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A German Sunday

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The German's idea of SuniUy is unything but puritanic. It is the vcry oppoaite. It is for them n day of ainusemriit. It ig no unusual thing to be asked by a Germán on Monday tuorniug, " Well, how did you amuse yourself j esterday ?" There ure thosu among the Germana, of course, who respect and keep the Sabbath ; but then there are always enough who do not ; and to judge by the numbers in which they frequent their places of amusement on Sundaj, - the parks, bcer-gardens, and public halls, - a stranger mightpossibly be tempted to inquire whether the Germans had any idea of a Sabbatb. Men, women, and ehüdron, older men with thtir wives, and younger ones with their sweethearts, throng these places every fSunday, and enjoy themselves, careless of what impression they make on their fellow-citizens of Amerioau origin, to whotn the sound of brass instruments on the Sabbath air is anything but welcome or edifyiug. In the cold days of winter, when the parks and beer-gar.dens are dreary and shorn of their beauty, the Germán seeks amusement in some hall instead. Here he treats hiraself to a compouud of rather heterogeneouselements, - to niusic, beer and amoke ; and to all of them at once. Any Sunday afternoon in tho eold of winter, you may find him, with his wife or child, or both, in some large hall, one of a huudred or flvo hundred, smoking his meerschaum or his cigar, sipping his beer, wine, or ecffee, and listeamg to a selection trom Meyerbeer or Ueethoven. Were it summer, he would add the odor of roses to tho fumes of his tobáceo and the smell of his boer ; for he is as fond of flowers as he is of any of these, and is never happier than when the air, trembling to the notes of the orchestra, is rodolent with tobáceo smoke, the peifume of the rose, heliotrope, and hop, and he is himself in the midst of them all. - AtInittic Monthlyfor October.


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