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18 THE I-ANDS OF THE SAKACEN. some insight into the nature of Quarantine, before the term oi my probation is over. I left Alexandria on the afternoon of the 14th inst., in com- pany with Mr. Carter Harrison, a fellow-countryman, who had joined me in Cairo, for the tour through Palestine. We had a head whid and rough sea, iiLd I remained in a torpid state daring most of the voyage. There was rain the second night ; but, when the clouds cleared away yesterday morning, we were gladdened by the sight of Lebanon, whose summits glittered with streaks of snow. The lower slopes of the moun- tains were green with fields and forests, and Beyrout, when we ran up to it, seemed buried almost out of sight, in the foli- age of its mulberry groves. The town is built along the northern side of a peninsula, which projects about two miles from the main line of the coast, forming a road for vessels. In half an hour after our arrival, several large boats came along- side, and we were told to get our baggage in order and embark for Quarantine. The time necessary to purify a tra- veller arriving from Egypt from suspicion of the plague, is five days, but the days of arrival and departure are counted, so that the durance amounts to but three full days. The captain of the Osiris mustered the passengers together, and informed them that each one would be obliged to pay six piastres for the transportation of himself and his baggage Two heavy lighters are now drawn up to the foot of the gangway, but as soon as the first box tumbles into them, the men tumble out. They attach the craft by cables to two smaller boats, in which they sit, to tow the infected loads. We are all sent down together, Jews, Turks, and Christians — a confused pile of men, women, children, and goods. A little boat froiB