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The New Orleans crescent. (New Orleans, La.) 1866-1869, February 14, 1869, Morning, Image 4

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She Oas Orlranu srwt.t
wrmass tr bee a. O.-W sm sse
A Lietle eae as er lather.
On. on, for the tare, the Present is thine,
The Past has gone down to eteralty's sea;
'fi~ needless to moon, 'tis va.to rephe,
Or igh for the d the days t have long eeed to be.
Ent on for the Future, and when you look back,
To the rooks and the sands, you have met In
your way,
Tbhy'l serve safe0 beaconto brighten your
And guide you all right to a happler day.
On, can, for the Futuore Though sorrows were
And many reveres we live to deplee,
Remember that still, If with fritehde borne,
When happineescoms we will pi aIthe more.
Then on for the Putre; se'er think of the Past,
Let hope be your pilot, to point out the way,
That bright beaming star will shin to the last,
To guide you aright to a happer day.
iTe eashes's pelty.
On, on, for the Future! lo echo reply,
Repinintag is stupidly laail and vain,
Let the past, with Its ille and its follies go by;
Who would, if he could, so recall It again?
Though linked with Its meam'rles, are glimpses of
The sadness, and sorrow, we've known by the
Will come so comminagled, as sure to destroy
The promise of pleasure stl left as to-day.
On ' on ! for the PFutre, its promise is pring :
With allrements to come-an Aurora of joy;
The Ills of the Past, to oblivion take wing
And leave its sweet memories, without their al
loy. ,.
'The vain to regret, and absurd to repine;
It is fully to brood over sorrows gone by;
The uast it haes been, bat the Present is thine;
Then sip of its nectar re fleeting it fly.
Though merciless Winter may wither your vine, 1
A nother if planted will bad in the Spring;
Its tendrils will freshen and lovingly twine,
And graceful festoons bright blossoms will bring.
Then back with the Past, and its symbols of sad
They shadow with gloom the fresh hues of the
When the morning of youth Is all radlesnt with glad.
That raven will wave Its black wings and de
But still from the Past and its happier memories,
Dear tokens of love can be culled by the way;
They will brighten the heart as the polish of eme
To shine mid the gems of eternmity's day.
My child, put thy trust in the promise of Spring,
)rink freely life's pleasure's while yet they are
And gather their blossoms before they take wing :
But blend them with care in each gartand yon
For the luaday Cseest]
Will you permit me, Mr. Editor, to use your
columns to defend my sex from a few induon- t
tions of your correspondent "Claire," on last San
day ! From the manner in which "Claire" attacks
young ladies, and draws the veil which covers t
the sanctuary of family conversation, I Judge that c
your correspondent is a gentleman, and, conse
quently I feel considerable diffidence in writing
this, lest I should incur his gentlemanly disple.
sure. My duty to my sex prompts me, however, C
and I trust I shall not be considered unwomanly
or "blue-stocking"-lsh.
I admit, freely, that the generality of young
ladies are not intelliger t and learned. But intelli
gence is not universal In,the world, ad they are t
only a very small fraction of the great mass of the
world's inhabitants who have learning in such an y
extended Way as "Claire" would have. All d
minds are not endowed with intelligence, (for I C
look upon intelligence as an endowment,) and u
every young lady is not constituted so as to drink it
deep draughts from learning's fount; nor has
every sensible young lady the same taste for
poetry which seems to govern "Mr. Claire." Yet,
rdn't think one who has not poetic, or even liter
ary taste, should be considered on that account
detlcient in intelligence.
I have made a candid admission of part of " Mr. X
Claire's" accusation, and I will now endeavor to it
show how difficult it wsa for him to come to his L
conclusions in the manner in which he did. I
judge, from the description which he gives of his
friend, that the latter is one of those horrid, C
" crusty" old bachelors who are the pests of every p
circle, and who are constantly railing, in a man
ncr painfully suggestve of "sour grape." If
my opinion is correct, 1 hope " Mr. Claire's" In.
telligence will readily perceive that young ladies st
would not be particularly anxious to "shine" for pn
his delectation, and I leave It to "Mr. Olire's"
judgment, if hir being in oompany with anobh an
ettainted churacter did not tanjre blehbanoes of es
being edified. But even f " Mr. Claire" had gone ml
alone, and visited six or seven families on every ol
successive eventing for a week, is it probable that di
be would be ableto judge of the eqauisitions of
every circle in such a length of timse ? True worth 5'
is generally modest, and it is very probable that be
the young lady, whom be describes so well that B
sbe can scarcely fall to recognize his friendly pean
picture, was the lueast intelligent of the party in
which she endeavored to exhibit her acquirements. <
" Mr. Claire" says that s'e " was etonished when th
his fried told him that young ladies knew noth- ct
ing !" It is, therefore, very probable that "Mr. hi
Claire" vsited the circles which he traduces as a
stranger; if not, and he was before •equslated re
with the young ladies, his astonishment atthe an- p.
nouncement of their ignorance gives very little
credit to his nersplicacity and capability for judg
ing, and in either ucase, the many reader of the qc
Casacur will estimate his opinion at its true an
valune. B
" Mr. Claire" has the kindness to give young p
ladles a list of such poets as they should study,
and fincludes in this list Shakspenre and Pope, bat
foe somue reason eschews Byron and Moore-pro- co
bab'y because young ladies prefer the latter, and T
for ,o other reason. If he object to them on ac- m
cont of immnorality, tbe former two are liable to
tb same objection. I admit that Shakspeare is i
Nature's exponent, and Pope may be the detno- th
eator of Muind, but Ilyron is the idea of Passion, wI
and Moore the favorite of Imagination and Senti- ru
ment. And would he bave us eschew PlassIon and
bentiment as emitted by their volcaic minds,
because, perhaps, they revel too voluptuousy in I
their own feasts? If so I will quote from one of W
his favorites to show how different his opinlion is. ,
Hamlet says (I quote from memory):
" Blest is the man whose passion and whose v
judgment are so well commingled that he is not a a
pipe for fortune's finager to play any stop shabe K
choose. Give me that man who is not passion's ,
slave," etc.
And P'ope in his "Essay on Man" is a more
open champion: ty
" Pasons, though selfish,if their means e fair, si
List under Reasuon and deserve her care; T
Those, that imparted, court a nobler aim th
Exalt their kind, and take some virtue's name.
On life's vast ocean diversely we sail, sb
Reason the chart, bat Pastson is the gale." ot
I oearn assure "Mr. Clire" that yonng ladles are
net more liable to be affected by influaenes of By- Ci
run ard Moore than the stronger sex are, and that
they are 5s capable of diserlmtating as he pre
teads to be. They do wt throw the pearls that
g;itter from their pages, Ieaese forsooth, there
is sone glass amoag the gee. If the beatiesof
a writer should be ilnored by his defects, we b
might use the same argumentrm ad hominsem in
erteeee to the ar we breathe, the food we eat, ni
the land we mhabit, etc.
So, m dear young ladies, don't you aamid "Mr. di
ClaJre's strieture~ , and take only so much of his
advice uas your own judgment deenms prudent. Your
judgment In dealing with society is more coret a
than his is suppoed to be; he, probably, hkown C
something about himseni, but nemot be expete ol
to know all tL difimcatles on have to eacoter. b
Your sore I-setween 8ytla uand Chbrybdl.-the
lear of being olrd l danlcanld "blue-stok b
ig.-*ih" by the nleslraed and of being
"dbbed'" ignorant by the pedantic. Store your
wtnds with jewels, but be catious to whom you
exhibit your tresres. "Mr. ClaIre" will, I hope,
acknowledge the diffiulty of a young lady's s-. h
lection when I tell him that from an pesriece of t
many years I think I am very liberal to Iayine
that perhaps not more th one a one hundred ofi
those bubblse of soieity, yng mea. know how
to appelite inateligenoe sad geood nasm.
OGae. th
I; m ENs C34WDm ON TH s arsI
Clay Statue-The aker-Everything
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re. fProm Walaeads's Daby Orea.nt I
Yesterday was a great day for the votaries of I
Shrove Tuesday. The day was aswarm and sunny o
as an April day, and the people were all upon tha d
streets. We can't say the turn out of masks was
as numerous or as gorgeous and laugh-provoking h
as last year, or In years precedling, but still it was
very fine, and the throngs of people on the streets I
returned to their homes far from disappointed. P
If the full grown mummers were few, those of a '
tender age were exceedingly numerous. The a
principal streets were thronged with little girls, IN
e whose fair features were bediszened with outland- h
ih masks; but the golden and flowing looks Dame
Nature had endowed time wie sems srnkh how
all constraint, and would not be concealed. As o1
to the boys, they were still more numerous, but e a
they be heaged The many twinkling feet, grace- P
rfl and beautifal, that glanced along the pave. t
ment yesterday, from noon to dewy eve, a sum- t
mer's day, were too bewildering for a lover of the O0
beautiful to look elsewhere. at
But there was an ape that deserves more than f
a passing notice. That ape had herculean pro
portions iomed with the agility of the species
which he represented. He must be one of the
clowns or harlequins at the Academy. He climbed P
the iron pillars of the Crescent Billiard Hall; he
d" leaped upon a wagon containing eleven bales of
cotton, and squatted suddenly and unexpectedly
upon the broad shoulders of the negro driver,
d- and when that fear-stricken darky jumped in his
fright to terra firma, he seized the reins and P'
drove the four male team two squares before
leaving the van. He sprang into a light a;
wagon in which there was ao upright
e empty flour barrel, ensoonced him in that, and
concealed himself entirely within it. Arrived at or
the corner of Canal street, the ape espied a lot of ye
girls in mask, sprang from the car and started in
e chase of them. They screamed and ran with all
their might. Their maskts impeding their breath
ing, they tore off the masks, and lo! they were all
darkles, darker than the-lieutenant governor of
Louisiana. As to the other maskers we saw none Cs
worthy of special notice. There was the conven- c.
tional Yankee, the nigger legislator, the carpet
h bagger, the Grecian bend and all the mons~osit
ties peculiar to this unfortunate generation-but
that was all. A friend of the writer, a sober sided,
n quiet, but most observant man, remarked
that the reason why there was not so great a
celebration of Mardi Gras yesterday, is that every th
e- day now is Mardi Gras. "See that girl, for in- th
I stance," he said, pointing to a young lady in sky. th
blue satin, from head to foot, her skirts reaching
only half way down the calf, and her Grecian h
bend protruding like a phenominal elephantiasis
from her rear; her body bent forward at an on
told angle, and a huge pile of foreign hair upon
her head similar to the " chips " of a buffalo on an
the Western prairie-" If that iem't equal to any an
Mardi Gras, I'll lose my head-and the best of It is w
e you will find scores just such maskeraders, paw. the
l dered and perfumed and painted, every day on ev
Canal street." Our friend was right, and he
d might have added something about tight pants
loots, monkey jackets, Grant hats, hair parted in
the middle, etc., etc., etc. ha
T Th*e Mare. Krewe, he
I, The reporter of the CauscsrT went on a wild- ha
goose chase all day yesterday, in order to learn sm
the starting place and the route of the Mistick ho
Krewe. Some told him they were to start from if
n the Jackson railroad depot; some from the Sr. lot
SLouis Hotel; others from the St. Charles, and the
others again from the Pickwick Club on the
Canal street, corner of Exchange Alley. Ye re- Ms
F porter thought the last named the safest and tie
surest. After looking all day long at the varied He
f maskers that mkrsbhalled their thrones along the for
streets of thepity, and doing naught else; and after Ind
partaking of a particularly good dinner with two thi
ante beJllurn lfriend.she set himself to work in dead on
( earnest. He installed himself, about half-past bel
Selx o'clock at the pedestal of one of the columns cat
P of the Bank of America, Bolui at que rotundsus, soc
determined to await the approach of the Krewe, Pa
even if they approached like the rugged Russian us,
bear, the armed rhinoceros or the Hyroan tiger. bo
Be waited and-along came a covey of good plil
Samanritans who invited him to the Ge6n. The hul
gongs and the hew gags were not audible, and he It
thought that, consistently with duty, he could tiot
chargethe bank watchman to keep his seat until 1
his return. He found the seat ooconped, on his As
return, by an -Indivldual bearded Ifte the by
pard, and judged from one glance of his see
eye that he was sudden and quick in gr
quarrel-also that he was of Gallic origin, gal
and would make reprisals in the morning. bo
Be therefore leit Weoskerando to the quiet unt
enjoyment of the seat, and stood on the edge of ent
the curb, midway between the bank and the clol
corner of Itoyal street. He waited and waited. and
To and fro went the crowd-but there were few A
maskers. One young gentleman, with two young bef
ladies clothed in'tpurple and flue lineo, an with The
their dainty feet sad ankles covered ith the lad
whltaest stockinlgs and the finest little bote--he line
rushed-they tripped-from Boyal to Eohange plc
and from Exchange to Royal, six times between phi
twenty minutes after 7 and half-past that hour. wh
What became of that party, deponent knoweth mo
not. Carriages and cabs, omnibaees and furniture for
vans had their living freight, principally women and
and children, all breathless, to see the Mistick the
SKrewe. Nobody knew which way or by what I
street the Mystical Krewe were to make their ap- son
pearance. Such running to and fro, such uncertain. we
ty, amounting almost to a panic, we never saw out- vet
sid of a surprised army or a threatened town. mel
The blast of an oyster horn towards the levee or bee
the bray of a car mule would start the entire pla
crowd to swaying, and like an immense flock of ope
sheep, where one went, thither went all the and
others. ins
Finally, "about 8 o'clock, looking away down get
Canal s'.et, a glare lighted up the sky above and mo
shone upon the neighboring buildinus. It was the ws
SMiatloh Krewe. It is, it a the Comus Krewe, was ie
whispered on every sie. Then came a tremen- int
dous pressure around the statue, whilst old ro
broese Harry Clay looked down complacently pa:
upon the sorgingll multitude, whilst they crowded E
and quarreled, and uttered curses not loud but eve
deep against each other. The reporter aforesaid the
is full six feet in stature, but he had to stand it
r a-tiptoe to witness the gorgeous pageantry of dw
SComusa over the mass of people that were in front as
Iof lim. What he saw he is unequal to describe, ide
bat as it is his o6ce to attempt a description, sac
Shere goee: ofi
First came an ambitioas horseman, a dark via ina
raged bewbhiakered oe of Spain or Sclly, (and T
ye, he was no so of Comus,) and after him eame
half a dosen esabs, baroehes and carriages. They
turmed inaontlnat dowa Boyal street, sad anohs
scatterlag to head the proceedon on Bleavle, w
Coati sad 6St. Ias was hardly ever wisassed
ontside of Stsmewall Jackss's corps in the A
the valley of Virginia. The Camcm reporter stil
was one of he lee whe want with the crowd.
But the huge lighted ehbk i s wvan of the
prousesmo, ed what followed peved bow fales
S were th pogearold of the geelerL The  Isw
peaved up by the dstate, by the Plokwlok Club
and there it was that a smali mmwn was melt by
the knowing oes assebled; the kisses, watted
by the Mistleks n sheep's Clothing, to the gentle
men as the Plnkwife gaIltry, dsweldwhat?
"Ask not to know I"
The Krewe proceded their way up Camp
street to Julia. down the latter street to St.
Charles, sad down St. Charle to the City Hall,
where they bade a
ail apes * May..
As time hbaored a ceremoy as the parade of
. the Krewo itself is the ll made upon she mayor
by its atesemd head King Cmasi. People knew
this and as a eo3equesen, flocked to the neigh
berhood of the City Hall. By half-past seven
o'elock the steps, coloaade and windows were all
crowded, while on the railings sad in the trees of
Lafayette square expectant obsevers were no
lof merously perohed. Nw Orleans s famous for the
my crowds she can gather at abort notice, bat never
the did she send forth a denar maus of populace than
Fe that which waited to King Comas enter to pay
ing his salute to the chief munilipal oficers.
rs And when, around the corner of the Moresque
eta Building, lashed the lights and glittered the
pageantry of the procession pasuang up Camp
,fs street toward Jolia, the crowd was all alive with
'he anticipation, and on its outskirts ebbed and surged
rt, in that direction. A few minutes more and the
od. head of the column turned into St. ObChares. Then
me all was expectancy. "There they come! there
S- th e ' st am" e.s the juveeales, coaked the
As old women, whispered the pretty girls, and sure
,ng enough there they did come. Those who had the
ag. privilege hurried Into the mayor's parlor,
re, the better to observe the coming In
m. terview. A squad of policemen kept open
he on the steps a passage way for his majesty. In
side the mayor's office, books and records had been
an for the nonce laid aside, and lo-In their place
rwere festive bowls of punch and iced cakes, rich
le and tempting. In waiting to receive the illustri
he ous potentate to whom we all of us, on the
ad principle of laugh and grow fat, doubtless owe
he whatever corpulency we my possess, were gath.
of ered a good number of the city fathers and the
Ily mayor with his secretaries, Messrs. Overall and
Bower. Quite a number of ladies and obildren
, were also present. When lo-in the doorway ap
ad peared a demoniac figure, with grotesque fea
re tures, jaws wide oped, protruding tongue, candal
at appendage coiled upen his back, a crown of
huge spikes radiating from his eraniom. This
was the first arrival. After him came more, three
at or four, of the same Ilk,all ferocious looking fellows,
of yet good-natured as could be; and last of all
in Comas came also, a great, strapping fellow ten
al feet high, of rubicund visage, shadowed by locks
of coarse hair fallin far below his portly waist.
al He bowed; they all bowed. Spoke then the first
of visitor, he of the protruding tongue aud coiled
caudal. Said he, " Mr. Mayor, we have
called to pay you the respects of King
Comus, in aecordanoe with the annual out
tom." The mayor expressed his satisfaotiou at so
high an honor. " We regret," continued the
d, spokesman, " that our costuaes prevent a visit
by a larger delegation, but rope at some future
time to call upon you more numerously." The
mayor was pleased to see them all-tendered
ry them the hospitalities of the city, and hoped to be
the recipient of their own at the Opera House
y- that same evening. Then the distinguished guests
ig withdrew, the procession resumed its march. and
the vast crowd dispersed in a twlnkling in all
The Opera Heuse.
Long before 8 o'clock, the bour at which it was
n announced that the doors of the Opera House
Swould be opened, the crowd who had collected
around there was so great as utterly to preclude
the idea that any one, however hardy and how.
in ever ready to throw looks of protestation and
words of expostu'ation, could approach the magic
portals. Ladies were there-refined and delicate
ladies-who were pushed, smashed, shoved, and
had their dresses torn-more," massed." but who
heroically through it all held on to the places th y
- had won, refusing to yield to the pressure of the
n surging crowd, who every moment grew larger,
k holding all their waiting and all their trouble cheap
n if they could only obtain that for which their soul
I. longed-a good seat. Those of our readers-and
d they are not a few-who have ever been at one of
a the similar crowds which for years gathered every
s Msrdi.Gras evening around the doors of the Varie
d ties can imagine the scene in front of the Opera
d House last night. If possible, it was a httle worse,
e for the larger capacity of the Opera House had
ir induced the issue of a greater number of tickets
o than usual, so the :crowd was a more numerous
d one, every element of confusion and posh in it
t being thus multiplied. But at last the moment
a came, the doors were opened, and with a rush
r, such as the damned might~make were the gates of
SParadise thrown suddenly open to them (excuse
a us,ladies, this rather uncomplimentary comparison,
. but really it is the only similitude which is ap.
d plicable), the crowd surged into the theater, and
Shnbrryld pell mell up stairs the fortunate and
Sa cch endunnag ones at last obtained those posl
d tons for which they had struggled so manfully.
ii Then commenced the influx of a steady stream
s A each party asme up the stairs, it was divided
e by the ruthless decree of the Krewe, the ladles
a seeking seats in the first and second tiers, the
a gentlemen belong allowed a choice between the
, galleries and the space immediately around the
. boxes. There was no cessation in the arrivals
t until the Krewe, having'lnlhbed their procession,
f entered the Opera House, when, as the doors were
e closed, those coming afterwards could only knock
. and bewail their own lack of punctuality.
r As to the scene within the Opera House just
Sbefore the curtain rose, what shall we say of it ?
h The dress circle and second tier were filled with
e ladies, not a black spot in the shape of a masco-n
SUine being visible to mar the splendor of the
a picture. Dresses many colored, faces masy
Sphased in their beauty, gaslights repeated every.
where by the jewels numberles, a sea of fans
moving, not in the breeze, but to make a breeze,
a formed a sight alone in its peculiar gorgeousneess,
Sand never to be seen but at the entertainments of
h the Mistick Krewe of Comos.
S Before we go further, though, we should netice
some of the arrangements of the house which
were well calculated for the comfort and con
venience of the Krewe's guests. The former o
method of descending from the premGnres had P
r been done away with and the orchestra was h
e placed immediately in front of the first row of the r
f open boxes. The fourteen boxes on either side of ti
e and on a level with the parquette and orhbetra i
instead of being concealed as formerly, were to. tl
w gether with the parquette, open for the accom
Smodation of several hundred persons, who other- P
e wise might have been deprived of even a stand
inr position. Additional chairs were alsoi placed
in the alleys between all the boxes. The ball.
Sroom was reached through the coulofrs of the
Sparquette by a pair of stairs on either side.
d very face was lighted with anticipation, and t
t every eye was constantly turned to the stage, as
Sthough fearing the curtain should suddenly risem
without the observer's notiang the fact. But why
Sdwell upon the audience ? We have told of them
tas well as we could, page could give no failer '
, idea, for it would take volumes to enumerate lt
eachb beauty of eaoch lady, which made the beoaty k
of the whole, and that would be the only manaer I
in whihob we could better deecrihbe the scene. fr
STur we, theefore, now to the tablesax, to be
bhold which so may of the fhtrest of the New
O Orlans fair had ssembled-the tableaux whfib
Shave been soeserly looked forward to, and from t
which so muchb joyment had been expected.
At last, wlbe the hearts of the fair altoest stood
r still with expectation, the great and comum ate of
r. hoer having at ldI arrived, te heavy e'rtai
ase ow rs m revealed, reeped apon the e
Ie mease stage, the figrme eomprill te
we raeumes
This was ano bnfses bun hee, the ive 01
by g , eyes, mrs, a , ses sad heads belg -o
arrnged as to sompese a man's eooastmese.
This, however, was bht as Idleseos of what wa
to come-wlh was asoe sxpemed in these ulme
which were apot the preogam:e
"up * though tldasslbe be anmberles,
t. And calw five te s or pm be;
"Yet t tos five a d thigs their bors express.
"Which we can Tests, Feel, Soll or Hear and
S. a TA.w.
of This represented typleally the Bge of Sight
wr and Its Objects, the great receiver of the asns
sw ion sad the things whloh crates the mmatio.
h.- On a raised platform In the asater of the stage
an and to the rear, abshove the others and forming the
all central figure was Phebus, god of the morning,
of deity of light, to whom the anoesits gave divided
. reverenoe with Aurora, until Aurora's glories
be were faded in the fire of the mid-day sun, when
'er he claimed sole worship. He was standing ir a
an triumphal chariot drawn by the four winged
sy horses of the San. wheoe pranoing forms and fire
striking hoofs, whose glaring eyeballs and manes
ne dripping light, might well fit them to represent
he the steeds who cured the audacity of Pheton, the
up rash. Immediately to the frstt of the stage, sad
Ith in the center, were two immense Eyes, a male and
ed female, which, as Phabas had represented the
he poetry of v;ion, Impersonated ithe material
so means of it. Between Phombus and the
to Eyw atsted three talde.s, arms locked la
be arms, representing severally the Emerald,
re the Topes and the Ruby, each bearing
he some distinctive mark on her dress to lidijate the
sr, jewel; near them on one side was Sapphire, a
iA warrior with glittering sword, and on the other
en Diamond, an eastern king, whose garments and
n* crown and jewels glittered with the radianoe of a
on veritable Koh-l-noor. Near him to the right was
e BRainbow, Iris, the fair goddess, who brought
ih down with'her from heaven that for which she
ri- claimed honor to be paid; to the left of Sapphire
he stood Chandelier, lighting his part of the stage.
re In the front of the stage, to the right of the two
h- Eyes, were Jason, be of the golden fleeee, who
to represented the most precious of metals, and
id clasping around the waist, Pearl; to the left of
en the Eyes were Silver, bearing as his crest on his
p- stomach-a curious plaeoo-a specie half dollar,
a- the sight of which alone was worth the trip to the
al Opera House-and by his side Pride, decked in
of peacock feathers, as she ever seeks to be seen.
is Two figures to the extreme right and left of the
rt stage represented respectively aClock and Optical
s, instruments. Add to these four butterflies imper
ll sonating Europe, Asia, Africa and America,
en which hovered around the car of Pbaeous, and
a the list of figures in the tableau is complete. As
t. to the taste and consummate art displayed in their
it grouping, that we oan only praise, we cannot re
d prcduce it upon paper.
g Was the sense of Hearing and its ministers.
Over this, on a raised dais, as in the first tableau,
o presided Orpheus, the man.god, "whose heart
° strings were a lnte," whose voice charmed all
earthly creatures, and even lulled into pity the
fierce passions of Hades' king, when he besought
1e for the release of Eurydice, his beloved, but
whose tender heart, brooting no delay, lost the
C light of his life by haste It feast his eyes upon
her face. He had his lyre in his hand, while near
him crouched a mighty Lion, the king of the
besets, who, subdued by his wondrous strains, be.
came submissive to his will, and followed his beck
and call as a very dog. To the right and left of
the stage were two immense Ears, the material
representatives of the sense. Grouped about
were the Cricket, sweet symbol of the music of
domestic affection, which fills a7 many hearts
and homes with melody, less only in degree than
the strains of adoring love with which Heaven's
court is filled. Musical instruments of various
C kinds, the Drum, the Fife, the Horn, the Clarionet.
a There was alsp King David, the sweet singer of
d Irsael, who, as Orpheus, represented love, mortal
and human, (well impersonated love, devotional
and adoring. There, too, were oow bells (this, it
Ie s to be supposed, is in compliment to the Cow.
bellions, of Mobile,) Scotia's bagpipes, Chinese
bells rung by a veritable Chinese juggler, Spain's
guitar, emblems of romance and suggestive of
" hosic and moonlight and flowere." Nor was
there lacking a representative from the humbler
walks of the divine art, for a genuine monkey was
there with the traditional hand-organ. Directly in
front of the figure of Orpheus was a mighty bell,
whose handle was four-headed, even as the church
bell has a fourfold office to fulfill-the joyous
baptism anthem, the merry wedding peals, the
wild, fierce alarm of fire, and the solemn, sombre
t funereal tolL:
SWuas dedicated to the setting forth typically the
pleasures of Smell. The central figure was of
course Flora, goddess of flowers, to whom we owe
almost all that are agreeable of our perfumes. She
Soccupied the same elevated position that had been
assigned to her mythological predeceussors, and
from her cap, which was full of earth's most
beautiful productions, she showered down upon
the heads of her subjects handfuls of God's 1
earthly jewels. Around her were grooped repre
sentatives of the flower kingdom, seeminog together
Aeryseer gaens got ap to order to fit the
stage of the Opera House. There were Tulip,
Honeysuckle, Dahlia, Fuashia, the staring Suoo
flower, and the less pretending Morning Glory,
Rose the Queen and Violet worthy to share her
throne; Poppy, the sleep producer, and Hearts
ease, the dear to lovers. In the front center wasu
a gigantico Nose-great Heavens! what a nose
that was  It was such a nose as we have read
about in fairy tales when Prince Nosey. the Im
mortal, lived and flourished, but such a nose as
will never more exist, unless the Mistick Krewe P
set to work to creats a bigger one, when doubt o
lese it will be forthcoming. The Nose was stand. c
log-fit pedestal for such a monarch-on a box of
frtgrant Havanas, and seemed to derive Ineffab~le f
eatisafaction from the presence of ao object so
gratifying to his peculiar testes. Standnlog near P
him was Tobacco, who. with a courtly grace, rL
presented him with a snuf box, out of whi-h he je
regaled that Nose.
Represented Taste, its pleasures. Ceres, rdndsss
of Agriculture, with the boy gol, Bacchus (more
potent his away, and more extended, boy though
he be. than many other divinities) at her side,
ready to stimulate her votaries should they flag in
their devotioo to her. The central figure wau san
Immense Month, opened to receive what good di
things were set before it, and capiolous enough B
to have consumed all the other characters of the
picture. On • platform, a little lower than that Ci
whereon Ceres sat, were a fonntatn., which was ca
very life like, Mellon, Pears and Bsagar.cane;
also the condimets wherewith the gourmand
mahes good things better, Pepper, Balt-repre. oc
seated by the unfortunate Mrs. Lot, of whose on
timely entrance into the msalt merket our readers
are already aware-sad Mushroom. The lrust
Apple, Cherry, Pine Apple, Peach and Banas
ocenpied the front of the stages, directly In the
center of which we Wheat, the emblem ad h
scepter of Ceres, who was being made violent
love to by young 8trawberry, while Immediately
to his right we Grape, repreuented by the
yang Becekh astride a brrel, revelling la the
from tof his kiedon
mas rie vASs. in
This wae te em of Touch, ad in lbs coocep- I'
tion ad execution mast be styled, wih the frst t
talesas, pr n the feature of the evelag.
The divinity seleeted s preldlagi ovr the seane be
of toach wre Venus, born of the sea. Below her trh
were mranoged t repreestatlves of the ve eorders as
of architecture which the world has knows--the Sa:
Dare, Isae,c urtese,onmpot and d l pEaa-. S
the latter reprseted by the Bphyam of the land I
of tihe le.
Two pret hamdsM tthe ester of the stgep m
in froet, dinsplayed hepseisel ead plainly what ft
thesnee repeasared. Tetlnear of thee slp ti
were two gigaCntu e gees repuremalls. thm ome
Reat, with am looks and an aspect, with a u
crown of sinog goId ad a scepter of Are; the b
othe Cold, a idolele as hibaton, hin beard decked a
with frost, his hair sti with mow, his eyebali
fied and glaring.
Directly in frot of Venus was a globe, a map d
of the world, belted with the magic wires of the b
lectric telegraph, by whose amle means a t
single man with a single touch can pat a girdle a
round the earth quicker thea Ariel, the sprite, v
could make the jeourey, Is allse in the bont of
the stage were the mecheabis arts, which, rely- o
Ing olely upon touch, its accuracy and delcacy, a
of course deserved a place in the tablesu, Sculp- fi
tare and Painting, those two aits to the votaries
of which it is given through their hads to transfer b
thought to marble and canvas, to make stone a
speak, and by the weaving together of a few a
colors, to tell the story in a second to the eye t
that volumes most be needed to speak to the ar. I
Thistle, Weep dad SBorpion were to the left, each, e
it Is too well known to may, objects whose touoh v
is felt too often for hunmanity' pleasure. Two t
more Agare claim our satention, the one the t
Pen, which, armed with a quill, was controlling
the very revolatlone of the globe Itself, was point. y
ing the path for the telegraph, and with a sorll n I
his other hand, wherein were looked the euoretI
and the powers of Natue, was, with a face of a
conscious might, though withal careworn and I
pinched, watching the direction of the soen n
which he had himself originated. The other was t
Death, the final touch which all of us must feel, I
whose clammy hand shall clasp those of ours,
in whose embrace we shall all ink. Be, too, was I
watching the World, which he, too, as surely as I
tte Pen, bad marked for his own, only his face
was more determined and his power visibly
Was the Revel of the Senses. As the curtain rose
It discovered all the figures which had formel the
other tableaux artistically grouped about the
stage. There they remained for some little time, I
allowing the audlence to feast their eyes apon I
them, until the band struck up a march when
they slowly formed a line, and advanced int' the
floor formed by the boarding over of the par
queue, then the ladies commenced to pour upon
the stage, the music struck up, and away went the
Krewe and their guests, in the whirling mnes of
the dance. Many were the smusing scones that i
occurred. Many were the recognitions and fan.
cled recognitions of their friends, and muoo was I
the merriment consequent thereon. Several wives I
knew, yes, just knew, that they saw their has.
bands, notwithstanding that the said husband had 1
that very evening pleaded the necessity of sitting
up with a sick friend as a reason for not escorting
ttem to the ball. Many young ladies affirmed
most strongly that some of the Krewe danoed
strangely like Fits Poodle or Smith, both of I
whom, however, had asserted a thousand time
most vebemently that they had never even the
most distant idea of becoming a Mistick.
And so the ball continued, until as midnight ap.
proachtd nearer, the maskers became lees and
lea, and when the first stroke of 12 was sounded. L
not one of Comus's baud wee to be seen; they t
had all taken to themelves wings and flown to that e
mysterious and altogether ieoomprehensible place
where they reside for 364 days of every year, and a
whence they emerge on the 365th to delight and
charm the good people of the Creecent City; and f
thus, with a last good night, they left their guests
to enjoy yet a few more hours of the oarnival.
All that we now have time to say of this is that I
it was one of the most elegant and superb sfair t
that the whole season has produced. The late.
neos of the hour at which this is written preolsrdes
the statement of anything further than that as
every element-youth, beauty. fashion and ele
gance-necessary to a magnficent entertainment
was there, it ou!d not but have been an afair
marked with brilliancy and olat. On a subse
quent occasion we may give a fuller account. i
The Ball.
A sight we may never look upon again was the
array presented by the amphitheater, which alone a
was packed as closely with ladils as flowers in a
huge bouquet, as varied and beautiufl In their at- s
tire as their inanimate prototypes. I
As the Krewe'e march ended there was an t
audible breath of setisfaction at the prospects of
shaking ocf the numbness consequent upon the
long sitting during the tableaux and the desire to t
mix upon the magnetic boards of the ball room
and give free scope to the expresslone of delight d
which had fhours been suppressed behind the
lips of the sex whous goselpping qualitessare not r
renowned in this clime alone but the whole world t
over. 2
The amphitheater was now transformed Into a
living kaleidoscope, by the evolutions of the fair c
ones in their attempts to extriente themanelvs
from the throng sad find an issue which would a
lead them into the ball-room. Many dlisppeared
like meteors through the entrnoe doors amid the 5
clamor of the jehos outside, bawllog out at the
top of their voices for the carriagesof thous whose
fortitude or tastes precloded them from minglIng a
with the votariee of Terpelchore; in the opposite
direction throngs of ladies who bad now met
with xpenaeively gotten up cavaiers, were 5
ueeending the stepe leading from the vetibule t
into the ball-room, which was soon so orowded b
that in vain did they strive to dance or even walk. o
Our object at this moment was to observe and b
scrutinise the tollet from the fairy 'stores of
Olympe, Sophie Boatron, Bephle Seeonwe, Mrs.
Washington and other noted milliners of Canal f
street; but the chaos of color and the duzlmngly
brillisnt effect of the socee rendered it almost im- t!
possible to fix the bewildered eye upon any one
of the many massr l oent coetuams. Our ttnk be. I
came truly difBficult; for, hundreds of the to
wearers had been unable to rech the ball room If
Bfloor, while many of the more beatiful ones had, si
as we state above, left the fetivity with the de. I
parture of Comus. Bat gathuring our whole co, w
rage we made a bold effort to aoomplish onr oh. c
ject of noting the most remarkable fetores of the w
lovely dancers, and lo! in aour endeavor, plaood In
our foot upon a rich blue slk dress profusely of
trimmed with costly flBonoes of point applique,
worn by the fair and queenly Mrs. 8-g, of Ram.- g
part street, whose recherche toilette won the meed an
of admiration whichi ever awarded. However, the Mi
first step, although an awkward one, was made, s
and we began to distingush sapues, colors and 0o
forms, and ost our eyes upon the Kentoky ho
delegation, represented first by Miss A- tri
--ns, with bher cheory-coloed silk dres, wl
cut en train, with a paler of lace tolle, ab
caught up in pua by strings of tiny roses, ti
a rich necklace of diamonds eneircling her d
white throat and her bahir dreseedin the style :of th
'artlen art," now so much in vogue. She wau tae ma
observed of all observers. Then coms heb r fried oo
Miss J-e M--e, of Louisville, also a by
bloade,. of exquiste fatures, wearlang a very hanod. a
some pink silk caut low in the nek, a nder waist wh
of pufed lace modestly coverilng her graetl bIn
shoulders and fstening at the whte throat; her ao
haisr, fine as gossamer threads, floating in light ol
coar, and adorned with a wreath of pink roses. st
Mrs. M - e-.at her sides, atured In wte ilk, ol,
with bare, spledid shoulders, her drk hrs de.
gntly arranged, sad her dress draped with rich Bi
iRk, was boatlful. We otlsed another fair lady girl
in pink atia, trimmed with louses of Pont
d'Aleonon of great value,and arranged with muoh a
taste. sew
Miss W e, lsh of entuky, wa swbty tOe
beantlful in her elete sraw-olored slk dress, Mi
trimmed with alr fringe of the an shad., ad ros
a atin belt; dainty wite mor roses adored her ate
laxen locks, and she admo wore arre o pr.
Swhete givbig bar a ethseal appeerac
Rd which we did not notice In the many other pretty
ad Mbim - , a dgnified looking visitor from Bf
at falo, were the garb of lotion, whichb was none
gb the less rich and beooming for t austere appear
Seasce, and cosidted of a black moire antique
$ under-drem with over-dress of black tulle. The
he ha!r was adorned corrmpodlagly with Jet orns
ad meat.
a s Xsri was also preent, and wore simple but
very rich striped and lowered elk dram. She
p did not mingle much, If at all, with the dancers.
he but no doubt enjoyed and Improved the ocoaoon.
a Unfortunately her bright and fair daughter Coras,
lie whom she so well knows how to set to advantage,
te, was abment.
of We also noticed the two lamss P- e, of this
ly- city. Misses --r sad Ch- u, of St. Louis,
, were also arred with excellent taste, but we
Ip. failed to obtain a description of their oostomes.
s ~ -P- oh, of Royal street, could be seen n a
er box, her elegant form olsely wrapped in a corsge
as of rich black velvet under a bertha of lace, and
aw a jape of black velvet trimmed at the freat, from
ye the waist doan, wish two rows of deep leaves.
ar. Hair dressed with roes and a diamoad bracelet
h, en agreae. Mrs. B-r, of Burgundy street,
oh wore a rich, white glea6 silk dress, profusely
we trimmed with rich lace puath, which was one of
he the beauties of the millinery art.
Lug In one of the stage boxes there wan a lovely
at. young girl, Miss A- M- e, a fair blonde
SIn from the North, with the clear, bright complexion
eta peoullar to that climate. Hers was one of those
of sweet, pre fares it refreshes the eye to lookupon.
ad She wore dress of white tarleten, with a pink to
si als of the same, and relinded one of a May roes
ra bad. n the ame box Mi J - aD - r, also
el, from the North-a beautiful brunette-eplendid
xs, eyes, rich oemplexioe, sweet pea blossoms
ras In her midnight hair, and an exquisite
as toilet of white, with pink foences.
we A lady whoee name we did not learn, but a real.
bly dent of the Fourth District, was very stylish ead
elegant In ppearance, and gracefully wore a
white (sstin dress trimmed elegantly with black
seu e ;her hair handsomely arranged and pa y
the concealed by a Spanishiveil hanging at the back
the and lling gracefully over her beautiful ou''
ne, shoulders. A splendid set of diamondsoompleted
ton the costume. The dress, we are assured, was or.
Ien dered from Parle exprees!y for this occasion.
the Miss A- B a--on a visit to this oity from
ar- New York, her present place of residence, but
mon whbuce she must return, leaving us by whom she
the c~no be spared-a snowdrop, a Wy of the vasye
of she would haveraeemed; one of those intelligent
bat and sympathetic girls to whom might be addressed
sn all the elegies of Byron and Moore and the love
ras snso of Hugo, was tripping it on a pair of tiny
rae feet which would have shamed the glass slppers
an- of Cinderella. In point of richness and elegance
ad her toilet was surpassed by now and equaled by
lig a few only, and oonsisted in a short white satin
log underkirt trimmed with three narrow flounces of
red crepe; an over drea or tlone of emerald green,
ted cut leaf-shaped below the belt and trimmed with
of light pearl fringes; a wrath of pearl grapes and
e. green velvet leaves crossing the waist and falling
the over the tunic; a spray of white and green in her
henaottl hair completed the attire and rendered
p. her lovely.
ad A quartette of beautiful blondes were also
ad, noticeably lovely, and attired with suet perfect
say tae that t t would be an iojassioe to withhold the
tat expressions of admiration accoorded them, via :
ice Mis N---e McN- y, of Nashville, Tenn., was
ad most attractive and fasolnastg. She wore a mag
,ad nticent train dress of pink glac6 silk. Acroes the
ad front and side gore was a deep flounce of silk and
eta blonde, divided sear the top by a leaf-puff heead
Ing of the same. The train very loeg and puatd,
t low corsonage with small puffed aeeves, the berths
Ore trimmed with leaf-puomps and silk ; the psanier
to was trimmed to correspond sad looped at the
les frontoed sides beneath with rosettes. A traiuing
as spray falling at each side; solitaire ear drops and
le- ebeaddress of exquisite order.
at Miss M- c, of Huntsville, was also elegantly
fair sttired. The lower skirt was of white silk trimmed
s* at the bottom with a flounce of costly white lae,
beaded by a ruche of joinqull colored silk, orna
mnented with ameil bhoquete of Eganatine and
the scarlet leaves. The upper skirt of joqaiel colored
te silk, forming a square tunic edged with fine qull
o a lig and roulear of jonquil silk. The book of this
at- skirt, as train, osaght up at each side of the
square tonic and fastened by bouquets of 6glsn
an tine, with soarlet leaves. Head-dress of Iglantine
Sor with searlet leaves. No Jewels.
The MissA--, of Midslsippi, was charming in her
to exquisite pearl gray ilk dress en train, bordered
m over deep flounces of pos d'Angleterre; the over
jht dress was of rich broohd satin of the same shade,
the delightfullypuffed and raised at each side with
set rich fringe. The boddloe opened in front quite to
rid the waist over a plaron of white lee. In the
hair a white roms ! no jewelry.
a Miss 8. D---y, of Gesorgia, last but not least,
air of the Tour, was magnifiently dresed Le a lowers
re. skirt of white ilk without trimmings. The sides
ild and back of the upper skirt of sky bluoe silk,
4d pointed and trimmed rwith a Iounceo of white lacs
he and headed by a baias of blue sltk with edging of
he white lace. The center of the Lablier trimmed
me with sprays of ivy ad red berries, the corsage
ag of sky blue silk, trimmed, a pointed bertha edged
ie with white lace and headed by a biais of blue silk;
let in the center of the bertha a bunch of red berries
rre and follsge, corresponding with the trimalag of
ale the tublier. The sleeves consisted of sngle
e b .rh tars of white tulle. The headdress formed
Ik. of sprayJs of red berries and fosIege, making a
ad beautiful contrast.
of Two charming young ladles., Mlee A-e
s and L---a- F-y, of New Orleans. were in
I fall white, but were meteoric into their stay.
y There were sle present many fair represeta.
m t!ves of our sister city, Mobile. Towernlog over
o all, by her brilliant appearance sad conversuaMo
e,. al qualities, Miss A ~-a8 s- , the wothyduy dau
* tar of one of the bravest, moseet darntg eand nessesee.
m ful navel heroes, attired i pure white, and that
d, simplicifty which is one of her prinofipali traits.
e. MlI D----t, also of Mobile, wore a rihob costome
Swhich became well her flair hair and exquisite
b coplexison. The superb figure of Miss I-n
e was attired in a stylish dress of green and white.
id Indeed, this city could boast of some of the faIrest
ly of the ball.
e, Miss H---, (daoghter of one of oar exlidat.
D. governors,) with Madonna-like hfoe, was resplead
d at in her dres ot red silk, and eousplaoes were
e Miss P--k, of Magsinoe street, with her suaI
b, sweet smile; the queenly Miss H-n, fromp
d couast; Mbe M-.tt, Miss -- , with her
y honrilike eyes, in white tarltean wirth lght
Strimmings; Miss B-a--a and a host of bells.
w, whoe nme are r fsmiliar in our fashion.
, able circles, all tasefully sad becomoingly
I, attired; all flutterlag gracesfully through the
r dance, so that one wished himself a Mahoe
f that he might worship them nsall. Among the
a married ladies, who were remarkable for their
I ooetumes quite as rich and elegant s thos of
a by-lone times when cotton was king end mosey
a matter of mall consoideratloo, were a lId,
whose name we fhil to recall, dremed in heay
I ble sk wih peaer of tle ae with lverl
r coaght her sad there wit deleie; the -ame
I flowers oramented the hair, whlcb was _o
studded with Jewels, the brkmlinoy of wheh wa
only eolipea by her bright, dsbla black eyes ;
n Mrs. H-r, Mr. R-y, Ms O--ll, M
St---r and Mrs. D---m, with a bevy of pretty
Neesesarily the eeoil opetmea ws namer.
eiy rprs , sadyet there nremanye b
sent of the mree beaul womea who me west
to enlfvan by theitr Phenew the amul bells the
eatertelanmeat were:
Madm AI-r B---, whose magnifieat .

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