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Better silence far than speaking, " Worse are kinsmen oft than fire, There's no bairn like friendly counsel, There's no enemy like ire, Bogues have keener teeth than vipers, Brains outweigh the miser's hoard, Better modesty than jewels', Tuneful lyre than kingly sword. ^iag a dry and gristly cow's-bone* to a bred eur-to gnaw, Dogs fawn on those who bring them meat, And grovel whimpering at their feet With upturned throat, and wag their tails 4n gamesome mood, But the huge elephant erect Bates not one jot of self-respect, And after thousand coaxings deigns to taste his food. According to Muhammadan tradition the town of Hemyar was not originally the seat of empire; it was Saba, the present Mareb, which was annihilated by the breaking of a dam* not only husbanding the waters flowing from the mountains for the irrigation of the land, but also enhancing the power of the monarch, who thus kept in his hands the key of fertilization., and was enabled to grant ' or to withhold it as ho listed. w i } 1 2 M n C V 3 ft J t j : I h eto O** ' I B (*to) * V A M i U U* in a & fc ffi ni 6 A ..- t n *w t A * v U J 1 V ^ * 2 D D r H }* * Y tfj y B i ( rt^) 1 ? In the Sabaean texts the pronoun .1, corre- sponding to the Arabic f i , Hebrew m, Phoenician i, &c., does not occur isolated when it has a demonstrative sense, but only combined with 3, another demonstrative pronoun which likewise does not occur isolated ; thus we get the com* pound j% which reminds us of the Arabic ^i (Jf ) and the Aramaic pj van &g. This is mentioned by Hashiduddin, in his notices of Malabar, as one of the ports belonging to Sundar P^iidi Devar, " F a 1 1 a n , Malifattan, and Kayal,"as well as in Wassafs edition of the same notices. Ibi nunc sua exercent merci- monia." The statement about the- Indus is perplexing, t but the eastern aspect, and the subjection to the Narsingha, or king of Vij Myanagar, show that the 'place was on the Coromandel coast. Thomas's, for in another passage he speaks of that as M i 1 a p a r , ** urbs . la there any evidence that Mai Llpur was fre- quented by the Chinese traders ? In Sanskrit as in lints: Jw Aw inscriptions tho flute it* often exposed by \vuwl, but, contrary to the usage of tho Mtihfimmadanfi, amongst, whom each letter has a fix J Tiiluo, tlie Hindus usually employ a separate word to represent each .figure, although a word may occasionally betaken to represent two' figures. Tho words employed to represent numbers are iisually taken from tho Hindu system of philo- sophy*, mytliology, or very commonly astronomy or astrology OV^'*' m X anrt*. allusions are very intricate, and difficult to be understood by any person who is not well versed in Jyotislta and the other sciences* Almost any word whicli can possibly be con- strued so as to signify* a. 1 : Blt&i the eartlv and chandra, the moon, with their synonyms. 3 : All words i&eaningjfirg ,*, Agui is a synonym for Kriii Jsa, the third nakshatra. These dat$s were all taken from inscriptions on temples in Rangpur. is the eleventh sign of the Hindu zodiac, and lintcc the meaning might bo J I ; but the date 118, of whatever em we take it., is too oarlv. Karada pointed out to him a num- ber of houses occupied by female devotees, till they came to the house of Kamal&yi. The work contains well-known Krishna legends, in this case in various Sanskrit metres, thus bearing the appearance of some antiquity. Regard- ing his family, &c., he says, " In the grama of Kadagafrftr, in the country Penugoiida (? In the j)rologo he confesses he docs not know the mysteries of * Con*. ( ; "'* uyr, Bombay thnsk Tii SITK-N CJ IV Iiis U,ry of Jndia, by J. In Fra Paoliuo, again, wo find "Mailapuri, or Mai lap u ram, City of Peacocks." Then for M a 1 i f a 1 1 a n. After noticing the former trade of the Chinese (in c olae Catfiii) with Calicut, and their abandonment of that port on account of the king's ill-treatment of them, he, goes on : " Post hoc adivere urbem M a i 1 a - p e t a m , quae urbs paret regi Narsindo ; regio respicit orientem, et distat ab Indo flumine milliaribus xc. qusa instar promoiitorium in mare pi*ominet." This, and the mention of the pearl-fishery by Friar Jordanus, are con- siderable obstacles to the identification of the two places,- though the M o 1 e p o r of Jordanus scorns in favour of that identification. ll B-t (Sak:\, as sliown by another expression iti tho inscription) ; h6re fahwa, the earth = 1, rcrmt = it is a synonym for Kritikfy tlie third uakslusttra ; and t,gtt = 4, the four yugas. -I give a list of some of the words which are most commonly found $s substitutes for- figures: 0: Any word signifying "etker," such as kha, gagana, and antariksha. For numbers from 1 to 27 the names pf the 27 Tiakshatras may be used. As a mlc, each word Is to IKJ taken as the number it represents, aud tli and the vhfcie read backwards gives 1624. Another date, Veddguta-ladhardna = 16S4 : Veda = 4, and veddguta means that which pre- cedes veda, i*e 3 ; bad Juira is a derivative from badh, -to destroy, and is a synonym of ripa 6 ; and signifies jpitar = 1. 8wt, ami second- arily tlm constellation Aquarius; winch. Tho worthies of that street wondered at his beauty, and wore entertained by him. (Sere follows a very obscene de- scription of what takes place in that direction.) Mcanwhilo Siva went with N&rada to tho bazdr- sfcroefc called "the groat dancing-school," and was again tho object of admiration of bad men and women. It is in Satpadi, and is written in a simple but classical style ; 34 chapters containing 1907 * A few versos of his' arc translated in the Ind, Ant. Yiththala Natha has made the Kanarese translation." 5. He says he has taken his stories from the Vishnu Purdna* and his object is to glorify Krishna. Hari Bhakti Ifasfyana by Chidananda, 301 Batpadi vcarscs in 5 chapters. i$ SKETCU of the KATUIS, especiiilly those of tho Tribe of KUACHAH and House of CUOTILA ... ALB11ECHT WEBEB, Berlin : Oa tho Yavaiia^, Mahtlbhfishya, Uamfiya Jia, aud Cor,. 145 SKETCH of some of the principal places of SNAKE- Woitsiup in Kathi Aw&l, with a brief account of THAN and the DUAXDHAL KA'friis .........

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