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PARIS AT THE BEGINNING OF 1792. 7

that of the Cordeliers. “The Jacobins,” said Bar- baroux, “have no common a.im, although they act in concert. The Cordeliers are bent on blood, gold, and offices.” Speaking as a rule, the Cordeliers belong to the Jacobin Club, while hardly a single J acobin is a Cordelier. The Cordeliers are the advance-guard of the Revolution. They are, as Camille Desmoulins has said, Jacobins of the Jaco- bins. The chiefs are Danton, Marat, Hébert, Chau- mette. They take their names from those religious democrats, the Minorite friars of Saint Francis, who wear a girdle of rope over their coarse gray habit. They meet in the Place of the School of Medicine, in a monastery whose church was built in the reign of Saint Louis, in'1259, with the fine paid as indem- nity for a murder. In 1590, it became the resort of the most famous Leaguers. Chateaubriand says: “There are places which seem to be the laboratory of sedi- tions.” How well this expression of the author of the Mémoires d’0utre-tombe describes the club-room of the Cordeliersl The pictures, the sculptured or painted images, the veils and curtains of the convent, have been torn down. The basilica displays noth- ing but its bare bones to the eyes of the spectator. At the apse, where wind a11d rain enter through the ungl zed rose-window, joiners’ work-benches serve as a desk for the president and as places on which to C: ‘p7Slt the red caps. Do you see the fallen beams, the wooden benches, the dismantled stalls, the relics of saints pushed or rolled against the walls