Late In The Afternoon, As There Were Vespers At The Roman Catholic
Churches, I Went To That Of Notre Dame Des Victoires.
was French, and a sermon in French was preached by an Abbé; the music
was excellent, all things airy and tasteful, and making one feel as if
in one of the chapels in Paris.
The Cathedral of St. Mary, which I
afterwards visited, where the Irish attend, was a contrast indeed,
and more like one of our stifling Irish Catholic churches in Boston
or New York, with intelligence in so small a proportion to the number
of faces. During the three Sundays I was in San Francisco, I visited
three of the Episcopal churches, and the Congregational, a Chinese
Mission Chapel, and on the Sabbath (Saturday) a Jewish synagogue.
The Jews are a wealthy and powerful class here. The Chinese, too,
are numerous, and do a great part of the manual labor and small
shop-keeping, and have some wealthy mercantile houses.
It is noticeable that European Continental fashions prevail generally
in this city, - French cooking, lunch at noon, and dinner at the end
of the day, with café noir after meals, and to a great extent the
European Sunday, - to all which emigrants from the United States and
Great Britain seem to adapt themselves. Some dinners which were given
to me at French restaurants were, it seemed to me, - a poor judge of
such matters, to be sure, - as sumptuous and as good, in dishes and
wines, as I have found in Paris.
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