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212 ROMAN DAYS.
soldiers was called Julius. The Acts of the Apostles tes-
tify that in his behavior to Paul he displayed a liberal
spirit. He summoned Paul to him and said :
" Before
we continue our journej’’ to Rome, we stop seven days in
Puteoli. Use them as you wish ! You can go where
you will, but accompanied by a soldier. If during that
time you would like to see Naples, you are free to do
so. Thanks for your good and helpful counsel, in the
danger to our lives we went through, on the sea. God
keep you !
"
Paul sought out his brethren in the faith, and that
very evening they sat in unity together. The elders of
the church at Puteoli sent word to the Christians at Rome
and caused them to be told :
" Paul, the proclaimer and
servant of our Saviour, is here, and in seven days’ time
will be in Rome. Go out to meet him."
• ••••••
Here begin the traditions. If they may not bear the
close scrutiny of the historian, they yet perhaps may bear
a hearing.
Paul was very ready to follow the friendly captain’s
advice to see Naples. Not because the beauty of city
and neighborhood, or the works of art, or the glad life
of the people, would have drawn him, like so many others,
thither. He had reasons of his own. The foremost was
that Jesus, at the time he wandered dreaming as boy and
youth, by the shores of Gennesareth had longed to see
this enchanting region, and had satisfied his longing ;
had come thither, and climbed Vesuvius, and seen.
Paul would tread that dust in which the Sinless had
once set His foot, and look upon the same sights as He.
So the apostle came to Naples. But the temples and
castles of the city, its noisy crowd of men in pursuit of

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