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THE OLD TOWN. ‘5 partly by their striking contrast in character,-not to speak of the military atmosphere by which you feel yourself ‘surrounded, which somehow serves to complete the peace and to accent the harmony.-Then passing from the - faint shadow of war into the holy ground occupied by stately churches and church halls, where the memory of past conff icts and present estrangements ADVOCATES CLOSE. operates not here-as an element of disturbance to your feelings.-Thence penetrating a section of the genuine ‘Atild Reekie,’ with its memories of the Lawnmarket, the West Bow, and the Heart of Midlothian, and the house once occupied by John Knox,’-its bulky buildings, endless stories, and dark, steep, descending closes like the circles of Dante, but which remind us onIy 1 See. in theaccompanying illustration, the roomin which he died. with apeepof hisbedroom, while at the side-door stands a portion of the official staff of Cardinal Beaton, and the skull on the table is one of the three casts from the head of Robert the Brtia.
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