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cattle, and but few houses, but a wide expanse of champaign
lands, with here and there rows of poplars.   Presently we
see bright flowers, yellow broom, and red poppies on the banks,
pass a river or so; and with many small stoppages, (one
over night, at Rouen having lasted some time,) at last come
in sight of Paris, lying in the bright morning sunshine, with
a great Arch seen afar off.     Very clean and pleasant looking
does the city appear, at first sight.     At the terminus, our
carpet bags submit to a nominal examination, (or course conducted
by soldiers,) and we taking a seat at the entrance of the buil-
ding await the arrival of Wilkins.    He presently appears, in
a white hat, and otherwise extensively got up; greets us, condemns
off hand, as an expensive place, the one Ned has been advised to
by relatives of its proprietress, in London, says he has not found
any suitable one, and much more, in his unmethodical, unconclusive
way.     Finally he treats us to half an hours walk about Paris,
we carrying carpet bags and shawls in the sun, which is now hot
upon the house tops.     We catch a glimpse of the Madelaine, pass
the Napoleon column of the Place Vendome, (with a faded immortele
or so hanging out its base;) see chiffoniers and early coffee roasters,
and call at a shut-up hotel.     Finally I intimate to Wilkins that
we are too weary for further promenading, and we turn in to a
newly opened caf�, to partake of a bottle of wine and temporary
rest.     There we propose to go to any hotel for a few hours sleep
and a wash, to do lodging hunting subsequently.  This being car-
ried into execution, we ascend to the top of a big hotel in the
Rue St Honor�, there having small rooms, and proportionate water               
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