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expression, which we have all wit- insult. Napoleon, notwithstanding nessed, said, “ Mr. H - I came the natural impetuosity of his chainto your house at the request of racter, shewed no resentment, and these gentlemen to partake of some remained at the Hotel until he was refreshment, and not to be pestered called into activitý; many years with your civilities which to me are afterwards, when he was First Conso many insults; look at me Sir, sul, a Russian General arrived in well, you do not recollect me I see, Paris with important dispatches from but you know that. I am Mr. Kean, his government, and took up his reEdmund Kean, Sir; the same Ed sidence in the first floor of the Hotel mund Kean that I'was fifteen years in which Buonaparte had long beago, when you kept a very small fore occupied a garret. The General ion in Portsmouth. At that time, and his suite had been in Paris about Sir, I was a member of a strolling a week, spending a great deal of company of players, and came with money in the Hotel, when one mornthe troop, to your fair, where I acted. ing the First Consul asked him I remember well that I went one day where he lodged. The Russian ininto the bar of your house, and called formed him; Buonaparte did not for half a pint of porter, which, after appear to notice his answer, and the I had waited your pleasure patiently, Russian took his leave; on the folwas given to me by you, with one lowing mórning before eighto'clock, hand, as the other was extended to a gentleman wrapped in a military receive the money; never, Sir, shall cloak called at the Hotel and inI forget your insolent demeanor, quired for the landlord, who immeand the acuteness of my feelings. diately made his appearance. Now, Mr. H. things are altered, have a Russian General lodging you are in a fine hotel, and I am here,” said the stranger. The anbut never mind; you are still plain swer was in the affirmative,

" shew Hand I am Edmund Kean, me to him."-" He is not yet up,' the same Edmund Kean that I was said the landlord, " never mind, acfifteen years ago, when you insulted company me to his bed-room.” The me; look at me again, Sir, what landlord who took_the stranger for alteration beyond that of dress do an agent of the Police complied, you discover in me? am I a better and they entered the General's bedman than I was then ? What is there room together. The Russian who in me now that you should over- instantly

recognised the Consul, not whelm me with your compliments ? withstanding the way in which he Go to, Mr. H - I am ashamed of was muffled up, jumped out of bed you, keep your wine in your cellar, and asked his commands. “ I merely I will have none of it." Having came to tell you," said the First said this, the indignant actor turned Consul, “ that your host is a man his back upon the mortified landlord of bad mind, un homme sans senti. and left the house with his compa- ment, and then proceeded to give an nions.

account of the Hotel-keeper's former An anecdote of the late Emperor conduct.”_" It is sufficient,” said of France, but for the authenticity the General," I will have my trunks of which I cannot vouch, is some packed up and quit the scoundrel's thing similar. Buonaparte, before house immediately.” The General his elevation, was lodging at an Hotel

related the circumstance to some in the Rue St. Honore. He was at persons about the Court, and it soon that tiine a Sub-Lieutenant with got wind. Every body praised the little pay and poor prospects. As Consul and condemned the HotelNapoleon did not wear a very bril. keeper, the consequence of which liant uniform, the owner of the was, that he lost all his customers Hotel, who could discover nothing and was ruined. When Buonaparte great in his physiognomy, and was of became Emperor, this man was alcourse very far from imagining that most in a state of starvation, and in the poor Lieutenant with about a a fit of rage and despair sent an infranc a day would one day com- solent letter to the Emperor, in which mand the wealth of Empires, treated he was charged with being the cause him with great contempt and inso- of his misfortunes. Buonaparte on lence, and at times with downright this occasion behaved with a mag


nanimity which would have ho- by two or three excellent treatises noured legitimacy. He sent for the on Education, was supposed to pos. man and addressed him nearly as sess some influence with M. de Cazes, follows: *_“ You deserve all that when that personage was minister has happened to you because your of the Interior. The Doctor was heart was bad, and you sought for one day waited upon by a Frenchman gain at the expense of honourable of large fortune, who told him that feeling ; I should be sorry, however, he felt desirous with some other ca. to bring distress upon your innocent pitalists to bid for the privilege of family. From this day you will re- the gaming-houses in Paris, which ceive an annual pension of 2,000 in the course of a month would be francs, and I engage to provide for to let for the next three years; and your sons: be careful of the rest of that as the company were aware of your family and treat them with the influence which the Doctor had kindness. 'If I find that you use with the minister, they proposed to them ill, I will take them under my give him 100,000 francs in cash and own protection, and stop the pay- 12,000 francs annually for three ment of your pension.”' I under- years, if he could induce the minisstand that this pension was regularly ter to let the privilege to them at paid up to the period of Napoleon's the same rate as those who then held overthrow.

it paid to government. They also authorized the Doctor to tell M. de

Cazes, that if he would agree to Whilst the English magistrates, un- their proposition, they would make der the immediate sanction of the go- him a present of 500,000 francs. The vernment, are laudably endeavouring Doctor, who is a man of character, to put an end to these destructive refused the offer; and I hear that establishments, the French authori- M. de Cazes, when the 500,000 ties threaten with prosecution all francs were offered to him through who dare to bring them into disre- another channel, said he would have pute ; only three days ago, the pub- nothing to do with it, and to avoid lisher of a lithographic print repre- any imputation of corruption, transsenting the interior of a gaming- ferred his right of negociating the house, in which the deluded votaries transaction to another branch of the of chance are depictured with the vari- government. We see therefore that ous expressions of ferocious joy, or all Frenchmen in office are not destitage and disappointment and a ruined tute of honour, The sum paid to

, youth in a corner of the room blowing government must be very considerliis brains qut; was desired by the Po- able, because none but men of large lice to discontinue the sale of the fortune are able to farm the priviprint, if he wished to avoid prosecu- lege. In addition to the public tion. In what a state must the mo- tables in the Palais Royal and at rals of that people be, where the go. Frescati's, the company have private vernment derive a considerable re- tables in various parts of Paris ; wovenue from the existence of houses men of high rank, but decayed forof ill-fame and gaming-houses. I tune, are induced to admit these have not heard nor is it, I believe, tables at their houses, and to give generally known how much those dinners, to which they invite all the who form the gaming-tables pay for rich foreigners in Paris. The extheir privilege, which lasts for three pense of these dinners is paid by the years; but some idea of the enor- company, and a handsome income mous profits of those individuals, is also given to the lady of the house; and consequently of the numerous the strangers who are induced to chances against the foolish creatures accept the invitation to dinner, and who play, may be gathered from the who are of course ignorant that the following fact, which was related table is kept by a regular agent of to me by an English physician resi- this company play freely, and genedent in Paris. This gentleman, who rally pay more for one dinner in this is well known in the literary world, way, than they could dine all the

The man is now in Paris and relates the apecdote.


style of excellence, and was loudly of Romeo and Juliet, which they have cheered. The French Hamlet, how- converted into an opera; at least I ever, is a very mawkish production, can say, that I witnessed a represenand the leading character, even in tation of their Romeo and Juliet with the wonderful representation of feelings of satisfaction. They conTalma, is rather calculated to ex- duct the plot nearly as Shakspeare cite risibility than sympathy in a did, up to the scene of the tomb. discriminating audience. Instead Here Romeo is seen weeping over of the fine manly character which the supposed corpse of his wife, and Shakspeare drew, he is a whining about to swallow the poison, when fool without decision, energy, or he is disturbed by the father of talent. One of the scenes is really Juliet, who has followed him to the laughable. Hamlet appears with an tomb, armed and thirsting for his urn, which is supposed to contain blood. He is rushing upon Romeo, the ashes of his father, walks about who is unarmed, when Romeo's the stage woefully with it under his rival, who enters the tomb, stands arm, and then, placing it upon a between them, and shields Romeo table, falls to blubbering, over it from the fury of the father. At this like a school-boy, exclaiming in moment Juliet awakes to the asdoleful accents, Oh ! mon père, mon tonishment of all, and is claimed pauvre père. Hamlet, however, is by each. Paris, however, after a reckoned Talma's best character, short struggle with his feelings, ads and certainly, as far as acting goes, dresses her thus : it may be so. In any other hands Juliet, with a tenderness which i Hamlet would serve, as a comic pan- cannot describe. How shall I prore tomime does, to relax our muscles my love, but by shewing you that I after a day's hard application to bu- value your happiness more than my siness. I have seen the play acted own? You are mine by the will of in French provincial theatres, with your father, but you shall not be out producing any other effect than rendered miserable by my love. heariy laughter. The country critics Take your Romeo, be happy with were not unsparing of their censures him, and sometimes deign to pity upon Ce Monsieur Shakspeare et the wretch who thus renounces all ses bêtises, never considering that it his hopes of happiness.” The father, was their translator and not the however, opposes the generous sacriauthor who was the fool. Voltaire, fice of Paris; and claims his daughter.' with his usual candour, when speak- Romeo is now in despair, but the ing of English productions, wrote a priest enters very auspiciously, and long article to prove the superiority claims Juliet as the property of the of the translation over the original. church, she having been interred It is very rarely that the French within its holy precincts. The faimprove a piece in the translation, but ther now yields, and the piece closes there are some few instances. I think with the marriage of Romeo and they have done so with the tragedy Juliet.

“ I love you,

four hours. The holder of the ticket arrives before the doors open, and takes the situation of the person whom he has placed at the barrier. The company enter the house, one by one, through a line of gens d'armes, in the order in which they or their locum tenentes arrive at the barrier. There are many persons who earn money by placing themselves very early at the barrier, and disposing of their places to late comers who are willing to pay a high price for a good situation.





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beautiful model in all respects; and No. 1099. Cupid : a Statue in is as well executed as it has been marble. R. WESTMACOTT, R.A.- conceived. We were very happy to find that Mr. No. 1064. Samson killing the Westmacott had been occupied with Lion. W. Pitts.-Mr. Pitts has due diligence and feeling, in pro- shown great anatomical skill in the viding a youthful and suitable bride- figure of the youthful Samson, engroom for the exquisite “ Psyche," gaged in this the earliest recorded upon the beauties of which we dwelt exploit of his strength. 80 rapturously in our remarks on No. 1088. Bust, in marble, of the the last Exhibition. Although the the late John Forbes, Esq. J. Flaxnatural loveliness of the female form MAN, R.A. – A powerful resemwill never admit of any rivalry, yet blance of the venerable and deceased Mr. Westmacott has imparted great original. sweetness and delicacy to“ Cupid,” No. 1089, Bust, in marble, of P. who, his bow unbent, himself as- Norton, Esq. E. H. Baily, R.A.sumes an air of graceful relaxation. We have seldom seen a head in which as if reposing for a while from the the features have been marked with amusing, but malicious sport of greater force and spirit. transfixing human hearts.' Every No. 1081. An unfinished Statue, part of this fine statue is most highly in marble, of the Son of J. G. Lambfinished.

ton, Esq. M.P. W. Bennes.—The No. 1082. Horace's Dream : an promise of a beautiful little statue. alto relievo, in marble. R. West- We regret, not to see any thing Macott, R.A.-A rich and various from Mr. Chantrey's chissel in the composition. The different circum- present Exhibition. The absence stances and incidents of the poet s of his masterly works is severely vision are happily introduced; and felt, and the more so, because there the whole forms a most pleasing is too much reason to attribute it to groupe, and would be a very magniti- the severe indisposition with which cent and appropriate ornament for he has been afflicted. some noble public or private library.

No. 1101. Danzatrice. Canova. -There is great lightness and viva- No. 519. Study in chalk : Porcity in this gay figure, but it has, in trait of a Gentleman, in the dress of our opinion, a foreign and peculiar, a Dutch Farmer. D. Wilkie, R.A. rather than a classical and general One of the most characteristic air.

drawings that ever was made. It No. 1102. Affection. E. H. Baily, reminded us, by contrast, of GarR.A.-If there is any one warm

rick's criticism on the assumed human feeling more simple and pure drunkenness of a foreign comic than any other, it is surely the affec- actor. “Sir, his legs are not drunk." tion of a mother towards her child ; Here there is not the slightest inand any work of art, in which that consistency; the legs, the feet, the affection is powerfully exhibited, is arms, the hands, the position of the valuable, were it only on that ac- head, the lounge of the body, all count. This is, however, a very and every part unequivocally pro


* We intend to embellish a future number with an excellent engraving of this exquisite statue, as a companion to the 5 Pysche," published in our last volume.

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