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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Feb 8 Naples 582

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 We went to the suberbs [sic] of the excavations and saw the laborers men, women, and children, thirty or forty of them, carrying the refuse upon their heads in baskets to the small cars, something like coal mining cars, which every few minutes were started off down grade with their loads into the valley.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 A guard watches the laborers closely and when the bottom is approached every handfull [sic] is inspected to save even the smallest relics. This work is now prosecuted entirely by the Govt which annually appropriates 60.000 francs ($12.000) for that use-

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Formerly the excavations were made at the expense of Princes and noblemen, who have carried off many valuable relics, but now an outsider can only obtain copies- Everything goes into the Museums.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 We found them delving into fine black loam ten to fifteen feet thick which appeared to be excellent soil for vegetation, below it gravel, ashes, earth, scoria, any part of which might now grow vegetation, such is the result of ages of decomposition. Masons were at work restoring the walls to some uneven points above the first story, which will doubtless add to the attractiveness to many, but I should prefer to see the walls just as they were uncovered-

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Yet I am much gratified that a kind Providence has permitted me to see them at all, for who knows at what moment old “Vesuv-” may erupt and bury it deeper than ever, or instead of raising the whole country out of water by an earthquake, may by the same power sink it as much lower, and leave these ruins at the bottom of the sea- And too, there is

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