MR. SEWARD AT BANDONG.
Excursion to the Cascade.--A Perilous Road.--The Water-Fall.--An Evening at the Palace.--The Bayaderes.--Two Dwarfs.--A Chorus of Peasants.--The Little Princesses.--An Excursion to Tankoeban.--Peruvian Bark.--The Top of the Volcano. --An Enchanting Scene.--The Javanese Prince.
Bandong, January 23d.--It rained all night. Bad as we knew the roads must be, the regent nevertheless ordered out his immense European carriage, with six horses, for an excursion to the "Cascade," which is one of the wonders of the island. We were attended by a detachment of heavy dragoons in Dutch uniforms, barefooted postilions, and turbaned footmen. At the foot of every hill, and at every slough, a crowd of peasants appeared, as if summoned by previous command, to drag or push our unwilling wheels. It was like a royal progress, such as Queen Elizabeth used to make in the sixteenth century.
Twelve miles from the town, we found twenty-five saddlehorses, a complement of sedan-chairs, and fifty peasants, awaiting us. Taking so many of these animals, vehicles, and men, as we had need of, we descended successive hills terraced with pale-green ricefields, and glossy dark coffee-groves. The mounted members of the party agree that, in all their experience, they never had so perilous an exercise; but the horses, as well as the bearers of the chairs, were well trained and sure of foot. Although an animal occasionally stumbled, and a chair-bearer lost his balance, we never-