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    Charles Thomas Paske
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. THE CITY OF PALACES. " Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other." Franklin. FOR my own part I remained on board till the deck had assumed a less chaotic appearance, when I resolved to migrate temporarily to one of the hotels. This, however was not to be : for an old friend, anticipating my resolve, and bent on frustrating it, suddenly appeared on board with the welcome information that he had hired a room for me at his quarters. Nothing loth, I bundled my traps into the boat, and prepared to accompany my friend, bidding au revoir to the officers with no little regret: they had throughout the voyage treated me with the utmost courtesy, and I had almost grown to look upon the old ship as my home. Nor was the City of Palaces just then calculated to impress a new arrival very favourably, or to raise his spirit-barometer. Darkness was coming on apace, as it always does in the East, and the dim, weird light afforded by the few oil lamps scattered about was considerably obscured by the dense mist that was rising from a large open space, through which we drove in my friend's " buggy." This sombre picture was completed by the dusky figures that flitted hither and thither: and, taken altogether, I found it gruesome and depressing. The house in which my friend resided was a boardingestablishment (with table d'hote], very convenient for temporary sojourners of the male persuasion : we sat up till a very late, or rather, early hour, as there was much to chat about: and eventually my friend consigned me to the care of his own special valet, with the most detailed instructions—for I knew not a word of the language—and wished me " Good night." With sundry misgivings, I followed my swarthy attendant, who glided noiselessly in front of me. The roo...  
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