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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Naples 604

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Thence, to the Cathedral, an immense affair of which a whole volumn [sic] might be written.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 As we were passing the bronze baptistry near one of the great columns within, a white robed Priest came up and began the baptism of an elegantly dressed infant a few hours old, in the arms of a stylish nurse while the liveried servant stood beside her- The Priest read very rapidly from a dirty book alternately holding his sacred hand above its head, touching its face with holy water, rubbing its head, pinching
its nose, flopping it around, but not ceasing the mechanical reading, the nurse answering “Amen” frequently, and the young worldly looking Priest then laid his holy mantle on its breast and led the Nurse up into the small pulpit of the baptistery where I lost sight of the motions until the Priest left, when I found the Nurse powdering and straightening up the poor infant which ought not to have been exposed to the cold damp atmosphere of this great open barn-

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 As we passed on along the side, we passed a black confession box, small and as open as an armed chair, in which sat a fat black gowned priest leaning his head very comfortably against one side, where a woman upon her knees was confessing through the little window and as we passed his head broke away from the window and leaned forward in worldly curiosity-

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Along the sides are

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 [No 2244 Chiesa di S Francesco di Paolo]

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