LIFE AND LETTERS OF JOSEPH HARDY NEESIMA
TURIN. 257 French, etc., and reads Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, and many hieroglyphic languages. He is Professor of Sanscr1t in the university. Social science and Ian~ guage is much studied at Pisa, philosophy in Naples. I am quite free from the fever which I contracted in the Red Sea, and had courage enough to climb that famous tower. It was towards evening, -a calm and beautiful evening, too. In the west, over the Mediterranean Sea, there was a splendid sunset, and in the northwest the ragged peaks of the Apennines, while around me lay the city and the highly cultivated fields. I shall never forget that view in my life. I visited Genoa hastily, and passing under the lofty mountains came through the beautiful valley of the Po. I attended a Protestant service in Turin. About twenty poorly dressed, ignorant-looking people, mostly women, -a discouraging sight! The work in Roman Catholic Italy seems disheartening. Their faith is not in God, but in religious forms. In company with Dr. Torre I visited the university and St. John's Hospital. People here have a most wonderful skill in taking money out from a traveler's pocket. I have decided to go to Torre Pellico in the W aldensian valley to rest three or four weeks. I have several letters of introduction to eminent English people, members of Parliament, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and others, and am perplexed whether I shall try to rest here or not. It may be best for me to do so, but the temptation to give this time to England is very strong. Although sight-seeing diverts my thought from Christian work, it is hard for me not to think of Japan. I hope I shall gain strength enough to labor for Japan many coming years.