The present publication should be considered a sequel and a continuation of my Pilgrimage toE l-M edinah and Meccah, from which the adventure forming its subject may be said to date. I have, therefore, dwelt at some length upon the mighty changes, the growths, and the developments of the last quarter century, which has produced the Greater Egypt of the present day :contenting myself, however, with contrasting the actual A lexandria, Cairo, andS uez with my descriptions of the same places in 1853-54. The tale of theM ining-C ities of Midian reads, they say, like a leaf from the Arabian Nights. Yet it is sober truth. My object has been to avoid, as much as possible, all play of fancy and the exaggerations of an explorers (Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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