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this has gone out of fashion, the musicians even causes the company to shed tears : a young man looks for a bride, he examines precede the company; then follow the bride the afflicted wife, however, recovers a little the dunghill
. If it is carelessly thrown toand bridegroom; after whom come the when it is time, according to their custom, gether, he concludes that there is nothing young people, who hold their sweet-hearts to go round the table with her husband, there for him; but if it is put up in an by the hand, and do not fail to shout and and pledges every one of the company. On orderly manner, he goes into the house, to discharge their pistols, and that as ncar his occasion, the griests, by some little because there is a girl to be married, and as possible to the bride; for these demon- joke, try to comfort the young wife. Po begs permission to spend the evening with strations of joy please them very much, liteness requires that during supper, which the family : this permission is seldom reand are an honour to the young couple. generally lasts very long, every young man fused, they answer by these words, Benian The old people conclude the procession. should put by stealth, from time to time, sin vot; Be welcome with us.
D. In the same commune it is the custom, sweetmeats into the glass of the girl whom when the priest has blessed the wedding- he has accompanied to the wedding: . As ring, for the sister of the bridegroom, or soon as the meal is finished, the musicians
THE DRAMA. her best friend, to receive it out of his appear, the young men take out the bride hand, draw a black ribbon through it, and to dance: usually every one of them dances King's TheatRE.-Garcia's second disput it with the ribbon on the finger of the a minuet with her; besides this, they dance play has been in the Clemenza di Tito, and bride, saying, "I give you this ring in the waltzes, bourrées,ll and quadrilles. The he has reason to congratulate himself on name of
my brother; remember, my dear dances in the mountains of the Vosges are his having found a part so strikingly fitted sister, that you owe him love and constancy,” very decent, and are performed by the girls for his peculiar talent. That talent cerThe young wife wears this ribbon till the with serions modest looks, and with their tainly does not lie in his singing. His nafirst Sunday after her marriage; on that eyes cast down upon the ground. In the tural voice has been admirably assisted by day it disappears, after the celebration of middle of the revels, the young couple art, and no performer of his day has learned mass. With this very old custom they seem slip away together. Towards, or after to run its cadenzas with more taste and to unite the idea of the indissolubility of the midnight, the company look for them, and facility; but his chief power over the aumarriage tie: the black colour of the ribbon when they are found; begin to play all dience still lies in his acting, his impasis to signify, that the business of the young kinds of tricks to plague them; but at sioned, animated, vigorous representation wife begins to be serious, and that duties last are conciliated, and bring them mill of strong feeling. His Sesto was very finely must take place of youthful amusements. or wine; ineantime the girls go on danc- played, and honoured with loud applause. We must not forget to observe, that it is ing, and the old people take care that they The rest of the company toiled and trilled still generally believed, that whichever first do not come into the bed-room of the new through their vocation nearly in the usual rises after they have received the nuptial married couple : probably that their ears way. Fopor, “ pinguedine unctuosissima benediction, will be master of the house. may not be offended by the rather rudc nitescens,” was chiefly remarkable for a The bride is generally in a great hurry to jokes of the young men.
dingy coverlet, which she seerned to have rise first. After the ceremony in the church At day-break they go to rest ; but as grasped at in her emergency, and put on is over, and the company retiring, the soon as the bell chimes at seven o'clock for as a disguise ; CrivELLI was inexorably bride endeavours to escape, and to return mass, all the company return to church. clamorous, and
split the ears of the to her father's house; however the young As this mass is read for their deceased re- groundlings.". The rest did their best, people watch her closely, and prevent her lations, they would look upon it almost as and shared the cry without the ridicule. Aight. Sometimes she succeeds in getting sacrilegious not to attend it: after divine | The delightful Ballet of Zephir followed. away; but as soon as this is discovered, service every body goes home. they pursue and fetch her back again. This In the coinmune La Bresse the parentz running away and fetching back is some and friends do not call a girl thou after she
Neither of the principal Theatres have times often repeated, and lasts till the com. has received the nuptial benediction.
produced any novelty worthy of remark, pany arrive at the husband's house. Here
If a young man of a village has married since our last. Mr. Penley denies the far: the bride receives the blessing from her a girl of another village, the young men of cical larceny imputed to him with respect parents-in-law. If she has escaped on the the latter intercept the way of the bride to the Sleeping Draught; but the coinciway, they do not go to supper till she is with a ribbon, when she is on her way to dence appears too strong to have been acbrought back again.
church, and she is obliged to purchase per-cidental, and we cannot help thinking In some communes they present the new mission to pass by money, and some bottles that Mr. Bayne's Love and Laudunum at married couple, before they go to supper, of wine.
Woolwich is the original, though unacwith milk porridge; and where the custom The girls in the mountains of the Vosges knowledged, of the Farce now acting at of carrying the white hen still prevails, it have a singular way of refusing a young Drury Lane.—Miss Kelly has resumed her is killed after they come from church, and man who asks their hand : they send him station, and was most heartily welcomed. served
a cat ; therefore a cat is used, as a basket There is another custom: Before supper, elsewhere. (See No. 17 of the Literary the young couple receive from the company | Gazette, note to Mæurs Francaises.')
Mr. MATHEWS AT HOME.- Mr. Mathe usual presents, which consist of money The manner in which the young men and thews, the comedian, and, if we may add or household furniture. After every one
women form acquaintance with each other without offence to him, the mimic, having has offered his gift, they go to supper; in these mountains is likewise singular. On retired from Covent Garden theatre, has but the newly married pair
do not partake Saturday or Sunday after vespers, they first, undertaken a new species of public enterof it: the young wife cries bitterly,g and at ten or twelve in number, visit the girls, tainment, which be entitles, * Mail Coach the desert she places herself next the old who assemble in the same number. In Adventures,” and exhibits singly at the people, while one of the girls sings to her such companies they play, sing, and dance
. English Opera House, about four nights in a very melancholy song, in which the loss But if one of them pays his court to a girl, the week. We have had the pleasure of of the virgin zone is lamented: this song, he goes alune. Whether there are any girls hearing him once, and certainly conceive which is sung to a mournful tune, redoubles to be married in the house, is to be seen from that his performances are without parallel ; the tears of the young wife, and sometimes the dunghill before the door; therefore if at least we can say that nothing of the
kind which we ever saw comes near the Decorum requires this affectation ; a girl who does not earnestly try to run home, gets no || This dance is said to have had its origin in excellence of his imitations, his multiplied good name. Auvergne, where it is much in vogue.
powers, and versatile talent. $ Among the ancient Russians also, and other * This custom prevails also in Lower Bretagne.
There is something in good mimicry nations, the bride took no part in the marriage Vide Memoirs de l'Academie Celtique, No. 6, which affords great delight. It resembles fi ast, but wept bitterly.
humorous satire; it levels the most lofty,
page 362, &c.
THEATRE DE LA GAIETE.
and lashes the most ridiculous. It is per- and naturally coloured. In the end, Ham- DIGEST OF POLITICS AND haps not attributable to one of the kindest let's advice to the players is delivered; and,
NEWS. principles in the human mind, that man- as in the former parts, the French Tragedy kind are so much amused with the display and its supporters constitute a consider- Our political department is, like of his art ; for all enjoy it except the per- able feature of the entertainment'; we many others, almost a sinecure. As son who is said to be taken off. Yet it is have here the characteristics of most of we do not adopt any side or party, exbut fair to observe, that in Mr. Mathews' our own actors, Kemble, Young, Kean, imitations there is no ill-nature. The pe- Fawcett, Blanchard, Pope, Munden, Incle- cepting always the single party of our culiarities of men, of nations, are exqui- don, Cooke, &c. imitated with a degree of country, we have really nothing to say sitely represented, and so little caricatured, skill that places each of them before us in about the disputes between Spain and that if ever an individual could bear to see propria persona, and causes us to doubt our Portugal, the contradictory statements his own, or his country's distinguishing fea-senses when they inform us, that all these from South America, the rival pamtures made a subject for laughter, we think varieties are One.
phlets of Ultras and Jacobins and Mohe must even join in the risibility which The very extraordinary nature of these derés in France (we only wish they the efforts of this admirable mimic excites. performances will excuse the length of our were all moderé,) or the factions of
Any description of these entertainments criticism (if it may be called so, when we must of necessity be flat and wearisome. have only to express our approbation ;) and
Germany or Italy. When any of these We can only say that we were heartily as we consider it not very probable that
into action, we shall record ainused with them, and laughed an hour by our readers may ever have it in their power their exploits. In the interim, we can St. Martin's clock at the changes, persona- to behold such an exhibition again, we only notice, that their Budget contions, drollery, songs, and ventriloquy, of finish with recommending to them, by all tinues to occupy the French Legislature; which they were composed.
means, to see this clever and unique and that in our House of Commons The performer, to whom, if ever to any, At Home. Shakspeare's line is applicable
the proposed repeal of the leather tax “And one man in his time plays many parts,"
has been negatived by 136 votes to 130;
and some important financial measures, opens the business with an Address, in which he explains the reasons for his leav
touching also the circulation of our ing Covent Garden, the principal of which
paper currency, been proposed by the is his not having been cast into legitimately
Chancellor of the Exchequer. The comic parts, and being not only rarely em
Bank Restriction Act to continue one ployed, but always in characters of buffoonery L'Orphelin Soldat, a Melo-drama, in year longer in force, and country and imitation. Thus bafiled in his ambition, three acts.
bankers not to issue notes below 51. he has been driven to-make a fortune by This orphan, named Albert, is the natu- unless on Government security. the art of which he is so perfect a master, ral son of M. de Senneville; his mother and which he yet affects to underrate. There died of a broken heart soon after his birth,
On Tuesday the marriage of the is some little inconsistency in this, but it on learning that her seducer was married. Princess Elizabeth and the Prince of is nevertheless true, that Mr. Mathews' ta- Lieutenant Duplessis, the maternal uncle Hesse Homberg was celebrated with lents were neither displayed frequently of Albert, under the assumed name of considerable pomp at the Queen's enough, nor to advantage, in the large the Saint Felix, takes charge of his education, House. The Gazette announces that atre to the corps of which he belonged. He and places him as a private soldier in his the title of Royal Highness has been may therefore without a murmur unite with regiment. He however intends ultimately accorded by the Prince Regent to Prince the public, who crowd to him every night, to obtain his discharge, and to marry him in saying, " 'Tis better as it is.'
Leopold of Coburg. to the daughter of a rich merchant. After this introduction, there is an ac- Such is the situation of the orphan when
An atrocious attempt was made on count of a journey to the North in the Mail M. de Senneville is appointed comman- Wednesday to assassinate Lord PalCoach, with the company in which, their dant of the citadel in which the regiment merston, the Secretary at War. A man tones, manners, and habits, we are speedily of Saint Felix is quartered. Saint Felix, of the name of Davis, a half-pay lieubrought acquainted, and recitation and who has sworn to be revenged on his sis- tenant of the 62d regiment, waited for song agreeably diversify the descriptions ter's seducer, challenges M. de Senneville. his Lordship at his office, and shot him and imitations. There is much fun in this in the meanwhile Saint Felix himself reportion of the evening's amusements. The ceives a challenge from Albert, who has with a pocket pistol as he ascended the
but not next part consists of Ventriloquy, in which been persuaded that his friend and bene- stairs. The wound is severe, a sick man, a French valet, a cook, a but factor intends to carry off his mistress. In dangerous. It is strange to observe by ler, a little boy, &c. are all represented by a moment of ungovernable passion, the what sympathy these phrenzied acts Mr. Mathews, whose initative powers are young man loses sight of his subordination. never occur singly. This attempt folwonderfully displayed in giving an identity For this fault, so unpardonable in the mili- lows closely upon that directed against to these very different characters, and in lary profession, he is arrested; he, how the Duke of 'Wellington. Connected faculty consists. The third, and last part, him to the spot appointed for the duel be with the latter, several arrests have is a whimsical series of songs and stories. tween Senneville and Saint Felix, and he ar
taken place in the Netherlands. A law trial is admirably delineated, and in rives at the very moment when the latter It is reported that some exchange of the pleadings and charge to the jury some receives a mortal wound. At this terrible territory has been agreed on between well-known counsel and judges are recog- sight all resentment is forgotten; he offers the Allies and France; and that the nised. A drunken man lighting his pipe his unfortunate benefactor all the assistat a candle, is capitally done ; and, not to ance in his power. He is surprised, in the army of occupation will be withdrawn enumerate the many attractions of this fulfilment of this pious duty, and is tried to the frontiers in Autumn. scena, we shall conclude with noticing the and condemned to death as a murderer. similitude of an old Scotch ininister's wi- M. de Senneville now discovers that Albert COPYRIGHT OF BOOKS. dow telling a tale, beyond which, we are of is his son, and the General, on being in. opinion, it is impossible for the mimic art formed of the circumstances of the affair,
The subject of the Copyright Acts to go. Face, voice, look, and manner, are gives orders for suspending the execution
was appointed for discussion last night inimitably copied ;-the portrait is as per of the sentence, in order to await the mercy in the House of Commons; the result fect as one of Vandyke's, and as forcibly of the king
of which it will be too late for us to
this gate ?
ascertain before subuuitting our pub- teristic. When the French were in Berlin, energy, which belongs to the genius of lication to the press. We cannot help, Jahn went with his scholars to exercise on liberty. Shonld the freedom of the press not however, expressing a hope, that a tax the heath out of the city. On his return, be established among us (as our good miniso injurious as that now existing to the he took it into his head, to ask a boy who sters have promised
the English language, interests of literature, and so ụn fair in
loitered under the Brandenberg gate, What which every one wishes to learn, on account used to stand upon
* The Vic of that liberty, will become universal on principle, will be abolisļied. Having tory' “ What is becoine of her?” The the Continent, and France will thus lose the prepared something of an historical French have carried her to France ! «What only pre-eminence which remains to her.” view of this question, and looked to its do you think of it?". Nothing at all.' various bearings, we confess that we Upon tủis Jahn gave him a hearty box on are at a loss to discover one tenable
with the serious admonition, “ She METEOROLOGICAL JOURNAL. argument by which the continuance of was there, and may be fetched back again,
APRIL. the imposition can be supported. It is forgot it, though the citizens of Berlin | Thursday, 2 Thermometer from 35 to 46. a partial impost for a general purpose; thought the Professor mad, because he re
, 30, 48.
Wind N. and NE. 2.-A little sunshine about it is the reverse of what it purports to quired that a boy should think something
the day generally cloudy.—Worms worked be, and acts in every point to disconi- al seeing the gate without the Victory, while much in the night. rage literature ; it is detrimental to the thousands , passed through it every day Friday, 3—Thermometer from 37 to 45. public revenue, and the worst mode without thinking any thing.
Barometer from 30, 54 to 30, 59. that can be devised for the advantage
LITERARY Curiosity. — The following Wind N. and NE. 1–Sun shining at times in even of the public bodies in whose be- latin verse, composed with much ingenuity, the morning, but generally cloudy: afternoon half it is meant to operate.
affords two very opposite meanings by and evening clear. The tortoise opened his eyes
Barometer from 30,57 to 30, 48.
Wind N. and NE. - I think the wind was SE.
as it veered round once in the afternoon. Clear Tempore durabunt, quod modo prospicimus. Tour OF THE CROWN PRINCE OF BA
the whole day. Ice on puddles this morning. VARIA.—The eyes of all the lovers of anti.
Some one said to Dufresny, “ Poverty Sunulay, 5–Therinometer from * 24 to 53. quity and the fine arts are with reason is no crime." It is a great deal worse,'
Barometer from 30, 32 to 29, 95. said he.
Wind S. and SE. 1-The early part of the turned upon the remarkable journey which
morning clear, bazy by eight, and remained so His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Bavaria has undertaken to the classic sident in Oxford, of the name of Ducane, Monday, 6–Thermometer from 39 to 52.
Many years since, a French teacher, re- till the evening, when it became quite cloudy. ground of Greece. This august patron called on Mr. Wickham, a mercer, who
Barometer from 29, 46 to 29, 72. and enlightened judge of the arts, having lived opposite University College, for a Wind sw. and W. 3.-Generally cloudy, first visited all the most remarkable places waistcoat-picce, but could not recollect the raining all the morning. in Sicily, and its noblest ruins of antiquity, naine of the material he wished for. He
Rain fallen, 05 of an inch. returned to Rome, where he has dedicated said that “ he thought it was de English for Tuesılay, 7—Thermometer from 34 to 50; some time to profound study, preparatory de Diable." Mr. Wickham mentioned the
Barometer from 29, 92 to 29, 71.1 to his intended tour. It is his Royal High- several names of his infernal Highness, such
Wind E. 1.-Raining generally through the ness's intention to depart from Rome to as Old Nick, Beelzebub, &c.“ No, no,
day. month of April. The Prince has sent for Mr. W. thought of Satan. Greece in the beginning of the present it was not dat," was the reply
. At last Wednesday, 8 – Thermometer from 37 to 62. ad dat is vat
Barometer from 29, 68 to 29, 59. M. Klenze, architect to the court of Ba- I vant,” said Ducane, “ I vant a Satan
Wind S. and S. b. W. 4.-Morning and noon varia, to accompany him in this tour. He vestcoat."-Oxford Herald.
generally fine, afternoon very rainy, evening goes first through the Peloponnesus, and all
cloudy.--Rain fallen, 475 of an inch.
Latitude 51. 37.32. N. Ionia, to Athens, perhaps to Asia Minor, and probably by way of Constantinople LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.
Longitude 3. 51. W. back to Bavaria.
Edmonton, Middlesex. JOHN ADAMS. FRENCH TRANSLATION OF THE ENGLISH At the late sitting of the Institute and
* This I think must have been a sudden fall, Royal Academy of Science at Paris, the
and but for a short time, as no vegetable appears gold medal, founded by the late M. de The English Tragic drama is chiefly to have felt it. Lalande, was awarded to Mr. Pond, Astro- known in France through the translation of nomer Royal, at Greenwich, for his re- M. le Tourneur. It is reported that M. de
We are happy to announce for our searches relative to the annual parallax of Chateauneuf is about to publish a selection next Number, the continuation of ihe intethe fixed stars.
of English Comedies. To judge of it by resting Tour of their Imperial Highnesses WINCKELMANN.-The family of Albani
the fragments which the author has given the Austrian Archdukes. at Rome has recovered the plates of the in the French journals published in London,
his translation will be faithful as well as fine work of Winckelmann, Monumens inedits. These plates were carried off when « I have studied the English Drama for elegant. In his prefatory remarks, he says,
TO CORRESPONDENTS. the Albani library was plundered in 1799,
three and were taken to Naples. As the valuable to criticise 'it, I shall perhaps do so with sent to us for insertion in the Gazette, we
Of a multitude of Literary Annunciations
years ; and whenever I may venture work of Winckelmann has become ex- the prejudices of a Frenchman. I conceive have to state, that all those which are Adtremely scarce, the lovers of the fine arts the reading of twenty comedies, gives me
vertisements, are necessarily omitted. will be happy to learn that the possessors
The Editor thunks J. G. for his communiof the plates will soon be able to gratify volumes of travels. In comparing the cations, which do not seem to require a partheir wishes by publishing a new edition.
comic drama of the two countries, some ticular answer. Any future hints from him ANECDOTE:--The following anecdote of idea may be formed of the astonishing will be acceptable. Professor Jahn, in Berlin, whose system contrast which exists between two such Several articles intended for publication, for making youth perfect in gymnastic near neighbours. The English langıtage are again unavoidably postponed. exercises, has given rise to endless dis- possesses a certain superiority with which putes in Germany, is highly characol no modern tongue can vie. It is that lofty BENSLEY and SONS, Bolt Court, Fleet Street.