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(without typos) from the publisher. 1879. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... CHAPTER XXII. A VISIT TO THE SAINTS' CEMETERY. A Splendid
comet, blazing in the western sky, had aronsed the apprehensions of
the Madani. They all fell to predicting the usual disasters--war,
famine, and pestilence, -- it being still an article of Moslem
belief that the Dread Star foreshows all manner of calamities. Men
discussed the probability of Abd el-Mejid's immediate decease; for
here as in Rome, "When beggars die, there are no comets seen: The
heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes: " and in every
strange atmospheric appearance about the time of the Hajj, the
Hcjazis are accustomed to read tidings of the dreaded Ilih el-Asfar
(cholera). Whether the event is attributable to the Zu Zuwabah
--the "Lord of the Forelock,"--or whether it was a case of post
hoc, ergo propter Jioc, I would not commit myself by deciding; but,
influenced by some cause or other, the Hawazim and the Ilawamid,
sub-families of the Benu-Harb, began to fight about this time with
prodigious fury. These tribes are generally at feud, aud the least
provocation fans their smouldering wrath into a flame. The Hawamid
number, it is said, between three and four thousand fighting men,
and the Hawazim not more than seven hundred: the latter, however,
are considered a race of desperadoes who pride themselves upon
never retreating, and under their fiery Shaykhs, Abbas and Abu Ali,
they are a thorn in the sides of their disproportionate foe. On the
present occasion a Hamidah happened to strike the camel of a Hazimi
which had trespassed; upon which the Hazimi smote the Hamidah, and
called him a rough name. The Hamidah instantly shot the Hazimi, the
tribes were called ont, and they fought with asperity for some
days. During the whole of the afternoon of Tuesday, the 30th of
August, the sound ...
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