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The Salt Lake herald. [volume] (Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1870-1909, December 25, 1889, Image 21

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And defies all rules of grammar His
spelling is he loves i
phonetic yet long
words and his reports bristle with such
words as nevertheless notwithstanding
Hess regarded by his four men as an au
r thority on elegant diction A private
may ue able to spell but a corporal never
l such is the deep rooted belief of all
c French officers I was present one day
when a corporal came to the doctor with
ono of his men who was unfit for the
saddle Tho doctor examined him and
found him suffering from rheumatism
The corporal proceeded to fill up the
requisite form for the mans admission
to the nearest military hospital
Can you spell rheumatism corporal
said the doctor
I think I can doctor thank you re
> plied he saluting
That corporal was Louis Coetloyon
ono of the leading journalists of Paris
who had volunteered soon after the out
break of the war We had a good laugh
over the incident when I told the doctor
of his blunder
What business has he to be a corporal
If he can spell exclaimed the surgeon
who was a little bit sorry for what had
Pitou serves his country for the mod
est sum of two sous a day Ho receives
one sou cash and the other is placed to
his credit until his term of service is
over when ho is presented with a sum
representing as many sous plus interest
as he has spent days in the army Of
course his pay is not often his only
source of revenue Many soldiers work
at some trade inside the barrack and
those who come from the middle classes
Are well supplied with pocket money
from home even the peasants son is
sure to receive a little help every month
He rises at 5 in the morning and as
thee is no food served before 8 he goes
straight to the canteen and has his petit
verro a tablespoonful of brandy He
tosses it at one draught drains the dregs
out in his palms and touches up his hair
with it
Great fraternity prevails in the bar
racks If there are any empty pockets
their owners are not allowed to go short
He who received a little post office order
yesterday is always ready to pay The
poor fellow who has nothing but his sou
a day is never left out either and not
one of his comrades who treat him would
think of alluding to his inability to re
turn their kindness Ho is drilled eight
hours a day At 8 a m and 4 p m he
has his gamello containing a piece of
beef cooked and served in a good thick
soup of vegetables This savory and
nourishing repast is eaten with bread
And forms his only food in time of peace
How often during the war when the
officers dinner was but a dream have I
relished a dish of this appetizing com
o pound brought me by my good orderly
I cannot relate here the thousands of
i Jokes that the barracks have furnished
and will always furnish to the French
comic papers But I cannot refrain from
mentioning the curious fact that one
finds Hibernianism common among the
ranks while not to be found elsewhere
In France I remember one bull that
Paddy might be proud to have perpe
Pitou ordered by a corporal to dig a
pit and bury a quantity of rubbish from
the yard is in trouble He has per
formed his task but there is no room in
the pit for all the mold which was dug
out to make it so he comes to his cor
poral to ask what he shall do
You fool said the corporal magnifi
cently make the pit larger of course
In war time the French soldier is ad
mirable The good humor with which
he goes through the greatest hardships
is simply wonderful If the provisions
Are not at hand he breakfasts off a joke
or a song The only thing that puts him
out is to get short weight when the ra
tions of bread rice coffee sugar and
alt are served out He always goes
straightway and weighs them to make
cure he has his due and if there is a de
ficiency of the tenth of an ounce he will
grumble all day but if his rations are
right he is right ready for anything the
day may bring merry as a lark His
philosophical way of taking the inevita
ble and putting a good face on personal
7 misfortuue is proverbial At the battle
of Worth one of my men had his right
band completely shot away by a shell
Seeing the poor fellow look at his
maimed arm as he was being carried
way I went to him and gave him a
word of sympathy
Ay mon lieutenant ho cried I
hall have to learn to make cigarettes
with one hand I
The whole character of the French sol
dier is there
A Comprehensive Diverting and Instruct
ive Description of Her Who Holds
Jacques Bonhomino In Leading Strings
The national character of the French
has greatly altered since the disasters
of 1870 and no one need wonder at it
They have become more susceptible
they are now the most sensitive people
on earth
The rage for equality is often mani
fested by a ferocious jealousy of those
who rise either in literature the fine
arts or politics All these are failings
that we possessed before the Franco
German war but in a much less de
I greeWhat has not changed fortunately is
1L the character of the French womenI
mean especially the women of the peo
Good society is much alike every
where like hotels it is a question of
more or less manners in the former of
more or less fleas in the latter Good so
ciety in France is no exception to the
rule No more aro the hotelsfar the
contrary But what is there to bo learn
ed in what is termed high society ex
cept gossip from club smoking rooms
and from boudoirs which might per
haps furnish a few pages of Scandalous
Chronicle It is the people who preserve
the traditions of a country therefore it
Is the middle classes the working classes
in town and country that the observer
must turn to
That the French women of the upper
r classes are tho leaders of fashion all over
1 tho world everybody knows but I can
not pass them over without dwelling
upontho reason why our best men are
etill at the feet of our women
If I were queen said Mine Recamier
one day I would command Mme de
etael to talk to mo all day long and a
contemporary of this celebrated author
ess relates how ho and some friends of
his were driving with her one day and
Were suddenly surprised by a violent
storm bursting over their heads without
their having noticed a sign of its gather
ing so absorbing were the charm and
rivacity of her conversation There are
plenty of French women of whom simi
lar things might be said From tho I
Seventeenth century they have continued
1 to hand down this charming sovereignty
of converse Mother bequeathes it to
daughter or it is transmitted in the
blood and to my mind this is what
chiefly distinguishes them from the wo
men of other countries In spite of tele
graph and railways in spite of politics
which in these days absorb all ranks of
French society people still causent in
France and this thanks to French wo
men Excuse me for using the word
causer but you have no equivalent for
it in English Chat is perhaps the near
est approach to it but even that fails to
render its meaning A causerie is mark
ed not only by interest of subject but
also by a lightness of tourh which the
French language eminently lends it
self to
Can you imagine a drawing room
attractive without the presence of la
dies Have you never noticed that
left to themselves the most clever
men fall into argumentation that their
oratory fails to interest or convince
you and that there is a general feel
ing of coldness and restraint But
let a woman come in a woman of taste
and gayety comes with her conversa
tion becomes animated and attractive
It runs gracefully from one subject into
another like a butterfly from spray to
spray It touches each lightly rises to
high thoughts comes to earth again
passing from lofty to lowly subject
from grave to gay with infinite mean
ders Every one is moved to show him
self at his best and draws from his vo
cabulary his choicest expressions his
happiest reflections surpasses himself
and is surprised to find himself inspired
as by a muse Just now they were kill
ing time now every one is enjoying
himself All constraint is gone each
one gives free expression to his thoughts
In a word just now they were talking
now they causent And in taking leave
of their hostess they might repeat the
expression that a certain courtly abbe of
the Eighteenth century used in speak i
you cannot guess whether she is the wife
of a gentleman or of a small tradesman
Notice that she often changes the style
of her hair That is because she knows
that love lives on trifles and that the
best dishes become insipid if they are al
ways served with the same sauce Even
if her stock of clothes is scanty her
clever brain and fingers help her to cover
its deficiencies by constant little changes
With two or three dresses in her posses
sion the dear little humbug will make
you believe that she has a well filled
I have often in England heard French
women called frivolous But this is the
height of absurdity and in my quality
of Frenchman surely I ought to be as
good a judge of the point as the English
tourist How can French women who
are perhaps of all women in the world
the most initiated into the affairs of their
husbands be frivolous If frivolity con
sists in trying to remain young and at
tractive as long as possible without be
coming ridiculous then the French bour
geoise is frivolous
If again frivolity consists in making
a home cheerful and gay and prevent
ing a husband from being absorbed by
the cares of business then she is frivol
ous But this is nonsense Is she friv
olous this woman who is the friend and
confidante of her husbandwho in im
portant matters as well as in the small
est has both a consultative and deliber
ative voice in the household It is she
who knows with her economy and good
management how to face the danger
when from one cause or another the
family revenue diminishes it is she who
knows with her energy how to ward
off ruin from her threshold If this
woman were frivolous how could you
explain the adoration for the mother
which even to the lowest of the low I
you find in French children How
could this be unless she were the exam
ple of all domestic virtues If a French
man of 40 would hesitate to take an im
portant step in life without first cpnsult i
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Ing to a grand dame who had communi
cated to him something of her irresist
ible spirit Madame I am but an in
strument on which you have played
with skill
So much for tho French women of the
upper classes
Now let us pass on to the different
working classes of society There too
we find womans sovereignty indisput
able and the men in leading strings In
the French household the woman is
queen Her empire over her children is
perfect and she leads her husband by
the nose He does not complain of this
on the contrary he enjoys it and he
thinks that after all much worse might
happen to him The wife knows all her
husbands affairs and when he has a
few savings to invest ho does not think
it beneath him to ask her advice She
knows as well as he the current price
of stocks at the Bourse and if he should
be seized with a pruriency to embark in
speculation she brings to bear all her influence
fluence over him to induce him to buy
consols or any other government secu
rides Call on her husband on business
and if he is from homo you will not need
to make a second visit on that account
she has all the affairs of the firm at her
fingers end
She is the goddess of economy and or
Every little bourgeoise keeps a memo
randum book in which she writes down
all her expenses Nothing is forgotten
not even the halfpei ny to the blind beg
gar who plays the flute at the street cor
The French woman has a genius for
cookery and is thoroughly awake to
the fact that it is good policy in married
lie to see that monsieur ames wen i
believe there is a saying in England that
the way to a mans heart Is through his
stomach but I fancy there are many
English women who do not use this path
way as much as they might
The politics of matrimony is a science
Inborn in our women Let a French wo
man be rich or poor she has always the
charm of feminality She is always
smart always alert and has a little fluttering
tering bustling way with her that is
bound to keep awake your interest in all
she does Sho may be sometimes a little
affected but she is never vulgar On
Sundays and holidays she dresses still a
little more elegantly than usual but she
over appears to be in Sunday clothes
The middle class French woman is lady
like not only in her dress but in her
speech You will never see her loaded
with cheap jewelry this great stamp of
vulgarity and when she speaks to you
rug ins mother surely It must be that he
recognizes in her a wise guide would
be mere naivete on my part to dwell
longer on this absurd charge of frivolity
Take now the shop keeping classes
There you will see the wife the active
partner of her husband Behold them
both as the commercial traveler displays
his goods on the counter The wife is
supreme Her objections are without
appeal her opinion final It is she who
generally has charge of the books and
the cash box and neither books nor cash
were ever intrusted to better guardian
ship She is not a mere housekeeper
with or without wages she is the part
ner not merely a sleeping partner This
not only enables her to be of great help
to her husband but it also enables her
if she happens to become a widow to
carry on the business without her hus
band to be independent and to bring up
her children She has not to obtain her
living on her husbands death to become
a working housekeeper or a nurse she
is the mistress of her own house as be
fore and now the head of the firm In
her shop she is most polite but never
servile and if you wish her to take you
for a gentleman dont keep your hat on
while you are engaged with her in a
commercial transaction
I have still present in my memory the
following little anecdote
A well dressed man once entered a per
fumers shop where I was purchasing a
pair of gloves Keeping his hat on all
the time he addressed the perfumers
wife in a most offhand manner But
what exasperated the dear woman was
that after inquiring about the price of
some score of articles he prepared to
retire saying
He didnt think he wanted any
I think you do replied the woman
who was not to be wholly without a re
venge you want a few lessons in po
liteness at all events
It is said that Louis XIV the most
haughty and magnificent monarch of
modern times used to lift his hat even
to the female servants of his court If
so no man need think that ho derogates
from his dignity by keeping his hat off
in a respectable shop when he is served
by a woman
I might say a word or two on the
drawbacks of the influence of women
on Frenchmen but there is no doubt
that this influence has polished our man
ners You cannot obtain a perfect notion of
French industry unless you pay a visit I
to our peasantry I must say that now
the woman ceases to be attractive She
does not even attempt to look so Sun
burnt halo and hearty behold her dear
English tourist that is the fortune of
Franco She has a coarse serge gown on
and simple snowy cap She is clean and
tidy and the personification of industry
I do not doubt however that thanks to
blessings of gratuitous and compul
sory education the time will soon come
when she will want to imitate the ladies
of the town in her habits and dress and
that her sons will despise the dear land
where they pro born and will all want
to be clerks and swagger in town with
high stand up collars tight trousers and
sticks Thank goodness this sickening
spectacle is not yet to be seen in France
This good hard working thrifty wo
man is the backbone of the country
The amount of work she can get through
is simply prodigious You will always
see her busy either working in her field
selling the produce of her little farm In
the market place of the nearest town or
engaged about her little household
Whether she takes her cow to the field
or is on her way to town whether she is
sitting behind her wares waiting for cus
tomers or in a railway station waiting
for her train look at her fingers busy on
a pair of stockings She does not know
what it is to be idle for a single moment
She has never left her dear village and
for her the world is made up of her
three acres and a cow But she has
got them and thanks to her frugal
habits and splendid management her
family can live and thrive on them She
is not attractive but she is a picture of
health and contentment
Shares and bonds may go up or down
without disturbing her peace she holds
none She trusts her savings to nobody
Bankers she thinks company directors
and stock brokers may be very respecta
ble persons but when the old stocking
is swollen with live franc pieces she
rounds off her little family domain and
buys a new field something she is quite
sure to find in its place when she wakes
up in the morning Her daughter coes
Jto service and makes a capital ser
vant Like her mother she thinks but
of one thingsaving her wages She does
not get a new hat every month to get
photographed in it she puts her money
in the savings bank
Let me give you an example of her
frugality and allow me to take it from
a personal recollection My mother has
a housemaid who has been with her
twentyfive years Not long ago while
in France I took aside this old servant
I know how devoted you have been
to my mother I said to her You are
not strong and I daro say you will not
wish to go into service again but make
yourself easy about this If anything
should happen to my mother I shall see
that you are comfortable for the rest of
your life But I said inquiringly I
have no doubt you have something of
your own by this time
Imagine my surprise when I heard
her tell me she had saved over 10000
francs all well invested including one
share in the Suez Canal company
Since I have mentioned the Suez canal
why should I not take the opportunity
for trying to explain the uneasiness that
was some time ago created in France by
the British policy in Egypt You must
bear in mind that the Suez canal was not
made by big capitalists It was made
by the savings bank of France by the
old stockings that is to say by the
small bourgeois the working people and
the servants When we reflect that the
riches of France arise from the econ
omy imposed upon every French house
hold by the women I might even say
that the Suez canal is the work of the
French women This canal is essentially
a national enterprise and the least
French mechanic will tell you we have
made the Suez canaL You will find
very few French families possessing as
many as ten shares They aro spread
all over the country
Well let a few unscrupulous jour
nalists attempt to prove to the peo
ple that the English want to annex
or protect Egypt in order to seize
on the Suez canal and you will
easily imagine the effect What a pity
it seems that nations can only talk to
other nations through their political
press 1 What a pity it is that the British
people cannot let their French neighbors
know in plain words that they admire
them for the gigantio work they have
made and that they will never dream of
being connected with the Suez canal
otherwise than as good customers to help
them ret good dividends
1 Continued on page 12
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