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during the crucifixion, when I saw a number of , and making his men drag out the bodies of those people lying one on another all about this part of who appeared to be still alive from the heaps of the the church, and as far as I could see towards the dead. He sent word to us 10 remain in the condoor. I made my way between them as well as I vent till all the bodies had been removed, and that could, till they were so thick that there was actually when we could come out in safety he would again a great heap of bodies on which I trod. It then send to us. suddenly struck me that they were all dead! I had We stayed in our room two hours before we not perceived this at first, for I thought they were ventured to make another attempt to escape from only very much fatigued with the ceremonies, this scene of horror; and then, walking close inand had lain down to rest themselves there; but gether, with all our servants round us, we made a when I came to so great a heap of bodies I looked bold push, and got out of the door of the church. down at them, and saw that sharp, hard appearance By this time most of the bodies were removed ; but of the face which is never to be mistaken. Many twenty or thirty were still lying in distorted auiof them were quite black with suffocation, and fur- tudes at the foot of Mount Calvary; and fragments ther on were others all 'bloody and covered with the of clothes, turbans, shoes, and handkerchiefs, clotted brains and entrails of those who had been trodden with blood and dirt, were strewed all over the paveto pieces by the crowd.

At this time there was no crowd in this part of In the court in the front of the church the sight the church ; but a liule further on, round the cor- was pitiable ; mothers weeping over their children ner towards the great door, the people, who were the sons bending over the dead bodies of their quite panic-struck, continued to press forward, and fathers—and one poor woman was clinging to the every one was doing his utmost to escape. The hand of her husband, whose body was fearfully guards outside, frightened at the rush from within, mangled. Most of the sufferers were pilgrims and thought that the Christians wished to attack them, strangers. The pasha was greatly moved by this and the confusion soon grew into a battle. The scene of woe ; and he again and again commanded soldiers with their bayonets killed numbers of faini- his officers to give the poor people every assistance ing wretches, and the walls were spattered with in their power, and very many by his humane efblood and brains of men who had been felled, like forts were rescued from death. oxen, with the butt-ends of the soldiers' muskets. I was much struck by the sight of two old men Every one struggled to defend himself, or to get with white beards, who had been seeking for each away, and all who fell were immediately trampled other among the dead; they met as I was passing to death by the rest. So desperate and savage did by, and it was affecting to see them kiss and shake the fight become, that even the panic-struck pil- hands, and congratulate each other on having esgrims appear at last to have been more intent upon caped from death. the destruction of each other than desirous to save When the bodies were removed many were disthemselves.

covered standing upright, quite dead; and near the For my part, as soon as I perceived the danger, I church door one of ihe soldiers was found thus had cried out to my.companions to turn back, which standing, with his musket shouldered, among the they had done; but I myself was carried on by the bodies which reached nearly as high as his head ; press till I came near the door, where all were this was in a corner near the great door on the fighting for their lives. Here, seeing certain right side as you come in. It seems that this door destruction before me, I made every endeavor to had been shut, so that many who stood near it were get back. An officer of the pasha's, who by his suffocated in the crowd ; and when it was opened, star was a colonel or bin bashee, equally alarmed the rush was so great that numbers were thrown with myself, was also trying to return; he caught down and never rose again, being trainpled to death hold of my cloak, or bournouse, and pulled me down by the press behind them. The whole court before on the body of an old man who was breathing out the entrance of the church was covered with bodies his last sigh. As the officer was pressing me to laid in rows, by the pasha's orders, so that their the ground we wrestled together among the dying friends might find them and carry them away. As and the dead with the energy of despair. I strug- we walked home we saw numbers of people carried gled with this man till I pulled him down, and hap- out, some dead, some horribly wounded and in a pily got again upon my legs-(I afterwards found dying state, for they had fought with their heavy that he never rose again)—and, scrambling over a silver inkstands and daggers.-p. 214. pile of corpses, 1 made my way back into the body of the church, where I found my friends, and we

The description of the moaning and lamenting succeeded in reaching the sacristy of the Catholics, of the ensuing night, with the rows of dead peoand thence the room which had been assigned to us ple stretched on the pavement of the court under by the monks. The dead were lying in heaps, the traveller's window, is very striking ; but we even upon the stone of unction; and I saw full four must pass on to his interview next day with Ibrahundred wretched people, dead and living, heaped him Pasha :promiscuously one upon another, in some places above five feet high. Ibrahim Pasha had left the The conversation turned naturally on the blaschurch only a few minutes before me, and very phemous impositions of the Greek and Armenian narrowly escaped with lois life; he was so pressed patriarchs, who, for the purposes of worldly gain, upon by the crowd on all sides, and it was said at- had deluded their ignorant followers with the pertacked by several of them, that it was only by the formance of a trick in relighting the candles which greatest exertions of his suite, several of whom had been extinguished on Good Friday with fire were killed, that he gained the outer court. He which they affirmed to have been sent down from fainted more than once in the struggle, and I was heaven in answer to their prayers. The pasha wa

was told that some of his attendants at last had to cut a quite aware of the evident absurdity which I brought way for him with their swords through the dense to his notice, of the performance of a Christian mirranks of the frantic pilgrims. He remained out-acle being put off for some time, and being kept in side, giving orders for the removal of the corpses, / waiting for the convenience of a Mahometan prince.

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It was debated what punishment was to be awarded enlightened Roman Catholic noblemian of our age" to the Greek patriarch for the misfortunes which had surprised the judicial understanding of the Pluhad been the consequence of his jugglery, and a tarch of the lord chancellors ; nay, Mr. Allies and number of purses which he had received from the

his friends appear to vouch with equal confidence unlucky pilgrims passed into the coffers of the pasha's treasury. "I was sorry that the falsity of for two miraculous cures, effected in the summer of this imposture was not publicly exposed, as it was 1848 at Paris, which city they revisited very soon a good opportunity of so doing. It seems wonder- afterwards : namely, the instant recovery of sight ful that so barefaced a trick should continue to be by one female, and the instant removal of a distorpractised every year in these enlightened times ; tion in the spine, which had made another during but it has its parallel in the blood of St. Januarins, several years a miserable bed-ridden cripple, in which is still liquefied whenever anything is to be gained by the exhibition of that astonishing act of virtue of the intercession of St. Vincent de Paul, priestly impertinence. If Ibrahim Pasha had been on his anniversary festival, with the aid, in one a Christian, probably this would have been the last of the cases, of a thread from the vestment of Easter of the lighring of the holy fire; but from the that saint swallowed in a glass of water. *

If, as fact of his religion being opposed to that of the these pious writers evidently believe, the gift of monks, he could not follow the example of Louis miracles was granted forever to the church l'aihoXIV., who having put a stop to some clumsy im. lic, how can they hesitate to act upon the corolposition which was at that time bringing scandal on the church, a paper was found nailed upon the lary that no ecclesiastical body which neither exdoor of the sacred edifice the day afterwards, on ercises that gist nor claims it can be a living which the words were read

member of the church Catholic? Upon what

principle can such men consent to eat the bread of De part du roi, défense à Dieu De faire miracle en ce lieu.

the Anglican church A. D. 1849 ? Upon what The interference of a Mahometan in such a case as in our system, are they allowed to eat it?

principle, if there be any such thing as discipline this would only have been held as another persecu

We tion of the Christians; and the miracle of the holy cannot answer these questions ; but we think we fire has continued to be exhibited every year with may answer for their indignation at Mr. Curzon's great applause, and luckily without the unfortunate scepticism in re Sancti Januari-as also at the results which accompanied it on this occasion.- satisfaction wherewith he reports that the Greek

priests, “like Protestants," always speak of the Mr. Curzon's colloquy with the pasha touching holy table, (artu igunezu,) never of the altar ! the annual manifestation of holy fire will not, we We beg pardon for this digression. Let us suppose, excite any very grave criticism among change the scene. Being at Corfu one October, our still adhesive presbyters of the Littlemore per- our author conceived a strong desire to beat for suasion ; for the Oriental churches being, like our his favorite game among the monastic coverts of own, in a state of schism, the gift of miracles the adjoining mainland ; and though the accommay be fairly supposed to have passed from their plished officers of the garrison, who had no doubt succession also. But his allusion to the affair of that his object was snipe-shooting, advised him to St. Januarius at Naples must, we apprehend, ex- restrain his propensities, inasmuch as some pose our author to severe animadversion ; and in-lution, or rebellion, or general election, or somedeed, if he has ever indulged in any ambition of thing of the sort, was going on," and robbery and representing his Alma Mater in the house of com- murder must be more than commonly in fashion, mons, we need hardly hesitate to advise the im- the enthusiastic sportsman would persist. For mediate abandonment of such aspirations. He which he thus renders his reason :would 'at all events have to encounter the steadiest

The Albanians are great dandies about their hostility of that section of academicians who ap- arms; the scabbard of their yataghan, and the proved of the Lives of the English Saints, and are stocks of their pistols, are almost always of silver, now enjoying with edification the “ Letters and as well as their three or four liule cartridge-boxes, Journals” of the reverend gentleman who de- which are frequently gilt, and sometimes set with scribes himself on his title-page as “ John Thomas garnets and coral; an Albanian is therefore worth Allies, A. M., Rector of Launton, Oxon;"** for shooting, even if he is not of another way of think

ing from the gentleman who shoots him. As I this rector—besides an elaborate argument for the understood, however, that they did not shoot so celibacy of the clergy and the reinstitution of mo- much at Franks because they usually have little nastic bodies among ourselves, accompanied with about them worth taking, and are not good to eat, very dolorous lamentations over the helplessness 1 conceived that I should not run any great risk; under which our condition must continue until we and I resolved, therefore, not to be thwarted in my shall have resumed the practice of invoking the intention of exploring some of the monasteries of intercession of the saints, and formally reünited Franks are seldom inolested in the east-every

There is another reason also why ourselves to the successor of St. Peter--is at all Arab or Albanian knows that if a Frank has a gun due pains to exhibit not only his own entire belief, in his hand, which he generally has, there are but that of his two fellow-travellers, (both als ler- two probabilities, amounting almost to certainties, gymen in English orders,) in those very recent' with respect to that weapon. One is, that it is miracles of the Sister Ecstatica and the Sister Ad- loaded ; and the other, thai if the trigger is pulled, doloranta, the previous attestation whereof by * Madame de Sevigny, who knew this saini well, says,

on hearing of his deain, ihai he was an agreeable man* Published by Messrs. Longman, post 8vo.,

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there is a considerable chance of its going off. , and put on another garment, giving me ample op: Now these are circumstances which apply in a portunity of admiring its effect. I expressed my much slighter degree to the magazine of small surprise and admiration in bad Greek, which, howarms which he carries about his own person. But, ever, the fair Albanian appeared to find no difficulty beyond all this, when a Frank is shot there is such in understanding. She kindly corrected some of my a disturbance made about it! Consuls write let- sentences, and I have no doubt I should have imters-pashas are stirred up-guards, kawasses, and proved rapidly under her care, if she had not always tatars gallop like mad about the country, and fire run away whenever she heard any one creaking pistols in the air, and live at free quarters in the about on the rickety boards of the anteroom and villages; the murderer is sought for everywhere, staircase. The other ladies, who were settling themand he, or somebody else, is hanged to please the selves in a large gaunt room close by, kept up an consul; in addition to which the population are interminable clatter, and displayed such unbounded beaten with thick sticks ad libitum. All this is ex- powers of conversation, that it seemed impossible tremely disagreeable, and therefore we are seldom that any one of them could hear what all the others shot at, the pastime being too dearly paid for. said ; till at last the master of the house came up

The last Frank whom I heard of as having been again, and then there was a lull.- p. 243. killed in Albania was a German, who was studying botany. He rejoiced in a blue coat and brass but

His intercourse with the Patriots, or Klephts, tons, and wandered about alone, picking up herbs was frequent, and is described with special liveand flowers on the mountains, which he put care- liness. We again confine ourselves to one specifully into a tin box. He continued unmolested for men. Mahomed Pasha, Vizier of Janina, gave him some time, the universal opinion being that he was a circular of recommendation to the chief persons a powerful magician, and that the herbs he was al- in all towns of the interior. Entering Messovo, ways gathering would enable him to wither up his enemies by some dreadful charm, and also to detect understood to be a place of steady loyalty, the every danger which menaced him. Two or three hatred and terror of the new Anti-Turklaw League, Albanians had watched him for several days, hiding he cantered confidently up the street till he reached themselves carefully behind the rocks whenever the a considerable company of the aristocracy seated philosopher turned towards them; and at last one with their pipes under an awning by a fountain, of the gang, commending himself to all the saints, and, producing the pasha's document, requested rested his long gun upon a stone and shot the Ger- to be informed of the name and whereabouts of man through the body. The poor man rolled over, " the chief person in this town.” but the Albanian did not venture from his hiding-place

A most portly until he had loaded his gun again, and then, after gentleman, splendidly clad in red velvet, and with sundry precautions, he came out, keeping his eye a bazaar of beautiful daggers and pistols about his upon the body, and with his friends behind him, to belts, took the rescript with polite alacrity, and, defend him in case of need. The botanizer, how- having read. it, asked the others with a condescendever, was dead enough, and the disappointinent of ing smile if there could be a doubt that he was the the Albanians was extreme when they found that right man ; to which receiving the expected answer, his buttons were not gold, for it was the supposed he immediately tore off a scrap of the vizier's value of these ornaments that had incited them to the deed.-p. 238.

paper, scribbled thereupon some Romaic hiero

glyphics, and, handing it back, bade him go on The stanch book-hunter, therefore, proceeded, and prosper; the Milordos Inglesis need only give and the excursion appears to have been more fruit- that billet to the first soldiers he met at the foot ful of adventures, though not of folios, than any of Mount Pindus, and a sufficient number of them other in his tablets. Of the lighter variety of his would at once constitute themselves a guard for experiences we can afford only one small glimpse ; his excellency's protection, and see him safe to scene, Paramathia :

the famous monasteries of Meteora. Thus fortiOn inquiring for the person to whom I had a let-fied Milordos pursued his journey for a few hours ter of introduction, I found he was a shopkeeper among rough hills and thick box-groves :who sold cloth in the bazaar. We accordingly went to his shop and found him sitting among his merchan- This path continued for some distance until we dise. When he had read the letter he was very came to a place where there was a ledge so narrow civil, and shutting up his shop, walked on before us that two horses could not go abreast. Here, as I to show me the way to his house. It was a very was riding quietly along, I heard an exclamation in good one, and the best rooin was immediately given front of “ Robbers ! robbers !” and sure enough, up to me, two old ladies and three or four young out of one of the thickets of box-trees there advanced ones being turned out in a most summary manner. three or four bright gun-barrels, which were speedily One or two of the girls were very pretty, and they followed by soine gentlemen in dirty white jackets all vied with each other in their attentions to their and fustanellas; who, in a short and abrupt style guest, looking at me with great curiosity, and per- of eloquence, commanded us to stand. This of petually peeping at me through the curtain which course we were obliged to do; and as I was getting hung over the door, and running away when they out my pistol, one of the individuals in white prethought they were observed.

sented his gun at me, and upon my looking round The prettiest of these damsels had only been to see whether my tall Albanian servant was premarried a short time; who her husband was, or paring to support me, I saw him quietly half-cock where he lived, I could not make out, but she his gun and sling it back over his shoulder, at the amused me by her anxiety to display her smart new same time shaking his head as much as to say, “ It clothes. She went and put on a new capote, a sort is no use resisting; we are caught; there are too of white frock coat, without sleeves, embroidered in many of them.” So I bolted the locks of the four bright colors down the seams, which showed her barrels of my pistol carefully, hoping that the bolts figure to advantage: and then she took it off again, would form an impediment to my being shot with

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my own weapon after I had been robbed of it. The ment had, moreover, been favored with his bill for place was so narrow that there were no hopes of the expenses of his insurrection; and the section running away, and there we sat on horseback, look, of the population that had fought and bled, and been ing silly enough I dare say. There was a good deal burnt out and plundered, in defence of the sultan of talking and chattering among the robbers, and they asked the Albanian various questions, to which and the pasha, were grumbling over a tax imposed I paid no attention, all my faculties being engrossed upon them for the defraying of the said bill; which, in watching the proceedings of the party in front, in the comparatively unenlightened time of Viswho were examining the effects in the panniers of count Melbourne, seemed strange work in the eyes the baggage-mule. First they pulled out my bag of a young Milordos. But we all get wiser as of clothes, and threw it upon the ground; then we advance in life. And now for the most singular out came the sugar and the coffee, and whatever else there was.

Some of the men had hold of the scenery into which his yet rebellious Klephts had poor muleteer, and a loud argument was going on escorted him—the holy vale and rocks of Metebetween him and the captors. I did not like all this, ora:but my rage was excited to a violent pitch when I

The end of a range of rocky hills seems to have saw one man appropriating to his own use the half been broken off by some earthquake or washed away of a certain fat tender cold fowl, whereof I had by the deluge, leaving only a series of twenty or eaten the other half with much appetite and satis- thirty tall, ihin, smooth, needle-like rocks, many faction. • Let that fowl alone, you scoundrel !”; hundred feet in height; some like gigantic tusks, said I in good English ; put it down, will you ?

some shaped like sugar-loaves, and some like vast if you don't, I'll !" "The man, surprised at

stalagmites. These rocks surround a beautifu) this address in an unknown tongue, put down the fowl, and looked up with wonder at the explosion grassy plain, on three sides of which there grow

of detached trees, like those in an English

groups of ire which his actions had called forth. That is right,” said I,“ my good fellow; it is too good park. Some of the rocks shoot up quite clean and

perpendicularly from the smooth green grass ; some for such a dirty brute as you.” · Let us see," said

are in clusters; some stand alone like obelisks : I to the Albanian, “ if there is nothing to be done; nothing can be more strange and wonderful than say I am the King of England's uncle, or grand- this romantic region, which is unlike anything I son, or particular friend, and that if we are hurt or have ever seen either before or since. In Switzerrobbed he will send all manner of ships and armies, land, Saxony, the Tyrol, or any other mountainous and hang everybody, and cut off the heads of all the region where I have been, there is nothing at all to rest. Talk big, ő man! and don't spare great be compared to these extraordinary peaks. words; they cost nothing, and let us see what that

At the foot of many of the rocks which surround will do."

this beautiful grassy amphitheatre there are numerWe are sorry not to quote the rest of the story. ous caves and holes, some of which appear to be By and bye he was told they would carry him be- natural, but most of them are artificial; for in the

dark and wild ages of monastic fanaticism whole fore their immediate superior—and he was led

focks of hermits roosted in these pigeon-holes. through a wilderness of ravines to a little encamp- Some of these caves are so high up the rocks that ment on Mount Pindus. The commanding officer one wonders how the poor old gentlemen could ever here was at first sulky enough—but when he had get up to them ; whilst others are below the surat last contrived to make out the Messovo scrap, face; and the anchorites who burrowed in them, things instantly put on a new face. All was civility like rabbits, frequently afforded excellent sport 16 -a comfortable supper, plenty of wine, and as

parties of roving Saracens; indeed, hermit-hunting surance of a stout guard for the morrow. He had seems to have been a fashionable amusement pre

vious to the twelfth century. In early Greek frescos, supposed the stranger to be one of those mean- and in small

, stiff pictures with gold backgrounds, spirited Franks who approved of the Grand Turk, we see many frightful representations of men on and consorted with the tyrant of Janina—but horseback in Roman armor, with long spears, who since it was a friend of his own general, whatever are torturing and slaying Christian devotees. In the Patriot Klephts could do for Milordos was these pictures the monks and hermits are repreheartily at his service. The general of the in- sented in gowns made of a kind of coarse matting, and surgents, the reader sees, was no other than the with hair; these I take it were the ones most to be

they have long beards, and some of them are covered dignitary in red velvet, who had answered to the admired, as in the Greek Church sanctity is always character of “chief person in Messovo." He in the inverse ratio of beauty. All Greek saints are was a good-natured rebel, and liked a joke, and to painfully ugly, but the hermits are much uglier, his humorous turn Mr. Curzon owed the only dirtier, and older than the rest ; they must have scrap of penmanship that could have been of any been very fusty people besides, eating roots, and nse to him at that epoch anywhere near Mount living in holes like rats and mice. It is difficult to Pindus. The captain obeyed the general, the de- have persuaded themselves that, by living in this

understand by what process of reasoning they could tachment obeyed the captain, and he was con- useless, inactive way, they were leading holy lives. ducted with honesty and decorum to the extraor- They wore out the rocks with their knees in prayer; dinary valley from which the convent-capped cliffs the cliffs resounded with their groans; sometimes of Meteora arise like so many towers, or, in they banged their breasts with a big stone, for a some cases, chimneys. On his return, it is pleasant change; and some wore chains and iron girdles to find that he of the red velvet had become, by a 18 benefit their kind. Still there is something grand

round their emaciated forms; but they did nothing sudden conversion in politics, reconciled to the in the strength and constancy of their faith. They vizier, and was now de jure as well as de facto the left their homes and riches and the pleasures of this chief person in Messovo. The Turkish govern- world, to retire to these dens and caves of the earth,

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to be subjected to cold and hunger, pain and death, one, the lower end of which had swung away from that they might do honor to their God, after their the top of the one below, I had some difficulty in own fashion, and trusting that, by mortifying the stretching across from the one to the other; and body in this world they should gain happiness for here I unluckily looked down, and found that I had the soul in the world to come; and therefore peace turned a sort of angle in the precipice, and that I be with their memory!

was not over the rocky platform where I had left On the tops of these rocks in different directions the horses, but that the precipice went sheer down there remain seven monasteries out of twenty-four to so tremendous a depth, that my head turned which once crowned their airy heights. How any- when I surveyed the distant valley over which I thing except a bird was to arrive at one which we was hanging in the air like a fly on a wall. The saw in the distance on the pinnacle of a rock was monks in the monastery saw me hesitate, and called more than we could divine ; but the mystery was out to me to take courage and hold on ; and, maksoon solved. Winding our way upwards, among ing an effort, I overcame my dizziness, and clama labyrinth of smaller rocks and cliffs, by a ro- bered up to a small iron door, through which I crept mantic path which afforded us from time to time into a court of the monastery, where I was welbeautiful views of the green vale below us, we at comed by the monks and the two servants who had length found ourselves on an elevated platform of been hauled up by the rope. * I forth with rock, which I may compare to the flat roof of a made myself at home, and took a stroll among the church ; while the monastery of Barlaam stood courts and gardens of the monastery while dinner perpendicularly above us, on the top of a much or supper, whichever it might be called, was higher rock, like the tower of this church. Here getting ready. I soon stumbled upon the Agouwe fired off a gun, which was intended to answer menos (the lord abbot) of this aërial monastery, the same purpose as knocking at the door in more and we prowled about together, peeping into civilized places; and we all strained our necks in rooms, visiting the church, and poking about until looking up at the monastery to see whether any it began to get dark ; and then I asked him to dinanswer would be made to our call. Presently we ner in his own room; but he could eat no meat, so were hailed by some one in the sky, whose voice I ate the more myself, and he made up for it came down to us like the cry of a bird ; and we by other savory messes, cooked partly by my sersaw the face and gray beard of an old monk some vants and partly by the monks. He was an oldish hundred feet above us peering out of a kind of man. He did 'not dislike sherry, though he prewindow or door. He asked us who we were, and ferred rosoglio, of which I always carried a few what we wanted, and so forth; to which we re- bottles with me in my monastic excursions. The plied, that we were travellers, harmless people, abbot and I, and another holy father, fraternized, who wished to be admitted into the monastery to and slapped each other on the back, till it was time stay the night ; that we had come all the way from to go to bed ; when the two venerable monks gave Corfu to see the wonders of Meteora, and, as it was me their blessing and stumbled out of the room ; now getting late, we appealed to his feelings of and in a marvellously short space of time I was hospitality and Christian benevolence. " Who are sound asleep.-p. 286. those with you?" said he. “ Oh! most respectable people, we answered ; “gentlemen of our

In this convent of Barlaam (not Balaam) he acquaintance, who have come with us across the admired the kitchen, perched on the very edge of mountains from Mezzovo.

the precipice, square in its plan, with a steep The appearance of our escort did not please the roof of stone, the centre thereof open to the sky. monk, and we feared that he would not admit us Within, upon a square platform of stone, rested into the monastery; but at length he let down a thin cord, to which I attached a letter of introduc- four huge pillars, supporting the roof. This plattion which I had brought from Corfu; and after form was the hearth where the fire blazed, while some delay a much larger rope was seen descend-smaller fires of charcoal could be lit upon stone ing with a hook at the end-to which a strong net dressers all round the wall, so that the whole was attached. On its reaching the rock on which building was chimney and fireplace; and it ocwe stood the net was spread open ; my two ser- curred to him to wonder how, when a great dinvants sat down upon it; and the four corners being attached to the hook, a signal was made, and they

ner was in hand for a feast-day, the cooks could began slowly ascending into the air, twisting round escape being roasted, as well as the lambs, pigs. and round like a leg of mutton hanging to a bottle- and turkeys. The kitchen at Glastonbury is jack. The rope was old and mended, and the somewhat like this, but cannot pretend to its height from the ground to the door above was, we antiquity. In the course of the second evening, afterwards learned, 37 fathoms, or 222 feet. When after another episode of sweet drams and clapping they reached the top I saw two stout monks reach on the back, the Agoumenos and the Milordos their arms out of the door and pull in the two servants by main force, as there was no contrivance

adjourned privately to the library, and two Codilike a turning-crane for bringing them nearer to the ces, both of the Gospels-one, a large quarto, landing-place. The whole process appeared so richly ornamented with miniatures, the other a dangerous, that I determined to go up by climbing small one, in gold semi-uncials on purple vellum, a series of ladders which were suspended by large with the original binding of silver filigree, and wooden pegs on the face of the precipice, and which had once probably been the pocket volume which reached ihe top of the rock in another direc- of some Palæologus or Comnenus, were secured tion, round a corner to the right. The lowest lad- for the library at Parham, in consideration of cerder was approached by a pathway leading to a tain pieces of yellow dross, which the worthy riekety wooden platform which overhung a deep gorge. From this point the ladders hung perpen- abbot“ seemed to pocket with the sincerest satisdicularly upon the bare rock, and I clined up faction," and of which there is no particular three or four of them very soon: but coming to reason to suppose that he ever made any mention

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