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creeps out, while the memory of hours of was pure and innocent. Her husband had innocence often refreshes and purifies our given ber that upon her betrothal, her husspirit. The melancholy caused by retro- band still trustidy, still loving ; who idolspection often throws an ineffable tenderness ized her, and imagined her still the guileless into our manners to those around. The girl. Like the beauty of that small white recollection that we have experienced some rose her purity had faded, and, in a perfect delight in the world seems to compensate delirium of agony, she wept over the bitterfor many an after struggle, and prepares us ness of her experience. Her girlish feelings to bear the evils yet in store for us with a revived one by one, her reverence of virtue, more thankful heart.

her love of her husband seemed hovering We frequently hear in society persons ex. spirit-like over her, and gradually stole into claim, “Oh, that reminds me of when I was her heart, converting that seared and witha boy.", " That recalls my childhood.” “That ered sanctuary into the sacred temple of puts me in mind of when—” “Does not that innocence. Sixteen years of contact with recall such and such a time?” Who can tell the world faded from her memory; expethrough what struggles, what turmoil, what rience of its hollowness and coldness, of her pain, the spirit travels in the flight of an own gradual hardening to the influence of instant to that period, hallowed in whatever the holiest feelings of life evaporated, and way it may be? Sometimes it conjures up the fragrance of the faded rose diffused ita pleasant picture, sometimes it dates the self all through the room; reviving the commencement of a life of misery, sometimes fragrance of innocent, fresh feelings, young it recals an episode fraught with passion, trustfulness, guilelessness, came pouring in love, and devotion ; sometimes it was a floods over her soul, and washed away the landmark, a boundary between the innocence stubborn particles of guilt. She rose from of childhood and the guilt of after years. her recollections another woman, with erAn influence all-powerful and true is some-ery passion purified, every evil impulse times excited by these associations, trifling vanished, and the very remorse of her soul as their power may seem to be. We know imparted ever after a double tenderness to many an instance in which this beneficial her manner towards the husband she bad result has been produced. One of this kind wronged in thought, who never knew the will suffice for our purpose.

evil experiences of that heart, but reposed There was a woman, beautiful, accom- for ever upon the love of her, of whose stainplished, and still bounding with strong im- / less purity the white rose was to his soul the pulses, although in her thirtieth year. She only perfect emblem! was so lovely, that her loveliness produced Another instance of the strong power of its danger; and not satisfied with the idolassociation is of a less painful nature. We atry of her husband, she was tempted to were once talking with an old friend, over listen to the worship of another, who worked whose head some fifty summers had passed. upon her vanity, until, in a moment of for- Coffee and biscuits stood upon the table, begetfulness, she resolved to quit him. Guilty sides other pleasant concomitants. During as yet only in thought, she prepared for the conversation, our friend was engaged in flight. A few links connected with the attacking many of the good things around, past were consigned to the flames, until, on when he happened accidentally to taste one unlocking a little drawer full of mementoes, of the biscuits. “I have not tasted these not lately gazed upon, she took hold of a / for more than forty-five years," he exsmall paper packet. Trembling with sensa- claimed, “they remind me of my boy hood, tions of regret, mingled with blind passion, and recall a hundred scenes to my fancy." she opened it, and, beholding its contents, He told us that at the moment he tasted the sank into a seat, burst into tears, and re- biscuit, a perfect landscape extended instanmained absolutely convulsed with agony taneously before his view, and he beheld a during a short period.. Why this working scene he had never trod for more than fortyof her soul? There rested there only the five years, and which he deemed be bad for. faded remains of a white rose, diffusing a gotten. Old feelings came bubbling out, old faint, very faint fragrance, just enough, how- affections and links came rushing over his ever, to revive a scene in the past, when she mind until he seemed lost in a melancholy

but sweet train of retrospection. His boy readers. Even the learned gentleman him. hood, his early inspirations, and young feel- self could hardly maintain his professional ings awakened by the novelty of daily gravity when informed of the ingenious conexperience rose vividly before him, and trivances adopted for defrauding the revenue. stretched like a panorama. Prone to indulge Advertisements floating through the air atin somewhat misanthropic views, he felt re- tached to balloons, French gloves making freshed, and the current of his thoughts their way into the kingdom in separate desweetened by the bath of memory into which tachments of right and left hands, mutilated he had plunged.

clocks travelling without their wheels—such We have briefly sketched the power of were some of the divers modes by which association, but it would be vain to attempt the law was declared to be evaded, and to mention the thousand trifles that awaken the custom-house officers baffled. We are us to recollection. Every one has felt some by no means disposed either to think or thing of this, and has experienced the pain- speak with levity of this system of things. ful delight of reproducing the past. A However much a man may succeed in recmere nothing will do it; the prospect of a onciling any fraud to his own conscence, sunset, the color of the sky, the rush of or however leniently it may be viewed by waters, the ripple of a stream, the chirp of his fellow-men, it will yet assuredly help to a bird, the chasing of leaves by the autumn | degrade his moral nature, and its repetition wind, the sighing of the breeze, the shape will slowly, but surely, deaden the silent into which the clouds form themselves, the monitor within his breast. All we affirm is shadows in a room, the placing of flowers, the well-known fact, that laws are in most the tones of music, the harmony of some cases ineffective, except in so far as they harvoice, some song, some expression, some monize with the innate moral convictions of word, some peculiar look, some nothing, will mankind; and that many a man who would carry us back into regions where all have not for worlds cheat his next-door neighbor revelled, and where many would return of a penny, will own without a blush, and The bitter experience of some in this life perhaps even with a smile of triumph, that causes them to wish that they had never he has cheated the government of thousands ! overstepped the boundary that carried them It is not often, however, that so daring and from youth to manhood; but most of us, successful a stroke of this nature is effected with all our trials, our disappointments and as that wbich we find related of a celebrated our sorrows, have some hopeful, compen- Swiss jeweler, who actually succeeded in sating feeling, some sacred and cherished making the French director-general of the sanctuary within our hearts, to which we customs act the part of a smuggler! may turn and experience the beauty of that Geneva, as must be well known to all our faith which forces us to link even our mis- readers, supplies half Europe with her fortunes with good, and to draw from evil a watches and her jewelry. Three thousand consoling power. Few, very few, in this workmen are kept in continual employment world, but have something—a child, a friend, by her master goldsmiths ; while seventyor dear relative, to take away the sting from five thousand ounces of gold, and fifty thouthe hard pressure and experience of life. sand marks of silver, annually change their

form and multiply their value beneath their

skillful hands. The most fashionable jewelFrom " Chambers' Edinburgh Joumal."

er's shop in Geneva is unquestionably that

of Beautte: his trinkets are those which beTHE SMUGGLER MALGRE LUI.

yond all others excite the longing of the THERE is perhaps no more singular anom- Parisian ladies. A high duty is charged aly in the history of the human mind than upon these in crossing the French frontier ; the very different light in which a fraud is but, in consideration of a brokerage of 5 viewed according to the circumstances in per cent., M. Beautte undertakes to forward which it is practised. The singular revela-them safely to their destination through contions made to the Chancellor of the Exche. traband channels; and the bargain between quer by a late deputation will probably be the buyer and seller is concluded with this fresh in the remembrance of most of our condition as openly appended and avowed as if there were no such personages as custom whichever of the employés should be so forhouse officers in the world.

tunate as to seize the prohibited jewels-a All this went on smoothly for some years promise which had the effect of keeping with M. Beautte; but at length it so happen every officer on the line wide awake during ed that M. le Comte de Saint-Cricq, a gen- the three succeeding days. tleman of much ability and vigilance, was In the mean while M. de Saint-Cricq appointed director-general of the customs. reached Paris, alighted at his own residence, He heard so much of the skill evinced by and after having embraced his wife and chilM. Beautte in eluding the vigilance of his dren, and passed a few moments in their agents, that he resolved personally to inves. society, retired to his dressing room, for the tigate the matter, and prove for himself the purpose of laying aside his travelling costruth of the reports. He consequently re- tume. The first thing which arrested his paired to Geneva, presented himself at M. attention when he entered the apartment Beautte's shop, and purchased 30,000 francs' was a very elegant-looking casket, which worth of jewelry, on the express condition stood upon the mantel-piece, and which he that they should be transmitted to him free did not remember to have ever before seen. of duty on bis return to Paris. M. Beautte He approached to examine it; his name accepted the proposed condition with the was on the lid; it was addressed in full to air of a man who was perfectly accustomed “M. le Comte de Saint-Cricq, Directorto arrangements of this description, He, General of Customs.” He accordingly opened however presented for signatnre to M. de it without hesitation, and his surprise and Saint-Cricq a private deed, by which the dismay may be conceived when, on examinpurchaser pledged himself to pay the cus- ing the contents, he recognized at once the tomary 5 per cent. smuggling dues, in addi- beautiful trinkets he had so recently purtion to the 30,000 francs' purchase-money. chased in Geneva !

M. de Saint-Cricq smiled, and taking the The count rung for his valet and inquired pen from the jeweler's hand, affixed to the from him whether he could throw any light deed the following signature—“ L. de Saint- upon this mysterious occurrence. The valet Cricq, Director-General of the Customs in looked surprised, and replied, that on openFrance.” He then handed the document back ing his master's portmanteau, the casket in to M. Beautte, who merely glanced at the question was one of the first articles which signature, and replied, with a courteous bow, presented itself to his sight, and its elegant " Monsieur le Directeur des Douanes, Iform and elaborate workmanship having led shall take care that the articles which you him to suppose that it contained articles of have done me the honor of purchasing shall value, he had carefully laid it aside upon the be handed to you in Paris directly after mantel-piece. The count, who had full conyour arrival.” M. de Saint-Cricq, piqued fidence in his valet, and felt assured that he by the man's cool daring and apparent de- was in no way concerned in the matter, defiance of his authority and professional skill, rived but little satisfaction from this account, immediately ordered post-horses, and with which only served to throw a fresh veil of out the delay of a single hour set out with mystery over the transaction ; and it was all speed on the road to Paris.

only some time afterwards, and after long On reaching the frontier, the Director investigation, that he succeeded in discoverGeneral made himself known to the en- ing the real facts of the case. ployés who came forward to examine his Beautte the jeweler had a secret undercarriage-informed the chief officer of the standing with one of the servants of the incident which had just occurred, and beg- hotel at which the Comte de Saint-Cricq ged of him to keep up the strictest surveil- lodged in Geneva. This man taking advanlance along the whole of the frontier line, tage of the hurried preparations for the as he felt it to be a matter of the utmost count's departure, contrived to slip the casket importance to place some check upon the unperceived into one of his portmanteaus, wholesale system of fraud which had for and the ingenious jeweler had thus succeeded some years past been practised upon the in making the Director-General of Customs revenue by the Geneva jewelers. He also one of the most successful smugglers in the promised a gratuity of fifty louis-d'ors to kingdom !



From time to time-quite as often as the steam marine of the world. The triumph is moon changes—our travelling fears are acknowledged in the British journals which lighted up with the story of some terrible came to hand by the Washington. The accident by railway. But it is not to be Times makes this mention of the run :supposed from this, that every moderate “The Pacific sailed from New York precalamity of the sort finds its way into type. cisely at 5 minutes past 12 on the 10th inst.,

was announced off Holyhead at 8 o'clock We should say that a broken leg or two

yesterday morning, and saluted the Rock a fractured thigh, a single split skull—would Light-house at 15 minutes past 1 o'clock be hardly of enough importance to engage precisely, thus completing the run in the the attention of our newspaper economists. remarkably brief space of 9 days 19 hours It is only when a “ Bishop is burnt,” that ! and 25 minutes, mean time. Contrasting the

Pacific's run with that of the Royal mail there is report of the awfulness of the fire.

steamship Asia, (the fastest ever previously We have slipped-in the very outset of made, there is a difference in favor of the our Chronicle, into this mood of talk-first, Pacific to Holyhead of six hours, the Asia because the City-world is stuffing its carpet- having been announced off Holyhead at ? bag for country movement; and second,

second o'clock in the afternoon." because our eye has just been caught by the

- The Great Exhibition is still in all sound drubbing which the London Examiner

mouths—as matter of talk. The Queen and gives a score of railway directors, for the

Prince Albert are reported there almost mishap upon their road. There is a relishdaily. It will be remembered that it was in the reading of such an article, which in not part of the original design to erect a the whole range of American newspapers

permanent building for the Fair ; nor even we sigh for in vain. Accidents which would

after the plan of Mr. Paxton had been acstir the English metropolitan press into a

cepted, was it anticipated that bis work furor of condemnation, are passed over by

would serve for any thing more than the our papers as “unfortunate occurrences," with

display of the season. Now, however, not “no blame attributable to the engineer or

only is the building regarded as a parcel of directors.” Even those journals which are

the London inheritance from the Royal Commost braggart of their independence, and

missioners, but the idea is bruited in influwhich show their freedom by ribaldry, are

ential circles of purchasing the goods upon notoriously the best subjects of a bribe ; and

display, and so making the Exhibition a pera fat douceur will calm their ire as quick

manent school of manufactures and design. as putrid meat will still the yelpings of a

An English journal remarks upon it thus :

“ There is a general feeling growing in cur.

intensity, that the assemblage of articles The truth is, between free tickets furnish- | now classified together in the long avenues, ed to the press, and the prospect of long spacious courts, and elegant galleries of that advertisements from the “Company," there marvellous edifice ought to remain a peris scarce a paper that has a tongue of its manent source of instruction and delight to own for railways; and the poor traveller

the people of all ranks and classes—a living

museum of the arts and industry of the must take his chance, without liberty to living world. It seems likely that funds accuse, or any hope of expostulation will not be wanting for the purpose, and

We throw out these hints for the sake of that, after all expenses are paid, sufficient setting country readers right, in what they will remain to keep up the building, and to

purchase the most important of the articles may innocently suppose a fair exposition of

exhibited Such a result, which no one was the railway mishaps of the country; and sanguine enough to imagine a few months furthermore for the sake of contrasting the ago, is now considered by sober people as boldness of the English prints on these | highly desirable, and not at all impracticatopics with the toadying servility of too

ble. There remains but another step in the many of our American journals.

progress of opinion to be made, and then we

shall have the realization of Mr. Paxton's - The Pacific has made another run idea, of a gratuitous admission of the people which rates her name at the head of the lon certain specified days."

We quote from the same journal a word tention at the Exhibition, is the famous or two of commendation for American “Koh-i-noor,” diamond, being a portion of Daguerreotypes :

the spoil taken in the late Sikh war. We “ It is only within the last few years that extract a brief notice of it, and some interthe force of light has been made directly esting observations on the general show of available for the arts, in the production of gems, from the London News :pictures. Here we have very excellent examples of Daguerreotype and Calotypes, the finest are quite free from any speck, or

“The diamond is generally colorless, and Of the former we are inclined, after a very Aaw of any kind, resembling a drop of the minute and careful examination, to give to

Varieties of color occur, but America the first place. Whether the at: purest water. mosphere is better adapted to the art, or

are rare; and clear distinct shades of color whether the preparation of Daguerreotypes

in fine diamonds of considerable size are so have been congenial with the tastes of the extremely rare, as to give a great addition

to the value of such stones. people, or whether they are unfettered by the patents in force in England, certain it is

“The diamonds in the Exhibition may be that the number of exhibitors has been very first the Koh-i-noor,' or Mountain of Light,

distinguished into several groups. There is great, and the quality of production super- and the so-called Sea of Light, both at excellent. The likenesses of various distinguished Americans, by Mr. Brady, are noble Company, and forming a part of the spoil

one time the property of the East India examples of this style of art. The family taken in the Sikh war, on the defeat of Runof Mr. Churchill is a very pretty group ; the series of views illustrating the Falls of jeet Singh. The former has been presented Niagara are a very appropriate example of mission. The 'latter, with a multitude of

to her Majesty, and is exhibited by her perAmerican industry, by Mr. Whitehurst, of other superb gems, are among the Indian Baltimore. The large specimens by Mr. Harrison are also excellent. In fact, the collection on the north and south side of the American display of Daguerreotypes in

nave next the transept. The Koh-i-noor is

not cut into the best form for exhibiting its some degree atones for the disrespect with which they have treated all other nations, purity and lustre, and will, therefore, disapin having applied for so large a space, and point many if not all those who so anxiously yet at last having left their space compara press forward to examine it. This is, how tively unfilled.”

ever, a general fault among Indian gems cut

in the East, as the people of that country Among the new things which the Exhi. consider the magnitude of too great importbition has called into existence in London, ance to be submitted to the great reduction is the issue of French and German papers, necessary to show the beauty of the stone. and the engagement of the best writers of Light, is not so cut as to do justice to the

" The Sea of Light, like the Mountain of the Continent upon these exotic productions. gem; and thus these diamonds, however Thus we see advertised by the Illustrated valuable, yield in brilliancy and effect to the News of London, a French Illustrated News, smaller but more ornamental stones exhibwith contributions from such distinguished ited by the jewelers. Mr. Hope's diamond feuilletonists as JULES JANIN, ALPHONSE advantage.

is, however, set, and is thus shown to much Karr, and MERY.

“ The value of diamonds depends on their We also perceive, that-in compliment to weight and purity, but increases at a very the presence of so many Frenchmen in Lon. rapid rate in the case of the larger stones. don—the Duke of Wellington has abandoned The weight is estimated in what are called bis usual Waterloo banquet.

carats, each carat being 35 grains troy No disturbance has occurred of any mo

weight. There are thus rather more than ment, and the admirable police of London, estimating the value is by considering the

154 carats in an ounce troy. The mode of is found amply sufficient to arrest all such price of a fine diamond of one carat as £8, disorders as had been so confidently fore- and in any particular case multiplying the told by the New York Herald. While weight into itself, and this product by 8. talking of the police, we may safely direct Thus, a diamond of 12 carats, or 38 grains,

will be worth 12X12X8=£1152. When attention again to that admirable exposé of the weight is beyond 20 carats, the value is the police system which appeared two estimated in the same way; but the actual weeks back, in the Miscellany. Its pictu- selling price is arbitrary, The price of resque and effective treatment of the sub- rough diamonds is far less, the standard ject almost points to Mr. Dickens as its price of the carat being £2' instead of £8.

Diamonds of 5 or 6 carats are very fine author.

stones; those of 12 to 20 carats are rare : Among the objects which attract most at- | up to 100 carats they are extremely rare,

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