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ELDORADO

BY LEVI BISHOP

Those strange people exhibited an unaccountable furor for the stones and dirt of our land, in order to obtain which they would slaughter every man, woman, and child of our people. " This conversation was long. It turned upon forms of government, upon manners, upon women, upon public spectacles, and upon the arts. Finally Candide, who had always a taste for the metaphysics, asked the old man if there was any religion in that country. The old man reddened a little and then replied: "Can you doubt it ? Do you take us for ingrates ?" He was then asked what was the religion of Eldorado. The old man reddened again, and inquired if there could be two religions. "I think, " said he, "that we have the religion of the whole world. We worship God from evening till morning. " He also was asked if they worshiped only one God. To which he replied that "apparently there were neither two, three, nor four Gods; and, " he continued, "the people of your country propound very strange questions. " On being asked if they prayed to God in the Eldorado, hie replied: "We do not pray to him at all, we have nothing to ask of him; he gives us all we need and we return thanks to him without ceasing, " Desiring to see the priests of the country, Candide inquired where they were. To which the old man replied with a smile: "My friends, we are all priests; the king and all heads of families, accompanied by five or six thousand musicians, chant solemn thanksgiving every morning. Here we have no other priests and we are all of one opinion. "

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