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* Fly swift, my friends; my servants, to Solomon's having been resident fly; employ
there. Your instant pains, to bring your master
« On the decadence of the Mojoy. Let all my wives and concubines be dress'd. gul power in Hindottan, Callımire. Fresn roses bring
felt some of the ravages of war. It To strew my bed, till the impoverish'd is now, however, in peace; and spring
the inhabitants are desirous of keepConfefs her want; around my amorous head
ing it so. Industry, sprightliness, Be drooping myrrh, and liquid amber shed, and good fellowship, fill up the mcaTill Arab has no more."
PRIOR. sure of their time. They grate
fully return thanks to heaven for “ Towards the gratification of the bletlings they enjoy. Their days this difpofition, therefore, Cathmire
are the days of confort; and their might have contributed her por- nights are crowned with tranquil, tion; and thence thote legends, lity and repose." which have been circulated relative
Immoderate ATTACHMENT of the TURKS to OPIUM.
[ From the Memoirs of Baron De Tott. ] * T
HOS E among the Turks, " A long row of little shops is
who have once given them- built against one of the walls that selves up to the immoderate use of surround the square, within which opium, are easily known by a kind is the mosque. These shops are of rickets, which this poison never faded by an arbour which reaches fails to produce at last. Not able from one to the other, and under to exist agreeably, except in this which the matter takes care to place' fpecies of intoxication, these per- a little sofa to accommodate his fons are particularly objects of cu- guests, without stopping up the parriosity when they are assembled in fage. The customers arrive, and a part of Contantinople, called place themselves in order, to take Teriaky Tcharchiffy, or the market the dose which the habits each have for the takers of opium.
contracted render necessary. " There, towards evening, the “ The pills are distributed. lovers of this drug are feen coming Those most used to the practice, down all the streets which lead to perhaps swallow four, larger than the Solimany: their pale and me- olives, and each immediately drinklancholy figures would be fufficient ing a glass of cold water, waits in to raise our pity, did not their length- his particular attitude, An agreeened necks, their heads turned on able reverie, at the end of three one fide, their back bone distorted, quarters of an hour, or an hour at their slioulder raised up to their ear, moit, never fails to animate these and a number of other extravagant automatons.; causing them to throw attitudes which result from their themselves into a thousand different disease, exhibit a picture of the postures, but always extravagant, jort ridiculous nature.
and always merry. This is the
moment when the scene becomes ridicule of those they meet, who most interesting: all the actors are divert themelves by making them happy, and each returns home in a talk absurdly, each imagines, and Nate of total irrationality, but like- locks and feels himself poticlict ot wife in the entire and full enjoy. whatever he withes. The reality ment of happiness not to be pro. of enjoyment often gives less latiscured by reason. Difregarding the faction."
ACCOUNT of the DERVISES in TURKEY.
[ From the fame Work. ]
thefe monks in Turkey, howlings, that they never look on very distinct from each other, and the rest of mankind but with the equally remarkable. The differ- most profound contempt. ence arifes from the difference of “ There are likewise, in Tur. the rules imposed on them by their key, other monks and fantons, who respective founders. That of the run about the country. To meet Mewliach der vises is to turn round them in a wood might be danger. like whirligigs, to the sound of soft ous : under the cloak of religion, music, and leek a holy intoxication they are caressed by some devotees, in the giddinefs which muit nati- but they are the worit company any rally result from this abfurd exer- where to be found. cife, if the habit of thus turning " Those of these dervises who round did not prevent them from are sufficiently impudens to take ad. dizzinets and drunkenness, which vantage of the general ignorance of they have recourse to the tavern to the Turks fet up for prophets, and complete. The rule of the other prophesy with impunity: If it hapmonks named Tacta-Tepen, more pen that the event justifies the premelancholy, has, also, inore bar- dictions they have hazarded, they barity. It consists in walking, fo- are taken for faints, and held in lemniy, in a row, one after the great estcem ; but those, who, for other, round their chapel, and pro- want of success, can only pass for nouncing the name of God with a fools, find, neverthelels, admission loud voice, and much exertion, at every where. Nothing can retit each stroke on a drum, beaten for their efirontery; the name of God, that purpose; the strokes on which prophaned by these rascals, always growing gradually quicker, become imposes on the superstitious multiat last fo rapid, that these wretches tude ; and I have teen one of them are forced to undergo a violent la- infolently come and feat himself by bour of the lungs; and the most de- the fide of the vilir, whilst I have vout never close the proceision with- been privately discoursing with him, out vomiting blood.' Their appear. and people of great consequence ance is always sad and furly; and kept at a distance. The fanaticisin these monks are so persuaded of the of the public obliges the moti en. fanctity of their practice, and to lightened persons to submit ; and
the most eminent Turks have no only serves to render them more other way to get rid of this rabble, troublesome, and more infolent." but by giving them money, which
DESCRIPTION of the HOT BATHS in TURKEY.
[Froin the same Work. )
baths ought to be describ- having put on very high fandals of ed, in order to calculate the result, wood, to keep the feet from being after having examined their effects. burnt by the marble floor, it is im
" Two small chambers, built pollible to enter the first room, till with brick, and faced with marble you have stopt a moment between or plaster, communicate, and are the two doors to let the lungs dieach enlightened by small cupolas late; after which you cannot enter cut in chequers. Thi, little edifice the second stove, under which the is commonly joined to the house by heat is most active, without taking a small rooin, in which they un- the fame precautions : and it is prodress : double doors, folding over, bable, that the air of this room and lifted with felt, mut in the firit bears the same proportion to that of and second part of the stove, the first, as this does to the external
“ A wood fire is kept up in a sub- air. A sudden perfpiration, rulha terranean vault, the entrance to ing through all the pores, is felt which is without. This fire-place immediately as they are entered i is under the farthermost chamber, but the violence of this heat does and heats a caldron immediately be- not prevent the women from stay, neath the marble floor, which ferves ing in these baths five or fix hours as a cieling to the vault. Pipes, together, and returning to them placed within the walls, come from very frequently. the inside of the caldron, and go « Those who have not private out at the cupola, to evaporate the baths go to the public ones.: they water, which is kept continually are always prepared, and contrived boiling. Other tubes, communi. in such a manner as to contain a cating with a reservoir, are likewise great number of people. contained within the brick work, “ Some of the women, a little and furnisu the inside with cold wa- more delicate and scrupulous than ter, by the means of cocks placed the rest, take the bath for themat the lide of those which yield the felves alone, and go thither with warm water. Small seats of smooth their particular friends. To comwood are made to fit on, and drains plete the entertainment, they carry cut in the marble to carry off the with them their provision. The water which is thrown down. pleasure of enjoying greater liberty,
“ These private baths, always and converfing all day together, no heated twenty-four hours before doubt makes them amends for havo they are used, by being thus con- ing so ill chosen the place. fructed, have so great a degree of " Bathing women, named Telheat, that, after being entirely un. leks, with their hands wrapped
in little bags of ferge, rub the skin ble to consider, without horror, the
to evade paying, or to avoid the " This description wants the danger of being taken up when pearls, the diamonds, the rich slutfs, bringing them back into the city, and all the finery with which lady is a villainy wliich may
be account. Montague has been pleased to or- ed for, either by avarice or fear. nament these baths. It is, indeed, But I speak of those women of a difficult to believe, that that lady more exalted rank, whom an irreever actually entered them com- fiftible fury overpowers, and who pletely dressed as has been afferted. escape fecretly from their prisons. What is most certain is, that a too Thele unfortunate creatures always frequent use of these stoves, at carry off with them their jewels, length, opens the pores to such a and think nothing too good for degree as to render them visible. their lover. Blinded by their unIt is equally ce'tain that fo violent happy passion, they do not perceive a dilatation of the fibres, by alter- that this very wealth becomes the ing the shape, brings on decrepi- cause of their destruction. The riltude before old age.
lains to whom they fly, never fail, “ Thele public baths are very at the end of a few days, to punish numerous in every part of the city, their temerity, and insure the posand are likewise frequented by the session of their effects by a crime, mon; but at different hours from which, however monstrous, the gothose set apart for thc women. Avernment is least in haste to punish. man who should dare attempt to en- The bodies of these miserable woter while they are within, would be men, stript and mangled, are fre. severely punished, though he had quently feen floating in the Port, the good fortune to escape the taffes, under the very windows of their fandals, and wet peftemals, that ar: murderers; and thefe dreadful er. fault him in shoals. The Turkish amples, fo likely to intimidate the women are inexorable, when the rest, and prevent such madners, audacity of a man means nothing neither terrify nor amend.” more than infult; but it is impotti
VARIOUS PARTICULARS concerning the NOGUAIS TARTARS.
[ From the same Work. ] E , ,
XCEPT the habits of the peet these things from our Tartarse without being rich, have a kind of however, which parts Bessarabia ftudied elegance, the Tartars seck from Yedefan, in which province for little which is not strictly neces. the hordes were fupposed to be in a fary. The luxury of glass wine kind of rebellion, the officer who dows is confined folely to the commanded the detachment put it prince's apartment: paper frames into a regular military difpolition. are used in winter, Hd taken away A vanguard of twelve horle prein summer, that they may breathe ceded us about two hundred paces; more freely, and have a full view four men were placed at each door of the Black Sea, which is disco- of the carriage, which the officer vered at a distance. The sultan in- took under his particular care; two vited me to fupper, and, though carts followed after; eight men very hungry, I foon perceived the brought up the rear, and two pla. excellent fish of the Niester were toons, of fix men each, kept at a worthy of better cooks.
distance of lix hundred paces to the " The pleasures of hunting, right and the left. hawking, and courfing, seemed to 6. The plains we crossed are so be the only ones in which the Tar- "level and open, that no irregularity tars took delight ; and the sultan could be seen, not even so much as frequently formed hunting parties, a tree or a fhrub: nor did we fec attended by numbers of the mirzas. any thing during the whole day, They depart for the chace with except fome Noguais, whose heads arms and baggage; it lasts several the piercing eyes of our Tartars days : camps are formed every dittinguished when the earth's connight; a body of troops always vexity hid the rest of their bodies. follows the feralker ; and sometimes Each of these Noguais were riding these parties of pleasure ferve as alone, and those whom our patroles pretexts for more serious expedi- interrogated, relieved us from the tions.
fear of the pretended troubles which " The night was spent in repair- had arisen. ing a small carriage I had bought at 6 I was curious to know their Yalli
, which I had converted into a business, and learnt that these peokind of bed. A cart carried our ple, supposed Nomades, because trunks, with which my carriage had they live under a kind of tents, been loaded as far as Moldavia; were settled, however, by tribes in and the orders of the fultan being vallies eight or ten fathoms deep, expedited, I departed the next day which interfect the plains from north with a mirza, whose office it was to to fouth, and which are more than conduct me, with an escort of forty thirty leagues long, though but horsemen, armed with bows, ar- half a quarter of a league wide. rows, and fabres, to Bactcheseray. Muddy rivulets 'run through the
“ Little accustomed to military middle of them, and terminate to. order and discipline, I did not ex- wards the fouth" in small lakes,