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The Medway, from this eminence, appears I *. beautiful—winding down with its serpentine ev -j tions to Sheerness, where it is soon lost in the ( . maa ocean:
The fair Mcdwaga—that, with wanton pride,
, Ships of the first rate are built on its banks—and gliding along its bosom, they present a scene of uni common grandeur and majesty!
But I must here check my pen for the present— '.thd, fearful that I have, my young friend, already ~ed your attention,
Shall subscribe myself,
Your's, very sincerely,
JOHN EVANS. 1'
P. S. My second letter will lead me through 'nghoum, and fever sham, to Canterbury— _ then round through Margate, Ramsgate, Sandcb, and Deal, into Dover.
>ccount OF THE HAREM, OR TURKISH FEMALE APARTMENTS, ty| Described by Mr. Russell, in his Natural History of Aleppo. idnrnHE author of this work has availed himself of k II the opportunity which his profession «f physician afforded, in gratifying the pubiic curiosity with, tiittn account of the Harem, or female apartments, tfehat characteristic object of eastern domestic isteconomy.—From this part of the work we make.
*he following extract:— ;.,,'t .
«if " When the ladies visit one another in a .fcrekctpon, they do nut immediately unveil on coming latato the Harem, lest some of the men should, hapfbren to be still at home, and might see them as they mass; but as soon as they enter the apartment of th« cut
retire. This, however, is to be understood of their Grandees; for, in ordinary life, both wives and servants minister servilely to the men; the two sexes never sitting at the table together.
"It is seldom that all the ladies of the Harem are, by the great man, seen assembled, unless they happen in the summer, to be surprised sitting in the Divan, where they meet to enjoy the cool air. At his approach they all rise up, but, if desired'J resume their places (some of the staves excepted) and return to their work. However loquacious they may have been before he entered, a respecful silenceensues the moment he appears; a restraint which they feel the less, from their being accustomed to it almost from their infancy. It is surprising how soon the clamour of children is hushed on the approach of the father; but the women eften lament their want of power in his absence, in quieting the children either by threats or soothing them.
Though the presence of the great man may impose silence on the younger ladies, he generally finds some of the elderly matrons ready enough to entertain him, should he be disposed for conversation. In this manner he learns the domestic news of the town, which though rar. ly a topic of discourse among the men, being in great request at the public baths, is circulated by the female pedlars, and the Bidoween women attached to the Ha, rem. The former, who are chiefly Jewish or Christian women of a certain age, supply the ladies with gauzes, muslin, embroidery, and trinkets, and, moreover have the art of collecting and embellishing all kinds of private history; the latter are not less talkative nor more secret, but possess also a licenced priviledge of speaking freely to the men, whicb, they perfectly know how to exercise.—Their license Is derived from being often retained as uurses, by
THE natural history of this timid animal is too interesting for us to pass over in general terms; we, therefore, propose to divide it into two parts; introducing such particulars as will bo found most entertaining to our readers.
The characters of this genus of the quadruped race are, two cutting teeth in each jaw; a short tail, or none; five toes before, and four behind.
This genus, as well as the last, contains ten species, beside several subordinate varieties. Hares, including rabbits, &c. may be divided into two classes, those with, and those without tails.
THE COMMON HARE. • • *'"
The. hare is a well known animal. Its long ears •re tipt with black; its eyes are very large and prominent; its chin is white; it has long white
whiskers. The hair or fur on its face, back, and sides, is white at the bottom, black in the middle, and tipt with tawny red. Its throat and breast are red; its belly white. Its tail is black above, and white beneath: its feet are covered with hair, even at the bottom. A large hare weighs eight pounds and a half. It is said, tiiat in the Isle of Man some have been known to weigh twelve. Perhaps the hares, in that island, are larger nearly in the same proportion as the native breed of horses are less than others. The length of a common hare, from the nose to the tail, is two feet. It inhabits all parts of Europe, most parts of Asia, Japan, Ceylon, Egypt and Barbary. It is a watchful, timid animal, always lean; and runs swifter up a hill than on even ground: hence, when started, it endeavours to run up hill. It frequently escapes the hounds by various artful doublings. It frequently keeps all day in its seat, and feeds by night. It returns to its form by the same road that it left it: it does not pair. Their rutting season is February pr March, when the male pursues the female by the sagacity of its nose. They breed often in the year; go with young only thirty or thirty-one days; and bring three or four at a time The male and female aie liable to be mistaken the one for the other. The mother suckles her young about twenty days. The fur is of great use in the manufacture of hats.
Hares feed on vegetables, and are very fond of the bark of young trees, except that of the alder and lime, which, it is said, they never touch. They are great lovers of birch, parsley and pinks. Their flesh was a forbidden food amongst the ancient Britons: the Romans, on the contrary, held it in gr£»t esteem.
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