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6 THE DOWNFALL OF ROYALTY.

stituent Assembly to belong to the legislative body. Those who love. disorder come here to seek emotions. Some find lucrative employment, applause being paid for, and the different parties‘ having each its claque in the galleries. Since April, 1791, the Jaco- bin Club has affiliations in two thousand French towns and villages. At its orders and in its pay is an army of agents whose business it is to make stump speeches, to sing in the streets, to make prop- ositions in cafes, to applaud or to hiss in the gal- leries of the National Assembly. These hirelings usually receive about five francs a day, but as the number of the chevaliers of the revolutionary lus- trum increases, the pay diminishes, until it is finally reduced to forty sous. Deserters and soldiers dis- missed from their regiments for misconduct are admitted by preference.

For some days past, the Club of Moderate Revolu- tionists, friends of Lafayette, who might have closed the old clubs after the sanguinary repression of the riot in the Champ-de-Mars, and who contented them- selves with opening a new one, have been meeting in the convent of the Feuillants, rue Saint-Honoré. But this new club has not been a great success; moderation is not the order of the day;_ the Jacobins have regained their empire, and on December 26, 1791, seals are placed on the door of the Club of the Feuillants.

At the other extremity of Paris there is a club still more inflammatory than that of the J acobins: