Nile Notes of a Howadji

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XXVII.
NUBIAN WELCOME.

"BUCKSHEESH HOWADJI--bucksheesh Howadji," welcomed us to Nubia. A group of naked little negroes with donkeys awaited us on the bank, and intoned the national hymn, "alms, O shopkeeper," as we mounted through the sand. The Howadji straddled the donkeys--for you do not mount a donkey more than you would a large dog--and, sitting upon a thick cloth, the steed's only trapping, and nothing but the Howadji's nimble management of his legs to keep that on, away we went, helter skelter, over the sand--shamble, trot, canter, tumble, up again and ahead, jerking, and shaking upon the little beasts, that balanced themselves along, as if all four legs at once were necessary to support such terrible Howadji weights.

Away we dashed, scrambling along the bank. The sky cloudless--burning the sun--wild the waste shore. Ledges of rock lay buried in the sand, and at the head of the cataract, its Nubian mouth, a

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface. vii
  • Contents ix
  • I- Going to Boulak. 1
  • II- The Drag'-O-Men. 10
  • III- Hadji Hamed. 22
  • IV- The Ibis Sings. 29
  • V- The Crew. 37
  • VI- The Ibis Flies. 47
  • VII- The Landscape. 54
  • VIII- Tracking. 61
  • IX- Flying. 67
  • X- Verde Giovane and Fellow-Mariners. 71
  • XI- Verde Piu Giovane. 77
  • XII- Asyoot. 85
  • Xiii. The Sun. 96
  • Xiv. Thebes Triumphant. 103
  • Xv. The Crocodile. 105
  • Xvi. Getting Ashore. 114
  • Xvii. Fair Frailty. 117
  • Xviii. Fair Frailty--Continued. 124
  • Xix. Kushuk Arnem. 130
  • Xx. Terpsichore. 140
  • Xxi. Sakias. 146
  • Xxiii. Alms! O Shopkeeper! 152
  • Xxiv. Syene. 168
  • Xxv. The Treaty of Syene. 175
  • Xxvi. The Cataract. 184
  • Xxvii. Nubian Welcome. 192
  • Xxviii. Philæ. 197
  • Xxix. A Crow That Flies in Heaven's Sweetest Air. 206
  • Xxx. Southward. 215
  • Xxxi. Ultima Thule. 224
  • Xxxii. Northward. 234
  • Xxxiii. By the Grace of God. 250
  • Xxxvii. Dead Kings. 293
  • Xxxviii. Buried. 300
  • Xxxix. Dead Queens. 308
  • Xl. Et Cetera. 312
  • Xli. The Memnonium. 316
  • Xlii. Medeenet Haboo. 321
  • Xliii. Karnak. 329
  • Xliv. Pruning. 339
  • Xlv. Per Contra. 346
  • Xlvi. Memphis. 352
  • Xlvii. Sunset. 361
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