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sion as drunk out of beautiful cups molded of a rare earth, and made almost as transparent as glass. These Mohammedan travelers found a country in which letters were cultivated by high and low. There were schools in every town for teaching the poor to write and read, and the masters were paid at the public charge. There was a large literature of printed books. The governmental officers were selected from the literary graduates, and had been for three centuries (sixth century A. D.) — Prof. Sewall. They had also dials, and clocks, moved by weights. This was the era of Alfred the Great, the most versatile monarch and greatest man of history. It was also the brilliant epoch of the Moorish occupation of Spain, then the gem of Europe. About this time took place the separation of the Greek and Roman churches, and the temporal sovereignty of the latter was assuming its great proportions. The brick-tea or tile-tea of China is used universally over Northern Asia and Chinese Tar