Oriental Displays and Diversions.--The Menagerie.--The Prisons.--The Heir-Apparent.--
An Elephant Fight.--Jesters and Jugglers.--The Royal Palace.--Magnificence of the
Maharajah.--The Durbar.--The Young Prince.--Superb Presents.--A Magnificent
Salon.--The Maharajah's Conversation with Mr. Seward.--An Exhibition of Fireworks.
April 1st.--This has been a day of bewildering succession of Oriental displays and diversions. The Minister of Public Works came before breakfast, and attended us to the inevitable menagerie. The aviaries, though full, are inferior to those of the King of Oude. We saw, for the first time, the long-legged, awkward, brown cassowary, whose name rhymes to "missionary" in the witty verse where "Timbuctoo" finds its answer in "hymnbook too." The tiger collection is very fine, many of the animals of huge size and quite untamed. From the cages of wild beasts we passed to the cages of wild men, the state-prison of Putteeala. It covers an area of four acres, enclosed by a low adobe wall. There are eight hundred and twenty-five prisoners, chiefly convicted of the crimes of arson and burglary; of these, only one hundred and fifty can read and write. Two hundred convicts are imprisoned in other parts of the province. Imprisonment is generally for a term of one, two, three, or seven years, occasionally for life. Capital punishment is inflicted only for murder. The population of the city of Putteeala is eighty thousand, and that of the ancient