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Nest !NC of the Intik. Erie. 34
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night's Blue k. thaVe 'Um. Erie. •
MARSHALL & VINCENT,
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FiatrummiLe Merchant Tailor. On We public - .4are.a few .Iken
Wein of &ate street, Erie.
• /I. tiultToN at CO.
W NlNzuks MID UTAH. stealer, n Drugs, Medicines, Dye Sus&
Groceries. Ike. No. O. Reed House. k:tie.
• M. CIIAPIY, RESIIL NT DEKTIOT--Ottleeon
the z ueb th u s a t b ee b. of
i t . tte ribe. Dt ; :msontl
b tr e e . du of
artaneed ate June Le UM. 111
. DR — . O. L. ut,Liorr.
Resident Dentirt: ittliceavid dwelling on the
I South side of the Public liquate. lit dioOf &lot
hie Se of me Erie Nang Building. Teeth intertedon
Gold ?tate, front mew an eatireseu. Curl
uiled with pure Gold. and restored to health and oat
• Teeth cleaned with instruments and Denalbett so as to
" W M' ter ilolluald cleavages. All work wansausi.
.vurroto Na I e,:iIMMOWION ' V`"'+' P+Aeitei 4 A
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poetal and 311i5teltanti.
THE DAY DREAAL.
They both were hesbed, the voiee, the chord..
I beard bet eisa that ;rniteltier lay:
Aed few the ernes, and fern the words.
My spell-breed eternity breeght 1 , 11)3
Traces remembered hire sled there,
Like echoes of some broken strain;--•
Link's of 4 sweetness lost in air,
That nothing now cciald join agaie,-
E'em these, toe, ere the morning. Pod:
And. theagtithe chorea stilitmgered ea.
Theta's...amt, were. bet sang bad shed,
The fens itee:f was faded. genet-i
Gene. like the these, thetwnee were oars.
Oo simmer days, ere yeeth haw;
Thoughts bright. we know, as summer flowers,
Though what they were, we now forget.
Is vain, with hints from nther strains.
flmier! this truant air to
As hil ere taught, en sestera
To turelitair Wilder kindred homU.
In (mint—the ao that Sappho gave.
lo dying. to the orafel sea. ; •
Not muter sleptheseakthe ewes
Then this within my mimory.
At length. eine molting.. as I to
Is thauhalf.walkiet mood.
lliterillingly at last give wiry
To the fell truth If daylight's Seams,
A fees—the very Jim motheight.
From whieh had breathed. es tram a ahrise
Of sang and soul, the noteal nought—
Came with its music elves to mine;
And eons the lons•leet measovo o•'r
- Each nem and word. with every l leito:
And loeY. that lest it life.lodoptew
f All perfect, all again my 011111:
Like parted souls, when, Mid the blest
Thpv meet *dein, each widowed sound
Throne % memur)•• realm heti. Winged lOoseet
Of its sweet mate, till all went foood. •
Nor even in 'stoking did the eine.
Thee etroisiely cooed. weals halo;
For never Nat its matins kin*
So well as oow t know,tlsis stt•sis.
And oft. When utotwort's wondrous spnil
Is milted of in our tranquil bower.
I lino this lady's swag. avid so
The ♦isioo of Putt 'Stunting' hour.
'OUR BEST _SOCIETY."
'"Why," responded our friend pith mire of sad-
iess than of satire in his tone, "why are yolo 00 i
exasperated? Look at this scene! Consider that
thi s is, realy. the life Ilf thee girls. This is what
they 'come out' for. This Is the end of thoir am•
bition. They think of - it, dream of it, long for'it.—
Is it amn.emeoll Yes. to a few, possibly. But lis
an i gather, if you can from their remark. (when '
they make any) that they have any thought beyond
thii and going to church- eery rigidly on Sunday.
The vigor of polking and of church-going are pro
portioned; as is the one so is the other. My young
friend, I am no ascetic, and do not suppose a
is damned'because he dances. But life is not a ball.
(ttiorea the pity, truly, fur these butterflies) nor is
its sole ditty and delight, dinciog . . . When I eon,
sides this spectacle—when •1 remember what a no- .
h!e and beautiful woman is, what a manly man, when
I reel, dazzled by this glare, drunken with these Pier
filfllefi, confused by this alluring music, and ;reflect
upon the enormous aunts wasted in a pompous pro
fusion that delights noorie,:--when I look irmins) up
on all this rtmitut velgitsite- in tinsel inl Brussels
lace, and think how fort/unis go bow men struggle
and lose the bloom of their honesty, Inior women hid*
in a smiling pretence, and eye with caustic glances,
their neiilab telt newer It lust., diankunds,. or. pirce
lain, and observe their daughters, such as these—
why, I tremkle and tremb!e, and this scene to night.
every' crack' ball this winter will be, not the Opts
ant society of Dian and women buts...even in this
young conutry—an orgie such is ratan cornith
saw, a fernzied festival of Rome in Its' decadence."!
There was a - sober troth in this m t4ierness, and
sing we tamed away t a the sombre thuught of the
moment. Addre n eof the panting II wris,
who stood melting in a sardow, We spoke (and ein
fess how absurdly) of alas Dassellirf Gallery. It
was merely to "'Mid sating how warm the room,
was, and how pleisant the enmpiny was: facts up
on which we had already sufficiently enlarged. "Ye.,
these are pirttty picturei:, but, la! hole long it must
have taken Mr. Dusseldorf to paint them .all," was
By the ?Amgen Remotes! no Roman sylph in
her city's decline would ever have called the sun
gtid, Mr. Apollo. We hope that Hauri nteltial entire
ly sway in the window,' but we certainty did not
stay to see.
Passing out toward the stepper-room we encoun
tered two young men. "What, II 1," said 000 "yen
at Mrs. *Potioar'sr It seems that Ilal was a
sprig -of one of the "old families." "Welt, Joe,"
said Hal, a little confused, "it is a little strange...—
The tact is, I ditrot mean to be here, but I conclud
ed to compromise by coming, and not being
dewed to the host." Hal would come, eat Potiphar's
- sapper, drink his wine., spoil his carpets, laugh at
his fashionable struggles, and affect the puppyism of
a foreign Lord, because he disgraced the name of a
man who bad done some service soniewh?re, while
Putiphar was only aehonest man who made a for
The supper.room was a pleasant place. Theta
ble was covered with a chaos of supper. Every
thing sweet and rare, and but and cold, solid and
liquid was there. It was the very apotheosis of
gilt gingerbread. There was a universal rush and
struggle. The charge of the guards at Waterloo
was nothing to it. Jellies, custards, oyster-soup,
ice cream, wine and water, gushed in profuse eas•
cedes over transparent precipices of toile, muslin,
genie, silk and satin. Clumsy boys tumbled against
costly drowses and smeared them with preserver,—
when clean plates failed, the wurents of plates
ready used were quietly "chucked" under the table
—lml-taps of champagne were peered into the oys
ter tureens or overflowed upon plates to slier the
glassee-.whes of all kinds flowed in tenets, pante-
alert) , dwelt the throats of very young men, who
evinced - their manhood by becoming noisy, trouble
awns atuLdi•gostiug, and were finally either led;
sick, into the hat room, nr carried out of the was
drunk. The supper over, the young people attend.
id by their matrons deacon led to the dancing-room
for the "German." Thi,i its a dance cimmencine
usually at midnight or a little after, and continuing
indefinitely toward daybreak. The young people
were attended by their matrons, who were there to
supervise the morals and manners of their charges.
To secure the performance of this duty, the yotteg
people took care to sit where the matrons could not
aesthete, uor did they, by any chance, look towards
. the quarter in which the.matrons sat. in that Tier
ter, through all the varying mazes of the prolonged
dance, to two o'clock, to three, to four, sat the be•
diamond dowsgerr, the mother., the matrons,—.
'against nature, agairist common sense. They bah-.
bled with each other, they droWeed, they dozed.—
Their fani fell listless into their laps. In the ad.r
lining room, out of the waking sight, even, of the
'then sleeping mammas,: the &righters whirled In
ithe close embrace of partners who had brought clown!
lbottles of champagne from the supper-room. and
put theist by the side of their chairs for oce.asional
kefinshment i during the dance. The dizsr hoO k re
staggered by. "Azalis, yet mast come new," bad
'been already said a dozen times, but only as by the
seri'tes. Finally it WCrt declared with anthority....
Anti, went—Amelia Arabella. Thermic followed.
There was a prolonged cloaking, and lingering fare
wells. A few olrltie were- in 4he an pper -roots , sit
ting amang the 4edris of game. A few young non
&ninth,' sha oda eat beneath gas unnaturally bright,
reqing whatever chance book was at band, and
thin — g of the young .child at home waiting (M.
mamma :to was danertg the Klierman" below.
few exhaust matrons sat in the rebing-roamorred,
sad, wishing Ja would e•-me up; assailed at inter.
while; won tering !to% 't was they need to have smoli
good times at balls; ya;/.;•ig, a ri I inking at their !
WatcheA * ; while the ropier t t.f thelmosic
with sardonic sweetness coutiu At last, Jane
came up,_ had hal the mostgluriunt • Me, and went
iliwu with mamma to the earriagy, ao drove
bonne. Even the last Jane went-.-the t naitiy
youth was eitaelied, and Mr.. and Mrs. Po • iliar
hieing duly performed their biennial wait! d
dismissed tit* music; ordered the sereant. tb C6arrt
the spoons, and en lea tr,crr two after dayli ig'j!, went
tubed. Eatfiable Mfr. and Mr.e. Potiphir! '
We are nolyr preoarld for ths.great moral inli
nation' of the friend who saw its eating our ditle
mix !rules in that rtmarkable supper room. .llfe
are awaiting to hear lliiin . ray in the most modeta;e
anti "geutleuiatily". manner, that it is all very wOll
to select flaws and pres-etthelt us 4ipecireees, aqd
todearn from hint,-prresably wititiudignant publieitY;
that the prevent coalition of parties ie net what the
h've intimated. Or, in iris qoiet and .poioted way,
he maY smile at eur fiery assault upon edged fllurt
eels and nuga pyramids, and the kingdom of Lith.
.pet in pet general. '
Yet, after all, and despite the youth; who are led
Out, and c iriel home, or who s•uttable through the
r'Germait," this is a sober Mhtter.. My friCnd told t
we should see the "beat society." But he it i a
ir odi g iuus wag. Who made this country •? ,Frona
tedium is its character of unparalleled enterprise,
liiiroitm, and success derived) Wbu have givendt
iki place in the respect and the fear of the
Who, annually, retieuit its Pnergiea, confine its pat..
iters and secure itti triemeh? Who are its chimes !
ieireetic•children, the pith, the sinew, the bank of s
piosperity? Who • found, and diret, end cOntinim
ire manifold institutions of mercy and educaidon'f—
I%into ate essentially Americans? Indignaut fries d,
there classes, wiloeier - they may be, are the
itapiety," because theyalOne are the represemaiires
of its character and colGration. '['hey are the "best
,inueety" of New York. of' Boston, of Baltimore,of
Si. Louis, of New Orleans, nheilter they lire upon
elm hundred or eixti thousand dollars ;year-.
witether they inhabit prineelyi,aouites in faihionable
streets; (which they often 6) or not—whether their
tarts have graduated at Celarctis' end the' Jardie
Arabilte, or have never been wit of theirfathei - 's
sliops—wlicherthee have 4 ‘air " ant "style,", Mid
are "a geutlemanly" and 'iso aristocratic" or nit!.
Your .h iemaker, your, lawyer, your butcher, Yuur
"clergymansif they are simple and steady, and
whether rich or punt, ere nnseduced by their sitens
of ettravaganeo and ruinous display, help make up
the "lioat. society.", For that mystic communion is
net compsed of the rich, hot of the worthy; and , is
"pest" by its virtites, and not by its vices. When
Johnson, Burke, Goldsmith, Carrick, Reynohia, and
their friends met at supper in -Goldsmith's rooms,
Where was the "best society" iu England? When
Georgia the Fourth outraged humanity and decency
ik his treatment of Queen Caroline, who was the
Brat scoundrel in Europe?
Pause yet a moment, indignant friend. Whose
habits and principles would ruin this country as
rapidly as it hat been made? Who are enamored
of a puerile itnitatinn of foreign splendor.? Who
strenuously endeavored to graft the questi mable
Aims of Parasiautociety upon our owe? Who
pass a few years is Europe and return sceptical of
republicanism and human improvement. longing and
sighing for more .harply emphasized 'eclat divine
lions? Who squanders with profuse reckleanerethe
bard..esraed forturiei of their sires? Who diligently
devote their time to nothing, foolishly and wroneiy
aopposing that a young Eag'ish nobleman has no
thing to dot Who, in fine, evince by their colleci,ye
conduct, that they regard their Americanism at a
misfortune, and are au the most deadly enemies of
their country? None but what our wag facetiously
termed "the best society."
If the realer doubt., let him consider its, prae:i.
cal results in any great emporium of "best society."
Marriage is there regarded as a luxury, too mete.
tire for any but the s-ns of rich men, or fortunate
young men. We once heard an eminent divine.sa
sere, and only half in sport, that the rate of living
was advancing so incredibly, that weddings in his
experience wire perceptibly diminishing. The reas
tons might have been many and various. But we
all ackhowledged the fact. On the other hand, and
about the same time, a lovely damsel (ah, Clerics!, !)
'whose father was nut wealthy, who had no prfm
pasties Weans of support, who could do nothingbut
polka to perfeetitin, Who literally ham almost noth
ing, and who constantly' *bodied every fairly %te
llies& person by the giving igsoranee betrayal 17
'groat w A se n...aei
SATURDAY AIORNINO, APRIL, 30, 1853.
her remarks, informed a frieetat otie of the.Sarete
ga balls, whither he had made haste to meet the
1" boat society," that there were "not more than three
good matches in sccietyl" La Dame aux Camellas,
Marie Dublessis, was, to our fancy, a much more
feminine, and at:nil:able, and moral, and human per
sun,'than the adored Clorinda.- And yet whet she
said was the legitimate result of the state of our
reshionable society. ft worships wealth, and the
pomp which wealth can purchase, more than virtue
genius or beauty. We may be told that it has al
ways been coin every country, and that the fineso
ciety of ail lands is as profuse and flashy as our own.
We deny it flatly. Neither English, nor French,
nor Italian, nor German society, is so unspeakably
barren a s that which is technically called "society"
here. In London, and Paris, and Vienna, and Rome,
all the really eminent men and women help make
up the mass of society. A party is not a mere ball,
but it is a congress of the wit, beauty and fame of
the capital. It is-worth white to dress, if you shall
meet Macaulay, or Ilallam, or Guizot, or Theirs; or
Landseer, or Delaroche—•Mrs. Norton, the Misses
Berry, Maclaine Itecamier, and all the brilliant wo
men and Gluons foreigners. But why should we
desert the pleasant pages of those men, and the re
corded gossip'of those women, to be squeezed fiat
against a wall, whi!e young Doughface pou►a oyster
gravy d o wn our sti f irt.frnet, and .Caroline Pettitoes
wonder& at "Mr. busseldorf's industry I"
tf Intel igent people decline to go, you justly re
mark, it is their open fault. Yee, but, if they stay
sway it is very cer i tainly their great gain. The el
derly people are orways neglected with us, sad nosh•
tog surprise• intelligent strutters more,.thissr thety•
rennicsl supremacy of Young America. But we are
net surprised at , this neglect . If can we tre if
we have our eyes open ? When Caroline • Pettitoes
ft.:pests from the floor 'to 'the sofa, and instead of a
" ;mike." figures at parties- as a matron, do you enp.
in to desert the young Caroline upon the fluor, fur
Madame Peuitoes upon the sofa 1 If the pretty
young Caroline with youth ,bealth, freshness, a fine,
budding form, end wreathed in a iemi-transparent
line of flounced and flowered gauze, is its vapid ;het
we prefer to accost her with our eyes atone, and not
with our tongue*, is the came Caroline married into
a Madame Pettitoer, and fanning herself uponeyufa
en !nnger particularly fresh, nor young, !lir pretty,
sulfite flinger budding bet fully blown,—likely to be '
fa s ting in conversation 1 We cannot wdeder
the ' e whole comteetion of Pettiluer, when ell-
;nticeetrs the matron state, is entirely neglected.—
Proper hostsge to age we can ilk pay at tonne, to 1
our parents eltd grandparents. Proper respect for,
'some persons is st--preserved by avoiding their
... 4.4 . bat,.thiukyou, the influense of this tx
navagairt expense and se eels' Thew' tope these
' same young men and women 'V We can easily dig.. l
' cover. It saps their noble ans'ollion, assails their
healthelewees their estimate of tnen \ end their rev.
erence fur women, cherishes an eage, an aimless
rivo'ry, Weakens true feeling, wi e ns away , lie bloom
of true ntsiesty, end induce§ an ennui, a sati:ty and
a kind of daettantemisanthropy, whichlis onl he
more monstrous, because it is undoubtedly real.
You shell hear young men of intelligence and cut
ovation, to Whom the unprecedented circumstances
of this country offerlpportunities of great and ben
eficient career, complaining that they were born
within this blighted circle—regretting that thet
were not bakers arid tallow chandlers, and under nu!
obligation to keep up appearances.;eiellintretely
surrendering all the goldeu.possibilltres of that fit ;
ture u•loct this country, beyond all others, held* he
fore theme—sighing that they are not rich enough
,tn.marry the girls they love, and bitterly nidereiJing
1 fortene that they are not millionairee--auflering the
rvigor of their years to exhale in idle wishes -and
pointless regrets—disgracing their manhood by ly
ing in wait behind their "so gentlemanly and "aria
' tocratie"-mannere, until thee can pounce uphn a
"fortune'? and erisnarran heire's into 'matrimony;
f and so haying dragged their gifts, their ' horses of
thersen, into • service which shames out of 'them
all their native pride and power, 'they sink in the
mire, and their peers and ementurs exclaim that
they have "made a good tfiitig of ie." .
Are these the pruemes by which a nnb'e rice is'
made and perpetnatidl At Mrs. Pontine§ we heard
several Pendenuises longing (Jr a similar lux ur y,
and announcing their fine perpstee, never to have
i wives nor bOusee, emit they caned have thorn a§
lepiendid as jeweled Mrs. Potiphir, and her Waco,
1 -thirty feet front. Where were their head., and
their hearts, and their arms? flow looks this cra
ven despondency, before the stern virtues of the
ages we call deck? When a man is 16 voluntarily
imbecile into regret be is not rich, if tint is what
he wants, before he has struck a-blow fur wealth;
or so dastardly as to reyounce the prospect of love,
because, sitting sighing, in velvet d r essin g g o w n
and stippers, he does not lee his way clear. to ten
thousand a year; when young women coiffed a mar.
veille, of unexceptionable "style," who, wi t h or
without a prospective penny, secretly look down
upon honest women who struggle for a livelihood,
like ,wb'e and Christian beings, and, es such, are
rewarded: in whose society a man most forget that
he has ever read, thought, or felt; who destroy in
the mind, the fair ideal of woman, which the geni
us of art and poetry, end lots their inspirer, hse
created; their it seems to us, it is high time that the
subject should he regarded not au a matter of break
ing butterflies upon the wheel, but as a fed and so
ber question, in whose solution, all fathers and mo
thers, and the state itself, are interested. When
keel, observer!, and men of the world, from Europe,
are amazed and spelled at the giddy whirl and frien
zied rush of our society-. 4 society 'levier in Ws
wry, for the exaggerated prominence it assigns to
wealth, irrespective of the talents that amassed it,
they and their possessor being usually bustled out
of sight—is it not quite time to pander a little upon
the Conn of Louis XIV., and the "eserele days" of
King Charles. IL? Is it not-clear that, if what our
good wag, with caustic irony, called "the best so.
ciety;' were- really - such, every thoughtful man
would read upon Mrs. Putiphar's softly-tinted walls,
the terrible "mew, mess" of an Imminent &antic
Venieth in her purple prime of luxury, when the
famous law was passed, asatiog alLgoodolaa Wash,
that the sobke geoid •ot solnaoder fortone, apoa
Abets, woe oat loots Notations thinikiis York to=dal.
Oar hotels bare a superficial episode', derived frost
a profusion of gilt and paint, wood and damask.
Yet. in not one of them can a traveler be so quetly
•comfortable as in an English Inn, and nowhere in
New York can the stranger procure a dinner, at
once so, neat and elegant, and economical, as at
scores of Cafes in Paris. The fever of display has
consumed comfort. It gondola plated with gold was
nn easier that: a black wooden ooe. We could well
spare a little gilt upon the walls, for more cleanliness
upon the - public table; nJr is it worth while to cover
the walls with mirrors to reflect a want of Comfort.
One prefers a wooded bench to a greasy velvet cush
ion, and a randed floor to a soiled and threadbare
Carpet. An insipid uniformity is the Procustee-bed,
upon which "soc:ety" is stretched. Every new
house is the counterpart of every other, with tbeex-;
ception of mere gilt, if the owner can afford it. The
intetior arrangement, instead of being characteria
tie.-inatead of revealing something of the tests and
feelings of the owner, is rigorously conformed to
every other iettrior. The same hollow and tame
enmphisance rules in the intercourse of floc ieti.—
Who dares say precisely what he thinks upon a
great topic? What youth ventures to say sharp
thing., of slavery, for instance, at a polite dinner
table? What girl dares wear curls, when Martell.
p;escribea puffs or bandeaus? What specimen of
Young America dares to lira his trowaers loose or
wear straps to them? - We want individuality, he
raisin, and ilnece.sary, an uncompromising persis
tent. in difference.
This is the present state of parties. They ere
wildly extratragent,, full of senseless display; th:y
are avoided by the pleasant- and intelligent; and
swarm with ieck t ess regiments of “Brow,;: own.''
The ends of the earth contribute their choicest pro
ducts to the sopper,"and there is every thing that
werlth can pi:retrace, and all the spacious splendor
that thirty feet.front can affdi.l, They arehoti land
crowded, and glowing. There is a little weak seen
emtrvertorntrue, not nifty, an.l a stream of we/try
platitude,murtifying.to every sensible person. / Will
any of o4tr Peodennie friends intermit their 0 / dign it s •
thin , fora moment, and consider how Many good
things they have said or heard durin /he season?
If Mr. Potiphar's eyes should chanc to fall here,
wiII he - reckon the amount of satisAtction and enjoy.
meat be derived from hire, ll'uttphar's ball, and will
that lady candidly confess wbit she gained from it
beside weeijoefe and difigna l it Chat eloquent ser
mons we remember to hive heard is which the ;ties
andthe sinners 6f Babylon, Jeriolui and Gomorrah
ways scattered with holy iiidiesse den . The : cloth
is very hard upon Cain, and completely routes the
erring kings of duclsh.. . The Spanish Inquisition,
too, gets friglietul knocks, and there is much clo
ve:it exhortation to preach the grispil in the interi
or of Siam. Let it be Preached there, antt r aoll
speed the word. '.Butalao lat.ua have a text or two
in Broadway and the Avenue.
The best sermon ever preached upon society,
within our knowledge, is "Vanity Fair." 1s the
spirit of that story less true of New York to cf
Landon? Probably we never see Amelia at oat
ties, nor Lieutenant - George Osborne, norgonri gal"-
lry Dubbin, nor Ara. Rebecca. Sharp Crawley, nor
old Stay's°. We are very mach pained, of caorsc,
hat any author should take such dreary views of
h tan nature. We, for our parts, all go to lire.
Poti..ar's to refresh our faith in men end women.
Genet • 1 , amiability, a catholic charity. simplicity,
taste, sens high cottiostion, and dls•
inguish' our attics. Tne statemin - seeks j their
stimutating iud nc-; the literary man. after the
day's labor, desires to repose of their &eget,' con
versaticm; the proles 'oral min and the merchant
hurry up from town to ithuffla off the coil of heavy
duty, and forget Cie r".rudze of life in the agrees , •
hie picture of its amenities an iraceipresentad by
Airs. Potiphar's ball. -In this a mint of theimit
ter, or "Vanity Fair" the satire? What a 4 the
prospects of any society of which that tale is the
There is a picture in the Lozembourg ga ry st
Paris, "Dedadence of the Itionsits;' Which mar e
fame and fortune of Couture, the painter. I rep
resents an orgle in the court of a temple, during the
last days of Rome. A swarm of revellers okcupy
the middle of the pictuire, wreathed in elaborate in
.artoaey of.luzurious posture, men and - wooten hater.
mingle i; their facee k in which the old Roman err
scarcely eiders, brutalized 'with - excess of every
kind; their heeds of disheavelleti haii bound with
corona -1 a of leaves, white from giblets of artiene
grace, they drain the fiery torrent which is deatroy -
ing them. Around the bacchanalian feast Stand,
lofty upon pedestals, the statutes of old Itase, l look:
ing marble enlace's and the severity of a Sebuke
beyond words upon the revellers. A youth boy
ish grace—a wreath woven' in his tangled hair, and
with red and drowsy : eyes, sits listless upon one
pedestal, while upon -another, amide a boy, !tisane
with drunkenness, slid erupting a dripping goblet
to the marble mouth of the statute. In the Corner
of the picture, as if just quitting the court—Rome
finally departing—ii a,group Gfßomans with care
worn brows, and hands raised to their faces in mel.
anchuly meditation. In the very foreground:of the
picture, which in painted with all the sumptuous
splendour of Venetian art, is a stately - vase, *round
which bangs s' festoon of gorgeous flowers, its end
dragging upon the pavement. In the back-ground,
between the columns, smiles the bine sky tat Italy
thing Italian not deteriorated by
The careful student of this picture, VI has beer.
' lung in Paris, is some day startled by es
pecially in the face" of the women represen.ed, a
eurpsising likenes to the womelt "ark, aid f or
' ceires, with a thrill of dismay, that the models for
I this picture ot decadent histrau nature, are Cornieh
ell by the very city in which helices.
MARRIAGS CERIMOST ter Sotrrn CASOLUITA.A
case of bigamy was recently tried in Chesser coun
ty, South Carolina, and discharged. In the charge
of his honor, lodge Frest, to the jury, he remark
ed that there was no law la the,State of South Car
olina prescribing a marriage ceremonial. If Mr.
A. and Miss G. jump over a broom, the former say
ing I take this women to be my wedded wife, and
the latter, I take this assa to be my wedded husband,
and go to boaee•heeping. t:lty are l irgldly married,
have ',teetered littered into a bond of onion Which
cannot be annumta, so long as they both de live.
Q r Why is s lady's dress so extrsitapst
Because it is made with svc& s waist.
a has isloauel
$3. SO A TX AX,Ia Advs,!ides:
I WAIT F:O.R"TRZIe:
The hearth is swept. the 6rit is brisirt,
The kettle sings for tea:
The cloth is spread, the lamps are light.
The het cakes smoke in Rapkias wbite.
Aid now I wait for thee.
Come home. love. honte—thy tuk it hen
The clock tick, listeoictty;
The blinds are shut, the curtains dews.
The warm eluar to the fire-side draws. -
To boy a os my knee.
Come home, lore, home—liiideep fiid on
Look. round him wistfully.
And when the whispering ley.
As if thy welcome etep.was nigh.
He crows meltingly.,
In vain; be finds the 'antennas vain,
And turas his glaneatn mine,
Ile.earnestly that yet again
Hie lona unto gay bout
nit eine. Is so liko thini.
Thy twt. is dens—we miss the. Mrs;
Where'sr thy footsteps roam.
Ns heart will spread such kindly otter.
Ns :besting heart. no listening ear.
Liks these will wait thee hams.
At last, along tho crisp walks rase e
That well kuowo step doth COM.;
The bolt is drawn, the r ite is past, -
The balm: is wild with jay at last—
A that:sand welcomes boat*?
Tile Dead Wife
In comparison with the loss of II- wife, elf *awe
bereavements are trifles: -The: wife ! Itha who fills
so lore" • space in
-the domestic; hernw...ebe who
is so busied, so unwearied in laboring for the PM.'
liorsownes around her—bitter, bitter is the tear that
falls upon her cold You stand beside her cof
fin and thiuk of the pest. It seems in amber-cot
ored-patLwey, where the sun shone opus beautiful
(Inver', or the Stars hung glittering overhead. Palm
would the soul linger there. No thorns are remem
bered above ,that sweet clay, save those your heed
may have unwitingly planted. Her noble tender
heart, lies open - to your inmost sight. You think of
her now as all gentleness, ill beauty and purity:—
But-She is deed: The dear head that laid upoe your
bosom, rests in the ftiii darkness, upon a pillow of
clay. The hands that have ministered so Ontiring
ly,, are, foldel white and cold, beueath the gloomy
ponele,. The heart, whose every beat measured en
eternity of bye, lies under your feet. The Bowers
she bent over wi;h smiles, bend now above her with
tears, shaking the dew from their petals, that the
verditre around her may be kept greeaond beautiful.
Maar a husband may read this in the silence et
broken home. There is no white artn over poet
shou:dsr ; no speaking face to look up in the eye of
lose tie trembling lips - to murmur—" Oh it; is no
The Tittle one whose nest death has rifled, gams
iit'vronderat your solemn face, puts up his tiny hand
to stay the team and then nestles back to his father's
Weirs', half conscious that the wing that shotten4
it moat fondly is broken.
Thera is so strange a hush in every room! no
light footsteps. No smile to greet you at nightfaN.
And the old clock ticks and strikes sad ticks—it Was
such 'music when she could. hear it! Now it seetits
to knell the , hours' through which you watched the
shadows of death gathering, upon her sweet face.
It strikes one! the fatal time when the death war
rant rang out—"there is no hope." Two! she lies
placidly still—sometimes smiling faintly, sometimes
grieving a - little, for Attie young to tread the valley
of the shadow. Three! Ttie babe has been brought
in, its lit le lan laid on her bosom fur the last Thee.
Pour! her 14eath becomes ifainter, but a heavenly
joy irradiates her brow. Five! TIM* is a slight
change-0! that she might lire Father awe
"Til V Will be clone."
It Was her soft broken e4ents. Yes! Beavist
ly Frieod, who gayest her bless mt—Thy will be
lir band yet
at old house
The lips are
ind has fallen
, ne. She will
'on must beer
fill weeping by her side.
And every day that clock repeats that° story...
many another tale it telleth4no—of st—ef
sorrow shared, of beautiful words and deeds th are
registered abo‘e. Y'u fee!—O! how- often, that e
Bravo cannot keep her. You know she is in a bap
pier world, yet that sometimes she is by your side,
en angel presence. You !lok at your innocent babe
ana think that a seraph is guarding it. Cherish
heJe 'muttons, they will make you happier. Let
uer holy presence be a charm to keep you from evil.
In all new and pleasant connections, give her spirit
place in your heart. Never forget what she hal
to you—that she loved you. Be tender of her
.nemory—so you may meet her with a soul await'.
ed..* bright anti beautiful spirit-bride, where no
on, shall - sty any more forever, - 4 wheis
Dusty IN Cen.rinoon.,Few things appear so
very beautiful as a young child in tbelbroud. The
Tittle innqcrin face locks roblimely simple and can-
Minz amidst the cold terrors of death. Climates'
and fearless, the little mortal has-passed aloes on•
der the shadow, and explored the mystery of disso
lution. There is death in its aublinaest and pure
image—no hatred, no care for the morrow ever
darkened that Mille lace. Death has come lovingly
upon it; there is nothing harsh or cruel in its 'act..
ry. The yearnings of love ladled cannot be Stilled,
tut the prattle and smiles and the little world of
thoughts that were so delightful, are gone forever.
Awe, too, will overcast us is hie presence, fur we are
looking on death; but we de net fear the lonely 'fri
ary—far the child has gonts,,simple sad ironing.
tido the•preselce of its itll.wise father, Of sash
I we, Imes' is the kingdom of Heaves.
.1 a . H. 1'
pi gather up.
ur. she lias