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d'arcs de triomphe, mais très peu d'enthou- tion, will predominate in the minds of men, siasme !"
as, at the close of another half-century, Very little enthusiasm indeed there was they look back upon the conduct and cathroughout the vast concourse assembled reer of Louis Napoleon, we cannot now on that day in Paris! Parisian women venture to predict. were pleased, because it was a gay scene, To the issue of events still unfolded in such a scene as they always love-and the womb of time, we leave the result of “ il y aura tant de belles fêtes quand nous his daring policy, and for a faithful verdict avons un Empereur !” Some old soldiers on his character we must await the future were pleased, because the hero of the day decision of that vox populi, which sooner was nephew to their own Napoleon; and or later is sure to speak with impartial the prospect of a busy season won him truth of the mighty dead! some golden opinions from Parisian tradesBut among the great mass of the
WAYSIDE WORDS. people, not one spark of true homage or genuine devotion glowed, as their future chanced that, some months ago, I was emperor rode through the streets of Paris ; walking in one of the busiest thorwhile in many a breast hatred as deep and oughfares of London, and a feeling came as undying as that which followed the over me of my utter loneliness in the great fallen queen to the scaffold, pursued the city, and the absence of any links to bind rising emperor to the Palace of the Tui me to the world of busy men and women leries.
who were passing and repassing me as I The one quality of Louis Napoleon slowly sauntered along; and at last I said which, in the eyes of France, redeems his to myself, “ It seems to me that I have despotism, and casts a prestige about his been jostled, and kicked, and sworn at, for person, is his undaunted courage-his al the last half hour, just to teach me that most reckless daring—" Il n'a pas peur, my duty in life is to go on my way as ce gaillard là," was the exclamation of a quietly and with as little delay as possible stout-hearted Norman peasant, who did not -in the strictest sense of the word to seem in any other respect to entertain mind my own business, and leave others much reverence or affection for his new to mind theirs." Just, however, as I had ruler.
come to this conclusion, some words, ut“ Il n'y aura pas d'attentât sur sa veie tered by one of two women, close to me, car il ne craint rien, cet homme là, et les in a sharp, clear tone, arrested my attenFrancais respectent le courage," was the tion. “But," said she," you know there observation of a Parisian gentleman, who are some things we can never forgive.” acknowledged no other merit, save that of “ There are some things we can never hardihood, in the future emperor.
forgive," I repeated to myself, and fell And thus, amid the hollow plaudits of into a fit of musing on the probable cirthe populace, amid gay processions and cumstances in which this woman had been brilliant illuminations, terminated the 16th placed: how, and by whom, she had been October, 1852, whose sunny sky and so sinned against, as to feel she could gorgeous pomp offered a striking contrast never forgive" the offense—whether it to the mournful gloom of the same day in as wife, or mother, or sister, or the month of October, 1793.
daughter, that she had been wronged. The fate of Marie Antoinette, despite And then the offense itself—What is her weakness, her follies, and her mis there that we cannot pardon in those we takes, has awakened emotions of pity and love? What power we have of opening of regret, even in the minds of her bit a fresh future by forgiveness of the past ; terest foes; and we question whether there and who among us would rashly close the are any who can look back on that fatal doors of hope, and debar ourselves the joy 16th October, 1793, and think without a of saying, “My love and trust in you sigh on the degradation and misery which make you all that I desire you should bea fallen queen was then called upon to come?" And with such a feeling, what endure.
might we not forgive ? what neglect ? With what eyes posterity may glance what unkindness? what ingratitude ?-esback upon the 16th of October, 1852, pecially in those who are dear to us. whether blame or wonder, pity or admira- | And what limits can there be to this self
abnegation? for to forgive another is to faces which spoke to him of the past, and forget self; who shall say the seventy- made him believe that there could be no times seven have expired; this is the future for him. And then, this woman, in four hundred and ninety-first sin, which I an after-life of suffering and regret, had cannot forgive; or, what crime committed learned the power of love, and the meanagainst man can equal that against the ing of love, alas ! too late. We all seem Holy Ghost ?—the only one which God to learn the lesson of life too late. I can never pardon.
think it is the want of charity, of love to Then, too, from the words of this wo all men, which keeps us so far apart, and man, her forgiveness must have been makes the experience of each one more sought, perhaps in tears and heart-anguish; or less an unreality to every one else. for she says, “ But there are some things How much might we learn, even from the we can never forgive." The guilty one, poorest and most wretched creature whom then, had come to her, sorrowing and re we meet in our daily walks ! pentant, and begged for that which it So, after all, I thought to myself, the seems to me each one may claim as a main duty of each one may not be to go right; for do we not need it one from an on his way quietly, and with as little delay other, every day of our lives? and shall as possible. It may be a good thing that those who hope to receive it unasked, for some of us should stand as spectators, and a thousand faults of omission and com- report progress, and should
say :mission, refuse it when sought by one “See, how this common bond of huwhom they may elevate and ennoble, and manity unites us all one to another; how over whom they may exert a good influ- the links of this chain, from the lowest to ence through life?
the highest, are unbroken; and how we I was so completely absorbed in these are reminded of this every day and every contemplations as not to notice a man and hour, if we will but look into the faces and woman, who were talking together at the the eyes of our fellow men, and read the corner of a street, and who stood just in words which are written there. There my way. I stepped back hastily to avoid are none so high as not to need our symknocking against them; and, being com- pathy and our love, and none so low that pletely roused from my reverie, overheard we cannot reach them by means of it.” the following words :
And thus it was that the wayside words “ He left his home the same night, and of these two women taught a lesson worth has never been heard of since."
the learning, and one which those who are The speaker might have been forty still in ignorance of it would do well to get years of age-perhaps fifty-it might be by heart as soon as possible. a very difficult task indeed to guess the age from a face which had been much re IMPERISHABILITY OF HUMAN Actions. duced by poverty and care—or, perhaps, Man's deeds are of an imperishable charac
ter. Not only are they recorded in the book There was an expression of sadness on of divine remembrance, but modern disher face, and the tone of her voice marked coveries of science have established a fact a force upon her words that made me peculiarly calculated to impress creatures marvel over her history. Surely she of sense, viz., that their every word and must have been deeply interested in the action produce an abiding impression on person who had thus left his home-per- the globe we inhabit. The pulsations of haps had mourned for him ever since the air, we are told, in Babbage's “ Ninth and then I thought of the previous words Bridgewater Treatise,” once set in motion, I had listened to, and which might help to cease not to exist; its waves, raised by explain his conduct. It may be that he each sound or muscular exertion, peramhad committed some sin which he be- bulate the earth's and ocean's surface, and, lieved would never be forgiven by those in less than twenty-four hours, every atom whom he loved, and preferred to leave his of atmosphere takes up the altered movehome and become a stranger in a strange ment resulting to it from that sound or land rather than to meet with eternal cold-action. The air itself is one vast library, ness and reproach. He would struggle with on whose pages are forever written all the evil within him, and conquer it; but it that man has ever said or ever whispered. must be away from the hard, unforgiving | --Elliott.
CHINESE LADIES, DINNERS, AND
Staunton, 'is 80 poor as to neglect, or so aged
as to give up adorning herself in this manner.' LOVE-LETTERS.
The culture of flowers for this purpose is a
regular occupation throughout the country. THE constant intercourse now taking "Wives are distinguished from unmarried
place between this country and China, females, by the latter allowing the hair near naturally renders anything connected with brows; while the former have theirs bound
the forehead to hang down toward the eye the latter interesting. The subjoined re
together upon the crown of the head. marks succinctly point out the characteris · Among the accomplishments of Chinese tics of the women of the country, and ladies, music, painting on silk, and embroidery,
hold the chief places. The musical instruments give one an idea of their social habits.
are various in kind and material, and a supply A Chinese dinner-party is a curiosity in of them is held to be an indispensable part of
But hommage aux dames! the furniture of a lady's boudoir. Painting on Let the writer first speak of the ladies :
silk is a very common recreation; and embroid
ery is an almost universal accomplishment." “ The women of China, as in all other countries not blessed with Christianity, occupy a
So much for the women of China. Let rank in society far inferior to that of the men. us now take a peep at a Chinese “ spread." Nevertheless, their place in the social scale is
The ceremony attending an invitation to higher, their influence greater, and their treat
dinner is somewhat formal, and may be ment better, than can be predicted of the sex in any other Asiatic nation. Of school educa- interesting to many of your readers. The tion the mass receive none, though there are invitation is conveyed some days before, occasionally shining exceptions; but Gutzlaff by a crimson-colored ticket, on which is escribes to them the possession of a large share of common sense, and says that they make
inscribed the time appointed; and the devoted wives and tender mothers.'
guest is entreated to bestow“ the illumina"The generality of Chinese ladies cannot tion of his presence.” At other times, boast of great beauty. They make a free use of the phrase is, “ I have prepared pure tea, rouge, and this article is always among the pres- and wait for your company to converse." ents to a bride on the occasion of her nuptials. The distinguishing marks of personal attractions
The following description of a Chinese among the Chinese, in a gentleman, are, a large dinner, from the pen of Captain Laplace, person, including a corpulency, a full glossy of the French Navy, is given with so much face, and large pendent ears—the latter indicating high breeding and fortune. In females it
of the characteristic vivacity of his counis nearly the reverse, delicate forms are in trymen, and so well conveys the first imthem highly esteemed: having slender 'willow pression of a scene not often witnessed waists.' The eyes are termed «silver seas.' by Europeans, that I introduce it without The eye-brows are frequently removed, and in
in further apology their stead a delicately curved pencil line is
: drawn, resembling the leaf of the willow, 'Lew “ The first course was laid out in a great shoo,' a species of palm which is considered number of saucers of painted porcelain, and beautiful, and used metaphorically for pleasure.' consisted of various relishes in a cold state, as Hence the saying— deceived and stupefied by salted earthworms, prepared and dried, but so willows and flowers ;' ir e., by dissolute pleasures. cut up that I fortunately did not know what
"In what circumstances the golden lilies,' they were until I swallowed them; salted or the highest of personal attractions, originated, smoked fish and ham, both of them cut into is not known. The distortion is produced by extremely small slices ; beside which there was turning the toes under the soles of the feet at what they called Japan leather, a sort of darkbirth, and confining them in that position by ish skin, hard and tough, with a strong, and tight bandages, till their growth is effectually far from agreeable taste, which seemed to have checked. The bandaging is continued for been macerated in water for some time. All several years, during which the poor child these et cateras, including among the number a suflers the most excruciating tortures. This is liquor which I recognized to be soy, made from no doubt an absurd, cruel, and wicked practice; a Japan bean, and long since adopted by the but those who dwell in glass houses should not wine-drinkers of Europe to revive their faded throw stones. It is not a whit worse, nay, I appetites or tastes, were used as seasoning to a maintain that it is less irrational and injurious, great number of stews, which were contained than the abomination of tight-lacing. No vital in bowls, and succeeded each other uninterpart is here attacked, no vital functions dis- ruptedly. All the dishes, without exception, ordered; and on the score of taste, if the errors swam in soup; on one side figured pigeons' of Nature are to be rectified, and her graceful eggs, cooked in gravy, together with ducks and lines and proportions improved, I see not why fowls, cut very small, and immersed in a dark the process of amendment may not be as colored sauce; on the other, little balls made reasonably applied to the feet as to the waist. of sharks' fins, eggs prepared by heat, (of wbich Almost every family in China, however poor, both the smell and taste seemed to us equally has one daughter with the small feet.
repulsive,) immense grubs, & peculiar kind of “Head dresses of natural and artificial flowers sea-fish, crabs, and pounded shrimps. are always worn. No woman,' says Sir George “Seated at the right of our excellent Am
phitryon, I was the object of his whole attention; of the party the whole disappeared, and the
very doubtful whether I should be able to eat are such epicures. The substance thus served
my rice, grain by grain, according to the belief up is reduced into very thin filaments, trans- of Europeans regarding the Chinese custom. parent as isinglass, and resembling vermicelli, I therefore waited until my host should begin, with little or no taste. At first I was much
to follow his example, foreseeing that, on this puzzled to find out how, with our chopsticks, new occasion, some fresh discovery would serve we should be able to taste of the various soups to relieve us from the truly ludicrous embarwhich composed the greater part of the dinner, rassment which we all displayed; in a word and had already called to mind the fable of the
our two Chinese, cleverly joining the ends of for and the stork, when our two Chinese enter- their chopsticks, plunged them into the bowls tainers, dipping at once into the bowls with the of rice, held up to the mouth, which was opened little saucer placed at the side of each guest, to its full extent, and thus easily shoveled in showed us how to get rid of the difficulty.” the rice, not by grains, but by handsful. Thus I confess I was never witness to this but I preferred making up with the other
instructed, I might have followed their example; slovenly maneuvre, as the Chinese tables delicacies for the few attractions which, to my are generally supplied with a species of taste, had been displayed by the first course. spoon, of silver or porcelain, sufficiently The second lasted a much 'shorter time, the convenient in shape.
attendants cleared away everything. Presently
the table was strewed with flowers, which vied "To the younger guests, naturally lively, with each other in brilliancy; pretty baskets, such a crowd of novelties presented an inex. filled with the same, were mixed with plates haustible fund of pleasantry; and, though un- which contained a vast variety of delicious intelligible to the worthy Hong merchant and sweetmeats, as well as cakes, of which the forms his brother, the jokes seemed to delight them were as ingenious as they were varied. Napkins not at all the less. The wine, in the mean time, steeped in warm water, and flavored with attar circulated freely, and the toasts followed each of roses, are frequently handed to each guest other in rapid succession. This liquor, which by the servants in attendance. This display of to my taste was by no means agreeable, is the productions of nature and art, was equally always taken hot; and in this state it ap- agreeable to the eyes and the tastes of the proaches pretty nearly to Madeira in color, as guests. By the side of the yellow plantain well as a little in taste; but it is not easy to was seen the litchi, of which the strong, rough, get tipsy with it, for, in spite of the necessity and bright crimson skin defends a stone enof frequently attending to the invitations of my veloped in a whitish pulp, which, for its fine host, this wine did not in the least affect my aromatic taste, is superior to most of the tropical head. We drank it in little gilt cups, having fruits; when dried, it forms an excellent the shape of an antique vase, with two handles, provision for the winter. With these fruits of of perfect workmanship, and kept constantly the warm climates were mingled those of the filled by attendants holding larger silver vessels temperate zone, brought at some expense from like coffee-pots.
the northern provinces; as walnuts, chesnuts, "After all these good things served one upon apples, grapes, and Pekin pears, which last, the other, of which it gave me pleasure to see though their lively color and pleasant smell the last, succeeded the second course, which attracted the attention, proved to be tastewas preceded by a little ceremony, of which the less, and even retained all the harshness of object seemed to be a trial of the guests' ap- wild fruits. petites. Upon the edges of four bowls, ar- “At length we adjourned to the next room ranged in & square, three others were placed, to take tea—the indispensable commencement filled with stews, and surmounted by an eighth, and close of all visits and ceremonies among which thus formed the summit of a pyramid; the Chinese. According to custom, the servants and the custom is to touch none of these, presented it in porcelain cups, each of which was although invited by the host. On the refusal covered with a saucer-like top, which confines
and prevents the aroma from evaporating. | to obedience, and actually perished by The boiling water had been poured over a few command of the conqueror. At the pres of the leaves, collected at the bottom of the ent day, however, the loss of this very cup; and the infusion, to which no sugar or cream is ever added in China, exhaled a badge of servitude is considered one of delicious fragrant odor, of which the best teas the greatest calamities, scarcely less carried to Europe can scar give an idea." dreaded than death itself. To be deprived
Other visits of ceremony are conducted of it is one of the most opprobrious brands with much pomp and formality. When a put upon convicts and criminals. Those gentleman proceeds in his sedan to pay a
to whom nature has been sparing in respect visit, his attendants present his ticket at to the natural covering of the head, supply the gate, consisting of his name and titles her deficiencies by the artificial introduction written down the middle of a folded sheet and intermingling of other hair with their of vermilion-colored paper, ornamented own, thus seeking to “increase it to a with gold leaf; and sometimes there is reputably fashioned size." enough paper in one of these to extend The Chinese put faith in the external across a room. According to the rank of developments of the skull, and are therethe parties, the visitor and his host begin fore, to a certain extent, phrenologists. bowing at stated distances; though among They look for the principal characteristics equals the ordinary mode of salutation is to of a man in his forehead, and of a woman join closed hands. Only mandarins or official on the back of her cranium. persons can be carried by four bearers, or We complete our Chinese sketch by be accompanied by a train of attendants. two love-letters--a literal transcript, from Soon after visitors are seated, an attendant the Panama Herald. It will be seen brings in porcelain cups with covers, with therefrom, that the great point required a small quantity of fine tea-leaves in each, in the lady lover is to have her “hair on which boiling water has been poured, dressed ;" while her ardent swain must and the infusion is thus drank without the first " wash his head clean," and then give addition of sugar or milk; fruits are also himself a few “knocks" on the seat of brought in on beautifully japanned trays. knowledge. The lady is, by her father, In some Chinese apartments there are called “despicable;” and her lover says broad couches, called" kangs," as large as he is “mean, and ashamed of himself!" a bed. In the center of these, small tables These mutual confessions made, the young are placed, about a foot in height, intended folks carry on the war much as we do. to rest the arm upon, or place tea-cups. The poetry of course comes first ; and, as On the conclusion of a visit the host con- usual, it gradually subsides into respectable ducts his guest to his sedan.
prose. On this we need not dilate. So Corpulency, and small, delicate, taper now for the curious document:fingers, are much esteemed, as indications
“We think we might safely venture on a of gentility. Also a goodly rotundity of wager that perhaps not half a dozen, if any, ol person, and smallness and delicacy of hands. our readers have ever seen a genuine Chinese The carefully-cultivated and well-braided | love-letter. We have, though! Recently, in
Amoy, a marriage was concluded between a son cues—so long in some instances as almost
of the ancient family of • Tan,' and a daughter to trail upon the ground, and affording of the equally old and respectable house of ‘0;' admirable " handles” to an antagonist in a
and the annexed productions, we are assured, passion-form a curious subject of observa
are literal translations of the letters that pass
ed on the occasion between the fathers of the tion. The history of this singular ap
young couple. Here we have the proposal of pendage affords a remarkable illustration the father to the bridegroom :of those revolutions which sometimes oc " . The ashamed young brother, surnamed Tan, cur in national taste and manners. Pre
named 8u, with washed head makce obeisance, and
writes this letter to the greatly virtuous and humble viously to the conquest of their country gentleman whose name is o, old teacher, great man: by the Tartars, the Chinese permitted season of the year the satin curtains are enveloped the hair to grow over the whole head. in mist, reflecting the beauty of the river and hilis.
In the fields of the blue gem are planted rows of Shunche, the first of the Tartar emperors, willows close together, arranging and diffusing the issued an imperial edict, requiring the
commencement of genial influences, and consequently
adding to the good of the old year. conquered people to conform in this par "I duly reverence your lony door. The guest of ticular to the custom of their victors.
the Sue country descends from a good stock, the
origin of the female of the Hui country likewise (is stoutly was this decree at first resisted, so too). You have received their transforming in
fuences, resembling the great effects produced by that many of the nobles preferred death rain. Much more you, my bonorable, nearly-related