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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,
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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*

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