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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
            A SUMMER VACATION IN EUROPE.               305

the banks of the Seine.  All is a fac-simile reproduction in the
capital of France of originals existing to-day as yesterday, the
same in the unchanging East.      Mosque, bazar, donkey-boys,
the alcoves, the street sellers, are a condensed epitome of orien-
tal life. Turbaned street.sellers, at each corner, with sweetmeats.
Here may be seen a real Egyptian bazar. Native traders, to
the number of two hundred, have been brought from India.
Dark-eyed females, bedizened with jewelry, are seated behind
the stalls.  A corpulent Turk takes his ease and his pipe in a
divan. An Arab sits in his shop door turning a primitive lathe,
which he holds as firmly in his toes as in a vice. The shops are
all tenanted by native workmen, in native costume, all engaged
in difficult crafts. It is needless to say that this street attracts
much attention.
  After the Tower, the picture galleries are the most popular
features of the exposition. There you see the most costly and
magnificent collection of pictures ever presented to human gaze.
There is not only the best production of French art, for the past
hundred years, but nearly every foreign country is represented
by its best. There is no phase of human life which is not
represented, often with wonderful fidelity and startling realism
Great paintings of the noblest heroism, exalted suffering and
divinest love, and pictures of loathsome horror. There is no,
note of human aspiration, heavenwarl or hellward, that is not
here represented on the canvas, that almost speaks to you of the
ideas, the emotions, the passions of men, not of one nation, but
of all, are here incarnate, radiant in light and almost instinct.
with life. And their settings are as various as the countries from
whence they come. Nature, in all her caprices, from the gla-
ciers of Norway to the steppes of Russia; from the surf-beaten
shore of the Atlantic to the eternal snows of the Alps, is here
represented by the most gifted painters of the world. To the
religionists and moralists it is very gratifying to know that,
amidst all these miles of canvas representing all phases of
human passion, human life, and human slaughter and aspira-
tion, the pictures that crown and glorify-all those which are
the most sought and more highly prized--are the religious
pictures, chief of which is Munkaczy's "Christ before Pilate,"
of which you have heard and read so much.  It is a wonderful
picture, full of pathos and patience. The contrast between the
strong, stern features of the Roman judge and the patient,
meek appearance of the Christ, as the crowd in the background
cry "Crucify, Him, Crucify Him," is most impressive.  "Cal-
vary," and "The Crucifixion," are among the great pictures of
religion.
  Between the rude cave-dwellers, who lived in the holes in the
rocks, and the man who designed this great show of the world's
products, how immense is the distance! We are, indeed, the
heirs of all the ages. What countless generations of men and
women have toiled and struggled, fought and died in building
up such a magnificent civilization--a civilization that prints
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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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