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Scene On An Egyptian Railroad

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At last, out of tlio intenee white tuu shipe i:;t.) the ebadowy büiüou comes thesluggish train, sluw nnd Bonijbrè as any iVcsh pnntiul of ill hturrecl dead nrciving in Hades, in' buay bel) ringing8. Thero s nu h_;-:i of aoy ren] guurds to marsbul passengers. A youiig in a bright red íex and a brightar ;:s!i Ihan bid i orapunjoi s, opans t!e earringe-duors and Ui ut is uil. l een n one in n.y oairiitgt) but Uvo oaireue y.ouths, and au nld i u ortuibablu Turk in red turned-up slippers ;.:.: a Bffelteriag oupry-píwd r-wlored pollB8e - a groat 'l'urk. wilh a gi beard anda hugu eealing-was-looking isignet ring, mounted in eüver, oo tl. o rogóse íortifiügej1 ol liirs right hand. Iq ;i V;isb-K':it:.u.' bug in the brcaxt-pocket cl' bis Üiird jacket he carri .- 11 large uhnscd Li"'.d v.::id], to vvhiob he nceastonaliy applioe hi;s tn-wpy old uyes. ïho boys. are liinp, pert bobblöd'jlioya i.i Greek dres, vvböse wholo utttjntioo seeius absorbed by tlie cotton tiolds we pass. Thu bluo gowi)8 aod baro faet, the waturjugs, and paiui iiia'.is, and prayer-aarpeií, and tiiis, and brass waiters, are all stowed away. Tbe ibises, wbitor tlian letter paper, wacie in tbe creeka ; tbe vulture vy birle and ioiseis in tho sky ; the koks croak undt-r the feaihur ulnbroilae of tha palms; th3 browo ciiiidron, clütbed only in BUüsbine, roll nnd lay about tho inudfort villages, where the pigeooa vcry gray and whito in ihu ebifting clouds, and uhere t!ie palm trees riso in tho thickest oöhfnins; everywhere through tho tiift black mud of the □ewly-subsidèd NUe risea tbe sharp green corn blado. All Egj t weai'8 tho prophet's favorito and sancliliod color. The Araba in thu train rejutt getting into a social oondition - for ivery Egyptian i.s by birthright courteoiis, atikble, and graoioua in inanner, though he rnay bo envious, greody and slippery, having indijetl, a linio too muoh of the no-wly escajied slavo about hun. The Arab is d story-teller, a proverb-qtioter, a creat.iro iond of hearing poema read over his coiloo, a huniorist, and by no meras a iool. tbougfc vei'y igqmrant and very sij i-rstitious : Bot tbe loss ignoraot becauso quick-wiited - not tho lesesu-perslitioue


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