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ELDORADO

BY LEVI BISHOP

The repast was served on dishes of a species of rock crystal, and was abundantly flavored with several kinds of wine made from the juice of the sugar cane. The guests were wealthy merchants and gentlemen of extraordinary politeness, who asked many judicious questions of our travelers and answered with great circumspection many that were put to them in return. . At the close of the repast our adventurers, by way of paying for their dinner, threw down two of the large pieces of gold which they had gathered up in the streets. At this the host and his wife were greatly amused and almost split their sides with laughter. The host at length said to them that they were strangers, such as were not often seen there, and asked pardon for laughing when they offered to pay their bills in the stones from the streets; that they probably had nothing to pay with, and it was not necessary that they should have in order to dine there, as the expense of all public houses were paid by the government; that he was afraid his guests had not been as well entertained as they desired, but this was on account of the small ness and poverty of the village, and that everywhere else they would be received according to their merits and to their entire satisfaction. "Ah, " exclaimed Candide, "what can this place be, which is unknown to the rest of the world, and where everything in nature is different from what it is in our own country ? It is quite probable, ' continued he, "that here everything is for the best for it is absolutely necessary that there should be such a place somewhere, and I have often found that everything goes wrong in Westphalia.

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