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Identifier: reallatinquarter00smi
Title: The real Latin quarter
Year: 1901 (1900s)
Authors: Smith, Frank Berkeley, 1869-
Subjects: Artists
Publisher: New York, Funk & Wagnalls Co.
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Smithsonian Libraries


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Observatoire, and turn a sharp corner tothe left, you will see the facade of thisfamous ball, illumined by a sizzling blueelectric light over the entrance. The facade, with its colored bas-reliefs ofstudents and grisettes, reminds one of theproscenium of a toy theater. Back of thisshallow wall bristle the tops of the trees inthe garden adjoining the big ball-room, bothof which are below the level of the streetand are reached by a broad wooden stairway. The Bal Bullier was founded in 1847;previous to this there existed the Closeriedes Lilas on the Boulevard Montparnasse.You pass along with the line of waitingpoets and artists, buy a green ticket fortwo francs at the little cubby-hole of a box-office, are divested of your stick by one ofhalf a dozen white-capped matrons at thevestiaire, hand your ticket to an elderlygentleman in a silk hat and funereal clothes,at the top of the stairway sentineled by aguard of two soldiers, and the next instantyou see the ball in full swing below you.58

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There is nothing disappointing about theBal Bullier. It is all you expected it tobe, and more, too. Below you is a veritablewhirlpool of girls and students—a vast seaof heads, and a dazzling display of colorsand lights and animation. Little shrieksand screams fill your ears, as the orchestracrashes into the last page of a galop, quick-ening the pace until Yvonnes little feet slipand her cheeks glow, and her eyes growbright, and half her pretty golden hair getssmashed over her impudent little nose.Then the galop is brought up with a quickfinish. Bis! Bis! Bis! Encore! comes fromevery quarter of the big room, and the con-ductor, with his traditional good-nature,begins again. He knows it is wiser tohumor them, and off they go again, stillfaster, until all are out of breath and rushinto the garden for a breath of cool air anda citron glace. And what a pretty garden it is!—full of beautiful trees and dotted with round iron tables, and laid out in white gravel walks, the garden sloping


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bookid:reallatinquarter00smi bookyear:1901 bookdecade:1900 bookcentury:1900 bookauthor:Smith__Frank_Berkeley__1869_ booksubject:Artists bookpublisher:New_York__Funk___Wagnalls_Co_ bookcontributor:Smithsonian_Libraries booksponsor:Smithsonian_Libraries bookleafnumber:66 bookcollection:smithsonian

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