The Glyph* Bhatteh.
concerned......It was sheer skill, but such as no Euro¬
pean could pretend to equal ; yet how the sleeping girl could tell
our names, ages, place of birth, and fifty other true facts, she never
having seen either of us before, — because the dust of Jubalpore was
still upon our clothes, we having been but one day in Muttra,— was
a problem not easily solved. They call it the Sleep of Sialam, and
she passsd into it by gazing into a dark glass.
"After reading Lane's story about the Magic Mirror in his
' Modern Egyptians ;' what De Sacy says in his famous ' Exposition
de la religion des Druses ;' Makrisi's account in his ' History of
the Mamelukes;' J. Catafago and Defremeny in the ' Journale
Asiatique ;' what Potter affirms as truth in his ' Travels in Syria ;'
Victor L'Anglois, in ' Revue d'Orient;' Carl Ritter ; Dr. E. Smith ;
Von Hammer in his ' Hist, des Sasseins ;' W. H. Taylor's ' Nights
with Oriental Magicians;' the ' Gesta Magici' of Lespanola;
' Lettres Edifiantes et Curieuses ;' ' Youetfs Researches into Magic
Arts,' and innumerable other unquestionable authorities, — it was far
less difficult to believe in the existence of some occult visual power
possessed by these mirror-gazers, of both sexes, all ages, and
diversity of culture, than to attribute it all to chicanery and lucky
guesswork. . . . ' Sahib, it true,' said our Wallah, next morn¬
ing, when speaking of the exhibition of the previous day ; ' and now
I s'pose you go see Sebeiyeh dance — [the Mirror Bridal-fete of a
renowned Brotherhood of Mystics, Philosophers, and Magicians] —
no doubtee ?' Well, we all determined to go ; and a three-hours'
ride brought us to a plateau in a mountain-gorge of the Chocki hills.
We were not too late, and were kindly offered vantage ground of
view by the Sheikh, — a man of at least 125 years of age, judging
from the fadl that his grandchildren were white with snowy locks
and beards waist long.....The two brides entered the
circle followed by the two grooms, all four bearing large earthen-
pots full of a black, smeary, tar-like substance, which, on inquiry of
the Sheikh, wc learned was the product of the Volcanic springs of
the Mahadcs hills, in the far-off province of Gondwana, in the
Deccan; that it only flows in the month of June ; is collected by girls
and boys who are virginal, — that is, before puberty ; and must be