that we passed before a guard-house the men presented
arms. On the Place St. Sulpice a battalion
drew up to allow us to pass. We afterwards went
along the Boulevard St. Michel and the Boulevard
de Strasbourg. During this part of our course
we were joined by a large group, preceded by a tricolor
flag with the inscription, ‘Vive l’Assemblee
’ From this time the two flags
floated side by side at the head of the augmented
procession. As we were about to turn into the
Boulevard Bonne-Nouvelle, a man dressed in a paletot
and wearing a grey felt hat, threw himself upon
me as I was carrying the standard of the Friends
of Order, but a negro, dressed in the uniform of the
National Guard, who marched beside me, kept the
man off, who thereupon turned against the person
that carried the other flag, wrested it from him,
and with extraordinary strength broke the staff,
which was a strong one, over his knee. This incident
caused some confusion; the man was seized and
carried off, and I fear he was rather maltreated.
We then made our way back to the boulevards.
At our appearance the enthusiasm of the passers-by
was immense; and certainly, without exaggeration,
we numbered between three and four thousand persons
by the time we got back to the front of the New Opera-house,
where we were to separate. A Zouave climbed up
a tree in front of the Grand Hotel, and fixed
our flag on the highest branch. It was arranged
that we should meet on the following day, in uniform
but without arms, at the same place.”
This account differs a little from those given in
the newspapers, but I have the best reason to believe
it absolutely true.
What will be the effect of this manifestation?
Will those who desire “Order through Liberty
and in Liberty” succeed in meeting in sufficiently
large numbers to bring to reason, without having recourse
to force, the numerous partizans of the Commune?
Whatever may happen, this manifestation proves that
Paris has no intention of being disposed of without
her own consent. In connection with the action
of the deputies in the National Assembly, it cannot
have been ineffective in aiding the coming pacification.
Many hopeful promises of concord and quiet circulate
this evening amongst the less violent groups.
What is this fusillade? Against whom is it directed?
Against the Prussians? No! Against Frenchmen,
against passers-by, against those who cry “Vive
la Republique et vive l’Ordre.”
Men are falling dead or wounded, women flying, shops
closing, amid the whistling of the bullets,—all
Paris terrified. This is what I have just seen
or heard. We are done for then at last.
We shall see the barricades thrown up in our streets;
we shall meet the horrid litters, from which hang hands
black with powder; every woman will weep in the evening
when her husband is late in returning home, and all
mothers will be seized with terror. France, alas!
France, herself a weeping mother, will fall by the
hands of her own children.