Reports Volume . 13

Reports Volume . 13

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...command a beautiful and extensive view. Below, the valley of Oued-el-Hammam (river of the bath) runs east 1 Calculated from the Government observations of thirteen years, 1865--77. and west. On the opposite side of this is the little hamlet of Vesoul-Benian, and stretching away in the distance beyond are two ranges of hills. On the west the rugged mountain Zakkar, which dominates all this region, towers to the height of 5184 feet above the sea level; while to the east, the valley expands into a well-cultivated basin, beyond which the high peaks of Ben Chicao and Berouagia can be seen. About two kilometres to the north-west is a pinewood, said to be eighteen hundred acres in extent, and this emits a most agreeable odour on warm days. On the sides of the hills around flourish the ash, oak, olive, and eucalyptus trees; in well-sheltered places the orange can be grown to some extent, and roses, geraniums, and violets bloom all through the winter. It will be seen from this description that the place is more or less protected on all sides by mountains, but unfortunately there is a cleft between Mount Zakkar and the pine wood on the northwest; and the north-west wind is the stormy wind of Algeria, being relatively fierce, cold, and rainy--corresponding in some respects with the south-west wind on our south coasts--and sometimes it sweeps down this cleft in such a bleak way that you fail to recognise the warm sunny places of a few days previous. There are four almost distinct buildings for utilising the mineral waters, situated near together. Firstly, there is a small hospital founded by the French military authorities in 1841 for the reception of invalid soldiers. About two hundred yards to the east of this are the original baths still used by...show more

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  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236568060
  • 9781236568069