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LECTURE., Issue 7930, 11 June 1889
A lecture, having for its subject ‘ Notes on a Tour on the Continent,’ was given by tho Rev, VV. Morloy, of Christchurch, at Trinity Wesleyan Church last evening. There was a large attendance, and tho Rev. Mr Bautnber presided. The lecturer, in the course of a highly interesting address, described tho principal features of interest at places that he had visited during a recent tour on the Continent, and at the outset he paid a high compliment to the firm of Cook and Son, whose arrangements for the guidance and comfort of tourists who place themselves under their charge arc, he said, most perfect. The route taken by the lecturer and his party was from London to Brighton, thence to Newhavcn, and across tho Channel to Dieppe. A short stay was made at Rouen, a city full of historic memories, and then they went on to “beautiful Paris.” The great points about Paris since it had been “ Haussmauniaed ” are tho width and straightness of its streets, and the number of large squares and other open places providing lungs for the city. Chief among these is the Place do la Concorde, a square measuring I,oooyds each way, and in which, in 1814, the Allied Armies encamped; and in which, in 1871, again the German Army pitched its tents and dictated terms of peace. Tho Church of Notre Dame ho described as a magnificent building; still, when in it, tho same feeling of reverence did not come over him that was the case when ho was in an English cathedral—there was too much tawdrincss about the decorations and fittings generally. After touching on several of tho principal places of interest in tho capital city the lecturer said a few words as to the temperament and manner of the French people, lie said that it was generally assumed that they were frivolous by nature, but his experience that, on tho contrary, they were—so far as the trading and agricultural classes at all events were concerned—very thrifty, saving, and careful in their mode of life. Going on through Belgium, ho found Brussels to be a miniature Paris, The plain of Waterloo was visited, and it proved to be transformed into a smiling cornfield. Next on to Cologne, with its wonderful cathedral, in which during its 623 years of building enormous sums of money had been spent, but—in his opiuion —well spent. There he was shown the bones of the celebrated 11,000 virgins, and on the musty smell from these remains reaching his nostrils he understood for the first time what was "the odor of sanctity.” The Rhino, with its varied beauties, was touched on ; also tho wonderful scenery of Switzerland, the grandeur and magnificence of which excelled all that ho had ever dreamt of. Milan and its beautiful cathedral next came under notice, and then the plains of Lombardy, where were to be seen to perfection the benefits derivable from a thorough system of irrigation. Genoa, Florence, and other cities of Italy were visited, and tho lecturer concluded with an eloquent peroration, in which he expressed a hope that ere long that fair land might emerge from under the cloud that now overhung it in the form of its ancient religion. On the motion of Mr Bark a hearty vote of thanks was passed to Mr Morley for his interesting address. During tho evening some hymns were sung by the choir in excellent style.
LECTURE., Issue 7930, 11 June 1889
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