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"Un quart-d'heure plus tard mes maîtres leville. Une descente de la justice au château revinrent du spectacle. Après avoir appelé inu- : amena la découverte d'un conduit souterrain tilement à plusieurs reprises, inquiet de ne pas pratiqué sous le parc et se prolongeant depuis me voire paraître, et imaginant que je pouvais le mur d'enceinte jusqu'à la salle dite du roi. être endormie, le vieux Tom, au risque de se Plusieurs compagnies de troupes de ligne et casser cent fois le coli, se décida à franchir le toute la gendarmerie de l'arrondissement furent mur d'enceinte. Ayant opéré sans accident cette aussitôt mises aux trousses des bandits. Après périlleuse escalade, le fidèle serviteur revint une battue de plusieurs semaines dans les enouvrir à ses maîtres, et tous trois se dirigerent virons de Charleville, le chef de la troupe, le vers la porte de la salle à manger qui céda sous célèbre Joseph Kats, et les quarante hommes lenrs efforts réunis. Quel spectacle! la lune qui qu'il commandait, furent arrêtés dans la forêt s'était dégagée d'entre les nuages répandait ses de la Havière, à quatre lieues de Sept-Fontaines, demi-teintes blafardes sur le lieu de cette hor- et exécutés le 30 octobre de cette même année, rible scene. Dans le coin le plus éloigné de la sur la grande place du marché de Charleville, salle, à demi-caché derrière une vieille armoire, au milieu d'une foule immense accourue de tous le petit Alfred, pâle d'une terreur sans nom, les, les points de la Flandre pour assister à leur supyeux fixes, les cheveux hérissés, semblait pé- plice. J'oubliais de vous dire que la tête coutrifié par l'et

mon corps gisait évanoui au pée figura au procès, et servit de pièce de conmilieu de la chambre, et sur le plan le plus rap- viction. proché, à quelques pas de la porte, apparaissait “Quant à moi, cette horrible scène déve. la tête livide at grimaçante du bandit.

loppa dans mon corps le germe d'une maladie " Comme vous le pensez bien, personne ne se incurable. A 20 ans à peine, que je comptais à coucha au château cette nuit-là. M. de Roche- cette époque, je fus saisie d'un tremblement conrolles et le vieux Tom la passèrent tout entière, vulsif de tous les membres qui ne se déclare orarmés jusqu'aux dents et disposés à une vigou- dinairement que chez les personnes arrivées à reuse résistance en cas d'attaque. La comtesse l'extrême vielliesse. Je dois à la vérité et à la reelle-même, si faible, si craintive, si femme dans connaissance d'ajouter que mes maîtres ne furent les circonstances ordinaires de la vie, avait re- envers inoi ni oublieux, ni ingrats. En récomtrouvé, devant le péril, toute la force et tout le pense du courage que j'avais montré et du sercourage d'un homme. Il n'y eut pas jusqu'au vice que je leuc avais rendu, ils m'assurèrent, pánvre Alfred qui, entièrement rassuré en voyant ma vie durant, une petite pension assez moce renfort inattendu, ne voulât aussi participer dique, il est vrai, mais très suffisante pour mes à la défense commune. Mais fort heureusement besoins, qui me garantit le necessaire pour le toute cette résolution se trouva inutilement dé- reste de mes jours ; et, ajouta la bonne vieille, pensée, tous ces préparatifs furent inutiles. Au- en souriant et en s'inclinant gracieusement decun bruit suspect ne se fit plus entendre, aucune vant son auditore,-qui me procure l'honneur tentative nouvelle ne signala cette nuit d'an- d'assister ici chaque année au réveillon de Noël.” goisses. Le lendemain, M. de Rocherolles alla

ACHILLE GALLET. faire sa déposition au procureur du roi de Char

(Cabinet de lecture.)

THE WIDOW.

( See Plate.)

Who can tell the thoughts that now
Shading flit across her brow?
Memory's musings, bright and fair, .
Resting scarce a moment there,
As they conjure up the hours
Rich with sunshine, lapp'd in flowers,
Spent in youth's too radiant bow'rs.
All the bliss of life's swift day,
With him far are passed away ;
And those virtues bringing back,
Shining lights in life's swift track ;
Gilding as through the past they go,
With a milder, calmer glow,
Like the softening hue that shines
Through evening avenues of pines.
In her quiet brow serene,
And her soft composed mien,
You may road of good deeds done,
Of opinions aptly won,
In the varied hues of life,
Daughter, sister, mother, wife ;

While sympathies around her cling,
Ever freshly blossoming.
Like the fruits the poet sees,
Ripened, froin the storied trees,
In the old Hesperides.
In her smile see hope too beaming,
With “ thick coming fancies" teeminz,
That her darling bahy boy
Now her thoughts oue sole employ
May in after days recall,
By his noble braving all--
All that won her young desire
For his lo:t lamented sire.
But hope is not unmixed with fears,
(Like a sunbeam seen through tears)
For when was known a mother's joy
Without that terrible alloy--
The dread of some impending ill,
Which flings its shad w deepest still,
And falls with its most withering blight
When happiness is at its height?

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FEMININE GOSSIP FROM PARIS. *

(BY OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)

Paris, Dec. 20. sulted from the struggle of the 3rd and 4th of My dear C

December; among the former, one of a most Strange and stirring have been the events deplorable character was related to me by a that have come to pass here since my last letter; person under whose immediate observation it and though the more severish sensations they occurred. A young Polish couple of the upper have created are now lulled, a deep and swelling class, had been residing in Paris some time, and excitement of mingled opinions and conflicting on the day when the struggle was hottest, the sentiments agitares the country:

gentleman, actuated by mere inotives of curiosity, A great victory has been gained—but how? went out to see what was passing, telling his Was the step that led to it necessary? Would wife he would return at three o'clock; the hour not legitimate means have led-perhaps a little passed the evening--the night—without bringlater, it is true-to the same result? Will not ing him, or any tidings of him; next morning France, when the momentary sensation of relief his wife, half distracted, resorted in succession experienced at the destruction of the “ Spectre to all the hospitals in search of him, but in vain ; rouge,that was to have made 1852 a year to there was but one repair left to her, the ceme. be written in history in letters of blood—will tery of Montmartre, where the bodies of the she not awake to the consciousness that her unknown dead were exposed for recognition : liberties have been mocked and trampled on to she went, and found the corpse of her husband satisfy private ambition? These are questions with a ghastly wound in the forehead; insensiwhich are already daily, hourly agitated, and which bility, followed by insanity, was the result of the will most surely ere long demand a solution. fearful shock, and she is now confined in a At present all is tranquil in Paris, and com- madhouse, a confirmed lunatic. This is only paratively so in the departments, and but one one of many domestic calamities resulting froin opinion reigns among all classes and all parties the imprudent curiosity of persons who, in no on the absolute necessity that existed for the way connected with either of the parties at severest measures being adopted towards those issue, placed themselves in the most dangerous sanguinary and reckless malefactors, whose po- position, and received wounds, often dangerous, litics are pillage and anarchy, who have no links and not a few fatal. This foolhardiness, bow. with society, and who float as it were on the ever, was not universal; and one or two rather surface of the country in which they have no amusing instances of the reverse occurred. legitimate stake and interest, like the scum When the first regiment of Lancers was passing thrown up whenever the cauldron begins to up the Boulevards, towards the scene of action, boil, or the "wreckers,” who see in the danger the Colonel, recognizing a friend among a group and distress of the national vessel only a source conversing on the trottoir, turned his horse's of spoil and rapine. A great and salutary check head and rode towards him; whereupon, the they certainly have received, reste à savoir if the whole party, seized with the conviction that they arbitrary and unparalleled measures adopted were being charged by the regiment, fled right towards a widely different and powerfully influ- and left, spreading panic in all directions! One ential class, will remain unresented and accepted. of the vulgar rumours afloat is that the President, There seems to be but little doubt of the result having, before the coup d'état, applied to the of the election; it appears that Louis Napoleon's clergy for a dispensation of his oath to keep the continuance in power is, enthusiastically by the constitution inviolate, it was accorded on condifew, tacitly by the many, considered as, in the tion of his restoring the Pantheon to its original present state of things, most likely to secure destination, that of a church, which, in fact, was order and tranquillity, which is what all the one of the first acts of his authority after the mercantile classes are disposed to purchase at events of the 2nd or 3rd : it is now re-consecrated any price, and the army is entirely devoted to under the title of St. Geneviève, the patronhim; when the two livrets-one for the "oui,” saint of Paris. the other for the non” (the only formula of I believe M. Thiers is in England by this the votes) -- were presented to the 8th Hus- time. Eugène Sue is going to leave France for sards, the soldiers instantly made a bonfire to ever, in disgust. M. Emile de Girardin has burn the livret non; and the same feeling exists given up the editorship of the Presse, and is almost without an exception throughout the about to retire to Geneva ; and Cavaignac, they army.

say, has refused to accept his liberty, though Many incidents, tragic and comic, have re- the President has written with his own hand

to entreat him to leave his prison. This letter reached us marked found open

An amusing trick was played a few days ago (lettre trouvée decachetée); probably had our by the authorities on some of those who made a valued correspondent written more bold and dis- similar resolve. They were told, the prison agrecable truths her epistle would have been in- being too full to contain them as well as the tercepted altogether.-ED.

new arrivals, they were to be reinored to another one; and being packed up in fiacres, who seized him before and behind, one holding they were driven off to the neighbourhood of a knife to his breast, another to his throat, the Jardin des Plantes, at the other end of Paris, while the third tore open his coat and waistcoat, and there told they might either get down and and robbed him of his watch, chain, and money. walk to their homes, or stay in the fiacres, pay-On his attempting to resist, one ruffian aimed ing for the same, just as they chose!

a blow at his throat, with such force, that Nothing can be more wretched than the on his springing aside to avoid it, the knife weather in Paris. For weeks there has hardly struck and was shivered against the wall. been a gleam of sunshine; and it is now bitter All attempts to trace the miscreants have cold, with a damp, clanımy fog, day and night, hitherto failed, and there seems to be but little which adds to the general gloom. The approach likelihood of their being apprehended. A sysof the jour de l'an-the greatest fête in France~ tem of night police, like that in London, is will however, no doubt, restore a little gaiety, wofully wanted here, as such events as the one which, for the present, is quite put a stop to. I have described are by no means uncommon :

All the connoisseurs are talking of a picture, true there are patrols, but instead of being atthe history of which is very singular. M. tached as guardians of particular streets or Moreau, a picture-dealer and restorer, bought, quarters, they parade about in bodies, at certain some time since, a painting, for some thirty or hours, and of course it is in the intervais that forty francs, representing a Madonna, or saint, these adventures occur. the face of which was singularly beautiful, but George Sand has just brought out a new the rest of much inferior merit; on examining book, entitled “Le Château des Désertes.” It it, he perceived that the painting of the figure is dedicated to Macready, and is on theatrical and dress was evidently of a much later date subjects. I have just glanced through it, but than that of the head; and after some hours of have not yet had time to do more; nor has it labour in removing the outer coat of colour, a yet been reviewed, so I cannot pretend to speak Venus, by Léonard da Vinci, life-size, and of as to its merits. Her piece, “Le Marriage de the most exquisite beauty, was gradually un- Victorine,” is quite beautiful; pure, healthy in veiled! He has since discovered that the tone and sentiment, with a quiet interest, a mixpicture was the gem of the collection of Egalité ture of ideality in the character of the heroine, d'Orleans, who, in the Revolution, thus dis- with a sober reality in the plot, the scene, the guised it, along with many other pictures of entourage, that is full of charm and novelty. value, in order to pass it safely out of France. An exquisite poem has appeared in the DeM. Moreau has already refused 80,000 francs for cember number of the Revue de Paris, from the it, and will take no less than 100,000 (£4,000), pen of Madame Emilie de Girardin (Delphine which, it is thought, he will get later.

Gay), entitled “ La Nuit.” It is in her pathetic An event, which has thrown our whole quartier vein, in which she is quite as powerful as in her into a state of alarm, occurred a few nights ago sparkling mood, which is the prevailing one in to the young Vicomte de F-, a legitimist des her conversation. plus blanes, returning along the Rue de la Adieu, my dear C., with the best wishes of Pepinière from a soirée, he was pursued, and the season,

I am ever yours, attacked by three men, armed with long knives,

P.

W H A T'S IN A NAME ?

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The time was when a name was everything. shoes mended by coblers with names once borne In England, for centuries after the Norman Con- by nobles; and anthracite stowed in our cellar quest, the rich and powerful could be recognized by coal-heavers, answering to names that appear by the name alone; for the members of that conspicuously in Domesday Book, and stand class were universally of foreign descent, and foremost on the roll of Battle Abbey. Alas ! generally bore names of Norman origin. Bohun, for the degradation of names. Well may we ask Courtnay, Arundel, and De La Pole, betrayed a What's

a name?!! French extraction as plainly as Hereward, God- And yet, even in our day, a name has one win and Siward told of Saxon blood and a advantage, for it reveals a person's race, if debased condition.

nothing else. We know that Smith is a Saxon, But time has changed all this. Even in Eng- and that his ancestor, in some remote day, land a Norman naine is not always a test of hammered hot iron, whatever airs he may take lofty birth, while names of Saxon derivation on himself now, or however grand are his prefigure again among the titled, the wealthy, and sent connections. We know as indubitably that the great. In our country, the fusion is even Fitzroy's progenitor was the son of a king, if more complete;-a republic, indeed, is a sad that is any credit to him, and yet Fitzroy may leveller of names.

It is no rare occurrence to now be digging cellars for a livelihood, driving read, on some humble sign-board, a name that a cart, or keeping a grog shop. A Neville may erossed to England in the name of the Con- be a clergyman and republican now, but his queror. We have had our horse rubbed down forefathers, or his name belies him, were knights by ostlers with names of knightly lineage; our and aristocrats once. The De Lisle, who bakes bread for us, may be some landless baker of the accomplishinent was a rarity. But Craveri, nineteenth century, but his great great grand- , though he may be as bold as a lion, cannot confather, a dozen removes off, was inost unques- ceal from us that his distant progenitor was a tionably a titled proprietor, with rights of ad- coward, and gained his surname, perhaps, by vowson, fishery, mining, court-manorial, and running away at Crecy or Poictiers, Agincourt perhaps of forestry. No one can persuade us or Bannockburn. And so through the whole that Stephenson is from the south of England, catalogue of names to be found in the Direcwhen his name reveals that his ancestor was tory. We have often amused ourselves at a some Scandinavian who settled north of the fashionable party, by standing in a quiet corner, Humber; or that Owen is a Londoner, when and, as the name of each new comer was anhis name betrays he is Welsh; or that O'Con- : nounced, speculating on its origin, and, in nor is a Saxon when he carries his Celtic origin fancy, calling up the figure of the ancestor from in his name; or that Mac Ivor is a true Irish- whom it sprung. In these vagaries of the imaman when the Gael thrusts itself forward, in gination we have beheld satin or brocade give like manner, in the name. Intermarriage, way to linsey-woolsey; and jewels on rounded among his ancestors, with other races, may arms to manacles on the ankle of a galley-slave, even have obliterated every vestige of the great To speculate thus on names affords, indeed, ancestral type ; yet still we know his progenitor a wholesome moral lesson. It forces upon us to have been a shaven Norman, a beer-imbibing the mutability of fortune. It teaches us that Saxon, a piratical Dane, or a breechless High- families have their rise and fall like nations. lander, by that unmistakeable thing, a name. It makes the proudest humble in regard to his Thus, there is meaning, after all, in the question blood, since, from seeing the degradation “ What's in a name?"

of others, he learns that his descendants may beStill more. There are dames that tell of come miserable, poor, or disgraced also. Even princely or other notable origin, as others be- the Norman names, which perhaps he venerates tray the degradation of serfdom or disgrace. in spite of his republicanism, his Saxon origin, Cadwalader, or the chief of the Druids, is a and common sense, he perceives, when he coines royal name to all who understand the derivation to analyze them, were but those of peasants, or love the ancient race of Britain. But the perhaps, in their own country, and became arisname of Hind, be it borne by whom it may, tocratic in England, only through a stupendous merchant or mendicant, congressman or con- territorial robbery; while the plainer name, vict, betrays that, at one time, its owner was a which he secretly despises for its plebeian derivillein purchaseable with the soil. Clark may vation, bears, in that evident origin, proof of its be sone illiterate oysterman now, but his ances- having been given for skill in some useful art or tor once knew how to read and write, as we for perfection in intellectual labour.-Philadellearn by his name, and at a time, too, when the phia Evening Bulletin.

THE GARDEN, JANUARY.

Ah bitter chill it was !
The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold;
The hare limp'd trembling through the frozen grass,
And silent was the flock in woolly fold.”

KEATS.

We cannot do better than advise our readers to otherwise be always blowing about. Grass should continue in the performance of those operations to be regularly polled, swept, and rolled in mild which our previous instructions bore reference.

weather, and gravel walks kept neatly rolled occaShrubberies. --- Continue planting, lifting, le

sionally. All alterations and improvements should arranging, heading down, or otherwise putting these for the due performance of spring work.-J. W.C.

be perseveringly followed up, to leave proper leisure in good order. In the forination of new work, avoid overcrowding, and, in disposing those intended to remain permanently, have an eye to their future habits and characters, not only as regards their inflorescence and summer appearance, but also as

New HYACINTII STAND. to the influence they are likely to hold amongst the Our present engraving represents the form of one tints of autumn. The light of this branch of our art of the neatest adjuncts of drawing-room floriis only just dawning upon us, and is decidedly culture which has ever come under our notice. Not worthy of the greatest attention and observation, only is the design chaste and elegant, but it is also and notes should be constantly made of whatever as complete as it is well possible for a contrivance now idcas bearing on the subject come before us.

to be, as respects the purpose for which it is inForking up the borders of shrubberies may now be tended. For the invention of this novelty the public commenced, and followed up in favourable weather: is indebted to Mr. George P. Tye, of Birmingham, it disposes of a great number of leaves which would who has given it the name of " Hyacinth Bottle

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und Power Support," and which is, in fact, the which it was designed is at once indicated. These best name it could have, seeing that the purpose for bottles are made of glass, stained of various colours,

as green, purple, or blue; and apart from their utility for the purpose of growing Hyacinths, aro incomparably more ornamental than the old formal things that remind one of the female costume in the time of Queen Charlotte. As regards the application of the support, Mr. Tye gives the following directions in a concise treatise on the Culture of Hyacinths :

“ The support may be fixed in the bottle previous to placing the bulb in it, or when the flower has grown six or seven inches high. Place the lower or springing circle round the stem and leaves; then raise the bulb a little from the bottle, and pass the wire over it; fix the spring in its place by compressing it with your forefinger and thumb; then place your right hand round the back of the upright rod; with your finger and thumb spring open the sliding-wire sufficiently to admit the flower stem, at the same time holding the whole of the leaves in the left hand ; raise the sliding wire as high as the flower will admit, and place one by one the leaves within it, first having decided where the rod should be placed, that the leaves may be arranged uniformly. Open the small wire, and place it immediately under the flower ; then close it again; raise or lower the wire encircling the leaves according to taste.”

We think it is quite unnecessary to say more in savour of this elegant and ingenious contrivance, which, however, would merit all we might say. But we may add in respect to the price, that the glasses, including supports, may bo had from 1s. and upwards.

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OUR CONSERVATORY.

HOSPITAL OF THE “ EnfanS TROUVES minute, rather less than a week ago. Such a IN PARIS.—I followed my attendant, who was series of brown, red, yellow, pimpled, ugly, little evidently in a great hurry, into a very large, faces I never beheld. The whole of them were long apartment, called the Crèche." Before not only squalling, but with every conceivable, me, but rather to the left, I saw, as might be as well as inconceivable, grimace, were twisting expected, the head of a baly nodding in the their little lips from one ear towards the other, arms of a woman, and, walking up to her, I as if all their mouths had been filled with rhufound seated with her, on sixteen chairs which barb, jalap, aloes, mustard-in short, with anytouched each other, sixteen country-looking thing out of the pharmacopæia of this world Women, each in a peasant's dress, every one of but what they wanted. There appeared to be them with a baby's head resting or noddling on no chance of their ever becoming quiet; for one her left arm; and the reason of its nodaling ivas, squalled because its tiny neighbour on each side that the whole of the rest of its person was squalled, and that set them all squalling; and swaddled as tight as if it had been a portion of indeed, when the chorus, like a gale of wind, the limb of a tree. As several of these women for the reasons explained in Colonel Reid's Hisappeared to me to be old enough to be grand- tory of Hurricanes, to a slight degree occasion mothers, I was not at all astonished at hearing ally subsided, their little countenances evinced several of the infants, as I walked in front of such real discomfort, that if they had had no thein, cry; the noise, however, was altogether voices, and

for want of them had made no noise greater-the chorus infinitely louder than I at all, it would have been impossible to have could account for, and I was alike stunned and helped pitying them. Nobody, however, but astonished by it, when, on reaching the end of myself took the slightest notice of them. The the line, I saw, to my utter astonishment, lying in one tray, jammed' closer to each other than # " Practical Hints on the Cultivation and Prothe notes of a pianoforte, in little black-edged perties of the Hyacinth.” Published by Groomcaps, twelve babies, apparently born at the same bridge, Paternoster-row.

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