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the right of exacting tribute, or, in had placed great reliance : and our
The thermometer varied during
ty of Arabs' butter: wbich, though The tent, arms, horse, baggage, rancid, and always full of hairs, was and all the travellers, were placed in at this time truly acceptable. Our the centre of the encampment, form. water was replenished, and in the ed when we halted, surrounded by night we advanced towards the south the bales of merchandise, and these
Soon after day-break scouts again encircled by the camels ; which, were ordered off in all directions ; to prevent their straying, have one of and upon the return of one of them their forc-legs tied up. Whenever we changed our course, and travel. there is pasture for them, and this led due south ward. The heat was frequently occurs, they are allowed for many hours oppressive beyond to graze until sun-set; at which time measure; the thermometer frequently, thie keepers collect them together by during the four last days, had risen a particular call, not unlike that of to 108, and seldom fell lower than our herdsmen, and secure them in the go. In the evenings, however, a manner above-mentioned.
light breeze from the west and northOur sufferings and inconvenience west refreshed our jaded spirits, and seemed gradually to increase the far- cooled aur inflamed faces. We cauther we entered the Desart ; the tiously covered the dear Marianne rays of the sun became daily more with thick cotton handkerchiefs, and powerful, and the Simooleh or S. E. preserved her from the parching atwind manifested itself frequently. mosphere as much as it was possible. The face of Mr H. was extremely To our great astonishment she supblistered , mine, which had been still ported both the heat and fatigue of more exposed (because I could not the Mohaffa much better than either submit to guard it by thick cotton of us ; and when the servant or Ahandkerchiefs as Mr H. had done,) rabs complained, rallied them with was sore; but the dear child, who great choerfulness. Her little mouth had not been permitted to leave the was notwithstanding much blistered, Mohaffah, still continued tolerably and I often bathed it with camels well, and complained less than either milk and water.
Our stock of provisions was Penetrating still farther to the much reduced; what remained was south, on account of some inimical too dry to be nutritive, particularly tribes who were known to be in the some salted tongues, upon which we vicinity, we found ourselves, on the
third morning after leaving Mesched that we had travelled far from the Ali, straitened for water. That path which led to those wells where which still remained in the skins was, it was intended we should halt ; and, not only brackish, but dirty; and the in spite of all the uneasiness we exconstant evaporation rendered it perienced, we were told that it was hourly less potable.
absolutely necessary to continue tra. An alarm of the approach of ene. velling until we should reach them, mies was suddenly spread through Hour after hour passed in fruitless our straggling party about noon. expectation of coming to the long
The guards and Raffeeks drew up wished for ground; the sun darted in a line, and, after consultation, de- bis fiery beams with unusual ardor termined to proceed in front; which
the Simooleh stifed us with uncom. they did, shouting and dancing. Cu- mon heat ; and the dregs of our warious to observe what might occur,
ter were ineffectual to quench our I took from the servant a musket, violent thirst. and advanced with the guards. A At length the caravan halted; large party of men on foot, and and, to our inexpressible mortificaothers on camels, with lances and tion, not in the vicinity of any wells. Hags, were coming directly in front The same distress was therefore to of our caravar ; and, as they proceed. be supported until the next day, ed, those on foot quickened their when we were positively assured we step, to reconnoitre us more nearly. should arrive at fresh water: A number of shots were fired in the Mr H. and his daughter had for air on each side, and soon afterwards many days past travelled together in flags were displayed, which produced the Mohaffah, whilst I generally a parley. Al length our Schaik ad- went on foot until the heat was too vanced alone on horseback, armed powerful, when I mounted the horse. with his lance and pistols, to meet During the three last days the poor the Schaik of the opposite tribe, animal suffered so violently, and was who was on a camel; when, both so lame for several hours together, dismounting, they saluted each other that I relieved him occasionally, notwith much ceremony; and a general withstanding the extreme heat, and a
, halt convinced us that no danger was anxiously, though unsuccessfully, ento be apprehended from our new ac
deavoured to discover the cause of quaintances, who proved to be a par- the lameness I observed. At length,
I ty of the powerful Schaik Tivinii, on again taking up his foot, I acciwith whom a certain duty upon the dentally touched the shoe, and the goods was soon regulated in an ami- painI felt instantly explained the
I cable manner.
cause of the poor horse's sufferings. No spot upon earth more com- The heat of the sand had rendered pletely deserves the name of Desart the iron too hot for the animal to ihan that where we remained during support it; and what was truly dis. the whole day. Mr H. was extreme- tressiog, we had no instruments with ly ill; and the hot wind affected us which we could remove it. When all severely. The water we had was the ground was in some degree coolso contaminated that we could voted by the breezes which restored our without reluctance taste it ; and eve- exhausted spirits in the evening and ry thing conspired to render our si- through the night, the horse recover. tuation dreadsully distressing. ed, but on each succeeding day of the
The Arabs continued occupied journey he was doomed to similar great part of the night, and we set distress. put later than usual. It appeared The manner of passing the time
during this balt may be easily ima.' urging my horse, advanced to the gined. Complaints were unavailing spot where I observed the camels We mixed vinegar with the little re- were collecting together. In about maining water, to moisten occasional. half an hour I found myself amongst ly our mouths. The dear child slept a circle of animals greedily contendsoundly from fatigue; and the depar- , ing for a draught of muddy water, ture of the caravan, which we ha3. confined in a small superficial well tened as much as in our power, was about five feet in diameter. Pres. a moment of joy.
sing to the edge, I laid myself upon Little conversation took place be. 'my belly, and by means of my hand, tween my companion and myself: he supplied myself with a fluid, which, was very ill, and we both dreaded however filthy in itself, and contamithe return of noon, when in general nated by the disgusting mouths of as the heated air began to affect us, and maoy camels and men as could reach travelled on in silent hope of speedy it, was a source of indescribable gra. relief.
tification. It is wholly out of the At two o'clock P. M. the Simoo. power of language to convey any leh blew stronger than usual from idea of the blissful enjoyment of ob. the S. E. ; and on joining the Mo. taining water after an almost total hafah, I soon observed an afflicting want of it during eight and forty change had taken place in the coun. hours, in the scorching regions of an tenance of my friend. It was now Arabian desart in the month of that, in aggravation of all my suffer- July ! ings, I foresaw the impossibility of But this moment of gratification his long resisting the violently burn- was soon succeeded by one of peculiar ing blasts which, with little intermis. horror and anxiety. Scarcely had I sion, continued to assail us. The quenched my thirst before the Mohaf-thermometer hanging round my peck fah arrived. I flew with a bowl full of was up to 116; and the little remain. water to my friend ; who drank but ing water, which was in a leathern little of it, and in great haste. Alas! bottle, suspended at the corner of it was his last draught! His lovely the Mohaffah, had become so thick, child, too, eagerly moistened her resembling the residuum of an ink. mouth of roses, blistered by the nox-' stand, that, parched and thirsty as I ious blast! felt, I could not relieve my distress With difficulty Joannes and myby any attempt to swallow it. self supported my feeble friend to
At length I perceived evident where the tent had been thrown marks of our approaching the long down from the camel's back. He looked for wells, where some relief stammered out a question respecwas to be expected. The hasty ting the time of the day; to march of the leading camels and which. I answered it was near four : siragglers, all verging towards one and requesting the Arabs to hold o. ;oint, convinced me we were not far verbim part of the tent (to pitch from the place of our destination, it required too much time,) I unWilling to communicate the glad packed as speedily as possible ourridings to my friend, I rode to him, liquor.chest, and hastened to offer and expressed my hope that he would him some Visnee (a kind of cherrybe soon refreshed by a supply of wa- brandy :) but Nature was too much
He replied, " Thank God! exhausted! I sat down, and receive but I am almost dead.” . I endea. ing him in my arms, repeated my enverred to cheer his spirits, and then deavours to engage him to swallow a
last upon my
small portion of che liqueur. Alt hu. ed by distress, but submissively bowman efforts were vain ! Gust after ing to the decrees of his divine will ! gust of pestilential air dried up the Never can such a night 26 that I springs of life, and he breathed his passed be blotted froin my remembosom!
The morning dawned but Let the reader of sensibility reflect to renew my sorrows, and expose me upon
the concomitant circumstances to a repetition of dangers. The which attended this amicting scene, same fatigue attended me; the same and then refer to the sensations pestiferous air awaited but mid-day which will be created in his own to annoy me ; but resistance and es.. breast, to form some idea of those cape were iinpracticable. which must have lacerated mine ! Summoning, therefore, within me Let him paint to himself a traveller, every sentiment of religion and phi. of an age alive to every feeling, in losophy, I rose to face my difficulthe midst of the Desart of Arabia, ties. Placing my little ward, now with the corpse of his respected become my peculiar care, on one friend, burnt to the
side of the Mohaffah, and suppressing cinder, black, yet warm, on one side my feelings at observing the vacancy of him; and on the other, the daugh- on the other, I mounted my horse ter of that friend, the most angelic and proceeded with the avant.guard child that nature ever formed, un. of the caravan, conscious of her loss, and with the We travelled in the usual manner prattle of innocence inquiring“ where until near sunset, and experienced her dear papa was gone to ?” It the same oppressive heat during was a scene as little to be support. great part of the day. As soon as ed as described ; and the honest we came to our ground, I endeavour. tears I shed bore ample testimony to ed to repose myself under the tent, the wounded sensibility of my heart. and waited with but little appetite
But a short time, however, could for the dish of rice which the servant be allowed to assuage my grief or to was preparing for our supper. A cry indulge it. Who were to perform of fire soon aroused me; and upon enthose last sad offices of friendship, so quiry, I discovered thao Joannes, harequisite, and yet so difficult? Who ving incautiously made the fire near would undertake to prepare with de. the Mohaffah, the wind had blown
grave the disfigured re- some of the light fuel into it, and mains of my kind companion? Who one half of this retreat from the ar. would assist in these disgusting yet dent rays of the son was totally conpious occupations ? The servant and sumed. This additional misfortune myself were all that professed the was at such a moment particularly Christian religion, and we alone could distressing ; but I consoled myself on execute its duties.
reflecting that one-half still remained With as much propriety as the to shelter the dear child, and made circumstances admitted, we therefore up my mind to the exposure I could performed the melancholy task; and now by no means avoid. having induced the Arabs to dig a From the last wells we had prograve near the remains of a village ceeded in a direct line towards the ri.not far from the wells, I directed the ver Euphrates, thro’a more uneven and body to be carried there, following more fatiguing country than any we it with the dear Marianne, who knelt had passed. The sand was loose, and by me whilst I offered to God the blown into irregular hillocks, chatsimpure effusions of a heart overwhelm- peded our progress considerably, and
cency for the
we travelled less distance than usual.-- single out men of their sort (with the Gusts of wind, and indeed continual exception of Mr Glover) is hard to strong breezes all night, covered us say, but though his instruments were with sand, and proved inconceivably never in unison, he managed to make troublesome. It was here I saw music out of them all. He could many of those columns of sand, col. make and find amusement in contraslected by a circular movement of the ting the sullenness of a Grumbleto. atmosphere, and appearing as a cone, nian with the egregious vanity and lengthening and increasing in bulk self-conceit of an antiquated coxto a prodigious height. The resem- comb, and as for the Doctor he was blance they bear to what the sailors a jack-pudding ready to his hand at term water-spouts, cannot fail of oc- any time. He was understood to be curring to those who have noticed Dodington's body-physician, but I such phenomena at sea; and when believe he cared very little about his they are multiplied in number, as is patient's health, and his patient ca. frequently the case, there is some. red still less about his prescriptions ; thing peculiarly interesting, and even and when, in his capacity of superingrand in the spectacle.
tendant of his patron's dietetics, he The next day brought us to the cried out one morning at breakfast banks of that delightful river, which, to have the muffins taken away, Do. taking its rise in the lofty and almost dington aptly enough cried out at impenetrable mountains of Arrarat, the same time to the servant to take separates the countries of Syria and away the raggamuffin, and truth to Diarbekeer, passes through Arabian say, a more dirty animal than poor Irak before iis junction with the Ti- Thompson was never seen on the outgris, and then empties its waters, in side of a pig stye; yet he had the an united stream, into the Persian plea of poverty and no passion for Gulph.
It is about a short and pleasant
mile from this villa to the parsonAnecdotes of the late BUBB DODING. age house of Fulham, and Mr Dod.
ington having visited us with great TON.- From Cumberland's Memoirs.
- politeness, I became a frequent IN the adjoining parish of Hammer
, guest at, La Trapper and passed a smith lived Mr Dodington, at a good deal of time with him there, in splendid villa, which, by the rule London also, and occasionally in of contraries, he was pleased to call Dorsetshire. He was certainly one La Trappe, and his inmates and fan of the most extraordinary men of miliars, the monks of the convent ; his time, and as I had opportunities these were Mr Windham his rela- of contemplating his character in all tion, whom he made his heir, Sir its various points of view, I trust my William Breton, privy purse to the readers will not regret that I have king, and Doctor Thompson, a phy. devoted some pages to the further sician out of practice ; these gentle. delineation of it. men formed a very curious society of In the higher provinces of taste very opposite characters; in short it
we may contemplate his character was a trio consisting of a misan with pleasure, for he had an
. thrope, a courtier and a quack. Mr_namented fancy and a brilliant wit. Glover, the author of Leonidas, was He was an elegant Latin classic, and occasionally a visitor, but not an in- well versed in history ancient and momate, as those abovementioned. How dern. His favourite prose writer was a man of Dodington's sort came to Tacitus, and I scarce ever surprised