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slightly less in length than some of the yachts. By night the casino glitters with diamonds and sables, by day the terrace of the H6tel Carlton sparkles with sil ver service and champagne in fluted crystal. Cannes received its start as a resort by accident. In 1834 a British jurist, Lord Brougham, was on his way to Nice for a holiday when an epidemic of cholera halted him. Turning back, he stopped at the little port whose name traditionally derives from the canes grow ing in the nearby marshes. His Lordship liked it so well that he built a house and returned for the next 34 years. His friends followed, and before his death the poor fishing village had been transformed into a winter 20()showcase of the fashionable world. Glittering garland limns the crescent of Cannes as street lamps supplant day's waning light. The hotel-flanked Boulevard de la Croisette sweeps past the old harbor, the pink-washed Mu nicipal Casino, and the beaches of fine sand. Yachting party anchored in the Golfe de la Napoule finds the city a show in itself. Lord Brougham on a visit from Britain discovered its charms more than a century ago, and by 1890 as many as 60 members of royalty wintered there.