Morocco and the Moors: Western Barbary: Its Wild Tribes and Savage Animals

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J. Murray, 1861 - Morocco - 177 pages
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Page 60 - For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.
Page 63 - PRAISE be to God, the Lord of all creatures, the most merciful, the king of the day of judgment. Thee do we worship, and of thee do we beg assistance. Direct us in the right way, in the way of those to whom thou hast been gracious ; not of those against whom thou art incensed, nor of those who go astray...
Page 25 - I was roused by a rustling in the wood, as on the approach of some large animal. I raised myself with caution, and examined the priming of my gun, ere the animal entered the marsh. He paused and seemed to be listening, when a half growl, half bark, announced him to be a boar, and a huge beast he was, and with stately step he entered the marsh. " I could now see by the bright moon, as he neared my station, that his bristles were white with age, and his tusks gleamed like polished steel among the dark...
Page 27 - ... he rushed headlong against the lioness, who, springing aside, avoided the dread blow. A cloud came over the moon ; I could not see distinctly, but I heard every blow of the paw and every rip of the tusk. There was a dead silence ; again the cloud had passed, and the heavens were clear, and I saw the lioness with her fore paws on the body of the boar. " I seized my gun, and aimed at her head ; that was her last moment. " The morning dawned. I descended from the rock. The claw of the lioness still...
Page 103 - ... opinions with great pomp and authority ; amongst the rest one man gravely declared that a Jin, or evil genius, had in all probability taken 'up its abode within the clock. Various exorcisms were accordingly essayed, sufficient, as every true believer supposed, to have expelled a legion of devils— yet all in vain : the clock continued dumb. A Christian clockmaker, " a cursed Nazarene," was now their sole resource; and such a one fortunately was sojourning in Tangier — " the city protected...
Page 26 - ... tusks as the combatants rolled on the ground. Leaning over the rock, I strained my eyes to see the result. To my surprise the boar was again on his legs, and going back a few paces, rushed at his fallen foe : a loud yell was given ;by the lion, which was answered by the distant howlings of the jackals.
Page 115 - ... near which we were about to pitch our tents, when a crowd of Arabs surrounded us, cursing and swearing at the
Page 148 - I know not. Suffice it to say that, like the Roman victor, he came, he saw (my mother), and conquered. In due course of time, my respected parent found herself, as the Yankees say, " in a state of domestic solicitude;'' or, as the Homely Scottish tragic author describes it, " in the way that ladies wish to be who love their lords.
Page 104 - I perceive that the urgency of this matter is great. Yes ! I myself will expound our dilemma to the kaid." The kaid entered feelingly into all the difficulty of the case, and forthwith summoned the other authorities to his porch, where various propositions were put forward by the learned members of the council. One proposed to abandon the clock altogether ; another would lay down boards over which the infidel might pass without touching the sacred floor ; but this was held not to be a sufficient...
Page 26 - The boar .iad left the fountain, and was again busied rooting in the marsh, when another slight noise, as of a rustling in the wood, attracted my notice, and I could perceive the smooth head of a lioness looking with surprise and horror at the body of her dead mate. " ' What ! treachery again !' said the boar in a low tone.

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