A Big Catch.

A Big Catch.

Moke Pompon Than Donkey.

Moke Pompon Than Donkey.

Confiscated Instruments Of Torture.

Confiscated Instruments Of Torture.

A Decorated Donkey.

A Decorated Donkey.

Cruelty To Animals.

Cruelty To Animals.

Bird Sellers And Fortune Tellers, Palermo.

Bird Sellers And Fortune Tellers, Palermo.

Some of the public gardens of Palermo, and more especially the private parks of the Florio and Whittaker families, which under certain conditions may be usually seen by visitors, are of remarkable beauty. In the extensive grounds of Mr. Whittaker, particularly, I found the most complete variety of palm-trees I had ever looked upon, outside of the Peredenia Gardens at Ceylon; while some of the aloes growing there surpassed the largest specimens I had ever seen. Such flora proves of course a mild and fairly equable climate. In fact, Palermo has enjoyed for many years an enviable reputation as a winter health resort; and now that it possesses not alone a number of hotels which can be favorably compared with many of the best in Italy, but also one whose noble situation, together with its luxuries and comforts, can satisfy the most fastidious traveler, the number of Palermo's visitors is rapidly increasing. The subject of a mild, yet healthful, winter climate is one which has of late years greatly interested the writer of these pages, though less for his own sake than for that of others. It may not, therefore, be without some benefit to the reader, if I say that personal investigation and inquiry have alike convinced me that none of the popular winter resorts - Algiers, Ajaccio, South-Tyrol, the Riviera, Palermo, or even Egypt - can be reckoned on as being absolutely faultless. All have, at times, some disagreeable features. I even incline to the belief that the winter climate of both North America and Europe is gradually becoming more severe; and, did the space and subject here permit, I could cite many curious facts in proof of this idea, based upon observations in both hemispheres. In any case it is important to remember that in most southern regions the lack of stoves, or, at best, the poor facilities for heating in houses and hotels, may nullify at night the good effects of sunshine in the daytime. In southern Europe and northern Africa the sun is always warm; but when the hour of sunset comes, the change in tem-perature is very marked, and even in Egypt winter nights are often cold. Hence, any one who has suffered helplessly from chilly rooms in Cannes or Cairo, will be inclined to choose by preference the climate of a mildly rigorous region, where warm apartments can be always found.

Some Palermo Palms.

Some Palermo Palms.

Palermo can be best compared with the Riviera, since the vegetation and calcareous soil of the two localities are practically the same. Moreover, although Palermo lies much farther south than Nice, the tem-perature of both places is well-nigh identical, because, while the Riviera faces south, Palermo looks directly northward. Hence, what the latter gains in latitude, it loses by exposure to the northern winds. The Riviera also has a range of mountains back of it, which partly shelters it from northern blasts. Palermo's mountains, on the contrary, are south of it, and hence form no protection from the breath of Boreas. In regard to sunshine, Palermo seems to have a slight advantage; but the important difference between them lies in the degree of moisture they possess. The winds along the Riviera are for the most part dry. Those which arrive at Palermo, over the Inland Sea, are moist. While, then, both climates are about equally mild, the northern one is dry and stimulating; the southern humid and relaxing. Some people cannot bear the nervousness and excitement caused by the former. Others dislike the enervating influence of the latter. Chacun a son got! Certain diseases, to be diagnosed by the physician, require one or the other of these climatic conditions. Happy the favorite of sculapius who can thrive in either place, for both are wonderfully beautiful!