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"LA FRANCE ACCEUILLANT LES NATIONS."
Group by X Peynot, surmounting the Palais drs Galeries Nationales in the Esplanade dcs [nva I les, facing th< Pons Al< xaiidre 111 LONDON NOTES. A GLIMPSE OF ANCIENT EGYPT WITH TWO EGYPTIANS— A SUMPTUOUS MONOGRAPH ON DIANE. DE POYTIERS. London, July 7. History is made band over hand bo rapidly in this yeai of grace and destruction that human energies are overtaxed in keeping up with it. The transition from one century to another has off-red ironical contrasts between Christendom organized at The Hague in a diplomatic cam paign for the reduction of armaments and for minimizing the evils of war, and Christendom harassed and perplexed by the battle between white races for supremacy in South Africa and by the conflict between civilisation and bar barism in the Far East. There is enough in the rapid march of events during these distracted and momentous crises in current history to sober and appal reflective minds; and one puts «j=ide his newspaper every morning with the conviction that the world has grown too serious, and that too much has happened over night. History has not always gone with so precipitate a rush. Explorers from the great Libyan desert have found cumulative evidence of the slowness and deliberation with which the. earliest stages of human progress have been approached and passed. Burrowing deep in the sands, they have sampled the crude arts and deciphered the records of bygone centuries buried in oblivion. So true Is it that, although the changes and evolution of decades or generations may now be enmj-ress^d within the compass of a single week or month, a thousand years are but as yester day, or a watch in the night. It is with a feeling of relief over evidence that the world has not always been in bo driv ing a hurry as it is now that a visitor loiters in the classrooms of University College, where Pro fessor Flinders-Petrie has collected the anti quities excavated at Abydos during his recent ■Beacon of work. One table is devoted to relics 'of the early kings in the first Egyptian dy nasty, and three tables and a window seat are Covered with prehistoric objects antedating 5000 B. C. Seven of the eight kings of the first dynasty are represented in the collection, and two of their predecessors of even earlier an tiquity, whose names are not yet known. There are fragments of the royal drinking bowls, bits of slate and alabaster once used on kings' tables; a piece of a crystal vase once handled by Mcna, •^ _____ '^' v *"»^^^^^^ff^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^W^ the founder of the Ifempnite monarchy; worked fliDts. stone vases, carnelfan beads and arrow heads tipped with red: and examples of the carving and metal working of seven remote reigns. To these fragments from the first dynasty are scdi-xl stout jars, clay sealings and other pottery from the prehistoric period which preceded the line of the mysterious Meiia. It was in Abydoa that the famous tablet with the doubU- series of twenty-six shields of the predecessors of Ftami sea the Great was found and transferred to the British Museum; and from the Palace of Memnon and tlie Temple <'f Osiris one excavator after another has carried tre-as'jrvs of archaeology to the EQuropean mu seum:--. Where Marietta, Bankes, AmeUneau and others have harvested. Professor Flinders- I'etrie has been content to glean, and bo thor ough have been bis processes on ground de as i shausted that be ha.- ■ ■■■ n able t" Oil two Large classrooms with a remarkable collection of antiquities. He has found the missing- links and practically completed the chain of History of the most ancient of record' v dynasties, and he is going back to the reign of Mena a few centuries, and is now piecing to gether the fragments which relate to an un known race of earlier kind's. These results have been accomplished by reworking the material] and earth beaps which had previously been turned over and thrown away. a complete tomb. Oiled with jars and vases, was also found near the Temple of Osiris, and a cemetery or. the south skie of Abydos was work.,} for s« aiin!-;s bearing the titles of various officials of the kings. In this way ancient history is re constructed from ivory arrow points, bits of carved slate, pieces of goid foil and fragments of potteries. The reign of a king is Oiled out with something so trivial as a workmen's wage roll i reserved in pottery, or an earthen jar in cised with hieroglyphs, or a slate palette for eye paint for royal eyes. Professor Flinders-Petrie and his wife seem to belong in these rooms of Egyptian antiquities. Archa-ology is their ruling passion, and so ab sorbing has it become that it seems to color their faces as well as their thoughts. The pro fessor has thought about the potteries and flint work of the early dynasties until he looks like one of the early Egyptian kings portrayed in his own collection. His mouth has apparently widened, his features hardened and his color deepened, until with his stout figure, squarely trimmed beard and bronzed face he would serve aa a fine model for one of those prehis toric royalties whose names and identities he is striving to recover. Mrs. Petrie. tall, sunburned and far sighted, seems like a sphinx watching with stony look her king and lord. They have labored together in the deserts when the ex cavations have been in progress, and they have continued their studies ami researches in l>m den when their season's work has ended; and although ea h is English by bind, they have becomi in aspect and expression as line a pair of characteristic Egyptians as can be found in. ■;«.•■: or carved among the antiquities of the British Museum. They are to return to Egypt in the course of a feu wet-ks. to r< sunn- their labors among dust beaps and sand levels, and their faces light up with a &n< glow of enthusi asm when their deliverance From Lop, ion is mentioned. The present age, with its South Af rican campaigning and Chinese h.".n.rs. suits them ri"t. rhey are not entirely at home unless they are at Las; five thousand years behind the Christian era. and are then looking back ward. The Bon. Marie Hay has written a monograph • » * i "Madame Dame Diane de Poytiers," which has been published in sumptuous form by Messrs. Bumpus, booksellers to the Queen. It is a beautiful book, handsomely printed, illus trated and bound, and. what is best of all. it Is written with good taste, lucidity «.f style and a sympathetic appreciation "f the fascinations Of a mediaeval Court romance. Some cynical i uthors are referring to literature as the fresh est fad of women of rank and fashion, and are ridiculing the smart sets for imagining that they car. set the styie in the commonwealth of letters. These shafts of satire fall short of the rrark in this instance. Miss Hay is a young woman of rank, who has lived in Normandy and has made a painstaking study of one of the most inter sting episodes of u»al history and tradition. She has separated the wheat from che chaff in the French legends, and has told her story with exceptional delicacy of feul- Ing and with sound judgment. The secret of Diane's absolute power over a royal lover sixteen years younger than herself Is explained in :nis monograph with keen intel ligence. She was a woman with ji rich and powerful intellect, whose knowledge of art. as Bhown by her wide patronage of all that was lest in painting, sculpture, architecture ami the lesser crafts of bookbinding, enamelling and pottery, was well calculated to interest and ab sorb the weak though refine:! Henry 11. While the charms ol her beauty were preserved with marvellous effect even t" old age by a daily cold water bath and by avoidance of rouge and paint, it was by a character stronger ihau tha King's that she ruled him. his Court and even his family with an Iron hand, cleverly concealed by the wiles and gentle ways of a typically tact ful woman of the world. She, employed poets to sing the unchanging glory of her charms; painters to portray her on every panel of his castle as endowed with the secret of perpetual youth; sculptors to present her in the likeness of every goddess; Cellini to fashion gold gob lets for her banquets; Palissy to decorate n-atchless plates and cups for her table and the most beautiful vases for flowers, and archi tects to enrich and glorify her castles. Diane's love of beauty, the rich dower of an artistic perception, was her consolation after her retirement from Court, and in the glorious palace which had been the scene of splendid revels and fetes she passed her closing years In peace, surrounded by masterpieces of Re naissance art created under her fostering hand and reading the essays of Montaigne, whom she had always protected. It i* this patronage of art which is the justification of this Interesting study of the life of a famous beauty who ruled the Empire. The book has been illustrated with fine artistic effect. There are designs for book bindings, reproductions of plaques upon which Palissy expended his genius, and engravings from paintings, busts and medallions of the fa mous beauty. The volume is one which appeals strongly to book lovers of luxurious taste, and the text la wortny of the sumptuous furnishing. I. N. F. EOT WEATHER r Th:iU>i:isE. DEVICES OK STREKT MKR<" HANTS AM) OTHERS TO ATTRACT PATRONAGE. The warm wave of last week, while it had a depressing influence, stimulated some people In their efforts to catch the precious penny. A bootblack near the Grand Central Station, who has aiready become conspicuous in his line of business because of his enterprise in placing electric lights over his street chairs for use at night and awninga for the comfort of his patrons during the hot day hours, had an electric tan mounted near his row of chairs last week and announced to his regular customers that his was th" lirst outdoor electric fan "in 'he I r black businek" in New-York. "It costs $12 for tie- machine," he said, "and about $2 :*. month to maka de wind, but we gota to h A flypaper pedler whose commercial territory includes Grand-st. and the tenement hot: trict near that thoroughfare attracted much attention by his peculiar makeup on Wednes day, when all New-York sweltered and when the festive tenement house fly ,n<i its share toward making lift a burden. He wore a high silk hat covered with flypai er, to which thousands of the Insects hail been attracted, arul his basket, which he carried on one arm, was also decorated with streamers of well covered ilypaper. On his back be carried a placard rudely lettered: "There's S( me Hies on me." Tin- man who sells from a Bowery stand a pale yellow Quid which smells like bad hairoil and is known as "orange lemonade" did a land ■ line business luring the hot spell, but he was evidently not a friend of Mayor Van Wyck >>r his partners in the cooling business, for he sup plied the place of the rapidly vanishing ice with chunks of glass which looked the part, even ;f they had no cooling effect on the beverage. There wan probably no warmer place in all New-York :it "> o'clock of Tuesday and Wednes day than the waiting room of the New- York, N» w-Haven and Hartford Railroad in the firan.i Centra] Station. The newsb »ys on the street made the best of t!:' situation, an>i some of them disposed of many fans, one little wag yelled: "You'll roast In dere dey won't let yer cut till i ! take .i fan along," and many passen gers did. A man with a hose became a successful com petitor for first place in the esteem of a lot "f children in one of the upper Bast Side - The hokey pokey man had established his head' rs oppositi i stable, and the children were flocking around him anxious to give up their money, when a man who had been washing a ■■■ turned the water on the group if chil* dren. They seemed to enjoy the impromptu shou. r Lath; other children who saw the per formance from a distance joined the crowd and got their share of the water, and in the excite ment the hokey pokey man moved away dis< gusted. Th. Ice-cream sandwich man, who sells qua»« t> r Inch layers of alleged ice-cream between tiny Blabs of water wafers, did a bit; business during the hoi spell. His tidd of operation was within the district inhabited by the Russians, and hi J pushcart was elaborately decorated with- signa in Hebrew charactera He made the sandwiched quickly in a tin mould, and was kepi so busy that he could not iv.ii yev c change, but Insisted on receiving the actual price for each Ice-cream sainlw Ich one cent. a social run urn. From The Lawrence (Kan.) World. Just now Lawrence is stirred to its very foun* dations. A woman is attending commencement v ho actually claims io have tasted the meat of n Belgian hare. She is the first of her kind evel seen in this city, and the >\ay she has swept things in a caution. DOUGII-SACED. From The Detroit Journal. He gained much wealth by being Obsequious, anil so His face was quite his fortune^ Because bis face was dough*