Our Houseboat on the Nile

Our Houseboat on the 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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...We find the prints of a small animal's feet near the chicken coop this morning; some canny four-footer who wished to profit by the noise and confusion of the gale to have a volatile au voleur, we think. Alli, however, is always expected to know of everything which comes or goes, and questioned as to what this was, replies, --"Small like a dog--no dog--like dog--big tail not like dog--yellow not like sand." We understand. Without doubt it was a jackal, and one of our early morning groanings must have scared off the little thief. Howadji decides that some night--not to-night or to-morrow night--he will sit up and secure a jackal skin to take home, for the alligator market does n't seem to be held in Upper Egypt these years, and travelers must carry home some hunting trophies, must they not? If you have had no shot at an alligator, we know where there is one, for Reis Mohammed saw one come down the cataract at Assouan. If the engineers have not pulled all the stones out of the cataract by the time we reach Shellal, we can without doubt find this alligator, for reis saw him only five years ago. CHAPTER XIV EARLY IMPRESSIONISTS With Sunday morning comes a lull after Saturday's gale. The reflections of sky, sand, and rock are clear, so clear, as we start away in the felucca with four men to row upstream. Howadji does not open his paintbox on Sundays, save to catch some passing effect, which he declares never has its like on week days, and he does not turn out at sun-up as on the other days of the week. This Sunday we are to go to church four miles away, --to a Christian church, that is to say, a rock chamber which was a Christian church centuries ago, and a rock temple centuries before that. Hewn out of the rocky headland, and decorated for the...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236557778
  • 9781236557773