Above the Admiralty stand the ruins of what was as soon as the palace of the Capudan Pasha, wanting extra just like the stays of an aqueduct than of a dwelling; and forming an extended line of arches extraordinarily picturesque of their impact. Earlier than it spreads the harbour, bounded by the seven hills of the Golden Metropolis, and the huge and historic plain of Gaoud Pasha; and beside it stands the barrack of Kassim Pasha, whence the cemetery of Pera stretches away, inbuilt by homes, and masking each top and hole, till it’s bounded by the streets of the infidel faubourg.
The little nook which lay on the artist’s toes, as he regarded upon the scene that 1 have endeavoured to explain, provides an admirable thought of this singular necropolis. Each home, whose higher tales overhang the graves, is crammed with tenants, wholly unsaddened by their fixed companionship with dying ; the headstones are intently clustered collectively, every group denoting the resting-place of a household, and located as close to to the habitation of the surviving relations as circumstances will allow; whereas inflexible cypresses deepen the gloom of the death- glen, and parasitical vegetation path alongside the partitions, and wave their featherv branches over the mouldering sods.
It was on this very nook of the far-spreading cemetery, that, within the 12 months 1S3G, a Frank girl, residing in Pera, was sooner or later attracted by a line of graves, Hung up on the border of a slim pathway via the hole; that they had evidently all been crammed since dawn, for there was that contemporary, humid, clammy look in regards to the mould which it loses after four-and-twenty hours’ publicity to the ambiance; and the work was nonetheless happening as she reached the spot. The concept of plague was immediately steered ; for, as her eye quickly ran over the 19 graves already accomplished, after which fell upon the 4 others which have been in strategy of preparation, it was evident that some uncommon trigger will need to have produced so deadly an impact, this obscure nook being so very minute a portion of the burial-ground, as to obtain seldom multiple new tenant weekly. It had been one in all her favorite haunts; for she beloved its stillness, its lengthy deep shadows, and its virtually unbroken solitude, coupled with the sensation that she was within reach and listening to of her fellow-beings, though apparently alone; and he or she was painfully startled by so sudden an invasion of the hallowed spot.
Sire shuddered sickeningly
Prague was certainly naturally the primary thought, and sire shuddered sickeningly as she uttered the inquiry: it was a reduction to be negatively answered, although the story ol the grave-digger was unhappy sufficient. lie was consigning to the earth the wretched fever-strieken victims who had been rescued from a lifetime of slavery bv an Austrian brig, then anchored within the Golden Horn. They’d been taken by pirates within the Archipelago—youths, ladies, outdated males, and youngsters ! The ocean-robber, grown daring and haughty by success, dangerous attacked the Austrian, and had been taken; however retribution got here too late to the pirate to avail his wretched prisoners. They’d all perished miserably inside just a few hours of one another, simply because the minarets of Constantinople, chopping in opposition to the horizon, gave them a blessed glimpse of residence ; and this darkish, silent glen had been chosen as their resting-place—they might not have discovered yet another becoming!