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I . A CARGO OF FIGS ; .. 49
X.—A Cargo Of Figs. I
X . —A CARGO OF FIGS . I
1 U I Don't Care A Jfig" Although Intend...
U I don't care a jfig" although intended as a vaunt , and in sometimes factwhe as th a er defiance fresh or , reall dried y expres a ver ses delicious contempt frui for t What t is ,
can be , more tempting , more refreshing , y " under a hot . southern [ we sun than our a dish thern of cl freshl imes y provide -gathered a , dessert iced figs in the H winter ow should but
I I to for allow , dried the figs contemptuous ? Apart from , comparison these considerations of the fito it becom is well , not too
deeply rooted in the mind , for , perhaps , some g day , or worse , nihtsailing in the Levantbitterience teach
u some s to care g , great deal for a fi g . How , er I was exp taught t his lesson I I now to relate .
propose beca In me the a month household of word September in Eng , 185 lish — mouth , before sand " the at a East time "
when the few steamers that touched at Smyrna , only visited a tha pas t port senger for , anchored trading- purposes in the , beau " the tiful Pottinger bay , and , " remained in . which I there was
scap three day was s to tak t e love in c ly argo . The . Seen blue from waters the harbour sparkling , the land the - hou sunli ses ght and made white a brilliant minarets foreground contrasting . The finel town with , its red the -roofe dark d
green foliage of the encircling cypress groves , rose y , amphitheatre fashion , midway up a hill , crowned by the ruins of an extensive
th castle e hill . * , the Beyond distance a narrow was clos pass ed ' that in by wound moun round tains w the hose bas varied e of
hues defied of the green artist , yello ' s brus w , h viole . With t , and respect deep p to urp the le invi town ted , one and ma yet y
sented dir tru t ier y say , more on " closer dis wre tance tched insp lends e ction ppearance enchantment cannot than be t im he to G the ree ined k view quarter Owing , " for pre to a -
, , ag . the the violent followers anti of -christian " the Prop ferment het" that we were had latel advised y existed not to among shew *
, visiting our uncovered the Bazaar faces , which in the is Turkish almost part exclusivel of the y city Greek . , After and looked
poor and dirty compared with those of Constantinople , paring we were and conducted packing- to of a fi large for warehouse the European to witness markets the pre The
best figs sold in England gs grow in the vicinity of Smyrna . . When ripethey are gatheredand laid in the sun todryafter
camels a few days and , they so conveyed are put into into , baskets the town , slung . Ther across e they the are ' backs cast ; in of
a heap , , upon the floors of great sheds or warehouses . Women , Bishop _* In this of Smyrna castle , Pol was ycarp imprisoned , who was and appointed suffered martyrdom by John the A . Evangelist D . 168 . , 1 st
, , VOL , XIII . D
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), March 1, 1864, page 49, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01031864/page/49/