16 Haziran 1843 Tarihli Burlington Free Press Gazetesi Sayfa 1

16 Haziran 1843 tarihli Burlington Free Press Gazetesi Sayfa 1
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NOT THE GLORY OF C S A n DOT THE W E I. T A It E OF HOME VOL. XVII. BURLINGTON, VERMONT, FRI No. a 4 i From tho Newark Daily Advertiser. V A I T It . A wallow in tho spring Cams to our granary, and 'ncnth tho caves Euared to make her nest, and there did bring Wet earth and straw and loaves. . Day after day sho toiled, With patient art, but ere her work was crowned, Gome sad mishap tho tiny fabric spoiled, And dashed it to tho ground. Sho found tho ruin wrought! Yet not cast down, forth from her place sho tlcw, And with her mate, fresh earth and grasses brought And built her nest anew. Dut scarcely had she placed The last soft feather on its ample floor, When wicked hand, or chance, ogain laid waste, And wrought tho ruin o'er. Rut still her heart she kept, And toiled again; and, last night, hearing calls, I looked, and lo I three little swallows slept Within the oarth mado walls. What truth is here, O man? Hath hops been smitten in its early dawn 1 Have clouds o'ercast thy purpose, trust or plan 1 Havo Faith, and struggle on I From the London New Monthly for July. TALLEYRANDISM OF THE DRAWING-ROOM. . Br MILES CDIULD KEON, ESQ. "" Tout ce qui parait hazardeux ct qui pourtant no l'et paB, est prcsquo toujours sage." Cardinal dk ItlTZ. Some porsons arc apt to suppose that tlio social machiavcllism that distinguished tlic era preceding the French revolution, lias beon altogether banished from the higher circles of Europe ; and that all the subtlo end finessing diplomacy which, even in tho saloon, was indefatignbly busy during that stirring day, in its vocation of reading hearts and contriving plots, of concerting ambitious intrigues, and acquiring or fast-holding tho emoluments and dignities of courts, has been of late replaced by tha old straightforward system of downright plain "directness." They who entertain this impression, aro en dowed with admirable simplicity. Not ma ny years since, tho occurrences which I am going to relate took place in London ; nnd they will serve to show that llieso Alcibiades arts arc yet cultivated in tho ambitious at mosphere of courts. A ministerial crisis had arrived. The government was fiercely pressed by tho op position, and tho votes in the lower house stood so nearly balanced that tho voico of even one member had becomo a matter of very anxious importance. In this state of inings, tno victory was likely to lavor the moro active party of the two ; emissaries were abroad in cverv nuartcr : all the exne- dients of ingenuity, and all tho refined blan dishments ol the most vigilant address, were by both sides equally resorted lo. In one word, there was a game of diplomacy. In the very midst of it there suddenly ap peared a young man, whoso wonderful skill (visible chiefly in its effects) excited the ob servation and fixed tho attention of all the higher political personages of tho da'. He had precisely the characteristics of the old school of diplomacy the portraitures of whose disciples are to bo seen in many of our most accepted romances. As ho was a ministerialist, proselytes of government everywhere started up before tho witchery of his presence. Yet no one could divino tho process by which these im portant conversions wcro achieved. In his manners thcro was an inexpressi ble charm which always procured him a dis tinguished reception aupres des dames. In deed, nothing could exceed scarce even can memory now recal tho self-possession of his deportment. His velvet tootlall, his cold bright eye, so watchful, yet so calm, his smooth unruffled forehead, which no expression of joy or of alarm, of astonish ment, of contempt, or of disappointment, ev er visited with its tell-tale presence ; these were tho well-known individualities of his demeanor. To do his memory justice, however, ho had not the darker qualities of his class : ho seemed to take infinite delight in the scenrs in which ho was engaged, and to exult in the excrciso of his wonderful intelligence, like tho conquerors of old. who often deriv ed moro gratification from tho exhibition of their military skill, than from tho cquisitions of territory which accrued to them by means of its exertion. He had, in fact, all tho tal ents, without a particle of tho malignity, which generally belong to the state intriguer. So that it was evident he pursued his profes sion as an amateur, delighting to feel his power ; and though often exerting it without regard to tho strict casuistry of right, yet nevor wielding it to crush a personal enemy, or to wreak a personal revenge. The ideal associations connected with a career like his, in his earliest youth, fascina ted his imagination. The tapestried closet, the rich and retinucd hall, tho crowded levee, and the gay excitement of tho ball-room, were scenes among which ho loved to move, nnd where ho was eminently fitted to figure. Tho midnight conference, tho critical charge, the delicate and difficult interview in which only tho most consummato fact could avail him; these, and such as these, had for him all tho charms of romance. On tho other hand, however, it must ho admitted that his practice was not always so poetical as his theory ; and that ho did occa sionally perform some mischievous achieve ments. Divisions and broils among tho best of friends, wcro as frequently obsorved to make a mysterious appearance whero ho had for a while flitlod. as reconciliations between tho most deadly enemies wcro known to be tno certain results of his mediation not that ho carried tales j ho was never so insane, and it was n frequent phraso with him, 'that thcro was no ingenuity in a lie.' All then that can bo said is, that ho contrived matter iiccording to methods of his own, which it would perhaps bo vaguoand visionary to di vine. Indeed, during one season, when ho was particularly capricious, so many unac accountablo dissensions, nnd such a high' war fnro of scandal took pluco, that ono lady, whojo name wo need not mention, but whom wc belicvo to havo been moro observant than tho rest of tho world, was heard to say, Mf! wn wero living a low centuries Hack, I should assurdly bolieve that that young elegant had the evil eye j ho but looks on you, ami straightway your affairs go wrong. Dut us evil eyes aro grown out of fashion, and as ho is decidedly in fashion, I must merely con clude, that ho has a fund of tho most mis chievous ingenuity.' Our hero (if so wo may call tho pcrson ago who principally figures in the narativc wo aro about to relate) overheard this remark; for, by a coincidence, he chanced at the moment to bo standing near. Ho bowed quietly : and then with that slow and distinct utterance for which ho was rcmarkablo, smilingly said, Ah! you and I ought to be tho dearest friends , thcro is quite a congeniality of sen timent between us. I am uncharitably in genious; you uncharitably witty. A talent is sometimes a very great temptation. Such then was his reputation, and such tho sentence awarded to him by tho voico of fashion. It was about two years afterwards that the ministerial crisis, to which wo have already once alluded, camo darkening over the po litical world. Our hero was then private secretary to tho prinicministcr. For tho sako of dislrictncss, wo shall in futuro call tho secretary D'Amarrs. This was not his real name, but it will servo tho purposo of our nairativc. Ono evening, then, at this epoch, D'A marrs was summoned to the minister's closet. After tho usual preliminaries of etiquette, which aro never in such cases very tedious, the premier plunged in mcdias, res, but still with characteristic deliberation. Matters, D Amarrs, said he, 'aro in a way, and so for succeeding; but thcro are two or three littlo delicaln points still to bo achieved.' Thu sucretary bowed forward. D,Anurrr," continued tho premier, 'you have proved to mo repeatedly, in a manner of which I cannot but bo sensible, that) on possess cxlraordinnjy talents. I am very well pleased with your conduct, and I hope that you aro equally well pleased with our post.' As ho was hero clearly expected to an swer, D'Amarrs muttered something about ' Highly ll.tllcrcd, unabated zeal,1 alter wind the premier resumed. ' But this very post of yours may bo occu pied by another in a few days, D'Amarrs, Can you guess the reason V Perhaps,' replied tho secretary, with his usual cool tone, 'perhaps, my lord, it is be cause your lordship s post also may bo occu pied by another in a few days. Havo I by chance guessed the reason V Hem, D'Amarrs, you have,' answering the minister ; but this double misfortune you arc destined to avert. You must hero bring your talents into piny.' D'Amarrs stirred the fire, and then lean ed comfortably back in his chair, but did not utter a word. As the minister continued to scrutinize him, tho secretary arose and snuff ed tho two candles, one after another, after which, with the utmost sang froid, ho resea ted himself, preserving all tho while tho most tantalisintr silence. ' The fact is,' resumed his lordship at last, 'thcro is, you aro aware, Mr. Warncrslon in the lower house who has three or four votes at his command, lie must bo gained.' ' True, my lord: so he must.' ' But it is not so easy an affair as you sup pose,1 continued his lordship. 'Ho is well enough disposed himself, but an unusual dif ficulty lies in the way ; indeed, it's quite a peculiar case, and just suited to you. There is an enthusiastic friendship between his daughter and the daughter of tho leader of the opposition, air George Crake. Now the girls know tho state of pailies, and arc well versed, it seems in politics; and Miss Warncrston has been played upon by her friend Miss Crake, not to allow her father to destroy the harmony of tho families, by vo ting against her father. And what between the ioM'w politician and tho doting papa, this Warncrston throws tho little predilection he had for us to tho winds, and means to join tho opposition. You sco the whole afl'.ur is a pitiful intrigue, D'Amarrs. The women arc perpetually in iho way. Now, what I want you to do is, to bring tho two.young la dies to feud. Warncrston of courso would then bo certain.' ' But how much time will your lordship give mo to effect this purposo 1' demanded the youililui conlidant. Uutil tho day after to-morrow.' said tho minister. 'Tho two young ladies will bo at tho Duchess of Hanvers' bnll to-morrow night, and you should choose that opportuni ty for effecting tho 'point.' ' As the sccratary hero thoughtfully arose. nnd walked towards a table behind, as if to look for something, tho premier imagined it II ICIUIUIILU IU Mil) COIlllllUIJICilllUU IIU had just been making, that D'Amarraoccu pied himself. Ho therefore waited patient ly to near him speak, expecting that thcro might, perhaps, bo somo objection in the other's mind, or somo cautious suggestion. Finding, however, that he still continued to look about, his lordship said ' Well, D'Amarrs what do you think of tno iasi winch 1 havo charged you with V ' Eh, my lord V said D'Amarrs, turning round with a start. ' Oh ! I beg ten thou sand pardons , but I could not imagino that your lordship was still thinking of the mat ter. It is arranged,1 As tho minister was that night leaving his closet in a statu of tho highest satisfaction with his secretary, whom ho had bid cootl night In some Iidiiis before, ho met ono of ins own colleagues in officojust oulsido the door. ' Ah ! my lord,' said ho, rubbing his hands with an air ol gleo, 'Warncrston is certain; D'Amaris has undertaken tho matter.' ' But Miss Crako (' rotiirninc tlio brother minister : 'but tho two daughters what of them I ' That is precisely tlio point,' said tho premier. 'My secretary will spoil thoir har mony for over nnd a day. He lias agreed, in a word, to mako them quarrel.' Absurd 1' sneered tho other 'absurd nnd preposterous ! Why, my lord, their in tiinncy has reached to that romantic dogrco, that it is utterly hopeless to miko them quarrel.-Surcly you arn not imposed upon uy ins stMi-djjuifliuu ui hub juuhk num. Pardon mc, I am nwaro that ho is very sub tle nnd diplomatic ; but to think of dividing theso femalo Pylades and Orestes. Ha! ha! ha !' ' But, my lord, to-morrow night at tho Duchess of Hanvers' ball, you will judgo for yourself.' 1 I shall bo thcro on purpose,' was tho quick reply. W W W w Never was ball gayer or better attended than that of tho Duchess of Hanvers. Wc shall not wnsto a moment of description up on tho urilliant coup a ml ol tnc rooms. Wo shall not pause to note, what has been often already noted, tho cffulgcnco of tho many-colored lights, tho glitter of somo gor geous uniform, tho blazo of jewels, tho soft luxurious profusion of costly turmturc ; theso things have been already noted ; but thcro was one thing to-night which has seldom been described tho stealthy but never-failing march of tho diplomatist. Great events arc often prepared in the ballroom ; administra tions and kingdoms havo risen nnd fallen within its curtained precincts. And as for privato life, the rival lover and tho compet ing friend, have many and many a time per formed their purposes, achieved their ends, and arrived at thoir destiny, while breathing the voluptuous atmosphcro of fa belle as semblcc. If any ono has ever wondered by vliat means it is that certain persons con- trivo to eclipso all competitors in general conversation, and to oust till rivals in pri vato attachments, whether of lovo or friend ship, let such person now attend whilo I depict tho workings of that strange talent which holds its silent but potential empire over tho internal nnd impalpable world of tho mind, leaving tho ostentatious and noisy framo of eternal things, to be influenced only indirectly by its movements ; that talent lo which every heart hands up her secrets as it steals along, and yet whoso own secrets no other heart has ever penetrated tho talent of Talleyrand and ofMuchiavol of Ches terfield, Metlcrnich, or of Pozzo di Borgo. The smiling misery of the evening was at its height ; tho softest strains of music wcro floating through tho apartments ; tho reign of lovo, at least hero and there, had begun, when Charles Maurice D'Amarrs mado his welcomo entry. Ho looked carelessly around ; made somo general compliments to two or three successive groups which had approached him, nnd then lounged with an air of hnlf-risrraiY, half-dandyish, towards the further end of the apartments. ' Thcro he is I there is D'Amarrs 1' whisp ered the premier to his brother minister ; and they both followed tho secretary at n distance. Miss Warncrston and her friend Miss Crako, had been sitting together on an ottoman, but at this moment the former arose i i . . anu joined tno sots with a gracclul young nussar lor ncr partner ; tlio oilier young la dy remained for a moment alone, nnd then was on tho point of getting up, when she perceived 1J Amarrs approach. The sccrc tary was at that era in tho height and flesh of his fashionablo celebrity ; and Miss Crako was not ill-pleased at the prospect of his company. How very warm it is.' said he. as lie. seated himself beside her. ' Ah ! indeed it is," returned the intelloc- ttml lady, with an air of languor, 'indeed it ' It is as warm as friendship.' pursued he; 'though that is not saying much, for there is scarcely any real friendship in all tho worm at icast.it is as raro as it is cost v 'And yet,' answered she. with a Platonic look, ' thcro arc somo in tho world who do oxhibit instances of genuine friendship.' 'Ah!' ejaculated D'Amarrs, ' howhannv they must be! The unbounded confidence oi their mutual intercourse must bo a source of infinito pleasure and security .' ' Yes.' said she, sympathetic!-, With out lull and boundless confidence on both sides, no truo or happy friendship can exist. ' Don't you think, asked D'Amarrs. 'that it is tno mark ol a superior and imperial character, to attract that sort of devoted and trusting enthusiasm towards oneself V ' Unquestionably !' answered Miss Crake. ' I,' continued ho. 'am always ant to con sider that one (of two friends) who is most tno onject ol this conlidenco, as (of tho two) the superior mind, tho piloting, the guiuing star. ' 1 understand,' replied Iho other. ' It is nuilo as much as I do mvsclf.' thought he. Alter a short pause, ho added : ' The per son who can assort without fear of contra diction, that ho knows in all the worldasinglo ucing who wouiu tell him any secret in l.ict, who had no secret from him must, I think, bo not only a very amiable, but also a verv admirablo person, and havo qualities that attract love, along with talents that command confidence and inspiro respect : but I do not, I cannot bcliovo that thcro lives such person, thai, in a word.thero lives a person who knows ono single being, that loves or admires lum so much ' ao iv, i am inclined to think thcro aro a few who can say it,' rnplied Miss Crako silly; tor her vanity had immediately gorg cd tho bait. ' Pardon me,' said tho handsome socrota ry , - ii i iuii into ino latin ni t. I nomas and withhold my belief until my nycs con vinco mo, that any ono oxists, endowed with such shining qualities as to inspiro another with this degreo ol conlidenco.' 'Ah! you aro really mistaken,' answered she ; 'my own personal experience proves that you aro so. am sure that my dear friend I.u. cy Warncrston would tell ino anything in the universe.- ' '.'hat she would tell anything in tho tin! verso V ropcated D'Amarrs so loudly, that sovoral ladies and gentlemen around hoard him, and became in a manner witnesses of tho com ing answer. Most certainly,' replied she, with a sort of ganconading warmth. ' And would you not consider it excessively curious then,' pursued, D'Amarrs, gradually ncaring his purpose, ' if she had told othora something very interesting about herself, which aho would not on any account toll you, Miss Crako 1 theWe of "any one'd knowing mors about her dear menu s aiuirs than herself. What,' asked tho secretary, smiling, Miss Warnerston bo too cautions for von, that sho really would not toll you half tin tiling?, which she induces iou to tell her?' 'That is an insinuation which I really do no' like,' exclaimed Miss Crake; naturally enough taking firo at being thought a silly dupe, in lieu ot tno superior, and attractive, and trust-inspir ing being, whom D'Amarrs had a minute be foro so temptingly described. Anu wnat,' pursued no, wiin a peculiar ant alarming smile, 'if Miss Warncrston bo foolisll enough, and ill-natured enough, to resent befon an present, your having chosen to say thatyi nau sucn an ascendency over her, and such share in her confidence. Alas I my dear M its Crako, you would then unjustly look like those wno uoast they can do a great deal with other wniie absent, but afterwards becomo falsifici before their faces.' no said tiir.so words with nn exprcssioi which excited a certain nameless anxi6ty ii miss uraKc. A pause followed, during which tho youn, niacmavci remained meditating, with a sort irown upon ins forehead. ' How very handsome Miss Warncrston look to-night!' said heat length. ' Dear creature !' ciaculatcd Miss Crako. ' Sho is tho handsomest girl in the room, pursued he, carelessly. Miss Crako was silent. It is a strong natural tendency which prompt us to keep our pace, in all things as fast and a: nigli as tlio pace of thoso with whom wo havi been a long time associating together. It is sort of instinct. 'Sho is certainly tho handsomest.' nursuo tho now ungallant D'Amarrs, hero smiling, a ho caught a casual but vigilant glance of tin premier and the other cabinet minister wh wcro in the midst of a group of ladies and gen tlomcn, 'certainly the handsomest: and do not at all wonder at her receiving that pro posai.' ' What proposal?' exclaimed Miss Crake, hi dovnrigllt alarm. Alia!' cried 1) Amarrs, in a very loud an slow voice, 'docs that look like tho confidence which you say she reposes in you !' borne il, had it not been that tho loudness o his wis ii iiuiuu-winisi : urn sue inigowiavi his tones had drawn a number of eyes to witnesi nor ludicrous dilemma. ' I havo not merited from Lucy,' thought she ' that she should bo tho occasion of derision t mc. Anger is not very logical ; it lays hold of th nearest person, at all accusable, to charge wit itl its censures. And now, of course, in the in stance of Miss Crako (who was of tho sillv.ro mantic clats of young ladies,) the suspicion o naving neen tooled into a conlidenco that wa not reciprocated, intruded itself on her hast; meditation. Wo may hero observe, that th more ono person likes another, the more vindic tivo is ho supposed to bo in requiting his ofl'on cos; for they appear trebly unmerited, and ; hundredfold ungrateful on account of the quar tor irom which they proceed. Meantime D'Amarrs had beon in what is vul garly termed a brown study. IIo n iw said, watching carefully tho counte nance of his comp?nion, ' I scarcely agree will. inyinenu j,oru lewuy, about tlio way in wind .Miss Warncrston wears her hair; I think i unbecoming. However, that is his reason fo admiring her so much there is no accounting for tastes. fori Now Lord icwby was the handsomest, wealthiest, most fashionable, and most lady, killing dandy in town. Mies Crake, as the secretary knew, was greatly taken with the gal'ant peer; sho now merely asked,' Ah I he likes that style of head-dress !' ' Yes,' replied D'Amarrs ; 'but I do not at all admire his capricious taste in this ono point.' 'Nor I,' returned she with decision: ' I think her head-dress is the least becoming thing about dear Lucy.' 'It is perfectly shocking it quite disfigures her,' said the secretary, with tho air of a con noisseur; 'so much bo, that it would boa kindness both to Miss Warncrston and to her general admirers, if some ono who posess. ed sufficient influence with her, would mako her alter it.' Now, for two potent reasons Miss Crako was inclined to undertake this office ; first, she would gladly remove the cause of Lord Yow by's admiration for her dear friend; and sec ondly, she burned to show tho secretary what influence she possessed over Miss Warnerston and therefore what a superior ami imperial character she must herself be. While she was thus ruminating, D'Amarrs asked her rather loudly, ' Would a word from you, Miss Crake, have any sort of weight with 'Miss Warncrston V The doubt was gall and humiliation, and sho answered poutingly, 'that she fancied she could mako her dear Lucy do anything whatovorthat was for her good.' 'Then,' pursued the bland secretary, 'be tweon you and me, my dear Miss Crake, you should really speak to your friend about this manner in which sho wears her hair ; it is per fectly disfiguring, and so all tho world thinks, in spito of my Lord Ye why.' ' I shall sneak to her,' returned Miss Crake, hidf irritably. 'Thcro is nothing like advising people as they like.' ' Hut aro you suro she will bo pursuaded by you!' subjoined D'Amarrs, with a polite but perceptibly incredulous smile, which goaded tho young lady's vanity to tho quick. 'Oh! if that bo all, returned Miss Crake, tossing her head with an expression of confi dence, 'you shall see.' D'Amarrs aroso and strolling over towards where Miss Warnerston had been conducted on tho conclusion of tho set, by her partner, he seated himself on tho side opposito to tho ono occupied by tho officer, and bending towards tho lady's car, 'Miss Warncrston, said he, 'can you keep a secret !' Sho started with curiosity and surprise ' Why not ! indeed I can try me ;' wcro exclamations that quickly followed one an other. If ohein,' continued tho secretary, 'you were wcro proposed for would you divulge it to any ono !' ' Not to mortal.' ' This you 6ay seriously, and on your word of honor !' ' Yes, on fliy word of honor,' D'Amarrs now leant back in his chair with a quiet and satisfied look. But tho lady, on nor part, was far from boing, as yet, satisfied.' ' Come, what of this, Mr. D'Amarrs !' asked sho. Tho secretary shook his head and laughed. 'Now, pray, no mystery do tell mo !' 'All I can say is.' returned he. in a low half whispering tone, 'that a certain noblo friend of mine a peerless dandy likes tho tho among other tilings (for I must not break trust) tho way you wear your hair though I do not admiro it that is all.' And ho walked hastily away, and again sat down by Miss Crako. Presently, as ho had woll guessed, Miss Warnerston approached and sat down on tho other sido of him. IIo instantly whispered to her, ' It is Lord Ye why who admires so much that mode of the hair now keep trust.' ment, 'your interference between friends is most uncalled for; and I know well that Lucy will not prcferjfoii to me, nor mind whr.t you say before what I recommend.' Miss Warneston.howovor, preserved silence ; for sho was perfectly convinced, quite satisfied in her own own mind, that jealously and nothing else must have prompted her friend's aversion to tho present conquering stylo of headdress. On the other hand, Miss Crake secretly burned with equal rage, nor could sho endure tho thought of having been foiled in tho pres. enco of so many, after all her previous conli. deuce gasconades. In a word, sho could have torn her dear Lucy's eyes out, for having at this moment, of all others, refused to allergic fashion of her hair. But tho worst was to come. 'You say, Miss Crake,' pursued D'Amarrs, ' that my iriend, .Miss Warnerston, will mind you before mo. I am not suro of this. Miss Warnerston,' added he, turning to that lady, 'you will not belicvo it, but your friend has told mc, and all around us havo heard her say, that sho could induce you by ono way or another to tell her anything that sho liked. Now is that surely the case.' I fancy you too well know, my dear .Miss Warncrston, how to keep a secret.' Tho last words most adroitly chimed with tho young lady's actual meditation concerning Lord Yuwby, tho jealousy of Miss Crake, what D'Amarrs had told her, and in fact, a hundred mattersof tho kind, and sho replied with moro warmth than good breeding, 'that no ono was able or had any right to wrest a secret from her.' Ah ! ' instantly said D'Amarrs, ' I did fancy that your boast, Miss Crake, of possessing so ar bitrary an ascendancy over my intelligent and talented friend was slightly tinged with tho usu al fiction of a gasconade.' As ho spoke, Miss Crako perceived, to her infinito and almost ineffable vexation, that the careless loudness of his tones, had attracted tlio eyes and oars of at least a dozen witnesses to licr discomfiture. Sho vowed a deep revenge against 'her perfidious Lucy,' whom she now saw followed D'Amarrs with her eyes, as the latter arose, and sauntered from tho ottoman, with an air of gay and arrogant nonchalance. As for Miss Warnerston, the more elegance of his well turned periods, and the composure with which ho spoko them, had inspired her with a very decided prepossession in his favor. Meantime, tho premier and his colleague, hiving observed D'Amarrs leave his post, ap proached carelessly together, with opinions dif. forent as to tho secretary's success, but with a mutual curiosity to know which of them was right. 7'hcy immediately overheard tho follow. Ing dialogue. 'I know,' said Miss Crako at Miss Warners, ton, but not to her, 'I know that I do not want any ono's confidence, when it is not voluntary,' hero she vehemently fanned hor faco with her handkerchief, 'and I should not caro much, in a.iy case, for that of somo people.' If that bo at me,' said Miss Warnerston, 'I return tho compliment with interest.' So saying, sho roso and left tho ottoman, By my honor,' said tho juo.minister to his premier, in an asido, 'you were right. This D'Amarrs has dono for tho opposition.' That night tho premier danced with Miss Warnoston; the noxt night but ono, her father's namo and those of his four adherents figured in the ministerial majority. POPPING T1IK QUESTION. Ono of tho merriest fellows of tho day is the gallant Col. Carter, of tho Lycoming Gazette. The following aro his grave and profound re marks upon the science of "Popping the ques tion ?" Girls aro queer littlo animals angels, wo in tended to have said ; and wo lovo 'em all, in spito of thoir faults, folly and flirting. Wo have "popped tho question," at least a dozm times, and a dozen times havo wo been refused. Tho frequent reverses havo not engendered a feel ing of dispair ; and, strange as it may sound, we aro on as good terms with ourself as ever. We rather attribute this want of success to a want of taste and discernment on tho part of certain fair ones ; and dark as tho prospect now is, wo entertain a faint hope that, perhaps at some dis tant day, wo may yet woo and win some young, middle-aged, or even old ladv, worthy of our small means, but extensive prospect' ; worthy of our high standing, (six feet in our socks,) anil wormy oi tnoso graces ol mind and person which wc are supposed by many to possess. nut mis is an episode only indulged in to show our dear ".Maria," that the decision of this most momentous qucEtion has had somo experience in tno wayward, strange, queer, puzzling, pro yoking, perplcx'ing, incomprehensible! and ra pricious ways of lovely women I Now to the text. If a gentleman should meet with arooulse a refusal it is wholly and solely his own fault. It is in his power to ascertain tho state of tho ady's feelings before he "unbosoms" hiinse f. But how.' Of course, sho will never mako a tender confession m tender words or looks. Ol; no ! Sho will use verv little artilicc to convince him that she docs not caro two straws for him, but it she really loves, sho betrays tho cxis. tenco of tho tender passion in a hundred diflijr. ent ways in tho presence of tho "dear object." If she meets tho "object" in tho street, sho trios to look cold and composed, hut blushes to her temples. If they should be left alone, and are in close proximity, they become cxcrutiatinglv embarrassed; have a sort of choking sensation about the throat trembling of limbs falter ing of words changing of color, &c. If ho ad mires any peculiar modo of wearing tho hair any particular style of dress he will discover mat slio innocently and unconsciously enougi accommodate herself to his fancy. If, on enter ing the room, sho is tho last to greet Irs an proach, he may set it down as a very favorable sympton, did inftnilem ; but wo havo furnished enough lor all useful purposes. If, then, a gentleman finds a lady in tho state which wo have attempted to describe, ho may propose with perfect safety. But he must be careful as to timo and place. Tho season of sunshine and flowers is tho time when moun tain and hill, plain and valley, are clothed in the richest verdure when the birds carrole forth their songs of toy and love when tho balmy winds of tho south gUc color to tho check and life to tho step when the 6weet murmuring of tho brook breaks upon the silence of the forest when tho rosy goddess of tho morn bathos the sinning landscape in one bright stream of gol den cflulgence when tho eves become soft, tender, dewey, and the lowing of herds proclaim tho close of day when each field speaks of jny anu plenty wnen every trembling leat wins pers oi love oh, then, then is the time ! As to tho place in somo secluded walk. where there is no possibility of interruption i rcniDiingiy place her delicate, white, soft hand within your own mutton fist, pop the question, and murmur into her expecting cars vows of love and constancy ! If sho is a sensi. ble, candid, off-handed sort of a girl, she will say " Yes," and thank vou. If sho is a timid. loving girl, sho will probably burst into tears, hide her head in your bosom, and refer you to ncr pappy." it sue is a toohsh girl, sho will say " Yes," eagerly, and jump up and kiss you. If she is a coquettish girl, she will look pleased, but protend to bo astonished, and it will require many succeeding interviews before you aro able to make her " define her position." Truo love, wo all know, is diffident, and the question is frequently " pupped" without the " popper" knowing what the complexion of the answer will bo from tho " poppee." If tho lady hears you coldly and unmoved betrays no alarm, no embarrassment, no soft fluttering of the heart, hand and voico and blasts your hopes by polite utterance of tho terrifically terrible monosyllable " No," wo advise you immediately to got on your feet again, carefully brush the dirt ofT your knees, take your hat in your hand, bow politely and indifferently to tho lady, as if tho disappointment was not so great as she expected, walk yourself off to your lodgings, light a cigar, compose yourself on a 6oft cush ioned chair, speculate upon the future, the ca prices and imperfections of sex, tho blessings of a bachelor's life, and it is probablo you will soon forget her. It must be evident that she don't caro a copper about you. It is true, by dogged perseverance you might eventually ob. tain her consent ; but, in nine cases out of ton, hearts do not accompany hands won in that way. But if tho lady says " No!" when all her looks and actions say " Yes," do not, we beseech you, tear your hair and fly oil' in a tan gent. The hook has caught, and by giving hor plenty of line, and playing with her delicately and scientifically, you can, in good time, draw her to your arms, and sho blushingly confesses the power and potency of your charm'. A booby of a fellow, now, imy spoil all, in this stage of tho proceedings, by his hasto or tardiness, and let the fair one escape from his unskilful hands, to be caught in tho net of some old sportsman.' THE CHINESE FOOT. When again loft alone, sho unfolded tho ban dago ; on the removal of which, tho state of filth tho foot presented convinced me that tho gene, ral opinion is correct, viz., that the limb is sel dom exposed, even for the purpose of clcanli. ness. A cursory glanco at tho deformed limb would lead oven a professional man to supposo that a partial amputation had been performed, wheroin tho matatarsal bones (theso immodia tely articulating with the toes) had been remov ed. On a closer inspection, tho great-too was found to end in a sharp rough point, having at its extremity what might cither bo construed into a shapeless nail, or a portion of bono pro. truding, from not having been properly protect ed by the flap after an amputation. On the up. per 6iirfaco of tho foot there was no peculiar ap. pearance, save that tho smaller loos appeared to terminate in a knuck.lc-likc point. On examining tho solo of tho foot, I was stir, prised to sec the four small toes bent under and deeply imbedded in tho soft snbstanco of tho foot, and in a wonderful degree capablo of flex ion and extension. In tho foot itself thcro was no motion ; tho joint, I presume, having been ancliylosed (or a bony union formed) by constant pressure. This, however, I afterwards found not to be tho case ; for on examination a skele ton foot, I found the bones all separate, but dis. placed. Tho ankle was thickened, its capability of motion being in a groat degree curtailed. The calf of tho log was round and woll-propor-tioncd. Tho extremo Ungth of tho foot was thrco inches and a quartar. Yet, when properly bandagoj and shod, this young lady hobbled up and down her stairs with apparent ease. The paui and irritation excited by tho horrid protest of cramping the foot, a well at tho want of exorcise, must, it will bo supposed, ma terially injure tho general health. This how ever, is not allowed to bo the case. Subsequent to tho above period, I met some children who were passing through the usual ordeals of per. fection beauty, whose pallid sickly look contrast, ed greatly with tho healthy rude appearance of the poorer Chinese, who teach their children at a very early ago to assist in all domestic employ, ments. It would bo as difficult to account for tho origin of this barbarous practice of the Chinese, as for that of squeezing the waists of English women out of all natural shape by stays, or tut. toning the heads among tho natives on tho Columbia. M'l'hcrson's Tico Years in China. SONNETS. Thcro is a disposition in certain small critics tn disparage tin; sonnet, as among tho mere tri- ties, mat aiiicilcs nugee, of literature : tho noun suniiecer is always used in a bad sense. Tho sonnet, it is true, is a littlo thing ; it cannot ex tend beyond fourteen lines ; it cannot describe a scene, unfold a plot, or give an argument in orsc. Yet within the scant pinfold what won ders havo not boon wrought I Provencal in its origin, tho sonnet received its first glories in Italy, under Petrarch, who has never had even a second m his art. Liku tho violin, it wa played upon forages before its secret was found out. Some readers think four teen lines in decasyllabics all that is requisite. How would an ancient Italian smile at such simplicity ; 7'hey had canons immutable touch- ing the sonello; as that it should fall into two un. equal lobies, one of two nnadernari, or quatrains, tho other of two triplets ; then there was tho twofold arrangement of the endings close rhymo rima chiiisa, aro alternate rhyme. A certain echo or nnsworableness was demanded, not on. ly between tho grand moieties, hut hetweon iiiatarin and nuatann, triplet and tnp'et; and this in consistency with thn sacred, fundamental rule that the sonnet should I.avj one principal thought. The ancient Greek ppigran contains tho germ of the sonnet. Both aro highly wrought, sen, on?, even funeral. The least approach to epi- grarnmatic point is death to the sonnet. Tho same is true of the genuine classic epigram.--If, betrayed by the name, any one go to tho An. thology for jests, he seeks fun in a cemetery. It was tho wit of Giustode Conti which was Iiia smrc. The Sonetti I'olifcrmici were buries, que?. The exquisite productions of Petrarch aro so many embalmed sighs passion petrified and immortalized. IIo who reads a groat sonnet hastily, and lays it down, has not understood it. Small though it be, it is precious ; an antique gem, not tn bo studied at a glance ; an intaglio, to be held be tween delicate lingers, to catch various lights ; a crystal, at which you no merely look, but gaze, with new views on every new visit. There is that in a genuine sonnet which prompts to meditation ; ere you are aware, you have it by heart, and as cadence comes chiming in whon you grow drowsy. No man laughs over a son net. Its elegance is not sparkle, but the cold translucency of alabaster. You think of your sonnet as fit to be cut into marble. Wordsworth has written many sonnets, and among them a few which aro of the first order, but his tendency is to diffuseness and languor. His solemn dignity and exemption from concetti, aro favourable, but then the denseness and tho music aro wanting Petrarch himself could not havo written a regular scries of sonnets without yawning ; yet ho might have owned that on Westminister Bridge and that, 'O Friend ! I know not which way I must look,' Lot mo copy one, not as the best, but most appropriate. Scorn not the Sonnet, Critic you h-ivo frowned, .Mindless of its just honours; with this Key Shnkcsptaro unlocked his heart; the melody Of Ih.s tiimll Lute pave ease to I'eiratch's wound j A thousand times this Pipe did Tasso sound : Camocns soothed with it an Kxile's grief; Tho Sonntt flittered a gny myrtle Leaf Amid the cypress with which Dante crowned His visionary brow ; a glow-worm Lamp, It cheered mdd Spencer, called from Faery-land To struggle through dark ways; and when a damp I'ell round the path of Milton, in his bond The Thing became a Trumpet, whence he blaw Soul animating strains a'as, loo few 1 All the better, good Wordsworth, for being few ; nor was it always a trumpet in the hands of the blind poet, but sometimes a funeral pipe, heard amidst Grecian ruins, when tho new moon sleeps upon snow. Who that knows the mean, ing of tho word 'wife' ever read unmoved what I here subjoin. Methoucht I saw my lato espoused saint Urought to me, like AU-cstis, from the grave, Whom Jove's great son to her glad husband gare, Ifescued from death by foicc, tho' pale and faint. .Mine, as whom wash'd from spot ol ehild bd taint l'tirilicaiion in iheold Law did save, And such, as yet once more I trust to havo Full sight of her, in Heaven without restraint, Came, vested all in white, pure as her mind : Her face was veiled, yet to mv fancied sight, Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person shin'd So clear, as it no faco with more delight. Hut O, as to embrace me the inclined, Iteak'd, sh.cjltd, and day brought back my night. Head this in haste, if you can ; keep it out of your dreams if you can ; and say, if you can, af. tor this strain, that the 6onnet is a littleness. Diamonds are generally small, but theso lines outweigh the largest. .More anon. General Washcton's last Vote. Ev ery incident in tho life of Washington is full of interest. The following interesting circum stances related by a correspondent of tho Charleston Courier: "I was present," siys tho correspondent, "when General Washington gave his last vote. It was in the spring of 1790, in the town of Al cxanJria. Ho died tho Mth December follow, ing. Tho Court House of Fairfax county was then over the market house, and immediately fronting Gadsby's tavern. The entrance into it was by a slight flight of crazy steps on tha outside. The election was progressing seve ral thousands of persons in the Court House yard and immediate neighboring streets ; and ( was standing on Gadsby's steps when tho father of his country drovo up, and immediately approach, ed tho Court House steps, and when within a yard or twoof them I saw eight or ten good look ing men, from different directions, certainly with. out the least concert, springing simultaneously, and place themselves in positions to uphold and support tho steps should they fail in tho Gone. ral s ascent ol them. 1 wj immediately at his back, and in that position entered tho Court HoUSO With him filllnwinrr in hie U'lL-r. fttrntlnk a dense crowd to the polls-heard him vote re. turned with him to tho outward crowd heard lum cheered by more than two thousand ncrsona as ho entered his carriage and saw his depart uro. There wore five or six candidates on tho bench sitting, and as tho General approachod them, they aroso in a body and bowed smilingly, and tlio salutation having been returned very gracefully, tho General immediately cast his eyes towards tho 'registry of the Polls, when Colonol Dcuealc, I think it was, said, "well, Goneial, how do you vote!" The General looked at tho candidates, and said, "Gentlemen, I vote for measures not for men," and turned tn the recording table, audibly pronounced his votn ssw it entered made a graceful b nv and re. tired."

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