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The River of golden sand, condensed by E.C. Baber, ed. by H. Yule

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Pages: 380

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: William John Gill

Excerpt from book: CAPTAIN WILLIAM JOHN GILL. [43] where—through beautiful forests, woods of olives, tumbling streams, green park-like bits : banks with quantities of violets and primroses in blossom : picturesque huts, with high thatched roofs: everything to remind one that we are now in a wet climate. March 3.—The climate of Ghilan is rife with a poisonous fever. I was offered hospitality in the kindest way by Monsieur Schwaabe. March 24 (on way from Tiflis to Kazbek).—Our things were soon transferred into a sleigh, which easily carried Gerome, myself, and our luggage, and we went off with two horses tandem. The road was very narrow, between walls of snow, sometimes twelve feet high. Under is any depth of snow up to twenty or thirty feet. For the great avalanche that fell the other day came down from a valley and buried nearly the whole of this stage, and in it twelve men were lost. In October of the same year Captain Gill again obtained leave. This time the transactions of the French in Tunis had drawn his attention to North Africa, and it appeared to him that there was great need of detailed knowledge of the provinces between Tunis and Egypt. On his way he made a short tour in Sicily, climbing Etna to the foot of the cone, but hindered by rough weather from completing the ascent. At Malta (October 31) he was joined by a dragoman whom he had summoned, a Syrian from Beyrut, by name Khalil-Atik. This man seems to have won much of his master's regard : rejoining him on the last fatal expedition, and perishing with him.9 Gill's first experience of the new dragoman's aplomb (to say the least) rather startled him. November i.—I gave Khalil a circular note and told him to ask the landlord if he could change it. He brought me back 25 napoleons. 'But,' I said, 'I must sign it.' ' Oh !'repli...  


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