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· defending themselves, as the con- ing alhore, where he went back
sequence of killing an Arabian, to the vizier to communicate his would have been the certain death apprehensions. He was broughc of the party on shore. They soon on board again, where every thing after got possession of the fhip, and was done to quiet his mind, and took out all the guns and small divert him ; but with so little fucarms.
· cers, that the Arabs were in turn During the three days they had alarmed at his mad freaks, and now been here, many trading positively refused to proceed on boats having failed in and out of their voyage, if he remained on the harbour, the vizier was de- board. In this dilemma they were prived of all hopes of making a se forced to send the poor man back cret prize of the vessel. He there- to Yambo, with a recommendation fore entered into a kind of treaty to the care of Captain Bacon of with the prisoners, and after extort. the Adventure; and had after: ing considerable Yums of money from ward the fatisfaction to hear of his them, and detaining them a month, recovery. by which time the northern mon. After a tedious coasting voyage foons set in, he agreed to send up the Arabian More for a month, them away to Suez in a boat, for the boatmen, when they arrived which they were to pay the ex- at the golph of Suez, ftood over travagant price of 650 dollars. to the Egyptian fhore under the However, they had nothing left advantage of the night, and made but to submit, and the company, for the port of Cofire, which is consisting of Mr. Irwin, Major about half way between Yambo Alexander, Lieutenant ***, at- and Suez. The gentlemen now tended by four servants and Ibra- found that the boat was originally him, the Arabian interpreter, em- bound only for Cofire, and that barked on board their boat. This the vizier of Yambo, by making boat, which, from the price they an exorbitant charge for a voyage paid for her, they named the Im- to Suez, had doubly cheated them ; position, afforded these four gen- beside. exposing them to a much tlemen no more accommodation longer and more dangerous journey than a square of about five feet by land, than if they had been diameter, being formed of their conveyed to the port for which chests, with no defence against the they had paid their passage. mid-day fun or mid-night dews. Cofire, which stands in 26 deg. Their servants and the boat's crew 20 min. north latitude, is describsufficiently occupied the rest.
ed as the fourthernmost port on - At the commencement of this the coast of Egypt, and to have voyage, the lieutenant before men. been of great note, and to be ftill tioned discovered by many extra. considerable, for the exportation vagances, that the treatment they of grain to Arabia, which is had received at Yambo had disor- brought in caravans from the dered his intellects. He had be. Nile. The town is however in a trayed fears for his life from his miserable state of decay, and the first entrance into the boat, and aspect of the country round is setarded their departure by escap: dreary; the eye cannot catch a
verdant spot, and this defart is the consider but as an indirect mode barrier to the celebrated and fer- of begging, their situation induced tile land of Upper Egypt..
them to comply with; and the There was now no remedy, but crafty. yeteran seceived them with to land at the place to which they many professions of gratitude, and, were carried ; and to wait the fet- promises to expedite their jourting out of a caravan with which ney. . they might travel to the Nile. The next morning was ushered 'The novelty of their European in by: a visit from the haik, ato dress procured them iany vifi. tended by the principal Arabs of tors; to lessen therefore the no-''the town, whose errand was to see tice they attracted, they refolved what they could strip the travellers to assume the vestments of the ot before their departure; 200 caEafterns; and as being also better mels of the caravan having arrived adapted to the nature of the cli. the preceding evening. When . mate.' Their stay in this place the gentlemen determined to bring . was at a continual expence of them to the point of naming the presents of one kind or oher, sum total they were to pay for carwhich their new acquaintances riage to Ghinnah, they delivered contrived to get from them by in the following biil: sinuations and importunities; hav
Dollars. ing conceived high ideas of their To the government of Co. wealth by their baggage. · The de- fire for its protection - } lay of the arrival of the expected To Twelve camels from caravan, by the return of which hence to Ghinnah S they were to proceed to the Nile, Two foldiers for a guard proved a good opening to the To a present to the shaik ? Arabian Shaik .to profit by their for his company eagerness to depart. He offered to procure them as many canels
• 205 as they required for them and their ; It is to be observed that the usual baggage; for which, however, hire of a camel for that journey they were to pay double price of was but two dollars; they paid the camel hire to Glinnah, on ac- money however on the spot, to the . count of the scarcity of those ani- great fatisfaciion of their visitors, anals at that time. To this mea- placing all their sufferings to the sure they would have agreed, had account of the vizier of Yambo. not the price he demanded exceed. The suspicions of their concealed. ed trebly what it oughé to have, wealth would not let the shaik done according to his own calcu- part with these travellers without lation. The news of the approach till more extortion; for he came of the caravan put an end to the the next morning and told them negociation, but afforded him op. in plain terms, that he must have portunity to begin another for the more money: He. condescended loan of twenty dollars which he indeed to place this requisition to said he wanted to purchase coffee; the account of the people of the this request, 'which their know. town and country, who had been ledge of the Arabs taught them to peftering him for presents from
them; that it was their misfortune in spite of their importunities to to be conlidered by these people wait until the evening, and moved as men of vast wealth, whose on, in the most fultry day I had trunks were filled with gold, pre. ever felt in the East. We foon cious stones, and rich merchan- rejoined the merchant's camels, dize, on which it was their custom which had taken Teiter under a to levy a tax. It was in vain to thorn-tree at some distance, and expostulate, the dependants of the were ready to attend us. While Maik were yet to receive their united with this body, we did not mite; and he declared in a de. fear going astray; and pursued our termined tone, that he could not course, under a full security of pretend to send them in safety to being on the road to Ghinnah, the Nile, until he received orders We had no water, but what our from the bey of Cairo, unless the earthern guglets contained ; and people were satisfied with a dona- this was soon expended. It is tion of twenty-five dollars. When impossible to describe what we his demand was satisfied, the clouds suffered from heat and thirit during which loured on his countenance this stage. A mouthful or two of dispelled in a moment, and with dirty water, which one of our infinite good bumour he ordered guards gave me, made me forget the camels at the door to take up for the momen: his recent info. their baggage. After his departure, lence; and all our former appre. it was found that instead of twelve hensions were insensibly swallowed camels, as by agreement, he had' up in the more painful idea of only provided tên, and he had falling victims to thirst. Our grace enough to avoid another in- tongues actually became parched to terview, by sending his son to ac- our palates ; and we were obliged company them instead of attending to wet them every now and then, himself."
with spirituous liquors, to prevent Misfortune however ftill pursued fuffocation from the clouds of dust them. The young shaik found which continual whirlwinds threw means in the course of their jour- around '43. This expedient was ney to separate them from the rest but transitory, and served indeed of the caravan, and after they had to increase the rage of thirst. It fuffered innumerable fatigues, he was our common misfortune also had the impudence to propose to to labour under a violent comleave them at Banute, a town plaint in our bowels; and to the considerably Thort of Ghinnah. want of the bad water that occaThis circumstance (says Mr. Ir- fioned it-a want which we had win) was too barefaced not to lamented in the most carnett man. alarm us, and we determined to ner-our preservation was probably push on, through an almost in. owing. I was so afticted myself supportable heat. This resolution with this disorder, that I could was confirmed by Abdul Ruffar, scarcely fic my camel through ex. our Arabian servant, who was cess of pain. The wind and dust entitled to credit from his past had equally affected our sight, so behaviour. Accordingly, at two that we wandered on in agony and o'clock, we mounted our camels, darkness. There is no doubt that
our Arabian companions partook This stage was fix hours, or fifteca in some measure of our sufferings ; miles. but they were too much accustomed After five days journey through to the fun, to feel all the effects of these deserts, they at length arbis fury; and we had some reason rived at Ghinnah, on the banks of to fufpect, that their stock of water the Nile, where they again found latted long after ours' had failed us. themselves in much worse hands To crown this scene of distress, we than at Cofire. Their landlord at length overtook the Thaik, who, and the vizier of the city leagued we learnt, had been disappointed together, and by fundry artifices in replenishing his kins, by the and farcical pleas of difficulties, appearance of wild Arabs about contrived to detain them from their the springs. This news founded voyage down the river, and to drain like the knell of death in our ears; them of their money and every vapot from the neighbourhood of luable article, even to their arms these robbers, who were once so and wearing apparel, that they formidable to our fears, but from faw in their posseflion: these exthe absence of a Auid, on which tortions they were obliged to fubwe supposed our lives to depend. mitto, finding by experience that Faint and spiritless, therefore, we among these people refiftance netoiled on until eight o'clock at ver produced redress. After hav. night, when we halved, without ing been kept prisoners by their having encountered any toe in the landlord, subject to a barefaced way. But far different was this course of depredation, they were halting-place from any other we at length happily rescued from had come to. Without a draught these plunderers, by the long ex. of water to moisten our throat, it pected arrival of the Thaik Ul Arab, was impracticable to force down a whose character and behaviour Mr. morfel of bread; and the pain and Irwin thus describes : weariness under which our bodies Isman Abu Ally, the great fhaik laboured, were too extreme to ad. of the Arabs - for such we would mit of a momentary repose. Over render the fhaik Ul Arab-s a whelmed with hunger, thirst, and short fat man, of about five feet fatigue, we sat ourselves upon the two inches high, and turned, as ground, and revolved our melan- we learn, of seventy-five. His choly situation in filence. Every eyes are grey, and his complexioa kin was alternately ransacked by very fair; but, what at once gives us for water, and not an article him a singular and more youthful left untried that was likely to pro- look, his beard, which is very duce the least moisture. My com- bushy, is coloured of a bright yelpanions and I had unluckily re- low. This exterior may not feem course to raw onions, which were the most promising, and might among the baggage. . But no fooner create distalte, if the benevolence had we tasted of this potent root, that beams from his countenance, than we repented of our rashness. were not foremoft to fecure the The effect was quite contrary to heart of the beholder. Neither our hopes; and our drought was can the shrillness of his voice, irritated to the highest degree, which is harth and diffonant, de
ftroy the beauty of the sentiments, a proof of his fincerity, he ordered which it is made use of to convey. Ally, the brother of Mahomet, He is still active, for a man of his their landlord, and a partaker in size and age ; and his spirits are so the spoil, to be brought before good, that were it not for the ra- him. He had been previously vage' that time has made among taken into cultody, and was wail. his teeth, he might pass for å ing without, to be examined. younger man by twenty years at With this fellow came auker, one leaft. Except the viziers of Yam of the rogues who had allisted to bo and Ghinnah, whom we had plunder us, and who of his own found to be villains by sad expe. accord produced the things which rience, we had hitherto dealt with had fallen to his share, in the the drofs of the nation. It was division of the spoils. He laid reserved for this moment, for us to them at the shaik's feet; and with meet with the polite gentleman and the greatest effrontery declared, the honest man, comprized in the that he had taken them, only to person where they ought to be found, secure them from the thieves of in the representative of his people. the house: and that his truth might
We had quickly cause to find, be deduced from his care of our that we had not given the shaik too property. Though his offence was much credit for his integrity. His palpable, this step was sufficient to impatience to acquit himself in our skreen him from punishment in a opinion, of any connivance at the country, where retribution is all conduct of his servants, could that is required by the prosecutor, scarcely be restrained by the forms and where justice is generally to be of civility, which precluded bufi. appeased by pecuniary fines. But ness du,ing our repast. But no the ill-advised Ally did not escape sooner was it ended, than he shifted in this manner. He boldly denied the conversation, and came directly having robbed us of money or to the point which we were so much valuables, and was loudly exconcerned in. He lamented the claiming at the injustice of the treatment which we had under- accusation, when the shaik raised gone, and which could only have his voice, and a dozen Abyssinian happened in his . abfence; and he slaves suddenly seized on the culvehemently reprobated the be- prit, and hurried him out of the ha viour of his officers, which he room. We were in pain for the was determined to punish in the fellow, and were meditating on the most exemplary manner. After a consequences of his arreit, when he • few leading queitions, which tended was brought into our prelence
to confirm the report that had been again, bound hand and foot, with made to him touching our story, a chain about his neck, by which he professed, that his return to he was held. He was on the point Ghinnah had been haltened on our of receiving the baltinado on his account. That he had come pur- knees, when he confessed the polely to do us strict justice on our charge, and promised to return all perlecutors, and to dispatch us that he had taken from us. The under a safe conduct to Cairo. As fhaik was inclined to inflict the