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Title: Grant’s tour around the world; with incidents of his journey through England, Ireland, Scotland ..
Year: 1879 (1870s)
Authors: Packard, J. F
Subjects: Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885 Voyages around the world
Publisher: St. Louis, Mo., W. S. Bryan [etc., etc.]
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress
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ng, over the very worstroad, perhaps, m the world. But there is not one who, inthe spare moments when he is not holding on to the sidesof the cart lest there might be too precipitate an introduc-tion to the Holy Land, does not feel that it is one of themost agreeable and most comfortable trips ever made. Weare coming into the foothills. We are passmg into thecountry of rocks. The summits of the hills glisten withthe white, shining stone, which afar off looks like snow.In some of the valleys we note clusters of olive trees.The feitility of Palestine lies in the plain below. Around AROUND THE WORLD. 321 and ateacl Is the beauty of Palestine—the beauty ofNature in her desolation—no houses, no farms, no trace ofcivilization but the telegraph poles. Now and then aswinging line of camels comes shambling along, led by aBedouin. If we were to stop and pause, we might remem-ber that until within a very recent period wild men dweltin these fastnesses, and that we might have a visit from the
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CHURNING IN THE EAST. Bedouins. But I dont think it ever occurred to any one,and if they came, they would find no weapon more dan-gerous than a cigar-case or a New Testament, which someof were reading with diligence in order to get up ourJerusalem and know what we are really to see when wecome within its sacred walls. ^ 322 GRANTS TOUR We liave our first biblical view when we pass the ruinsof Gezer, wbich Mr. Hardegg tells us was once a royalcity of the land of Canaan—that an Egyjotian monarchcaptured it and gave it to Solomon, when that wise kingbut widely disseminated husband married the conquerorsdaughter. There is nothing worth pausing to see, especiallyin the rain, and Solomon somehow does not interest us, forour thoughts are all on Jerusalem and one greater thanSolomon. At certain intervals we see a square stone guard-house, where soldiers oncejived to watch the roads. Butthe houses are abandoned and the soldiers have gone towar upon the Muscovite, and the road must take care
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