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whom the common people join so him on the same spot for this fort. heartily in laughing at this kind of night, and he still lives. wit, must be advanced in cultiva. Attend to that girl crying till she tion a step farther than many other is hoarse, “ Fifty tooth-picks for nations. But let us go on to his two sons, cinquante cure-dents pour neighbour, who carefully watches deux sous !” She sells but little of till the wit, whom we have just her goods; she is ugly, nobody will left, makes a pause--when he im- buy; and yet she lives. I prefer mediately calis out with a loud voice, those cunning wits, whose industry “ Gentlemen, while my neighbour speculates upon that inexhaustible is taking breath, permit me to fund, the curiosity of mankind. show you a most remarkable expc. Here stands an old woman, who riment;" without waiting for an reads, with a harsh voice, from a answer, he carries round a box from printed sheet of blotting paper; which he desires the people to draw' what has happened in the last site questions, relative to money, health, ting of the council of state. She love, the constancy or inconstancy hardly closes her mouth before her of a beloved object, legacies ex more aged neighbour opens her pected, &c. &c. While the ques- faded lips, pous forth a torrent of tion is taking out of the box, the printed eloquence against the perprofessor of a thousand arts stands fidy of the English ; pointing, at the at a distance to prove that he needs same time, to a wooden cut which not be acquainted with the subject decorates her hand-bill, and in which of it. Then upon receiving two his Britannic majesty is very ill. sous in ready cash, he first answers treated. The droll delivery of the the question, and, in the next two old women is heard gratis, place gives a complete character of and their hand-bills cost only one the inquirer, his temper, his good sous. and bad qualities, and adds somo Let us quit these haggard figures good advice respecting the regula- for yon pretty round-faced wench, tion of his future conduct. Third, who has set up a table, on which ly, and lastly, he gives the five stands about half a dozen of tin or numbers which will come out at the plated candlesticks. She holds a next drawing; the whole printed woollen rag in her hand, which she on pretty good paper.
dips into a red powder, and, while I cannot indeed conceive how this she rubs the candlesticks quite man, considering the expence he bright, she extols, in a mellifluous is at, can still have sufficient profit tone, and with dimples in her left out of two pence to support cheeks, the admirable qualities of this merry life; this thought fre- her powder. She asks the bystandquently occurs to me. Listen to ers for thimbles or shoc-buckles, that man further on, who offers gives them back as bright as new, with a loud voice, and for two pence, and even promises to cure pimples to every passenger, the rules of in the face with her powder ; but piquet. The little book consists of no one offers his face for this expeabout two sheets ; and though I riment. A merry soldier goes by, cannot see any person who buys a shews her a scar on his cheek, and single copy of him, yet I have found laughing, asks whether she can re
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move that too? She answers, yes; each other, and a little ball of cork and promises, for this purpose, to is then given to each of them, in pay him a visit in the evening. I which is fastened a small straw. As could wager that this girl has in. soon as this ball touches their feet, vented a powder which yields more they endeavour to seize it to hold profit, and costs less than the themselves by: on this touch the golden powder of the famous alchy- ball keeps moving backwards and mists.
forwards, and consequently the But what is that sailor doing with straw turns against the enemy. his microscope? where did he get Each party moving in the same man. this dirty instrument, patched to. ner, the two straws often clash together with wire ? what does he gether like two swords; and this shew through it? Nothing more constitutes the duel of the fies. or less than a flea: for this he gets Close by this fencing and hopone sous. Only see his neighbour, ping-room, we are invited to un. about one hundred yards farther, dertake a little journey of several knows likewise how to turn trifles hundred leagues, on mechanical to the best account. The cunning horses, with the great promise, that dog found means to get a few sheets this great distance shall be travelled of the paper which painters use to in a time incredibly short. Well; draw transparencies, and now shews we laugh sarcastically, and yet en. for one sous to the wondering crowd, ter. No sooner is the dirty curtain how pictures can be copied with raised, than we are convinced, at the utmost expedition.
the first look, that we see nothing Let us enter this booth, where before us but a kind of caroussel, the inscription announces a wonder. remarkable only for its requiring He who will not believe, let him no person to turn it; as the rider, come and sec! What pray?-A by tightly pulling the bridle, sets flea drawing an elephant; a flea the centre wheel in motion, and conducting a carriage with six consequently turns himself with horses carrying ladies and gentle. great velocity. men ; a flea on whose foot à metal This fun costs only four sous. ball has been fastened with a golden But that you may not throw away chain, with which he merrily leaps your money, I warn you against to and fro. All this is not fiction. yonder bald-pated fellow, who has A man has really taken the vast put up a large tube of paste-board, trouble to make the elephant, car. directed towards the sky, and civilly riage, chains, &c. of gold so very asks every body to look up. On small, and to fasten them to the flca. this occasion he makes a long speech,
But still more ludicrous and more which the crowd think very learned, inventive is the artist's producing about different vapours and their two lies fighting a duel with the properties; assuring them that the small sword. It is thus contrived: glasses in his tube are so finely potwo flies are fastened to two nee- lished, that the vapours before it dles, placed perpendicularly behind are concentrated into various extheir wings, so that they keep their traordinary forms. It cannot be six legs stretched out before them. donc in all weathers, but this parThey are fixed very ncarly facing ticularly is a day to exhibit every
thing in the most charming manner. of various tones are suspended, I confess to you, my dear friend, which he puts in motion with threads. that old bald-pate lately spoke so He does not beg aloud ; but only well and so ingeniously, that I suf- puts his hand now and then into his fered myself to be tempted to step hat, to try whether he can grasp before his tube. He then pulled a the charitable token of some passing thread, unperceived, and a centaur benefactor. He generally draws his passed between my eye and the or- hand back empty. dinary window-glass, which he pro We do not go far, without en. bably cut out of some book of countering a third poor wretch be. prints, such as are usually manu reft of the most valuable of the factured at Nuremberg. I suddenly senses,
He has an old harpsichord withdrew my head quite ashamed, placed before him on the Boule. and sneaked away to make room for vards, and is thumping a sonata another.
with all his might Numbers of But why should I be ashamed, people stop to hear his performance; thought I, as I retired; this daily but the pewter cup, fastened in happens in my own country, where front-of his instrument, seldom regreat poets and philosophers, with sounds with the boon of pity. much bawling, hold their tubes be We scarcely leave him, when we fore our eyes, promising us, God meet a fourth blind man endeavour. knows what wonders. We are ing to touch the heart by means of good-natured; we look into them, a fiddle out of tune. He plays it and what do we bchold?. Some little walking: his dog fastened by a monster of the puppet-fair.
little chain to a button of his waist. But I forget that you are tired of coat, goes cautiously before him. your walk.
If the weather re. However, I once witnessed how this main fine, we will continue it to. poor skeleton of a dog was irresisti. morrow for an hour; for I assure bly tempted, by a bone which had you, we have may curious and di- been thrown away, to run into a verting things yet to see.
corner, where his unsuspecting mas
ter was on the point of dashing LETTER II.
against the wall all his wealth-his This day, my sweet friend, we head and his violin. But
the pursue our excursion in dry weather. many blind men who are to be met The objects will not always be of the with in the streets of Paris, singing, same merry cast as before, and I will playing, or ringing, none gather a not answer for it that a tear may more inquisitive crowd round them, not now and then steal into your than two men who play at piquet eye. Just by, we meet with a the live-long day; not to lose, but blind man singing his song in simple to win money: who, with the most and affecting accents. Beside him wonderful discrimination, feel and lies a faithful guide, the shaggy dog, name the cards, contrive to interest sometimes shaking his bell. Not every one who has the least idea of far from him sits another blind man, the game for some minutes, and, who probably cannot sing : instead when they retire at night, are alof singing, a kind of stage stands ways bo
winners. before him, on which several bells But let us leave these blind peo.
ple, the sight of whom only dejects manner. Their look and notes only those possessed of vision. Though raise the idea that they will one day the Parisians, steeled by custom, become two worthless creatures. for the most part pass them with in. A group of children to whom I difference. I often saw elderly wo shall not lead you, for fear of giv. men, especially in the evening, who, ing you too much pain, is much to judge from their baskets, were more likely to exite pity. In the cookmaids, and who by giving alms Rue Vivienne I have seen, for more to the poor blind, no doubt, hoped than three weeks, yet always in the to stifle the reproaches of their con evening when it was dark, three sciences for taking too large a mar wretched children lying in the mud. ket-penny.
The eldest, a boy of about ten years, Let us rather direct our steps to sat reclined against the wall, hold. yon musical artist, who by the dex. ing on his lap another wrapped in terity he has acquired really deserves rags, three years old at farthest, admiration. He alone plays a whole and usually moaning. By his side symphony (concertante) upon five sat or lay a third symbol of misery, instruments at once. With one hand about five years old. These chil. he grasps and holds a double flageo. dren did not beg; but had the end let, whose mouth-pieces he con of a tallow candle placed before stantly moves to and fro on his lips; them, near which, upon a rag, lay sometimes, too, he plays both at a paper with the following simple the same time: with the other he and moving inscription : “ We have fingers the harp very dexterously : neither father nor mother.” Few with one foot he beats a tabor, and of the passengers remained unmored, with the toes of the other he rattles and the street being much frequent. the castanet. It sounds very well, ed, they always obtained a rich you hear; and the poor devil fags harvest. With pleasure I remarked as hard as Mademoiselle Maillard that the soldiers in particular gave, in the great opera, dearly earning and gave the most. One night I his few sous.
found one of those people deeply Don't let us pass' yon harper affected. He wore large black whiskwithout dropping a trifle into his ers, which, in wild contrast with plate. His execution certainly is not the emotion of the muscles of his the most pleasing; but the poor face, lighted by the glimmer of the young girl who stands by him with candle, threw their shade upon a her eyes fixed on the ground, sing tear. He surveyed the group for ing, constantly singing, is entitled some minutes in silence; the poor to our mite, because her downcast little wretch was just whining dolelooks seem to say: “I know very fully, because it was cold. The well I sing badly, but my father soldier briskly put his hand in his wants bread !” The two children, pocket, gave to the elder boy two who sing a duet on the bridge, do pieces of silver coin (I believe two quite the reverse. The song is in- twelve-sous pieces), on condition tended to move the heart, and would of his carrying the child home im. produce that effect if the children mediately and warming it. He redid not squall so thoughtlessly, and peated this condition three or four look about in such an impudent times, and made the boy as often
promise to perform it. He then re carpet, so full of holes that it scarce. tired. As he turned round I ac ly hangs together. They have encosted him. “ You certainly are a deavoured to give to their own rags father,” said I. “Oui, monsieur,” the look of those worn by tumanswered he, rather roughly, and blers; and while one is rolling and hastened away.
I stopped some tumbling about the carpet, the time to see whether the boy would other endeavours to initate the drolkeep his promise, and take the chil. lery of a buffoon. dren home; but he did not. That That fellow with his cups is as the police should have suffered sueh little worth attentio? ; he is a coma scene for so many weeks, does mon juggler. But if you step benot please me. It seems almost im- hind the curtain for a moment, you possible that the poor children should will not repent it. You will find an remain in health all the winter. extraordinary female, to whom na
In Paris beggars seldom or never ture has granted the ornament of ask charity. You only hear at times, man-a long, thick, black, capu. Monsieur, je meurs de faim (sir, Í chin beard. It is no deception, for am starving), whispered behind you. I examined it closely. She is beEvery pauper endeavours to estab. tween twenty and thirty, has weak lish a kind of just claim to what is eyes, shaded by a pair of very bushy given him. One runs with a broom and coal-black brows. If you fancy in his hand, when he sees a person to yourself a face thus decorated, crossing a dirty part of the street, covered above with a dirty white and quickly sweeps away the mud; turban, with two full, white breasts; another profits of a shower, which and the arms, feet, and neck, thickfills the middle of the street with ly overgrown with hair, you cerwater, lays a plank across, and in tainly will not think it a tempting a friendly manner helps you over. figure. Were it not for her bosom, He judges who can afford to give and her singing in such a clear and him something by their clothes : all shrill voice, as to make people run that he supposes to be poor he suf- away, no one would think he was fers to pass gratis : and if a hand looking at a woman. some girl appear, he escorts her native of Norway,” said her keeper, with the utmost gallantry.
6 and was born five hundred leagues But it does not rain now, and I beyond Bergen !!” had almost forgotten that we are to I pretended to be a Dane, and see the bustle in the streets. Should questioned her in her native lau. you not think that something very gnage. This quite puzzled the poor remarkable is going forward in yon. bearded lady. “I was brought to der crowded circle of people ? An Paris by my father, when only old rope dancer, perhaps super- three years old,” replied she, in a annuated, has taught some idle, Parisian accent. Let us quit this blackguard boys to tumble head object, to whom the petulance of over heels. A conple of his pupils nature has refused the usual attriseem to have escaped, with a view butes of feminine beauty. Let us of carrying on business on their own rather cast a transient look on the account. At the corner of yon numerous articles exposed to sale. street they have spread a piece of We shall often find the most singu .
66 She is a