The Island Impossible

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 94 pages
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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. 1899. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII ON THE GREAT DESERT QO they sailed out into the wide ocean again, far away, and far away. They passed many places on the shores of Palestine, whose names they had always known, and now and again one would say to Mr. Rattles: --"Why should we not land at this beautiful place of which we have read so much?" And another would say: --"Oh, let us land at the old-fashioned Joppa, --I know they call it Jaffa now, but it is Joppa in the Bible; so let us land and 'go up to Jerusalem.'" But Mr. Rattles said, "If we land anywhere now, we certainly cannot see The Great Desert, or ride on the camels, for pretty soon we must be at home again." So the children were quiet, and decided that no stop must be made until they should sail up the river Nile, and leave their boat, and travel overland to the place where they must take their camels to go across The Great Desert. They were all glad to see Cairo, and to stop for a minute and walk about. They said Cairo must really be the capital of the world, because people from all parts of the world were walking through its sunny streets; but Mr. Rattles hurried them so much that their eyes were always turning backward, looking at the glittering cities and the green shores which they had reluctantly passed. Mary said the longer the time before they reached the camels, the better for her, for she was sure that she would be sea-sick on the back of a camel, and certainly she thought it a hazardous business, and she was very much in dread of that experience. At last they reached the starting-place, and Jack O'Nory said that so far they had seemed to be making a journey in a dream. The camels were waiting for them, and a dragoman, and a cook, and two or three other men, and there was a crowd of people waiting for more camels;...

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