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European. Drums and fifes stun the ear, crackers are let off, songs are chaunted, and dancers cut all manner of capers. The player of the chief pranks commonly wears a soldier's red coat. The Moorish fast of Ramadan, is distinguished at night by a procession, followed by a shouting multitude; and then by scenes of the highest festivity.

2 Peter, i. 20. Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture

is of any private interpretation. Private interpretation. Bishop Horsley contends that the meaning is, “no prophecy of Scripture is of self-interpretation;"-but is explained by its fulfilment.

Revelation, vi. 6. A measure of wheat for a penny, and three

measures of barley for a penny. This seems written in conformity with the practice, as in India, of sending daily to the bazar for things necessary. So in 2 Kings, vii. 1, where the allusion seems to be, to food enough for a family. The people are accustomed very generally to live from hand to mouth; and what is left from supper, often serves for breakfast.

Revelation, xviii. 22, 23. And the voice of harpers, and

musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee: and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; and the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride, shall be heard no more at all in thee. The house of a chief in India is occasionally a scene of the utmost splendour and festivity,-as at the marriage of a son or daughter, when the preparations

in fitting up apartments occupy several weeks. The relatives appear in the dresses appropriate to their rank; the bride and bridegroom are handsomely dressed, and decorated with gems and jewellery--reminding one of the plates in Calmets Dictionary, relating to Solomon's Song. The procession is accompanied by musicians and dancers, and shouting crowds.-In Budhuist bana-madooas or preaching-tents, the zeal of the natives induces many of them to stand during the performance with lamps on their heads, or with tapers fastened to their fingers. If a procession have to pass at night, lamps formed of cocoa-nut shells are posted along the street or way.-Often was I reminded of the craftsmen, when a neighbour to several Modliars of the Matura district. Chiefs of that class procure materials, and employ workmen at their own residence, and under their own inspection, in forming jewellery, cabinet-work, or whatever they choose to have made. There different artists may be seen at work, and those concerned in beaten-work may be often heard at the hammer from morning till night. The natives, in their hand-mills, grind only corn enough to serve the family one day; hence one may hear their sound, in house after house, when walking along in a morning. But the threatening above, applies with superior force to a city, in which the different classes of traders and manufacturers occnpy exclusively particular streets. See note on 1 Kings, xx. 34. How chilling to one heretofore almost stunned with the ham

copper-smiths, to walk over the ruins of their street now in silent desolation !





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