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am the “Gold-Man.” It is gold, and the Walter and his wife made the best of fortune of Guadalupe. Young man, you their way to Vera Cruz, and thence to New receive from me the sacred deposit of an York. Gaudalupe grieved bitterly for the old man's only child; swear to me, here in death of her kind old father, and her busthis place which has been for years my field band found it necessary to travel constantly of battle, to be a good and kind husband, to occupy her mind. He invested his vast and a faithful protector."
wealth in good securities, and after a long “But, sir it is not possible—your daugh- peregrination through the United States, ter, rich and wealthy and beautiful, may wish took ship for Europe. Both himself and his to find her equal."
wife took a strong liking to Paris, as do most " She knows not the value of her wealth. Americans; and thus it was I met them. But, Guadalupe, speak. Wilt thou take this They still make it their head-quarters, being young man for thy husband, to be thy friend less disposed to travel, since the birth of and companion when I am gone ?"
Master Pablo Walter Bruce, which occurred " Father, talk not thus," said the girl, about six weeks back. My friend bad inpassionately. “I never saw one I liked so tended making public his discovery in Calimuch before; but I cannot hear you talk of fornia, but scarcely had he arrived in New death."
York, when the rumor reached his ears " Walter Bruce, you hear, she is yours; that California was a gold country; a fact but let us come away from this; I have much which none perhaps ever had better cause to to tell you yet, and much to arrange.” know than the heir of “ The Gold-Man."
That evening the Gold-Man told his story -the narrative of his wild adventures in California—of his discovery of the precious
From Dickens' " Household Words." metal-of his long and arduous labors, and
COOLNESS AMONG THIEVES. of their successful termination. He had | been ill for more than three months, but had Some years ago, I went, says the governor kept this fact a secret from his child. Alarm- of a metropolitan prison, as was my daily ed at bis expected death, and the difficult custom, to the “Reception Ward,” which position of his daughter, he had partially contained the prisoners committed on the hinted at bis riches to his employers, and had preceding day, who yet retained their own begged them to send him some one to whom clothes. Amongst a herd-for the most part he could, without hesitation, give his of dirty vagabonds-stood a well-dressed daughter.
young man, about twenty-five years of age, Walter Bruce went to bed that night, of fine stature, mild and intelligent counbut not to sleep; he was half mad with tenance. Struck by his appearance, I inexcitement and joy. He rose fevered and quired the cause of his committal. excited, but to find his waking visions still “A lamentable mistake,” he replied. “I real. The next few days were spent in am accused of having picked the pocket of preparations for their departure. Old Pablo, an officer of the guards, at a bazaar; but vanquished by the earnest prayers of the I am a gentleman, connected with one of the young couple, consented to travel, and try best families in the country. My name is the power of medicine. A week later the Hawkesbury. My father is a major in the counter was given up to Jacob Willis, and army; and he will be thrown into a state the caravan set out on its return voyage. A of great distress by my apprehension." few days later, they reached the schooner, | His address was so free from the affectaand on the third Sunday from their depar- tion of distress or excitement, that I really ture from the dry diggings, Walter and thought there had been some error. I conGuadalupe were united in marriage by the sequently whispered words of consolation ; joint efforts of the American consul and a advised an appeal to the home secretary, Mazatlan priest. Old Pablo did not survive by his relatives, assuring the young man of their union ten days; his disease had grown prompt redress, should he have been comtoo powerful, and he was buried, contrary mitted wrongfully. He sighed deeply, modto his expectation, far away from his long-estly expressed his thanks; and I left him cherished bome.
| with the persuasion that he was the victim
of a mistake. He told me his father had office, we were both startled by a knock so been made acquainted with his arrest, and long and loud, that it made the whole buildthat steps would forth with be taken to in- ing reverberate. Presently in stepped a wellsure his release.
dressed man, who, in the loudest accents, The prisoner was, in due course, clothed and with the loftiest carriage, demanded, in the prison dress, and consigned to the “ Is the governor within ?” The gatekeeper ward allotted to “rogues and vagabonds.” | doffed his hat, and with the utmost respect On that very forenoon I was seated in my answered in the affirmative. The stranger office, when a stranger, apparently fifty | was accordingly admitted, and rushing up years of age, of elegant exterior, and seem to me, and addressing me by name, seized ing to labor under irrepressible emotion, my hand eagerly, and shook it with the corwas shown in. Sobs seemed to choke his diality of an old friend. I was amazed. utterance, and some minutes elapsed before “ You have the advantage of me, sir," said he could convey to me that he was “the I; “I have not the pleasure to remember father of an unhappy young man named you." Hawkesbury."
“No?" said he, with an assumption of Then ensued the reiteration of family gravity. “Why, I had the misfortune to connections, (a baronet was affirmed to be a have to seek your good offices two years relative,) of the deplorable error of so dis-ago, in behalf of an unfortunate young man, graceful a charge against a gentleman of who—" good station, and of the terrible consequen! Here I recognized the “ major." Suddenly ces which might result from the communi interrupting him, I said, “ You don't come cation to certain members of the family. Toto me again about that young man Hawkesmy recommendation to address himself to worth, do you ?” the secretary of state, the agonized father " That is exactly my errand, sir ?" replied that the exposure of the family name “Then,” said I, indignantly, "you will be would be a grave infliction—"the thing was kind enough, another time, not to take me impossible !" After a prolonged scene of by the hand, nor to address me with such mental distress, Hawkesbury was left to unauthorized familiarity.” undergo his sentence of six weeks' imprison “Not take you by the hand, and why not, ment, with hard labor ; and I was implored sir ! My name is Howard. I am a Royal to treat him with all possible lenity. The Academician. I reside at Cloudesly Terrace, young man observed the most unexception- Hammersmith ; and I often have the bonor able conduct, and was in due time dis- to take Sir Robert Peel by the hand, and to charged.
dine at his table.” About two years had rolled on since this I charged the fellow with having personoccurrence, when daily duty took me again ated the major, the father of Hawkesbury, to the reception ward; and there, again, and the relative of a baronet. With unamongst the host of delinquents, stood the blushing hardihood, he affirmed that I lafashionable “ Hawkesworth,” now no longer bored under a delusion. He had never stated " Hawkesbury." I started with astonish- himself to be “the father" of the young man, ment, and again had occasion to remark his but “the intimate friend of the father," and, calm and stoical imperturbability. I received turning to the magistrate, (whom I had adhis former protestations of mistake, family dressed by name in his hearing,) he solicited connections, &c., &c., with avowed incredu- the honor of a visit from him at “ Cloudesley lity; and, assuring him that he should not Terrace, Hammersmith," where he should impose upon me a second time, I consigned be happy to see him, and disabuse his mind him to the treadwheel without a grain of of all suspicion, by proving to him his real my original remorse. He was, on this last name and station. Thereupon, making me occasion, sentenced to imprisonment for a cold and stately bow, he withdrew. three months, for picking a gentleman's As I had supposed, on sending to inquire, pocket at the Italian Opera.
neither Cloudesley Terrace nor Mr. Howard The outer gate of the prison is furnished were to be found in or near Hammersmith. with ponderous knockers; and, while in con- The subsequent career of these two worthies versation with a county magistrate, in my | is soon told. They went on thriftily in their nefarious calling for a few years longer, but the two fashionable scoundrels decamped until, at length, they were apprehended, at to America, doubtless preferring the sacrifice Cowes, for picking pockets at a ball of the of their bonds to the all but inevitable cerYacht Club, to which, doubtless, they had tainty of transportation. gained admission by finesse. They were taken before the local magistracy, and committed for trial at the ensuing session of! FIERY disputants seem to mistrust their assizes. With great dispatch they sued out cause or their wit by fleeing for assistance a writ of habeas corpus, and were, in con- to clamor and passion. sequence, taken before a Judge in Chambers, / He who denies nothing to his own luxury in London, who allowed them to be bailed; I will pardon nothing in another man's.
CHRONICLE OF THE WEEK,
IN A FIFTI LETTER TO A FRIEND.
Did it ever happen to fall within the is familiar—as if the page were little better range of your experience to write letters by than a blank, and as if the city were but a rule—and at a definite time--not letters of saucy interloper, to be thrusting its noisy business, but friendly, gossiping letters, brawl into your quiet solitudes. which you felt it a duty to lighten with all Even now your thought is straying to the piquancies of speech and pen, at your some broad stream, over which the beeches command! If you have not, you have been and hemlocks interlace, keeping the surface spared the infliction of a pleasure which is dark and cool : and your eye is following a mortal pain.
your fly upon the ripples, and your ear It were well to think of this periodic drinking up greedily the heavy break of torture, in your strong reflections upon ed. some fish below-while you seem to be itorial life, and to soften your hap-hazard reading my Chronicle. condemnations of editorial stupidity, with a For all this, however, you may be safely running glance at his constantly recurring pardoned; for of news proper there is necessities.
scarce a syllable to tell you. In the brisk air of a November or a The new costume, about which all ladies March,—with a roaring fire, and a well- are just now agog, is at the top of very filled book-shelf—the pen stirs up a man's much of the current chat, and draws out thought into healthy hard-working, that all sorts of opinions in all sorts of ways. luxuriates in toil; but, with the languishing As to whether the innovation will sucair of fast-coming summer on one's brow, ceed, it would be hardly safe to hazard an and the sweet, enervating influences of June opinion. From time to time a lady in the roses at the elbow-what a dull and stupid new dress makes her appearance upon the implement does the pen become!
trottoir, to the intense amusement of all The energy of work dies away in the soft the small boys and horse-jockeys, and to gush of sunshine, and the hum of the sum- the great inconvenience of those who dismer fies lulls you into a sweet inactivity. like a crowd of starers. How coarse and unprofitable all our figures | The dress is certainly-with such addiof speech and the happiest flights of fancy tions as good color, good make, and a jaunty in comparison with the leaves of a tree, or foot—as provokingly pretty a dress as a the vapory clouds banging their fleeces to lady could wear! while on the score of the sun!
economy, convenience, health, etc., we believe Who-that, like you, is luxuriating in the the sisterhood of judges, is nearly unanihearing of brooks-cares one fig about the mous in approval. city week that has launched us into the But, per contra, Turkish fashion will have middle of June? You know that you are to combat the shrugs of such ladies as have reading my very letters—though the hand private reasons for keeping their feet out of
sight,.--and of such short-formed ones, as this morsel of remark thereanent from a
all the requisites for dignified historic paintskirts than of shortening their tongues.
ing, utterly incongruous with sculpture, and In any event, we may be sure of extract no less unfavorable to the living figure, both ing from the stir a little variety of costume, as regards appearance and convenience. and of studying beauty under a new crowd
“ Not to dwell on serious evils in regard to of disguises . We shall expect to find Punch, of ready adaptability to the hourly varia
health and comfort arising from deficiency too, when he gets wind of the matter, ma
tions of the weather, it is remarkable, at king himself very funny at the cost of the this period of advancing taste in architecreformers.
ture, furniture, and decoration of every inThe old ladies will tell us that this is the animate object, that little regard is paid to price which novelty and enterprise always there are any traces was ever so inconsistent
a suitable presence. No costume of which pays for its ventures ; and we shall have with grace, simplicity, and dignity of asabundance of psuedo-independence without pect, none so uselessly complicated, as a doubt. And, between ourselves, my dear European's of the present day. The unity fellow, I think that the reformists will have of the figure is frittered away. Stiff lines the best of it,—not, perhaps, on the score of and angles disguise the body, and an un
couth hat crowns the disfiguration. Groups wit, or happy equivoque,—but, what is far of men in the ordinary garb gratify no taste better, on the side of common sense, pro- but that of caricature: neither painting nor priety, beauty, and fitness.
sculpture can advantageously transmit to I have kept you even with the current of futurity a faithful representation of any
Nor news about JENNY LIND;—50 I must not omit does admixture of female fashions often
event constituted of such a group. to record her rupture with BARNUM-very obviate the difficulty: Family groups of the likely a peaceable rupture,—but for all that present date have seldom any charm beyond -a rupture. And while the showman makes the kindred circle. To expect from art such use of her name, as I hinted at last truthful representations of events in which week,—no reasonable man will regret the usual habits, is to expect meanness of as
our contemporaries are engaged in their fact. I dare say it will be hard to find a pect to express all that is noble. Interestmanager who shall combine so many good ing as such faithful painting and sculpture qualities for JENNY's position, as Barnum; would certainly be to posterity, they must yet, after all, his instincts are, I greatly fear, remain unattempted until dress displays of too level a make for consort with the which Nature and Art delight.
the flowing lines and harmonious colors in
Historical Nightingale of the North.
subjects must continue to be sought in reYon know, my dear fellow, that you may mote periods, and to exemplify chiefly the credit all my observations on such beads to imagination of the artist genuine scenes of my honest convictions ;—for I ain not a
great interest will remain unknown in this
high department of art. favorite with publishers, or museum holders,
" The cause of truth, the interests of our and am neither beholden to free tickets or
own times, and the satisfaction of posterity, to books of presentation, for my talking alike require the removal of such an impediabout singing or poetry.
ment to artistic faithfulness. Our steamers, you will hear, have latterly examples of the best style of dress, both
“We, therefore, invite from all countries won great honor by some extraordinary male and female, combining dignity, simplipassages. Ainong them all, the Pacific city, elegance, comfort, and convenience, with seems to bear the palm, and has won special a special regard to artistic representation, glory in making the three fastest consecu- and to the employment of the various fabrics tive passages ever made by an
now in use, or that can be introduced.
“Let it not be supposed that any sudden steamer.
or extravagant departure from existing modes Speaking of costume for the ladies, is requisite, nor fixed forms precluding the reminds me that these are not the only display of individual taste and fancy; still neglected ones, and that we have the promo suggest to designers and makers of every
less any sumptuary regulation. What we ise of a revised fashion for the gentle article of dress is, in availing themselves of men as well as for the ladies. I cut you the decisions published by her Majesty's
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Commissioners as to some of the objects centre of this metropolis. Union Park is which may be admitted to the Exhibition already not talked of as up-town, and if the under section three, viz., ‘hats' and 'gar- ground spoken of be not immediately purments'--and under section four, models' in chased for the purpose we advocate, in ten any kind of material, (the conditions being years it will be covered with houses, and that they shall exhibit 'increased usefulness our pulse-beat be more clogged a thousand or improved forms,' 'beauty of design,' and fold than now. We look upon the enlarge‘such degree of taste as to come under the ment of the Battery, despite details of denomination of fine art,') to exhibit at the troublesome adjustment of dock and harbor approaching most favorable opportunity privileges, as a fixed fact. Its consummasuch forms as may afford a series of transi- tion may be delayed, but no municipal tional changes (to which the public already authority would willingly incur the responevince a decided tendency) from the present sibility of defeating a measure fraught with fashion to a style consistent with the fore- benefits so inestimable to the community." going views and the advanced tastes of the The good ladies of the short-dresses must age."
excuse me—but if they were to help forward - Whether it is that our bad show in this motion toward breathing places, where an Art-way, in the palace of London, has they might drive, walk, or saunter away a quickened our American sense of need, I blue-faced summer day-they would me do not know ;-but there is talk now in our judice-be helping on their color and their city, of what will breed better a sense of embonpoint as thriftily as with the shortest what is beautiful than all the Exhibitions of their skirts. of all the American Institutes to the end of time.--I mean a Park.
THE BOOK WORLD. Join your gratulations with ours, my dear! What on earth shall I tell you of books. fellow, at the mere hint of such a measure in this tepid atmosphere of a city afternoon! of grace from the city council. What it is Enough are lying around me to craze a man to be or where, I am not well posted about; 1 to madness, and yet no single one is cooling -if you can make any thing of this para- enough to put me in critical humor, or to graph from a contemporary, however, it is sum up either its merits or demerits. very much at your service :-
A new start has been made in the way of “ New Lungs for the City.--Ventilation, an Illustrated Paper : but there are strong on a large scale, is what, just now, we very doubts about its success. It is edited dainmuch want, for crowding brick and mortar tily enough ; but the designers and wood stoppers-up of open lots are shutting up
up cutters are either behind the time, or else every avenue whence the breezy air from our surrounding hills and beautiful waters
they are not spurred with enough of pay. can blow. Shortly will be returning from
The bulletin of the Philadelphia the World's Fair, thousands of fellow-citi-Art-Union is by me, and its talk of pictures zens, who, freshly glowing with remembrance and art is grateful in the heat. Philadelof Hyde and Regent's Parks, the Champs
phia boasts, and justly, in its population, Elysées, and other noble people-estates aristocratic Europe more liberally provides some of the noblest and most liberal appre than democratic Yankee-land, will seek (if ciators of art in this country; and their art. it have not been already done) to lay out union reporter is a fair earnest of the worsimilar openings here. But ere this infusion thiness and taste of their general feeling. of fresh blood be poured into our corporate |
! body, let us see whether we cannot of our
I have also at hand a prospectus for the selves secure this most desirable of objects. I publication of an Indian Poem by Mrs The Committee on Lands and Places have GREENE—favorably known to the public by reported in favor of the proposed new Park, occasional pieces, and by most honorable embracing Jones's woods and the Schemer
| mention at the hands of Dr. GRISWOLD. horn estate, between Sixty-sixth and Seven
the Third ty-fifth streets, and running from
Nothing of special novelty is in the pubAvenue to the East River. The Park will lishers' lists, except a new novel from the extend over an area of a hundred and fifty pen of the author of the Lady Alice. acres, is bountifully wooded, has a noble | The piquancy and picturesaneness of Mr. water frontage far more grand than that of
Huntington's first book (whatever people the artificial waters in the Parks of London, and the situation is beautiful. This noble
may say of its theology and morality) canlung will in six years be the breathing vent not fail to insure to his second a wide and of a neighborhood that ere long will be the eager company of readers.