¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Upon interrogating Henry as to our chances of being disturbed in our privacy we learned one of the tricks of his profession, said he, “I told the conductor that if he would not put any one else into your compartment that I would remember him on our arrival, he cares more for his fee than for the comfort of passengers.” But, said I, that’s quite an expensive bribe for eleven hours of watching- “Oh no! three or four francs will please him”- 60 or 80 cents, why, in America, I would never dare to suggest less than a fee of $5, to such a gold laced official.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 This old and populous country so generally cultivated and trimmed looks more, to an American, like a series of large garden patches, than like their ordinary farming districts. Hansome’[sic] groves of tall trees are seen ahead of us at short intervals, but a nearer approach shows them to be the border to some farm, set out in regular rows, straight and regular as a picket fence, not the glorious work of natures original intention but the artificial disposition of week [sic] humanity, half the charm is at once dispelled-
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 On we go, through the pretty little city of Compeigne [sic], for centuries the favorite resort of French Monarchs to the hunting forests adjacent, comprising nearly 30,000 acres, celebrated also as the place where Joan of Arc was captured. Through Noyon, Chauny, Tergnier to the fortified town of Laon where Napoleon was defeated Blucher and the Prussians in 1814. On through Reims where can be seen an