American Manners in 1833

1834 The Dublin Penny Journal  
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more » ... out Early Journal Content at http://about.jstor.org/participate--jstor/individuals/early-journal--content. JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary source objects. JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not--for--profit organization that also includes Ithaka S+R and Portico. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. 170 THE DUBLIN PENNY JOURNAL, AMERICAN MANNERS IN 1S333. Traslated from a Gernnman work by a Correspondent of the Athenceium. SROADWAY, NEW YORK. Broadway,the principal street in New York, is one of the noblest in the world. It is always thronged with carriages-but the equipages are not so brilliant as the European; the coachmen and footmen are invariably blacks, and the whole concern is merely hired; for not a creature has carriage and horses of his own, excepting those who keep them to let out on hire. The liveliest part of this street is the middle. The beginning of it is formed by the neat but, not spacious dwellings of the oldest wealthy families. Those who have enriched themselves in later times, and these are almost exclusively native Americans, were therefore obliged to build their magnificent habitations in the third mile of the street. Here they stand, at first intermixed with writched houses, then with sheds and huts, and, finally, quite detached, and further apart, scattered among heaps of rubbish, on vacant spots that have never been levelled. A mile in advance are the streets to be occupied by future generations, scarcely indicated on the wild, uneven, rocky soil, upon which here and there a crippled forest-tree owes its existence to the victory of indolence over the love of gain. The shops and the throng of people next claim our attention. The Parisians, it is well known, are masters in the art of tastefully decorating their magazines, as they pompously style the most petty shops-of setting off their goods to the bestadvantage, ad displaying them in the most striking and attractiveranner : in this accomplishmeat, the people of New York are not a whit behind them; anid hen you see thbe troops of dressy ladies and officious gentlemen parading the streets and pouring into the shops, you have.not the leastdoubt that a great deal of businessnmust b daone; but I was soon convinced of the contrary. All the shops which I entered were full of ladiesi the aster, as welt as the shopmen, was busily engaged in taking down parcels of goods, opening and tying them up again. Each lady wished to see everything, to learn the price of everything, when it arrived, by what ship, from what place, and the like. It is amusing to see the fair querists tumbling over the silks and ribbons with their delicate hands, unrolling everythlin, asking a thousand questions whilst examining the. quahity; at last laying the stuffs in folds, the ribbons in bows, forming the rost elegant draperies, nay, extemporizing whole tableaux with astonishing celerity. When this is over, they leave the shp, promising to call again, and go into the nexth to.rpeatthe ame game, which is kept up from eight in the mor-ng till two in the afternoon. At that hour every .dy goe.s to dnner; they eat mueh and quick, then rest for an hour, and by half-past four the Broadway, is again in full bloom. In spite of the good example, I could not help buying, whenever I went into a shop, some trifle or other, for which, of course, as a foreigner, I was obliged to pay double price ; but the lesson whichkI learned at the same time, amply indemnified me' For the first thing I bought I was asked one dollarandfifty cents. I laid a bank note of two dollars on the counter. The shopkeeper inumnediately put it into his tilt, andweat to attend to something else. WheaI reminded himt that.h had not given me the change, he coolly asked whether. I vas.
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