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THE EltIPEROR'S FETE. A correspondent writing from Paris on Friday evening says PARIS, Friday Evening. There was plenty of rain hanging about and torrents of it came down in the course of the night and this morning. But about two o'clock yesterday there was respite, which, despite not unfrequent threatening black clouds, was prolonged till long after sunset. The afternoon was exceedingly pleasant and more favourable to promenading than the intensely hot weather of the beginning of the week. There was novelty in this August 15 fete, so often described in former years, on account of a change of venue both by day and night. The day fair which used to be held on the esplanade of the Invalides was transferred to the heights of Trocadero-a good exchange. There was much more reom, much fresher air, and the amphitheatrical form of the ground enabled a greater number of people to see one of the principal attractions of the fete —the military pantomimes on the two temporary thea- tres. Two years ago these pantomimes represented the taking of Puebla and other triumphs of the French army in Mexico. Of course, the subject was changed this year. What it was does not matter. I do not know, and am quite sure my ignorance was shared by ninety- nine hundredths of the beholders but there was all the requisite amount of gunpowder, desperate assaults, slaughter, love-making, and bacchanalian songs, and the vast audience was pleased. From the heights of the Trocadero I strolled down the new flight of a hundred steps to the Pont de J6na, and so into the Exhibition, with the view of seeing whether the many hundreds of thousands of extra visitors to Paris had swollen the at- tendance there. It was not so. There were palpably fewer persons than on the day before. The bulk of the sightseers of the day came for gratis amusement and did not care ito pay a franc for admission to the Exhibition. The substitution of the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile and the high ground surrounding it for the fireworks was a great improvement upon the old place at the fort of the Trocadero. The display was seen not only all over Paris, but by the inhabitants of St. Cloud, Suresne, St. Germain, and many surrounding villages. The fireworks must be pronounced a great success. The illuminations in the Champs Elysées-festoons of ground- glass lamps lighted by gas-one green lamp to six white ones-were somewhat marred by the wind which put out the lights frequently. A number of employes, considerately placed on duty, struggled against this contretemps-the French word in this instance is more appropriate than "difficulty "-and gallantly re-lit the decs which were continually being blown out. Every precaution was taken to prevent accidents, such as sad- dened the fete last year, and happily with success. I have not heard of a single mishap. There was a review at the camp yesterday for the Emperor's fete. The King of the Greeks, Prince Hum- bert, and the PrinGe Imperial rode by the side of the Emperor. In the evening there was a grand dinner in the Emperor's pavilion, and afterwards a] .torchlight tattoo, in which the bands of all the regiments took part. THE FIREWORKS. Just as the time approached for the fireworks, the Empress appeared for a moment, with several other ladies, at the balcony of the central window of the palace overlooking the garden, and was loudly cheered. After the display, repeated cries of "Vive l'lmpera- trice again induced her Majesty to come forward and salute the vast crowd below. The display of fireworks was divided between the open space surrounding the Arc de Triomphe and the summit of that erection. This arrangement had the effect of rendering the display visible in every direction, and thus prevented serious pressure at any one point. Precisely at nine the arch, which had hitherto remained in sombre shadow, was illuminated with changing-coloured Bengal lights, and immediately after the first act opened with the discharge of 300 fusees bursting in innumerable colotirs in the air. Then came fountains of fire, one facing each of the 12 avenues abutting on the Place de l'Etoile. Flights of rockets followed, with stars and showers of gold. Candelabra, corresponding to the approaches, were fired, and vomited forth their glowing flames, the rays crossing each other, and ending with an eruption of Roman candles of various tints. From the top of the arch was next discharged a shower of fire falling on all sides at once, and finished with a flight of tricoloured bombs. The closing piece, the bouquet, was let off from the top of the arch, and consisted of 30,000 fusees of all calibres and every colour, which, being fired simul- taneously from such an elevated position, produced a splendid spectacle. The outlay this year was less than on preceding occasions, as only a sum of 40,000 francs had been placed at the disposition of M. Ruggieri in consequence of the excessive expenses occasioned by the Exhibition. The whole display, although fine in some parts, was considered scarcely equal to the dignity of the occasion. THE ILLUMINATIONS. The crowd then separated in various directions to view the remaining, or general, illuminations. The principal line was along the Rue de Rivoli. Starting from the Place de la Concorde, a conspicuous object on the right was the Palace of the Legislative Body, the pediment of which was marked out in a line of gas jets. The space fronting the Palais Royal was as light as day, from the united brilliancy of that building, the Hotel of the Ministry of State, and the Theatre Franfais. The tower of St. Jacques was crowned with a circle of fire, and light streamed in varied colours through its stained-glass windows. The Rue de Rivoli presented one continuous I line of light, reaching to the Hotel de Ville, which formed I perhaps the most remarkable display of any build- ing in the whole capital. The outline of the building, with the campanile and lateral towers, being threaded with jets of gas, presented a beautiful appearance trophies of flags hung from every window, and the band of the Garde de Paris, which played on the square in front, gave animation to the scene. The south side of the street and the quays were lit up with the cipher of the Emperor N., and pyramidal devices, alternately; in the parts the most exposed, many of these were, however, partially or wholly extinguished by the wind. The theatres were all lit up, as were the various embassies and a vast number of private houses. Theneighbourhood of the Place du TrOne was exceedingly brilliant, and that part of Paris possessed during the day its own amusements quite equal in quality to {those ob- served in the more aristocratic quarter towards the west. Its display of fireworks was besides quite equal to that described above. As the night was cool, immense crowdu promenaded the streets to an exceedingly late hour, and the dancing-booths on the Trocadero resounded with the libero pede until morning.





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