Conquest and Colonisation in North Africa Being the Substance of a Series of Letters from Algeria Published in the Times, and Now by Permission Coll

Conquest and Colonisation in North Africa Being the Substance of a Series of Letters from Algeria Published in the Times, and Now by Permission Coll

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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. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...two wives, ought to have been a moral man, evidently thought it a good joke, and pointed to the agitated stockings and laughed apace. The Arabs laughed not, but they cried "Eirich" to their mules, and moved steadily onwards. An Arab woman who was washing clothes in the stream clapped her hands gravely, and manifested that sense of serious enjoyment which a Spaniard might feel at an auto-da-fe. The Frenchwoman was in momentary danger of death. The grey stockings began to move spasmodically. My mule was as obEEVOLVER PRACTICE ON THE DOUARS. 133 stinate as ever. Although surrounded by Arabs who could have extricated her without an effort, she would, I believe, have died had I not waded through the mud and water to her assistance, and pulled vigorously at the large grey stockings. When I bore her to the bank, and threw water over her face and neck, and manifested some sympathy for her, the Arab woman, for the first time, laughed outright, and the Arabs regarded me with an expression of profound contempt, as though I had saved the life of a dog, or resigned my dinner to a jackaL If the Arab has not yielded any of his old notions of domesticity, and if he has caught no spark of the chivalry of the West, neither has he forgotten a single tradition or lost his taste for arms. Give an Arab a pound of English powder, and he will thank you more than if you gave him a mountain of sugar; and he likes sugar. Show him a fine weapon, and his eye kindles; he snatches it out of your hand, turns it about, gloats over it, runs up and down with it, and returns it with a reluctance that he does not dissemble. If I wanted to give myself great importance in a douar, I produced my Colt's revolver (which is the only revolver I could ever make long...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236892062
  • 9781236892065