THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF JEBEL Músa.
Rocks with Legends. — Wády T'láh. — Bedawín Camp. — Storms. — A Disaster. — Collection of Arab Stories. — Doctoring the Bedawín. — Ascent of Jebel Katarína. — The Partridge Fountain. — View from the Summit. — 'Abbás Pasha's Palace. — Jebel Moneijáh. — Excursion to Jebel Hadíd. — Primeval Stone Remains. — Maghrabí Treasure-finders. — Wády Nasb. — Christmas at Sinai.
OUR camp was stationed in the convent valley for nearly two months, so that we had ample opportunities for making ourselves acquainted with the various objects of interest, traditional and natural, in which the neighborhood abounds. On the projecting spur of the mountain immediately above our tents was the burial-ground of Sheik Nahámeh, to whose tomb the sick or decrepit among the Arabs resort in great numbers and offer sacrifices; they believe that in life he was a physician, and that he still has the power of healing their various disorders if properly propitiated with blood. A little farther on is a large rock dotted all over with white marks, and looking as though it might have served as a target for rifle practice; it is in reality used by the Arabs as a standard for measuring their height; whence its name, "the Measuring Stone." In addition to the monkish traditions mentioned in the last chapter, the valleys around Jebel Músa contain several spots to which native legendary interest attaches. In Wády ed Deir, on the right-hand side, and not far from Aaron's Hill, there is a small boulder covered with "cupmarkings," such as Scotch antiquaries are familiar with, and which also bears an indentation, the impression, it is said, of Moses's back. "Look," said an Arab to me as I was regarding it one day with curiosity, "look how the