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streets became large and regular service among the Saracens. In Cordova (Ar. Korttubah), under the Arabs, a person might walk after sunset for a distance of 10 miles in a straight line by the light of the public lamps and upon well-paved streets. At Makkari's History of the Mohammedan dynasties in Spain. This was 500 years before any public lamp service in London or Paris. The priority of lighting streets is contested between London and Paris. In London it appears that in 1417, Sir Henry Barton, Mayor, ordered Lanterns with lights to be hanged out on the winter evenings, between Hallowtide and Candlemasse. — Stowe. In 1668, householders were reminded that they should hang out lanterns duly at the accustomed time, and in 1690 this order was renewed, and these lights were required to be kept burning from dark till midnight every night between Michaelmas and Lady Day. In 1716, farther ordinances for the better lighting of the city were made by the city authorities, but the