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Excerpt from book: I have just got proof of it. I was called upon to-day in an official capacity to administer communion to a considerable number of old almsfolks in a church in the very heart of the city of London, the very last place where one would expect to find this old ritual tradition observed. One poor old woman, from Bristol, who communicated, when she knelt at the altar-steps, deliberately spread her white—or rather yellow-white—pocket-handkerchief all along the rails before communicating. I wish some of your country readers would, when they see the Sunday pocket-handkerchief, investigate this subject, and inquire whether in any place any knowledge of its meaning, or traces of thia practice survive. Yours truly, London: Epiphany, 1859. W. S. ARCHITECTURAL NOTES IN FRANCE. No. II. It is unnecessary to say anything of the churches of Paris. They must be thoroughly well known to most of the readers of the Ecclesiologist, and it would be a presumption as well as a waste of time on my part to describe them. To those who have not carefully examined them, let me recommend M. F. de Guilhermy's " Description Arche'ologique des Monuments de Paris,"1 as a very useful and trustworthy guide. The antiquarian and architectural riches of Paris are very far beyond anything of which we could ever boast in London. For beside such well-known examples as Notre Dame, the Sainte Chapelle, and S. Germain des Pr6s, there are numbers of smaller churches, very many of which are of very great interest. Moreover the churches of Paris afford examples of so many periods, that it is possible—beginning with the unique choir of S. Martin des Champs, the church of Mont- martre, and S. Germain des Pr6s, and going on to Notre Dame and the Sainte Chapelle—to trace out the gradual development of the system of archit...  
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