Letter from Charles R. Drew to Lenore (Robbins) Drew
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1949-08-07 (August 7, 1949)
[Drew, Charles R.]
[Drew, Lenore (Robbins)]
Original Repository: Howard University. Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. Charles R. Drew Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.
"My Chief Interest Was and Is Surgery"--Howard University, 1941-1950
Aug. 7, 1949
Paris is hot and dusty this afternoon. It is my last day here and I've about had enough for the time being. It is meant
people a deoux [sic], not alone.
On Friday morning at went to the Brousais Hospital and saw some very good Surgery. Friday afternoon to see some
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of the modern paintings -- you can't have them. Friday night I tried to get a seat for the Opera Don Juan but had no luck
so I went to a local movie.
Yesterday I walked for about six hours taking snaps of interesting scenes as I went. When I got tired I rested at one of the
innumerable side walk cafes. Food in them as a whole is poor in spite of
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the fame of France's cuisine. If you want to pay $5 - $8 you can get a wonderful meal with all that goes with -- atmosphere,
"amiance" [sic], service (at a not inconsiderable price) and fair music. But who wants to pay that much. Light meals
and lots of walking have me in about the best physical shape I have been in for
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for some time. Yesterday, being Saturday I visited the big market place in the left bank (the Latin Quarter). It was very
interesting. There are people here of every race and clime, every color and shade of color. Each minds his own business and
goes along. There is a feeling that no matter how odd he is -- and some are very odd
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He has a right to be that way. Pale platinum haired Scandinavians, jet black Senegalese, Gaelic type south French men with
pale blue eyes and purple black hair, suave good looking East Indians, handsome big Chinese and cute little baby faced Indonesians
all seem to make a homogenous picture when mixed in
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with the typical peasant farmer man or woman who look like country people all over the world -- and of course -- American
tourists everywhere. Beggars still flourish as in the time of Francois Villon and who still gather in De Place de Concord.
Yesterday a group of several thousand gathered outside of the American Embassy
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on Le Rue Royale in protest against the signing of military agreements growing out of the Atlantic pact. The mob was led by
the Communist members of the French House of representatives. These were arrested and later let loose. about 1,500 gendarmes
were on hand, so nothing of significance took place. In France this sort of thing
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Apparently is expected. No one seems too upset.
The women at the cafe restaurants were all a buzz with the fashion shows which started Thursday. Each of the famous houses
is now giving its preview of Fall Fashions. It apparently is something to reckon with.
Tomorrow I leave for London Hotel Mt. Royal. Next Saturday the 13th for home.