Walks in the Ardennes; Cycling, Driving, Boating, by Rail, and on Foot

Walks in the Ardennes; Cycling, Driving, Boating, by Rail, and on Foot

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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. 1893* edition. Excerpt: ...from the church, whither he goes at least once a day, for he is a pillar of the Catholic party. His suit of solemn black broadcloth is only assumed on very great occasions, such, for instance, as the great procession at the Fe"te Dieu, when all the town is gay with bunting, and triumphal arches of evergreens and flowers, and every window ablaze with candles in broad daylight, and the Burgomaster turns out the gendarmes as a guard of honour to the Host, and himself walks bareheaded behind the dignified Doyen. With his handsome, clean-shaven face, and thick, close-cropped white hair, the old man looks as if he had stepped out of some picture of a burgher of the Middle Ages, and for the nonce donned modern attire. We have seen him, too, under circumstances when dignity was difficult, and he has not been found wanting. Once on a time a ball was given at Laroche, which, for excellent reasons, both Church and State discountenanced. The Doyen denounced it from the pulpit: and the Burgomaster shut up the hotel quite early as a protest against the proceedings. Half an hour after midnight a Belgian who had been to the ball, and an Englishman who had not, arrived simultaneously at the side-door--where, it should be noted, the night-bell may be found by those whose hands are steady, unless the wind is strong. One of them pulled vigorously at the deer's foot which serves as a bell-pull, and down came the Burgomaster in propria" persond. 'You have been chez Monsieur I'Anglais, have you not?' he asked quietly of the Englishman. 'Yes, Monsieur le Bourgmestre.' 'And you, ' said the old man, turning to the Belgian, 'have been to the ball?' This could not be denied, and the Burgomaster, arrayed not in broadcloth, or even blouse and carpet-slippers, but...show more

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  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236587847
  • 9781236587848