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will have only to come. Oh! I am perfectly con- fident. And to-morrow I am going to announce you to the president of the republic. ' '

We had finished drinking. The old woman set- tled for the two glasses, and took from a little black pocket-book a card, which she slyly slipped into my hand. When she had gone, I looked at the card, and I read : »


At Mme. Paulhat-Durand's I witnessed some extraordinary scenes. As I cannot describe them all, unfortunately, I select one to serve as an example of what goes on daily in this house.

I have said that the upper part of the partition separating the ante-room from the bureau consists of a strip of glass covered with transparent cur- tains. In the middle of the strip is a casement- window, ordinarily closed. One day I noticed that, by some oversight, of which I resolved to take advantage, it had been left partly open. Putting a small stool upon the bench, I stood upon it, and thus succeeded in touching with my chin the frame of the casement-window, which I softly pushed. I was thus enabled to look into the room, and^ere is what I saw.

A lady was seated in an arm-chair ; a chamber- maid was standing in front of her; in