IOO a parson's holiday.
and dry the mould was removed and the vaulting remained, covering the entire building. This great hall is at present used as an arsenal, where quantities of cannon are stored. On another side of the court-yard there stands a mosque, which is at present not used for worship. The whole of this palace is garrisoned by English soldiers, and has been converted into a strong fort. There is a talk of razing the fortifications, and restoring the palace to the Mohammedans, so that they may once more use their mosque. I believe the fort is not strategically useful, as it can be commanded from other heights. We have held it ever since the Mutiny. It seems hard that the Mohammedans should be debarred from worshipping in one of the most famous mosques in Lucknow, and if the fortifications do not add to the strength of the English defences, it would be wiser to restore the place to the inhabitants of the city.
The chief interest, however, of Lucknow does not lie in the palaces and stuccoed abominations of the Kings of Oudh. They were as poor architects as they were bad rulers. But the main sights of the place are connected with the gallant defence made by Sir Henry Lawrence in 1857, anc* the relief brought to the little garrison by Havelock and Outram. Every visitor to Lucknow visits the ruins of the Residency, where a small British force resisted for eighty-seven days an army of rebels. Surrounded by foes, having to watch day and night against surprises and attacks, hampered by the presence of women and children, cannonaded by artillery, and attacked by mines, less than 1000 Europeans and 500 faithful natives held out against 100,000 assailants.
" Men will forget what we suffer and not what we do. We can fight-
But to be soldier all day and be sentinel all thro* the nighta
Ever thet mine and assault, our sallies, their lying alarms.
Bugles and drums in the darkness, and shoutings and soundings to arms,
Ever the labour of fifty that had to be done by five,Ever the labour of fifty that had to be done by five,