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-physically, mentally, and emotionally. Juliet qualities of a really first-rate actress. In susis a girl loving and tender, passionate and cou- tained power, cultivation of manner, purity of rageous, earnest and yet womanly, altogether tone and accent, and tenderness of emotion, her above and beyond any conventional type of performance was a rare specimen of Nature and humanity; and the actress who would do justice Art. She looked and behaved like a high-born, to attributes animated with such intensity must high-bred damsel. The Romeo of Mr. McFayden possess no ordinary gifts of mind and person. was a performance which deserves encourageOf late years, Juliets of any mark on the stage ment and commendation. Miss Seyinour, as the have been rare. Those who could once act the Nurse, was not unsuccessful; and Mr. Roberts part are now too old ; and the latest modern made a creditable Mercutio. Mr. Steyne, who, representative, Stella Colas, although a great | as a low comedian, is a thorough artiste, enacted actress, marred the performance by her unfortu- Peter in a manner worthy of the part. The nate accent. Did Miss Sallie Booth's embodiment text given was not entirely Shakespeare's. of the character realise our ideal of what Juliet The conclusion was 'improved' by Garrick, ought to be? After careful consideration we feel and is now commonly known as the acting bound to answer this question in the affirmative, version, Garrick's 'improvements of Shake. and to declare our conviction that Miss Booth speare's play are like a darn to an Indian deserves the reputation of a great Shakesperian shawl, or a crotchet patch on some old English actress. As critics, we would prefer modifying | point lace.” this eulogium by sundry "ifs' and 'buts,' We think that the present range for light because it always looks clever' and discrimi- comedy, farce, and burlesque, will probably lead nating' to be able to discover concealed defects to the decay of great Shakesperian acting. . under manifest excellence; but we should not be Actors will discover that it will not "pay" to treating our subject with truth and justice if we cultivate anything which seems counter to the contented ourselves with uttering anything less fashion of the day; and the result will soon be than the highest enconium. We know no one now that this generation will find itself without on the English stage better qualified than Miss suitable representatives of the noblest forms of Booth to delineate Shakespeare's greatest heroine. dramatic art. Miss Booth doubtless finds it We very much doubt, however, whether this more profitable to devote her talents to the kind of entertainment will pay' in this locality. delineation of the lighter kinds of histrionic While so many of the upper and middle classes work ; but while she is performing Shakespeare's of the neighbourhood do not trouble' them- | heroines, our sons and daughters ought not to selves to visit the theatre, and therefore do not lose an opportunity of seeing the great poet's 'believe in the merit which they can witness creations embodied in a manner not easily surthere, the higher branches of the drama must passed. pine for want of sufficient support. This reflection is certainly humiliating to the taste of the day: all we can do is to endeavour to mend it.
We have left ourselves small space to notice the other actors who figured in “ Romeo and
CHEERFULNESS.-Can you think that it is the de. Juliet.” Mr. McFayden enacted Romeo in a
sign of Him who created all things for a wise end, manner that deserves much praise ; he showed
à that any human being shall · merely fill a place in the himself to be an intelligent and energetic repre
| world without being of service to his fellow-creatures sentative of the part. Mr. Roberts was a credit. I wonderful faculties with which all are to a greater or
or to himself! God, in giving us the various and able Mercutio, and Mr. Steyne was a capital lesser decree e
as a capital | lesser degree endowed, has evidently designed us to Peter. Miss Seymour as the Nurse satisfied a become " forms of use;" for to bestow a useless gift large portion of the audience. Of the rest of the would be inconsistent with His wisdom. To some he performers we can only say that considering they has given the ten talents, to some five, and to some belong to a company selected with special refe- but one; but to all he has given at least that one. rence to their qualifications for melo-drama, And have you a right to go and bury your one talent comedy, or burlesque, the wonder is that they in the earth, instead of using it and increasing it to filled their parts with so little cause for dis five ? When you see that the reward of usefulness is satisfaction.".
happiness even in this world, that occupation brings
enjoyment, that the only permanent felicity is found The Morning Alvertiser of the 11th ult. thus
in active life, can you help being convinced that to be notices the performance :
useful to others and to ourselves is our destined end? “ Last week Shakespeare's tragedy of 'Romeo
We learn this lesson from every tree, from every
herb, every flower that grows, even from the meaucst and Juliet' was produced at this theatre, for the
weed that we trample beneath our fect? Are they purpose of giving the public an opportunity of
| not all images of use, springing up to some useful end! seeing Miss Sallie Booth in a great Shakesperian
Deca na character. Although she was apparently suffering / to inankind, and does not every one perform an apfrom the effects of a severe cold, her unquestion-, pointed office? There is virtue in the leaves of even able genius triumphed over such an obstacle as the despised weed; and look, how it unfolds those temporary indisposition, and she satisfied the leaves, shoots forth blossoms and forms seed which experienced observer that she possesses all the serve to propagate its species.
can Does not every one possess some property serviceable
THE LADIES' PA G E.
DAISY PATTERN FOR A CROCHET COUVRETTE.
MATERIALS.- For a large Couvrette, Boar's-head crochet cotton, No. 8; for Pincushion-covers, Mats, and
snch-like small articles, Boar's-head crochet cotton No. 16 or 20, of Messrs. Walter Evans & Co., Derby.
A pattern of this description is most useful,, behind the petals; make 1 petal between each as it can be converted to so many purposes- petal in last row, 1 double crochet at the back counterpanes, couvrettes, and a thousand other of each, and cut the cotton at the end of the things.
round. 4th. 2 double crochet at the point of Each article is made separately, and joined each of the 12 petals, 5 chain between each to the others, as the last row is crocheted. petal. 5th. 2 treble, 5 chain, repeat. 6th and Begin in the centre; make 8 chain, insert the last round. i double crochet in the centre of the needle in the first, and make a long treble 1st 5 chain, * 5 chain, 1 treble in the centre of stitch, then make 3 chain, repeat 4 times from *, the next 5 chain, 5 chain, 1 slip stitch in the top always inserting the needle in the 1st chain of the treble stitch, 6 chain, 1 slip stitch in the stitch, join the last chain to the 5th of the same place, 5 chain, a 3rd slip stitch in the same Ist 8 chain to close the round. 2nd round. | place, 5 chain, 1 double crochet in the centre of Work 1 double crochet, * 9 chain, turn, work the next 5 chain, repeat from * to the end of the a slip stitch in each of the 9 chain; work round round. There should be 12 trefoil patterns in the stem thus made in close crochet, working 3 the round, stitches in 1 to turn at the point; miss 1 stitch For the couvrette join the circles together of preceding row, work 2 double crochet, and in working the last round by each pair of tre. repeat from * 5 times more, making 6 petals in foils. As many circles can be added as may be all. 3rd, Work at the back of the last row, I required for the couvrette,
Two shades of lavender split wool will be, another similar petal, and fasten it to the edge needed: one must be very light.
of one of those just made, with 5 stitches of FLOWER.--Take a small piece of the lightest plain crochet; two more will be required, shade, not split, and work a chain of nine making in all five petals, which mast be fastened stitches; break off the wool after fastening it, as the rest. The flower will then present the make a loop on the needle with the second shade form of a little bell; place in the centre five of wool, which must be split, and work round yellow stamens (not too small), round a pistil the chain one stitch of double crochet in every tipped with green, and cover the stem with loop, putting three stitches in the top loop; a green split wool. wire must be worked in the edge as before directed. This completes one petal. Another LEAVES.-The leaves will require two shades must be worked exactly alike. Having com- of green wool, of a nice bright colour ; one pleted this, place it on the first-the right side should be darker than the other. Take the of one petal on the right side of the other. lightest shade, and with the wool, unsplit, work Begin at the end where your wool is, insert the several chains from seven to twelve stitches in crochet in one loop of the edge of each petal, length, and with the darkest shade (which must and work a plain stitch in these two loops, be split) work a row of long stitches round each taking them together as one. Work the three chain, one stitch in each loop, till you come to following loops of both edges in the same way, the top, which will require three stitches in the and in the fourth be careful to place the needle loop; fasten the wool off in the last stitch, and under both wires, so as to tire them together work a wire in the edge of each leaf, leaving a with the stitch, break off the wool, and fasten small bit at the end, as a little stalk, which must the end securely with a rug-needle. Work he covered with wool,
THE. TO I L E T.
(Specially from Paris.)
First FIGURE: Ball Toilet for a Young Lady Buttons continue to be very much worn ; -Consisting of a first skirt of tulle, short the newest are of a square form, and are enough to show the feet, and trimmed at worn not only up the front, but upon every bottom with a transparent, through which a seam. Talking of seams reminds me that blue ribbon is run about a quarter of a yard at last some strong-minded lady, regardless above the hem, which is bound with the same of the raised eyebrows and self - suffering coloured ribbon. A second skirt of tulle, smile of her mantua - maker, has suggested slightly looped at each side with a long wreath that, instead of having her breadths of silk of flowers or foliage of the same shade, falls gored for that artiste's benefit, the piece over the first as low as the transparent. Blue hitherto cut off shall not be cut off at all, but silk corslet over a tulle body; short puffed turned in; and now this contemptible innova. sleeves, with others of tulle hanging loose over tion has become the rule, and our fashionists them. The corslet is fastened over the shoulders have become economists, and find that when by the same flowers as appear upon the skirt ; the material is both sides alike, it is a great and a long and wide sash and rosette of the advantage when a dress has to be turned. The same silk finish the dress behind. The hair is walking crinoline has contracted to two yards ornamented with blue velvet foliage and flowers. in circumference, but that for full dress is still White satin shoes with blue rosettes.
of full dimensions. The struggle between short Second FIGURE: Dinner or Evening Dress and long dresses continue as far from being
Consisting of a velvet robe with a long train. settled as when I last wrote. All young The skirt and body are cut out of a single piece, women with pretty feet and ankles will no like a long basquine. The first sleeves are doubt adopt the new style, especially as the made of satin of the same colour as the dress; under-skirt is more elegant and ornate than and a second pair of velvet, lined with silk, ever ; but matrons will in all probability hang from the shoulders, and are confined at continue their preference for long - trained the bottom with about four inches of seam, dresses. The newest under-skirts are white, Collar of guipure, of the shape known as the with a plaited flounce one quarter of a yard in Henry IV. Ruff; and cuffs to match. In the depth, the whole of which falls below the hair a bandeau of velvet, studded with pearls.
I had almost forgotten to say that this dress is trimmed froin top to bottom of the front with Of bonnets there is no end; the new straws five bands of satin of the same colour, the are charmingly coquet, as we say here, and are widest or centre one having buttons all the way trimmed in a variety of graceful simple ways. down; five bands of the same trimming sur For dress, those made of crape or lace predomi. round the bottom of the skirt, but are wider nate. than those on the skirt.
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
POETRY received, and accepted, with thanks.--" The, “W. R.,” Hampshire.- We should be glad to hear it
Rosebud ;" “ Heavens," "Indifferent ;" “ My this gentleman intends to favour us with the reNeighbour's House ;” “A Scene from English | mainder of the tale “Infelix,” the first live History ;” “Love's Contradictions.”
chapters of which are in our hands. Declined, with thanks.--"A Valentine;" “ Let the “ M. C." Stockport-“ From Paris to Neufchatel® Past be Forgotten between us;" “ To a Blossom
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