Paris: With Pen and Pencil eBook

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asked if he would not come into the garden and drink a glass of wine.  The act was a spontaneous one, and arose from good-nature and high spirits.  The young American entered, and in the course of a conversation told the company that he was an American.  Instantly the scene changed.  He was loudly cheered, and one man remarked, with very significant gestures and looks, that “he came from a republic!” Nothing would do but that the guest must sit down and accept of food and wine to an alarming extent.  He was, in fact, made so much of, that he became somewhat alarmed, for he was young and inexperienced.  I may as well finish the story by saying what was the truth, that so many of the party begged the privilege of drinking with him, that he became somewhat giddy and unfit to retrace his steps.  He was unused to wine, and the moment the Parisians saw it, they urged him to drink no more, and asking his hotel, they took him carefully and kindly to it in a carriage, after an hour or two had passed away and he had pretty much recovered from his dissipation.  Now there can be no doubt that the enthusiastic politeness of the artisans, arose from the fact that he was a republican, and from a great republican country, and such facts which I have repeatedly witnessed, or heard of, assure me that the old republican fire is not extinguished in the hearts of the common people of Paris.

After a frugal dinner at the inn, I sauntered still further into the country, so as, if possible, to get a glimpse of the farm-houses.  But one cannot get any fair idea of French agriculture so near Paris.  A great deal of the land is used in cultivating vegetables for the Paris markets, and this land is scarcely a specimen of the farms of France, it is more like gardens.  I found a few buildings which were occupied by these gardeners, and one or two genuine farmers, and while there was evidently scientific culture bestowed upon the land, the tools were generally clumsy, and altogether too heavy for convenience and dispatch.  It struck me as very singular.  Paris excels in the manufacturing of light and graceful articles of almost every kind.  Certainly, in jewelry, cutlery, and all manner of ornamental articles, it is the first city in the world.  How comes it, then, that so near Paris, agricultural implements are so far behind the age?  I would by no means have the reader infer that the best of agricultural tools are not manufactured in France.  Such is not the fact, as the Paris Exhibition proved, but who buys them?  Now is it not a significant fact, that within a bow-shot of Paris I found tools in use, which would be laughed at in the free states of America?  The true reason for this, is to be found in the condition of the French agricultural laborer.  He is ignorant and unambitious.  Where the laborer is intelligent, he will have light and excellent tools to work with.  This is a universal fact.  The slaves of the southern states are in a state of brutal ignorance, and their agricultural

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