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We request our subscribers to read the following, and be governed accordingly. We quote it from “Memoirs and Recollections of Editorial Life,” by Jos. T. Buckingham :

“The income of a newspaper, though nominally large and apparently equal to all reasonable expenditure, as it appears on the ledger, and in the imagination of the proprietor, is yet but a feeble and delusive reliance in times when business is in a state of dullness and depression. The amount of debts from the subscribers may be large, but is made up of small sums, and scattered over an immense territory. From 1830 to 1848, I doubt whether there was a day when the aggregate debts due to the Courier was less than ten thousand dollars-sometimes it far exceeded that amountin sums ranging from fifty cents to fifty dollars. Tho eustomers of a newspaper think but little of this. It seldom occurs to them that the printer is borrowing money-perhaps at an extravagant interest to enable him to carry on the publication, while they are neglecting his demands and paying nothing for the indulgence. Such was my unfortunate position."

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CHRISTMAS.The return of the festive season of Christ mas, which has always been a time of mutual congratulas tions among Christians, admonishes us not only of the swift revolutions of time, but of the particular and pleasant duty incumbent on us of presenting our grateful com pliments to those friends with whom we have peacefully journeyed through the varied scenes of the twelve months now drawing to a close. Among them, we might include many with whom we have travelled for the last twice twelve years; but we are content to be restricted to the closing twelve months, for, in that period, we have still had the pleasure of recognizing a numerous body of old and faithful friends, who have been with us from the first advent of our successful experiment.

But our object now is not to make the least distinction between old and new friends. Many of our new acquaintances would have been with us before, no doubt, had they ? not been somewhat behind the times, and many of our old friends would long since have left us, in the usual course of time, had they not been providentially spared for the benefit of those who were to come after them.

We feel prepared, therefore, peacefully, joyfully, and gratefully, to close the year with all our excellent friends,

Il our excellent friends. both old and new, begging them to accept of our hearty } good wishes for their peace, health, happiness, and prosperity; assuring them, at the same time, of our apprecia tion of their past favors, and of our determination to de serve their future consideration and confidence.

What more can we say in reference to the return of Christmas? If the above paragraphs do not convey all that it would be essential to embrace in the longest kind of an editorial, we might proceed to string it out without an historical account of the usages, religious and festive, serious and frolicsome, of the different ages of Christianity. But what would it all avail, if we neglected the important fact that we are about to celebrate the coming of a heavenly Prince, whose great mission was to establish "peace and good-will among men ?"

Let us, then, so order our minds, and so prepare our dispositions, by mutual resolutions of faith, hope, and charity, that we may be prepared peacefully to commune one with another, and to celebrate, with grateful hearts, the return of a festival so intimately connected with our common Christianity, as the festival of Christmas.

We have sent bills to our owing subscribers in this number, and we earnestly entreat their attention to them.

We call attention to our advertisement for 1853. W. make no more promises there than we mean to perform. Our course has been so well approved of, that we make no alterations for the future.

The following is worth copying. We say nothing about the compliment; but its humor pleases us. It is from the “Hickman Argus :"

“Godey' is at hand, and our "better half,' who never fails to get a peep at it first, authorizes us to say that it is increasing in merit with each succeeding number. . If every man's wife thought as highly of the Lady's Book' as ours does, Godey could not half supply the demand. The moment the magazine comes to hand-she keeps the devil bribed to inform her-she retires with it, nor suspends reading until she reaches the significant word, 'Finis,' let the baby cry never so much."

GODEY FOR DECEMBER.–Five full-page plates again. Two of them colored. “The Blind Piper," a beautiful mezzo tint; “The Morning Star," colored : “Ready to Start," a tableau of the fashions; “Snow-Balling," our title-page, printed in colors; and a "Model Cottage.”

A GENTLEMAN from Suffolk, Va., incloses us $3, and says: “My business engagements causing me to neglect my duty in paying up earlier, my lady, who, of course, takes a great interest in what is prepared to benefit her sex, has played the part of the collector for you, and dunned me for the $3 till I am forced to recollect it, and settle up.' Probably a hint to the ladies, drawn from iny experience, may save the expense of employing collectors for the future, for they never tire.'” Thank you, Mrs. J.!

In our January number, we will comence the publication of Mrs. C. Lee Hentz's best nouvellette. It will probably run through four or five numbers. The “Hermit of Rockrest” will create a sensation.

Have we no writers of humorous poetry among our numerous correspondents? We have a large supply of the serious article, and would like a little of the former to mix with it. We will send the “ Lady's Book" as a compensation for a few accepted pieces.

VOL. XLV.-50

INNOCENT PLEASURE -We have read many descriptions and definitions of what the posts and novelists have called innocent pleasures. But the most singular and simple that ever came under our view was the remark of Kossuth, when introduced to a farmer at Albany. “I love farming," he said. “I used to go out on my little farm in llungary, and watch the trees grow which I planted with my own hands; and, when & peach came on one of them, I took my wife out twenty times a day to see how it grew. It was such innocent pleasure."


MRS. HALE's New Book of COOKERY. Published by H. Ş kind influence over the family circle, exempt, as it is, from Long & Brother, New York.--Since the publication of this the drawbacks of all dangerous and impure sentiments." work, over six thousand copies bave been disposed of by $ The “Carson League,” Syracuse, N. Y., says: "Too much the publishers. Our orders from subscribers to the “La cannot be said in praise of this weekly. It combines tho dy's Book” have been for three hundred copies. We ex useful and entertaining in the highest degree. It is repect that every lady subscriber to the “ Book" will send for markable for its purity, as well as its genius and talent. a copy, and we shall not be satisfied until they are all sup Mr. Arthur fully redeems his pledge, by making his paper plied. The question has been asked, How have we been { what a home paper should be chaste, dignified, and enable heretofore to get on without this work? It must tirely free from everything that can vitiate, or in the least supersede all other cookery books, as it contains many deprave the mind.” more receipts, and is more complete in every way.

We annex a notice from the “Commercial Advertiser," HART, WARE, & Co. have a most splendid display of furnione of the oldest and best papers in New York :

ture at their repository, No. 280 Chestnut Street. We “The Ladies' New BOOK OF COOKERY. By Sarah J. Hale. would call particular attention to their cottage furniture, New York, H. Long & Brother. This is the latest, and pro which is now in general use. Their tables and stands, bably the best popular treatise on the culinary science. It finished in papier maché, are worthy the reputation of is printed in one handsome volume of 474 pages, and illus American artists. trated by numerous wood-cuts, explanatory of the art of carving, and the proper methods of dishing either joints or

SONTAG.-We welcome this gifted artiste to our country. entremes. The preface thus enumerates some of the claims

She stands high as a vocalist and as a lady, Her concerts which the book has to preference over previous publicar

at the Musical Fund Hall bave been crowded every night. tions of a similar character :

She is a beautiful woman, and is generally admired for her “'In this work, the true relations of food to health are personal and artistic worth. The Germania Society aided set forth, and the importance of good cookery to the latter

her with their powerful orchestra. Our old favorite, Baclearly explained. Preparations of food for the sick have diuli, the youthful Paul Julien, and the gifted Jaell, bave been carefully attended to, and many new and excellent also greatly aided in drawing the crowds that have met to receipts introduced. Cookery for children is an entirely greet this queen of song.

feature in a work of this kind, and of much import- } We copy the following notice from the “Christian Intelance. A greater variety of receipts for preparing fish, vege

ligencer:"tables, and soups is given here than can be found in any

“ The European reputation of Henrietta Sontag having other book of the kind; these preparations, having refer long since preceded her, it was not to be wondered at that ence to the large and increasing class of persons in our

much of both curiosity and interest was manifested to see country who abstain from fresh meats during Lent, will

and hear a vocalist as much renowned for her domestie be found excellent and useful; also to families during the

virtues as her talent. In the world of amusement, we are hot season. As our republic is made up from the people

too apt to think only of the enjoyment of the moment, and of all lands, so we have gathered the best receipts from the to lavish our praises on the person who ministers to it, irre domestic economy of the different nations of the Old

spective of all consideration of the artist's character and World; emigrants from each country will, in this New

position in life, and of their fulfilment of those duties, man Book of Cookery,' find the method of preparing their favor

ral and social, incumbent on us all, and which all may, ite dishes. The prominent features are, however, Ane

and can fulfil, even while pursuing a profession surround rican.'

ed with temptations. How much greater, then, is our “ Distrusting our own ability to pronounce upon the

satisfaction and enjoyment, when we behold a lady like merits of Mrs. Hale's receipts, we handed the volume to a {. Madame Sontag, whose home virtues have been proverbial culinary connoisseur, whose opinion on such matters is in the mouths of the wise and good!” with us, decisive; and who praises it very highly, saying } that no lady, having charge of a household, should neglect

MADAME ALBONI.-Madame Alboni gave a series of conto possess a copy of such a useful work."

certs in Philadelphia, in the Musical Fund Hall. The We still continue to fill orders: strong paper covers at

audiences were large, brilliant, and fashionable, and the $1, and bound $1 25. In both cases, we will pay the post

great contralto was received with every mark of apprecia &ge.

tion and delight. The favorable impression made by her

debat in this city was fully strengthened and confirmedl. Our Book OF PLATES.-We can still furnish our thirty She is an artist of the very highest order-is at once gifted, splendid engravings for fifty cents.

polished, experienced, and cultirated. In person, she is

quite large, but not ungraceful. She has a fine eye, beauThe following are the latest notices of " Arthur's Home

tiful teeth, and a captivating smile. Her manner, indeert, Cazetto” that we have seen. We see that Messrs. Arthur is wonderfully easy and self-possessed. She appears per & Co. have started a new magazine. Advertisements of fectly at home in all she undertakes, and apparently singa both works will be found on our cover.

without the least effort. There is no distortion of the face The "Flushing (N. Y.) Journal” says: “ Arthur's Homo or straining of the muscles; but the flow of her rich and Gazette, published at Philadelphia, is one of the best, if I melodious voice may be compared to the gushing of a crysnot the very best family newspaper published in the United ? tal spring. Every note is clear and distinct, and the most States. There is a healthy moral tone in its coluinns, that difficult shakes and cadences are given with freedom, pre. makes it a favorite with those families who have children ] cision, and beauty. Many of her tones seemed to penetrate

se tastes and principles are to be formed, and who are to the very hearts of her listeners, and to rouse, thrill, and wisely alive to the character of the reading that they admit } delight. The orchestra was full and effective, and the into the family circle."

overtures were given in the most creditable manner. Tho The “American,” at Waterbury, Conn., says: “This ad- entertainments, from first to last, were every way superior, mirable literary paper entered upon its third year on the and Alboni may be regarded as baving fully establishel 4th of September. Of all our exchanges, we know of no herself in the good opinions of the musical amateurs of eno-taken as a whole—that is better caloulated to shed a ? Philadelphia.

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ADALINE PATTI.--We have recently had a little wonder by this name singing here. She executes the most difficult pieces of vocalism in a manner truly astonishing. All the most celebrated of Jenny Lind's, Sontag's, and Alboni's songs come as trippingly from her as from the more elder artists. We commend her to our brethren of the press in the different cities she may visit.

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Welch's PORTRAIT OF WASHINGTON.—A magnificent production; one worthy of this great artist. It will be a fortune for our friend Welch, and we know of no person to whom we more heartily wish it. The price is five dollars, and it is very low for such a publication. Address Geo. W. Childs & Co., N. W. corner of Fifth and Arch Streets, Philadelphia.

TIE IRVING HOUSE IN NEW YORK-CHANGE OF PROPRIETORS. -Mr. D.D. Howard, who has made an independent fortune in this establishment, bas retired; and we tender to him and his amiable lady many thanks for the many acts of kindness that we have received at their hands, and our sincere wishes that they may enjoy, in their retirement, every comfort that wealth can bestow! We also welcome the new-comer, Mr. W. II. Burroughs, formerly of this city. If anybody can supply Mr. Howard's place, he is the man, and we bespeak for Mr. B. a continuance of that patronage that the hotel has always enjoyed. We hope that our subscribers, visiting New York, will not fail to give Mr. B. a call. They may be sure of a hearty welcome, as they will go recommended by the "Lady's Book.”


TAE PHILADELPHIA ACADEMY OF Music.-This institution opened on the first of October last, at No. 171 Chestnut Street, 0. C. B. Carter, Principal, assisted by Professor Whitcomb, the pupil of Lowell Mason and George James Webb, and by Mademoiselle Helene Schaaff, a young lady from Germany, of high qualifications as a pianist and an experienced teacher, and Professor Andrea Alfisi, from Italy. The object of this institution is to impart a thorough knowledge of the elementary principles of music, as the only key to a practical acquaintance with music as an art.

MERIT REWARDED.-Our esteemed correspondent, whose poetry has so often charmed the readers of the <Book," Anson G. Chester, Esq., of the “ Buffalo Morning Express," has received the prize of one hundred dollars for the best poem to be spoken at the opening of the Buffalo Theatre.

HORTICULTURAL PARTY.-It is rather an unusual season to write about horticulture; but, as our last number was in the press when the party took place, we could not do it then, and we should be wanting in good taste if we did not inake any mention of the matter. The party was given by Dr. Wm. D. Brinckle, at his mansion in Girard Row, and the display of fruits of all kinds was the finest we ever saw. Dr. B., notwithstanding the duties of his arduous profes sion, devotes a portion of his time to horticultural pursuits, and we know of no gentleman more ardent in the cause, or one more capable.

PARKINSON'S BUILDING, CHESTNUT STREET, ABOVE TENTH. This ornament to our city, and praiseworthy place, was opened to our citizens last month. It is intended as an ice-cream saloon, summer garden, confectionery, fruit store, and restaurant, and is likely to beeome one of the most popular and fashionable resorts in our city. There are four saloons in all, two of which are 22 by 50 feet, and all furnished in the most magnificent style. The paper, the painting, and the carpets are elegant, tasteful, and in admirable keeping. The enterprise is one of the most laudable character, and adds a new and attractive feature to Chestnut Street. The garden is embellished with a fountain, and many other appropriate ornaments. It is far superior to any of the celebrated establishments in New · York. It must be popular; and already we hear that the worthy proprietor is reaping a rich harvest.

WHY DO LADIES STARE AT EACH OTHER !—This question was seriously propounded to us a short time since by a respected bachelor friend, who, in truth, seemed to be greatly an. noyed at the practice, and therefore greatly interested in having it satisfactorily accounted for. He appeared to think that such conduct, on the streets, evinced & vulgar amount of boldness, which he even went so far as to characterize as downright insolence and impudence. “Look," said he, “at some of our ladies of the first circles, in their promenades upon that great thoroughfare of pride and fashion, Chestnut Street! How haughtily, and with what contempt do they peer into the countenances, and how minutely do they scan the dresses of those who are equal to them in society, or above or below them in that respect! Did you ever observe," he continued, “how formally and imperiously they turn themselves round, as if deterred by no sense of modesty or propriety to take a second and a third view of each other, and as if determined to lose sight of nothing that might avail them in securing the least triumph of a most insolent curiosity ? Men," said he, with increased emphasis, "are never guilty of such impertinence."

This is, indeed, a terrible denunciation against our fair friends, thought we, and, for a moment or two, we felt almost conscious that the petulant declaimer was not altogether in error. There was no denying the fact. But how to satisfy him in regard to this innocent female propensity, As we knew it was, and which he had taken too much to heart, seemed at first beyond our humble powers of extenuation or apology. At length, however, somewhat recovering from his abruptness and severity, we said to him, calmly, “ Perhaps it is all owing to their desire to know the

fashions !" And, taking courage at this happy thought, we proceeded to illustrate it thus : "You, sir, mistake the whole matter. You think the ladies are staring into each other's faces. No such thing. They are only staring at each other's manner of dressing the hair--at each other's bonnets and trimminge; and, when they turn round to look after each other, it is not, as you suppose, to criticize the neatness and elegance of each other's person, but to assure themselves of the neatness, the elegance, and the appropriateness of the dresses worn by the fashionable passere-by, of whom, personally, it is probable they are far

THE ASSEMBLY BUILDINGS, CORNER OF TENTH AND CHESTNUT STREETS.-The apartments in these buildings were recently thrown open for the inspection of a large number of the ladies and gentlemen of this city. The rooms are beaatiful. The basement is a restaurant, with every convenience; the second floor is the lofty and elegant ball-room, 135 by 30 feet, and 26 feet in height, the walls and ceiling beautifully ornamented, and the room ventilated by flues, which pass through open tubes to the roof, all of which may be opened or closed in a moment, by simply pulling a } rope. The next is the banqueting-room, 65 feet long by 30 wide, similarly ventilated. In the third story, are two large exhibition-rooms, lighted by sky-lights, and well?

more indifferent than you really are, with all your preten little prizes so highly; and a curious thing to reflect, as we sions to bachelorship."

stumble through the parks, knee deep in children, that “But what can be done,” said our friend, after a pause, ? there is not one little unit in those diminutive millions "to reform this apparently immodest and unmannerly that has not-God bless it!-a circle of adıniring relatives, practice? I say apparently unmannerly practice; for, to whom it is the prettiest, the dearest, the cleverest-in with your explanation, I do not see that it is so very re fact, the only child that ever was worth a thought.” prehensible, after all."

Alas! what does become of all the prettiest, the dearest, “Well," said we, with great good feeling and sincerity, the cleverest children that throng the world in their in" we think that the best method that could be devised to fancy, and who for a while are the delight and the joy of wean the ladies from a practice which has given you such affectionate parents? We do not mean to push our inquiry unpleasant apprehensions, would be for yourself, and your in regard to those who have died before they attained the numerous bachelor, fault-finding friends, to subscribe libe- responsibilities of a half-awakened consciousness. It is only rally for the 'Lady's Book,' and to distribute the numbers in regard to those who, in their earliest developments, proliberally among such of your female acquaintances as do not } mised to be the noblest, the brightest, the purest, the already take it, in order that they may see our fashion rarest in genius, in learning, in courage, and in renown, plates for every month, and read the instructions furnished of all the other children that were ever born into the world. by the editor of the fashionable department; and we war. } What has become of them? Who can tell? Where are rant you they will no longer offend you by staring at the the evidences of their existence among the crowds that eurls or the bonnets, the jewelry, the laces or the dresses pass us on the streets, or among the multitudes that peoof the ladies whom they casually meet upon the streets. ple the world? How few! how far between! No lady reader of the 'Lady's Book' was ever charged with any such impertinence. The fashions are furnished to One of the New York papers says: “The witty editor them regularly from the best authority; and, therefore, of the Mercury,' Mr. S. Nichols, who would be a man of having no cause to apprehend the least deficiency or impro mark among the keen epigrammatists of Paris, suggested, priety in their own dresses, they never seek to compare the other day, a capital idea for another, which he is capathem with the dresses of others.”

ble of performing himself-to make a collection of speciOur friend was convinced; and, bachelor as he was, such mens of American humor, and deliver them in the form was his detestation of the practice of staring, as he persisted of lectures." We bear witness to the wit and humor of in calling the habit, that he left us determined to raise a Mr. Nichols. We know of but one other person that is as large club for the distribution of our excellent “ Book," as capable of the work, and that is Mr. Wm. E. Burton. Mr. he was pleased to compliment it.

B. is as amusing off the stage as he is on, a ripe scholar

and a keen humorist. Such a series of lectures would be a WHAT BECOMES OF ALL THE CLEVER CHILDREN !-We once rich treat. bad the curiosity to ask what becomes of the pins, but, to this day, we have never received a satisfactory answer. SINGULAR ASSOCIATION.-We observe, in the last number We very much fear that a similar fate will attend our pre of the “London Arts Union," the following advertisement: nent inquiry, and that we shall never learn the truth « The celebrated picture of the Sermon on the Mount will about the clever children. It is Victor Hugo, we believe,

be raffled for,” &c. who says that “ to most young couples, the 'unto us a child is born' seems something so astonishing and remarkable, A REASON FOR NOT LIKING STEP-PATHERS.- A little fellow that one would imagine they had never looked forward to once observed, “ I do not like these new papas; they whip it as a probable result of their union, nor even observed the old papas' children." that their friends also had children. Every young father and mother look upon their 'first baby' as Adam and Eve The following are neat: A moneyed man's objection to must have looked upon Cain, with delight, wonder, and stays—because they reduce the circulation. something of triumph in their own creative ingenuity, Why are deaf persons like camel's-bair shawls? Because And it is a happy instinct which enables us to value these you can't make them here (hear).

Centre-Table Gossip.

NOVELTIES IN GOTHAM. OXE of the cleverest women we know says that "travel ling is to people what whiting is to silver,” a proposition that is proved in everyday life. . We shut ourselves up in a { little world of our own, a good enough world in its way, with music and books, and elegant household pursuits, but, nevertheless, % world of routine, until we come to think our planet an entire paradise, and our sun the centre of the universe.

Alas for such a theory, when the enterprising traveller is suddenly set down, in the midst of busy, bustling Broadway! Be his name recorded on the books of the Irving,

the Collamore, or the Metropolitan, the rubbing process has commenced—the whiting will very soon absorb the dull tarnish of retirement. One morning's walk will give more food for thought than a year of books.

THE NEW HOTELS are just now the topic of conversation at all tables d'hote. “ (Fish, with oyster sauce, waiter.] Yes, I am told the Mo tropolitan has been full from the moment it was opened. I remember when the Astor, sir, was the ninth wonder of the world. I brought my wife down to see it. [The castors, boy.] Have you seen the St. Nicholas! Rubs the Metropolitan close, I am told. Splendid saloon! A three dollar



house, though, must be exclusive.” And then the bill of placed on a little stand that revolves slowly before the fare is studied, and bread crumbled while the courses are workman, who traces the lines with his pencil dipped in renewed, and the ancient chicken, who evidently has no what we should say was excellent liquid blacking, but relations in Bucks county, suggests Alboni, who is discussed which is in reality pulverized gold, mixed with oil and in turn.

turpentine. The furnace heat to which it is then subjected The St. Nicholaswell named for the patron saint of dries out the mixture, leaving only the dull, whitish-yellow Gotham-was not quite completed when its beauties were gold, which must be subjected to the process of burnishing first displayed to us. But the classic dignity of the front, before its full beauty can be seen. Side by side, we see an of purest marble; the broad entrance and lofty staircases, artist with an enormous vase before him, on which he is disfigured, as the last were, by scaffolding, gave full promiso painting, as delicately as if it were an ivory plate, an exof the future. The walls and ceiling are delicately frescood, quisite woodland scene-a young girl crossing a brook, and the cornices exquisitely carved. The dining-saloon is cer pausing midway, with the water gurgling over the stones tainly the most beautiful room we have ever entered, for at her feet. He has been already four weeks at this single height, depth, and purity of coloring. We could not but { picture, so that the worth of this one piece of porcelain congratulate the proprietor on the perfect taste shown? may be calculated. Still above, in a gallery running round throughout, which has by no means excluded any ima three sides of a lofty room, we find women, and even little ginable convenience or luxury. Those of our lady friends girls, busily employed in burnishing. This is a simple who dislike living in trunks will appreciate the beauty of process, but producing a wondrous effect, in “ gilding the abundant closet-room in each chamber, and Mrs. Butler refined gold." At first sight, it would seem that each ope might find "A Year of Consolation" under that hospitable rator, for the love of destruction simply, was occupied in roof, with every comfort which she so strenuously denies rubbing and scratching off the golden bands, leaves, or to American hotels.

figures with wbich the vase or cup at which they are at If our readers are like ourselves, they will not hesitate work is decorated. But we find the small knife or chisel to stop by one of the lace-curtainod windows opening into does just its appropriate task, and no more, removing only the ball, and take a peep

the dull surface rapidly and skilfully. The little girls of

ten years old are working away as demurely and industriBEHIND THE SCENES.

ously as if they knew the worth of all their earningsA perfect fairy-land of a saloon opens a vista before us,

which doubtless they do, poor things! We should like to lined with magnificent nirrors, perfumed with a thousand

transcribe the interesting information with regard to this extracts, scented waters, and impalpable odors that are

branch of manufacture, for which we are indebted to the

kind politeness of Mr. Haughwout, and to speak of the pro used for no lady's boudoir, but are here wasted upon the

cess more minutely; but the morning wanes away apace, sterner sez, so called. There they are, leaning back in the

and we shall not have time for the “ Metropolitan," if we most luxurious fauteuils that can be desired, calmly resign

linger longer where piles of China are being manufactured ed to the hands of the operator, their faces already "smothered in cream,” which the sharp glancing steel is as quickly

for the St. Nicholas, as the curious traveller can see the very

platen he is to eat from when he patronizes that palace-like removing. “Not to put too fine a point upon it,” as our friend Tungsby would say, they are enjoying the luxury

hotel. So, stopping to overlook for a moment a workman of “a shave," not in Wall street parlance; and, looking

in still another room, who is engraving a crest upon a set unobserved on the placid content beaming through their

nt benming through their į of crystal just ordered, we bid our pleasant conductor half-closed eyes, we for the first time decided that the beard { "good-morning," and cross Broadway to might be considered in the light of a luxury. "What can

THE METROPOLITAN. a Turkish bath offer surpassing Phalon!" a Gothamite might indignantly inquire of an Oriental traveller. But, Strange as it may at first seem, this mammoth hotel is while our gentlemanly escorts are transfixed by the novelty on the “shilling," that is to say, on the unfashionable side which makes to them such forcible appeals, we have strolled of Broadway. Many of our readers remember the situation through the still more dazzling beauties of Alcock & Allen's, of “ Niblo's," that theatre which is not a theatre, if the glittering with silver and crystal, and have even arrived at paradox can be made out, where they have passed orgnya "Haughwout & Dailey's"

pleasant evening. The Metropolitan extends nearly a

whole block, directly in front of the gardens, its long corMANUFACTORY OF PORCELAIN,

ridors opening upon them on the one side, and into beaubefore they join us. We have come here because we never tiful parlors and suites of rooms on the other. No more have known, until a moment ago, that painting on porce enchanting scene can be imagined than these corridors lain was carried on to any extent in this country, and our brilliantly lighted by enormous chandeliers, foliage waving most obliging and thoughtful guide has proposed our stop } by the open windows, and beautifully dressed women leiping to see the mysterious process on our way to the Me surely pacing to the softened music of some delicious overtropolitan, almost "over the way” from its fair rival, the ture. We like the plan of a suite of public drawing-rooms, St. Nicholas.

instead of one huge apartment, where each party can scan The huge windowg are glittering with fine dinner and their neighbors, and overhear every word of a conversation, ten services, displayed in most tempting array; and we Nothing but a ladies' reading-room could be added to the pass by cabinets filled with far more costly products-deli attractions of this luxurious hotel. The children's diningate vases, lifelike statuettes, in porcelain and Parian--to room is a novelty; it is as large and well arranged as the the room beyond, where the musical murmur of the pen ladies' ordinary of most hotels, and given up entirely to dants to innumerable chandeliers reminds us of our own the children and their nurses. Once a week “a hop" is Cornelius, from whose celebrated manufactory they have given to them, a grown-up fashion whose wisdom we leave indeed been sent. The second story is similarly occupied ; our readers to decide upon. but onward, and upward still, we come to the working. The regular dining-room of the house surpasses our de room, where twenty or thirty men are silently occupied in s criptive powers; nor dare we venture to disclose the beauty their graceful employment. The plain white surface of & of decoration which distinguishes the suite of bridal apartfruit dish, for instance, is to receive bands of gilding. It is ments-a fashion, by the way, that has too much of vulgar

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