Griffin Ahoy!
by Edward Herbert Maxwell (9781458830371)

Griffin Ahoy!
Edward Herbert Maxwell
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 102
Publisher: General Books
ISBN: 9781458830371
ISBN-10: 1458830373

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. IN EASTERN CLIMES. WALK TO LA FONTAINE ALEXANDKETTA THE SHIP OF THE DESERT MADAME COTTONl'S SOIREE DANSANTE QDN PRACTICE IN BETAS 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 ANTIOCHUS GRATEFUL OLD LADY. CHAPTER ITT. 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 day they go out to feed on green leaves, and, when sunset approaches, long strings of them are seen coming home. Some of them look quite cheerful, and canter along in a most ungainly manner; while others walk...

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