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Text for Page 087 [06-13-1855]

York for a year, during the Crystal Palace failure, and is now in
the Parisian one.     The evening is a warm, and lovely one, the
gardens pleasant and, with their white statues, look Sydenhamish.
There is a throng of holiday people everywhere, Zouaves, Chasseurs,
girls, old women, dandies, boys and children.     The Zouaves are
remarkable looking fellows, their costume, I take it, a plagiarism from
Algerine warfare.   A red fez, forehead shaved, hair the same or cut
so close as to be imperceptible, neck bare to the collar bone, loose Al-
banian-like jacket, wide loose breeches and white gaiters, distinguish
these soldiers.     The girls without hat or bonnet are also noticeable,
and I learn that the absurdity of long skirts to women�s dresses is 
peculiar to England and America.   Many pretty feet and legs are
visible, and many ugly ones.   We ramble to the Barriers, outside
of which at a sort of guard house, sit a row of mustached, red-trouser-
ed soldiers; see the Telegraph Office &c, the returning look on
at a game at football, by 10 o�clock finding ourselves at a Caf�
by the side of the Theatre de l�Od�on.   T�is a very tastefully deco-
rated one, with a little fountain in the middle, the water flowing on green
grass and little statues.   Caf� and petit verres till 11, and then
to the Hotel Brittanique and bed.
  14.  Thursday.  My room is on an upper story, only to be opened
by the key, and were the door to be incautiously shut, with the key on
the inner side of it, there�d be no way of entering except by means of
a ladder and the window.     Its floor is paved with red tiles which
in n are never scrubbed, but waxed until they shine again.  There
is a big window, opening as usual, from floor to ceiling, a balcony
at about four inches from the house front, a closed up fireplace, a               
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