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Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, May 20, 1914

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 13,603 / 49 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.5
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 320
Added to site: 2008.03.01
mnybks.net#: 20192
Genre: Periodical
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revalence of spurious coins in the so-called Gay City and the tendency of Parisians to work them off on foreigners. As he says, a more inhospitable course one cannot conceive. Foreigners in Paris should be treated as guests, and just now, with all this Entente talk, the English especially. But no. It is the English who are the first victims of the possessor of obsolete francs, two-franc and five-franc pieces guiltless of their country's silver and ten-franc pieces into whose composition no gold has entered.

He had been in Paris but an hour or so when--but let me tell the story as my travelling companion told it to me.

"I don't know what your experience in Paris has been," he said, "but I have been victimised right and left."

He was now getting up while I lay at comparative ease in my berth and watched his difficulties in the congested room and thought what horrid vests he wore.

"I had been in Paris but a few hours," he continued, "when it was necessary to pay a cabman. I handed him

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