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Plant," by Shelley; “The Eve of St. Agnes," novel-reader reminiscences of dozens of other sult. But our author has, we cannot doubt, by Keats; “Paradise and the Peri," by Thomas stories in which substantially the same frame- proved his capacity to shape conceptions Moore; “ The Raven,” by Poe; “The Skele- work is employed; while to dissociate the
which will lay a strong hold of our minds, ton in Armor," by Longfellow; “The Haunted characters from the special parts which they and to embody them in a music which will House," by Hood; “ The Writing ou the Im- play in the narrative would expose them to
not easily die out of our hearts." ... Objecage," by William Morris ; " Tam O'Shanter," the suspicion of being names and nothing
tions having been made by some of the per
·sons mentioned in the letters, the publication by Burns ; “The Forging of the Anchor," besides. It does not even furnish us with a
of Mr. Mill's correspondence with Comte has by Samuel Ferguson ; " Morte d'Arthur,” by decent excuse for a digression of our own, been postponed for the present. . . . Mr. Tennyson; and Macaulay's “Horatius." Now, and we are reduced to saying briefly that Tennyson is said to derive an income of fifteen it is plain that, while no exception can be Oldbury"
” is a quiet, rather commonplace, to twenty thousand dollars a year from comtaken to any one of these poems, the book, and tolerably well-written story, in the peru- posers who set his songs to music. The charge as a collection, would find it difficult to give sal of which the leisurely reader can manage
for permission to set a poem is twenty-five a raison d'étre. Not only does it not contain to consume several days, for it fills a stout
dollars, and the applications average three a all, or nearly all, the narrative poems in the and closely-printed duodecimo.
day. ... The London Times says that Mr. language that can fairly be called classic,
Tennyson's "Queen Mary” gives evidence but it is not even representative; there are
of more fire than any thing that has appeared
MR. FARJEon's new story, “Love's Vic- since Shakespeare's time. . . . Mr. Joseph scores of such poems omitted which are as
tory,” furnishes the Spectator with text for a Hatton is writing for London Society "The good as any except the very best of those brief discourse on the distinction between True History of Punch," in which will appear included and better than most of them. The the novel and melodrama. " An utterly pre- hitherto unpublished letters of Thackeray, collection simply gathers in one volume a posterous story," it says, "may make an Dickens, Shirley Brooks, Mayhew, and Tom number of poems with which every one is fa- effective melodrama, and Mr. Farjeon would Hood. . . . The Academy describes Mr. Henry miliar, and which may be found in all previous have done well to offer his manuscript to James's “A Passionate Pilgrim and Other compilations. Mr. Johnson cannot but be
some stage-manager. Fine sentiments, an ex Stories" as "a series of careful studies in Naaware of its deficiencies. His prose selec- citing mystery, a prosperous villain to be un thaniel llawthorne's manner. This is not one
masked, a handsome, ingenuous youth to be of those cases of unconscious influence, comtions filled the twelve volumes to which the
established in his rights, lovely innocence to mon with young writers who reproduce imperseries was originally limited, and it would be protected and transferred from heart-wrung fect echoes of authors who have touched their have been wiser, we think, had it ended there. I agony to a heaven of bliss, an aged father to imagination and lingered in their memory,
be cleared from dishonor before he dies, with and who believe themselves original in so doIs a novel by Julia Kavanagh one is a noble cynic to laugh. Ha, ha!' at the shams ing. Mr. James, on the contrary, is fully reasonably sure to find a coherent and prob- of the great world, and a good-humored buf aware of what he does, and has set himself at able plot, incidents which are interesting foon to rush about and grin as cheerfully at Hawthorne's feet with the entire trust and adwithout being sensational in the slightest the kicks as the half-pence, these are all the miration which we may suppose to have been degree, characters that resemble real persons for a highly-edifying drama that sends the of a great and original painter. He has bis
materials we require, and all these we have, exhibited formerly by the pupils in the school sufficiently to awaken a sort of personal in- gallery and pit, and not seldom the stalls and reward, too, for he has caught much more than terest in them, and a fluent and agreeable if boxes as well, home to bed with a feeling of the mere trick of style, by no means difficult somewhat monotonous style. The reader, personal elevation, and with a sense of having to imitate, and has succeeded more nearly than moreover, is always treated with perfect good had a hand in the noble deeds that have been any other writer we have met in entering into faith. Having made up her mind what her enacted before them. All that we care about Hawthorne's psychology, with its half-morbid story is to be, Miss Kavanagh tells it with in melodrama is that principles shall be high and entirely weird conception of life." ...M. straightforward directness ; never introduces and incident exciting, and that right shall tri- Charles de Rémusat, the French littérateur and stimulating episodes merely to prop up an
umph over might in the end. And if the politician, who died recently, is described by interest which the story itself cannot sustain; characters leaning toward the angelic and the of amateurs.” ... The original manuscript
sentiment be somewhat high-flown, and the one of his friends as “ in every thing the first and when she has any preaching or moraliz- diabolic, and the circumstances tending tow- of Gray's “Elegy written in a Country Churching to introduce, does not do it under the ard the sensational, then, so much the more yard” was sold the other day in London. It guise of ordinary conversation, but writes clearly to the popular mind, and in so much is entirely in the autograph of the poet, and it down in solid paragraphs that almost chal- the bolder relief, will stand out the purpose contains alterations, erasures, and corrections, lenge the reader to skip them. Of all these of the piece—that vice should suffer and vir- which show the anxious care bestowed upon qualities, “ John Dorrien,” her latest story, tue rejoice. Melodrama is all the better melo- its composition. In this manuscript, the is a good example. It is well constructed, drama for containing a lively and even exag names of " Cæsar” and “ Tully" are erased, well told, has an admirable hero, a pretty and gerated illustration of the beauty and claims and those of“ Cromwell” and “ Milton” subpleasant heroine, a mildly-wicked villain, mi.
of goodness, and of the deformity and deserts | stituted. ... The Saturday Review, in its no
of wickedness. But a story should be a nat tice of Carlyle's “Early Kings of Norway," por dramatis persone who contrast with cach other excellently, and maintains its interest merely typical, character, and not a series of ural picture of real life and of individual, not assails the style in this fashion:“Mr. Carlyle
and his admirers no doubt think it clever to through some five hundred pages of liberal startling positions and striking scenes, which talk about Bluetooth & Co.'s invasions, dimensions. Its chief fault is a lack of local give persons of fine sentiments a succession Svein, Eric & Co.,''the viking public,' and coloring, which, as the scene is laid in France, of opportunities for airing their views and ex- so forth. They perhaps think it both learned and as Miss Kavanagh has a keen sense of ercising their generosity, and afford modest and clever to call the Eastern emperors 'poor the picturesque and a cultivated faculty of loveliness fit occasions for recounting its strug- kaisers,' without which touch we could have observation, is rather surprising. Much more gles of agony and its triumphs of conscience.” given Mr. Carlyle credit for understanding could have been made of the Saint - Ives
German, and we should not have been tempted school and of the life of the English colony
THE Spectator thinks very highly of the to guess that he fancies that German was
“Songs of Two Worlds," the third series of spoken at Constantinople. They perhaps in Paris ; but then, as we have said, the
which was published lately in London. It think that there is some point in trampling author has too entire faith in her story to
says: " Criticism is a dim and groping art at grammar under foot, in beginning sentences care much for subordinate matters. (D. Ap- best, but in the present case it is even more with verbs without nominative cases, or with pleton & Co.)
dull and groping than usual, if we are mistak- nominative cases queerer than none at all.
en in supposing that the man who wrote those Can think of no safe place;'-old mistress "OLDBCRY," by Anne Keary, which ap- stanzas ought to have in him what will give does receive him ;''had a standing army.' pears in the light, summer costume of the him a permanent, though probably a modest, Even when Mr. Carlyle wishes to give his “ International Series of New and Approved place in the line of English poets. We do not opinion as to a date, his way of doing so is to Novels” (New York: Porter & Coates), is one say he has won it yet. These three volumes, say, 'Guess somewhere about 1040. About of those stories in which it is difficult to find though full of reflective beauty, and contain things of this kind it is no use arguing: those
ing one or two passages of stately and statu who like them will go on liking them; those any thing on which to base even a descriptive esque power, might not produce a sufficient who have a respect for history or for any other criticism. To summarize the plot would be body of verse, in an age when slight im- serious study will go on feeling a twinge when simply to recall to the mind of the veteran pressions so easily pass away, for such a re- ! they see it thus dressed up in motley"
own so precise, pretty in proportion and in and simple, and the expression of melanThe Irts.
general form, as were some of these drawings choly and strength entirely exempts it from made from dictation-lessons. But a few pre- any thing conventional or melodramatic. The
cise and rigid directions were given in the beholder never thinks of the man as a posed ITHIN two or three weeks there has class, and these the children were bound to figure, and the grand, simple repetition of
been a very large and important ex follow, and, after these instructions had been lines through the composition is appreciated hibition in Boston of drawings from the pub-carried out, every little creature who is fond as solemnity and force, and not as a pedantic lic schools of the State. This collection, of wreathing flowers in its hat, or arranging exhibition of the resources of the artist. which numbered several thousand specimens, stones or buttercups in pleasant forms on the It is a good thing to be able at a glance comprised a wide range of subjects, includ grass, had but to put the same amount of to study two pictures and two standards of ing geometrical drawings, designs for lace, fancy upon the plan that was geometrically thought so diverse as this Millet and the calico, china, architectural plans, and prob- laid down of squares, or ovals, or composed Veronese; each seems to make the epoch of lems in perspective. The work was done by circles, and a pleasant picture was almost the other more distinct and appreciable. Compupils six years old and upward. Massa certain to be the result.
paring the two, it appears to us that no techchusetts, as is well known, took the initia
nical artist can resist the impression of the tive of introducing drawing into the common The recent death of the French artist Mil- purity and perfection of the conditions that schools some four or five years ago, since let has given an added interest to his pictures, made such a painting possible as “The Marwhich time there have been yearly exhibi. so that the exhibition of one of the most fa- riage of St. Catherine.” Beside the wild, imtions, each of which has been superior to the mous of them, “The Sower," in the Loan passioned, and withal somewhat muddily-colprevious ones.
Collection in Boston, has been made the subored and raggedly - lined picture of “The It is known by persons competent to judge ject of much comment in art-circles. Sower,” it hangs in its perfection of parts that the peculiar genius of different nations This picture is somewhat known from en- and delicacy of line and color, in its balance gives a marked character to their art; andgravings, but, like the large proportion of of light and shade, as complete and harmonever perhaps so well have the temperament works of art, it is only the original that em nious as a lily on its stalk, or an antique and sensibilities of Americans had so distinct bodies its own especial peculiarity. Hung statue on its pedestal. an expression as in these little drawings near the picture by Paul Veronese, of which made by thousands of Massachusetts chil we had occasion to speak two or three weeks ALTHOUGH a great many monuments have dren uninfluenced by traditions or precon ago, the merits of this representative of a been erected or completed in Germany since ceived ideas. Copied from natural objects, new school, and a masterpiece by a great the last war with France, only one of them— or designed on general geometrical princi- leader of Italian art, have provoked a good the Hermann Monument, in the Teutoburger ples, many of them seemed to us full of the deal of criticism and many comparisons. Forest—has, in every respect, a truly national nervous sensibility peculiar to the American Painted in an age when subjective literature character, and this commemorates an event character.
and the most subtile analysis of human mo which happened nearly nineteen hundred The general system of instruction in draw- tives form the chief staple for the reading years ago. Now, however, the whole Gering is that pursued in the English schools, world in the dissection of character by George man nation has become deeply interested in but in its application, outside of some lead- Eliot, George Sand, Balzac, and Kingsley, the project of erecting a monument which ing and axiomatic propositions, the mind of "The Sower," by Millet, is yet the most sub- shall stand as a memorial of the greatest every child is allowed, within the scope of jective picture we ever saw.
epoch in modern German history—the union these positive points, to work in perfect free Strong as an athlete, the heavy-jointed, of the race against the French, and the fordom. Among the designs, those which seemed dark limbs of the Sower swing along as he mation of a new empire under Kaiser Wilto us distinctively American were the pat- moves down an open furrow of the field. His helm. It is to be placed upon the Niederwald, terns for calicoes and wall-papers, and also joints are big as those of a cart-horse, and a lofty summit at the extremity of the Taunus for china. Uniting the unpretending, honest the peasant-coarseness of the paintings by Mountains, overlooking the Rhine. From this thought that characterizes so strongly the Courbet is mingled with the proud and point there is a magnificent view, not only of South Kensington School, the Minton china, thoughtful composition of his form. The the beautiful, vine-covered province known as and, in fact, all the good new English de- upper part of his face is concealed by shadow, the Rheingau, but also of the country on both signs, some of the pictures in this exhibition and his coarse lips and nose and jaw, resolute sides of the river for many miles around. The had a delicate quality both in form and and sad, over which the daylight is playing, monument will be distinctly visible for an imcolor quite unlike the solid and somewhat are the active power in a life whose spirit is mense distance. clumsy decoration of England. One design delineated by the artist as in an eclipse The idea of constructing such a monuwe recollect in particular, from a country analogous to that which conceals his eyes ment was first entertained very soon after school, that was based, we believe, on a he- and forehead. A pouch of grain hangs round the accession of the King of Prussia to the potica, or wild-geranium-a semi-transparent his waist, and from it he flings broadcast corn imperial throne. It was taken up with ardor flower, whose delicate petals possess in na into the open earth, while behind him, and among all classes of the people in every part ture an almost gossamer-like fragility. The corresponding to the lower qualities of his of the empire, and preparations were quickly design was developed on the most rigid prin- | nature which are stamped in the lines of his made for obtaining a suitable design. A large ciples of botanical analysis, and in it were in. heavy mouth and jaw, “the fowls of the number of designs were submitted to the comdicated, with the precision that marks every air” stoop to devour the ill-planted grain. mittee of judges by many noted German artEnglish pattern, the character of the green Far off above him, in an upland meadow over ists, but the one offered by Professor Johannes leaves, the peculiarities of stem and flower which the sunlight is brooding, a man with Schilling, of Dresden, was unanimously destalk, and these, too, with the excellent Eng. his oxen is driving a plough. If the career of clared to be the most appropriate and merilish absence of unmeaning flourish or orna Jean Valjean, in Victor Hugo's “Misérables," torious. ment; but more, we think, than the English be fateful and hopeless, this picture of “The This symbol of German unity will probor French character would appreciate, as a Sower" might be a fitting likeness of that ably be about ninety feet high, and not less chief and distinctive attraction, the filmy, strange character struggling against a nature than sixty in width at the base. The dimengossamer-like beauty of the petals and their whose good impulses seemed predestined to sions, however, have not yet been given with lovely curves were dwelt upon, and so lov- | defeat; or to show in paint a man as entan- exactness. It will be constructed of differingly emphasized, that we could not doubt gled in the meshes of his own inherited pro- ently-colored granite, with figures of bronze. the motive that had prompted the selection clivities as the fly in the spider's web in that To the right and left of the socle, or broad, of this flower.
most melancholy portrait of life in Hugo's projecting lower pedestal, which will form Without the testimony of our own eyes, “Notre-Dame."
the centre of the base, there will be terraced we could hardly have believed that under any Considered as a composition in paint, this walls surmounted at each end by a colossal system of teaching children six years old work has many fine points. The swing and bronze candelabrum. In the middle of this could have produced little designs of their action of the figure of the Sower are free socle there will be a sculptured group, repre
senting the Rhine and the Moselle. Next of dogs, fill up the whole side of the room, the needs of the working-classes, and do will come the upper pedestal, which will be and look haughtily at the unfortunate spec- something for the education of the masses. elaborately ornamented and inscribed. In tators as if challenging their right to look. The poor boy spends a few months every year front will be displayed a large group, typi. Heaven knows how little desire we have to in some public school, and gets a general idea fying the uprising of the German people to
look! The picture is simply insupportable; of reading, writing, and arithmetic, and then
it had no right to be painted, and, being paint- he goes and learns a trade, and learns of it defend the Rhine, and containing a numbered, it has no right to be exhibited. If artists only what his boss can and will teach him. of warlike figures surrounding the Emperor and their sitters choose to display the vulgar In two or three of our largest cities he may William, who will be mounted and in mili- absurdity of which they can be guilty, let go in the evening to some Cooper Institute tary attire. Beneath this group will be in them find a picture-gallery for themselves in and be instructed in rudimentary sciences, scribed five verses of the popular patriotic which to exhibit their joint performance; but which by an early enforcement of the act of song, “ Die Wacht am Rhein.” On the three we protest against the sacrifice of any of our compulsory school-attendance he might have other sides of this pedestal lengthy inscrip- national walls for such a purpose. Has the mastered long ago. He may find there also an tions will set forth, in general terms, the his. Academy no shame for itself, no thought of opportunity to practise a little drawing, and to tory of the war with France, and the reëstab
what its neighbors will say, that wholesome listen now and then to a lecture, which is usulishment of the German Empire. To the left
dread which so often keeps us from folly ally high above his capacity, and far removed
We have suffered long from big portraits, but from his practical needs. But there is not one there will stand a huge figure of War, holding a this is the climax of all. Is it because it is city in the Union that has an institution which drawn sword, and sounding the alarm through like the family piece of Dr. Primrose's house is a genuine help to the working-man. What a great trumpet; and on the right will be an hold, too big to be put anywhere else, that it he wants is to learn to do his work well. The image of Peace, corresponding in size to the has been foisted upon the Academy? Such an sort of thing which is called “a wide and other, crowned with laurel, and bolding an exhibition is nothing less than high-treason higher culture" is of no immediate concern to olive-branch in her hand. Between these against English art.”
him. Teach him how to distinguish between two figures will rise the shaft of the monu
good and bad material, show him what the
The Overland Monthly, speaking of Keith's best tools are in his trade, let him examine ment. Its lower portion will be adorned in
“High Sierra," now on exhibition in San front with the German eagle, garlands of vic- Francisco, declares that “it fully justifies in
some tine specimens of workmanship in his
own line, and you render him a service. His tory, and shields containing the arms of the its perfect state the enthusiasm it called up, own hands and eyes are the working-man's different states composing the empire; while when but half done, in the mind of such a mas only successful teachers. Now, in Schwarzat the sides, and in the rear, will be presented terful judge of mountain-scenery as John Muir. Senborn's Athenæum in Vienna, as in many the names of those most active in bringing It reproduces the hoary giant mountains back other German, Belgian, French, and English about the new order of things, including all of the Yosemite Valley near the head-waters of sister institutions, he is surrounded by vast the principal German generals of the present
the Merced River—reproduces them not alone collections of home and foreign raw products,
with an accuracy of detail satisfactory to a ge-manufactured wares in various stages of comday. The whole will be surmounted by a magnificent colossal figure of Germany, standing logist, but also with that grander artistic ef- pletion, models, designs, apparatus, scaffold
fect so extolled by Ruskin, that power of call- ings, tools, and machinery of every sort and before the imperial throne. The artist seems ing up in the soul of the spectator the same description. There is a room full of patterns; to have exerted all his power upon this grand spirit and impressions that the original of the there is a laboratory where he himself can statue, and his conception is well worthy of picture would evoke. The mountains loom in make any technical and chemical experiment the universal admiration it has excited among the distance through that indefinable purplish he likes; there are shops supplied with all manhis countrymen. The figure is that of a haze, so hard to reproduce that not one artist ner of tools and appliances in which he may beautiful young woman, thoroughly German in hundreds can catch or fix it, yet here so
attempt to execute and test whatever he inin aspect, holding up with one bare, splen- faithfully colored that J. W. Gally, standing vents or others have invented; and there are didly-shaped arm the crown of the empire, with us before the picture, cried out in delight: theoretical and practical scientists of fame, while the other rests upon the hilt of a long, puddle than the rest of them. This picture ing the evening hours, to give every man just
He has it! This man has more water in his walking through the various departments durlaurel-wreathed sword, whose point is beside
was never painted in a studio. No; there is the information and counsel he needs, simply her right foot.
no close air about it. On the mountain-side, for the asking. This is the special feature of How soon the monument will be completed in the very face of Nature, seeing her eye to the Vienna institution, and it is not surprising cannot now be stated. But the people in ev. eye, was this canvas covered with its colors. that it has proved a great attraction. Free ery part of the empire seem to be working You feel the chill wind from the gray, unmelt- reading-rooms, courses of popular lectures, earnestly for the accomplishment of that end. ed snow, you hear the creaking of the glaciers and rudimentary instruction, achieve some Contributions of money are flowing in rapidly as they grind their way through the hollow good, and form of course also part of the adfrom various sources, and a large amount is cañons, you hear the incessant voice of the vantages offered by the Athenæum, but the already in the possession of the committee.
water as it falls and feathers along its rocky permanent exhibition of industrial objects, the channels. There is a poet here as well as a free use of shops and laboratories, and the
painter, and from storm-beaten pine to cloven opportunity of meeting men of experience and Portraits on a huge scale are always a rock, from water naked in the light to where learning to get the right hint wherever wantstriking if not a pleasing feature of the Royal | it sheathes itself in the heart of darkness, he ed, have been the means of drawing hundreds Academy exhibitions. Blackwood, in an arti- sees, and knows, and loves. Not, of course, of middle-aged journeymen and even the masele on this year's exhibition, has the following a poet without discords, not a painter without ter-workmen out of their rum and beer haunts pungent passage upon a production of this flaws, but, best taken with worst, a great and to spend their evenings, in every sense of the kind: “Talking of portraits," it says, “ we sympathetic artist."
word, in the pursuit of knowledge. cannot refrain from lifting up our testimony
It was a comparatively easy matter for against the greatest crime in this way which
Baron Schwarz-Senborn to found this Indushas been perpetrated upon an unoffending Correspondence. trial Museum and Working-man's School, and public for years. Many and great are the of
it will be an equally easy thing for us to call fenses which we put up with, grumbling yet
one into existence here. Let a body be organpatient, from exhibition to exhibition; but To the Editor of Appletons' Journal.
ized by the Legislature as the National Musethere is enough in this to warrant a popular Dear Sir: Permit me the use of your col- | um of Industry, and urge every exlibitor at rising. The picture in the second room, by umns to suggest what should be done with the the centennial to leave behind in Philadelphia, Mr. Wells, marked 112 (we would not be so crumbs, so to speak, of the Centennial Exhi as a bequest to this museum, whatever generrade as to name any names), reaches the bition.
osity prompts him, or whatever he considers point at which portrait-painting ceases to be Baron Schwarz-Senborn, the emeritus di- hardly worth while for him to remove. The an offense and becomes a crime. Mr. Wells rector of the Vienna Exhibition, and Austrian result will be more than an ordinary house full has done and can do very good work, and it minister plenipotentiary to our country, picked of raw stuffs, models, designs, manufactures, is surely an act of very ill-intentioned favor to up the leavings of the great industrial feast, machinery, tools, and the like. To get a suithim which has induced the hanging commit- and gathered enough to found a great Indus- | able edifice either in this city or Philadelphia tee to sanction such an exhibition. Two la- trial Museum and Working-man's Free Train- will not be difficult in our country, where libdies more than life-size under the big portico | ing-School, like the Conservatoire des Arts et erality is almost a virtue in excess. Anyhow, of a house, about half a dozen men equally co- Métiers in Paris, or the Musée de l'Industrie the first to consider in establishing a museum loszal on horseback, and attended by a world | in Brussels. We also should think a little of is to have something to exhibit, and not, as
has been the case in many instances, to ob- gloves were of Bruges lace of the yellowish The Figaro continues to publish extracts tain a place of exhibition before there is any white tint then fashionable, but so finely from the interesting and gossipy memoirs of thing to show. The other details of such an worked that her delicate skin only appeared the veteran actor Laferrière. One of the later institution, as the procuring of suitable men the more rosy beneath it.” Thus attired, the chapters gives an account of the funeral of to give the practical instruction we have spoken tender and fragile loveliness of this flesh-and-the great actress Marie Dorval, her who was of, and the providing of sufficient funds to blood Ophelia, this anticipation in a court of the only rival really feared by Mademoiselle meet the current expenses, will also obtain in Goethe's bourgeoise Gretchen, must have ap Mars when the latter was in the height of her time whatever is necessary for their execution. ! peared even more charming than usual. Fou career. Madame Dorval was the original MaIt is now two years since Baron Schwarz-Sen quet had already had the audacity to lay his rion Delorme and Catarina of Victor Hugo's born set to work at his scheme of raising the heart and twenty thousand pistoles at the feet “Marion Delorme" and "Angelo," and she intellectual condition of the working-classes of this gentlest and sweetest of erring women, also created the heroines of several of the in his own country, and his Atheneum, the and had received an indignant repulse, not- principal plays of the elder Dumas. She was only monument of the Vienna Exbibition still withstanding which he was weak and wicked the queen of the theatres of the Boulevard, as standing, is now quite prosperous and effi- enough to place her portrait among those of was Mademoiselle Mars of the Comédie Francient. Yours respectfully,
his acknowledged conquests in a private cabi- -çaise. In her later days, though her talent was G. A. F. VAN Rhyn. net at Vaux. He also took advantage of her unimpaired, she lost her hold on the affections
presence at the fête to approach her anew with of the fickle Parisian public. Her last engage
an avowal of his unwelcome passion, a circum ment was a total failure, and was canceled From Abroad.
stance which the lady at once revealed to her by the directors of the theatre at which she royal lover. Some one, thinking to injure La appeared (the Théâtre Historique) after the
Vallière in the estimation of Louis, had al- first three nights. This failure, and the death OUR PARIS LETTER.
ready informed him of the presence of her of a little grandchild to whom she was much TH VE celebrated historical Château of Vaux portrait in the private cabinet, and from that attached, broke the poor actress's heart. She
Praslin is to be offered at public sale hour the downfall of Fouquet was resolved survived the blow but a short time, and the on the 6th of July. It was built in the reigu upon.
desertion which bad attended her last appearof Louis XIV. by the celebrated Fouquet. It From the family of Villars the palace ance was not lacking at her funeral. Laferoriginally cost eighteen million francs (three passed into the possession of the Count de rière says: “Her hearse passed through the million six hundred thousand dollars), a sum Choiseul-Praslin, cousin to the celebrated Duccareless crowd followed only by a few faithful which represents at least three times as much de Choiseul, minister to Louis XV. By Ma- friends. I was of the number, as were also at the present time. Three villages were de dame de Pompadour's influence, the count was Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, one or two stroyed to form the site for the immense gar created a duke under the title of Duc de Pras of the sociétaires of the Comédie Française, a dens, laid out by Lenôtre, which were count lin, the old château was rechristened anew by few authors, a few of her former comrades; ed among the wonders of Europe. The foun the title of Vaux-Praslin, and it has remained and that was all. On the outer boulevard tains were the model of those afterward con in possession of that family up to the present leading to the cemetery two men of the people structed at Versailles. The famous Lebrun time. Hither, in 1825, the young Marquis de stopped to look at the melancholy cortige. had adorned the state-apartments with admi- Praslin brought his bride, Fanny Sebastiani, One said to the other: rable pictures. St.-Germain and Fontainebleau, the daughter of Marshal Sebastiani, to pass "" Why, that is Dorval's funeral.' the chief country-seats which the kings of: the honey-moon, the bridegroom being but " It isn't possible,' remarked his comrade, France then possessed (for Versailles and Mar- | twenty-one years of age and the bride eigh there is nobody at it.' ly were as yet undreamed of), could not com teen. A mutual affection presided at this "She had ceased to make money,' anpare in magnificence with Vaux-le-Vicomte, union, and it was destined to be still further swered the other, shrugging his shoulders. as this palace was then called. The fountains, cemented by the birth of numerous offspring. And they went their ways. Tbat speech came in particular, then a novelty, became widely Twenty-two years later the wife, then the near being the only funeral oration of Dorral. celebrated. They appear to have surpassed Duchesse de Praslin, was murdered by her hus When we were ranged around the grave, the tbose of Versailles by their admirable ar band under circumstances of peculiar horror grave-digger, after throwing in the first shovrangement, by which a full view of them could not, however, at Vaux-Praslin, but in the elful of earth, leaned on his spade and seemed be obtained from the state-apartments of the Paris residence of the family on the Champs to wait. A dead silence ensued, people looked château, every cascade, jet, and basin, forming Elysées. Tradition still preserves many anec at each other, but no one stirred. At last a part of an harmonious whole; while the royal dotes of the good and charitable deeds of the young man, perceiving this singular abstenfountains are scattered, and have to be viewed unfortunate lady, who was the earthly provi- tion, came quickly forward, and, in a voice separately; they are, moreover, at a great dis dence of all the poor people dwelling around' trembling with emotion, made a few remarks tance from the palace, and invisible from it. the château whenever she came to take up her full of touching sympathy. "That young man No trace of these splendid water-works re residence there.
was Camille Doucet,* then a simple author. mains: the basins and imagery are there, it is · The family having fallen into poverty, the That was one of the many good actions of his true, but the Duc de Villars, whose father present duke resolved to mend his fortunes by life, which numbers so many. He has often purchased Vaux after the overthrow of Fou- marrying an heiress. A lovely American girl, been reproached for his skillful diplomacy, quet, caused the leaden pipes to be dug up and the daughter of an immensely wealthy New but I have never known any thing of him but sold, finding the expense of keeping the works Yorker, was selected by him for the doubtful his heart. in order too great for his purse to endure. honor of becoming Duchesse de Praslin, a "As we were about to withdraw, a woman, Some idea of their extent may be gained from title which had never been borne by any wom supported by two servants, advanced to the the fact that the lead thus obtained brought an since the fatal night on which his mother brink of the yawning grave and gazed into it the sum of over a million francs. It was here had perished by his father's hand. The pre for some moments in mournful contemplation. that Fouquet gave the celebrated fête to the liminary arrangements were wellnigh con That woman, enveloped in a black veil like young king and his court, which was the ulti- cluded, when in an evil hour the duke invited Rodogune, and who bore on her majestic featmate cause of his downfall. He had the te the object of his affections and her father to a ures the traces of a beauty once world-remerity and the madness, though a married lunch at Vaux-Praslin. The shrewd Ameri nowned, was Mademoiselle Georges. She said man, to fall in love with Mademoiselle de la can came, saw, and investigated the huge pile but two words, 'Poor woman !' But they Vallière, then in the full enjoyment of the of half - ruined buildings, and, finding that were said in such a way that a unanimous fickle affections of Louis. The dress which three hundred thousand dollars would be sob broke from every breast. I have never slie wore at this magnificent festival is thus needed to put the château in thorough repair, heard any thing that was at once more simple described in the memoirs of the time: “Her and sixty thousand dollars per annum to keep and more grand.” robe was white, wrought with golden stars it up and enable the young people to live in it, Laferrière gives the following account of an and leaves on Persian embroidery, and was he very sensibly broke off the match. The interview which he once had with Victor Hugo. kept in place by a pale-blue sash knotted be duke afterward married an American lady, He thus begins his narrative: low the bust. Her beautiful blond bair, flow and it is said that the union is wholly one of "I quitted the company of the Porte St.ing in wavy masses over her shoulders, was affection. At all events, Vaux-Praslin is to Martin in the following manner: At the first adorned with flowers and pearls, arranged in be sold, as I said before, on the 6th of July. reading of 'Marion Delorme,' a rôle of about seeming carelessness, but without confusion. The estate is to be divided up into lots, and ten lines had been allotted to me. Youth is Two large emeralds sparkled in her ears. Her it is quite probable that the château itself arms were bare, and to break their too fragile will be torn down. The day for huge edifices * Now a member of the French Academy and outline they were each surrounded above the and gigantic estates for the residence of pri one of the leading dramatic anthors of France. elbow with a circlet of gold set with opals. Her vate individuals in France has passed away. TR.)
ambitious; it wants ordinarily to do more than public her magnificent eyes, then clouded with or Nicolini. They have six hundred and twenit can, and to do less seemed hard to me. the immense sadness of a goddess who is ty pounds a month each. Therefore I refused the ten lines.
about to die. She cast around her, above her, Mr. Comyns Carr is the writer of the spicy ** Victor Hugo, being informed of my deci and afar, that veiled and mournful glance. World articles on the London press. Mr. Carr sion, invited me by letter to call upon him. She seemed to be contemplating the vanished is well known as an art-critic. He has a capI went to the Place Royale. The poet received years, and to be astonished at finding herself, ital paper in the Portfolio this month on the me with his most majestic expression, and, after so much glory that was no more, still drawings of Albrecht Dürer in the British Muwithout inviting me to sit down, demanded lingering so late in the vacant temple.
seum-a splendid collection, of me the reason of my refusal. This cold " Then I heard around me the same excla More new plays. The other night an adapreception restored all my composure. Veiling, mation that I had heard more than forty years tation of "La Dame aux Camélias " was proDevertheless, my resistance under a good deal before, ' How beautiful she is!'
duced at the Princess's, and since then a “ new of circumspection, I said to Victor Hugo: "The whole career of Mademoiselle Georges, and original comedy-drama," as the author,
*** Your celebrity, sir, stimulates my ambi- her life, her glory, her genius, her faults, and Mr. Hamilton Aide, describes it, has been tion, and if I, an humble débutant, have per her triumphs, lay between, and was explained | brought out at the Court. The adaptation-it mitted myself to refuse the supernumerary | by, those two exclamations."
is entitled “ Heartsease"-is by Mr. James rile that was allotted to me, I hasten to solicit Laugel's recently - issued work, entitled Mortimer, the proprietor and editor of the from you the part of the young Marquis de Sa “ Grandes Figures Historiques," contains London Figaro, who has done his work not at tersay. There, at least, my ambition will find sketches of Josiah Quincy and of Charles all badly. His is a free adaptation ; he by no a noble field.'
means sticks to his text. With him Traviata, * But, however caressing my tone might The theatres are closing one by one. The so far from being “naughty," is a virtuous and be, it could not destroy the effect of that un Comédie Française has revived "On ne badine consumptive actress, by name Constance Hawlucky • supernumerary' which had slipped pas avec l'Amour," by Alfred de Musset, and thorne. Her accepted lover is one Herbert Maitfrom me unawares.
the critics are "going for" Croizette savagely, land, the son of a rich old fogy. The old gen** What, sir!' mode answer the poet, in because in the last scene she reproduces the tleman, when he hears of Herbert's passion for serious amazement, 'you have scarcely begun ghastly effects of the death-scene of the Sphinx, Constance, has an interview with her, tells her your career, and you already aspire to play the and that, too, when the personage she person that Herbert can never be hers, as their grades principal part in one of my works. That is im-ates has merely to announce the death of a in life are so different, and ultimately persuades possible. As to the term of supernumerary,' rival.
LUCY II. HOOPER, her to run away from him. The climax soon which you have just made use of, know that
Constance gains the protection of a ten lines by Vietor Hugo are not to be refused,
Captain Bloodgood, but soon after dies brokenfor they will endure.'
hearted, not, however, before she meets Her* And the poet touched the handle of the
OUR LONDON LETTER.
bert at a ball, and is unjustly accused by him door. I withdrew.
Ar the St. James's a new musical folly" of all sorts of things. Perhaps Mr. Mortimer * One hour afterward I had canceled my has been produced—the music being by Mr. carries the whitewashing process a little too contract with the manager. I was free." Arthur Sullivan, the libretto by Mr. “Rowe." far; but then, you know, every thing on the
When a child, Laferrière was present at the If I am not greatly mistaken, Mr. “Rowe" is English stage must be strictly correct, except dibut of Mademoiselle Georges. Of her first Mr. W. S. Gilbert, than who no one can write the dresses, and they, notwithstanding the and her last appearance on the French stage, more nonsensically (I mean this as a compli- | lord-chamberlain, are, as a rule, as short abore he gives the following account:
ment). The plot is simple, and as unreal as and brief below as ever. The heroine is played, ** That evening, one Mademoiselle Georges need be. It shows how the Earl of Islington, with some pathos, by Miss Barry, the biggest Weimar was to play Roxana; the emotion in disguised as a footman, makes love at the woman-she is both very tall and stout-on the audience was great. The evening previous | Zoological Gardens—the piece is named “The our boards, I should imagine; while the hero is Duchesnois had played the part, and the pub- Zoo"-to a pretty bar-maid. A peculiar kind inadequately personated by perhaps our hearlie, which always enjoys the spectacle of theat of -love-making it is. His lordship drinks, iest- built actor, Mr. William Rignold, the rical rivalries, disputed already respecting the eats, and flirts, with the pretty wench, and then brother of him who has been turning, as we relative superiority of the two actresses. The eats, drinks, and flirts, with her again, the re are told here, the heads of so many of your curtain rose.
sult being that at last he "stuffs ” himself so belles. On the first night, by-the-way, there ** How beautiful she is !' was the unani full of buns and lollypops that he faints away. was an amusing scene. Mr. Mortimer is out mous cry of the entire audience. No one Then is his real rank discovered. On his coat of the good books of the "gods." In his paper, thought of either analyzing or disputing her being torn open, the order of the Garter is some time ago, he called them "rabble," and talent; she was accepted in her youth, in seen. However, the earl's intentions prove to they have never forgiven him for it; wherefore, her beauty, and in that splendor which was be honorable, for in the end he proposes to the whenever he appears in a theatre, they hoot like a canticle of triumphant Nature. Like fair bar-maid, and she, it need hardly be said, and hiss at him, and address to him remarks Phryne, she had conquered her judges merely eagerly closes with the offer. The various airs any thing but complimentary. On this first night by showing herself.
are very spirited ; doubtless we shall soon they made an energetic attempt to "damn" < Duchesnois was forgotten.
have them on the street-organs. But isn't his piece. Again and again were the opening * More than forty years later I was pres Mr. Sullivan wasting his talents in giving us scenes interrupted by them; they “ cbaffed " ent at the last setting of this star-that is to such trivial work ?
the actors and actresses, and jeeringly called say, at the representation which she gave at Miss Ellen Terry, who has so suddenly for their arch-enemy, Mr. Mortimer, himself. the Théâtre Français in the winter of 1854. come to the very front of her profession, is Suddenly, while Miss Barry was standing Rodogune' and the Malade Imaginaire' | paying the penalty of success.
alone upon the stage in a pathetic attitude, in formed the programme of that solemnity. | eyed monster dogs her footsteps; her fellow rushed Mr. Rignold, his eyes flashing fire, bis The house was crowded; even the orchestra actresses are intensely jealous of her. At a great fists clinched. “Stop! stop!” he yelled. had been taken possession of by the public. “five-o'clock tea” the other evening, at which " If you are Englishmen, those of you who When the three knocks had sounded, the cur- I was present, Miss Terry's name happened have mothers, wives, or daughters, remember tain rose amid a profound silence. It is im to come up. “She is much overrated, I am there is a lady before you! For myself,” he possible to assist at a solemn representation sure,” remarked one lady, a well-known tra went on, still at the top of his powerful voice, at the Comédie Française, when the musicians gédienne, poutingly, turning up her delicate “all I ask is justice! Hiss me, howl at me, are absent, without being impressed by the retroussé nose. "Hard and uncultured to a de if you like, but don't abuse me before you see rastling of that curtain which rises slowly and gree-now, don't you think so, Mr. Blank ?" the picture I am about to draw." This exmajestically to reveal one of those palaces of Mr. Blank did not think so; but what could hortatiou saved the piece. Silence reigned painted canvas once inhabited by those sov he do? He attempted to shuffle out of answer throughout the evening. The "gods” were ereigos who bore the names of Le Kain and ing the question, failed miserably, and made completely cowed. Probably if they had Talma.
her of the nez retroussé his enemy forever. known, as I did, that Mr. Riynold had merely * Cleopatra entered, clad in black and wear 'Tis well to be an opera-singer—that is, of repeated a bit of " copy”--that, as the oppoing a pointed gold crown surmounted with course, if you become popular. Look at the sition was foreseen, he had learned the words pearls. Never did a greater physiognomy pro- salaries some of the musical “stars” get! | by heart, in order to rush in with them on his duce a more striking effect.
Madame Patti is just now receiving two hun tongue at the most fitting moment,they would * Pale, meditative, and advancing with that dred pounds for each night she sings at Co only have laughed at him. step which was weighed down by years, she vent Garden ; while Capoul is having a salary Mr. Aide's play (Mr. A. is a novelist and came forward, leaned upon the back of the of four hundred pounds a month. And, after a song-writer) is far cleverer than Mr. Morgreat arm-chair, and raised slowly upon the all, Capoul is not getting so well paid as Faure timer's ; indeed, take it all in all, it is one of