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this day. The fashion of the year is deter- || baie instituted one or more of these coffeemined by that carriage which is most ge. || houses, but they are so litue in conformity nerally admired in this promenade. A with the manners of the people, that they procession of greater magnificence is not meet with little encouragement. to be seen in Europe; the carriages pro The manners of the lower orders are ceed in three or four rows, close beside | unfortunately not in that state of refineor behind cach other; the pleasure con- ment which has been described in many sists in seeing and being seen, and afier so

some authors who have written on the state of hours spent in this manner, 'every ove Russia. Notwithstanding all the efforts of hastens home satisfied and delighted. Catharine, who certainly promoted the

Driving in sledges is another leading | growth of Russia upwards of a century, and diversion amongst the great and fashion. l pushed it forwards from baiarism into able. The sledges in use in this amuse. | civilization, the Russians of the lower order ment are at once extremely simple and still remaiu in the lowest possible condi. elegant, they are in the shape of shells. | tion of barbarism. An eminent instance gondolas, swans, cagles, &c. They are of this is related by a recent traveller universally drawn by a pair of horses, one The Russian peasantry who have sons, being harnessed in the shafts, and another marry them at an early age to some bloolion the other side of the shaft. The art is ing girl of the same village, then dispatch to keep the shaft-horse in a trot, and the them to Petersburgh to make their fortune; other in a gallop; the interest consists, of during this absence they live with the wives course, in the dexterity and in the rapidity of their sons, and beget children by them. These sledges often drive in a race against | The son, returning in a few years, finds a each other; the horses are very fleet, and progeny by his own parent, whom he very the banks and river are usually lined with patiently educates as his own. lo bis turn spectators.

he follows the same example. The Russians indeed of all classes, and The promiscuous bathing which we have more particularly perhaps the great and mentioned is another proof of the same fashionable, are peculiarly fond of water kind of barbarism. The Empress Catha. parties. On the shores of the Neva in- | rine prohibited this at Petersburgh, but it numerable boats are always plying; they still remains at Moscow. are infinitely more elegant than those we The Russians are the most bospitable are accustomed to see in London ; every people in the world; to be a stranger is to nobleman and gentlemalı, moreover, bas his be entitled to every act of kindness; hence a own barge, which is carved and gilded stranger well recommended in Petersburgh with the greatest possible magnificence. has very little need of the expences of The rowers are all dressed in an elegant the table; he is immediately admitted uniform; they are celebrated for their from one to every successive party, and dexterity in the use and practise of their may pass his life in an unintermitting oars. The rowers, moreover, usually sing round of visits. a song in chorus, and as the tunes are gay This hospitality, in fact, characterises and simple, nothing can add more to the the Russians, as much as the general polite. general tone of the animation which cha ness pervading every rank characterises racterises the scene.

the French. The Russians of all classes We have already had occasion to men hail the visit of a friend as a boliday; certion that the Russians are not fond of pub- tain days of the year are set aside for this lic assemblies ; l'etersburgh, therefore, has interchange of hospitality, and the welcome one distinction above every other capital of the old feudal times is renewed in the in Europe. There are no coffee-houses hall of a Russian Count. and taverns as in London, none at least Though many of the splendours of fafor the use of the Russians. A Russian | shionable life have obtained admittance in never thinks of dining at a tavern when he the Russian empire, nothing of what may has a house and family at home. Of late be termed fashionable fuppery, fashionjcars it is said that the French emigrants able frivolity, has as yet contaminated the

original purity of Russian manners. They on their part, from those fashionable exstill retain all the hardihood of the north ; travagancies which characterize the beiles they still retain their characteristic virtues of England and France; unfortunately it and vices. A concert of the French or cannot be said that they are equally far English stamp would be a phenomenon in froin a fasliionable profligacy of manners. a Russian assembly, The ladies are as far,


me, and tells others, that if I were to hear MR. EDITOR,

Catalani l should never attempt to sing As by the name of your Magazine | again. She passed the room the other day you ought to have a good acquaintance whilst I was singing her former favourite with the fashionable world, and with the song, "'Twas within a mile of Edinborough changes which it undergoes, I wish you | town,” and I heard her say to iny brother briefly to answer me some short questions; who was with her, " Will that Phill never but which you will better understand when have done squalling." If in the midst of I lay some circumstances before you. my work I insensibly slip into a tune, she

I am naturally, Sir, a girl of very ani- stops her ears without ceremony, and asks mated spirits, of a disposition always gay, me crossly if I mean to murder her. She and therefore undoubtedly sometimes iv | has got, moreover, several outlandislá want of a check. I have, moreover, a very words which she occasi nally throws in good natural voice, and have hitherto been my face to jeer me; the other night I hapmuch admired in the narrow circle of our pened to cough so as to drown my tune, village. When my mother and sisters when she clapped her hands, and cried were at work they would desire me to sing, Bravo! Encora! Now, Sir, though these and in obeying them I would partly forget may seem trifles to you, it is not so to me my own labour, and perhaps render theirs

or my family; it has much disquieted the the easier. When any party of friends, harmless satisfaction which I used to feel moreover, made us a friendly visit, one por. || at contributing so much to the pleasure of tion of their entertainment was to hear me | my father and mother; it has likewise sing. In this harmless amusement of my-much disturbed our general good temper self and friends, and in the innocent satis- and family union, for my mother has two faction which resulted from the praises | or three times turned my sister out of the which I received, I was as happy as the room, and my father always takes my part day was long. This happiness, Sir, has || and d-ns Catalani with some bitterness. now passed away. About two months

Now, Sir, as your Magazine is taken in since an aunt whom I have at Bath invited

our family, I wish you briefly to inform my my sister Kitty to come and pass a month || sister, that it is neither within the course with her. Kiity went, and has returned ; of sense or manners to suffer her idle and here, Sir, is the cause of all my uneasi- || affectation to encroach on the peace of Dess. There could not possibly be a more

the family; and that it is not reasonable good natured girl than sister Hetty when that everyone should cease to sing, because slie went to Bath ; she had a good colour, || they cannot sing as well as Catalani. There good health, good humour, much affection | would soon be an end of all the variety in for me, and a ready obedience for her the world, and of the amusement of thouparents; she was all open, candid, and na- || sands, if the greater excellence of one ia iural, had nothing affected about her, and any art or accomplishment was necessarily delighted as much as the others to hear || to destroy all relish for a less degree of me sing. How miserably changed is she talent or ability in another. In London since she left us; she talks about nothing l you have actors and actresses of all merit, but Catalani, and if I begin a song, tels and you very liberally hear them all, and.

give to each bis due; Catalani cannot be | about two in the morning, and remember. every where, and is all amusement to cease ing the omission waked my sister afier in London because Catalani is in Bath? much difficulty; she was in a dreadful pas.

A few words to this effect, in better sion, and absolutely beat me. Now, Sir, language, and more like a sermion, would this is all Bath. do much good to sister Kitty, for she has I will not make my letter too long, and great good nature at heart when she is therefore will only take another line to not possessed by Catalani and the spirit of, thank you for the music in your Magazines; affecta:ion. Ah, Sir! if fathers and mo- | perhaps if your tunes were more soft, more thers could well understand what is the in the tone'uf love and melancholy, they effect of a cursory visit to places of plea. would more generally please. I was in sure like London and Bath on young minds, town about three years ago, when I rememthey would not so easily give their consent ber hearing in the theatres a very sweet to every foolish invitation which is given sung aud tune:to their daughters. Sister Kitty sleeps “My mother bids me bind my hair, with me, I will say nothing more at pre

“ With wreathes of rosy bue, sent, than that she is not the samie girl that

“ Tie up my armns with ribbous rare, she was; she talks sometimes very strangely,

“ And lace any buddice blue.” and frequently instead of reminding me I have neither been able to procure the of my prayers, as she used to do, falls asleep, tune or words of this song; perhaps if you and forgets them herself. The other night were to give it in your Magazine, you when we had been cut dancing, we both fell might oblige more thau,-Yours, asleep without saying them; I awoke




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HULKEM withdrew, and Ibrahim was owe me vo obligation; for I am the happiest called in. “ Ibrahim," said the calipla sternly, of all:" be ordered a palankiu and a horse to “ the first act of injustice which you commit be got ready, and dismissed them with heartwill cost you your life. Let this be publicly felt satisfaction. proclaimed in Bagulad and without delay send During this recital Hassan sat mute with Helin's wife to me." Ibrahim was struck

his eyes fixed upou the ground; he beheld with mute, trembling like an aspen leaf; and in a secret envy the tears of gratitude which flowed few minutes Holkem had the satisfactiou of down the checks of the happy couple; he was quitting Bagdad, with Helim's happy wife. seized with rage at the encomiums of Hulkem's

After two days journey he arrived with her generosity, which flowed from the lips of at his house, where Helim and Hulkem's Helim and his lovely wife. Wretch that I am, daughter were sitting under the shade of the thought Hassan, I shall verer beco.ne renowned palm trees, enjoying the cool breezes of the whilst Hulkem lives! “ Is Hulkem old?" eveuing.

abruptly questioned he his guests. “God. “ The great propliet has assistance for every preserve the life of the good old man; he is unfortunate sufferer !” said Hulkem, treme already eighty years old. God bless him for bling with joy, then removing the veil from the bis generosity and humanity." face of the happy woman, speechless with rap Hassan dismissed his friends coldly, almost ture, he gave her to Helim's bosumn. The ll unkindiy; for they spoke of nothing but Hyl. happy couple were so overpowered with joy, | kem. Perhaps, thought he, when Hulkem is that they did not eren take the least notice of by himself, a close observer may discover faults the beneficent old man, who contemplated the in the old man, which are overlooked by the beautiful scene with heavenly pleasure. At unfortunate wretches wbom he flatters and length, as they were going to throw them bribes by presents. selves at Hulkem's feet, he embraced them, Hassan had a friend, whom long intimacy, while tears of sympathy gushed from his eyes, babit, similarity of sentiments, and Hassan's and exclaimed: “I am iudebted to you; you love and generosity, had united to him by the


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strougest bonds. Hassan requested this friend, time, plucked a flower, and scattered its leaves to go to Hulkem, to watch his steps, and to about, till at last he mechanically approached, inform him of the result of his observations. by a serpentine walk, a small cottage, eu. His friend complied with his request, and circled by fragrant lime-trees. He there dewheu Hassan, alter the lapse of some montl.s, scried a girl sitting on the turf, not far from the informed bim by a letter that he wished for his cottage, with a bouk in her hand. He was return, bis frieus, in auswer, wrote him the screened from her view by lofty rose-bushes following passage, extracted from the Koran : near the spot where she was sitting : ber face

Man, when you live under the roof of an was concealed by a slight veil, whose tranbonest man, then do not break down the pro- sparency afforded him a glimpse of her lovely teeting asyluun, for thou livest in the presence countenance. Hassan stood motionless as a of the godhead. I live with Hulkein; I love statue, contemplating the charming maid. him, and shall deen myself happy, if he will His wrath bad subsided, and his fury was cast a look of friendship on me. Hassan, 1 subdued. He stepped nearer; the rose-bushes must cease calling thee my friend; for thou i rustled ; the maiden raised ber beautiful and dost not love Hulkem. Thy good actions are sparkling eyes, and descried Hassan; she like chaff, which is scattered by the air, but threw down the roll of parchment, and run to Hulkem's deeds are like pure gold. Happy meet theeuraptured Hassau. the mortal who gathers it."—Hassan's friend “You are a stranger," said she to Hassan, continued with Hulkem.

with a voice as sweet as the notes of a lute, Whilst Hassan held this letter in his hands, and blushing with the most enchanting mothe redocss of wrath sufi'used hs cheeks :- desty; “ will you step into the cottage? "Sbut the gates!” cried he to his slaves : | You come" " a fool only would be hospitable and generous “ From Hulkem's mansion." any lovger." He now shunved all society, “You are welcome," resumed the maiden, preferring the gloony solitude of the palm- | smiling, “to whaterer our humble cottage grove. “The old man,” exclaimed he in furi.

can afford." ous accepts, “ has robbed nie of my fame, my “ Yuur cottage contains more than all the friend, and my happioess. He, wlio makes wealth in Hulkeni's possession could procure." others happy, has rendered me wretched. Un “ You are very kind. But will you not happy me!" His hand instinctively grasped the step in ?" hilt of bis dagger.

“Why may we not contine on this spot, His gaies were shut; no traveller was per the abode of every thing that can be called mitted to rest in the shade of his palm-trees; || amiable ?” and Hassan's appearance was like that of a “Do as you chuse. My fatlier is not at person agitated by an borrid dream. “He home; you must be my guest." has robled me of the happiness of my life; The girl went into the ottage, and soon liis blood shall atone for the injury. I shall returned with dates aud melons, ligs and sweet not rob him of any thing but a few paltry oranges, milk and water, and placed ber simple moments, aud, perhaps, again revew the source viands before Hassan, who could not refrain of generosity in my callous heart! Hulkem from gazing at her lovely and inuocent counshall die !"

tenance whilst she offered him the choicest Hassau concealed a dagger in his bosom, | fruits. and weut in disguise to Hulkem's house. Hassan, seeing a late lay on the ground, Wbilst on the road, he met with none but requested the maiden to play to him. She happy people, who sang hymns in praise of took up the lute, and played to Hassan in a Hulkem, their generous benefactor. His style which affected the jumost fibres of his own name was not mentioned. Hassan's heart. His rapture was unspeakable, and he fary grew more violent every moment: he could not help exclaiming in strains of warmest seated himself on a bench near Hulkem's enthusiam," locomparable, most accommansion : a slave offered hiin refreshments, | plished of women!" but Hassan declined to accepl them, enquiring

The maid blushed at Hassan's applause, of the slave where Huikem was? “He is not making a shake on the lute which must have often here," replied the slave kiudly, “but broken the string, had not Passan reininded be will be here to-morrow."

her of the injury the instrument might receive. Hassau rose, and withdrawing into the palm- | She now requested him to sing, and he acgrove, rambled to a crystal rill absorbed in companied the silver strains of her lute with a thought : here he sat down on the turf, then skill which drew expressions of rapture froin, got up, seated bimself again, got up a second | her lips. Her band dropped on her lap'; she

listened, blushed, and listened again, and wlien “ I too, old friend, have great reason to be disHassan had finished, his lips touched ber satisfied with Hulkein.” haud, which he ferrently pressed agajust bis The old man smiled with marks of placid beart." Stranger," exclaimed the beauteous contentment, squceziog the young man's waid abruptly, and in confusion, "you sing | lrand: “Come withi me to my cottage, we must. uncommonly well!" “ Who could do any become better acquainted with each other; I thing indifferently in your presence?" replied | see by your Aashing eyes that you love truth. · Hassani and buth gazed at each other for Come along with me, my cottage and all that some moments, without being sensible of any i I have is at your service." thing but a palpitative of their hearts.

They went into the cottage. Hassan sat a long while in profound silence The old man was to other person but Hul. by the side of the charming inuid, bis eyes ex kein himself; he beckoned to his daughter vot pressing the arduur of his love. The maiden to discover his pame, whilst they seated themcould not bear his scrutinizing looks, casting | selves upon a simple sofa, Zulima taking a her eyes to the ground, whilst a crimson hue seat opposite to them to listen to their cog. diffused itself ove her face. They both were versation. silent; llassan's hand gradually stole nearer “ Nadir," resumed Hulkem, laying hold of that of his fair companion : she perceived it the young man's laul, “ Ulike you, you may by a side glance; her hanii shrunk, as if she rely upou it that every thing I have is at your were going to withdraw it, but she withdrew it service. You will oblige me by considering not.

all I have as your own. I may, perhaps, he “Al sweetest girl!” sighed Hassan, laying able to atone to you for the iujury you seem to bis haud upon her's, when the bands of both | lrave suffered by Hulkem." began visibly to trenible. The girl answered “ All that you have:” enquired Hassan bot, nor did she wi bidraw her hand: her bosom imidly, casting a tender melancholy look ou panted.

Zulima. Thas they remained sitting till the sun de. “ Yes, all !" rejoined Hulkem. scended behind the patın-grove, when the maid “ You have a daughter," said Hassan ; Zusuddenly exclaimed, -"My father!" upoolima alternately blushed and turned as pale as which a cheerful old man stepped out of the a lily. brusles, and bastening towards the girl, kissed “ I have a daughter ;” replied the old man her brow with paternal tenderness. He then kindly. offered his band to Hassan, and having made “ And did you not say that all you have is hım sit down again, enquired after bis name. to be unine? May I call your daughter mine ?" Hassan told bimu his name was Nadir.

“ My daugliter?" said Hulkem, smiling; “And what business has brought you bither, “surely that cannot be your meaning: say, friend Nadir?"

do you not wish to obtain possessiou of her “I wish to coorince myself whether Hul- ||hcart? But this is not mine so much as you kem really be tire best and most generous of wight wish." Dell, which ail travellers pronounce bin to Zulima few from lier seat, throwing berself be."

into her father's arms, and exclaimed with “Yes, yes, people believe he his," replied unaffected tenderness :--"Who could pussess the old man smiling; "and, for ought I know, || more of my bear't than the best of fathers?" ibey may have reasou tu think so; but as for “ The heart of my child."" replied Hulkem, myself

but that youug mau sues for the heart of a “What do you think of him?" interrupted mistress.” Hassan eagerly.

Hassau flang himself down at Zulima's feet, “I frequentiy bave reason to be dissatisfied seizing her hand and pressing it to his lips. with bins."

“ Aud what says my Zulima?" asked the fa. " But do you know him sufficiently?" ther, whilst a tear started from his eye, at the

“ As well as my owuself; I have been his same time he laid hold of Zulima's laud, pres. coustant companion from bis youth, and the sing it to his heart. sharer uí all bis secrets."

“ My heart piends for him," said Zulima, “ Yuu ibeu do not think that he is so wise, deeply blushing; “but I do not koow bim." generous, and good, as he is reported to be?"" “ I am Hassan !" exclaimed the young man

“ May tbe great prophet preserve me from eagerly, forgetful of his disguise. cutertaining that opinion of Hulkem.”

“ Hassan!” repeated the father and his “Heaven be praised!" rejoined Hassan with daugliter, seized with astonishment, " the geaniu ww, clusping the olų mau to his beart, nerous, beneficent Hassau !"_" Ab my boding

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