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DRAGOMEN. 29 endea in a bewildering confusion of cries and gesticulations. In the midst of it, I was struck by the cordiality with which the Monarchist and the SociaUst united in their denunciations of England and the English laws. As they sat side by side, pouring out anathemas against *' perfide Albion," I could not help exclaiming: " Voild, comme les extremes se rencontrent ! This turned the whole current of their wrath against me, and I was glad to make a hasty retreat. The physician again visited us to-night, to promise a release to-morrow morning. He looked us all in the faces, to be cer- tain that there were no signs of pestilence, and politely regret- ted that he could not offer us his hand. The husband of the " married woman" also came, and relieved the other gentlemen from the charge of the "weeper." He was a stout, ruddy Provencal, in a white blouse, and I commiserated him sincerely for having such a disagreeable wife. Today, being the last of our imprisonment, we have received many tokens of attention from dragomen, who have sent their papers through the grate to us, to be returned to-morrow after our liberation. They are not very prepossessing specimens of their class, with the exception of Yusef Badra, who brings a recommendation from my friend, Ross Browne. Yusef is a handsome, dashing fellow, with something of the dandy in his dress and air, but he has a fine, clear, sparkling eye, with just enough of the devil in it to make him attractive. 1 think, how- ever, that the Greek dragoman, who has been our companion in Quarantine, will carry the day. He is by birth a Boeotian, but now a citizen of Athens, and calls himself FrauQois Yitalis. He speaks French, German, and Italian, besides Arabic and Turkish, and as he has been for twelve or fifteen years vibrat-