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[Piazza del Popolo.] lashed their sides, and the rattle of sheets of tinsel, | of the costumes, were badly put together, made up of and fire-crackers, let off at the moment of starting, pasteboards, and glazed muslin, and would have done and the shouts of the crowd, as they closed in behind discredit to the wardrobe of a strolling mountebank; them, spurred them forward, with the swiftness of many were beautiful, in good taste, and costly. There the wind. They ran to the end of the street, about were harlequins cutting their odd tricks, clown playa mile, and were then stopped, by a large canvass, ing off their buffooneries, and columbines their witchextended across the way, with the exception of three, eries; the Roman emperour strutted amm-in-arm, who did not seem to relish the joke, and using their with the sprightly trasteverina, or stately Albaneză; heels in the wrong way, were, with difficulty secu- the long-bearded, turbaned Turk, with his face of red. More than one fell exhausted with fright and gravity ; the fop of fifty years ago, and the exquisite exertion ; others bolted in spite of shouts and sol- of the present day—the mad poet, the quack doctor, diers, and not half the number reached the goal. The with a remedy for every disea in the shape of au races were repeated every day of the carnival, about instrument, of most unquestionable form and characsunset, and with little variation.
ter. There were scores of fag-end nobility, cariOn Tuesday, there was a masquerade-ball at one catured to perfection-in short, a fittle of every thing of the theatres. For this purpose, the pit was cov- that the world is made of, travestied, except the priestered over, and the whole establishment thrown open. hood-it is the only forbidden ground. One is not compelled to wear a mask, or go in cos- There were many in costume, though not in tume. If they please, they may be mere lookers-on, masks. The Hungarian mountain girl, and the or join in the revelry, to their heart's content, and lovely young Greek, who, that night wore their nasoon, in spite of prejudices, and the consciousness of tional costuine, will long be remembered—by one at its absurdity, they are drawn into the whirl. Some least upon whose arm they leaned.
Paul Pry was there, running his nose into every
ECONOMY IN A FAMILY. one's business—I came upon the busy-body, sipping There is nothing which goes so far toward plaan ice with his satanick majesty, in a corner, who cing young poople beyond the reach of poverly, as by-the-by, was the best mask in the assembly-economy in the arrangement of their domestick' afa person of exquisite form in a suit of black, with red fairs. It is as much impossible to get a ship across claws, toes, and horns; a pair of wings, made of black the Atlantick, with half a dozen butts started, or as gauze, with red veins running through them, and in many bolt-holes in her bottom, as to conduct the constant motion, expanded from his shoulders, and a concerns of a family without economy. It matters most liberal length of tail, whose forked tip, he car- not whether a man furnish little or much for his ried very gallantly over his arm. His distended family, if there is a continual leakage in the kitchen, goggle-eyes disturbed many a tête-a-tête, as he or in the parlour, it runs away, he knows not how, ihrust himself between, and broke a soft sentence, and that demon, waste, cries more, like the horseor tender sentiment. He was every where, and leach's daughter, until he that provides has no more always to play the devil. Even Brother Jonathan to give. It is the husband's duty to bring into the was among the medley, trying to drive a bargain. house, and it is the duty of the wise to see that nothFaust and Margaret appeared for a short time. I ing goes wrongly out of it; not the least article, recognised a young German student, that I knew, however unimportant in itself, for it establishes a and there was a painful resemblance, in the reality, precedent; nor under any pretence, for it opens the 10 the character assun
umed, that the sunny smile of door for ruin to stalk in. A man gets a wife to look his fair companion could not dissipate.
after his affairs, and to assist him in his journey A short time previous to the carnival, some Pied- through life. The husband's interests should be the montese peasants exhibited through the streets of wife's care, and her greatest ambition carry her no Rome, a pair of dancing bears, that performed their farther than his welfare and happiness, together with usual tricks to the great diversion of the crowd, that that of her children. This should be her sole aim, collected around them. A well-arranged skin, trans- and the theatre of her exploits in the bosom of her formed some way into Bruin, was led about by a family, where she may do as much toward making chain, and performed the feats of his rivals to per- a fortune as he positively can do in the countingfection, not forgetting the usual finale of handing room or workshop. It is not the money earned that about his hat and receiving with bearish civility makes a man wealthy ; it is what is saved from the the coppers that he thrust into his huge mouth, earnings. which served him for a pocket. But to record half A good and prudent husband makes a deposite of the tricks and frolicks of the carnival at Rome, the fruits of his labour with his best friend—and if would be an endless task. At one time, you are that friend be not true to him, what has he to hope ? accosted by a smiling peasant-girl, that claims an if he dare not place confidence in the companion of acquaintance, and suddenly blinds you with the his bosom, where is he to place it? A wise acts not contents of a powder-puff
, concealed beneath her for herself only, but she is the agent of many she apron. At another, a tug at your button arrests your loves, and she is bound to act for their good, and not notice, and turning to see from whence it comes, a for her own gratification. Her husband's good is handful is presented of all sorts, and a pair of scis- the end at which she should aim, his approbation is sors snapped in your face : of course, you imagine her reward. Self-gratification in dress, or indulgence yours among them, and feel for the extent of your in appetite, or more company than his purse can loss, which is greeted with a shout of laughter, at well entertain, are equally pernicious. The first your expense, or a rap across the knuckles from the adds vanity to extravagance-lhe second fastens a wooden sword of a harlequin, or the present of a doctor's bill to a long butcher's account, and the latstring of macaroni from Pulcinello, by way of con- ter brings intemperance, the worst of all evils, in its solation.
train. In such scenes, passed off the carnival during eight days, from two o'clock in the afternoon, until midnight. On the last day, after the races, the Cor
BEAUTY'S TRIUMPH. so presented the singular appearance of thousands
An Olden song. of lights, displayed at windows, carried in carriages,
Dost thou love the blue to see, and by those on foot. He is, indeed, unfortunate,
In the boundless summer sky? that cannot afford a light on the occasion. It is
Sweeter blue I'll show to thee every one's business, to put out his neighbour's light,
In the orbit of an eye? and preserve his own as long as he can. It is im
Roses of the purest red possible to give an idea, of the effect produced-of
Thou in every clime dost seek; the confusion, and glitter, when witnessed from a
I can show a richer bed,
In a single damask cheek. commanding position. At last, the lights gradually disappear, and the remainder of the evening is spent at
Thou wilt talk of virgin snow,
Seen in icy Norway land ; the theatre, or at the table, to take a farewell of its
Brighter, purer, I can show, luxuries. In the morning, Rome presents a gloomy
In a little virgin hand! picture : the city seems in inourning, for the happy
Still for glittering locks and gay, faces of yesterday are no where to be found; there
Thou wilt ever cite the sun ; is not even a smile, that would have then passed for
Here's a simple tress—I pray,
Hath he such a golden one ? dejection.
Choose each vaunted gem and flower, 'There is a pleasure in weeping over afflictions
That must, sure, with triumph meet;
Come then to my beauty's bower, for which none have ever wept before,
Come--ind cast them at her feet!
inches and three quarters in length, and an inch and
a quarter in depth when closed. The condor is one of the largest of the rapacious The beak of the condor is straight at the base, birds. In size it is little, if at all, superiour to the but the upper mandible becomes arched toward the bearded griffin, the lämmergeyer of the Alps, with point, and terminates in a strong and well-curved which Buffon was disposed conjecturally to confound hook. The basal half is of an ash-brown, and the it, but to which it bears at most but a distant rela- remaining portion toward the point is nearly white. tion. The greatest authentick measurement scarce- The head and neck are bare of feathers, and covered ly carries the extent of its wings beyond fourteen with a hard, wrinkled, dusky reddish skin, on which feet, and it appears rarely to attain so gigantick are scattered some short brown or blackish hairs. a size. M. Humboldt met with none that exceeded | On the top of the head, which is much flattened nine feet, and was assured by many credible inhab- above, and extending some distance along the beak, itants of the province of Quito that they had never is attached an oblong, firm caruncle or comb, covered shot any thai measured more than eleven. The by a continuation of the skin which invests the head. length of a male specimen somewhat less than nine The organ is peculiar to the male. It is connected feet in expansę was three feet three inches from the to the beak only in its anterior part, and is separated tip of the beak to the extremity of the tail ; and its from it at the base in such a manner as to allow of a height, when perching, with the neck parily with free passage of the air to the large oval nostrils, drawn, two feet eight inches. Its beak was twol which are situated beneath it at that part. Behind
the eyes, which are somewhat elongated and not male is also said to remain with her young for a sunk beneath the general surface of the head, the whole year. skin of the neck is, as it were, gathered into a series The habits of the condor partake of the bold serociof descending folds, extending obliquely from the ty of the eagle, and of the disgusting filthiness of the back of the head, over the temples, to the under side vulture. Although, like the latter, it appears to preof the neck, and there connected anteriorly with a fer the dead carcass, it frequently makes war upon lax membrane or wattle, capable of being dilated at a living prey; but the gripe of its talons is not suffipleasure, like that of the common turkey. The neck ciently firm to enable it to carry off its victim through is marked by numerous deep parallel folds, produced the air. Two of these birds, acting in concert, will hy the habit of retracting the head in which the bird frequently attack a puma, a lama, a calf, or even a indulges when at rest. In this position scarcely full-grown cow. They will pursue the poor animal any part of the neck is visible.
with unwearied pertinacity, lacerating it ihressanily Round the lower part of the neck, both sexes, the with their beaks and talons, until it falls xhausted female as well as the male, are furnished with a with fatigue and loss of blood. Then, hy ving first broad white ruff of downy feathers, which form the seized upon its tongue, they proceed to tear out its line of separation between the naked skin above and eyes, and commence their feast with these favourite the true feathers covering the body below it. All morsels. The intestines form the second course of the other feathers, with the exception of the wing- their banquet, which is usually continued until the coverts and the secondary quill-feathers, are of a birds have gorged themselves so fully as to render bright black, generally mingled with a grayish tinge themselves incapable of using their wings in flight. of greater or less intensity. In the female the wing- The Indians, who are well acquainted with ihis coverts are blackish-gray; but the male has their effect of their voracity, are in the habit of turning it points, and frequently as much as half their length, to account for their amusement in the chase. For white. The wings of the latter are consequently this purpose they expose the dead body of a horse distinguished from those of the female by their large or a cow, by which some of the condors, which are white patches. The secondary quill-feathers of generally hovering in the air in search of food, are both sexes are white on the outer side. The tail speedily attracted. As soon as the birds have glutis short and wedge-shaped. The legs are excested themselves on the carcass, the Indians make sively thick and powerful, and are coloured of a blu- their appearance armed with the lasso, and the conish-gray, intermingled with whitish streaks. Their dors, being unable to escape by flight, are pursued elongated toes are united at the base by a loose but and caught by means of these singular weapons with very apparent membrane, and are terminated by the greatest certainty. This sport is a peculiar falong black talons of considerable thickness, but very vourite in the country, where it is held in a degree little curved. The hinder toe is much shorter than of estimation second to that of a bullfight alone. the rest, and its talon, although more distinctly curv- In tenacity of life the condor exceeds almost ed, is equally wanting in strength; a deficiency every other bird. M. Humboldt relates that during which renders the foot much less powerful as an his stay at Riobamba he was present at same exper. organ of prehension than that of any other of the iments which were made on one by the Indians who I arge birds of the Raptorial order.
had taken it alive. They first strangled it with a The condor has been observed throughout the lasso and hanged it on a tree, pulling it forcibly by whole range of that immense chain of mountains the feet for several. minutes ; but scarcely was the i shich traverses the continent of South America, lasso removed, when the bird arose and walked s rom the straits of Magellan to the seventh degree about as though nothing had occurred to affect it.
f north latitude. It appears, however, to be much It was then shot with three balls discharged from a m ore common in Peru and Chili than in any other pistol at less than four paces, all of which entered på rt of the chain, and most frequently met with at its body, and wounded it in the neck, chest, and ab
elevation of from ten to fifteen thousand feet domen ; it still, however, kept its legs. Another al ove the level of the ocean. Here, in the regions ball struck its thigh, and it fell 10 the ground; this of perpetual snow, they may be seen grouped to- was preserved by M. Bonpland for considerable ge iher to the number of three or four, but never in time as a memorial of the circumstance. Ulloa had the large troops in which the true vultures some- previously asserted that in the colder parts of Peru til aes assemble, on the bold points of the jutting the skin of the condor was so closely covered with ro cks, many of the most remarkable of which are feathers that eight or ten balls might be heard 10 designated by the natives with names derived from strike it without penetrating its body. M. Humboldt's the bird that haunts their pinnacles. It is only bird did not die of its wounds until after an interval when driven by funger that it descends into the of half an hour. plains, which it quits as soon as its appetite is sati- The stories which have long been current, on the ated, unable, as it would seem, to support for any authority of credulous travellers, imputing to the great length of time, the increased weight of the condor a propensity to carry off
' young children and atmosphere and the warmer temperature of the low- even to attack men and women, appear to have orier world. On such occasions it rarely perches on ginated solely in that common feeling which delights the branches of the trees, but generally takes up a in regarding mere possibilities in the light of posiposition on the ground, for resting on which its com- tive facts. M. Humboldt declares that he never paratively straight talons are peculiarly fitted. It is heard of an instance in which a child was carried said that ihe female bird builds no nest, but deposites off, although the children of the Indians who collet its eggs upon the bare rock without protection of the snow on the mountains for sale, are constunily any kind. These eggs are stated to be perfectly left sleeping in the open air in the midst of these white and three or four inches in length. The fe- birds, and offer of course a temptation which would