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When this ceremony is finished, he claps | mammas discussed that theme of endless his hands three times, a servant appears interest—the fashions. with coffee, deubchatz and rose water. At eight o'clock five slaves entered bearImmediately after they separate, often ing massive silver vases, which contained without a word being spoken by either rose-water and a delicate extract of vanilla, party. You smile, incredulously, perhaps! designed for the ablution of the hands. But “it is a fact and no mistake," as you These were followed by five others, who Yankees say.
presented each of the guests with a napkin Public and private entertainments are of the finest linen of the Crimea, elaborately conducted on a scale of great magnificence. embroidered in silk and gold. A moment I attended a soiree given by a lady of the after the doors were thrown open, revealcity, that rivaled royalty itself in splendor. ing the dining-hall illuminated with three The guests were introduced into a vast hundred wax candles, the light of which saloon, which was filled like a conservatory was dazzlingly reflected by the crystals with the rarest exotic flowers; and flower and silver that covered the tables. Fiftying-shrubs, and even trees were waving two guests were seated at this sumptuous in the breath of an invisible ventilation. repast, which was served quite in the Intoxicating perfumes floated on the air, French style, save that the order of dishes while fluttering among the thick clusters was reversed, commencing with salad and of myrtle, cactus, honey-suckle, and jas- closing with soup. Several of the national mine, were innumerable tamed birds, of dishes were furnished on the occasion, brilliant plumage, warbling their sweetest the meilsch-spisen, a pastry of the utmost melodies amid this fairy scene. Two delicacy cooked with fruit something like Albanian servants in the richest costume fritters; sarmates, balls of meat roasted opened and closed the door at each arrival. and enveloped in young vine leaves, fresh The lordly boyards (noblemen) reposed on eggs served with wine, and mutton coverthe divans with the indispensable chiboque; ed with deulchatz. Native and foreign the young people sauntered about talking wines were abundant. The four quarters French, while the magnificently dressed of the globe contributed to furnish the
dessert with every imaginable luxury. as little prospect of a satisfactory reply, During the entire repast, numerous ser if this was not one of the genii of the vants busily plied large feather fans, that Thousand and One Nights. the guests might remain undisturbed by “ Silam alekoum," said the strange gnats and flies, which infest these climates. figure, (which being interpreted is, I salute Such is high life in Bucharest!
you,) bowing his odd little form to the I must not close these rambling remarks ground very good humoredly. without attempting some description of one He now clapped his misshapen hands, of my first adventures in Bucharest, with accompanying the motion with a chuckling a sense of gratitude that I am alive to tell sound. Two servants answered this sumthe tale. One morning I awoke after a mons; their skins were yellow and dry as night of profound sleep, and rubbing my parchment, their eyes were dull and deep eyes, bethought myself that a bath would set, they were dressed like pugilists, and not be amiss. I went forth to inquire for appeared large, strong, and young enough
The Turkish and Wallachian baths to sustain the character. are both patronized here, and as I had was a sufficient explanation of our wishes, heard the latter highly extolled, I deter- and without a word, one hand was laid mined to test them. They are situated in upon our neck, and in a twinkling we were a disagreeable quarter of the city called completely divested of every article of Leipsikani; the building which incloses clothing by the other. One of them then them resembles an immense bee-hive, placed wooden slippers, about six inches and I walked three times around it with in height, upon our feet, while the other out finding the entrance. A kind of trap- wound three or four yards of gray cloth door was then discovered by the friend about our forms; turbans completed our who accompanied me, somewhat similar equipment for the bath. to those by which cellars are protected in We were now conducted to a small country towns. Having raised it, we arched closet, the temperature of which descended eight steps, and found ourselves was a little more than tepid. The water in the center of a round hall, perhaps a flowed over the warm pavement from hundred feet in circumference. Its walls every side, and escaped by a channel in were of rose-colored marble, spotted with the wall. We remained here but about blue; its pure white pavement was also two minutes, and were then taken to an of marble; and the whole area was sur- apartment, a little larger than the first, rounded with a kind of divan, comfort- arched in the same manner, and furnished ably cushioned. The light, dimmed by the with three large scallop-shells, each supthick vapor through which it passes, is only plied with water still warmer than the admitted by a circular window, about a foot other from tubes continually overflowing in diameter, of concave and convex glass, the receptacles, and filling the space with inserted in the freestone dome. This is so condensed and penetrating an odor, that supported by eight granite pillars, each of I nearly fainted. them containing tubes through which the At the end of ten minutes, which apwater of as many different degrees of peared like so many ages, one of the heat falls into the same number of mar servants opened the door of a third apartble vases.
I also discovered more than ment, larger than either of the two pre“seven sleepers” stretched around ap- ceding ones, in the midst of which I was parently in as profound a slumber as is thrust, without the slightest explanation generally ascribed to those mythical per- from our silent attendants; my companion sonages.
also submitted with martyr-like-composure Utter silence reigned over the luxu- to the same fate. I immediately came to rious scene, and I was inquiring of my- | the conclusion that this was a furnace self if we had not wandered into the king- where people were burned alive. I made dom of the gnomes, when my companion an effort to remonstrate, but in vain; my clapped his hands, and immediately there voice was lost in my throat, my knees appeared before us, as if he had sprung trembled, my head swam, and I sank down out of the earth at our feet, a little figure, in utter helplessness. In a few seconds crooked as Æsop, bearded like a fawn, my chest dilated and natural respiration and covered with the most curious habili was resumed. I opened my eyes to asments. Again I appealed to myself, with certain my true position. In the midst of
the apartment, which was a vast amphi- reappearance of the bayaches, or servants. theater with vaulted arches so skillfully One of them bore a bowl of clay, in which cemented that they seemed cut from the he dissolved some rose perfumed soap ; solid granite, was a large circular basin the other unfolded a package of coarse which represented a wheel; the water, cloth. The latter made a sign expressive spouting from the center and divisions, of his desire for me to extend myself upon formed a fountain of distinct compart a marble table, and I obeyed with the ments, furnished by eight brass tubes with utmost docility, for I assure you I had mouths of girasol—a gem resembling the been thoroughly subdued ; he then dipped opal. Four of these compartments were his cloth in the soapy water, and with it occupied by bathers, whose purpled vis- rubbed my face and the entire surface of ages were expressive of the most blissful my body. The second bayache now seized beatitude. Wishing to share their enjoy- me firmly by the neck and legs in order to ment, I looked round, and finding that the prevent me from kicking, while the other attendants had disappeared, like a child in rubbed my back and breast with hair gloves; the absence of his master, I darted with then lifting me up, as if I had been a one bound into the deceitful fountain. feather, he laid me at full length in the first Fatal imprudence! I paid dearly for my compartment of the fountain. After being impatient curiosity.
thoroughly rinsed in this from the soap These compartments are heated by sub- with which I was pasted from head to terranean conduits, the temperature of the foot, I passed successively through the water varying in each. In my precipita- seven others, until I reached the one tion, ignorant that it was necessary to pass where I had been so cruelly scalded. It from one to the other of the graduated was now quite as endurable as the others, baths, I had plunged my limbs into the though its temperature remained the same. hottest basin, the temperature of which I was then again stretched on the table, was sixty-four degrees Reaumer, only six for the purpose, as it seemed to me, of less than the spring of Neidubrum, in having all the bones of my body dislowhich the villagers boil eggs.
cated. To crown the tortures to which It is useless to add that I sprang out I was doomed, one of my executioners quite as soon as I had sprang in, with an turning my face down upon the table, now exclamation that excited the hilarity of leaped upon me, and applied his feet with my fellow-bathers, whose mirth was only vigorous kicks to my back and loins. increased by the sight of my legs, which I presume many of these details will were as red as well-boiled lobsters. seem incredible to you; but you may be
Quite infuriated, I called my attendant; assured that I am a faithful chronicler, no sound answered my voice save a sad except that my description must fall short and hoarse echo. I attempted to escape, of the reality. For about ree minutes notwithstanding my ridiculous figure; but I was perfectly convinced that every verthe door was firmly clasped. My strength tebra in my spine was broken ; my terror had returned after a few moments of faint- nearly bereft me of my senses, but upon ness ; but it was now again deserting me, returning to full consciousness I found the and though I was not frightened, these other bayache vigorously rubbing the soles transitions were certainly far from agree- of my feet with pumice stone. able. Firmly persuaded that twenty-four This was the last act in the tragedy; hours of this discipline would reduce a my fate began to brighten, the woolen man to his original elements, I attentively slippers were replaced upon my feet, the examined my companions, and they seem cloth was again wound about my form, ed to me gradually shriveling up in the and my head was recrowned with the turmisty atmosphere which enveloped them. ban. I returned through the small apartYet I could not but admit that their silencements to the common hall, and was given appeared to proceed from their ecstatic into the hands of the bayache who has enjoyment. I came to the conclusion that special charge of that department. After the ineffable delights of this voluptuous enveloping me in a warm covering, he bath could only be enjoyed after long ex rolled me on the divan, precisely as a perience.
baker kneads his bread, perfumed me with My meditations were, however, inter rose water of the sweetest odor, and conrupted by the opening of the door and the templated his work in silent complacency.
you feel ?"
Our nimble little Æsop now reappeared,
THE “SILVER LINING." bearing a dish of deulchatz, a most excel- “ Poor child!" truth murmur'd, “thou dost lent preserve, which he offered me with shrink to see numerous and profound bows. I swallow- Love thus companion'd; on thine ear doth ring
The grand · forever' that the seraphs sing ed but a spoonful, as you may well sup- In the heavens only. Love that melody pose. The bayache spread over me a Hath dream'd; nor questioneth, nor doubteth he, pechtewal, or silk coverlid, surrounded But chanteth loud and strong, yet pauseth oft,
Poor child! the clouds, me with soft pillows, replaced my first And ... ceaseth soon.
aloft, turban with another of linen, called a
Are just as stable—yet some grace must bo largue, and nursed me as tenderly as if I Hid in that sorrow; with meek hands uplift was suffering from gout. He then with The shroud and search ; behold! how, one by drew courteously, recommending me to
Life's feeble loves die out, like flowers in the sleep, which was an entirely superfluous
Of the first snow; grief lingers, but anon, * Well,” said my friend, after an hour By faith transtigured, sets the whole heart free, of the most profound slumber, “how do To clasp a love whose term 's eternity.”
GRIEF. "Indeed," I replied, panting," these baths are by no means as bad as might be I could not lift that pall-my heart was full,
Mine eyes o'ertlow'd-Life's glory seem'd to imagined ; my spine is still sound.”
grow Our dwarf again appeared, this time A shadowy semblance and a mocking show; with two long lighted chiboques. We Duil grew the earth—the sky, all leaden dull. smoked and prepared to depart.
O Love! I cried-0 Love, the beautiful! give you no idea of the agreeable sensa
O Love, the joy o' the heart, the light o' the
eyes! tions which diffused themselves through Thou hast undone me with thy witcheries. my entire frame—the elasticity of my O fair, false Love! a pitiless hand doth pull limbs—the vigor of my nerves.
Thy mask off, and behold, Decay bath shed
Dust on thy lip and ashes on thy head. full of courage, and ready to fight with
O Death, unbar thy door! my soul doth pine Hercules.
To enter in-and thou, the one, divine, And what do you suppose was the True Love, uplift me, where the sweet heavens whole expense of all the boiling, roast
ring, ing, beating, kicking, sleeping, smoking, With that “forever” which the seraphs sing. &c., through which we had passed ?
RESIGNATION. just one zwantzig, less than a York
The river flow'd in music to the sea, shilling!"
The summer wind its wild, sweet tune began; Thus have I introduced you, in my de- The little field-mice in the furrows ran; sultory way, to the life of the Bucharian From out the flower-bells buzz’d the wandering Mahalas, the festivities of the upper class, | A calm sank on my soul. This misery
bee. and the beatitudes of the bath. Enough of loss and change, I said, all life doth bear, for the present. Au revoir.
Nor riseth in revolt, nor in despair
In rash rebellion, but as sapling trees,
That front the lightning; I will lift that pall,
And scan, with patient heart, those mysteries ; Love stood before me in my youth's fresh prime. God's Love enfolded in God's bitter Change !
If haply I may find-O! sweet and strange* Life's hill is steep," he said ; "the way is long; Be Love thy guide! Love's heart is bold and
strong, Love's truth triumphant over Death and Time.”
A GREAT MAN is, in fact, the instrument 0! very fair was Love, and sweeter far
of Divine providence. Hence all great His voice than any bird's--my soul did seem men have been, more or less, fatalists. Touch'd by an angel in a silver dream,
The error is in the form, not in the subSent down from regions of the morning star. I turu'd to follow, but, austere and strange,
stance of the thought. They are conAnother voice cried " Pause !" whereat a wail
scious of immense power, and, not being Broke from me--lo! sweet Love wax'd wan and able to attribute its possession to any pale,
merit of their own, they attribute it to a And dark, behind him, lower'd the shadow, superior power, whose instruments they
(hange. That sterner voice was Truth's, for now I know are, and which makes use of them for its Change followeth Love wherever he doth go. own ends.- V. Cousin.
PLYMOUTH, THE PILGRIMS AND PURITANS.
BY ALICE CAREY.
mean inheritancefor, strive as we will, we are not able to separate ourselves from the glory or shame of our ancestors; but while not insensible to “the boast of heraldry, the pomp of power," prized so highly by our transatlantic cotemporaries, we, Americans, are well content to forego the tracing of lineage at that great It is believed that a condensation of the landmark of liberty, Plymouth Rock.* history of this handfull of sectaries who,
The Pilgrim Fathers ! What brave in the frail little May-Flower, landed on hearted and great-hearted pioneers those our shores in 1620, and of the Puritans, words conjure up! Hardly a pulse is shortly following, will not be found uninthere among their millions of descendants, teresting to a majority of readers ; for it now speaking one language, and carrying is only with a few great facts of their a liberal literature to the farthest parts of history that most of us are familiar. We the world, that does not thrill at the men are all ready at once to throw over them tion of those words. Thoroughly ground a mantle of pride and veneration, long ed in the right, as they understood it, they enough and broad enough to cover whipwere reliable as the rock on which they ping-posts, ducking-stools, witch trials, first planted their feet, and, like it, un- hanging ropes and all, without stopping to yielding. Pious, even to austerity, they inquire into details. fetched out of their own souls, which Unlike our Puritan ancestors, we have were, in fact, set on edge with zeal for become a race of dreamers and reliers God, the intolerance which ended in per- upon hearsay — they knew things, and secution. Not by the larger light which never doubted that they knew; having has come into the world since their day once fixed a standard there was no quesmust we judge them, but rather by their tion about its perfection, and wo to the own standards; and thus judging, we dissenter who was too long or too short trace their hardest dealings to personal for its measurement—there was no way sanctity, and are ready to say,
but that he must be stretched out, or "Even their failings lean'd to virtue's side.”
cramped down to fit it.
The name Puritan was bestowed in Pilgrims we may well call those heroic derision, by adherents of the Church of refugees, who, leaving not only native England, on a little band of dissenters, on homes, but what seemed to them all the account of their profession of superior world, planted themselves in the wilder- piety—of following the pure word of God ness, believing that in its awful and solemn in opposition to all traditions and human shadows God could hear them and Ga- institutions. briel could find them. In the legends of The Puritans, on the accession of Elizaromance, or the chronicles of history, no beth, resolved to extirpate the last vestige event, perhaps, takes precedence of their of popery from the English Church, and curious emigration for singularity of origin introduce the practices of the continental or pregnancy of result.
reformers. And here began a struggle
between those entrenched in the high It is estimated that only about one-third of places of the Church, and maintaining the our present European population is of Puritan royal supremacy, and the lesser and more origin.
reformatory party. Both were alike con