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Arkansas ladies' journal. (Little Rock, Ark.) 1884-1886, December 06, 1884, Image 7

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the Btronge6t
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Prince Edward of Wales will leave Cam
lrit uat Christmas, and soon after leave
E ] an d for a tour through Germany, Aus
tria Italy, Canada and the United States.
professor Leopold Van Ranke, of Berlin,
to a New York friend that he is de
ling several hours a day to his “ Univer
sal History.” He is in his ninetieth year,
and is the oldest of living writers. Next
to him is Chaplain-General Gleig, who is
still busy writing articles for Blackwood
and the London Quarterly, and who is only
four months younger than Ranke. He was
in the battle of New Orleans and saw Gen
eral Packenham fall.
Miss Annie Longfellow, daughter of the
poet, is, says a the Spring
field Republican,, to marry Mrs. Ole Bull’s
brother, young Mr. Thorpe, a member of
the Boston Bar. She is, as you know, very
wealthy. Her father left a handsome prop
erty, and then within a few months the
.jongfellow children have fallen principal
icirs to the large estate of “ Tom ” Apple
ton, whose death caused so much talk in
Boston society because of his wit, culture
and wealth. Thorpe has been for some
time desirous of marrying Miss Longfellow.
This summer she was one of a charming
party of Massachusetts young ladies who
spent several months in Europe, mostly in
Norway, as the guest of Mrs. Ole Bull.
The happy bridegroom-elect went over to
escort them home, and soon after their re
turn the engagement was made known to
intimate friends.
H the preface of her work Miss Faithfull
ld ) s - Throughout my three visits I had
one object specially before me, namely, to
'•Pplement the experience gained during
years of practical work in England
, re b a rd so the changed position of women
16 nineteenth century, by ascertaining
America is trying to solve the most
* teand P ro blem presented by
tl ni c * In the hope that
lnf w>nation thus obtained may
j Useful, I . venture to offer
lean and Amer-
10 > * C ’. I sincerely trust that
l >atterß llh . lltS •" tlleSG I Jages ’ u I )on P°l itical
ii Ve In 11 S ° CUS I° ms > will prove offen
itteh C ° UUtr l r w bich extended to me
! ntertai er ° US B l )^a^’ Ibr which I
P l °h j und and affectionate re
hiOQth T UIA ai thfull. —19 Lear
errace, Edinburgh.”
Jlnt and Science.
Liszt is now in better health and doing
more work than for several years past.
The remains of the mound builders are
placed under four heads: First, mounds;
second, embankments or ramparts; third,
mines and excavations; fourth, arts and
manufactures.
The classical tutors and the fathers of the
performers were the only gentlemen admit
ted to the Girton performance of Elcktra,
The affair was a great success; Miss Case
as Elektra showed grace, beauty, and his
trionic ability; Miss Morris, in a golden
crown and long sweep of dull red drapery,
was an effective Clytemnestra; Miss Wal
ias and Miss Shore-Smith, as JEgisthus and
Orestes respectively, were very fine; and
the chorus singing of adaptations of Men
delssohn’s Antigone music was full and pic
turesque. The scenery was painted, the mu
sic adapted, and the dresses made by the
young ladies.
A monument has lately been erected at
Valenciennes in honor of the great French
bainter Watteau, who was born there two
hundred years ago. The rural festivities
and the court life of France in the seven
teenth century live again on the canvass of
Watteau, and the statue of him which was
designed by the great sculptor Carpeaux,
who has since died, appropriately repre
sents the artist in the picturesque dress of
the period, peruke, knee breeches, and long
coat, holding his palette in one hand and
his brush in the other. The base of the
monument has been skillfully utilized fora
fountain by the sculptor Hiolle, who, like
Watteau and Carpeaux, was born in Val
enciennes. A bust of Watteau was erected
in 1852 at Nogent-sur-Marne, where he
died at the age of 37.
In Harper's Charles Dudley Warner
writes of “Christmas Past,” an article full
of his quiet charm of manner as well as the
numberless legends and quaint superstitions
that have grown up in eighteen hundred
years about the sweet Yule *1 ide; illustrated
also with all its customs. The grave, wide
eyed Druid priestess bring home the mys
tic mistletoe, heavy with pearl-like fruit
and destined to retain through all the ebb
and flow of years a tender significance. The
wild wassail in the low, rude Saxon ban
queting room, and the stately revels in
mighty arched Norman halls. The mad
merriment of the jolly crew led by the
Lord of Misrule, and the vine-crowned
revels of the Roman Saturnalia.
Hoide J]nd Home,
V e will be grateful to any of our friends
who will contribute matter to this column
of good short extracts for home life, indus
try and amusement.
Sleeping Flowers.
Almost all flowers sleep during the
night. The marigold goes to bed with
the sun, and with him rises weeping. Many
plants are so sensitive that they close their
leaves during the passage ot a cloud. The
dandelion opens at five or six in the morn
ing, and shuts at nine in the evening. The
goat’s beard wakes at three in the morning
and shuts at five or six in the evening.
The English daisy shuts up its blossom in
the evening and opens its “day’s eye” to
meet the early beams of the morning sun.
The crocus, tulips and many others close
their blossoms at different hours towards
the evening. The ivy-leaved lettuce opens
at eight in the morning and closes forever
in the afternoon. The night-flowering ce
reus turns night into day. It begins to ex
pand its magnificent sweet-scented blos
soms in the twilight; it is full blown at
midnight, and closes, never to open again,
with the dawn of day. In a clover field
not a leaf opens till after sunrise.
The Early Roman Ilyacint
—is like any other hyacinth, < <pt
earlier bloom. The spikes ar- bnrivr anu
the bulbs smaller than most of the fine hya
cinths we obtain from the florists, Each
bulb sends up three or four s,. H How
ers. That it blooms with the earliest cro
cus, is its cheif excellence.
Nothining looks more cheerful, in early
spring, than crocus. Early in February
we find them struggling through the frozen
ground to catch the warm kiss of the sun
shine. In a very favorable season, I have
had them blooming in February; and how
ever late the season, we are sure of them in
March.
“Winter Aconite.—This beautiful little
plant is one of our earliest spring flowers,
freely producing its yellow blossoms in the
months of January and February.”— Peter
Henderson's Catalogue.
Somebody says there should be a woman
in every firm of architects to look after the
closets. When you build your hou.se, you
may tell the contractor, until you are black
in the face, “We will have a closet there.”
He will not put one there until he has seen
madam, and ten to one, when he has seen
her, the closet will go elsewhere, and dou
ble the number and twice the size be or
dered.
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