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AROUND THE WORLD
Prowling About a Subteranean Tomb The Home
of a Reptile A Trip to Alexandra Barterings
with the Natives.
Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 21, 1903.
While Mr. Covington and 1 wcro
prowling-about in an adjacent subter
ranean tomb, each carrying candles, I
dug the well preserved head of a
mummy out of the dirt. It is pro
nounced to bo uu excellent specimen.
I brought it to my room and kept it
two days, receiving the congratulations
of all to whom I showed my find,
when 1 learned that I would encounter
serious difficulty in passing the custom
houses with it uiless I should secure a
special permit, and even then I was
liable to have it stolen, so I turned it
over to a representative of a leading
American university who is prepared
to get it through safely. It will be
given a prominent position in the de
partment of archaeology with my com
pliinents. I have a section of the verte
brae, which I hope to get through
safelv. I also secured a small idol.
At another point I secured some rare
Egyptian coins that circulated back
yonder in tho infancy of time. I have
also a few coins direct from excavation!
about tke pyramid, bearing tho inBcrip
tionsof Diocletian, Trajan and Con
tantine, having circulated many
Upon tho section of ground secured
by Mr. Covington a number of masta
bas hayo been excavated, oomo of which
are very deep. His workmen (natives)
are afraid of one in particular which,
besides containing a icw sarcophagi.
has an occupant, a live suako about
seven feet in length and of grayish
color. He, having slept in the tombs
as described, has the reputation of
being fearless and proposed that we
pay this subterranean chamber a visit
to which I assented, not desiring to be
outdone by him. He, with dare-devil
spirit, led tho way and I, with throb
bing heart, most reluctantly followed,
expecting every moment to sec the
varmint as we crawled forward from
chamber to chamber, carrying lighted
caudles and touching remnants of skel
etons at each move that had doubtless
dono their part in erecting the pyra
mids dreamy cycles ago but no snako
appeared to accelerate tho already
rapid pulse beats although a circuitous
track was visible in the sand, indicat
ing that he had recently drawn his
slimy length directly across our path
way. Since tho Cobra episode in
central Ceylon, 1 luwo not made it a
business to thrust my cane into every
tuft of grass or brush-heap in order to
stir up a piece of living rope, but in
this case I acted on tho thought that
" where ho leads mo I will follow."
On my return from that ill-fated cav
ern, the scorching, parching, grasslcss
desert-partook of the nature of a para
disc. Tho Biblo story about tho brazen
serpent seems to have left impress in
dellibly upon the Egyptian mind so
that an army of devils is preferable to
the sight of one serpent.
Luxor, Egypt, Feb. 26, 1903.
From Cairo I inado a side trip to
Alexandria, which lies more than 100
miles to the north of Cairo. From
Alexandria, Paul embarked upon the
Voyage which ended in shipwreck. The
principal points of interest in Alexandria
are the catacombs, the baths of Cleo
patra, the museum aud Pompey's pillar.
This pillar, made of three blocks of
stone, stands almost 100 feet in height,
having been erected by Pompey, a
Roman official, in honor of Diocletian.
It rests upon the loftiest site in tho
city, where the renowned library stood
and was burned, blotting out all record
of several of the lost arts. The phil
osophies of Egypt aud Greece mixed
here and scored their Waterloo.
Once Pdmpey's pillar was surround
ed with arches and a hundred steps,
but now the pillar stands alone while
the stately halls and statues have al
lowed time to outrun them in the
course of 2,000 years. Tho pillar is
the onlv memorial in the city which
survives, having looked down upon
Caesar and Napoleon, upon Greek and
Roman, infidol aud Christian, Jew and
Moslem as they struggled for possession.
Near the railway station Cleopatra's
ncedlos once stood, but they have been
removed, one going to London, the
other to Central Park, New York.
Tradition declares that Alexandria
stands upon the spot whore the ever
changing Protons lived about whom the
poets have written so much.
In 332 B. C, Alexander the Great
noticed the natural advantages here
afforded and ordered his architect to
make plans for a city, tp be the cr pitol
of the East. Alexandria soon became
the chief city of the Macedonian dyu
stv, but undor the reign of Cleopatra.
whd disgraced herself and Egypt also,
Alexandria bccauie the second city of
the Roman empire Under the Caesars,
though she retained for years her
celebrity for wealth, art aud learning.
Saint Mark came here to preach gospel.
Hero once stood the Pharos, one of the
seven wonders of the world. A lofty
white marble edifice, up whoso exterior
winding stairway chariots with prancing
Arab horses went to the very summit
under cracking whip. Hero Euclid
wrote his geometry and Hipparchus.
Origcn and Athanasius worked out
their ideas which influence tho world's
thought of this day. When Amcr took
Alexandria in C40 A. D., he sent a
massage to his commander-in-chief,
Omar, saying: "I have taken the
great city of tho west. It is impossible
for mo to enumerate tho variety of its
richness and beauty and I shall con
tent myself with observing that it con
tains 4,eoo palaces." The city now
has a population of 350.000 and its
eights can be seen in ona day. Here.
as at Cairo, one finds in the bazaars a
babel of tongues, curious costumes, a
motley crowd all ablaze with colors. If
the proper place is chosen one may see
In a few minutes a congress of nations,
Syrian Jews wearing ringlets, reckless
Turkish horsemen, high-capped Copts,
Albanians in white dress, Nubians with
rolling eyes, French and Italian so
called beauties, Hindus, Bedouins,
women dressed like men, men dressed
just liko women( Parthians, Mcdes,
Elamites, peoplo from Mesopotamia,
India, Cappadocia, Pontus, upper
Asia. Everybody and everything
strange to one who has not seen Asia.
Others were going wild over the scenes,
while to me it was commonplace I
had seen it all and many times more in
Japan, China, Philippines, Maylasia,
In Egypt a person is pestered day
and night by natives who are forever
trying to sell something or to cet a
person to ride their donkeys or camels
or ride in their carriages. Nearly every
ouicr person you meet Holds a few
scarabs before your eyes wanting you
to buy. A scarab is an imago of a
bug, probably half an inch in length,
which is found in mummies, tombs and
ruins of temples. The beetle or bug
was worshiped by the ancient Egyptians
as tnc tamer ot tue gods, the creator
of all things in heaven and earth, hav
ing made himself out of something
which ho himself had made, and being
identified with the rising sun was
typical of the resurrection.
It is the same here a3 throughout
the Orient about prices and bargaining.
If you pay a man all he asks ho will
regret that ho did not ask more. Pay
him more than he asks, as Some do,
and ho will want still more. Offer him
half he asks and you usually have the
articles on your hands, unless you
manage to get away before he accepts
your offer. Sometimes an offer of one
third tho amount asked buys the
articles in question. At Benares or
Luckuow a fellow came along wanting
to sell me a knife at one rupee (32
cents). Tho knife was a combination
affair having nine blades, saws, picks,
etc. I did not want such a complete,
condansed carpenter shop in my pocket,
so I thought I would get rid of him by
stating that I would give one rupee for
three of them. He waited until I was
about to leave the depot, then came
and accepted my offer. I was in for
the three knives. As I try to do as I
agree, 1 gave mm tue solitary rupee
and took tho knives. What to do with
them I did not know, but finally stowed
them away in my already crowded suit
cases. I happened to take one of the
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thinking l might need such a toolchest
in tearing dowu a pyramid or for some
other purpose, and happened to be
using it when some Bedouins were
near. They had never seen such a
weapon and were bent on securing it
at any price. The first offer was much
more than I had paid for the hree in
India so, the instrument and I im
mediately parted company. The next
day when about to leave the hotel for a
visit to Memphis, an Algerian who had
heard of the deal of the prev
ious day and of the uncounted excel
lencies of the article his friend had
purchased from me, decided that he too
would have one if I could be found and
if I had another. So he came to the
Hotel in Cairo, a distance ot seven
miles from Ins headquarters. He made
me the samo offer as his friend and
knife No. 2 was quickjy disposed of,
making its new owner as happy as a
Tho next day when out near the
pyramids I was noticed by a crowd of
Bedouins who having heard of my
wonderful combination, gathered about
me. Among the number was one who
had been present on the day that I
uau neon discovered in possession ot a
wonder greater to them than the Sphinx,
aud this one informed the others. Not
being able to suppy the entire aggrega
tion, I sold out to the first one who
offered the regulation price, though
prior to the sale some made highor
bids. If all the inhabitants of the
Saharas aro similarity minded, it might
pay some one to import a cargo of such
ware from India's coral strand.
E. C. Horn. .
"In Time of Peace,
Prepare for War"
In good weather,
prepare for bad
. Nothing will contribute to" your comfort during the approaching
winter more than a HOT-WATER HEATING PLANT in
stalled in your dwelling or place of business.
is prepared to furnish the best furnaces, radiators end plumbing
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O. A. Newberry.
J The placing of a few
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M. IvNianT, President
W. It. OORiuw, V. President
0. U. CONRETT.Oashler.
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Leave your order at my residence, first door north of
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Machines sold on easy payments or wo will rent them by week or month.
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JT PV A TI Agent for the Singer Mfg. Co,
1. JCr V "Tl1a-?j Alliance, Nebraska.
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Fancy Croceries, Heats and fresh
produce of all kinds and pays the
top price for butter, eggs and hides.
Try him and be convinced. Phone 207
Alliance Cash Meat Market.
C. M. LOTSPEICH, Proprietor.
ONE DOOR SOUTH OF OPERA HOUSE. '
Fresh and Salt Meats, tj
FISH AND OYSTERS
Cash Paid for Hides.
We have a large stock of
for fall trade. Call
Dierks' Lumber Coal Co.
Harvey's Bowling Alleys
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W. A. Hampton, President.
A. S. Rbbd, Vice President
R. M. Hampton, Cashie
Hampton, Ass't Cashier.
First ' National Bank,
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Dray and Transfer Line.,
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rte in a nice, drv and cool dace and nacic and shir
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The only spring dray line in the city.
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Nebraska Hide and Leather Co.
Dealers in Hides, Tallow, Furs,
Cow and Horse Hide Robes, Uiwaya
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