Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
August 1973 THE LETHBHIDGE HERALD 29 For everybody who ivas anybody in France Pere Lachaise is THE place PARIS The Pere Lachaise is the largest cpmstery in as well as the most roman- unusual and interesting. it is situated in eastern Par- far away from the fashion- able residential areas. There is nothing morbid or sad about this rest- ing place. The atmosphere might be termed spiritual and philosophical. Children play on its mothers nurse their 1 lovers walk arm-in-arm and elderly visitors saunter slow- ly while the romantics wander through sections where famous artists are at resl. The cemetery covers al- most 100 shaded by 000 some centuries old. A veritable metropolis of the it harbors more celebrities per square mile than any other place in the world. It is also a vast bird sanctuary. Pheasants have even been seen there while every var- iety of songbird can be heard come spriag. There is possibly as a a colony of some 400 cats In a recent author Michel Dansel presents a complete history of the cele- brated burial ground from its inception to this day. It was the father confessor nf Louis XTV who bought the plot of ground with monies donated by the Sun King. On it he built a rest home for his order and laid out the burial ground. At first Parisians were loathe to exile themselves to this gate of Paris for their last sleep. Then a city father bit upon a wonderful publicity idea he transferred to the Pere Laclrasie the remains of four historical celebrities the medieval Heloise and the playright Mo- Here and La the fabulist. This immediately proved a big success and from the end the 18th century on. the Parisian bourgeoisie fought to buy themselves a plot Since the end of World War I there are no more places to be bought The cemetery is divided in sections. Dansel notes that the tomb of Marcel Proust attracts the majority of An- glo-Saxon visitors. Edith Piaf's tomb has its quota of romanticists. It also attracts seers and astrologists who all seem In attribute therapeutic pow- ers to the interpreter of Vie en The impressive m a u s- oleum erected in memory of Heloise and Abelard which reunited the med- ieval lovers torn apart by a wicked is the rendez- of today's young many of whom will throw a small bouquet of violets or other simple blossoms onto the tombstone Also much is the tomb of Oscar Wilde The face of the enormous red marble flying the work of the famous sculptor Jacob is that of the poet and author There is a po- ets' and painters' but it can safely be said that anybody who was a personal- ity in even' walk of French life is buried here. Coveted Eternity in the company cf the famous was the prize foi Parisians who se- cured a covoied place in Pere Lachaise. Famous men of empire em- inent all lie beneath more or less elaborate monu- ments. The Pere more than any of the other Paris also attracts a greater number of neurotics and oth- er unbalanced characters. There are. of too few guards to patrol the vast area. Every evening brings its quota of characters intent on getting locked into the there to spsrH. me night in abandoned sepul- chres or roam at their lei- sure. It also offers the greatest collection of incredibly ornate tombstones and mausoleums if only from the ISHi century a at the Pere Lachaise and a subsequent monument or vo- tive chapel considered u.e of the status symbols of French bourgeaisie. Dansel relates the story of .he dapper distinguished man would be seen tending a very modernisitic monu- msnt in black marble on which a name was inscribed gold letters. Introducing himself as a re- Dansel venture to ask you a question because I have never heard of the gentleman who lies here. Can you tell me who he Rather proudly the gentle- man X is myself. This is my future home and it is only meet that I should from time to time come here to take proper care of The cemetery has also been the scene or many thefts and depradations. Tombs of i thy women said to have had fabulous jewels buried with them have been violated. But the most recent theft was of a poodle a bronze figure weighing over 700 pounds which was unbolted and carted away one dark night. Is your family small or expanding Coldspot erator to fit And budget. your 14.6 cu. ft. Frost less Coldspot. '349 White Completely Frostless. Never needs defrosting. 137-lb. capacity freezer with True Zero0 freezing 3-temperature butter conditioner Adjustable cold control Adjustable shelves. moisture- sealed crispers. Meat keeper Moulded egg rack. 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