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certain airiness of life almost jocose in its expression.

A close examination of the structure here before us has led to the belief that the first

story, now remaining in ruins, was surmounted by a second and perhaps a third story of

nearly the same height, but of different character from the first. In these, of course,

the arched openings would be wanting, their place being taken by windows or apertures not

unlike what we should expect in a modern building. Some have gone so far as to construct

restorations of the palace, giving the full facade of about three hundred feet from right

to left, and a height of three stories. Nor is it improbable that the conjecture fairly

represents to the eye the true outline of the ancient edifice. And in this we may not

forbear to note the close resemblance of the restoration to the well-known appearance of

the projection of a great railway station in Europe or America. The arches in the first

story correspond to the openings for the tracks, and the second and third stories above

are not unlike the super structure of our stations for passengers.

We have already remarked that at the bottom or further end of the great halls were

arranged the apartments of actual occupation: Research has shown among these the usual

division between those assigned to the men and those occupied by the women. It is in

evidence that the arrangements in this respect were strictly Oriental, the. aim being to

prevent the free intercourse of the men and the women of the court.

Something has already been said of the adjacent structure, to which antiquarians have

assigned the office of a temple. It is not certainly known that such was the use of the

edifice. The ground plan shows a square of about forty feet in each dimension. It appears

that the building was surrounded through its Whole extent by a hall or passage-way, which

was vaulted after the manner of the halls in the palace. Two windows were so set as to

admit the

light into the passage. The doorway bore a frieze which exhibited some of the finest work

which the Parthian chisels were able to produce. As to the interior apartment,