26 6. OMNIBUSES AND TRAMWAYS. Preliminary
to note these, especially when driving home at night, as cabmen,
when returning to the depot, cannot be required to go far out of
their own quarter.
It should be noted that the rale of the road in France, as on the con¬
tinent generally, is the exact opposite of that which prevails in England.
On calling a cab, the hirer should obtain the driver's number (voire
numtrol), which is a ticket containing the tariff of fares and the number,
and keep it in case any dispute should take place, or any article be left
in the cab. Complaints may be made to the nearest policeman, or at one
of the offices which are to be found at every cab-stand. — Taxameter Cabs
(Voitures a Compteur, with a dial inside showing the time, distance, and fare
of the drive) have recently been reintroduced; see Appx., p. 42.
Cabs whose drivers wear white hats are usually the most comfortable
and the quickest. India-rubber tires are indicated by small bells on the
Carriages. Those who are desirous of exploring Paris expedi¬
tiously and comfortably are recommended to hire a Voiture de Grande
Remise (without a number) by the day (30 ft.), or by the week. Ap¬
plication should be made at the offices of the Compagnie Gene'rale
desVoitures, Place du Theatre-Francais 1 and Boul. des Capucines 22,
or at those of the Compagnie Urbaine, Rue Taitbout 59. Cabs of this
description are also to be found on the stands near the Opera, the
Madeleine, etc.; bargaining necessary (drive, about 3 ft.).
Carriage-Hirers. Bellanger, Rue du Mont-Thahor 38; Comoy <t Perrin,
Faubourg St. Honore 252; Maison Daga, Rue de Laborde 8.
Motor-Cabs (Automobiles). These come under the same category
as the'voitures de grande remise', and are often stationed in the
same place. They may always be obtained at the central depot,
Rue Halevy, to the right of the Opera, and generally in front of the
Grand-Hotel (p. 3). The fare should be agreed upon beforehand
(about 20 fr. for y2 day). There is no tariff.
2. Omnibuses and Tramways. Omnibuses and tramways cross
the city in every direction from 7 or 7.30 a.m. till 20 min. after
midnight; at many points a vehicle passes every five minutes. There
are also tramway-lines to Versailles, St. Cloud, and other places
in the suburbs. To pick out the required line from the long list
(see Appx., pp. 28-38) is a tedious process, and the visitor may be
content to acquaint himself with those that pass in the neighbour¬
hood of his hotel, relying for the rest on information to be obtained
at the nearest omnibus or tramWay-bureau.
The ordinary omnibuses belong to the Compagnie Ginirale des Omnibus,
whose monopoly expires in 1910. — The tramways are divided into the
Tramways de la Compagnie des Omnibus, the Tramways Nord, now called
Tramways de Paris el du Dipartement de la Seine, the Tramways Sad or
Tramways de la Compagnie Ginirale Parisienne de Tramways, Tramways de
VOuest Parisien, Tramways de la Rive Gauche de Paris, and a few others
(see Appx , p 30). Electric and mechanically-propelled vehicles are rapidly
superseding horse-cars, and many new electric lines, both in and beyond
Paris, are in construction or contemplation. The Funiculaire (cable-tramway)
of Belleville (p. 234) and that to the Sacrg-Coeur (p. 209) should also be
The termini of the lines are placarded on the sides of both omni¬
buses and tramway-cars, and another board is hung behind, showing