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CHAPTER II. STREAKS OF LIGHT FKOM AFAR. Fkoh B.c. 50 To A.d. 547. " Rome, for empire far renowned, Tramples on a thousand states; Soon her pride shall kiss the ground, Hark ! the Gaul is at her gates !" COWI'EK. Few visitors to Yorkshire are unacquainted with that pleasant watering-place, Harrogate; to which abundant mineral springs and a most invigorating mountain air alike invite them. In the vicinity of this well-known retreat, are many points of historical interest to be noticed hereafter. Among the excursions set down in the guide books, one is to Boroughbridge and Aid- borough, a distance of about ten miles. Ko railway from Harrogate conducts the traveller to these towns; but it is often refreshing to "ramble beyond railroads," and to escape the clatter and crowd which always accompany steam the great miracle- worker of modern days. The road from Harrogate to Boroughbridge lies through a rather flat, but most champaign country, abounding with all the productions of agriculture a part of the great Vale of York; and is as pleasant as excellent roads and a luxuriant country can render it. Trees of graceful shape and extended dimensions (among which large Teech trees are conspicuous), refresh the tourist's eye and speak of the fertility of the soil. The route lies near to the Roman way which once led from Olicana ,(Ilkley) to Isurium (Aldborough), and there joined the great Ermine-street which conducted from Richborough, in Kent, to the wall of Severus. Boroughbridge is a town which first sprang into notice from the bridge which crossed the river Ure, superseding the ford by which it had been previously traversed. It afterwards derived importance from the posting necessities ofits age. As the traveller enters it he passes close to, though not within sight of...