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dangerously ill? No. Her aunt had
spoken of a long ramble they had had about a relative's plantation on the left
bank of the Alabama ; Maggie had seemed delighted with the evergreen Cherokee
roses; and the next week they would be in
That evening in his room, with a
sad face, between the nervous puffs of our cigars, Chinny told me all the truth.
It had come upon her suddenly with a slight illness; his sister was—insane. He
told me, too, that among the characteristics of her malady was an intense
aversion to me, whom she had loved her whole life long ; it amounted to positive
hatred; the mention of my name excited her; she would not consent to see me; I
was seeking to perpetrate some hideous wrong ; I was endeavoring, by some
infernal process, to extract the heart from out her bosom, and to put my own
heart in its place. Chinny went through with these details bravely, though
almost choked with emotion. They had not informed me sooner, in the vague hope
that change of scene and climate, and the soothing influence of Southern travel,
would alleviate or cure her. But by this letter she was becoming daily more
indifferent to all things except those in which her former affections had been
concerned ; still she passed with many strangers for a person of sound mind.
What Maggie's life has been God
only knows. I have never seen her since that morning, years ago, when she waved
me a passionate good-by from the receding shore.
GENERAL JOHNSTON surrendered his army to
General SHERMAN at Greensborough, North
Carolina, on the 26th of April. The previous arrangement entered into between
these two commanders on the 18th having been discarded by the Government, the
terms of surrender granted to
General LEE were made the basis of
We give on
four illustrations relating to this important event. The house in which the
details of the capitulation were arranged belonged to Mr. JAMES BENNETT, and was
a plain, unpretending structure, innocent of paint without and within.
The small-arms of
JOHNSTON'S army were all turned over to the
Ordnance Officers of the Department of North Carolina, with the exception of
five per cent., which was retained for the use of the men doing guard duty.
There are certainly not over ten thousand
muskets, all told, in the ordnance
building, and as this comprises all the guns turned over there is a very large
per cent. to be accounted for under the heads " destroyed" or " carried off." Of
the equipments turned over there are remarkably few cavalry sets; for with the
exception of the brigade of
ROBERT ANDERSON—an officer whose soldierly
conduct and bearing impressed even his enemies with a sentiment of respect—the
cavalry followed the example of their fugitive President.
Lieutenants LYSTER and CLINGMAN,
Ordnance Officers of the Department of North Carolina, have these guns and
accoutrements in charge, and in their onerous duties have been materially
assisted by Lieutenant-Colonel KENNARD, late Ordnance Officer for
PARIS FASHIONS FOR MAY.
THE first two reunions of the
Paris Spring Race Meeting at Longchamps, favored by the most delightful weather
on the 17th and 23d ult., brought together a vast number of the real Parisian
eli'gantes, who congregated in front of the principal tribunes with their
habitual grace. ISABELLE the Bouqueticre was there on both occasions, still
wearing M. DELAMARRE'S colors, red and black, and distributed exquisite bouquets
of white lilac, roses, and camellias to the ladies, and moss rose-buds to the
gentle-men of the Jockey Club or others who elected to be thus florally
decorated, for a five-franc piece. The groups of ladies were charming to look
upon, wearing, for the most part, unicolored costumes of light blue, white, or
stone-colored silk, with long trains, the toilet being completed by one of those
pretty little contrivances still termed by courtesy a bon-net, although, in
filet, only a fraction when compared to those recently worn.
Pearl beads and drops, jet and
steel ornaments, and large gold and silver stars, are the usual decorations for
chapeaux, to which they are now restricted, the fine weather having almost
entirely suspended their application to robes. The steel ornaments enjoy,
indeed, a tremendous vogue just now, but persons well informed say that this
mode can not last, and that Parisian caprice will very shortly set it aside.
Our limited space obliges us to
conclude with a multun in part o, to the effect that the materials indicated for
the month of May are, in consideration of the advanced state of the season light
plain silks, spotted muslins, and patterned foulards ; and, as to the style of
the dresses, they should be provided with an ornamental basquine, a high-necked
corsage, and a long independent train, capable of being drawn up by the useful
tirettes, the use of which has now become so general.
Fig.1. Evening Dress.—Light green
moire antique robe, trimmed round the bottom of the skirt with three rows of
darker green velvet edged with narrow blond. The ornaments on the skirt, as well
as those on the corsage, are also of green velvet, similarly edged. The
head-dress is et m-posed of plaits and curls, anti is decorated by a small
bouquet placed just above the chignon.
Fig. 2. Walking Dress.—Robe of
mauve foulard trimmed throughout with graduating strips of black velvet dotted
with steel beads. A white guipure is placed round the bottom of the basquine as
well as on the edge of the sleeves. White crape chapeau fanchon, with frosted
flowers and blue velvet bow, is the tour-de-tete.
Fig. 3. Sortie de Bal.—This
graceful opera-cloak may be either in crimson velvet or satin embroidered with
gold. It is trimmed with deep white and yellow lama fringe, the capuchon being
ornamented with a very light passementerie and gold-colored silk balls.
The Bonnets.—These bonnets are
drawn from the originals. The body of the first, on the left hand of the
en-graving, is in black tulle, with an ornamentation of wild autumn-tinted
vine-leaves; the sides are in rich black lace, and the wide black silk ribbons
are golden-edged. The second chapeau is in white tulle, studded with gilt beads
and ornamented with a golden stripe. The double bavolet is of white lace, and
the large drooping ornament on the side consists of the light material called
smile; the wide white ribbons completing the bonnet are provided with a deep
gilt edging. The body of the third bonnet is in blue silk, with it deep edging
of imitation pearl beads and drops; the shell-shaped ornament on the top is of
white lace, and precedes the white mule bavolet, from which depend two wide lace
streamers ; the long ribbons in front are of blue silk.
PARIS FASHIONS FOR MAY, 1865.