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dined early. Well, I'll just go and make His temper, his patience, his health, myself comfortable, and come down to and perhaps his income, would not much you. Charming house-delightful dis- longer have held out against the daily tance, I declare !” — “Where can we importations of visiters, consigned to put him?” inquired Mrs. Wadd ; “we him through the medium of those moving can't turn him out now he is here."- lazar-houses, the Turnham Green stages, “There is the blue bed,” replied Wadd, carrying only six inside; and he began « it has never been slept in, and may to think of stealing a mile or two lower require airing, in case I should want to down the road. One morning at breakuse it myself; the very thought of a fast, while Rufus was reading the Morndamp bed makes me tremble, so put ing Post, Mrs. Wadd and Jemima were him into that.'
alarmed at hearing a sort of a rattling The next day was, as Mr. Wobble had sound in the good man's throat. The sagely foretold it would be, Sunday, paper had fallen from his hand, and a a day of all others dearest to Kufus piece of toast was sticking in his mouth : Wadd, who liked to have his time, as he was within an ace of choking, but indeed, he liked to have every thing their attentions presently revived him. else - to himself. But to him this He spoke not, but pointed to the para“ Sabbath was no day of rest.” The graph which had so fearfully affected twelve o'clock coach brought Mr. and him. It ran as follows: “We are happy Mrs. William Wadd, who apologised for to learn that four Omnibuses, each carnot getting down in time to breakfast, rying sixteen inside, will run daily bethe distance being so short it was shame- tween the City and Turnham Green." ful to lose the fine of the morning ; but It is supposed that Mr. Rufus Wadd then the one o'clock coach made ample is gone with his family to reside at one amends to the amiable host, for it of the most distant settlements on the brought Mr. Parkins (the currier), and Swan River.-- New Monthly Magazine. his son, just in time for luncheon.“ The distance is so convenient,” observed the latter, “that one can calcu
MUSIC OF BIRDS. late one's time to a moment; and then It is not in towns, amid the discordant the luxury of being set down at the sounds of artificial life, that the simple very door!” I'll set fire to the house, denizens of air can be listened to with thought Rufus. The next conveyance advantage. The outskirts of a country introduced Peter Wadd. “I'm sorry village in a champaign country, where your wife is not with you,” said Rufus, trees and copses are numerous, but not putting the best face he could on the dense (for song-birds affect neither the matter, yet heartily glad at seeing him wood nor the wild), is the place where solus. “ You know how it is, Rufus ; these companions of the spring are truly women are never ready; but as the dis- at home; and he who would most extance is positively not worth mentioning, quisitely enjoy their untaught warblings, I left them to come by themselves by the must wake when they wake. In the next stage. "_" Them ! !”—0-ay- heat of noon-tide, when the insect tribe the two Miss Praters are staying with are on the wing, the birds are too busy with us, so we couldn't do less than in- in procuring subsistence to attend to vite them to come with us. As I said to play. Then it is that the call of busiJane, where two can dine three can ness is imperative, in the country as in dine, and
-besides you can make an the town; and the merry lark chants addition to your provision with so little not to the idle, but to the industrious. difficulty at this charming place--you The morning is the time for enjoying the are at such a convenient distance !" song of birds; and he who would hear
These two or three days are types of it in perfection, must not grudge to most of those which followed. Mr. watch for it the livelong night. It is Wadd saw his projects frustrated, his only in this way that the first starting hopes of leisure and retirement de- note of the joyous concert, as well as its stroyed. He was seldom left alone, dying fall, can be heard. The nightinexcept when he would have given one gale is said to sing her amorous descant of his ears for suciety—that was when all night long; but there are not a few it rained a deluge, and he was constrain that go far to rival her in this respect. ed to remain in-doors, and seek amuse- The thrush will often be heard after ment in beating the devil's tattoo with twilight has far advanced ; and later in his fingers on the plate-glass windows the season, the song of the robin echoes of his front parlour, or watching the lit- round the cottage, when, from the dim tle circles, made by the little rain-drops, decaying light, the body of the warbler in the little cistern wherein Cupid stood. can no longer be seen. Most of the
THE MOSAIC PAVEMENT IN WESTMIN
other song- birds cease their notes when now the liberty, which the charge of the disk of the sun sinks behind the catering for their amusement denies to western hills. About half-past nine the ourselves, of rambling over the fields, thrush begins to nod on the bough (we would hear the whole, they must do as speak of those latitudes to which Philo- we have been pointing out - watch a melcomes not,) the only sound that strikes summer night for that purpose. —Specthe ear from the time that she has ceased tator. to charm it, is the cry of the land-rail. It is wonderful how brief is the inter
Fine Arts. ruption to the not unpleasing “ craik” of this singular bird. We have heard it until within a quarter of twelve, and it sounded again by half-past twelve. This was in a part of the island where, in the The mosaic pavement was done by middle of June, there is twilight even at Richard de Ware, Abbot of Westminthe noon of night. By one o'clock, or ster, in the year 1260, who brought a very little after, there may be distin- from Rome the stones, and workmen to guished a few faint twitters at intervals. set them. It is much admired ; and there These are the gathering - call of the
were letters round it in brass, which lark. At first it does not soar as it composed Latin words. The design of sings; the sound is as it were the dream the figures that were in it was to repreof its day-song. By two, it springs from sent the time the world was to last, or the dewy daisy which had bent under its the primum mobile, according to the breast, to greet the sun from the gates Ptolemaic system, was going about, and of heaven. For some time the early was contained in some verses formerly to chorister is unaccompanied. Gradually, be read on the pavement, relating to those however, as it rises, the light increases; figures. The following explication is the cold blue streak in the far north-east given of them :-If the reader will prubegins to change to red; the breath of dently revolve all these things in his morn blows cool; the ruddy glow shoots mind, he will find them plainly refer to upward; at length the golden rim of the the end of the world. The threefold glorious sun touches the horizon; and hedge is put for three years, the time a in an instant, as if roused by an electric day hedge usually stood ; a dog for shock, one universal matin-hymn bursts three times that space, or nine years, it from every tree and bush, as far round being taken for the time that creature as the ear can drink in the notes. The usually lives; a horse, in like manner, change from the solitary voicing of the for twenty-seven ; a man, for eightylark to the universal chorus, in which one; a hart, two hundred and forty«The linnet, chafinch, bulfinch, goldfinch, green- twenty-nine ; an eagle, two thousand
three; a raven,
seven hundred and finch, And all the finches of the grove,"
one hundred and eighty-seven ; a great as Tilburina has it, bear their part, is whale, six thousand tive hurdred and exquisitely pleasing. For it may be sixty-one; the world, nineteen thousand noticed, that how various soever may be six hundred, and eighty-three ;-each the notes of singing birds, they all har- succeeding figure giving a term of years, monize; there is infinite diversity of imagined to be the time of their contone and of tune, but there is no discord. tinuance, three times as much as that This universal burst of song continues before it. In the four last verses, the for about a quarter of an hour, and then time when the work was performed, and the silence becomes almost as perfect as
the parties concerned in it, are it was before it was broken by the ap- pressed: that King Henry the Third pearance of the sun. The little people was at the charge ; that the stones were having offered up their morning thanks, purchased at Rome; that one Oderick disperse in search of food; and though was the master-workman; and that the the parts of the chorus are taken up by Abbot of Westminster (who procured numerous detached pipes in the course
the materials) had the care of the work. of the day, the whole is not rehearsed until another sun has once more given the signal. To those who would investigate the songs of particular birds, the Along the frieze of the screen of St. evening is the best time; for as the Edward's Chapel, Westminster Abbey, calm hour approaches, they one by one
are fourteen legendary sculptures, redrop into silence, and their several ex- specting the Confessor. The first is the cellencies may be the more easily appre- trial of Queen Emma; the next, the ciated. But if our readers, who have birth of Edward ; another is his coronas
ANCIENT LEGENDARY SCULPTURES.
tion; the fourth tells us how our saint In William Hunter's Memoir is the was frightened into the abolition of the following :Dane-gelt, by his seeing the devil dance " When he invited his younger friends upon the money-casks; the fifth is the to his table, they were seldom regaled story of his winking at the thief who with more than two dishes ; when alone, was robbing his treasure; the sixth is he rarely sat down to more than one : meant to relate the appearance of our he would say, “ A man who cannot dine Saviour to him ; the seventh shows how on this, deserves to have no dinner.' the invasion of England was frustrated After the meal, his servant (who was by the drowning of the Danish King; also the attendant on the anatomical in the eighth is seen the quarrel between theatre) used to hạnd round a single, the boys Tosti and Harold, predicting glass of wine to each of his guests., their respective fates'; in the ninth sculp- These trifles are mentioned as a trait of, ture is the Confessor's vision of the seven the old manner of professional life, and sleepers ; the tenth, how he meets St. as a feature of the man who devoted John the Evangelist, in the guise of a seventy thousand poụnds to create. a pilgrim; the eleventh, how the blind museum for the benefit of posterity.” were cured by their eyes being washed: in his dirty water ; the twelfth, how St. John delivers to the pilgrims a ring; in Death flaps his wings the thirteenth they deliver the ring to Over the haughty and the lowly train, the King, which he had, unknowingly And as the monarch eagle, first in might given to St. John as an alms, when he Preys on the feather'd tribe—without met him in the form of a pilgrim,—this respect was attended with a message from the To kind, age, quality, or strength. So, Saint, foretelling the death of the King ;
Death and the fourteenth shows the conse- Preys on mortality and man; making i quential haste made by him to complete The empire of the earth his own! his pious foundation.
The Marchioness of Hastings, when A snapper up of unconsidered trifles. in India, observed that one of her, fe-.
male attendants absented herself during; an eclipse of the moon. On inquiry.
whither. she had been, the woman an-, IRISH POLLING.
swered, that she had been paying the Enter an octogenarian, staggering, pre. cobbler, for that it was quite dark.?? ceded by his landlord, strutting: Land- Not perceiving what connexion the dark-lord (to Sheriff's Deputy)—" Please to
ness had with the payment, her ladypoll this man, Michael Moss."
De ship naturally required a solution of the puty~"Silence in the court ! (He mystery. “Oh," said the simple creaopens the book.) Michael Moss."
ture, “it is an old story: a long while Moss (hiccupping)—.Micky is my name, ago, they borrowed nails, and a piece of Purty Micky Moss.” Deputy Value leather of a cobbler, to nail over the 501.-house and lands-parish of St. The cobbler never was repaid ;; Margaret's—date of , laise, 9th May, so I have been with the rest to pay our 1820. Misthur Moss, stand up, sir, if share of money to the priest. you please.” Mr. Moss stands
Literary Gazette. well as he is able. Deputy“For whom do you vote, Misther Moss ?" Moss« For Lord Brabazon and the brave In a closely-printed volume, price 5s. the Colonel White." Deputy—“Sit down,
AND SERVANTS' GUIDE, Mr. Moss, and don't go away.”,
“A very useful little work, which will at once “Oh, never fare, I am no runaway.' serve as a cookery.book, a guide for every deDeputy -“İs there any : objection to, scription of servants, and a valuable assistant to Mr. Moss's vote?” An Attorney-“I
the head of every family. We shall recommend
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JOHN LIMBIRD, 143, Strand, Dear Somerset Micky a pint of punch." Deputy- House. « Mr. Moss, you may go away.'
Exit Mr. Moss.-Morning Herald.
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THE HOTEL DE VILLE, PARIS.
“ If this edifice bears no proportion to
the present extent and magnificence of This is the Guild Hall of the City of Paris, we must consider that the city Paris. It is situated in the Place de has been more than doubled in size and Grève, on the North Bank of the River population since the middle of the sixSeine. It is a place of some importance teenth century; and luxury and magniin the revolutionary annals of France, ficence have increased in a much greater and was one of the warmly contested proportion. positions during the struggles of the " The Hôtel de Ville was the theatre of 28th and 29th of July last.
violent disorders during the war de la The history of the place is as follows: Fronde, and also at the revolution. At
“The first stone was laid July 15, 1533, the latter period its apartments, which by Pierre de Viole, prévót des marchands, contained many valuable paintings and The front was raised to the second story. ornaments, were stripped of every thing in the Gothic style ; but a taste for the that could call to mind a monarchical fine arts, which had long flourished in government. The spirit of destruction Italy, beginning to dawn upon France, which then reigned respected, however, the whimsical forms of Gothic archi- the twelve months of the year, carved in tecture fell into disrepute.
In 1549, wood, in one of the rooms near the Dominick Boccadoro, surnamed Cor- grande salle. At this period it was tona, an Italian architect, presented a called Maison Commune, and the busts new plan to Henry II. which was adopt- of Marat and Chalier were placed in the ed; but the building proceeded slowly, grand hall. Destined afterwards to inand was not completed till the reign of ferior uses, this edifice seemed devoted Henry IV. in 1605, under the celebrated to oblivion, when, in 1801, the project prévót François Miron. The archi- was formed of establishing in it the pretecture of the Hôtel de Ville presents fecture of the department. nothing remarkable, except that it is “ The execution of this project led to one of the first buildings in Paris which the complete restoration of the Hôtel de displayed a return to regularity of forms, Ville, which was effected under the diand a correct style of decoration. The rection of Molinos, with equal skill and flight of steps leading to the vestibule is celerity. The building was considerably grand; the vestibule is spacious, and enlarged; to effect which, the Hôpital the porticoes are very convenient. Their and church du St. Esprit, and the church decorations, as well as the sculptures of of St. Jean en Grève, were added. Upon the staircase, are admirably executed. the return of Louis XVIII. the emblems Over the principal entrance, in the semi- of the reigning dynasty were restored. circular black marble pediment, was a “ The ground-floor of the church du bas-relief in bronze, by Biard, repre- St. Esprit is now transformed into a spasenting Henry IV. on horseback. This cious vestibule, destined to receive the was torn down during the war de la king when he visits the Hôtel de Ville ; Fronde, restored by the son of Biard, a grand staircase leads from it to the destroyed during the revolution, and re- appartement d'honneur, formed out of newed in plaster in 1814. The clock the upper part of the church. The cost an immense sum. It is the work salle de Saint Jean, the only remains of of Lepaute, and may be considered one the church dedicated to that Saint, preof the best in Europe. At night it is sents a vast parallelogram, lighted from lighted by a lampe parabolique, so that above, and decorated with twelve Cothe hour may constantly be seen. The rinthian columns, behind which is a galcourt is surrounded with porticoes, which lery. This room was fitted up after the support the building. Upon the marble designs of F. Blondel, and is admired for frieze were inscriptions in golden letters, the beauty of its proportions. It is apwhich marked the principal events in the propriated to the drawing for the conlife of Louis XIV. from his marriage, in scripts. 1659, to 1689. There were also inscrip- "The Grand Salle forms a banquetingtions of the most striking events in the room, where civic festivals are given. reign of Louis XV. The court was It is hung with superb crimson velvet likewise ornamented with medallions re- paper, ornamented with golden fleurs de presenting portraits of the prévóts and lis, and surrounded by a rich border. the échevins. In this court is a bronze The chairs, sofas, and curtains, are of statue, by Coysevox, of Louis XIV. crimson silk. "Above the two chimneydressed à la Grecque, but with a court pieces are pictures of Louis XVI. and wig; it stands on a pedestal of white Louis XVIII. The latter was given by. marble, which formerly was embellished the king to the city, and is a masterpiece with ornaments, and bore an inscription. in resemblance and execution.