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INDIAN PEASANTS. This is a fair sample of the appearance and condition of some forty millions of peasantry, subject to British rule-very poor, as their appearance sufficiently indicates, at least in those points where an Englishman places his ideas of comfort and pros. perity-yet not so poor, and not by any means so rude and wild, as their scanty dress and simple babitations would at first lead an Englishman to imagine. The silver ornaments wbich the young woman wears round her ancles, arms, forehead, and in her nose, joined to the similar decorations on her children's arms, would more than buy all the clothes and finery of the smartest servant girl in England; and the men are, in all probability, well taught in reading and writing, after their own manner, while the little boy, perhaps, is one of my scholars, and could cast an account, and repeat the Lord's Prayer, with any child of the same age in England. The plant which overshadows the cow and goat is a bamboo-the tall palm in the distanee is a coco--that which hangs over the old mother of the family is a plantain-and the creeper on the thatched cottage, a beautiful fastgrowing gourd, of the very kind, I could fancy, which obtained so fast hold on Jonah's affections. VOL. II. 3d SERIES.
The style of carrying the child astride on one hip, the manner in which the water-pot is balanced, and the red paint, (a mark of caste) as well as the diminutive size and high hump of the cow, (what we usually see here) and though the group itself is from fancy, all the different objects are as faithful representations of nature as my skill enabled me to make. The sketch may give you some little idea of the scenes we meet with in our morning rides.
ECONOMY. In a certain country town in the south of England, there formerly lodged two maiden sisters whom we shall call Mrs. Clary and Mrs. Grace. When I was at Mrs. Tristram's school in that same town, I used to be invited as often as once a month to tea and supper with these worthy persons, and was commonly accompanied by two or three of my school fellows.
Such an old-fashioned parlour as these ladies occupied might not in these days be often seen, and as to their only maid servant, her resemblance I am well assured would not easily be supplied in all the three kingdoms.
Such being the case, my readers will, no doubt, be obliged to me for a full and true description of these antiquities.
On entering the house where Mrs. Clary and Mrs. Grace lodged, the visitor was ushered through a neat kitchen to a pair of winding stairs which led to a landing place, on which opened two doors, one of which conducted to the old ladies' bed room, where two small beds with patch-work hangings stood side by side ; and where sundry old chests and wardrobes, arranged in due order, contained
relics of brocaded silks and faded ribbons, together with other more useful articles. This bed room window opened on the yard at the back of the house, and