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order. I, the mean one, am ashamed of my is not worthy of becoming the subject of self, just as rotten wood is in the presence of verse. aromatic herbs. I now receive your indul- “ Now I reverently bow to your good words, gence inasmuch as you have listened to the and make use of them to display your goodwords of the match-maker, and given Miss S. breeding. Now I hope your honorable bein marriage to the mean one's eldest son, nevolence will always remember me without named Kang; your assenting to it is worth end. Now the dragon flies in the Sin Hai inore to me than a thousand pieces of gold. term, first month, lucky day. Mr. Tu makes The marriage business will be conducted obeisance. May the future

be prosperaccording to the six rules of propriety, and I ous!” will reverently announce the business to my In external appearance, these letters, as we ancestors with presents of gems and silks. I learn from the Panama paper, are equally will arrange the things received in your curious : • Each of them is about the size basket, so that all who tread the threshold of of one of the Citizen's pages, and consists of my door may enjoy them. From this time a rich frame composed of something like our forward the two surnames will be united, and papier maché, inside of which is artistically I trust the union will be a felicitous one, and folded a scroll of richly-tinted crimson paper, last for a hundred years, and realize the delight studded with the golden letters that convey experienced by the union of the two countries the words of love and modesty. The outer Chin and Chin. I hope that your honorable surface is likewise emblazoned with a quantitý benevolence and consideration will defend me of raised work, respecting robes of honor, unceasingly. At present the dragon flies in tails of distinction, the smallest of all small Sin Fai term, the first month, lucky day.,, I, shoes, peacock's feathers, and a variety of Mr. Su, bow respectfully. Light before." other equally tasteful designs, which aro

From Papa 0 :-" The younger brother supposed to be emblematic of the vast accessurnained 0, named Tus, of the family to be sion to the wealth and honor of both contractrelated by marriage, washes his head clean, ing houses, that may be expected to flow from knocks his head and bow's, and writes this the union of the gallant Su Tan, junior, and inarriage-letter in reply to the far-famed and the accomplished Miss Tu 0." virtuous gentleman surnamed Tan, the venerable teacher and great man who man

Penny POSTAGE TO THE COLONIES. Mr. Eliages this business. At this season the heart hu Burritt offers as an argument for direct Penny of the plum-blossom is increasingly white ; at Postage beyond the seas the following curious the beginning of the first month it opens its statement, to the effect that to a large extent it petals. The eyebrows of the willow shoot out exists at present as an evasion. — “ Newspapers their green ; when shaken by the wind it are now transported to most of the colonies for displays its glory, and grows luxuriantly into nothing. The penny stamp that pays the postfive generations. T is matter of congratulu- age on a copy of the London Times from London tion the union of 100 years. I reverence your to Edinburgh, pays it also from Scotland to Nova lofty gate. The prognostic is good, also the Scotia. The difference on the postage of this divination of the lucky bird. The stars private matter in comparison with the charge are bright, and the dragons meet together. imposed upon manuscript correspondence, works in every succeeding dynasty office will be in this way. A vast number of old pewspapers held, and for many iv generation official rest- and other periodicals are sent to the colonies, ments will be worn

and other countries, not with the slightest expectnot only those of your ation that they will be read, but merely to family surname will enjoy all the afore-men

convey to distant friends what may be expressed tioned felicity more especially will your in the manuscript direction on the band or honorable gentlemen who possess

abilities

cover; and the eye of parental, filial, or fratergreat and deep, whose manners are dignified nal affection can read many lines of precious and pure. I, the foolish one, am ashamed of meaning in a simple direction written by a wellzny diminutiveness. I for a long time have known hand. • John. Hawkins Greytown, New desired your dragon powers, now you have not Zenland,' receives an old English newspaper by a looked down upon me with contempt, but sailing packet, post-marked Long Sutton, Linhave entertained the stateinents of the match-colnshire. No one but John Hawkins knows inaker, and agree to give Mr. Kang to be whose hand penned those simple words. He united iny despicable daughter We all knows full well, and they gladden his heart with

this message : This is from your affectionate wish the girl to have her hair dressed, and

mother ; she remembers you with a mother's the young man to put on his cap of manhood.

memory

and a mother's good wishes. She is The peach-flowers just now look beautiful, the

pretty well. Look at these words. They are not red plum also looks gay. I praise your son, written with a feeble or fever-stricken hand.' A who is like a fairy horse who can cross over nice and comforting letter that for John Hawkins through water, and is able to ride upon the for a penny. The words are few, without a verb wind and waves ; but my tiny daughter is or adjective to connect or qualify them, but they like a green window and a feeble plant, and are full of meaning to John. They are all the

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Post Office will allow his mother or father to , in winter-quarters, in the shape of cold, hunger, send him for a penny.

So they are written on or danger, was voluntary. Monotony, is I the cover of an old newspaper weighing two or again repeat, was the only disagreeable part of three ounces, instead of a sheet of note-paper our wintering at Griffith's Island. Some men weighing half an ounce. The poorest of the poor among us seemed, in their temperament, to be can send these newspaper-letters to their friends much better able to endure this monotony than across the sea — and send them they do by tens others; and others, who had no source of amuseof thousands weekly. There are in them only a ment -such as reading, writing, or drawingfew kernels of wheat to a bushel of chaff ; but, as were much to be pitied. Nothing struck ove the chaff is transported for nothing, the bulk is more than the strong tendency to talk of home not regarded by either party.”

and England ; it became quite a disease. We, for the most part, spoke as if all the most affec

tionate husbands, dutiful sons, and attached 'TWEEN DECKS Of The Frozen Sups. — Be- brothers had found their way into the arctic exfore we enter on the subject of returning spring, peditions. — Stray Leaves from an Arctic Jourand the new occupations and excitement which it nal, by Lieutenant Osborn. called forth, let me try to convey an idea of a day spent in total darkness, as far as the sun was

From Household Words. concerned. Fancy the lower deck and cabins of a ship lighted entirely by candles and oil-lamps ; CHOOSING A FIELD-FLOWER. every aperture by which external air could enter, unless under control, carefully secured, and all Let me choose a wilding blossom, doors doubled to prevent draughts. It is break- Ere we quit the sunny fields ; fust-time, and recking hot cocoa from every

Fittest for my Lucy's bosom, mess-table is sending up a dense vapor, which, Hill, or brake, or meadow yields. in addition to the breath of so many souls, fills the space between decks with mist and fog.

Flag or Poppy we'll not gather, Should you go on deck — and remember you go

Briony or Pimpernel, from 59 degrees above zero to 40 degrees below

Scented Thyme or sprouting Heather, it, in eiglit short steps - a column of smoke will Though we like them both so well. be seen rising through certain apertures called

Purpling Vetches, crimson Clover, ventilators, whilst others are supplying a cur

Pea-bloom winglets, pied and faint, rent of pure air. Breakfast done — and from

Bluebell, Windflower, pass them over ; the jokes and merriment, it has been a good one

Sober Mallow, Orchis quaint ; there is a general pulling on of warm clothing, and the major part of the officers and men go on Striped Convolvulus in hedges, deck. A few remain, to clean and clear up, Columbine, and Mountain Pink ; arrange for the dinner, and remove any damp or Lily-nymphs among the sedges, ice that may have formed in holes or corners Violets nestling by the brink ; during the sleeping hours. This done, a muster of all hands, called “ divisions,” took place. Creamy Elder, blue Germander, Officers inspected the men and every part of the Betony that seeks the shade ; ship, to see that both were clean, and then they

Nor where Honeysuckles wander, dispersed to their several duties, which at this May that luscious balm persuade. severe season were very light ; indeed, confined mainly to supplying the cook with snow to melt for

Sad Forget-me-not 's a token water, keeping the fire-hole in the floe open, and

Full of partings and mishaps ; sweeping the decks. Knots of two or three

Leave the Foxglove spire unbroken,

Lest the fairies want for caps. would, if there was not a strong gale blowing, be seen taking exercise at a distance from the ves

Crimson Loose-strife, Crowfoot, Pansy, sels, and others, strolling under the lee, discussed

Golden Gowan, golden Broom, the past and prophesied as to the future. At

Eyebright cannot fix my fancy, noon, soups, preserved meats, or salt-horse,

Nor the Meadow-sweet's perfume. formed the seamen's dinner, with the addition of preserved potatoes, a treat which the gallant Azure, scarlet, pink, or pearly, fellows duly appreciated. The officers dined Rustic friends in field or grove, somewhat later — 2 P. M. A little afternoon Each of you I prize full dearly,

I exercise was then taken, and the evening meal, None of you is for my Love. of tea, next partaken of If it was school-night, the voluntary pupils went to their tasks, the Wild Rose ! delicately flushing masters to their posts ; reading-men producing All the border of the dale, their books, writing-men their desks; artists Art thou like a pale cheek blushing, painted by candle-light; and cards, chess, or Or a red cheek turning pale? draughts, combined with conversation, and an evening's glass of grog, and a cigar or pipe,

Do not shed a leaflet slender, served to bring round bedtime again. Monotony Keep awhile thy fragrant zest; was our enemy, and to kill time our endeavor ; Fair and sweet, bring thoughts as tender hardship there was none ; for all we underwent To a balmier, fairer breast !

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LITTELL’S LIVING AGE. — No. 478. — 16 JULY, 1853.

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CONTENTS. 1. The Paradise in the Pacific,

Blackwood's Magazine,

131 2. Adventures with the Giants, .

Chambers' Journal, .

149 3. Australian Expedition,

Spectator,

153 4. Nathaniel Hawthorne,

New Monthly Magazine, . 154 5. Aunt Rosemary, ·

Chambers' Journal,

. 161 6. French Navy and Designs of France,

United Service Magazine, 166 7. Steam Packets, American and English,

. 168 8. Anglo-Saxon Growth out of Feudality,

Dublin University Magazine, 171 9. The Crusades in China, .

Spectator,

172 10. Table-moving,

174 11. Spirit of the French Feuilletons,

Critic,

175 12. Situation of Italy, .

Spectator,

176 13. New Battle Field in France,

Examiner,

178 14. China and the Tea Trade,

Economist,

180 15. The Daughters of Charles I.,

Gentleman's Magazine, 183 16. Pleuro-Pneumonia : Inoculation,

Economist,

189 17. Horse and Os Labor,

191 POETRY : Live-Legged Tables — The Ivy in the Dungeon, 129; The Voice, 130; Heavenly

Husbandry - Communion of Saints — Defeated Manæuvres, 165. Sport ARTICLES : Lake Fishing Sports in Winter - Stoning Cherries before they Grow, 148;

First Use of Gas, 152; New Cave - Sterling Money, 160. New Books, 130, 192.

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From Punch.

At our dinner whilst we're sitting,

With vitality imbued,
Suddenly the board may, fitting,

Walk away with all our food.
Heedless of our prayer to tarry,

It may start, defying chase,
Out of window ily, and carry

Our provisions into space !

THE IVY IN THE DUNGEON.

BY CHARLES MACKAY.

LIVE-LEGGED TABLES.
HEY! The world goes on improving,

Really, at an awful rate ;
Now we've got to Table-moving :

Quite absurd it seems to state.
People sitting round a table,

Hands conjoined upon it lay,
Presently, unless they fable,

It begins to spin away.
If mesmeric power is in you,

And sufficient force of will,
You can cause it to continue,

Disconnected, spinning still. Am I sleeping, am I waking ?

In my boots or in my bed ? Walking on my heels, or making

Progress with inverted head ? All discoveries this surpasses,

Which of marvel are a theme, None will now remark, but asses,

“ Wonderful invention, Steam !" What will’t lead to, that's a question

To be pondered on — because It concerneth our digestion,

Which must rather give us pause. CCCCLXXVIII. LIVING AGE. VOL. II,

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It grew, it crept, it pushed, it clomb - | And now methinks that well-known voice, with Long bad the darkness been its home ;

soft and silvery chime, But well it knew, though veiled in night, Pours forth a lay of triumph o'er the startling The goodness and the joy of light.

wrecks of Time ! Its clinging roots grew deep and strong,

Thy fresh and youthful loveliness has ceased to

charm the sight; Its stem expanded firm and long,

Yet deem not, sweet enchantress, that thy wand And in the currents of the air

is broken quite ; Its tender branches flourished fair.

Love's subtle spell thou yet mayst weave, still, It reached the beam — it thrilled, it curled, still thou canst rejoice It blessed the warmth that cheers the world ; In Woman's most resistless charm 1;

- the magic It rose toward the dungeon bars,

of a voice ! It looked upon the sun and stars. It felt the life of bursting spring,

Memoir of James Watt. Printed for the It heard the happy skylark sing ;

Bristol Asylum for the Blind. By John E. TuyIt caught the breath of morns and eves, lor. And wooed the swallow to its leaves.

An edition of the Useful Knowledge Society's By rains and dews and sunshine fed,

Memoir of Watt, printed in raised type for the Over the outer walls it spread ;

use of the blind, and published by the Bristol And in the day-beam waving free,

Asylum. The ordinary Roman characters are It grew into a steadfast tree.

the types used, and judiciously. In learning an

alphabet, one form of letter or sign is as readily Upon that solitary place

learned as another, and almost as readily recogIts verdure threw adorning grace ;

nizable by touch. At all events, the common forms The mating birds became its guests, of English letters, if not the easiest that could be And sang its praises from their nests. contriyed, are not by any means the most diffi

cult ; while the utility of being taught them far Wouldst know the moral of the rhyme ?

outweighs any supposed advantage to be gained Behold the heavenly light ! and climb ;

by some special characters. This publication is To every dungeon comes a ray

to be followed by others of an instructive and enOf God's interminable day.

tertaining as well as of a religious kind. — Spec

tutor. From the Ladies' Companion. The Evidences of Christianity as exhibited in

the Writings of its Apologists down to AugusTHE VOICE.

tine. By W. J. Bolton, of Gonville and Caius

College, Cambridge. BY MRS. ABDY. Tuou art not now so fair and gay as thou wast of style, but full of information about the a polo

A painstaking work, rather wanting in force Front to be ; Pale is thy cheek, once blooming as the wild rose their arguments well digested, classified, and pre

getical writings of the Fathers, and exhibiting on the tree; No longer are thy coral lips by sportive dimples introductory essay on the uses of an acquaintance

sented with clearness. The plan is to give an crowned ;

with the reasonings of the Fathers in favor of Thy form hath lost its airy grace, thy step its Christianity, which is followed by a short criticnl springing bound ;

and biographical notice of each Father. The Thine eyes

those deep and glorious eyes, at arguments themselves are classed under seven once so dark and bright,

heads, and are ascribed to the respective authors, Shine with a saddened lustre now, a veiled and and often given in their own words. This of languid light ;

necessity involves some repetition, and the conI see upon thy noble brow the lines of anxious tinual presentation of authors nominatim intercare,

rupts the regular march of the reasoning. The And silver threads are twining with thy locks of book, however, is less to be looked upon as an ebon hair.

artistical treatise, ithan as a collection of well

digested and often curious matter. Spectator. Yet hast thou kept one gift from Heaven unharmed, unaltered, still ;

The principal reïssue of the week is the first How on my enger senses seems that tuneful voice volume of Mr. De Quincey's miscellaneous writto thrill!

ings ; to which speculation he has been stimuLike to the gushing melody of waters pure and lated by the success of an American edition, pubclear,

lished by Messrs. Ticknor, Reed and Fields of It comes, amid the din of life, to soothe my Boston, who not only made the collection, but wearied. ear.

made the author “a sharer in the profits, called

upon to do so by no law whatever." The entire Visions of bright and banished scenes around me series in the American edition amounts to twelve seem to throng,

volumes. What the English may extend to does When daily I held speech with thee, whose very not appear. The work opens with the Autobio. speech was song ;

graphical Sketches. — Spectator, 28 May.

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Arise and call her blessed !

From Blackwood's Magazine. And as it waves abore our head,

We'll think upon its glory!
THE PARADISE IN THE PACIFIC. Then fire the GUN — the Bounty's gun
It was a chosen plot of fertile land,

And set the bell a-ringing,
Amongst wide waves set like a little nest,

And then with hearts and voices one,
As if it had, by nature's cunning hand,

We'll all unite in singing -
Been choicely picked out from all the rest,
And laid forth for ensample of the best.

Faerie Queen.*

The Queen ! the Queen! God bless the Qucen,

And all her royal kindred ;
WHERE IS IT?

Prolonged and happy be her reign

By faction never hindered ! Turs is the glorious FIRST OF JUNE ! — and May high and low, the rich and poor, it is set like a gem in the centre of the Lon- The bappy or distressed, don season.

0, mighty, multitudinous Lon- O'er her wido realm, from shore to shore, don, how thou art enjoying thyself! All thy bravery is on, all thy misery is hidden; and here are youth, beauty, age, wisdom, valor,

These are words that come echoing cheerily genius, loyalty, all surrounding Queen Vic- from the Pacific, and may fitly find their way toria, giving them enchanting reception, dis- to the regal solitudes of Osborne and Balpensing, regal hospitalities — ay, not to her moral. Both queen and prince know who own loving subjects alone, but to the repre- wrote these lines of simple loyalty and love ; sentatives of all the great potentates and peo- and that within these last few months, and

nay, they have seen and spoken with him, ple of the earth ; for, vast as is her empire, she is at peace with all the world. T is often at Osborne aforesaid. But he has since trarsaid, and it has become splendidly stereo- elled from the royal presence, exhilarated typed in English phraseology, that the sun with its cheering brightness, ten thousand never sets on her empire ; and the

miles and more, and doubtless joined in sing

queen, much as her anxieties are occupied with north, ing these same verses at that speck in the south, east, and west, had recent reason to Pacific, on the 24th of May, now immediately muse, not unpleasingly, on a certain little last past. The news has come rather quickly, speck in the Southern Pacific Ocean, where to be sure: but there is the fact - and it has she is specially loved, and where, after their also come without the aid of the submerged humble fashion, they celebrate her natal day electric wire ! with flag fluttering gayly, and bell-ringing,

Well! where is it? 'Tis Queen Victoria's und singing and dancing - the only day, it

- but somewhat out of the reach of her gay seems, in the year, in which Terpsichore can

little Fairy, and, therefore, the queen may find time from her other engagements to show never take a trip to see it! Four years ago her merry face and foot, with feathery touch,

a French military gentleman made his apfor a moment and, hark! the boom of a pearance there, with a party of friends, all gun, forsooth, all on the same day, and to in military uniform, and politely asked, glorify the same occasion! But what a gun! through our poet, of whom more anon, in In the language of the inhabitants of this broken English, " Veder de people bad heard little paradise, of which we are about to of Prince Louis Napoleon and de French Respeak, that gun “ for fisty-five years had been publique ? and would dey enlist demselves deposited at the bottom of the sea, on a bed under it?". And then he took out a paper of coral, guiltless of blood, during the time for their signatures ; but our poct aforesaid 80 many thousands of mankind became in quietly pointed to the little English Aag Europe food for cannon !" Her majesty,

waving over their heads at that moment, asamidst all the splendors which surround her, all about Louis Napoleon and the Frenoh Re

sured the complaisant visitor that they knew may bear with pleasure how her royal name was used at a certain tiny speck in the Pacitic public, but that all the people there were Ocean, with all the aforesaid accompaniments,

faithful subjects of VICTORIA, QUEEN OF Engon Tuesday, the 24th of May, 1853:

LAND ; on which the polite Frenchman bowed,

begged pardon, returned the paper to his The Queen! the Queon ! our gracious Qucen ! pocket, and said, that "he did not know it Come, raise on high your voices,

was a colony!”. Nor is it; but its inhabitAnd let it by your smile be soon That overy heart rejoices !

ants are entirely English ; and, says their Her natal day we'll celebrato,

recent historian, “such a loyal and united With ardor and devotion,

community, as a whole, cannot be found in And Britain's festal emulato

any of the colonies or dependencies of the In the Pacific Ocean.

British empiro ! The English union-jack is Now let Old England's flag be spread —

hoisted on all grand occasions, and to EngThut flag long-famed in story ;

land the people would look for protection should

any attempt be made to disturb their. * This quotation is taken from the motto of a position." Ay, and as fast as steam or sail little volume which will be mentioned in due timo. I could bring their protectors, they would go!

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