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some singular amalgamation of opposites, he was “ What does that look like?" engaged to be married to one of the prettiest and “That," interposed Mr. Ames, with a peculiar sweetest girls in the township. A short time after sniff of the nose" that looks as though you were the engagement became publicly known I was at out of soap.” the village blacksmith-shop. The usual number of loafers were on hand, and they were discussing with Of course this is good, for it comes from the Cona good deal of warmth the outrage of marrying the stant Reader of the Drawer in “Bosting :" sweet and youthful Miss P- to the old man with While crossing the East Boston Ferry on a very the swinish name, when the blacksmith, who had foggy morning not long since, I heard the following been dealing vigorous blows, and had warmed him- story from an old Down-East farmer, which struck self into a high state of excitement, rested his ham- me as about tough enough for the Drawer : mer for a moment and interrupted the conversation A rather loquacious individual was endeavoring with, “Well, you may call it what you've a mind to draw the old man into conversation, but hitherto to, but it looks to me like casting pearls before without much success, the old fellow having suffiswine !"

cient discernment to see that his object was to make

a little sport for the passengers at his expense. We have throughout the rich soil regions of the At length says loquacious individual: West, where the land has been cultivated for many “I suppose you consider Down East a right smart years, a pesterous weed known as the “wild con- place; but I guess it would puzzle them to get up volvulus.” It is particularly troublesome in corn- quite so thick a fog as we are having here this mornfields—twining round the young corn with vigorous ing, wouldn't it?" growth, it frequently chokes and destroys it. In “Well," said the old man, “I don't know about consequence of the short supply of labor since our that. I hired one of your Massachusetts chaps to brave boys have gone to the war the farmers have, work for me last summer, and one rather fogey in many instances, supplied themselves with “con- mornin' I sent him down into the meadow to lay a trabands,"notwithstanding the barbarous laws which few courses of shingle on a new barn I was finishin' still disgrace the statute-book of our patriotic State. off. At dinner-time the fellow came up, and, sez he, Two of them, of the original, untainted species, were “That's an almighty long barn of yourn.'' Sez I, endeavoring to subdue this troublesome weed, when Not very long.' Well,' sez he, 'I've been to work the following colloquy was overheard between them: all this forenoon, and haven't got one course laid

“Bill, what am dis weed dat grows so bountiful yet.' 'Well,' sez I, 'you're a lazy fellow, that's all here?"

I've got to say.' And so after dinner I went down “Why, Jake, it am called de corn-volwulous. to see what he'd been about, and I'll be thundered

“De corn-volwulous! why do dey call it dat ef he hadn't shingled more than a hundred foot right name?"

out on to the fog!!" “ Becase it wind itself round de corn, and kills de young corn, and dat am de reason why it am A MICHIGAN admirer says: called de corn-volwulous."

We have a conductor on the railroad running

through this place who is of a complexion so dark ONE of our traveled correspondents mentions the as to make him the subject of frequent remark. following:

The other day he had a scuffle with a negro, whom Mr. Graham, a very wealthy English gentleman he was trying to eject from the car. After a great living in Frankfort, of rather limited education, and deal of effort he succeeded. Returning into the car, who gives magnificent parties, was in turn invited he said to a man with whom he had been conversing, to a dinner at the English consul's--given in honor “I suppose you would have let him put me overof the marriage of the Prince of Wales. The En- board before you would have come to my help.” glish consul's name is Coke, and his father has been “Well, no," replied his friend; "the fact is, I dead for about twenty years. After some toasts did start, but as I couldn't tell which was the nigand wine had been drunk Mr. Graham got up and ger I was afraid to interfere." offered a toast, to be drunk in silence, viz., "The health of the late Mr. Coke-the worthy father of a THERE lives in the town of Hokah (for State, worthy son."

vide Gazetteer) a witty old Canadian Frenchman,

named Peter Douey. Now Peter can neither read HERE is a Western story, sent to the Drawer : nor write, but manages to have an opinion on most The enterprising town of A-, in Northern subjects, and is withal glib with his tongue. Some Ohio, is the wheat-market for a considerable sec- winters ago Peter joined the village Lyceum, and tion of the wheat-belt of that State. The farmers took an active part in its grave discussions. There are accustomed to haul their grain into town, and, belonged to the Lyceum a young man, Tom Johnsitting upon their wagons, surrounded by the wheat- son, who was always poking fun at old Peter; and buyers, who represent the various extensive flower on one occasion had called Peter to order a number ing-mills of the town, sell it to the highest bidder. of times. Peter bore it for some time with all the Quite a spirited competition frequently occurs. patience of a martyr, but at last becoming tired of

At the time when the Democrats delighted to it, he turned to the Chairman, with a peculiar twinstyle themselves the “Hard-fisted Democracy” it kle in his eye, and exclaimed: happened that a Mr. Camp, of the Democratic per- “Mr. Chairman, de gentleman ob de oder side resuasion, and a Mr. Ames, of opposite politics, met | mind me very mooch ob one bas-wood board. He at the wagon of a Democratic farmer. The farmer swell and he shrink a great deal more dan der is of and Mr. Camp, who were old acquaintances, were him in de fust place !" congratulating each other upon their unswerving Tom subsided, with the remark-sotto roce_"I adherence to their party, when Mr. Camp, becoming accept the gentleman's apology." The audience enthusiastic, and holding out his brawny hand, cried cheered, and Peter was permitted to finish his reout, exultingly,

marks without further interruption.

Fashions for Ortaber.

Furnished by Mr. G. BRODIE, 300 Canal Street, New York, and drawn by

Voigt from actual articles of Costume.

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FIGURE 3.-CLOAK.

THE "HE CLOAK represented above is of velvet, appear through the slashings of the sleeves, the form

fitting closely, with braid ornaments, and of which is shown in the illustration. trimmed with black lace upon the revers and The Boy's DRESS is of cashmere embroidered. sleeves. This style may be pro either in the colors are optional. An extremely rich concloths or velvets.

trast is produced by having the Zouave jacket and The PROMENADE COSTUME is of taffeta or poplin, pants a dark green, the vest and tunic salmon-colwith a velvet passamenterie. The under-sleeves Tored, and the sash crimson.

NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE.

No. CLXII.—NOVEMBER, 1863.—Vol. XXVII.

PICTURES OF THE JAPANESE.-I. LIFE IN THE CAPITAL.

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IR RUTHERFORD ALCOCK, for three servations, it will probably be long before we

years British Minister at the court of the have another as valuable. Tycoon, has written a book upon Japan and Reserving for a future paper an account of the Japanese.* No other man who has writ- the Government, Institutions, and Polity of the ten upon this strange country and peculiar peo- Japanese, we propose, under the guidance of ple has had so good opportunities for personal Sir Rutherford, to pay a visit to the “Capital observation. For a time he was able to trav- of the Tycoon,” making free use of the illustraerse the capital and its environs at pleasure, tions with which he has furnished us, selecting and made several extensive tours into the coun, especially those in which Japanese artists have try. Although Sir Rutherford appears to be a set forth the peculiarities of their countrymen. rather wrong-headed gentleman, and by no means These illustrations, though deficient in many a keen observer or brilliant narrator, he has pro- artistic qualities, are nevertheless highly sugduced the best work yet published upon Japan; gestive, and not unfrequently manifest a most and unless our own Minister, Mr. Townsend un-Asiatic sense of humor. Harris, gives us the results of his still wider ob- Yeddo is the “Capital of the Tycoon," in

distinction from Miaco, the residence and prisThe Capital of the Tycoon: a Narrative of a Three on-house of the Mikado, or titular Emperor, Years

' Residence in Japan. By Sir RUTHERFORD ALCOCK, which enjoys the distinction of being the nomK.C.B., Her Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in Japan. Two Volumea, with Maps inal capital of the Empire of "the Rising Sun.” and numerous Ilustrations. Harper & Brothers. It is to Japan all that Paris is to France. The

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1863, by Harper and Brothers, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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“Daimios," or great nobles, are obliged to re- girdled with woods, green all the year round, side there for half the year, and during the oth- and crowned with undulating hills, slopes down er half, when they are absent, their families to the edge of a land-locked bay, into which the must remain as securities for their good con- fierce Pacific vainly tries to pour its stormy waduct. The retainers of each of these nobles, ters. Nature has placed at the mouth of the who are almost independent princes at home, bay a breakwater of verdant headlands and are numbered by the thousand, and constitute volcanic islands. This valley is crossed by raa distinctive part of the population. The en- vines, water-courses, and ridges, around and over tire population of the city is reasonably esti- which wind the streets. The loftiest ridge is mated at two millions. Yeddo is thus the sec- crowned by the Tycoon's castle, around which ond city on the globe in point of population, are the Yumaskas, or residences of the Daimios, London only exceeding it.

encircled by a triple line of moats. This is the The site is magnificent. A broad valiey, "official quarter.” The streets climb the hills,

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