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There was no night-lamp burning, but still it, a little. Then Sophy raised herself, and looked was quite light; the moon shone through the round quite astonished. window into the middle of the floor; it was “There must be a ball here," said she; "why almost like day. All the hyacinths and tulips did nobody tell me?". stood in long rows in the room; there were " Will
dance with me?" asked the chim. none at all left at the window—there stood the ney-sweep. empty flower-pots. On the floor all the flowers - You are a nice sort of fellow to dance !" were dancing very gracefully round each other, she replied, and turned her back upon him. making perfect turns, and holding each other Then she seated herself upon the drawer, by the long green leaves as they swung round. and thought that one of the flowers would come But at the
piano sat a great yellow-lily, which and ask her; but not one of them came. Then little Ida had certainly seen in summer, for she she coughed, “ Hem! hem! hem !” but for all remembered how the Student had said, “ How that not one came. The chimnney-sweep now like that one is to Miss Lina." Then he had | danced all alone, and that was not at all so bad. been laughed at by all; but now it seemed As none of the flowers seemed to notice really to little Ida as if the long yellow flower Sophy, she let herself fall down from the drawer looked like the young lady; and it had just her straight upon the floor, so that there was a great manners in playing—sometimes bending its noise. The flowers now all came running up, long yellow face to one side, sometimes to the to ask if she had not hurt herself; and they other, and nodding in tune to the charming were all very polite to her, especially the flowers music! No one noticed little Ida. Then she that had laia in her bed. But she had not saw a great blue crocus hop into the middle hurt herself at all; and Ida's flowers all thanked of the table where the toys stood, and go to the her for the nice bed, and were kind to her, took doll's bed and pull the curtains aside; there / her into the middle of the room, where the moon lay the sick fowers, but they got up directly, shone in, and danced with her; and all the other and nodded to the others, to say that they flowers formed a circle round her. Now Sophy wanted to dance too. The old chimney-sweep was glad, and said they might keep her bed; doll, whose under-lip was broken off, stood up she did not at all mind lying in the drawer. and bowed to the pretty flowers: these did not But the flowers said, “We thank you heartily; look at all ill now; they jumped down to but in any way, we cannot live long. To-morthe others, and were very merry.
row we shall be quite dead. But tell little Ida Then it seemed as if something fell down from she is to bury us out in the garden, where the the table. Ida looked that way. It was the canary lies; then we shall wake up again in birch rod which was jumping down ! it seemed summer, and be far more beautiful.” almost as if it belonged to the flowers. At any "No, you must not die,” said Sophy; and rate, it was very neat; and a little wax doll, with she kissed the flowers. just such a broad hat on its head as the Coun. Then the room door opened, and a great cillor wore, sat upon it. The birch rod hopped number of splendid flowers came dancing in. about among the flowers on its three legs, and | Ida could not imagine whence they had come ; stamped quite loud, for it was dancing the these must certainly all be flowers from the mazourka; and the other flowers could not king's castle yonder. First of all came two manage that dance, because they were too light, glorious roses, and they had little gold crowns and unable to stamp like that.
on; they were a king and a queen. Then came The wax doll on the birch rod all at once be- the prettiest stocks and carnations; and they came quite great and long, turned itself over the bowed in all directions. They had music with paper flowers, and said, “How can one put them. Great poppies and peonies blew upon such things in a child's head ? those are stupid pea-pods till they were quite red in the face. fancies !" And then the wax doll was exactly The blue hyacinths and the little white snow. like the Councillor with the broad hat, and looked drops rang just as if they had been bells. That just as yellow and cross as he. But the paper was wonderful music! Then came many other flowers hit him on his thin legs, and then he flowers, and danced all together; the blue vioshrank up again, and became quite a little wax lets and the pink primroses, daisies, and the doll. That was very amusing to see; and lilies-of-the-valley. "And all the flowers kissed little Ida could not restrain her laughter. The one another. It was beautiful to look at ! birch rod went on dancing, and the Councillor At last the flowers wished one another good was obliged to dance too; it was no use, he night; then little Ida, too, crept to bed, where might make himself great and long, or remain she dreamed of all she bad seen. the little yellow wax doll with the big black When she rose next morning, she went hat. Then the other flowers put in a good quickly to the little table, to see if the pretty word for him, especially those who had lain in flowers were still there. She drew aside the the doll's bed, and then the birch rod gave curtains of the little bed; there were they all, over. At the same moment there was a loud but they were quite faded, far more than yesterknocking at the drawer, inside where Ida’s doll day. Sophy was lying in the drawer where Ida Sophy lay with many other toys. The chimney had laid her; she looked very sleepy. sweep ran to the edge of the table, lay flat down Do you remember what you were to say to on his stomach, and began to pull the drawer out me?" asked little Ida.
But Sophy looked quite stupid, and did not names were Gustavo and Adolphe: their father say a single word.
had given them two new crossbows, and they “You are not good at all!” said Ida. “And had brought these with them to show to Ida. yet they all danced with you !”
She told them about the poor flowers which had Then she took a little paper box, on which died, and then they got leave to bury them. were painted beautiful birds, and opened it, and The two boys went first, with their crossbows laid the dead flowers in it.
on their shoulders, and little Ida followed with “That shall be your pretty coffin," said she; the dead flowers in the pretty box. Out in the “and when my cousins come to visit me by-and- garden a little grave was dug. Ida first kissed by, they shall help me bury you outside in the the flowers, and then laid them in the earth in garden, so that you may grow again in summer, the box, and Adolphe and Gustave shot with and become more beautiful than ever."
their crossbows over the grave, for they had These cousins were two merry boys. Their ) neither guns nor cannons.
THEATRES AND PLACES OF A MUSEMENT
DURING THE EASTER WEEK.
Writing in the after-part of the Easter festival, picturesque poses of the women, who stood by, we have only to deal with whatever has proved waiting their turn to go through their several permanently attractive of the theatrical novelties acts.” As the subordinates, men and women, of the season. But, in fact, the custom seems stood in groups on the stage, they looked like a almost to have gone out, of providing new party of Eastern nomads, gipsy-like in appearpieces at Easter. Managers appear to imitate ance, but of a dignified deportment, which is the practices of the Italian Carnival rather than said to be peculiar to the Indian race. regard too attentively the old usages of the Apropos of Crystal Palace novelties, we obBritish Theatre. Appropriating the verse of serve that the Saturday Concerts have included Lord Byron, slightly altered :
the new cantata composed by Mr. J. Barnett
(son of the composer of the opera of the “ There are dresses splendid, but fantastical, “Mountain Sylph”), based on Coleridge's celeMasks of all times and nations, Tarks and Jews, brated poem of the “ Ancient Mariner.” The And harlequins and clowns, with feats gymnastical, Misses Doria (Barnett), Mr. Perrin, and Mr. Vaulters and jugglersJapanese, Hindoos!” Renwick were its vocal executants, while the
composer himself conducted the orchestra. More attention has been paid during the past The Misses Doria are at present but second-rate month to the Oriental Troupe of Contortionists singers, if we judge these ladies by the standard at the New Holborn Amphitheatre, and the of high-class vocaliets; but they are young, and Japanese Tumblers at the Lyceum than to any have abundance of time to improve. The music thing else. The Oriental Troupe from Covent of the “Ancient Mariner" is characteristic of Garden has been for some time exhibiting at the poem; and some of the concerted pieces the Crystal Palace. They appear to be fa- are full of originality. The chorusses are, here vourites with the public wherever they appear: and there, telling-especially the final one exindeed, their performances are marvellous in pressive of a marriage-feast. kind, and, as a whole, perfectly unique. What the Our theatrical notices have assumed an ecJapanese exhibitors do in rivalry of the other centric form in treating of jugglery, as primary Orientals lies more in the humour of the former to the claims of the regular drama; but such than in their actual deeds. The Japanese efforts on the part of managers to sustain the tumbling is done with much easy dexterity; drama as the production of mere re-chauffès of but on the other hand, the Indian troupe possess two of Dickens's novels (“ Martin Chuzzlewit" a more extensive programme, and perform at the Olympic, and “Oliver Twist” at the New graver and more sensational feats as contor- Queen’s Theatre) are hardly deserving special tionists. Ratub and Sumroo on the swinging- notice, and the pieces themselves must prove rope, Moulabux, and Cabootee (the latter a fe- of too ephemeral a character to allow of it: male), in their sword-acts, are unapproachable indeed, one of these adaptations has already in every way. What we observed as most sin- been withdrawn-namely, “Martin Chuzzlewit" gular and peculiar in the Oriental troupe was at the Olympic. their countenances : while appearing to inflict on If revivals of plays partly re-written for new their bodies some of the Dervish's most terrible audiences are the latest fashion in theatricals, penances, the expression of their faces told of we admit it more worthy of our regard in the pain, the feeling of which was suppressed by re-productions of the Princess's stage than any the desire to show a patient endurance. Another other. The plays of Mr. Boucicault are cerpeculiarity was the calm and stoical behaviour tainly getting somewhat old; but they are of the principal performers, contrasted with the placed on the stage, by Mr, Vining, with much
ingenuity, taste, and care. There is always cillating between the latter and the Olympic. some grand scene to amaze the spectators, and On this principle, visiting one theatre frequently, renew the interest of the piece. Such is remark- under the Webster régime, will be equivalent to ably the case with the revival of “Jennie Deans," makingacquaintance of three corpsdramatiques. which is this time placed upon the boards with The Strand Theatre has given its supporters a variety of alterations that are also improve- a splendidly-mounted new burlesque, entitled ments. The realistic character of the play is “Darnley; or, the Field of the Cloth of Gold.” illustrated with whole scenes that are actually The new Holborn Theatre has just re-opened built up like, and furnished like, inhabited under the management of Miss Josephs. An houses, instead of being the ordinary set-scenes extravaganza (new to London, although not so and flats of stage-scenery. We can always en to certain of the provinces) entitled “The juy an evening at the Princess's.
White Fawn,” has been produced with great The St. James's Theatre has revived Madame prestige and success. The first performance Celeste and a real Victoria melodrama for the 'was attended by no less distinguished peramusement and amazement of its aristocratic sonages than the Prince of Wales and the Duke audiences. The piece of the evening is entitled of Cambridge, who occupied opposite boxes. the “Woman in Red.” It is a coarse melo- Such immediate patronage ought to carry the drama, unredeemably vulgar, and smelling of elegant Holborn Theatre along bravely upon the lamps of the minor boards abominably. It the aura popularis. “ The White Fawn” is full of must have been adopted for performance at the good songs and dances, after the Offenfashionable West-end theatre merely to show the bachian style and manner. refined frequenters of the latter a vestige of the At the New Standard Theatre Miss Glyn bas old transpontine drama. If, however, the gallery been acting her great sensational part of " The and pit of the theatre are plentifully occupied by Duchess of Malf,” in the old Elizabethan drathe Jeameses and similar denizens of the West- matist Webster's gloomy play. end squares, then the “Woman in Red” may The New Surrey Theatre may be little known have been well-selected to meet their uninformed to some of our readers, being a transpontine and superficial tastes. But all would have bet- establishment. It is a new theatre, recently built ter liked the perennial Celeste (“ beautiful for on the site of the old house, famous as having ever!") in the more respectable pieces of her once been managed by Robert William Elliston. repertoire, viz., "The French Spy," the “Wept Here they have produced a long lugubrious, of the Wish-ton-Wish, “Green Bushes," &c., partly-nautical, partly-sensational drama, called &c. Latterly a young dramatist named Leslie - Poor Humanity," with a hero who is a clergyhas written capital dramas for Celeste, which man of the rnuscular-Christianity school. The have been highly successful at the Lyceum and piece is dull and heavy as regards the dialogue; the Surrey. These productions have been but there is a host of dramatis persone. Of the ably adapted to show off the talents of a serio- numerous characters the leading parts are pantomimic actress to the best advantage be sustained by Mr. Creswick, Mr. Shepherd, Miss fore modern audiences. As for the heroines of Webster, Miss Pauncefort, and (last, not least) the domestic drama-pure and simple-Celeste Miss Edith Stuart (from Drury-lane). The was always too artificial in them to please our acting, scenery, and effects of “Poor Humanity" selves.
(it is an adaptation of a story in Cassell's The Olympic (we are aware of having made Magazine) are all such as are calculated to a bare reference to this theatre before) has pro- amuse and delight Surrey-side audiences; but duced a new burlesque or extravaganza, based would be thought, perhaps, a little too faron one of Offenbach's latest operettas. The fetched, or running into extremes, by bettertitle of the English version is “Hit or Miss” educated playgoers. (a bad title for a burlesque-a good one for a A very well-managed minor theatre is the farce). The production is a flimsy affair, and New East London, in Whitechapel Road, contruly' the "bouffonnerie musicale"-o styled ducted by Mr. Abrahams, whilome the origiin the Parisian play-bill. Intelligent playgoers nator of the first music-hall (the Effingham will be more gratified with the veteran juvenile Saloon), in this oriental region of the metropolicomedian, Charles Mathews, and the ever- tan suburbs. There is at all times good entercharming Mrs. Stirling, in the petite comedy of tainment for pleasure-seekers at the "East “The Woman of the World," and similar light London," which happily combines with the pieces. The system which has come into vogue minor drama the music-hall elements of song of lending actors is carried on at the Olympic, and dance. Adelphi, and St. James's Theatres with im- The Polytechnic Institution is ever intent on punity by a manager who is the lessee of at the introduction of novelty, and imparting least two of the houses named. Thus we have variety to its programme. The latest change Miss Furtado and Mr.J. G. Taylor transferred has been a new dramatic sketch of the extravafrom the Adelphi company to the Olympic to ganza kind, admirably acted by a competent enact the principal parts in the new burlesque company, in the little theatre, under the direcof “ Hit or Miss" at the latter theatre. Again, tion of Mr. Buckland, who has invented the we have recently seen Miss Herbert, the osten. new illusionary burlesque. The fairy tale of sible manageress of the St. James's, playing the “Marquis Carabas” furnishes the subject. constanty at the Adelphi, and Mr. Clarké os
E. H. M.
OUR PARIS CORRESPONDENT.
Archbishop of Paris, although Napoleon re-
concerts spirituels, quested it; but the Holy Father is said to have private theatrical performances, now and then answered that the Archbishop was quite red a quiet soirée dansante, and sundry other amuse-enough as it was. Most people here think that ments, we have managed to get through Lent the Emperor intends to have his cousin named without too much ennui, though it is always Pope when the present one dies, and that was with fresh satisfaction that we hail the arrival of the reason of his second interference at Rome. Easter, not only on account of the new fashions The Prince is very young for a Pope, but I dare in bonnets and dresses that it generally brings say that they will not be an impediment to his us, but also the unrestraint that it gives to the elevation to the Papal throne. He is a fine man, scrupulous in words as how to get through and will look well in the garb of Pope, if that time in the most agreeable manner.
Easter be any
recommendation. also announces the coming pleasures of sum- The Prince Napoleon's journey to Germany mer, the reposing delights of the country, or has given great scope to our imaginations; no the fatiguing amusements of watering-places. one will believe that it was a pleasure trip on Father Felix has been very severe this season. the part of his Highness, and the report of He has threatened with fire and brimstone any coming hostilities has been continual ever since. one of his congregation who would dare to go The sanguine affirm a design of the reto the Théâtre Français to Monsieur establishment of the kingdom of Poland. At a Legouvé's new drama, “ Paul Forestier.” Of dinner-party, given by the Prince, Count course the defence has been a stimulation-Walewski drank a toast to that effect. It may forbidden fruit is sweet, particularly they say be the Count will have to drink toasts and eat to that species of mortals who frequent Father dinners to the health of Poland for some time Felix's lectures. Those who have resisted the yet. Meanwhile the “Garde Mobile” is formtemptation have, most of them, compounded ing rapidly, amidst the great murmuring of the with their conscience by reading the drama at peasantry; although Monsieur Pinard, the home. There is an amusing feature in the de- Minister of the Interior, has given quite a votion of Lent here, that is worthy of observa- different report to the Emperor on that subject. tion. Every Roman Catholic who has the least All these preparations and cries of war make spark of religion confesses and receives the trade very slack and the commercial Parisians sacrament for Easter; so that when Lent very discontented. begins one sees a multitude of ladies and gen- A very odd pamphlet appeared the other day tlemen who reside in the country flock to the without the author's signature. It contained capital to fulfil that religious duty, it being very the titles and an exposure of the rights of the disagreeable to let the priest of their village Napoleon dynasty. Each préfet received a into the secrets of their hearts. A confessor in quantity, with orders to distribute them to the Paris does not know them, and after he has principal people within his jurisdiction. This given them absolution, forgets les pêches mig. has made folks stare and wonder. Some think nons that might lower village saints in the that the chief of that dynasty feels his throne opinion of the parish.
tottering, or why try to prove his rights. The Talking of priests, Monsieur Dupanloup, the Prince Imperial's excursion amongst the sailors fiery bishop of Orleans, still remains very in- in such a cold season has also been another dignant with the Minister of Public Instruction subject of comment, particularly as he is to re(Monsieur Duruy) for his establishment of ceive his first communion in the beginning of schools for young girls. He writes pamphlet May, and generally there are great preparations after pamphlet, until one is astounded at his for that solemnity with young Roman Ca. wonderful fecundity, but he has not yet suc- tholics, their catechism forming a large ceeded in turning his antagonist out of office, volume, to be learot by heart. The massas he has sworn to do, and as even the minis- book that the Prince is to use that day has ter's friends thought he would have done before been fabricated on purpose for him, and is a work the Easter holidays, when there was a discus- of art and chef-d' wudre of patience and beauty sion amongst the Ministers of State as to in its kind; it is an illustrated manuscript, whether there should be a general election. Re- like those of the middle-ages, that "amateurs" port said that the clergy had offered to use all so admire in museums. His Imperial Highness their influence to get Government members re- seemed to amuse himself amazingly at Chero turned in the coming election, if the Emperor bourg, where he was greatly extolled by the inwould dismiss Monsieur Duruy, and name a habitants for his gracious smiles and bows. clerical in his place. His Majesty, however, Several gentlemen were presented to him on his seems determined to retain his favourite, and arrival in that town, but it was remarked that has assured him that his enemies shall not tri- no ladies had that honour. He was dressed in umph. Monsieur Dupanloup is furious. The regimentals, as well as his little friend Conneau, Pope sent the title of Cardinal to Prince Murat who accompanied him. A little girl offered the other day; he refused that honour to the him a bouquet, and he very gallantly asked her
permission to kiss her, which of course was not, Monsieur de la Croix has the most fervent refused; and, after gravely reviewing the sol- veneration for his author. His admiration for diers and sailors, docks and ships, and going | the great English dramatist induced him to through all necessary ceremony for the occa- learn English, at an age when one rarely feels sion, the young Prince sent for half-a-dozen disposed to commence the study of a language. little cabin-boys, and had a good game at “King Lear” has been well received and pro“ Hide-and-Seek” with them for at least an mises a good run. hour, after which he went on board the “Reine Monsieur Alexandre Dumas junior has just Hortense,” which conveyed him and his suite published a complete collection of his dramatic to Brest. The Norman peasantry flocked to works, preceded by a very curious preface, in the different stations to see the Prince pass, which he comments largely on the prostitution of the men in blue blouses, and with bright red women in France, and discusses different means umbrellas, which, although it was fine weather, of regeneration, which critics pull to pieces with they being in their best had carefully taken diabolical pleasure, all acknowledging the vewith them; with here and there the white mo- racity of what he says, but treat reformation as numental cap of the women-alas ! these caps paradoxical. The fact is, Frenchmen have, in are rarer and rarer, and will soon disappear en- general, such odd ideas of the fair sex, that one tirely, civilization replacing them with bonnets can scarcely understand what they desire for or ugly small caps, trimmed with ribbons and female perfection. They are the same on that flowers. The poorer, or less coquette, still subject as on politics--they would fain have imcling hard to the “ bonnet de coton”. possibilities: they would like the wrong means men's cotton night-caps—with a tassel at the to bring about the right result, and methinks end, which is the traditional day "négligé" it will be long before they get to consider a head-dress of both men and women there, woman really their equal. where the apple-tree flourishes and the amber- A few months ago the men employed in the cider flows from casks half as big as a village telegraph received a supply of swords from cottage in England.
Government, with orders to wear them. What But let us return to Paris. The Empress a man could want with a sword in the reading has had a severe attack of influenza, as has or despatching a telegram is difficult to underhalf the Paris population. Such fluctuation in stand, and so I imagine the Minister of State the temperature has no doubt been the cause : concluded, after serious reflection, and orders one day the heat of June, another the cold of were sent to recal the swords, with this explanaJanuary; nothing can be more trying to the tion, that they had been sent by mistake !-a constitution. In spite of that, time glides on tit-bit, as may be imagined, for the satire of imperceptibly-to those who have not com- our journalists. Apropos of swords, the deplaints-and we have only just sufficient to mand has been made by quiet citizens, who do criticise this and that opera, or comment on not like being exposed to the madness of inFather Gretry's discourse on his reception at toxicated soldiers, to forbid the army that danthe Academy, and to wonder why Monsieur gerous weapon when not on duty, it beiog Vacherot should be one day revoked from his almost a daily occurrence to hear that some direction of the Normal School for having wound has been inflicted by a drunken soldier. written a book entitled “L'école d'Alexandrie," Some one of our worthy deputies has protested and another day: elected member of the against the demand, under the plea that a Academy for having written the same book, soldier without his sword loses his dignity. both decisions sanctioned by the Emperor. Fancy how much more essential it is to huMonsieur Vacherot was not only revoked manity that a French soldier should look dignis from his functions, but condemned to prison fied than that the lives of quiet citizens should for his opinions emitted in his work-work be protected! that has led him to the Academy; let those And now for a little anecdote to finish my unriddle the why and wherefore who can. letter: The Marquis of A. was an odd man.
Another new opera, “Dante," by Monsieur When he gave away his money he liked to de Massa, is adding fresh laurels to those know for whom it was destined. One day, in that “Hamlet” had already given to Mdlle. church, the silver plate was held to him. Nilsson and M. Faure. It seems that we are to “Whom is it for?” asked he. “For the lose these two delights of Paris next month, poor, monsieur," replied the sacristan. The they having an engagement in your capital. marquis put down a louis. A few minutes Decidedly Shakspeare has the honours of the after, the church collector held his plate again day now in Paris. The wind blows in his to the nobleman, “What for now?"* “For the direction just now- "Hamlet” at the Opera, necessaries of public worship.” The marquis and “King Lear” at the Odéon. The latter gave two five-franc pieces. A third time the piece has been arranged for the French stage plate was presented him-"What for now?" by Jules de la Croix, one of the most enthu. “For the Virgin's chapel.” The marquis made siastic admirers of your great master in a slight grimace, but gave a five-franc piece. France. He has already adapted several of He was on the point of leaving the church, when Shakspeare's dramas to the French stage, and al- the sacristan again held the plate to him. though some cry out against his “improvement” “Well, what now?” “ For the dead! Monsieur of Shakspeare, yet it is a well-known fact that I le Marquis.” “For the dead ! oh! well, they