f the earlier days of chivalry-few are more striking or picturesque than the simple narrative of facts which we are about to relate.
Miss Pauline Cushman, or Major Cushman, as she is, by right, most generally called, was born in the city of New Orleans, on the 10th day of June, 1833, her father being a Spaniard, a native of Madrid, and a prosperous merchant of the Crescent city, and her mother a French woman of excellent social position and attainments.
In course of time, her father met witbegan:
Of what country are you a native, Miss Cushman?
he asked, waving her to a chair with his hand.
I am an American, sir; but of French and Spanish parentage, she answered.
And you were born where?
In the city of New Orleans.
ejaculated the general, doubtingly.
How comes it, then, that — that your pronunciation has the Yankee twang?
It comes, probably, from the fact that I am, professionally, an actress, she answered promptly, and as I am in the habi