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like the ugly, black coated fraternity at all.)     The interior of
the Cathedral looks bare, there are some fine, stained-glass, oriel
window, and chapels along either aisle.     Ascending one of the
towers, from a seperate entrance, we after payment of some sous
to a woman, and considerable exertion, reach the stone gallery bet-
ween the two great towers; then take a view of Paris.  No such
a picturesque and architectural panorama is there as, in medicinal
time, Hugo paints, but yet is it worth seeing.     The narrow
Seine winds along, not blockaded by unsightly warehouses or coal wharfs,
but by broad open quays, along which trees are planted, and where 
you stand rows of palaces and handsome public buildings.  The
streets of the Cit�, (upon the island of which we stand,) appear laby-
rinthine and tortuous, the many bridges well built, the Boulevards
and more modern parts of the capital, broad fine thoroughfares.
No little steamers, or boats upon the green Seine, but great bathing
places, and washing depots, where we see, (and hear) women beating
the clothes, each having a separate sort of pig-pen to do it in, with
unlimited water privilege.     The July column we spy, and beyond
it Pere la Chaise, with rising grounds and many monuments;
the heights of Montmartre overlooking Paris, and the great Arch
de la Etoile.     A large church of St Eustache (something) also
attracts our notice.     The city generally appears clean, and bright
colored.     But a word more of Notre Dame.   In the gallery where
we stand, (which also encircles the towers,) at angles, and other
places, are the strangest shaped stone monsters, chim�ras, dragons,
horned demons, salamanders, griffons and the like, some at
full length and of mans heighth, others merged at mid-length in               
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