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the left are vast hothouses and greenhouses ; and in the centre, inclosed in iron lattice work, is a large pond for the reception of foreign aquatic animals, very near which is a large Octagon experimental beehive, about ten feet high, and at the end, near the banks of the Seine, isa sine menagerie, in which: amongst other beasts, there are some noble lions. Many of the animals have separate houses and gardens to range in. Adjoining is the park of the elephant. This stupendous animal, from the ample space in which he moves, is seen to great advantage, and is considered to be the largest of his species -in Europe. Near the entrance on the right, is the museum of natural curiosities, the collection of which is* very valuable, and admirably arranged. There is here5 a sine giraffe, or camelopard, of an amazing height, stuffed. This surprising animal is a native of Ethiopia, and some other parts of Africa, and has scarcely ever been seen in Europe.
From the garden of plants, I made all poffible dispatch to Madame C 's in the Boulevard Italien,,
where I was engaged to dinner.
Upon croffing the Pont Neuf, where there are ar number of little stalls erected, the owners of whichadvertise upon little boards, which are raised uponpoles, that they pofless extraordinary talents for shearing dogs and cats 5 I could hot help stopping and laughing most heartily to observe the following address to the public from one of these canine and; grimalkin functionaries
<rles chiens la chatte
.* Mori m shears and euti
As I had,no tjime to. xeturu to my hotel to dress,: I w^s initiated into a mode of expeditiousty equipping myself, by a young friend who waswith. me, to which I was before a stranger, and which shows in the most trifling matters, that the French are good adepts ki expedition and accommodation. In passing through the Palais Royal, .we entered the little shop of abo«t cleaner. In a moment I was mounted upon a dirty ibpha, tp which I aseendedby steps,, and frnm which I had? a complete commanding view of the concourse of gay people, whp are always paffing and repaffing in this idle place; the paper of the day, stretched upon a little wooden frame was placed in my hand, each foot was sixed upon an iron anvil, one man brushed off the dirt, and another put on a shining blacking, a third brushed my clothes, and a fourth presented a basin'of water and towel to me. The whole of this comfortable operation lasted about four minutes. My i dirty valets made me a low bow for four sols, which, „ , .,;, , ivro it 0'vfa !vt» ,931* Jil*
poor asthe recompense was,, exceededlbsu" expecta-,
tions by three pieces of that petty coui. , m
In the evening, I had the happiness of being; intro* duced to Monsieur S .■ . Under his noble and hofo pitable1 roof, amidst his affectionate, beautiful, and; accomplished family, and in the select circle of his ele«. gant and enlightened society, I passed many happy hours. Monsieur S.— was of a noble family, and pro vious to the revolution was one of the fermiers gene.« raux, and possessed a very noble fortune. , In dilsbartT ging the duties of his distinguished and lucrative! ,• office, he conciliated the affections of every one, xrhct? had the good fortune to be comprehended within the compass of his honorable authority, and when the revolution stripped him of it, it found his integrity . without a stain, except what in the bewildered interpretation of republican fury, adhered to him from his connection with the old established order of things. In the general, and undistinguished cry for blood, which yelled from the remorseless assaffins of Robes-, pierre, this admirable man was consigned to a dungeon, and doomed to the scaffold. Two hours before he was to suffer, the remembrance of the noble victim, and of a series of favors, of kindness, and of generosity, flashed with momentary but irresistible compunction, upon the mind of one of his sanguinary judges, who, suspending the bloody proceedings which then occupied the court, implored the compaffion of his fell associates. He pleaded until he had obtained his
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discharge, and then at once forgetting the emotions, of mercy, which had inspired his tongue with the most persuasive eloquence, he very composedly resumed the functions of his cruel occupation, and configned to the fatal instrument of revolutionary slaughter, other beings, whose virtues were less renowned, or less fortunate in their sphere of operation. Monfieur S— had reached his sixty-eighth year, but seemed to possess all the vivacity and health of youth. His lady was a very amiable, and enlightened woman. Their family consisted of a son, and three daughters, , all of them handsome, and very highly accomplished.
The eldest, Madame E , excelled in music; the
second, Madame B , in poetry and the claffics;
and the youngest, Mademoiselle Delpliine, in drawing and singing. I shall, perhaps, be pardoned for introducing a little impromtu compliment, which the pure, and unassuming merits of the youngest of the family, drew from my pen, in consequence os the conversation one evening, turning upon the indecorum of the tunic dress, amongst the elegantes of Paris.
TO MADEMOISELLE D. S.
V/bi'il art array'd in tunic robe
. V ' Tries over fashion's gaudy globe,
. '• To hold resiftlcss force,
• Th^ ccerits shall impede her course,
• '• F:?r „ race and nature aio in thee-,
'.'.'>' A. .chi:ie, decisive victor/.
Frofim the generalwr«ckc>f poverty Monfi^urS-i**-'"' ha* been fortunate enough to save a considerable portion of his fbrtsier fortune. A similar- favorable circiinl&anee haisi, in general-, rewarded the fortitude ao4 constancy of those who; in the political storm, refusttf to seek a dastard safety by flight. Influenced by the reputation of the integrity, talents and experience os'' Monsieur S-r-—, the sirstcOnsiil has deservedly' pla- < ced him at the head of the national' accounts, which he manages with great' advantages and hotter to the:: government. I was presife'd to make this charming house my home. Upon a noble terrdc'e, which communicated with-thedrawftigroom, and'commanded a view of all the gaiety/ and fastudn'of the ItaEen Boulevard, which moved below us, in the circle of some of the most charming people of Paris; we used to enjoy the refrestimg coolnesses the evening, the graceful unpremeditated dance; or the founds of enchanting music. In this happy spot all parties assembled. Those who had been divided by the ferocity of politics, here met in amicable intercourse. I have in the same room observed, the once pursuing republican conquerer, in social converse, with the captive Vendeean general, who had submitted to his prowess, and to the government. The sword was not merely sheathed —.-it was concealed in flowers. To- please, and to be pleased -, to charm, and to enlighten, by interchanges of pleasantry, and politeness, and talents, and acquirnaents seemed alone to occupy ihe generous minds of