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spite of the condemnation of the drama by the most incomprehensible affair altogether-it majority of the press. It is, to tell the truth, was below contempt. It was most unedecidedly more adapted to the “ Surrey-side" quivocally “goosed” on its first representa. than the legitimate business of the Haymarket. tion, and has not, I believe, been announced for It is to be regretted that Mr. Buckstone should repetition since. It is difficult to know what have issued such an ill-advised advertisement our accomplished dramatist has been about, as with regard to the piece ; for it is in vain to one of our most skilful critics remarksthink that the British public will consent to “ Uncertain as to the share each has had in the swallow anything the manager may put before authorship, we can only account for the them in the present day. A more healthy tone failure by supposing that Mr. Oxenford un. is obtaining, and we have heard many undis- dertook to supply the optical effects, whilst guised sibillations at objectionable points in the Professor Pepper made his first experiment theatrical representations lately, from which we as a farce-writer.” argue well.
Mr. John Parry has just produced At the Princess's “Antony and Cleopatra” at the Gallery of Illustration another of bas been produced, in which Miss Glyn plays his marvellous songs — or rather one of Cleopatra, with her usual force and care. | his little domestic dramas, introducing songs,
No one should omit visiting the Olympic, to incidents, and characters, the whole of the see Mr. Charles Mathews in “Patter versus dramatis persone being supported by Mr. John Clatter.” He is as voluble, versatile, and viva- | Parry and his piano. It is called “Merry cious as ever: in fact, as amusing as Charles making," and it is indescribable, but such an Mathews, and he alone, can be.
entertainment as no one should omit going to see : The Lyceum has closed, and so has Astley's. it is sui generis, being purely “ Parryesque” in Various rumours are afloat with regard to the its conception and execution. future management of these houses; but I be- Messrs. Routledge's new sixpenny magazine, lieve nothing is definitely settled at present. The Broadway, will, it is said, be published in
At the Adelphi “ Henry Dunbar" has been September. Mr. Edmund Routledge, who is revived, in which, during some of its latter re- the editor, has already engaged a large and ef. presentations, Mrs. Watts played the part in con- ficient staff, including some of the best pens of sequence of her sister's (Miss Kate Terry's) in the light literature of the day. A new publicadisposition.
tion, which seems to be a cross between two Mr. Charles Reade's sensational, unpleasant titles of gossip-columns of our weekly “illus. drama, “ It is Never too Late to Mend,” has trateds,” and called the Echoes of the Clubs, been transferred to the boards of the Surrey. has made its appearance. It is well printed, and Mr. Calham sustains his original part of Jacky light in tone, but scarcely seems to have with great effect.
the element of extreme longevity about it; and, It seemed quite like a renewal of my youth if its seeming intention is carried out, one will when present at the opening of the New Amphi- certainly be afraid to open one's mouth at one's theatre, Holborn, on Saturday evening last; and club on any subject, however trivial. I hear a old recollections of Astley's crowded on my mind rumour, and trust it is not true, of another new as the “fiery untamed steeds” rushed round comic paper about to appear--the Illustrated the circle, and the clown perpetrated some of Comic News. For my part I think we have unthe most ancient of fossil jokes. It is a charm- doubtedly enough, and to spare, of these woulding little amphitheatre: it is well ventilated be facetious contemporaries, and tremble at a and tastefully decorated, and the seats are com- fifth making its appearance in the field. fortable. The grand-balcony is well adapted It is with deep regret that I allude to the for seeing the scenes in the circle or on the death of William M'Connell, an artist whose stage, and for having a comprehensive view of name is familiar to all acquainted with the 1: nearly every part of the house. One is rather | lustrated literature of this country. He had doubtful as to being able to get quickly out of already attained a high position as an artist and the house in case of fire, as some of the pas- / a humorist, as his contributions to the Illus. sages seem to be very narrow and cramped. trated News, Illustrated Times, London 30* The equestrian performances were varied, and ciety, Punch, Diogenes, Fun, &c., &c., and his for the most part well performed. M. Fillis went illustrations to Mr. Sala's “Twice Round the through some marvellous evolutions with his | Clock,” amply testify; and, had he been spared “ fire-horse," Tamor. The grotesque perform-longer, would, I doubt not, have achieved ance, “ Les Nains,” by Messrs. Delvevanti and higher position as an artist, though he con Felix, was one of the funniest things I have never have been more highly esteemed by tho seen for a long while; and Capt. Austen's who knew his independent spirit and gene “ Lightning Zouave Drill," as a specimen of worth. Two veterans in art have been calle marvellous rapidity and dexterous manipulative home within the last month-Clarkson Stany skill, was a marvel to behold. The five clowns / field and Edward Hodges Bailey-both." are by no means successful. There are rather too stricken in years, but with well-earned 1 many of them, with not sufhcient wit, humour, laurels at their brows. and “clownery” for half this number. The The only real “sensation" during the farce, “ Grim Griffin Hotel,” by Mr. month has been the capture of the sturgeo Oxenford and Professor Pepper, was a Westminster Bridge, I called to see the one
der as I was passing Mr. Groves' shop the I thought to myself that, reposing with one's other day. Mr. Sturgeon seemed to be very stomach on a slate-slab was as near an apuncomfortable: he was in a shallow tank, with proach to a geological garden as might be : it his dorsal fin high out of the water, suffering afterwards occurred to me that perhaps the from a severe boat-hook wound in the back, and gentle youth meant zoological. I shall be at breathing hard, and snorting, in a spasmodic the “ Zoo” next Sunday, and amongst the manner. The boy who exhibited him informed most anxious inquirers after the health of Mr. me that the fish"was goin' to the Geological Sturgeon will be Gardens to-morrow, where he would be all-right"!
THE TOI LE T.
(Specially from Paris.)
First FIGURE. - Undress toilet for the Toilets of two tints are much worn: they country, consisting of a skirt of unbleached consist of two skirts; the first of a deep tint for foulard, cut in points round the bottom and up the under-skirt; the second, or upper one, is of the front. These points are edged with white a lighter shade of the same colour. The botsilk piping, and have buttons of the same on tom of the under-skirt is trimmed with bias the front points. Scarlet Cashmere jacket in bands of the lighter colour, sown with jet the Breton style; white under-body of muslin, pearls, and finished above with soutache of the presenting plaits alternating with linen stripes lighter shade. There are, on the model I have ornamented with guipure mosaic. The jacket is seen, five bias-pieces, on which, from place to trimmed with white soutache, by means of one place, lozenges of Chantilly lace are adjusted. of Wheeler and Wilson's machines.
The second skirt of the lighter tint describes, at Second FIGURE.-Dress of violet or grey | the lower part of the front, a rounded halffaye silk, made with two gored skirts, the first circle, bordered by a bias of the deeper colour ; ornamented with a row of black Chantilly lace behind it is cut in a very large half-circle: at the laid on flat, and surinounted by two bias-pieces sides, between these half-circles, which make a of the material, decorated with jet. The second | long, sharp point, is placed an ornament with skirt is cut in two deep scollops at the bottom, I great pearls at the extremities : above this point and trimmed in front, apron-fashion, by means of little double bars remount nearly to the waist, beaded bias-pieces running up to the waist. on which are two similar lozenges to those on Round waistband with long ends behind. Plain the skirt, and which reappear on the ceinture. corsage. Sleeves semi-tight On each side of | The corsage is also of two tints; the first is of the first skirt, in the vacancy left by the inden- | the deepest colour, garnished with five rows of tation made by forming the front and back bias-pieces very straightly disposed en collier, scollop in the second, an ornament made with each bias being finished with a heading of beaded bias-pieces. Linen collar, and cuffs beaded soutache. to under-sleeves. Plateau bonnet of crape,
A very low corselet, of the lighter shade, friuged all round with crystal, and trimmed
worn upon the high body, is slightly open bewith a tea-rose at the side. Crape-strings
fore and behind; and we find between these edged with white blond, and fastened at the
openings tulle bars of the deeper shade. Sleeves, throat with a flower to match that on the bon
nearly tight, of the darkest colour, ornamented net.
at the sides by a suite of lozenges traced beThe spring modes are coquettish and elegant,
are coquettish and elegant, tween a double bias. as fresh and gracious as the season-we may specially say this of the bonnets. Here are my Paletot assorted of the material and colour of remembrances of some of the most notable the first skirt, cut at the bottom in seven points, of them: The Chapeau Mignon is of white crape, | bordered by three rows of biases. Sleeves orwith two long ends falling at the back : a little namented with similate biases, tracing a lozenge tuft of roses at the left side gives piquancy to in the middle, at the bottom, and top. With the physiognomy. The Chapeau Duchesse is this toilet a bonnet of Belgian straw, surrounded also white, with an ornamentation of satin by a cordon of straw-coloured lilies of the valpearls falling on the front and over the chignon. ley, with foliage of the same tint. This bonnet These bonnets show how marvellously an artis- lis pointillé with black pearls. Brides of Mais tic milliner can idealise a face by the aid of a taffetas (very wide) are also scattered over with lace, a flower, or a ribbon,
THE LADIES' PA G E.
KNITTED BORDER FOR A BED-QUILT.
Materials.—Boar’s-head koitting cotton, No. 12, of Messrs. Walter Evans and Co., Derby.
White knitting cotton ; thick steel pins. Cast! The increasing caused by knitting the made on a sufficient number of stitches for the length stitches is regularly repeated in each second of the border, which must be able to be divided row, so that the stitches between the striped by 31 ; knit 4 plain rows, 5th row, alternately divisions increase, and form large triangles; the make i, knit 2 together; then 5 more plain striped divisions, on the otber hand, are narrows.
rowed so as to form the point of the triangles. Now begin the pattern.
To obtain this result, decrease five times in the Ist row. * Make 1, knit 1, slantways (to knit Oth, 12th, 18th, and 24th rows, by purling toa stitch slantways, insert the needle from the gether the two last stitches of one purled difront to the back and from right to left); † purl | vision, so that each division has but eleven 5; knit i slantways. Repeat from t 4 times stitches left in the 25th row. In the 28th rov more than from * to the end of the row. knit together one purled stitch with one knitted
2nd. The same as the last, except that there slantways, so that there will be only 6 stitches are no stitches made, and those that were made left for each division; these stitches are knitted in last row are reckoned as stitches.
slantways in the 29th and 30th rows. In the 3rd. * Knit 1; make l; knit i slantsays; + | 31st row they are knitted together, two and two. purl 5; knit i slantways. Repeat from t four There remains in each division three more times more. Repeat from * to the end of the stitches, which are knitted together in the 34th row.
row. Two rows entirely purled complete the 4th. The same as the second.
upper edge of the border:
A BASKET FOR DRYING SALAD.
MATERIALS,-Strong grey thread; packthread of a medium size; cast on 7 stitches.
1st round. I treble in the first stitch (you! 1st round. * 3 treble, 3 chain, 3 treble ; these have a loop of 6 chain, of which the 2 first are 6 treble in the centre stitch of the chain of the reckoned as 1 treble), 2 trebles divided by 3 last row. Repeat from * chain in the first stitch of the chain, 3 chain, il 2nd. 1 double, 5 chain, the 1 double once on slip stitch in the fourth stitch of the chain. the loop of chain, and once in the middle of
2nd. 1 or 2 treble in every stitch of the last the 6 treble, round; the first treble of each round is always 3rd, I double in the middle stitch of every forined by 3 chain.
scallop, 5 chain between them. For the circles 3rd. All treble, divided by 4 chain, missing 2 that are passed within the openings of the stitches under the 4 chain. Work alternately | basket to keep it firm, take 12 pieces of packthe 2nd and 3rd rounds until you have a flat | thread, and make what is called a Grecian plait. circle measuring 12 inches across; to finish the | Take always 2 pieces of the thread (after having centre, work one round of double crochet. Ajo divided the whole bundle into two equal parts) terwards work one round in the following way, I on each side, and cross them over in the centre ; to begin the sides of the work : alternately, 3 take the two next, and repeat the same, and so long treble and 3 chain, missing three stitches on. Fasten these circles into the basket, by under the chain. Now begin the 1st round of passing the plaiting over and under the treble the sides of the work in the following manner : stitches. Run two pieces of the same pack* 8 chain, 2 double, 1 double on the chain of thread at the top, just under the edging, to the last row ; repeat from * Make all the close the basket. rounds like this ; but the 20th must be like the This basket is useful for drying salad. The 3rd round. When the basket is high enough, salad, after being washed, is placed in the make one more round with long treble (3 long basket, which is then swung about till the treble, 3 chain), and afterwarde work the edging. I leaves are perfectly dry,
THE LADY OF BAGATELL E.
BY LE MOINE.
A few years ago, the giddy people of Paris , celebrated poets, ainong whom Sir Charles was had their curiosity and wonder excited by a pleased to see Shakespeare and Byron. strange and romantic affair. Eugenie Belmont, While he was admiring the brilliant saloon, a young lady with a splendid fortune, and a door softly glided back, and Madernoiselle highly accomplished in mind and manners, Belinont was announced. Dashington arose, announced to the world that she would bestow and advanced to meet the person who entered. her hand and fortune upon any gentleman who He was prepared to see a face ugly indeed; but pleased her, but that he must be willing, in con- when his eyes fell upon the frightful features of sideration of her wealth and other attractions, the lady, he started. Her lips were withered to put up with a face of unparalleled ugliness. and bloodless, her eyes were sunk deep in their A certain time each day was appointed to receive sockets, her large and misshapen nose was rethe suitors at Bagatelle, Eugenie Belmont's volting to behold, and her skin was as dry and lovely residence in the vicinity of Paris.
yellow as that of an Egyptian mummy. Among the first who responded to this singu- Without appearing to notice Dashington's lar announcement was Sir Charles Dashington, embarrassment, Eugenie welcomed him to a young Englishman of noble family, who had Bagatelle in a few sweetly-spoken words, and, squandered a princely fortune in the gambling to his surprise, she spoke in English, with a houses of the gay and seductive capital of France. charming accent; for among the many accoinHe eagerly seized upon this opportunity of plishments of this singular creature was a perfect repairing his broken fortune, and of establishing knowledge of the modern languages. Sir Charles himself again in the world of pleasure. Dash- was somewhat re-assured by her kind welcome ington was possessed of that Apollo-like beauty and sweet voice, and he succeeded in overcoming, and grace of form and face which attracts the or at least in concealing the disgust which the gaze of artists, and wins the love of woinen. horrible ingliness of her face had at first occaHis intolerable vanity led him to suppose that sioned. After a short, preliminary conversation, no woman could resist him, and he thought it Dashington ventured to approach the subject only necessary to present himself before the which had brought him to Bagatelle. Lady of Bagatelle in order to win her band, “Mademoiselle," he said, with a low bow, and what he valued more, her fortune.
i “if I did not know that the garden of Eden With this design, he attired himself in a was in Asia, I should think that I had found it magnificent suit of clothes, hired a coach and to-day in your delicious retreat; four, and proceeded in dashing style in search of wealth and a wife. It was a delicious day in
« For if there be an elysium on earth, June, and the garden and grounds of Bagatelle
It is this-it is this.'' presented a scene of ravishing beauty to the eyes of Sir Charles Dashington, who looked “Sir Charles Dashington is pleased to flatter upon himself as soon to be
my poor Bagatelle.”
"Pardonnez moi, Mademoiselle, but it is not "Monarch of all he surveyed.”
flattery-the beauty and splendour of your After a drive of a quarter of an hour, through house and garden far surpass all my expectawinding roads bordered with flowers, and tions. Oh! how dream-like might life be, through shady woods and cool groves, the passed in this lovely spot !” exclaimed Dashsuperb villa of Bagatelle burst upon the sight. ington, enthusiastically. “With a congenial As he drove up, he was met by a servant in companion to share its sweets, this place would handsome livery, who conducted him through be a paradise on earth ; for, as Goethe says, an elegant marble gallery into the reception "">Twould be the greatest misery known room. The matchless splendour of this apart
To live in Paradise alone.' ment dazzled the eyes of Sir Charles Dashington. The floor was composed of exquisite mosaics, “What do you mean by a congenial comwrought into quaint and curious designs; the panion?” Eugenie asked. walls were beautifully frescoed, after the style of “One who possesses an appreciating love of Raphael ; before the crimson-tinted windows nature; one who finds a greater delight in hung purple silk curtains, which trembled to the books than in balls; who prefers meditation and vibration of low, melancholy music, whose study to the frivolities of modern society.” origin could not be discovered; tables of pearl | “You say nothing of beauty-is not that a and agate were placed in different parts of requisite ?" demanded Eugenie, who saw the the room, some of them loaded with richly- serpent lurking beneath the flowers of his lanbound books, and others with vases of flowers, guage. whose odours pervaded the whole apartment. “Give me the lasting beauties of the mind, In one corner stood a massive cabinet contain and I care not for the fading beauties of a pretty ing curiosities, and mounted with busts of face,” cried Dashington.
Soon after this the interview terminated, , Young d'Arcy's dreary existence was sometimes Eugenie being summoned to meet other suitors. | brightened by delightful dreams of the future. As Sir Charles arose to depart, Eugenie told in these exquisite moments his disappointments him that he would hear from her in a week. were forgotten, and his cheerless room was
“I shall expect your communication with changed as if by magic. He saw before him impatience," said Dashington, bowing himself | galleries of light and airy beauty, filled with out.
lovely women, who crowned him with amaranAs he crossed the long gallery to reach his thine wreaths as he approached. carriage, he muttered, in a tone sufficiently loud | One morning, while Camille was enjoying a to be overheard by a servant who kept close be- / gorgeous dream like this, the ethereal fabric was hind him, something like, “What a monster ! suddenly demolished by a gentleman coming But for the gold that gilds her hideous face, I into the room exclaiming : “ Camille, would never could have gone through that interview.” you like to change this altitudinarian cell for a
These remarks were duly reported to Eugenie charming retreat near Paris, a beautiful villa Belmont, and they were not likely to advance
in the midst of shady groves and blooming Sir Charles Dashington's suit. Inquiries were
gardens ?” instituted about his habits and prospects, and “Certainly, a most desirable change, my nothing very favourable was elicited : on the dear Paul; but how is it to be effected ?" contrary, it was discovered that he frequented! “By marrying Eugenie Belmont. some of the most notorious gambling-houses of
“And pray tell me who is Eugenie BelParis, where he played recklessly and lost | mont?" enormously. Of late he had been heard to
“Don't you know who Eugenie Belmont is? boast that he could afford to lose, as he expected
he expected Why, all Paris is ringing with her name.” soon to marry a lady as rich as Cræsus. The
“The sound has not ascended so high as my consequence of these disclosures was, that one
| room. Tell me about la charmant Eugenie." evening, as Dashington was preparing to visit
“Eugenie Belmont, better known as the his accustomed haunts, the following note was / Lady of ba
Lady of Bagatelle, has given out that she will placed in his hands :
accept the addresses of any gentleman who
pleases her, and bestow upon him her hand and “Miss Eugenie Belmont begs leave to say to Sir fortune, if he can put up with an inconceivably Charles Dashington that he need not take the trouble | ugly face. Many have visited her, but only to repeat his visit to Bagatelle."
one could muster up sufficient courage to pop
the question.” This unexpected termination of his suit de- “ Really Paul, this is a most singular and stroyed all Dashington's hopes of maintaining interesting affair. I am tempted to visit the his position, and, to avoid “the wrath to come," Lady of Bagatelle, merely out of curiosity." from tradesmen, tailors, shoemakers, gamblers, “Do, Camille: perhaps something may come and other creditors, he fled from Paris to out of it. Au revoir.' Baden-Baden, where he was soon after killed in A few days after this conversation, Camille a gambling quarrel with a Russian nobleman. d'Arcy put on the best suit of clothes that his
The novel announcement of Eugenie Bel scanty wardrobe contained, and proceeded to mont continued to attract many persons to visit the Lady of Bagatelle. He did not go at Bagatelle. They all admired the beautiful once to the house, but wandered about the grounds and the magnificent reception-room; grounds, delighted with the beautiful scene but when Eugenie appeared, her frightful face spread out before him. A new surprise met drove them away in disgust.
him at every turn. In one place he came to a At last, Camille d'Arcy, a poor but talented little rivulet which ran through the grassy turf, young man, ventured to advance his claims. gemmed with a thousand flowers. Here he He was of an old and respectable family, which approached a grotto, whose cool recesses wooed had become impoverished during the stormy him to enter; in another place he saw a fountain days of the French Revolution. At twenty, of water sparkling in the sunlight; he reached Camille went to Paris to begin the battle of a flowery eminence, adorned with a pavilion so life. Like Alexander the Great, when he set delicately constructed that it inight have been out to conquer the world, he took nothing with | built by fairies. Around and about this spol, him but hope. The Grecian hero depended for gorgeous pheasants and stately peacocks walked success on the swordCamille relied on his with pompous steps. At last his eye rested pen.
upon the crowning glory of the scene - the villa He was a graceful and elegant writer ; but of Bagatelle. being poor and friendless, his success was not Camille advanced timorously to the magnifiequal to his genius : he was obliged fami non cent porch, where he was met by a servant, fame scribere-to write for bread not fame. who politely invited him to walk into the house. Camille was not discouraged by his want of suc- Entering the saloon, the poor young man was cess; he was persuaded that the dark clouds amazed at the superb display around him. He that hovered over him would be dispelled, and began to repent of his presumption in daring to that the world would acknowledge his merits. offer himself as a suitor to the possessor of so
Bright hope! what a consolation to the poor much wealth ; he dreaded to meet the proud and obscure, the neglected and forsaken! | Lady of Bagatelle, and a thousand times he