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and only a very few are known to be in ex- | her labors, by the time this meets the eye istence whose weight exceeds 100 carats. of our readers, will be at an end. They are found chiefly in India, but also in
It were a thankless and needless task to Borneo, Siberia, and Brazil. By far the greater number found are small, and it has recapitulate what has been said in honor of been calculated that the numerical propor the art, the bounty, and the attractiveness tion of those of larger size is not very dif of this Swedish woman. Her triumphs are ferent from the relative value they possess in the hearts of all who have listened, and in the market.
in the ears of all who have heard mention “ The cutting of diamonds is an art formerly practised in England, and the old
of her. English-cut diamonds of size that we oc
“God bless her!" is the voice of the nation; casionally meet with are highly valued ; and in our bumble way we echo it here. but, for some time past, almost the whole - A word or two, however, of Mr. business of this kind has been transacted at
BARNUM. He has, it appears, organized a Amsterdam. The work is effected by simple machinery, the grinding and cutting material
travelling menagerie, to follow in the wake being diamond-powder, either obtained by of this pecuniary triumph with Jenny LIND. crushing stones of inferior quality or by rub He has, furthermore, introduced the name bing one stone against another.
of the modest, yet wonderful singer, in most " Diamonds are generally set in silver,
shameless contact with his wax imagery, and and with as little to distract the attention from the lustre of the gem as the nature of
men without arms; and, to complete the the ornament will admit. Set in gold the absurdity, has topped his flaming placards, effect is much diminished; but with rubies with a portrait of Himself! and sapphires there is generally nothing that we had hoped—nay, we had presumed can injure the lustre of the finer brilliants.
—that a half-year's intercourse with so Mr. Hope's diamond is set surrounded with
spirituelle a creature as JENNY LIND must smaller brilliants, and the effect is good. “The shape of the Koh-i-noor diamond is
be, would have softened the nodosities of the that of a pear, or rather more oblong; and showman's nature; and that the humbug in it would be much reduced in size if cut by which he had so long trafficked, would have a European diamond merchant. Its mar- given place to a kindlier estimate of humanketable value would, however, be increased, for the reason already given. It would prob
a lity, and to a refinement of his waxen preably become, if properly treated, one of the
he dilections. finest diamonds now in Europe. The Sea |
Alas for us, the result has fa
Alas for us, the result has falsified all our of Light, in the Indian collection, is a com- hopes! We could have tolerated his return paratively flat stone, and could be properly to the Museum, and Tom THUMB ;-but to set only as a rose or table diamond. The find him linking the name of the admired surface exposed is, however, very large. "Mr. Hope's blue diamond is most superb
h | Swede into his list of shows, as if she were as well for form as color. Its color, es only one of his money-making puppets ;pecially, is unrivalled, and is that of the and to find his own picture adorning (1) the finest and most delicate sapphire. Its form tale of the elephants and the monkeys, leaves is nearly square, and its depth considerable ; but its lustre and brilliancy are beyond all
us no room to hope for a reform, and dedescription."
mands of us more pity than our Christian
spirit can find. - Among home topics of most interest, We should be gratified to learn that it was we have again to designate the closing con- without Mr. BARNUM's cognizance that these certs of JENNY LIND. She does not seem to things had been done. lose with the lapse of time, or with the mul. But let us not forget the worthier matters tiplicity of concerts. Enthusiasm is perhaps with which we begun. JENNY LIND is to tranquillizing into a more steady and sober leave us ; who will not bid her God speed 1 appreciation; yet even now her name and and remember long and warmly the charity figure will call up a shout.
which has touched our hearts, and the It appears that in virtue of the contract minstrelsy which has lifted our souls-to between herself and Mr. BARNUM, the con- heaven. certs were to be discontinued after the number of sixty, one hundred, or one hundred
THE BOOK WORLD. and fifty, was the parties might determine. We have marked for insertion in the MisJENNY has decided upon the hundred, and cellany, some notice of the Guild of Art and
Literature, recently established in Great 1 (should any such arise) where an individual Britain. Mr. Bulwer has written a comedy can prove that he has made every effort to
insure his life, but cannot find acceptance at in aid of the project; MacLISE has promised
any Life Office, by reason of impaired health, a picture; and numerous other prominent
or of advanced age, at the date of this prosartists and litterateurs have volunteered their pectus. aid. That our readers may have a more " Each MEMBER will be required to give, distinct idea of what is to be done, we ex. either personally or by a proxy selected from tract for them a fragment from the prospec.
the ASSOCIATES, with the approval of the
Warden, three Lectures in each year-one tus issued by the manager.
in London, the other at the Mechanics Insti
tutes, or some public building suited for the “ It is proposed to open, at a Life Office
purpose, in the principal provincial Towns, of acknowledged respectability, and capital, | Considering the many duties, exacting time a Branch Insurance and Provident Society,
and attention that will devolve on the W ARDsolely for the Professors of Literature and
En, he will not be required to give more of Art.
than one Lecture annually, (which if deliver“ Within the former term are understood
ed by a proxy, he will, health permitting, to be comprehended all writers, of either sex, be expected to compose himself, and that of original works or dramas, or of not less in the Metropolis. than twenty original papers in Periodicals.* “ These Lectures will be subject to the Within the latter, all Painters and Sculp- direction and control of the managing body tors who make the Fine Arts their profes- of the Endowment. They will usually resion, and all Students of the Royal Academy late to Letters or Art, and will invariably of England, Scotland, or Ireland.
avoid all debatable ground of Politics or " This Society will embrace the several Theology. It will be the endeavor of the objects which the Members of a Profession Committee to address them on points on may be most disposed to secure-such as which the public may be presumed to be life insurances, at rates of premium calcu. I interested, and to require dispassionate and lated as payable either for the whole term reliable information to make them, in short, of life, or as altogether ceasing to be pay- an educational and improving feature of the able at a certain age ; annuities to commence | time. at a certain age; pensions to widows; pay-1 “ The originators and promoters of the ments destined to the education or provision scheme, thus briefly detailed, are themselves of children, &c.
either Authors or Artists, familiarly ac“In connection with this Society, by which quainted with the wants and feelings of the it is intended to commend and enforce the great mass of their fellow-laborers, anxiously duties of prudence and foresight, especially desirous to aid those distinguished in purincumbent on those whose income is wholly, suits similar to their own; whose youth they or mainly, derived from the precarious pro- | have seen prematurely broken by noble fit of a profession, it is proposed to estab- struggles for independence, or whose age lish and endow an Institute, having at its they have witnessed a suppliant for bounty, disposal certain salaries, to which certain so administered as to embitter every memduties will be attached ; together with a limit
ory of service, and humiliate every honest ed number of free residences, which, though sentiment of pride. But they desire to sufficiently small to be adapted to a very
extend whatever aid they may have the moderate income, will be completed with
power to proffer or suggest, in the mode due regard to the ordinary habits and neces- which seems to them most respectful to the sary comforts of gentlemen. The offices of members of those professions that give to Endowment will consist :
all nations in which they flourish the least 1st.–Of a WARDEN, with a house and a disputable title to respect. They desire salary of 2001. a year ;
that the aid should necessitate no degrading 20.--Of MEMBERS, with a house and 1701., plea of poverty-no painful exposition of or, without a house, 2001. a year ;
calamity and want; but that it should bear 3d.-Of AssocIATES, with a salary of the character of a tribute to merit, not of 1001. a year.
an alms to destitution.” For these offices all who are insurers in
We are obliged to leave out much that the Society above mentioned are qualified to offer themselves as Candidates. Such In- we are disposed to reprint in reference to surance is to be considered an indispensable this new design of British Authors and Artqualification, saving in exceptional cases ists. We feel sure that our readers will
read with interest of a plan so benevolent in
its purpose and so novel in its execution. • This limitation is intended to exclude accidental contributors to periodicals, who may not be
Of American books and literary affairs we attached to literature as a profession.
defer mentioning until the coming week.
We continue this week our illustrations offered by Mr. MORANT, one of the oldest and of the most beautiful objects at the World's best known house-decorators of London. The Fair.
top is of plate-glass, painted to imitate FlorThe first is a table richly elaborated and entine Mosaic.
The following engraving is after a Cameo | the well-known story of MAZEPPA upon the
As a specimen of the rich work in iron | Tazza in chased iron, by Y. MANTIFAT, of which graces the Exhibition, we give a Paris.
We relieve our matter-of-fact selections this week by reprinting an old and very passionate story, published twenty years ago, by Leitch Ritchie.
The main road from the Lago Maggiore , defiles, by a storm which rendered my horse to the western parts of Switzerland at one ungovernable. While leaning upon a bench, time ran through the Valley of Anzasca ; and looking with drowsy curiosity towards and it was once my fortune to be detained the window—for there was no bed except all night at a cottage in one of its wildest | my host's, of which I did not choose to de
prive hina— I saw a small, faint light among | product of their labor; ranking in this rethe rocks in the distance. I at first con- spect with gamesters, authors, and other ceived that it might proceed from a cottage- vagabonds. window; but, remembering that that part They are, notwithstanding, a fine race of of the mountain was wholly uninhabited, men-brave, hardy, and often handsome. and indeed uninhabitable, I roused myself, They spend freely what they win lightly; and calling one of the family, inquired what and if one day they sleep off their hunger, it meant. While I spoke, the light suddenly lying like wild animals basking in the sun, vanished; but in about a minute reappeared the next, if fortune has been propitious, they in another place, as if the bearer had gone swagger about, gallant and gay, the lords of round some intervening rock. The storm at the valley. Like the sons of God, the minethat time raged with a fury which threat-rali sometimes make love to the daughters ened to blow our hut, with its men and of men; and, although they seldom possess horses, over the mountains; and the night the hand, they occasionally touch the heart, was so intensely dark that the edges of the of the gentle maidens of Anzasca. If their horizon were wholly undistinguishable from wooing is unsuccessful, there are comrades the sky.
still wilder than their own, whose arms are " There it is again !” said I. “ What is always open to receive the desperate and that, in the name of God ?”
the brave. They change the scene, and be“ It is Lelia's lamp!” cried the young man
take themselves to the highways when nights eagerly, who was a son of our host. Awake, are dark and travellers unwary; or they enfatherHo, Batista !– Vittorio! Lelia is list under the banner of those regular banon the mountains !” At these cries the whole ditti, who rob in thousands, and whose booty fainily sprung up from their lair at once, is a province or a kingdom. and, crowding round the window, fixed their Francesco Martelli was the handsomest eyes upon the light, which continued to ap- gold-seeker in the valley. He was wild, it pear, although at long intervals, for a con- is true, but that was the badge of his tribe ; siderable part of the night. When interro- and he made up for this by so many good gated as to the nature of this mystic lamp qualities, that the farmers themselves—at the cottagers made no scruple of telling me least such of them as had not marriageable all they knew, on the sole condition that I daughters-delighted in his company. Franshould be silent when it appeared, and leave cesco coulu sing ballads soʻsweetly and mournthem to mark uninterruptedly the spot where fully, that the old dames leant back in the it rested.
chimney-corner to weep while he sung. He To render my story'intelligible, it is neces: bad that deep and melancholy voice which, sary to say that the minerali and farmers when once heard, lingers in the ear, and form two distinct classes in the valley of An- when heard again, however unexpectedly, zasca* The occupation of the former, when seems like a longing realized. pursued as a profession, is reckoned disrep There was only one young lass in the utable by the other inhabitants, who obtain valley who had never heard the songs of their living by regular industry; and indeed Francesco. All the others, seen or unseen, the manners of the minerali offer some ex on some pretext or other, had gratified their cuse for what might otherwise be reckoned curiosity. The exception was Lelia, the an illiberal prejudice. They are addicted to daughter of one of the richest farmers in drinking, quarrelsome, over bearing-at one Anzasca. Lelia was very young, being moment rich, and at another starving; and scarcely sixteen ; but in her quality of an in short they are subject to all the calam- only daughter, with a dowry in expectancy ities, both moral and physical, which beset equal to more than one thousand Austrian men who can have no dependence on the liras,* she attracted considerable observa
tion. Her face, on minute inspection, was • The Valley of Anzasca has been for many cen- beautiful to absolute perfection, but her turies known for its gold mines. The minerali are those whose occupation it is to look for ore. In figure, although symmetrical, was so petite, stormy nights small lights are to be seen upon the hills, which are supposed to indicate the presence • The Austrian lira is equal to about eightpence of gold.