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from Jerrold, Magazine.
From Blackwood's Magazine for May.
THE LAST WALK.
THE SNOWDROP IN THE POOR MAN'S
BY B. SIMMONS.
It was a darksome alley
Where light but seldom shone, Save when at noon a sun-ray touched
The little sill of stone
Whose weary life was bound,
The passing seasons round.
Spring's dewy breath of perfume,
And Summer's wealth of lowers, Or the changing hue of Autumn's leaves
Ne'er blest his lonely hours: He knew too well when Winter
Came howling forth againHe knew it by his fireless grate,
The snow, and plashing rain.
Pierced by the frost-winds beating,
His cheerless task he plied ; Want chained him ever to the loom
By the little window's side;
He stole one h ppy hour
A pale and slender flower.
OA! lost Madonna, young and fair !
O'er-leant by broad embracing trees,
Murmurs its meek, low inelodies;
And ’mid the sparkling sands to play,
Shoots through the shades its golden way.
Was like that ray of radiant air,
When last we sought that fountain fair,
Thy hair held back by hands whose gleam
Thy bright lips bent and sipped the stream.
In soul as faultless in thy form-
It blushed thee back each rosy charm.
The tints, with thy retiring face,
Still glows that scene's enchanting grace.
Where once thy presence round me shone, | To echoing Memory long shall speak
The Past's sweet legends, worshipped one!
That like my lot, stretched dark afar,
The never-failing evening star.
Crimson'd thy home beside the glen-
From thee to haunts of hated men-
'Mid storm and midnight's rushing windsThese, these, were joys long passed away,
To dwell with Griet's eternal things.
Before thy slender, sandaled feet
Then dashed far Ocean's breast to meet;
Than unreturning streams could rove,
To me, my henceforth buried Love!
Madonna, now for ever fair,
And all has perished, bul–Despair.
Or Joy's giy rainbow gleams o'er thee,
That WHAT WAS ONCE NO MORE SHALL BE.
How line or tears may change that brow;
To me in distant years as now.
And Blight, and Sorrow, have no birth,
Unalter'd Angel, loved on earth.
How tenderly he moved it
To catch the passing ray, And smiled to see its folded leaves
Grow greener every day: His faded eyes were listed oft,
To watch the Snowdrop bloom, To him it seemed a star of light
Within that darksome room.
And as he gently moved it
Near to the sun-touched pane, Oh! who can tell what memories
Were busy in his brain ? Perchance his home in childhood
In a sylvan valley lay, And he heard the voice of the running streams,
And the green leaves rustling play.
Perchance a long-departed
But cherished dream of yore, Rose up through the mist of Want and Toil,
To bless his heart once more.
Sweet words into his ear,
Gone by for many a year.
Or but the love of Nature
Within his besom stirredThe same sweet call that's answered by
The blossom and the bird; The free, unfettered worship
Paid by the yearning soul, When it seems to feel its wings expand
To reach a brighter goal,
An aspiration, showing
Earth binds us not her slave, But we claim a brighter being,
A life beyond the grave.
SIBERIAN CIVILIZATION. – The large annual im LANDOR ON REFORM.—The following able and portation of exiles, the system of conscription, and pithy letter is from Walter Savage Landor, Esq. ihe advantages offered to public officers volunteering for Siberian service, are the most important and "To the Secretary of the Reform Movement. Sır: efficacious measures by which Russia proceeds gra- My health will not permit me to be present at so dually but steadily with the colonization and civili- large a meeting as I trust will take place at the zation of her Asiatic dominions. The conscripts Guildhall. It appears to me quite useless to send are sometimes drawn, not only from Tobolsk, but up any more petitions to Parliament. The people from the remotest parts of Siberia, and the term of must now resort to remonstrances and declarations. military service being twenty-eight years, it is pro- The Whigs are defaulters to the most sacred of enbable that only a small proportion return to their gagements. They have given you a reformed Parnative villages. Those who do are looked up to as liament, not an inproved one ; and they protest that oracles by their countrymen. They are objects of no improvement shall be made in future. The present pride to their families, and of respect to everybody system is more a cheat than the former. The torelse; the place of honor is theirs by right, and they mer went deep into corruption without a mask; tbe : are addressed by the title of Master Suidier. The present goes deeper into it, and wears one grinning ferry of the Irtuish, by Tobolsk, whose passage is at you in derision. The actual ministers of the considered the symbol of political death to the nu- Crown first deluded and now defraud you. They merous exiles who each year cross it, bestows a step tell you the most impudent lie that ever was told, in of rank on all public servants offering themselves public or in private ; they tell you that the majority for duty in Siberia Proper. The passion for rank, of the people want no change whatever, well knowstronger in Russia than in any other country, drives ing that nine-tenths are dissatisfied at public expenhosts of officers across this important boundary, but diture for no public advantage, and at public lands as they are not obliged to remain more than three (called crown lands) lying waste, while thousands years, most of them return home at the end of that and tens of thousands ask loudly for bread and labor. time. Far nearer to St. Petersburg than the Asi. They see active, and pious, and learned clergymen atic frontier, civilization is still at a very low ebb who receive less than a hundred pounds a year, amongst the aboriginal tribes. Close to Nijni Nov- while the Bishop of London, since the commencement gorod, and within a very short distance from Mos- of the reformed Parliament, has received more than cow, the prevailing population consists of Chere-half a million. In Ireland the lands and other tenmisses and Chuvashes-two tribes, many of whose ures held under the Bishop of Derry, would bring a customs are nearly as barbarous as their names. million sterling. Several millions in one single These people are shy and timid, very slow in ac- year have been wasted in that country on un profitaquiring industrious babits, and addicted 10 sundry ble works, while bogs and morasses, capable of culpractices stamping them as semi-savages. In some tivation, are lying unreclaimed; and while certain places they cling to Paganism, and offer up horned crown lands, froin which, however, the Crown debeasts, fruit, and vegetables to their various deities. rives little or no benefit, would have supplied work The Chuvash ladies wear a sort of bustle of sheet and subsistence to many parishes where the inhabicopper, hanging from the girdle backwards over the tants were starving. Such a waste of public money hips, and having appended to it all manner of metal was never exhibited in the history of nations. The ornaments, making a perpetual clatter in walking. English and Irish bave borne more injustice than But these tribes are the pink of refinement by com- those which have groaned until lately under arbiparison with those in the northern portion of the trary power and abject servitude. Let us pray and Muscovite empire-with the Ostyaks, who eat out implore that a Parliament in which we place no of the same trough with their dogs, or with the confidence, may be dissolved, and that our most graSamoyedes, who tear with their teeth, and swallow cious Queen may be pleased to enlarge the franwith infinite relish, huge lumps of raw and reeking chises;
which we conceive her Majesty by ber prefesh. The women of the latter people wear, as rogative has the same right to do, as to enlarge the iheir favorite decoration (certainly no inappropriate number of fairs and markets and municipalities. one) a glution's tail, hanging down the back of their
“ WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR. pelisse. Their hair is plalted in tails, to which all manner of lumber, brass and iron rings, and rusty
“June 2, 1848." musket-locks, are attached.-Blackwood.
LAPIS-LAZULI.-The Petersburgh Academy of money should begin at sixteen. 2. That when, by Sciences has published ihe following particulars re- the selfish negleci of the worst part of the specieslative to lapis-lazuli and mica.—“ Both these mine. whom to name is often to blush-the question is not rals are found in the vicinity of Lake Baikal, espe. put, it shall be onerous upon the spinster to put the cially in the river Hindianka, and in all the rivers said question herself. 3. That she shall be permitted which fall from Mount Khamardaban. Mineralo. to break off a match either at the beginning, the gists have not, however, yet succeeded in finding the middle, or just at the end, with no liability for an flow of the lapis-lazuli, notwithstanding the minute action for breach. 4. That no such indulgence be researches which have been made in divers points granted to the other party, and that transportation of these localities. Mr. Moor, the mineralogist, be added to damages. 5. That neither father nor who spent two summers on the banks of the Hindi- mother be asked for consent, except by way of comanka, succeeded only in discovering the flow of|pliment, when it is known they have no objection to glaucolithe, or calcareous blue spath, -and every the genileman. 6. That when the marriage is soattempt since made to ascertain the place of the for- lemnized, the Duke of Wellington shall give away mativn of the lapis lazuli has been unsuccessful. I the bride. The natives afiirm that this precious stone is met The Wife's Charter.-1. That the honeymoon with after the heavy rains have washed down the shall last six months. 2. That the amount of pebbles found in the beds of the rivers. With re household expenses be fixed by her; with an unlimgard to mica, it is found in great abundance in the ited allowance for extras. 3. That she chooses the neighborhood of Hindianka, even with the ground, watering places for the season. 4. That she be never in the form of not very thick nakes, lying upon a called upun to sit up; and farther, that she be never bed of soft clay, as if it had been deposited upon it. solicited for a latch key. 5. That the husband inraThe inhabitants frequently resort to these places to riably smoke in the garden, (if no garden, no carry off the mica—which they put into their win-smoke.) 6. That the Duke of Wellington be god. dow-trames in place of glass.-Alhenæum.
father to the first child.
The Widow's Charter.-1. That weeds—with the How The Money Goes. We are paying thou. carliest dispatch—be turned into orange flowers. sands a-year to the descendants of the demireps and The widow's charter, it will be perceived, has only Moll F gons who infested and polluted the court of one point; but as that is to possess all the points of Charles II. Is that right? We are also paying for the wite, her character may be said to aim at seven. the inmoralities of William IV. Is that right? -Punch. We have been paying £2 000 a-year ever since 1793 to the Prince of Mecklenberg Strelitz. What
CHARACTER OF CHATEAUBRIAND.—He was the are his claims upon England? What did he ever do for his money? We are paying a little, but a
knight-errant of modern Europe, who won and little too much, for the peccadilloes of the late Duke wore his trophies and favors on his own person. A of Sussex. And who is Augusta Arouthnot, that we ed impassioned in comparison with the frigid mo
fervid imagination-an animated style which seemshould even pay her £100 a-year? Or Arabella Bouverie, that she should have £300 a-year? Or dels of the French empire-a spirit which was more Augusta Brudenell, who gets £202; and why the chivalrous and bold than discreet and resolute—and odd two? We have been paying £104 per annum
a sympathy for the improvement of the age, united to the Hon. G. A. F. Smythe ever since he was ten to a veneration for the majestic traditions of the past, years old. What had he done for his country at gave to M de Chateaubriand a potent influence over those tender years, and what has he done since ? the minds of men at some of the most remarkable Myles O'Reilly has £2:22 during the life of Helena moments in history: When the storm of the first White, granted by George IV. Why was it not French revolution had, for that time, blown over, granted for his own life ? And who is Helena the young Breton emigrant who had retired from White ? Some Schomberg, a Dutchman, gets
the army of Condé afier the siege of Thionville to £2,880 a-year because he is lucky enough to be the the wilds of Kentucky, and subsequently to a garret great-great-great nephew of a soldier of fortune who in London, returned to his native land; and after was killed when fighting for William III. 160 years | clubs and revolutionary journals, France was en.
ten years of the brutality and blasphemy of Jacobin since. And thousands, and tens of thousands, and chanted to strike a fresh vein of poetry in the pages hundreds of thousands are regularly thrown away, year by year, in or her abuses of the same kind. of Atala, and to resume her old faith in the pleasing Liverpool Allion.
attire of the “Genius of Christianity.”—T'imes.
The Women's CHARTER.- We believe in the TEMPERANCE Statistics.-A correspondent has speedy freedom of the female sex. That beautiful communicated to us some rather starting facts rehalf of the creation-and, like the rosy side of a garding the relative consumption of intoxicating peach, the much better half-has too long been in liquors and bread in Edinburgh, which he has called bonds. The cunning, the selfishness, and the cow- from the Post-office Directory. We observe from ardice of man, have apart and together, operated, for his statement that in this city there are 296 spiritmany thousand years, to crush the lovely flower, or, dealers, 360 grocess and spirit-dealers, 49 hotels, 51 at best, that he might wear it--as one may say, in taverns and coffee-houses, 48 wine-merchants, and his button-hole, a little more than a fragrani, bloom- 98 wine and spirit merchants, making 902 coning ornament for a brief holiday. These days are cerns in all. Assuming that at each of these places fast going-dying upon the save-all of time. At an average of £5 a week is realized from the sales, length women are beginning to know their own the amount realized would be £4,510 per week, and strength-at length the hour of equality is about to no less a sum than £234,520 a year! Turning to strike: and when it has struck, the world will really, another page, we find that the number of bakers in for the first time, know what's o'clock. The wo-the city is about 200, the amount of whose sales, at men, be it known then, ave resolved upon
char- £30 a week, would amount 10 £312,000—or only ter, a triple charter, formaid, wife, and widow. about £77,480 more than the amount annually ex
The Maid's Charter.—2. That unlimited pocket pended on intoxicating liquors - Scottish Press.
DECOMPOSITION of Light BY THE EYE - A cor- and third stories, to which led a wide staircase. respondent sends us the following —"On closing Upon a small picture close to the staircase lies a letthe eyes, after having looked steadfastly at a sheet ter with the (scarcely legible) name of the owner of of white paper held in the sun for about half a mi. the house, in oblique characters, and plainly indinute, and covering them without pressure, to ex- cating bis rank. It belonged to one oi the Deuriæ clude extraneous light, (a silk handkerchief held in or senators of Pompeii. All the walls of the rooms the hand will answer the purpose), the figure of the of the house are decorated with pictures of comic paper remains visible for soine time. At first it and tragic scenes, and upon one of them is depicted is generally white, and then gradually changes a young girl with mask and double flute. ih rough the colors of the spectrum. All the colors The house bas therefore been christened, Casa are st Idom seen at the same trial; and it rare della Sonatrice, or dell'Ercole Ubbriaco. It is the ly happens when one or more are missed that newest excavation of importance. they afterwards appear. Thus when the change is The Tubular Bridges.--We bave had an opporfrom green to red, yellow or orange are seldom tunity of inspecting the stupendous iron tubes which The change from white generally commen
are in course of construction a short distance from ces with a light indigo or blue, and terminates with the Menai Suspension Bridge, for the purpose of red, or some compound of it, --but sometimes with forming a passage for the trains of the Holyhead a deep blue or violet. The colors are generally seen Railway across the strait. Immense piers of granite at the edges of the fizure first, though this is not
are being erected on each side of the strait, and a always the case; and when they once appear, they massive pier of the same material is rising in the often remain mixed up with those that succeed. middle of the stream. On these solid masses of Many curious modifications and confused mixtures masonry the vast hollow metallic ways will rest. of colors will be perceived at times; but it seldom forming a line continuous with the railway. The happens that the colors develope themselves, in the most cursory inspection of the tubes will at once first instance, contrary to their order in the speco convince the spectator of their prodigious strength, irum, although when the last has appeared they / and show them to be capable of sustaining a far occur in various ways. This is a phenomenop greater weight ihan any that is likely to pass across which I have not seen noticed anywhere ; and it ihem. They are not either cylindrical or elliptical, would seem to arise from the retina decomposing as many have supposed, but rectangular,—their form the light that falls upon it, surrendering the rays in being what is not uncommonly called an oblong the order of refrangibility.”— Athenæum.
square, about 30 feet high and 15 feet wide. They INTERESTING EXCAVATIONS AT POMPEII.-In the are constructed of thick plates of iron, firmly riveted street leading from the ancient sea-shore, in the together, and strengthened by girders at the top and neighborhood of the theatres, to the so-called cross
botium. The chief e ement of strength, however, is way of the Fortuna, and thence in a direct line to in the bed or base of the work, which is composed the northern city wall, there has been excavated a of plates of iron set edgewise, so as to form cells; the house that surpasses in richness and elegance all under and upper surfaces being firmly rivered to the that has been discovered previously. The space of intermediate perpendicular plates,--the whole, with the court-yard is open, has a Mosaic pavement, and the walls of the iube and ils covering, firmly girded on the walls fantastic pictures of the richest and and bound together with the utmost skill and inmost tasteful style. At the sides of the atrium genuity, forming a compact piece of workmanship, (courl-yard) are small sleeping-rooms, with wall the strength of which is beyond conception. These paintings. In the back ground of the airium vpens enormous tubes are built on stages erected over the a tablinum, the reception hall, with chequered marble stream. The spectator wonders, when contemplaipavement. At the side of the reception hall is a ing them, how fabrics of such stupendous weight, dining-room, where are seen three large paintings amounting to many thousands of ions, are to be reot full-size figures. They represent Hercules and moved and listed into the position which they are Omphale holding his club and wrapped in the skin destined to occupy. They will be floated to the of the Nemyan lion. Next, Bacchus as a boy, and piers on pontoons, and lifted to their final restingarm-in arm with Silenus, on a cart drawn by two place by hydraulic pressure. -Liverpool Allnion. oxen, and followed by Bacchantines. Thirdly, a Coach TRAVELLING IN SCOTLAND.-The first Bacchanal procession of triumph, with a Victoria, mail coach from London that had ever arrived at who engraves into a shield the exploits of the victo-Glasgow, drew up on the 7th of July, 1788. So rious god. Here were also the Trikilinion, reposing great was the interest excited on the occasion, that beds, (not unlike our low divans), the feet of which the proprietor of the inn, the Saracen's Head, acare richly adorned with silver. Bebind the reception hall there appears
companied by a crowd of horsemen, rode out as far
as the Clyde Iron Works to welcome ils approach. den, with a magnificent fountain at the end, adorned According to Jones's Glasgow Directory for 1789, with much Mosaic, and a little marble statue of the Diligence for Edinburgh started at nine o'clock Silenus. In the middle is the water-reservoir, morning, “or any other hour that the first two pasadorned with elegant marble sculptures, such as a
sengers might agree on!"-Notices of Glasgow in small Faunus drawing out a thorn from the foot of
Former Times. a goat, a beardy satyr, a stag, a hare stealing grapes, an amorino upon a dolphin, a youthful field goddess
TRADE BETWEEN GREAT BRITAIN AND CHINA. keeping on her lap a new-born goat, whose mother | The number of ships which arrived in Hong Kong is caressing it standing on her hind legs.
during the year 1847, was 699, namely, forty-three This dwelling joins a second equally open atrium from Great Britain, 147 from the British colonies, where the servants lived. Here was found a four-sixteen from the United States, and 195 from foreign wheeled wagon with iron wheels, and much bronze states. The total tonnage amounted to 229,465. The ornament. The kitchen contained many neat im- value of the imports into Hong Kong, in Chinese plements of bronze, and the traces of smoke were vessels, during 1846, was 642,700 piculs, or L.325,in many places visible after the lapse of eighteen 780; and in 1847, 840,990 piculs, or L.493,239 centuries.
The estimated value of sugar exported from Hong The dwelling had-what is very rare-second Kong during 1847, amounted to L.144,827.