Although Elam no longer troubled Babylon, a great danger arose from a new and unexpected quarter. In the Country of the Sea which comprised the districts in the extreme south of Babylonia on the shores of the Persian Gulf the Sumerians had rallied their forces, and they now declared themselves independent of Babylonian control.
Of all the thirty-two great districts in which the authority of the Intendant stood between the common people and the authority of the minister at Versailles, the Generality of Limoges was the poorest, the rudest, the most backward, and the most miserable.
In the first yard, however, we saw no animals, but, instead, a few hundred human skeletons old men, women and children. They were the remaining natives of the, so-called, famine districts, who had crowded into Bombay to beg their bread.
The coast districts of Canara and Malabar being famed for their betel nuts, the trade name of the article was taken from the languages current there, and was tortured by the Portuguese into areca.
In others they are elected by districts, equal in number to the number of senators to be chosen in the state, and a senator is elected in each district. The districts are to contain, as nearly as may be, an equal number of inhabitants; and sometimes they comprise several counties. Representatives are apportioned among the counties in proportion to the population in each.
This division into districts need not be strictly adhered to; it is merely intended to alleviate the discomfort and home-sickness of the poor during their journey outwards. Everybody is free to travel either alone or attached to any local group he prefers. The conditions of travel regulated according to classes will apply to all alike.
The crops of wheat, barley, oats, rye, and clover, struck us as exceedingly heavy, but not nearly so clean as those of a similar description in the best agricultural districts of our own country. But it is principally in the condition, manners, and comfort of the people, that the difference between the French and Flemish provinces consists.
Sir Hugh had but a handful of Europeans with him, but had just received a reinforcement of fifty men of the 32d regiment from Lucknow, and he had formed an intrenchment within which the Europeans of the station, and the fugitives who had come in from the districts around, could take refuge. Several communications passed between Sir Hugh Wheeler and Major Hannay.
And as a consequence the Heinies don't dare to peep in the districts where the French and English run things. We ought to take a leaf from their books and do the same." "That's our good-natured American way of doing things," said Bart. "But we're due to stiffen up a bit now. We're not going to stand for attempts to murder in cold blood " He was interrupted by an exclamation from Frank.
I have the greatest longing to be with you, my angel, and think day and night about you and your distress, and about the little creature, during all the wild turmoil of the elections. * Here in Brandenburg the party of the centre is decidedly stronger than ours; in the country districts I hope it is the other way, yet the fact cannot be overlooked.