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servants and the "
young persons” en- interest, inasmuch as fully two-thirds of gaged in shops, for whose delectation them are matrimonial advertisements. the old style of romance is perpetuated. In the number from which the passages The leading story at present running quoted above have been taken, there are through its pages is “ Nellie Raymond, no fewer than twenty-seven of these ana Romance of Regent Street,” which is nouncements, of which the following are just as full of mysterious intrigues, low- fair specimens :born 'virtue, aristocratic vice, sensa- “M. A. Y. would like to correspond with tional incident and profound reflections and receive the carte de visite of a steady young as any of its predecessors. Thus, for man, about thirty, tall, dark, and good-temexample, Captain Mallandaine, having pered. She is a domestic, twenty-three, tall
, kissed the heroine, reflects, or the
rather fair, and not bad-looking. She will ad
vertise her address in the Weekly Times the author reflects for him :
second Saturday after this appears. “Easier to stop Ixion's wheel than the mul.
D. C. E. (London), twenty-one, a mechanic, titudinous fancies of love. Like a man who
would like to receive the carte de visite of a sees rare and golden fruit ready for his hand young woman not over twenty ; a domestic to gather, but to grasp which he must needs
servant preferred. wade through dark and sodden pools, so the
EMMA (Derby) wishes to correspond with captain resolved to close his eyes and heart and receive the carte de visite of a respectable
She is against the fatal fascinations of this half-gipsy tradesman of gentlemanly appearance. girl, unlike other gipsies, however, in the fair,
twenty-two, passable, and domestic.' Greuze like tints of her complexion."
“ MAUD and May, sisters, wish to correspond
with two steady officers in the army-friends Of this aristocratic seducer the reader is preferred. Maud is nineteen and of medium told that he
height. May is seventeen, tall and fair. Both
are domestics, and have nothing but loving “was not unacquainted with splendid ladies of
hearts to offer." rank and fashion, attired in the latest Pumpadour costumes and duchesse hats ; women of a The London Reader is an imitation of very different world and stamp to the divas of the London Journal, both in form and South Belgravia and St. John's Wood, and yet in character. Started some seventeen who were anxious to out-Herod' these in eccentricity of dress, luxury, and display. He years ago, it has attained a correspondunderstood women fairly well, not with the ex- ing circulation. The stories are of prequisite genius and platonic grace of a Balzac, cisely the same type, but the names of but with more than the careless analysis of the the authors are carefully concealed. All love's hypocrisies, deceits, and falsities; he that we know of the authorship of the knew when fair lids drooped from passion or two now running is that
Fate or coquetry, and when alabaster necks rose and Folly ; or, An Ill-omened Marriage,' is fell from emotion or design. But he had never by the writer of those well-known and met with an intense, all-absorbing devotion."
soul-stirring romances, “ Lady Violet's A foil is provided for Captain Mallan- Victories,” and “Lord Jasper's Secret,' daine in the person of a certain M. while “ Her Husband's Secret” is by Lepelletier, a true Parisian, a member the author of " Frank Bertram’s Wife, of the Jockey Club," who opens fire “Strong Temptations," etc., etc. It upon the virtuous heroine with the novel is hardly necessary to say that both of compliment, “Ah! welcome as the these stories are of the very genteelest flowers in May,” and who follows up description. Most of the characters his gallant speech with the remark -- introduced are titled, and if the exist
"Impayable !' cried the Frenchman. 'She's ence of vulgar people is mentioned, it is delicious—l'audace, toujours l'audace (sic). I'll only that they may act as foils to the make her the fashion by and by.'”
more exalted personages. How intiTwo pages of genteel comedy of this mate the acquaintance of the authors kind are followed by the same quantity with the life they describe really is may of comedy of a much lower type, all be guessed from the following passage. leading up to a ghastly murder, with Dudley is described as the cousin of which the week's instalment of this im- Lord Ivors; Clarice, a refined young proving tale concludes.
lady, resident in the house of a wealthy Like the Family Herald, the London baronet
. They have been caught in a Journal makes its correspondence a shower, and have taken refuge in the prominent feature. The answers are village inn, or, as the author prefers to less essay-like, but they are not without call it, a "modest hostelrie."
“Clarice shivered a good deal as she found that it is somewhat startling to find that herself in the pretty little sitting-room of the
the haughty and aristocratic Dudley is inn, alone for the first time with her lover. She did not as yet feel the effects of the shower, for taken by a vulgar detective at the church she had thrown a little waterproof cape over
door and carried off with a promise of her shoulders long ere the storm had spent its fifteen years' penal servitude. The last fury; and, pale as the white bloom of the nar
page of the London Reader is given up cissus, she now leant thoughtfully against the mantelpiece. Dudley ordered biscuits and
week by week to correspondence, by far wine, and insisted on Clarice drinking some.
the greater number of the paragraphs He swallowed off a couple of glasses of sherry being matrimonial advertisements of the himself, and rose superbly to the situation. kind to be found in the London Journal. For the present wooing should suffice.
It would seem that the conductors of " • Won't you take off your hat, Clarice ? 'he asked, rising and standing by her side. I'm both journals act as go-betweens in this sure it must be soaked through with the rain. peculiar commerce of the sexes, receivWe shall have to remain here an hour at the ing letters, forwarding cartes, and effecte least, if we wish to escape it on our return
ing introductions. journéy.' “For the first time Clarice recollected those
Bow Bells is a paper which has a who were waiting for her at home. She started somewhat higher aim than either of as one roused from a drugged stupor, and drew those last referred to. The stories are her hand over her eyes; and with the action not very wise, but they are not quite her black, wavy hair
, loosened from its braid such unmingled trash as that which is by the ride, and always too heavy for the fetters of comb and hair pins, fell over her shouls offered to the maidservants and footders in a damp, rippling mass.
men who read the London Journal and " The flower in Dudley's button-hole was a its rival. The fiction is varied with good deal the worse for the rain, but he drew short articles on subjects of general init from his coat and playfully fastened it in those ebon locks, while he rested one arm
terest-unfortunately not always very round Clarice's waist, and by degrees, and accurate either in point of factor of almost without her knowing it, pressed his lips grammar. Thus, for example, in an to hers.
article on Hawarden Castle we are told "'Have you not promised to be my own
that that estate“ has descended to Mr. darling wife?' he cried, as she struggled to
Gladstone's eldest son''--a statement escape his caresses.
" The joy was too exquisite. Clarice knew which is not quite correct at present. she must resist, or love would speedily assume Again :-“ There is something of an ana form of intoxication.
alogy to be drawn between the first of “Yes,' she answered, detecting a faint reproach in his tones.
the family and he (sic) who now sways “He released her at once, almost coldly. the destinies of Hawarden Castle,” from
you really loved me, Clarice,' he said, which it would appear that the writer is slowly, you would not shrink from my embrace-1. who have loved you too well for my is a descendant of Sir John Glynne.
under the impression that Mr. Gladstone peace.'
“ Clarice feared he was aggrieved, and that Similiar mistakes may be detected by she had wounded him. She laid her hand in any one who takes the trouble to look his and came nearer. All her calmness, her for them, in almost every page. The queenly dignity and grace, had vanished. She fancied she must
die if he wete harsh or scorned leading feature of the paper is, however, her. And then the tears came. Dudley rather less its fiction or its essays than its disliked the 'weeping' form of woman, but he papers on the fashions and on dressmaknow trusted in her natural weakness of charac. ing generally, which are edited by “ Mater to save him from the deadly snare awaiting dame Elise.' Another characteristic him. He must play a desperate game if he would be free.
feature is the publication in each num“'I know it's awfully silly to cry,' sobbed ber of a piece of music—a song or a poor Clarice, burying her face in her hands, trifle for the pianoforte of moderate difand leaning over the table, but I've been think- ficulty. It is perhaps hardly necessary ing so much of you for days and, never sleep: to say that a column is devoted to chess, ing, I've got quite nervous.
And then you seem to doubt me. It-it makes me wish I
and another to riddles, charades, and I was dead.'
puzzles generally. From time to time
supplements consisting of patterns for After such exquisitely refined love. dress and fancy work are issued. On making as this it is not surprising that the whole it may be admitted that Bow Clarice is easily won to consent to a Bells is an exceedingly good specimen secret marriage; but it must be confessed of the penny weekly paper. Nothing
appears in its pages which might not be It is the same key always. Thus in read by the most refined of women, another tale of the same number, “ Paul while the needlework and household and Olivia," the blind hero has proposed columns must be valuable to the class marriage to a girl who does not care for for which they are designed. It may be him : added that, although correspondents are
' He never remembered how that day passed, answered, there is a marked absence in because of the intense fever of love which was the column devoted to them of the ob- upon him ; never before had he known such exjectionable matrimonial advertisements citement; he wandered from place to place, which figure elsewhere. Judging from but all alike were haunted by her presence ; he the published answers, however, the edi- , pressed the keys, it was her voice which seemed tor would seem to have abundant oppor-' to ring out upon the stillness. His hands tunities afforded to him for gauging the trembled, his heart beat nearly to suffocation, depths of human folly, e.g.:
his temples throbbed. Oh, the madness, the
sweet madness which had fallen upon him! “DOUBTER (Edinburgh), is respectfully ad
Everything was dreamlike. Esther Em vised that after having sent us four folios rela- merson came and talked with him, but of what tive to the flirtations of the young lady, his
he said in reply he was scarcely conscious. best course would be to think no more of her ;
Dinner was served, and he ate thereof, knowbut as to his final question, whether a woman
ing nothing of what he tasted ; evening wore can make a man love her quicker than a man
on, Esther played and sang for him ; even that can make a woman love him ?'—well, that's a
did not disturb that dreaminess which enfolded riddle, as Lord Dundreary would say, no fel. him ; voice and music came to him as part of low can answer.
a vision. Another paper of the same type, which
"' Is this a dream ? enjoys a tolerably large circulation
Then waking would be pain :
Ah ! do not wake me, let me dream again.' among young women of the lower class, is the Family Reader, now in the tenth “Those were the words which Esther sang year of its existence. This print is of the sang with passion and feeling, which thrilled same size as the London Journal, and is
him through and through, because they seemed
the cry of his own soul. He was dreaming, usually adorned with three engravings to and the dreaming was sweet-sweet! Other each number, all of the somewhat exag- words she sang, but those alone made themgerated type to, which reference has selves clear to him. already been made. The stories, like
“ Was it a dream that he had whispered to
Olivia of his love for her-his desire to make those of its prototype, are invariably of her his wife? If it were, then let him so conthe most exalted and most fashionable tinue to dream for all time.” personages, and the sentiments of the intensest kind. Thus in one story, “ At
Forty-two columns of stories of this the Eleventh Hour," the Lady Fay kind, and a column or two of miscellanemeets her lover :
ous cuttings lead up to the inevitable
three columns of “ Answers to Corre" It so happened that morning she was spondents,” almost the whole of which obliged to drive to a great publishing office in the West End ; she had business there which
are addressed to young women.
These she did not care to entrust to any one else ; columns very clearly show to what class and as she stood in the large, beautiful shop, the Family Reader addresses itself, exwhich was like a museum of art, Clive had en- actly as in the case of the correspondtered. When she saw him her face burned as though it would never grow cool again ; her
ence of the London Journal and the eyes flashed their sweetest welcome to him; London Reader.
London Reader. The correspondents of her hands trembled. It seemed to her that her this paper are obviously milliners' apwhole soul sank with the sweetness of his pres- prentices, and the “young ladies” who ence.'
serve behind the counters, who seem to She invites him to a tête-à-tête (sic) consider the editor as their guide, philosdinner with terrible results :
opher, and friend in ordinary. · Thus It was well, yet ill for her that she did not in the number before us“ Clytie" is insee the man she loved after she had left him, formed that “an apprentice in a milliwhen the light and joy that her presence caused nery shop would be expected to carry him had in some measure died away; great parcels if the porters were absent,' drops of anguish stood on his brow, his strong frame trembled, his strong white hands were
Mary Russell” learns that as she tightly clenched, his lips white with strong
writes well and spells correctly, she emotion and pain."
might be able to undertake the duties of
a clerk or bookkeeper ;"
;" “ Barmaid" is upper classes are in the minds of these told to “ ask the clergyman the cost of writers superhumanly wicked or as superthe banns ;'' Topsy" is advised to humanly virtuous ; the principal occu“ take no notice of a young man who pation of the former division is the corstares about in church ;” and “Bella ruption of virtuous girls of lower rank Donna,” and “Scotch Lassie” are in- than their own, and the chief delight of structed in the art of washing the feet ! the virtuous aristocracy is in raising
All these papers issue monthly supple- poor, but honest and beautiful girls to ments. Those of the Family Herald, their own level by marrying them. On London Journal, and London Reader take these lines the tales published in the the form of novellettes, each the size of Illustrated Family Novelist, the Illustratan ordinary number of the paper, and of ed London Novelette, the Family Novthe type of those with which their read- elette, and the Lady's Own Novelist, are ers are familiar. The Family Reader
The Family Reader usually built. Occasionally an author gives a " Fashion Supplement,"contain- who has obtained some reputation in ing paper patterns of articles of dress, other
ways, such as Miss Annie Thomas, and a plate of the fashions,“ designed Mr. George Manville Fenn, and Miss expressly by a leading French artist, Florence Marryatt, may be induced to and Bow Bells issues every month elabo- contribute a story, but as a general rule rate supplements of the same kind. In the tales are written by persons whose addition to these, a series of stories ap- principal qualification would seem to be pears monthly under the title of Bow a most astounding ignorance of the life Bells Novelettes. These are printed in a they pretend to depict.* Thus in “ Firm large quarto size, in double columns, , as Fond," the hero-a peer-is spoken and with three engravings apiece. It is of indifferently as Lord Bidlington and hardly necessary to say that these stories Lord Charles Bidlington, while " Lord concern only the most illustrious person- Delmar's Vow''-the 104th number of ages, and equally unnecessary to add the Illustrated Family Novelist-turns that they are of the most astounding upon the efforts of Viscount Delmar to silliness. This last quality unfortunate- induce his nephew, the heir to the title ly clings to the whole list of “ family'' and estates, to“ break the entail." This and “illustrated " novelettes, of which said nephew is a third-class clerk in a a multitude pour from the press from government office, and lives in lodgings week to week and from month to month. in the Euston Road. He eventually
Thus the specimen of the Bow Bells marries his landlady's daughter, though | Novelette now before us in No. 75, and not until he has signed a deed by which
bears the title “ Firm as Fond ; or, the mysterious operation of “ breaking the Love's Victory." The hero, Lord Bid- entail” is effected, and thereby reduced lington, has picked up a young artist, a himself to poverty and a brain-fever. Miss Juliana Altingham, whom he main- Of course in the end all comes right, the tains in great splendor by the simple de- high-minded hero buying the mysterious vice of buying such pictures as she pro- deed from a butler, who had stolen it, duces at an enormous price, through the and Lord Delmar, dying without a will, intervention of a convenient picture- Hugh succeeds to the title and estates. dealer. The said picture-dealer, Brash- The extraordinary ignorance betrayed ford, falls in love with the artist, and by such a story as this is only equalled asks Lord Bidlington's assistance, where by the innocence with which the writer upon his lordship awakes to the fact that makes the future peer of the realm marry he is in love with her himself. A Mr. his landlady's daughter. Darmontel, the professor who had taught The Weekly Budget is a journal which what little she knew to Juliana, enters belongs to this class, and which, though upon the scene, and becomes the Deus not so frequently seen in London as ex machina through whose intervention the lovers are united, in spite of the * That this ignorance is only natural may efforts of the villain of the piece-Sir
be inferred from the fact that a friend of the Jocelyn Jerningham---to seduce the lady
present writer, a senior assistant in the Brit
ish Museum, has in his service a housemaid with his wealth. The story is typical of whose father writes novels for a Fleet Street the class to which it belongs. The
publisher from ten to four daily.
some of its rivals, circulates to the extent of high life of the other weeklies. And of about half a million of copies weekly. in addition to the fiction there is a proWith certain offshoots it is perhaps one vision of more solid matter in the shape of the most valuable newspaper proper- of well written and intelligent essays ties in existence. It owes its origin to a contributed by authors of reputation and somewhat curious circumstance. When capacity. It is, perhaps, rather unwise the proprietors of the Manchester Guar- in a paper of this kind to allow so much dian determined upon a daily issue of latitude to the expression of political their paper they were naturally anxious opinion. Everybody does not admire to feel sure of their ground. An employé Mr. Bradlaugh and his political princiof theirs, a Mr. Henderson, was sent ples quite so much as Mr. Sims. accordingly among the towns of North Literature for boys is a very important Lancashire and the neighboring counties feature of the penny press.
There are to establish agencies. He speedily soine fourteen or fifteen papers published found, however, that in those remote for their amusement every week, with a districts there was little, if any, demand total circulation of at least a million and for a daily paper.
What was wanted
It is somewhat melancholy to was a weekly paper which, while giving have to add that, with few exceptions, a certain amount of news, should con- these papers are silly and vulgar in the tain a considerable proportion of light extreme, and that two or three are posiamusing reading To a great extent tively vicious. The best and wholesomthat demand is now met by the weekly est of them all is unquestionably the supplements published by such papers as Union Jack, which started on its career the Manchester Courier and the Leeds some twelve months ago, under the ediMercury ; but long before they assumed torial care of the late Mr. W. H. G. their present form the Weekly Budget Kingston, whose name is wonderfully came into existence, and for twenty years popular and deservedly so-with all it has enjoyed an extensive circulation boys. In the course of a short time Mr. among the working classes in all parts of Kingston, in consequence of the pressure the country. About one half of the of other engagements, retired and his paper is occupied with news and with place was taken by Mr. Henty, the wellcomments upon it from the moderate known special correspondent of the Liberal point of view ; the greater part Standard. As might be expected, the of the remainder consists of serial stories paper has, under such management, of the London Journal type, of which taken a very high place. The stories are four are usually running at once. Three excellently written, in a thoroughly manor four columns are devoted to answers ly tone, and the moral inculcated is never to correspondents, and this part of the obtrusively thrust forward. No boy can paper is evidently most popular. Medi- be the worse for reading the Union Jack, cal questions are answered and advice is and most boys will be improved. Much given by a physician ; a barrister replies the same thing inay be said of the Boy's to queries on legal matters, and the edi- Own Paper, which is published by the torial staff deal with general topics. It Religious Tract Society. The tales are should be added that the recommenda- very good, though somewhat weaker and tions appear to be very simple and very slighter than those of the Union Jack, sensible, while the political matter is but any defect in this way is made up
for commendably free from rancor and vio- by excellent articles on natural history, lence.
cricket, boat-sailing, bees and bee-keepOne and All is the title of a new can- ing, and similar subjects. A paper didate for public favor. It describes it- which numbers among its contributiors self as a "journal for everybody," and writers of the standing of the Rev. J. G. is edited by Mr. George R. Sims, a Wood, Dr. Grace the cricketer, Jules young littérateur of more than common Verne, W. H. Harris, and Miss Fyvie ability, who has favorably distinguished Mayo cannot but be successful, and it is himself in many ways. His magazine is gratifying to know that the paper enjoys worthy of his reputation. The tales are a very large circulation. More recently bright and dable, free from the affec- a Girl's Own Paper has been issued by tations and the follies of the romances the same society, and being modelled on