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ing on until the last quivering of Nefeeseh's limbs told him that she was dead. Then composedly

over it.

On his return home, Masloum Bey found the officers of justice, who had been apprised of the murder by Naïmé, waiting to arrest him; and by them he was conveyed to the citadel of Cairo, where criminals are tried. But upon being confronted with the cadi, he produced the carte blanche given to him by Ibrahim Pasha, which empowered him to do whatever he chose with impunity within a given time, and the judges were obliged to discharge him!

directing his horse's steps towards the bazaar of the carpenters, stopped at the workshop of one of the artisans there, and having purchased a ready-desiring Hussein to have the coffin he had purmade coffin, which he desired should be sent after chased brought in, he placed the bleeding corpse him to his house at Minieh, spurred onwards home. of his wife within it, summoned his household, It was high noontide when Masloum Bey alighted and desiring them to carry the body to the cemeat his own gate. Nefeeseh was within the hareem, tery, walked before it thither with his bloody and heard not his approach; she seldom left it sword in his hand, and saw it consigned to the now. Although unsuspicious of Hussein's treach-earth without a prayer being recited, or a tear shed ery, her mind was racked by many fears and anxieties; what had become of the Frank whose reckless audacity had so cruelly compromised her? She knew not that he had secured himself against all the fatal penalties consequent upon the imprudence he had committed, by a hasty flight from Cairo; and, although she would have given the world to ascertain his fate, she dared not allude to him either to Hussein or Naïmé. Humiliated by the presence of those two servants, yet not daring to part with them, lest by so doing she should arouse their resentment, and cause them to betray her, her days were passed in silence and gloom, her nights in unavailing tears. The sight of the cemetery, connected as it was with her imprudence, had become odious to her-even the shrine of the holy Zeyneb failed in bringing comfort to her aching heart, for she no longer dared to pray there for the return of Masloum Bey! Absorbed in these painful thoughts, Nefeeseh sat supinely in her hareem, while Naïmé stood by, fanning the flies away, when the curtain before the entrance was violently drawn aside, and Masloum Bey entered! With a cry of surprise Nefeeseh arose, and would have prostrated herself at her husband's feet; but as she cast herself forward to do so, he unsheathed his sabre, and receiving her on the point of it, ran her through the body. Not a word had been uttered by either-scarcely a look exchanged -so rapidly was the fatal deed accomplished! native Mohammedans; and, as I have already Hussein stood by, gazing with hardened malice stated, fell into the possession of its present worupon the scene; Naïmé rushed out of the house thy occupant, whose faith in rat-traps as the most in frantic terror, and stopped not until she arrived effectual method of laying the ghost of Masloum at the cadi's. Bey's wife, is a very unromantic termination to Calm and implacable, Masloum Bey stood look- my Story of a Haunted House.

And he returned forthwith to Syria, triumphing at the manner in which he had vindicated the honor of a betrayed husband; and laying his ensanguined sword at Ibrahim Pasha's feet, swore by the soul of the Prophet that it should be cleansed from those foul stains in the best blood of the prince's enemies.

The house of Minieh remained for a considerable period uninhabited after the dreadful tragedy that had been enacted in it. After a time, it fell successively into the hands of several occupants, but none of them remained there long strange unearthly sounds disturbed the rest of every tenant of the hareem, and, connected with the all-known history of Nefeeseh's murder, gave rise to the popular belief that her spirit haunted the tenement, and would admit of no human fellowship there.

At last it became utterly abandoned by the

AMERICAN BEAUTY.-There are two points in ing, as well rounded and developed as it is here; which it is seldom equalled, never excelled-the whilst a New England complexion is, in nine cases classic chasteness and delicacy of the features, and out of ten, a match for an English one. This, howthe smallness and exquisite symmetry of the extrem-ever, cannot be said of the American women as a ities. In the latter respect, particularly, the Amer- class. They are, in the majority of cases, overican ladies are singularly fortunate. I have seldom delicate and languid; a defect chiefly superinduced seen one, delicately brought up, who had not a fine by their want of exercise. An English girl will hand. The feet are also generally very small and ex- go through as much exercise in a forenoon, withquisitely moulded, particularly those of a Maryland out dreaming of fatigue, as an American will in a girl; who, well aware of their attractiveness, has day, and be overcome by the exertion. It is also a thousand little coquettish ways of her own of true, that American is more evanescent than Engtemptingly exhibiting them. That in which the lish beauty, particularly in the south, where it seems American women are most deficient is roundness to fade ere it has well bloomed. But it is much more of figure. But it is a mistake to suppose that well-lasting in the north and north-east; a remark which rounded forms are not to be found in America. will apply to the whole region north of the Potomac, Whilst this is the characteristic of English beauty, and east of the lakes; and I have known instances it is not so prominent a feature in America. In of Philadelphia beauty as lovely and enduring as New England, in the mountainous districts of any that our own hardy climate can produce. Pennsylvania and Maryland, and in the central valMackay's Western World. ley of Virginia, the female form is, generally speak

From the Spectator. FAU'S ANATOMY FOR ARTISts. * Of all works on anatomy intended for the student of art, the one before us combines in the highest degree the most desirable qualitiesfulness and compactness, naturalness and clearness, accuracy and vitality, comprehensiveness and practically intelligible classification. We know of no writer who can give the artist so sufficient an idea of the human frame, its structure and motions, as M. Fau, aided by the admirable illustrations of M. Léveillé. Many works have been more voluminous and penetrating, but they serve to mislead by confusing the mind. Others have been more simple and synoptical, but they are meagre. In regard to the plates, some have been natural enough, like the illustrations to Bell's book; but they are the ragged and mangled image of the dead subject as it appears under the mutilations of the dissecting-knife, uncleared of the

non-essential accidents that obscure the essential

details to the artist, and entangle the eye, as it were, in a disordered skein of useless waste-stuff. Others, like the useful little volume of Sharpe, or the intelligent and symmetrical drawings of Kirk, are cleared from this rubbish, but are mechanical and unlike. nature--are diagrams rather than representations. Cowper, the surgeon, devoted a portion of his vast volume to the service of the art, for which he evidently had a strong feeling; but, unlike the portion of his work devoted to the phænomena of gestation, the artistic portion is heavy, unartistic, and diagramlike. Da Vinci's useful book on painting, with its sketches of action, fails for want of the specific in the anatomical details. Even in the dissecting-room the student is too apt to find that the demonstrator does not enter into the needs of the artist, but is a guide

who leads him into a maze of physiological minutiæ that have little bearing on external symmetry. On the other hand, the study of anatomy on the surface of the living figure is excessively obscured by the outer and formless integuments, which conceal and often disguise the alterations of mus

cular form in the action of the more complex parts; insomuch that the observer has the utmost

difficulty to connect the vague intermingling undu

lations of surface with the bundles of fibres exhib

ited by the knife or the exact diagrams of the anatomical illustration. The study of the separate muscles, their origin, insertion, and use, all separately, is a very confusing and slow process towards an idea of the living movement and the composition of living attitude. The desideratum has been, some synoptical work which should bring all these phenomena, all these causes, effects, and obscuring influences, into one view;

*The Anatomy of the External Forms of Man; intended for the Use of Artists, Painters, and Sculptors. By Dr. J. Fau. Edited with Additions by Robert Knox, M. D., Lecturer on Anatomy, and Corresponding Member of the Academy of France. With an Atlas, containing twenty-eight Drawings from Nature; lithographed by M. Léveillé, Pupil of M. Jacob. Published by Baillière,

London and Paris.

and such is the function performed by MM. Fau and Léveillé. Their work is a master-key, opening to the student a general view of anatomy; and to the more profound inquirer, who may desire to carry the study further, it furnishes a simple and consistent clue to guide him on his way.

The student, whether amateur or professional, will understand the excellence of the instrument now placed within his reach, from a brief descripThis is in itself a very good arrangement. tion of the companion volumes-for they are two. An octavo size is too small for prints; a quarto size is inconvenient for reading; and the union of text and prints in one volume occasions much inconvenience and hinderance in turning the leaves backwards and forwards. In the present work, the general text is placed in the octavo volume; the plates, with the simple explanatory text, are placed in a quarto atlas or portfolio, which can lie open by your side while you are reading.

In the text volume, M. Fau begins by a general glance at the nature of man, modified as he is by climate, race, and temperament; a general view of the organization; a similar view of the bony structure. The mechanism of the articulations is described with reference to the uses and effects of

the several kinds on movement and contour; and a chapter is devoted to the outward contour, especially in regard to the skin, and to the varieties of proportion in different individuals, in different ages, and in the two sexes. The first book thus gives the student a general idea of the human form, the essential causes of its modifications or varying aspects, and the leading characteristics of

sex, age, or condition.


The second book describes in greater detail the structure of the skeleton; the mode in which the fleshly structure is, as it were, built upon it, thus reciprocally modified in the outward aspect by the bony frame beneath; and the structure and uses of the muscle. In the myological part, the clear style and symmetrical mind of the author conduce to an order and lucidity of the highest kind. first describes the general form as it appears in the well-developed living model; explaining how the leading muscles are situated; how their swelling affects the contour; how the bones protrude, or, lying between the origination of abruptly bellying muscles, are to be sought in hollow depressions and grooves. He explains how the swelling of the muscles or the play of the looser parts is bound down by the ligaments and aponeurotic coverings, in dividing grooves, in fixed compacted bodies, or in vague depressions. He traces the muscles where they are lost beneath these stiff natural "stays" or the laxer folds of skin and fat. He then describes how these forms are to be traced in the undeveloped structure of childhood; how they become caricatured in the more pronounced forms of old age or hidden by its wrinkles; and still more fully, how they are modified by the altered relations and temperament of the female figure. Then he explains how the forms are altered by movement, gentle or violent,

-how these muscles start forth in energetic (so delicate as not to interfere with the pictorial swelling, and those are lost in the depressions of effect. An anatomical version of the Laocoon relaxation or deflection; how some are thrust completes the series. forth by the subjacent muscles or bended bones, The translation is not free from some defects, and others prevented from rising under the surface whether philological or technical. Such a word by the aponeurotic confinements. In this manner as "méplat" to indicate a flattened surface is he treats face and head, trunk, arms, and legs; scarcely English; and the English student may and then the whole is reïllustrated by a general be a little " tripped up" by an unusual use of anatomical version of the Laocoön. The descrip-terms-as in the distribution of the terms ischitions are at once plain and graphic, excellently um, innominatum, and ileum, in the pelvic, or as enabling the student to catch the characteristics they are here called, the "pelvian" bones; a and identify the forms in their altering condition distribution not quite like to that which he has or posture. Many an amateur student will hail with delight an account that makes clear to him the anatomical structure and mechanism of the living figure through all its disguises of integuments and accidents. The obscurity bec mes translucent, the tangled confusion order, the perplexity clear intelligence. Under this treatment, even the superficial anatomy of the scapular region, that " pons asinorum" of the young

artist, is made clear to the understanding.

The drawings of M. Léveillé are not less admirable than the arrangement and writing of the author. First there are three prints, containing as many views, back, front, and side, of the male figure; beside each figure is an outline diagram, showing the subjacent skeleton in the same atti


been accustomed in elementary works. Nor, however creditable some portions may be to the taste and intelligence of the English editor, is the additional matter sufficiently digested or matured to add to the value of the work. Nevertheless, Dr. Knox has done the greatest service to the study of art in this country, by placing Dr. Fau's book within the reach of the English reader.

The Days when we had Tails on us. With 14 Colored Illustrations. Dedicated to the Officers of the British Infantry. Newman & Co.

This facetious and amusing brochure will no doubt attain, if it has not done so already, the object desired by its author. With us, as with our Gallic neighbors, " le ridicule tue," and assumes frequently Then there are views of the female figure, a greater power to induce the amendment of errors and follies, than the graver efforts of reason. We back and front; beside her a child on a sort of could feel disposed to descant upon the inferences pedestal, and below the child a diagram outline which might be deduced from the latter fact as sindisplaying the infantile skeleton. These are all gularly illustrating a prominent feature in the chardrawn with surpassing clearness, so as to display acter of the present day. To return, however, to the characteristics as they appear in common the author's lament on the lost "tails," or, as a nature, without trivialities or confusing accidents. contemporary tersely calls it, "the Shell Jacket The bones follow, in many prints; drawn with Nuisance" that such a mandate as the circular memorandum of the 30th June, 1848, should have so much delicacy and force as almost to supply been at all promulgated, cannot surprise; seeing the place of the real material bone in making out the antecedents which have at various times distinthe relation of parts, and surpassing the real bone guished the sagacity of those from whom such in clearness. The myology of the head, trunk, thoughts proceed. Indeed, it only confirmed us at and limbs, is exhibited in a variety of postures, the time in our long-entertained opinion, that the by many prints, in a double series of figures, side want of an intuitive genius for things military was by side one figure shows the part (a limb, say) a peculiar feature in our national character. We as it appears in nature, with the bone delicately Barrack Square, in the pencils of our artists who traced as if it were seen through; the companion attempt the delineation of a military episode—and figure shows the limb with the skin and fatty" the Duke" has more than once alluded to such a integuments cleared away except at the edge, where a sectional view of the skin shows the relation of the muscular outline to the living outline. The muscles are drawn with great delicacy, force, and tact, so as to combine natural aspect with perfect clearness; the shading lines fall into the inain direction of the fibres; the aponeurotic coverings and tendons are represented by a light surface, very analogous to their actual aspect, which is heightened in effect rather than caricatured. The perfectness of the drawing is preserved by a very skilful system of numbering the parts, not on the surface but at the edge, with direction-lines pointing to the part indicated, but

see it in the dress of our soldiess, we see it in the

want in higher quarters. Doubtless, however, these things will amend progressively. We are as yet only in the transition state in these matters, and much time will be required with a people of our viction of the long-established imperfection of our peculiar constitution of thought, to accept the connotions. If these affected the length only of "tail" to our officers' jackets, they would yet be innocent, but they have importunately graver tendencies. Some consolation appears, however, at hand for the late indignant curtailment. A rumor is abroad singular innovation upon decency should be set that her majesty has signified her wish that this aside, and the blue frock again substituted. How cheering this must be at the approaching season!— U. Service Magazine.

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POETRY.-Devotion, 534.-"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by," 536.-Impressions of Eton, 555. SHORT ARTICLES.-Feeding the Tiger; The Shipping Interest, 512.-East of Europe; The Florin, 545.-Leeway of Vessels; Pére Ventura, 566.-American Beauty, 573.-Dress of the British Army, 575.

ILLUSTRATION.-Scenes from the Life of an Unprotected Female, from Punch, 567.

of the condition and changes of foreign countries. And this not only because of their nearer connection with ourselves, but because the nations seem to be hastening, through a rapid process of change, to some new state of things, which the merely political prophet cannot compute or foresee.

PROSPECTUS. This work is conducted in the spirit of | now becomes every intelligent American to be informed Littell's Museum of Foreign Literature, (which was favorably received by the public for twenty years,) but as it is twice as large, and appears so often, we not only give spirit and freshness to it by many things which were excluded by a month's delay, but while thus extending our scope and gathering a greater and more attractive variety, are able so to increase the solid and substantial part of our literary, historical, and political harvest, as fully to satisfy the wants of the American reader.

The elaborate and stately Essays of the Edinburgh, Quarterly, and other Reviews; and Blackwood's noble criticisms on Poetry, his keen political Commentaries, highly wrought Tales, and vivid descriptions of rural and mountain Scenery; and the contributions to Literature, History, and Common Life, by the sagacious Spectator, the sparkling Examiner, the judicious Athenæum, the busy and industrious Literary Gazette, the sensible and comprehensive Britannia, the sober and respectable Christian Observer; these are intermixed with the Military and Naval reminiscences of the United Service, and with the best articles of the Dublin University, New Monthly, Fraser's, Tait's, Ainsworth's, Hood's, and Sporting Magazines, and of Chambers' admirable Journal. We do not consider it beneath our dignity to borrow wit and wisdom from Punch; and, when we think it good enough, make ase of the thunder of The Times. We shall increase our variety by importations from the continent of Europe, and from the new growth of the British colonies.

The steamship has brought Europe, Asia and Africa, into our neighborhood; and will greatly multiply our connections, as Merchants, Travellers, and Politicians, with all parts of the world; so that much more than ever it

Geographical Discoveries, the progress of Colonization, (which is extending over the whole world,) and Voyages and Travels, will be favorite matter for our selections; and, in general, we shall systematically and very fully acquaint our readers with the great department of Foreign affairs, without entirely neglecting our own.

While we aspire to make the Living Age desirable to all who wish to keep themselves informed of the rapid progress of the movement--to Statesmen, Divines, Lawyers, and Physicians to men of business and men of leisure-it is still a stronger object to make it attractive and useful to their Wives and Children. We believe that we can thus do some good in our day and generation; and hope to make the work indispensable in every well-informed family. We say indispensable, because in this day of cheap literature it is not possible to guard against the influx of what is bad in taste and vicious in morals, in any other way than by furnishing a sufficient supply of a healthy character. The mental and moral appetite must be gratified.

We hope that, by "winnowing the wheat from the chaff," by providing abundantly for the imagination, and by a large collection of Biography, Voyages and Travels, History, and more solid matter, we may produce a work which shall be popular, while at the same time it will aspire to raise the standard of public taste.


From the Spectator.

MISS PARDOE'S FRANCIS THE FIRST.* THIS work has a critical advantage over the writer's Louis the Fourteenth, in its greater wholeness. The materials have been better di

of French history; that is, had Francis been a better or a more prudent man, the character of the people would probably have been better also. We do not mean that he could create or change a national character-that is beyond a monarch's or even a poet's power. But Francis was the type gested; unity is consequently more closely pre- of the Frenchman; unfortunately, with a leaning served; and, in the main, the reader has the true to the worser side. His handsome and manly subject and nothing else. As a merely amusing person, as preserved by the pencil of Titian, exbook, it is perhaps scarcely equal to its predeces-hibits the comeliness, the grace, the style of the sor; because the materials for piquant scandal and Gallic cavalier; while the taste of the monarch or attractive gossip are far less rich, and Miss Pardoe the artist stopped short of that gaudiness in apparel is hardly equal to the true historical style. In a and that self-display which throw the air of the certain sense, too, the subject lacks novelty. The theatre over the French gentilhomme. The galgreat events in the first half of the sixteenth cen- lantry of Francis, his love of glory, his courage, tury, pregnant as they were with future conse- carried to the verge of rashness and never directed quences, and the close connection which existed by prudence, appealed to the hearts of his subbetween the three remarkable monarchs then at jects; for the king was what many of them were the head of European affairs, have rendered the in degree, and what all would wish to be. His reigns of Henry the Eighth, Francis the First, taste and munificence struck the fancy of a people and the Emperor Charles, more or less known to who possess an innate love for splendor; his indifthe reader of either of them, from the manner in ference to cost set them a bad example; and, unwhich the interests and actions of each affected fortunately, that bad example hit them on a weak those of the others. Hume, in his history of point. His patronage of literature and the arts Henry the Eighth, has traced the outline of the flattered the vanity of his people, while it appealed French king's reign, with such a critical percep- to their higher qualities. His generosity and contion of the essential points, and such felicitous fidence, albeit verging on the theatrical, captivated comprehension of narrative, that it is surprising men who are always taken by a coup," whether how little he has really left to be told beyond the of state or stage. His occasional vengeance, not filling up of the story. Robertson, in his Charles so much for injury as for opposition, and the cruthe Fifth, of necessity entered more fully into elty which developed itself in his religious perseFrench affairs; and, independently of French his cutions, especially towards the close of his life, tories, we have at least one life of Francis the when he hoped to propitiate God by torturing his First. These narratives, however, rather treat creatures, showed that if he had not the traits of of the monarch and his statesmen than the man the monkey, which Voltaire ascribed to his counand his favorites. Miss Pardoe aims at combining trymen, he had some of the tiger. These personal all; and so far as plan and painstaking go, she qualities strongly developed were what enabled has not been unsuccessful. The drawback is, that Francis to preserve internal peace in France durthe first story has been told already, and there ing his reign, and overwhelm all opposition; for does not exist enough of original materials at once courage and capacity as great in degree, but of a trustworthy and graphic to enable the second to different kind, might have failed to overawe the be exhibited in the detailed manner which she has parliaments and burgesses, and to keep the still adopted, and which is probably best fitted for the unbroken feudal nobility loyal. Had his shining theme, unless it be handled in a way very different talents been checked and balanced by those of a from that of our modern lady historians. more solid character-had he even been somewhat

It is an objection to an elaborate book of this character, especially when partaking more of history than memoirs, that the author is not altogether able to perceive the political philosophy of the period, or its social and individual characteristics. In a political sense, Francis was really the first King of France; for although all the great fiefs or principalities were annexed to the crown before his succession, he was the first monarch who actually ruled the French nation, and wielded its full power. His reign, too, was a great turning-point

* Reprinted by Lea & Blanchard. Philadelphia.

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touched by parsimony and hypocrisy-it would have been better for the nation, and probably for posterity. The expenses of his wars and of his court ruined the finances and impaired the wealth and industry of France; the example of his licentiousness corrupted the morals of court and people; his religious persecutions roused the lurking cruelty of his countrymen. He died in time, scarcely in time perhaps, to escape the direct consequences of his ambition, his vices, and his weaknesses he bequeathed to his successors and his country a century of civil and religious warfare ;

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