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knot in his pocket-handkerchief. For a lady, greater value for him than if the whole plant though, there could be no finer token than a were made of gold and every flower leaf a preciflower. It is a beautiful idea to choose the lov- ous stone." liest flower of the plain as a token of friendly The affair of the forget-me-not had yet another remembrance, and give it the name of forget-me- good result. When winter drew near, and the not. But to make use of the lovely flower to beautiful lawn of the castle was covered over remind us of the duties of our daily life, particu- white with the frost, and the wind whistled larly of the holy duty of charity, is still more around the castle, Minna and her mother jourbeautiful! That was a happy thought; it pleases neyed back to the Residence. The forget-meme very much!"
| not ring found great approval with Minna's Minna kept her word; the pure forget-me- friends and their mothers. It became quito not furnished ber and many poor people with fashionable to wear such rings. The story the greatest blessings. Many a poor invalid which prompted the giving of the rings soon whom Minna would formerly have forgotten, became known everywhere, even at court. The had the little flowers to thank for a strengthening brave old captain, who was known and esteemed broth, a flask of good wine, or a piece of money. by the Prince, was brought to the latter's inind Many a task which heretofore would have been by the forget-me-not. The paymaster who had neglected was now punctually executed--and forgotten to remit the pension at the proper time, thus Minna spared herself much trouble, many received a reproof, which was a very grave forpangs of conscience, and many an unpleasantness. get-me-not for him. The kind Prince, however,
Minna's mother soon noticed how very much gave orders for a considerable increase of income she had improved. “How is this?” said she, to the brave captain, whose needy condition was "you do not forget the least trifle any more. now first known--and the honest old soldier How has this happened?".
often said, “How many benefits has God granted Minna related the history of the forget-me-not to me and others through a forget-me-not!” flowers, to her mother's great joy. “You are good children," said she : “ I will take care to give you a reward.” So she gave orders to a The PhilosoPHY OF RAIN.—To underjeweller in the city to make two rings of the stand the philosophy of this beautiful aud often purest gold; and on each ring a forget-me-not, sublime phenomenon, so often witnessed, and formed entirely of precious stones-five sky-blue so very essential to the existence of plants and sapphires, and a clear diainond in the centre. I animals, a few facts derived from observation
When the rings came home, she gave one of and a long train of experiinents, must be rethem to the much-improved Minna. “Use this membered :ring," said she," as you have done the flowers. 1. Were the atmosphere here, everywhere, If you have made a promise to any one, or have and at all times, of a uniform temperature, we an important task to perform, put on this ring should never have rain, hail, or snow. The and wear it until you have kept your word or water absorbed by it, in evaporation, from the performed your task. Carry this other ring to sea and the eartli's surface, would descend in your dear friend Sophie : the delicate manner in an imperceptible vapour, or cease to be absorbed which she reproved you deserves a little return. by the air when it was once fully saturated. The sweet forget-me-not she gave you is a more 2. The absorbing power of the atmosphere, precious gift than this ring of gold and precious and consequently its capacity to retain humidity, stones,"
is proportionately greater in warm than in cold Minna bastened to Sophie at once with the ring, air. The air near the surface of the earth is
"You certainly have no need to wear such a | warmer than it is in the region of the clouds, ring!" said Minna: “ you never forget the small. The higher we ascend from the earth the colder est duty. Wear this ring, however, as a souve- do we find the atmosphere. Hence the pernir of a friend to whom through this flower you petual snow on very high mountains in the have done the greatest service.”
hottest climate. “Oh, my dear friend,” said Sophie, “who Now, when from continued evaporation the does not need to be reminded of his duties! air is highly saturated with vapour, though it be As often as we look on these costly rings, we invisible and the sky cloudless, if its temperawill try to do some good ; if it is in our power ture is suddenly reduced by cold currents dewe will try to relieve a poor person, or give plea scending from above, or rushing from a higher sure to some deserving being.” They shook to a lower latitude, by the motion of a saturated hands upon this.
air to a lower latitude, its capacity to retainu “That is right, little children !" said the cap. moisture is diminished, clouds are formed, and tain ; "and whoever is not able to wear such rain is the result. It condenses, it cools, and rings can at least form the resolution, as often as like a sponge filled with water and compressed, he sees a forget-me-not by a brook or in a mea- pours out the water which its diminished cadow, to do some good. Above all things, pacity cannot hold. though, at the sight of the pure little flower let | How singular, and yet how simple, is the every one think of Him who made it, and of philosophy of rain! What but Omniscience whom every flower should remind us. Then could have devised such an admirable arrangeevery forget-me-not on the plain will have a ment for watering the earth !
MEMS OF THE MONTH.
It is probably a long time since such a sensa- y present time he is in a most critical state, so as tion has been caused amongst the fair sex as to cause the greatest anxiety to his friends. It has been caused by the fearful disclosures with is to be sincerely hoped he may rally from the regard to the artificial chignons. The subject attack, and in due time be restored to health; was first ventilated in the Lancet ; but ladies, for the public would sadly miss the powerful as a general rule, do not read that profound and and graphic pictures of one of the greatest amiable journal. It may readily be imagined colourists the English school has ever produced, that “Investigator's " letter in the Daily Tele- and his many friends could ill afford to lose one graph on a certain Tuesday in last month, came of the most unassuming, genial, and generous like an avalanche amidst the fair sex; and we gentlemen of the day. It may be mentioned can readily fancy many a hand was placed in that Mr. Artemus Ward has just returned from voluntarily to the back of the head, and many a Jersey, where he has been staying for the beneshudder was experienced, whilst not a few were fit of his health. He purposes starting at once wise enough to boldly burn their chignons at for New York, and it is to be hoped that the once, and forswear false hair for ever. The hair- more genial climate of his native land will do dressers are, of course, very indignant about the much towards his restoration, and that some matter, and have stood up manfully for the day we may again bave him amongst us to purity of the chignon; but it is, nevertheless, charm us with his quiet satire and quaint true that the main points of “Investigator's": humour. letter are correct, and the affair is no mere news The “Landseer Lions” in Trafalgar Square paper “sensation,” however much it has been are now accomplished facts. They are certainly attempted to be proved so by journals of oppo noble and grand animals. It is almost a pity site politics. A friend of the present writer, a they are so similar. Why not have attempted surgeon standing very high in his profession, an entirely unconventional treatment? Say, and about the last man in the world to be led have one standing, another crouching, a third away by newspaper “sensation," has had | with his fore-paws down beginning to spring, several cases of the objectionable nature referred and the fourth on his back or on his hind legs. to in the Daily Telegraph; and, furthermore, / Whilst on this subject I may mention that Mr. he has informed Your Bohemian that several Charles Watkins of Parliament Street, who diseases of the scalp, hitherto almost unknown photographs all the “lions” of London, has in England, have made their appearance since paid a similar compliment to their leonine majesthe introduction of artificial chignons. There is ties in Trafalgar Square. The result has been no doubt about it that the days of these odious some very charming portraits of the noble appendages are numbered, and that the silly and animals. disgusting fashion will soon come to an abrupt The “Savage Club," who are ever ready and termination. It is a curious fact that this able to lend a hand in the cause of charity, are custom is one which has not its double amongst about to organise a performance for the benefit those of the opposite sex; for, strange to say, of a relative of Paul Gray. It cannot be doubted the ladies follow the gentlemen, or vice-versa, in but that this entertainment will be eminently matters of dress. Hence, when large crino- successful. For not only will the intellectual lines and spoon bonnets were worn by bill of fare on the occasion be first-rate, but wo ladies : tall hats, peg-top trousers, and large- feel sure that the many admirers of the talented sleeved coats were worn by gentlemen. When and graceful artist will be only too anxious to Corydon appears in tight trowsers and a short contribute their mite towards the cause of one jacket, Amaryllis loops up her dress, and whom he loved so well. shortens her petticoats. Or should the youth I have, by this time,“ been the round” of the take it into his head to crop his hair short, and pantomimes--and a weary round it becomes sport a low-crowned hat, the fair damsel will after a time-and I venture to give my vote in at once submit her flowing tresses to the shears, favour of Covent Garden--as a spectacle. Mind, and crown herself with a bonnet of about the as a spectacle ; for it falls far below many of the size and substance of a strawberry-leaf. It is others in literary ability. But then the Paynes the same with boots and gloves, with cloaks and I are so excruciatingly funny; the Donkey is so mantles ; almost every article of attire has its donkey-like ; and Mr. Matthew Morgan's reflex in that of the opposite sex ; but we cannot Transformation Scene is so brilliant and fairyo find the chignon obtaining, even in the most like. Moreover, the ballet is charming. What modified form, amongst the lords of creation, la capital scene the Oxford and Cambridge Boar
Your readers will be sorry to hear of the Race is! By the way, the real "event" is fixed sudden and serious illness of Mr. John Phillip. to come off on April 13th. It is sincerely to be It is very much to be feared that his attack is hoped it will be rowed at some reasonable hour; somewhat of the nature of paralysis, and at the and that Your Bohemian will not be hunted out
of his warm bed at such a frightfully early better than that charmingly fresh story of Enghour as last year.
lish life: the third volume is wonderfully powerThe private view of the “ Japanese Troupe” | ful, and touchingly tender in its deep pathos. was well attended ; and out of the many of their Cassell's Paper is about to be formed into Cassell's various feats, I am certainly inclined to choose Magazine, and published weekly at one penny, the top-spinning as the most marvellous. It monthly sixpence. A new semi - religious certainly does seem a curious occupation for a periodical, the size and style of the Family grown man, especially one of such gravity Herald, entitled Happy Hours, will shortly as the performer. But then the old men of be launched, and Messrs. Routledge contemChina fly kites; so do the old men of Eng. plate publishing a new sixpenny monthly, land, for the matter of that : thus why should and a new comic periodical entitled Will-o'not the old men of Japan spin tops! I under- the Wisp is talked of. Two new Liberal stand the stay of these remarkable conjurors in Conservative journals are said to be already London is of somewhat short duration, so those under weigh-a daily entitled Latest News and who are desirous of seeing their performance a weekly called The Chronicle. Why not have shonld go at once, and by no means miss the some fresh names ? Fancy a magazine called opportunity of witnessing some of the most The Cave, or newspaper christened The Adullum. wonderful tricks of jugglery ever presented to ite. Messrs. Hogg's Belgravia, known genean English audience.
rally as the “other” Belgravia, after having Thelittle Aztecs have already commenced their been advertized for sale, for some time, in the public receptions. A week or two ago, having Atheneum, is, it is said, about to be transformed received an intimation that Mr. and Mrs. Nunez into a weekly : the Weekly Belgravia would not were “At home," I made a morning call in be a bad title, certainly, though it might tempt order to pay my devoirs to the young couple. high minds to make scoffing remarks with reThey were very amiable: the lady appeared to gard to the strength of the venture. Miss be perfectly at her ease, and the gentleman Braddon's Belgravia seems to be going ahead, looked bored, and passed most of his time in and to have taken a first-class position. It staring out of window. In fact he looked just certainly is one of the best shilling magazines as uncomfortable as a newly-made bridegroom going. In the current number we have a new appears when you call upon him for the first feature in the shape of a second serial by Mr. time after his marriage. Mr Nunez did not Babington White, entitled “ Circe;" and there seem to relish the idea of being on view at all, seems to be a greater variety than we have had but he was good enough to dance a polka round before ; indeed, it very nearly approaches our the 100m, for my amusement, with his amiable beau ideal of a magazine. It should be like a welllittle wife, which is more than any English compounded salad : plenty of oil represented by bridegroom would do under the circum- poetry ; a due quantity of vinegar typified by stances, I will venture to affirm.
criticism ; a good deal of the salt of common There does not appear to be a great deal sense; not omitting the main body of the comstirring in the literary world just at present. pound, namely, the lobster and the lettuce, for Mr. Edmund Yates's last novel, “ The Forlorn which the serial tale and sterling articles on Hope,” is certainly the best he has given us since social topics should be responsible. broken to harness. Indeed, in parts, it is even
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ENGLISH WOMAN'S REVIEW.-(London : to extend the suffrage to women duly qualified 23, Great Marlborough-street, Regent-street, W; that is, standing in exactly the same circumW. Kent 8. Co., Paternoster-row.)— The second stances as householders and tax-payers, that ennumber of this quarterly has reached us, and title men to the privilege of electors. “There is amongst several interesting papers, specially something more than ordinarily irrational,” obrelating to woinen and women's work, we note serves the writer, “in the fact, that when a wothat of Mrs. L. S. Bodichon, entitled " Authori- man can give all the guarantees required from a ties and Precedents for giving the Suffrage to male elector, independent circumstances, the Qualified Women,” as one of proininent interest. position of a householder and head of a family. It is a well-considered, admirably-written essay, payment of taxes, or whatever may be the contemperate in its tone, and strong in argument, ditions imposed, the very principle and system It has been suggested, as our readers are aware, of a representation based on property, is set aside, and an exceptionally personal disqualifica- , died. “Extracts from the Census ” afford tion is created, for the purpose of excluding her.” some curious particulars touching the number “The argument of incapacity loses much of its of women employed in some of the principal force at present, when a woman sits at the helm occupations, with the proportion of women of Government in England.” And farther on belonging to each occupation who are paupers we find the following passage, quoted from the in the workhouse, patients in the hospital, and Westminster Review of July 1851, in justification inmates of the prison. From the tables-in of women's intellectual capacity for politics. making which the utmost care appears to have
been taken to insure accuracy-we find that “Women have shown fitness for the highest social, there are 24,770 women employed as governesses, functions, exactly in proportion as they have been 11 of whom, when the census was taken, were admitted to them. By a curious anomaly, though in the work house; 6 in hospital; and 7 in ineligible to even the lowest oflices of state, they are prison, figures that speak highly in favour of in some countries admitted to the highest of all, the
education as a preventative of crime : more regal; and if there is any one function for which they
especially as the editor observes in reference to have shown a decided vocation, it is that of reigning.
the latter statement, that Not to go back to ancient history, we look in vain for abler or firmer rulers than Elizabeth, than Isabella of Castile, than Maria Theresa, than Catherine of Russia,
Persons of a very low class become nursery than Blanche, mother of Louis IX. of France, than
governesses, and possibly persons of no particular Jeanne d'Albret, mother of Henri Quatre. There are
il profession call themselves governesses when confew kings on record who contended with more difficult |
venient. circumstances or overcame them more triumphantly than these."
Schoolmistresses-of whom there are 37,669:
79 of whom were in the workhouse, and 12 in Mrs. Bodichon, who very cleverly strengthens hospital-exhibit a higher rate of morality, 2 her arguments with those of male writers on the only being returned in prison. Of 14,209 subject, quotes from Herbert Spencer's work,
women under the head of silk mercer, draper's “Social Statics,” pretty largely, and thus meets
assistant, haberdasher and hosier, only 7 certain stereotyped objections :
were inmates of the workhouse, 8 in hospitals
and 4 in prison. Stationers and bookselles, The extension of the law of equal freedom to both number 1,752, of whom only 2 were in the sexes will doubtless be objected to on the ground that workhouse, not one in hospital or in prison. the political privileges exercised by men must thereby | Bookbinders number 5,364 ; 22 of whom were be ceded to women also. Of course they must, and in the work house, 11 in hospital, and 16 in why not? Is it that women are ignorant of State prison. Domestic servants outnumber every affairs? Why then, their opinions will be those of other class of women workers, and exhibit a their husbands and brothers; and the practical effect very large proportion in the workhouse, the hos. would be merely giving each male elector two votes
| pital, and the prison. Milliners and dressinstead of one. Is it that they might by-and-by
makers rate next in number, and it appears that become better informed, and might then begin to act
1 in 544 finds her way to the workhouse; 1 in independently? Why in such a case they would be pretty much as competent to use their power with
1,684 to the hospital ; and 1 in 1,491 to prison, intelligence as the members of your present constituen
a rate that speaks higher for them as a class cies. We are told, however, that woman's mission'
than might have been expected. Washerwomen je a domestic one that her character and position de / rate higher in numbers, and cotton manunot admit of her taking a part in the decision of public facturers still higher; but the former very questions ; that politics are beyond her sphere." But | largely outnumber the latter in the statistics of here raises the question, Who shall say what her sphere the workhouse, the hospital, and prison. This is ? &c.
may be ascribed to constant occupation on the
one hand, and the uncertainty of it on the other; And the author refers to the conditions of for under the head of washerwomen would come women in various parts of the world, and of the the thriftless, broken-down, rapacious class local prejudices in favour of the continuance of known to every housekeeper as charwomen, that condition. That women, subject to the a card from one of whom has just been brought same laws, contributing in the same degree to to me, pitiable in its inclusiveness, and which the support of the revenue, privileged to their runs as follows : “ Dressmaking, plain needle“portion of parochial representations in the work, and charing done by Mrs. Smith, vestry,” and competent to give an opinion for 8, Porteous Road, Paddington Green. CHAIRS the fitness of a physician who may “save or CANED.” I give the card verbatim, for some sacrifice life on a large scale in the county hos- | one may require something done which Mrs. pital,” and who only a few years back were em- | Smith can do. But Porteous Road should powered to assist in the election of the sovereigns have been Proteous Road, to be a fit habitat for of India, who held their sittings in Leadenhall this general practitioner, who from dressmaking Street, should be excluded from the privilege and needlework is ready to undertake " the of having any voice in the legislature, is a meanest household chars," after having (we mystery and anomaly, which, for the sake of much that is evil in the condition of their * The Census was taken before the Lancashiro pun sex, we hope may ere long be reme- ' distress began.
cannot help fearing) utterly failed in each. A It's only a tiny thing;
Myself to the world above; books, &c., conclude a very useful, though rather
And I know I am nearer Heaven each time heavy number of this quarterly.
I bow o'er the tiny glove. LITTLE WILLIE, AND OTHER POEMS ON CHILDREN. By Matthias Barr. (London: Many a bereaved and loving mother will emLongmans, Green, & Co.)— We have before now balm these little poems with tears; for they had the pleasure of drawing our reader's atten- embody thoughts for which grief-dumb lips had tion to the poems of this writer, some of which no expression, but which, nevertheless, are in former years have appeared in our pages. Nature's utterances, softened by time, and The author is emphatically a domestic poet-a sweetened by resignation, poet of the affections; his subjects are simple, homely ones, found at his own fireside, or that lie around him in rustic walks, or visit his The ODDFELLOws' QUARTERLY.-(Manmemory from the past. The present little work, chester.)-The current number of this magazine as its title sets forth, is specially filled with poems contains — besides special papers relating to on children-poems in which the tenderness and the order – several well-written articles by H. sufferings, the hopes and fears of paternity are Owgan, LL.D. ; a story by the gentleman who exquisitely mingled. Take for instance the writes under the name of B. Brierly-it sounds following:
very like a nom de plume; a tale without a title, by IT'S ONLY A LITTLE GLOVE. the author of “Scattered Seeds"; the Y. S. N. It's only a little glove,
of this magazine proceeds very nicely; and Mrs. So ragged and old and worn :
C. A. White leads us out “Upon the Downs You scarce would stop in your daily path
with Flora,” a proceeding very agreeable a few To look at the thing forlorn ;
months hence; a sketch of Rosa Bonheur from You never would think by those fingers small
Mrs. Ellet's “ Women Artists in all Ages and A heart could be rent and torn.
Countries,” presents us to a healthy, self-reliant, It's only a little thing
energetic, and original woman — original in This treasure I hoard and keep;
genius and unconventionality. Long may she But many a vision of joy it brings,
climb the mountains, and live her free life And sometimes it makes me weep :
amongst them, sketching the muleteers in their And I dream a dream of a fair-haired boy
embroidered shirts, pointed hats, velvet jackets, Under the flowers asleep.
| leathern breeches and sandals, as, in return for It's only a little glove,
a largess of wine, they perform their national Yet dearer it is to me
dance for her, and afterwards throw themselves For the restless feet that patter and beat
down for the night upon sheepskins before the Their music upon my knee;
fire of the Posado, furnishing subjects for many Dearer for sorrow and care and pain,
a“ picturesque croquis." Than the riches of land or sea,
Early last month Miss Sallie Booth made her, the eyes of all worshippers of Shakespeare, is a appearance as Juliet in Shakspeare's tragedy of sacreligious tampering with the orthodox text. “Romeo and Juliet;" and before these lines Nevertheless, this acting version has its advanappear in print she will have shown her powers tages, especially in the estimation and arrangeas Lady Macbeth, too late however to be ments of stage and acting managers. It is noticed in our current number. From a local supposed to be more effective with the masses, paper— The Borough of Greenwich Standard- and it enables the management to dispense we extract the following review of Miss Booth's with sundry actors, and otherwise to promote acting, in confirmation of the opinion we were economy in the production of the play. among the first to express :-.
A select house assembled on Wednesday “The theatrical annals of Greenwich have evening last, to witness the performance-the been signalised this week by the production of centre of attraction being Miss Sallie Booth's Shakespeare's grand tragedy of Romeo and personation of Juliet. Perhaps in the whole Juliet. We beg pardon-not exactly Shake range of dramatic art there is no character that speare's, but Garrick's acting version, which, in | is a greater strain upan the powers of an artiste