From Ponkapog to Pesth; And an Old Town by the Sea [Portsmouth, N.H.] Volume 8

From Ponkapog to Pesth; And an Old Town by the Sea [Portsmouth, N.H.] Volume 8

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...is to travel with cattle. It is not so with me; we have our own tents and slaves and armed escort, and go as gentlemen and princes, thanks be to God and my personal supervision!" I explained to the Hadji that my modest purpose was simply to spend a day in Africa, and that Tangier was the limit of my desire. Upon this he remarked that his preparations would detain him in the town until the end of the week, and that he laid his services at my feet. I metaphorically picked them up on the spot, and engaged him to show me the sights in Tangier. While this brief dialogue was passing, an illbegotten Moor in a dirty turban made off with my camp-stool. He was sitting upon it stolidly a few paces distant. I advanced a step to assert my claims, when the Hadji checked me. "It is useless," he said, laying one finger softly on the back of my hand. "He's a bad man--Ayoub, the tailor. I know him. Leave him alone. Our Spanish friends have a good proverb, 'It is a waste of lather to shave an ass.' I will get you another seat, seftor." The Hadji Caddor was a philosopher; but, like a great many philosophers, he was philosophical chiefly for other persons. If the case had been his, I am sure he would not have borne it patiently. After all, one cannot ask more of a stoic than not to cry out at another man's toothache. The Hadji was really a character, and if I were painting a figure-piece instead of a landscape, I would draw him life-size. He had travelled far and wide, even to the steppes of Tartary. He spoke several Continental tongues with singular fluency; Arabic and half a dozen polyglot dialects were, of course, his by nature. He was very wise, and, as the Orientals have it, he had plucked his wisdom from the stem of experience....show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236933168
  • 9781236933164