LAUGHING TORSO prove of them as they were only too glad to lead me astray and, as almost every day one found someone whom one had not seen for years, it was difficult not to celebrate. On another occasion an old friend of mine, after dinner, found a cellar near the Place St. Michel called the " Sol de cidre." One entered a cafe through a large door, which was down a little passage. The patron was an enormous Norman in a white apron. There were large barrels of cider on the floor, and at the back a smaller room. On the walls was a list of celebrities who had visited the place. Paul Verlaine, Laurent Tailhade, Oscar Wilde, and so many others that I have forgotten their names. We drank cider out of a bowl and had a calvados to cheer it up. Downstairs was a cellar with Norman arches dated 1145. This place had been the stable of Francis I. The street next to it is called "• La rue oil git le coeur" I always thought that that meant, " The street where the heart lodged," but I was told afterwards that it meant something different. Down a side street, at the corner, was the river. There was a large house which had belonged to Francis I, at the corner of the street on the quays. In the time of Francis I the river came right up to the house. At the other corner of the street was a smaller house. Here had lived his mistress and high up over the street was a footbridge connecting the two houses. In the front room of the Sol was a counter at which were standing a collection of ruffians of both sexes. We went downstairs to the cellar. There were wooden tables and chairs and a small platform with a man playing an accordion.