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Text for Page 232 [09-27-1857]

tempt at artificial rockery, weeds and grass growing
on top of chaotically-piled paving stones, a party of Germans
with their fraus and frauleins drinking thereon in proud
pre-eminence.   For the entree of all this you paid 
ten cents, which also entitled you to a five cent drink.
But the �Folk�s Garden,� which we next visited, was of higher
pretense.      Crowds thronged in and out, a pictorial intimation
of a wax-work Mrs Cunningham, Carlen and Bogus Baby
garnished the door, and then ten cents paid for admis-
sion didn�t include a drink.        The Volks Garden is a
big rotunda, rather handsomely fitted up, with galleries,
side rooms, and a very good band, which played selec-
tions from popular operas.    The place was very full,
the majority present Germans; and the sexes equally repre-
sented.       We visited the additional attractions, on the up-
per floor, additional payments of ten cents (to each) pro-
curing admission.    The Wax work affair was very funny.
A peculiarly grim looking �Mrs Cunningham� in black and
bearing her name on a label stared at the spectator
from the foot of an exceedingly small, scanty and cur-
tainless bed, in which reclined another �Mrs Cunning-
ham� in her night clothes and an impossible position,
her eyes fixed in stern defiance on the junction of the
wall with the ceiling, her right hand extended as though
expectant of pennies and a wax baby lying crosswise
over her middle.   If one might be allowed to allude to
her extremities I�d say they seemed to discontinue with
singular abruptness.   The exhibitor told us he had had               
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