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is tall and commanding, his gesture, softness to our readers, in relation to this strange and amiability of expression almost inexplicable. Upon my approaching him the Emir held out a very large, bony, and deep brown

“ The balloon, which left Hastings at hand to me, which, when I grasped, he

| about twenty minutes past one in the afterturned to lead me to the sofa and the seats

noon, retained a southeasterly course till prepared at the head of the room. The

about twelve miles from the English shore. commandant and three or four of his offi-|

The wind then carried them south ward. cers entered the room with us, and we

When somewhat short of mid-channel the all sat down ; Lady Londonderry and my

balloon was almost becalmed, and took a low daughter Adelaide opposite the Emir, while

level, so that by means of a speaking-trumI occupied the place on the sofa by the

Pon the sofa by the pet the occupiers of the car could converse chief-the officers and the commandant sit- with the crews of some fishing boats which ting on the other side. The question of appeared beneath them. On getting far. dialogue now became somewhat embarrass

ther from the English coast the balloon ing. The captain, who knew Algerian, and again got into a current setting to the acted as interpreter, spoke excessively low | southeast. The gas at this period became and very indistinct, and it was very difficult much expanded by the action of the sun's for me to understand him at first. How- | rays, and the balloon acended to a height ever, I launched forth, commencing by ex

of 4,000 feet. The safety-valve at the botpressing the deep and universal interest the tom of the balloon then began to act, owing British empire took in the Emir's warlike to the great expansion of the gas, and the deeds, and in his fate, and the regret uni- | escape which ensued caused a gradual deversally felt at his being still retained a scent, till the appendages to the guide-line, prisoner of war, &c. His replies were styled by Mr. Green the compensating couched in similar pbrases of civility. At weight,' came upon the surface of the water, length the old warrior expressed to me, / whereby the downward progress was checkthrough the interpreter, bis great desire to ed, owing to the diminished weight dependsee and converse with the President of the ing upon the machine. Before arriving at Republic, and he inquired, knowing that I this point, the aëronauts had enjoyed a maghad been on terms of friendship with the nificent view of the English coast, extendprince, whether I could manage to get this ing from Dungeness Point to Beachy Head • accomplished. I told him I did not believe ---the long line of coast glowing in the vivid I had any interest with the French Goveru)- | rays of a resplendent sun. When about ment, and that, however desirous the Presi. | twenty miles from the French coast they dent might be to meet so brave a captive's

obtained a view of a portion of the shores wishes, still the Government and the Cham

of France. bers bad mainly the power and means to

“At length the land appeared so near at carry out that which he desired. The Emir | hand that the grapnell was lowered. The · then said he should like me to accompany

shore was found to have been left by the him, and to go together to Louis Napoleon. ebbing of the tide, and the sands were obI replied that I should be very glad to do served to be of great extent. Two men any thing I could, but that I believed this were seen walking upon the sands, and as would be impossible, adding, however, that the balloon passed over them, with its guideI had an innate confidence in Louis Napo- | line trailing behind, one of them caught at leon—that I would lay my life upon this it, and was immediately seen to be dashed honor—and that if a boon could be granted violently upon the earth. The rope got I thought Lady Londonderry and myself under the feet of his companion, who forthwould be likely to secure it. The Emir with performed a complete somersault in then addressed some flattering remarks to the air, and was speedily placed hors de Lady Londonderry, after which a slave combat. The unfortunate pair, however, entered with a tray of tea-cups and saucers, were eventually seen to regain their legs, each cup holding a few table spoonfuls, of

| doubtless convinced of the fallacy of enwhich we partook. In complaisance, now, I deavoring to catch a balloon, as the dialogue could not be prolonged, I

“The land in the vicinity of the shore, thought it proper to rise and take our leave.” | was observed by Mr. Green to be of an un- Mr. Green the well known aëronaut,

dulating character, apparently ill adapted

for the purpose of a descent; he, therefore, has latterly made the passage across the proceeded onward till he surmounted a English Channel by balloon, in company lofty hill, the summit of which he cleared with the Duke of Brunswick. The details at an elevation of about fifty feet. He then of the expedition are given in full in the

descended rapidly. In the valley appeared English Journals, and appear to have ex

a village, from which scores of people were

speedily seen to emerge. The Duke laid cited a great degree of attention, We sub- hold of his speaking trumpet, and shouted join as much as we think will be of interest | directions to the peasantry how to act. The

balloon reached the earth almost without a l'Well, I may as well put it on to be sure, shock, and abundance of assistance being says he, will you please to hand it up? A promptly rendered the aërial visitor was thousand thanks !'. It is so unusual in Paris Boon made fast, and the Duke and Mr. Green to see a man of this kind drunk, that I never alighted, finding themselves in the fields suspected him of being any thing but eccennear Neufchatel, about ten miles southwest tric, until we came to a neighboring street, of Boulogne. A railway station appeared where there were a number of carriages half a mile off, situate on the Boulogne waiting at a party, among which we began and Amiens Railway. His Highness pro- to make such havoc by bumping wildly ceeded at once to the station, and almost im- about that I soon understood what was the mediately took his seat in a train en route for matter with my friend, and awoke him, with Paris; while Mr. Green, having discharged his some difficulty from a sound sleep. I then gas, got the balloon packed up, and proceed- got the ladies out, and said to him in what ed therewith in a cart to Boulogne, where I considered a highly impressive manner, he arrived at about ten o'clock at night.” tempered with a gentle amiability, Now,

- A French correspondent gives fear- | my friend, you are drunk, and I am not ful accounts of the extent of gambling this going to pay you any thing. You had betwinter in the beau monde of Paris.

| ter go home and keep out of trouble!' Not

The in the least affected by this softening adold games of whist, Boston, &c., are all sup- dress, he immediately cast his arms and planted by écarté and the bac carat ; and it legs into the air all at once, as nobody but a is not unusual to reckon the losses of an even- Frenchman could, clutched roughly at my ing among friends by the tens of thousands.

throat, and tore my coat, whereupon I hit As is quite natural where the appetite for and he tumbled into a confectioner's door

him, according to the custom of my country, gaming has become so strong, various in- way. Other coachmen came up, and the stances of cheatery have come to light. One confectioner came out. "Monsieur is a forespecially, implicating a member of the eigner,' said he, on hearing the merits of diplomatic body, created a great deal of the case ; 'it is late, and these men make

common cause. My advice is, pay him for scandal. He had substituted a “marked

the course, and make complaint to Monsieur pack” in lieu of one of the packs supplied le Prefet. He will do justice.' With a by the host, and was detected by a servant. very bad grace I paid for the course, and The losses on that occasion had amounted went home breathing vengeance. I relieved to some ten thousand dollars. The diplomat

my mind by writing to M. le Prefet before proved to be a well-mannered vagrant, pro

I went to bed-waited three weeks for an

answer-got none-every day for three fessing to be consul for New-Grenada.

weeks anathematized France. Early one - The ball and gayeties of the mi- morning at the expiration of that time, apcaréme at Paris are represented as very poared the coachman, with a beard, and in brilliant; and the chit-chat of Paris is filled an old blouse, looking very miserable. He

had been in prison ever since, and was now with the scandal that has grown out of this

sent to repay the money I had paid him, “ breaking in ” upon Lent.

and get a receipt for it. He had also -- While talking of Paris matters we brought an official paper stating that he may as well set down this good story of was deprived of his number, and that uncab-regulation in the French capital. It is

Jation in the French ranital it is less I chose to accept his apology and sign from Dickens's Household Words, and we

that recommendation for its being restored

to him, (which I was not asked to do,) he can vouch by our own experience, for its

was thenceforth incapable of driving any justice in every particular :

public carriage. I considered it right to "Coming out of the theatre one night, take the money, but of course I signed the with two ladies, I found it raining heavily. paper, and gave him some breakfast. He The weather had been beautiful, and we told my servant that he had been sumbad intended to walk home, but this sud- moned to the prefect's office; that they den change obliged me to seek a hackney. had said to him, 'Now two hundred and coach. I found one in the Place of the so-and-so, this letter of complaint has been Palais Royal, and was so glad to get it received against you. Attend while it is for it was the only coach there that I read. If you deny the charge, and oblige did not observe when I called the driver / us to demand the writer's presence, you that he had no hat on, but was sitting on will take the greater consequences if it is his box, in the rain, bare-headed. I re-proved. If you admit the charge at once, marked this peculiarity as I was banding and save that trouble, you will take the the ladies in, and asked him where his hat lesser consequences. “Well, it was all was. “Oh,' he said very coolly, 'it's inside.' true,' said the cabman with a shrug, so I And why don't you put it on then! took the three weeks, and here I am.'”

When shall we hope for any such security | turesque journal of travel, differs from the against insolence and extortion among the pleasant essays of a home-volume. barbarians who throng our docks and rail- ! We have already commended those daway stations ?

guerreotypes of nature which SATTLER calls - At the last advices, preparations on Kosmorama. The Eastern sky in them has a mammoth scale, were making for a great all the softness, and blue, and blandness, Parisian fête in the month of May. A part and distance of heaven; and the sun shines of the object has doubtless been to decoy a aslant the ruins of Egypt, as warmly and large number of the visitors from the World's truly as in a June dream, under trees. Fair; and surely, no people in the world! As for the Academy, there are pleasant know better how to make such fêtes attrac- faces to be looked at, and landscapes that tive. No such scene or fête as that afforded make one live his summer d'avance; and a by the Place de la Concorde, and the Champs hundred other things that will brighten Elysées, is to be found in the universe ; nor one's love for beauty, and make him the are there anywhere better extemporizers better for the love. of statuary and fireworks than the artisans I - In Science, what we have especially of Paris. A hint or two in reference to the to notice is the initiatory step of Professur coming show is thrown out in a recent letter Page, in turning magnetism loose upon a from Mr. Fey to the Tribune :

| Railway. The Washington Republic, dating

from the city where the experiment was “ In the front of the Madeleine will be placed immense statues of Charity, Hope,

made, gives this notice of the new enand Faith, and vases with flowers. On the deavor :Arch of Triumph will be placed a colossal

“ Owing to the announcement that, on chariot of Victory, after the mode designed for the completion of the work. The round

Saturday, Professor Page's Electro-Mag.

Detic Locomotive would have a preliminary point of the Elysian Fields will present a

trial on the railroad, a large number of perstatue of Napoleon, formerly designed for

sons, including many of scientific attainthe Invalides. Around it will be statues of Duroc, Lannes, Beaubarnais, Ney, Dessaix,

ments, were in attendance near the stationand Kléber. The avenue of the Elysian

house, manifesting a marked interest in the

success of the experiment. A report that Fields will be decorated with eighteen sta

an accident had occurred excited apprehentues, with a socle of eighteen feet. These will be of Corneille, Jacquart, Papin, Jean

sions in the minds of many that there was Goujon, Molière, Jeanne D'Arc, Turenne,

to be either a postponement or a failure.

nne, However, this state of feeling was somePoussin, Turgot, Bayard, Jean Bart, Dugay,

what relieved by the appearance of ProfesTrouin, Duguesclin, Catinat, Condité, Riche

sor Page himself on the platform of his ear, lieu, Mathieu Molé, Seguier. The colon

who informed the spectators that two of the Dade of the legislative palace will be com

cells in the middle of the battery which he pleted by two vast circular wings, after the

was about to employ had exploded-an ocfaçade of St. Peter's. Above will be groups.

currence, he said, which had not before On the Concord Bridge which runs from the

taken place in the course of his two years' Chamber to the Place, will be the fireworks.

experiments; but that in order that the A temple of Neptune will be constructed,

company which had assembled might not be and honor done to the genius of Navigation.

disappointed, the locomotive would neverA steam-engine will cause a cascade. A

theless shortly move. Like the sun, which stand will be built on the Quai D'Orsay to

at that moment emerged from a dark rainhold 20.000 persons. The Place will be cloud this brief announcement brightened splendidly decorated, and new improve

the countenances of all who heard 'it, and,

the ments in lighting up will afford à sans |

much to their satisfaction, in the course of pareil.

five minutes the car came forth from its At home little has transpired of in. shed, moving steadily, and wending its way

on the rails for several hundred yards, then terest. Spring is setting its colors on the

| paused and backed to another track, and trees and fields ;--and kindred colors are

again moved forward in the direction of flaunting upon all the promenades of the Baltimore. town.

“ We had no means of ascertaining its In the way of Art, SATTLER's Kosmoramas

speed, but should judge that it was at the

rate of about five or six miles per hour, are dividing honors with the newly-opened

opened which, for an experimental trip, with a exhibition of the National Academy. The crippled battery, was doing remarkably first differs from the last as a true, yet pic- / well, we think. Indeed, we have hardly a doubt, from what Professor Page has already | trees in America. It is written by Mr. accomplished, that he will ere long attain Barry, the proprietor of extensive nurseries the successful application of electro-mag: l in Western New-York, and the first gentlenetic power to vessels and railway trains now propelled by steam.

man in this country who turned public at" It was a novel spectacle to witness a tention to the French dwarf-trees, and to car smoothly and quietly emerging from its their proper training. place of shelter, with none of its machinery! The book is illustrated with drawings visible, and travelling over the rails without well calculated to assist the fruit-grower, the usual accompaniments of the puffing steam, the glowing furnace, the dense vol.

and it should be in the hands of all who have ume of black smoke, and the clashing of a patch of land, or who love good fruits. heavy enginery, and occasionally emitting a -- The Athenæum and other journals of bright flash under the car--the miniature London, have given very favorable notice to lightning of this wonderful invention.

our countryman's work upon the Nile--called “ Having gone out some distance on the road, the locomotive then returned as noise

| Nile. Notes. Although we are not among lessly as it went, when it was again safely

those who recognize the importance or the boused.

necessity of receiving British imprimatur to “ Whatever doubts may be entertained as establish the excellence of an American to Professor Page's ultimate success, it work, still we cannot but regard this favorshould be remembered that his present efforts have already compassed much more

| able mention as highly flattering to Mr. than those expended in the first experiments

Curtis. with steam as a motive power, during an - Mr. Mayo, the author of Kaloolah, has, equal period of time.”

we learn, recently published a work called

Romance Dust. What its character is, we THE BOOK WORLD.

have not yet had an opportunity for obIt is stated in the London papers that serving. Mr. THACKERAY, well known among us by - Characteristics of Literature is a new his Vanity Fair, and Pendennis, is about work spoken of in the papers, as having to commence a series of lectures upon the | been written by Mr. TUCKERMAN. comic writers of the present century. The Punch, in a recent number, treats same paper states, on what appears to be us to this bit of Lawyer poetry :good authority, that Mr. THACKERAY has in

LINES WRITTEN IN A LAWYER'S OFFICE, contemplation a visit to this country. He will doubtless be received with much of

ON THE APPROACH OF SPRING. that kind of flattering, though troublesome

Whereas, on certain boughs and sprays

Now divers birds are heard to sing, (to a sensitive man) notice, which has at

And sundry flowers their heads upraise ; tended his companions in the British field

Hail to the coming on of Spring! of letters. THACKERAY is a vigorous writer, and in The gongs of those said birds aronse

The memory of our youthful hours, his way, worthy of all honor. He knows, as

As green as those said sprays and boughs, well as any living writer, how to point a

As fresh and sweet as those said flowers. satire ; indeed irony is his forte: but in satirizing he is too apt to run to extremes,

The birds aforesaid-happy pairs

Love, 'mid the aforesaid boughs, enshrines and to make such monsters of womankind

In freehold nests: themselves, their heirs, as his Beccy SHARPE. He is a man more

Administrators and assigns. familiar with the conventionalities of social life than Mr. DICKENS ; and being such, he Oh, busiest term of Cupid's Court,

Where tender plaintiffs actions bringhas a clique of club-men to cry bravo to all

Season of frolic and of sport, his performances : but while he preserves

Hail, as aforesaid, coming Spring! this superiority, he is inferior to him in all that makes the wholeness of a heart, and -- A new story is in press from the that sympathizes with whatever is wretched author of Talbot and Vernon. It is spoken in the great staple of humanity.

of by good judges as much superior in every - Mr. CHARLES Scribner has published respect to either Talbot and Vernon, or Grathe past week, a valuable, because simple ham. Its title is given as “ The Glenns." and practical, work upon fruits, and fruit. The publisher is Mr. SOBIBNER.

The Horth American Miscellany. No. 16.) SATURDAY, MAY 10, 1851. [VOL. II.

No. 15.]

SATURDAY, MAY 10, 1851.

[VOL. II.

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From “The Art Journal."

form, than of his intention to inrest them PAUL REMBRANDT VAN RYN.

| with truthfulness and simplicity; otherwise

the subject is lost amid the superabundance THERE is that in the biography of a great of literary labor, and the author takes the man, which, if the narration goes no further place of his hero in the mind, if not in the tban a simple statement of facts connected estimation, of the reader. It is not, howwith his history, becomes acceptable to ev. ever, meant to be implied that biographical ery intelligent reader who would know how writing should be free from comment; the he who is honored among men lived and task of the biographer is to make his submoved in the world around him. To render ject a guide or a warning to others; he is such history really niseful and valuable, it an instructor, and should therefore be alshould show less of the skill of the writer lowed free scope for the indulgence of such in giving his materials the most attractive observations as may be deduced from the

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