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the Stereoscope” Dr. Rufus G. Richardson, for ten years director of that School, tells of his breaking ground at Corinth in 1896 when there was practically no monument of the ancient city above the ground except the venerable Temple ruins pretty well in the background and standing on a hill. Following the description of the principal buildings left by Pausanias, he tells how they tried to find a starting point. The Temple ruin, the only conspicuous landmark of the ancient city, stood like a sphinx defying the foreigners to read its riddle.

“By patience, perseverance and hope we reached it," continued Dr. Richardson. “We dug over twenty trenches, some of them several hundred feet long, of different depths and in different directions, but all of them starting with the breadth of fifteen feet. They were uniformly carried down to hardpan. We worked with a hundred or more laborers and kept on the whole near to the Temple, which was evidently important. It was getting near the end of our three months' campaign, about the first of June, when we discovered, well buried, under nearly twenty feet of earth, an old Greek theater, on the ruins of which had been built a Roman

It was one of the most exciting moments of my life when I saw at the bottom of a trench, eighteen feet deep, the much-worn stone block of a flight of steps. There was no more doubt that we had the Temple of Apollo. I should have been well contented with our first campaign if we had simply found the theater; but


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we had done ever so much more. We had hit the bull'seye and settled the whole topography of Corinth.”

In the eighteenth chapter of Acts Luke says that Paul reasoned every Sabbath at Corinth while he was in the city and persuaded the Jews and Greeks, and

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when Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia “Paul was pressed in the spirit; and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. And when they opposed themselves and blasphemed, he shook his raiment and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean; from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.' In the Museum a tablet is shown which bears an inscription indicating that it was from a Hebrew synagogue, possibly the one in which Paul had preached. Paul had a hard time in Corinth, but here, as elsewhere, he was sustained by a vision of the Lord that no harm could come to him. What comforting words these must have been: “Be not afraid, but speak and hold not thy peace, for I am with thee and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee, for I have much people in this city.”

As the traveler drives from Acro-Corinth back to the new city to take the train for Athens, he is grateful for the splendid service which the great Apostle rendered to the cause of Christ, and grateful too that he may have a share in extending His Church, and that he may experience the same assurance that came to Paul if he also is true to Him. He feels that he has been

very close to one who was very near and dear to the Master, and he hears anew the exhortation of Paul, “Follow me as I follow Christ.”




KNOW ye the land where the cypress and myrtle
Are emblems of deeds that are done in their clime,
Where the rage of the vulture, the love of the turtle,
Now melt into sorrow, now madden to crime?
Know ye the land of the cedar and vine,
Where the flowers ever blossom, the beams ever shine:
Where the light wings of zephyr, oppressed with perfume,
Wax faint o'er the gardens of Gúl in her bloom :
Where the citron and olive are fairest of fruit,
And the voice of the nightingale never is mute:
Where the tints of the earth and the hues of the sky,
In color though varied, in beauty may vie,
And the purple of ocean is deepest in dye;
Where the virgins are soft as the roses they twine,
And all, save the spirit of man, is divine?
'Tis the clime of the East; 'tis the land of the Sun-
Can He smile on such deeds as His children have done?
Oh! wild as the accents of lovers' farewell
Are the hearts which they bear and the tales which they tell.



ONSTANTINOPLE, which lies in the same lati

tude as New York, Rome and Peking, sits “at the meeting of two seas and two continents like a diamond between sapphires and emeralds." There are three sections to the city, Galata and Pera north of the Golden Horn, which is mainly European; Stamboul, the old city, which is chiefly Turkish; and Scutari, on the Asiatic side, which is also Turkish. The population is about a million and a half-half Turks, a quarter Greeks, and the rest Armenians, Jews and other Eastern peoples. The city may be reached by express trains from Paris, and by ships from the Black Sea or the Mediterranean.

Approaching the capital from the south through the Dardanelles, the ancient Hellespont, the traveler learns that there the unhappy Helle died, giving this stream its ancient name.

There also is where Hero's Tower stood when Leander swam across the mile of swiftly flowing current to meet his beloved Hero, the Priestess of Venus. Such a thing would be impossible now, for Turkey's sentries would check the ardor of the lovesick swain. In view of the care which is taken of ladies traveling without escort, the suggestion occurs that Hero ought to have had a chaperon, as the unattached ladies of modern cruises have.

As one goes up the Sea of Marmora and looks ahead at the city commanding one of the finest sites in the world, he thinks of the lines :



“the dark blue water That swiftly glides and gently swells Between the winding Dardanelles.”

The sail is thoroughly enjoyed by the people on board, who, with note-books and cameras and by personal interviews, secure impressions which will long remain among the special memories of the trip. Constantinople is reached as the sun is sinking over the European part of the city. Friends from Robert

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