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sand pounds sterling. They were each one thc dark night into a brilliant day. The hundred and twenty feet long, sixty broad, and procession nioved very slowly to give time for the poles sixty feet high. The walls of the tents the fireworks to go off, and the entire grand were ten feet high, parts of them being cut into spectactle was farther lit-up, by more than three lattice-work for the ladies of the monarch's thousand flambeaux carried by men hired for the seraglio and the principal nobility to see through. occasion. In this manner, surrounded by all this
Asuf-ud-Dowlah received his guests (among stately pomp, Nabob, bridegroom, and bridal whom were many English) in a dress covered guests, moved on to the garden which, although with jewels to the amount of a least two only a mile away, took them two hours to reach. millions sterling. From thence the guests were When they arrived at the gate of the garden invited to enter the Shumeana, which was illu- all descended from the elephants and entered minated by two hundred girandoles imported the garden, which was illuminated by innumerable from Europe, as many glass shades with wax paper lamps and lanterns of various colours candles, and several flambeaux, the glare and suspended to the branches of the trees. In reflection of which were dazzling, even to pain. the centre of the garden was a large edifice, to All being seated under this extensive canopy, which the company all ascended, and were next over a hundred dancing-girls, richly dressed, introduced into a grand saloon adorned with went through their graceful, but voluptuous girandoles and pendent lustres of English dances, and sang several soft Persian and Hindoo mauufacture, lighted with wax candles, wbere a Persian airs, until about seven o'clock in the eve- sumptuous repast of European and Indian ning, when the bridegroom (the young Nabob) dishes, with wines, fruits, and sweetmeats, made his appearance so absurdly loaded with awaited them, at the same time that numbers of jewels that he literally staggered under their the dancing girls once more sang their native weight, accompanied by his bride (a child of ten airs and performed their national dances for the years old), who was like himself of a dark com- amusement of the guests as they regaled themplexion, and far from being handsome. The selves at their elegant banquet. next scene in this wonderful persormance was The time passed in this manner until dawn, the grand procession from the cents to a beauti- when all returned to their homes wonderstricken at ful and extensive garden, about a mile distant, the seene they had beheld and which had exceeded which was grand beyond description. It con- in splendour anything ever before imagined, sisted of about twelve hundred elephants, drawn even in gorgeous India; the delighted Nabob up in a regular line, like a regiment of soldiers. himself declaring with Asiatic, and one would About one hundred of these huge animals in say pardopable vanity, that so splendid & the centre had houdas (or castles) covered with spectacle was never before witnessed in Oude silver; and again in the midst of these appeared and never would be again. This magnificence the Nabob, on an immense elephant, withiu a was repeated three successive nights at a cost houdah covered with gold and richly set with of over three hundred thousand pounds precious stones, the elephant himself being ca- sterling. Vizier Ally was on this occasion parisoned in cloth of gold.
publicly recognized as his successor, to the On his right hand was the British resident at bitter indignation of his own family, who gave Lucknow; on his left the bridegroom. The the arrangement all the opposition in their English gentlemen and ladies, and the native power. However, at the old king's death, nobility, were intermixed on the right and left. which took place not very long afterwards, his On boih sides of the road from the tents to the chosen heir was upheld by the strong arm of garden was raised artificial scenery of bamboo- England and placed by it firmly on his throne, work, very high, representing bastions, arches, and he would possibly have ended his days miparets and towers covered with glass lamps, surrounded by all the riches and luxuries in which made a grand display. On each side of which he had been brought up ; but that almost the procession in front of the line of elephants immediately after he commenced to reign the were dancing-girls, superbly dressed, on plat- cruelty which had peeped out so early in his forms supported and carried by bearers, who character now displayed itself in all his acts. danced as they went on. These platforms He became turbulent, restless, and intriguing, numbered a hundred at least on each side of the and finally broke his faith so frequently with procession, all covered with cloth of gold or the British Government, that wearied by his silver, with two girls and two musicians on each. duplicity they withdrew their support from him;
The ground from the tents to the garden along the consequence of which was that he was which the procession moved was inlaid, so to deposed, and Sadut Ally, the brother of the speak, with fireworks ; at every step trod heavily late Nabob, was elected in his stead. A by the elephants the ground seemed to open be- pension was however assigned him of two lacs fore them, casting up myriads of artificial stars of rupees, or twenty-five thousand pounds to heaven, emulating those on high created by the sterling per annum, but as he was considered All-powerful hand. Innumerable rockets and on all sides to be utterly untrustworthy it was hundreds of shells bursting high in the air shot made a condition of his retaining it that he should forth thousands of fiery serpents winding through reside near the Presidency, where he would be the atmosphere illuminating the sky, and aided more under the eye of the Government. He, by the lights along the bamboo scenery, turning in consequence, removed from Lucknow to
Benares, one of the sacred cities of India, where AN ORPHAN'S RECOLLECTIONS. the company's resident was to make arrangements for his proceeding to the Presidency.
BY ADA TREVANION. Shortly after his arrival this gentleman, a Mr. Cherry, unfortunately for himself, sent him an invitation to breakfast, which he accepted Is it the house where I was born with great apparent graciousness, and on the
Which still keeps haunting me? appointed day came, attended by a very large It hath in front a sloping lawn, armed retinue. Mr. Cherry had been previously
And oak-a royal tree. warned that his intentions were hostile, that his A quiet garden blooms around, smile was even more dangerous than his frown,
With fruits and flowers sweet; and that he should be on his guard; but he
The winds there have a muflled sound, unhappily disregarded the caution and received
Just where the lilacs meet. his treacherous guest without making the slightest protective preparation.
A quiet place, where, year by year, During the repast Vizier Ally complained bitterly of the company's treatment of him,
The building swallows come,
And plays in air a fountain clear. spoke insultingly to his host, and finally, on
Oh, was it once my home? his giving some preconcerted signal, several of I think it was, ere griefs befell his attendants rushed in and cut Mr. Cherry
Which robbed youth of its right; and his secretary, Mr. Graham, to pieces. And I shall never love so well They then rushed off with the intention of
These halls so grand and bright. proceeding to the house of another European gentleman, holding a high office under Govern.
I recollect so long ago, ment, named Davis, determined to murder him
It seems almost a dream also; but fortunately he got some intimation
That someone kissed my baby brow, of his danger in time to get his family to the
And praised my soft hair's gleam. top of the house, and then posting himself at
And smiling lips and gentle eyes he head of the narrow circular stone staircase
Were round my cradle-bed ; which led to it, armed with a long hog I ask, but no kind voice replies, spear, he defended himself for a long time, and
Oh, whither are these fled ? killed several of his assailants, beside wounding many more, until a party of the company's troops stationed at the time in Benares, came
Some hand placed fondly round my neck,
The locket I still wear : to his assistance and rescued him from his perilous position. The followers of the ex
It was saved, with me, from the wreck,
And holds two locks of hair. Nabob also in escaping through the streets of
If it be true, in woe or weal, Benares cut down a private gentleman, who had
I prize it overmuch, nothing to do with the Government at all, in
It is because I never feel the mere wantonness of cruelty.
Affection's hallowed touch. After this Vizier Ally succeeded in reaching the territory of the Rajah of Bezar, a powerful and independent prince, who refused to give him up unless under a promise that his life should be spared. This the English Governo ment considered it polite to accede to, and he
Tests OF CHARACTER.-A great many admirable was accordingly handed over to them and actions are overlooked by us because they are so little
and common. brought down to Calcutta where, enclosed in a broken slumber, if any at all
, with the nursing baby,
Take for instance, the mother who has sort of iron cage in Fort William, he was held whose wants must not be disregarded ; she would fain a prisoner until his death, a period of seventeen sleep awhile when the breakfast hour comes, bat years three months and four days; half his patiently and uncomplainingly she takes her timely life, in short all to about eight months, as he seat at the table. Though exhausted and weary, she was only thirty-six years old when he died.
serves all with a refreshing cup of coffee or tea before Thus perished this strange shuttlecock of she sips it herself, and often the cup is handed back to fortune, the poor Forash's son, the darling of her to be refilled before she has had time to taste her the eccentric old Nabob, the hero of the own. Do you hear her complain—this weary mother gorgeous wedding feast, the victim of his —that her breakfast is cold before she has had time to own treachery, the deposed monarch, the eat it?, And this is not for one, but for every morne prisoner of the Government, once so friendly to ing, perhaps, in the year. Do you call it a small thing? him, alone and uncared for, stripped of all his Try it and see. How does woman shame us by her magnificence and penned up like a wild beast forbearance and fortitude in what are called little in a inenagerie.
things! Ah, it is these little things which are tests of character; it is by these "little” self-denials, borne with such self-forgotten gentleness, that the homblest. house is made beautiful to the eyes of angels, though we fail to see it, alas ! until the chair is vacant, and the hand which kept in motion all this domestic machinery is powerless and cold !
THE TA X IDE R MIST,
(By an American Contributor.)
1.—THE OLD Maid's CHAPTER. going to relate, ever gets into print through your
agency, it shall be represented as fictitious, and under assumed names,”
“ C'est fait !”
“It's a bargain !"
“You see I live by my Museum; and if the Dying thus, resemble thee!"
public once suspected that I was a visionary man, the press and the pulpit and general opi. nion would run me down immediately. I should
be accused of denying the originality of the hu“Ciel! Zat is ze true heroique! Zat is ze man race inferentially, through my ourangvery far finest ting in all ze literature anglaise ! outang; of teaching lessons of maternal infiZere have not been made vun more sublime delity through my stuffed ostrich; of seducing poesie by your immortel Villiams Shakyspeare! youth into a seafaring life by my preserved Glorieux! Vat a grandeur moral of ze woman whale. No more schools, at half-price, on Sawho vill vonce die for her love !"
turday afternoon, accompanied by their prin"Once ? I knew a woman who died thrice cipal; no more favourable notices by editors for hers."
who have been with their families'—for you, The enthusiastic admirer of Longfellow was Orloff Ruricson! a French Professor in one of our American “And what I am going to tell you will seem colleges, by name Gautier Bonenfant. The visionary, even to you. Nevertheless, it is as person who met this panegyric with such a real as any of the hardest facts in my daily life. strange response was Orloff Ruricson, by birth Take my solemn word for it. a Swede, by adoption a New-Yorker, and by “When I was ten years old my parents emitrade the proprietor of a Natural History Mu- grated from Sweden to this country: at the age seum : these two, with myself, were sitting on of twelve I lost my father : at thirteen I was the west piazza of the little inn at Kaaterskill apprenticed to a man who stuffed birds in Falle. All of us hard-working men in the Dutch-street; at fourteen I was motherless : at hard-working season; but on this Tenth day of twenty my term was out, and I began to think July, Eighteen Hundred and Fifty-nine, soak- of setting up as a taxidermist on my own hook. ing the dust out of our brains in a bath of sun- There ! The Biographical Dictionary can't
! light and mountain air, forgetting in company beat that summary of ten years for compactthat life was not all ove sweet vacation.
ness! Bonenfant and I looked at Ruricson with puz- "I made a very liberal offer to my master,
in zled faces. Though a good fellow, and a wisely fact proposed to take him into partnership. He humorous one, he seldom said anything while nobly refused to avail himself of my generosity. the cleverness of which lay in a double-entendre. Bird-stuffing, even in New York, was not a
"Pray, who is that remarkable woman?” very lucrative business, and would hardly supsaid I.
port two, he suggested. What did I think of "It is my wife,” replied Orloff Ruricson, 80- one of the river towns? Albany, or Hudson, berly.
or Poughkeepsie, for instance? I did not tell "And she die, von, two, tree time?" asked him what, but in reality I thought so little of Bonenfant, with uplifted eyebrows.
them, that, within ten days after my indenture "And she died three times for her love," re- was cancelled, I had taken a little nook in the peated Orloff Ruricson.
Bowery, with window enough to show off three "Perhaps you would have no objection to tell blue-jays, a chameleon, and a very young wild us exactly what you mean?” said I.
cat (whose domesticity I may, at this day, ac“ None at all, to you two, with this proviso- knowledge to have been slandered by that I know that you, John Tryon, write for the name), and sufficient door to display the inmagazines. For aught I know, Bonenfant here scription, Orloff Ruricson, Taxidermist and may be a correspondent of the Constitutionnel.” Aviarian Professor.' Even at that day, you
"Mais non! 'I ani ze mose red of Red Re- see, Bonenfant, we impostors had begun to steal publican!"
your literary title.” "Perhaps you are Ledru Rollin, then, tra. “Sacrebleu! I do very moshe vish zat ze velling in disguise to hunt materials for a book. only ting ze plenty humbug professors now-aAt any rate I must exact of both of you a pro- days stuff vas ze birds !" mise that, if a single lineament of the story I am Well, I may have stuffed the public a little
too. At any rate they patronized me far better , damp-pale blue. Flanking the nose, imagine than I had any reason to expect. By the time an inch and a half on either side of dingy parchI was of age I had moved my business one door ment, stretched almost to tearing, and you will farther up, to a shop treble the size of the first; get the general idea of the sides of Miss Brentand instead of sleeping'under and eating on top nall's face ; I will not travesty the word 'cheeks, of my show-case, as I began, I occupied lodg: by calling them that. Below the nose, a mouth ings with a respectable cutler's widow, second which would have been deformedly small for story front of a brick-bouse on Third Avenue, a child two weeks old; below that, a chin which and came down to my store every morning at hardly showed at all in front, and, taking a nine o'clock, like any wholesale grocer.
side-view, seemed only an eccentric protraction "I bad been installed in my comfortable of the scraggy neck to which it was attached. quarters only six weeks, when a new lodger Now for the figure. High, stooping shoulders ; came to the boarding-house. The first thing a long, flat, narrow mannish waist ; the lower that I knew of it was my beholding, directly extremities immoderately short; immense feet : opposite me at a Sunday dinner, the most pre- group these in one person, and you have a ternaturally homely face I bad ever seen. As I form to which I know only two parallels out of took my seat, and opened my napkin, the cut the world of nightmare-a German wooden-doll ler's widow inclined her head in the direction and Miss Brentnall." of the apparition, and uttered the words. Miss “Diable de laideur! You see zat viz your Brentnall.' I cast a glance and a bow in the own eyes ?” same quarter, pronouncing the name after her. “Yes, Bonenfant."
Mr. Ruricson, said the landlady and nodded, “And yet you be yourself not vare ugly, toward me. Mr. Ruricson,' repeated the after all !" miracle of plainness, in a voice so sweet that “So I have heard, Bonenfant. You will be
་ I could not rid myself of the impression that it still more suprised to feel that this is the case must be the ventriloquism of some one else. when
you know that I lodged in the same house At the same moment she smiled. The smile with Miss Brentnall a whole year. Indeed, she was as incongruous with the face as the voice ; occupied the very next room to me. I was and for that glancing balf-minute, Miss Brent- second-story front, she second-story back, pall was a dozen shades more endurable. during all that time ; and do you know that I
" Cruikshank, acting as collaborator with became very well acquainted with her?” Salvator Rosa, would fall short of any thing “Ah! It is pos-sible for a gentleman to be wore ambitious than a slight sketch of the vare polite to vare ugly woman !" woman's unearthly homeliness. I dare hardly “Yes, but from preference, I mean. I could attempt describing her in words, but, for your shut my eyes and hear her voice, or open them szke, let me try.
at the transient moment when she was smiling, “ Her hair was like Bonenfant's Republic and forget that she was homely at all. I disanism, the most red of red,' but without the covered that she was the only remnant of a usual characteristic of that colour, silky fine- I large family: thal awakened my pity: In ad
In fact, unless you have been through i dition, that she was very well-informed, thought a New-England corn-field in the dog-days, and ; and conversed well : that aroused my respect. noticed the very crispest of all the crisp And when, in spite of a face and figure
, which, tassels which a brazen sun has been at work by poetic justice, should have belonged to Sin baking for a month previous; unless you have itself, I perceived that she had the kindest of
some peculiarly unsheltered specimen, to hearts, and the most delicate of sensibilities, I the eye like dried blood, and to the fingers like am not ashamed to confess that I soon became dust and ashes, you cannot imagine the impres- attached to her." sion produced by Miss Brentnall's hair. I “Attach? You have fall in love viz zat ereally trembled lest our awkward waiter's sleeve scary-crow? You have marri-ed her ?" should touch it in serving the vegetables, and “Hear ine through, Bonenfant, and you will send it crumbling from her head in the form of find out. In the present instance, I mean, by
I a crimson powder. Her forehead was in every the word attached," nothing but a pure Platonic respect immense-high, broad, and protube- friendship. I do not make acquaintances easily. rant enough for the tallest man wbo ever prided I visited nobody in New-York at that time, himself on bis intellect; still, it might have been There was no one whose cheerful fireside I could pardoned if it had been fair witbal, instead of make my own for an evening; and my nature, sallow, wrinkled and freckled. A nose, whose tastes, to say nothing of any other feeling, kept only, excuse for its mammoth maturity of size me away from drinking-saloons. Moreover, and its Spitzenberg depth of colour, lay in the I had an insatiate longing to make something fact that it was exposed to the torrid glare of of myself. I wanted the means for buy!og the tresses, depended, like the nest of the bang- books, for travelling, for putting myself into ing-bird, between a pair of ferrety eyes, which what I considered good society. Accordingly, seemed mere pen-knife gashes in a piece of red I often brought home, at evening, the specimens
At that day, I could not swear to the I had been working upon all day, and continued pupils ; but a profane man of sensitive mind my labours long into the night. While I was might have sworn at them, for they seemed to busily engaged with the knife or the needle, the be a damp-not a swimming, but a coaked' gentlest little tap would come at the door, 80
gentle, so unlike any other sound, that, however was enough : I did not care, indeed I never absorbed I might be, I always heard it, knew it once thought how we either of us seemed to was Miss Brentnall
, and said : Walk in!' anyone else. So, in hopped that little eighth-world wonder of “ I could not help being aware that the other ugliness, now with an orange for my supper, boarders talked about us. Having a pair of now with some pretty ornithological engraving, tolerably good ears, likewise of eyes, it was of which, by the merest chance, she always had difficult not to know that old Mrs. Flitch, my a duplicate copy, and whose effect she would landlady's half-sister, smelt a match in my like to see on my wall. When she went out, intimacy with Miss Brentnall ; that she She always forgot to take it with her; and, in considered it ill-advised, on the ground that I a few months, my room, through such-like little was twenty-one and the lady at least forty ; that kindnesses, became quite a portrait-gallery of she could' imagine no possible motive in my celebrated birds. Sometimes Miss Brentnall mind except a view to Miss Brentnall's snug spent the whole evening with me. On such little property ; that, as a consequence of these occasions, it was her greatest delight to stand premises, she regarded one of us as a very mean by my table and see some poor, shri- knave and the other a doting fool. It was velled lark or canary grow plump and saucy difficult not to understand the meaning of again, through the transformations of my art. Miss Simmons, an acid contemporary of Miss She called it .bird resurrection. For an hour Brentnall's, possessing all her chances of at a time she would stay close at my elbow, per- celibacy, balf her homeliness, and one-thousandth fectly quiet, holding a pair of glass eyes in her of her mind, when, as I took my seat next her hand. When I asked for one of them, she gave at the breakfast-table, she asked me with a it to me with all the happiness of a helpful child; pretty simper if I had spent the last evening as and, when at last both eyes were fixed in the pleasantly as usual. It was difficult to avoid specimen, I have seen her clap her hands and seeing the gentlemen wink at each other when jump up and down. In process of time she be they passed us talking together in the entry : came of real assistance to me. So apt a mind it was also difficult, as I perceive from Bonen. had she, that, from merely witnessing my fant's face he would like to suggest, not to pull methods, she learned to stuff birds herself; and their noses for it ; but reflection suggested the one evening, when I called 'come in' to the well- absurdity of such a course. This is one of the knowo tap, I was surprised by seeing a parrot in few objections I have to your native and my her hands, prepared and mounted almost as adopted country, Tryon, that notwithstanding well as I could have done it myself. It was a the great benefit which results from that little present to the Professor, she said : she intimacy between man and woman, in which had been at work upon it for the last two days. each is mere friend, and neither present nor From that time her voluntary services were expectant lover, our society will not hear of in my constant employ whenever I worked of such a thing without making indelicate evenings.
reference to marriage. Still, I suppose, they “I was not so ungallant, however, as to let would have talked about us anywhere. Miss Brentnall do all the visiting. Whenever “ Miss Brentnall knew this as well as I, and a lazy fit took me and I could not have worked, like me, never gave it a thought after the or studied, or walked, if I had been offered momentary demonstration which recalled it. ten dollars an hour for those exertions, I always We passed one whole delightful year together forestalled her coming to my room by going to in the Third Avenue boarding-house. I felt hers. She had a large rocking-chair, which my own mind growing, becoming richer in all always seemed to run up to the fire-place of its sorts of knowledge, freer and clearer in every own accord, and hold out its arms for me the field of thinking with each succeeding day. moment I came in. I would drop into that, And as for Miss Brentnall, she was so kind as shut my eyes and say, Please talk to me, or, to say, and I knew she sincerely meant it, that * Please read to me,' with as much abandonment to her, all lonely in the world, our friendship as if I were speaking to my own mother. It was iu all respects inestimable. At the end of never felt like exacting impertinent demands of the year Miss Brentnall was taken ill. For the a stranger, I was so marvellously at my ease first few days neither she nor I felt any serious in Miss Bretnall's room.”
alarm with reference to her case. The doctor “Ze man of mose mauvaise honte be not pronounced it a mild type of typhoid fever. It embarrass, I bave observe, viz ze vare ugly proceeded, so he said to me in private, more lady."
from mental causes than any tangible physical si I don't think it was that, Bonenfant. I Had she been unfortunate in any way? used to ask myself if it might not be. But I he asked me. I could only reply that, as her always came to the conclusion that I should intimate friend, I was unaware of the fact. feel the same were Miss Breatnall the most Probably she read late, then, he suggested. I beautiful person in the world,
said that might be. At all events her mind had something in her mind, especia!ly as expressed been very much overtaxed : what she needed in voice and style of talking, that lulled me was perfect quiet, good nursing, and as little when I was most irritable, that listed the weight medicine as possible, Upon his giving in this of self and pride quite oft me for the time being. view of the case, I sought out the most faithful I knew that we both liked to be together; that di cious woman within scach, and bired her on