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ACADEMY. Price One Shilling. (4, Trafalgar- we tell our readers what has been done, it will be square, and 21, Paternoster-row.)– A most excel-right to premise what the Society aims at doing. lent idea, admirably carried out. This Guide, the In the first place, it comes forward with ready and same price as the ordinary catalogue, answers the delicate kindness to assist those ladies who may additional purpose of presenting against the name be in
temporary difficulty, to aid them in obtaining and number of each picture worthy of note, two or change of air after long sickness, or in procuring three criticisms extracted from tlie most popular suitable apparel for iaking a situation, when the newspapers and periodicals; thus directing iaste, want of employment or family claims have exand comparing opinions. A work by the same hausted their resources ; or in procuring that more publishers has also reached us, entitled, “ The generous diet during convalescence, the want of Unjust Suppression of Art-Unions." But as this which too often retards recovery, and lays the is a subject on which there is considerable foundation of long and incapacitating debility. difference of opinion, we need only refer our “ There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth)," readers to this pamphlet for a statement of many says the wisest of men; and we learn from the interesting facts.
Report, that within three months of the reverend
Secretary's undertaking his most kind and graFrascoIS DE BON IVARD; OR, The Prisoner quitous labours, the Ladies' Committee met to of Chillon. An historical work thus entitled, practise this heavenly wisdom, and that in six from the pen of Percy B. St. John, has commenced in months they had the pleasure of assisting fiftythe columns of the Brighton Guardian. We shall six. " The assistance rendered in many in. allude to it more fully in our next; meanwhile we mention the fact, as, from the known talent of the that was needed”—and far less, doubtless, than
stances," says the Report, " was 100 little to do all author and extreme interest of the subject, great will be done when the more extended funds of the things may be expected.
Institution will allow of more extended usefulness Oceas Thougats. IlomEWARD BOUND FROM
-but still, something was done; the word of India. By a young Officer. (J. Hatchurd and kindness and sympathy was spoken when the reSon.) - This pleasing and interesting little volume luctantly limited assistance was rendered, and hope is evidently the production of an enthusiastic and and light sprang up where all before seemed righi-minded man-seeing God's saving power in
dark." We would' warmly recommend our all things, and "holding fast that which is good
readers to obtain a Report, and read the “ extract under all circumstances. He evidently loves his
from the case-book :" it is given without one word profession and his country with a sailor's earnest- of exaggeration, almost without comment, and in ness and truth, and is most anxious that those who truth it needs none. May He who gave Solomon go forth in "the great waters,” should have the bis words of wisdom, shed abundantly his
blessing same faith in a protecting Providence which has on the work! The next object of this Society, is comforted and supported him. Those who seek
to invest donations in the funds, and give the for excitement, will be disappointed in this simple dividends as annuities to those who have borne journal ; but those who can enjoy a Christian the burden and heat of the day, and are now Sailor's “ Log," without exaggeration or false sen- growing old, and unfit for their former duties; timent, must derive pleasure from a perusal of and here we gather the striking and affecting fact, “Ocean Thoughts."
that the candidates are eligible ten years earlier at this than (we believe) at any other institution granting pensions, from the conviction that the
anxieties and mental labour of the governess anGOVERNESSES' BENEVOLENT INSTI.
ticipale by TEN YEARS the usual inroads of ad. TUTION.
vancing age. We are glad to see that these annuisies
do not depend on annual subscriptions (though we We are very desirous to introduce this Institu- cannot doubt they will annually increase), but that tion to such of our readers as may be unac- the money once invested for this purpose is so dequainted with it, and 10 excite an increased in. voted for ever; and that already an annuity has terest in those who may have heard of it, but who been given, and two more will be given in Novem. as yet hardly appreciate all its claims 10 public ber. The annuities are indeed painfully small, favour. It is about twelve months since we first but again we recognize the eagerness to do somehad a prospectus put into our hands, shewing that thing, where so much is needed ; and truly says such a society was being established, and we said, the homely proverb, that “half a loaf is belier as we perused in “Here are the seeds of a noble than no bread.” Doubtless, the managing par. institution, if properly conducted and encouraged.” ties would have been glad 10 have allotted a Now we have lying before us the first Report, and larger sum, and we confidently hope the public behold, the seeds have already sprung up into a
will enable them scow to do so. The last object goodly tree, yielding fruit 10 moisten the parched of the Society is, to encourage ladies to put by lip of sickness, and 10 strengthen the weak and their earnings in their own names in Government weary, and even spreading a shade for the repose funds, and 10 put them in the way of doing it, by and comfort of ord age. In fact, the subject has an arrangement which offers this undoubied see awakened the interest it so well deserved ; the curity, and other great advantages; and it appears public has responded to the appeal as fully as that its usefulness has been gladly recognized, could have been looked for in one short year, and £2,351 98. 9d. having been paid in ihis first year of the Institution's existence for that purpose : nor governess gives up home, and youth, and love, can we be surprised that the assistance thus of- and hope! Let us come forward, heart and hand, fered should be eagerly accepted. Every lady to do something for her in return. Let us hail knows the difficulty of placing out her money, par- and support an institution that gives her a friend in ricularly in small sums-a difficulty which has led her need. Let us help her to provide for herself. many io entrust their little savings to private bands, Let us soothe her in her sickness. Let us take by which they have often lost all, or to spend care that she shall not want in her old age. them in the recklessness of not knowing where and May, 1844. how 10 dispose of their earnings; but we refer those who feel an interest in this branch to the printed tables. We have dwelt thus long on the
LA REVUE MUSICALE. subjeci, for it is especially a subject of interest 10 us; nor can we dismiss it without noticing that, in all the papers put forth by, and in the Report of this Institution, there is a most distinguishing pro
The Flower Girl. The Poetry by C. H. priety. It is 100 much the custom to befriend one Ilitchings, Esq. : the Music by A. J. Rexford. party by speaking against another ; but we observe (Crumer, Addison and Beale.) This is a charming ihat every remark is confined to the necessary evils ballad in E flat, major ; with far more originality of a governess's life, and all allusion to their po- in the melody than we find from an ordinary comsition in families is carefully avoided; there is no poser; for which reason it must be heard twice or assertion that they are unworthily treated, or 100 ihrice before it is at all appreciated, and then it poorly paid-no question why a governess should will grow in favour on every repetition. The be less a friend in England than she is in France words are by a true poet ; a few lines shall speak or Germany-nothing more than a simple stale for themselves : ment of their important and anxious duties, how “I come from the woods, where the summer's liule they can save, and why they can save so lit
light rain, tle. Doubtless we do wish that there was a better
Had just welled the flowers that were fainting understanding between the parent and the gover- with heat ; ness, and that while we every day bear that the And they scarce had recovered their freshness again, services of “that respectable person,
" the fond
When they first heard the tread of my light litle and faithful nurse, can never be forgotten, we
feet. should not see thai the claims of the lady, the kind and faithful governess, are considered to end when “And I stole them e'en then, in the midst of their her last quarter's salary is paid-doubtless we do drauglit, feel it to be a miserable mistake of the Tho'a tear-drop was starting it seem'd from their parents, who inquire whether the governess, to eye ; whoin they are about to entrust the minds, man- But I shook it away, and I merrily laugh’d, ners, and morals of their children, “ expects to As I brought home the flowers for sweet ladies be asked to take wine at her dinner;*" or who in
10 buy. form her that "she will never be asked into the drawing-room;" or request she will “ lraverse “ I've flowers for the lover, I've flowers for the the back stairs of the house;" or forbid more than
maid, a solitary leiter now and then 10 be delivered at That passion may speak, e'en when accents the door, because her thoughts should not be
would fail ; "divided from her pupils"--or servants have the I've Aowers for the lady her tresses to braid, trouble of carrying her letters to her! Our And shadow the pearl of her forehead so pale. womanly feelings rise within us as we think how Jiule she can lose in such companionship, and
“ I've flowers for you all, ay, enough and to spare; how sad it is thus to alienate affection and dis.
And I tell you, sweet ladies, with tears in my courage duty; but yet, as every family has its I've a mother at home, and I dare not go there own complicated and delicale machinery, we respect the propriety of feeling thus strongly
Till it please you sweet ladies my Aowers to evidenced, and true such aggiavation is unneces
buy." sary. The governess may or may not be well THE SINGLE Man. Comic Song, inscribed 10 trealed; she may or she may not deserve more Mr. John Parry, by Mrs. F. B. Pearce. (Johum. consideration ; but she must cains our sympathy | ning and Co., Newman-streer.)-Lively worus to a for her many sacrifices. She goes at the season lively and appropriate air; an effusion belonging when life is brightest, and the spirits dance most 10 the reformed order of comic songs, which, by gaily, to devole her spring-tide io a school-room; the way, make up in genuine wit all they dispense she leaves home at the time when the young heari with of coarseness, when compared with some olden is all tendrils, and yearns for something to cling productions, which were equally vulgar in words to, 10 dwell amongst strangers. We are too api and in spirit. A balance in favour of the new 10 talk of the governess giving up her time, but generation," to which, perhaps, we are in no small that were little; the day labourer gives his time, degree indebted to the taste and talent of the inimi. and goes home 10 his wife and children; but the table Parry. We hope he will take up" the
Single Man, and then its popularity will be rapid Faci—May, 1844.
as well as certain.
AMUSEMENTS OF THE MONTH. ' pantomime, both from herself and Perrot. On her
first entrance she was raplurously received; though
in the ballet itself there is but little dancing, the ITALIAN OPERA.
pas being reserved for the divertisement with which Saturday, the 8th of June, will be long remem. it concludes. The pus de deux is, perhaps, the bered as ihe occasion of Her Majesty's visit, ac- most graceful thing in the ballet, alıhough, in the companied by her illustrious guests, the Emperor Spanish dance which she performs with Perrot, her of Russia and the King of Saxony. Indeed, for a spirited and finished movements won for her a no sight-loving people--and crowned heads are al- less enthusiastic encore. Only the first portion, ways reckoned • sights”-it was no ordinary treat however, was repeated. We should not forget 10 to behold such an assemblage of royalty. Conse- mention, that Scheffer Plunkett and St. Leon met quently, the most extraordinary endeavours were with their share of applause on the same occasion. made to obtain either a seat or standing-room on ibat eventful night, by the multitude, whose oppor
HAYMARKET THEATRE. Tudities for such gratification are rare; while, from
The event of the month may of course be conetiquette, or out of respect to the august indivi- sidered the production of the prize comedy, and duals who were expected, most of the habitués of -ils failure! Aller all the coluinns that bave the Opera were present. As mighe have been been written about it, and all the gossip it has expected, the scene was most brilliant and in occasioned, wonderment must resolve itself into teresting. The opera selected was the famous iwo questions. What were the judges about? and favourite Barbiere; and though Grisi, La- Or, if this is the best, what could the other ninetyblache, and the gifted corps, exerted themselves six be? We must own we expected a different to delight and surprise even more than usual, result; not that we by any means looked for an we suspect that, “ for that night only,” they immortal work among these plays, because, in the were, with the mass, a secondary consideration. first place, an author of known and appreciated The Queen and ber guests did not arrive until powers would be very unlikely to condescend 10 a quarter past eight, at which time the house had run a sort of school-boy race for a “prize,” when been literally crammed for an hour-even the fair the labour of bis brain could at all times comleaders of fashion having deigned, for once, to
mand a golden return. Thus tried competitors be punctual. It was a most imposing sighé to removed from the field - the lists were opened 10 witness the loyal greeting with which the royal Young England—and feeling a strong persuasion party was received; when the profound silence of that, with rare exceptions, talent does finid iis just expectation was succeeded by enthusiastic cheer. level, we are somewhat devoid of veneration for ing, and the stillness of the dense mass gave way that mighty body, the Great Unknown. All editors 10 the waving of bandkerchiefs. The visit not know that they are flooded withi mediocrity-That having been formally announced as one of state, it is the vice of the day, and that high and availathere seemed some liule indecision about the pro- ble talent is the rarest of things--and we suspect priety of singing the national Anthem. Doubiless that managers are in the same predicament. Con. ihe company behind the scenes were all prepared, sequently, what we did expect was something awaiting only the demonstration of the audience soaring to the highest limit of mediocrity, or perThere was a disposition to call for it at first, al. haps scintillating somewhat above it. And 'lo! though, after a little while, the overture proceeded, instead of this is presented a play-and we grieve and the opera commenced. At the conclusion, to say from a lady's pen—which is allowed on all however, of the first act, the notion that “God hands to be vulgar where it is not inane, a play save the Queen” should be sung revived — and in which the attempts at wit entirely consist of now the “ayes“ had it. The solo parts were de. slang words, or the constant repetition of set liciously given by Grisi and Favanii; and, im- phrases, supposed 10 suit particular characters. mediately afterwards, the band struck up the na. And this is a picture of manners in the fifth decade tional Russian anthem, playing it, as we hear, at of the nineteenth century! We are sorry for the sight, but certainly playing it with the feeling and heavy drast upon Mr. Webster's purse, for his precision to be expected from such an orchestra. offer was both' liberal and well intentioned. We The ai.shem was followed by Cerito's Spanish are also extremely sorry for the disappointment of dance, the Manola, and then the opera proceeded; the public; but it seems 10 us that a deeper cause at the conclusion of which the royal visitors de. of regret ihan all is the hopeless state of the diama. parted. We hope the strangers carried away a And yet we would make a few remarks, with all favourable impression of their reception; certainly, the deference of tho:e who ask questions desiring as far as could be judged from appearances, they information. were highly gratified. Lablache elicited many a The Drama is no longer a mirror to reflect the laugh by his strange antics, and the odd bits of form and pressure of the time. Do managers French with which he interlarded the libretto. strive to make it so? Do they not rather enThe Queen especially laughed at his humour with courage only the worn-out stage effects and stage downright hearliness.
tricks-which are repeated through every variety More recently, the established favourite, Fanny i of flimsy plot, dependent upon stock characters? Ellsler, has made her first appearance for the season, In reality they are afraid of novelty, yet something in the graceful ballet of Le Délire d'un Peintre, new is the only thing can save them. We which we think was brought out last year. It is have a Literature of the day, but we have no one which affords ample scope for some admirable Drama - nothing 10 be the voices of the many,
speaking, as it were, through one from the stage.
SADLER'S WELLS. A great work, which faithfully embodies the feel. ings of a period, must be a great work for all ages,
Under the able management of Mrs. Warner simply because its elements are truth--truth. and Mr. Phelps, the « legitimale" drama has And this is now what we are wanting and waiting themselves a host, and froin the manner in which
here taken refuge. These able tragedians are in for. But nothing of this kind will be found among characters of Shakspere, and those of Byron's the stock characters of loquacious valets and vivacious Abigails; or cruel fathers and children Werner have been recently sustained, we do not changed at nurse. Alas! we may well talk of the wonder at the crowds which are drawn 10 a decline of the drama; though perhaps we should somewhat obscure part of the town. rather say dramatic composition has stood still while all else has progressed. Will managers never have faith in a public ?- will they never try TRANSLATED FROM THE FRANKFORT “ OBERthem with something not dependent on scenery
Postants ZEITUNG,” May, 22nd, 1844.-On the or where a play upon words instead of ideas is not 8th of May, Mr. E. Aguilar, from London, substituted for wii. Would it be the worst plan gave a concert in the saloon of the Weidenbush, in the world to have a public reading of a play for the benefit of the Mozart Institution. The before the expense and trouble of “getting up "members of the Lieder Kranz also assisted to forward are incurred ?' The very incompetent would not the praiseworthy and noble end. Such opportunifind attraction in such a gathering. Is it quite lies of displaying benevolent feeliug are not rare in certain that scholars, managers, and actors, se- Frankfort, and are always cordially responded to. lecting often indiscreetly, that the public would The performances of this concert were excellent, not be able to choose for itself? This may, or the grand symphony of Mr. Aguilar, coni posed in may not, be a novel idea, but we cannot think it the spirit of Beethoven, gave us proof that he has an absurd one. The reading of a fine new play, not taken that immortal master as a model in vain. with a rapid--sort of outline-sketch of the cha- The symphony (although perhaps rather too much racters by way of introduction, might be, for aught extended) is admirably instrumented; the adagio, we see to the contrary, as interesting as the reading and the scherzo especially, e licited the most enof a fine old one.
couraging and honourable applause. LYCEUM THEATRE.
It was conducted by Kapellmeister Guhr, and Crabbe's story, to be found in the “ Tales of
was performed with extraordinary precision. Mr. the Hall,” of the two brothers, whose ill-fated | Aguilar selected for his performance on the pianolove for a village maiden caused so deep a tragedy, Hummel's ; thus proving his own good taste, by
forte, a concerto of Beethoven's, and a rondo of forms the ground-work of a piece lately produced bis admirable selection. The firm, round, touch here, under the title of "The Momentous Ques- of the young virtuoso, the artist-like quietness in tion.” The plot, however, has been greatly altered, his performance, the dominion over the technicalito suit stage arrangements; and, though it loses ties of the art, the contempt of the salto mortalis, greatly in point of poetical treatment, it makes, nevertheless, an effective and touching little drama.
non plus ultras, &c., which prevail so much in the Miss Fortescue entered into the character of present style of pianoforte playing, are all so many Rachel with a sweet and unaffected pathos, and evidences of the high aim which Mr. Aguilar has all the other parts were very fairly sustained. he labours to attain' it. The cadence introduced
to himself, and the diligence with which The engraving from Miss Setchell's exquisite into the concerto of Beethoven, showed that the picture of the “ Momentous Question" must be familiar to many of our readers; and a scene
spirit of melody with which nalure has endowed in which a tableau of it was given met with rap- fruition. Mr. Eliason performed ihe first move
this artist gives promise of healthy and luxuriant turous applause. The piece indeed takes its tiile from the picture which represents the unhappy exhibited anew all the traits of a good and solid
ment of a violin concerto of Beethoven's, and lovers in the poacher's prison, the “ question” school, united with an original and truly artista being to relinquish life or love.
like mind; the elegance of his performance, its Princess's THEATRE.
security and ease, and the beautiful tone he elicited If the object of a farce be to provoke roars of from his instrument, deserve the highest commenlaughter-and we believe this the be
in- |dation. tention of farce providers—then has “ Taken by Surprise” been eminently successful. Anna Thil- and of Mr. John Goss, in London, previous 10
Mr. E. A. Aguilar was a pupil of Mr. Neate, lon has, of course, drawn crowds of admirers every liis studying in Germany. In compliment to the night of her delightful performance.
giver of the concert, the leader Kranz sung “ Rule Astley's AMPHITHEATRE.
Britannia,” accompanied by the whole orchestra. This favourite resort of the lovers of melodrama, Great curiosity had been evinced whether so and of graceful and wonderful feats of horseman- young a man could have the proper conception of ship, has lost nothing of its popularity during the Beethoven's magnificent concerto; but he surprised present season. A spectacle, entitled the “Chi- the most fastidious, and was, in consequence, most nese War," and a drama, called the “ Deserter of rapturously applauded. A rondo of Hummell's Moscow, have been great favourites. It is a was also given by him most beautifully: great recommendation to this house that it is ad- A Darmstadt paper, agreeing with the previous mirably ventilated.
accounts, continues 10 state, after high praise of
the symphony of Mr. E. A. Aguilar, that there is perhaps, he has never choseu a subject more rethroughout a poetical seriousness, exciting sym- plete with interest to a British public than the pathy, and causing the universal desire that the present. Hong Kong, the “ Island of Crystal syaiphony miglit very soon be heard again. Streams,” so called from the many fine streams of
clear water that flow in all directions, is, it is well MACFARREN AND Davison's Concerts. known, the first permanent settlement the British
have obtained in China. The Panorama is taken The last of the series was a very charming con- from a commanding situation in the habour; on cert, opening with Mendelssohn's trio in D minor, the souih presenting to us the already considerable by the composer, pianoforte; Herr Joseph Joachim, new town of Victoria ; and on the north the mainviolio; and Mr. Hausnjan, violoncello ; performed land of China, with a succession of lofty hills and with great delicacy, and each of the four movements mountains as far as the eye can reach, some of was encored. We first heard Dr. Mendelssohn them rising suddenly from the water's edge and in 1829, when he led the performance of his lowering to an immense height. The whole of the beautiful oferture 10 the “Midsummer Night's immense bay is covered by ships and crafts of Dream," worthy of the work which inspired it, like every description; the heavy uncouth-looking Locke's music io Macbeth; and since then he has war-junks beside the symmetrical “ Men of War, taken the highest place amongst living composers. togeiher with the carved and richly decorated But what a wondrous boy is this llerr Joseph mandarin boats, and every variety of Chinese craft. Joachim—uot more than seven years old, it is said, The numerous figures, executed by H. C. Selons, and he does not look more than ten—who plays the are full of expression, and so life-like that they most difficult music, upon the most difficult of seem starting from the canvas; and the smoothinstruments, with a purity of tone and power of ness of the water and the clearness of the atmo. execution which only veteran professors can sphere are so admirably represented that they add achieve after years of soil and study! “There is greatly to the illusion of the scene, so that, without more than natural in this, if philosophy can find it any great stretch of the imagination, we can dream out." To assist those who have not seen him, we ourselves to be in the celestial empire. add, he is not what most people would think-an In the small circle we are presented with a "interesting" boy ; his manner is awkward and view of the City of Baden Baden, and the adjacent ungainly, and his countenance dull; but the country, with a pic nic party, &c.; and before this forehead is remarkably full, and overhangs his eyes appears, we believe a novelly will supply the place (which are so heavy as to give a momentary im- of the view of the queen's landing at Tréport. pression of blind ness) like a pent bouse; au reste, he is like any other boy, and looks as if he would enjoy a game at marbles or peg-top. Among the vocal pieces, we would particularly notice Mr. Macfarren's series of songs from the Arabian Your egotist is of three descriptions—he is your Nights, and Mr. Davison's Lament “Swister far complacent, your complaining, or your contempthan Summer's Flight," from “ vocal illustrations luous egotist. The first class is a sufficiently comof Shelley” (to the latter indeed we before allu- mon one and needs no particular description. He ded); both remarkably graceful and beautiful is your sniggering, simpering, lack-wit-constant compositions. How is it that we do not oftener wiih his smile, who, if he will not help, cannot bear such pieces as these in our drawing-rooms, hurt, and may escape harm on the score of his own instead of the eternal “Willow Glens," and the barinlessness. The other two classes, though not other thousand and one rariations of the same equally common, are sufficiently so in all conidea; and that, as Dr. Johnson used to say, a science. Contemptuous egotism is always really wrong one?
for a fight--complaining egotism is always ready We thank Messrs. Macfarren and Davison for for a bribe. The former always fancies that the the opportunity they have afforded us of hearing so world is treading on his toes; the other is always many of their own exquisite compositions so 'ad- afflicted, lest the world should not see when he mirably performed. Those executed at their con- puts them down. I have an acquaintance, who, certs this season are alone sufficient 10 place them before dinner, is the first character in perfection in the first ranks of native musical genius, if, after dinner, the last. He unites the species. Meet indeed, they had not long ago achieved iheir high him before he gets to his chop-house, and his reputation.
acknowledgment of your “ God den," is a sort of
defiance. After his steak is discussed, he moves Panorama Or Hong Kong, LEICESTER SQUARE. your bowels, if they be at all given to compassion,
to hearken to the narrative of distresses which We were truly sorry that a notice of this inter- trouble his. The whole world has gone wrong esting work was accidentally omitted in our last with him-all the world are in a league to persenumber, inasmuch as the season is now more cute him, and the only assurance that you have nearly over, and any of our courteous readers who that he will not throw himself into the river, is the are inclined to take our word in such matters will consoling conviction that you feel, all the while, have the less time before them in which to visit that, let the world treat him as it will, be is a perthe Panorama. Mr. Burford's wonderful produc-son who can ncver dispense with himself. His lions of this description are so well known that self-love, alone, keeps the world from losing that they need little recommendation from us; but, which it could —very well afford to lose.