图书图片
PDF
ePub

which really enormous quantities of beef and plum-pudding had been provided ; and at six o'clock Stanley sat down to dinner, with two hundred of the principal inhabitants of the town.

Here the utmost enthusiasm prevailed up to the hour of nine, when — that being the time appointed for dancing to commence the whole party retired from the table. Stanley opened the ball with the lady of the Mayor, and was delighted to see his guests so joyous and happy. Here, again, he was the admiration of the whole of the ladies, and Amelia won the hearts of all the gentlemen present. Sir William danced with the widow the greater part of the evening, and nothing could exceed her delight: he was so graceful, so attentive, so kind: she was in raptures. Mr. Ripstone was absent, which she could not but think very odd; but, then, Sir William was present ; and, although Mr. Ripstone was a dear, good creature, Sir William surpassed him in every point.

Having danced with spirit until twelve o'clock, Stanley, worn out with fatigue and excitement, retired with his party almost unperceived ; and when the carriages were ordered, the crowd, who were waiting outside to do him honour, insisted upon drawing him thema selves to his residence, which was situated nearly a mile from the town. All opposition to this was, of course, vain, and the horses were accordingly removed from both carriages, the traces and poles only remaining attached; and, when Stanley and his party had entered, three cheers were given as the signal for starting, and off they went, preceded by a military band. Instead, however, of taking them directly home, they drew them round the town, which was brilliantly lighted up, and it was not until they imagined that their chosen representative had seen enough of the general illumination that they would consent to proceed towards his mansion.

Having once got upon the road, they were not long before they reached the gates, and here they were met by enthusiastic thousands, who, by the light of large bonfires, had been dancing on the lawn. The committee had arranged this quite unknown to Stanley, and had instructed their agents to regale the happy multitude with boiled beef and beer.

This was, of course, a fresh source of delight to Stanley, who not only encouraged the dancers to proceed, but by way of acknowledging the compliment they had paid him, took the hand of one of the lasses, and having placed her at the head of about two hundred couples, led off the next dance, The Triumph !- much to the amusement of Amelia and her friends, who were enjoying the sport at the drawing-room window. This, however, settled him. The line for nearly an hour seemed interminable, for even those who had before no intention to dance, stood up to have the honour of dancing with him. He did, however, at length, reach the bottom, when, feeling quite sure that he had had enough of it, he restored his proud partner to her friends, and left the lawn.

A signal was now given, and in an instant it was answered by a grand and unexpected flight of rockets, and as this was succeeded by a really magnificent display of fireworks of every description, it was rationally supposed that the enthusiastic guests would withdraw ; but, no, nothing of the sort : although Stanley and his party retired to rest in an absolute state of exhaustion, the multitude immediately re-commenced dancing, and kept it up with infinite spirit until the rosy morning dawned.

THE THEATRES.

DRURY LANE. — Something of a prescriptive right attaches to this thea. tre, giving it precedence over its rivals, at least in point of place. Mr. Eliason's Winter Concerts are got up with great taste, presenting morsels of music suited to all palates. The lead ing favourites in these entertainments are the solo performers. Herr König on the cornet-a-piston; M. Prospere on the ophicleide: and M. Dantonet on the trombone. A pleasanter lounge can hardly be found in “ the great me. tropolis " than this for all who have any taste for good music. These de. tached musical gems are exactly the thing that can be heard all through with pleasure.

We are promised the German opera soon after Christmas. When we re. member that to the performance of the German opera introduced by M. La. porte to an English audience, a good deal of the present taste for good music is attributable, we trust that nothing will arise to deprive us of a source of so much refined amusement.

COVEXT GARDEN. — Madame Ves tris is proceeding with great spirit, and, we believe, corresponding success, in testing the taste of the town by present. ing to it the legitimate drama. Shakspeare's Midsummer Night's Dream has been produced, with all the additions of splendid scenery, attention to costume, and taste in the minor appurtenances, which have always characterised her excellent stage management. The re. sult of this is that on the four evenings on which the play is performed weekly, the house is filled in every part. The cast includes nearly every performer of merit in the company; and the rich and unctuous scenes in which Bottom the Weaver and his companions exhibit, are given with a depth and gusto tho. roughly Shaksperian. Let us not omit a well-deserved tribute to the Messrs. Grieve for their share in this triumph ; the scenes they have introduced alone will amply repay the visiter. It is something that although the stage has lost Clarkson Stanfield, his former master still remains to paint such scenes as those of the Midsummer Night's Dream. The Critic has been revived here, and thanks to the admirable taste of Ma

dame Vestris for the manner in which it is produced, is deservedly popular, A smartly written, though not very ori. ginal, farce, called Fashionable Arrivals, has had temporary success.

THE HAYMARKET.-Webster me. rits success, for he has done as much as any living manager to raise the profession in public estimation. He has accomplished all that could be done to restore the little theatre in the Hay. market to what it once was: and aided as he has been by the taste and good act. ing of Charles Kean, worthy the name he bears, Wallack, and others, the natural result of a full treasury has followed.

THE ADELPHI.—The new architec. tural front of this theatre, executed with Mr. Beazley's well known taste, is alone worth a visit. It is, however, too beautiful to be exposed to the smoky atmosphere of the Strand. The present successful performance-and nearly everything that is brought out here we might almost say necessarily becomes successful — are Madam Laffarge - a rather dangerous subject, cleverly handled, however, and The Old Curiosity Shop, one of those dramas from an unfi. nished production too frequent of late.

THE PRINCE'S THEATRE, - This elegant house has just reopened under the auspices of Messrs. Barnett, one of them the composer of The Mountain Sylph, the other also well known as Monsieur Jacques. The performances commenced with the production of an opera called Fridolin, written by Mark Lemon, and composed by F. Romer. The story is derived from Schiller's dramatic ballad. The following song is worth transferring to our pages :

The young spring bringeth songs and flowers

To glad the groves, to deck the bowers;
She sends her sweet breath o'er the streams,
And wakes them from their icy dreams:
Oh, all that's bright and glad appear
To hail the coming of the year;
And minstrel's touch their blythest string
To welcome thee, O lovely spring!

And youth's life spring hath golden words,
That sound as sweet as song of birds;
And streams of thought as pure as those
The fountain in its gl. dness throws.
O, every thought and feeling prove
That youth was made alone for lore.
And when doth life slci gladness hring
As in the young heart's lovely spring ?

INDEX

TO THE EIGHTH VOLUME.

Ainsworth, W. H., Guy Fawkes by, 1.

105. 217. 321. 425. 529.
Aldrich, James, Morn at Sea by, 188.
Appearances, judging by, 75.
A propos to Doctor Morison's death, 170.
Aspiration for a Place, 22 ; see Poems.
Atkin, Tommy, the actor, anecdote of

him, 236.
Aloys, the Lay of Saint, 602.

Chesterfield, Earl of, anecdote respecting

him, 237,
Chimpanzee, Mr. the Disappointed Tra-

veller, 490 ; see Crowquill.
Clink, Colin ; see Colin Clink.
“Clockmaker,” The Duke of Kent's

Lodge, by the author of the, 386; Too
Knowing by Half, 396; Behind the

Scenes, 458; Facing a Woman, 503.
Cobbler Physician, story of the, 137 ; see

Peake.
Cockney Sportsman, 337.
Colin Člink, his kindness to Miss Win-

tlebury, 277; enters into Mr. Peter
Veriquear's service, 281; meets with
Squire Lupton, 286; his interview with
him, 376; snare laid to catch Dr.
Rowel, ib. 378; unexpected scene upon
London Bridge, 382 ; re-appearance
of an unexpected customer, with what
passed at the interview, 464; Mr.
Lupton explains to Colin the story of
himself and his lady, 468 ; Peter Veri.
quear makes love to Miss Sowersoft,
469 ; certain new characters introduced
upon the stage, and amongst them the
real heroine of this history, 588 ; one of
the best adventures in which Colin has

signalised himself, 591.
Contrabandista, the, 17.
Contrasts in the Life of a Poet, 201.
Corpus MSS. the, 153.
Costello, Louisa Stuart, Gaspard de Besse

by, 181 ; Love's Second Sight, 237;

Courting in Bretagne, 391.
County Legends, No. I. Bloudie Jacke of

Shrewsberrie, 171 ; see Ingoldsby.
Courting in Bretagne, 391.
Crocodile, Mr. story of, 49; see Crow-
Crowquill, Alfred, Mr. Crocodile by, 49;

The True Story of the Merchant's
Ward, 189; Mastiff Lubberkin, 257;
Pugnacity, Mr. Ker Snap, 421; Mr.
Chimpanzee, the Disappointed Travel.
ler, 490; Mr. Hyena Smirke, 597.

Ballads - 32; Wreck of the Hesperus,

152; the Three Epochs, 194; the false

Lover, 577.
Barnes, the Pantaloon, journal of his

Trip to Paris in 1830, 69. 195.
Barnett, Mr. Morris, anecdote of, 234.
Battu, the, story of, 33 ; see Harkaway

Sketches.
Bazvalan, account of the character of the,

in Bretagne, 391.
Beau of former Times, and the Dandy of

the present Day, comparison between,
Behind the Scenes, 458 ; see Clockmaker.
Besse, Gaspard de, story of him, 181.
Betulla, lines on the painted, 596.
Black Mousquetaire, the, a legend of

France, 262 ; Canto II. 365; see In-

goldsby.
Bloudie Jacke of Shrewsberrie, County

Legends, No. 1, 171; see Ingoldsby.
Brazil, account of the Inbabitants of the

Organ Mountains in, 25.
Bretagne, Courting in, 391 ; Character

of the Bazvalan, ib.
Bucentaur, origin of the, a poem, 510.

40.

quill.

Calf, tale of a, 344.
Chamier, Captain, a Sailor's trip up the

Rhine by, 268. 618.

Dach, Simon, Silent Love by, 601.
Dance of Life, the, 346.
Dandy of the present Day and the Beau

of former Times compared, 40.
Daniel, George, Merrie England in the

Olden Time by, 441. 545.
Day's Fishing in the Thames, 337.
Dialogue between two China Jars, 474.
Disappointed Traveller, Mr. Chimpanzee,

490.
Doing a Gensd'arme, a tale of a Calf, 344.
Duc de L'Omelette, the, 352.
Duck, a, fragment from the autobiography

of, 586.
Dumalton's Story, Campaign of 1793,

under the Duke of York, 400. 476.
Dying Man, the, 347.

I'm tired, 627.
Ingoldsby, Thomas, Bloudie Jacke of

Shrewsberrie, No. I. of County Legends
by, 117; the Black Mousquetaire by,

262. 365; the Lay of Saint Aloys, 602.
Inman, J. E. the Origin of the Bucen-

taur by, 510.
Ireland, effects of the Temperance Socie-

ties in, 54.
Irish Gentleman and the little French-

man, 45.
Irish Invention, chapter on, 238.

[ocr errors]

Jars, dialogue between two China, 474.
Jerdan, William, the Sleeping Beauty in

our 'Times by, 79.
John Bull Abroad, 121.
Johns, Richard, Marine Memoranda by,

625.
Jolly Miller, the, a fragment, 23.
Journal of Old Barnes the Pantaloon, 69.

195.
Judging by Appearances, Mistakes in a

Prison, 75.
Juvenile Labour, 355; see Moral Economy

of Large Towns.

[merged small][ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

Facing a Woman, story of, 503 ; see

Clockmaker.
False Lover, the, 577.
Fall of the House of Usher, 158.
Father Mathew, account of his adminis-

tering the Pledge of Temperance in

Ireland, 54.
Fawkes, Guy; see Guy Fawkes.
Fragment from the autobiography of a

Duck, 586.

[blocks in formation]
[ocr errors]

Gaspard de Besse, story of, 181.
Glasgow, remarks on the Moral Economy

of, 558.
Gleig, Rev. G. R. Dumalton, the Chelsea

Veteran by, 400. 476.
Guy Fawkes, continuation of, – The

Packet, 1; the Elixir, 7; the Colle-
giate Church at Manchester, 105; the
Rencounter, 119; the Explanation,
217; the Discovery, 219; "departure
from the Hall, 225, the landing of the
Powder, 321 ; the Traitor, 330 ; his
escape prevented, 425 ; digging the
Mine, 430 ; the capture of Viviana,
529; the cellar, 557.

Legends — The Black Mousquetaire, 262.
Lines-on Dr. Morrison's Death, 170;

on Old Age, 457; touching the Line,

390.
Liverpool, remarks on the moral economy

of, 129; scarcity of juvenile employ.
ment in, 132.
Longfellow, H. W., the Voices of the Night

by, 78; wreck of the Hesperus, 152.
Louis Philippe, account of his travels in

the United States in his early life, 494.
Lover, the false, 577.
Love's Good Morrow, 137; see Mackay.
Love's Second Sight, a poem, 237.
Love's Good Night, a poem, see Mackay.

[merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small]

Marine Memoranda, 625.
Mastiff Lubberkin, story of, 257.
Medwin, Captain, the Contrabandista by,

17.
Merchant's Ward, true story of the, 189.
Merrie England in the Olden Time, 441.

545.
Mills, John, the Battu by, 33; a Day's

Fishing in the Thames, 337.
Mistakes in a Prison, 75.
Mockings of the Soldiers, 354.
Moral Economy of Large Towns-Liver-

pool, 129; Juvenile Labour, 355; Glas-

gow, 558.
Moran, E. Raleigh, Contrasts in the Life

of a Poet by, 201.
Morn at Sea, a poem, 188.
Morrison, Dr., lines on his death, 170.

Stanley Thorn-a point of interest argued

at Richmond, 87; experience purchased
at Epsom, 91; the performance of a
phaetonic feat, which brings Bob into
temporary trouble, 205; the reconcilia-
tion, 214 ; Stanley and Amelia are
again married, 306; the Sons of Glory,
312 ; Sir William's designs more clearly
developed, 408 ; Venerable Joe pro-
mulgates his matrimonial views, 411;
Stanley prepares to become a Member
of Parliament, 513 ; the canvass, 517;
the Nomination, 628; the Election,
632 ; the Chairing, 636.
Stealing the Treasure, 248.
Sub-marine, Marine Memoranda by a,

625.
Suett, Dicky, anecdote of him, 233.

[ocr errors][ocr errors]
[blocks in formation]
[ocr errors]

Peake, R. P., the Cobbler Physician by,

137; the Transylvanian Anatomie, 288.
Physician, The Cobbler, story of the, by

Peake, 137.
Poems' — Aspiration for a Place, 22;

oices of the Night, 78; Love's Good
Morrow, 136; Morn at Sea, 188;
Love's Second Sight, 237; Love's Good
Night, 351; the Seasons, 463 ; Origin

of the Bucentaur, 510.
Poet, contrasts in the life of a, 201.
Portfolio of Mr. Peter Popkin, 233.
Pugnacity-Mr. Ker Snap, 421; see Crow-

quill.

Tale of a Calf, or Doing a Gend'arme,

344.
Taylor, Dr. W. C., Moral Economy of

large Towns by, 129. 355.558.
Temperance, effects of the pledge of, in

Ireland, 54.
Theatres, the, 640.
· Thorn, Stanley ; see Stanley.
Three Epochs, a ballad, 194.
Tokely the Comedian, anecdote of him,

233.
Too Knowing by Half, 396 ; see Clock-

maker.
Transylvanian Anatomie, a tale, 288; see

Peake.
True Story of the Merchant's Ward, 189.

V.
“ Valentine Vox." Stanley Thorn, by the

author of, 87. 205. 306.408.513. 628.
Venus and Love, 557.
Visionary, the, 578.
Visit to the Organ Mountains in Brazil,

24.
Vivonne, Monsieur de, anecdote respect-

ing him, 235.
Voices of the Night, a poem, 78.

W.
Washerwoman, the, 569.
Willis, Hal, True Story of the Merchant's

Ward by, 189; the Dance of Life, 346 ;
Dialogue between Two China Jars,
474 ; the Washerwoman, 569; frag-
ment from the autobiography of a Duck,

586.
Wreck of the Hesperus, a ballad, 152.

[merged small][ocr errors][merged small]

York, Duke of, account of the campaign

in 1793 under him, 400. 476.

END OF THE EIGHTH VOLUME.

« 上一页继续 »