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[letterhead] MAISON PINCET Chambres & Appartements Meublés CHAUFFAGE CENTRAL ÉLECTRICITÉ

35, Rue Cambon PARIS

Téléphone:

Paris, le 13 Aug. 1911

Dear Gertie, Joe and Josie:

This is a quiet Sunday afternoon in Paris, except for a hand organ on the street in front. When it started up Lester wanted to "go me the treats" that there was a monkey along. No monkey—he lost.

What have you been doing since the first school term closed, I wonder.—I am left to wonder or guess till I hear from you on reaching New Yornk the 26th. inst.

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We got here at 5 o'clock Thursday afternoon, called a cab (with a taximeter) and were driven about two miles to the Metropolitan Hotel where Mr. Fear and company were located.

We soon found a good room (at the place indicated by the letter heading) at 2½ francs each per day. and breakfast at 1¼ francs each. Our other meals we get wherever most convenient.

We arranged to start early Friday with Mr. Fear's party for a drive around Paris to get a general view of the principal parts of the city. There were twenty or more in the party, with a guide.

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We started at nine and get back at one, went again at 2:45 and got back at 5:30. It was an interesting trip and not very expensive; 2½ francs each, Paris has some fine, wide streets and grand buildings, as much so as any place we have seen. It is hot, dry, and dusty now, which detracts from the enchantment. Many of the most important places we saw Friday, like the Louvre and the Eifel [sic: Eiffel] Tower we shall go to again and see more carefully. Lester went to the American Express office in the afternoon and got our mail, and to the Hamburg-Amerika Line's office and got our tickets for which we had an order. These tickets will get us back home, to those we love more than the French. The fact is we think less of the French people than of any we have been among. I should put the Scotch first near the Dutch of Holland then the Germans, the Swiss, the English, Irish, Belgians, and lastly the French.

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Behold! my pages are mixed—due to having two sheets together, and supposing I had but one.

On Saturday morning we went with Fear's party to Versailles, not more than twenty miles from Paris to see the palace, and gardens the home of Louis XIV, XV and XVI. The grounds are the most vast and magnificient, I suppose, of any in Europe. They have fine gardens and lakes and fountains, which play only once a month and on state occasions. They did not play for our benefit. The immense palace with hundreds of rooms is full of painting and relics; the latter I do not have very much sentiment for. The whole thing in the time of Louis XIV cost the French 200 millions of dollars and helped to bring on the revolution. The party hired a guide which cost us—Lester and me—a half franc (10¢) each. In the afternoon we in company with some of Fear's party went to some of the large department stores— which, by the way, do not seem to come up to those

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in Chicago. In the evening we took a little ride over part of the city in a one-horse barouche, at a very small expense, less than a franc each. Four of us got into each cab, and twelve people went. A woman and her daughter, and Miss Forbes, who is a niece of the eminent S.A. Forbes of Champaigne—He drove with me from Bloomington to Normal last summer during the farmers' institute— were in the cab with me.

Sunday morning Lester and I went to the Louvre, the gratest [sic: greatest] art gallery in the world, and spent about three hours. We got a catalog at 30¢ and had a very good morning. We expect to make other visits there for we are conenient and shall not leave Paris till Thursday.

The fact, is we are getting satiated with travel, and do not have the interest in cathedrals, castles, monuments

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