The 'Dollar of the Week'

photo: la corona bar, patrick

La Corona's waiter, Patrick, grabs a ticket for a club café.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 5. February 2000:- Going up to the main entry of La Corona last Thursday on the Quai du Louvre, I glanced at the club's area to see if a horde of new members were already waiting.

I thought I saw somebody I knew but threw it out as possibly being somebody that looked a bit like somebody I knew. It wasn't a full-body peep in the window; it was just a flash-by glance.

Going in through the bar I just had time to crash into Kathleen Bouvier coming in the other door before Patrick the waiter began hustling us into the 'grande salle.'

I was a couple of minutes behind time, so I got Patrick staged for the shot above in fifteen seconds or less, and hit the big room.

Marie Bergeonneau sitting all by herself right in the club's main place wasn't a surprise because I talked her into being there. But the flash-recognition guy, Allan Pangborn, was a surprise because he'd written recently - about a trip to Lost Vegas - without saying Paris was his next stop.

So! Folks! After the previous week's extremely feeble turn-out, last Thursday produced two whole brand-new 'real' members, a brand-new 'Drink of the Week' and a brand-new 'Village of the Week.'

Wonder of wonders - we also had a brand new 'Dollar of the Week,' which the club's all-brain camera failed to capture correctly.

This mishap has been rectified by alert 'virtual' member Jeff Widen, who also wants to know if anybody found his gloves at the club last November on a day when there was no meeting.

Who Was This Amiral Coligny Guy Anyway?

If you look below you will see that the club's café, La Corona, has its address on a street named after this person. When asked about this person, I have made stuff up because when I looked up the street name, all it says is 'this street is named after Amiral Coligny.'

By pure chance, I discovered the 'Amiral Coligny' story hiding under a listing for the Rue Perrault, which is not far away. I am not going to put this into the club's 'history,' so you should take notes.

This is a rare find, because it involves an address on the Rue de Rivoli. We begin with a Hôtel whichphoto: allan pangborn was owned in 1560 by Pierre de Bouteville of Vaux. Eight years later it was the property of Jacques de Silly - I am not making this up - who was the Count de Rochefort.

On Tuesday, 22. August 1572 around 11 in the morning, Amiral Gaspard de Coligny, 55, started out for the Louvre to play a game of tennis - jeu de paume - with Charles IX and the Duc Henri de Guise.

This is not Amiral Coligny. It is Allan Pangborn, new 'real' club member and long-time Metropole reader.

Suddenly, without warning, Amiral Coligny's right thumb was shot off by a dude named Maurevel, firing a harquebus from a window in the Rue de l'Oratoire. Amiral Coligny therefore returned home and was treated by Ambroise Paré.

Charles IX and his mother, Catherine de Médicis, and the Duc d'Anjou rushed over to comfort the stricken Admiral. The King said, "My father, if the wound is for you, the pain is for me." He then ordered President Thou to conduct a severe investigation.

Two days later, during the night of Thursday, 24. August, the slaughter of the Huguenots began. This is now called the Saint Bartholomew's Day massacre. Amiral Coligny was not only a political genius - like Catherine - but he was also a champion of the Huguenots.

That night the Duc de Guise, accompanied by a 'diverse' group, went to the Admiral's hôtel, where one of his gang - who called themselves the 'Picards de Bohème' - Charles 'Besme' Dianovitz, killed the wounded Admiral with a big sword.

The Admiral's body was thrown out of his window - the verb 'défenestré is usefulphoto: sacajawea dollar here - and everyone gave the corpse a good kick, and his head was chopped off for good measure. Headless, the corpse was taken to the gallows at Montfaucon and hung by its feet.

The new Sacajawea dollar. Photo: Jeff Widen©2000

On Sunday, 27. August, Charles and his mother paid a visit to the gallows. Brantôme described it like this, "Amiral Coligny had begun to smell a bit by the time the King came to look. Some who came with him plugged their noses; but the King said to them, 'I don't plug my nose like you, because the stink of my enemy is good!'"

Then somebody remembered that Amiral Coligny had been hung before his trial, which made it legally impossible to confiscate his belongings and properties.

A trial was launched against Amiral Coligny by 'parliament' on Friday, 27. October, which convicted him of 'lèse-magesté' and plotting against the King. Convicted, he was hung for a second time at Montfaucon - with a stand-in made of straw.

This is how Louis de Rohan came into possession of the Hôtel Rohen-Montbazon a year later, and it remained in the Rohen-Montbazon family until the death of the Archbishop of Reims in 1773. King Charles IX died in May, 1574 when he was 24.

'Kathleen's Modest Proposal'

This was outlined here three weeks ago and I am working like a very slow beaver on this. The members' list is complete except for the email addresses and the eplanatory email invitation is complete except for some nutty stuff Kathleen thinks I should add so you won't think it is some flim-flam of a 'get-rich ultra-quick' scheme.

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