A Journey from Naples to Jerusalem

A Journey from Naples to Jerusalem

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...those who, weak with travelling, lagged behind, dragging themselves on in the most pitiful manner, some of whom cried aloud to us for water, then with hollow voices enquired the distance to Suez. Death overtakes many on the way, and when they feel that such is their destiny, bowing to fate, they scoop a shallow hole in the sand, lie down in that their grave, and die. The sweeping winds howl their requiem, and soon cover them with a shroud of sand; the fellow-pilgrim collects a few stones to mark the spot where the toils of his brother sufferer terminated; and others, following at different periods, seeing this humble memorial, generally contribute a stone or two. Thus in time those little mounds are formed nigh the margin of the desert track, which the traveller every now and then beholds and wonders what they indicate. Where they do not mark the grave of the devotee, they are probably raised where a murder or robbery, or some bloody contention has taken place; as is the case at one place upon the way we had passed from Cairo to Suez, the site of a sanguinary fight between some Arabs and a caravan proceeding that route. At Marah our tents were pitched under the shelter of a sand-hill, the well bearing uorth-east of us about a quarter of a mile. Near us were some rugged hills of slight elevation, where I observed a great quantity of a kind of crystal, and wood petrified in a peculiar manner, there being just below the surface apparently stumps of trees perfectly fossilized, and having much the appearance of asbestos, of a white colour, and breaking either in threads, or in small hexagonal pieces of about two inches long when handled. Leaving Marah about nine o'clock the following morning we stopped to refresh ourselves in the Wady Ghumndel, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 138 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 259g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236656741
  • 9781236656742