The Emperors rode up to the flank, and the trumpets of the first cavalry regiment played the general march.
Through the terrible and deafening roar of those voices, amid the square masses of troops standing motionless as if turned to stone, hundreds of riders composing the suites moved carelessly but symmetrically and above all freely, and in front of them two men- the Emperors.
At the moment his Majesty appeared, a universal, delighted, enthusiastic smile ought to break out like a rash among the passengers--a smile of love, of gratification, of admiration--and with one accord, the party must begin to bow--not obsequiously, but respectfully, and with dignity; at the end of fifteen minutes the Emperor would go in the house, and we could run along home again.
At the end of three hours of boding suspense, they came back and said the Emperor would receive us at noon the next day-- would send carriages for us--would hear the address in person.
I should like very much to know how far they have got on with the cloth,' thought the Emperor.
I will send my old and honoured minister to the weavers,' thought the Emperor.
I will send my faithful old minister to the weavers," said the Emperor at last, after some deliberation, "he will be best able to see how the cloth looks; for he is a man of sense, and no one can be more suitable for his office than be is.
This pattern, and the colors, yes, I will tell the Emperor without delay, how very beautiful I think them.
Our mighty Emperor has lately caused himself to be nickel-plated.
But show us in -- I'm sure the Emperor will receive us, even in his present state"
When a great office is vacant, either by death or disgrace (which often happens,) five or six of those candidates petition the emperor to entertain his majesty and the court with a dance on the rope; and whoever jumps the highest, without falling, succeeds in the office.
There is likewise another diversion, which is only shown before the emperor and empress, and first minister, upon particular occasions.