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ELDORADO

BY LEVI BISHOP

After a twenty-four hour's voyage in this terrible canon the light of the day appeared, but the canoe was dashed in pieces upon the rocks.. In their exhausted condition our voyagers were obliged to drag themselves from rock to rock for an entire league, when an immense plain surrounded on all sides by inaccessible mountains opened upon their view. The lands were cultivated as well for pleasure as for the comforts of life, and the useful was everywhere combined with the agreeable. The public ways were covered, or rather ornamented, with carriages of attractive form and of brilliant materials. They carried ladies and gentlemen of singular beauty, and they were drawn by a species of large red sheep, which surpassed in swiftness the fleetest horses of Andalusia. "Ah!" exclaimed Candide. "Here is a country which surpasses even my own Westphalia. " Our adventurers stopped at the first village, in the entrance of which they saw several children clothed in golden brocade, much torn and soiled, playing quoits, and they rested awhile to amuse themselves with the game. The quoits were large and round, and they seemed to combine the colors of yellow, red and green so as to exhibit a remarkable brilliancy. On examining one of them they were found to be composed of solid gold, emeralds, rubies, the least of which would have served as the greatest ornament to the throne of the great Mogul. Our travelers took these children for members of the royal family of the country, but soon the magistrate of the village came and ordered them into their school, where they all went,

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