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formerly a mere skirmish of outposts, has become a general

engagement. The admirers of the Leipziger Musikalische Zeitung No. III.

say: that as Louis-Napoleon cured France when suffering from a (Continued from page 45.)

superfluity of blood, Wagner restored the opera which was threat

ened with chlorosis. Both are working at the Drama of the Future. THERE was one period when composers became rather lazy. Both overthrow monuments. Both write on their own works. Both They had let a little pig-tail grow, and felt very comfortable. commenced their career with the Republic. Wagner's first piece This same little pig-tail waggled most pleasantly in their sonatas, was Rienzi; now comes Der gehörnte Siegfried, which is to play for ensembles, and concerted pieces. Fiuke, who is since dead (and several evenings. How many evenings Napoleon's next work who, by the way, wrote a very excellent Treatise on Composition, will play is as yet undetermined. Just as Napoleon was crowned which is superior to most of the works on the subject), then with the imperial diadem, Wagner is wreathed with laurels. edited the Leipziger Musikalische Zeitung, and was far from We pray daily for many a Brendelist-not Wagnerist, for a great objecting to the pig-tail school; on the contrary, he was quite at number of these ranters do not understand Wagner in the least, home in it, because everything was so beautifully conducted in the and do not even trouble themselves to form a correct opinion of ancient fashion. First of all, the principal theme, then him, but simply gabble away at random, so that Wagner might a second, then a passage, etc. Beethoven alone had shot say with Hegel: “Of all my pupils, only one understood me, and a-head, and overstept the ordinary forms. This did not he misunderstood me.” They watch how he clears his throat, please the rest, and they declared it resulted from his and how he expectorates, and then imitate him-but nothing being deaf. Robert Schumann now appeared, and founded more. We pray, then, daily for many a one of these zealous the Neue Leipziger Musikalische Zeitung. A select number apostles, that he may not have to undergo the fate of St. Paul, and of composers and artists joined him, and supported the lose his head, although others assert it is already lost, or rather, new undertaking. This was the David's League. However never existed, and that the whole affair was only beard, wig, and difficult a task we musicians found it to make pointed letters Calabrese hat: but this strikes me as irony, although the instead of round-headed notes, each of the leaguers worked tricks of nature are said to be very wonderful. From a sincere to the utmost of his power, until the Alte Leipziger love towards our neighbour, we have, therefore, taken up, for was ruined, and the pig-tail system reduced to its last some time, our pen that had reposed since the battles of the gasp. Musical composition now replaced writing. The leaguers above-mentioned, but shall attack only the asses who leaguers touched their harps, troubling themselves no longer now-a-days wish to bestride Pegasus, in order to show their skill about the Muses of this earth, but floating in a sunny world in high horsemanship. Wagner is fine, when the pure gold of of dreams. Meanwhile, however, a very active musical move his genius flashes out, free from dross. But when he introduces ment had commenced. Every one wrote on Music. A cer- three different keys in the same bar, and moreover wanders tain Doctor-who may have been very well acquainted with about in his modulation, like some insane lover in St. James's Hebrew, and, also, able to tell a bass-viol from a piccolo, but who Park-at which, by the way, weak-minded individuals are lost most assuredly did not know the difference between a major and in wonder, as if Händel had not been acquainted with and a minor-wrote, as he himself confessed, musical criticisms, and employed this contrivance, a hundred years ago, whenever he sug ested corrections in Winter's Opferfest. Another individual, considered it applicable, a fact of which these surprised who knew nothing more of music than that the seven notes gentlemen may convince themselves, by looking at his Israel in are called in German, c, d, e, f, g, a, h, was, for many years, the Egypt; or when, in 60 bars he treats us to about 56 bars of chords sole and unimpeachable (at least in his own paper) operatic critic of of the seventh, minor, major, and diminished, so that, in order to a second journal. He used to listen to what the public said, or satisfy our desire of dissolution, we would fain be changed into a question, sometimes very païvely, persons who understood piece of butter upon a hot hob-then we are not at all for Wagmusic. Among other things, he once inquired whether a song-ner. Neither Meyerbeer nor Wagner is under the pure enthu. stress (a high soprano) did not sing a note higher than h, and, siasm of our ancestors for art. Both are great artists, but we if she did, whether that higher note might not be called i; and, can perceive that they take great pains with their work, and this likewise, whether the masquerade trio in Don Juan was not a is a fault. Theodore Mundt makes the singer Guidetta say: "The fugue, because one voice was always coming in after the other. works of art of the present day are, as a general rule, no longer Rellstab-on whom, as is well known, Fate once played the innocent, and, therefore, no longer real works of art. The works terrible trick of allowing him to send the newspaper for which of art of the age have become large mousetraps, in which we rehe wrote a criticism on an opera, that, by chance, had been takenquire a great deal of cheese in order to enable us to catch a great out of the bills a few hours previously, and thus was not per many mice. The public takes more readily to the rich cheese, than formed at all-maltreated Spontini most awfully, and however it would to the breast of a young goddess, if the latter were superior the latter was to the former, the composer of the Vestale offered it.” felt wounded in the most tender point, while his creative power It is very true that cheese is a good bait. Waguer's is toasted was diminished.

somewhat more than Meyerbeer's; this accounts for the number The Neue Leipziger Musikalische Zeitung has since been carried of persons caught by it. We will not, however, be too determined on by an individual of the name of Brendel, of whose musical in our opposition, but restrain our reaction within reasonable knowledge we know no more than that his wife plays the piano.bounds; La délicatesse du goût est une première nuance de la The paper continued to grow flatter and flatter, and did not satiété, and it is said that a little drop too much is not injurecover itself until quite recently, when Listz and his friends rious to health, although we ourselves never advocate the took up the cudgels for Richard Wagner. At present what was principle.


mistaken in his choice, and ever hoping to reach the ideal of final conA DREAM OF DONNA ANNA.

tentment, Don Juan could not but find all earthly life at last insipid (From the German of Hoffmann.)

and shallow; and having generally a contempt for men, he rose up in IN THE STRANGER'S Box, No. 23.

war against that which had been esteemed by him the highest of life's (Concluded from our last.)

appearances, and which had so bitterly deceived him. Every enjoy

ment of woman was now no more a sensual gratification, but a wilful, I FELT so stifled in the close and sultry room! About midnight I | impious scorn against nature and the Creator. A profound contempt seemed to hear your voice, my Theodore! You pronounced distinctly for the common views of life, above which he felt himself exalted; and my name, and there seemed to be a rustling near the paper door. a bitter scorn for men, who, in happy love and in the civil marriage What should detain me from visiting once more the place of my singular union, could at all expect fulfilment of the higher wishes which nature adventure? Perhaps I shall see you and her who fills my whole placed, with hostile purpose in our breast, instigated him, especially being? How easy it is to carry the little table in there—and lights when such a relation was in question, to make war against it, and, by and my writing utensils! The butler is looking for me with the bringing ruin, boldly oppose the unknown, over-ruling power, that he punch I ordered; he finds the room empty and the paper door open, I looked upon as a malicious monster, carrying on a cruel play with the and he follows me into the box and casts a doubtful look upon me, pitiable creatures of his mocking humour. Every ruin of a beloved At a sign from me he puts the beverage upon the table, and withdraws future bride, every violent and total overthrow of the happiness of with a question on his lips, looking round towards me. Turning my lovers, is for him a triumph over that hostile power, and carries back upon him, I lean upon the edge of the box and look into the him even more beyond this harrowing life-above nature-above the empty house, the arcbitecture of which, magically illuminated by my two lights, projects in curious reflections strangely and fairy-like. And indeed he actually seeks to get beyond this life—but only to The curtain is moved by the keen draught of air blowing through the plunge into Orcus. The ruin of Donna Anna, with the attending theatre What if it should rise ? If Donna Anna, tormented by circumstances, is his crowning achievement. direful ghosts, should appear?“Donna Anna," I call involuntarily. Donna Anná is-as regards nature's greatest favours the counterMy voice dies away in the void space, but the spirits of the instru- | part to Don Juan. As Don Juan was originally a wonderfully vigorous ments awake in the orchestra-a singular tone comes trembling and glorious man, so is she a divine woman, over whose pure mind the upward; it is as if the beloved name were whispered on it. I cannot Evil One had no power. All the arts of fiendishness could destroy her repress an inward trembling, yet pleasantly it thrills through my only in an earthly point of view. As soon as Satan had accomplished nerves.

this ruin, Hell, by the decree of Heaven, could no longer defer the exeI became master of my mood, and feel disposed, at least, to point cution of the office of vengeance. Don Juan mockingly invites the out to you, my Theodore, how I now seem to comprehend, for the first statue of the slain old man to a merry feast; and the glorified spirit, time, the glorious work of the Divine Master in its deeper character. only now seeing through the fallen man and feeling pity for him, does istics. Only the poet understands the poet; only a romantic mind not disdain, in terrible form, to exbort him to repent. But his soul is can enter the romantic; only the mind poetically exalted, that has so corrupted and so distracted, that Heaven's bliss itself throws no ray received the consecration in the temple, can understand what the of hope into his soul to kindle it for a better life. consecrated one epeaks in the moment of inspiration. When we look You, no doubt, were surprised, my Theodore, that I spoke of Donna upon the poem, Don Juan, without giving it a deeper meaning, when Anna's ruin. As well as I can at this hour, when thoughts and ideas, we look only on the historical part, we can hardly comprehend how springing from my deepest soul, far out-soars all words, I will tell you Mozart could invent and set such music to it. A bon-vivant, who briefly, how the whole relation of these two contending characters loves wine and women beyond measure, who wantonly invites to his Don Juan and Donna Anna-presents itself to my mind, through the merry supper the man of stone, representing the old father he had music, without any reference to the text. I mentioned before that killed in defending his own life-certainly there is not much poetry in | Donna Anna presents herself as the counterpart to Don Juan. What, this; and, plainly spoken, such a man hardly deserves that the sub it Donna Anna had been intended by Heaven to make Don Juan recog. terranean powers should select him as a choice specimen of Hell, and nize, in love, which through Satan's arts destroyed him, the divine that the marble statue, animated by the departed spirit, should take nature within him, and so rescue him from the despair of vain endea. the trouble to dismount to exhort the sinner in his last hour to vours ? But he saw her too late, at the time of his deepest corruption, repentance : and, that at last, the devil should send out his best fellows I when he could only conceive the fiendish desire of destroying her. She was to effect his transportation into the infernal regions in the most not saved when he fled, the deed was done. The fire of superhuman passion, horrible manner.

Games from the infernal deep, coursed through her veins, and made resisYou can believe me, Theodore ; Nature endowed Juan, as her darling tance vain. He alone, only Don Juan, could kindle in her the voluptuous child, with all that lifts man into nearer relationship with the divine- frenzy, with which she received him in her arms, and which through the above the common herd, above the manufactured products which are overpowering, destructive rage of fiendish s; irits, committed the sin in tossed from the workshop like mere cyphers, that require another figure her soul. When, after the accomplishment of the deed, he wanted to before them to make them of any value ; with all ihat fitted him to flee, then the thought of her ruin, like an awful monster breathing conquer and to reign-a vigorous and splendid body; an organisation poisonous death, seized upon her with torturing pangs. Her father's from which shone forth the spark that fell into his breast, kindling death by the hand of Don Juan, her union with the cold, unmanly, presentiments of the highest; a deep feeling, and a quickly grasping and ordinary Don Ottavio, whom she at one time fancied that she understanding. But such is the terrible consequences of the Fall, that loved,-even woe, raging in the depths of her soul with consuming fire, the enemy retained the power of lurking in man's path, and laying which flickering highi at the moment of highest enjoyment, and is now wicked snares for him in that very striving for the highest in which he burning like the glowing fire of destructive hatred, -all this lacerates manifests his godlike nature. This conflict of the divine and the demo her breast. She feels that Don Juan's destruction alone can give rest niac powers produces the idea of the earthly; just as the victory won to her soul, anguished by deadly torments; but this rest is also her produces the idea of the super-carthly life. Don Juan was keenly alive own early death. She, therefore, does not cease to call upon her iceto the claims upon lise which his physical and mental constitution in cold future bridegroom for vengeance; she herself pursues the traitor, volved; and an ever-burning longing, with which his blood ran seething and not until the subterranean powers have drawn him down to Orvus, through his veins, urged him on, eagerly and with no rest, to seize upon does she grow calmer ;--but she cannot yield to her future bridegroom, all the shows of the earthly world, in the vaiu hope of finding satis who urges their marriage, "Lascia, o caro, un anno ancora, allo sfogo faction in them. No doubt, there is nothing here on earth which so del mio cor!” (Leave, dear friend, one year to the peace of my soul.) intensifies man in his inmost nature as love-love, that working so She will not survive this year; Don Ottavio will never possess her powersully and mysteriously, deranges and transfigures the inmost whose pure mind saved her from remaining the doomed bride of Satan. elements of our existence. What wonder, then, that Don Juan hoped How keenly in my inmost soul I felt all this through the heart-rend. to quench in lovo the yearning that so rent his breast, and that justing accords of the first recitative, and in the narration of the midnight here the devil threw the coil round his neck.

surprise! Even the scena of Donná Anna in the second-act, “Crudele" Through the arch-enemy's stratagem, the thought arose in Don -- which apparently only refers to Don Ottavio, expresses, through Juan's mind, that, through the enjoyment of women, even here on secret insinuations and the most wonderful allusions, that state of mind earth might be realised what dwells in our breast only as a heavenly which consumes all earthly happiness. And what is the meaning, even promise, and what constitutes that infinite longing which puts us in in the text, of the singular additional sentence, perhaps unconsciously immediate communication with the super-earthly. Flying from one beau-thrown out by the poet, “Forse un giorno il cielo ancora sentira pietà tiful woman to another: enjoying their charms with intensest passion, | di mie,” (Perhaps heaven will take pity on me) ? to very satiety, intoxication, and distraction; ever believing himself The clock strikes two. A warm electric breath glides over me, I perceive the delicate odour of fine Italian perfume, which made me,

PARIS. yesterday, first discover my fair neighbour; a feeling of delight, which I think I could only express by notes, comes over me. The air sweeps

(From our own Correspondent.) keener through the house-the strings of the piano in the orchestra are 1 I did not send you any news last week, for, “Story! God bless sounding. Oh, Heavens! I think I hear Anna's voice : "Non mi dir, you! I had none to tell, sir.” However, the sky has now bell' idol mio!" as if at a great distance, borne aloft on the wings of changed, and novelties rain in abundance. The first and chiefest gwelling notes from an aerial orchestra. Rise up before me, thou dis

is a new operetta at the Opéra-Comique, full of all the old tant, unknown spirit-world-thou Dschinnistan tull of glory-where all

gaiety, freshness, and entrain"pétillant d'esprit," and from the that has been promised here on earth has been fulfilled to the enchanted

| first note of the overture to the finale full of sparkling melody. soul in inexpressible heavenly pain as well as the most ineffable joy ! | Let me enter into the circle of thy beatific visions ? Would

Le Chien du Jardinier is the combined work of Messrs. that the god of dreams whom thou hast chosen, now as a terrible, and

Lockroy and Cormon, and M. Albert Grisar; the two now as a friendly messenger to earthly men--would that, when sleep |

first having written the libretto, and the last the music. holds my body in leaden bonds, he might lead my spirit to the

It is acted and sung by Mesdames Lemercier and Lefebvre ; etherial fields !

Messrs. Faure and Ponchard. It is put on the stage to per

fection, having actually been three months in rehearsal, and I POSTSCRIPT.-Conversation at the Table d'Hôte at Noon. am quite at a loss to whom to give the palm; to the authors who WISE MAN WITH A SNUFF-BOX (giving it a loud rap).-It is,

wrote the libretto, to the maestro who composed the music, or to

the artistes who presented it to the public. It is a pastoral-an indeed, provoking, that one should have no true opera any more for

idyll-set to music, and there is probably no lyric theatre in some time to come! But that is the consequence of this detestable

| Europe for which it is so completely fitted as the Opéraoveracting. MULATTO FACE.-Sure enough! I often told her so. The role of |

The role of Comique. Donna Anna always affected her very much; and yesterday she was,

The curtain rises on a farm-yard, with barn and hen-roost on indeed, like one possessed. I hear she lay in a swoon during the whole the right; on the left is seen the farm-house, clean, smiling, and of the entr'acte, and that, in the scene in the second act, she even had fresh, the abode of Marcelle and her cousin Catherive. The attacks of hysterics.

window opens, and Marcelle appears, waiting for François, INSIGNIFICANT MAN. You don't say so!

whose rustic head is soon seen peering above the wall. Seizing MULATTO FACE.—Yes, indeed, and still would not leave the stage. a rope attached to the barn, he lets himself down, and is under

INSIGNIFICANT.— I trust the attacks are not dangerous; I hope we the window of his charming mistress. Her pleasant shall soon hear the Signora again!

visage inspires his amorous mind, and seizing a ladder he WISE MAN WITH THE SNUFF-BOX (taking a pinch).-Hardly !- for

places it against the low-tiled roof of the farm-house. The tiles the Signora died exactly at two o'clock this morning.

give way under his weight, and the ladder goes through the

window. François hides himself in the horse-trough, and CECILIAN SOCIETY.-On Thursday se'nnight, the Messiah was

Catherine, who owns the farm, issues forth, finishing her toilet, given for the second time since Christmas. The principal

and demands of her cousin Marcelle whence comes all the vocalists were Miss Pringle, Miss Anne Cox, and Mr. Henry

noise. Marcelle, of course, is ignorant ; but just then François, Buckland; Mr. Shoubridge had the bâton. The singing of Miss

half drowned, takes breath, shews his head, and is immediately Anne Cox, in “ Come upto Him” and “Thou didst not leave,"

laid hold off by Catherine. She is then seized with all a

woman's curiosity, and all a woman's coquetry, and sends off elicited loud and well-merited applause. This young lady pos

| Marcelle on some errand, in order that she herself may insesses a sweet, though not a powerful, soprano voice, and a pure and unaffected delivery. Mr. Henry Buckland was most suc

terrogate François. François, nothing loth, describes how his cessful in the bass song, "Why do the nations.” The perfor

young affections have been won by the charming hand and pretty

foot of Marcelle; and Catherine forthwith pretends that she has mance of the choruses was, on the whole, satisfactory, though

sprained her ankle, in order that by leaning on François she may we cannot say as much for the instrumentalists.

show her, hand, and by showing the sprain display her foot and LOLA MONTES.--The Sacramento Union has a telegraphic despatch, ankle. Here occurs a pretty and effective duet delightfully sung. dated Grass Valley, to the following effect:-“Our town was thrown | Francois forgets Marcelle, who comes back despairing at the very into a state of ludicrous excitement this forenoon, by the appearance of i moment that Justin arrives, he being the accepted lover of Lola Montes rushing from her residence through Mill-street, towards Main-street, with a lady's riding-whip in one hand, and a copy of the dramatic quartette. Justin and Marcelle endeavour to console

eet, towards : Catherine. Their various sensations are well described in a very Telegraph in the other, her eyes in a fine frenzy rolling, vowing vengeance on that scoundrel of an editor, etc. She met him at the Golden

each other, but without effect, and François triumphs; but so Gate Saloon-the crowd, who were on the qui vive, following in her

foolish is he in his glee, that Catherine regrets her conquest, footsteps. Lola struck at the editor with her whip, but he caught and

and determines to undo her work, which she had merely underwrested it from her before she could bit him a blow. She then applied taken as a pastime. She takes the opportunity of effecting this on woman's best weapon-her tongue. Meanwhile, her antagonist con. hearing a song, describing the situation in which she has placed tented himself with keeping most insultingly cool. Finding all her herself, by grasping her cousin's lover and giving up her own. endeavours powerless, the divine Lola' appealed to the miners, but This, which gives the title to the piece, is written with great the only response rendered was a shout of laughter. Mr. Shipley, the neatness and point. editor, then triumphantly retired, having, by his calmness, completely The song, very well given by M. Faure, was unanimously enworn out his fair enemy. The immediate cause of the fracas was the cored, and a large party in the house would gladly have heard it appearance of sundry articles regarding the 'Lola-Montes-like insolence a third time. Du reste, the whole of the music is suited to the and effrontery of the Queen of Spain. The entire scene was decidedly piece. It is throughout rustic, gay, and lively. M. Grisar has rich." Lola, in her own account of the affair, says-“I went forth

obtained a deserved and legitimate success; and if four artists strong in the principles, as I have said, of Miss Lucy Stone and other

could be found on the English lyric stage who could interpret strong-minded females-found this redoubtable man in the saloon, and

the music as it is given at Paris, I should prophecy as certain a as quick as a flash of lightning laid the said whip on his shoulder and

success for a translation as I am satisfied it will have for many head four times on my word of honour, before my enemy could remember that he was sitting on a chair. The lady of the Golden Gate Saloon

years at the Opéra-Comique. Mais, que voulez-vous? Who was sitting on one side, a gentleman on the other; after having given

could play Catherine with the grace, espièglerie, and naïveté, of him four good whippings, he got up and squared himself on the most

Madlle. Lefebvre ? In her high Norman cap, and picturesque improved Yankee Sullivan principles, and was preparing to give me a

peasant dress, she charms you ere she opens her mouth; and stunner in the eye. The spirit of my Irish ancestors (I being a kind from beginning to end her singing and acting are perfect. of three-quarter breed of Irish, Spanish, and Scotch), took possession of Madlle. Lemercier, as Marcelle, looked the fresh, healthy my left hand, and upon the most improved Tom Hyer principles, before peasant-girl to the life. She was evidently delighted with the he could attain my eye, I took his, on which-thanks to some rings I part, and had thoroughly well studied the music, which she sang had on at the time I made a cutting impression.”

like a true artist as she is. M. Faure sang and acted well as

Justin; and M. Ponchard looked as bête as could be wished in the

SIGNOR AND MADAME RONCONI. part of François. I conclude as I began, by assuring you that a

Some friends of Madame Ronconi having obtained a copy of more perfect little gem than the Chien du Jardinier has never

the following letter addressed by that lady to the Emperor of been produced before the public of the Opéra-Comique.

Russia, were injudicious enough to forward it for publication to At the Grand-Opéra the Huguenots has again been given,

several of the Parisian papers. with a happy improvement in the cast. The most unfortunate

“SIRE, - I should personally have come to throw myself at the feet of Queens of Navarre, Mademoiselle Delly, “ Pupil of M. |

of your Majesty, to implore your justice, which, after that of the Duprez," has returned to that obscurity from which she should

Almighty, can alone hear my complaint and see me righted, never have emerged, and has been replaced by Mad. Angles

| had not the greatest misery kept me here. . Three years ago Fortuni. You may remember that in my description of that

my husband, Georges Ronconi, after having degraded my domestic lady’s début, I foretold her success in this part. She has now hearth by his way of life, heartlessly deserted me, and to indemnify attempted it, and my prophecy is fulfilled. Mad. Angles Fortuni | me in somo way for having prevented me from pursuing my theatrical sang the music with great facility and real artistic feeling; and career, made å settlement upon me, through M. Wenn, a notary in although she speaks French with a strong accent, the public was | London, which was enough to render me independent. To this con. delighted with her. As to Sophie Cruvelli I know not what to tract, sanctioned eren before your Majesty's consul, he has never say. Criticism is both idle and useless. She has studied the part | adhered. I would have brought my case before your Majesty's of Valentine so carefully, and with such success, and she has so Imperial tribunal, and demanded its being put into force, but I have completely vanquished whatever was crude in her acting, that not the means. What can a poor woman do against a man who ridi. her performance is now perfect. Les Vépres Siciliennes must cules everything, and tramples under foot the most sacred duties ? bide its time, for there is little chance at present of the public

My sole hope is that the iufüllible justice of your Majesty may compel getting tired of such a captivating Valentine.

my husband to furnish me with the means of living. For, sire, after I must now tell you of an engagement which came to my

having sold everything, his agent has not given me a sou for the last

three months-me, his legitimate wife before the Almighty and before knowledge yesterday, and is probably more bizarre than

the law. And yet my husband earns, 20,000 francs (£4800) a.year, anything which has been previously imagined. Mulle. Rachel

and to pamper a mistress, forgets the duties of a husband and the has, for some time, been determined on making a tour in the

honour of a man. Sire, your magnanimity is great! Deign to listen to United States; but the difficulty has been to find a speculator the voice of a wretched woman, who, on her knees, implores of your bold enongh to give the enormous sum demanded for her ser

Majesty justice and protection.

GIOVANNA RONCONI. vices. Rachel, in Paris, has 38,000 francs (£1,520) for her six

Paris, 6th January, 1855. 45, Rue de la Victoire.months' performances at the Théâtre Français; but away

| To the above letter M. Peigné, Signor Ronconi's solicitor, from this most attractive of capitals, she considers herself en

1 en- ) addressed the following reply, which was of course inserted by titled to three times that amount, for one month's represen

the same Editors who had opened their columns to the reclamatations. At length the bold and enterprising man was found,

tion of that ladyand the preliminaries were arranged. Malle. Rachel agreed to

"Monsieurle Rédacteur.-My attention has been this moment attracted cross the Atlantic, and proceed to the United States for a term |

by the letter of Madame Ronconi published in your number of the of one twelvemonth, receiving for her services 1,200,000 francs

14th January. Signor Ronconi is in Russia ; and if I was to await (£48,000), or 100,000 francs (£4000) a month. Of this sum she

his answer, the accusation might be accepted for truth by many of your demanded that 600,000 francs (£24,000), should be paid down in

readers. As the solicitor of Signor Ronconi, I think it best to reply to advance, and should belong absolutely to her family, in any Madame Ronconi, by enumerating the receipts signed by herself, in case, whether she lived to fulfil her engagement or not. exchange for the sums of money her husband has transmitted herTo this the entrepreneur objected, on the ground that she might 1853, April, 2000 fr.; May, 2000; June, 2000; July, 2000; July die on the voyage, or before giving a single representation, in (second payment), 1000; August and September, 2000; October, which case Rachel's family would have his money, and he 1000; November, 1000; December, 1000: 1854-January and Febru. would never have had her services. Rachel saw the force ary, 2000; March, 1000; April, 1000; May, 1000; June and July, of this objection, and demanded time for consideration. This being 2000; August, 1000; September, 1000; October and November, agreed to, after a week's deliberation, she discovered a means of 1000; total, 24,000 francs. Yesterday, the 16th January, I received satisfying all parties, but one so droll and original, as could only

from Signor Ronconi a letter, which contained, primo, 2000 francs for have suggested itself to a woman, that woman a French

Madame Ronconi, and, secondly, 8000 francs to pay debts contracted woman, that Frenchwoman an actress, and that actress Rachel.

by Madame Ronconi, which makes the grand total 34,000 francs She proposed that in case of her death, after the 600,000 francs

(£1,360). were paid, and before the termination of the first six months,

"This has been the allowance to Madame Ronconi from April, the speculator should have the right of embalming her body, and

1853, to 15th of January, 1855. Having read Madame Ronconi's exhibiting it round all the cities of the Union in a Théâtre

letter, however, I do not feel justified in giving the 2,000 francs now

in my possession to herself, nor the 8,000 francs to her creditors. I Ardent (transparency). “Thus,” said she, “I shall perform

conclude by begging you to announce, that Signor Ronconi wishes, as my engagement, and you will have value received for your

| a man of heart and a man of honour, to pay all the debts incurred by money. This engagement has been actually signed ;* but

but | him when the Théâtre-Italien was under his management, in 1848, and Rachel has no idea of being embalmed for the present, and fully to settle with all his creditors, who may, therefore, forward me their intends to return home, with 1,200,000 francs added to her accounts with a view to their liquidation. I have the honour to be, fortune.

Monsieur le Rédacteur, yours, etc.,

PEIGNE, Solicitor of the Madame Ugalde performed an extraordinary tour de force at “ Paris, 17 Jan., 1855,

Imperial Court. the Opéra-Comique, last Friday. Without previous study, and “ 31, Rue des Fossés, Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois.” at six hours' notice, she sang the part of Isabelle in Le Pré aux The explanation of Mr. Peigné is calculated to give both Clercs, of course holding the book in her hands. She repeated it on Sunday, and then acted and sang, without book, to perfection. | Ronconi in this country.

pleasure and satisfaction to the friends and admirers of Signor Malle. Miolan, whose sudden “indisposition" was the cause of Mdlle. Ugalde's appearance, will thus have leisure to recover

HERR GOFFRIE'S LAST SOIRÉE, on Wednesday week, provided, as completely.

usual, an excellent programme, including a trio by Beethoven * The “speculator" must surely be Mr. P. T. Barnum.-ED.

and one by Mendelssohn. The instrumental executants were

Malle. Graever, Messrs. Kialmark, Goffrie, Paque, Herr KetA SENSITIVE EAR.-The delicate and seusitive ear of Rameau led

tenus (a new arrival); the Brothers Holmes (violins) ; Meshim sometimes to acts even of cruelty. One morning, a friend calling

dames Messent, Bauer, Mouat, Vernon, and Mr. G.' Tedder in, found his wife in tears because Rameau had thrown her little lap (vocalists). The concert was good in all respects. Herr Goffrie gog out of the window. " True, very true,” said Rameau. «I can not deserves much praise for the spirited manner in which his deny it; but, really it was quite intolerable, the beast barked so out of soirées have been conducted. Messrs. Kiallmark and G. Russell tune."

were the conductors.

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