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CH. VII.]
89
TO GUATEMALA.

his mouth with the remainder, by squirting the contents on the floor, he lighted his cigar, and laid himself down upon one of the benches to sleep. I took this opportunity to saunter about the village; which was so still that the champing of the mules, eating their maize, might almost be heard from one end of it to the other.

Ovid describes Morpheus as one of the kindest of the deities, with his head crowned with poppies: those, who have witnessed his influence in these countries, would add to his titles another, of most obedient, and represent him with a cigar in his mouth: I merely throw this out as a hint to the New London University. I began to despair of picking up any information, and returned home with a determination to take my siesta, agreeably to the hackneyed, though not less sensible, remark, of when in Rome, to do as they do in Rome.

The threshold of the door was occupied by a large mastiff; who had most uncere-