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An Evening With The Greek

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Parent Issue
Day
1
Month
August
Year
1902
Copyright
Public Domain
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The last leeture in tlie series of the suniiner school lectores was given 'Monday eveiriug in the Woman's Building. This series has been more largely attended than ever before and the lectores have been without exception intensely interesting. The leeture last evening was given by Prof. D'Ooge on "Inciden and Scènes of Travel in Greece." Prof. D'Ooge is well versed in Greek traditions and classical history. He has traveled extensively in Greeee and made personal investigations of the ancient ruine with which this country abounds. He said in part. "I invite yon tonight to take an iniormal trip with me, through the little country across the sea whtefl is the mother of arts, to visit the ancient land, rich in historica] scènes, to walk tvith me the streets of Athens, once trodden by Plato and Sócrates, to stand on Mars hill, where the apostle of the Gentiles preached his memorable sermón, to ook at the heights of the dassJcal Parthenon. It is the ambition of every classleal student to visit these scènes. One is impressed on his first visit to Greeee with the small area it covers, smaller than onethird of our state of Michigan, the famous Attica covers an area about the size of two of our modern counties. It cèrtainly provea the saying that ness is not grearaesa. "Greece has a coast line longer than spain and Portugal together.' One can get no farther than twenty _ miles from the Bea and ten miles fnom the tiills in any direetion. "Tuere is the gpeatest variety of elimate and consequently a great variety of products. The greatest products are olives, olive oil and zenticurrants. The proximity of the mountaiu and sea causes a fine climate witli 'a small rainfall. Many times, durlng tire past three weeks, have I v, myslf back in Attica, wJiere the aver age rainfall is only about three inche per year. ín Greece the sky is ever clear and luminous and one is able to se for many miles, so clear is ttie atmosphere. I stood one day on the monntain back of Corinth and saw the ruins of the Parthenon, sixty-two miles ttway. "The methods of travel have been very primitive until recently, but now ïhe railroad whistle sounds throub -.he liills, Strangely out of tune wltib the antlquity seen everywhere: The favorite means of travel is still the donkey. The ancient breed of i horse wliose fame is heard in old ik song and story, lias not been perpetuated and the horses of the prcent dn y are not a credit to their anceg■ "The travelers in this peculiar counüof) at the inns. the word in Greek muis "a receptacle for BtrangerB,1 a very good deflnition for certainly Gceek Ijosjpitalfty is extended to all kinds and conditions of strangers. " letter of introduction is a great letter of credit to a travilcr in Oreece. ! had a letter to a man, a most hospitfello-ïv, a bachelor, wihose house was in diarge of his venerable méther. When introduced to the lady and she found that my companion and myeelf ivere Americans, slie extended her hands to us most cordially and said she liever before had the Opporiv of entertaining Americans and that slie was glad to have the pleasure now. Twenty yeara before Ue had ;ht in the trenehes wtth her lnisk freedom and had been atly cheered by the comforts sent neople in Boston and she wanted to show her appreciation of the syinpiithy of the American peop'e at that troablesome time. I also had a lettei of introduction to a prominent citizen ín Corinlli, but on my presenting it 1 tVnind him to be in jail." Tho lecturo was profusely illustrated i orcoptleon views, which were deBeribed grapliically ly Prof. D'Ooge. One view stiowed a picture of hangman's island. To this island all crimináis condemned to deatli are taken and are hanged and their bodies disap pear. The two hangmen are criminal who serve out a ten-year sentence by putting to deatli fellow crimináis. A the end of their term they in turn dis appear. Several interesting views of the ex cavations which are being mad around about Delpdii, which liave re vealed some wonderfully prfeeerved antiquities, among them being a beautiful marble tlieatre wlth a large circle in the centre, wliicli was used for the 'ballet and orchestra, were seen. Other views too numerous to niention wer shown. The leeture was tceming wit liumorous stories and held the atten ■ 11 of the audience until the end.