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WHEREFORE AND WHY!
A WATERFALL SIX TIMES THE DEPTH OF NIAGARA.
–Did any of your readers ever hear of the Gairsoppa “On! the world is a happy and beautiful world !"
Falls, near Honore? If not, they will probably Said a child that I met by the way, read a description which has just appeared, with “For hark ! how the wild winds rush through the
some pleasure. It is curious that a fall six times pines;
the depth of Niagara should remain almost unknown. And see how the sunlight dances and shines
From the village of Gairsoppa, reached bo a rivre Where the rippling waters stray.
of the same name, the writer was carried for twelve Oh! the woodlands are filled with wonderful miles up the Malimuneh Puss, and reached the Falta things,
Bungalow about three and a half hours after leaving There the woodpecker taps, and the storm-throstle the top of the Pass: sings,
An amphitheater of woods, and a river, about And the squirrels are ever at play; five hundred yards wide, rushing and boiling to a There the startled water-hen claps her wings, certain point, where it is lost in a perpetuul mist and And the dragon-fly airy summersaults flings;
in an uoceasing deafening roar, must first be im. And the trout breaks the pool into sparkling agined. Leaving the Bungalow on the Madras side rings,
of the river, and descending to a position below the And the bulrush waves in the tangled springs river level, you work your way up carefully and Where the white lily floats all day.” tediously over slippery rocks until you reach a point,
where a rock about twice the size of a man's body “Ah! the world is a beautiful world !" I said, “ To a shadowless spirit like thine !"
juts over the precipice. Resting flat upon this rock, As from forest and field through the shining out of the four principal falls; these two are called
and looking over it, you see directly before you two hours,
the Great Fall' and "the Rocket.” The one con. He heaped up his treasures of eggs and flowers,
tains a large body of water, the main body of the And fairy-stones rare and fine.
river, perhaps fifty yards across, which falls massiveAt times, from coppice and hollow hard by, Rang out his blithe and exulting cry,
ly and apparently sluggishly into the chasm below;
and the otber contains a smaller body of water, Till the sunlight had ceased to shine.
which shoots out in successive sprays over successive When the blue vail of twilight covered the sky,
points of rock, till it falls into the same chasm. This And the spirit-like stars came out on high,
cbasm is at least pine hundred foet in depth, six And slumber fell soft on his weary eye;
times the depth of the Niagara Falls, which are about Still he murmured: “How fast the hours do fly
one hundred and fifty feet, and perhaps a quarter to For a life so happy as mine!”
half a mile in width. These are tbe first two falls “Oh! this world is a dark and a wearisome world!” to be visited. Then move a little below your first Said a man that I met by the way;
position, and you will observe, first, a turgid boiling “I look on my lifetime of fourscore years,
body of water of greater volume than ibe Rocket And alas! what a picture of gloom it appears,
Fall, running and steaming down into the same Scarce touched by a golden råy.
chasm—this is the third fall, the “Roarer;" and What fearful phantasies fill the brain ;
then carrying your eye a little further down, you For the past with its visions of sorrow and pain
will observe another fall, the loveliest, softest, and Still haunts me by night and by day.
most graceful of all, being a broad expanse of What is life, when our pleasures so quickly shallow water falling like transpareot silver lace
over a smooth surface of polished rock into this game When all that we toil for, and hope for, is vain;
h; ihis is “ La Dame Blanche," and the White And long in the dreary churchyard have lain
Lady of Avenel could not have been more graceful The dear friends of youth ; and alone I remain ?
and ethereal. But do not contine yourself to any Oh! would that I too were away!”
one place in order to viewing these falls; scramble
every where you can, and get as many views as you Oh! the world goeth round from sun to sun can of them, aud you will be uoable to decide upon
Now moonlight and starlight shine which is the most beautiful. And do you want to Surely viser we grow; yet the Wherefore and have a faint idea of the depth of the chasm into Why,
which ihese glorious waters fall? Take out your That this thing or that thing first should die watch and drop as largo a piece of rock as you can Poor man hath no wit to divine.
hold from your viewing place; it will be several The gray morn is breaking; the cock may crow, seconds before you even lose sight of the piece of The wind and the rain may beat and blow, rock, and then even it will not have reached the
And the dark sky redden and shine: water at the foot of the chasm, it will only have But the child so light-hearted some hours ago, been lost to human sight; or watch the blue pigeons, Is mute-ay! and blind-in death lying low; wheeling and circling in and out the Great Fall Whilst the old man wakes up, and rocks to and within the chasm, and looking like sparrows in size fro,
in the depths beneath you. But you have yet oply Moaning ever: “Oh! would that I too might go- seen one, and that not perhaps the loveliest, aud al What a wearisome life is mine!"
least not the most comprehensive view of the falls. WESTRY GIBSON. You must proceed two miles up the river above the
falls and cross over at a ferry, where the waters are THE DUKE D'AUMALE, we understand, has pur- stiil smooth as glass and sluggish as a Hollander, chased the whole of the magnificent library of the and proceed to the Mysore side of the falls, walking late M. Cigongne, amounting in number to 4000 first to a point where you will see them all at a volumes, and abounding in biblographical treasures. glance, and then descending as pear as you can to The sum given for it, as we have heard it named, is the fuot of these, to be drenched by ibe spray, £15,000.
deafened by the noise and awe - struck by the
grandeur of the scene and by the visible presence ! How to BE HANDSOME. --It is perfectly natural of the Creator of it, in the perpetual rainbow of 1 for all women to be beautiful. If they are not so, many and brilliant hues which spans the foot of the the fault lies in their birth, or training, or in both. cba.m.- Times Calcutta Correspondent.
We would therefore respectfully remind mothers Tax Express's APARTMENTS AT THE TUILERIES. There girls do not jump from infancy to young lady
that in Poland a period of childhood is recognized. -A correspondent of the Independence Belge writes: hood. They are not sent from the cradle directly I bad the good fortune to visit, the other day, the
to the drawing-room to dress, sit still, and look private apartments of the Empress at the Tuilerie:.
pretty. During childhood, which extends through Workman had been engaged on them for two years, during the absence of their majesties. These suites loosely dressed, and allowed to run, romp, and play
a period of several years, they are plainly and of rooms, which run in a parallel line with the re- in the open air. They take in sunshine as does the ception-rooms on the drawing-room floor, consist of flower. They are not loaded down, girded about, ante-chamber, a waiting-room for the ladies of and oppressed every way with countless frills and honor, a saloon of audience, a private room for her superabundant flounces, so as to be admired for Majesty — that 'is to say, the most retired and their much clothing. Plain simple food, free and private rooms of the suite. The Emperor, whose various exercise, abundant sunshine, and good moral preference for the style of Louis XVI. is well known, culture during the whole period of childhood, are has desired for apartments in question to be entirely the secrets of beauty in after life. decorated after the fashion and taste of Marie Antoinette. M. L-fuel received orders to renew the elegant ornamentation of Trianon in this Parisian
B0068.—In the last year of which the accounts palace. Art and industry have done marvels under have been made up—the great over-trading year his superintendence, so that we see again the grace- land to the United States was £133,247. At least
1857—the total value of books imported from Eng. ful arabesques, the rounded tapering volutes, the exquisite garlands, and the fine carriage of the latter
one quarter of this sum was made up by special part of the eighteenth century. All the models importation orders from public libraries, colleges, are unique, and executed with admirable nicety, etc., and old books, which compete with nothing from the door-bandles to the chimney-pieces, the now manufactured, leaving about $500,000 as the panels and squares of glass; and the whole furni. amount that supplies the entire demand for English iure, from tho time-piece to the tongs in the fire- editions in this country. Last year the importations place, is in barmony with this style of decoration.
were probably less, and during the present one they The first saloon, of a pale green, is adorned with are most likely about the same as in 1857; and the arabesques of a deeper tint. Medalions glisten in small effect they can have on the trade, is shown by the panels, and within them are birds, painted by the fact that at least three publishing houses each M. Appert.
The prevailing color of the second sell, during the year, of their own publication, more saloon is a rosy white; the arabesq'ues are rose
than double the whole value of books imported from colored. Then comes the private saloon of the
England. Empress, the ground which is likewise of a very
The Charivari publishes a caricature representing light green, and the paneling of which contain the portraits of her ladies of honor, painted by M. the Sultan up to his neck in troubled waters, and, Dubuffe; then her first withdrawing-room lined to all appearance, in danger of drowning from losing with green stuff, on which are hung valuable the support on which his feet rested, and which is
marked“ finances." In his agony, he calls out for pictures; the doors of this cabinet and the next are of amaranth and palisander, set off by bronzes, gilt help, and a European on the bank seems inclined to
stretch to him a long pole, but which is marked aud admirably chased.
“reforms.” The Sultan, however, seems to have DR. VELPEAU has just laid before the Academy des no choice but to seize it, unless he makes up his Sciences a strange discovery, superseding chloro- mind to perish. form as an anästhetic, without any of the danger or risk of the latter process. It appears that if a bright object is held at some short distance between solar spots, made by the late M. Pastorff, originally
Three manuscript volumes of observations of the the eyes, and the patient is directed to squint with presented by the author to Sir John Herschel, are both orbits at this brilliant point, catalepsy super- now transferred to the Astronomical Society, on venes, and perfect insensibility of some duration, the understanding that they shall be considered as allowing all surgical operations to be performed.
belonging to Sir John Herschel during his lifetime, A METHOD of administering chloroform is now
but after his decease shall become the property of used in France, which is said to combine safety with the Society. convenience. The principle is that of a regular admission of air along with the chloroform ; and ALFRED TENNYSOx has been paid £10 a line for the apparatus which secures this simultaneous action
a poem, which appeared in the January number also prevents the excessive inhalation of the power of Macmillan's Magazine. It is entitled : Sea ful agent employed.
Dreams-an Idyll. Tae Duke of Wellington giving orders during the Peninsular campaign for a battalion to attempt A CHURCH is about to be erected by the Russian a rather dangerous enterprise-the storming of one Goveroment near Inkermann, the funds for which of the enemy's batteries of St. Sebastian-compli- ara supplied by the sale of the cannon-halla which mented the officer by saying that his regiment was have been picked up at Inkermann and Sebastopol the first in this world. “Yes," replied the officer, leading on liiz men, “and before your lordslip's Mr. LAYARD, who has just returned from Italy, is orders are finally executed, it will probably the first preparing for the press a pamphlet on the Italian in the next."