The Land of Khemi; Up and Down the Middle Nile

The Land of Khemi; Up and Down the Middle Nile

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ... members of the band, numbering in all twentytwo, were arrested, and six murders, accompanied by assassination, were confessed with all their details, besides numerous minor offences. The fear of the peasantry, and their reluctance to testify in cases where the band is powerful and influential by virtue of its connection by blood with a large district of country, would have rendered it impossible to bring this gang of malefactors to justice without resorting to these severe measures. In the case in question, one girl proved an exception to this rule, and showed as much courage in giving her evidence as nerve and presence of mind at the time of the burglary. It seems that the black slave came to her, as she lay bound on the ground, for the purpose of cutting her throat; on which she said, " If you want to cut my throat in order to get my bracelets and earrings, here they are, and welcome. I only gave two piastres for the bracelets, and one for the earrings,"--and she took them off and threw them to him; on which the chief of the band, picking them up, threw them back to her with the remark, "We don't want your false rubbish," and called off his black comrade. They were really solid gold, and the clever wench saved her life and her jewels by her ready wit. Not uncommonly the police are in league with the robbers; and this must have been the case in this instance, for out of no town guardians, only two were proved to have been on duty on the night of the occurrence, and of these one was shot. Hence there was no, possibility of instituting a pursuit at the time. It is an unfortunate fact that the common people seem to get demoralised in proportion as they are brought in contact with foreigners. Thus the servants in the large...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236555813
  • 9781236555816