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              [enclosed newspaper clipping]
  �The feuilletonist of the Courier des Etats Unis,
discoursing of the solar eclipse, is reminded of various
terrestrial and social eclipses which the week has pro-
duced, and he says: �I notice the eclipse of knowledge,
of common sense, and of wit, shown in a letter I have
received apropos of some lines in my last feuilleton
touching New-York Bohemianism.  I am sent to the
devil, and am conjured to say in what this Bohemian
lam differs fom that which holds its sittings in the
Parisian haunts.  I answer: one has produced noth-
ing, the other labors incessantly to establish the lite-
rary supremacy of its own country.  Such writers as
Murger and Theodore de Banville have recently
stepped forth from its ranks, and it will send out many
more.  Our most distinguished prose writers and poets
have passed through this rude and joyous school.  Th�-
ophile Gautier, Ars�ne Houssaye, G�rard de Nerval
were, under other names, the Bohemians of French
romance, in their garrey of the Rue Doyenn�.  The
hive has changed its place; but the bees hum always.
Now, I do not see here even budding reputations to
oppose to those I have noted.  In a word, Parisian
Bohemianism has its titles of nobility; it has subscribed
Mademoiselle de Maupin, les Filles de Feu, les Bu-
veurs d�Eau, les Odes Funambulesques, etc.  I be-
come, in my turn, an inquirer, and I demand to be
shown the works of the New-York Bohemians.  Total
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