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d milreis andis thus written, 1:000$. The par value of the paper milreisis equal to fifty-five American cents, but at the time of myvisit it was at a discount, being only worth thirty-six cents.A little gold and silver were also in circulation. A strangeprejudice is entertained in Brazil against silver coins; and,while the dirtiest and most ragged bill is accepted withouthesitation, the equivalent silver coin is received reluctantly,and got rid of as soon as possible. The market of Rio is situated directly upon the harbor,where are basins of cut stone for the boats which bring agreat part of the produce from the islands and fertile shoresof the bay. The market building is an enormous affair, cov-ering a large block, with several annexes on adjoining streets.Several open squares are filled with venders. The supplyof fish and fruits was very profuse, as was to be expectedfrom the tropical situation of the city. Among the fish Inoticed the ray, skate, mackerel, prawns, and oysters. Among
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A Market-Woman. STREET SCENES. 227 the fruits were oranges, lemons, bananas, pears, cherimoyas,and pineapples. In one part of the market were many liveanimals for sale, such as monkeys, pigs, clogs, cats, and mar-mosets ; also birds, such as flamingoes, parrots, pigeons, ma-caws, and Guinea-fowl. The greater number of the market-women seemed to be negresses, and great fat, glossy creaturesthey were. They wore turbans on their heads, strings ofcolored beads on their necks and arms, and chemises so looseas to be continually slipping off their jet-black shoulders.In Rio you do not have to go to the market for all your sup-plies ; some of them come to you, and in novel fashion.Thus you frequently have calls from a turkey-seller, a manwho generally has a brood of twenty or thirty fowls, whichhe marshals with a long pole, keeps cleverly together, andso drives them from door to door for inspection and sale.You will also be amused at an early morning or late eveningcall of cows, which are dri
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