By JAMES E. P. BOULDEN, M.D.
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He who of America, and traversed the despotic countries of the Old World, cannot realize them. The boat had on board the United States Minister, and bending our course, as did it (as we approached each other), towards the Asiatic shore, we soon found ourselves sailing in company with the direction of the Sultan s palace. Minister, in the That reached, we landed on a marble quay, in the presence of two files of soldiery, which formed the outer guards of the palace. We court were then conducted by an officer through a paved with marble, and, between two other rows of soldiers, into the reception-room ; the guidance of the master of ceremonies, where, by we seated ourselves on the divans, which there, as in almost every Turkish house, extended around three sides of the room.
The streets of Turkish cities are too narrow for heavy vehicles to all ponderous articles have necessarily be carried on the backs of hamals, horses, or Even all heavy building materials, lumber, and stone, bricks, are transported by these means, great distances and up steep ascents. mules. I have referred to the risk of navigating through such a living channel on horseback, not because the 58 THE DOGS OF CONSTANTINOPLE. Turks are, as is generally thought, a ferocious peo ple, but on account of the crowd and confusion, the narrowness of the streets, and the fact that you may, some one, in consequence thereof, excite the ire of you do not know whom (he may be a Bedouin or or you worse), by running your horse against him ; of some pious Mussul may bring down the vengeance man upon you on account of your horse s hoofs set ting one of his canine neighbors to howling.
General thing, the captains of European ACCIDENT. 46 steamers are very cautious. an explosion As we is all race, sailed over the placid waters of the mora, and approached the was They never and a very rare event with them. " impatience to see that City of the Mar Sultan," I famous place, that had and beauteous picture in my Long before "old Sol" had reddened so long been a bright imagination. morn the east, on the that a glimpse of the distant we anticipated catching city, I hurried on deck, ex pecting to see its manifold beauties unfolded in all their glory I was with ; but alas doomed its to !