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106 SOCIETY IN ALGIERS.
Second Abticxe. Al Attempts Geria As Aga...
Algeria , tlie depraved state of the society which follows the fashion in all thing's is not to be wondered at . In the time of General Randon
there was much agreeable dissipation for those who liked on a small scale the life of the Court at Paris ; but since Algeria has been
deprived of a governor , there is nothing resembling a centre of society in Algiers .
Of course , in all colonies there is a scarcity of -women , and this leads to certain evils , the least of which is , that often the wives of
men hig \ h in office , and men of superior acquirements and character , are women of very inferior rank , and often not of the best
character . We remember the wife of a judge of the Courts in Algiers being condemned to one year ' s imprisonment for writing
anonymous letters of the worst description to numbers of people in Algiersto her friendsto the friends of her husband , to the wife
, , of the Governor , and to people of all descriptions . She produced an extraordinary amount of doubtdistrustand evil feeling in the
, , town , scarcely any one of any standing but received letters , telling him or her of some evil done towards them behind their backs , or
accusing them , of some baseness . This lady went into the best society of Algiersand often visited at houses and talked over these
letters , and then , , on leaving her friends , dropped letters to them or against them into the post . She actually employed her own
daughter ( a beautiful young girl of seventeen years old ) to write them . At last it was found out , and both were condemned to
prison , * the daughter escaped with three months . Finally , the extravagance in dress of the Algerian ladies is quite
proverbial , and many of the most outrageous fashions of the French empire have been introduced by the wives of the powerful generals
of the African army , who , as might be expected , are ladies of considerable influence at the Court of the Emperor .
The general ignorance of Algerian society , as compared with that of France or Englandis very striking . Few books are to be seen
, in the shops at Algiers , and the libraries are very poorly supplied with current literature . A French lady assured us that many men
never read anything but the daily papers and their account-books , and their wives nothing but their mass-books . The education which
the young ladies and young men receive is much the same as in France ; but as soon as they leave their schools and colleges they
are exposed to the bad influences of Algerian society , and certainly do not form a very promising mass of young people to mould the
destinies of their new country .
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106 Society In Algiers.
106 SOCIETY IN ALGIERS .
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