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PRIZE DAY AT THE PARIS EXHIBITION. Monday was a great day in Paris. The Emperor Napoleon, accompanied by the Sultan of Turkey and the Viceroy of Egypt, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, and surrounded by all the other distin- guished personages at present in Paris, distributed the prizes to the successful exhibitors at the Inter- national Exhibition. The thousands who assembled on the occasion beheld a pageant, which, perhaps, for originality and splendour, is without a precedent in the present generation, and which is thus described by the Paris correspondent of a London contemporary:— If the opening ceremony of the Paris Exhibition was meagre and commonplace, that of Monday was singularly brilliant and impressive. It was not in the Exhibition itself that the Emperor distributed the prizes, but in the Palace of Industry in the Champs Elysees—a noble hall some 500 or 600 feet in length and between 100 and 150 feet broad, with an arched roof of glass, hung with white drapery, spotted with golden stars, and bordered with broad stripes of pale green, and adorned with countless banners of every colour, glittering with golden stars or bees. At half-past one o'clock the Imperial cortege, with a squad- ron of Lancers in the van, and the Cent Gardes bringing up the rear, started from the Tuileries. Eight state coaches, each drawn by six horses, conveyed the chief officers of the court, the Princess Mathilde, and the Princess Clotilde. In the ninth carriage, drawn by eight horses, sat the Emperor and Empress, the Prince Imperial and Prince Napoleon. Ten minutes afterwards an equally brilliant procession escorted the Sultan from the Elysee Palace to the Palace of Industry. In a state carriage, drawn by eight horses, rode Abdul Aziz, with his two sons and nephew. The route of each procession was lined with troops; quite an army guarded the Palace of Industry and all its approaches. In the interior of the great hall, near the main entrance, was erected the Imperial throne, a gorgeous mass of crimson velvet, cloth of gold, golden eagles, golden bees, and wreaths of laurel encircling golden N.'s, the whole surmounted by a huge gold crown. There were more crowns and more eagles round the walls; the galleries were hung with crimson velvet fringed with gold, while beneath were some theatrical- looking pasteboard trophies emblazoned with the arms of the various nations which have taken part in the Exhibition of the Champ de Mars, and surrounded by clusters of national banners. The entire centre of the hall was sunk some few feet beneath the ordinary level, and here were arranged ten showy-looking trophies, illustrative of the ten groups into which the objects contributed to the Exhibition are divided. The sunken portion of the hall, where the foregoing groups or trophies were displayed, was surrounded by a broad belt of flowers of every possible shade of colour planted in dense masses, from three to four feet in depth. Imagine every portion of the building filled with a brilliant assemblage- ladies in the ga vest summer toilettes, soldiers in uniform, officials in magnificent State costumes, gorgeous Eastern costumes, here a group of Japanese (one robed in cloth of gold with crimson velvet breeches, white stockings, and patent leather highlows, and with spiked velvet hat), there Turks in fezes and in turbans, and here Hungarians in jewelled velvet coats and crimson and gold-fringed panta- loons- imagine all this and you will have a faint idea of the splendour of the scene. At one o'clock the sounds of music were heard; the orchestra played Gluck's overture to Iphigcnie en Aulide," and after a short interval Felicien David's Evening Song, the choir of more than one thousand voices taking part in the performance. Almost before the sounds had died away, a procession descended the staircase on the western side. First came a banner borne before the exhibitors who have obtained prizes and honourable mention in what is styled the "Dew order of recompenses." Following them came the exhibitors in the ten various groups into which the Exhibition is divided who have gained grand prizes or gold medals, each group being preceded by a banner in- scribed with its distinctive name. Group 1, works of art, comprised about thirty gentlemen; group 2 num- bered some sixty dealers and producers of materials used in the liberal arts; group 3 was composed of manufacturers of furniture, many of whom were already decorated. The remaining groups were representatives of the clothing interest, of raw materials, of the useful arts, of food and drink, of agriculture and horticulture, and of the general amelioration of the condition of mankind. As soon as these had taken up their position in front of the Throne, the blare of trumpets and hoarse shouting of the mob outside announced the arrival of the Emperor, together with the Sultan. The Emperor and Empress bowed on enter- ing. The Sultan, too, bowed and waved his arm in a paternal manner until the cheering ceased, when the members of the Imperial party took their seats, and Rossini's Hymn to Napoleon III. and his noble People," composed for the occasion, was at once performed. At the conclusion the entire assemblage rose with shouts of "Vive l'Empereur." M. Rouher, Minister of State and Finance, and Vice-President of the Exhibition, advancing to the foot of the throne, read a long report to the Emperor upon the Exhibition generally, and the great success it has attained. The Emperor replied, and then the names of those to whom medals or other recompenses have been awarded were proclaimed aloud. Next the gold medals were distri- buted by the Emperor himself, each exhibitor thus distin- guished ascending the steps of the Throne and receiving the medal directly from the hands of the Emperor. This part of the proceedings of course occupied some time. When it was over more music was performed, at the conclusion of which the Emperor and Empress and the other occupants of seats beneath the velvet and gold canopy descended, and a procession headed by the Corps Diplo- matique was formed, and passed round the entire hall, the Emperor and Empress stopping to say a few words to the principal representatives of foreign nations whom they chanced to recognize. Shouts of "Vive l'Empereur," varied with "Vive l'Impdratrice," were of course heard above all others. Cheers may have been given for the Prince Imperial, but they were scarcely distinguishable. A member of the Dublin corporation, as the procession passed where its representatives were seated, called for three Irish cheers for the Empress, when suddenly there arose a wild Irish hurrah which resounded through the building from one end to the other, and in acknowledg- ment of which the Empress graciously bowed. The centre of the throne was occupied by three gilt fauteuils, on the centre one of which sat the Emperor, with the Sultan on his right hand and the Empress on his left. On the Sultan's right hand was the Prince of Wales, and near him the Prince of Orange, the Duke of Aosta, and the Duke of Cambridge, the little brother of the Taicoon in black and gold bordered tunic and crimson and gold petti- coat being at the extreme end. Next the Empress, on her left hand, sat the Prince Royal of Prussia, and then Mehem- med-Mourad Effendi, the Sultan's nephew, and heir to the Turkish throne; Prince Humbert of Italy, and Prince Napoleon. The Princesses Clothilde and Mathilde,the Duchess a Aosta, and other ladies were also in the front rank. Behind were marshals of France, Turks in crimson fezes and blue surtouts covered with gold lace, officers in every European £ -^m^an<L ambassadors from all the European courts, besides the officers of the Imperial household, and various Ministers of State. The Empress wore a white robe, with gold spots, a mauve train, a green wreath and diamond head- dress, a diamond necklace with long pendants and stomacher. The Emperor wore the uniform of a general of division, and the Sultan a blue frock with gold lace and a red fez.











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