Our First Ten Thousand

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byChester Walton Jenks

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919. Excerpt: ... a small door, and into the inner court. As I looked straight up, the mass of Gothic arches and sculpture and spires fairly overwhelmed me. Never have I seen such architectural glory. My Virgil led me on to increasing wonders, enumerating as we walked along, the world-famous architects and artists he had conducted over the sacred ground. At length we came to the rear of the church, where there lay, as if in ruins from an air raid, great pieces of sculptured stone and waterspouts with their gargoyle heads, any of which, my friendly guide assured me, I might take back to America as a souvenir of Notre Dame de Paris. As the gargoyles were too heavy, I selected a sculptured brace, which thenceforth I guarded jealously in my bag and which was the cause of a muttered curse from every 'facteur' and porter who lifted it. I have said that when I arrived at Paris in the summer I found it greatly subdued, though quick to respond to the cheer of the American support. On my return to it now, after four months, a great change was everywhere salient. The people had seen that our men and supplies far exceeded their greatest hopes, and there was great rejoicing. Everywhere it was evident that the seeds of gaiety, buried for three years under the snows of war, were springing up again. Although there had been only a half-dozen theatres open in the summer, there were now hardly as many closed. Gaby Deslys and Harry Pilser were playing at the Casino in 'Laissez-le-tomber.' Needless to say, this was the mecca of Americans. Here we spent both Christmas eve and New Year's. A real Jazz band delighted the soldiers and bewildered the English and French, who sat agape, unaccustomed to the jumbled slam-bang of American ragtime. The two performers so well known in the States were suppo...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919. Excerpt: ... a small door, and into the inner court. As I looked straight up, the mass of Gothic arches and sculpture and spires fairly ove...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:28 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217243878

ISBN - 13:9780217243872

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