be read with interest by those who have been in the habit of looking upon the birth of a child as a common every day affair.
It is a translation of the ceremonial prescribed by the Emperor:
As soon as her Imperial Highness, the Princess Marie Clothilda Napoleon, shall feel the pains which announce a speedy accouchement, her lady of honor will go to her.
From the arrival of the lady of honor she will take the orders of his Imperial Highness, the Prince Napoleon, and will send to info birth of the infant in the presence of the witnesses prescribed by the Emperor.
The names of the infant will be given, and the act of birth will be signed by their majesties, their imperial highnesses the Prince Napoleon and the Princess Marie Clothilda Napoleon, her imperial highness the Princess Mathilde, their imperial highnesses the Princes and Princesses of the imperial family having rank at Court, the Minister of State, the Keeper of the Seals, and the President of the Council of St