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by severe outbreaks of cholera. The larger part of the existing city is on the left side. The visitor may be content to view the parts of the town to be seen as he is rowed down the broad waterway from the Munshi Bagh passing under picturesque wooden bridges, and beside temples with shining metal roofs and the beautiful mosque of Shah Hamadan. On the left bank below the first bridge is the Shergarhi with the Maharaja's houses and the Government Offices. Opposite is a fine ghat or bathing place with stone steps. Between the third and fourth bridges on the right bank is Shah Hamadan's mosque, a carved cedar house with Buddhist features, totally unlike the ordinary Indian mosque. The stone mosque close by on the opposite side, built by Mir Jahan, was seemingly rejected by Muhammadans as founded by a woman, and is now a State granary. The Jama Masjid is on the north side, but not on the river bank. The tomb of the great king, Zain ul Abidin, is below the fourth bridge, which bears his name. In the same quarter are the storehouses of the dealers in carpets and art wares and the Mission School. The last should be visited by anyone who wishes to see what a manly education can make of material in some respects unpromising.