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  INTERIOR OF THE EAST INDIAN BUILDING - Our engraving truthfully portrays the novelty, beauty and diversity of the scene within the doorway of the beautiful East Indian Building. After the lithe and well-bred figures of the Hindoos, and the numerous idols that arrested the eye, probably the carved doors of sandalwood were the exhibits to be remembered and wished for. Here were exposed for sale, but at high prices, gold, silver and metal wares, ivory, marble, alabaster, stoneware and pottery, muslins of Bahar and Rahoon, the tinsel muslin of Delhi, the chintzes of Jeypoor and Joodpoor, the gold-figured muslin of Benares, and the sacred gold cord and sacrificial thread of the Brahmins at Bignor. In carpets and rugs the display was equally comprehensive, with offerings from Scrinaggar, Amritsir, Delhi, Meerpoor, Ahmedabad, Presidency and Warangel, all containing from fifty to eighty knots to the inch. One carpet woven in the dominions of the Nizar of Hyderabad contained six hundred knots to the inch. The large area near the doorway was always closely crowded with visitors, who drank tea and chatted with the agreeable Singhalese, who sold pieces of sandalwood and more costly articles to all who visited to purchase. The bazaar was managed by S. J. Tellery, a successful merchant of the East, who intended to make permanent arrangements for trade in America.
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