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either from its moral interest or its practical and reflects very much credit upon Mr. usefulness. The earnest seeker after knowl. | Gutierrez who has had the care of both letedge is more attracted by a collection of min- ter
ter-press and engravings. As for the deerals and metallic ores than by the Russian or the Portuguese diamonds valued at millions. signs, some are exceedingly
signs, some are exceedingly effective, some “Specimens of the jewelry, which borrow are tame, and some, though effective--are of their highest value from the genius of the highly questionable taste; we allude parartist, would probably be left as examples ticularly to the Beauty and Death, in illusand advertisements. We do not doubt that
tration of a few lines by Mrs. SIGOURNET. it would be worth the while of our most eminent goldsmiths to maintain a show-room
If we are not greatly mistaken in the in the Great Exhibition, to be from time to
character of the poetess, Mrs. S. will be sadtime supplied with whatever is new and ly shocked by such a horrible exaggeration excellent in their current manufactures. The of her meaning. The literary execution of same may be surmised of our great drapery | No. 1 is by no means equal to the mechaniand silk mercers. What artist would not be glad to have a certain space assigned to him
cal nicety of the book; and the articles on the walls of the National Gallery on the scarce rise above, if indeed they equal, the easy condition of always having a picture ordinary contents of the " Lady Magazines." hung there! In the Crystal Palace, the artist It is an ambitious, but a worthy project, and artisan in silk, cotton, wool, metal, and
| and we hope for it all success. so forth, might, under some such arrangement as we are proposing, obtain their National
-- Mr. Hart, of Philadelphia, has Gallery and Academy. Even in the series recently published, in his usual, neat, and of costly and complicated machines in mo. eminently readable manner, a new tale by tion, we imagine that not a few of the most | Mrs. LEE HENTZ. The success of her other beautiful and interesting would be willingly allowed to remain. Most of these machines,
writings will secure for the present issue, we believe, are made in model. They can we cannot doubt, a rapid sale. not be sold or used in actual factories. If - Among the Philadelphia magazines, taken away, they will be either broken up for the month, that of Sartaix distinguishes or buried io local museums. Their pro- litself the present month by an increased prietors would naturally prefer that they should remain as their advertisements and
quantity of matter, and by a great variety
quantity representatives in the great centre of obser- of engravinge. GRAHAx has, however, the vation. There is plenty of room, besides, gem of the July engravings, in a stipple by for a winter garden. Indeed, the place is a Mote, after one of Hayter's drawings. We garden now; and its beauty,-in that respect had supposed, however, that GRAHAM was would increase with every year. The contributions of industry leave plenty of space
| strictly an American affair ;-how is it then, for trees, and shrubs, and flowers.' The elm that we find in it an engraving by More? and the palm tree here grow side by side; The British monthlies for June, wbich and there will be room abundant for exotic came to hand at an unusually late date, plant and indigenous parterre. The works have their usual variety. “My Norel." and of mind and the works of nature already blend here with a harmony of tints and !
“Maurice Tiernay" are continued in the tones beyond the power of `imagination to columns of Blackwood, and of the Dublis have conceived. There never was an epic University Magazines; and Fraser has a thought or an epic poem at once so vast and new installment of Mr. BRISTED'S “Sketches so full of beauty. The infinite multipli- ' by a New Yorker.” We have marked a cation of the varieties have produced the first great unity, The place is even now all
| portion of the paper for insertion, and by that the heart, the senses, and the imagina- way of
way of contrast with his sketch of Long tion can desire."
Island Trotting, we shall publish in the THE BOOK WORLD.
next issue, a glimpse of an English RaceThe Parthenon is the title of a new work ground, from Household Words. to be published in serial parts by Messrs. Among recent issues which are specially Loomis & Griswold, and to contain charac. noticeable in England, the last month, are teristic original productions of the best “ The Kaleidoscope of Anecdotes and A pho authors in the country, elegantly illustrated. risms," by Miss Sinclair, author of " Modern The authors named are among the best Accomplishments ; " The Attaché in Spain," known of the country, and the artists are by an American ; " Second Love," by Mrs. Darley, Billings, Wallen, &c.
Trollope; Bulwer's New Play; and Mrs. The first number is exquisitely printed, BROWNING'S " Casa Guidi Windows."
The Mansion House, at the corner of Wal- | to our progress in sculpture between 1745 brook and King William-strect, is the official and 1845. A long narrow attic which oriresidence of the Lord Mayor, the chief ma- ginally ran across the centre of the roof, and gistrate of London, who is renewed annually. I was called the Mayor's (mare's) nest, has The building occupies the site of a market, been removed. The Mansion House contains and was begun in 1739, by the elder Dance. some handsome rooms, of which the principal The façade, which is crowded and overloaded is called the Egyptian Hall, being an imiwithout being rich, has allegorical sculpture tation of what Vitruvius describes under in the pediment, designed by Sir Robert that name. The Mayor here gives a splendid Taylor, which, like the only other ornament private entertainment on Easter Monday, of the kind, that of the East India House, and is always expected to spend during the being turned to the north, is not intelligible ; 1 year, on other festivities and for public puryet its contrast with that lately executed poses, at least the £8000 which he receives upon the Royal Exchange is not flattering as salary, and much more is usually spent.
We give here a representation of two of one best known to Americans. Members of the famous Club-Houses of London; and our diplomatic corps are not unfrequently we open with the Travellers', since it is the guests at its tables.
This is another much admired structure | which was limited to twenty-four members,) upon the "sunny side” of Pall Mall-built one was, that each person should spend not in 18489.
| less than sixpence; another, that each abThe buildings of this class in London are sentee should forfeit threepence, and each of all of a most elegant character. The “Trav- the company was to contribute a penny as a eller's” has, however, obtained a distinction douceur to the waiter! At that period the which has not fallen to the lot of any other chief object of such associations was relaxacotemporary structure, it having been the tion after the business of the day, and the subject of an elegant volume of architectural enjoyment of a social evening in a homely illustrations, (published by Mr. Weale ;) a way in what would now be called a snug circumstance that has, perhaps, contributed party. The celebrated “Literary Club,” to diffuse an acquaintance with the genius which was founded by Reynolds in 1763, and resources of that so-called Italian- and whose meetings were held once a week palazzo style, all the chief features and at the Turk's Head, in Gerrard-street, Soho, details of that club-house being there shown now a very unfashionable locality, consisted at large.
at first of only nine members, which number As the arrangement and management of was, however, gradually increased to the Club-Houses will be new to most of our large number of thirty-five ; yet, limited as readers, we extract for insertion here, a it was, it would not be easy even now to general notice of their design and character | bring together as large a number of equally from a late London publication :
distinguished characters. That club dined
together once a fortnight, on which occasions CLUB-HOUSES
" the feast of reason and the flow of soul"
were, no doubt, enjoyed in perfection. In As at present constituted, the London most clubs of that period, on the contrary, clubs and club life have produced a new the flow of wine, or other liquor, was far phase in English society, at least in the me- more abundant than that of mind, and the tropolis—one that will claim the notice of conversation was generally more easy and some future Macaulay, as showing the very hilarious than intellectual or refined. The “ form and pressure of the time ;" while to bottle, or else the punch-bowl, played too the more patient chronicler of anecdotes, prominent a part; and sociality too freclub-house traditions and reminiscences will quently partook of bacchanalian festivity, if afford materials all the more interesting, not revelry, at least, or what would now be perhaps, for not being encumbered with the considered such according to our more temdignity of formal history. Our task is perate habits ;-and it deserves to be remerely to touch upon and attempt a slight marked that, though in general the elder characteristic outline of them; not to trace clubs encouraged compotation and habits of the history of clubs to their origin in the free indulgence as indispensable to goodheroic ages of Greece. We shall not go fellowship and sociality, the modern clubs, back even to the clubs of the last century, on the contrary, have done much to disexcept just to indicate cursorily some of the courage them as low and ungentlemanly. special differences between them and those“ Reeling home from a club” used to be forof the present day.
merly a common expression ; whereas now, Until about thirty years ago a club was inebriety, or the symptom of it, in a clubseldom more than a mere knot of acquaint- house, would bring down disgrace upon him ances who met together of an evening, at who should be guilty of such an indiscretion. stated times, in a room engaged for that. The old clubs have passed away, for purpose at some tavern, and some of them though some of them, or similar societies, held their meetings at considerable intervals may still exist, it is behind the scenes inapart. Most of them were any thing but stead of figuring conspicuously upon the fashionable-some of them upon a footing stage. Quite a new order of things has not at all higher than that of a club of come up, the clubs of the present time being mechanics. Among the regulations of the upon quite a different footing, and also, Essex.street Club, for instance, (instituted comparatively, gigantic in scale. From by Dr. Johnson shortly before his death, and small social meetings held periodically, they
have become permanent establishments, lux. gen über Esskunst.”* Although it does not urious in all their appointments; and of bear those words inscribed upon it, the carte some of them the locales are quite palatial. seems to say FARE WELL, not as a phrase of No longer limited to a few acquaintances dismissal, but of welcome and invitation, its familiarly known to each other, they count contents being such as to adapt themselves their members by hundreds, and, sleeping to the humor of every palate, since they accommodation excepted, provide for them range from roast beef and other joints at abundantly all the agrémens of an aristocratic naturel to the most recherché sophisticatiops home and admirably-regulated ménage, with of edible substances. Besides, the more out any of the trouble inseparable from a material advantages, the completeness of private household, unless it be one whose the attendance, the admirable good manage management is, as in a club-house, confided ment, and the style in which every thing is to responsible superintendents. In fact, a conducted, ought to be taken into account; modern London club is a realization of a and what not least of all recommends a Utopian cænobium-a sort of lay convent club-house to those who have no establishrivalling the celebrated Abbey of Thelemé, ment of their own, is the economy of the with its agreeable rule of “ Fais ce que vous system. To live upon the same scale and dras," instead of monastic discipline and footing, to be surrounded with the same mortification. Even a Sybarite might be atmosphere of luxuriousness and refinement content with the studied and refined comfort elsewhere, at any thing like the same cost, which pervades every department of a West is utterly impracticable. The moral inflaEnd club-house, and which is such as to be ence of the club life is also, upon the wbole, unattainable in a private family, except by | a favorable one ; if there be no longer that the opulent, though here brought within heartiness of sociality which characterized the reach of those whose means are compar. the clubs of the last century, when their atively moderate.
meetings did not exceed in number that of Besides those staple features, news-room a private party of friends, there is more of and coffee-room, the usual accommodation of the polish of gentlemanly manners and de a club-house comprises library and writing corum, and infinitely less of intemperance, room, evening or drawing-room, and card or rather intemperance is banished alto room, billiard and smoking-rooms, and even gether as a low and disgraceful vice, and baths and dressing-rooms; also a “house- what, if openly indulged in so as to exhibit dining room," committee-room, and other its effects, would disqualify for companionapartments; all appropriately fitted up ac- ship, and lead to loss of caste. Great is tbe cording to their respective purposes, and improvement which has taken place in our supplied with almost every imaginable convenience. In addition to the provision thus • Apropos to kitchen matters, Anthus himself amply made for both intellectual and other has recorded the sausage-making achievements of recreation, there is another important and
Leo X., though whether the flesh of papal baile tasteful department of the establishment;
formed any of the ingredients is not specified.
" The gentle Elia," too, bas given us a most ante which with many, perhaps, stands foremost sing account of the “ Origin of Roast Pig ;” but no among the attractions of a club-house one has yet pretended to discover that of pickled namely, the cuisine ; nor is its auxiliary, onions. Yet the inventor of them was obviously the cellar, to be overlooked. The first-men
no less a personage than Queen Cleopatra bersell,
who was the first that steeped a unionem or orienes tioned of these is presided over by a chef,
in vinegar. Now that it is here pointed out, the sometimes one, like Soyer, whose fame is matter is as clear as midnight-and that there sre widely spread among the adepts in gastron bright moonshiny midnights, as well as dark ones, omy, as an accomplished artiste—a professor
the most captious cannot deny. Apropos, again,
to the diners at club-houses, if we are to believe wbose performances do not fall short of his
the late Lady Blessington, many a wealthy old professions, but who shows himself skilled
bachelor is compelled to starve at home upon in the most recondite mysteries of culinary spunge-cake and a bottle of Madeira & substitute philosophy and science, and to be worthy of
for dinner--when he is prevented from going to
his club; it being impossible, it would seem, in a niche in the “ Classiques de la Table," or
such a place as London, even for those who can of honorable mention by some future Anthus, afford to pay for it, to procure a dinner from s in a series of ticklingly piquant "Vorlesun- | tavern.