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CHAP. XXI.

TiBuresque and Mechanical Theatre.Filtrating and purifying Vases.—English Jacobins.A Farewell.—

MeJfagerie.-*-Mal Maison Forefl of Evreux.—*

Lower Normandy—Caen.Hon. T. Erfkine.A Ball.The Keeper of the Sachri/ly of Notre Dame.The two blind Beggars.Ennui.—St. Lo.Cheri bourg.England.

I VISITED, one evening, a very beautisul exhibition, which I think worthy of being noticed ;it was the picturesque and mechanical theatre. The company present were select and genteel. The room and stage were upon a small scale ; the former was very elegantly sitted up. The spectacle consisted of scenery and. appropriate little moving sigures. ' The sirst scene was a view of a wood in early morning, every , object looked blue, fresh and dewy. The gradations of light, until the approach of meridian day, were I admirably represented. Serpents were seen crawling in the. grass. A little sportsman entered with his fowling-piece, and imitated all the movements natural to his pursuit •> a tiny wild duck rose srom a lake, and flew before him. He pointed his gun, changed his situation, pointed it again, and sired. The, bird dropped ;he threw it over his shoulders, sastened to his gun, and retired. Waggons, drawn by horses about four inches high, passed along,; groups of peasantry followed, exquisitely imitating all the indication* of life. Amongst several other scenes was a beautiful ^iewef the bay of Naples, and the great bridge ; over whichlittle horses, with their riders, passed in the various paces of Walking, trotting and galloping. 'All the minutise of nature were attended to. The ear was beguiled with the patting of the horses' hoofs upon the pavement ; and some of the little animals reared, and ran before the others. There were also some charming little sea-pieces, in which the vessels sailed with their heads towards the spectators, and manœuvred in a surprising manner. The whole concluded with a storm and shipwreck. Sailors were seen floating in the water, then sinking in the surge. One of them rose again, and reached a rock. Boats put off to his relief, and perished in the attempt. The little sigure was seen displaying the greatest agonies. The storm subsided ; tiny persons appeared upon the top'of a projecting cliff, near a watch tower, and lowered a rope to the little lusserer below, which he caught, asd after ascending to some height by it, overwhelmed with iatigue, lost his hold. After recovering from t^e ifall, he renewed his efforts/and at length reached ) the top in safety, amidst the acclamations of theTpet) iators, who moved by this enchanting little illusion, took much interest in the apparent distress of the scene.

Upon quitting the theatre, we sound a real storm without. The lightning flamed upon us from every quarter and was fucce«ded by loud peals' tff thund<*r. WCbUiVwe were. cpu^mplatingthe tetnpeftfrom the «l)^50»7 of Mad*(ne S-rrr-, a,,b»U;of sire .fell very near us, and. silled the room with a sulphureous stench. A servant soon afterwards entered, almost . breathless to inform his . mistress, Madame r-, who was of t party, that the sire-ball had pentrated her house, wnich was close adjoining) without having effected any injury. Madame Ji^ laughed heartily, and observed,"Well, it is very droll that the "lightning should make so free wkh my house when . "Iamnotathoioe." This little sprightly remark dispersed the gloom which had overshadowed most, of the ladies present. AIL the large houses in Paris axe well protected against the perilous effect of electric fluid, by conductor6» which are very judiciouSy disposed* . . .-,«•;

An invention has lately made its appearance m Paris, which is as full of utility as it is of genius. A house has lately been opened for the sale of siltrating and purifying vases, to which the ingenious constructor has given the most elegant Etruscan shapes. They are capable of resining the most fetid and corrupt water, by a process which, in its operation, lasts about four mi, nutes. The principle is the fame as in nature. The foul water is thrown into the vase, where it panes through various strata of earth, which are compressed into a series of little apartments, which retain its offensive particles, and srom which it iflues a3 clear and as sweet as rock water. This discovery will prove of in?'e^A#.;X5d.] * 'ttf Prance'.' C:4&7

sinite coyftq«esi^e to fcmities Who reside in the mira''•'fime parts r Hbltandi and tt} rriany inland towns in France, where the water isfrequently very had. » I most cordially hope3 that' the inventor wilf' iia*et » with the femraieraf&h »hk'h S dire td his 'hkmifnc 1 philofiphy;;-'i,i ^'-"^''"^ rBurc.J* r After having experienced a most-cordial display of kindnesses and hospitalities, I prepared to retnrn to my own country, « that precious stone set in the silter sea." I had to part with those who, in the' short space of one fleeting month, had by their endearing, and flattering attentions, rivetted themselves to my affections, with the force of a long, and frequent, and. cherished intercourse, who, in a country where I expected to feel the comfortless sensations of a foreigner, made me forget that I was even a jlranger. Amongst those who excited a considerable !share of my regret ~ upon parting, were the elegant and charming family

of the S s. As I was preparing %o take my leave,,

Madame S said, " you must not forget us be

.«cause a few waves divide our countries." I ' -, «.*If he will lend me his pocket-book," said one of her lovely daughters, " I will try and fee if .my pen"cil will not preserve us.in his memory, at least for.a little time*''';' . . .'

b/t I presented it touher, aad.in a few minutes she made . an elegant little sketch, which Ihe called, "The as;. fectionate Mother." Amiable young artist!: may/ Tome, propitious to the happiness of some.generous; X2i

being, who is worthy of such an associate, hail thee with the blissful appellation! and may the graceful discharge of those resined and affecting duties which flow from connubial love, entitle thee, too much esteemed to be envied, to the name of the modern Cordelia! .• i ..{.-::,} :r,Jc\}i v;*

Several Englishmen, whilst I was at Paris, met with very vexatious delays in procuring their pasiports, to enable them to leave it, from a mistaken course of application. Instead of applying to M. Fauche, or any other municipal officer, I would recommend them to procure their paflport from their own ambassador, and send it to the ofsice of Mons. Talleyrand for his endorsement i by which means they will be enabled to q ct the republic in two or three days aftec their application. , Lv.- . .''.'vi .:):.''

Having previously determined to return by the way of Lower Normandy, upon the beauty and luxuriance of which I had heard much eulogy, about half past sive o'clock in the morning of the 21st of Prairial, 1 left my hotel, and proceeded to the Messagerie, from which the diligences, all of which are under the con*, r trol of the nation, set out. The morning was very beautiful. I was much entertained before I mounted that cumbrous vehicle, which was to roll me a little nearer to my own coast, by viewing the numerous groups of travellers and their friends, who surrounded the different carriages as the horses were tackling bo them. In different directions of my eye, J,fcw about

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