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beef. Still, as I firmly believe that I am this evil—the chance of being disagreeable, none the better for smoking, I think, if or thrust out from good society-by never young again, I would not learn to smoke. / smoking except where smoke is welcome.
Then again, I cannot help the conviction But it is not pleasant, at times, to be dethat smoking is rather the reverse of a barred a favorite resource for passing time. sweet and cleanly practice. To be sure, There is a little bit of self-denial required, my friends praise me for not betraying my I think, when a man would, bet dare not, habit; nevertheless, there are times when put a pipe to his mouth. And as, more or I am glad to rinse my mouth, and purify less often, such sacrifices must be made my garments, and fear that, after all, I by the smoker who has consideration for carry about with me unmistakable tokens others as well as for himself, or who has of what I have been doing. And I am indeed due consideration for himself, I quite sure that some of my smoking friends, would, I think, if my youth could be rewho are less particular than I am, and newed, avoid the need for this self-denial especially those who cultivate dirty Ger- | by not learning to smoke. man pipes, are never free from the peculiar I think, moreover, that smoking is not perfumery of stale tobacco. And as this is one of the things which help to push a far from being pleasant to me, who am a man onward in the world ; and I am missmoker, I am sure it cannot be pleasant taken if, sometimes, the habit is not like to those who are not smokers. Moreover, a clog to keep him back. I am very sure the expectoration which smoking pro- that a young man, for instance, is not vokes, is far from a pleasant or cleanly more likely to obtain a situation of responhabit. On these accounts, then, had I to sibility and trust because he knows how pass through life again, I think I would to handle a cigar in an elegant manner, or determine to pass through it without learn- | is refined in his appreciation of the best ing to smoke.
| oroonoko; I have a strong impression, on Again, I think that smoking does not the contrary, that such a one would preadd to a man's respectability. I am not fer keeping this acquirement in the backsure that it has not, sometimes, a contrary ground. In other words, I cannot but be tendency. This may depend on circum persuaded that—all things else being equal stances. Certainly, some men of the the man who does not smoke has a bethighest respectability do not think it any ter chance of success in the world than derogation to be seen at times inhaling the the man who does: and as, if I were vapor of a cigar or a pipe ; but no one young again, I should wish to succeed, will say that they would not be equally if possible, I think I would not learn to respectable were they known to avoid smoke. smoking as an evil thing. Whereas, on And I do not wonder that men of the other hand, some have notoriously business, and employers generally, look lost caste by being numbered among the | with suspicion upon tobacco-smokers; for smokers : and, in fact, I am reluctantly though a youth or a man, in spite of this compelled to admit, if a smoker be reckon- | practice, may be a valuable workman, it ed a respectable man, it is in spite of his is not to be denied that the smoker at habit, and not because of it.
times lays himself open to temptations, Once more, it is not to be denied that a strongly tugging at him, to draw him aside good many people in the world are so from integrity and honor. It is not every fastidious and weak, some smokers say, smoker that can puff away at a dry pipe; as to think smoking a disagreeable habit. and the youth who, to be manly, puts himThey do not willingly admit a smoker into self to the discomfort of learning to smoke, their houses, because they dislike his ac- l is likely also, with the same object in view, companiments. Well, say, that it is fas- / to learn to tipple. In short, I fear it tidiousness and affectation, and “all non- | would be found, if curiously and strictly sense "—though, friend and fellow-smoker, sought into, that smoking often leads to we have no right to say that—but suppose sottishness. I fear also that, as with it be, the effect is the same ; our practice every other needless expense, it leads makes us disagreeable, causes us to be sometimes to dishonesty. It is not always shunned, and sometimes, if we don't take that a youth or a man can afford to care, to be shut out from good society. dissipate twenty-five cents a week, nor
True, so far as I am concerned, I avoid | twelve cents either, in smoke. But a
dollar a week would not suffice for the HAPPY HORATIO-A SKETCH FROM vespertine or nocturnal cigar and glass of
SHAKSPEARE. many a “fast” youth of the present day. Where do they get their quarters? ITF a prize of one hundred guineas were
Well, I never spent more than I thought I publicly offered for the best essay on I could honestly afford on smoke, (perhaps happiness, it is fair to presume that the they do not, either,) and I never needed manuscripts sent in to the adjudicators to wet my pipe; but because of the would show a great variety in the mode temptations which beset the smoker, I of treatment; and enough is known of huthink, could I go back again to the morn- | man nature in general, and essay-writing ing of life, I would not learn to smoke. I human nature in particular, to make it
Again, I do not think that smoking is probable that some of the aspirants would generally necessary as an aid to mental adopt a style not unlike the following:exertion, or an incentive to profound “Of all the objects which engage the study. I cannot subscribe to the motto, pursuit of mankind, from the cradle to “ Ex fumo dare lucem ;' that is to say, the grave, that of happiness is undoubtso far as tobacco smoke in concerned. edly the most important and engrossing. There have been philosophers, poets, Man, whether we regard him in the savage statesmen, and divines, among the smok- | or in the civilized state, whether in the ers; so have there been among the non- polished city or in the fastnesses of primesmokers. And I am compelled to con- val forests, whether depressed by care clude that wisdom does not coyly clothe or basking in the sunshine of prosperity, itself in vapor. On the contrary, I am is uniformly occupied in the pursuit of bound to acknowledge my reluctant belief happiness. Ask the monarch, with his that if the tobacco-pipe is sometimes a jeweled crown; the mariner, on the stormy help-meet to the pen, it quite as often deep; the mother, watching by the cradle happens that the pen is the bond-servant of her little one ; the busy trader, immersed of the pipe. Therefore, were I to begin in buying and selling,-ask them, we say, the world again, I think I would not learn what it is that they are seeking, and will to smoke.
| they not answer, Happiness ? Indeed, I think, lastly, that it is very disgusting so profoundly implanted in our nature"to see beardless youths, and boys just &c., &c. entering their teens, puffing and spitting Writers of a less didactic turn, given to in the public streets. It was but an “meditations among the tombs," “ among evening or two ago that I met a little the flower-gardens," and that sort of thing, manikin, about four feet in height, and would probably fling themselves in medias probably twelve years of age, with a face res after the following fashion :as smooth as a girl's, sucking furiously at “Happiness! what art thou ? A real a dirty meerschaum nearly as long as his entity, or a fleeting phantasy? A subarm, till the ashes in the bowl glowed stance to be grasped, or a shadow to be with a burning heat. And the most pursued forever in vain ? Art thou, O charitable wish I could frame for the poor happiness, a dazzling jewel to be won and misguided lad was, that before he got to worn, or a fragile insect thing, whose the bottom of his pipe, he might be des colors vanish in the hand that seizes thee? perately sick.
From each recess and corner of this vast Seriously, I have observed so many universe go up the groans of the wretchmischiefs connected with smoking-have ed; sickness, sorrow, and death are all known so many shipwrecks made by it, around us; and where doth the mourner ay, even of faith and a good conscience find peace to his soul, save when the yewhave seen so much time wasted, so much tree waveth over his last resting-place, money too, and so much health and have and "&c., &c. witnessed so much deterioration of char- Besides these, there would of course acter in some who have given themselves be essayists well up in Bentham, in supply up to the practice, to be led captive by it and demand, in the “ principle of concert," at its will—that though I may have es- in sanitary reform, in educational discicaped, by God's help, its worst evils, yet pline, with the whole gang of bold crotchif I had to begin life again, I would not- eteers ; and some few who would treat I think I would not-learn to smoke. I happiness as “living through the entire
range of one's capacities and sensibilities;" he has sketched sound, cheerful, victoa definition which will be remembered as rious natures, proof against “ fortune's occurring in the introductory chapter of buffets and rewards," speak for his delight Nathaniel Hawthorne's “ Scarlet Letter." in them, and his own possession of their
Let all these pass. Non ragioniam di golden secret. lor. We propose another mode of treat! But to return to Horatio-happy Horament. If history is " philosophy teaching tio. In Hamlet's description what a fineby example,” the drama is “ poetry teach- ly-drawn picture we have of a man of ing by example," and to the drama let us cheerful, sanguine temperament, who is resort for a portrait of a happy man, stead- yet self-contained and self-controlling! fastly regarding which we may come at What suggestions arise in our minds, as last to be changed into the same image.” we read of open-hearted outspoken gayWe shall perhaps find a true Ikon Basil- lety of character, with the beautiful and ike, a kingly portraiture of a king among rare addition of equanimity, that dream of men,
closet moralists and cultivators of the nil The play of Hamlet with the part of admirari—that sweet bosom-treasure of Hamlet omitted has been thought a very the few whose "blood and.judgment” hapdeplorable conception, and no doubt is so, pen—if anything happens—to be “well dramatically speaking ; but the prince in commingled !” black velvet and bugles has always seemed There are several kinds of people in to us to be rather a flabby-minded person- this odd world of ours who take, or seem age, and as Leech's coxcomb says of to take, “ fortune's buffets and rewards Shakspeare, “Quite an overrated man, with equal thanks." There is, for examsir,-quite !" But if the description of ple, your stupid apathetic fellow, whom Horatio, for which we are indebted to nothing ruffles, to whom nothing comes Hamlet, does his discernment credit, as amisg—who seems to live in a sort of it does, it is also a picture of such extra- | natural besottedness, if such a strange ordinary power and beauty, that one is phrase may be allowed. There is your tempted to say that irresolute maunderer reckless pleasure-lover, who, when he can, could be spared from the play, if he would " goes the whole hog” for enjoyment, only leave his friend “ alive and kicking," without much nicety about modes and just as he is described. Who would not results; and when he cannot, folds his give all his worldly substance to be able arms and sulks, with the forced indifferto lay his hand upon his heart and say that lence of a gambler whose losses come a portrait " in this style” was a true por- thick and fast upon him. There is your trait of himself ?-Who? Hamlet thus precious “ bundle of habits,” of the “Miss addresses Horatio :
Who seemed the cream of equanimity,
and water. Hast ta’en with equal thanks; and blest are
Lastly, they, Whose Blood and judgment are so well com O beautiful, and rare as beautiful ! That they are not a pipe for fortune's finger we have the man who falls into the ranks To sound what stop she please. Give me that of life without grumbling or ado of any man
kind ; lives and loves cheerfully, “ wiseThat is not passion's slave, and I will wear him In my heart's coro-ay, in my heart of hearts !
ly," and " well ;" cultivates pleasures
where they do not bloom spontaneously; Happy Horatio !
laughs with the happy, and weeps with the The fact is that, while depicting, with a mourners ; has an eye for the orange blosfew touches of the pencil, a very peculiar som and the funeral plume; is at home and rare type of character,
with prattling childhood and “ narrative
old age;" carries a sunshine about with Thatte prynce of goode fellowes, Willie Shakspere,
him that sends the Smelfungus and Mun
dungus class of human owls hooting and has drawn his own portrait, and left it blinking into holes and corners ; in one imperishably glorious for all men to look word, a perfect Horatio. We see the man, at and love. Let the frequency with which I as we write, in our mind's eye. He hath
not six-feet-six in or out of his boots, but blow. We instantly feel the charm of that is of moderate stature and comely appear- repose, and that spontaneousness which ance; he is neither a sloven nor an Adonis, ever belong to harmoniously-developed neither a Mawworm nor a “ fast man." character, precisely as we feel in our inHe hath gently curling locks, of an excel- tercourse with women and children. Your lent chestnut color, and his eyes are of a unhappy man has neither repose nor free. warm blue,-of a warm blue, by all means, dom of action. Gilfillan and Lady Hester forasmuch as there be eyes called azure, | Stanhope between them have perfectly whose every glance is “ nipping and hit off the character of that type of uncomeager.” He hath a full chest, and a ruddy fortableness, that most un-Horatian being, complexion. He is fond of the open air Lord Byron, and it is in point to quote and of free exercise, heart and lungs being their words. Gilfillan attributes to him of goodly size
“the activity of a scalded fiend"-while His shoulders broad, his armis lang,
the lady says, “he never seemed to do Sae comely to be seen
anything without a motive,"—two leading
features in the picture of an unhappy man. so that we can very well understand of
The characteristic of a happy man is, the maiden how it was that
cheerful spontaneous action, with an eviAye she loot the tears down fa' dent capacity for repose ; and For Jock o' Hazelgreen.
Blest are they He hath a pleasant voice, an open manner, a Whose blood and judgment are so well comhabit of cordial greeting, and hearty hand
1 mingled king, without being rough over it, like as to yield that result. Where, howerer, some vulgar fellows who can never
the natural constitution is not what we Teach themselves that honorable stop | have taken upon ourselves to call HoraNot to out squeeze discretion ;
tian, it is possible to subdue its restlesswho are most distinctly nuisances, pure
ness and make it happier in action without
a continual eye to results. Let it not be and simple, because
said that we introduce incongruous ideas The man who hails you " Tom !" or " Jack !" | into this paper, when we add, that a genial And proves by thumps upon your back
piety is the medicine that best “ ministers How he esteems your merit, Is such a friend that one had need
to a mind diseased" with the Faust-like Be very much his friend indeed,
disquietude of modern life. A genial piety To pardon, or to bear it!
takes root most readily, of course, in Happy Horatio is not prone to extrava
cheerful natures; but in every soul, the gances of any kind. For children he hath
necessary result of unbroken trust in “a
| faithful Creator" is repose, simplicity, cherries, for young maidens chaste but loving kisses, for old men counsel and aid
harmonious unity of character. God is in their little dilemmas, for old ladies
great! “The world is a beautiful world, cough-drops and consolation. He is not
after all," and the true “happy valley” is proud in prosperity, neither in adversity
the serene depth of a man's own spirit. doth he look down his nose. He is the very man-to borrow an expression of it is in adversity that the true strength Leigh Hunt, speaking of “ Tom Camp- of woman is developed. Like the willow bell”—the very man you would walk growing on the river bank, and hanging through ankle-deep snow, on a December its weeping branches over its flowing night, to spend an hour with!
waves, the heart of woman seems to gain In daily life, it is not often, far from her strength amid grief and tears. Adit,—that we encounter the man of Horatio versity, which stuns and prostrates man, stamp. When we do so, however, there nerves her, on the contrary, with fresh is no mistake about it,-he is at once strength. Forgetting herself, that she recognized as a happy fellow. Amid all may think only of others, she is able not the cross-currents and conflicting influ- only to bear her own sorrows, but to allevi. ences of modern civilization, and the ups ate those of others. The greater her grief, and downs resulting from complicated so- the more her soul seems to reveal itself, cial relations, we see at once that he and her countenance assumes a new beauty “stands four-square," whatever winds may | while bathed in tears.-Sainte Foi.
THE WIVES OF DAVID TENIERS.
of Spanish origin, as worthy of the pencil
of Murillo as of that of Rubens; but as ROMANCE OF ARTIST LIFE.
the lady had nothing to recommend her DAVID TENIERS was scarcely eleven but her face, her mind not equalling her
1 years old when the painter Rubens beauty, Teniers, like a sensible man, came, one day, into the workshop of his desired to give the gentleman time enough father. David was daubing a small sketch; to recognize Hymen in his actual aspect. at the sight of the great master, the brush At the end of three months, he conveyed fell from his hand. Rubens, perceiving his picture to the residence of his friend. that his presence disconcerted the youth, “ You are right," exclaimed the latter picked it up, and added some touches to at the first glance. “ Time has much imhis work. From that day, David Teniers proved your picture. Age is necessary determined to be a great man; yet during even to the most perfect work. You will more than ten years he worked as a mere allow, however, that the expression is a painter of signs, waiting, like our old little too lively. It is Hymen, remember, friend Dick Tinto, for better days, till the not Cupid, whom you intended to portray. Archduke Leopold appointed him his That laughing eye is scarcely natural. painter in ordinary, and gentleman of the Hymen is a reasonable god after all.” chamber.
“Excellent!” exclaimed Teniers. “It A little adventure suddenly decided his has turned out as I predicted. Know, fate. It happened about that time, that a then, that it is not my painting, but your certain gentleman of the court being about ideal, that has changed.” For the honor to marry, gave instructions to Teniers to of his wife, the gentleman was inclined to paint him a representation of the God be angry ; but how could he meet such a Hymen. The gentleman being a con- triumphant experiment? He offered at noisseur, Teniers employed upon the work once to pay him the stipulated price. all the resources of his genius : he imi- "No," said the painter; “my genius tated the graces of Albano, and the color- has failed me in this affair. Grant me a ing of Rubens, till his Hymen became few days more." more beautiful than Adonis. The painter Teniers set to work again, and accomdid not forget the flambeau ; never did plished a chef-d'ouvre. By the aid of the hymeneal-torch shine with greater perspective, he contrived to produce a brilliancy. On the eve of the nuptials, portrait of Hymen which should appear Teniers invited the gentleman to his charming when viewed sideways, at a studio. “Here," said he, “ you behold certain distance; but which, on a closer the highest ideal of love and beauty which inspection, should be found to have a my imagination has presented to me." slight frown. The Archduke Leopold
“You have hardly been so successful having heard the history of this picture, as I expected,” said the gentleman, shak- desired that it should be placed at the end ing his head with an air of discontent. of his gallery. The curious, married and “I have a better idea of Hymen than this. unmarried, came to inspect it. Dufresnoy, There is something wanting-a certain who relates this anecdote in his witty expression, a something which I feel, manner, concludes his recital thus : “The though I cannot explain it."
duke caused the portrait to be placed above “You are right in being dissatisfied a kind of daïs, to mount which the visitor with my work," replied Teniers. “It is had to pass a step very polished and slipscarcely dry yet. My colors, like those pery. Below this was the pleasing point of our great masters, improve with time. of view; but no sooner had you passed Allow me to bring you this picture in a the step, than, farewell the charm!-it few weeks. Since your marriage takes was no longer the same thing.” place to-morrow, you will have other Cornelius Schut, the painter-poet, first business to attend to besides looking at related this little story. “What is more a portrait of Hymen. Take my word; curious,” said he in his narrative,“ is, that and if you find I am mistaken, I renounce this portrait of Hymen brought about the my claim to be paid for the work.” | marriage of David Teniers.” Cornelius
The gentleman had nothing to reply: Schut had a ward named Anne Breughel, he left the artist's abode to visit his in- | daughter of Breughel of Velours, also a tended bride. She was a Flemish woman, 1 painter. As she was beautiful, and of