SCHSS OF ASIA MINOR. 5.j
rally smelted tm the spot The red flame is then seen issuing from the riven rock, the
blows of sledges echo through the C md the dark and grim visage of the workmen
are visibly illumined bj the bias ances at night, in the deep solitude of the
mountain- ■ Striking, and it] ! the traveller of Vulcan's forge in Etna,
and his Cyclops fashioning thunderbolts. When a commotion of the elements supervenes,
as frequently happens in t: ted regions, when the air is rent and the rocks
around are shattered by tin eh I, it requires no great stretch of the imagination
to fancy it is the fabricated bolts ol these grim artisans, that have now, as in the davs
of the poets, caii action.
Our illustration | hose rugged ascents, suspended as it were over the
perpendicular think of a mountain-wall, on one side bounded by a deep chasm, and on
the other overhung by a 1« a. 1 his path is sometimes not more thanayard in
breadth, and docs not all ses space to pass each other. When this occurs?
there IS a mortal (-ontest for the inside, and one pushes the other into the gulf below.
Sometimes the path turns round a short angle, and when the traveller has accomplished the
passage of the periloui st before him a dark and dismal chasm, over which
his horse's neck p: top would precipitate him. His feeling of insecu
rity i> increased hy the state of the animal he rides. Instead of being shod with rough
and pointed iron-, which would give a tinner footing in ascending and descending such
declivities, the sb I smooth metal, perforated by a single opening
in the • and affording not the slL Id on what it presses. Hence, in going
down, the motion of the animal is sliding, and the :th horror sees the beast, to
which he trusts his lit ready to shoot over the edge of the narrow road,
without a possibility of stopping or restraining itself. Vet such is the sure-footed sagacity of these mountain-steeds, that m iy occur, and they glide down for
several hundred yards, through a steep and tortuous descent, dexterously turning round
| projecting rock before them, which seems to stand in the way for the express
purpose of pushing him over the edge.
CIRCASSIAN SLAVES IN THE 1Y1T.RIOR OF A HAREM,
The country now called Circassia was part of that undefined region formerly denominated Colchis, between the Euxine, the Pah- I, the Caspian sea, and the Cauc
It wai this region whence the (.recks brought their first golden freight, of which a woman
formed the mod \aluahle part. From that time to the present day there has been constant importations of countrywomen oi Medea retain that beauty of
person and ferocity of charac .cir eminent predecessor, as also, it is said, her
knowledge ol QOUOUS herbs, which abound to this day, as formerly, in their country, and
which they apply not to prolong but to abridge the term of human life, whenever their
SStS Of tfa demand tl ice of their rivals.