The west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1875-1891, December 01, 1878, Page 125, Image 27

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    December, 1878. THE WEST SHORE. ,a5
taught and fostered by the sanctimoni
ous expounders of the Koran them
selves. The Turk, naturally enough,
looks upon himself as the paragon of
God's sentient creation, wiuie tie re
gards woman as his slave in this world,
and the toy and cateress to his pleasures
in the world to come. On the other
hand, u Turkish woman, ot average in
telligence and culture, willingly, and
almost as naturally, looks upon her
husband as a superior being, and upon
herself as an animated bauhlc, created
to be content in debasing herself for the
sake of enhancing her lord's sum total
of listless pleasure.
While there is, doubtless, a vast deal
of negligence and consequent suffering
among the poor, yet in the middle and
higher walks of life, Turkish mothers
and daughters, with all their forced ob
sequiousness to the opposite sex, are,
by no means, the persecuted and sor
rowful creatures we are often wont to
regard them as being. As we have in
timated, they are certainly content;
and, perhaps, ever tilled to repletion
with such a species of happiness as our
best judgment could award to them.
Though sternly kept at bay in the
household, and complete!) disguised
upon the street, they discover a hun
dred times as much vivacity as the
men, either at home or in the bazaars.
True to the instincts of their sex, Turk
ish ladies do their own shopping; they
exercise their own taste in the selection
of their cosmetics, their laces and jew
elry. The repeated seclusion and exclusive
ness of women in Turkey has been
highly exaggerated. A foreigner, do
ing business at the bazaar of a mer
chant, by judiciously courting his favor,
finds little difficulty in sharing the
social amenities of the Moslem's house
hold. Diplomatic etiquette allows the
resident ministers and envoys from
other countries to be presented to the
wives of Turkish officials and noble
men ; and through these avenues, a cul
tivated civilian of any nationality finds
no difficulty in obtaining a similar re
cognition, and even private audience
at the houses of the most opulent fam
ilies. During all seasons of festivity, a spe
cies of masquerade or localized carnival
is very common in Constantinople.
These evening parties are of every
possible grade and quality. Those
held at common cafentts arc open to
all, strangers and foreigners not ex
cepted. A masquerade at the residence
of an ambassador is a magnificent af-
tair. At these evening parties, card
playing and dancing are the chief
amusements. At the supper-taMe, it is
no uncommon thing for ladies of wealth
and qualify to be seen wrapping up in
their handkerchiefs dainty tid-bits of
pastry or roasted birds, while confec
tionery is carried off by the pocket-
full and nothing thought of it.
While the amusements already men
tioned are going on in spacious drawing
rooms, in another apartment the visitor
finds a party of )raonien bartering
an ancient medal, a fragment of stat
uary or gems from the stall of a street-
sweeper; a valuable shawl may be of
fered for sale or specimens of costly
lace displayed. In an out-of-the-way
corner, two (Jrcek physicians arc dis
cussing the merits of diffident forms of
practice in the treatment of various
diseases. Ranged upon the sofas are
elderly (ireek women engrossed in
noisy conversation, not forgetting to
display their showy tresses of false or
dyed hair, their jewelry, their em
broidered handkerchiefs and flowing
robes. The description of one of these
assemblies will amply suffice, for they
arc all alike in the main points. Those
gatherings held at public eating-houses
and lodging-places, arc, of course, in
fested with dissolute characters of both
sexes who do not scruple to openly dis
play the grossest instincts. I'nlike
similar gatherings, however, in com
munities much more civilized and en
lightened, Turkish evening entertain
ments arc rarely disgraced by uproarou
conduct or drunken quarreling.
Hut, again I am compiled by time
and space to bring this letter to a close,
so once more adieu. Ohiknt.
SAUNTKKINIJS IN HRITIHll COU'MHIA.
On our first page will be found a
beautifully lithographed view of the
towns of Yale and Nanaimo, in Hritisli
Columbia. The former i named after
one of the Hudson's Hay Company
officers, and nctles at the foot of the
Cascade mountains, on a gravel bench
at the head of steamboat navigation on
the Frascr river. The surrounding
scenery diversified, forming a grand
panoramic view of picturesque beauty.
Previous to the gold discovery in 1858
it was a mere post of the Hudson's Hay
Company, who here bartered with In
dians for furs of all kind. The gold
excitement, however, brought thou-
t.
sands of people of all colors and pro
fessions from Oregon, California and
other parts of the Pacific Coast, to woe
fickle fortune on the banks and bars of
the Prater, and thttl the town of Vale
had its birth, and soon grew into an
important village. Since placer mining
has ceased to be remunerative, the town
hudecreMed in population, numbering
at present only about 300. Heing, how
ever, at the head of steamboat naviga
tion, from whence all freight for the
Cariboo country lias to lie transferred
from steamboat'' to mule-hack, it still
retains considerable hustle, ami will,
perhaps, always remain a place of im
portance. Several .iai Itlin mountain
streams empty into the Prater near
this place. They fairly awarm with
the very finest of mountain Itoul, and
afford rare sport to the angler during
the months of July, August and Sep
tember. Yale boasts of several sub
stantial brick stoics mid a most excel
lent hotel, and as a summer resort has
few equals on the voast, combining at
once the fresh Invigorating mountain
climate with the comforts of city life
The result of the Canadian I'acllic
Kailroad survey has confirmed the
Fracr Valley route, ihercf'oie hopes
arc entertained that next summer the
people of Yale will see the first sod
broken for the construction of the
Canadian Pacific railroad, which, when
completed, will mid greatly towards
advancing the industries of the BfQ
vince.
Nanaimo is u beautiful, thriving lillle
seajiort town, about eighty mile north
of Victoria, and is the shipping Hiut
for the extensive coal fields in that dis
trict. It contains a population of utwuit
1 (xx), and lias regular stcamlMiat com
munication with Victoria. The Kitka
steamer also stop here ! coal. Nan
aimo iMiast of a most excel lent newsy
semi-weekly pajier, the Frtt t'ren,
and i the general trading Min! for a
large extent of mining country.
I'n 1 irate female: "I'd bate to be in
your hoe!" Second Ditto: Yon
couldn't get in them!"
A correspondent of Tkt Crueiilt,
evidently a piou man too, in describing
the early Rogue River maaaacrea,ay:
"Thej were ncautiful tragedies!"