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ELDORADO

BY LEVI BISHOP

Having escaped beyond the frontier and having experienced many adventures while wandering about in an unknown country, they finally made an accidental discovery of the celebrated Eldorado which thousands upon thousands had sought and had perished in the seeking, but which no European had ever before been able to discover. The discovery of the Eldorado and the description of it are thus given by the great romancer. After wandering many days Candide and his companion came to a small river whose banks were shaded by coconuts trees. A canoe was found on this river into which our adventurers embarked with their scanty baggage and a few coconut for provisions, and under the direction of Providence committed themselves to the current, hoping that it would lead them to some settlement, and believing that they would certainly find things that were new even if they did not find those that were agreeable. They passed down several leagues between banks which were sometimes covered with flowers and which were sometimes parched with excessive heat sometimes the river was bordered by beautiful prairies, and sometimes high bluffs' arose to vary and to beautify. the scene. The river grew wider and wider, and at length our travelers passed under a vault of rocks which rose to a frightful height—even to the skies. The adventurers abandoned themselves to the waves in the vault; the river became narrower and they were plunged forward with frightful rapidity, amid deafening thunders of the rushing waters.

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