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who never afterwards forgot it. It was her first intro- sought shelter in his bosom, as again he reiterated the duction to the evils and sorrows of actual life; but if declaration of his earlier life—“No son could be so preit opened a view down that gloomy vista, it also lighted cious as this daughter is to me-dearer than houses or up the past with a glow such as she had never felt be- lands, or even a time-honoured name : while she is fore. With somewhat of awe, and a mysterious chill, spared, I heed them not, nor feel the blow but for her she awaited the arrival of this young stranger, so early sake." initiated into grief; and as she soothed, and comforted, • The drooping head was raised, the bright eyes and wound herself into the recesses of his heart, she glistened, no longer tearful and sorrowing, but full of learned from the artless detail of all he had suffered, to holy confidence and joy. She was all in all to her appreciate her own more favoured lot, and all the self- father; she filled the place of every hope, every regret; denying affection her own dear parent had shown. she sufficed his entire heart, and life could have no With years and acquaintance with the world, this dearer reward. Then with cheerful spirit she turned koowledge deepened, while closer and closer she was again to the future, and examined her own powers, to drawn to that earliest love that had smoothed her discover in what manner she best could alleviate the life-long path; and it became the constant purpose of privations which must be expected, without forfeiting her heart to return it devotedly, and to consider no the independence of character so precious to them both. sacrifice too great, could it insure the happiness of him • They left their beloved home, and took possession of who had only thought of hers.

a humble dwelling. We may well believe that wounded . The trial came, deeper and sooner than perhaps she pride found no place or entrance there; and if Cicely had expected; but, true to her resolve, she endured it was sometimes pained when, with the forgetfulness of with steadfast heart. Georgy had outlived his childish advancing years, her father would ask for some once griefs, or found, whenever they returned, that loving essential comfort, she almost found a balm in the placid friends and a happy home still remained in the haven tone of resignation with which, remembering himself, that had sheltered him at first. No wonder that each he would say, " Ah, that was left in our old home!” succeeding year increased the attraction of these friends, I said that she examined her own powers : that was and that at last he became conscious there was no hap- not the age of accomplishments; but the fewer that piness where they were not. Alas for poor Georgy! possessed them, the more valuable they became, and his lot was differently cast. A relative in India had | Cicely was endowed with a talent for drawing, which written to his father offering honourable occupation and even now may be enjoyed by only a gifted few. She emolument to his son if he came out; and, engrossed had often for amusement, or prompted by affection, by the interests and advancement of his second family, taken likenesses of her friends ; they had been greatly influenced perhaps also by his wife, who retained all her admired and prized by those who had been thus faearly unkindness-Georgy's father insisted that the offer voured ; and she determined now to test the sincerity of should be accepted. Family ties were easily broken; those encomiums, and, by increased diligence and cultibut there was one sad, sad parting, though for a time vation, to deserve still higher approval. She consulted young sanguine hearts had hope that there need have and placed herself under the tuition of a distinguished been no parting at all; but when older ones were con- artist, who had already made a name and a fortune; and sulted, arrangements were found incompatible; and sor- he, with the generosity and noble feeling of true genius, rowfully but determinedly Cicely relinquished a desire entered warmly into her plans, afforded her his instructhat for the first time brought a furrow on her father's tions, promoted and enjoyed her success, and would reloving brow.

ceive, as his only fee and reward, the privilege of trans* I hasten over all those scenes—indeed to me they mitting her features to his canvas, as you see them never were enlarged on; but looking at that counte- represented there. For many a year he regarded that nance, so gentle, yet so steadfast, we well may imagine portrait as the brightest ornament of his collection; and how her constancy was tried when she thus unmur. when, in an honoured old age, he still lived to survive muringly sacrificed an attachment that had grown with her, he sent this valued relic to her children, as the most her growth, and had woven itself from childhood into precious memorial they could receive. a heart such as hers. But more was yet to come. “It is said that ill news flies fast; and even in those Years passed away-long, sweet, tranquil years, cheered days of cumbrous travelling, the tidings of their ill by filial love, and perhaps by some lingering distant fortune had reached the absent Georgy in a time that hope-when, in one of those commercial revolutions seemed incredibly short, at least to those that heard which from time to time have occurred in this coun- from him so quickly in return. But it was to Cicely he try, involving many who seemed to have no direct con-chiefly wrote, a letter glowing with affection and genenection with such events, it was discovered that Cicely's rous hope, asking her to come at once and share with father had long before become security for a mercan- him the fortune he was making. Years must pass away tile friend, a circumstance almost forgotten until his before he could leave his employment to return; but ruin brought each past transaction to light.

return he yet would, and restore her to her father ; Slowly it dawned upon him and on her. In fortune or if-and this was written less confidently–her father and prospects both were irretrievably ruined. The would encounter a change of climate for the sake memories, the hopes of years, in one hour were oblite- of witnessing their mutual happiness, what could he rated as things that had never been: that old demesne, say, but that he would welcome him as a son, and the those trees, those walls; each revered, each familiar old man should find that he had two children with one object all to pass away, to become the property of a heart. stranger, and the place that had borne their name to • None can tell how Cicely felt on reading that letter: know them no more. So much for the past; but the that it opened a door for happiness and short-lived future-oh, how to meet that, how even contemplate hope, we well may believe. I know that she consulted the obscurity that had suddenly settled on their lives! the physician who had always attended her father as Their sun had gone down at noon, and in the midst of to the consequences of his removal to that climate; but life's enjoyments they were surrounded by a darkness his answer was unhesitatingly given, “ It would shorten that could be felt.

his days.” Again the constant heart faltered not; but ' And now shone out the constant heart. At a meet- in a letter full of beauty and calm affection, she transing of pitying friends, who thought at first that some- mitted her decision to her cousin, and extinguished his thing might be saved, one inconsiderately remarked, long-cherished hope for ever. A few more months " Ah, if this girl had been a son, they couldn't touch a brought the tidings of his having made another choice; foot of your property! What a pity you never thought and thus ended that mutual dream.' of marrying again!” He to whom the speech was ad An involuntary exclamation from Elizabeth for a dressed had not time to check its thoughtless utterance, moment interrupted Mrs Monro; and then it was in a but he opened his arms to the drooping flower that more hurried tone she resumed—I was the child of

that union, and when it became necessary to remove room ; and then intreated each young, loving heart to me to a European climate, the love and the home that welcome me, even as she had done that lonely stranger had fostered my father's earlier years again welcomed then. and sheltered me. But I am anticipating by many, • Other years swept on, and that stranger once more many years. It was with a soft and tranquil smile returned, enfeebled by climate, and bowed with illness, to Cicely acquainted her father with this marriage ; he die where he had been once restored to life. Kind and seemed to think it quite a natural circumstance, and no true as ever was the welcome he received, gentle the more was ever said. Already she had attained distinc-eyes that watched beside his closing day; but before tion in her favourite pursuit, and with her moderate that solemn hour came, he had the joy, which I can wishes, the profits it realised left her almost without a well believe was unspeakable, of seeing his child united pecuniary care: thus diligent, successful, useful, and to the son of her he truly loved. beloved, could she, even amidst these reverses, have • And she-her life prolonged to see her children's been otherwise than happy? Oh yes, that speaking children; the true wife; the warm friend; the tender countenance always reassures me; and whenever I gaze mother, guiding and gladdening all, with a countenance upon it, I delight in reminding myself that at this very so bright in age, none could think a youthful sorrow period of her life it was drawn.

ever dimmed it-she, too, at length was about to be “But another change awaited her: in time her gathered to her fathers : parents, husband, even a loved father's health and spirits began to fail-those treasures child, were in that ancient tomb before her. And yet, for which she had lived and sacrificed so much; his Elizabeth, what was her last earthly wish ? “When I native air and scenery were prescribed for him; and am dead, lay me beneath the shadowing elms in Norton though almost wondering how, under such altered cir- churchyard, close beside the grave of Georgy Hume!”. cumstances, those scenes could do him good, she submitted the proposal to his decision, and he pronounced

A PEEP AT THE TARTARS. in favour of it at once. She had commissioned a friend to seek out a quiet cottage in their old neighbourhood, THERE is a book before us, which we wish somebody when she was one day surprised by a letter from the would take the trouble of working up into half-a-dozen individual who had become the proprietor of their books.* As it is, the value of its materials is lost from former home. He was a very distant relation, who their being so densely packed. You can no more read had purchased it partly for the name; and though they knew him not, he now addressed them in language fuil it continuously throughout, than you can read a dicof delicacy and respect, saying that he was going to tionary: at least if you do, you find, as in the case of a travel for some time, and hearing they were seeking a dictionary, that one word knocks another out of your temporary residence in the neighbourhood, ventured to head-one scene blending with what goes before, as in ask them, would they honour him by occupying his a series of dissolving views, till you have only a vague house while he was away?

feeling of amusement or delight, without being able to • Cicely looked at her father: again she wondered how recall specialities more distinctly than if all had been he would decide ; but he thought his days were num- the phantasmagoria of a dream. The breathless haste bered ; and though he spoke it not to her, his heart swelled with pleasure at the prospect of ending them of the travellers adds to the confusion of the reader. within those old familiar walls. The offer was accepted, He is not permitted to lay down the volume for a frankly, cordially, even as it had been made. What moment to meditate on some beautiful picture, or some more need I say? Mr Monro did not travel, at least for interesting group, while the artist is refreshing after a while; when he did, it was only to take a little tour, his fatigue; but hey! presto! off he is whirled on the with Cicely as his bride, and then return with her to instant, to encounter other striking pictures, and other cheer her father through many a happy year in his old interesting groups. Even the costume of the fair ancestral home. * And now, Elizabeth, will you allow that constancy tie with his lady-serves still further to confound the

author-for Xavier Hommaire de Hell writes ride and and happiness are not incompatible, and that it is a virtue not to be monopolised by one exclusive senti- mind, by presenting to us the picture of an amazon ment?'

from the saloons of Paris scouring post haste, in male ‘Oh yes, mamma: thank you for your little story. attire, through the steppes of the Tartarian desert. Msuch as I loved dear grandmamma, I never loved her But this book, while reminding one irresistibly of a half so well as now: forgive me, sweet picture, for my kaleidoscope, is not all form, glitter, and colour. It heedless words. But, mamma, though I admit you contains much that is really valuable, and conveys a have given an example of constancy under trial-constancy to a principle of mingled duty and affection-do very distinct idea of the tribes that inhabit the country you think that if dear grandmamma had really loved on the west of the Caspian and the north of the Euxine. her Georgy-you know, mamma, he was your own

The historical sketches that intervene here and there papa—had she truly loved him as you seemed to imply, the production, we presume, of the male pen-enable even though she might have acted as nobly in sacri- the reader to enjoy more completely the vivid descripficing her own wishes, could she ever have been astions of the lady; and, taking it as a whole, the volume content and happy as she was-as full of life and ani- wants only a little more quietness and expansion, to be mation as even I remember her--as full of serenity and

one of the best of the kind we have met with for s peace as she there looks down upon us now?' Oh, mamma! give up that point: she loved him no longer ;

considerable time. she was inconstant to Georgy: she had learned to for

It may be imagined that it is no easy matter to get him, and he troubled not her joy.'

choose a specimen from such prodigious variety ; but There was a long pause of silence, during which we were so much struck with the alleged progress of Elizabeth somewhat repented of her remark, for she saw the Tartars in refinement, that we persuade ourselves that her mother's downcast eyes had filled with tears; our readers will be glad to hear something on the suband when she raised them to answer her again, sad, ject. and low, and broken was the tone in which she spoke. | Astrakhan! but in these salons there are now Euro

One is surprised to be told of the salons of Long years had passed away, and blooming children were clustering about her, when I, a pale, puny, mother- pean manners and fashions that transport the visitor less little girl, was received amidst the group. Their to the Chaussée d'Antin. The Parisian novels of the noisy play was hushed, and we stood a charmed circle round her, when she, recalling old memories, told of the Caucasus, &c. By Xavier Hommaire de Hell.

* Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the far-off day when a similar scene was acted in that very from various Sources. London: Chapman and Hall. 1847.

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day are read with as much avidity, and criticised with civilised nations. It is built in the Chinese style, and as niuch acuteness, on the shores of the Caspian, as on is prettily seated on the gentle slope of a hill about one the banks of the Seine; and the names of Lamartine, hundred feet from the Volga. Its numerous galleries Balzac, Dumas, Eugène Sue, George Sand, &c. are afford views over every part of the isle, and the imeven as household words on the frontiers of the Kal- posing surface of the river. From one of the angles

the mucks. This, however, it will be seen, applies only glitter the cupola and golden ball of the pagoda. Beau

eye looks down on a mass of foliage, through which to the Russians of the higher classes, who read and tiful meadows, dotted over with clumps of trees, and speak French from one end of the empire to the other, fields in high cultivation, unfold their carpets of verdure and whose ladies are frequently well-informed and on the left of the palace, and form different landscapes intelligent women. But from Astrakhan our travellers which the eye can take in at once. The whole is proceeded, with all the rest of the polite world, in a enlivened by the presence of Kalmuck horsemen, steamboat, to visit a Kalmuck prince; and here we ob- camels wandering here and there through the rich tain a view of the Tartars at home, which presents tent to tent. It is a beautiful spectacle, various in its

pastures, and officers conveying the chief's orders from something more extraordinary.

details, and no less harmonious in its assemblage.' The The little island belonging to Prince Tumene stands scene in the kibitka, however, is more interesting, alone in the middle of the river. From a distance, it where the prince's sister-in-law still resided. When looks like a nest of verdure resting on the waves, and the curtain at the doorway of the kibitka was raised, waiting a breath of wind to send it

down we found ourselves in a rather acious room, lighted the rapid course of the Volga; but as you advance, the from above, and hung with red damask, the reflection land unfolds before you, the trees form themselves into from which shed a glowing tint on every object; the groups, and the prince's palace displays a portion of its floor was covered with a rich Turkey carpet, and the white façade, and the open galleries of its turrets. air was loaded with perfumes. In this balmy atmoEvery object assumes a more decided and more pic- sphere and crimson light, we perceived the princess turesque form, and stands out in clear relief, from the seated on a low platform at the farther end of the tent, cupola of the mysterious pagoda, which you see tower- dressed in glistening robes, and as motionless as an ing above the trees, to the humble kibitka glittering in idol. Some twenty women in full dress, sitting on their the magic tints of sunset. The landscape, as it pre- heels, formed a strange and partycoloured circle round sented itself successively to our eyes, with the unruffled | her. It was like nothing I could compare it to but an mirror of the Volga for its framework, wore a calm, but opera scene suddenly got up on the banks of the Volga. strange and profoundly melancholy character. It was When the princess had allowed us time enough to like nothing we had ever seen before ; it was a new admire her, she slowly descended the steps of the platworld, which fancy might people as it pleased : one of form, approached us with dignity, took me by the hand, those mysterious isles one dreams of at fifteen, after embraced me affectionately, and led me to the place reading the “ Arabian Nights;" a thing, in short, such she had just left.' The lady proved to be extremely as crosses the traveller's path but once in all his wan- handsome, but for the obliquity of her eyes, and the derings, and which we enjoyed with all the zest of prominence of her cheek-bones ; and her expression was unexpected pleasure. But we were soon called back that of the utmost gentleness and good-humour, with from all these charming phantoms of the imagination an air, like all the women of her race,' of caressing to the realities of life: we were arrived. Our boatman humility. moored his little craft in a clump of thorn-broom ; and The entertainments at this visit were dancing and whilst my husband proceeded to the palace with his music; but on leaving the kibitka, a scene more wildly interpreter, I remained in the boat, divided between the national presented itself. • The moment we were perpleasure I anticipated from the extraordinary things ceived, five or six mounted men, armed with long lasto be seen in a Kalmuck palace, and the involuntary soes, rushed into the middle of the taboun (herd of apprehension awakened in me by all the incidents of horses), keeping their eyes constantly fixed on the this visit.

young prince, who was to point out the animal they • The latter feeling did not last long. Not many should seze. The signal being given, they instantly minutes had elapsed after the departure of my com- gallopped forward, and noosed a young horse with a panions, when I saw them returning with a young man, long dishevelled mane, whose dilated eyes and smoking who was presented to me as one of the princes Tumene. nostrils betokened inexpressible terror. A lightly-clad It was with equal elegance and good-breeding he in- Kalmuck, who followed them on foot, immediately troduced me to the palace, where every step brought sprang upon the stallion, cut the thongs that were me some new surprise. I was quite unprepared for throttling him, and engaged with him in an incredible what I saw; and really, in passing through two salons, contest of daring and agility. It would be impossible, which united the most finished display of European I think, for any spectacle more vividly to affect the taste with the gorgeousness of Asia, on being suddenly mind than that which now met our eyes. Sometimes accosted by a young lady, who welcomed me in ex- the rider and his horse rolled together on the grass ; cellent French, I felt such a thrill of delight, that I sometimes they shot through the air with the speed of could only answer by embracing her heartily! In this an arrow, and then stopped abruptly, as if a wall had manner an acquaintance is quickly made.'

all at once risen up before them. On a sudden the On being conducted to her chamber, the enthusiastic furious animal would crawl on its belly, or rear in a Frenchwoman found there a toilet apparatus in silver, manner that made us shriek with terror; then plunging with other objects both rare and precious, as well as forward again in his mad gallop, he would dash through handsome furniture. But where was the couleur locale ? | the taboun, and endeavour in every possible way to where were the characteristics of the Desert ? Was this shake off his novel burden.' The next exhibition of the the house of a Kalmuck prince, 'a chief of those half- kind was that of a child of ten years of age on a young savage tribes that wander over the sandy plains of the white stallion, as wild as the other, and without saddle Caspian Sea, a worshipper of the Grand Lama, a be- or bridle. • We finished our soirée with an extempoliever in the metempsychosis ; in short, one of those raneous ball, that lasted all night. The Armenian, who beings whose existence seems to us almost fabulous, first proposed the scheme, had to undertake the busisuch a host of mysterious legends do their names ness of getting up an orchestra. I know not how he awaken in the mind?' Prince Tumene, it seems, is the set about it, but in a few minutes he brought us trifirst of his nomade people who has exchanged his umphantly a violin, a guitar, and a flageolet. Such kibitka (or felt tent) for a European dwelling. The instruments among the Kalmucks! Is it not really proposition of the palace is exquisitely chosen, and shows digious? We had quickly arranged a soirée dansante, à sense of the beautiful as developed as that of the most ) as complete as any drawing-room could exhibit; and

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the merriment soon became so contagious, that the serious scruple of conscience for having presented myprincess and her daughter, after much hesitation, at self before her in male attire, which must have given last overcame all bashfulness, and bravely threw them. her a strange notion of the fashions of Europe. selves into a heady gallop-in which, by the by, one of *Notwithstanding my desire to prolong my visit, in them lost her cap. The wondering and delighted hopes of seeing her daughters, the fear of appearing inprincess stuck to me for the rest of the night, like my trusive prompted me to take my leave; but checking shadow, and incessantly assured me, through the Ar- me with a very graceful gesture, she said eagerly, menian, that she had never in her life passed so plea- “Pastoy, pastoy!(“Stay, stay!") and clapped her hands sant an evening, and that she would never forget it. several times. A young girl entered at the signal, and She expressed a strong desire to hear me sing, and by her mistress's orders threw open a folding-door, and found the French romances so much to her taste, that I immediately I was struck dumb with surprise and had to promise I would copy out some of them for her. admiration by a most brilliant apparition. Imagine, On her part she gave me two Kalmuck songs of her own reader, the most exquisite sultanas of whom poetry and composition, and transcribed with her own hand. Ac- painting have ever tried to convey an idea, and still cording to Russian custom, the officers did full justice your conception will fall far short of the enchanting to the champagne, which was sent round all night at a models I had then before me. There were three of them, fearful rate. They took their departure from this Kal- all equally beautiful and graceful. Two were clad in muck palace in their host's elegant four-in-hand equi- tunics of crimson brocade, adorned in front with broad page, lined with white satin !

gold lace. The tunics were open, and disclosed beneath From Astrakhan they pursued their way into the them cashmere robes, with very tight sleeves terminatDesert, and this is the description of their first halt. ing in gold fringes. The youngest wore a tunic of azure • The britschka, unyoked and unladen, was placed a little blue brocade, with silver ornaments : this was the only way from the tent, on the carpet of which were heaped difference between her dress and that of her sisters. portfolios, cushions, and boxes, in a manner which a All three had magnificent black hair, escaping in countpainter would have thought worth notice. Whilst we less tresses from a fez of silver filigree, set like a diadem were taking tea, our men were making preparations for over their ivory foreheads. They wore gold-embroidered dinner: some plucking fine wild goose and half-a- slippers, and wide trousers drawn close at the ankle. dozen kourlis; others attending to the fire, round which *I had never beheld skins so dazzlingly fair, eyelashes were ranged two or three pots for the pilau and the so long, or so delicate a bloom of youth. The calm bacon soup, of which the Cossacks are great admirers; repose that sat on the countenances of these lovely and Anthony, with a little barrel of brandy under his creatures had never been disturbed by any profane arm, distributed the regular dram to every man with glance. No look but their mother's had ever told them the gravity of a German major-domo. As for the officer, they were beautiful; and this thought gave them an he lay on his back under the britschka, for sake of the inexpressible charm in my eyes. It is not in our shade, amusing himself with his hawk, which he had Europe, where women, exposed to the gaze of crowds, unhooded, after fastening it with a stout cord to the so soon addict themselves to coquetry, that the imagicarriage. Though the creature's sparkling eyes were nation could conceive such a type of beauty. The continually on the look-out for a quarry, it seemed, by features of our young girls are too soon altered by the the continual flapping of its wings, to enjoy its master's | vivacity of their impressions, to allow the eye of the

The camels, rejoicing in their freedom, artist to discover in them that divine charm of purity browsed at a little distance from the tent, and con- and ignorance with which I was so struck in beholding tributed by their presence to give an Oriental aspect my Tartar princesses. After embracing me, they retired to our first essay in savage life, wherein I myself figured to the end of the room, where they remained standing in my huge bonnet, dressed as usual in wide pantaloons, in those graceful Oriental attitudes which no woman with a Gaulish_tunic gathered round my waist by a in Europe could imitate. A dozen attendants, muffled leathern belt. By dint of wondering at everything, our in white muslin, were gathered round the door, gazing wonderment at last wore itself out, and we regarded with respectful curiosity. Their profiles, shown in ourselves as definitively-naturalised Kalmucks. relief on a dark ground, added to the picturesque cha

*My first night under a tent proved to me that I was racter of the scene. This delightful vision lasted an not so acclimated to the steppe as my vanity had led me hour. . When the princess saw that I was decided on to suppose. The felt cone under which I was to sleep, going away, she signified to me by signs that I should the Kalmucks moving about the fire, the camels send- go and see the garden ; but though grateful to her for ing their plaintive cries through the immensity of the this further mark of attention, I preferred immediately Desert; in a word, everything I saw and heard, was so rejoining my husband, being impatient to relate to him at variance with my habits and ways of thought, that I all the details of this interview, with which I was comalmost fancied I was in an opium dream.'

pletely dazzled.' We must conclude our extracts with the following Our author's account of the Russians and their portrait of a Tartar princess of the Crimea and her government is far from being favourable ; but we can family. 'She advanced to me with an air of remark- afford room only for this brief anecdote, which would able dignity, took both my hands, kissed me on the two appear to contain all the principles of political economy cheeks, and sat down beside me, making me many de- that are fashionable in that meridian. I was once monstrations of friendship. She wore a great deal of in the house of a Moldavian landowner of Bessrouge; her eyelids were painted black, and met over arabia, whose lands bring him in about ten thousand the nose, giving her countenance a certain sternness, rubles a-year. The conversation turned on agriculture. that, nevertheless, did not destroy its pleasing effect. • What!” exclaimed a Russian who was present; "your A furred velvet vest fitted tight to her still elegant estate yields you but ten thousand rubles a-year? Nonfigure. Altogether, her appearance surpassed what I sense : put it into my hands, and I warrant you twice had conceived of her beauty. We spent a quarter of an as much. “ That would be a very agreeable thing, hour closely examining each other, and interchanging, if it could be done,” said the landlord; “I flatter myself as well as we could, a few Russian words, that very in- I am tolerably well-versed in these matters, and yet I sufficiently conveyed our thoughts. But in such cases have never been able to discover any possible means of looks supply the deficiencies of speech, and mine must increasing my income.” “How many days do your have told the princess with what admiration I beheld peasants work?” said the Russian. “Thirty."

“ That's her. Hers, I must confess in all humility, seemed to not enough: make them work sixty. What breadth express much more surprise than admiration at my of land do they till for you?" “ So much." “Double travelling costume. What would I not have given to it.” And so he went on through the other items of the know the result of her purely feminine analysis of my inquiry, crying, “ Double it !-double it!” We could appearance ! I was even crossed in this téte-à-tête by a not help heartily laughing. But the Russian remained

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perfectly serious, and I am sure he thought himself as “home” is in much request.' We shall now proceed to great a man as Cancrine himself. I really regret that give some account of the establishment in the words of I did not ask him, had he taken lessons in economics

a contributor. in the office of that illustrious financier.'

It was a very bright spring day, and the streets

looked gay and cheerful as we drove through them. A VISIT TO THE GOVERNESSES' INSTITUTION

My companion (to whose benevolent exertions the inIN LONDON.

stitution, as I hear, is in a great measure indebted for One of the latest efforts of benevolence in this super- its existence) spoke to me of many touching cases of latively benevolent age, has been the establishment of distress in which the ladies' committee had lately renan institution in London, designed to be a species of dered assistance, and of the many more in which they home to governesses in intervals which may occur in could give no assistance, for want of larger funds. changing situations. Supported partly by subscriptions, At length we reached the 'home'-a good house in and partly by payments, the institution, however, has a good street (No. 66, Harley Street). The door was a number of objects in view, all contributing to the opened by a respectable servant in livery (!). We wrote comfort of this class of individuals, and which may be our names in a large book which lay open in the hall, summed up as follows:

and then proceeded into a front room on the ground1. Temporary assistance to governesses in distress, floor. It was a sort of parlour or dining-room, to which afforded privately and delicately by a committee of a business-like air was given by some large writing or ladies. 2. Elective annuities to aged governesses, se account-books which lay open on the table. This, I cured on invested capital, and independent of the pro- was told, was the registration office. Two ladies were sperity of the institution. 3. Provident annuities pur- in this room; they were inmates of the house, and chased by ladies in anyway connected with education, superintended the registration. To the elder of these upon government security, agreeably. to the act of par- | ladies I was introduced. Her office is that of houseliament. Money is also received for the savings' bank. keeper; or, to speak correctly, she is the mistress of the 4. The home. 5. The registration. The above are family, and is a kind friend and adviser to its numerous all in full operation. 6. An asylum for aged gover- and ever - varying members. I soon discovered that nesses, for which a house and an endowment are both she was an educated person--clever, active, and experequired. 7. A college for governesses, and arrange- rienced in managing a large establishment; besides havments for a diploma.

ing a heart full of sympathy for those who are placed Should the institution fulfil these objects, there can around her. She showed me the registration books, be no doubt of its value. Charities often, we believe, do and explained the plan of their arrangement. It has harm as well as good, from their tendency to supersede been found necessary to classify the numerous goverself-reliance. We would hope, therefore, that the insti- nesses who want situations. Some teach many, and tution in question, if not already self-supporting, will others few things. Some have much, others little or speedily be so. Much could we expatiate on the dis- no experience. Some are nursery, some finishing, some tresses of governesses, on the false position of gover- daily, and some resident governesses. They have been nesses; but all that has been said a hundred times divided into classes ; and books have been printed acalready. A thing more desirable to speak of is the cordingly on a very clear and easy plan. By referring possibility of governesses helping themselves while they to these, which are open to members and visitors, any have the ability to do so. Where there are parents or lady who is in want of a governess obtains a list of other relatives to support, saving is of course out of the persons possessing the qualifications she may require, question, and for such cases the warmest sympathy is together with their addresses and references, and she due. But it may be asked, are there not hundreds of go- can appoint an interview with any of them. Books are vernesses who, with salaries of from twenty-five pounds also kept for the names, addresses, and requirements of and upwards per annum, could lay aside a determinate those ladies who want to engage governesses ; by looksum yearly, either to accumulate, or as the premium of ing over which, ladies who wish for engagements may an annuity? It can be done, for we know several in- find one likely to suit them. Having thus put the stances in which it is done. Nor need there be any want parties en rapport, the institution interferes no more, of places of deposit. No part of the United Kingdom is but leaves them to manage as they please. The advanmany miles distant from a savings' bank or an insurance tages of this system of registration are great to the institution. That the establishment which forms the governess. It is entirely free of expense; it saves the subject of the present notice will strengthen and con- payment of advertisements, and of entrance and comfirm the principle of self-reliance, we would hold to be mission fees to the professed agents for procuring gothe best part of its design. Another matter of import- verness situations, of whom the less that is said will be ance is the proposed examination and certification of the better for them; it saves her the trouble and ancompetency by diploma; for this will not only diminish noyance (and, we may add, the not unfrequent peril) of the number of governesses, by excluding from their answering advertisements ; and it gives her the advanbody all who are not duly fitted for the task they under- tage of the large connexion of the institution. Those take, but fix in a proper basis the position of this useful governesses who are residing at the home' have of class of educators.

course the best chance of re-engagements, as they are The institution was opened in May last, and is said on the spot, and can see any lady who applies for a nearly to support itself, by the ladies who resort to it governess, at the office, immediately. On the other paying fifteen shillings a-week for their board and hand, those who need governesses find this opportunity lodging-a sum, we would have feared, so large, as to of selection very advantageous. confine the benefit within too narrow limits. Never After seeing the registration books, and talking over theless, we are told that 'the facilities for re-engage- | their great usefulness, Mrs - the housekeeper, proments are so great, on account of the office for regis- posed to show me over the house, as the ladies were, tration being in the same house, and the arrangements she believed, all absent; and thus I could see how she are altogether so private and comfortable, that the managed to make the establishment accommodate

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