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THE RICH fIND HIGHLY RESPECTABLE MATRON DONNED HER SWELLEST GOWN AND DID NOT DISDAIN TO COMPETE FOR ADMIRING GLANCES
WITH THE NAMELESS LADY OF THE FLOWERY CHARIOT. PARIS ABANDONED ITSELF TO THE FLOWER FETE Jill the VSopld Turned Out to Join in the Lively Scenes in the Bois de Boulogne. Why the Californians Were Surprised. .. . ; ■.-.' ; By Genevieve Green. I- . Special Paris Letter to The Sunday Call. fHTV floral 'fete on the Boia de Boulogne is. the .last event ol the Paris', .'season. Then society shakes the. city dust from its ■: qyer-befrii, d petticoats and hies away to the., country, 'caving the big old town "desf-rtri" from the point of vkw of: the. high-bred Parisian. The ceaseless^ hum -oi.. the unimportant mil lions who. remain does not alter the desolation. ■ . . Those who have witnessed the floral festivals in California I think are at first disappointed iri.the Paris fete. One BJlßces. the splendid profusioft and the . luxury of dec ration, that chaiu,..c.ize the California festivals. After ail the <\iliforpians have more of everything than any people that 1 have seen. I sometimes wonder if we are not a little vulgar in our profusion. However that may be a Californian expects more every place than he is at all apt to receive. • With the true California spirit I went ;to the Paris fete and at first ex ' perienced a sensation of disappo'nt ! ment. "What I had expected I do not : know, but the flowers seamed scarce to Ime and the decorations meaner. My California temperament asserted itself j stubbornly and vigorously demanded ' "more." THE DOGGED DOG AND THE DOG-GONE ROCKET. THE SAX" FEA^CISCO CALX,, SUNDAY, JULY 3, 1898. But in half an hour what a change! The spirit of the thing pervades one's veins like wine. One realizes that it is not the flowers, that it is not the arches nor the display that brings forth that dense Parisian crowd, but that the whole thing is simply an excuse for an afternoon of mad, French abandon ment. A flower there is not ,1 thing to be 1 oke<3 at and loved and admired; it is simply something to be torn to pieces or thrown in the face of the woman in t-rarlet who is quite as good as you '>n this occasion, madam, as good as you The Frenchman says that "tout le monde" attends the floral fetes, wjiich Is truer translated than not. Verily all the world is there and all the Parisian world which comprises more than ours. , The rich and highly respectable matron dunned her swellest gown and did not disdain to compete for admiring glanr-os . with the nameless lady of the flowery I chariot— with her who wore a bouquet in the top of her satin boot and left it carefully exposed to view. And Cleb Mirode was there looking like a flower herself in a pale pink gown and a gor geous hefdgear of La France roses. She was very demure, this madonna like Cleo and quite properly chaperoned. ! They made me think of Juliet and the I nurse, she and her chaperon. Surely Cleo must eventually be like Juliet, a victim of love, for no other death %vould ibe at all fitting for one so rare. A j wrinkle in her face would mean as i great a trageuy though hardly so ar tistic as the dagger of Romeo. Yes, all the world was there— the rich and prosperous in the carriages, the middle class gaping on the sidewalks, : and underneath the horse's feet gather ! ing up the flowers that fell between ! the carriages, shrieking, grabbing ! at your purses, snatching the flowers j from your baskets, was the rabbi'j, the detestable French rabble that no o.e who has not seen it can ever compre hend. Beside it an American rabble Is tit for the Queen's drawing-room. In j an American crowd you tremble lest i you lose your purse, but here it is lest your oyes he scratched and your hair be pulled. The Parisian rabble is some thing to be feared as wild beasts are feared. At present In spite of assertions to the contrary there is a decided feeling against the Americans. The well-bred French people do not express them selves that way to Americans, but it is in the air. fur the rabble has caught it. And it knows us unmiKtakably, this keen-scented rabble — it is not at all necessary tha.* tV Ftars and stripes be painted upon one's brow. We experi enced several evidences of this anti- American spirit on the afternoon of the I fete; 'tis true that the tnunts came from under the horse's hoofs and yet the voice of the street is surely not a very uncertain straw to show the di rection of French prejudice. But one does not philosophize for many continuous peconds at the fete; ! the spirit of th° thins is to forget, to ! abandon oneself to the enchantment jof the hour. It is really an experience lin one's life, this Parisian fete— it is re | eeiving a smile and a flower from the man or the woman whom you have never seen before and will never see again; it is once in your life when it is quite conime il faut to neglect the lit tle proprieties on -which you have been reared. It is a grand frolic in which there is no choice but participation after one is there. I think this thing could not exist in any other place in the world, for it is most essentially Parisian— it is the spirit of Paris unfettered. Among the Americans whom I no ticed at the fete were Senator McAl lister and wife and Mrs. Woodward and daughter of San Francisco; also Mr. and Mrs. William Hunt and Miss Helen Lindley of Sacramento. On Pentecost Sunday the students of the Latin quarter celebrated the Feast of Fools, and the Ass, a revival of a medieval custom. Naturally the cele bration was unique in the extreme. The idea was to reproduce exactly the pro cession of the fools and the ass as con ducted in the fifteenth century. The procession, which consisted of the theo logians, the woman on the ass, the prophets, the- vagrants, etc., finally made a triumphant entry at the ker messe, which had been installed on the Place dv Pantheon. Here was repro duced the drama of the "Mystery of Adam," comprising the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise, the death of Abel, and finally a procession of prophets predicting the coming of Christ. Numerous devils and angels made the thing complete. CURIOUS STUDIES OF BRAIN PROCESSES <Not£blß ; Instances* Whepe .Men Went . Though the World Jill Right With Onlj Papt of Their , Brains in Working Order. WITHOUT the connecting struc ture there can be no exact co operative action of the double brain. Now, there is ample evidence to show that defi ciency of the corpus callosum has not necessarily been attended with the ef fects which, on the theory of the sin gle nature of the brain, we should have expected. In instances in which it was discovered after death that the con necting bridge between the hemispheres was entirely wanting, neither derange ment in intellect was observed, nor any other abnormality of life in the way of movement or sensation. Thus, in the notable case of Bichat, one of the foremost anatomists of his day, one lobe of his brain was found markedly smaller than the other. He was, in fact, deficient in one-half of his brain, and yet his mental and physical life was in its way notably of a high order. In another case, reported by Cruveilhier, a man died in the hospital at the age of 42 years from heart dis- j ease. H> exhibited no lack of intelli gence, yet after his death it was dis covered that his left brain was practi cally destroyed and replaced by a wat ery substance. Another case, reported by Andral, was of a man who died at the age of 2S. He had suffered from a fall when three years old, and as a result waa paralyzed on his left side. The right half of his brain had practi cally disappear. d. so that the parts be low this half constituted the floor for an empty space. Andral says of this man that he "had received a good edu cation, and had profited by it; he had ;a good. memory; his speech was free ! and easy; his intelligence was such as we should expect to find in an ordinary ] man." In the ordinary working of the brain one half is more active than the other, and exercises a superiority on its neigh bor lobe. This lobe — in ordinary per sons the left, of course — is the cere bral master. Heredity, education or what we will— all the combined influ ences, in short, which mold human Ufa — have tended, by some process of.phys iological selection, to place . one lobe over the other in point of importance. The other (right) lobe is the servant of the left in a measure. Ita educa tion has been neglected, and it re quires the control of its better cultured neighbor in order that life may be con ducted in a sensible and sane fashion. : The most hopeless cases of insanity, j TVigan would have held, would be thosa in which both hemispheres were af fected. If one was alone ailing, the other might exert more or less control over it, and the extent of the control would depend on which lobe exhibited the liseased action. All degrees of insanity or menta.l derangement could thus be accounted for on this suppo | sition of the relative .control of one | hemisphere by the other.. The perfect life is that in which the better and higher half controls the weaker and less responsible. * * * In our courts of law the question of double conscious ness occasionally forms the subject of legal deliberations. For a man in his second self may commit a crime of which he has no recollection whatever lin his natural state. He is. in other j words, at one time the Jekyll • of. his : household, and may be a loving father, a responsible citizen, and a respecta ble friend. Then, when he lapses, he I becomes the Hyde of the romance real- I ized to the full.