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great party which was at hand, and said, she and pale, and her beautiful countenance had a hoped that they might meet there. She also con-pensive, nay, almost anxious expression, which gratulated Agnes on the friendship that must sub- Agnes interpreted as the expression of intense love. sist between her cousin Ada and herself. She Mrs. Sam had long interviews with Mrs. Colville, spoke of Ada with warmth and kindness ; called but about what nobody knew. her a noble and a generous-hearted girl, and said The beautiful dresses for the party came home that she considered her as beautiful in mind as in on the day it was to take place, and with them the person. Agnes was grieved that she could not one for Agnes. Mrs. Colville was amazed. She respond as warmly as she saw was expected to the had no idea, she said, that her brother had really praises of her cousin, and felt, as she had often given an order for one. No less surprised was done before, how differently things and characters Agnes: a very natural reaction took place in her present theinselves to the rich and the pour, to the own mind ; she had been unjust to ihem; they powerful and the dependent.
were kinder to her than she had imagined. She It was now the last week in May, and the whole was filled with gratitude and love ; her countecountry was one gush of mature vernal beauty. nance beamed with happiness. The surprise of “Glorious weather," all the world said, “ for the such unlooked-for kindness, and the anticipation grand party at Merley Park !” Nothing had been of now really meeting Mrs. Acton that very night, talked of but this party for weeks; and since the and seeing Mr. Latimer, filled her with a quiet time when Mrs. Acton had expressed a wish and animation which gave altogether a new expression an expectation of meeting Agnes there, the desire to her whole person. With affectionate gratitude to go had taken possession of her mind.
she hastened to her uncle, to thank him for his * Is Agnes going to Merley Park on Wednes- niunificent present. “I know that I owe all this day?" asked old Mr. Lawford, one day, of his to you, dear uncle," she said ; “but much as I sister Colville.
should like to go, if I thought you would miss me, Agnes' heart beat, and she glanced to her aunt or that you were not so well, I would gladly stop for an answer.
at home." "She has not been asked,” said Aunt Colville ; What a blessed feeling, capable of every sacri"but that is not of so much consequence: the fice, is that of love and gratitude ! question is, can you spare her, and whether she The old gentleman was as much pleased as she wishes to go ?” said she, looking at Agnes, with was. He ordered her to put on her new dress, an expression that said as plainly as words, “ Of and come down to be looked at. He smiled and course you do not!"
kissed her, and said that she really was a very “I should very much like to go," replied Ag- lovely girl, and that he had no idea ihat she could nes, decidedly but timidly.
look so handsome. He insisted on Ada and Aunt “ You should ?” said Aunt Colville, in a tone Colville coming down to see her. But Aunt Colof bitter surprise ; “ but there are many things to ville was at that moment busy; she was in Ada's be considered. I don't very well see how we can dressing-room, passing judgment on that young make room in the carriage. I dislike crowding on lady's dress; for her toilette on this evening was such occasions : there will be Mr. and Mrs. Sam, of particular importance, and nothing could exceed Ada, and myself.”
its elegance. “ Sam can go with me," said Tom, who was “ Have you seen my little Agnes ?'' asked Mr. present; “or, Mr. and Mrs. Sam can drive toge- Lawford, as half an hour afterwards Aunt Colville ther."
entered. “She is really quite charming!" “ And then your dress," continued Aunt Col- “I have," said Mrs. Colville ; “ but I must tell ville, " it would not do to go badly dressed.” you, brother, that I had a great deal rather she did
“I will give her a dress,” said her uncle : "see not go. It never was my wish that she should ; that she has a handsome one; I know that Mrs. we have no room for her in the carriage, and she Acton will expect to see her there."
is not expected. She knows nobody who will be “We must see if you are well enough, brother," there; she will have to sit all the evening without continued the pertinacious old lady ; “but you dancing! You do not consider these things!" know that you are often very poorly of an evening, “ She'll get partners," said her uncle, You have often kept Ada and me at home; and I fear. If I were young, I should fall in love with know that Agnes would not wish to go, unless it her." were quite convenient. This is a large party, and “Well, Mr. Lawford," said Mrs. Colville, raisI don't know whether we ought to take an ad- ing herself with dignity, “ I can tell you, once for ditional one with us; and there will be plenty of all, that I am not going to take her. I had left opportunities, besides this, of her going out with the thing quite satisfactorily arranged; she had no
expectation, till you put it into her head ; and I Agnes felt wounded ; to her it seemed as if no must tell you that it is no kindness to take her out one wished her to go; and with an agitation of to such parties. What is she, in fact ?—but a sort voice, which she in vain tried to repress, she re- of domestic !” plied, that she would stay at home.
“She is my niece!” said Mr. Lawford, in a “ Well, I see no great hardship in it,” said Mrs. towering passion; "and I insist upon it that she Colville; “ and I think it better that you should.” goes !”.
No more was said ; visitors were announced, “I shall not take her!” said the lady, with deand the subject, as Agnes believed, passed from cision. every mind but her own.
The two might have proceeded to even fiercer The day of the party was at hand, and news contention, had they not, at this moment, been incame to the hall that Mr. Latimer had arrived at terrupted by Agnes herself, who, still in her new home. They expected to meet him for the first dress, and with eager and delighted astonishment time at Merley Park. A stillness and repose in her countenance, entered with a set of splendid seemed, for some days past, to have fallen upon jet ornaments in her hand. The fact was, that the household at Lawford, as of intense and almost when she returned to her chamber, and was about breathless expectation. Ada was unusually calm ) to take off her dress, her eye was caught by a
carefully-wrapped-up packet on her toilette table, I can to get her introduced to partners and people ; addressed to herself. She opened it, and found it but if she knows anything of parties of this kind, to contain these ornaments.
she knows very well, that unless a girl have acWho had given them to her ? was her first quaintance in the room, or have great beauty or question. How kind and generous every one was fortune to bring her into notice, she may sit the to her! thought she; and, believing the donor to whole evening like a cipher in the room; and I be her cousin Ada, she entered her dressing-room know nothing more painful to witness than that, with a freedom which she had never used before. to say nothing of what the feeling of it must be."
“I know, dearest Ada," said she, “that you Agnes thought to herself, that the fact of her have given me these. How beautiful they are- being the daughter of Mr. Frank Lawford would, exactly the ornaments I want. How you all make in such society as she had any knowledge of, give me love you!"
her distinction enough ; but, thus appealed to by “I have not given them to you," replied Ada, her aunt, she replied, that she should greatly preas much astonished as her cousin. “I never saw fer staying at home. Poor girl! she never had them before!"
really felt till then how the spirit of pride and arro“ Then, to whom am I obliged ?" asked Agnes. gance can set its foot upon a human heart, and
“ Perhaps to papa,” returned Ada, thinking that crush it to the dust. She felt utterly humiliated ; very likely this conjecture was not true, however. she longed to weep freely : to pour forth her out
With this, Agnes hastened to her uncle, and raged feelings into some tender, sympathizing entered, as we have seen, in the midst of conten- bosom ; but none was near her. tion regarding herself. In a moment, she saw the Mrs. Colville had gained her point. When did excited and angry countenances of both her rela- she fail of doing so ?--and this being the case, she tives; and holding the ornaments displayed in her could even flatter. hand, she stood for a second, and then, apologizing “I must say, Agnes,” she said, “ that your for her intrusion, was about to withdraw, but her dress is handsome and very becoming. I am sure aunt called her back.
you are greatly obliged to your uncle ; and these,'' “ Agnes,” said she, “I give you credit for a she said, taking up the jet rosary which hung in great deal of good sense, and perhaps for some Agnes' hand—“ these, too, are your uncle's presknowledge of the world—Do you wish in reality ent, I suppose ?" to go with us this evening?"
“I came to thank you for them, dear uncle.' “And why not, aunt?" said she.
said Agnes, turning to him. “Why not?” repeated her aunt, with difficulty “I know nothing about them,” returned he, suppressing her passion. • Because, unless you petulantly. They are not of my giving, and I had been especially invited, I consider your duty wish I might not be bothered.” to be in attendance on your uncle."
“ Whose giving are they, then?” said Aunt “ I do not want her attendance," said the old Colville ; “but we must see about that ;” and, as gentleman, angrily; "and I say she shall go! if with the intention of doing so, she left the room Am I to be thwarted in this way? No; I tell “Go, Agnes,” said her uncle, “I can do very you plainly that Agnes shall go, or else Ada shall well without you."
“ Are you angry with me, then?" asked she, no Agnes' heart beat tumultuously, and she seemed longer able to suppress her emotions. hurled at once into the dust from the pinnacle of "No, I am not angry with you,” said he, in a delight to which she had been unexpectedly raised. husky voice ; “hut I can do without you : not
" Agnes,” said her aunt, almost fiercely, “ are that I am angry with you, my poor girl," added you going to be a firebrand amongst us?” he, seeing her weeping figure before him attired
Indeed, I am not,” returned Agnes, meekly, in that splendid dress, which so little accorded "at least not willingly; and to end the contest, with her state of mind ; “ but I do not wish of my own free will I prefer to remain at home. them to think that I am quite an idiot. Now. You and I, dearest uncle,” said she, laying her go!” hand on the back of his chair, “ will have a quiet “ Not until you have kissed me!" returned evening together.” More she could not say, for Agnes, feeling that she needed this token of her heart was very full.
reconciliation and kindness to keep her heart from “I know, Mrs. Colville," said the old gentle- breaking. man, " that you think me a childish, fanciful old “Well, well,” said her uncle, kissing her with man, who must have somebody to look after him real affection—" there is no need for us to quarrel. and amuse him : now, I am not this; and I tell There, now, don't spoil your good looks with cryyou plainly that Agnes shall not be kept at home ing. I wanted everybody to see to-night how for
my sake. I do not want her; I do not wish lovely you were. I know they think you a plain her to stay ; I can take care of myself, and amuse girl ; but you are not so !" myself. I dislike being treated like a child, Mrs. Agnes smiled at her uncle's compliment, and Colville."
withdrew. She returned to her chamber, and Mrs. Colville, who had full reliance on Agnes' took off the beautiful dress which, but a short time own pride and good sense, replied in a much more before, had filled her with such joy and gratitude. moderate and amiable tone than she had hitherto How differently it looked to her now! The charm spoken in. “At our time of life, brother,” she and beauty was gone from it ; and she felt acutely said, “it is not seemly for us to be disputing about that, let even this dark time pass away, the sting trifles. I think I must have given evidence enough of it would long remain. Anguish of heart and how much your dear children's interest is at my mortification seemed stitched into every fold, and heart. If, however, you cannot trust our sweet it seemed to her as if she never could put it on Ada to me, you must find another chaperon for again. Those ornaments, too—which the donor her. But that shall make no difference in my feel- no doubt intended should give her pleasure—were ings towards her; and as to Agnes, I will leave it the subject of unpleasant questioning and surmise. to herself. She shall go to-night, if she likes, and She enclosed them again in their case ; and, throwI will be a good chaperon to her, and I will do all'ing herself on her bed, wept bitterly.
stay too !!
LITTELL'S LIVING AGE.—No. 75.–18 OCTOBER, 1845.
105 107 109
1. Mexico and the United States,
Atheneum, . 2. Duffy's Irish Library,
Britannia, 3. Mesmerisers,
Athenæum, 4. American Fiction, 5. British Combination against the American Union, Spectator, 6. Eyre's Expeditions of discovery in Australia, 7. Margaret of Valois,
Blackwood's Magazine, 8. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh,
-Air Engine; Sublime and Something more, 113—Site Refusing, 114—Ibrahim, 116–
Anti-Friction Metals, 152.
112 117 121 132 152
MEXICO AND THE UNITED STATES. especially New Mexico, and Upper California, for
an incorporation with the great republic. Nothing The Athenæum of 13th September, after giving could be safer than such intrigues.
When unsucan account of the dilapidation of Mexico, thus cessful, they are disavowed ; when likely to lead proceeds:
to a good result, they are uniformly supported. “In such circumstances nobody can be sur- Thus it is with Texas, which, in spite of all the prised at the ambitious views of the sister republic opposition that England could offer, is on the eastern shores of the same continent. As nexed.” And thus it will also be with New Caliearly as 1803, Colonel Aaron Burr made no secret fornia. In 1836 the inhabitants were prevailed on of his intention to revolutionize New Spain. His to rise against the authority of Mexico, and to conduct indeed was disavowed ; but what satisfac- assert their independence-a measure necessarily tion was that to Mexico or Spain, seeing that it preparatory to “ annexation.” Before a province was approved by government and people? Still can treat with an independent state, it must itself the older republic was taught one lesson-o act be free, or at least pretend to be so, which answers with greater caution—to substitute cunning for the same purpose ; for no sooner does it declare open force. In conformity with this policy, a its independence, than its act is recognized by the treaty of limits was proposed by him some years cabinet at Washington. In 1841, and the followafterwards; and the basis of the proposal deserves ing year, as we shall soon have occasion to especial consideration at the present moment. The observe, the strides made by those agents, and whole country north of the river Bravo del Norte, even by the acknowledged functionaries of the and of the thirty-first degree of north latitude, was United States, were still more decided. While to be surrendered to the United States—in other the question in regard to Texas was pending, a words, there was to be an absolute cession of show of moderation was necessary ; but now that. Texas, New Santander, New Biscay, New Mexi- it is settled, the intrigues in California will go on co, most of Sonora, and Upper California! De- with greater vigor, until a new amnexation takes graded as the court of Madrid undoubtedly was, place. Whatever ministers (who seem she rejected these unworthy proposals with indig- strangely negligent of information full of meaning nation, and directed the colonial provinces to pro- to everybody else) may say or think of the maiter, lect themselves against both the open and secret the aggrandizement is systematic, and its results attempts of their insidious neighbor. The cession are inevitable. They are clearly perceived by our of the Floridas in 1819, suspended these proceed- author, and by the government which he serves. ings ; but on the downfall of the royal authority, All the Spanish provinces of North America will they were resumed with greater caution indeed, soon form an integral portion of the most ambitious but with greater effect. If any faith is to be republic the world has yet seen. And we know placed in the assertion of men who ought to be not, that such a result ought much to be deprewell informed, concessions of territory have been cated. Whatever may be thought of that Utopian repeatedly though secretly wrung from the Mexi- dream, the balance of power, the interests of can governments, from Iturbide down to Santa humanity are paramount io every other consideraAnna. One thing at least is certain—that the tion. In Mexico any change must be for the betagents of the United States have for many years ter: government, law, religion, education, indibeen actively employed in preparing the minds of vidual happiness—everything must gain by it. the people in all the northern provinces, and However, while as Englishmen we regard the pro
ceedings of the American cabinet with indignation, | inst. ; and upwards of one hundred native members, as philanthropists, we can hardly avoid looking with many foreigners of distinction, were then in with satisfaction to their results. Government is the town. For the Congress of Scientific Italians to be valued only as it conduces to the welfare of about to assemble at Naples, on the 20th inst., the the governed. Where it does not and cannot President-General, the Marquis San Angelo, has answer this obvious end, the sooner it is replaced published a variety of regulations, designed to by another, the better for humanity. We are by simplify the relations of the individuals with the no means sure that the United States will gain by body, and lighten, as much as possible, for the
system.” To a nation the reverse of mili- occasion, the police regulations applicable to strantary, and (what is much more serious) without a gers.-While on scientific matters, we may mention direct central authority, an indefinite extension of a fact of some especial interest, in view of the profrontier must necessarily be a source of weakness. digious demand for iron which the extension of That frontier in many cases could be defended railway works promises to create that mines of neither by itself, nor by the union to which it be that metal, apparently of great richness and extent, longs. Then the diversities of character, of feel- have been discovered in the States of the Church ing, and of interests, between the component parts We live in what may be called emphatically, the of such a body politic-diversities the more strik- age of Iron ; but the name has another meaning, in ing as we recede from a given point-must daily our day, than the mythological.- Athenæum, 13 weaken the bonds of connection between parts Sept. so heterogeneous. Such unions, whatever their ostensible political advantages, can never be cordial, and therefore, they can never be permanent. Conversations on some of the Old Poets, by J. R. In our opinion, the greatest curse that could befall
LOWELL. the Anglo-Americans, would be the immediate accomplishment of their own designs. They
The literature of America still follows in the would lead to a union indeed, unexampled for ex- footsteps of that of England. What Lamb and tent in the history of the world, but it would others have done for the popular mind in this assuredly not be a union of strength. And the country, the essayists of the United States are now Hay would not be far distant when the rival inter- seeking to do for the growing intelligence of the ests of the northern and southern states would be New World. They desire to indoctrinate it with brought into fatal collision.
a taste for our old poets, our old dramatists, and our sterling old writers, whose books, like dreams, have made the world of many a studious spirit
one and entire, and as of chrysolite, perfect and The Paris papers mention the death, on the pure. Mr. Lowell has earned by his own poems 4th instant, at his estate of Chateauvieux, in the the right to converse on poetry, and we therefore 82d year of his age, of one of the most distinguished willingly listen to his opinions on Chaucer and rphilosophical writers in France, M. Royer Collard. Chapman, Marlowe, Shakspeare and Ford, and on This gentleman was a member of ihe French all others whom he may, as he does, collaterally Academy, and Professor of Philosophy at the introduce, whether ancients or moderns. Welike
Coliège de France ; and, as we remember, it is not his corollaries for the sake of the main proposition, i many months since his published works were and also for their own. Keats and Tennyson, adopted as classical by the university of Paris, Wordsworth and Shelley, are among his idols ; i this being the first instance in which that honor but Byron he repudiates. What “spirit he is 'was ever conferred, by the Institution in question, of” is accordingly so manifest as to need no illuson the writings of a living man. M. Royer Col-tration and no remark. In disputing with him on lard had other titles to distinction amongst his matters of taste, it is not with an individual, but : fellow-citizens ; and most of our readers, no doubt, with a school, that we should be found conflicting : 'know that he had filled the chair of President in and the present, therefore, would be an improper - the Chamber of Deputies.—The Augsburg Gazette occasion to raise the argument. The truly catho: announces the decease, at Rome, of the learned lic minds in the world are, of course, few ; and, in
Barnabite Ungarelli ; who was Rosselini's instruc- the majority of instances, we must be content to * tor in Hebrew, and his pupil in hieroglyphic make the best of partial views, and to bring our : science. As Order-brother of the Cardinal-Secre- own as supplementary where needed. We cannot tary Lambruschini, he enjoyed peculiar advantages quote from the work, for the ground it traverses is, for the study and cultivation of Egyptian antiqui- in this country, so preoccupied, that, notwith
and his death is especially lamented for the standing its obvious merits, there is much in it as delay which it is likely to occasion in the produc- “ tedious as a thrice-told tale." The writer's
tion of the projected, and already far-advanced, chief fault is, an over refinement and subtlety in • edition of the Museo Gregoriano Egizio.—The his thoughts and mode of expounding them.Spanish journals speak of the death, at Mondragon, Athenæum. at an age exceeding 80, of one of the patriarchs of - the Basque country, Senhor Juan Ignacio Iztueta --a poet distinguished by his originality-espe- An English merchant having built a vessel of
cially remarkable, it is said, for a very curious work seventy tons, gave the command of it to a Chinese • on the warlike dances of the Basques, for which named Fowqua, to enable him to levy a species of I he had a strong predilection-and emphatically black mail on the native smuggling-boats engaged I known, among his compatriots, as the Basque in the opium-trade. Suspicions were excited ; • Bard.
Fowqua was seized by the Chinese authorities and The Scientific Congress at Reims assembled, ac- tortured, and he denounced a hundred persons as ..cording to our previous announcement, on the 1st | being implicated in the enterprise.
From the Britannia.
ginal version, which might have been obtained in Duffy's Irish Library. The Ballad Poetry of Ire Ulster with very little trouble. We cannot con
land. Edited by Charles Gavan Duffy, Esq. ceive where Mr. Duffy heard of the Orangemeu J. Duffy, Dublin.
singing a version which talks of
“Venturing over the water." TAKING Mr. Duffy's account of the object of this publication, viz., that of vindicating the character which would be popular amongst the Orangemen
" Venturing” is about the last word we fancy of the native ballads of Ireland, the book, although in describing the passage of the Boyne. The porin other respects having many merits, must be tion of original version given in the appendix is considered a failure. Had its object been to select for distribution a number of well-finished and care
frequently sung in Ulster, with the exception, we fully-polished poetical compositions, breathing in think, of the compliment in the penultimate line the majority of cases that air of nationality so much to the mercy of James II. A large selection many of the characteristics of the real ballad poe- Ulster commemorating processions and skirmishes in vogue with “ Young Ireland,” but not having might have been made from the multitudes of
characteristic Orange ballads which are extant in try actually current in the country, Mr. Duffy would have well performed his task. The popu- such as a song of The Apprentice Boys," which
as well as matters of greater historical interest ; lar songs of Ireland, the ballads really sung by the
we remember to have heard, commencing :: yeomanry and peasantry, have never found a collector, nor will Mr. Duffy's volume in any degree “We are the boys that fear no noise, assist in that object. The popular ballads of all And never will surrender; countries suffer only from attempts to refine them, We shut the gates of Derry walls and Mr. Duffy gives us one or two so disguised in On the eighteenth of December," &c. "improvements” as to present a brilliance and
The tragedy of “ The Battle of Aughrim” has “ gentility” similar to that of some of the old ca- not fallen into disuse among the Orangemen, as thedrals of his country with their Gothic orna- Mr. Duffy fancies. It has the rare merit, which ments brightly glistening under a new coat of legislative measure nor administration never poswhitewash. “ The Croppy Boy” is evidently sessed, of pleasing both Irish parties; and St. one of the pieces which have fallen into the hands Ruth and Saarsfield are frequently made in Ulster of the improver; for in Mr. Duffy's version the barns to speak_most exquisite Scotch. Another peasant laments very much in the style of a lacka- Irish song, “ The Wearing of the Green,” might daisical hero of the Surrey theatre, about being have very appropriately found a place here. The the last of “his name and race. (By the way, original version, (not Mr. Curran's beautiful balwe should like to know of what name amongst the lad of the same name,) is one of the most Irish of Irish peasantry any individual could boast of being Irish songs; witness :the last, or within ten thousand of the last.) The
"I met Napoleon Bonaparte, version of “ The Croppy Boy” really sung in
He tuk me by the hand; many parts of Ireland is much more characteristic
Says he, . How is ould Ireland, than this. There is nothing, for instance, in Mr.
And how does she stand?' Duffy's version to equal the threat of the hero
She's the most unhappy countery when about to be transported
That you have ever seen, ** And if I iver live to return agin to home,
For they 're hanging men, and women, Oh! I'll sharpen my pike upon some orange For the wearing of the green." bone.'
The only really Irish song in the volume is Mr. We have looked for this in vain as well as for the Lover's
Molly Carew." All the others are conclusion :
written in good wholesome Saxon, with Saxon " In New Genayvay this young man died,
idioms and Saxon images; and but for the local In New Genayvay this young man lies, allusions might have been composed anywhere beAll true Roman Catholics, as they pass by,
tween Berwick and the Land's End. The followSay the Lord have marcy on your sowle, my ing stanzas, however, reveal their origin in every
line :croppy boy.”
Och hone! by the man in the moon, Again, although we are presented with a spank
You taze me all ways new Nation song, entitled " The Nameless One," hy J. D. Fraser, describing England as this country
That a woman can plaze, is usually described at the Conciliation-hall, there For you dance twice as high with that thief, Pat is not in the book any one of the thousand versions
Magee, of the “Shan Von Vacht,” the most popular of all As when you take share of a jig, dear, with me.
Tho' the piper I bate, the songs of the Irish peasantry, yet there are
For fear the owld cheat stanzas in versions of that song of the highest order of heroical poetry. The demand about the
Would n't play you your favorite tune. invasion by the French, for instance :
And when you 're at mass,
My devotion you crass, “What color will they wear?
For 't is thinking of you,
I am, Molly Carew.
While you wear, on purpose, a bonnet so deep, Says ihe Shan Van Vocht.
That I can't at your sweet purty face get a peep. What color should be seen
Oh, lave off that bonnet, Where our ruined homes have been,
Or else I 'll lave on it
The loss of my wandering sowl !
Och hone! weirasthru !
Och hone! like an owl, trash. There is in it scarcely a stanza of the ori
Day is night dear, to me, without you !