Excerpt: ...win them from error than by showing them the horrors of
hell. The origin of the Luxembourg palace was as follows: about the
middle of the sixteenth century, one Robert de Harley erected a
large house in the middle of the gardens. In 1583 the house was
bought and enlarged by the duke of Luxembourg, and in 1612 Marie de
Medicis bought it for ninety thousand francs, and then commenced
the present palace. During the first year of the revolution it was
used for a prison; then for an assembly-room for the consuls; still
later as the chamber for the peers, Pg 168 and now the French
senate meet in it. It contains a large library, but the people
cannot have access to its well-stored shelves. Students can,
however, by making proper application, consult the library. One
evening while walking in the Luxembourg gardens, the band playing
exquisite music, and the crowd promenading to it, I met a friend,
an American, who has resided in Paris for seventeen years. Taking
his arm we fell into the current of people, and soon met a couple
of quite pretty looking ladies arm-in-arm. They were dressed
exactly alike and their looks were very much of the same pattern,
and as to their figures, I certainly could not tell one from the
other with their faces turned away. "They are sisters," said my
friend, "and you will scarcely believe me when I tell you that I
saw them in this very garden ten years ago." I replied that I could
hardly credit his story, for the couple still looked young, and I
could hardly think that so many years ago they would have been
allowed by their anxious mamma to promenade in such a place. I told
my friend so, and a smile overspread his countenance. He then told
me their history. Ten years ago and they were both shop-girls, very
pretty and very fond of the attentions of young men. As shop-girls,
they occasionally found time to come and hear the music in the
gardens of an evening, and cast glances at the young students. Soon
they were student's...
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