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OUR PARIS LETTER.
(From our regular correspondent.)
PARIS, Sept. 12th, 1878.
With what teeling must not the
patriotic French, during the omi
nous days from October 5th,
1870, till the 6th of March follow
ing when Versailles was the head
quarters for Emperior William and
his army, have read the proud in
scription OA^er each of the two pavil
ions that face the large courts by
which one enters the palace: "a toa
tesles gloires de la France!'''' What
a mockery must not that inscription
have seemed, and how Prince Bis
marck must have chuckled within
himself every morning when from
his, windows, nearly opposite, he
looked upon and read those words!
There they stand, however, and now,
when the war is long past, and
France has shown what she could
do in the matter of the enormous
indemnity that was exacted of her,
this inscription is even more appro
priate than when Louis the XIV iirst
placed it there!
The tourist who visits Versailes
for the first time is, however,- likely
to be dissapointed, for it is only
through repeated visits that its real
grandeur and magnificence is im
pressed upon the mind. The palace
consists of a congregation of build
ings, differing considerably in style,
as they have been erected at different
periods and by different architects
so that one misses that tout ensemble,
that grand total of the impression,
which is so striking at Windsor
castle, for instance, when all the
buildings though erected at widely
different periods, are held in the
same general style. It is not until
after one has entered the large courts
which face the Placed' Amies from
which the palace is approached,
crossed the Cow Roy ale and entered
the garden, that the size and gran
deur of the structure becomes appa
rent viewed from the reservoir
known as the Piece desSuisses, the
grand facade of more than thirteen
hundred feet in length is truly nias,*
nificent and striking and when
turning round, we look over the vast
extent of park and garden, with its
numberless statues, fountains, bas
ins and cascades, one can well un
derstand that Louis the* XIV, alone,
kept employed constantly' more than
36,000 laborers and 6,000 horses and
carts in the construction of the place
and at his death, the work was only
about half finished though sufficient
ly far advanced to serve as an abode
tor himself and favorite Madame' de
To go into a detailed description
of the wonders of Versailles, in the
space of one brief letter, is simply
impossible. It's greatest attraction,
and the wonder of the world, are
the fountains, or "Grandes Eaux"
which are not surpassed by any
works of a like, but stand as a mag-,
nificent monument of splendor of
Louis xiv and his extravagant court.
As it costs about ten thousand francs
per diem to let these fountains play,
the more economical republican
ccurt which now holds its sittings
at Versailes has limited this exhibi
tion to the first Sunday of each
month, so that the fountains now
play only twelve times a year instead
of every day, as in tbe time of Louis
the magnificent. Hence, I selected
last Sunday for 1113* visit to Ver
sailles, and, taking the railroad on
the western bank (rite.gauche) ar
rived there, amid a dense concourse
of Parisians and provincialists, after
about an hours drive.
As the fountains were not to com
mence playing till four o'clock there
was ample time fco look about the
gardens, which are kept in excellent
condition, and precisely in the same
style in which they were originally
laid out. This straight, cut-and
dried, so-called freneh style of land
scape gardening, with its carefully
trimmed shruboery and rectangular
flower beds,is 11dt generally, pleasing
to an American or English eye yet
it cannot be denied that when car
ried out on a larger scale, as here,
there is a certain grandeur about it,
which would be unattainable by any
other method. The lavishness with
which statues, of marble and bronze,
are scattered everywhere, and often
in the most hidden and unexpected
places, is also striking in our mod
ern gardens, one or two statues are
deemed a treasure and an evidence
of wealth, while at Versailles they-1
may be counted by the hundreds.
That all of these statues are, strictly
speaking, works of art, I do not pre
tend to say but many of them arc,
especially those which owe their ori
gin to such artists as Marcy La Pcr
drix, Tuby, Girardon, find others.
Nearly all have suffered more or less
from exposure, especially the finest
work of all, the great circular colon
nade with its thirty-two fountains
encircling a group by Girrardon re
presenting the Rape of Proserpina,
this place, which is delightfully cool
and shady, was a favorite resort of
Marie Antoinette when she resided
at Versailles and it was close'to this
place in the Bosquet de laBewie, that
the famous adventury with the neck-,
lace, in which she and Cardinal Ro
han played so conspicuous a role,
and which, whether true or false,
has become historical, is said to have
The largest of the fountains is the
Bassin de Neptune, at the north end
of the palace. I do not know how
many seperate fountains are com
prised in this one basin but when
they all play, some of them sending
a column of water more than a hun
dred feet high and as thick as a
man's leg, the effect is truly superb,
and the noise of the falling water
deafening. The effect was height
ened when, after dark, the fountains
were illuminate by colored lights,
the water seemed their liquid fire,
and the hugs statues of Neptune,
Oceanns and Proteus, in the back
ground, looked in the fierce red glare
like veritable demons, from the do
mains of Pluto, ready to burst forth
through the fplashing fire at the
word of command, to destroy and
Perhaps the finest of the fountains
as a work of art considered, is that
of Latona, which is just at the foot
of the first terrace, immediately in
front of the palace. It consists of
a large circular basin,of red marble,
in which are placed a number of hu
man figures with the heads of fros:s
and turtles, all of which spout wat
er fiercely against the central elevat
ed Marble figure of Latona, who is
represented as protecting her two
children, Apollo and Diana, against
the the attacks of these monsters.
This is illustration of the legend that
Latona, once during her peregrina
tions on earth arriving at a well and
being thirsty and fatigued, asked
some Lydia.11 peasants, who were
drawing water, to give her some
but they refused and poured the wa
ter upon the earth, in punishment
for which Latona, invoking the aid
of Zeus, changed them into frogs
and turtles and then took a drink
herself! When KingWilliam rtf Prus
sia, on January the 18th, 1871, was
at Versailles proclaimed Emperor of
Germany, the Grand Duke of Baden
desired the fountains to play in hon
or, of the event but the French had
turned off the water from the reser
voirs, so that this part of the pro
gramme did not take place. After
the Germans had left, it cost some
hundreds of thousands of francs to
turn the water on again!
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Default having been made in the condition of a
certain mortgage executed by John W. Williams
morlsagor, to William P- Lewis, mortgagee, dated
November 80th A. Yi. 1S7.\ and recorded in the of
fice of the Register of Deeds in and for the County
ot Brown in the St itc of Minnesota, on the first day
of December, A. D. 1S?5, at 10 1-2 o'clock in the
forenoon, in Book "H" of mortgages, on page 7 by
which mortgage there was conveyed.nd grunted
the following described real estate situate in the
county of Brown, afures.iid, to wit:
The South half of the North West quarter of Sec
tion fthirt'-en (11.) Township one hundred and eiirht
(lOS)ofKnnge thirty-three (33) containing eighty
acres according to government survey toseorhethe
payment of the sum of Two hundred and thirty-live
Dollars, wiih intercstiat the rate, of 1:2 per cunt:
per annum payable annually, according to
the conditions of one promiscry note bearing same
dale as said mortgage, made by said John W. Willi
ams to said William P. Lewis and the said mort
gage hating been duly assigned by the said mort
gagee to John M. Cowhan oil tiie 31st day of July. A.
D. IK'/G which assignment was, on the 3d da'v of
August, A. D. 1P76, recorded in the otlice of Said
Kegister ofDeedx,hi Book "I" of Mortgages, on pages
25G, iT)7 and ii58 and there being due and unpaid up
on saiii note and mortgage at the date of this no
tice, tiie sum of fifty six 40-100 Dollars.
And no action or proceeding at law or otherwise
having been instituted to recover tiie amount of
said mortgage debt of any part thereof Now,ther&*
fore notice is hereby given that by virtue and in
pursuance of a power of sale in said mortgace con
tained and therewith recorded, and ofthe'statue in
such case made and provided, the above described
premises will be sold at public auction, at the front
door ol the office of the Register of
said comity of Brown, and at New LTlm
&ct. &ct. &ct.
g^tTAl! goods sold at bottom prices,
Store on Minn. St. between 2d & 3d
North streets, NEW ULM, MINN.
MRS. A:NTOJST OLDING,
NEXT DOOR TO
SOMMER'S STORE, NEW ULM.
Has in hand a good stock of MILLIJTEHY GOODS,
consisting in part of Hats, Bonnets, Velvets, Silks,
Ribbons, Feather, Human Hair, Flowers &c.
Also PATTERNS for stamping monograms.
Stamping of all kinds, Embroidery Work and
Fashionable Dress-making done to order.
FA RM PRODUCE taken in exchange for goods.
Keeps on hand a large and well as
sorted stock Of MILLINERY, FANCY
GOODS' and ZEPHYR WOOL, opposite
the Union Hotel, between Second
and Third North streets.
NEW U1M, MINN.
/NEW MILLINERY STORE,
JUST OPENED IN
Wir. H. RIESLING
Laiiies & Gents
Trimmings White Swan
in and for
Thursday the 31st day of October, A. D. 1S7S, at ten
o'clock in the forenoon, to satisfy the amount of
said mortgage debt then due and unpaid, together
with the costs and expenses of such foreclosure
proceedings, including twenty-five dollars attor
ney's fees as stipulated in said mortgage: and the
said mortgage will be thereby foreclosed.
Dated. September 11th, 1?7S.
WAT. THOMAS. JOHN M. COWHAN,
Att'y. for said Assignee. Assignee of Mortgagee.
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