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ELDORADO

BY LEVI BISHOP

"In waiting for supper the travelers were shown various parts of the village; the public edifices, raised even to the skies; the public markets, ornamented with their thousand columns; fountains of pure water and fountains of rose-water; fountains in public places, out of which delicious wines flowed, continually from a species of precious stones, and from which a delightful odor, like that of cloves and cinnamon, was diffused through the atmosphere. Candide requested to he shown the court-house, the parliament-house, and the public prison, but was informed that there was none such in' the kingdom, and no lawyers or law suits. He was shown however a palace of sciences, in which there were many physical and mathematical instruments. Returning to the royal palace, our adventurers were seated at the table with many ladies and gentlemen of the court, and soon the best of cheer prevailed, with a lively exchange of wit and joyful repartee. The travelers remained for a month in this charming earthly paradise, partaking of every enjoyment which even an imaginary Eldorado could afford, when they concluded to ask leave of absence, and take their departure. The king told them of the folly of so doing, saying that he knew his kingdom was small, but when people were well off they ought to be contented. He told them they were at perfect liberty to go if they pleased, as no sort of tyranny was to be found either in the laws or manners of Eldorado.

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