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1894 Excerpt: ...The bread party must have lately risen, for that
comestible was as hot as the coffee. At noon Mr. L came for me, and
proposed a visit to the orange gardens and to the desert. The very
mention of oranges conjured up untold delights of scent, heat, and
satisfied thirst. We chartered a little trap covered by a light
awning, and the nag, with its Arab driver, careered over the
golden, sandy shore where the green waves rolled in, bringing a
refreshing sea breeze. Our way lay through many a sunny lane, under
the shade of palms and olives, past some deep pits, used long ago
as granaries for the stowage of corn; now, fig and other trees
shoot up from their depths, filling the empty cavities with green
shade. The gardens are surrounded by walls of dry, sandy mud, and
are each entered through large gateways. The proprietor of the
first one was not at home, but at the second we were hospitably
received, and were soon revelling in the cool shade of the orange
groves, plucking and devouring the juicy, golden fruit. The "sweet"
oranges were nearly over, but the "blood,"or red, were in
perfection, and we, in our colder island home, can form but little
idea of what such fruit is when plucked and eaten direct from the
trees. We were in a paradise, a sort of Garden of Eden, where the
Arab owner lives out his quiet, uneventful life with his wife and
children in a mud-built house. The pretty little bairns looked
healthy and happy; they have but few wants, and pass their time
among the fruit trees and animals. There are no streams in Tripoli,
but throughout the, oasis water is near the surface, and each
garden has its own well, worked on the system of irrigation
peculiar to Eastern countries. For some hours during each day I the
water must be pumped up to fe...
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