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right of the posthumous works of Henri Heine, riétés is also another hit. The heathen gods and for 3,000 francs a-year ; which makes people goddesses are handled without ceremony, and exthink that they contain something that the prince cite roars of laughter. The music is by Offenor his imperial master wish to keep from the bach. Mdlle. Patti astonishes her admirers more public. It is announced that we are to have andmore every night in “Linda di Chamounix.”' another Great Exhibition in Paris in 1867; so She shows that she is not only a consummate Mr. Haussmann must hasten and get his new singer, but also an actress of great skill. Our Paris finished. The proprietors of the Grand critics declare that she sings like Sontag and Hotel ask him twenty-two million francs for Malibran; she plays the comedy like Malle. that part of the building which he says will ob. Mars, and the tragedy like Rachel. struct the view of his new opera-house. This M. de Morny, who writes under the name of has made him reflect a little, and the pur- “M. de St. Řemy," delighted the Court at chase is not yet decided, though I do not Compiègne this last season with a comedysuppose such a sum will prevent the great ar- “Les finesses du mari.” It is said that the biter of the destinies of our houses from fol- piece is to be played at the Théâtre-Français, lowing his fancy. He made a speech the other when “Maître Guérin" will allow it. M. day which has very much occupied tbe public, Emile de Girardin has also given a new comedy but has not exactly satisfied them. He pretends —" Le supplice d'une femme.” He wishes, no that the bakers are making fortunes since they doubt, to prove that it was not his former wife bave had their liberty, and he would rather see who wrote what he signed, as scandalous tongues the money in the city's coffers than in theirs have insinuated. -which is very natural,

Another new piece, at the Beaumarchais, enThere has been great talk about a present titled “Jacques Burke," promises a fair success. that a gentleman made a- young lady of his Its author, M. Demongeot, who is also an actor, acquaintance on New-year’s Day, and which was a few months ago the true hero of a real caused a great sensation amongst her female drama. One of his fellow-actors forgot the friends. It is certain that such presents are not commandment“Thou shalt not covet thy neigheveryday occurrences. It was an immense and bour's wife," and having declared his passion to splendid bag of bonbons, each sweetmeat en- Madame Demongeot, he was repulsed with inveloped in paper with a piece of gold the size of dignation. He, however, concealed himself at the bonbon, which made a total of 50,000 night under the conjugal bed, armed with a francs-£2,000.

poinard, with which he struck the husband and The last night in the old year was celebrated wounded him severely, and is now in prison exas usual by the amateurs of such orgies, by a piating his deed. masked ball at the opera. At one o'clock in Monsieur Tandon, one of our richest bookthe morning, when the frenzy was at its height, sellers, caused great emotion the other day a solemn procession of thirty-eight persons, by hanging himself, after six months' marriage. walking two and two, dressed in the costume of Alas! alas ! why do people imagine that money the members of the Academie Française, and is the only source of happiness! M. Tandon wearing masks that resembled them, entered was a young man of twenty-five years, posthe ball-room, preceded by the usher-in with sessed of a very handsome fortune, which prohis silver chain and ebony rod. They formed a mised to increase every day. The young lady circle, the usher drew forth an urn, which he he married six months ago was eighteen, with a presented to each in turn, and received a voting large dower. A marriage was immediately conbillet from them; he then read the votes, and summated, without the affections being condeclared Jules Janin elected a member of the sulted; for the young lady was passionately atAcadémie Française, and the thirty-eight fell in tached to another. While on their wedding procession again, and descended with the same tour a serious quarrel divided them for ever, solemnity, mounted nineteen cabs that were and the lady sought and obtained a separation, waiting for them, and disappeared without the which, as soon as the busband heard, he comcurious multitude being able to know who they mitted suicide. were. They had given a mimic representation The wind has certainly been in the tragical of an election in the Académie Française, at the quarter since the beginning of the new year. same time a lesson to that learned 'Areopagus, Last week Theophile Silvestre, chief editor of who refuse-unjustly, some think-- to admit the Nain jaune, deliberately entered a café on M. Jules Janin amongst them. As we are at the Boulevard,' and fired á pistol on another the opera, we have not far to go to the editor of the same paper, named Ulysse Pic. Opera-Comique, where a new opera, words by Happily no harm was done. Sardon and music by Gevaert, is nightly filling The duel between M. Larochefoucauld, the this House.

“Le capitaine Henriot,” (Henri champion for the descendants of the MontIV.) is the hero, and the action is during the inorency family, and M. Talleyrand-Perigord, the siege of Paris, when a truce allowed the two usurper of that name and title, ended more armies to visit each other, besieged and be severely: both were wounded — M. Talleyrand siegers. The critics, as ever, are at variance in seriously so. The famous surgeon, Nalâton, their appreciation of the piece; but the public who accompanied the antagonists, prevented fill the theatre, which is the director's 'affair. murder by insisting on separating them. The operetta "La belle Hélène,” at the Va- Let me finish my letter with something less

gloomy. A little while ago a painter at Lyons being greatly puzzled to find out the reason, he was requested by a sheriff's officer to take his at last did, and soon paid for and took home his portrait, which was executed. The sheriff's portrait without further ado. officer would never admit that that ugly, face be- A statue of Madame de la Martine, in white longed to him, and refused to pay for it, de marble, reposing in full length on a marble claring, in unison with his partial better-half, slab, has just been sculptured by Adam Salothat there was not the least resemblance. The mon: it is intended by her husband to cover painter expostulated, but in vain. He went her tomb. home with his rejected portrait and lithographed I forgot to tell you that Mr. Wolf, the ladies' it, and then assiduously attended every judg- tailor (for those who have any respect for them. ment which the sheriff's officer would be selves no longer employ dress-makers—it is obliged to put into execution by arresting the much too rococo) serves a luncheon daily to debtor, and immediately sent a copy of his those who honour him with a visit ; and in his portrait to the condemned debtor, with the saloons the elegantes of Paris not only buy sheriff's officer's name at the bottom. The dresses, but also discuss the merits of Father portrait was really a good one, and for months Hyacinthe, who has just closed his religious the officer did not succeed in arresting a single conferences at Notre Dame and the famous delinquent; for as soon as they perceived him, “Encyclique," &c., &c., Vale, he was recognized, and the prey escaped. After

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LEAVES FOR THE LITTLE ONES.
ALEXANDER THE GOOD.

de L'Aubespine, with his three motherless

children-Angélique, five years old; Joséphine, Translated from the French,

four years; and Louis, who was not yet eighteen

months. BY GRACE GREENWOOD. The father of these unfortunate little ones was

obliged to fly from France; he was then about At Champrond, near Louppe, in the depart- to exile himself

. He spoke to Martin, however, ment of Nogent-le-Retrou, which formerly be- of a short absence only, and hurried away, never longed entirely to the great Sully, lived a to return-leaving to the carpenter of Cham, carpenter by the name of Alexander Martin.

prond the care of all that remained of the blood The Martins had been in the service of the of the great Sully, house of L'Aubespine (the family name of Sully) Martin had himself three children. Forin the time of its opulence and grandeur. tunately his eldest daughter had just finished Alexander himself owed his education and what her apprenticeship, and was able to work at a property he possessed to the goodness of the trade." She and her mother together earned Marquis de L'Aubespine, formerly Colonel of twenty-four sous a day, while Martin earned the regiment of the Queen Marie Antoinette, thirty. It was with this small income that they who, in the early part of the Revolution, attached undertook to provide for the new family which him to her service. Martin was not one to for- Providence had added to their own. get the early kindnesses of his good master. When work failed, they borrowed; when During thirty-five years he never quitted him. they could not borrow they sold their furniture. He saw fall and disappear in those disastrous They thought nothing of privations, provided times the entire fortune amassed by Sully; all the little grandchildren of their master felt none. was swallowed up in a few years. He saw pass They lived on black bread, but white bread was into the hands of strangers the noble château of never lacking for the young children of the Villebon, dear to all the country round, and exiled noble. consecrated by the memory of a great man. Finally, after six years, it was known that the The Marquis de L'Aubespine only saved from Count de L'Aubespine had died in exile. It the wreck of his fortune three life annuities

was necessary that his poor children should one of six thousand francs, for himself; another have a tutor, and who could they have but of two thousand four hundred francs, for his Martin, the carpenter? He taught them all he son; and a third of four hundred francs, for knew. He studied hard in his old age, that he faithful Alexander Martin. Soon after he died. might teach them more. The tutorship of the

Martin retired from service, with his family, descendants of Sully was well chosen by Provicounting for a support on his pension of four dence. Their instruction devolved on a noble hundred francs. But vain was his trust: the heart-one deeply learned in all the virtues. annuity was seized by the creditors of the Mar- But, meanwhile, the wonderful devotion of quis. Deprived of this support, he quietly re- the Martins had made itself known throughout turned to the trade he had learned in his youth, the country. The department, which was once and cheerfully laboured for his bread at the car- filled with the fame and power of Sully, and penter's bench.

which was still filled with his great memory, On the 16th of June, 1830, the door of his was moved by the story. The pious ladies of cottage opened, and there appeared the Count St. Paul, at Chartres, claimed the little grand

daughters of the Marquis de L'Aubespine. The the need by subscriptions, and one benevolent children bad all grown finely; the good curé of Bishop offered to the little lad an asylum in a Champrond was attending faithfully to their convent. But Martin did not like to have his religious instruction, but other care and training young master dependent on private charity, and were needed for their education.

he wished for thein a more cheerful home and a Martin at length consented with sadness to inore manly education than a convent could a separation, which had become necessary for afford. the good of his pupils, and lovingly placed Finally, the King appointed him to a scholarthem under the kind protection of the nuns, ship in the College of Henry IV. This was who promised to complete his work.

done for the memory of the minister who once The education of the little one, Louis, began served France well, and left an honourable to give the good man much solicitude. The name on her annals: it was also done for the hospital of Nogent-le-Rotrou, which Sully faithful retainer, who nobly merited the reward founded, and which held his honoured tomb, of seeing his young master and pupil placed in sent for this purpose some money to the faith- a way to rise again to the rank from which he ful servitor. Of all the inheritance of the had fallen, through misfortune. minister and the friend of Henry IV., the por- Thus, noble Alexander Martin, your task has tion which he bequeathed to the unfortunate been accomplished. You have merited the good was the only one which benefited his posterity. word of all good people. You have given to

This assistance, however, proved insufficient. our age an example, in all times too rare, of Then some generous friends proposed to meet gratitude, fidelity, and respect.

OUR LIBRARY TABLE. Cecil FORRESTER. 2 vols. By Frederick | the innocence of Ellen Winter, when she also Sheridan.-(London : T. Cautly Newby.)-We dies. A locket, bearing the name of “Cecil cannot compliment the author of these volumes Forrester"--the assumed name of the child's on the originality of his plot, or the newness of father-is the only clue to the history of the his materials. Bigamy as a means to the end babe which the clergyman (Mr. Sinclair) who of complicating a story is overdone, and a whole adopts him, sets himself the task of discovering, scene from the “Corsican Brothers,” without and accomplishes step by step, till the superlative the grace of an acknowledgment, is rather too villany of the Marquis is laid bare, and he bold a piracy for even the most youthful writer chooses suicide to avoid ignominy. The deto venture on. But, in spite of these faults, scription of the school-life of the half-brothers and of the introduction of some repulsive scenes (Cecil Forrester the foundling, and the young and characters, which require art of a more mas- Glenailsa, the son of Lady Isabella and Lord terful description than the author of "Cecil Langmuir) is the most pleasingly written porForrester" at present possesses (to make us tion of the book. The author, who boasts of tolerate their hideousness or the power and being an Etonian, evidently feels at home in truth of their drawing), the story is not with the Dame's house, the chapel, and the playout interest. The gradual weaving toge- meadows, and the characters of the two boys are ther, thread by thread, the ravelled proofs very nicely drawn. But as Lord Langmuir beof Cecil Forrester's identity, exhibits a power of comes convinced that Cecil is really his son, a construction on the part of the author which we fiendish desire to put him out of the path of his have no doubt will result in better work here- child by his later marriage resolves itself into a after. The story, as we have suggested, turns hideous scheme. He entices the lad, who is a on the hackneyed incident of Lord Langmuir fine, robust fellow, fond of all manly exercise, to marrying a second wife in the lifetime of a first. go out in a boat, which he has contrived shall The character of this nobleman is, we trust, founder with him; but instead of Cecil going for the honour of the peerage, unique. We are alone, as was intended, Glenailsa accompanies glad to say that there is an unreality, even in him, and both are drowned. Lady Langmuir, the description of his wickedness, which gives relieved of her unamiable lord, and the only us hopes that no living member of the upper child of their illegitimate marriage, is left to ten thousand has sat for the portrait. With the poetical justice and the Rector of Hampaid of an unscrupulous servant the Marquis ma- hill. nages to rid himself, with little trouble or ex- THE FAMILY FRIEND: LABOUR AND pense, of wife the first, who is convicted, on the Wait. By Emma Jane Warboise.—(Houlstone false evidence of his aecomplices, of the and Wright, Paternoster Row.)-As the latter murder of her child, and is only saved by tale, which has since been separately published, dying in prison from suffering the penalty of her appeared originally in the Family Friend,” presumed crime. In the meanwhile her child, we shall be doing no injustice to either work in who had in reality been stolen from her, is resó discussing them together, And first, of the cued by a clergyman-a relative, and former “Family Friend” we cannot flatter the publover of the recognized Marchioness-from the lisher or assure our friends that either its aparms of a tramp, who has just time to avouch pearance or contents are improved. It is not the only publication on which we have observed very striking interest, is a nicely-told story' that the removal of the paper duty has acted in which we should not hesitate to put into the the very opposite way from that we were led to hands of any young lady-friend of our own. expect. In the present instance, while the Its merits will be raised in the appreciation of paper has considerably deteriorated, the type many readers, when we add that a sufficient has not improved with time, and we cannot hide dash of religious phraseology is mixed up with from ourselves that “The Family Friend” of the the sentiments and descriptions to bring it into present has fallen off considerably from what it the category of so-called religious novels. was in the early days of our intimacy with it. [The following works lie on our table for notice next The redeeming and most important feature of month, having no farther space at our disposal this :

Prince Hassan's Carpet ;"“ The History of Perfumes ;" the present volume is the tale we have just al

" Fortune's Football ;' “ The Oddfellow's Quarterly luded to, and which, without possessing any “The Life Boat;" “ The Workhouse Visitor.")

TH E TO I L E T.

(Specially from Paris.) First FIGURE - Indoor toilet : Dress of a robe made with a round waist, finished with a Irish poplin, trimmed at the skirt with a flounce, wide ceinture and buckle enriched with brilliants; mounted in groups of five plaits, headed and the body ornamented with revers à la paysanne intersected by a fancy trimming, and large of white guipure. The sleeves of this robe should lozenges of the same, which alternate between be composed of a puffing of velvet. I have the groups of plaits. We do not ourselves seen a very charming toilet of grey pou.de-soie, admire this new style of trimming; but a deco- garnished at the bottom of the skirt with five ration in the same style of black velvet bas a black biases, surmounted by a narrow black lace, very beautiful effect, and suits every shade of headed by a velvet. The corsage formed a habit material. The same trimming goes round the behind, and a vest before, encircled like the body, which is made with a round basque, and basque habit, and the top and bottom of the ornaments the top of the sleeves, down which sleeves, wiih a trimming to match that on the it is continued, and finishes at the cuff. Lace skirt. There is really no alteration in the form collar, with turned-down corners. Under-sleeves, of robes. The crinoline is giving way to a with cuffs to match. Narrow black lace cravat. reduplication of petticoats, the effect of which On the hair an invisible net; and a ribbon to is far more graceful and natural. match. The ribbon is interlaced with the tresses. The most elegant bonnets are always in the

Second FIGURE--Visiting toilet : Dress of fanchon form. Those intended for dress pou-de-soie, with the lower part of the skirt, as generally have the crowns formed of flowered high as the knees, composed of the same tulle, white or black; but these are only the coloured pou-de-soie, with black stripes in the foundations, which are overlaid with velvet, Pekin style ; this is cut in deep scallops, and ribbon, artificial flowers, jet, and lace, in the finished with a black velvet and bows of the most bewildering and fantastic manner. I will same; at the points of the scallops. Body endeavour to describe one of the simplest mocomposed of a waistcoat with Pekin stripes. dels-a bonnet of black velvet, with a little drawn Jacket in the Zouave style, with a short 'tail crown of black tulle; above the hair fall loops behind of plain pou-de-soie. Sleeves with of ribbon of a gilly-flower shade, and beneath Pekin stripes, close fitting, having a jockey at them a cache-peigne of lace. In the interior a the top, formed and trimmed to match the neige of tulle, and tufts of velvet gilly-flowers of trimming on the shirt. Linen collar, with their natural tint. Coiffures de bal are simply turned-down ends, bordered by a row of fine composed of a neige of tulle in front, with a Valenciennes ; cuffs to match. A scarlet velvet rose or other flower placed in the middle. in the hair. For full-dress the robe of the Others take the form of a diadem embroidered season is actually of velvet. This is worn in all with stars of pearl; the favourite shade is its splendid simplicity, only relieved by rich ponceau ; and a little white plume sometimes guipure. Nothing is more charming than such accompanies this style of head-dress.

ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.

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Poetry received and accepted, with thanks.- Lilac Tiee.” May we impress upon this writer his “ Our Friends Beyond the Sca;" “ Lines for the own advice to the said buds ?

To Kitty on the Little Ones ;' Tempted ;” “ The Widow's Ice;" “ The Fireman," a very capital subject if Marriage;"?

;" "'Love ;"? " What is the River Saying ?" | only the author's imagination wore suficiently on DECLINED, with thanks. " The Gamut of fire. Odours !" Coming Home;" “ To a Bidding

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