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A Successor To Pharoah

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The present Vicoroy of Egypt would seem to bo a lineal descendant of tlio identical Pharoah who compelled the Israelites to uiako bricks without straw. At least he ha hit upon way of raiaing inoney for the maintenance of his governinent, to the full as ingonious and nnjust as the proceedings of his obstinate ancestor. Aftera variety of plans for the augmontation of his revenuos had been discussed and disniissed as impracticable, he at last decided to cali upon all land owners for six years' rent in udvancc, in return for which they aro to recoivo indefeasiblo new titlus to their lands, and to pay only half rent forever alter. In this way about ono hundred and fifty million dollars might be raised wero it not for the fact that the majority of land owners aro unable to pay a tithe of tho amount assessed. The proposition is bitterly opposed by all classes, Tho nocessities of the Viceroy, however, are pressing and inmediato. Ho has not been a faithful subject of the Turkish Porte, and money is indispensable to restore hira to favor. lie h:is squandorcd the regular resources of the government. Ho paid a largo amount, ostensibly, tbr the construction of the Suez canal, but in fact to enlist the sympathie of Europo from his projected revolt from the Sultan. He has built for himsclf soine twenty four palaces in various parts of Egpyt ; he is a heavy purchaser of white slave girls, and ho maiutuins an opera, a theater, and three cirousos constantly in Cairo. It is not strango, therufure, that he needs the advanco rent for six yoars froin his subjects, but it will bo wonderful indeed if he gets it.


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