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characteristic, - and New-York is fast glid- to ride in. But cabs have already lost the ing into the same easy metropolitan char-gloss of novelty, and may be seen in every acter. Humanity is here thrown on its degree from freshness to decrepitude; while original elements. The text of the drama- the old funereal respectability of hackneytist is reversed

coach stands, has passed away. Cabs, " That not a man for being simply man

omnibusses, and the three-penny-post, are Hath any honor."

seven league strides on the road of civiliza

tion. They all bring with them new sets Wealth, aristocracy, here create no dis- of people. The news-boys should not be tinction,- at least you do not feel their

forgotten,- there is no danger of their being influence in the streets. The collision out of mind on the spot, while they are of crowds wears off the peculiarity of for- crying extras so lustily, and with the protune, and men look each other in the face

vocation of rhyme with a glance of brotherhood. How different is the case where the perpetual rich

The New World, double sheet man of a village or town haunts the pave

Lady Blessington, all complete. ment, shedding constraint and deference

Charles Lamb wrote a paper on the deevery where about him. I was not displeased, the other day with an illustration

cline of beggary,- here he might have of this humanitarian feeling. I was pass

reversed the picture, and written of its proing along with an umbrella, in a sudden

gress and advancement. We have not yet, shower, when a bustling dapper gentleman

what may be seen in Paris, the coryphæus

of the crast, a beggar on horseback (an habsprang out from the covert of a grocer's

itué of course of the Rue de l'Enfer) but awning, and in a pleasant frank tone, asked

here beggary assumes its livery, and puts the privilege of shelter for a street or two, which was cheerfully granted. He was

forth its professionalities.

Like monuvery communicative, and his first remark

ments of the instability of fortune set along was:-"I should not have ventured upon

the highway of the city, here and there in this request at home; but in New-York it Broadway a mute beggar has his station. is quite a different thing." On which side

Day after day a hand held forth (with a

steadiness and muscular vigor health might in the account-current of humanity does the favorable balance lie? You would not

envy) challenges the pence and small coin think of troubling the Mr. Smith in a vil

of the passengers. An old negro is ruffled lage, for he would suspect you were de

in as many garments as the cauliflower,sirous of his acquaintance, with an eye to

a revolutionary soldier has a printed placard his daughters or his bank; but there are

on his hat, and sits leitered like a tombfive hundred Messrs. Smith, of equal calibre,

stone, - a counterfeit Belisarius asking for in the city, to whom you may make up

an obolus. Unctuousness is the characwithout suspicion.

teristic of a professional beggar, as good New-York is every day getting ripe for

living is his failing. The calling has its the novelists and tale writers. Its extent

perquisites. Your beggar is the offertory throws over it an air of mystery and con

of ihe week day Christians. In pontificealment. It offers many a hiding place

calibus, in his canonicals of rags,- in the for an intricate plot, or a humorous denoue

odor of sanctity,- his coat shorn of buttons

and cut down to a cassock,- his feel sanment. Its police records verify the wonders of fiction. Its variety offers the greatest

dalled,- and his hat pinched by wind, contrasts of character. It is full of merri

weather and hard knocks, to a mitre, he ment and energy. See the expenditure

receives the penance of the passing world. of good writing in its daily press. The

If you would be absolved from peccadiloes, editorials of the poorest of the cheap papers,

put a penny in his pouch. “A shilling often show more intellectual activity than

quietly dropped into the open hat, will

relieve the mind from the remorse of the at the beginning of the century did the columns of the very best. New classes

harsh word to the friend you have just of men are daily growing up,- stereotyped

quitted; will sanctify the bargain of the characters which we have not inherited,

morning. In equity you owe him somebut which will be handed down to the next

thing. He is an oui-of-door theatrical pergeneration. Early in the morning you

former,- a satirist of your government, will see the chiffonier with his iron picker,

fortune's comedian, burlesquing the emptijerking stray fragments of broken linen and

ness of wealth and luxury; - pay him the paper into his basket with a professional

honorarium of the theatre. The penny-aair learnt upon the Rue St. Honoré and the

line, or by your grace more, Mr. Editor, Quai Voltaire. One day, not long since,

that he shall receive for these paragraphs, cabs made their first appearance, to the

shall be his. We are beggars all. great laughter of the hackney coachmen,

Unprofitably kept at Heaven's expense who said they were not fit for a gentleman I live a reni charge on his providence.

Honor the beggar. If you would appear well with men, cultivate his kind aspect, for be takes more note of you, than ninetenths of your associates. When the wise Ulysses returned to Ithaca, he looked through the riotous suitors in the garb of a beggar.

"Ulysses enter'd slow
The palace, like a squalid beggar old,
Stall-propp'd, and in loose tatters foul attir'd.
Within the portal on the ashen sill
He sat, and seeming languid, lean'd against
A cypress pillar by the builders' art
Polish'd long sinee, and planted at the door."

LITERARY NOTICES.

MORLEY ERNSTEIN, Or, The Tenants of the Heart. melo-dramatic. In it he has left chivalrous ages, By G. P. R. James.

has left France, has left pirates, gypsies and smugWe remember a review of The Fortunes of | glers, and has thus made a great change, and taken Nigel,” published, at the time when that romance a great step in the mere location of his story. Its appeared, in the London New Monthly Magazine, interest rests on points quite as new with him ;which, in discussing the then unsettled question of on the contests of feeling and impulse in the minds :he authorship of the Waverly Novels, proved to of his leading characters, more than on any stirring the writer's entire satisfaction that they could not or exaggerated incident. Although the plot must be wholly the work of Walter Scott. No one, it be owned to be unnatural, we believe that the inwas argued, so much engrossed as he was, by terest of the book does not depend, as in the novels professional occupation, could command the time of the melo-dramatic school, on its unnaturalness barely necessary for the transcript of those tales. or improbability. We have wondered since what that critic would In an introductory note, which the reader ought have said of the works of some of our more modern not on any account omit, Mr. James says that this authors; - the great Unknown outdid most of his romance is a continuation of a general plan which predecessors in rapidity of performance; but among in all his tales he has borne in view, by which he several of his successors, Mr. James especially we has hoped to improve the minds and hearts of his believe, out-does him. This rapidity of compo- readers. We must own that this declaration took sition has naturally, perhaps fairly, exposed him to us by surprise. We had always supposed his a great deal of ridicule. Unconsciously to himself, novels to be written as read, without any definite he has used in composing his different works, simi- view of any moral end to be attained or promoted lar plans and materials, and the result is that hardly by them. We will not doubt, huwever, that their one of his later novels leaves any distinct impression very general circulation has had the effect which on the reader's mind, a week after he has finished he hoped, “the elevation of the feelings and moral its perusal.

tone of those who read them, by displaying the We have never been willing however to speak | workings and results of the higher and better lightly of Mr. James's ability on this account. We qualities peculiar to times of old - ancient courtesy, have received too much pleasure from his original generous self-devotion, and the spirit of chivalrous works, from those in which he did not copy him

honor." Having illustrated these principles and self, to have any right to do so. He has more than their effects, as they formerly existed, in his hisonce exhibited great power, both in the arrange

torical tales, he has attempted to sketch their influment of his plot and in his descriptions and narra

ence in later times in “The Ancient Regime," and tive. Whenever he leaves his own beaten track, now in Morley Ernstein has tried to exhibit them he hardly fails.

in action in the refined life of our own days. As In Morley Ernstein, he has left this beaten track, we have said, we think his effort has been very and has shown biinself fully successful; it sur- successful. prises the reader because it differs so widely from the author's previous efforts, and while it surprises, it pleases him, both from its intrinsic interest, and Forest Life. By the Author of " A New Home.because that interest is of a nature so entirely

2 vols. Charles S. Francis : New York. unexpected. We are not sure but that Mr. James WHEN Mr. Francis made the announcement that meant to promote some such surprise as this, in he had in press and would soon publish a new giving his book a title which has an air so decidedly work by the author of "A New Home," he delighted every body, who had been tempted “ to fol- ing to stay at home, think of, and talk of it almost low" the western Pioneers by the life-like de- as much as the emigrants themselves. Half an scriptions of that most amusing book, or who hour with one of these books, is like half an hour's had been deterred by them from the hardships of chat with one of those pleasant western cousins or an emigrant's life. We all felt that thrill of satis- kinsfolk whom we all know, and who sometimes, faction which we feel when we have a full certainty thanks to the rapidity of locomotive and steam. that a letter has arrived from a distant friend, and boats come back to tell us of the cities of refuge that when the postmaster and his helpers have which they have found (or founded) in their wandispersed their other cares they will be happy to derings. We welcome happily the announcement deliver it,

that though " Forest Lise" is a continuation, it is And now that “Forest Life" lies before us, in not a sequel to "A New Home.” May it be long, all its beauty of fair paper, pretty type, and neat very long, before the sequel shall come which shall binding, it is as if that letter had been brought put an end to the hope of many more such confrom the post office, and lay in our hands crossed tinuations. and re-crossed in every part, and its many sheets gushing from the envelope. “ Mrs. Clavers,”

The GREAT WESTERN MAGAZINE. Chiefly deis perfectly right in addressing, as she does in it,

voted to American Literature, Science, Art, every one who was interested in her first book

Commerce, &c. Edited by Isaac Clarke Pray. a friend who would take an interest in all that he London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co. Nos. 1, 2,

and 3could gather of her and hers. We do not read this

- for April, May, and June, 1812. book as we read other books. It brings us intelli- MR. I. C. Pray is a gentleman whose publica. gence from friends who have been silent so long tions have been well known in Boston and in New that we began to fear we should not hear from York, in which cities he has formerly resided. In them directly again.

establishing in London the “Great Western Maga“Forest Life" is not so much a connected nar- zine,” he proposes to give to American interests rative as is " A New Home,” yet it is, as the author and feelings an organ by which they may be heard says, a continuation of that work. Indeed, she in the Great Metropolis, where stupid and blind opens her heart, and feelings, and experience so prejudice have so often thwarted and misrepresented entirely to her readers in each of these books, that them. A considerable part of the magazine is the latter of them could not fail to show itself what therefore devoted to the discussion of such topics it is, the result of two years more of life in the of American politics as have any interest on the almost wilderness. “Forest Life” contains some other side of the occan; another portion is deroted tales of adventure and action in the West, which to the criticism of American books, and a third, the will interest the reader independently of the ad- greater part of the whole work -- to selections from mission which they give him into that new and the American periodicals, and to such miscellaneous almost untrodden world. In the liveliness and literary matter from various sources as might come gracefulness of these sketches, “Mrs. Clavers," within the scope of any magazine. Lesides these reminds us of Miss Mitford, though we cannot but branches, soine space is devoted to the fine arts, feel that she has the advantage over this English literature, and the drama in London. author, as perhaps she would over any old-country The plan is a comprehensive one, and if it is author in the spirit and energy and vivacity of her well carried out, the work will become one of innarrative.

terest and value, both to foreigners wbo desire to The great charm of "A New Home" and of a be well versed in the state of American affairs, and Forest Life” is, that they tell us “just what we amused by American literature, and to the class of want to know" of that wonderful country to which American residents or visitors abroad, which is half of us mean to go, while the other half, in resolv- constantly increasing

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Ladies Full Dress, of thin India muslin over a pink, blue, or lemon colored silk, trimmed on each side with a double row of rich lace, and joined

in front with rosettes of the same color as the under dress — sleeves tight with a lace cuff turned over -- Cap of net trimmed with a rich thread lace, the lappets falling far down upon the neck, bows of ribbon or flowers forming a contrast to the color of the dress - Scarf of black net.

GENTLEMAN'S EVENING DRESS. – Our plate, we believe, is so clear as lo need no explanation.

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