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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
         A SUMMER VACATION IN EUROPE.                  295

Mall.  The livery and gold lace, the pomp and ceremony of the
hotel is at first overpowering, but one soon gets used to it. No
expense has been spared in the endeavor to make it, in point of
comfort, elegance and convenience, second to no hotel in the
world. The dinners at 7 o'clock are marvels of grandeur and
glitter; nearly every one is in full dress; wax candles supple-
ment gas, and the tables are adorned with choicest fruits and
flowers; diamonds flash from necks and ears of beautiful women.
It is, indeed, a splendid sight. London is a vast city-the great-
est in the civilized world.  It has a population of 5,000,000-as
gieat as the entire population of the State of New York, with
her fifty cities and counties therein. It is twenty miles one
way, and sixteen miles the other. The police force numbers
16,000, more than half as large as the standing army of the
United States, which is now 25,000.
  "A great many of you have been to London," once said Hon.
John Bright, in addressing an audience in the provinces, "and
yet you know nothing about it. I have spent six months there
every year, for forty years, and yet, I know nothing about it.
I do not believe there is a man in it who is fairly acquainted
with all the parts and districts of the great city." The city is
so vast and the space so great that one is stunned and dazed.
It will require months for one to fully realize all that he sees
and feels; the greatness and grandeur of all around you but
testifies to England's wealth and power-a power extending
not only over the 30,000,000 of her inhabitants proper, but
over the 300,000,000 of the British Empire, whose colonies dot
the globe.  London is the centre-the heart of the world's ac-
tivity, as Lombard Street is the world's money market. Her
great churches and palaces, St. Paul's, Westminster Abbey,
the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, the memorials
to her great dead, Wellington, Nelson, Prince Albert, Wilber-
force, Fox, Sheridan, Shakespeare, and a host of worthies who,
by the splendor of their genius, or their devotion to some great
cause, but testify to the richness and magnificence of her past,
and her appreciation of them.
  Her bridges and buildings seem built for eternity, everything
is so real and so solid. London may well be proud of her
bridges; sixteen of the mightiest structures of the world span
the Thames with enduring arches, in a distance of seven miles.
Paris alone can rival, but not excel. London Bridge was de-
signed by Sir William Rennie, and built by his son. It was
eight years in construction, and cost $10,000,000. Waterloo
Bridge is the finest in the world, and is 2,456 feet long.  Ca-
nova, the sculptor, said of this bridge that it was alone worth
a journey from Rome to London to see it. St. Paul's Cathe-
dral is the best expression of Protestant ecclesiastical art in ex-
istence. It is a stupendous temple, rather than a church, and
contains a number of tombs and monuments erected to her
mighty dead, admirals, generals, eminent bishops and others,
who have left a record for exalted service; Nelson, who is


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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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