Cities of the Barbary Coast. Algerian Sahara. Southern Spain

Cities of the Barbary Coast. Algerian Sahara. Southern Spain

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ... with a number of French military officers, the postmaster, and the professor of the newly0established public school. That Touggourt is an important military post is attested by the splendid structure opposite the hotel. It is the barracks of the " Spahi " or the native cavalry. The-garrison of Touggourt is composed entirely of native soldiery, commanded by French oflicers. The infantry are known as "Turcos," and wear a Zouave uniform. The cavalry are known as " Spahis;" they wear the native dress, and form one of the most picturesque cavalry bodies in the world. Their horsemanship is world0famous, and their bravery has frequently been tested, --most frequently in fighting against the troops of France during the war of conquest and the insurrections. Their faithfulness, now that they are enlisted as volunteers under the flag of the Republic, yet remains to be tried, but the military authorities appear convinced of it except in case of a religious war. Against a common enemy these desert cavaliers would fight side by side with their French brothers, to the death, if need be; of this no doubt has ever been expressed. Across the market-place from the Spahi barracks is the walled enclosure or Kasbah, the fortified headquarters of the French commanding officer. From its midst rises a square tower, which, THE ARRIVAL OF A STRANGIZR means of com-munication with the outer world. Curious to investi-gate, we obtained from the military authorities a per-mit to send a tele-gram from that, tower to Chicago. "A telegram?" you exclaim, "but there is no tele-you are right, for Touggourt had not yet been reached by that ever0spreading network of electric wires which enmeshes almost the entire world. In the...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236907809
  • 9781236907806