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every idea from our Book. We watch them closely, and the slightest alteration we make is sure to be repeated in some of them.
That Moose on page 699 of our December number. A lady friend has made us a present of her workmansbip of this pretty article; and very pretty as a pen-wiper it is. As he appears, we would not like to trust cheese in his neighborhood. He looks, if not quite as pretty, as knowing as the fair donor of his mouseship.
of Fables,” and “The Age of Chivalry," etc. The publishers of this interesting volume have made it beautiful in its perfection of paper, type, and pictorial illustrations. It looks what it is—a fitting repository for those gems of genius which have brightened the literature of the world, and been reset, either in the prose or poetry of every European language. Young persons of both sexes will find this book useful, as well as entertaining. True, its fictions are not the histories of those old times, but still this romance is probably the nearest approach we can make to the life and feeling, modes of thought, and manners which prevailed during the Middle Ages. The Iutroduction is exceedingly interesting.
MORNING, NOON, AND NIGHT, from the same publishers, is not a book, but a new picture, drawn by the celebrated artist, Darley, and photographed by Soule. It represents a little child in the arms of an old man (its grandfather, probably), while the mother, in her noon of love, wbich is the light of childhood, regards them as the perfection of her joy. The grouping is perfect, and the effect is trne to the best feelings of our cature, because it calls forth tenderness for infancy, reverence for age, and blessings on '
maternal love-the true sunlight of home happiness.
TO CAXADA AND UNITED STATES SUBSCRIBERS.-Remember that we have no person soliciting subscriptious for us; and no person has any authority to receive money for us, either for back or coming subscriptions.
The “GERMANTOWN TELEGRAPH.”_ When we chronicle a new year, we know that our friend of the Telegraph is not far behind us; indeed, we believe that he is rather ahead of us-certainly the only two pablications in this country that have been conducted by the same proprietors for so many years. Thirty-three at that; and yet Freas and ourself are but young men, although we have so long been publishing. The Major is rather our junior in years, although our senior by a few months as publisher. Time has dealt gently by this genial gentleman, the best publisher of an agricultural paper in the United States, the admirable host, the fast friepd, and the accomplished gentleman.
The Telegraph is published in Germantown, Pa., at $2 a year, by P. R. Freas, and we recommend it for its excellent agricultural matter, and its admirable stories.
From GOULD & LINCOLN, Boston, through SMITH & ENGLISIT, Philadelphia:
LYRA CELESTIA. Ilymns on Heaven. Selected by A. C. Thompson, D. D., author of “The Better Land," "Morning Hours at Patmos," "Gathered Lilies,” etc. This is a large and handsomely printed volume of nearly four hundred pages, filled with choice specimens of the best devotional and religious poetry in the English language. It is a treasury of piety in the form which reaches all hearts that love God-tbe expression of Faith, Hope, and Charity in sougs and hymus. Poetry, more truly than prose, harmonizes with religious feeling, because poetry exalts the thoughts from common things, tenderly drawing the mind from the work-day world, as it were, and giving us glimpses of a higher and holier life. This book is well worthy its charming title. The compiler has shown good judgment in the selections, and a deep sympathy with these songs of the soul.
COPYING.--The "Tiger Slipper' in our December number has already been copied, and is for sale in the stores. It was original in Godey's Lady's Book.
THE EL DORADO AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY of California has sent for a large number of the Lady's Book, to be distributed as premiums. We believe that our work is the ouly one used as premiums by the different agricul. tural societies throughout the Union.
SOMETHING ABOUT ADVERTISING.-It is pretty well known that all persons who wish to convey to the world the fact that they have articles to dispose of, generally seek that publication having the greatest respectability and largest circulation. Hence it is that those who have fashionable articles to dispose of, or fashion matter that they wish the public to be made aware of; seek the Lady's Book, as it is the only magazine that the public look tn as the real exponent of the fashions. Where you see the most advertisements, be assured that that publication has the largest circulation.
GODET FOR MARCA, 1863.— The first Spring month is considered as an event among the fashionables. It will be seen that we bave not been unmindful of their wants, by the varied fasbions that we publish in this number. See our Fashion-plate, colored, and others. Six figures in the colored Fashion-plate! In addition to this, we give a sweet steel engraving, “The Expected Letter," with an excellent illustrative story. "The New Sewing Machine" is also published in this number, a companion plate to the “Old Sewing-Machine'' in January rumher. Our subscribers may make the comparison. The old sewing-machine we rather prefer in some respects, but the new one is cheap at the price.
A Sharp Game.
NEW YORK STATE, Dec. 30, 1862. Club of $10.
I had almost given up trying to get a club this year, for there are not many that will pay for a Book ; they all think tbey can borrow. For my part I have got through lending. They practise a pretty sharp game here. They ask you to lend the Book, as they think they will subscribe. And when they have read it, and copied the patterns, they bring it home, and say they caunot afford it, when they never intended to take it. Snch a set of people is our place composed of, nothing but a set of borrowers.
Orr NATAL DAY.-The small fry of magazines ought to celebrate our birthday. Had we never been born, they would not; at least their magazines would not have been in existence. There is not one of their publishers who can honestly say that he has not copied
We like to see a little happy self-felicitation, and can do a little complacency of that sort ourselves, with much ease and satisfaction. Therefore we enjoyed a part of the mild rambling of a cotemporary Easy-Chair gossip the past nonth, only smiling a little at the happy ignorance it displays of the claims of others, as a
senior is apt to do, when youth expatiates on its own peculiar and exclusive triumphs, forgetting that the
world existed and rolled quietly on its way before the advent of so much talent, intellectual vigor, and sprightliness!
“ pet-green friend," just “twelve years aud eight months old," by his own candid showing, cannot of course recollect, and is therefore excusable for overlooking the fact, that long before his magazine was thought of, the Lady's Maid Book, as he so happily styles bis senior by twenty-one years, was not only "stimulating" the "American talent and business enterprise" which have called out his own existence, but paying liberally for the contributions of such writers as
THE OPERA.-We may ron counter to our musical editor in this our expressed opinion, but such as it is we give it. We hope the opera may never succeed in our city until the prices are reasonable. One dollar and fifty cents is too much to pay for an evening's entertainment. The price is usually $1; secured seats, $1 50. A party, who have not secured seats, will go into the house and will find every eligible seat marked " Taken." This is to induce the gentleman of the party to go back to secure seats. He does so, and pays fifty cents more, and he and his party are issued into some of the very seats that he had previously seen marked " Taken." If there is
anything of a "run" expected, the manager takes great pains to sell all the best seats to speculators, and from them you must purchase at a most extravagant rate. We have ourselves been at the office on the morning of an opera night, and found no seats but on the fourth, fifth, or sixth bench, when no one could have been there, previous to ourself, who had taken seats. Why is this? Let us have a manager who will put secured seats at $1, and not allow a seat to be taken uutil the books are open in the morning. The excuse is that they cannot afford to play for $1, or they have to pay such high salaries to the singers. Is it not better to have 2,500 people in the house at $1 each, than 1,000 at $1 507 For this is the result. The late season was a failure, and very properly
And why pay such high salaries? These opera singers get enough in one week to keep them for a year, and are therefore able to hold out against any reduction. But it is useless to waste argument on this subject. The opera is a failure with us, and very properly so.
The article above was written in reference to the Italian Opera. Since that time, the German Opera has performed here a very successful engagement at $1 a ticket, and nothing extra for reserved seats. So successful has it been that they advertise a second series.
Mrs. C. Lee Ilentz, Miss Bitcon,
W. Gilmore Simms, N. P. Willis,
H. T. Tuckerman, Hon. J. K. Paulding, Mrs. Sigourney, Marion IIarland,
Mrs. A. B. Haven, Jetia V. Victor,
Mrs. A. M. F. Annan, Hon Robt. T. Conrad, Richard Penn Smith, Dr. Robt. M. Bird, Joseph C. Neal, John Neal,
Mrs. S. J. Hale,
and "soon secured and has ever retained a circulation" not only "greater than any other periodical of its class," but than any other American periodical what
Mo., Dec. 19, 1862. It certainly is the most popular magazine in America, a reputation it has enjoyed for many years; and I hope it may continue to circulate for many years to come, to cheer the firesides of many family circles. I shall always endeavor to continue it in my family, both for the instruction of my children and the benefit of all.
Moreover, “we still live," though our cotemporary, “Graham," whose liberality and whose contributors in a literary point of view have nevero been surpassed, has left us only “the sweet remembrance of the just," a fragrance which we do not find clinging to the “peagreen” holiday bouquet of our chatty and agreeable young neighbor
We may notice a little matter in connection with our vaunting friend. We published an article written by the Rev. H. H. Weld. It was copied into an English publication. The English publication, to localize it, changed dollars into pounds, and Chestnut Street into Regent Street, making it an English article. Our friend bit. He copied it in his magazine as an English article, anå thus were the public regaled by an article supposed to be taken irom an English magazine, which the American public had enjoyed from the Lady's Book some months previons.
Can our cotemporary show such a list of contributors? Oars are American; his are mostly English.
TAKE NOTICE.-In future, letters will not be answered asking for more than our terms call for. The number of copies that the money sent for will pay will be forwardej.
MISSING NUMBERS.-Subscribers, take notice! When yon miss a dumber, write at once for it. We are not bound to supply numbers when you renew your subscriptions-numbers that you have lost by lending or otherwise. You say to us that you did not receive them. Well, then, send for them at once, when you miss them, and we shall be beiter satisfied in supplying them.
GODBY's Fashions are the only correct ones given in the United States. Others give colored figures, not caring whether they are the fashions or not. We appeal to every lady acquainted with the fashions, milliners and others, whether we are not correct in our assertion?
RECEIPT WANTED.--A lady writes us• "Will any of your numerous correspondents furnish me with a receipt to combinate meats for soldiers' parposes?" We presume our correspondent means for soup.
OUR MUSICAL COLUMN.
usual price. Any information will be given by addressing the musical editor, at Philadelphia.
J. STARR HOLLOWAY,
There is nothing adds so much to the effect of a flower garden as a judicious selection of annuals from seed. The early flowering shrubs have done blooming; the hot weather has destroyed the beauty of your roses ; it is then you can appreciate the fragrant stock, or stock gilly, the sweet Mignonette, the brilliant beds of Portulaca and Petunias, that gem of annuals the Phlox Drummondii tho showy Zinnia, the exquisite colors of the German Balsam, and the lovely cerulean blue of the trailing Lonelia erinus speciosa, so beautiful too for vases and hanging baskets. These, with many others we could mention, contribute greatly to the attractiveness of the garden during the summer months. Then, again, how easy they are to cultivate, and how tribing the expense; for one dollar you can have a package of twenty choice varieties forwarded, postpaid, to any part of the loyal States or territories, with full directious how to cultivate.
To the seekers after novelties, and new and rare plants, roses, gladiolus, dahlias, we would refer to our new list for 1863, recently published, which will be mailed to all applicants.
We will also mail to all who inclose'a three cent stamp Dreer's Garden Calendar for 1863, containing a select list of vegetable and flower seeds, plants, roses, trees, vines, etc., with a large amount of valuable information for their cultivation and management. Address HENRY A. DREER, Seedsman and Florist,
327 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.
TAE pretty little song which we present to our friends in this number is the production of Mr. Work, whose Kingdom Coming, Grafted into the Army, etc., have become so widely famous. We give him cordial welcome to the Book, hoping to hear from him often. Some of his best songs, in sheet form, are named below.
Vero Church Music Book. The Voice of Praise is a splendid new church singing book of near four hundred pages, just published by 0. Ditson & Co., Boston. A careful examination of this work impels us to give it very high praise. Many of the tunes by the editor, Mr. Hamilton, are beautiful, while the old church melodies retained are selected with taste and indgment. The elements of music, at the beginning, are clearly explained, and interspersed with numerous secular pieces, adapting the work also for siuging schools, musical couventions, and the social circle. We will undertake to purchase and mail single copies to any of our friends for examination on receipt of $1 00.
The Silver Chord.--This is the title of a delightful collection of songs, ballads, duets, and quartets, with piano-forte accompaniment, also published by Messrs. Ditson & Co. Nearly two hundred favorite melodies, secular and sacred, are given in the volume. They include the best compositions of Donizetti, Verdi, Balfe, (Glover, and others, embracing operatic, patriotic, huanorous, and other selections. Many of these songs have never been published before excepting in sheet form.
Ontholic Church Music.-Root & Cady, Chicago, publish six choice selections from Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Veber, adapted to Latin words by Prof. Girac, for Catholic choirs. They are, 0 Lux Baeta Trinitas, 1.5 cents; O Quan Suavis Est, 15; Panis Angelicus, 3.); O Vos Omnes, 35; Tantum Ergo, ten pages, 50; Ave Maris Stella, 15. We can send them on receipt of price, either xiugly or in sets.
New Sheet Music.--Root & Cady also publish Kingdom Coming, the famous song by H. C. Work, author of our music in this uunaber, 25 cents. Grafted in the Army, 35. We'll go down Ourselves, pictorial title, same nuthor, 30. God Save the Nation, quartet, same, 15. The Battle Cry of Freedom, celebrated song by G. F. Root, 25. Warzel's Liberty Song, 25. Our Comrade bas Fallen, 15. 0, Ye Tears, by Franz Abt, 25. Sweet is the Honr, 25. Mother, Blame me not for Loving, 25. Sweet Wife, onr Baby lies under the Snow, 25. All beautiful songs.
Also, the following pieces, etc.: Brilliant Variations on Kingdom Coming, by Grobe, 50. Shadow Waltz, introducing the famous air in Le Pardon, 30. Florence Polka Mazourka, 25. Springfield Polka, very pretty, by Rink, 25. Ma Belle Polka Redowa, 2.). Wingfield Schottische, 25. General Grant's March, 25. These are all fine pieces, and any of them will be purchased and promptly forwarded upon inclosing the amount to the nusical editor, J. Starr Holloway, Philadelphia.
Vero Musical Periodical.-We shall cominence the pnblication, carly in the spring, of a new musical monthly periodical, to be devoted solely to the publication of piano music. Each number will contain from three to four 25 cent pieces of music, or their equivalenty the whole to be printed from regularly engraved plates, 02 sheet music paper, with a distinct and beantiful title-page to each, making a splendid, cheap, and valaable volume at the end of the year. Terms $300 por
WAEX a person sends as a subscription for the Lady's Book in connection with another magazine, we send our work off immediately and order the other. It may be some days before they receive the other work. That is not our fault. They must wait. Perhaps the other magazine may be out of numbers. But they will receive it, if they will only have a little patience.
AMERICAN LADIES DIARRIED IN FRANCE. What a farce! A respectable pork merchant makes a fortune here and takes his daughters to France. There is a regalar intelligence office in Paris of American fortunes, supplied by an agent on this side of the ocean. Sprigs of nobility, with no fortune, apply at this office, and a title is bartered for the merchant's fortune. Can such marriages torn out well? The future will speak.
"HALF A LOAF IS BETTER THAN NO BREAD."-So & person wrote ns, asking us to take $1 50 for a year's subscription to the Lady's. Book, and promising to teil nobody that we had taken that price. Now as we did not want the bread, and she did, we do not consider the offer a fair one. We offered to send the half loaf six months for $1 50, but she declined.
CALIFORNIA, Dec. 10, 1862. Club of $11 50.
The Lady's Book is our greatest treasure. It is indis. pensable. It is a luxury we cannot do without. I kould advise every mother and daughter to take it, as cee of the best companions for old and young.
This is the cheapest opportunity erer offered our friends to obtain the best music at & fuu: thoi ile
CHARADES IN TABLEAUX.
is a basket with sewing or knitting in it, and on the other side, a cane with a bundle tied in a bandkerchief beside it.
After each scene, the qudience must be called upon to guess the syllable, and at the end to give the whole word. It is well to have some one in the audience who knows the words, to call them after a sufficient time is given for the real guessing.
This delightful way of passing sociable evenings is becoming quite fashionable, and affords much amusement to the performers, as well as interest to the audience. The only apparatus is a curtain, or folding doors, and such costumes as are found in the trunks and closets of every family. They are very effective if the performers are children; though, of course, much patience is necessary in training them into graceful attitudes and good expression.
Magic Breath. Put some lime-water into a tumbler; breathe into it through a small giass tube. The guid, which before was perfectly limpid, will gradually become white as milk. If allowed to remain at rest for a short time, real chalk will be deposited at the bottom of the tumbler.
CHARADE I. SWEETHEART.
The stage must be fitted up to represent a pantry, with jars of sweetmeats, and other nice things arranged on the shelves. Upon the floor, in the foreground, the smallest boy, who will sit still, is seated, with a large jar marked "Jam" between his knees. One hand is in the jar, while he einbraces it with the other arm, and looks into it over the edge. To his right, is a table, upon which stand bowls of sugar, tumblers of preserves, and cake. Two little girls are standing by the table: one cutting a piece of cake, the other eating lump sugar. To the left, a little boy is pouring from a bottle, marked “Sweet Currant Wine," into a tumbler. Under the table a very little girl is seated, eating a large slice of pie; behind the boy with the wine is a chair, upon which stands a little girl, reaching up to a shelf for a jar marked "Sweet Pickle." In the background (centre), is an open door, within which stand the mamma, papa, aunt, and uncle, the two first raising their hands in horror, the others laughing heartily; the children, not seeing them, must all face the audience.
Mysterious Mirror. Write some words with a piece of French chalk upon a looking-glass. Next wipe it over with a handkerchief, upon which the words will disappear. But if you breathe upon the glass the letters become visible again. You may repeat this a great number of times.
Electric Spark from Brown Paper. Procure a sheet of strong brown paper; thoroughly dry it before the fire; place it upon your thigh, holding its edge with your left hand; with the cuff of your right sleeve, rub it smartly backwards and forwards for a mioute. Next place your knuckle near it, and a brilliant spark will be emitted, accompanied by a snapping sound. If, instead of your knuckle, you present a fork towards the paper, three sparks will be seen to come from the brown paper. This must be performed in a dark room. .
The Dancing Egg. Fill a quill with quicksilver, and seal up both ends securely with good wax. Boil an egg hard ; detach a small piece of the shell from the small end, and insert the quill into the body of the egg. Place the egg on the table, when it will not cease to tumble about so long as any heat remains in it.
The scene is a parlor, and filled with children, all of whom hold either sealed envelopes or open letters. Two little girls, seated on a sofa, are looking at one letter ; two more in a corner are defending a sealed envelope from two boys who try to snatch it. In the foreground, a group are collected around one little girl who holds an immense open sheet, with a crimson heart pierced by an arrow, filling the centre. The words "St. Valentine offers you a heart," are written underneath in large letters.
If possible, an outdoor scene is the prettiest for this tableau ; but if tbat is difficult to arrange, a parlor scene will do. The lovers sliould be as young children as can be trained for their parts. The little girl is dressed in a fanciful peasant's costume; a short scarlet petticoat, clocked red and blue stockings, and black slippers, with scarlet bows. The dress of dark blue woollen is looped to show the petticoat, and laced in front over a white bodice. A white handkerchief is pinned over the hair to meet under the chin. She holds a bouquet in her right hand; in her left, she holds one flower, which she offers to the little boy.
He is dressed in sailor's costume. Full white pantaloons, black pumps, a blue woollen shirt, trimmed on the broad collar with white stars, a tarpaulin hat, and black necktie. His right arm is around his sweetheart's waist, and while his left hand takes the offered iower, he leans forward to kiss her cheek, while she coyly keeps just out of reach. Upon the ground, on one side,
To COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS.--A new preparation called Newton's Prepared Colors for Albumen pictures is fur sale by J. E. Tilton & Co., Boston. Price, with a bottle of Reducing Liquid complete, with full directions for painting, so that any person, though not an artist, may paint in a most beautiful manner, and very rapidly, the cartes de visite and photograph, etc , $3 20.
There has been offered for sale a worthless imitation that will injure the photograph. See that the box olie tained has the name and seal of J. E. Tilton & Co., Boston, who are sole agents for the United States.
J. E. T. & Co. have also beautiful copies of flowers from nature (photographs) for coloring with these colors. or for copies for drawing and painting, which they will send by mail for 25 cents each. Also, cartes de visite of all distinguished persons.
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