The Communists of Paris, 1871 by Bertall, with Explanatory Text by an Englishman [Signed J.E.]

The Communists of Paris, 1871 by Bertall, with Explanatory Text by an Englishman [Signed J.E.]

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...who can do much under cover of great guilelessness and suavity of manner. The Delegate Citizen was much appreciated in his Quartier. He was essentially the local Man, keeping up his relations with exterior politics. So certain was his position, that he could even retain in his button hole the red Ribbon of Merit, which nearly every one in Paris then saw fit to discard, as a remnant of the old World and Society, which were to disappear for ever under the benign influences of the new Commune. So much did our Delegate Citizen work softly and in the background, that it is really difficult to assign him his proper place in detail. He was the receptacle of much information, but the retailer of little. A good deal of his time was spent on the Boulevards; but none of it would be wasted, nor were his other moments idle. He was a Civilian in every sense of the word. No gilt braidings or other military glories attracted him. Had his lot been cast in favourable Spheres, he might have risen to some eminence in Diplomacy. Where is he now? Off Toulon on the pontons; confined in a French Fort; or basking in the fair climate of New Caledonia?--Not he. Walk through the Paris promenades, and there under the shadow of the green Trees, he may yet be found; pursuing his path as of yore although now on different objects. The Police know him, but they also know his uses to themselves possibly, and he remains unmolested. He will not be now found however in front of the larger Cafes. Those chairs are once more filled by their more accustomed Occupants; and the old Delegate Citizen has resumed his resting place on the public seats, apparently idling, but ever taking notes, watching, thinking--and scheming. The red Ribbon of Honour is always there. K- is. PERQUISITION...
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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236598059
  • 9781236598059