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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
         A SUMMER VACATION IN EUROPE.               303

new; and, by the by, there is no better way to spend an idle
afternoon than to stroll at will in Paris, until you get lost.
Don't be alarmed, you will soon turn up in some remembered
vicinity; if not, call a cab, which are everywhere, and drive
to your hotel. Chief among the stores is the Bon Marche, which
is a town of itself; admirably organized from a business and
humanitarian standpoint, for each employee has a direct in-
terest in the profits of the house.. The staff of employees num-
ber 3,500.  They sell all manner of goods and notions, but
gloves, laces and silks are their specialties.  Interpreters and
guides, speaking all languages, are put at your disposal; it is
one of the sights of Paris and one of the great stores of the
world.
  Of course I cannot speak of Paris without speaking of the
great exposition that was in progress during my visit. Great
as France has been in war, she has demonstrated by this ex-
position that she is equally great in the arts of peace.  It has
shown to Frenchmen, and to all mankind, the vast resources of
France in industry, in the power of organization, in the walks
of science and in the realms of art. It is, in many ways, of
very great educational value, and is used by the people for a
real popular school. The Eiffel Tower, graceful in proportions,
and piercing the heavens at a height of one thousand feet, sa-
lutes your sight at every turn--a web of steel by day, a pillar
of fire by night.  I attempted to go to its summit one stormy
afternoon, but after reaching about five hundred feet, concluded
that I had seen enough, and, at that height, entered one of the
four cafes on the landing, and ate a dinner as nicely cooked and
as elegantly served as if I had been on terra firma. Above the
highest platform rises a dome, divided into three working cabi-
nets, one for astronomy, another for meteorological and physi-
cal science, the third for biological studies. Above these cabi-
nets is the high tower or beacon, which is lighted by electricity,
and which throws its beams a distance of seven miles, strong
enough, it is said, to enable you to read by it. Three evenings
a week the tower and the gardens surrounding it are illumi-
nated; two hundred thousand people are present; bands are
playing. Standing in the centre of the garden you are encom-
passed by a blaze of light-the soft splendor of the incandes-
cent lamps and the quiet yellow hue of the gas, which outlines
the tower in graceful lines of light, from apex to foundation
stone.  Quite 4,000,000 jets of fire are required for this pur-
pose, and the effect is simply magnificent.
  Machinery Hall shares the glory with the Tower; it is the
largest building ever erected under one roof. It is a quarter of
a mile long, and over 300 feet wide.  Here, indeed, is an effective
object lesson-to see in how many countless ways man compels
steam and machinery to (do his bidding. A quarter of a mile of
engines, all going simultaneously, all doing different things. The
noise of the engines, the thud of the pistons, the grating of the
saws, the blow of hammers, the click of the shuttles, the rumble




			
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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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