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follow upon wonders in this park of fairy-land; and not the least among them is this process of obtaining ice by means of steam.
From ice to diamonds it is easy to go in a breath; for have you not often observed on some frosty morning of winter, after a thaw, how the branches of the trees are laden down with great chains of diamonds, hung upon them by King Frost during the night? And so it is that, not far from the building in which ice is manufactured by steam, there is a workshop in which the most beautiful diamond jewelry is made. Here all the processes of cutting
and setting diamonds are carried on; and it is to this place that ladies to be attracted more than to any other, perhaps, in the grounds.
By and by we come to a large mound, which has rooms hollowed out within it; and here are aquaria in which curious fishes are kept, as well as an aquarium for frogs. On entering the mound we see some large glass grottos, the frames of which are very ingeniously contrived in imitation of rough rock-work. These are the aquaria, and in them swim a great variety of curious and beautiful fishes, brought from countries both far and near. But still more interesting than these is the aquarium in which the frogs are kept. Before this numbers of young people may generally be seen, - and a good many older people too, - watching the gambols of the frogs, which, with their queer pranks, bear a very singular resemblance to human beings engaged in a bathing-frolic. Sometimes they will chase one another through the water like boys. They play at “ leap-frog "over one another's heads from the rocks of the aquarium, diving here and there with wonderful speed and ease ; and then they will come up again, and, climbing upon the ledges of the rock, will sit there as gravely as stout old aldermen, sometimes crossing one leg over the other, and holding their heads on one side with a meditative air. The gambols of these creatures are really so curious and interesting that we remain looking at them for a long while. In a state of nature frogs
are animals whose habits it is not easy to observe, on account of their usual haunts being among reeds and in muddy pools of water ; but in this beautiful clear aquarium they appear to great advantage, - seeming, indeed, to take pride in displaying their feats of wonderful activity and adroitness to the visitors who daily come to see them.
Well, I think you will agree with me that by this hour we have seen a good deal for our twenty cents, and that it is time for us to seek some refreshment and rest. Let us look in at the restaurants, then, which are arranged under the veranda by which the outer oval is surrounded, and which offer, in themselves, not the least curious of the sights to be seen in this very curious place. Here the people of all the nations that have come to take part in the exhibition have their own cook-shops, in which they cook their own peculiar viands, each after the fashion of his own country. What would you say now to visiting the Chinese restaurant, and calling for some roast dog, or rat pie, both of which are considered luxuries in their own country, at least by that singular people ? Better not try the experiment, I think; rat pie can hardly be a tempting dish, even when served up on a sumptuous China plate. Perhaps these Egyptians who are squatting around here could treat us to some crocodile's eggs, or to a steak of hippopotamus from the Nile. That would be rather heavy feeding, you say, and so it would; and as the very same objection applies to pork-and-beans, not to mention pumpkin pie, we will only just look in at the American restaurant, the steam arising from which seems to wast one back home across the sea. Spain and Italy have
delicious fruits in their restaurants, and they are curious in salads and fa· mous for their olive oil. But, so far as cookery goes, I believe the French
have the advantage over all ; and so to the French restaurant we go, where we get all manner of nice things for a moderate price, and thus we finish our day.
And now the evening is well advanced. The great exhibition building is closed for the night, but the park is all aglow with lights, making an illumination which is really grand to see. Look back upon it now, as our carriage rattles us across one of the bridges over the Seine, and I think you will say that we have had full value, to-day, for our twenty cents.
Charles Dawson Shanly.
'E were at school together,
The little Jew and I.
Yet nothing made him cry.
Called him all names we knew,-
," – for he was meek as lamb, The gentle little Jew. But not a word he answered,
Sat in his corner still, And worked his sums, and conned his task, Would never any favor ask,
Did us nor good nor ill, – Though sometimes he would lift up
Those great dark Eastern eyes, Appealing, when we wronged him much, For pity? No! but full of such
A questioning surprise.