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The Works of Bayard Taylor

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Pages: 366

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Bayard Taylor

Excerpt from book: Ejunb, the Aoabdah Guide. CHAPTER XIV. THE GREAT NUBIAN PKHKRT. lie Carre of the Nile—Rontea acros the Desert—Onr Caravan starts— Elding on i Dromedary—The Qnlde and Camel-drivers—Hair-dressing—El BIban—Scenery- Dead Camel—An Unexpected Visit—The Guide makes my Grave—The Ktrei without Water—Characteristics of the Mirage—Desert Life—The 8nn—The Desert Ah-—Infernal Scenery—Tie Wells of Mflrr hat—Christmas—Mountain Chains - Meeting Caravans—Plains of Gravel—The Story of Joseph—DJebel MokrAt—Tb Latt Day In tbe Desert—We see the Nile again. " He sees the snake-like caravan crawl O'er the edge of the De?ert, black and small, And nearer and nearer, till, one by one, He can count It camels in the sun."—LownJ. A Olahce at the map will explain the necessity of my Desert ooraey. The Nile, at Korosko (which is in lat. 22 SS7), mkes a sharp bend to -he west, and in ascending his current, one travels in a south-westerly direction nearly to Dongola, thence south to Edabbe, in lat. 18, after which his course is north-east as far as lat 19 30', where he again resumes the general southern direction. The termini of this immense curve, called by the ancients the " elbows" of the Nile, are Korosko and Abou-Hammed, in southern Nubia. About ninety miles above the former place, at Wadi Haifa, is the second cataract of the Nile, the Southern Thule of Egyptian tourists. The river, between that point and Dongola, is so broken by rapids, that vessels can only pass during the inoD dation, and then with great difficulty and danger. The exigencies of trade have established, no doubt since the earliest times, the shorter route through the Desert. The distance between Korosko and Abou-Hammed, by the river, is more than six hundred miles, while by the Desert, it is, according to my reckonin...  

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