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Peaceful as the nature of the frog is, he has | How they throng the halls of Thought! there an many enemies, and especially is the watchful stork the most dangerous to him at night. The crow too annoys him, and even men join in the persecution. To the epicure his delicate thighs are always dainties. One French cook, a cruel tormentor, in the time of Napoleon, realized from his peculiar "frog-pastries," a fortune of two hundred thousand francs. Even Science makes war upon him. How many does the knife of the anatomist dissect! how many breathe their last gasp under the air-pump's exhauster! and even upon the half-dead the galvanic battery exercises its powers.
Thus celebrated has the frog become in nature's catalogue. His wonderful transformations, from the fish-like egg to a Stentor with powerful lungs, are strange changes enough to attract the notice and study of man. We have read a good deal, and scribbled some, about the butterfly and its mysterious chrysalis, as beautiful images of immortality, and so they are. Has not this little animal similar striking traits? He has, besides, a prognostic sense of the weather, when Jupiter Pluvius will open the flood-gates of heaven, and when Phoebus, after cloudy days, will again ascend the skies in his chariot of gold. Thus he enjoys a kind of prophetic authority. The Koran relates that when the Chaldeans had cast Abraham into the flames, the frogs kindly came to his deliverance, spitting into the fire and extinguishing it. Hence Mahommed commanded them to be respected, for having saved the patriarch fron a fiery death.
MOONLIGHT AND A MEMORY.
With the songsters of the fields and the woods, in the height of summer, the frog grows mute, concealing himself in his hole: the spiritual part of him falling asleep, the whole animal becomes changed. Here, without fresh air or food, he lies and freezes, to be reanimated again, like a spring-born child of our earth. For the space of twice ten years thus his life endures, between the summer's joys and a long winter sleep.
BY BENJAMIN F. TAYLOR,
All Heaven is anchored off the world; and every, every where,
The silver surges of the moon make music through the air;
As the stars revealed by night, as the dew-drops by
So the bosom's wordless wealth, by the moon-beam's misty bars.
Oh! sunlight for the world of things, but moonlight
for the heart!
From out the dreamy shadows, how the forms of beauty start!
Though I cannot see her clearly by moon-light, and
I'd know that foot-fall any where, as light as summerrain,
For it sets my pulses playing, as none can do again.
Ah, Thou art there, my Cynosure; I know those eyes other pair would ever turn so lovingly to are thine;
now, a billow of green turf swells breathless o'er her rest,
As if it feared to wake the babe that slumbers on her
The bough was bent to breaking, as the blast went sweeping by,
But the nameless bud of beauty was wafted on the sky:
And thou, fair moon! art shining on, in all thy glory
if upon no fairer brow no paler seal were
The purling azure ever parts in music round thy
grows dim with grey and
And yet, methinks, thy deck
but these tears.
wonder not the stars are out, to see thee riding by,
And not a breath to break the blue of all that blessed There's just one cloud in all that dome of God's own sky:
starry thought, One little cloud of Zephyr's fleet, left floating there forgot.
Not all thy glory, gentle morn, can turn that gloom
For, like a banner weirdly wove in wild Campania's
Good-night fair moon!-good night again, pale
captive to the cloud;
seen a dearer light than thine extinguished by the shroud.
cloud is edged with silver now; its gloom is webbed with gold;
The stars shine through it everywhere-a pearl in
(Specially from Paris.)
FIRST FIGURE.-Dress of cigar-coloured silk, with a half-long skirt surmounted by a puffing of the same, bordered at top and bottom with a narrow velvet to match, put on like flounces and in small flutes. Tunic in front and behind. Close-fitting jacket of the same form as the tunic, and caught up in the same style. Velvet waistband. The body closes straight down in front; the sleeves are tight, ornamented in the epaulet style, with velvet like that on the tunic; the same velvet is put at the end and runs up the side, forming a point near the elbow. Collar and cuffs of stitched cambric. Fanchon bonnet of cigar-coloured velvet, with tea-roses at the side, and black lace barbs. Russia leather boots. Kid gloves.
SECOND FIGURE.-Dress of green Pékiné satin, with a train and quite plain; black velvet jacket raised at the sides, cut round in front and behind, trimmed with a cigarette fringe in gimp; bows of narrow satin mixed with gimp made very full, and fastened down in the middle with a velvet agrafe in the butterfly form. Black satin waistband. Small butterfly bow placed at the end of the sleeves. Black velvet ribbon and diadem comb in the hair. Black
Short dresses for the street, the promenade, and the dance are just now in the ascendant; but the skirts for walking costume are not quite so short as they were, while those for evening dress are decidedly shorter. Dinner dresses, on the contrary, are made with extremely long trains, and the Polignac, which is one of the newest and most elegant dinner toilets, requires thirty-eight yards of silk! Striped satins of the richest description are being used for petticoats, and these stripes are usually of the brightest colours. Judging by the style of dress in this gay capital one would think that
purses filled to repletion were the order of the day; for velvets, changeable-silks, and brocaded satins of the most gorgeous appearance, and fabulous price, shine and scintillate and glow wherever fashion gathers its followers together.
Watteau skirts are worn over satin jupons, one of black velvet garnished with guipure looked remarkably well over a skirt of Grenadier satin.
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
For grand dinners, petites soirées, and the opera, low dresses are much less worn than in bygone years. These are reserved for réunions dansantes, and instead of them open or square corsages are worn, which are becoming to everyone. If very much dressed, the corsage is simply ornamented with a Valenciennes, tucked within it. The throat is discovered, and a medallion suspended by a velvet completes the toilet.
If less dressed, a guimpe of white muslin, richly trimmed with Valenciennes and a jabot, in which a woman of taste puts two or three bright things of diamonds, rubies, or emeralds. Poplins, especially, Irish poplins, are in great demand this season. The light colours make up charmingly for evening dress, and they have this advantage, that, when soiled, they will dye and look equal to new; while a dyed silk is never fit for anything but a house-dress.
Cloth dresses, or suits, are also in vogue, and, trimmed with fur, are the ideal of winter dress.
Walking dresses, which are usually made with two skirts, may be economised in expensive materials by having the under-one half composed of Alpaca or twill. Corsages, when open, are frequently made with revers of another colour, or piped with the contrasting colour of the dress. For brunettes, black and button-d'or or gold colour is much in request.
Malet. This is a book which it is impossible to dispose of in a cursory notice, and unfortunately the late period of the month at which we have received it precludes an appropriate one: we therefors defer our review of this really remarkable work till next month.
Music, books for review, &c., &c., must be sent in on the 10th of each month, to receive notice in the next number.
PRINTED BY ROGERSON AND TUXFORD, 265, STRAND.
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