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All these appear at the first glance to be doubled himself. Once she might have been sheer matrimonial mistakes. It is the wea- to him, in Mr. Tennyson's words, "as water risome dinner-party over again, only with is to wine," and the result of the combinathe material difference that the dessert never tion bears a natural resemblance to their decomes and the ladies never withdraw. But testable compound-negus. The fact is that our pity for these seemingly ill-mated couples a clever man, more than all others, requires may, after all, he wholly unnecessary. Is it, a slightly acidulous element in his companas a matter of fact, generally to be desired ion. All clever men are more or less inthat all the clever men should pair off with fected with vanity. It may be blatant and all the clever women, and leave the dullards offensive, it may be excessive but not unand that large section which is neither dull amusing, or it may show itself just as a bare nor clever to act on the same principle? His. soupçon, but it is never entirely ahsent, and tory does not much help us. There have needs to be counteracted by something much been illustrious men who found bliss in wives more potent than a hot and sugary intellectof their own mental stature; but there have ual negus. A clever husband, like the good been as many others who got on admirably despot, will be all the better for a little conwell with fools; and, lastly, there has been stitutional opposition. If his most constant a brilliant class who preferred to eschew fe- companion is ever flattering, ever kind, his male alliances altogether. Some few have natural share of self-love is sure to grow
both enjoyed the good fortune of David Copper- unhealthily large in quantity, and unworthily field, and, being providentially relieved of little in quality. The height of domestic the fool, have rushed into the arms of com- felicity would not probably be attained hy a
But from the nature of the case man whose wife could set him right in a this must be a rare privilege, and when you | Greek quotation, or oppose his views abɔut have once made the silly Dora your own, it Hebrew points, or thwart him in his theory is too much to expect that a timely consump- of the origin of evil ; but still less where he tion will prevent her from long continuing is never treated to an occasional dose of wholeso, in order that you may turn experience to some and vigorous dissent, and is allowed to account hy marrying Agnes.
make assertions and advance opinions without A clever man, like anybody else, may marry fear of criticism or chance of opposition. a clever woman, a merely sensible woman, a Solitude tends to make a man think a great fool, or an echo. Of these four varieties of deal too bighly of himself, but this quasi-solwives, the last is unquestionably the least to itude is still worse, where he only sees his be coveted. Habitual fractiousness is a de- own mental shadow, and hears his own mencided drawback in the partner of one's joys, tal echo. Of course, in many marriages, the and flippancy or frivolity is not always con- wife is no more a companion to her husband genial; but neither a fractious woman nor a than his housekeeper or his cook; and there flippant woman can do a husband any serious may be no more genuine intercourse hetween harm, though they may be exceedingly un- them than is implied by two men going into pleasant at the time. It is different when he partnership in business. In such cases menawakes to find himself married to bis sladow tal qualities are not of much importance. A -to a woman who may have been accom- head equal to the arithmetic of weekly bills, plished and even slightly thoughtful, but and a heart that does not quail before t'e who is so weakly endowed with individuality emergencies of the nursery, are amply sufithat before they have been married three cient to answer all purposes. But where a months she has sunk into a mere echo of man makes a companion of his wise, t'e varihimself. Originally, perlaps, she was able ety of woman that he selects palpably makes to pronounce opinions worth listening to, and a great difference, not solely in external comwhich he was glad to have, but all her powers fort, but in maintaining the vigor of his own have fled before his superiority like a badly character. fixed photograph before the sun. From being
It is remarkable that the conditions wlich a stimulant she has degenerated into a sheer prevent a man from ever appearing a l'ero to alsorbent. Ile married in the hopes of find- his valet should not operate equally in the ing a sort of" guide, philosopher, and friend,” case of his wife. IIo probably has les inand discovers that, after all, he has only sight into his wifo’s foibles than her maid,
because what it is the fashion to call the it in public, it is difficult to conceive a more “inner life " of woman is like her apparel, thoroughly useful domestic institution than infinitely more complex than that of the ordi- a sternly critical wife. Hence it may be nary run of men. But a wife, although she argued that the clever man must pair off does not shave bim, and brushes neither his with the clever woman, for otherwise how hair nor his clothes, generally knows more should she be competent to criticise him ? of her husband's character than his valet, Unless he selects somebody as good as himand the domestic hero-worship flourishes not- self, the only criticism, he is likely to enwithstanding. A dull blockhead, who is no-counter will come in the form of Caudle lectorious among his acquaintances for stupidity tures or Naggleton wrangles. But this is and fully, appears to his faithful spouse an just the same sort of mistake as people make archangel in the house. And with a clever who sneer at journalists for reviewing books man the case is far worse, for the blockhead, they could not write, or commenting upon in spite of the enfolding fumes of domestic campaigns they could not have conducted. incense, never quite loses the suspicion that The fallacy has been so frequently refuted in other men think him a fool, and that his wife the latter case that we need scarcely repeat is rather a fool for thinking him anything the arguments against its employment in the clse. But a clever man does not, to begin former. A woman may be quite unable to with, underrate his own powers; and, con- originate, and yet very competent to pass an scious that there is some foundation for the intelligent judgment upon wþat has been conjugal idolatry, he magnifies this founda- originated by somebody else in whom she is tion into something like ten thousand times interested. However, it is obviously as imits actual dimensions. If bis wife is clever, poseible to generalize about the sort of women too, the ill is aggravated still further, and whom clever men would do well to marry as he exaggerates his intellect to a still greater it would be to preseribe what kind of things extent on a kind of laudari ab laudato princi- clever men should eat for dinner. Some ple. A clever man will really find it worth would be happiest with babies like poor
Harwhile to reflect whether it is not better for riet Shelley, the chief source of whose nuphim to marry a downright fool than a mere tial joy was that “ the house had such a nice petticoated edition of himself, unrevised and garden for her and Percy to play in.” Othuncorrected, with all the original flaws faith- ere, like Voltaire or D'Alembert, would be fully reproduced.
better pleased with women like Madame du Mr. Disraeli dedicated Sybil to “ the most Chatelet or Mdlle. L'Espinasse, who could severe of critics, but-a perfect wife.” Per- solve abstruse astronomical problems, and haps the " but” might be appropriately re-write treatises on fluxions. Perhaps the maplaced by “ because.” At least, no wife is jority of clever men are well contented with perfect who cannot be a severe critic upon wives as like mothers as possible. But if it occasion. To a very clever man perhaps it is is impossible to lay down any more definite the most considerable of her functions. If rule, the clever man may at all events be his cleverness lies in the region of romance or warned to marry somebody else, and not himpoetry, and more especially if he loves to air self in another form.
The annual dinner of the Acclimatization So-non, and many other novelties were cautiously ciety was held at St. James's Hall, on Wednesday. partaken of. Some of them seem, however, to Our modern explorers and wild hunters were well hare possessed but little charm besides that of represented, Captains Speke and Grant, M. du novelty, for Mr. Barnal Osborne declired flatly Chaillu and Mr. Grantley Berkely all being pres
that he would rather starve than eat conger-eel
soup. The chairman, in calling attention to the ent. The dinner comprised all kinds of strange more important objects of the Society, reminded food-conger-eel soup, ostriches' eggs, "poulets the members that there was a time when the only a l'émancipation des nègres”—there is some vegetable grown in England was the cabbage, chance of emancipation becoming fishionable when wheat was unknown, and the only trees in after this— frogs dressed like chickens, bear's our forests were the oak and the beach. ham, sand grouse, “ bourgoul” from the Leba
From The Reader. of at least two such characters ; and the OLD NEW ZEALAND.
present Queen of the Hawaiian kingdom is, Old New Zealand : being Incidents of Native it must be remembered, the descendant of a
Customs and Character in the Old Times. common sailor, to whose wise counsel the
wich Islands-was indebted for much that 18
80, by their more fortunate neighbors, who with the first families of the tribe, and have quently became armed with muskets first. a decided infuence in the national councils. À pakeha trader was therefore of a value, In return for all these advantages they have say, about twenty times his own weight in to exercise their knowledge and accomplish- muskets. This, according to my notes made ments for the benefit of their newly adopted at the time, I find to have represented a value countrymen, aid them in time of war, form in New Zealand something about what we the medium of communication between them total of the national debt. A book-keeper,
mean in England when we talk of the sum and the foreign traders, and amuse the chiefs or a second-rate pakeha, not a trader, might and native aristocracy by telling stories of be valued at, say, his weight in tomahawks ; the white men and their doings.
an enormous sum also. The poorest laboring Often thesc Europeans are men of no princi- pakeha, though he might have no property, pleor mental capacity, and then their influence would earn something—his value to the chiţf is not very great; but occasionally they are mated at, say, his weight in fish-hooks, or
and tribe with whom he lived might be estiboth good and clever, and then they have lit- about a 'hundred thousand pounds or so: Ele difficulty in raising themselves to the high-value estimated by eagerness to obtain the est position. The history of the Sandwich article. Islands and Fiji has preserved us the names 6 The value of a musket was not to be es
timated to a native by just what he gave for Stole off with his own bead?' says I. That's it; he gave all he had, or could procure, and just it,' says he. Capital felony!'
I. bad he ten times as much to give, he would. You may say that, sir,' says he.: • Goodhave given it if necessary; or if not, he would morning,' said I, and walked away pretty buy ten muskets instead of one. Muskets ! smartly
• Loose notions about heads in this muskets! muskets ! nothing but muskets was country,' said I to myself; and, involuntarily the first demand of the Maori : muskets and putting up my hand to my own, I thought gunpowder, at any cost.
some!:ow the bump of combativeness felt "I do not, however, mean to affirm that smaller, or, indeed, had vanished altogether. pakehas were at this time valued • as such, . . It is a positive fact that, some time after -like Mr. Pickwick's silk stockings, which this, the head of a live man was sold and were very good and valuable stockings, • as paid for beforehand, and afterwards honestly stockings; ' not at all. A loose straggling delivered • as per agreement.' The scoundrel pakeha-a runaway from a ship, for instance, slave who had the conscience to run away who had nothing, and was never likely to with his own head, after the trouble and exhave anything-a vagrant straggler, passing pense had been gone to to tattoo it to make from place to place—was not of much ac- it more valuable, is no fiction either. Even count, even in those times. Two men of this in the good old times' people would somedescription (runaway sailors) were hospita- times be found to behave in the most dishonbly entertained one night by a chief, a very est manner. But there are good and had to particular friend of mine, who, to pay him- be found in all times and places." self for his trouble and outlay, ate one of
Our author them next morning."
we wish he had given his In those days the New Zealanders had lit-name, to enable us to compliment him on his
capital book--tells many amusing anecdotes tle to give in exchange, except such raw pro- and tragical incidents of New Zealand life in ducts as were produced spontaneously in their the good old times; and, had we suficient country. Amongst them ranked New Zealand fax (Phormium tenax), Kowrie gum, extract. One more, however, must suffice,
space, we should select several passages for and-human heads. The skippers of many showing how much superior the Maori spiritof the colonial trading schooners were always mediums were to the poor article ready to deal with a man who had “a real
out amongst us. See how effectually the good head,” and used to commission some of heathen priest raises the spirit of a departed the low whites to supply them with that ar-chief, a great personal friend of the author's, ticle. When our author first came to the and one of the first natives who learned to country he happened to stumble across a col- read and write, and kept a diary which nolcction cured for the market, and had the cu- body had been able to find since his death! riosity to examine it.
56 We were all seated on the rush-strewn “One had undoubtedly been a warrior ; floor-about thirty persons. The door was there was something bold and defiant about shut; the fire had burnt down, leaving the look of the head. Another was the head nothing but glowing charcoal, and the of a very old man, gray, shrivelled, and wrin- room was oppressively hot. The light was kled. I was going on with my observations little better than darkness ; and the part of when I was saluted by a voice from behind the room in which the tohunga [priest) sat with, · Looking at the eds, sir?' It was one was now in perfect darkness. "Suddenly, of the pakehas formerly mentioned. “Yes,' without the slightest warning, a voice came said I, turning round just the least possible out of the darkness. Salutation !—salutathing quicker than ordinary. _• Eds has been tion to you all!-salutation !-salutation to a getting scarce,' says he. I should think you, my tribe !-family, I salute you ! so,' says I. • We an't ad a ed this long friends, "I salute you !—friend, my pakeha time,' says he. The devil!' says I. • One friend, I salute you.' The high-handed darof them eds has been hurt bad,' says he..I ing imposture was successful : our feelings should think all were rather so,' says I. Oh, were taken by storin. A cry expressive of no, only one on 'em,' says he ; "the skull is affection and despair, such as was not good šplit, and it wont fetch nothin',' says he. to hear, came from the sister of the dead
Oh, murder ! I see now,' says I. • Eds was chief, a fine, stately, and really handsome werry scarce,' says he, shaking his own. ed.' woman of about five-and-twenty. She was "Ah!' said I.
They had to tattoo a slave rushing, with both arms extended, into the a bit ago,' says he, and the villain ran away, dark, in the direction from whence the voice tattooin' and all !' says he. What?' said caine; but was instantly seized round the I. Bolted afore he was fit to kill,' says hc. waist and restrained by her brother by main
foree, till, moaning and fainting, she lay still pose the imposture without showing palpable on the ground. At the same instant another disbelief. We cannot find your book,' said female voice was heard from a young girl, I; · where have you concealed it?' The anwho was held by the wrists by two young swer instantly came, 'I concealed it between men, her brothers. • Is it you ?-is it you ? the tahuhu of my house and the thatch, straight -truly is it you !-aue !•auc! they hold me, over you as you go in at the door.' IIere the they restrain me: wonder not that I have not brother rushed out; all was silence till his followed you ; they restrain me, they watch return. In five minutes he came back with me ; but I go to you. The sun shall not rise, the book in his hand! I was beaten, but made the sun shall not rise, aue! aue!' Here she another effort. • What have you written in fell insensible on the rush floor, and with the that book ? ' said I. • A great many things.' sister was carried out, ... The spirit spoke · Tell me some of them.' Which of them ? ' again. Speak to me, the tribe !--speak to · Any of them.' • You are seeking for some me, the family!--speak to me, the pakeha!' information ; what do you want to know? I The pakeha,' however, was not at the mo- will tell you.' Then suddenly — • Farewell, ment inclined for conversation. At last the O tribe ! farewell, my family, I go!' Here brother spoke, and asked, · How is it with a general and impressive cry of' • farewell' you?-is it well with you in that country?' arose from every one in the house. • FareThe answer came (the voice all through, it is well,' again cried the spirit from deep beneath to be remembered, was not the voice of the the ground! • Farewell,' again from high in tohunga (priest), but a strange melancholy the air! • Farewell,' again came moaning sound, like the sound of the wind blowing through the distant darkness of the night. into a hollow vessel) — It is well with me : • Farewell!' I was for a moment stunned. my place is a goud place. The brother spoke The deception was perfect. There was a dead again— Have you seen and -- and silence-at last. A ventriloquist,' said I
-?? (I forget the names mentioned), .or-or-perhaps the devil.'" • Yes; they are all with me.' A woman's voice now from another part of the room anx The young woman who had been so much iously cried out— Have
you seen my
sister ? affected kept her promise to follow her deYes, I have seen her.' • Tell her
parted brother to the land of spirits. Long great towards her and never will cease.' Yes, I will tell.' Here the woman burst
ere the sun rose she had committed suicide. into tears, and the pakeha felt a strange
66 Old New Zealand ” may be warmly recswelling of the chest, which he could in no ommended to public perusal. It is a most way account for. .
racy and interesting book, and vividly brings * The spirit spoke again. • Give my large before us scenes which will never be acted tame pig to the priest' (the pakeha was dis- again. The country in which they took enchanted at once) "and my double gun:' place is undergoing a complete transformaHere the brother interrupted — Your gun a manaiunga; I shall keep it.' Ile is also tion, and its natives are fast passing away, disenchanted, thought I, but I was mistaken; like the gigantic birds, the Noas, which åt he believed, but wished to keep the gun bis one time peacefully looked over the gardenbrother had carried so long.
fences, or yielded, perhaps, part of the daily • An idea now struck me that I could ex- food of the population.
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