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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
         A SUMMER VACATION IN EUROPE.                  297

equal obligations to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. A. Butler, of 16 Baker
Street, Portman Square. for the refined and elegant hospitality
extended me, both at their residence and at the Falstaff. Mr.
Butler is a native of Washington, but has for twenty years been
identified with the government of China in its diplomatic rela-
tions. He is a master of all the European languages, and equally
at home in all the European capitals. He has a residence at
Hong Kong, chambers at Paris, and a beautiful home in London.
Mrs. Butler is an English lady of culture and position, of great
personal charm of manner and exquisite tact and taste, "an ex-
cellent thing in woman."  Rev. Mr. Joseph, well known in this
country, but now acting as an agent of the Church Society for
the Propagation of the Gospel, called on me more than once and
I enjoyed most fully his rich store of mind. I cannot forget the
kindness of Mrs. Cooper, of Cavendish Square, who not only
entertained me at her magnificent residence, but placed her car-
riage and pair at my disposal, for frequent drives in Hyde Park
and elsewhere; the most thoughtful of entertainers, and her
house filled with choicest works of art.
  I spent a week at Brighton, the Newport of England. It is
quite imposing; the grand walks, the two piers of stone and
iron; the aquarium. Instead of a lot of booths and pavilions,
which shut out the sea view, which is true of many of our sea-
coasts you have a wide esplanade of stone masonry, which is
always lively with promenaders and bath chairs; the salt breeze
comes in full and wholesome.
  While in London, I one day varied the routine by dining at
the Three Tons tavern, at Billingsgate, the well-known fish-
market of London. The Three Tons is celebrated for its fish
dinners, as well as for having been the resort of rare Ben
Johnson and his set.  All the traditions of the past are re-
tained. The dinner hour is one o'clock. At that hour, the
guests being seated, a venerable man, the chief butler, asks
a blessing.  The dinner of fish is served, followed after by two
great joints, one of beef, the other of mutton; these are on
small tables, which are wheeled to your side, and the carving
done in your immediate presence. Tanks of pale ale or porter
are served, the whole ending with pipes, if you remain to the
end The experience was at once unique and impressive.
  Of course, I visited the East-End of London-Whitechapel,
and a policeman very readily pointed out to me the spots at
which the several fearful murders had been perpetrated.  The
dock strikes were in full blast. I saw, one Sunday, a procession
of 50,000 men out of work, marching to Hyde Park to hold a
meeting. I am glad the matter has been settled by the dock-
owners agreeing to pay the advance asked for from the 1st of
November.
  I had the pleasure of shaking hands with the much
talked of General Boulanger, at his residence, Portland
Place, London.    It will be remembered that he is now
in exile. A French gentleman at the hotel, with whom I




			
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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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