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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
300                   CHURCH REVIEW.

erable, but fortunately the trip occupied but an hour and a half,
and about the time you think that (die you must, Calais is
reached--you stand, for the first time, on French soil. The
custom officer interrogates you; you hear French spoken by
a Frenchman, on his native land, for the first time.  Of (oirse
you do not understand a word he says, but he is asking whether
you have anything dutiable--tea, sugar, cigars, etc, to which
you answer "non," pronouncing it as if it had a final  g, "Nong
Monsieur." Thereupon, he makes a small mark in chalk on
your luggage, and you depart in peace to the awaiting train,
which stops only at Amiens.  It was in this region that the
English fought the famous battles of Crecy and Agincourt
Several battles were fought here during the Franco-Prussian
war; but I shall remember it more vividly for the fact that
it was here that I paid sixty cents for two peaches! The
train stops twenty minutes for refreshments. Our party got
out and had an excellent dinner of lamb chops, French peas,
bread, butter and claret, The bill had been paid, when I picked
up two peaches to present to the rector's wife, who remained
in the car. I threw down a franc--twenty cents--but was male
to understand that they were worth a franc and a half a-piece
I afterwards discovered that the peaches had been raised under
gla  We reached Paris at 6.30 P.M., and were driven to
the Grand Hotel.
  How shall I find words to describe this city of light, beauty
and magnificence? It is like an ideal city-like a city hung in
the sky--so full of brilliancy and buoyancy, so full of life and
gayety, and, above all, so clean and so orderly. It is, by far,
the most commodious, splendid and beautiful city of the world.
Paris stands unique among modern cities, and in nothing more
than in this, there are few, if any, poor neighborhoods or small
houses; few alleys or back streets. The private houses, as
well as the public buildings, are built of a light-colored stone,
easily wrought and carved. With this material, long blocks of
houses are reared to a height of six or seven stories, each floor
containing a distinct dwelling; hence the term "French Flat,"
as applied to apartment houses in this country. Access to all
floors is by a common stairs, quite imposing and generally of
marble. The whole house is in charge of a "Concierge," who
attends the door and protects your privacy.  In this respect,
Paris differs from London and New York and most of the great
cities, in the absence of small houses for the middle classes and
the poor. I am not expressing which system I prefer; I am
only stating the facts. The boulevards are lined with trees,
seats and little towers, called "Vespasienues;" these are used
for bills and advertisements, instead of the bill-boards in use
in this country. And where else in the world can be found
 the cafes, restaurants and shops, which line the principal boule-
vards for mile upon mile? The bright green of the lime-trees,
against the intense blue of the sky; the promenades crowded
with life; the streets wi thousands of cabs, which, when
       




			
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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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