London Interiors; A Grand National Exhibition of the Solemnities and Scenes of the British Capital
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. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...his skill at the Cafe de Paris, he was appointed at the age of 17, Premier of the Administration, at the CafS d'Ouix. Here he presided over a sacred band of eight cuisiniers; the youngest, but the chief! until the 26th July, 1880, when, assisting at the preparations made by Prince Polignac, for a grand entertainment, to be given upon the occasion of the publication of the celebrated Ordonnances, he was surprised by the revolution, which burst into the kitchen, represented by a fearful crowd of men of all ranks, hastily armed, who forced the gates of the hotel, massacred many persons, and extended their ravages until all the refined resources of French skill, "toutes ces somptueuses preparations furent doublement consommies par eux!!" They were driven from the palace, and in the flight two of his confreres were shot before his eyes, and he himself was nearly slain, but upon dexterously entonnant "la Marseillaise," and "la Parisienne," he was carried off amid the cheers of the mob. After this, when the "cafards" and the "cafronds" were rewarded, to the neglect of those who had borne the burden and the heat of the day, M. Soyer composed the air and strain which our Parisian visitors may remember1--Le Patriote mecontent. C'est tout de mine embetant Nous avons eu l'mal; Je maronue quand jy peose Eux la recompense: De voir taut de Schnapauts Pour la nation Se faire valoir a nos depens Faites done une revolution! Before this, and at a subsequent period, he was about to form an engagement to appear upon the French stage, when at the request of his brother, he came to London, and was subsequently engaged at intervals in the mansions of the Dukes of Cambridge, Wellington, Sutherland, Marquesses of Waterford...
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