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way, the top of which was occupied by some machinery, ! of the Arroux), he informed me that the inhabitants who whence depended four powerful iron bars, with hooks at did not profess to be sporting gentlemen, often threw their extremities; these having been fastened to the Dili- quick-lime into these brooks, and by that means caught gence, the machinery at the top was set in motion, and and destroyed a quantity of fish. This was a method of gradually the huge machine-baggage, passengers, and poaching I had never heard of before." all—was lifted bodily off its own wheels, and transferred to a set of railroad wheels, upon which it was lowered and

It is obvious that Mrs. Butler cannot have travelled so took its place immediately in the train, the common road much in the Highlands of Scotland as in those of France. wheels being dragged off

, I should think with much self. In Scotland, at least during our younger years, poachgratulation by the team that brought the monstrous load upon them to the railroad. The rest of our route was made ing by lime was a common offence ; and, although an in the dark, in rain, sleet, and bitter cold wind, in spite execrable mode of killing fish, yet we are not certain of of which a second-class carriage immediately before ours being altogether exempt from guilt in the matter. Jn--without any roof or shelter to it whatever-was filled deed, we fear, that Mrs. Butler will find the plan with poor people, many of them women, without any protection for their heads but the cap, which the lower order but too common wherever lime, rivulets, and mischievous of women habitually go out in. We reached Paris at ten boys, without reference to older poachers, meet. From o'clock, and were again craned up from the railroad cars, | Autun, the travellers proceeded by diligence to Chalons, and let down on a set of common wheels, wherewith we made our way to the messageries. It is twenty years

and went forward to Lyons by the same lazy and since I was last in Paris, a school girl.

disagreeable kind of conveyance.

The French have “If I had travelled more on the Continent, before I never learned, and now will likely never learn, the expirwent to America, I should have been infinitely less sur. ing trade of stage-coach driving. They could not turn prised and amazed than I was at the various unpleasant peculiarities of its inhabitants. Since residing in the out a well-appointed coach even on the route from Paris, United States I have returned to Europe and travelled in the first, to Lyons, the second city of the kingdom-its Germany, and have had some opportunity of comparing Manchester. In the diligence from Chalons, however, smoking and spitting on the Rhine, to the same articles “a gouty gentleman, muffled in dreadnoughts," who had on the Hudson, and really hardly know to which to award had a threatening of gout,” became an excellent travelthe preference; and after raving at every inn I put up at in America, for insufficient ablutionary privileges, find my- ling companion, thoroughly conversant in all antiquarian self now in one of the best hotels in Paris, with a thing matters; and the chief inspector of customs at Lyons, a like a small cream jug for a water vessel in my bed-room,

most admirable acquaintance. The delays of the diliand a basin as big as a little pudding bowl : moreover, when I asked for warm water for my toilet, they produced gence were sufficiently provoking, especially as the snowa small copper pot, with an allowance such as the young- storm was a good pretext for all disarrangements; but the est gentleman, shaving the faintest hopes of a beard, stoppages were improved, for the inspection of old ruins might have found insufficient for his purposes ; in short, and curious churches, a branch of sight-seeing, respecting I believe England is the only place in the world wbere people are not disgustingly dirty: and I believe, as a dear which Mrs. Butler very properly remarks, friend of mine once assured me, that exceedingly few people are clean there."

“It is extremely painful to me to come, from a mere

motive of curiosity, into a temple dedicated to God; my Of Paris she has little to say, but of the country on- conscience rebukes and troubles me during the whole wards by her route and the villages, she gives more dif- time, and all other considerations are lost in the recollec

tion, that I am in the house of prayer, consecrated by fuse details. Caught in a snow-storm amongst the the worship of thousands of souls for hundreds of years. French highlands at the head of the tributaries to the To gaze about, too. with idle, prying eyes, where sit and Seine, the lady and her maid experienced the discomforts | kneel my fellow-Christians, with theirs turned to the of a French hotel in the wood country, from whence earth in solemn contemplation or devotion, makes me Paris draws its fuel--some such place apparently as an

feel sacrilegiously; and I do not know what will become

of me in Italy, where every church is a galantee-show. English beer-shop, or a Scotch third-rate public house. I prayed as I stood before the altar in this dear little old The fears of the two companionless females were suffi- church, and presently we encountered M. le Cure, with ciently annoying to themselves, and amusing enough to whom my companion (an exceedingly companionable soul)

began the discussion about the repairs being carried on the reader, but finally they were extricated, by the judi- in the church, which is a building belonging to the Gocious expenditure of sixty francs on the single-eyed host vernment, and is being restored with considerable care." who drove them through the forest and the snow-drifts, over dreary mountains to Autun. Sometime elapsed be

We fear that English travellers, in general, are less refore his fares gathered sufficient confidence to question fined in their notions and practices on this subject than their charioteer whom they mentally associated with the this lady. There are a rudeness and indecorum, far rebanditti supposed, and only supposed to haunt the moun

moved from true religious feeling, that seem to think no tains. Within sight of Autun, however, their courage

hallowed thought should rise in any building, where those rose, and rendered them laudably inquisitive.

who cherish it worship not. We are not, in any shape,

subjected to the temptations of Puseyism, and have “Our guide pointed out to me a gorge running sharply up, as though a wedge had been driven into the moun

no marked predilection for consecrated stone and lime, tains at the extremity of which he said there was a cas- only the feelings of our neighbours deserve to be respected; cade of upwards of a hundred feet. The scenery of this and those who choose to be rude and noisy in their inregion must certainly be exceedingly charming in summer. The gentleman sportsman at the inn had spoken to me of spection of chapels and cathedrals have no business there. the fine trout in the streams here, and said that several gen- There is an evil, we fear, rising from our abominable tlemen of that neighbourhood belonged to trouting clubs, practice of charging fees for admission into ecclesiastical and had actually gone to Norway and to Canada for the buildings. What an Englishmen pays for he wishes to sole and simple pleasure of trout fishing. I had no idea that Frenchmen were ever such keen sportsmen. Re

use, and the consequence of paying extends farther than verting to this in my conversation with our driver as we

the practice. The paintings in this fine old church were drove along the margin of this lovely brook (a tributary not all satisfactory to the visiters.

“The conversation, owing to the antiquary's general discovered, and the young master thanked his workman enthusiasm for old churches, and tho (ure's special en- for the zeal with which he defended his father's property. thusiasm for his own old church, was extremely :umusing Ho said that few of the spectators of this truly patriand interesting to me. The former objectel vehemently archal fete remained unmoved at the greeting between to some wretched engravings surrounding the walls, re- his father and the men; and I can well believe it, for the presenting the seven stations, as the Catholics call them, mere description of it aifected me profoundly. God prosper of Jesus bearing the Cross. For me, after one glance the work! These men are missionaries in the st.iciest cast at one of these abominations, I had forborne to look sense of the term. Dismissal and his father's censure again-all representations of Christ being revolting are the only punishments among them. Towards three me, all representations of his agony absolutely intoler- o'clock, Mrs. called for me to drive with her on able :—what will become of me in Italy! In spite of the the Prado.” positive pain and disquiet which these desecrations cause It is, however, a great mistake to suppose, as many trame, I could not help smiling at the artistical point of vellers who know more of foreign countries than their view in which my travelling companion regarded the matter."

own assume, that English artizans would not be equally

attentive to bare borders. Wherever botanical gardens And in Italy more complicated troubles in this way wero frequently met. Lyons has some fine streets, but on the have been open to them, there has been no wilful destruc

tion of flowers and borders. whole is not certainly superior to our manufacturing

Ecclesiastical affairs amongst the small Protestant comtowns ; in many respects it is inferior. At Marseilles the travellers found English friends in a family established munity of Marseilles are not prosperous ; but we fear that

there is no necessity for taking a journey to Marseilles in there in some branch of manufactures, which should be prosperous, as we are told that everything at Marseilles order to meet with a dead worship.

" At a few steps from the hotel, Mme. pointed is inordinately dear. Certainly the following account of

out to me the French Protestant Church. Upon asking the patriarchal way in wbich the workmen and their em

her husband some questions respecting the service and ployers live and mingle is very pleasant :

congregation here, he informed me that it was the samo " The enterprise has gone on thriving, the works service, that there were not above twenty seats per

as the Church de L' Oratoire, the French Calvinist increasing, the buildings and establishments growing every year, adding to the number of workmen and tho manently retained for the year ; and of these twenty it importance of the undertaking; the French merchants the clders whose presence was in some sort expected as a

was extremely rare that half should be occupied ; that and masters remaining amazed at this success, where they matter of decorum, appeared only as a pure ceremony, had predicted the most signal failures; the civil autho- and one which for the most part they were glad to escape rities inquiring of Mr. the average amount of crime,

as often as possible. That the service and preaching and receiving for answer that they had no instance of crime

were utterly uninteresting to the people, and the congrewhatever among them-petty misdemeanours, which were

This was visited by the universal indignation and reprobation of the gation mengre and indifferent in the extreme.

a sad account; and yet what is to be done, when the workmen themselves, but no crime; Government enterprises of the same description sending to request to see the alone, beckoning, with languid hands, a people whose

mero empty form of religion, a dead corpse, stands up rules by which the establishment was governed, receiving hearts are dead to a dead worship? Who can wonder for answer that there was no written or printed rules or specific code of government, that a feeling of mutual feel but little within them to answer to such a call? Good

that living men who think, and women who feel, should confidence and respect, justice on both hands, honour- God: how wonderful it is that that religion whose very able dealings from master to man, ample compensation in

essence is immortal, the element of incessant activity, of the shape of high wages, and that which is a thousand endless progress, strength, vitality, spirituality, should times more efficient, a consciousness, on the part of the

become such a thing as for the most part through men, of being treated with humanity and with sympathy; these were the only laws existing between them and doubtless these people will in good time reject these

Christendom it is! Nevertheless, it cannot perish, and their dependents. Oh! my dear, dear countrymen, how

stones that are given them for the bread of life, and these truly I believe that you, and you alone, could have stagnant waters, so different from the well of living achieved such a noble triumph. My heart melted, and waters, that Christ has promised to them that believe in my eyes filled with tears, while listening to these most

him. interesting details, and I could not repress a feeling of patriotic pride in the belief that none but Englishmen the shops were brought home this morning, as well as

Sunday, 4th January.—Things that I had ordered at could thus have undertaken and thus accomplished. “ Mr.

We have now been

my linen from the washerwoman's. went on to tell me some details of travelling three weeks in France, and of course this desethe yearly celebration of his father's birth-day by his cration of Sunday is no surprise.” workmen, to whom on that day they gave a dinner, to which all the civil authorities and principal peo; le of The Mediterranean was angry, like the English channe', the town, their ladies and friends, are invited, when when Mrs. Butler left Marseilles, and partly destroyed these five hundred men march in two by two, the apprentices carrying large baskets of nosegays, which they

the pleasure of the voyage; which was farther lessened distribute to the lady guests-a tribute from the work- by the aggravating conduct of the proprietors of the men themselves to their master's friends. An abundant Leopoldo Secondo steamer, who charged 32 francs for tho repast is furnished them, wine à discrétion; and, in the voyage-meals inclusive—but then they only give meals midst of the most unbounded gaiety and enjoyment, not

when the vessel is in motion, when, in a stormy day, they a single instance of intoxication is seen ; nor does the destruction of any sort amount to more than the acci- cannot be of much use; and charge for them when the dental breakage of a few plates and glasses. Mr. ship is in any of the harbours exactly at the time when opens on this occasion his own garden to his workmen, any good could be got out of them. We shall certainly and not a single flower is touched, not a box-border trod- not take Leopoldo Secundo, unless better may not be, for den on; and Mr. - told me that, on one of these occasions, hastening himself to the place where he was

the voyage from Marseilles to Civita Vecchia. At going to superintend some fire-works which were to be the latter place, Mrs. Butler paid for seats by the let off

, he was jumping over ono of the beds in his fa- Diligence to Rome-the conveyance for the mails of his ther's garden, when one of the workmen not recognising Holiness the Pope-without seeing the dirty vehicle that him, seized him by the collar, exclaiming—Ah, malheureux, tu abuses de la confiance qu'on nous montre, en

does the work-a piece of imprudence of which she warns détruisant le jardin de M-The mistake was soon other travellers. But the day was brilliant, the country beautiful, and the climate precisely that of Georgia in virtually open sewers,'' and sprinkling it over the December or January ; while the traveller was “agreeably macadamized streets, “to lay the dust.” Some of the surprised” with the "amount of agriculture and cultiva- water fountains of the Borghese would have been useful tion in the Campagna," which disappeared as the evening there. Even humbler water-carts would be improveclosed in, and the aspect of the plain really did become ments on the present plan. Their contents would prodesolate. Night came, and Rome was reached. Ibablybe pure and clean. Ladies who have a thirst for was,” says Mrs Butler, “in Rome, and it was the very useful domestic knowledge will find it in such sketches Rome of my imagination ; the dark, deep, dismal, of the green markets and the flesh markets of Rome as stinking streets through which we now rattled, however, we quote : were new experiences,” and the custom-house was in the Among the vegetables which, load the stalls at the way; but at last“ my sister's servant met me here, and street corners, I perceive one here with which I am unat length, transferred to an open carriage, we rolled acquainted; it is the root of the fer.nel, whose green,

delicate foilaço is, for some reason, inseparably assothrough the streets, where the houses looked, by contrast ciated in one's stomach, and, therefore, one's mind with of moonlight and shadow, like actual carvings of ivory boiled mackerel. We had some at dinner the other day; and ebony, up steep and slippery pavements, to the it was stewed like celery, and was not otherwise than Pincio, where, at a lighted upper window, I saw a wo

very good. The stalls where the frying of fish is carried man's figure. I scrambled up three pairs of stone stairs, process has, strange to say, a cleanly and inviting ap

on in the streets amuse me excessively. The whole and into my sister's arms, worn out, and ready pearance, and the groups occupied in cooking and in to die with the fatigue of coming and the emotion of eating at these booths, with their green bowers of branches being come."

and coloured paper lamps, would make most capital and

spirited sketches if they could be faithfully copied. In a Our space will not allow us to follow M[rs. Butler in country where fruit and vegetables are abundant and her pleasant wanderings in and around Rome. We can cheap. I know nothing prettier, or more pleasant, than only take an extract from her pages here and there, to

the sight of a fine market : the beautiful colours, graceshow what may be expected in the book.

ful forms, and sweet smells are most agreeable ; and the

The beggars benificence that provides this plenty is naturally suggested of Rome are, as we have previously remarked, more im- to a thankful mind where there does not exist, as with portunate than those of any other country. Words," 119, such a cruel disparity in the means of the purchasers. says Mrs. Butler, "fit only for dogs, do not repel them, The market in Philadelphia is one of the cheapest and nor the threatening arm and lifted hand; they have lost satisfactory sights than that which it presents at Mid

most abundant I have ever seen, and I know few more all sense of shame or of injury; they are triple-cased in

summer, with its great baskets of precious looking tomathe impervious callousness of the lowest degradation.” toes; piles of Indian corn, like strings of Roman pearl ;

Mrs. Butler sometimes found the means of cleanliness heaps of the finest purple polished egg plant ; huge water where little attention was given to their employment.

melons, cut to show the firmness and freshness of their

quality, with that beautiful combination of colours, the “This afternoon, we drove through the streets of Rome, dark, green rind, the rosy pulp and shining jet-black out to a place that was once one of the innumerable Cenci seeds ; and then the mountains of downy peaches of every possessions, but which is now a farm house of the Borghese. conceivable tint, from a sort of purple pink, to a warm In one corner of the littered stable-yard, where heaps of gold colour ; these, interspersed with huge fan-like nosemanure occupied most of the ground, stood a stone sarco

gays of dahlias, bunches of jesamine, and heavy-leaved phagus with spirited and graceful rilievi, into which fresh magnolias, and fragrant tube roses, have often caused me water was pouring itself, in a glassy stream. As we went

mentally to exclaim-« Thou openest Thine band, and round the house, we came upon another stone basin, of fillest all things living with plenteousness. It is very beautiful form and proportions, into which another gush of pleasant to live in a country where there is great abunliving water was falling in the bright sunshine ; further on,

dance, and little poverty, though the one does by no again, beneath a sombre avenue of ilex, another of these

means make the other, and that this fertile land of Italy precious reservoirs sparkled and gleamed. I cannot de- testifies, where in the midst of their olive and vineyards, scribe my delight in living water: these perpetually run

and golden harvests, and smiling orchards, the people go ning fountains are a perpetual baptism of refreshment to

ragged, and squalid, and miserable looking-working and my mind and senses. The Swedenborgians consider water,

begging too-a most degraded race, whose lovely country when mention is made of it in the Bible, as typical of truth.

seems accursed, because of men, to those who have lived I love to think of that when I look at it, so bright, so

where humanity is nobler, though nature is less rich—an pure, so transparent, so temperate, so fit'an emblem for admirable sample of the fact that prosperity is a moral that spiritual element in which our souls should bathe and not a physical growth. A less agreeable but very and be strengthened, at which they should drink and be necessary article of consumption attracted my attention refreshed. Fire purifies, but destroys : water cleanses and

this morning. The butcher's shops were full of people, revives. Christ was baptised in water, and washed, himself, and the price of lamb, which they were selling at four in the regenerating element, his disciples? feet. He pro- food in London, and of some of those agreeable details of

bajocchi (24.) a pound, made me think of our people's mised living waters to all those who, thirsty, drew near to Him, and spoke of that well of everlasting life, which ways and means suggested by the ingenuity of charity, (?) those to whom He gave to drink possessed for ever in such as one sees in poor-house reports, and accounts of their souls. I do not wonder at all the marvellous wasser

committees for the relief of the starving, and finds occacur reports. I believe the material element to be, as po- sionally in the speeches of gentlemen and noblemen anxitent in regenerating and healing the body, as the spiritual

ous to exert themselves, and devise help for that awful element, its clearness dimly represents, is to regenerate and innumerable host of unhelpables—the poor of the wealheal the mind.”

thiest nation in the world.

The notices of Roman shopkeepers are still more amusWhatever be the efficiency of cold water as a cure, we ing, though we fear that Mrs. Butler has not much erhave no doubt of its usefulness as a preventative. In our perience of the country trade of England, or of the largest large towns the necessity for an abundant supply of water is number of shops either in country or town, because the not yet practically acknowledged. One day lately in Glas- abominable practice of having not merely two prices, but gow we noticed men busy with large shovels in baling out even half-a-dozen, is not by any means confined to Italy. liquid manure of tolerable consistency from "gutters,” | The experience of the Authoress in America might have


furnished examples of similar practices both on a small and “ The next drawing we saw was one of Jesus sura large scale.

rounded by his mother, St. Joseph, and St. Ann, and I “Returning home, I called at the shoemaker's about the group. They are all attentively observing the child,

am not sure whether there is not another male figure in some boots I had ordered, and which were not finished at the appointed time-now considerably after the time, they who, represented at about the age of six or seven years were finished and produced a pair of black, double-soled, old, is endeavouring, with the implements of his father's

trade, to saw the form of a cross. thick, heavy, half leather, stuff-boots. I had myself given striking in the conception (whether borrowed or not from

There is something the order for a pair of light-coloured Holland ones, with mere toes of patent leather, and the thinnest soles that could any of the innumerable legends of our Saviour's childhood, be made. The shopman shrugged his shoulders, smiled, said I do not know), and the expressions of all the counteit was a mistake, and would take the one's I did not want; everything which Overbech does, there is a deep

piety in

nances are remarkably beautiful and appropriate; liko and wait till such as I did want could be made. out of the shop and did neither. English people are the the whole composition. After this followed scenes from only honest trades-people that I am acquainted with, and the Gospel; a Last Supper, where the artist has very I say it advisedly; for Americans are unpunctual, and an

judiciously made an overturned seat the sole representaappointment is a contract with time for its object, and tive of the troubled soul of that unfortunate one who they are as regardless, for the most part, of that species

betrayed the Just. Another drawing, representing the of contract as of some others of a different kind. I have

Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me!' excited the now been six months in Rome, and have had leisure and

utmost enthusiasm of some Russian ladies, who, like opportunity to see something of the morals of retail ourselves, were admitted to the privilege of seeing theso trade; at any rate in matters of female tratíic, among tinguish it through the blinding tears that filled my eyes.

beautiful things; but for me, I ceased very soon to disthe shop-keeper's here. In the first place, the nuost flag: Oh how can people bear to see representations of theso rant dishonesty exists with regard to the value of the things-ideal representations of that reality? If we had merchandise, and the prices they ask for it of all strangers; but more particularly of the English, whose wealth, igno- more than life; for whom, though we had never seen

a friend, a benefactor, a deliverer, to whom we owed rance, and insolence, are taxed by these worthy industrials, without conscience or compassion. Every article him, our love was greater than for any human being purchased in a Roman shop by an English person is whom we ever had seen; and that imaginary representarated at very nearly double its value ; and the universal

tions were brought to us of this our most precious friend, custom here, even among the people themselves, is to

what would we say? Should we not turn with almost a carry on a haggling market of aggression, on the part of feeling of insult from a pretended likeness of what was to the purchaser, and defence on that of the vendor, which

us so dear and venerable? It scems to me that, just in is often as comical as disgusting. In Nattaletti's shop proportion as any real record or representation of Jesus in Rome, the other day, I saw a scene between the sales" Christ would be inestimable to us (so inestimable, that I man and a lady purchaser, an Italian, that would have think, in denying us any such vestige, Almighty God has amazed as well as amused the parties behind and be- mercifully saved us froin the danger of an almost rational fore the counters of Howell and James llardings, &c. idolatry), so worthless and even offensive appear to mo The lady, after choosing her stuff and the quantity she re

all these invented images of him-so inadequate when quired, began a regular attack upon the shopman; it was

they merely seek to represent that face and form, the mez za voce, indeed, but continuous, eager, vehement, press

like of which was never seen here on earth-so intolering, overpowering, to a degreeindescribable; and the luck- able, when they repeat the closing scenes of that unpaless man having come for a moment from behind the shelter ralleled life, through which the world was redeemed.” of his long table, the lady eagerly seized him by the arm, When the subject is fully considered we almost exand holding him fast, argued her point with increasing pect every right-constituted mind, believing in the truths warmth. She next caught hold of the breast of his coat, her face within a few inches of his, her husband mean

of Christianity, to adopt the opinion expressed in the latwhile standing by and smiling approvingly at the thrift

ter part of this extract. Fanciful and imaginative deand eloquence of his wife. I think, however, she did not lineations of scenes or of individuals unconnected with succeed. The shopman looked disgusted, which I am the highest interests of mankind may be proper, and often afraid is a consequence of their having adopted the English mode of dealing in that house, as they themselves informed

even commendable ; but it betrays a singular and not a me, to signify they did not cheat, lie, or steal, but deait happy taste in those who accept the doctrine of the atonelike honest people. I felt proud of his manner of speech. ment to render those terrible scenes the subject of a fanci

Madame, nous avons adopté la manière Anglaise : ful delineation, with all the coolness employed in the nous vendons au prix justé, nous ne surfaison pas, nous ne ch Ingeous pas nos prix,' so that to deal in the sketches of stories from heathen poetry, or from the English fashion is synonymous to dealing justly. It works of a novelist. pleases me greatly, and it is true : for in France too they The new Pope occupies a great place in the world, and have abandoned the abominable system of prices for the Englishı ; and it delights me to think that integrity, jus- volume. He has had credit for a number of small reforms

a considerable number of pages in Mrs. Butler's second tice, truth, cleanliness, and comfort follow in the footsteps of my own people, wherever their wandering spirit leads --so small, that unless they had been done at Rome, them through the world. It is very fit and just that they where “nothing changes" was hitherto the rule, they should bring such compensations to the foreign people, would have attracted little attention. Evidently he is a among whom they so often introduce also habits of luxury, of ostentation, and that basest habit of bartering

man in advance of his position. Whether he may fall for money the common courtesies and amenities of life, back, or endeavour to pull his drags of cardinals and the civilities and the serviceableness which are priceless, councils on to his own views, remains still a question for which the continental people have, and our own have not, and which we should have learned to imitate rather than

time to tell ; but there is no question that he has raised taught them to sell. I may as well mention here, that I hopes in Rome that may not be easily repressed—hopes have found Nattaletti's shop the best in Rome in every in which all Italy participates ; and Mrs. Butler seems respect.

inclined to believe that he may be the last of the popes We have already quoted Mrs. Butler's opinion regard in whose person the secular sovereignty and the spiritual ing the decoration of churches by fanciful representations power will be conjoined, as probably as the regenerator of of the Saviour, of his life and of his agonies. The following the system. The closing anecdote of the following remarks, however, seem to us so very just that we sub-extract is creditable to his feeling; and yet, there is join them.

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of a sensible man, not inclined to adopt the course fol- vast centres of commerce, where the wheels of business lowe by a Georgian planter, who flogged his slave for keep ever moving, and grinding down the strength of all daring to pray for him.

who are involved in their perplexities. There are several "To supply the immediate and pressing necessities of pages of poetry interspersed in the volume, by no means his government he levied, soon after his accession, a tax

unworthy of the prosc. We copy one :of thrce scudi upon all monasteries, and borrowed a very considerable sum of money from the Jesuits ; a measure

“We are the ghosts of those small flow'rs, of very popular economy, which he adopted at the same

That in the opening of the year, time, was the entire suppression of all moneys for the pur

'Neath rosemary and myrtle bow'rs, poses of paying spies, surveillance, &c. The rather com

In crimson vests appear. pulsory nature of the loan thus contracted with the Jesuits is not supposed to have by any means rendered that

“ Far underneath the blue pine wood, powerful body more propitious, either to Pius IX. per

Between its massive porphry stems, sonally or the policy of his government, and a ludicrous

The mossy ground we overstrewed instance was given of the people's apprehension of the ill

With ruby-coloured gems. will borne their sovereign by the whole order, when, on the occasion of his first visit to the Jesuits, the crowd in the streets ran by the side of his carriage, calling to him

“ The slender heath spires o'er us war'd

Their lordly snow-white feathers fine, • Santo Padre non prender la cioccolata.' too, of a curious conversation he had overheard among

And round our feet the earth was pay'd some workmen employed in some repairs at the Ilanove

With sheddings of the pinc. rian minister's house. These men were diliating upon the admirable qualities of their new Pope, and the consequent

“ The flow'r Apollo lov’d, it's bloom ill-will borne him by certain of the Cardinals, and more

In rosy bunches o'er us spread,

And heavy hanging golden broom especially by all the Jesuits, who are themselves objects of extreme dislike to the Roman people generally. One

Deep golden shadows shed. of the number, alluding to the malignity of the Pope's enemies, said he must take good care or they would be

“ Abore, around, and underneath,

The aromatic air was filled giving him the 'Boccone,' (literally the mouthful,' i.e.

With the wild sweetness of our breath, poison), to which the others responded, that if they did so, he would be the last Pope in Rome, as, in the event of his

Like honey-combs distilled. 80 perishing, the people would rise and have no successor to him. So violent, indeed, is the feeling of the people

“ The spring breeze flying towards the sea at present in favour of the Pope, and against all who are

Entranced, remain’d and o'er us hung,

And in our cups the soft brown bee supposed to be inimical to him, that the latter are bound

Bending our blossoms swung. to pray day and night for his safety, for if he were to die from a fall from his carriage, or the most undeniable natural death in the world, bis end would not fail to be at

" The blue sea sang to us a deep, tributed to the machinations of his enemies, who, in any

Sonorous, solemn melody ; popular outbreak, sure to follow upon such a catastrophe,

The sun stooped 'neath the boughs to peep would inevitably be made the first victims of the violence

At our fair company. of the people. The enthusiasm of all classes (except, indeed, the higher ones)is not confined to Rome. In Ancona,

And you went by ; in your white hand told us he did not think there was a single house

Was many a slender brittle stem without a bust or engraving of him. In Bologna, the very

That you had gathered from our band; hearth hitherto of dissatisfaction and disturbance, the same

We wished we were with them. spirit prevails. An unfortunate priest very narrowly escaped annihilation there, who ventured to suggest a doubt

“ Now here we are a ghostly train, as to the wisdom of the act of amnesty. Silk cravats, of

Who in the closing of the year alternate stripes of yellow and white, (the Papal colours,)

From the dark earth-cells rise again, with Viva Pio Nono' embroidered in gold upon their

And sadly do appear. ends, are worn by all the men; and the women fasten their

" The red hues of our coronal waists with long sashes of the same colours similarly

Ali pale and wintry white have grown; adorned. In Rome, the rejoicing over the act of amnesty

Our leaves in wild disorder, all, gave rise to some touching expressions of public feeling, and more than one house, to which father, sons, or

By the rough winds are blown. brothers returned, whose untimely burial in political dun

“ The sunbeams faint, and thin, and chill, geons had covered them with gloom, were hailed and

Look at us thro' dark walls of cloud, cheered by the assembled multitude, who shared in the

And o'er the grey ridge of the hill joy of their restoration to their homes and families. A

The storm howls fierce and loud. ludicrous anecdote was told us, for the truth of which, however, I do not vouch, that Cardinal Lambruschini,

' 'Neath many a black green ivy wreath, finding no other vent for his displeasure at all that was

Steep'd in the cold and glittering showers, going forward, had caused prayers to be put up in some

We send a faint and scentless breath church under his especial charge, for the enlightening the

Thro' gloomy laurel bow'rs. Pope by the Holy Spirit ; of which rather insolent interest in his well-doing, Pius IX. being apprised, he expressed

“ The hard pine-cones come shaken down, his entire approral of it, and his own extreme need of the

Bruising us where we clustered grow; assistance of God's directing and enlightening grace.”

Brown, thorny, wild briar arms are throwa

Across our breasts of snow. Our notice of the two volumes has extended far-not farther than they deserve, though somewhat farther

“ The threatening thunder heavily than we can well afford. We have no doubt that they

Rolls thro' the darkening realms of space,

And in the light'ning's glares we see will form favourite summer reading, and help to pro

Each other's wet wan face. fitably pass away many hours of June and July evenings in country houses and sea-bathing quarters, where those

“ We are the ghosts of those gay flow'rs,

That in your soft white hand you bore, who cannot give the time required by an Italian journey,

And soon the cheerless wintry bow'rs, seek a month's recreation within a morning drive of those .

Will see us e'en no more,

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