latter animals were dressed as a lawyer, a policeman, dolph was not without a cause. The Joseph D’Atorna,
and a clergyman ; and the temptation of such a spec- whose voice and features were suddenly recalled to him
tacle had proved irresistible to all the black guards, in the person of the wretched Manasses, had been con-
that is, to nine-tenths of the population of the whole sidered some twenty years before, the wealthiest mer-
neighbourhood.

chant in London. He had appeared suddenly in Eng-
The youth wished only to make his way through the land, had engaged in the most extensive and venturous
mob ; and, after trying to pass at all its out-skirts, he transactions and had seemed to make enormous profits
determined to force himself forward along the houses on every thing he attempted. With Randolph himself
at one side.

He got on readily enough at first; but he he had engaged in some considerable affairs, and had
was soon obliged to touch on the shoulder a broad. been largely the gainer. But, after a year or two of
backed man with one eye, who impeded his passage, this splendid and singular career, during which he had
and to request him to move aside. This the fellow re- beeome the creditor of kings, and almost the founder
fused with an oath, and told him to keep “hands off.” of empires, he vanished as suddenly as he had appeared,
The ruffians round the place heard the dialogue ; and and none could speak more certainly of his fate than of
all eyes were turned to Edward and his doughty oppo- his origin.

It is not wonderful that Randolph startled
A dozen voices were raised to encourage the when he found him again in misery and degradation so
rudeness ; and, in the midst of the disturbance, it oc. complete, that he had never before conceived its possi.

The male pro-

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