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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.

Which caused me instinctively to give their wearers plenty of room to pass ; beards surmounted by their heads large turbans, or the red fez of venerable 55 falling modern times, their over their breasts ; tall Greeks, with braided jackets, vests, and leggings, and ample skirts, rich Persian sashes narrow waists, jaunty caps, &c. ; snow-white their encircling wily Jews, with their long and flowing garments ; dark Moors and Arabs, attired in the wild costumes peculiar to the wandering and tent-dwelling life of the desert ; darkly clothed Persians, with their con and perhaps spicuous, towering, sharp-pointed hats, a pile of costly shawls, of their Cashmere thrown over their own shoulders; Georgians, Circassians, and Russians and country, or fur-clad whilst, here ; there, appeared a fat Pasha on horseback, with a dozen attendants pursuing him on foot whose sentative of civilized Europe, hat, scant coat, and "tights," odd-looking a biped group : They as the women, groups of streets, there all was not tall, a repre awkward this motley whom crowded the so great a variety of costumes.

R That night w e were comfortably fixed in Pera, which is mostly inhabited by Franks and, being sepa ; rated from Constantinople quite a distinct city. mostly large, and of by the Golden Horn, The houses of late years is this place are have been built of stone, to prevent the fearful ravages so frequently made there by fires. CONFLAGRATIONS. They are generally constructed style and frame tenements of the Turks. me minds that for a month we were in the European contrast with the small afford a striking in Constantinople, 51 Speaking of fires re or two after our arrival in the midst of them.

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