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SOMETHING LIKE A BALL!

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SOMETHING LIKE A BALL! The ball at the Hotel de Ville last Saturday night, which far surpassed in splendour the prodigality of that Magnificent one given in 1855 to the Queen of Eng- nd, illustrates the progress of luxury. When the good city of Paris gave a ball to Louis XIII. and Ailne of Austria, it was proclaimed in the streets, with lound of trumpet, that the saloons would be illumi- nated with 300 candles, and that twenty musicians, receiving double pay for their extraordinary exertions, Would play all night. On Saturday, for the reception 7ft n« -^uss'a.n al*d Prussian sovereigns, there were *^000 wax lights, to say nothing of gas, and the orchestras consisted of 250 performers. Queen Victoria Saw flowers and shrubs, the hire of which for the night cost upwards of 2,000/. sterling. But the far Qlore splendid floral display on this occasion was fur- nished by the hothouses and gardens of its own which the city of Paris now possesses at Passy. For the last week waggons laden with exotics and the choicest pative products have been circulating continually be- tween Passy and the Hotel de Ville to transport Flora's contribution to what in the familiar language used in •he description of the Hotel de Ville fetes, and which ,ough stale, is difficult to improve upon, constitutes a fairy-like scene." When, in addition to flowers IrS?, "living" or "foaming masses" of waters, life-like rocks," "dazzling lights," rank, fashion, beauty, uniforms, todettes, and diamonds—still dia- monds, you have the substratum almost impossible to Tary its essential particulars—although royalty rom this or that country may be there to see—of a Stand official ball.

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