from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of sedan-chair, for two persons, who sit facing each other: carried on long poles by two mules.
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8 The lettiga is a method of conveyance now generally used in Sicily, only instead of being borne by men, it is suppoited by two mules.
Half an hour's shaking in a _lettiga_ brings us without a stumble, by the old forum of Syracuse, to the Ear of Dionysius, and those other stone quarries so well described in the above passage from Cicero _in
Our alternative would have consisted in two days 'swinging in a _lettiga_, in facing malaria in the fields, with nothing but famine and fever-stricken hamlets to halt at, and even these at long intervals.
_lettiga_, (the ancient _lectiga_, you will say -- no: here there is nothing for it but an erect spine.)