Notes From a Diary, 1886-1888 (Volume 1)

9780217736077: Notes From a Diary, 1886-1888 (Volume 1)

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900. Excerpt: ... 1887 ACRE 251 December. 1. I drove over to Acre to call on the Mutessarif. The day was bright, but not too hot, and the sands in even better order than when I last traversed them. The strong west wind of last week has had the effect of quite closing the mouth of the Kishon; on the other hand, there was more water at the mouth of the Belus (the little river on whose banks glass is said to have been first made) than there was on the 19th of last month. Nothing can be prettier than the effect of the tamarisks which rise interspersed with date palms, dotted over many of the sand dunes which fringe the bay. Here and there these extend pretty far inland, and behind them rise the mountains of Galilee, through which there are several passes. After I had paid my official visit I went with my companions--the English Vice-Consul at Haifa, and Mr. Haskett Smith, a friend of Oliphant's, now looking after his affairs in this part of the world--to call on Abbas Effendi, son of a man who claims to be the head of the very remarkable Persian sect known as the B&bis. He promised some day to come to see me at Haifa and to give me an account of their history, which is most imperfectly known in Europe. "Inshallah," said he, and so say I! We paid yet a third visit to a gentleman who lives outside the town, and is the present owner or occupier of the fine house and garden built by Abdallah Pasha, now sadly gone to decay; but, nevertheless, thanks to the water brought to this favoured spot by an ancient aqueduct, a true oasis in the "heated sandy tract," which, it is said, gave its name to the old Canaanitish Accho. The Acre of today is a small dirty fortified town, built for the most part after the middle of the last century. All the real interest of the place centres in its mid...

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