rain, it was useful to keep off the heat of the sun, which was very severe in the middle of the day. The letters were ready in season for the mail for America, and in due time they reached their dest
ination and carried pleasure to several hearts. It was evident that the boys were enjoying themselves, and at the same time learning much about the strange country they had gone to see. CHAPTER XI.
AN EXCURSION TO DAI-BOOTS AND ENOSHIMA. A favorite resort of the foreign residents of Yokohama during the summer months is the island of Enoshima. It is about twenty miles away, and is a noted place of pilgrimage for the Japanese, on account of certain shrines that are reputed to have a sacred character. Doctor Bronson arranged that his party should pay a visit to this island, as it was an interesting spot, and they could have a glimpse of Japanese life in the rural districts, and among the fishermen of the coast. They went thither by jin-riki-shas, and arranged to stop on the way to see the famous
bronze statue of Dai-Boots, or the Great Buddha. This statue is the most celebrated in all Japan, as it is the largest and finest in every way. Frank had heard and read about it; and when he learned fro
m the Doctor that they were to see it on their way to Enoshima, he ran straightway to Fred to tell the good news. "Just think of it, Fred," said he, "we are to see a statue sixty feet high, all of solid bronze, and a very old one it is, too." "Sixty feet isn't so very much," Fred answered. "There are statues in Europe a great deal larger." "But they were not made by the Japanese, as this one was," Frank responded, "and they are statues of figures standing erect, while this represents a sitting figure. A sitting figure six