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ELDORADO

BY LEVI BISHOP

He informed them, nevertheless, that it was difficult to leave the kingdom; that it was impossible to return by the chasm of the river through which they had come; that the mountains which surrounded them were six thousand feet of perpendicular height and that each of them was over six leagues in extent; and that if their top was reached it would be quite impossible to descend alive on the other side. And yet if they insisted upon going he would order machines to be constructed by which the ascent and descent could be made; that when they should be on the other side of the mountain no one from his kingdom could accompany them further, for all of his subjects had made a solomn vow never to leave the kingdom, a vow which they were too wise ever to break. He then directed them to ask whatever they desired and it should be granted them. They replied that they wished simply a few sheep charged with provisions and with a few stones and a little earth of the country. The king smiled and said he could not comprehend the taste of Europeans for the yellow dirt of his kingdom; but take, continued he, as much of it as you please. Three thousand men were accordingly set at work to construct a machine to convey the strangers over the mountains. It was completed in fifteen days, at a cost of only twenty millions of pounds sterling. Our adventurers selected what provisions, gold, precious stones, and diamonds they desired, the necessary pack animals were made ready, and the king embraced the two vagabonds and bade them adieu. It was a fine spectacle to see them rise by the ingenious machinery,

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