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glish, but they make up, and dress capitally, though perhaps of cheap
material.            At 10 the ball ended, and there was much squeezing
of plump figures, and dainty waists, as folks pressed out, which
were repelled with occasional slaps on the part of the girls, or compla-
cently submitted to, according to the physique of the offender.
  18.  Monday.     The three of us to the July Column, which
occupies the site of the old Bastille, where on that memorable day
de Launay and Thuriot saw �Saint Antoine rising like the sea.�
The ascent of the column is partially dark, and your first feeling
on reaching the summit decidedly a nervous one, as you can plainly
feel the oscillation of the bronze pillar.     Soldiers, women and work-
men en blouse were on top also.  Names of the men who fell in the
three days are enscribed on the column, a figure of Victory, or Fame
as in the act of flying on its summit.     To Pere La Chaise,
along the streets leading to which we see many makers, and sellers
of Immorteles, and funerals of different orders progressing in our
direction.     The monuments in the Cemetery, are, as far as we saw
not very fine, many of �em looking as Ned said, like ornamental
privys.     You�ll see a sort of stone cell, with trumpery glass cases
in it, containing artificial, or real, flowers, a plaster cost of a
child praying or so, with immorteles strung like curtain
rings, in every state of decomposition.     Some will be little rooms,
with a crucifix, chairs, and conveniences for praying, � the relatives
of the deceased having the key.     Many are ruinous, and weeds grow
every where, most luxuriantly in Pere la Chaise.     The Abelard
and Heloise tomb is only interesting from its antiquity � and the story;
as an architectural display it is nought.     There are innumerable               
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