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FRANCE. CELEBRATION OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE REPUBLIC. The celebration of the anniversary of the revolution of February had passed off without the least appearance of dis- turbance, although the streets were crowded during the whole of the day. From an early hour the strains of mili- tary music were heard from the different corps as they were proceeding to their respective destinations. The weather was fine, though the morning rose in clouds and mist, as if nature had also put on her mourning for the martyrs of the revolution, but when the roar of the cannon announced that the Te Deum had commenced, the sun suddenly burst forth and the clouds rolled away—a happy omen, so thought many who assisted at the solemnity, of the future destiny of the Republic. The following was the order of the ceremonial. At nine o'clock the representatives assembled together in the Salon de la Presidence of the National Assembly; and ex- actly at half-past nine o'clock they, with their President, vice-presidents, and secretaries at their head, put themselves in motion, and, the greater part on foot and decorated with the tricolor sash, edged with gold fringe, which they wore from right to left, and the rosette also, the distinguishing mark of a deputy, worn at the left button-hole, they pro- ceeded at a slow pace to the church. They mounted the steps bareheaded, and, guided by the masters of ceremonies, took their places as prescribed in the programme. The whole of the way through which the representatives passed, —namely, the Pont de la Concorde, the Place de la Con- cords, and the Rue de la Concorde, were lined with troops and National Guards alternately, and of whom a considerable number were stationed towards the Tuileries and the extre- mity of the Rue de Rivoli. From the Place de la Concorde to the Church of the Madeleine, to the right and left, ex- tended a series of lofty pedestals, supporting each a tripod, from which shot forth a sombre flame. Similar pedestals were placed at each of the four angles of the Pont de la Con- corde. The Place de la Concorde had special symbols of mourn- ing. From the centres of the four compartments into which the place is divided sprung into the air four lofty masts, from which, but less than half-way up, floated, in sign of mourning, the colours of the Republic, but veiled with a mourning crape. The moment the representatives of the people had assumed their places in the church an express dispatched to the Pa- lais Eiysee informed the President of the Republic of the fact: and in a few moments the roll of carriage wheels and the trampling of horses' feet in the direction of the Rue St. Honore, told that the only one whose presence was wanting to complete the assemblage was fast approaching. The troops that lined the streets along the Rue Faubourg St. Honore and the Rue Royale presented arms, and the car- riage of Louis Napoleon was seen coming along, escorted by a troop of dragoons. The cry of Vive le President then arose, and was borne along, each moment gathering new strength, until he arrived at the steps of the church. He descended from the carriage, accompanied by a single aide- de-camp, and mounted the steps bareheaded, when he was received by the Cure of the Madelaine and his clergy. The President was dressed in the uniform of a general officer of the National Guard, and wore the ribbon and Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour. The Archbishop of Paris offici- ated. The funeral service having been completed, the joyful l'e Deum burst forth, chaunted by the whole choir, accom- panied by the organ and the military. At that instant all ■present rose, the mourning veils which had up to that mo- ment hid from view the architectural beauties of the church ,v were suddenly withdrawn, and instead of the scene of mourn- ing, there were floods of light, of incense, and of sound. The effect was electric. The service lasted about two hours; it began at ten o'clock, and at twelve the troops and National Guards, where offices were required only during the service, were on their way to their respective quarters.












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