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  THE TEMPLE OF LUXOR - This reproduction of an Egyptian ecclesiastical edifice of the age of 1800 B. C., stood at the extreme western end of the Street in Cairo, and a fee of ten cents extra was charged for admission. The interior was a single chamber, at the other end of which was a platform. At intervals through the day and evening the musicians marched out into Cairo Street carrying a diminutive Bull Apis, and led by a drummer who was one of the handsomest of men. On the platform were heavy harps, and in the little procession were santoors, oots, and lutes or recorders. Two priests of Isis, draped with leopard-skins, stood erect in position, and the solemn Egyptian chants, such as Verdi has imitated in the opera of "Aida," were sung. In cases about the room were replicas of the recently-discovered mummies of Thothmes III., Sesostris, Seti I., and a dozen others of the most important people who have yet lived on earth. It was the object of Professor Demetrius Mosconas to show these replicas and give an adequate impression of ancient Egyptian ceremonies and architecture; and the students of Lenorment, Champollion, Brugsch, Lipsius, and Belzoni, it may be guessed, were not slow to seize an opportunity so valuable. But Egyptologists are not as plentiful as people who think they want to ride on a camel, and it was the other end of Cairo Street that was always crowded.
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