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a “coxcomb." But where was Fitz all this ¡ abode to inspire confidence in those ruling time? He preferred pleading for himself with powers, bootmakers and tailors; and our friend out waiting for counsel, or hearing the pros and Fitz was reduced to the last extremity for that cons of the case. Now for such a course, his necessary part of a marching costume, a pair of cause should have been a very good one (which boots—and to procure them! here was the it was in his own estimation), or a very bad one question. At last two confiding Hobys com(which it was in the opinion of everybody else); mitted, separately, the rash act of promising but then everybody else could not see through that they would each supply a pair, on condition the almost impenetrable maze of trees that sur- that they were paid for on delivery of the same. rounded the old Manor House of Ravenswood, All this was well. An officer of her Majesty's and still less behold Marguerite as she glanced gallant --th could not appear on parade without furtively through her long dark lashes at his boots ; but how they could be paid for by my handsome face, while he (bold fellow) grasped merry friend, who owned to me his penniless the little hand that hung confidingly upon his condition, I knew not. arm, and very roughly no doubt, for there was Eight o'clock came, and the boots arrived; one a tear upon her flushed cheek; but yet I do not was found to be too tight, and returned to be think she chided him. They wandered there for stretched, while he encased his handsome foot in many an hour, weighing the relative merits of the one approved, which operation he had scarcely the German language, which the colonel had effected when the second pair arrived, and the undertaken to teach her, and the more persuasive same fault was found with one of them. No lesson which she-docile pupil !-received from sooner was his toilette completed than he threw Master Fitz. Let us do him justice;' he loved himself on his horse, and with a passing injuncthe belle Marguerite for herself, but there was tion to me to meet him an hour hence in Sacknot the least occasion why he should moderate ville-street, rode off. As I left my own lodgings, his affections because she had ten thousand I passed the door he had so lately quitted, and pounds, with a fair prospect of twice that sum there I beheld two master-bootmakers, each with at the death of the old squire : it was ever his a small unpaid bill, each with a boot; and, axiom to "secure present good, and leave the strange to say, though one was right, both future to take care of itself," and he acted upon were left ! it now. The colonel, on the contrary, looked on And where was the Colonel on this last day to secure the future: did he succeed?

of leave of the quondam favourite? In the The effects began to manifest themselves by drawing-room of Miss M-Caddy, in street, Fitz seldom receiving an invitation to the hos- waiting to give Marguerite Mostyn a lesson in pitable board of the squire, while the rival German. And where was his pretty pupil? In colonel generally spent part of each day at the the parish-church of St. repeating a new house ; for the squire loved a good listener, and lesson, while our handsome Fitz stood by her the antiquated spinster, Miss Margery M‘Caddy, side and prompted her; and yet it must have seemed fully to enter into his hopes and fears, been anything but a pleasant lesson in the in the success of his love; while la belle Mar- opinion of an indifferent spectator, for tears guerite, we doubt not, was deeply engaged in were glittering as brightly on the fringe of those conning her German verbs in the old summer- downcast eyes, as when I caught a glimpse of house on the other side of the moat.

her one summer's evening in the bowery shrubAbout this time Miss M'Caddy returned with beries of Ravenswood. I gave her little hand our belle Marguerite to Dublin, and in a few away myself, and assisted her into the elegant weeks we also received orders to proceed to the chariot that conveyed Fitz and the Flower of same capital. And here the ire of the colonel Ravenswood to-country quarters. broke out in a thousand vexatious ways against Some few months after their marriage a suit the poor devoted sub, and before many days was instituted against the disappointed rival by had passed he received the command of a re- Miss Margery M Caddy, for breach of promise cruiting party in a remote part of Ireland. If of marriage, from documents written for another you have experienced country quarters in Eng- and fairer Margaret. Love and law are two of land, reader, then imagine all their evils mag- the great calamities of life; the forlorn bachelor nified, and their advantages (?) considerably wisely preferred the least, and the further prodiminished, and you will have some faint idea of ceedings were carried on at the same altar, a similar position in the sister kingdom; add to where, but a few months before, la belle Marthis, you are just entering on a winter's campaign guerite robbed the gallant —th of their favourite. in Dublin, with the star of the season, according Many a year has passed since then, and I to your own astronomical observations, shining have heard Fitz declare to the stripling by his especially on you. From this Elysium you are side, as he glanced at his still lovely wife, that threatened with a removal to one of the tem- the happiest hour of his existence he dated from porary purgatorial sojourns I have mentioned, Country Quarters. low in spirits, lower in that necessary article N.B.-We are confidently assured the boots cash. A reprieve of a few days from so hard a were ultimately paid for. sentence was earnestly sought, but without success; and one day's leave was all that he obtained.

We had been too short a time in our new

A FEW REMARKS ON MANY THINGS.

BY

MRS. VALENTINE

BARTHOLOMEW.

No. I.-POLITENESS.

tells us,

Politeness is said to spring from an innate employers need not fear that civility could be desire to make those who are around us happy; taken for familiarity. yet there are many kind and humane persons In this refined age, when we study so much who are entirely deficient in the great art of ren- science, why not learn to be kind in word, as dering people at ease with themselves, thus well as in action ? A favour may be granted in proving that politeness, like every other quali- such an ungracious manner, that the feelings of fication, requires judicious fostering and train those whom you intended to serve may be paining, lest it should remain dormant in the mind, fully wounded ; and a refusal to a request may or degenerate into hypocrisy; for the proverb be so delicately expressed, that the refused can

our virtues often tread upon the heels feel but a momentary disappointment. There is of vice.'

no occasion for Truth to be rendered disagreeChildren cannot be too early educated to prac- able; why should not the admonisher clothe tise patience and forbearance towards each other; it in words which assume the appearance of the infant of a twelvemonth old may be taught kindness ? not to snatch toys out of the hand of its play- Some persons seem born for the sole purpose mate, and then 'fling them at the head of its of finding fault with all their associates ; if such nurse. I have heard children speak to servants be their unconquerable bias, let them, unless in so domineering a style, that I have blushed glorying in their shame,” follow it in the least for the ill-breeding of the mother who could offensive form possible; and above all, let them allow such conduct to pass unnoticed and un- cease to pride themselves upon being so virtųcorrected ; and how many disastrous conse- ously candid : under the mask of CANDOUR, the quences have occurred from the elder-born hav- most cutting things are sometimes spoken. ing been suffered during childhood to triumph “I certainly do not admire your taste," said one and tyrannize over the younger branches of the dear friend to another; “ I'never saw you look family! The seeds of animosity, when once so wretchedly pale as you did in that blue dress sown, have a poisonous fruit; how urgent then last night, which was badly made, and most unbecomes our duty to prevent them from ever becoming-what could induce you to fix upon taking root in the heart !

that colour, dear? I assure you I heard people There are few persons who have not been make such ill-natured remarks, that I was quite occasionally made excessively uncomfortable in provoked; one said your arms were too red to hearing, when at the table of their hostess, the be shown; and another wondered you did not domestics openly reprimanded for mistakes conceal your thin hair under a cap; and I am a which probably had been committed from an leetle surprised you don't, for there's my

cousin over anxiety to please. And who does not pity Bessy, many years younger than you, wears the attendant who receives orders from the one."'I hope you are not angry at my giving master or mistress in an imperious, and there- you my opinion, but you know I always pique fore in an insulting tone? Yet such a master or myself on candidly speaking the truth.' mistress may have had the real welfare of the The “ dear friend,” of course, looks very dependant at heart, whilst being deficient in that mortified and discomforted, although she may true politeness which prevents the feelings of an be too well bred to utter what she thinks of the inferior from being outraged.

CANDID speaker. “ I would go through fire and water to serve How different is the tone real politeness takes, you, miss,” once said a servant maid to a young and without any sacrifice of sincerity. “ Dear lady; but

your

sisters treat me as if I were å Jane: I did not like the fashion of your dress blackamoor, and scold and order me about be- last night; it was not so becoming as many fore company, so that I get so flurried, I have no others I have seen you wear; nor did the colour power to do my best.” That young lady is now exactly suit you : some of our friends thought a grey-haired old woman, in decayed circum- you would look so well in a head-dress, I wish stances, but still attended by the same servant, you would try one on.

I know you will forgive who for ever remembered with gratitude that my saying what I think, which is only done with she had been treated by one part of the family a view to your advantage." with benevolent respe And so it should Many a well-educated woman has, by sudden always be; our servants are no more under an reverses of fortune, been compelled to become obligation to us than we are to them ; when the the mistress of a boarding-house, and endure duties of menials are honestly performed, their untold mortifications

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BY MRS. A. TURNER.

of the boarders, who deem they may be ex- governess," are phrases that are but too freempted from paying little compliments to their quently used. entertainer, because they pay for what they

I once

was acquainted with a miniaturehave. It was my misfortune not long ago to painter, a gentlewoman by birth and education, witness a scene in an establishment of this class, but who had been compelled to use her talents where the rules of politeness were grossly vio- as a means for her livelihood. Calling one day lated. We were sitting round the tea-table, by desire at the house of a parvenu, to be conwhen a little sharp-looking old maid pushed sulted about some pictures, she was allowed to back her cup, exclaiming, 'I asked for tea, depart without the common civility of the serma'am.” The lady who had taken upon herself vant being summoned to let her out; but she the arduous task of being equally civil to the very properly gave the family a lasting lesson on disagreeable as well as the agreeable persons their want of good breeding, by leaving the who comprised her household, gently replied, drawing-room and hall-doors wide open after she she was sorry if she had made a mistake, and had passed through. The next time the miniagiven coffee. “ It is not coffee, ma’am, nor is it ture painter's services were required, she was tea," cried Miss Snobs, with a sneer and a treated with the utmost respect. giggle; “ I call it water !” The hostess looked A civil word and a kind look cost nothing; very pale as she quietly put more hyson into the very beggars in the street thank you for the teapot; but the laugh was quickly turned them; like oil, they fall on the troubled waters against Miss Snobs, by a facetious gentleman of life; whilst arrogance and incivility raise remarking, that if so much gunpowder were a tempest which requires some self-control to used, he was afraid they would all be blown subdue.

A sure mark of good breeding is to listen attentively to the person who is speaking, and

WORDS AND WINDS. not interrupt him till he has finished, from an over anxiety to hear oneself talk. I have known many an interesting narrative brought to an untimely end by a rude and abrupt remark, quite

Words are like Summer winds, foreign to the subject which was being dis

When sweetly spoken, cussed.

That do to drooping flow'rets bring The same want of refinement is displayed by

Refreshing dew-drops scattering :

Yet not like winds, for kind words dwell endeavouring to engross the entire conversation.

Deep in the heart's most sacred cell, Nothing can be more offensive than the egotist, And part from Memory never ; who, to the exclusion of the observations of The winds but breathe o'er each fair flower, others, fancies the description of what he does Or kiss them with a fragrant shower, or what he thinks would be the only amusing And then are gone for ever! discourse to a general company. In society, the guests should consider it a duty they owe

Words are like Antumn's wind, their hostess, to be affable with one another;

When harshly spoken, and when a young lady is addressed by the per

Whose blighting power upon the plain son seated next to her, she should not freeze

Whirls far the leaves that yet remain :

Yet not so keen the wild wind blows the genial current of conversation by an icy

As words that wound the heart's repose, yes” or “no.” If asked to sing or play, do

And cause the tear to flow; so promptly, or at once decline, as by hesitating The Summer leaves will bloom againyou are keeping others of the party from exer- Not so the heart: its griefs remain, cising their pleasing powers. What can be Deep hid from outward show. more galling than the toss of the head, and the supercilious glance, with which some girls reply

Words are like Winter's wind,

When breath'd in wrath, to a question, from one they consider their inferior in rank, station, or dress? They should re

Which in its fury o'er the wild member that all the invited are for that evening

Bends the tough oak -- the forest's child :

Yet the fell storm hath not such power their equals.

As anger speaks in passion's hour, Never indulge in the petty malice of quizzing. Nor causes lasting woe. " Many a worthy admirer has been lost through The whirlwind pass'd, the dread is o'er, it; and many a wound has been inflicted by it, The bark hopes soon to gain the shore which has never healed : consider that which is Where silent waters flow. mere sport to you may be death to others. Professional persons, whose wealth lies in their in- Words are like Spring's sweet wind, tellectual attainments, and who can therefore

When whisp'ring hope, afford to laugh at the reverses of fortune, may

Whose young breath revels o'er the fields certainly be placed upon an equality with those

Till the glad earth its treasures yields ;

And yet not like, for words thus spoken who possess only worldly riches; they are therefore entitled to the attentions due from good

Will cheer the spirit that is broken,

Which thoughts of peace will cherish; society. How painful is it to hear such a class

The winds do woo the flower's fay, designated as nobodies by the nouveaux riches ! Then bear their incense far awayHe is only an artist,” or “ She is only a Their forms are left to perish!

E

L I T E R A T U R E.

THE BOOK OF BEAUTY-THE KEEPSAKE. I than we have enumerated. Tales, sketches, Edited by the Countess of Blessington. (Bogue.) and poems are contributed by the Countess of

- With Christinas and the New Year come the Blessington, Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Mrs. Annuals in their gorgeous livery of crimson and S. C. Hall, R. Bernal, Esq., Walter Savage purple and gold; and among them none are Landor, Lord John Manners, the Lady Emmemore welcome than these old-established favour- line Stuart Wortley, Barry Cornwall, Camilia ites. The Book of Beauty, however, or “ Regal Toulmin, Eugene Sue, Albert Smith, Mrs. Gallery,” is on an entirely new plan. The volume Walker; by the late Grace Aguilar, and by our for 1848 lays claim to the title of an historical valued contributors, Mrs. Abdy, Dinah Maria work, the literature consisting solely of twelve Mulock, Elizabeth Youatt, Anna Savage, and memoirs of Queens of England. We rejoice to other talented writers too numerous to name. find that to this the pen of the noble and gifted | Indeed it is a choice book, whose merits will editress has largely contributed. One might make it perennial. “The Lost Jewel,” one of have thought Miss Strickland-so far as her the best tales, is without a signature. Our exelaborate work yet goes-had exhausted the tracts shall be first from an excellent “Sketch subject; but in the memoirs of Henry the of Society," by Lady Blessington, entitled Eighth's second, third, and sixth wives, the “Scandal!" Countess of Blessington has proved otherwise ; in them, freshness of style and manner com- A casuist might search whether this evil originated bines with all the evidences of research to form in “envy, hatred, malice, and all uncharitableness," a delightful addition to the knowledge generally or in the habit of gossiping induced by idleness; but diffused of these personages. The notice of the for our own part we are inclined to attribute it to the “ Life of Eleanor of Provence” is also by her last. If, as the old proverb has it, idleness be the ladyship, and deserves no less the highest com

mother of mischief, scandal surely is the offspring of mendation. Some of the other inemoirs are idleness; and three, if not four, portions of the false by Mansel Reynolds, Mrs. Freire Owen, Miss reports circulated in society owe their existence and Mulock, and Camilla 'Toulmin; while those of promulgation to it. Those who endeavour to kill Isabella of Valois, by P, and of Elizabeth morning visits, are aware that a piece of news and

their own time, and consume that of others, by Woodville and Eleanor of Castile, which appear the more piquant the better-serves as a passport to anonymously, are by no means the least merito insure a welcome even in houses whose owners are rious and impartial. As for the portraits, cer- not ill-natured nor malicious. Tired of the monotony tainly the volume never better deserved the title and inanity of a life without rational occupation, of the “Book of Beauty.” Of course we must aught that creates even a momentary excitement is allow that they are idealized; but if this be a well received, because it banishes for a brief time the fault, it must be looked on leniently: Henrietta lassitude of mind and ennui that never fail to spring Maria we like the least; but Katherine Parr, from idleness. Hence those who bestow their te. Elizabeth Woodville--these so thoroughly Eng

diousness on their acquaintances are glad to have lish in their character, and Eleanor of Castile, something novel to relate; and, in their desire for are faces to gaze on and dream about. The scandal on a basis of fiction, careless what injury it

this stimulant, sometimes erects a supersructure of engravings all evince Mr. Heath's careful super- may inflict on others. In the anxiety of these intendence. We learn from the introductory gossips to collect news, they eagerly grasp at whatnotice, that, “ should the work in its present ever may have the appearance of furnishing it ; a form prove succ

uccessful, the intention of the pro- word that can be turned to a different meaning from prietor is to continue it in the same manner till that intended by the speaker; nay, even a look, the subject be exhausted.”——THE KEEPSAKE smile, or gesture, may be converted to account by also presents new features. In the first place, indefatigable hunters of news; and the receivers, while the binding is richer than ever, it is also careless of the truth, supply by their imagination much more substantial; and the verses the book the discrepancies of the story related. contains are fewer in number than usual, but all The fact is, the same habit of idleness that leads them --poetry, The frontispiece is an exquisite por, ascertaining whether they are false or true, and so

to listen to and repeat such tales, prevents their trait of Jenny Lind, to which a beautiful and the report gains ground without any peculiar malice enthusiastic poem is written by Miss Power. in those who spread it, until it reaches the individuals “ The Last Moment” is a fine engraving by most interested, who are sure to be the last to hear Charles Heath, from a drawing by Henry it. For the cure of this besetting evil, rational occuWarren, and carries out forcibly the sentiment pation is the best we can recommend. and incident it illustrates. The “ Grand Entrance of the Chamber of Peers," and the Gentle reader, if you perceive the truth of “ Diana Gallery at Fontainbleau," after Allom, these remarks, pray profit hy them. Our poetical are master-pieces of their kind; but pictures are extract shall be short but entire ; a poem that, not to be described. Whoever looks into the to our poor thinking, is surpassed by very few Keepsake will find several more gems of art of Felicia Hemans' or L. E. Li's productions:

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BY ANNA SAVAGE.

LA MIA DIMORA.

and a warm sympathiser with the suffering and the struggling, the writer brings living politi

cians and statesmen on the tapis, mingling the The home I sigh for is no kindred dwelling

interests of his created characters with their Where eager eyes look wistfully for me,

doings. The heroine is depicted with great Where hand meets hand, and hearts with rapture power and delicacy; she is a thorough woman, swelling,

though a woman of genius- no contradiction in Bid the long parted the most loved one be. our opinion, for we believe that genius deepens

all the lines of a true woman's character, and Home ! sipiling home! the limes are o'er it drooping, endows a man with not a few of the attributes Yet, from its chambers children stand aloof;

which we are accustomed, for want of a more So low it lies, that thy kind hand, in stooping, Alone may touch its green and humble roof.

exact term, to call-womanly. It is not our

purpose to trace the plot, which is simple, but Home! peaceful home! the grass doth grow around it; interesting, and in no way forced or unnatural.

For garden flowers the daisies blossom fair ; We think, however, the forte of the book is the Narrow its walls--an arm's breadth well may bound it; writing--the vehicle it is made for the exposition But sound of scorn or wrong can reach not there. of sentiments; and we will select a short para

graph or two, avoiding as much as possible all Oh! welcome home! the exile, gazing blindly political discussions. We rejoice to find the Through tears of tenderness the loved to see,

author of " Evelyn Stuart” warm and eloquent Haileth his native shore with thoughts less kindly Than my poor heart looks hopefully to thee !

on the subject of education.

Do they who kindly wish Redemption's sun to BEAUTIES OF GERMAN LITERATURE-- shine in foreign lands, oh! do they look at home?GULLIVER'S TRAVELS (Cabinei Edition.)-Ju- Think of the darkened cellar, where no ray comes to VENILE VERSE AND PICTURE-Book. (Burns). cheer? Think of the blighted heart, without one

- We place these three works together, not from hope to solace ? The heathen tutors his child in his their possessing any resemblance to each other, own simple law; he cannot teach him the glorious but because they alike issue from the publisher doctrine, - Do unto others as you would be done who has already catered so often and so judi- by; be cannot tell him to pay evil with good ; but

he does teach him his rude code of honour : he bids ciously for youthful readers. Mr. Burns always him trust in his own right arm, and never oppress seeks to combine the beautiful with the useful, the fallen ; he bids him listen to his own kind heart, and is no despiser of those imaginative produc- and ever help the weaker ; he bids him scorn the tions which we think are much too often shelved coward and the slave, and by his conduct put them in the nursery. The book we have placed first both to shame; and, in his simple way, he bids him on our list is a collection from Hoffman, Tieck, worship the Great First Cause, that Nature, stronger Richter, Caroline Pichler, and Tyschokke, with than any missionary, assures him rules above. Now a short but interesting memoir of each author. say, oh Christians in this Christian land ! is every

* * The first The second, also illustrated--we envy the child English child thus taught ? who has yet to read it-though for that matter step in crime is made, ere the unconscious infant Gulliver's Travels have delighted many a wise knows bis danger; when he can think and feel, the man no less. And lastly, the Juvenile Verse path is clear before him. His life of sin concludes and Picture-Book is a repertory of choice com- good, and the pious, who send the messengers of

perhaps by a death of shame; and the wise, and the positions, ranging in style from “ John Gilpin” peace abroad, and think they do their duty, point to to “ Llewelyn and his Dog;” and from “ The the scaffold, where the victim struggles in agonies of Butterfly's Ball” to “ The Burial of Sir John death, and talk about example! Moore.” The illustrations, which embellish nearly every page, are executed in the finest style ferent class, the author aptly says

Earlier in the book, and speaking of a difof wood engraving, from designs belonging to the highest character of creative art; in short, Education has various systems, though to one only “ The Juvenile Verse and Picture-Book” is is it generally applied to the knowledge of various for the young what the costly volume, “ Poeins facts and rules, acquired by years of toil and applicaand Pictures,” published a year or two ago, was

tion, perhaps forgotten as soon as known. Ah! wise and is for the adult's library or drawing-room parent, teach your child to think ; then, and then table.

only, will he be educated, and equal to the emergen

cies of life. Evelyn STUART ; or, Right versus Might. By Adrian. 3 vols.-- We are late in the day in

The following seems to us very well putreviewing a work which has been already some

What enchanting talisman of old could conjure up months before the public; but as it does not such a power as those five letters-Books ! Marbelong to the ephemeral class which passes vellous and mysterious messengers, by which mind away with the season, instead of making apo

communes with mind, and in the words of a great logies for the delay, we will hold to the adage of author : The airy, children of our brain are born better late than never. Evelyn Stuart” is a

anew within another's.” By those mystical cha. book with a purpose, a political novel in fact, by all the world ; time and space are nothing. We

racters of white and black, we hold converse with an earnest, honest writer of that wide party- form friendships with the unseen, more sacred than which we will use the Irishism of describing as ties of blood, based on sympathy of spirit. By of-no party at all. A reformer of all abuses, \ this powerful agency the "spoils of time” become

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