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Identifier: bohemianparisoft01morr Title: Bohemian Paris of to-day Year: 1900 (1900s) Authors: Morrow, William Chambers, 1853-1923 Cucuel, Édouard Subjects: Bohemianism Publisher: Philadelphia, London, J.B. Lippincott company Contributing Library: The Library of Congress Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress View Book Page: Book Viewer About This Book: Catalog Entry View All Images: All Images From Book Click here to view book online to see this illustration in context in a browseable online version of this book. Text Appearing Before Image: s,were ranged about the room in an order suggestingthe recent happening of a frightful catastrophe. Thewalls were decorated with skulls and bones, skele-tons in grotesque attitudes, battle-pictures, and guillo-tines in action. Death, carnage, assassination werethe dominant note, set in black hangings and illumi-nated with mottoes on death. A half-dozen voicesdroned this in a low monotone : Enter, mortals of this sinful world, enter into themists and shadows of eternity. Select your biers,to the right, to the left; fit yourselves comfortably tothem, and repose in the solemnity and tranquillity ofdeath ; and may God have mercy on your souls ! A number of persons who had preceded us hadalready pre-empted their coffins, and were sitting be-side them awaiting developments and enjoying theirconsommations, using the coffins for their real pur-pose,—tables for holding drinking-glasses. Along-side the glasses were slender tapers by which the visitors might see one another. 265 BOHEMIAN PARIS Text Appearing After Image: There seemedto be no mechan-ical imperfectionin the illusion ofa charnel-house ;we imagined thateven chemistryhad contributedits resources, forthere seemed dis-tinctly to bethe odor ap-propriate tosuch a place.We found a vacant coffin in the vault, seated ourselves at it on 266 IN THE CABARET OF DEATH A NIGHT ON MONTMARTRE rush-bottomed stools, and awaited further develop-ments. Another croque-mort—a gar^on he was—cameup through the gloom to take our orders. He wasdressed completely in the professional garbof a hearse-follower, including claw-hammercoat, full-dress front, glazed tile, and ovalsilver badg-e. He droned,— Bon soir, Macchabees ! * Buvez |^les crachats dasthmatiques, voila des ^*^^sueurs froides daeonisants. Prenez donedes certificats de deces, seulement vingtsous. Cest pas cher et cest artistique ! Bishop said that he would be pleasedwith a lowly bock. Mr. Thompkins chosecherries a Ieau-de-vie, and I, une menthe. One microbe of Asiatic cholera fromthe last corpse, o Note About Images Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.


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