Griffin Ahoy! a Yacht Cruise to the Levant
by Edward Herbert Maxwell (9781150444494)

Griffin Ahoy! a Yacht Cruise to the Levant
Edward Herbert Maxwell
Release Date: 20 December 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781150444494
ISBN-10: 1150444495

General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1882 Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: CHAPTER III. IN EASTERN CLIMES. WALK TO LA FONTAINE -- ALEXANDRETTA -- THE SHIP OF THE DESERT -- MADAME COTTONl'S SOIREE DANSANTE -- GUN PRACTICE IN BEYAS BAY -- A PILGRIMAGE TO ANTIOCH -- THE BEILAN PASS -- COUNTRY FREQUENTED BY BRIGANDS -- THE SYRIAN GATES -- HOSPITABLY ENTERTAINED BY A JEW -- ANTIOCH -- THE CHURCH OF ST. JOHN -- PUBLIC BATHS -- PALACE BUILT BY ANTIOCUUS -- GRATEFUL OLD LADY. CHAPTER ITI. HAVING returned to Alexandretta on the night of Monday, March the 7th, we landed next day. My wife and I walked to La Fontaine, to reach which we had to pass through the town by the narrow, ill-paved streets, and then to cross the swamp. La Fontaine is a fine spring of the purest water. It flows into a tank, which is surrounded by a wall, but when it leaves this confined space it spreads itself over the low ground between it and Alexandretta, and forms a marsh where frogs are continually croaking, and which is the cause of deadly fever. By the expenditure of a few thousand pounds this swamp might be drained, and the value of the land would repay the outlay. But decay and ruin seem everywhere to be the effect of Turkish misrule. Alexandretta might be made a first-rate harbour by building a mole as a protection against the only wind which is severely felt. Except Haifa, there is no other good place of anchorage on the Syrian coast. Just outside the town, near the Coquette's lawn- tennis ground, there is a camp where the camels arriving from Aleppo laden with goods generally halt. It was a curious sight, watching the " ships of the desert" returning to their station in the evening. During the da...

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