An American Among Orientals by JAMES E. P. BOULDEN, M.D.


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Some of the yashmaks that Armenian women wear such their features can be discerned through the delicate material. Many of the Armenian women in the suburbs of Constantinople do not at all, thin wear the veil but their fear of the Turks prevents those re- DONKEYS AND HORSES. siding in the city from dispensing with 57 it. Even the Turkish women, especially those who think themselves handsome, appear to be disposed to rid themselves of an article which so effectually screens their beauty from the admiring gaze of the passer-by.

From the Western world the scene is so the traveller new and pe from anything he has ever before witnessed, so novel and oriental withal, culiar, so essentially different as to appear more like a strangely beautiful dream, which the waking senses will dissipate, than a palpa He ble reality. has dwelt upon the beauty and gran deur of the French metropolis; with alternate awe and admiration looked down from the giddy heights of the Alpine passes ; or feasted his eyes ravishing loveliness of Switzerland and valleys ; the " City of the Sea s " upon the matchless lakes has charmed his vision, the beautiful Venice itself, where the tranquil waters of the Adriatic lave the marble steps of a thousand palaces, and where there and all is all of tradition of glory in the associations of the past to give a zest to the enjoyment of the beauteous pre- AMPHITHEATRE OF BEAUTY.

People of all clad nations, costumes, were to be seen : in their respective the grave and slowly- moving Turks, or their more energetic neighbors, the Armenians (the latter, presenting pretty same appearance on the much street, as the former) the wad dling along in their full breeches, their loose, blue jackets, heavily embroidered with gold and silk, below which, stuck in rich Cashmere scarfs appeared certain formidable fire-arms and Damascus blades, TURKISH AND ARMENIAN WOMEN. 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.

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