I hired a seven-seat box for this reading, which I placed at the disposal of the ladies. On returning home this evening I met in front of the Mairie, M. Chaudey, who was at the Lausanne Peace Conference and who is Mayor of the Sixth Arrondissement. He was with M. Philibert Audebrand. We talked sorrowfully about the taking of Metz. October 31. Skirmish at the Hotel de Ville.