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sition about him, and rotting feet! �                  In the evening,
with Ned, and the Staffordshire man by a French omnibus to
the Boulevards Italiens.  The vehicle was a commodious one, but
had no door, though a projecting roof sheltered the conducter, who
was, of course, of military exterior.  The night proving wet, the
covered arcades were thronged, where the print shops proved attractive.
Lithographs of nude beauties openly exposed, handsomely dressed
women in shops, a well bearded silversmith taking his short pipe amid
a blaze of gold and silverware, with much more; and as we re-
turn to our lodging pretty female legs in the majority again.  Little
Perret tells of his being on service in the Gard Nationale, for four
days in the affair of June.
  16. Saturday.    The three of us to the Jardins des Plantes,
Holton having promised to meet us there, but failing.   At the Galerie
de Geologic, and the Zoological departments.  Bears, giraffes,
lions, tigers and a young hippopotamus who lay in the sun like
a pre-adamite pig, looking, I thought very unfit for an inhabitant
of Schiller�s Charybdis.     Visited as Ned said �our friends the
Monkeys,� and administered a cigar to a big blue faced ape, part
of which he ate, (which subsequently disagreed with him.)     The day
was sunny and windy; outside the grounds were shows, and a
circular crowd around a man breaking stones with his fist, for stray
sous.     Rambling back along the Seine, in at print shops, and
presently over the river to the Palais Royal and Louvre, taking
a pale ale lunch at tip top caf�.     Back hotel-wards, another
rain storm giving us half an hour in a print shop, then to dinner.
In our court, opposite our window is a girl with a pleasant intelli-               
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