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embourg.   Twas partly a covered one, decorated with lamps,
but having arbours and shady paths, a good orchestra, and
plenty of musicians and dancers.     The price of entrance to men
a franc, girls being admitted free.     The scene was immesely
amusing, as we, seating ourselves round the base of a pillar,
the top of which was ornamented with lamps and flowers, were
soon in the midst of a Ma�lstrom of dancers.     How they dan-
ced!  Swaying the body, in and out, never a collision, always
dexterity, sometimes grace, sometimes grotesquerie, sometimes
down right absurdity.    Girls holding up their dresses, (of which
they appeared very careful,) girls with dark hair, light hair,
thick hair, scanty hair, wild hair, and no-hair-to speak of
altogether.    Good featured, slim, and dissipated young fellows,
big beards, little bears, no beards, mustachious fierce and amiable,
heads shorn a la convict, and hair sweeping the shoulders ! Very
wide trousers and very tight ones, � all in rapid oscillation.    I
saw no bad dancers, and certainly never witnessed aught like this
Ball-display.     Very few can-can peculiarities were indulged
in, there were no masters of the Ceremonies, and only one slight
row.   We heard a feminine squeak, and were told that one girl
had assaulted another but �twas over in a moment,  I think the com-
batants were expelled.     Soldiers were present to keep order.
Most of the girls present were grisettes, shop-girls, modistes, 
and the like, some there were doubtless of looser life, but you�d
see a mother bring her daughters here, holding their shawls while
they danced.     You saw very few really handsome faces, but many
lively and agreeable ones.     Frenchwomen are not so pretty as are En-               
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