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A QUAINT OLD PLACE.
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 DILSBERG.

There is no house outside the wall on the whole hill, or any vestige of a former house; all the houses are inside the wall, but there isn't room for another one. It is really a finished town, and has been finished a very long time. There is no space between the wall and the first circle of buildings; no, the village wall is itself the rear wall of the first circle of buildings, and the roofs jut a little over the wall and thus furnish it with eaves. The general level of the massed roofs is gracefully broken and relieved by the dominating towers of the ruined castle and the tall spires of a couple of churches so, from a distance Dilsberg has rather more the look of a king's crow than a cap.

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OUR ADVANCE ON DILSBERG.

That lofty eminence and its quaint cornet form quite a striking picture, you may be sure, in the flush of the evening sun.

We crossed a boat and the ascent by a narrow, steep path which plunged us at once into the leafy deeps of the bushes. But they were not cool deeps by any means, for the sun's rays were weltering hot and there was little or no breeze to temper them. As we panted up the sharp ascent, we met brown, bareheaded and