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FELIX OF THE CAFE DU HELDER-

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FELIX OF THE CAFE DU HELDER- Tradition tells us (says the Paris correspondent of the Globe) that in some of the old-fashioned chop- houses in London the portraits ot the waiters who have served a whole generation of chop-eaters have been painted by a, subscription among the customers, and hung up in some place of honour as an encourage- ment to their successors to do well and endfavOur to Merit the same distinction. We have, ourcelebtated waiters over hereâmen who will not condescend to take notice of the ehance customer, but who know every weakness and peculiarity of those whom thef. are accustomed to see regularly. Yeu may gather all kinds of gossip at your club, but you cannot get the same infor- mation as you can from your garfon, who glean3 his .news from all classes- and conditions of men. The success and reputation of a cafe or restaurant in the eyes of the boulevardier depends on the species of in- formation and chit-chat he can obtain from the waiter, who knows what newspapers to put before him, to what paragraphs to direct his attention, and what beverage to offer him. One. of the roost characteristic among our Paris gargms may be found at the Caf6 du Helder, rejoicing in the happy name of^Felix. The Helder is the military cafi pop] excellence, and from fire to seven in the evening is crowded with officers in mufti, who draw up a regular batallion of glasses of absinthe which re- mains the favourite beverage of the militaires. Felix is known to all, from the subaltern to the colonel, and he is revered for his knowledge not only of the past but of the future, for he caD tell the young subaltern that in three months he would be made lieutenant and the captain that within six weeks he would be now! nated among the new Knights Of the Legion of Honour. Everything he has foretold has come true, he is the sphinx of military life, and is more tban a walking Army List." He can tell you the contents of the Gazette long before it is published, and every regimental change which has taken place.

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