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specimens of native taste we must turn to Algeria, Tunis or Morocco, where are found a few old houses full of complicated " " courts, where the guest turnings, low rooms, and inner fountain plays ceaselessly houses in which, with an appearance

of ample space and musical patio

after patio, is rarely found smallest sufficient for the family. The Arab of to-day looks at the frightful many-storeyed buildings, which are growing up all over Algiers and the

room

habitation

quarter of Morocco, with far more wonder than they are rather amazing than ugly, whereas the low white structures with square tiled windows and arched

European

To him

distaste.

doors escape remark.

But the enlightened Moor,

in

rubbing

against the ugly details of a forced civilisation, may perhaps see that the old homes of his aristocratic ancestors had something of

The ugliness elegance about them which the modern ones lack. of an Arab city modernised is such as might well penetrate even the profound indifference of the native mind, as it awakes in even some Europeans the one of the most ever

it

as regret that their civilisation corrupts cultured men of our time has admitted what-

touches.

But with the disappearance of the real Moorish architecture on the coast-line of African soil the quit for the old Moorish of Spain has made strides of late, and we realise here, as nowhere what its for " as blossoms

else,

upon ment

perfection signified ; appear the outermost branches of a tree, so the highest developof Arabian culture was reached in the most remote country

to which

it

had extended."

'

Impossible to grasp the faintest idea of what this represents is visited, so we visit Spain from end to end for little " Far " that a better," says Spanish writer, Spain should lose a province than the Alhambra." The better has not been

until Spain

else.

denied her. Reber.

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