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Mr. Weed's Letters From Europe

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París, Api i!, 18G2. Thebright sun mJ nprinfflikö weaber render París very beauiifnl. The jhamps Elyees and Wuod uf Boulogiie attract orovvds of evory rank and ilam, f rom tlie Emperor to the peaaant. [ ebould fail in any atterrvpt to dascnbe ,ho buauties of the Wi.ol f Boulogne, a forewt four or iive miles in uircum'erence, luid out and adorned at gi'eat expense und exquisita taste. The First Napoleon'a taftes were more inental. iie adorned Paria with tropbies oí victories, siioh as the Column oí Vendóme, the Arch of Tri i'inpb, the Obelisk oi hoxor, cc, &o. Napoleon III, i moro practical, seeking :o improve as well as to adorn Pana. H8 reign will be distinguished by reFormR and progress. Frunce, under his uuspicos, has been rising and itnproving in its Bgrioultural, manufacturiag and commercial pflrwuitS and resources; while Paris is becoming the most beaut ful uity iu the world. The oponing and iinproving of streets is progressing npon a scule of magnitude perfecily bewildering. For example, the Boulevard Sebastopol, cut through the heart of the city, extends from the Port St. Denis to Rue Rivoli, and is already built up wilh palatial grandeur. This brood avenue is oonnected with the Boulevard Strasbourg, equally magnificent, ending at the Strasbourg Railway Btat'on. Ön the Boulevard Italiun, a new hotel, covering more than an acre and a half', and casting Hotel Louvre into the shade, has riaen ulrnost as by magie. Perhaps the best idea inay be given oí this hotel by enying th-it it is larger than the " Astor," the " St. Nicholas," ani] the " Aletropolitan," toether, vvould be ! Adjoining this hotel, three toras of buildings have been dernolihed, preparatory to the erection of an opera house Around the Hotel de Villa, more than two acres of buildings are being doinolu-ihed, the ground on whioh they atood to be thrown into a park. This will include the site of the " Morgue," a place of so many unwritten histories of misery and death. I looked into this receptado of tho unknown dead yosterday. The bodis of two vvretclied beinga who had "shuftled cfi' this mortal coil" lay there, waiting tobe identuïed and olaimed by some of the hundredi who were constantly looking into this dead house. Nearly oppoaite the " Morgue," on the other side of the Seine, and facing it, stands the house long occupied by Voltaire, and near it that in the fifth story of which the First Bonaparte residcd when he was ■ Captain of artil lery, in 1785, The present Empero has placed a tablet ia the wall, recor ding thijj incident io the life of hi uncle.


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